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Bethany and I went to an advance screening of Cinderella Man at Regal Cinemas in Hamburg Pavilion, which was free, in honor of Ace Weekly's 16th birthday. Let me tell you... that is a good movie to watch for free, kinda like Longest Yard 2005, which is only satisfying if it's free.
When I was a kid in Miami in the 1970's, Cheryl Ladd was my favorite Charlie's Angel. Today, on the last day of May 2005, I realize that I missed my chance to meet this lovely actress when she came to town earlier this month. Dang! She was at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, promoting her new book about golfing. I forgot to mark my calendar to press her to autograph my Charlie's Angels 1977 trading card collection. Bummer. Maybe when I'm rich and famous, I'll invite her over to my place for lunch.
Today I created a website for a massage therapist that I met at the Potato Run dance weekend. Visit Matece Duncan
Before you buy me a birthday present, let me tell you what not to buy me. Here's a list of stuff I don't want.
Books: I don't read books anymore, only websites and magazines.
Clothes: I don't wear clothes anymore. Oh, wait, I mean *new* clothes. (Oh, wait, you can buy me this GLK shirt.)
Sports gear: I don't do anything athletic, now that I've learned to control my weight by drinking Fresca instead of apple juice.
Houseplants: not only do they remind me of the outdoors, which I never visit, but also they die for no reason, and that bugs me.
Cigarettes: having friends with asthma prevents me from starting smoking.
Body jewelry: I have no tattoos or piercings, and I strongly doubt that I ever will.
Full-screen DVDs: widescreen only. Widescreen!
I am the last person without a cell phone.
People pressure me to get one, but I always tell them
"I like being in the Lexington phone book."
Last week I had a six-day weekend, and it looks like this week I might have a seven-day weekend. Fantastic! This is the best job ever.
Have I told you what I do? I build custom software, usually using Microsoft Access. There have been some projects that require me to use Visual Basic or some other language like C# in the .NET environment, but for the most part, companies are quite content with the features of Access. And I am quite content to abuse Access myself rather than clutter my brain with advanced skills that will triple my income.
And now for something completely different...
In my free time today, I filled up two garbage bags with poison ivy that my neighbor Paul noticed was growing wild in my backyard. Thank goodness for outdoorsy people who visit sometimes and spot things like this for me. I'm an indoor guy!! I have no knowledge at all about anything except websurfing and flirting.
Today I had lunch with a woman who seems to be my opposite. I was telling her how difficult it is for me to accept a long break in communication, and that I had once mailed letters, every other week for about a year, to all my friends and family just so they wouldn't forget about me. She then told me "I wouldn't care if everyone forgot about me completely."
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As a quick, dirty, and easy way to draw more visitors to my website, I'm posting a sampling of categories from Ace Weekly's Best of the Bluegrass 2004. Consider it an Internet experiment, with my hypothesis being "I'm gonna get a ton of traffic from this."
Best massage (legal please)
The Massage Center
Best new restaurant
Best date restaurant
Best ethnic fare
Chevy Chase Inn
Best veggie-friendly restaurant
Good Foods Market & Cafe
Best cup of coffee in town
Best ice cream
Best Kentucky bourbon
Best role model for a Lexington restaurant
Best new store (opened in last year)
Cold Water Creek
Best used/neighborhood bookstore
Best place to buy/sell used music
Best eclectic/artsy/funky jewelry
Third Street Stuff
Best store you wish Lexington had
Crate & Barrel
Best home inspector
Don R. Hall Inspections
Best general contractor
Sills Home Inspection
Best honest roofer
Best luxury apartment community
Charlie's Foreign Auto
B & W Automotive
Motorsports of Lexington
Sexiest local news anchor (female)
Best use for Lexington Mall's current carapace
Year-round Farmer's Market
Best thing to happen to downtown this year
Completion of new courthouse
Bars open until 2:30am
Best thing to happen to the suburbs this year
No ice storm
Public middle schools
Best local politician you love-to-hate
Best charity / nonprofit
Best idea you'd like to share with LFUCG
Buy the water company
Synchronize traffic lights
Best local meteorologist
T G Shuck
Best local radio talk show
Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour
Kruser & Co.
