richaarde: (Hamburger)
So the last time I saw my psychiatrist, he informed me that he is resigning from the office I go to to start his own practice, and the practice is finding a new doctor. Bummer, I liked this doctor. But getting to his new practice in Bergen County will be very difficult from my job, and he won't be taking insurance. So I'll stick with where I've been going. Hopefully, they find somebody decent.


I got pulled over for running through a red light. But the police officer gave me a ticket for a burned-out tail light instead, not that bad of a fine and no points on my license. I'll take it.

I bought a replacement light bulb, but I couldn't figure out how to replace it in the dark. I'll have to try again tomorrow, when I have daylight.


Tattoos: Alas, I do not. Not that I'm averse to getting one, just that I'd have no idea what I would want to put on my body. I'd probably wind up with something stupid like a hamburger on my arm.
Surgeries: Nope.
Broken bones: I broke a bone in my right foot playing basketball and wound up in a cast for a few weeks when I was 21 or 22. I suspect I broke a bone in my left foot maybe a year earlier, but I ignored it, and it healed up on its own.
Shot a gun: For target practice back when I was in the boy scouts when I was a teenager. I don't know what kind of firearm it was. Probably a little dinky one. Obviously I don't know anything about guns.
Quit a job: No.

Flown on a plane: A bunch of times.
100+ miles in car: I've gone as far as New Orleans (1300 mi/2090 km) and Minneapolis (1250 mi/2010 km) by car.
Gone zip lining: No.
Watched someone give birth: Not a human. I did watch our cat give birth when I was growing up.
Watched someone dying: I watched my grandmother dying of (probably) cancer, but I wasn't there for the moment.
Ridden in an ambulance: No.

Been to:
... Canada: Yes.
... to Europe: Yes.
... to Washington D.C: Yes.
... to Florida: Yes.
... to Colorado: No.
... to Mexico: No.
... to Las Vegas: Saw it from the airplane, but never been in it.

Sang karaoke: Yes.
Had a pet: Yes.
Been downhill skiing: No.
Gone snowboarding: No.
Ability to read music: No.
Rode a motorcycle: A little dirtbike.
Rode a horse: Of course, of course.

Stayed in a hospital: Yes.
Ride in Police Car: Yes.
Driven a Boat: Yes.
Seen a UFO: No.
Been on a Cruise: No.
Run out of Gas: Yes.
Eat Sushi: Yes.
Seen a Ghost: Yes. Friend's house that was haunted. I definitely felt a presence.

Sad stuff

Sep. 17th, 2017 11:09 pm
richaarde: (Me2016)
I checked in on the elderfolk today. My grandmother is doing very poorly. She broke her hip several months ago, and although they were able to put the joint back together, she is bedridden and in a great deal of pain. She has become depressed and is done with life. I can tell this is weighing on my dad. And it's weighing on me, too, because she was a kind lady when I met her last year and I hate to hear that she is suffering like that.

Also, they have apparently taken my parent's next door neighbor to live at a nursing home. She was in her early 70s and was always a bit of a crackpot and a hoarder, but apparently she had totally gone off the deep end recently. She had been spending eight hours a day at the local pizza place complaining to anyone within earshot that none of her kids wanted to visit (like I said, her house is packed with boxes and junk). Her husband died probably 20 years ago. I don't know what's going to happen to the house, because it's such a mess.


In lighter news, my dad was surprised to hear that Paul McCartney was still touring at his age (obviously, dad doesn't follow music closely). I found a few clips from recent concerts on YouTube to show him.

And mom wasn't in nagging mode like she was last weekend. We cooked a bunch of chicken, and she gave me some to take home.
richaarde: (YellowSub)
- Yesterday was my birthday. I took the day off from work, had a doctor's appointment late in the morning, bummed around most of the rest of the day, and then treated myself to a concert. Speaking of which...

- If you've never seen Paul McCartney live, do yourself a favor and get tickets the next time he comes around. The guy puts on a phenomenal three hour show. This was easily one of the best concerts I have ever been to. For a guy in his mid-70s, the guy has an incredible amount of energy.

