YAY

Oct. 29th, 2007 12:41 am
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (veritas in varitek)
This whole winning thing is SO WEIRD. I've lived in New York for 14 years and have worked with a lot of Yankees fans, some more obnoxious, some less, but all a little arrogant. I've also worked with Mets fans with whom I had a mutually supportive relationship so long as we didn't discuss 1986; I reckon we also won't discuss 2007.

The Rockies are a fantastic team and I can't imagine that they won't have another brilliant year in 2008, given that they are so young.

But for now, I'm going to bask for a little bit. Besides, Jason Varitek is HOT and has AMAZING THIGHS as you can see.

yay!

Oct. 22nd, 2007 12:09 am
jlh: a sign in Lynchville, ME that shows distance to various Maine towns named after countries/cities (Paris, Norway, etc.) (Maine sign)
I don't know where my "believe" icon went to, so I'm using the Maine sign for now.

I live in a city of Yankees fans, and I feel badly for the Mets fans whom I look upon as brothers-in-arms, so I'm used to soft-pedaling my happiness about a team win. Not to mention that I'm a music nerd, so I'm always like, but why does someone have to lose? I hate the shots of the losing team feeling woeful.

Still, after an amazing season, and a post season in which I was mainly "cautiously optimistic", the Red Sox have won the pennant and will go on to face the Rockies in the World Series starting on Wednesday. I'll be watching between my fingers, but I'll be watching.

I know I don't mention it much on this LJ, but I love this game!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
Because I haven't regularly posted in a while.

Rec of the month: [livejournal.com profile] choc_fic. It's a fest of writing about characters of color, multifandom, and there has been a lot of great fic. There's a bunch of stuff in fandoms I don't follow at all (mostly comics) and plenty of media stuff, even some L&O slash. I'm working on something for it, myself, in my OTP of course. Check it out!

On meta harshing your squee: No one said you had to click on every link on [livejournal.com profile] metafandom. You get to take mental breaks to stop worrying and just enjoy. Also, please to remember that the reason that many people post about these issues is that the issue itself harshed their squee. So bitching back that by speaking out they're harshing yours is just obnoxious, and doubly silencing.

On the Red Sox: Wait, so after sweeping the series with us (woe!) the Yankees went on to split 1-2 with Tampa Bay? Tampa Bay? Also: Let's go Mets!

On fanfic writing: I just worked out how to write something that I've been thinking about for a while. Isn't it exciting when that little switch flips and it all becomes clear? I find that happens in my academic work, too. And then you get all fired up to get moving on it.

Speaking of which, I've had a fairly productive day for once, which rocks.
jlh: a sign in Lynchville, ME that shows distance to various Maine towns named after countries/cities (Paris, Norway, etc.) (Maine sign)
It's times like these that I wish I was still registered to vote in Maine. One of the two female moderate Republican senators, Olympia Snowe, made headlines the other day by publicly breaking with the president over Iraq. The other, Susan Collins, is up for reelection and looks vulnerable. At this point she's still supporting the president but both the Democrat who will be running against her this fall and various groups are pressuring her hard. I wish I could put my vote in.

In addition, I got an email from HRC about a bill before the House for gay rights. Were they asking me to write to my congressman for him to support it? Er, no. They were asking me to write to him to thank him for being the sponsor of the bill. Ah, Jerry Nadler. I mean, I live in a neighborhood that's getting gayer all the time as it gentrifies and my district includes Chelsea and the West Village. My city councilwoman is a lesbian. You have to be gay friendly around here just to get elected.

The All-Star game is over so I'll be paying attention to baseball now. The Red Sox are notorious for leading their division in the spring and then fading after the All-Star break, so let's hope that they keep up their big momentum this year.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Curse this!)
Does this trade mean I can't use my Johnny Damon icon anymore? Or maybe I should to immortalize what he should look like, because I'm telling you people, I've seen him clean-shaven with short hair and he looks like a moron, and I'm willing to bet there will be a Samson effect. (Which reminds me, need Varitek photo for a Schroder/Varitek pitchers thing.) As for the Red Sox themselves, there are many things I could say, but mostly: Not getting too overheated about the stupid shit they pull in the off season is one of the ways I've been able to maintain my sanity all these years. The 2004 team will always exist, world without end amen.

Then again, I'm training to be an historian so you might not want to listen to me.