Best radio station
Best new phonebook
Go visit AceWeekly.com now. Tell them that Brett sent ya.
Four days ago, I learned that my next-door neighbors were gonna sell their house. Today, I learned that these neighbors have sold the house and got an offer within one day of putting the house on the market. Wow... who knew that my neighborhood has such desirability? If I hold out for a couple more years before I sell my house, maybe I'll be able to double the money I put into it.
Cary Ravitz, Steve Bennett, and I are going to the Potato Run dance weekend at O'Bannon Woods State Park in south Indiana, where we'll be playing music for a dance on Saturday.
While I'm away, feel free to enjoy this article about great movies that I found on Blogdex.
Update on May 22: Back home now. Had a good time in Indiana. Met some great people that I'll probably never ever see again, which is always the hardest part of going to a dance weekend. Crippled with sadness now.
This town has one roundabout (a.k.a. "traffic circle" or "rotary"). I just passed through it on my way home from buying dark chocolate M&Ms at Target. In all my years of using that roundabout on Reynolds Road, I've never seen an accident there, UNTIL TODAY. Bummer, dudes! Y'all need some roundabout lessons.
Speaking of traffic, I want to start a campaign to get some designated through lanes created at T-type intersections. How hard can it be to get a green arrow and some vertical blockade marker things going along the southmost lane of Versailles Road where it meets Village Drive? There is no reason that people on eastbound Versailles should have to stop while Village Drive clears out, since there's only one lane of cars turning into two lanes of Versailles Road.
Same thing applies to many, many other intersections in Lexington, including the intersection of Beacon Hill and Lane Allen, or the intersection of Fortune and Winchester. Being forced to stop at those places makes me ill. Let's have a petition and a fundraiser and a harsh scolding of the traffic planner people.
Almost a year ago, both houses that are next to my house (one on the left, and one on the right) sold to new owners. Just now, I learned that my next-door neighbors on the south side are selling that house again! Wow; what have I done to drive them away?? I'm gonna miss them. They were cool. They just bought a piano from my pal Kenny.
Last night I visited the Greyhound bus terminal in north Lexington for the first time ever. I'm not a bus-riding fella, but I have a close friend who has a fear of flying and who chooses Greyhound for all her cross-country travel. Last night I went with her to pick up a ticket she was purchasing for a friend, and man, what a shady place that bus terminal seems to be. It doesn't open until 9 p.m.?? How odd. I can't sit and play Tetris on my PocketPC without some strange man coming up to me talking about his Tetris skills?? Leave me alone, dude.
I wish Amtrak provided service in (or anywhere near) Lexington. When I lived in Charlotte NC, I would occasionally take Amtrak trips across the country, and it was sweeeet. Living in Kentucky, I don't have that option. Big bummer not having any Amtrak stations or IHOP restaurants anywhere in Kentucky. At least we have horse races.
Wonder if my sisters are happy today. I don't hear from them very much. Wish they had blogs.
If you are using the Mozilla Firefox web browser, I have a brand new feature just for you. Starting today, you can "Live Bookmark" this website! Just click the little orange icon (pictured here) that's on the lower left corner of the browser. Internet Explorer does not have Live Bookmarks; you'll have to switch to Mozilla Firefox or get a news aggregator in order to subscribe to my new RSS feed. (I am creating it by hand as I update the site because Prodigy does not offer its members a syndication tool or subscription generator.)
While you're exploring Live Bookmarks, be sure to subscribe to one of my favorite sources of entertainment, Blogdex.
Danielle and I saw the Kentucky Ballet Theatre production of Cinderella this afternoon at the Lexington Opera House after first strolling around Mayfest at Gratz Park for a little bit.
Danced at a wedding reception for Barbara Ramlow (pictured) and Michael French. Took lots of photographs and mini-movies, too.
