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So, some of my friends are founders/members of a group called Banditos Misteriosos.

From their website (
www.misteriosos.org):

Boston is a playground. Banditos Misteriosos is the city's mysterious playmate. We are an organization dedicated to bringing Boston alive with a slew of activities that are free, open to everybody and most importantly, just a little bit out of the ordinary.
The Banditos have organized annual flashmobs for International Pillow Fight Day, annual Revolutionary Water Gun Battles, annual scavenger hunts in Boston, and, my favorite event, the Verry Merry Unbirthday Gift Swap this past December, where everyone had to bring a homemade gift and use recycled wrapping, and we played "Everybody with [X Characteristic] come to the center and keep swapping gifts for 30 sec!" until our gifts had been swapped dozens of times.

On July 17th, the Banditos are running a Choose Your Own Adventure event in lieu of their annual scavenger hunt, and they need volunteers to help run it!

Official event info under the cut )

This event sounds awesome, doesn't it?

From the volunteer coordinator's email to me:
It's basically a big mystery that participants have to solve, with actors in the story scattered all over Boston. People have to go from person to person, gather clues, complete tasks, and solve the general mystery. We need extra people to play different parts in the story, act as go-betweens to make sure everything is flowing OK, do triage at the beginning, and probably some other bit stuff.

So, in LARP terms, we need some NPCs and AGMs!

If you're free on July 17th, and you're interested in helping out with an event that's meant to bring people together and have a lot of fun, please let me know, and I'll pass your contact info on to the volunteer coordinator.
inwaterwrit: (pretty: pics/costumes icon)
So, some of my friends are founders/members of a group called Banditos Misteriosos.

From their website (
www.misteriosos.org):

Boston is a playground. Banditos Misteriosos is the city's mysterious playmate. We are an organization dedicated to bringing Boston alive with a slew of activities that are free, open to everybody and most importantly, just a little bit out of the ordinary.
The Banditos have organized annual flashmobs for International Pillow Fight Day, annual Revolutionary Water Gun Battles, annual scavenger hunts in Boston, and, my favorite event, the Verry Merry Unbirthday Gift Swap this past December, where everyone had to bring a homemade gift and use recycled wrapping, and we played "Everybody with [X Characteristic] come to the center and keep swapping gifts for 30 sec!" until our gifts had been swapped dozens of times.

On July 17th, the Banditos are running a Choose Your Own Adventure event in lieu of their annual scavenger hunt, and they need volunteers to help run it!

Official event info under the cut )

This event sounds awesome, doesn't it?

From the volunteer coordinator's email to me:
It's basically a big mystery that participants have to solve, with actors in the story scattered all over Boston. People have to go from person to person, gather clues, complete tasks, and solve the general mystery. We need extra people to play different parts in the story, act as go-betweens to make sure everything is flowing OK, do triage at the beginning, and probably some other bit stuff.

So, in LARP terms, we need some NPCs and AGMs!

If you're free on July 17th, and you're interested in helping out with an event that's meant to bring people together and have a lot of fun, please let me know, and I'll pass your contact info on to the volunteer coordinator.
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Details updated here: http://in-water-writ.livejournal.com/102341.html

$600/month. No security deposit, no broker's fee, no having to pay last month at the first month.

Move-in: 7/1. If you are looking for a 9/1 move-in, we'll consider it if you help us find a July-August subletter!

We'll post pictures soon, and we can arrange a showing with the guys who are still living there. They are pretty chill.
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Details updated here: http://in-water-writ.livejournal.com/102341.html

$600/month. No security deposit, no broker's fee, no having to pay last month at the first month.

Move-in: 7/1. If you are looking for a 9/1 move-in, we'll consider it if you help us find a July-August subletter!

We'll post pictures soon, and we can arrange a showing with the guys who are still living there. They are pretty chill.
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So, [livejournal.com profile] laura47's friend who will be replacing us has a flexible move-in schedule, and would be willing to take over rent starting August 1st.

This left John and I open to look for 7/1 move-ins so we have a month to move-in.

And, miracle of miracles, the apartment below us is opening up for 7/1.

[UPDATE 5/24] SO WE'RE TAKING IT.

It's a 2-bedroom for $1600, and we already know and like the landlord.

I've sent some emails out to people who expressed interest in the past, but they are all just finished graduating and so I'm not sure they know what their financial situations will be in July.

