Jury Duty

Sep. 18th, 2003 01:30 pm
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I had Jury Duty on Tuesday. Despite Mapquest turning 700 E. 7th street into 700e W. 7th Street, leading me to park about 7 or 8 blocks away and showing up right on the 9am dot, everything went well. They didn't start jury selection until 10am. I wasn't selected to be on the jury. I was off by one. The judge invited all the non-jury members to sit for the trial. I was the only one who did. It was only a not wearing a seatbelt misdemeanor, but it was very interesting nonetheless. The defendent defended himself.

The cop claimed that while he (the cop) was waiting at a stoplight, the driver went past (in the dark) in front of him and he could see that there was no seatbelt, so he pulled him over. The driver claimed that he peeled out of a gas station, the cop saw him, pulled into the gas station, and followed him out of the gas station, then pulled him over. He only got the ticket for no seatbelt out of spite, since he put the seatbelt on when he first saw the cop and took it off when he was waiting for the cop to run his record.

The judge giving instructions to the jury was like a test proctor reading the directions for the SAT's.

When the jury left, the judge and prosecuting attourney congratulated the defendant for doing such a good job defending himself. They were impressed that it was only his first time.

The judge took a poll of all the people in the courtroom (the judge, the court reporter, the prosecuter, the defendant, and me) of when the jury would return. The answers were between 5 minutes and 30 minutes, but I left when they were still talking about it an hour later. They sent in two questions to the judge asking if there was a lesser charge of wearing a seatbelt improperly that could be applied. The judge said it was all or nothing.

The jury took too long so I left before I found out the verdict. They were two completely different stories, so it's no wonder that the jury was taking forever to decide. It's a maximum $50 fine, so this was being given way more time than it really needed.

It was interesting. I only wish i knew how it turned out, but I had to get back to work.
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  • Friday, 1pm Austin time - Leave work for the day, pick up J at home, head for the airport.

  • Friday, 3pm Austin time - Plane takes off.

  • Friday, 7:30pm New Jersey time - Lands at Newark.

  • Friday, 9:00pm NJ time - Arrive at my parents home. Have leftover chinese food, visit with parents and sister.

  • Friday, midnight NJ time - Go to sleep.

  • Saturday, 9am NJ time - Wake up. Wish my parents a good trip before they head off on Alaskan cruise.

  • Saturday, 11am NJ time - Drive 1.5 hours north. To J's grandmother's house we go.

  • Saturday, 2pm NJ time - J's grandmother's birthday starts. Visit with her mom's side of the family.

  • Saturday, 6pm NJ time - Leave party. Decide to go to Atlantic City and play poker.

  • Saturday, 9pm NJ time - Arrive in AC in pouring rain. Park in the Taj Garaj at the Trump Taj Mahal casino.

  • Saturday, 10pm NJ time - Finish eating Sabarro's pizza, start playing poker. Lose.

  • Saturday, midnight NJ time - Leave poker, walk on boardwalk. Touch Atlantic ocean for the first time in years.

  • Sunday, 1am NJ time - Leave AC.

  • Sunday, 3am NJ time - Arrive at my parent's house. Try to get some rest.

  • Sunday, 6:30am NJ time - Head towards airport.

  • Sunday, 9am NJ time - Plane leaves.

  • Sunday, noon Austin time - Arrive in Austin.

  • Sunday, 2pm NJ time - Fall asleep at home.


