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Well, here I am again. Updating because everyone is out having lunch for someone's birthday. This time it's Joanne's 50th birthday. They decorated the office, made a mock newsletter with old pictures of her, they're going to have cake and stuff and it's neat. Especially because it means I'm here alone for at least an hour.

Theryn found out yesterday that one of her best friends from high school died in a car accident over the weekend. She hadn't talked to this girl in a long time, but to have been best friends with her for so long and then lose contact - it's gotta hurt. I tried to to put myself in her shoes - like what if Luke died? I don't talk to him very much anymore but he was my best friend in grade school and junior high. How would I deal with not getting to see him ever again? I mean, as it is now, I at least see him occasionally at the Bottleneck. I've never had someone that close to me die. I don't think I'd handle it very well. Kind of a morbid thought.

On a happier note, Goldfinger is indeed coming to the area, but it's not to Lawrence. They're playing some place called "Center Stage" in Topeka. It's some new venue - they took a Dickinson Theater and changed it into a punk venue or whatever. So, it'll be cool. Not as cool as it would have been if they were playing in town, but I'll survive. I mean, it's Goldfinger!

Odd, it is, that Deandra (Ben's first ex-girlfriend) and Rodney (one of Ben's best friends) seem to have hit it off. The way Rodney went about it is kind of sad - considering his former stature - but whatever works for him, I guess. Now, I don't know if she's ever going to read this page - I don't want to do what Rodney did, which is knowing she'll see it so he put some shit about how cool he thought she was and how he was to shy to ask her out or whatever. But I gotta say - this girl is fine! She's cool too, but my first impression was that the pictures that Ben has of her just don't do her justice. She's so beautiful! I kept telling Ben that after the party on the 17th. She's a real knock-out. But I digress. Ben's all up-in-arms because, from what I figure and what he said one day, he doesn't want to have his only two ex-girlfriends (Deandra and Theryn) dating his two best friends (Rodney and me). I see where he's coming from, but he really doesn't have any say in the matter. If Deandra and Rodney hook-up, that's the way it is and no amount of bitching or whining is going to change that. As a matter of fact, it may make them want to stay together even more - you know, like when a parent tells a kid not to do something, the first thing they do is run out and do it. And while writing this I just realized what a GIANT FUCKING HYPOCRITE Rodney is! And I quote "I could never date a girl if one of my friends had dated her first." Fuck you Rodney! I don't really care, I just thought I'd point that out to Mr. "I've got class". Ha!

Anyway, let's see what else is going on. Hmm... oh yeah, I'm very poor still. Not so poor that I can't pay my rent, but so poor that I can't pay for much of anything other than rent. My birthday's coming up and I hope to get a bit of money for that. My dad already paid for my new tags on my car as an early birthday gift. So that's about $50 I don't have to worry about. And for my birthday Theryn wants to get my bike fixed for me. It needs a new chain and a major tune-up. That is, if it still fits me, which we'll find out today when my mom brings it over to the house. It should, but I haven't ridden it in such a long time. As a matter of fact, the last action it saw was back when Rodney got kicked out of his grandparents house and was living with the other grandparents and he used it to get around, including his one day employment at Food 4 Less. Man, that was back in the summer of '97. Shiot!

All these people who swear they'll never camp again after seeing Blair Witch, and Rodney gets a bug up his ass and wants us all to go camping with him and Gweth. I've never liked camping before and Blair Witch made me naseous more than it scared me, but I don't know. I guess maybe since it's been cooling down and the weather's been nice... I might consider it. Yeah, I'd definitely give it some thought.

I've been thinking a lot about Abbey lately. Weird. It all started on her birthday - August 27th. I was reminded that it was her birthday and now I've got his urge to talk to her. I haven't talked to her in a long time. I don't know whether or not she's still living at home, or I'd go through her old letters and find her number. *CRASH* There went my train of thought.

You know, "poor Rodney" is a phrase that's used way too much in my social circle. The phrase that should be used is "poor Ben". He's a good guy, I just don't think he goes for... well, he just hasn't had any luck in love. He's "been lookin' for love in all the wrong places". I don't know what advice to give him other than - it'll just happen. You can't really look for love, it just finds you when you're not looking. Like in my case - when I met Theryn I'd never have thought we'd end up where we are now. It just kind of happened. But that's been hashed over one too many times. Anyway, Ben's a good guy and I'm sure the right girl will come along relatively soon.

My back hurts. This chair is hella uncomfortable.

I posted some new pictures yesterday. Go look at them.

Goldfinger & Showoff @ Center Stage in Topeka, KS. October 5th, 1999.

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