We've been inside. While it isn't the luxurious mansion our current apartment is, it's still quite nice! Nice bathroom, definitely eat-in kitchen, nice sized bedrooms. Will post the pictures soon.

The details:
Cross-streets: Lowden and Broadway (Powderhouse Sq)
Distance from public transport: 15min walk to Davis, 20 to Porter. John does it in less time, but I'm slow and he has long legs. 89 and 80 bus right on our corner, 5-8 min to 94 and 96 bus.
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Rent total: $1600 (does not include utilities) You: $600/month, no security/broker's fees, only first month due at lease signing.
Lease starts: 7/1
Laundry: landlord owns a laundromat that is literally two houses down from us.
Parking: No off-street parking, as far as I know
Pets: we prefer none.

I really want this to be the most convenient move ever. Won't need a truck, won't even have to properly pack, will just bring my stuff down in armfuls. Now we just need a third person to make the financial part a cinch.

So, please please please, if you know anyone who is looking for a July lease, or even a July - August sublet, please let us know. If you are looking for a 9/1 move-in, we are open to that, but you'll get special consideration if you can help us find a July & August subletter!
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So, [livejournal.com profile] laura47's friend who will be replacing us has a flexible move-in schedule, and would be willing to take over rent starting August 1st.

This left John and I open to look for 7/1 move-ins so we have a month to move-in.

And, miracle of miracles, the apartment below us is opening up for 7/1.

[UPDATE 5/24] SO WE'RE TAKING IT.

It's a 2-bedroom for $1600, and we already know and like the landlord.

I've sent some emails out to people who expressed interest in the past, but they are all just finished graduating and so I'm not sure they know what their financial situations will be in July.

We've been inside. While it isn't the luxurious mansion our current apartment is, it's still quite nice! Nice bathroom, definitely eat-in kitchen, nice sized bedrooms. Will post the pictures soon.

The details:
Cross-streets: Lowden and Broadway (Powderhouse Sq)
Distance from public transport: 15min walk to Davis, 20 to Porter. John does it in less time, but I'm slow and he has long legs. 89 and 80 bus right on our corner, 5-8 min to 94 and 96 bus.
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Rent total: $1600 (does not include utilities) You: $600/month, no security/broker's fees, only first month due at lease signing.
Lease starts: 7/1
Laundry: landlord owns a laundromat that is literally two houses down from us.
Parking: No off-street parking, as far as I know
Pets: we prefer none.

I really want this to be the most convenient move ever. Won't need a truck, won't even have to properly pack, will just bring my stuff down in armfuls. Now we just need a third person to make the financial part a cinch.

So, please please please, if you know anyone who is looking for a July lease, or even a July - August sublet, please let us know. If you are looking for a 9/1 move-in, we are open to that, but you'll get special consideration if you can help us find a July & August subletter!
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John and I are looking at apartments for a move in date of August 1 or September 1.

We can't really afford anything even reasonably nice on our own, so we're looking for one housemate to share a two bedroom.

We want someone who:
-wants to live a ten minute walk from Porter or Davis, or other red line stops.
-can pay $600. More would open up our options some; we're currently looking in the $1500-$1600 range. Our ideal is $1000 from me and John. We can go up to $1100, but it'll be super super tight.
-is not necessarily a neat freak, but will always clean up their dirty dishes and food packaging, and won't leave crumbs or spills undealt with.
- is not a complete stranger. Will consider friend-of-a-friends if I meet and interact extensively. Seeing their current living arrangements also helpful.
-has no pets. it's easier to find a place when you don't have to beg a landlord to allow them, and it'll keep the place cleaner.
-will take turns with common area cleaning, including scrubbing the tub and whatnot

Is social, but keeps late-night activity mostly to weekends. I gots to sleep during the work week.

Geek would be good!

Here's what we're looking for in an apartment:

Two bedroom where the larger bedroom can hold two people and two people's stuff.
Large eat-in kitchen or a dining room. I'd like to be able to bring my big dining table.
Bathroom needs to contain a tub, not just a shower stall. I can't assume my muscle spasms will never come back.

In-building laundry, or a laundromat within one block.

Please boost the signal?