The songs were from all over his career, from his Beatles days, his Wings days, and his solo records. Most of it was from the 60's and 70's, but he included a few songs from the 80's to his recent stuff.

Also, the Prudential Center in Newark has surprisingly good acoustics for a sports stadium.

- Mom is still trying to treat me like a five year old. I'm still not letting her. Stay tuned as an unstoppable force collides with an immovable object.
richaarde: (Teeth)
Made me giggle.

richaarde: (Mr. Rude)
Been a while since I posted.

- I ended up not toasting my brother and his wife at their wedding party. It was on a boat which rode around in a big circle around the Raritan Bay. But since we didn't have the space to ourselves, as we only had three tables on a boat deck full of people dining and dancing, it would have been tough to make a toast.

I did reconnect with one of my cousins that I didn't really have much of a chance to talk to in a long time. So that was a good thing that happened.

- They opened a Wegman's, which is a really awesome supermarket, near my job. It's a good thing because I can get a good salad for less than the pizza places in the area. Unfortunately, since it's still new, it's an absolute madhouse and the crowds have been ridiculous.

- Anyone have any good suggestions on how to get your mom to stop treating you like a five year old? I don't know what's gotten into my mom lately, but she's gotten on this kick where she's telling me how to behave, what to do, what to eat, etc., and it's been wearing me a little thin. I know she loves me, and I appreciate that, but come on already.
richaarde: (DancingMilk)
I really should make a habit of posting more regularly.

Two weekends ago I made a trip out to my friends B and M, out in Reading, PA. M is Indian, and since my job is in a town with a large Indian community, I told him that there were a bunch of stores in the area with Indian produce. He texted me a shopping list of a whole bunch of fruits and veggies that he can't get where he is. I ended up buying $30 worth of vegetables that I've never seen before and a big chunk of jackfruit for him and his sister's family. I was the only white person in the store, which was kind of amusing.

That Sunday was Jersey Pride, in Asbury Park, NJ, with one of my friends. It was overcast, although I did start feeling the effects of the sun after a while. Unfortunately, there is no place to get out of the sun in Asbury Park. Fortunately I didn't get sunburned, even though I wasn't wearing sunscreen.

This past weekend, dad decided that he needed a new iPad because his old one has been wonky ever since he got the screen replaced. And mom was curious about jackfruit, after seeing a picture of the piece I bought for M. So I bought another chunk of jackfruit and brought it to my parents, and went with dad to get a replacement iPad.

What I didn't do was clean my apartment. My brother and his wife (I have to get used to saying "wife" now) are flying here from Los Angeles on Friday, and, well, my apartment is a mess. I guess I'm not inviting them up here, because I'm not going to have time to clean it before then.

Sad stuffs

May. 25th, 2017 10:12 pm
richaarde: (Me2016)
My good friend's father passed away last week. I just talked to him recently, and he seemed chipper and in good spirits. The guy was always in a great mood. What he had took him down quickly.

I attended the funeral Monday morning. I wasn't able to stick around for the burial, but at least I got to pay my last respects. Rest well, Tony.


I'm worried about my own grandmother. She's still alive, but bedridden and in a lot of pain from her broken hip. I know it's weighing on my father, but at my grandmother's age there is little that can be done.
richaarde: (TrueFalse)
The good: I got to see The Damned live, for the second time, on their 40th Anniversary tour. They played a sold-out show at The Stone Pony

Also, I got tickets to see Paul McCartney in September. I've always wanted to see him live, and I am finally getting my chance to. They're nosebleed seats at the Prudential Center in Newark, but it'll be worth it.

The bad: My grandmother in Poland that I saw last year broke her hip. They operated on her, and they were able to put it back together, but at her age (96) the chance of complete recovery is slim, and she will almost certainly never walk again.

Thankfully, at least my dad is taking this news well.

The ugly: This abomination.
richaarde: (Divine)
I'm going to be crossposting from Dreamwidth from now on after this post, just in case LJ takes a shit, or Pootie-poot's government starts making the site do really egregious things. Feel free to comment there or here. I'll respond either way.