Good parts:
Saw both sets of family
Poker

Bad parts:
Lost
TIRED!!!!
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100 movies )
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1. Are you male or female?: This Boy
2. Describe yourself: I Am The Walrus
3. How do some people feel about you?: With A Little Help From My Friends
4. How do you feel about yourself?: Day Tripper
5. Describe your girlfriend/boyfriend/interest: Lady Madonna
6. Where would you rather be?: Yellow Submarine
7. Describe what you want to be: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
8. Describe how you live: Eight Days A Week
9. Describe how you love: Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
10. Share a few words of wisdom: Let It Be

Bowling

Apr. 3rd, 2003 05:48 pm
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This weekend I'll be in a bowling tournament on our company team. I'm kind of excited but I'm not really expecting to win. I'm on the B team and only found out a couple of days before the event that I had qualified for it. This surprised me because I had a couple of 130's and a 75 for my qualifying games. I was definitely not one of the best ones there. I guess I must have impressed someone.
I wish I had had more time so that I could have spent some of it practicing. As it was, I went this afternoon. After a decent 141 and a horrible 118, I got some tips from one of the guys on the A team. He told me to slow down, keep my feet together, and shifted where I started from the right to the left. Trying that, I got a 177, with 4 or 5 strikes. Wheee! Let's hope I can keep it up on Saturday. My goal is to beat my average of 140ish every game. Wish me luck!
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1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not?
Yes and no. I like talking on the phone to people I know, like family and friends. I was a big fan of late night phone calls to friends that lasted until the cordless phone ran out of power. But, I hate talking on the phone to strangers, especially when I have to make the call. I always feel like a goof.

2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?
Stranger: Mr. Telemarketer who didn't care that I wasn't the person he was asking for, he still wanted me to get an MBNA credit card.
Non-stranger: I talked to my sister on Wednesday night.

3. About how many telephones do you have at home?
Four landlines, two cellphones.

4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened?
I don't think so. I hate it when people watch TV and comment on it while we're talking. I used to do that, but I know better now.

5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter? Why or why not?
Stranger: I'd rather send an email or stop by in person.
Friend or relative: I'd rather talk on the phone. A lot more information gets conveyed via voice, and email is hard to make interesting. It's too much like competing monologues.
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Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] hhd!!! Go little!!
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Three's survery stolen from [livejournal.com profile] dr4b
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1. What did you have for breakfast this morning? If you didn't have breakfast, why not?
A banana.

2. What's your favorite cereal?
I've always been a fan of cheerios and rice krispies, which are both very boring healthy cereals. When I want to be adventurous, I like captain crunch, or peanut butter captain crunch, lucky charms, or honey nut cheerios. For hot cereals, I stick with Maple and Brown Sugar oatmeal. I used to be a big cereal eater as a kid, but not so much now.

3. How often do you eat out? Do you want that to change?
We eat out about 2-3 times a week. It would be good, for money and health reasons to reduce that. But, busy lives and tight time schedules sometimes make coming home and preparing a meal at 7pm no fun.

4. What do you plan on having for dinner tonight? Got a recipe for that?
J. is taking me out to dinner for my birthday (which is tomorrow). I don't know where we're going, though I suggested seafood. She may (and probably will) surprise me. I'm looking forward to it.

5. What's your favorite restaurant? Why?
I don't have a favorite resturant, I guess, but Saccone's is the _best_ NJ style pizza in Austin. It's also pretty close to the only good pizza you can get around here. We get food from there 2 or 3 times a month. They also have good subs, which is surprisingly hard to find in Austin.

Now I'm even more hungry than I was before.
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] zaph!
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1. What is one thing you don't like about your body?
Can't think of anything. I don't consider myself particularly handsome, but I'm comfortable with how I look. Maybe the fact that I get canker sores in my mouth sometimes that are painful for a few days. Or that I don't have a lot of stamina.

2. What are two things you love about your body?
I've been told I have nice blue eyes, and I like the fact that I can stay relatively thin without much effort.

3. What are three things you want to change about your home?
- More counter and cabinet space in the kitchen
- Wood fireplace instead of gas.
- Dining room table.

4. What are four books you want to read this year?
Hmmm.... I don't know. Maybe some deLint, or The Orchid Thief (I liked Adaptation), or About Schmidt or The Hours. There have been a lot of good books made into movies last year, and I should read them.

