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First off my apologies for an unending supply of "Undisclosed location"s.

The story goes back to April of last year.

To soften my paranoia of nobody showing up for my 40th birthday, I threw an Aries Bash for all the local Aries births. We had about 5 guests of honour with Aries birthdays. But beyond my wildest dreams of people appearing for my party; no surprise was as sweet as the one that was planned entirely behind my back. For about a month a small contingency pooled their resources and brought SJ Tucker and K out by plane for the weekend from Arkansas.

The story was briefly mentioned in a blog post from that weekend. Sooj and K showed up while we were labouring with Aiden in a high chair. It was cursed by many that a camera was not available to show me not merely with jaw on the floor, but rendered speechless (for one of the rare times).

Sooj and Betsy Tinney (2/3 of Tricky Pixie) took over the basement and gave an amazing house concert. Two things then transpired that night. [livejournal.com profile] stealthcello, [livejournal.com profile] s00j, [livejournal.com profile] omnisti, and plan instigator [livejournal.com profile] ladydrakania were made 100% officially family to us. I made them Freeple certificates and all. Secondarily, I looked S00j in the eye and told her that one day I would exact revenge when she least expected it.

Okay Sherman, out of the Wayback and back to 2009.

I have been interviewing with a company in St. Louis, Missouri. I will admit, this was not where I would ever have seen myself going. I have been through St. Louis _once_. I was driving from Pittsburgh to San Diego to move. I stopped to see the Arch. I don't remember what prompted me during the interview process to check; but I remember noticing that SJ was planning on playing St. Louis at some point.

As things proceeded with the interviews for the company; I thought... okay.. wouldn't it be hilarious if I could some how make a trip out there when she is playing there. And then the call came that they wanted to fly me out for a face-to-face. The original plan was to fly out on a Thursday night and leave Sunday. That wasn't going to work because one of the people that wanted to interview me wasn't going to be in last week. So they decided to have me come in Friday and interview Monday. The reason for the weekend was to let me poke around the area and see what I thought of the area. This turned out to not merely be the weekend that Sooj was performing in St. Louis. But it was her birthday weekend.

Knowing that it wouldn't just be my decision, I quickly got tickets for [livejournal.com profile] jnanacandra and [livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman to join me. Well, now we obviously had to keep it secret from SJ & K, but had to make sure we knew where the concert was. And well, we can't keep a secret either; so we had to tell a few people. Then Heather made the long post about "undisclosed locations" and many people started asking. We contacted the host of the tonight's concert a few days ago.

As it turned out; we showed up at her house pretty much as K and SJ were unloading the truck. Knowing that the camera was the essential bit: I pulled up to the curb, jumped out, and yelled, "Hey, can I help you carry some of that stuff." K looked back at me, confused and said sure. Then there was a pause followed by... "Wait.." and then a full on Gypsy, "Heeeeeyyy" And there was hugging.

Well, Sooj was watching from the door but may not have seen clearly. She came out and there was much more hugging. Our surprise was a great success. But lest we leave out the birthday end of things. Heather is a contributor for the Ravens project. She's done an amazing pen & ink based on a VERY popular photograph of Sooj. (Yes, that one; and if you don't know what I'm talking about; you'll find out.) Heather presented the original to Sooj as a gift. The result (albeit blurry) we think conveys the emotion we were shooting for with great success.

We will have more pictures tomorrow as we will probably spend the day with SJ and K and then attend her birthday concert. We were unable to stay for tonight's due to a prior engagement which may wind up being another extended post altogether. The whole night was intense. There will be many photos of the St. Louis b'day concert and maybe if we can pull it off, other added treats.

Thank you again to everyone who helped.. even if it was just to be in on the secret.

SJ and K are seeming to be enjoying St. Louis very much. Seems we are too.

Edit
I almost blew it chatting with K earlier in the week. He told me he was in Arkansas... I said reflexively.. "So, are you going to be popping up on my doorstep unexpectedly?"

He assumed I meant the last time he was in Arkansas. :)

Edit2
Put in the link for the Ravens Project which you all know about now. RIGHT?!?!?!
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I must be having a good transit between communication and family.

In the past week I've been contacted by 3 old Order members from L.A. that I don't chat with very often. I also got to emails that made me very happy.

