Jul 31, 2008 life
Next month marks my 13th year as an Orlando resident. I can’t believe it’s been that long since I got fed up with my life in Milwaukee and moved down here on a whim. But the last few months that I’ve been back since my gramma’s passing have been really strange to me. I don’t know if it’s just me coming off the whole duality of trying to have a life down here and still be up in Wisconsin for her, or what, but I just feel like I don’t really know Orlando anymore. Like I’m a new resident just getting used to things again.
I mean, I know my way around, but Orlando of 2008 is vastly different to me from even Orlando of 2005, when my world first started falling apart from all the family illnesses.Maybe part of it is that I feel like I’m starting over again. I don’t have those family ties anymore. I’ve had to get a part-time job to help pay the bills (Borders Outlet near Disney for anyone stalking me) on top of the writing and design stuff, so I’m learning to redistribute my time to allow for that. Plus Rhon now works at Disney, so there’s more carpooling involved, which ties up more time as we try to balance schedules.
There are new groups of people that I’ve become familiar with via Couchsurfing, Doterati and just blogging about Orlando that I would love to meet in real life, but again, time has been tight. And I’ve made some cool new buds like Chantal and Andre that I’d love to hang out with more.
I also miss all my old friends that I’ve lost contact with the last three years in dealing with the passings of mom, dad and gramma. I would hope they’d understand my absence from their lives, but I just don’t know where to begin in trying to reconnect. I suppose I could just start with “hi”, huh?
I’m torn between the me that I want to be and the me that’s trying to relearn to stay afloat without my family as a base. And I know we all have our crisis modes – esp. with the economy the way it is – but it still doesn’t stop me from occasionally feeling like I’m adrift with no boat.
Anyways, there’s no real point I was trying to make with this post other than if we’ve temporarily lost touch or I seem distant, please be patient while I try to figure out this new part of my life’s journey. And don’t forget you can always follow me online via Twitter or FriendFeed if I’m not posting here…or call if you have my number.
In case you missed all the links in my sidebar and my post on it, the new Joss Whedon project “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” just went live. This internet project is a superhero-type musical comedy lovestory told from the wannabe-super-villian point-of-view.
And as if that isn’t enough, it stars Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible (aka wannabe-super-villian), Nathan Fillion as Capt. Hammer (aka the super-hero) and Felicia Day (aka the lovestory part of this triangle).
Just watched part one online at DrHorrible.com and it was definitely worth the wait. As a classically trained vocalist, I was suprised at how good the singing was – even Nathan, who definitely sings better than he dances.
Oh, don’t look at me like that…you know it’s true. Proof:
Now I just have to wait some more. Part two goes live Thursday (July 17) and part three goes live Saturday (July 19). The whole thing will only be online until Sunday, then you have to wait for the DVD (with bonus stuff up the wahoo, according to Whedon). Or you can buy it online at iTunes, too. I think I’ll wait for the DVD, though.
Did you see it? What did you think?
Ok, so earlier I posted the Boba Fett Flashdance video. I thought nothing could make me laugh harder than that.
I was wrong.
I now bring you the 2008 Dance Off with the Star Wars Stars filmed at this year’s Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World.
I really thought couple #1 had it, but that last minute entry simply steals the show. Come on over to the Dark Side and laugh your butt off:
Jul 3, 2008 Uncategorized
This has got to be one of the funniest parodies I’ve seen on YouTube in a while:
I especially enjoy the Star Wars twist at the end.
I did a little stop-action filming in high school and I can tell you, even with today’s tech advances, that video took some work. Kudos!
|: Found via lockergnome
Jul 2, 2008 friends and family
Ok, I know he hates the attention, but I have to give a shoutout to my bestest bud Jeff for his birthday.
We first met a few years ago when we both attended a talk by travel writing guru Arthur Frommer at the Orlando Public Library downtown. Since then I’ve become really good friends with both him and his lovely wife and I feel very blessed that I have both in my life.
So Jeff, even though I know you’re over a thousand miles away, once again being a personal Superman to many who are in need, I hope you’ve found the time to have a really wonderful birthday.
And cake. Can’t forget the cake. LOL
Many hugs and blessings for another year on this planet. Can’t wait to see you whenever you get back.