So I actually went out and interacted with the world (somewhat) by going to see a movie at the Cinebarre – Transformers 3, midnight showing.
Beaux insisted we show up early because obviously hordes of fan boi’s would be camped out around the block and we needed to get good seats. Some sanity prevailed and we only went an hour early, just enough time to beat back the horde of 50 people in a theatre that seats 200.
We had already eaten dinner that night and I don’t like eating heavy foods so late at night, so instead I ordered a cookies and cream milkshake and the Princess Leia’s (i.e. cinnamon buns). Nothing like a late night sugar binge.
Now for the confession: I didn’t hate Transfomers 3. Visually, it was quite the spectacle (hey, Baysplosions galore!), there weren’t too many plot holes and the ones that existed it was easy to ignore and there were some genuinely funny moments although I think the movie was waaaaay too long.
The itty bitty things that did bother me:
- Why does Optimus only speak in cliches? I understand that it works for the cartoons but we need to seriously step his game up.
- The part where Optimus looks like a puppet. Really?! He gets done in by some freaking wires and has to dangle and wait until his buddies can come cut him down? But prior to that we’re treated with several shots of him just dangling like a metallic Pinocchio.
- The Lesson. This just left a bad taste in my mouth, the Autobots are supposed to be the good guys. Optimus had a conniption in the second movie when the humans got hurt but now it’s okay to let the Decepticons kill off thousands of humans and decimating Chicago. Oh well, I guess as long as it’s not them harming anyone it’s okay. Protectors of the planet, indeed.
- Carly’s lips. Seriously, they are really distracting and not in a good way. In the “wow, what a freak show” kind of way. Filler much?
- I can’t decide if I liked the Spock joke or not, my first initial reaction was, “Oh c’mon, really?!” but then I laughed.
Okay done kvetching about the movie now.
And as awful as this is, I really liked Ken Jeong and Alan Tudyk. Their characters are so over the top and awful, I loved it. Ken Jeong plays the role that he plays in every other movie – a crazy, weird ass Asian guy. But he does it so well, I mean do you really want him to stop? I get that he’s the modern day Long Duk Dong but shit, at least he’s getting work. Alan Tudyk’s character, Dutch, is a reprisal of Gerhardt from 28 Days but with a touch of badass. I’m waiting for someone to write a fanfic that explains how Gerhardt and Dutch are actually the same character but I’m sure it would be ruined because they’d have him hook up with John Tuturro. Ick. That’s not a picture I want in my h
So, not a bad way to spend the evening. I went to see it in 3D of course, which didn’t hurt. Someone kept complaining that they should have made 3D glasses to tie in with the movie that transformed into something.
Oh and the robotic Shai Hulud was kinda epic.
You know those days you have where everything seems a bit surreal and nothing makes sense?
The past week has been so whacked out. Beaux was arrested on Monday or rather very early Tuesday evening (of last week) for a DUI and driving on a suspended license. This was after I left the party in somewhat of a huff because he decided it was a good idea to dry hump a white girl that was there flirting with him, actually, she was flirting with damn near every male at the party but I was still pissed. I was in Federal Way by the time, he called me again on Terrance’s phone. I can’t help but think the only reason why he called was because Terrance was so drunk he couldn’t drive and he had no way of getting home. But of course, I couldn’t just leave him there. I couldn’t just leave it as is, I didn’t want to run away because that’s all I ever do is run away.
I drive back to the bar and park in the back. He calls me again and I tell him where I am and he comes running. I wonder sometimes how long this “relationship” would have lasted if I hadn’t had a reliable mode of transportation and enough money of my own to handle the both of us. I have no children and other than my usual bills, nothing really outstanding to pay for.
He loads his equipment into my car and then decides that he’s going to drive Terrance’s car home. He peels out of the parking lot and proceeds to speed down Aurora at about 70 miles an hour for some reason. I’m doing 50 and wondering what the hell is he thinking. Terrance is laughing and when he sees the cop car pull behind him, he says, “Watch this shit.”
We follow the cars into the parking lot at Goldie’s and wait to see what happens. A couple of minutes later, what I had been hoping wouldn’t happen happens. He’s out of the car and being handcuffed. Terrance looks at me and says, “Calm down. Everything is going to be okay.”
Of course, I’m not calm. Of course, I’m freaking the fuck out.
Terrance very calmly looks at me and says, “Do you want me to fix this?” I don’t answer him but I’m sure the answer was obvious. He gets out of the car (which I know is a bad idea) and he goes walking towards the cops. I follow him to try to get him back inside the car. The cop starts yelling at him to get back in the car. I don’t remember precisely what he said but the gist was that if we didn’t get back in the car, we would be going to jail ourselves.