First - The relative the ex-actress. Many friends know that I have a somewhat distant relative who was a fairly famous child actress for about 15 years. I'd been emailing her about my genealogical research. Her letters have been pleasant... but reserved. In my last email to her I gave her a lot of research information and mentioned my great Aunt. "Aunt Fanny". Yes, I think every Jew has (or should have) one.

Fan was my paternal grandmother's sister. "Great Aunt". Fan was also the first cousin to my relative's father. So she also considered her an "Aunt". Even though technically... blah blah blah... It was Aunt Fanny. Well, Aunt Fanny opened the dam. The letter I got this morning was warm... It was open. I think I learned more about my cousin in this one letter than I have over the years as a 'fan-relative' studying the public material. I felt like I got to sit with a relative and have a family chat. I'm working on my response.

Then there was email number two. My first year of college was very difficult. I was fairly socially inept. (Was?)... I became friends with a girl. CP. I adored her. I crushed on her. But I also respected the hell out of her. She became a very close friend without me even realizing it. Sadly... right out of college she married a guy she knew and vanished. I lost contact with her entirely. I got the impression shortly out of college that she wanted to put it and everyone behind her. So I never followed-up. Also back then... keeping touch.. not as easy.

About a week ago, I literally stumbled across her online. Now... you have to understand... Me... College... We're talking 1987. Do the math. I saw pictures... and to be honest... Age hasn't done her any harm. She looks as radiant as the day I remember her. So... I dropped her a message. (New name and all). I was brief and direct. But did say that she was a very fond part of my college days and I did miss keeping in touch.

Today, I got a mail from her (thru the web service we were both on) saying that she would have responded sooner but that she doesn't check the web site. She gave me her email and wanted to catch up. Saying also that she had fond memories.

So... interaction wise... The day has been good. Good emails and IMs with loves as well. Good work done. And Daycare will start next week. :$)

More soon-
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Part of being on Livejournal.com is inevitably gaining a number of LJ buddies. Unfortunately, as time wears on, it's easy to forget where all of them came from. Post this in your journal and have your friends respond with how they recall first meeting you.
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Cribbed from a post by [livejournal.com profile] faerievixen2 as well as one from [livejournal.com profile] schnookiemuffin:

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. I read your journals, or we have something else in common and we chat occasionally. Some of you I hardly know at all. Perhaps you lurk, for whatever reason. But you friended me and I thank you for your interest in my words.

But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's so and so...they listen in rapture to the love-music of she-turnips."

I'd love it if every single person who friended me would do this. Yes, even you people whom I know really well. Then post this in your own journal and see what gems of knowledge appear.
lordandrei: (Gnostics go PING!)
So from about 10:30 until 6:30 we hit the ground and hit it Really hard.

Thanks to Sidhefire clan:[livejournal.com profile] nascar24_48 and[livejournal.com profile] vismaya_viewer (who's LJ's I need to look up) and their SUV
Alligators: [livejournal.com profile] ladyaraia and [livejournal.com profile] quetz with Godzilla!
MSFTies: [livejournal.com profile] sea_gaagii (and the exterra), [livejournal.com profile] philkensebben (and boys), and killer props to [livejournal.com profile] papertygre who's help went beyond amazing including fastening a table to her car and fetching lunch.
ATC kept up a punch with [livejournal.com profile] princekermit and Raphael.. with the amazing silver pickup
And the man who can fall into no definition: [livejournal.com profile] glitch25

And two women who make me incredibly happy: [livejournal.com profile] faerievixen2 and [livejournal.com profile] polanegri.

There is no way that [livejournal.com profile] elocinnuala, [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy, [livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman and I could have accomplished what you all did today.

Blessings upon each and every one of you.
lordandrei: (Gnostics go PING!)
They say you should start the new year in a manner that you want the year to play out.

Looks at checklist... check.

About a week and a half ago, I decided to continue what is now become about a 5-6 year tradition. Andrei's 3 year New-Year's rotation.

Year one: Go to friends for New Years
Year two: Take an awesome trip somewhere
Year three: Host a shindig.

And looking back:
'05-06: Portland
'04-05: A wonderful night at [livejournal.com profile] elqahar's
'03-04: Well, at least there was scrabble... ahem
'02-03: Las Vegas
'01-02: Friends in Pasadena with intent on going to the rose parade.