There's a meme going around about favorite fictional romantic couples, which reminded me that I'd done this post a while back. I may revisit by trying to get to 10 books, 10 movies, 10 television, if I've a mind to.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Believe!)
Totally know how you guys feel. Hey, at least we were swept by the champs!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Believe!)
Tonight's adventures in television included:
  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Gotta love that Linus, poor soul.
  • I Love the 80s 3D (1983). A segment on Press Your Luck, the game show with the Whammy, reminded me of the infamous Michael Larson incident, where a contestant had figured out the board. However, like many such tales it has a lame ending.
  • VH1 reality. I still love Breaking Bonaduce and I still don't care about My Fair Brady.
  • World Series Game 3. Why were they playing U2's New Year's Day during the game? It's a great song, no doubt, but relevance? Anyway, I lend those "other sox" my "believe" tonight since they're all about that Journey song anyway. Hopefully the curse of Red Sox fans rooting for another team (see the 2001 Series) has been broken, too.

Also:
You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!


C and I did meet on the math team after all.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Nick was found)
I remain Neutral Good which surprises exactly no one. In that spirit, my condolences to my St. Louis friends. Next year!

I've finally come back from my cold-induced haze, though I still wasted my morning by finishing up the great tagging project. Now all my entries, all the way back to the beginning of this journal, are tagged for your convenience and mine, and I see that I average about an entry every day and a half which feels reasonable.

I also changed the colors, having tired of the blue I'm now doing a whole brown-cream thing which I like a great deal.

I've been greatly entertained watching [livejournal.com profile] oh_no_nicky explode in the wake of a Nick-centered CSI episode. [livejournal.com profile] elmyraemilie made the icon here from that particular episode. Sadly for us, no new episode this week.

Me, I found some screencaps for a VM moment I needed an icon for. Next weekend icon making will be my reward for being a good girl and doing my work. I'm loving VM so far this year though I do not like that Jackie. No I don't.

Which, I should be doing now. Well, the newly re-named [livejournal.com profile] wordplay is faffing off so I'll be able to find the strength to get offline like a good girl.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Believe!)
My congratulations to those other Sox, and my regards and sympathies to the Angels fans on my flist, especially you, [livejournal.com profile] zorb. Many thanks to the Angels for getting rid of the Yankees—for that I will always be in your debt. Sox, you were poised on the brink of the worst collapse in baseball history but you pulled it out when it counted, and you totally deserve this. I send you my "believe" energy.

Being a Red Sox fan I only vaguely pay attention to the National League so I don't have a lot of loyalties in the NLCS; I'll wait for the dust to settle there.

Ah, October. Now, if we could just send Tim McCarver to The Ocho and have HIM bring us the finest in seldom seen sports, instead of yammering stupidly over post-season baseball. Moron.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Believe!)
The Sox made it to the post season, so I'm very pleased and dusting off the "believe" icon for the duration. Hey, I sit nicely while you lot yammer merrily away about cricket, so y'all will just have to put up with the baseball. At least we're in the post-season, so there isn't all this, "if Boston wins but the Indians lose and the 10:15 to Kookamonga is more than 5 minutes late then the Los Angeles clinches the wild card" stuff that baseball wonks love and non-fans find bizarre.

Also pleasing is the excellent shopping [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose and I did yesterday. She got rocking shoes and makeup; I got a beautiful bag, bracelet and hair thing. We followed up our 100% successful expedition with a fun book swap at [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay's flat. Even more fun than picking up new books is watching two people fight over a book you brought.

Meanwhile I am reading the most boring book ever about the Federalist era, clocking in at 750 pages, and with my blue pencil I could easily cull it down to 300. Skim city. All this even though I have a crush on Alexander Hamilton!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Curse this!)
I love fall, but my god I hate the end of daylight savings. I can't understand why we don't "fall back" at the end of September. We spend more time in daylight savings than in standard time which is rather silly. I hate waking up in the dark; it's disorienting.

Speaking of autumn, the regular baseball season ends this weekend, with the Red Sox in a crucial three game series at Fenway against the Yankees. I'm glad that I'll be able to share my nervousness with [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose on Saturday; we might have to step into a sports bar after the museum to check the game. (No worries, [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay; it's an afternoon game and will be over well before we see you.) I'm putting up Johnny because I'm still too superstitious to use the other icon before post-season play. If you can, pray for the Sox as the Yankees have PLENTY of people praying for them, trust me.

