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Personal Life Update

My trip to Wisconsin, via Chicago, starts next week, already. I catch my train on Friday. I'll be traveling for three weeks, returning home on Christmas Day. I had to buy a bigger suitcase. I'm not sure I'm prepared for the cold weather and snow. I mean I have enough coats and I've shoveled enough snow to be on a certain intimate basis with it, though I've yet to try my best Palmer script with yellow ink. However, as a native Florida cracker I don't know if I'll ever be mentally prepared for the sub-arctic conditions of the American mid-west; and I've never had to plug in my car just to keep it warm. Weather is on my mind because it's been chilly out here and yesterday I saw an Indian (dot not feather) woman walking along wearing a beautiful canary yellow salwar kameez and a winter coat. That sight instantly chilled me to the bone and I haven't been able to warm up since.

A friend of mine from work is going to look in on my cats for me while I'm gone. I'll have to get her something nice for doing that. Suggestions on what to get her would be appreciated. She's a finicky, older Japanese woman with a gambling problem, so if any of you are finicky, older Japanese women with gambling problems (or are hoping to become one some day) please do give me a clue.

Since I'll be passing through Minnesota, Nancy or Rich or somebody, can you tell me where I can find a good representative example of lutefisk? I've never tried it and I like to live dangerously. Yes, I'm quite the adventurer and, as a member of the mollusk family in good standing, I insist on experiencing items of a gelatinous nature similar to my own melanin deprived self at every opportunity. Minnesota isn't one of those states that yucks it up about mountain oysters, is it? That's Colorado, isn't it, Sande?

Current Source of Joy

Good news, everyone! The new Futurama feature length DVD is out with an all new episode: Bender's Big Score. In total, four new movies are being produced, all of which are eventually coming to television, to be broken up into half hour episodes.

I was in the Barnes & Noble in Walnut Creek on Tuesday and I snatched up the last copy in the store before some other sniveling mama's boy in a Think Geek t-shirt and ratty Converse grabbed it. The guy ringing up my purchase, a pudgy fellow with long greasy hair, got all excited.

"Hey, do you like the Simpsons? What did you think of the Simpsons movie? I was worried that it wasn't going to be that good but it was great!"

I'll bet he could have quoted me all the Life in Hell comics as well.

So, did Futurama come back with a bang? Great Yeti of the Serengeti! Eh, it wasn't bad. Well plotted. Featured every character ever seen on the original show, except Amy's parents, the Wongs, for some reason. Or, at least I may have blinked and missed them. I'm going to watch it again with the commentary so I'll see. It was a time travel story and time travel stories are my favoritest kinds of stories. Because I'm a dirty rotten spoiler kind of slug I'll say that some of you will be pleased to know that the devastatingly maudlin end of Fry's dog is altered (though I won't say how). Some of you might be disappointed. Most of you don't know what the eff I'm talking about.

You might as well get hold of the DVD, otherwise you'll miss the 22 minute long episode of Everybody Loves Hypnotoad. And yes, I'm one of those who will play frame by frame, sometimes, to find easter eggs.

Inane Conversation of the Week (Overheard in a Chinese restaurant)

"Long time no see!"

"You no come here in a year!"

"It hasn't been that long has it? If it has, I apologize."

"I here every day!"

"I've been here a few times. In the evenings?"

"You come weekend? I no work weekend. But weekday? I here every day!"

"I was walking past, recently, and saw Beth and Tom in here. That was great! Yeah, that was great. Sigh!"

" ... "
I assume you meant me when mentioning Fry's dog.

I liked the original ending; it was good enough to make me cry, and that's a tough thing to do. At any rate, I will have to buy this new Futurama DVD, as I was unaware that it was now available.
Do you know where you'll be stopping in Mn? It'd help find the closest lutefisk. and hospitals. You've got great timing - we're expecting 12 - 15 inches tomorrow. Ah, Winter! R

The one stop I had planned was at the Mall of America and environs but I'm open to roaming.

As long as the roads are open and I don't get stuck somewhere, that's all I care about.
I'm not going anywhere near the Rocky Mountain oysters. I survived the lutefisk and I feel that's enough for one lifetime.

I wish I could tag along. As you know, I'm a great fan of the Upper Midwest. Have fun! I can't wait to hear the stories!
How, exactly, do you symbolize fire with your hand? Can you diagram that out for me? Put it in a Powerpoint? Huh?
a good representative example of lutefisk

These terms are mutually exclusive, you know. :P

You've picked a wonderful time to visit Wisconsin. It's been in the 20s and we're expecting a huge snowstorm tomorrow! I was just sending a friend off camping this weekend and teasing her about the bad luck she has with weather.
No cheese. Cheese would be bad. Tea is always good. Something unique from Minnesota, those little gee-gaws made of wheat that you can hang in a window, bah, I can't remember what they're called but hell, you're going to Mall of America, they've got them at the Mall of America store (yes, the Mall of America has a Mall of America Store where you can buy Mall of America merchandise). Chocolates from Marshall Field's, that's another good one.
Excellent advice. She once got me some tea so I could return the favor. And I think I'll get gew gaws for many of my co-workers.

Seeing as I'll be arriving home Christmas Day, I'll have to remember to get a little gift with some cash in it for my train car porter.
drive safe and happy christmas! you won't be journaling along the way in those hotels/motels/holiday inns?