Saturday, January 22, 2011

2 Months, Shit, Smile

WOW, I can't believe it's really been 2 months since the last time I wrote on here. Oh so much has happened. Lets start with a big RIP to a very special and loved woman, Myriam Simi, who was take way too young. Myriam was someone who always had a huge smile on her face, would welcome you into her home with a big hug and kiss, toss you a beer and tell you to cut her up some saucisson. You could ride your bike over to her house, she'd tell you to make a sandwich, sit down and just start bullshitting with you about life, love, whatever was on your mind. She was loved by all and will be sorely missed. Her tragic death will resonate for eternity.

I feel odd writing further, but I don't want to leave you at that, so I learned about this while on Christmas vacation in France. If any of the 3 of you that read this don't know, which is doubtful, I'm half French. So, this year being my grandmother's 80th birthday/christmas, the, majority, family all met up at Montlouis for the holiday. Christmas afternoon saw...41? of us gathered for lunch. I won't go into too much detail but let me just say my 6 days were a non-stop glut-fest. I mean we ate, then we drank, then we ate, then we drank, then we ate, then we drank, then we slept and started all over the next day. But then again, we are french after all. It was nice, but there was no damn snow on christmas. That was kinda shitty, especially since it was damn near blizzarding here...oh well. Maybe next year...but probably not since I'll probably be in Brazil. Oh the life I live, so could do it too, but if we all did it, it wouldn't be special, right? Well fuck you too, no one told your parents to live in portsmouth, that's not my fault. Anyways, I got back into the country and was stuck in goddamned Charlotte, NC for a day and a half. The aforementioned blizzard had flights to NY canceled for 2 damn days. That dick Bloomberg cut funding for sanitation, so nothing could get cleared up. On the upside, I read the 100+ mafioso were arrested in Nj, NY and RI this past week, so maybe they'll stop stealing all of the NY tax dollars? Yeah, I know, prob. not.

My next adventure was to "sunny" California. Yeah, one fucking day of sun in a week. Way to go San Francisco! I feel like the only place you get sun in Cali is in Arizona. Seriously, I've been there a few times and I feel like you see the sun about 10% of the time. I guess you've gotta get out of the city? Whatever, I still had a good time. We had a conference there for work, the culmination of 6 months of work, and it went damn well. I'd pat myself on the back...but whatevs (shudders, I hate that word). Met some cool folks out there, reconnected with OOLD friend from HS and College, ate...well, they didn't have anything special, but I did go to this cool bar. It's a speakeasy called Bourbon and Branch. There's no sign anywhere, you push a button and give them a "secret" password (easy). Once inside, it looks like a regular restaurant. There are booths lining the left, a bar on the right, it's nice and dark/dingy. There's a back room with tables, nice ambiance with msuic playing. I didn't pay enough attention to see if people were eating, but I imagine it was just drinks. But there are secret rooms everywhere. We ended up in the Library, a room at the back that was, wait for it, behind a bookshelf. The hostess literally pulled a book out of its slot to open the secret passage. It was very cool, except all they served, pretty much, was cocktails. They had like 5 diff kinds of beer, but they did have this great cucumber cocktail. I think I ordered like 5 of them. Unfortunately the trip ended with a devastating loss by the New England Patriots (my team) to the hated New York Jets who play in the New Giants Stadium in New Jersey, and a bout with Strep. If you've never had Strep, DON'T. It sucks. You basically can't swallow. And this lasts until about 2-3 days after you start your antibiotics. So if you think you've got it, take your ass to the doctor ASAP! I've had it before so I went the morning after I first noticed symptoms. basically your tonsils and Lymph Nodes get all swollen and covered in mucus, they're really tender so even swallowing your saliva feels like swallowing glass shards. Not fun.

So that's pretty much the gyst of what I've been doing the last two months. Really, what I've left out is day after day of 10-14 hr work days getting ready for that damn conference. Man am I glad it's over! But now it's time to get ready for the NY conference. I guess that's good though. if there was nothing to do there'd be no reason to pay me. Oh NYE? Just think 3/4 a bottle of Jack to the dome and some drinking games! Nuff Said! Ok, that's my 2 months in a nut shell. Read my next post to see why I really came on here. Bloody tree-hugging liberals!

Eat Shit and Smile!

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