Updates, Etc, and as Usual, I'm Not Sorry About Anything


It’s been a while, but cry me a river.

Today I’m at Jen & Joe’s, doing some heavy-duty document scanning.  Later on, I want to go to the baseball game, but I’m short on people with whom to do that.  We’ll see how it goes.

I am (sort of) actively compiling that list of my 50 all-time favorite records, and I’m sure you are as well.  Looking forward to comparing!

Ummm… lemme see, what can I do in terms of updating you?  Well, y’know that I’ve got another year of grad school left, and after that, things would pretty much be up in the air, right?  Well, I’ve got an application in for a full-time, permanent job at the Financial Aid office, where I’m working as a grad assistant right now, and if I landed that, it would (at least) cement plans for the next couple of years.  And it would also mean that I could go to the doctor, so that would be cool.  They still haven’t begun the interview process, and I have no idea where I rank against the other candidates, and I’m also terrible at interviewing, so I’m certainly not counting on anything yet.  We’ll see how it goes, and I’ll let you know…

I’ve been spending a lot of time this summer with a young woman that I met at Jen & Joe’s wedding back in April.  Her name’s Michelle.  We have a really good time together, and in this short span of a few months, I already have some interesting stories I could tell you.  So, y’know, basically just in case her name comes up here or in person in the future, you have some foreknowledge.

I haven’t done as much writing lately as I’d like, but I think I still have time to do another draft of my novella, ‘Timepiece,’ before the summer is over.  I’ve been doing some reading as well; right now I’m in the midst of the newest Harry Potter book.  Have you read it?  DON’T tell me how it ends or I’ll hate you.

Somewhat related to reading/writing, I’m also going to be the fiction editor of the Wisconsin Review this year, which I think is pretty neat.  It’ll be fun, a good chance for me to hone some ‘management’-type skills, and will probably look OK on a resume in the future.  For those that don’t know, Wisconsin Review is a literary magazine published at UWO.  It comes out twice a year.  I’ll let you all know…

That has to be it for now, I’m afraid.  The drivers for the scanner are done downloading and Joe is all "get moving on the scanning, eeehhh…"

So anyway.

Last thing, give me some feedback and/or discussion:
what’s with the space program and the fate of the shuttle as a launch vehicle?  Balls…

The Listing Challenge


I’ve been busy with work and… other stuff. Been gone a lot of weekends lately, too.

Not that I’m complaining about how my weekends have been playing out at all. Cuz I’m definitely not. I love weekends. They’re pretty much the best part of the week.

I have some things to say about summer movies, independence, automobiles, DVDs, Best Buy, thread counts, baseball, and the atmosphere, but being at work I have time for none of them right now.

What I would like to do is hatch my latest idea for ‘audience participation’ here in the realm of soloshootsfirst…

In the past, there have been occasions where we, as a web community, have forwarded opinions on the Best or Worst of something, and I was scrolling through my CDs yesterday, trying to decide if I could come up with a list of my Top 50 All-Time? Favorite Records. I’m going to make a go of it, and I encourage any and all of you to pop over to the “Lists” forum and post yours as well. While certainly not necessary, it would be neat to have a little blurb about each. I’m curious to see the breadth and variety (as well as commonalities) that are sure come out in our respective lists…