I yank Terrance back to the car and we get in.
As we’re waiting in the car, the cop comes and taps on the window, he asks as he holds up some keys, looking at Terrance, “Is this your car?” He asks him if he’s drunk, which he freely admits he is since he’s not driving and the cop looks at me. I smile at him. He asks me if I’m sober and I reply that yes I am. I try to determine where they are taking Beaux and they won’t tell me.
By this time, my stomach is in knots and I feel like I’m about to throw up. What do I do?
I move Terrance’s truck to the parking lot across the street since otherwise it would get impounded and then Terrance demands that I take him to Jack in the Box while we try to figure out what to do.
After speculating aimlessly, I decide to head back to the house and call one of his friends, George.
Terrance hands me his wallet and all of his money, approximately $80 to help with bail if it’s needed. I thank him and he passes out in his bedroom.
It’s about 3 o’clock in the morning by this point and I call George. He picks up the third time I call him and explain the situation, he’s just gotten to sleep and not quite awake but he’s no help really.
Finally, I decide to the call the Shoreline Police Department and it’s routed to some sort of all purpose number in King County. They tell me where he is and take my name and number to have someone call me back.
An hour later, I get a call from the same officer that took him in and he curtly replies that if Beaux doesn’t become more cooperative he won’t be out on bail. The conversation ends.
I try to sleep but sleep eludes me. So instead I decide to do something self destructive, I snoop in my boyfriends computer. I know it’s wrong, I hate myself while I do it but now the genie is out of the bottle. I don’t know what I’m doing. Now I know things that I don’t want to know. I’ve confirmed things that I wish I hadn’t. And I can’t confront him about it because then I’ll have to tell on myself. I’m so fucking stupid.
I spend hours reading things that I shouldn’t. Making myself more and more heartsick.
Soon it’s morning and I call Shoreline Police Department again to ask about bail, I’m told that I can bail him out at noon but his court date is the same day at 2:30 p.m. I drive up to Everett where the Snohomish County Jail is housed. I end up spending all day up there waiting for him to be released. Almost paying bail at one point but then deciding not to since his court date was so soon.
He was finally released at around 5:50 pm. What’s funny is that I was there up until 5:20 ish or so when someone told me that he probably wouldn’t be released until around 11 pm. I knew as I was driving home that he would call and sure enough, he did. Turned right around and went back and got him. He was standing on the street corner in his t-shirt, freezing his ass off.
His first question being, “Are you hella pissed at me?”
And the thing was, I wasn’t pissed at him. I was more worried about him than anything else. What happens now? His arraignment is scheduled for the first day back from Winter Break, January 3rd. Nice. We go back to the house and he takes a shower, we take a nap since neither one of us has really gotten any sleep. He talks about stopping drinking, fears for his future freedom. I don’t know what to say, it’s all so much to take in I can’t think of anything to say. I try to be a combination of supportive, reassuring and give him a kick in the pants.
Terrance comes home and we give him the rundown of what happened since they both blacked out that night and they compare notes. I return his keys and money to him with my thanks.
Before all of this had happened, we were planning for a two day getaway to the Oregon Coast. A relaxing stay at the Starfish Inn, which sits directly on Agate Beach and boasts a beautiful view of the ocean. I can attest to the truth of that since I’m sitting here tapping away with the pounding surf in my ears. Do we stay or do we go?
It’s determined that we go. He could use a couple of days out of town and I was just want to get away from it all and spend some time with him. The drive down here was interesting, I didn’t get off of the right exit and ended up driving a longer route, we’re going to hit Jake’s Crawfish House in PDX on the way back home on Thursday. It was a pretty drive down here though and we managed to talk throughout the drive about a number of subjects, I was a little worried about that.
I think he was a little surprised by how nice the lodgings were, although I can’t think of why. I like staying at really nice places and they were running a special this week to probably try to fill the rest of the rooms.
So now we’re here at the Starfish, I’m doing some writing, he’s getting some work done and watching a little bit of TV. We ordered some pizza for dinner (which was very, very good) and had a bath together in the Jacuzzi tub, watched movies. He forced me to watch The Notebook (gag) I’m just not for romantic movies. On top of which, I suspect he relates a little bit too much with the main character; if our lives followed the arc of the movie, I would be the war widow.
We took a long walk on the beach and had a fabulous fresh seafood dinner in downtown Newport. We walked down the boardwalk and did some window shopping, we talked about damn near everything on earth and laughed and loved a lot.
He’s invited me to a Sunday dinner thing with his friends. These friends are different, their not his work friends, their not his house mate friends. These are the friends that are also friends with his ex, and so our relationship will get back to her. Which until now, he’s been hiding. When he asked me, I asked him in turn, “Are you sure?” and he replied, “Yes.” We’ll see if it actually comes to fruition but I appreciate the gesture.
