Wednesday, May 31, 2006

worked like a charm

fired 50 rounds of .40S&W and 50 rounds of 9mm. just what the doctor ordered.
my brother, by the by, seems to be a natural with a handgun. he was grouping very tightly from the get go, with minimal twitching and such.

i guess i'm a good coach. *pat pat pat*

tomorrow and friday we're doing inventory. *gulp*
everybody better fall in line and do things properly, or i'll bring *them* to the shooting club next time.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

ooh, this is quite the funk i'm in

feels like i could tattoo "meh." on my forehead.

i wonder if it's due to the crazy bad sleep i've been getting or if it's causing it...

going to fire a few into some targets later. hopefully that fixes the mood.


Monday, May 29, 2006

bonds is second all time

does this matter to anyone?

nice weekend all in all. friday night was awesome, saturday night was sedate, sunday was freaking frustrating, though i've decided to do as i do from now on. those who want to tag along can ASK ME. i'm tired of feeling like i'm forcing fun on folk, and it's particularly fun when i almost get the impression that they're agreeing to come along even though they'll have a miserable time.

well, darn them to heck. they can now bask in the foggy ignorance and be excluded from all that i do, unless of course they manage to find out about something and plead to come with.

oh, and sunday was also quite fun. we ended up strolling through the plateau, did the icecream thang, and made mega tasty steaks on the grill.

i'm-a headin over to the golf course this afternoon. gonna practice a wee bit, and also take care of some financing stuff.

Friday, May 26, 2006

a very agreeable afternoon

was had by me. first, i fired my first 100 rounds with handguns. wow, was that ever a humbling experience. it's a miracle anybody can hit anything with 'em. they are horribly inaccurate, and when you combine that with my complete noob-ness, you end up with some erratic results.

my first gun was a beretta 92, the pretty pretty 9mm you see in a lot of movies. it, uh, jammed after a few shots. i felt like james bond when the guy took it back, claiming it had been horribly abused recently and still wasn't quite right. y'see, james had his beretta taken away and replaced with a german model in dr. no.

my second 9mm was better, although it didn't feel as nice in the hands. mind you, i'm not a pistol fan anyway, much preferring the feel and look of a nice mid-frame revolver (see smith & wesson 686 for reference).

then, after 50 rounds, a buddy talked me into buying another box of 50 in .40S&W caliber and trying his gun, which i did. the .40 bucks a little more and makes a bigger BANG!, which is actually quite fun, though i see now why so many people rave about 9mm's.

maybe i'll head back today. i'd like to finally try a .357magnum...

last night was a terrace for the three of us. an enjoyable evening altogether.

oh, and i slept like utter poop last night again. woot.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

that was a fun pub session

although in hindsight, maybe i drank a little too much. ali had to go to the pharmacy on our way home, so i ended up amusing myself with the blood pressure monitor thingie a little too much. that, and i was using those little wallet sized magnifying lense thingies as a monocle, tromping around the pharmacy speaking german.

when we went back last night (my poor ali has a wound), there was an instant sense of recognition from the girl at the counter.

today is a stunning day. i'm going to head over to the gun club later on, though i really should get over to the course. that will be tomorrow. oh yes. tomorrow.

poor ali. she should be better by saturday, after her dentist appointment. that, or i'll be up on charges of manslaughter for wasting the dentist.

hmmm...what else?

we leave for europe on the 21st of june, which is fast approaching. i am eagerly anticipating the whole thing.

back to drinking on tuesday. all my regular buddies were there, and it was nice. there were 7 of us total, including ali, and the drinks just flew around. the conversation was hilarious, often bordering on the crazy, and it was a much needed classic pub evening.

i've figured out that the trick to not getting the spins after 3 pints and 5 ounces of jameson is to have just eaten a hurley burger. mmmmmm.

tonight is the usual casual evening chez marcmarcmarc, which when coupled with a martini should suffice to relax me just fine.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

driving, driving, and then more driving.

between today and tomorrow...
the sun's poked out of the clouds at last, and i can't go golfing! blarg!

oh, tonight we've a date with 2 stools at the pub. mmmmmmm.

gonna join the indoor shooting club right near the office this week. that will guaranteed be fun fun fun. i've already got my eye on a nice smith & wesson .357 magnum.

the cottage is now in my dad's name, i'm about 4 weeks from a much needed trip to europe, i'll be playing golf this week for sure, and also blasting away at the range, which is an activity i really enjoy.

all in all, if i can get work out of my mind, it looks to be a great summer.

oh, and i think alan's gonna be up fer a pint or two towards the end of the summer.

Friday, May 19, 2006

woot! friday!

and more to the point, a rolicking (how can i spell that without feeling dirty?) good time is in store, yes store, for us tonight. carlo unt ali mit Ffej unt others.

i'm sure we'll get into all sorts of hijinks and shenanigans. maybe cause a ruckus or two while we're at it.

my fanless laptop's keyboard gets soothingly warm after a while. never hot, just soothingly warm. it's like typing on a keyboard made of freshly out of the dryer laundry.