Here are three of my all-time favorite quotations, all pretty dark. First one is straight from dialogue in Matrix Reloaded. Don't know where the other two originated. I just found them on the web years ago and wrote them down. Now I'm posting them here for you to enjoy:
"Then tomorrow we may all be dead, but how would that be different from any other day?" — "If you give a man a fire, you warm him for a night. If you set a man on fire, you warm him for the rest of his life." — "A real friend is not someone you use once and throw away; a real friend is someone you can use again and again."
After lunch at GattiTown with Heather, I went to Fayette Mall and rolled myself around in a wheelchair for a bit. I'm the only person I know who does this, giving up a $10 deposit for a wheelchair, getting some arm and shoulder exercise, and reclaiming his $10 deposit. Wonder why everyone thinks I'm crazy? It's fun, it's free, and it's better for me than sitting at home eating dark chocolate M&Ms while watching DVDs.
Say, know what else is great about Fayette Mall? The mix-and-match meals. I like getting a corn dog from Sonic, some chicken nuggets and a Cherry Coke from Chick-Fil-A, and a cinnamon-sugar pretzel from Pretzel Twister. Delicious! Nutritious! Far more satisfying than an octopus tostada.
While websurfing this morning (and, I confess, vanity surfing), I discovered that there is a Brett Mason listed in the Internet Movie Database now. Dadgum! It's not me, which means that when I am added to IMDB.com in the future, I will have parentheses beside my name, like all these Steve Martins.
In case you don't know, "vanity surfing" is when you type your own name into a search engine to see who is writing about you. I wonder if the name-searching visitors that I've spotted in my logfiles (example searches: Molly Metz, Bellamy Young, Brindi Joy, Stephanie Birkitt, Laura Burkhart, Elise Batsel, Lisa Lankshear, St. Claire Ready, Lisa Midkiff) are the actual women I've discussed somewhere on my website. If so, I sure wish that they'd contact me.
Do you ever wake up laughing? This morning, I woke myself up laughing at something that was said in my dream. Naturally, you're not gonna laugh at this, but here's what happened. I was giving carpentry advice to some guy, and he said "you're a regular Jiminy Cricket." I started laughing out loud, so hard that it woke me up.
When my birthday comes around for the 35th time, I expect that you will have sent me several things from my gift-suggestion list, my list of favorites, or my DVD wish list
I'm renovating the website right now. Here is a sample entry in the Food category. I've been to Wild Oats Café / WildOats Market, Planet Thai, Gatti Town / Gattitown, Miyako, Joe Bologna's, Portabella's, Bella Notte, Mark's Feed Store, Mocha Monkey, and Chick-Fil-A / ChickFilA. Haven't eaten at Le Toulouse yet. We do not have Cheesecake Factory or IHOP here. I sure do love using restaurant coupons. And Dulce de leche M&Ms are off the market, even in their former test markets. Brian Regan does comedy about Pop Tarts.
I'm renovating the website right now. Here is a sample entry in the Social category, the schedule for the French Film Series at the University of Kentucky (which just ended). All films were at 7 p.m. in the W.T.Young Library auditorium. Huge debts of gratitude go to Jeorg Ellen Sauer of the Division of French at UK.
2004.11.10 Diabolique 2004.12.01 La Bûche 2004.12.08 L'Auberge Espagnole 2005.01.25 Le Million 2005.02.08 Dîner de cons 2005.03.01 Amélie 2005.03.22 Un Air de Famille 2005.04.05 Les Compéres 2005.04.19 My Wife is an Actress
played piano (while Cary Ravitz played fiddle and Steve Bennett played drums) for "Family Fun Day" at the Living Arts and Science Center downtown
happy birthday to Grandma!
wish I had something life-changing I could do today at 05:05 (on 05/05/05)... guess I'll start planning for 06:06 on 06/06/06 instead. see also: my entry on 03/03/03
that project expansion I mentioned on 4/25 is happening, taking me to Somerset for two days
gave blood, then chatted about blood at band practice
verily, verily, doth she spill the truth (and just so you know, Blogdex.net got me to that article)
make your way into my archives: April 2005, March 2005, February 2005, and January 2005. Or just head over to my news page from 2005 and 2004
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