I Practice What I PreachIf you've spent any amount of time with me in person, you know the thing I hate most is when someone notices something wrong in their life, bitches about it and does nothing, or more likely does something specifically to make it worse. Things like "Oh, I'm so fat... where's the ice cream?" People who do this need to do one of two things: stop whining, or do something to correct the problem.
Today I corrected the problem. Several years ago I had braces, and when they were removed I made a bad choice and didn't get the wire across the bottom teeth to keep them in place. Over time they shifted around and crowded, and a few weeks ago one of them started scratching up the inside of my lower lip. Did I whine or complain about it? No! I talked to some people who are in the know about such things to see what could be done, and today I had another set of braces put on. I identified the problem, and did what was necessary to repair it. I lead by example.
In other news, a haircut, shave, and faded Atari T-shirt and I now have the perfect 14-year-old costume for tonight if I want. I, however, am going to stay at home and work on some things I didn't get a chance to do earlier.
Hopefully I've taken a different slant on it than other people who've talked about Halloween. You may be asking yourself "Why did he stay up until 2:30 in the morning writing this when he has to go to work the next day?" Well, what else am I gonna do, sleep?
Two one year anniversariesSo a year ago Sunday by date was the first time the girlfriend and I went out together. It was to a singles party, she invited me, and her friend was there with us. I ended the night by dancing with both of them, then taking them both back to my place.
One week later was the first time we went out together without anyone else around; we went to see Jarhead, went for a walk, and then I made her shover her tongue down my throat. Journal entry All in all it was a pretty good couple of evenings.
Rather than try to figure out which one best qualifies as our first date (first time out together or first time alone, both have merit), we've just decided to celebrate both. This Saturday we're going out to a semi-fancy dinner followed by various games, and next Saturday we're eating at the 360 Restaurant at the top of the world's tallest free-standing building, the CN Tower. The restaurant actually spins, making a complete revolution every hour or so.
I also secured part of her non-specific-seasonal-holiday (political correctness sucks) present today. Nobody finds out what it is until after she does at Christmas. I'll just say it's something she doesn't expect, and it's not a toaster.