Part of me wonders why I managed to fall in love with such a fuck up. On the way back from my parents house on Christmas, I called him out on still being in love with Michelle, which he tried to deny. I told him that I didn’t believe him. He tried to say something about how illogical it was for him to be in love with someone who didn’t want him and I rolled my eyes. The heart’s not logical, nowhere near, why do you think my dumb ass is still here? What’s the saying again? The heart wants what it wants (and logic be damned.)
Now he’s on this mission to prove to me that he’s fully present in this “relationship”? Want to know the fucked up thing, I still don’t know what the fuck it is that we’re doing. Are we dating? Are we in a relationship? He’s met my parents and they liked him. I just added a line to my cell phone account because he didn’t have a phone and we all know those prepaid joints are awful. I don’t know what I’m doing; this is what happens when two people get together but don’t talk to one another.
I have realized that I have a limit though, there’s a line that if he crosses, I’m gone and I’ve told him as much. Winter quarter starts on Monday and I cannot lose my focus the way I did this past semester.
I know, I know. I need to talk to him. For now though, getting my thoughts straight on the page helps a lot.
I know it’s been a while since I’ve been in a relationship. Hell, it’s been awhile since I’ve dated anyone on a regular basis and so now that I am, it’s getting really fucked up and confusing for me. I’m not in the best headspace about it right now, I’m having a lot of doubts about what it is we’re trying to accomplish, I’m starting to doubt if his feelings are even real.
The crux of the issue comes down to some photos that I saw recently of him and his ex. Now I can’t unsee them and I can’t stop thinking about it. We weren’t officially together when the pictures were taken but they obviously look happy and then something happened the next day that made him call me and finish things with her. I don’t even know if it’s reasonable of me to be bothered by this. I guess what I’m having a problem with is the fact that he seems to have moved from her to me rather quickly. Is it unreasonable for me to ask him what happened?
And the thing is, I already know the answers to these questions, I’m asking. We weren’t together when the pictures were taken, I need to let it go but I wish to god I had never seen them.
And then there seem to be my intimacy issues. There’s that core of self that I don’t want to let anybody into and he’s asking to be let in. I’m having a real problem with that but I’ve asked him to give me time and he’s accepted that answer for now. I don’t know how to tell him that until I feel okay about his stability, I can’t give of myself completely.
I’m kind of dreading his call tonight because he always knows when something is wrong and I just don’t want to talk about it. I don’t like playing games, I don’t like trying to read between the lines because I never get it right, I can’t read anyone’s mind and I don’t expect anyone to be able to read mine. Why can’t I just say what I want to say and get an equally honest answer back? Of course that’s predicated on the fact that I trust him enough to believe his answers. I don’t feel like he’s ever lied to me but I do think he’s held back and I can’t judge that since I’ve done the same.
*sigh* I need to find a way to let this go and be okay with it.
That’s the word that keeps going through my mind this week as I’m dealing with the after effects and attempting to keep up with everything. It’s been a while since I’ve done an incoherent emo rambling post about life in general, I thought I was about due and maybe it’ll make me feel better to at least get this out in words instead of just festering in my head.
I had my gallbladder taken out on Tuesday. It wasn’t scheduled, I had no idea that there was something wrong with it. But at about midnight on Tuesday I had the most excruciating pain in my chest and back area, it was so bad I threw up, it was so bad I couldn’t drive myself to the ER and I was so scared about what was happening to me that I called 911. My roommates weren’t home, had I been thinking more clearly I might have called someone to come get me but yeah, when you can’t breathe and you think your having some sort of stroke, reason kind of takes a back seat.
I was in the ER for about two hours before I was seen by a doctor and it was about another hour before someone came by to alleviate my pain by that time Carmen had found me and was good enough to sit for me for a very long time while they figured out what the hell was wrong with me. A CBC, EKG and ultrasound later a surgeon walks in to tell me that it’s my gallbladder, it needs to be removed and they will be removing it now.
Like I said before, I didn’t even know anything was wrong with the damn thing and now they want to remove it posthaste. I gave consent and things moved along very speedily. I remember being in pre-op but I don’t remember when anesthesia was administered, just when I woke up in recovery and there was this little blonde lady sitting next to me, staring at my chest, counting my breaths.
Not too long after, I was whisked off to my room where I stayed for a day before being discharged. And through it all, Carmen came, went and stayed with me. Your a trooper ,lady and I love you. Thanks Tjada for bringing me something to alleviate my boredom, I put it together and it’s sitting on my bookcase now.