So we sent out a quick evite. If you are local and I didn't get an evite out to you this year... huge apologies. It was planned late and we were trying to estimate how many could fit.

I made my usual host-run to the super market. Remembering everything except pineapple juice.(hee hee hee) (There were 4 'hee's and then I felt, 3 was more than enough). Veggies, peel and eat shrimp, soda, chips, and bubbly.

Now let me find my RomperRoom magick mirror and look around:
[livejournal.com profile] faerievixen2 and [livejournal.com profile] glitch25, [livejournal.com profile] herne51 and his three friends: ([livejournal.com profile] kethar, [livejournal.com profile] eternal_synn, and R)
[livejournal.com profile] princekermit, [livejournal.com profile] elocinnuala, and the highly entertaining [livejournal.com profile] 1_wolfsong
[livejournal.com profile] jackal_child even came out of moth balls to drop in. She seems to have gotten along with my other friends.
Of course there were the usual band of suspects around: [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy, [livejournal.com profile] lordandrei, [livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman, and [livejournal.com profile] cute_evil.

So 12, a child, and a cat.

The highlight of the December evening was tuning in Dick Clark and looking at the Disney Animatronic that he has turned into. We realized after 10 minutes that Dick doesn't blink. After about another 10 minutes he blinked. Everyone took a drink. The DC Rocking NYE was hilarious. They showed a scary Gwen Stafani wannabe entertaining and they'd occasionally cut to audience members. Usually with looks of horror and disgust. This means the segment director will either get a promotion or fired. :)

[livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman actually was a dream. After about 8 pm. He actually 'went down'. Heather put him in bed and he napped rather successfully. He woke at about 11:55 pm. Fortunately, [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy was able to make it downstairs with him latched with 45 seconds to go. So, [livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman rang in the new year attached to a breast. So we know what his 2007 will be like.

After midnight there was much bubbly and discussion of the house rules. More on that in a separate post. Many people brought ale and mead, and other snacks. I think we still have an unopened Pecan Pie. [livejournal.com profile] herne51 and his new housemate eventually wound up crashed in the den. [livejournal.com profile] princekermit and the twins wound up crashed in the temple. (Hey, he's a priest... it was appropriate accommodations)

Sadly we never got around to playing the new "Munchkin Impossible"

The overnighter's headed out around 11:30 to go be Polar Bears on New Years. (Shiver)... I've begun the digging out from cans, bottles, and glasses.

[livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman is now happily riding and being spastic in his chair. Which we got for about half price at a "Just For Kids" consignment store. [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy is writing her beginning of the year post as well.

All-in-all... this year has started exactly how I'd like the rest of the year to be.

Yay.
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So, I've reactivated my Netflix once again-again.

Translation: I found those discs that came in about 3 months ago and sent them back in.

So.. once again I find myeslf asking the all important question....

Are you on Netflix? Can I add you to share recommendations?

If you'd like to link to my Netflix. Just click this link.

That is all.
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I said this would be up by 6pm. I can say in all honesty it is late because of Snow.

Yes! Snow, snow, SNOW!!!

Anyways.... From the memes (which you can still add to here:

Nice things people have said about people on my friends list: (And no I'm not telling who)

[livejournal.com profile] solcita - is love wrapped in skin
[livejournal.com profile] jadine - always has a warm hug ready and nice things to say when "I" see her.
[livejournal.com profile] dissimilus - is a freakin' incredible photographer, and a nice guy too
[livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy - is lovely and nifty and fun.
[livejournal.com profile] lazuli93 - "I" love working with her, and "I"'ve learned a lot from her.
[livejournal.com profile] blk is just glowingly beautiful. I bet she even looks good first thing in the morning.
[livejournal.com profile] lady_saffir and [livejournal.com profile] anubis75 - are so accepting of folks. I love that.
[livejournal.com profile] faerievixen2 - "I" have a huge crush on you.
[livejournal.com profile] scifigal - Georgeous, genious, sexy, fun to play with at con, fun to tease the pit-master with...

I have the following compliments that I don't know who they are about:
???? - Her dancing makes me smile

And thank you for this one as I know who made the comment :)
[livejournal.com profile] lordandrei - does wonderful tea and conversation and even better hugs.
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So I posted this one Sunday. I'm going to repost it because it hit a few snags.