Oh, and I keep forgetting, meme from [livejournal.com profile] anw: If you see this on your LiveJournal friends page, post some actual content. )

And now, back to my day of Federalists and cleaning, with the reward of dinner with [livejournal.com profile] rubydebrazier and an unexpected appearance by P. Whee!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Curse this!)
It's hot and humid and I'm kind of over it. Autumn please.

The president is currently yammering at us from NOLA but I'm not even bothering with that because I can't imagine he won't say anything that won't piss. me. off. so as [livejournal.com profile] light_music says, "No thank you, George!" In other news, someone give John Roberts some Visine, please, for all our sakes. Also, I love my senator.

Earlier I was just futzing around and using this nice pic of Johnny Damon to comment to someone and I thought, oh, I should check the standings. After all, like any thoughtful but loyal Red Sox fan who wants to hope but also wants to protect their heart, I tend to not check the standings until fairly late in the season. The Sox often lead the division early in the year only to fold in the stretch; I never pay much attention until at least the All Star break. Well, friends, there is only a little over two weeks of regular season play left, and the Red Sox are still leading the AL East! Color me pleased, but not ready to break out the Believe! icon quite yet. That's for post-season.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Believe!)
AT LAST!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Believe!)
I had this whole post written about records being matched and broken and then my computer froze up so never mind that.

For St Louis to win, they would have to come back from a 3-0 deficit, and only one team in Major League Baseball history has ever come back from 3-0 to win a best of seven series.

That would be the Red Sox, last week, against the Yankees.

However, this IS the Red Sox, and if there is a team that could come back from 3-0 only to lose to another team coming back from 3-0, it would be the Red Sox.

ETA: From boston.com: Get ready, Boston. There's no other outcome now: Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez and the Red Sox will either win the World Series or add another historic collapse to their legend.

Yep. One. More. Game.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Dolly)
Ephemera:

  • I'm not using my Red Sox icon until the game is over because I'm superstitious like that.
  • I was talking to a old RL friend and found out they're in the Buffy fandom! Writer with an LJ and everything! Small world!
  • RIP John Peel. You were one of a kind, you shaped the music I listened to as a teenager, and you will be sorely missed.
  • I'm not doing the paste meme because mine was uninteresting: "I am a Catholic (lapsed)."



Meme, which I now have to run off and do for all of you that have already posted it!

1. Tell me one thing you love about me.

2. Tell me two things you love about yourself. I mean it. No self-deprecation allowed!

3. Look through the comments ~ when you see someone you know, tell them three things you love about them.

4. Do this in your journal so I can tell you what I love about YOU, and link me to your post!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Believe!)
Saturday morning the exterminator didn't come (grr!) but I did have a lovely brunch with [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay. Then I went home and futzed, and watched the game. Today I had brunch and a beautiful walkabout with [livejournal.com profile] rubydebrazier, and then went to Hoboken for dinner with my friend W.

On the Sox, who are now 2-0 in the World Series: [livejournal.com profile] tromboneborges was saying tonight that he won't be able to believe that they could win until they actually have won, mostly because they don't just lose, but lose in obscure, bizarre ways. (Josh, there was another adjective in there that I don't remember--do you?) But the thing is, they are winning in obscure, bizarre ways. No one has ever come back from 3-0 in a best of seven series in major league baseball history. And who wins two World Series games in a row with 4 errors a game? No one, that's who. Hasn't happened since 1914. (That would be before the last time the Red Sox won, friends.) And last night they had a huge early lead, which of course they blew, then they scored, then they blew the lead AGAIN, and then they won. So I'm moving from cautiously optimistic to almost hopeful. Almost

Scary site of the night: http://rrholidayescape.com/
The critics say:
[livejournal.com profile] tromboneborges: That is actually my idea of hell.
[livejournal.com profile] nmalfoy: This is the musical equivalent of dinner theatre.
What do you think?
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Believe!)
222 people have me friended. That's a neat number.

11-9, yo. But it was a nail-bitah!

Welcome back, good friend!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Believe!)
He who laughs last, laughs best.

I am currently laughing at those Yankee fans living all around me. Yessir I am. (But, you know, not too loudly. Don't want to jinx anything.)

On to the Series!

(And in the NLCS I'm rooting for the Cards, because I don't want those election parallels if the Astros win.)

yay

Oct. 20th, 2004 12:34 am
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (SeamusStyle)
They did a thing that has never been done.

It's a start!

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