smiley9.gif As far as I know I've got a place to stay for RvBTO already, giving that I provide a little compensation, but I'm still debating on just how I'm going to get there. Last year I joined up with a bunch of good people and boarded the Jengabus from Philadelphia to Toronto. I than came home in the Zakmobile. So, needless to say, I didn't have much of a hand in getting myself to and from RvBTO; which I kind of feel bad about.

I wasn't old enough to get my name on the registration in order to help drive the Jengabus and, unfortunately, I don't know how to drive stick-shift; which is what the Zakmobile runs on so Zak ended up driving the whole way while I felt kind of useless. Still, it was a fun experience and one that I'll never forget. As I think about this year I say to myself, "How will I get there?" There are plenty of options, sure, from planes to trains, buses and automobiles.

I could fly, sure, and it'd probably be the most convenient option but, truth be told, I hate flying. It's not because I'm afraid to fly, because I'm not, it's just that I've always hated airports. Having to get there early, check in, go through so many security check points, wait for your plane, board it, wait to take off, fly, land, get your bags, etc. etc. etc. and I'm rather worried about how I'm going to get from the airport at TO to where I'm staying. I'd much rather have my own vehicle to help me in such a situation.

As it stands, I don't trust my car to drive me the ten hours from Boston to Toronto. It's a piece of shit. Currently I am waiting for my tax returns because once I get it and deposit it I'm going to start looking for a new car. Not just because it'll be better for driving long distances but because, well, my car is a piece of shit. I'm the fourth owner of it and it's a 1993 Oldsmobile. I originally bought it off a friend of the family for $800. Since then I've put thousands of dollars into it in order to keep it on the road. It's time has come.

smiley9.gif Just so you know, I wasn't bullshitting you on the "Writing a novel before I'm 30" business. I know I shouldn't set goals/deadlines for myself, because like Douglas Adams I "enjoy deadlines, because I love the sound they make as they go rushing by"; which is true. I'm a procrastinator. I'm lazy. The other thing is that, unfortunately, I can get very frustrated at times due to a creative writer's block. To tell you the truth, the story that I have in mind which I want to tell is something that I've had on the block for years.

A few years ago I started writing it, typed out about three chapters on my computer, and lost it all after my last hard drive fried. Need less to say, a blow like that hit me very hard. It depressed me to no end and I just walked away from it. Couple days ago, while searching from my notebooks and such, I actually found half of the first chapter that I wrote and I re-read it and it all came back to me. It still sucks, however, because that two and a half chapters are still lost, but at least I've got a small sample of what I once had; and I love it.

I should type up that small sample of the first chapter that's been lost for a few years now, if anyone is interested in reading it, and luckily, I'll be getting to know it a lot better in the years to come... and, I'm thinking, I may actually hand write the entire first draft of my novel... because I can't take losing all that date once more.

smiley9.gif My birthday isn't for another three months and normally I don't make a big deal out of my birthday, but I'm thinking that I might do something special this year. I always take my actual birthday off from work because, well, who the fuck wants to work on their birthday? Not me! I don't know what I'm gonna do, yet, but it'll probably be the usual boring stuff I do with my friends around here; get dinner and go bowling, or something.

However, the day before? I also plan to take the day off from work and I'm thinking that I want to spend the entire day with the internet to celebrate my birthday! Doing what? I dunno, I'm thinking maybe playing video games all day, hopping in and out of XBL parties and various multi-player games than end the night by watching a really bad movie together with some RT Movie Nights; sound good? Hmm, we'll see what happens...

smiley9.gif Speaking of RT Movie Nights, we're BACK, baby! I'm just tired of the runaround, really, as are we all; so I just want to take this time to personally thank each and everyone of you who have stuck by me and the concept of RT Movie Nights as a whole through everything that it's been through since it's inception. It's been a very crazy and bumpy ride, I'll admit, but (hopefully) we'll get ourselves back to a sense of normalcy soon enough...

smiley9.gif One MORE Thing: RvBTO + RT Movie Nights = ?