Thursday, May 18, 2006

things are looking up

cuz it's raining, and guinness always tastes better in the rain.
oh, and i have chocolate milk. :)
she actually made chocolate milk in a little drinky type container for me.
this woman is crazy.

my subconsious hates me

i woke up as down as down can be. ugh. sigh.
i thought all that was done and dealt with. what the fuck is it still doing in there?
guess who's going for a drink later?
me, silly.
honestly, i'm getting more than a little fed up with the randomly reoccuring badbads that tear scabs off old wounds like that.
i'm fully aware that i'm damaged goods. fine. it's normal and part of the whole thang of bein' me, but this one thing i'd really like to make peace with at last.
i always imagined a 'romantic' being someone who's constantly spouting soliliquies inspired by dripping taps and the glory of a water droplet tracing its way down a pane of glass, and all that stuff...
i recently became aware of another definition of the word, where it's more about being a boston red sox fan, or in my case, showing up to world cup soccer matches every four years with an italian flag, gazing hopefully up at the screen.
GO AWAY, YOU FUCKING little demon.
i swear, soon i'm gonna start really hearing voices...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Fellini's got nothing on this guy

last night lived up to expectations, with a very well prepared dinner and one of the great movies of our time, Shaun of the Dead.

we left for home laden with other audio-visual goodies, such as March of the Penguins, Loonie Tunes (26 episodes!!!) and something else that escapes me at the moment.

had a wicked good adventure dream last night, probably brought on by S o t D, though i managed to have an interested (read:frustrating) hour or so where i couldn't fall back asleep. no position was comfortable, no temperature acceptable...y'know...

well, on with today, then!

Monday, May 15, 2006

we had a good time

friday night, we went to watch Mission Impossible 3. I haven't the foggiest notion what it was about, but the explosions were fun.

saturday was the *yawn* wedding, which turned out to be quite fun. our table was interesting, with Peter the 3 time grey cup champ quarterback sitting next to me. he has a hall of fame ring that i could wear as a bracelet. what is it with quarterbacks and the size of their hands? anyway, not much drinking was had, which is good.

sunday was mother's day chez my parents, which also was nice.

tonight, though, now THIS i'm looking forward to. a nice relaxing evening chez my buddo.

Friday, May 12, 2006

i wonder what we're up to tonight...

will it be laid back and relaxed? yes. where will it take place? dunno.
mebbe we watch dem dar comedy videos chez Ffej? I'll have to call him, then.
Okay, memory, let's do this. Remind me later to call Ffej.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

maintain focus

and perspective. repeat ad infinitum.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

ooh boy, i's a sleepy li'l bugger

dropped my friend/colleague off at the airport at 3:15 this morning. tried to go back to sleep afterwards, but it didn't exactly happen. i think i dozed off at last around 7:30, which means i slept for another hour. i was late coming in, but it doesn't make much of a difference, since that extra hour of sleep doesn't feel like it's helping much.
let's see what kind of trouble i can get into today!

Monday, May 08, 2006

well, i did it

and poor Ali still has work to be done. Poor thing was all stressed on saturday after her appointment. not to worry, sweet thang. you'll get it done.

had a fun dungeon romp on friday night.

went to a fun party on saturday night.

Ralph is in town for the next two days, so work should be laid back.


Friday, May 05, 2006

this afternoon i face my biggest phobia

and since i can just sit there, it shouldn't be too difficult to overcome. after all, just by logging active minutes in the chair i win, don't i?
well, bring it on! *whimper*

Thursday, May 04, 2006

on the phone all last night and into this morning

ah, china. they are hemmorhaeging (sp?) money like crazy, people like us tell them why, and they don't seem to care and/or believe the reasons...

well, they are digging their own graves. with the canadian dollar so high, the costs of automation in north america are now much cheaper, and the lack of automation is the only thing that holds us back over here. they have zerg-like people, we need stuff made. if we automate, we don't need their people. crash goes their economy.

this is what's happening across the board, by the by, not just in my own little universe.

because it's a communist country with full press control, we're not hearing about the real problems that are beginning to bubble to the surface. all those hundreds of thousands of people shifted to work in south china factories are now cut loose, with nowhere to go.

because of foreign investment and chinese high financial type folk, shanghai is a mega-expensive city in which to live. they got around this by having the workers and the factories in the outskirts of town. with industry dying right now (even if it picks up again later), how is the city itself going to remain self sufficient if there are no peasants around to bring the huge amounts of revenue and resources in on a daily basis?

anyhoo, i ran into Great Big Sea at the pub the other night.

I asked my vietnam vet buddy what pistol i should consider buying (remember that all you can do with one in canada is drive directly from your home to a gun club and shoot at silhouette targets), and realized he was the wrong guy to give advice. stopping power, accurate follow-up round, and hydrostatic shock were not in my list of priorities for a handgun. those of you who know me know that *I* would never be the one to actually shoot someone who needed shootin'...

that's like the carpenter on a build site trying to install a toilet. the plumber would brain him with a monkey wrench for taking the job away from him.

blah blah blah. i've been talking bidneh stuff with various folks till midnight and starting again at 6:30am, so i'm a little chatty.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

i smell smoke.

how long till my vacation again? *sigh*

Monday, May 01, 2006

3 days of sunshine in a row.

nice spring we're having. not at all the usual drippy rainy windy stuff.

nice weekend was had by us. plenty of amusing social activities, and an impromptu sesison of clothes shopping yesterday, where i ended up bleeding money for a while.

oh, and then ice cream for ali in the neighborhood. nice.

today? my intention is to drive over to the course and take a nasty swing at a few golf balls.