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Ring Ring Ring Ring Bannanaphone!!!

I wonder if anyone in this office has heard that song… it would be sort of ironic for someone to play it in this Ape themed area of the calling floor… what with everyone on phones. Yeah, I’m at work again… but Lyta (my laptop) wont talk to the web, so there we have it.

The interesting sounds guy has a Pacman thing going on today… not sure if he’s playing Pacman over there, or if he’s just set his computer to make pacman noises. It’s still nifty. I’m going on a tour in like, 8 minutes, to see the rest of the building with some other interns, and I get to run one of the carnival games at today’s fundraising carnival. We also got to dress down, which is cool, so I’m wearing my LnO “Chung! Chung!” shirt. I’ve had to explain it like… 10 times already.

I’m working on some nifty stuff in Photoshop on Lyta for wirk, since they haven’t got it installed on my desktop yet… that Key drive comes in really handy at a time like this. Still no e-mail. I’ve cranked out like, 9 of what I’m working on, for them to choose from and I’ll probably make more later… but yeah…

Starburst closed last night, for the last time. It was sad. I used up a whole disposable camera on it, since my folks wouldn’t let me bring the digital to the roller rink. After last all Skate, they played the “Cheers” theme, which was apropriate for the place, cause it really was like that… *Sniffle.* I’m going to miss the Roller Rink… I’ll write more about that later, and post the pictures I took after they’re developed and scanned…

Right then… I’m off to the tour now… ttyl!


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It’s sad….

It’s really sad that Starburst is Closing I think… because it’s the only place I’ve been too where it’s socially acceptable for a 20 year old to partake in “The Chicken Dance” in public. Also the YMCA… *Sigh.*

I came home early, cause my feet are killing me. These new boots are breaking in pretty quick… but they’re breaking my foot in too. I’ve got some nice egg type bruises around my right ankle from steering around left hand turns… I’ve never realized just how much you use your right foot to turn left… but you do. I didn’t even chance reverse skate in these boots… cause yeah… impaired steering.

There was this cute little like, 7 year old boy who was learning to skate… but rather than hug the wall like you’d expect, he was out in the middle of the floor flailing around… but he was doing pretty good… and every time he wiped out he got right back up. I admire that in a kid… it’s perseverance.

I’m going to miss the Starbust.


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Real Skaters Wear Quads.

So yesh… For those of you who haven’t heard and are actually near enough to care… The Starburst Family Entertainment Center is Closing… (No affiliation with the Candy… it’s been around forever.) Now this is the Rink where I learned to Skate… and the rink where I love to skate… and the only rink I’ve ever been to with Rental Skates worth a Damn…. So the fact that it’s closing, means I have no place to skate… and no skates worth doing it on if I did… and I love to skate… so something had to be done about this. I resolved that I was going to get my own skates… and break them in… at the Starburst, before it closed… so as to always have some bit of Starburst with me when I skate.

As a result… I went on an Expedition today… to find Quads.

I will not wear Rollerblades. I tried once… they’re all wrong. I can’t stand them. I know they’re getting more and more popular, but I can’t move my ankles in them and I find that frustrating to an absurd degree because I steer with my ankles… and I prefer all four of my wheels UNDER my feet, not sticking out the front and back.

That said, I hopped in the car and headed for the Bike Shop where my Parents had bought their blades… like… 10 years ago. I thought… if anyone would have quads, it would be the neighborhood bike shop… right? Wrong. No Quads… no skates of any kind anymore. New management… nothing but bikes and skis… yeah… skis… I don’t get it either.

So back in the car… I drove to the neighboring town to a place they assured me sold Skates… “Kemps” I drive up and read the sign, and put my forehead into the steering column. It’s a Hockey Supply store. Now I know there are some countries where there’s roller hockey on Quads… but not around here… so I’m thinking… “They’re not gonna have them.” So I ask the kid. “Do you sell quad skates?” and he’s all “Oh yes we have those!”

I’m elated of course… until he takes me to the inline skates… he apparently thought quad skates… were inline that had four wheels. Gah. So I’m all like “No… quad skates have four separate wheels, on two sets of trucks… you know… roller skates. Regular everyday Rollerskates.” They didn’t have them… but Dick’s Sporting Goods might. Back in the Car.

Dick’s had Blades only…. But Wal*Mart might have them… on the other side of the complex. Ok… so I hoof it to the other side of the shopping complex… across the mile wide parking lot… cause I don’t feel like wasting gas in the current economy. Big surprise… They haven’t got Quads either… Even the Fisher Price Strap-On Skates are inline… which is sad. What’s happening to Quads?

It was raining when I left the Wal*Mart… and I was soaked by the time I got back to the car… I called it a wash and went home… my father’s all “Why do you want Quads anyhow? Are you trying to make a statement or something?”

This from the man who once insisted he could never skate on anything with wheels. Ice Skates yes… wheels of any sort? No. Yet he now owns inline skates.

Anyhow… I waited till later that night, and called the Guptills. It was the only thing left to do really, even though it galled me to give them any money. They’re the rival Skating Rink to Starburst… Sort of… I’m not sure they even know Starburst Exists. But being a Guinness Book Record holder for Largest Skating Arena… they have a big head over there… and a big floor… and a teeeeeny tiny sound system, so that you can’t hear the music on 80% of the floor. Only right over by the DJ booth can you hear anything. And their “Vintage” Floor is so old… with so many coats of shelack on it… that if you were to walk on it in shoes you’d fall over like you were walking on ice. I don’t want to skate on that. Suffice to say, I got a pair of Refurb Quads there… they set me back $110, but new they would have cost me $178, so it’s a fairly good deal, and they’ll last pretty much as long as I’m young enough to skate…

Now I just have to break these things in… the boots are so stiff.


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The buzzin’ of the bees,
In the bubblegum trees,
Near the soda water fountain!
At the lemonade springs,
Where the bluebird sings,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain!!!

I went to the movies on Saturday, with my 14 year old freind Lydia… she’s pretty darn cool for 14… or any age for that matter. *Nods.* We went to see “Runnaway Jury,” and the dude at the begining was singing that songa… yersh… I knew that songa… from the Muzak at the TRU…

There was a Charactor called Lydia Deets… just like the charactor in Beetleuice… and there was this thing about colored dots, but we were too busy having a poke fight to see the first half of that scean… *Higgles.*

Then I went out with the BF. I almost had to abort the date on acount of caugh, but then he realized that I was drinking milk and then was bad… so he got me soda, and it worked.. yersh… and we had a fun time… we went to Guptils Roller Rink… the worlds largest indoor arena… or so it said on the banner. *Shrigs.*

*Dances around.*

Then we went home, and watched Monty Python on Lyta… (That’s the name of my computer, as I may have neglected to say,) and she crapped out on me. She got an UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME, and was evil… *Grummbles.*

Then I had to wait till 4 on SUNDAY, to get my computer fixed… so I defrosted my freezer by hand, becuase you have to do that when you have a hand defrost freezer, and then I spent 4 hours in the VCC getting my computer fixered… *Grumbles.*

Anyhow… now it’s fixed… and I’m IRTing again, cause I’m totaly addicted… I am… and I finaly have some criteria for the thinger… yersh… *Nods.*


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