October 8th, 2003


Holy crap.

Saturday was spent shooting Horror Incorporated. One of the happier moments, lighting the strip club scene, complete with a "stripper". And I got to be in the front row audience. Hilarity ensues. The girl that was the stripper is an actress who I got to light (and spray water on) in a shower scene a few weeks earlier, and aside from being quite lovely, also happens to be very nice.

Saturday night we all went out to dinner, and I brought her flowers as a way of saying that I appreciate her willingness to get naked for the good of the show, and that I recognize and appreciate the conquering of nervousness and fear that goes with that. Apparently it was a good move. I got a big hug, and she was very happy.
Then at dinner (Buca, with wonderful Chicken Marsala), I was joking about Kristianne's winter purse, which is about the size of a volkswagen and made of fake fur. I mentioned thatif it ever got too cold, she could crawl inside it to keep warm. My actress friend tuned to me and said "Like her own personal TaunTaun".
Yes indeed, she is a geek. Much the happy, me.

After dinner, sleep. Blessed sleep.

Sunday was the next day, and was fairly uneventful. We actually finished shooting early, and since everyone else was so wiped out, I went home in time to collect Barb and head out to the Regal 20 to see Cabin Fever. It's not a must-see by any means, but if you are a hardcore horror fan (do you know what a Fake Shemp is?), you'll see it anyway and get most of the in-jokes.

Monday was crash day. Slept late, then got a call from Mark at athe Fright Farm-- something had come up and he needed some help making corpses. Like I'm gonna say no to that. So off I went and was there until somewhere around 2 AM working with Brian and Christian, a couple more haunt club friends. It was good. Then home and warmsoftbed.

Tuesday started off innocently enough with a phone job interview at 9 in the morning. The interview went pretty well, but there were several skills they were looking for that I didn't have. So it was nice but no holding of breath.
Lunch meeting with a mortgage guy. good meeting, but freaky turn of events dealing with a roofing contractor and some shady dealings.
As it turns out I didn't have to hold my breath for the job. They came back with an offer. The job is in Knoxville. Total contract is 38 days. ten of those are in knoxville, the rest I get to work at home. So I'm off to Knoxville for a week starting Monday. That's Tennesee for the geographically challenged.

Then off to the Fright Farm for more corpsing, and a near total collapse. Went home at around 7:00 and plowed my way into bed, where I lapsed into unconsciousness.

Only to wake several hours later. And that brings us here.

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I know I've mentioned the numerous repairs that we are doing to the house. One of them that gets short shrift is the back porchoid. There is a small "deck" just off the back door. More of a landing really. It was built sometime in the late 70's or early 80's, and it was built badly. It is decked with 3/4" pine boards, complete with knots and not pressure treated, and the joists span something like 30 inches.
In building terms, this is known as "not structurally sound". I've broken through three times now, the last being this weekend. So far I've been lucky and not broken any bones, but it has become my nemesis. It will die.
Not this year though.

Oh, the irony.

Oct 8, 12:42 AM (ET)

BALTIMORE (AP) - The wife of Gov. Robert Ehrlich made an "inadvertent figure of speech" when she said she would shoot pop singer Britney Spears if she had the chance, the first lady's spokeswoman said Tuesday.

While speaking at a domestic violence conference at Hood College in Frederick, Kendel Ehrlich said it is important for women to get as much education as possible to avoid becoming dependent on anyone else.

"It is incredibly important to get that message to young women. You know, really, if I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would," Ehrlich said Friday.

Her spokeswoman, Meghann Siwinski, said Ehrlich is a working mother raising a young son and she made an inadvertent comment while expressing her concerns about the influence of pop culture on children.

Jive Records, the New York-based label that represents Spears, said in an e-mailed statement that Ehrlich had "shot her own self in the foot by promoting violence."

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Okay. I am freaking livid.

I'm so pissed off that my hands are shaking.

First of all, don't do any business with Custom Remodelers Inc. of Lino Lakes.

We had them come out to do a sales call for having our roof reshingled. Back in August. During that time, we signed a proposal that was pending on our getting refinancing on the house.

Well, we finally met with their refinancing guy yesterday, and he said that all is good. We could get refinancing. When we told him we were still shopping around, he said to make sure that we took into account that we had a contract with CRI.

This sets off alarm bells.

So sure enough after calling them today, they are immediately threatening legal action to enforce the contract because we only had three days to cancel.

I do not take kindly to threats of legal action, particularly as a sales technique.

We did not agree to have them do the work. We did not agree to their refinancing terms. The "three days to cancel" was specifically represented as being from the time of our getting a financing deal.

This is going to be an issue.

I am being very restrained at this point.

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Gamer-geek moment. In an effort to distract myself from the goings-on today, I was just watching the new Half-Life 2 demo video.

Holy crap.

Its just...

Holy crap.

This is making me very anticipatory.