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February 23rd, 2005


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02:41 pm - Ten Things I've Done You Probably Haven't
1. Been issued a criminal trespass warning...for "breaking into" the University of Houston band hall.

2. Originated the role of Dr. Zook in Butter Battle. (2a. Been in a Star Wars fan film.)

3. Met Norm Macdonald at a Lake Tahoe casino and Mischa Barton at JFK airport. (3a. Caught a rubber severed foot thrown by Chuck Palahniuk.) (3b. Met Terry Pratchett and Neal Stephenson on consecutive days.) (3c. Had a conversation with Dar Williams.) (3d. Had Sean Stewart address me by name in a Puppet Master chat.)

4. Dislocated my shoulder on a football field...but not from playing football. (4a. Accidentally jumped off a stage in front of a live audience.) (4b. Lacerated my ear by running full force into a stone column.) (4c. All in the same school year.)

5. Won $1000--the top and only prize--for a short story judged by professional writers...and won $150--second place--for the same story judged by grad students.

6. Danced in the streets of Bardoli, India.

7. Helped fund a Tegan and Sara music video.

8. Developed a lasting friendship with a girl I met at a movie theater.

9. Participated in a national folk dance competition...twice.

10. Growled in the face of the president of Rice University, who--wearing a black cloak, black hat, orange face paint, and fake fangs--had grabbed my shoulders and growled in my face...all while I was wearing nothing more than shoes, socks, a watch, and shaving cream.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Our Lady Peace - In Repair

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From:puppyunknown
Date:February 23rd, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Number ten makes me giggle.

Alot.
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From:allthelivesofme
Date:February 23rd, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Looks like you've led an interesting life! :-) And I have to agree with the above poster on number 10... *snicker*
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From:glasseseater
Date:February 23rd, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
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why are you so much cooler than I am?
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From:ariiadne
Date:February 23rd, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Ditto me for the number ten induced giggling. I had a similar experience except with wearing only blue paint, and Dr. Demento.

Oh, man. College.

also: I need to do this meme, I think.
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From:sjester
Date:February 24th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
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Blue paint? Dr. Demento? Sounds like Renn Fayre!
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From:ariiadne
Date:February 24th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
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It was indeed! Irony: I was not, and have never been, a Reed College student - although I am practically a Reedie by association.

::clicks on your journal name::

Hey, you're Dawn! I totally met you briefly that one time in, like, 2003 when Dan was in Portland. At least, I think I did...
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From:capnnick
Date:February 23rd, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
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You win at life. This time...
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From:joomer
Date:February 23rd, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
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*envies #5 big time*

Who am I kiddin'? I envy all of 'em actually. You have a cool life. Wonder if I could come up with 10 things that I'd wanna share.






Do you have Spiritual Machines? I love Our Lady Peace.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 23rd, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
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I do! I finally got it last March. I love OLP too.
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From:dachelle
Date:February 23rd, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
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You originated the role of Dr. Zook? There have been others? Is this a running production or something?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 23rd, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
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Butter Battle is an original comic operetta a friend of mine wrote based on Dr. Seuss' The Butter Battle Book and using songs from the Gilbert and Sullivan canon with new lyrics. There has been one production, and I was Dr. Zook. And in the chorus, since Dr. Zook was a non-singing role.
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From:beathen
Date:February 23rd, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
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How drunk were you when you did #10?!?!? (or what was your reason for the risque attire)

2 - I've seen the Star Wars fan film! Hilarious! :)

4 - How do you accidentally jump off a stage?

Jealous of 5.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 23rd, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
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I was completely sober for #10. Rice has a thing called Baker 13, during which people run around in shaving cream on the nights of the 13th and 31st every month. The Halloween run is one of the biggest of the year (we had over a hundred runners). That was actually the second time I'd run.

