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the Great never look back

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The chronicles of Amelia's post road trip adventures

Wednesday, May 12

my life is a what? 

a vacation, you say? I was in front of a computer for at least 10 hours today (when I wasn't chasing turkeys), which certainly wasn't vacation-like, but I understand how you made the mistake, because I'm always having so much fun.

After that teaser post that I left last night(or this morning), I never really gave any more details. I haven't edited the video footage that I made, because I'm short a firewire cable, but I've got some photos from yesterday's activities.
Van Helsing was fun action, kind of corny in parts, but it's a good flick if you want to like it.

another day, another turkey saved 

It's just another day for me, Amelia the Great, animal rescuer extraordinare.

Usually it's turtles that I help cross the road, but today was special. It's so tough being a superhero.

free your software 

This morning I'm installing Mozilla's mail client, Thunderbird, one that I hope I can use to check all of my email accounts with minimal effort. While I'm busy with that, why don't you download and install Mozilla's Firefox browser. Why? because it's a good browser, and you're thirsting to support the open source community, I can see it in your eyes.


sushi, Radio Shack, fancy dresses, guns, film footage, four wheelers, Van Helsing....I'll write more when I wake up...

Tuesday, May 11


I was going to write more about how I'm switching my web host, and how best to avoid website downtime, but I don't really want to think about that anymore. I'm going to shoot guns and make movies instead.

Monday, May 10

four wheelin' 

Today was pretty cool. My website move is giving me some trouble, but I'm trying to be patient. There are loads of changes that I would like to make, but I'm going to try to do things one at a time.

I was a tech support girl today. It was just your standard fixing desktops, but I quickly got bored of taking apart dusty computers and installing anti-virus software. I took a break to play with some puppies and go four-wheeling with my niece and nephew. I didn't have my camera with me today, but next time, I'll take some pictures. It was great. I was flying all over the place, making sharp turns and kicking up lots of dust. Later, I went swimming with all of my clothes on, unintentionally, at first. I guess it's all or nothing with me.

early bird 

The dogs were barking at 6 this morning, and I woke up worrying that my website was going to be down. Get up, get up, my brain said, you've got work to do.

While I'm awake, let me tell you about the latest coolest thing to happen to me. I mentioned last week that I was going to be trying out Nextel's new wireless broadband service. I did, and it rocks.

I picked up my modem on Friday, but couldn't play around with it much because it was my sister's birthday and we were all getting together for dinner. So Saturday, while I drove to Matt's wedding, Harry (who's visiting this week) turned my car into a roving wireless access point. My Honda was a geekgirl's dream. It had a 60W power inverter (I'll probably need a more powerful one soon, but this one has worked for now), a clip-on power strip, a Netgear 802.11b wireless router, my Nextel modem, and a couple of laptops. I, unfortunately, was driving, so I couldn't concentrate on how cool it was to be surfing the internet in the car. We didn't solve the world's problems with all that technology, but it was handy nonetheless. We ran into traffic on I-40, and checked out the traffic cams to see how to get around it. And with my FM transmitter, we could listen to streaming internet radio through my car stereo. If you happen to be within a quarter mile of my car, you could use my broadband, too.

More about this later...

Sunday, May 9

the lacklen/foster wedding... 

It's Sunday, and I expect to have a few new readers soon. I saw some old friends this weekend and told them that the best way to find out what I've been up to lately is to come here. So, take a look around and send me an email. I'm switching to a new server tonight, so the site might be down some for a day or so. I'll have space for all my pictures, though, and I might even put them up.

Yesterday I drove to Greensboro to attend Matt Foster's wedding. Matt and I dated in high school. First love and all that. I've been reminiscing some since I got my invitation [which surprised me a bit]. If I was going to talk about him, I wouldn't even know where to start. I've only seen him a handful of times in the last 8 years, and I know that he has grown up a lot in that time. We both have. Had we met later in life, we might have had a much smoother time together. As it were, a relationship like ours demanded a lot more maturity than our teenage selves could muster. We were both a little scarred from it, I'm sure, but they're the kind of war wounds that you're proud to have.

We had a few minutes to chat last night, but for once, Matt didn't have much to say. We have an understanding, though, one that doesn't need verbalizing. I know that if I ever needed anything, he'd be there for me, and he knows I'd do the same for him. I don't know Emily that well, but I'm thrilled that he has met his match. She must be one in a million.

It was great to see his family again, and see a few other people that I haven't seen much in the last 8 years. It's cool how all that time can just disappear. It seems like yesterday that I was seeing them all on a daily basis. I know it makes me sound old when I greet his youngest brother with "I remember when you were this high [hand gestures at waist]." Ethan will be a heartbreaker, and I'm sure Liz already is.

I've got some work to do now, but I thought I'd catch you up on my weekend. Hopefully, switching this site to a new server will be seamless and easy, and you won't even know I was gone.

Friday, May 7

rural isn't always bad 

I can't get broadband here, but I can lay in the sun in my yard and not get any tan lines.

Hey, Nikie, you so fine... 

I don't feel very hilarious today. I'd love to write something funny here. Yesterday, I started to write about my best friend and confidant, Nikie, and how great she was, but I had too many things to do and I never finished the post. We were randomly placed as roommates our freshmen year at Carolina, and we chose to live together again the next year. I know I've mentioned her before, because she was my first visit on my road trip, but I thought I'd say something again. We probably never would have met if we didn't have to suffer through living with each other, and she is my indispensable phone pal now, so I think I'm very lucky that we did. Actually I think we're lucky. She never reads my website, so I can speak for her, too.

Hmm. Did you read the joke of the day on the home page? Pretty funny for a bad joke.

