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By 256 (Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 08:00:26 AM EST) drink, drugs, art, scrabble, bikes, MissTrish, firefly, vagina full of centipedes (all tags)
Sadly, no Jager.

Good weekend though.

Friday, I spent all day couriering on my beautiful new bike.

I'm still not decided on whether or not i will be purchasing a larger chainring for the front. On the old Trek I was riding 52/20, which Sheldon Brown's totally awesome gear calculator tells me is almost exactly the same as the 42/16 I am riding on the new bike. I have however moved up from 170mm to 175mm cranks, so i could move up to a 46 on the front without significantly increasing the amount of work per pedal-cm that i am used to. we'll see.

when i got home on friday night, my back was incredibly sore. on misslake's advice i took some muscle relaxants. these succeeded wonderfully at making my back hurt less but had the unfortunate side effect of making me feel less rock and roll.

as such, i considered it a reasonable plan of action to chase the muscle relaxants with half a bottle of sake and three fingers of delicious dark rum.

thusly invigorated i fled the shawshack on skateboard in the direction of the gala opening for the art exhibition in which good friend M had several pieces. about halfway there it occurred to me that i had been particularly foolish in not bringing more alcohol on my person. so i stopped in at the canadian government operated beer vendor and considered my options.

as i took in the intimidating array of beer choices and lamented that there was a "sold out" sticker brazenly covering the square in the grid marked "Tiger" i heard the gentleman in front of me order a case of PBR.

capital idea, thought i. i had not had pabst since i was in manhattan nearly two years ago. when i reached the teller i asked for "a six of pabst, please."

"pabst only comes in twelves," the spiteful wretch informed me.

i panicked. and, of course, ended up buying a twelve.

and so i drank one of bottles en route while skating and carrying the eleven-pack. upon arriving at the Kensington Market gallery, the question of what to do with all this beer became suddenly very real. in a moment of genius, i decided to hide the bottles for myself in various places around the eccentric little neighbourhood. two under a dumpster here, one in a rose bush there, etc.

over the course of the night, i coralled various people to come out with me on an easter beer hunt and am pretty sure that we managed to polish off all of them except for the two i hid under someone's front steps on Oxford Street. perhaps i will go by tonight and see if they are still there.

the art showing was a good time. M's pieces were great, but i had already seen them. A lot of the other stuff was pretty mediocre, but i guess that's the way with art. still, there was a fun crowd of people, including some close friends, and i was quite drunk (not to mention a little whacked out on muscle relaxants).

after i had had my fill of the gallery, i coralled those i held dear and we headed down to queen west to take in a performance by The Greater Good, side project of SMUT guitarist Wooden Jim.

there, i was pleasantly surprised to run in to a particular girl who i love very much but have little occasion to spend time with since she decided to stop being a filthy punker and instead become a lawyer.

she challenged me to a game of scrabble then and there, which i was unable to refuse. on the very first play, she laid down the seven letter word "rakings". i immediately countered with "feaster".

at the final tally she beat me by exactly one point: 354 to 353.

though i consider myself the real victor as i let an early game "ew" play slide.

much of saturday was spent recovering from the previous nights ill-advised but totally awesome excess. also, cleaning and rearranging the shawshack. come saturday evening, erso showed up unannounced with a moderately sized entourage and, as the evening progressed more and more people called him to see what was going on and were consequently invited over to the shawshack. it was a quite a pleasant little unexpected party. slight shortage of dwarves and wizards however.

i turned in somewhat early in the evening in the hopes of getting in a couple of early morning games of tennis. the weather however did not co-operate.

instead, the day was spent nerding out with E and then later cuddling up with her, misslake and MissTrish for some firefly. that was followed by laundry and the most entertaining flamewar i have ever participated in. which culminated thusly:

that brings you pretty much up to date. later today i skip off early from work to help ND convert his bike to a single speed and then rendezvous with Driusan for NHL 2004 and perhaps some tasty beverages.

but for now, back to the php.

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Monday Monday Monday Morning | 15 comments (15 topical, 0 hidden)
I prefer NHL 2005 by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 09:02:24 AM EST
I have some real bruisers on the Player's Legal team, I can't count the number of times I've knocked teeth out of the Owner's Legal team.

Just out of curiosity, by spacejack (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 09:54:00 AM EST
was the "vagina full of centipedes" tag created specifically for the benefit of MissTrish? I seem to recall her expressing a strong opinion on them...

nope by 256 (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 10:25:18 AM EST
though i picked up its use largely for her benefit.

if you look at the history of the tag you will see that it was actually coined by nathan in his rmg's laundry day diary.
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

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ARRRE YOU READY?? by 606 (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 12:24:45 PM EST
I'm gonna show up at your house Thursday evening with a sleeping bag and air mattress. Hope that's cool!

imagine dancing banana here
Don't forget to bring centipede repellent by spacejack (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 01:35:13 PM EST

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uh... by 606 (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 01:52:41 PM EST
Oh God. Ew ew ew ew...

imagine dancing banana here
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as luck would have it by misslake (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 02:59:36 PM EST
one of the shawshak residents is conveniently in vancouver this weekend and you can use her bed and room.

you can still sleep on the air mattress in the sleeping bag if you like.

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yay! by 606 (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 06:50:33 AM EST
I like beds! That's awesome! <3

I'll bring the sleeping bag just in case.

imagine dancing banana here

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ew by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 04:44:03 PM EST
is fine. Variant spelling of yew, the tree.

Well, if you're the kind of weirdo who uses the shorter OED as dictionary.

Nice score. feaster didn't get the bonus, I take it.

'ew' is not in OSPD3 by 256 (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 04:48:04 PM EST
which is what we were using. i am not ideologically opposed to OSPD4, but have not yet had a chance to familiarize myself with it. i'm pretty sure 'ew' isn't in there either though.

also, yes, 'feaster' did get the 7-letter bonus. it was played parallel to rakings, one tile below, making 're' and 'ar'.
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

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D'oh by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 05:03:35 PM EST
Too late at night to think of playing parallel. Also, didn't think of it for a seven leter word.

ew isn't in the Official non-American dictionary, either.

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Don't drink Tiger please . . . by slozo (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 12:51:04 AM EST
. . . one of the few beers on the market that STILL uses formaldehyde as a preservative . . .

that's bad.

personally, i trust by 256 (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 05:09:49 AM EST
Health Canada's Food and Drug Inspection Department to worry about that stuff for me.

also, i direct your attention here.
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

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Thanks for the link . . . by slozo (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 08:42:27 PM EST
. . . one of the few I could see here in China.

Colour me surprised! At any rate, the article does state that a few small breweries here in China did use formaldihyde, and that they weren't for export, and the amounts were miniscule. Still, a very clarifying article . . . if it's true . . .

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right by 256 (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 10:58:23 AM EST
i did not mean to imply that no beer had ever had formaldehyde in it, nor that the guy who wrote the article is an unassailable source of truth. but his seemingly informed statement almost exactly matches my instinctive assumptions on the topic whenever i heard the formaldehyde thing.

more importantly though, i know that Health Canada has pretty strict controls on the levels of toxins in imported food and drink. i am generally of the opinion that i can feel safer eating or drinking stuff imported from anywhere than i would consuming locally produced foodstuffs, simply because the regulation is tighter.

I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

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