I am richaarde on DW, just like I am here.

Also, if somebody knows how to back up my LJ posts onto DW, please let me know, because I'm trying to figure it out and I can't.

EDIT: Never mind, I figured out how to import my LJ posts.
richaarde: (TrueFalse)
It's dawned on me that I'm having a harder and harder time seeing tiny things up close. When did that happen? Old age is creeping up on me. Time to get hooked up with some bifocals. Bah.

Work is going well, at least. The bosses seem pretty happy with me so far, and the company seems busy. So hopefully I'll be able to stick around for a while.

I got my income taxes done. I ended up owing quite a bit to the feds, which I was expecting since I was on unemployment all that time and I elected not to have money taken out for taxes. Surprisingly, I am getting a little money back from the state.

My little brother is getting married (!), and is having a reception here in NJ for family and his old friends in June. The task of toasting him at the reception falls on me, apparently. So I have to come up with something to say between then and now to give my brother and his soon-to-be wife (sounds weird saying that) a hearty send-off from my family. I'll try not to scare the new wife too much.

Have a slightly creepy film:
richaarde: (Divine)

I don't know what sort of nefarious things the Russkies can do with my posts, which mostly consist of me whining about my mental health, but somehow I'm not worried about it either. I'm not going anywhere. (Of course, if you don't already have me added on FB or IG, you're always welcome to add me there, though most of my FB posts are just links to stuff that amuses me).

I have a nasty cold. I thought I had a bottle of Afrin laying around, but now I'm remembering that I threw it out because it was years past the expiration date. So now I have to run out and get another bottle before the stores close.

richaarde: (Blowup head)

In the days after a snowstorm, I like crushing little leftover bits of snow that the plows didn't quite get near the sides of the road with the wheels of my car.

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richaarde: (TrueFalse)
Beware the Ides of March.
richaarde: (Hamburger)
So far, the new job has been going very well. I've been working mostly on plans for a small retail building, with a few little things thrown in here and there. So far, everyone seems happy with me, and I've been holding up well. The boss is fairly easy-going. As long as people are doing your work, he doesn't mess with anyone. So I think I'll stick with this one for a while.

I also thought the commute would be worse. As it turns out, they did make a minor improvement at a bottleneck point where traffic used to back up (at the I-80/I-287 interchange). Traffic still backs up a little, but it moves. It's not a guaranteed 15-minute wait like I remember it being in the past. The ride home is usually a little after the worst of the rush hour, and is normally not that bad.


Have a video:

richaarde: (ReceiveBacon)

If your life was a movie, what would the soundtrack be?

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richaarde: (MustNotFap)

So I managed to land a job, and I start tomorrow.

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richaarde: (Me2016)

When you're on your way to a job interview and you realized you forgot to shave...

Luckily I come prepared. Not too bad for a shave done on the side of the road with a disposable razor and hand sanitizer, if I do say so myself.

richaarde: (MustNotFap)

I've been quiet lately because I haven't really had anything to talk about.

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richaarde: (Me2016)
No actual post, so instead I'll give you this video that you won't be able to stop watching.

Real post when I get around to it eventually.

richaarde: (Hamburger)
I realize I've been kind of absent here. I just haven't had much to write about lately.

- Christmas was tolerable. My family always does a party on both Christmas Eve and Christmas. On Christmas Eve, it was over Uncle Boozy's place, where he opined on all the wonders that a Trump presidency would do for our country. The rest of the guests were less than impressed, for some reason. And as usual, Uncle Boozy was pretty thoroughly lubricated, but not to the point where he was staggering and slurring his words. Christmas Day, everyone came over my parent's house. Mercifully, they avoided the subject of politics on the second day.

One bright spot was watching my cousin's kid, who turns two next month, open his presents. Last year he was too young to be aware of what was going on. This year, he stood with wide-eyed wonder as he got a bunch of toys. I got him a bulldozer, my parents got him a keyboard, and somebody else got him a bus that played songs. He went home happy.

Have a video:


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