ALTERNATIVELY: if you have or know someone who has an established place already, and is willing to live with a drama-free couple and give us the master bedroom, please let us know!
inwaterwrit: (Default)
John and I are looking at apartments for a move in date of August 1 or September 1.

We can't really afford anything even reasonably nice on our own, so we're looking for one housemate to share a two bedroom.

We want someone who:
-wants to live a ten minute walk from Porter or Davis, or other red line stops.
-can pay $600. More would open up our options some; we're currently looking in the $1500-$1600 range. Our ideal is $1000 from me and John. We can go up to $1100, but it'll be super super tight.
-is not necessarily a neat freak, but will always clean up their dirty dishes and food packaging, and won't leave crumbs or spills undealt with.
- is not a complete stranger. Will consider friend-of-a-friends if I meet and interact extensively. Seeing their current living arrangements also helpful.
-has no pets. it's easier to find a place when you don't have to beg a landlord to allow them, and it'll keep the place cleaner.
-will take turns with common area cleaning, including scrubbing the tub and whatnot

Is social, but keeps late-night activity mostly to weekends. I gots to sleep during the work week.

Geek would be good!

Here's what we're looking for in an apartment:

Two bedroom where the larger bedroom can hold two people and two people's stuff.
Large eat-in kitchen or a dining room. I'd like to be able to bring my big dining table.
Bathroom needs to contain a tub, not just a shower stall. I can't assume my muscle spasms will never come back.

In-building laundry, or a laundromat within one block.

Please boost the signal?

ALTERNATIVELY: if you have or know someone who has an established place already, and is willing to live with a drama-free couple and give us the master bedroom, please let us know!
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Soooo, [livejournal.com profile] laura47  is likely unable to get out of work early on Friday. Is anyone going to 1897 that has an open seat in their car and is leaving earlier in the day?  I can get to Waltham if the only rides left are leaving from there...
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Soooo, [livejournal.com profile] laura47  is likely unable to get out of work early on Friday. Is anyone going to 1897 that has an open seat in their car and is leaving earlier in the day?  I can get to Waltham if the only rides left are leaving from there...
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"All your better deeds shall be in water writ, but this in marble" is a quote from a French play called Philaster. This was the line that John Keats is said to have used for the basis of his epitaph, "Here lies one whose name was writ in water."

The original quote implies that some awful thing will be what the character is remembered for, and all other memories of him will pale against it.  For me, the concept is, existence is temporary.  Memory is temporary.

All of the words in this journal, even, are writ in water. One day, I will lose interest and delete the whole thing, and if not, then at the very least, years after I'm dead, it will be deleted to make room on a server.

But it's not just, "Everyone will forget you," it's "everything is temporary, including these bad feelings, including this setback. This entry about how terrible you feel will feel silly six months from now when you're happy and feeling nostalgic and re-read your entries."

And that's it, really.
inwaterwrit: (Default)
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"All your better deeds shall be in water writ, but this in marble" is a quote from a French play called Philaster. This was the line that John Keats is said to have used for the basis of his epitaph, "Here lies one whose name was writ in water."

The original quote implies that some awful thing will be what the character is remembered for, and all other memories of him will pale against it.  For me, the concept is, existence is temporary.  Memory is temporary.

All of the words in this journal, even, are writ in water. One day, I will lose interest and delete the whole thing, and if not, then at the very least, years after I'm dead, it will be deleted to make room on a server.

But it's not just, "Everyone will forget you," it's "everything is temporary, including these bad feelings, including this setback. This entry about how terrible you feel will feel silly six months from now when you're happy and feeling nostalgic and re-read your entries."

And that's it, really.
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For me, the internet took dating out of the "well, this guy gave me a line and he looks cute, let's see what he has to say" realm and into the realm of knowing another person's interests, and possibly personality traits, before ever having to respond to their first pick-up line.

If J and I had met at a bar, or a party, how would I know him from any other tall, lanky, quiet fellow? How would he know me from any other short, curvy brunette? Would we have had the same impetus to talk to each other if I hadn't known that he's met [interesting celebrity] or that he loved interning at [major comic book company] and he hadn't ever seen my Kaylee costume or my lists of favorite media? Would I have known how humble he is by first glance without his "I hate talking about myself, I got my friends to answer my profile" format? Would he have had the same impressions of my personality from watching me across the room or making superficial small talk as he did when I was trying to give a complete and accurate text description of myself?

