"Dude, what's up with your fridge? I think it's drinking the vodka." Aug 27
"Have you even ever milked a cow?" Aug 27 (my answer was yes)
"There was this one time, when I was younger..." Aug 28
"Wait. What's a woman's clinic?" Aug 28
(looking at google maps) "Oh good. I just found out where Georgia is." Aug 29
"What's this movie? 'curious case of the benjamin boot-taan'?" Aug 29 (funny cause he said boot-taan [like futon])
"You should get the rent check in the mail some time this week." Aug 29
"Oh god dude, that's hell-ah nasty." Aug 30 (at 12AM re: my meal)
"Oh, Luke, when will you learn?" and shortly later "Get over it." Aug 30
(to Cynthia) "Remember, Luke knows everything." Aug 30
"Did you turn off my alarm clock in the night?" Aug 30
(in email) "Yeah... Lets do banana for sure and maybe BJ if time permits." Aug 31
"I need to take a picture of this as evidence." Aug 31 (re: me)
"I learned today that I cannot wear t-shirts to work." Aug 31
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
- I need to make myself happy; nobody else will do it for me.
- I can be funny if I just be myself with strangers.
- Peer pressure DOES eventually wear you down on your low-carb eating.
- I'm not such an odd-man out as much as I like to think.
- I shop a lot. Maybe too much.
- Rochester isn't so bad. There is a lot to be offered here.
- If you are unhappy with something, speak up.
- Balance is key to almost everything in life.
- The people that mean the most to you will always be there for you no matter where you/they live.
- I have a lot of crap still and I need to keep giving it away.
- I have a VERY large list of interests/hobbies/activities/likes that I partake.
- I don't read enough.
- Generosity is only truly valid if you don't think twice about doing it.
- Thank the people that make you happy; they should be told; it's not assumed.
Posted by Luke at 6:35 PM
Cynthia has officially flown the coop. She left Rochester around 3PM. Quickly came, quickly left. But I tried my best to show her a fun time here in this modest, but fun, city of mine. We all got home really...... really... late last night... so we all slept in. Including Raj, who was late to work. But we got up and moving around 9:30 this morning and headed out for a visit to the UR campus, a visit to the bookstore there, checked out the new facilities/renovations, and picked up something from my office.
We also hit up downtown, as I wanted to show her High Falls. By default, it's usually one of my mainstays for someone visiting Rochester. I mean... who else has a frickin' waterfall in their city? Oh. Everyone? Nevermind.
So after taking some quick shots, walking forever, walking back, and being shut out of a couple businesses that are closed on Mondays, her and I headed out for a late lunch and our official last meal together.
Cynthia is incredibly hard to impress, so I do my best to show her the kinds of things that impress me. Out of all the things we did this weekend, she enjoyed the fair the most. That's fair. (har har) She also very much enjoyed the intense (but comical) discussions that Raj & I have on a daily basis. She leaves... with an open invitation to come back (with her husband), and I have the same down to Atlanta. Sounds like a plan.
Posted by Luke at 5:09 PM
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Spent the day at the beach with Cynthia for Jim's 31st birthday. Such a gorgeous day. Grilled, laid in the sun, had some birthday cake, joked, laughed and just enjoyed a care-free day.
P.S. I also learned that I should not call Cynthia (or any other woman) "girly girl" as this is sexist, and it makes me a sexist pig. OK. Got it.
Posted by Luke at 6:53 PM
Cynthia and I, along with my family, headed to the State Fair for the day. My family has this huge tradition every year. We ride up together, have baked goods together in the car (I made the brownies this year), and spend the day occasionally seeing each other at lunch and in the afternoon.
This year, my mother got us in for free, helped us get free parking, and even joined us for lunch. Cynthia and I walked around through the whole fair by ourselves, met up with Deb to play some games, walked through the dairy, poultry and horse barns.. and even saw the 4-H building. Brings back memories.
Dairy building was a little disappointing, but the sugar-free ice cream, chocolate milk, free cheese were darn good. Butter sculpture...ehhh.. not so much.
Had a great lunch with my family in the newly remodeled international building. Everyone of course got something different. I brought a ton of food for us to snack on, so we only had a buy a small main dish. And it was great taking a break before walking another couple of hours.
It was a long day of walking, and after we got back, we did some shopping before heading back to Rochester. And in the evening, Raj, Cindy and I headed to Sticky Lips for a delicious dinner. All in all, an amazing day. Onward......
Posted by Luke at 7:33 AM
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
So I've had a very interesting last couple of days. Been to D.C. and back. Eaten out almost every single day. Been visiting fun people. Doing great things. Laughing a lot. Having a great time.
But first, last Wednesday, I went to the Canandaigua community church sale with my family, as I do every year. After getting up at 6AM and heading there, Deb mentioned "For someone trying to downsize, you sure have a lot." True, true. But most of what I got was for other people. This sale is gigantic, and the prices are really reasonable. I usually get a few things every year to "fill" in the blanks at my house. This year, I was doing the same for some other people. I met up with my mom too, and the four of us hit up Denny's after for breakfast. It was a nice morning off from a stressful week at work.