5. What are five promises you have kept to yourself?
- I'm bad at keeping promises to myself, so I don't make them.
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10 Interesting Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me

1. I wear sunglasses when I drive at night.
2. I didn't start speaking until I was three years old.
3. When I was five, I chopped off part of my finger in a door.
4. When I was three, I once threw a hammer threw the window of the family car.
5. When I was young, I once made up a 10 minute song about Superman that I never stopped singing.
6. I don't remember any of third or fourth grade.
7. I have been in a choir, a band, played football, soccer, and baseball, been in a bowling league, taken tennis lessons, and passed the American red cross life guard test.
8. I once helped to write an operetta that my fifth grade class performed, and acted as a non-speaking extra.
9. I was once attacked by a lesbian who claimed I was trying to "steal" her woman.
10. My middle name namesake died in the holocaust.

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I know, I know, it's been a long time without an update. What can I say, I'm bad at this.

Update:

Married Life: Good, but not significantly different from unmarried life. Downside to living together beforehand? Maybe. But, we've clocked nearly a month without a serious argument, she's slowly changing her name, and our 1 month anniversary is this Monday. The wedding pictures from the photographer came in today. I'm still in a glow from how wonderful that weekend was.

Work Life: Still unemployed, but working. I'm on a pretty hefty contract right now that's sucking up a lot of my time, nearly 13 hours yesterday. It promises to give me lots and lots of hours to bill. It's not really in my area of expertise, documenting site flow and requirements gathering, but there's nothing wrong with that. Yay work!

Cat Life: Still cute, still has claws, and still think the dinner table is a good place to lie.

Fun Life: Not too much recently. Been watching the World Series. I love watching baseball. I know it's boring, but its boring in the way an opera is boring. A lot of waiting around, but then you get to the good stuff. And then it's waiting again. The past few games have had a lot of great plays. There's nothing that beats a great infield dive and throw to first, or a home run out of the park, or a player sliding into home barely missing being tagged.
Softball's been rained out the last couple of weeks. Bowling's been okay. My teammates were wondering why I didn't mention I was going off to be married. I don't know, I didn't feel like making a big deal out of it with people I hardly know. I had a 193 game last week. That makes up for my 108 game the same night.

Woo

Oct. 14th, 2002 12:35 am
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J. and I had a good night at poker tonight. We both walked away with more than double our starting stake.

It's kind of rare that we both make a lot of money on the same night. Usually, we break even between the both of us, or I lose a lot. So, go us!

Memorable hands (for me):
Concentration: Beating out someone's sixes in the hole for trip sixes with my tens in the hold for trip tens.

Hold 'em: Staying in for the river, with four clubs on the board, and me with tens in the hole matched on the board for trips. The river paired up one of the other cards, and I ended up beating a low flush with my full house.

Anaconda: Bluffed out someone's likely full house with a max bet. I only had two pair, which never wins in Anaconda, but I was representing a higher full house than he had. He folded, leaving two potential lows to fight over half the pot and I took the rest.

Kings and little ones: Winning with five jacks, made up of one king (wild), two fives (my lowest card and wild), and two jack. I beat out four aces and someone folded four jacks.

Julie did well. In one case, she beat out a queens full house and a jacks full house with a kings full house in Anaconda.

All in all, a fun night of poker. It's always better when you win. And the Giants won. Yay!
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Honeymoon Summary:

Days on cruise - 5
Days in resort hotel - 3
Books read - 4 (Coraline by Gaiman, A Widow for One Year by Irving, The Deep End of the Ocean by Mitchard, and Into Thin Air by Krakauer)
Times in ocean - 2 (once off the shore of an island near Haiti, once at the private beach of the resort in Fort Lauderdale)
Times in pool - 3 (once on the cruise ship, the water was very salt, and twice at the resort)
Times in casino - 10? (I lost count, but on average two times a day while on the cruise)
Art Auctions attended - 3
Art Acquired - 10 pieces (more than we have wall space for, we may have gone a bit overboard, but all the pieces are great and at a good price)
Honeymoon couples encountered - 5 (everytime we sat down, it was next to a couple that had just got married, we sat with one pair at dinner every night)
Number of Jamaican braids in J's hair - 6
Number of times I wanted to shout "I'm the king of the world!" from the front of the ship - 6
Number of times I did - 2
Posted cost of suite in resort - 2 connected rooms for $1599 per niqht (they upgraded our room for free once they knew we were honeymooning)
Number of alcoholic drinks consumed - 2 (a glass of champaqne at a honeymooner's reception and a glass of white wine given as consolation for J's ice sculpture injury)
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Food - A
Haven't really had any trouble finding anything for me to eat. The dinners have been really good and the desserts are amazing. Having to pay for all drinks, alcohol or not, is annoying. We've been subsistinq on water without too much hassle.

Weather - B+
It rained in FL before we headed out, but after we had already boarded, so it was all good. Otherwise, its been a little too breezy, but warm enough. J went swimming today. I will probably go tomorrow when we're docked at a private beach in Haiti. Luckily they changed the itinerary or else we would have sailed right into hurricane Lily. That would have made this a much less fun trip.

Activities - B
We've been staying pretty low key. We went to an art auction today, just to check it out, but ended up getting five nice pieces for good prices. We're not sure we have the wall space though. We went to Captain's welcome reception toniqht and dressed up in formal wear for dinner. Otherwise, we've been doing our own thing. Most of the activities seem kind of cheezy anyway. We're here to relax and do a whole lot of nothing. We are currently right on track for that. Tomorrow is Haiti. That should be fun.

People - A
Everyone we've met so far has been nice. I doubt we're goinq to make any new friends. The people at our dinner are all younq couples too. One of them is also on their honeymoon. Mostly J and I stick to ourselves as usual.

Casino - A
I've been there five times already. I've both won and lost, but am currently up. So is Julie. The dealers are nice and the table limits are low. There's sometimes too much smoking.

Overall - A
We're havinq a great time. This was exactly the honeymoon we wanted. We're not going to have a lot of pictures to show off, since we've barely taken any. The boat isn't all that excitinq to look at. But, we're enjoying ourselves.
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It's the end of my first day as a married man and I feel fine.

Today, we left Colo Vista at about 9:30, went back to the hotel, hunq out with the remaining stragglers, and said our goodbyes. My parents were still there and that was good. We got applause as we walked. It's a stranqe feeling to be the center of attention for so long. It was a great weekend thouqh.

B&K and D came back to the house and met Buster. We showed them stupid pet tricks. Then, D went off with an Austin friend and we took B&K to tex mex at Chuys. It was very tasty as usual and it was good to see them again. They left to go to the airport at four. My best man brought over lots and lots of cake, weddinq supplies, gifts, and took away my tux.
We finished packing and headed to the airport for honeymoon. Everything went smoothly and here we are.

High points included J and D in the just married convertable. I wonder what people thought of two women driving that car, especially in Tx.

Driving around the stopped house in the middle of the road.

My mom calling all my 20-something college graduate friends "kids".

My parent's friends raving about [livejournal.com profile] cranmikey's rendition of Rocky Horror songs. Him and my mom exchanged email addresses.
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I lie here on the morning of my wedding day. I haven't had enough sleep. I was in the hotel lobby until 2:30am talking with some of our wonderful friends that could make the long trip to Austin. We couldn't invite everyone we wanted to, and not everyone we invited could make it, but I'm amazed and delighted by the turnout.
I'm leaving in a few minutes to play golf with my best man, my dad, my uncle, my cousin, and some family friends. And later today, I am going to be celebrating my zeroth anniversary. I am happy, hopeful, tired, content, stressed, delighted, terrified, and estactic. It will be a good day
The preceding days have been a lot of fun, too much to cover here. I have to go.

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