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Out of control

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I’ve been a slight mess of late. Not unprovoked, but I could certainly stand to take a deep breath and reassess more frequently. Wednesday I was again expecting to do dinner and maybe a movie and spend the night with the guy I like. After hours of (infrequent on his part) text message exchanges, he […]

Travel ‘plans’ up in the air, like Bo’s hair

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It's been another crazy week, though I didn't actually do much. The main thing, I suppose, is I've still been seeing Bo, despite another small hangup. But we'll get to that in a bit. We got a pretty big (historic, I guess) snow storm Wednesday, dumping about 20 inches of snow on Milwaukee. DSC_2291.JPG

Strange things are happening

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I have been quite unproductive during the last two weeks... but I've also been hanging out with the new friend almost daily. I'll just briefly recapitulate the recent happenings, as I need to eat, shower and get ready to maybe go to Madison soon. DSC_1992.JPG

A Chicago weekend sans drama? What!?

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I had another great weekend in Chicago! Last Thursday evening I took a Greyhound from Milwaukee, which cost $21.12. The trip was smooth and the bus fairly empty. Once there, I took the No. 8 bus from West Harrison Street up Halsted Street to Boystown. It was my first time on a city bus other than in Madison, and the first time I paid cash on a bus. I admit I was a bit worried I would look stupid trying to figure out where to put the money, though at least I looked up ahead of time how much to pay! Brock took this one

LaCage and Ma Fisher’s on a Wednesday night!

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Wednesday night I did LaCage with Jim and Jake. I didn't plan to go out initially... Jake texted at 7:41 asking what I was up to, and after several semijoking suggestions he take a bus to my mom's, I started to get convinced to come out a bit after 10. Jake was bar hopping a bit with two people who live near him. I texted Jim that I think I had been convinced to go out, and I then got him to come out. He was in Hartford for plans that apparently "were a bust," so it worked out. Both Jim and I got to LaCage around the same time a little before midnight. DSC_1834b.jpg

Bubbles’ birthday brings the bunch to Kopp’s, and Black Swan

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Brief entry...: Today was my sister Christina's birthday, and despite the snow and poor driving conditions, she wanted to go to Kopp's Frozen Custard in Brookfield. She had wanted to go to a different place, but it was out of business. So for dinner, we trekked out there in the van, and I drove. DSC_1822.JPG

Figures of the past make for a nostalgic Milwaukee weekend

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It's been an interesting week, personally at least. I began the week hanging out for the first time in years with the person I most closely associate with someone I closely associate with the guy with whom I ended my week discussing the past. That makes little sense now, but give me a few pages. DSC_1769.JPG

Closing out 2010 in style, bringing in 2011 as an emotional mess. Whoop whoop!

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What a weekend! I had been hoping to get to Chicago for New Year's, but it was unclear I'd have anyone to stay with or even go out with until the late afternoon New Year's eve. I was unsuccessful in locating a friend to crash with, after asking a dozen people almost, so it was looking like I wouldn't do much. DSC_1621.JPG DSC_1669.JPG

My box of $250 in gold dollars arrived!

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Many of my friends are aware I'm slightly odd... obviously. For quite some time, I've liked $2 bills, but only within the past year or two did I realize I could withdraw tons of them from the bank. I'm also a big Where's George? fan, so a couple of times now I've withdrawn a hundred or more $2 bills and entered them all into Where's George for tracking. DSC_1617.JPG ... Anyway, while Googling, I of course got sidetracked trying to find how much the sheets of uncut bills cost, and I ran across the United States Mint's Circulating $1 Coin Direct Ship Program, where one can order boxes of $250 in gold dollar coins, pay with a credit card, and the government pays the shipping. DSC_1611.JPG

Christmas came, and went

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Yeah, I guess that wasn't a creative title. And I have to admit, I'm writing this Jan. 6. I finally got all the photos and videos online. Anyway, all my siblings except for my older brother Bob gathered at my dad's house Christmas eve, as we've done the past few years. My mom came as well. We ate celebratory foods (no shrimp this year) and did the presents thing. Below are the photos and below those, videos. DSC_1449b.jpg

John Kozlowski is a creep

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I received a Facebook message today from someone supposedly named John Kozlowski. I don't know what he thinks he heard, but he's clearly a creep and needs to stop.

A toast to friendship

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Zach G: what did you end up doing? Charlie Gorichanaz: well as you know, i was planning to go out with michael and you, if not at my place, then wherever... and then plan b. Charlie Gorichanaz: and as you know, both of you went with manoel. and as you know, i got ready and sat drinking by myself... because you told me i was more than welcome to use your car to pathetically go to plan b solo Charlie Gorichanaz: and as you know, you didn't respond to any of my texts or answer when i called Charlie Gorichanaz: so as you could probably deduce, i sat alone, all night

Reaffirmation time

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Notwithstanding my too frequent proclivity toward drama, I love everyone in my life. Each adds assets, be they companionship, comfort or wisdom. Henceforth, I will try much harder to let permeate peace and happiness.

And the roller coasts on…

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But at least it wasn't an emotional mess this time. This week was mostly courtesy of The Badger Herald and the events surrounding the Herald's publishing a text link ad that read "The Holocaust Question: THE POWER OF TABOO: www.codoh.com."

Time to post an entry

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It's been a long time, again, I know. I was just chatting on Facebook (via Trillian) with Joe C, whom I met in D.C. a few months ago, about this journal. And then I started reading some old entries. Now I'm feeling nostalgic and I want to get back in the writing groove. It's worth it. I'm sure of it. But then again I was apparently sure I was in love with a girl seven years ago.

What a precious Sunday

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Well, as I was writing, before I restarted my computer and neglected to save, this has been a pretty good weekend. And I mean weekend to include the end of the "work week" as well. Where to begin...

D.C. trip leaves little to be desired

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This Tuesday, I woke up at 11 a.m. after three hours' sleep. My nervousness and excitement apparently made me forget I was tired, for after Jason kindly deposited me at the Madison regional airport, I stayed awake the entire flight and on through the night.

Helen Thomas offers insights at Monona Terrace

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I had the pleasure of attending the Madison Civics Club luncheon Saturday to see the influential White House press correspondent Helen Thomas speak. Members of The Badger Herald and The Daily Cardinal were invited, and we got to meet Ms. Thomas at a small reception before the luncheon began. She took some questions there, and then gave a speech and took more questions after lunch.

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Doing some reflecting at 3:28 a.m.

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Cheers to a renewed commitment to not judging others, keeping it together, exercising caution and restraint, being a friend and enjoying life's ups and downs.

A second Mazo Beach experience

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Sunday morning Ryan and I left Steven's to run to his and my apartments before coming back with some champagne for brunch. Steven cooked eggs, pancakes, bacon, friendship bread and some other things. It was pretty decent! Then we departed for Mazomanie again. Last time it was just Steven and me, but we had a larger group today. Ryan, Jon, Steven and I took Steven's car, and we met six others there. It was remarkably comfortable being nude with a bunch of guys I didn't know and closer to my age. For much of the afternoon, boaters passing by had the pleasure of viewing a circle of a dozen naked gay boys in the Wisconsin River. Delightful!
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