I had lunch with Luke yesterday at the Burrito Bunker in Chapel Hill. I love being back there, it's like coming home. We sat outside and talked about the merits and detriments of being a stripper and of running an all cash business. Well, those were two different topics, but I can see now that they could be related.

I'm going to a wedding this weekend. My very first love is getting married. I'm mildly surprised that I was invited, but I wouldn't miss it. Not only is it a momentous occasion (the most important in their lives so far), but it's a fantastic reason to party with people that I haven't seen in 8 years. I spent a couple of hours yesterday trying on dresses that I had, trying to decide if the wedding was going to be an ultra-formal affair (it's at 4:30pm) or not. I've got loads of great dresses, but nowhere to wear them. I chose the least formal of my fancy dresses, and if I'm overdressed, then I don't care. It's not everyday that I get to play dress-up.

My sister's birthday is today. She's a superstar. Happy Birthday, Diana.

Friday! 90 degrees today! Enough rambling on, I'm going to go play outside...

Wednesday, May 5

brain download 

I've got a lot of little things to mention, all of which I could write more about, but I'm mentally all over the place today, so I'm just going to blurb a little about each of them. I do love how my brain jumps so quickly from one thing to another. It makes it exciting to live inside my head, but kind of diminishes my productivity, and sometimes makes me a difficult communicator. Keep up.

dough running low
Designing websites for a "living" isn't going to make me any money, and being a cancer geneticist for the government, however noble, didn't make me any money either...well, a little, but that's quickly disappearing, mostly due to the fact that I've travelled 15,000 miles in the last 3 months. Travelling is a bit expensive, though I've done it as cheaply as I could have. Other large expenses: my phone [I spend hours talking, even when I'm uncaffeinated] and broadband [a soon-to-be expense, see below]. I didn't get any responses out of my last plea for work.
We've heard this story before, Amelia, get off your ass. Get a real J-O-B like the rest of us. What makes you think you can have so much fun and freedom?

My mom just said, "I think you and my daddy are related."
"Why?" I ask.
"Because you always have odd socks."

I think we're related, too, but that wasn't why. I should tell you more about my mom, sometime.

File Sharing
I don't know if I've mentioned how much I like the Wednesday News & Observer (Raleigh paper). The Connect section found in Wednesday's paper usually mentions something pro-Linux or anti-Microshaft, and there are gadget reviews and all sorts of tech-friendly articles. One that I wanted to share with you was Music Industry in Uproar Over UNC Research.

Wireless Broadband
The Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is lucky enough to be part of a trial run for Nextel's Wireless Broadband. They're having cheap introductory offers, if you're interested. I'm going to sign up for it and I'll let you know what I think. I'm still residing in the land of tobacco fields, and I don't have access to broadband (no DSL, no cable). I've been heard saying "who needs heat [or a/c] when you've got broadband." so obviously I consider it a necessity. Not only would I have access at home, but anywhere else that I happened to be in the Triangle. Wireless. Love it.

Cinco de Mayo
Eat some Mexican food today. or, better yet, have a margarita.

where to sleep
I may be subletting an apartment this summer in Chapel Hill. I'm still planning on travelling even more this summer, but I need a homebase, even if only for a few months. It's cheap...and I wouldn't have to share!

Crazy Democratic Junkmail
I'm not a bleeding heart liberal. Really. Somehow, despite this, I've managed to make it onto a list entitled, "Send me 3 pieces of mail a day about how my money could help you vanquish guns and Republicans---and fur is murder, too"
I confess, my heart does bleed occasionally. Dr. Joe thought I was a hippie. I prefer to eat vegetables (but love barbecue). I'm a feminist. I'll most likely support the Democrats in the upcoming elections, but leave my guns alone.

Dude, I'm ovulating 15% more frequently than a couple of years ago. I think it's only happened in the last 6 months, but I haven't been really keeping track. What's that you say? Too much information? Well, then, don't bother reading. Just imagine if you were talking to me in person, this is the filtered version...

My birthday is in 20 days. yay!

Here is a Bizarro comic that I liked from a few weeks ago.

Alright, that's quite enough blabbing for now. Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, May 4


About three weeks ago I ordered the sheet music for Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, and I've been by to pick it up three times to no avail. It was good for the guys at Walt's Music Shop that they had it today, because I was liable to be on the warpath, and through not much fault of their own, they would have at the very least fallen prey to a death stare. I don't feel like sharing the details of why I'm less than thrilled with life today, but suffice it to say that I always have loved playing with fire. As a kid, I tried to set things alight as often as I could get away with it. Lots of kids are fascinated by fire, though, and they grow out of it. I, on the otherhand, just morphed my masochistic desire. I wasn't satisfied by the danger of burning tangible things, so now I set fires of the heart. Somehow, that hurts more, satisfies less, and I still haven't learned.

Monday, May 3

a bar with no name 

I won't be your winter, I won't be anyone's excuse to cry... -Your Winter, Sister Hazel

I'm sitting in the car, borrowing some broadband, listening to the radio, air-conditioned, catching up with various emails and friends....It's a good Monday. It's been a good couple of days. I got away to the beach for a bit. It wasn't the greatest weather, but I can have fun in any environment. Too much fun. Vice city.

So what have I been up to? Mostly enjoying the hell out of life. and doing it within a budget. Thursday night, I ate well. Crab legs, chocolate martini, filet mignon, port, etc. It was a company dinner, so it was free (for me). After that, I went to a bar with no name and a shady reputation and learned that some people are even more exhibitionist than I am. Free dinner and free entertainment, I could get used to this.

I also met a casting associate for the Bachelor (tv show), who was looking to make people famous. Fortunately, I'm already famous, so I don't need to worry about that, but if you think you'd be good for TV, then let me know and I'll forward you her digits. She was pretty cool, and stunning.

Hope you are having fun today. Life's short.

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