Hell, we have mutual friends, and they never thought to introduce us. Why would they? J had just gotten out of a looong relationship and we lived 200 miles apart. How would we have known without our OkCupid profiles?

So, for me, I'd say whatever the Internet did for dating, it did it right by me.  It took away the element of needing to be physically in the right place at the right time in order to meet the right person.

Now, why on earth can I not set this to public? I didn't realize there isn't a manual override for my Friends Only journal.

Edit: Well, now it's letting me. Apparently when I'm posting I can't set it to public, but I can whenI edit?
inwaterwrit: (Default)
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For me, the internet took dating out of the "well, this guy gave me a line and he looks cute, let's see what he has to say" realm and into the realm of knowing another person's interests, and possibly personality traits, before ever having to respond to their first pick-up line.

If J and I had met at a bar, or a party, how would I know him from any other tall, lanky, quiet fellow? How would he know me from any other short, curvy brunette? Would we have had the same impetus to talk to each other if I hadn't known that he's met [interesting celebrity] or that he loved interning at [major comic book company] and he hadn't ever seen my Kaylee costume or my lists of favorite media? Would I have known how humble he is by first glance without his "I hate talking about myself, I got my friends to answer my profile" format? Would he have had the same impressions of my personality from watching me across the room or making superficial small talk as he did when I was trying to give a complete and accurate text description of myself?

Hell, we have mutual friends, and they never thought to introduce us. Why would they? J had just gotten out of a looong relationship and we lived 200 miles apart. How would we have known without our OkCupid profiles?

So, for me, I'd say whatever the Internet did for dating, it did it right by me.  It took away the element of needing to be physically in the right place at the right time in order to meet the right person.

Now, why on earth can I not set this to public? I didn't realize there isn't a manual override for my Friends Only journal.

Edit: Well, now it's letting me. Apparently when I'm posting I can't set it to public, but I can whenI edit?
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Happy, healthy, and loved. That's it. 
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Happy, healthy, and loved. That's it. 

Plugging

Dec. 20th, 2007 12:21 am
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Ok, I'm sure none of you are following DC's webcomic stuff at ZudaComics.com, but I need a huge favor from you.

I need you to go to Zuda, register, and vote for The Crooked Man.  Because I'm going to kill something if that "Pray for Death" comic wins with that incredibly amateurish and forced bit of writing on page two. Big, fat, huge bubble of unnecessary exposition that just feels ridiculously wrong when the character is supposed to be focusing on something. I lost all interest in the story because of that one panel, because with that one bubble, the character became fake. This isn't a character with a life of its own, its a character that does and says what the author tells it, and it just comes off so wrong.

PLEASE, if you love me, vote for The Crooked Man, because I'm dying to get to read more of it, and I have no desire to read Pray for Death ever again. PLEASE.

Plugging

Dec. 20th, 2007 12:21 am
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Ok, I'm sure none of you are following DC's webcomic stuff at ZudaComics.com, but I need a huge favor from you.

I need you to go to Zuda, register, and vote for The Crooked Man.  Because I'm going to kill something if that "Pray for Death" comic wins with that incredibly amateurish and forced bit of writing on page two. Big, fat, huge bubble of unnecessary exposition that just feels ridiculously wrong when the character is supposed to be focusing on something. I lost all interest in the story because of that one panel, because with that one bubble, the character became fake. This isn't a character with a life of its own, its a character that does and says what the author tells it, and it just comes off so wrong.

PLEASE, if you love me, vote for The Crooked Man, because I'm dying to get to read more of it, and I have no desire to read Pray for Death ever again. PLEASE.
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Also, slowly climbing the ladder towards being Kitchen Goddess.

Anyone who knows me knows I claim to have no cooking skill whatsoever. Well, this semester, Naomi and I realized that's not true at all. I'm just lazy, and don't like spending time making dinner. But when I do, it comes out delicious! But, because I'm lazy, I'm always looking for easy ways to make grilled chicken and steak tastier, since I don't want to get my George Foreman grill all messy.

So once upon a time, I found a recipe for Sweet BBQ Chicken. It caught my eye because it uses apple butter, which I happen to keep around. Most people don't. Only problem with this recipe is a) I don't have a brush for brushing sauce, b) I hate marinades because you have to think about it a day in advance and c) I didn't have a whole bunch of the ingredients.

