The Captain Is Awesomely Overwhelmed

In which the Captain takes a minute for some shout-outs before the big move.

It’s been a bit since my last entry and it is likely to be longer until my next.  I’ve been so busy with amazing things that I’ve scarcely had time for drink or blog.  Try as I might to avoid the typical lazy writer’s vice of making a list for summary purposes, the sheer volume of stuff that I want to mention necessitates such a list.  So here’s a somewhat comprehensive list of what’s been putting the ROCK in my Rocktober.

Moving Preparations – 4th time’s the charm!  Megs and I been consistently busy all month prepping for our move next week.  We’ve turned our loft into a box storage facility

And have called a gazillion people to arrange everything for next week.  Then of course there are the numerous To Do lists and To Buy lists to create and then fulfill.  I had no idea that home ownership would require the purchase of so many things.  I spent 1½ hours in a Lowes last weekend, and I was hurrying!

We’ve also been reading and filling out mountains of paperwork in preparation for our mortgage, which is equal parts tiring and terrifying.  But at least now we’re on the home stretch.  We did the final house walkthrough this morning with the builder, and it looks fantastic!  We finally have carpet!

All that’s left to do now is finish packing, sign our lives away at the Closing on Tuesday, and spend the rest of the week transporting everything we own across town.  The big furniture move section is a week from today, and there are still a million things left to accomplish.  It may a bit daunting and incredibly exhausting, but the end goal is absolutely worth it.

Being a Productive Worker – My main year-long project at my job was due this past Wednesday nite, and I’ve been busting my hump to finish it on time.  Three straight 11 hours days allowed me to finish in the nick of time, but it took quite a bit out of me.  I came home last nite and completely crashed.  Now I have to wrap up all my other projects that have been neglected.  Everything must be finished by Tuesday; I took the rest of next week off to move.

Last Day Of Public Transportation – Monday will be the last day I will take the Metrolink to work after 10 straight months of not driving.  This of course means that my p.o.s. car is finally drivable!  A local mechanic was able to work wonders on my car, Chachi, so starting in November I will once again be driving to work.

I have mixed feelings about this change to my morning commute which I will most likely cover in a future entry, but I will certainly miss the ease of riding on a train everyday.  If I had more time and less to do, I would celebrate properly by attending the Second Annual Metrolink Prom this evening.  But instead I’ve got a date with some boxes and packing tape.  And speaking of cool local events…

3 Cheers For The Weirs! – My favorite local blogger, Shortcake, is throwing a benefit show for her Father in 12 days and I wanted to help spread the word.

You can check out all of the details here , but suffice to say this groovey little show is for a really great cause.  This nite looks to be the least pretentious gathering of hipsters that St. Louie has ever seen.  I will most certainly be attending and I would encourage you to do so as well.

Anniversary Thanks – Megan and I had some very heartfelt gifts and congratulations for our second anniversary.  Big-up to my dad for this wonderful fruit arrangement

All my favorites in one eye-catching package!  We appreciate everyone who took the time to help make our anniversary special.  And while I’m on the subject of October weddings…

Congrats to Morgan and Chris – One of my best friends from college, Morgan, got married earlier this month and I couldn’t be happier for her.  She married an extremely decent gentleman1 named Chris in a lovely little ceremony right down the street from our loft.  And even better was the fact that the reception was at a brewery!

Morgan is like the little sister I’ve never always wanted, and I couldn’t be happier for her.  And she just bought a new house that’s like five minutes from my new house, so I will actually be seeing her lots more in the future.  So cheers to Chris and Morgan!

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Return to the World Series – After watching the Cardinals get decimated by a sub-par team like the Dodgers this year, it was a real treat to watch my second favorite team give the Dodgers a beatdown.  The Phillies have been even better this year than they were in last year’s postseason, and they won it all last year.

The Phils’ only real weakness this year looked to be their bullpen, which magically righted itself in the postseason.  Now they look unstoppable, which I hope is the case because they will most likely be facing off against the only true evil in all of baseball, the New York Yankees.

Not only is the World Series gearing up to be a epic battle of good vs. evil, it has already spawned an epic ½ hour of comedy.  Last nite’s all Phillies episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia was instantly one of the Top 5 funniest things I’ve seen all year.

I’ve gone on record declaring my love for the Philly Phanatic, and I was overjoyed to see him fight Greenman on the show last nite.2

So in summation, LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! clap clap clap-clap-clap LET’S GO PHILLIES!!! clap clap clap-clap-clap LET’S GO PHILLIES!!!

Cathie is 30! – Finally, I want to wish my sister Cathie a happy 30th.  Today is her birthday and she deserves to live it up.  As it so happens, she just landed at noon in Las Vegas for a three day celebration.

She’s been saying for about a month now that she’s gonna try and find a guy during her first 12 hours in Vegas and marry him before midnite.  I’m pretty sure she’s joking, but then again who knows with her.

Cathie was my best friend growing-up, and to this day she still probably knows me better than anyone else on the planet.  Even though she’s prone to long periods of irrationality and off-key singing, I still think she’s the best sister I could ever want.  And she’s hella talented to boot; here’s her playing in my favorite local band, Paper Dolls .

I’m bummed that I wasn’t able to travel to Vegas for her birthday celebration, but this new house thing rightly trumps everything.3 Luckily, I was able to have a little mini-celebration for her last Saturday nite.  Considering it was the last weekend of her twenties, I figured she would enjoy spending it the same way she did for most of the first half of her twenties, with Allen Ross!  Here us with Mr. Ross on Saturday.

So happy Thirtieth birthday to Cathie.  I’ll end with one of my favorite pics of us together, taken almost exactly ten years ago.

I was almost 21 and she was still 19.  We were both so excited about starting that magical decade called the Twenties.  Looking back I’m happy to say that Cathie and I had one hell of a good time in our Twenties, and our Thirties show no signs of slowing down.  Cheers to Cathie!

Ciao,

The Captain

1  Despite having attended Saint Louis University and being a prould SLU-zer.

2.  Technically, Greenman fought the Philly “Frenetic” since it seemed that the show couldn’t land the rights to the real Phanatic.  Much like Eastbound and Down, it was quite obvious that the MLB wouldn’t let such a crass show use anything they have trademarked.

3.  The move is also canceling my chance to go to a World Series game!  My Uncle Dave bought season tickets for the Phillies this year, and I’m pretty sure that I could have talked him into letting me have one.  But flying to Philly for the weekend the day after we move is a terrible idea.  Oh well, I guess the Phillies are just gonna have to make it three in a row next year…

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