So I took Friday off and drove down to D.C. again. I had this huge todo list, and got everything squared away, got into bed by 10:15pm and even got up at a decent 5:30am. Got on the road and everything was going smoothly. The trip was easy, as usual. Time flew by. I went a new route this time since I was heading straight to Linda's condo, which is a bit north of where I usually go (Laura's house). I even got to listen to Kathy Griffin's audio book on the way day... really great, hilarious and helped pass the time. Purpose of my being in D.C.... of course, just potential opportunities and whatnot. And I thought it all went well, but I've needed to pass on things and just keep pushing ahead. A huge disappointment, a big letdown, and kind of depressing all at the same time. But I'm a fighter.. and I get what I want. Just need to hone in on some things, right?
After getting back to Linda's condo and getting back into comfy clothes, I ate a quick dinner of salad (which I brought) and got on the road to go visit Laura & Sean. Getting through DC rushhour traffic on a Friday evening was not fun.. but I wasn't in a rush, and it turned out OK. Laura's parents were visiting too, and there was this bean salsa and hummus dip setup while everyone was talking and chatting about the latest. I got a nice tall glass of wine, shared the story of my day (in glorious wide-eyed happy detail), and enjoyed the rest of the evening just hanging out with the happy family. It's times like those that I realize I'm happier in DC than I am anywhere else.
I left Laura's to meet up with Linda and her friends for a fun night out. They all met up at a couple places before I joined them. But I met them at Ben's Chili Bowl, a famous chili place on U street. Seeing as I didn't like the chili last time, I passed on the food, but enjoyed the conversation. We hit up this club called "U Street Music Hall," a downstairs basement dance club with really expensive drinks ($10 for a shot of whiskey? ok) and very loud music in a very... very dark black-painted room. Now, I've been in a bunch of clubs, but this one felt oddly missing... personality. But they all had fun, they got drunk, and I left before midnight. I was tired. I was hungry. I was exhausted. And I wasn't dressed to be there.
But I pulled Linda awake in the morning and we went for a nice run. I love running in her area. It's not really great for running (trees, obstacles, pavement, businesses, sidewalk eating, etc), but I like the area.. and you can run to parks and rivers and whatnot. We ran a couple miles to the Iraq Embassy and then back. It was a good run, and I can tell Linda would love to run more, but she doesn't. We'll change that if I end up in DC someday.
After dropping Linda off at her work, hitting up Whole Foods for some supplies, I met up with Laura, Luke & Sean for the day. Laura, Sean and I hit up the Arlington County Fair for some fun in the vendors area, eating free samples on the food court, visiting a firetruck, walking through the midway, and just enjoying a nice day outside. Not sure about all the free crap I got, but I got it! And I brought it back home with me. Ha. We hit up Trader Joes afterward so I could get some wine, almond butter, nuts and other supplies I always get from there. It was a great day, and after getting back, Laura made this delicious dinner of pork loin and salad. She really is an amazing cook. We paired it with this delicious Italian wine and just enjoyed a quiet evening playing Wii, lounging and watching some TV. OH.. and Coldstone, of course.
I was supposed to come home after I left Linda's on Saturday, but dinner plans got complicated back in Rochester, so I decided to stay the night at Laura's and enjoy Sunday with them, too. So Sunday brought a great trip to a brunch place called Columbia Firehouse with Laura and her parents. They had an amazing selection, awesome atmosphere, cool dining area and really great service. I ended up getting a salad and some wings, and the rest of them dug into bloody mary's, appetizers and even shellfish. The food was very good and it was a really great end to a fun extended weekend. Driving home wasn't run. It took over 90 minutes to get out of DC, but I went to my mom's, dropped off the wine and such I got for her, and got back to Rochester by 11pm.
So this week seems to have been THE week to eat out. Last week, I had great wings at this local bar with Marni to commiserate some unfortunate happenings in our lives, I grabbed TOGO from Chili's for my trip down to DC, I hit up a couple great food places in DC, I went to the Cheesecake Factory with Tad for a belated birthday dinner (and had fun debating the merits of liberalism), and even hit up TGIFridays with Nola on Wednesday. It's terribly bad, I know. You get into the habit, and all of a sudden you want to eat out every day. Luckily, I have the willpower of an ox, and have put the kabosh on it. But then again, Cynthia is coming into town this weekend, and I'm sure we'll be eating out somewhere. I know Raj wants to go get Dinosaur BBQ with us this weekend.
I've had a bunch of work done on my house! I'm trying to get it into a great shape to rent it out or whatever may come of it. Ever since I moved in, a couple things have annoyed me about the place. One of which was the bits of the attic that were left unfinished, and also all three pairs of stairs squeek and bend when you walk up them. The attic steps had cracks in the planks and the basement steps actually were falling apart and ruining my pairs of socks. So I had it all fixed! And I got my wine fridge alcove finished, too. Pat and his assistant got everything ready on Thursday, I bought it, and he worked on the house for over 7 hours on Monday. It smells something terrible as the glue dries, but it looks great and I'm very happy with the results. A little pricey, but it needed to be done!