1) the 100 space limit on text questions was too limiting
2) people left comments about people without telling me which person.

So, here we go again (I'll still list answers from the last one)

The idea is to write something nice about someone on my friends list. Yes, you have to tell me who it's about. (I won't tell)

Then, when I get all the responses I'll make a posting that says:
[livejournal.com profile] afreeman - Someone says "You're clever. That's so cool."

It's a chance to give almost (but not really) anonymous compliments to people.

So:
[Poll #622857]

I'll post all the comments from Sunday's poll-post and todays by 6pm Thursday (my time)
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] tikva who stole it from [livejournal.com profile] izzycat who caught it from [livejournal.com profile] catamorphism

Have something nice to say about someone else? Now's the chance. I won't post who said what but I'll group them by person to receive good comments :)

[Poll #621737]
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Got a call from [livejournal.com profile] elphie who was in town this weekend. Made plans to meet her this evening. [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy and I went down to the city and wound up meeting and playing muchly poker with her and [livejournal.com profile] kerrizor.

Great fun, cool people. I made muchly chips. There will be more poker :)

I have learned the ways of Pedugi, Stud, and Omaha... And it was good :-D

Mac Pro Podcast 11 Video Edition - MacProPodcastVideo
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So, despite the name change and estrangement from my family, I do continue to do research into my family's origin.

I am building a fairly extensive website on our families.

Today, I got mail from the Ellis Island organization. They have put a new search mechanism together.

Well, my Great -great grandfather (dad's dad's dad) has always been elusive. To this day, I'm not sure how he got into the country. But I tried again to find his wife.

Today I found something.

Line 2 of the Manifest of the Pretoria (Please note this is a big jpeg)

[livejournal.com profile] fiannaharpar has been helping me read the horrible hand writing. [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy really helped by fixing the contrast on the graphic.

So... if anyone wants to take a stab at helping us read this... I'd be more than happy.
Of most interest are columns 2, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 16

Comments concerning the details are in the comments section. Feel free to try to interpret before looking at the comments so as to not be influenced on initial interpretation. :)
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...from [livejournal.com profile] lady_saffir by way of [livejournal.com profile] ardras156

Leave one memory of you and me together. It doesn't matter if I know you a little or a lot, anything you remember! Next, post this in your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you.

Comments will be screened.
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Why yes, I haven't posted in a while. Life has actually been too much of a distraction. But, when a naked girl climbs over to you for kisses every morning... who's going to blame you for reduced postings?

Well, that aside, I was flipping through some of my random sites and decided to take a look on OKCupid. This is a bizarre little site that believes that it can pinpoint matches far better than any other site. It does so by asking you (over time) hundreds maybe thousands of little multiple choice questions.

All are incredibly open to interpretation and debate. You pick the one answer that best suits you; the up to all but one answer that you'd like your matches to pick, and how important this question is to your dating someone. (Or... you can just skip the question outright)

In the words of Hedy LeMarr, "Why am I telling you this?"

Well, one question popped up that sent my little Thelemic mind reeling. The question was as follows:

"Is your duty to religion/God even more important than your family" answer: Yes or No.

Gads. My gut instinct would be to put a resounding "NO" down. I've dealt with so many fundamentalists in my life that... that... and then I rethought the question...

time for Andrei's world view... )

So, that being said, I answered the question. This prompted me to reconsider my biography on the site. On most dating sites, I pretty much point people to my LiveJournal profile and leave it at that. But, now with my newfound desire to talk more about myself and who I am, (Gosh, self involved much?) I decided to actually write a dating site Who am I biography.

I've spent the last 10 years training myself to not really care what others think about me. Many old friends (of which there aren't many left) know how dependent I used to be on the opinions of others. That being said, I decided to exercise the irony of putting the new bio here for the sole purpose of soliciting opinions. I liked OKCupid's format because it asks you to write a Bio while highlighting search terms. OKC of course is not the most liberal of sites, so I'm pretty sure my new bio is sure to put off the people I want to put off. So... below is the bio... Feel free to comment. (Underlines represent highlight terms, not links)

And this is how Andrei represents himself. )
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Let there be a feast for life!

Warmest wishes to [livejournal.com profile] shoebox_bird

(sleepy from coding until far too late last night)

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