So I modified it as follows:
For 2 chicken breasts:
40 ml apple butter, 40 ml ketchup
20 ml olive oil
2/3 tsp honey
1/6 tsp garlic powder, 1/6 tsp pepper
1 clove minced garlic.

mix in a bowl, heat in the microwave for 2 min, beat with a small whisk until mixed well and thickened. Spoon it onto chicken that's straight off the grill. Yum! Really quick, and REALLY easy!

Tonight, I wanted to make grilled steak for the first time, so I was looking up sauces, and I found Beer BBQ Sauce. We happen to have a lot of beer in the fridge right now. However, we DON'T have BBQ sauce, or Worcestershire sauce. So what do I do? Improvise, again!

From the last recipe, I learned that apple butter, when combined with ketchup and honey, already makes a BBQ taste. So I used that instead, and used less, since I didn't want to finish off the apple butter. We also didn't have onions. Instead, we used a very small shallot. So it came out like this:

1 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup apple butter
2/3 cup LaBlat Blue beer
1/4 cup Honey
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tsp tabasco (but I suggest using 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp was too much)
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
2 Garlic cloves -- minced
1 shallot, finely chopped
1/8 tsp onion salt

Again, 2 minutes in the microwave, and whisked until blended and slightly thicker.

This made a lot more sauce than the other recipe, and it was thinner, so instead of spooning it on, when the steaks were done, I just took each one and completely submerged it in the bowl of sauce. Delicious! Though we definitely used too much tabasco. The sauce was nice and sweet, but also left my lips and tongue burning! We took what was left in the bottle of beer and split it between two small paper cups. Add a side dish of peas, and it was a great dinner to have while watching the hockey game!

We followed up with chocolate cake and appletinis. :-) I have a happy tummy.
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Also, slowly climbing the ladder towards being Kitchen Goddess.

Anyone who knows me knows I claim to have no cooking skill whatsoever. Well, this semester, Naomi and I realized that's not true at all. I'm just lazy, and don't like spending time making dinner. But when I do, it comes out delicious! But, because I'm lazy, I'm always looking for easy ways to make grilled chicken and steak tastier, since I don't want to get my George Foreman grill all messy.

So once upon a time, I found a recipe for Sweet BBQ Chicken. It caught my eye because it uses apple butter, which I happen to keep around. Most people don't. Only problem with this recipe is a) I don't have a brush for brushing sauce, b) I hate marinades because you have to think about it a day in advance and c) I didn't have a whole bunch of the ingredients.

So I modified it as follows:
For 2 chicken breasts:
40 ml apple butter, 40 ml ketchup
20 ml olive oil
2/3 tsp honey
1/6 tsp garlic powder, 1/6 tsp pepper
1 clove minced garlic.

mix in a bowl, heat in the microwave for 2 min, beat with a small whisk until mixed well and thickened. Spoon it onto chicken that's straight off the grill. Yum! Really quick, and REALLY easy!

Tonight, I wanted to make grilled steak for the first time, so I was looking up sauces, and I found Beer BBQ Sauce. We happen to have a lot of beer in the fridge right now. However, we DON'T have BBQ sauce, or Worcestershire sauce. So what do I do? Improvise, again!

From the last recipe, I learned that apple butter, when combined with ketchup and honey, already makes a BBQ taste. So I used that instead, and used less, since I didn't want to finish off the apple butter. We also didn't have onions. Instead, we used a very small shallot. So it came out like this:

1 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup apple butter
2/3 cup LaBlat Blue beer
1/4 cup Honey
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tsp tabasco (but I suggest using 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp was too much)
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
2 Garlic cloves -- minced
1 shallot, finely chopped
1/8 tsp onion salt

Again, 2 minutes in the microwave, and whisked until blended and slightly thicker.

This made a lot more sauce than the other recipe, and it was thinner, so instead of spooning it on, when the steaks were done, I just took each one and completely submerged it in the bowl of sauce. Delicious! Though we definitely used too much tabasco. The sauce was nice and sweet, but also left my lips and tongue burning! We took what was left in the bottle of beer and split it between two small paper cups. Add a side dish of peas, and it was a great dinner to have while watching the hockey game!

We followed up with chocolate cake and appletinis. :-) I have a happy tummy.

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