Okay, that's enough for now. :)
Posted by Luke at 10:38 AM
Blah blah blah................
"Hey my friend just left. I think I need a night alone."
"would you be mad if I didn't go?"
"also... I got the job"
"this turned into a couples night. and of course im the loner"
"ohhh... change of plans, i'm staying here this week"
"hahaha. no use sitting on your hands."
"I agree. Very well said."
"In about an hour. Want to come over?"
"You have an irrational hatred for mini golf."
"Ok ok dont yell still deciding"
"hey luke ur comin bk tonight right?"
"Wine makes me go to outdoor movies with men who are emotionally unavailable."
"Lol met a mini. you"
"i just got up r u still here?"
"Heather was proposed at the lincoln memorial."
"Stop texting and driving."
"Lol did you really go the wrong way?"
"I am sorry. U ok?"
"Im at the light.. meet u at the chapel"
"sweet! hopefully he'll come through for you. and for carl too."
"`karen` has a suspiciously indian accent"
Thursday, August 26, 2010
OK, so my new housemate moved in, in July. Since then, so many odd things have happened in my neighborhood that I'm starting to not blame him for being sketched out.
1. Explosion at the airport, roads closed around my house
2. Murder/Suicide 4 blocks from my house, roads closed
3. SUV barrels into house, roads closed nearby
4. Power outage, no power for 12 hours
5. Neighbors have drunken and rude guests over, belligerence, etc
6. String of robberies at houses with porches
7. Small child hit by car, rushed to hospital
8. CVS robbed
9. UR employee shot/killed through car window up the road
10. 3 alarm house fire on neighboring street
11. Complete road reconstruction.. roads blocked off
12. Gun shots at 1AM
Oh well. Life is never boring, I suppose.
Posted by Luke at 3:21 PM
it’s been so long I’ve been out of my body with you
I feel alone, feel at home, feel like nothing is true
she took me to a place where my senses gave-way
turn it round, shut it down, what the people say
climbing up, killing time, let them give you some
take my hand and let it come, let it come, let it…
take it back when she knows that your doing it right
cuz everybody else knows what their taking tonight
but I just wanna play it right
we’re gonna get there tonight!
it’s been so far, I’ve been walking the line on my own
lift me up to the stars, we are coming home
I only had a chase, but were out of time
we are souls in the cold, physical design
set me free, set me out on the run
lift me up to the sun, to the sun, to the…
we are burning down, we are burning down
it’s the way that you fake it, I know it’s too late
but I just want to play it right
we’re gonna get there tonight!
I just want to take you down
we’re gonna get there tonight!
but I just want to play it right
we’re gonna get there tonight!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
More quotes from R...
"CAUSE YOU'RE CRAZY!" Aug 22 (usually his reasoning for everything I do)
"Good morning. You might want to get up." Aug 23 (through my bedroom door @ 7am)
"Your mom gave me vegetables? How did she know I cook?" Aug 23
"When are you going to make those cookies, dude?" Aug 24
"See. This is what happens when you leave me alone for the weekend." Aug 24
"If I'm talking too much to you, just let me know." Aug 24
"Can you call this character? I think he's being racist." Aug 25 (re: Craigslist)
"We can throw out some vegies to make room!" Aug 25 (in reference to me moving the vodka from the freezer to the shelf)
(over phone) "Oh. (pause) Ok. (pause) See you later?" Aug 25 (in response to my having plans tonight)
"What's new? You look transfixed." Aug 26 (right before midnight, while I'm watching tv)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
"Wait. We have rovers on Mars?!" Aug 15
(in regard to his cooking) "How did you like it? Was it a 10?" Aug 15
"What are you complaining about now? Bread and butter? DUDE. It was breakfast." Aug 16
"Did you just go shopping? Again? Do you always disappear at night and go shopping?" Aug 17
"You're out of cooking oil, now." Aug 17
"I also wanted to have a tiger for a pet." Aug 17
"So how is it living with a crazy Indian guy?" Aug 18
"Yeah. I was wondering when you were going to make me more bread." Aug 19
"I'm at a coffee shop. Come join me." Aug 20 (while I'm 400 miles away in D.C.)
"Are you coming home tonight? I was getting worried." Aug 22
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
- Home Depot pickup of supplies
- Dinner at Chili's - takeout food for drive down
- Grocery Store/Target for supplies
- Garbage & recycling to the curb
- Four loads of laundry
- Iron dress shirt/tie and pack up suit
- Make loaf of bread for Raj
- Empty dishwasher/clean kitchen
- Water outside plants
- Deposit check at bank
- Print out directions/get emails ready
- Study wiki printouts for tomorrow's thingy
- Pack up car with supplies
- Pick flowers from garden for new center piece
- Burn mix CDs for drive
- Get a full tank of gas
- Get meeting materials all in order and in the car
- GO TO BED BY TEN
Photo by Donna D.
Posted by Luke at 7:42 PM