For #4: there's a part in Iolanthe where the peers' feet get stuck to the ground. Only the left foot, though. As I was near the end of the stage, one of my pieces of stage business was to pretend to try to jump off the stage in an effort to unstick my foot. Opening night, I forgot to not actually shift my weight.
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From:dahliam
Date:February 23rd, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Awww, I made your list! I feel all special.

In other news, did they establish that the Veronica-cute cop thing on Veronica Mars isn't illegal or creepy? 'Cause I'm not sure if I'm on board with that.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 24th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
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Of course you're special! We established this ages ago. In fact, I have evidence:

"Thanks for talking."
"Thanks for calling. I think you're special."
"I think you're special too."
"Yay."
"Yay. The two of us are in our own special club. Because we're special."

I'm not sure about the Veronica/Leo business. She's 17, and he's about 19 or 20. So it's not so much an age thing as a deputy sheriff thing. I don't mind as long as my Veronica's happy.
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From:foresthouse
Date:February 24th, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
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OMG Terry Pratchett! OMG Dar Williams! OMG envy!

#10? Needs some explanation, yo!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 24th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)
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OMG you are a freak. I was just thinking about you! Crazy.

#10 is explained above in my reply to beathen.
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From:foresthouse
Date:February 24th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
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I AM a freak!!!

Ah-ha - I should totally read things before asking questions!
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From:alliterator
Date:February 24th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
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I am SO jealous, because of you meeting Terry Pratchet and winning a prize for a short story twice. Will you post the story? Come on! Post it!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 24th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm not going to post it because I'd like to get it published, but anyone who wants to read it can e-mail me. I've got you covered already.
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From:alliterator
Date:February 25th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
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Holy crap, that was good. It deserves to be published. I can see why it won two awards.
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From:avischneider
Date:February 27th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)

I would say...

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...that this is so much fun I'm stealing it, except I already have, and you know it. Thanks! (And your life is still more interesting.)
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From:gah_warrior
Date:February 27th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
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Followed the link from TWoP. I saw Tegan and Sara live last September, and I've been a huge fan since...which video? Also, I'm very jealous of 3c.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 27th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
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Cool! I saw them live August 2003, without ever having heard anything by them. I went solely on friends' recommendations, and I even dragged some other people with me. We all left the concert fans.

They sold T-shirts to fund their "Living Room" video, since they wanted to make one but their label wouldn't pay for another since they'd already made two, I think. And then they thanked us all by name on the website! I'm one of 243 people on the planet who has the shirt. It's got some storyboards of the video, and it's way cool. I lurve it with all my squee.

3c isn't really as cool as it sounds. I was getting her to sign my CD after a concert, and I was telling her how much I related to "Your Fire Your Soul," and the conversation was only a minute or so, but it was still a conversation!
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From:philmach
Date:March 1st, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
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While, I never got a written warning, I got a "verbal" reprimand from campus security for breaking into the recital hall at the University of Portland (I was practicing for my senior recital at the time).

Sorry for the randomness, I found you through scientists and a friends journal. Mind if I add you?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 1st, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Heh. U of H was our rival school, and I don't think our warnings actually got filed. Our records should be clean.

And no, I don't mind.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 4th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
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I haven't done it in years, but I mostly did raas. You use two short sticks that you hit together and twirl and such. And yes, we did wear costumes similar to the one in the picture.

And Neal signed my Cryptonomicon.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 4th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
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Dude.

So we were like, totally in the same room. Weeeeiird. You remember where you were? For Terry Pratchett, I was in the back left. For Neal Stephenson, I was in the front row. Did you ask any questions? Let's make this even weirder. For Neal, I was the one who asked whether the Deliverator was based on an actual pizza delivery guy.

This would be supremely weird if you were the girl who sat next to me at Neal's reading, but she went to EMU, I'm pretty sure. Plus you look different.

I love the whole small town thing, though. It's very much like the Rice experience, where there were certain places in Houston you were almost guaranteed to run into Rice people.

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