I didn’t tell too many people what happened, in some ways it really is no big deal to me and in some ways, I just don’t want to burden them. My mother’s been having some health issues lately, she told me a week ago that she’s been coughing up blood and her voice has been getting week. She’s had a battery of tests done this week and tomorrow at 2:20 pm she goes in to see the doctor and sees what the verdict is. She’s convinced herself that it’s lung cancer, she says that her symptoms are the same as her father’s when he was diagnosed with it and she’s already given my sister the whole “some people die early” speech.
I’m a bit of a wreck tonight and what’s bad is that I don’t want to inflict it on anyone else and so I’m going a bit stir crazy. Waiting for tomorrow is just fucking me up. I tried to go for a walk and I turned around and went right back home. I tried playing a video game and I wanted to smash my laptop. Contemplating a drive but if I do that, I might not want to come back tomorrow and I have to be back by 2 pm. My mind is too preoccupied for homework or sleep, I’ve caught up on my little shows and it’s early yet tonight. I’m very tempted to see what drinking will do to my new gallbladder-less body but too scared as well. I’m such a pansy.
I really need a hug and someone to try to convince me that it’s going to be okay. And the one person who I wouldn’t mind that sentiment coming from is probably passed out in a drunken stupor or with someone else.
In the next couple of weeks I begin the final leg of my college journey. This is my last year folks and that thought brings me profound happiness as well as some fear. I kind of feel like, once I graduate, I need to ‘put up or shut up’ so to speak. My plans are still kicking right along of being in Korea next year teaching English while getting to spend time with the family but wouldn’t you know it, life likes to throw a wrench into the cogs of my life just to see what I do with it.
My time at Evergreen has been amazing and while I can never go back to the person I once was, I did discover the ‘new’ me, so to speak, and she’s not too shabby either. (Smaller swagger.)
Because of course, while I make plans to leave the country, I would meet someone amazing. (Of course, I would.) I’m torn between going ahead, seeing this through maybe just see what happens and dealing with the inevitable heartache that’s going to happen or stop seeing him entirely to not have to deal with it. I just don’t know. A year is a long time but something tells me that time is going to fly.
What’s the saying? A life lived without love isn’t worth living? Moving on.
I would really like to take my creative writing to the next level this year and see if I’m capable of publishing a short story. I have a couple of finished pieces that I need to try to find homes for and see what happens.
I was also wondering what the gaming scene was like in Korea, it’s been described as the new gaming mecca (although I don’t know precisely why) and if anyone here is really doing any reporting on those events and if I wouldn’t be able to fill a niche that way. I’ll help that I’m fluent.
The last four weeks have been a whirlwind for me with meeting Beaux, PAX, preparing for my last year, trying to get some writing done before classes begin again (I’ve been a little distracted) and other assorted events that are coming up. (Yaoi-Con! What?!)
I’m just going to take it one day at a time and see what happens.
In keeping with tradition, I thought I would post another ‘milestone’ post marking my birthday, I’ll be 33 years old this Sunday and if possible I’m happier now than I was last year. My life just keeps getting better and better, it probably isn’t much in the larger scheme of things but when I think back to where I was a couple of years ago, it’s huge.
I’m about 3 or 4 quarters away from graduating, it will be a happy day once I got my degree because it means I will be able to leave my current job (for one) and also because it means that I’ll be able to move to Korea.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, but I hadn’t really told anyone other than my sister. I’ve still been keeping it largely to myself and some select friends and I’ve mentioned in on Twitter but I miss it there. I miss my grandmother and due to her health concerns, she isn’t able to make the flight out here. In addition to healing from a broken hip, she also suffers from depression and I want to spend some time with her before the inevitable happens.
Another reason is that I just need to get out of the States for a while. Don’t get me wrong, I also love it here but there’s been a constant feeling of tension in me, being here. I don’t know how to describe why, fuck, I don’t even know why exactly. At least not well enough to articulate coherently. There’s just been a persistent refrain running through my mind for the last couple of years of, “I need to leave for a while. I need to get away for awhile.”
My sister posits that when I leave for Korea it will give my mother the excuse she needs to also come to Korea and stay indefinitely. Poor Dad.
The rest of this year is shaping up really well and I can’t wait for the summer. Washington summers are so completely fab! ^_^ There’s my summer writing course with Nancy again this year which she’s entitled, “Writers Paradise” and I’m much more prepared this for it; last summer my experience was akin to drowning. I’ve achieved an uneasy relationship with my inner critic; we’re learning to live with each other, there are some days where it takes over and wrecks more havoc than I would like to admit but there are also many more days that I can quiet it with a resounding ‘thwack’ to the balls.
The only aspect of my life that really makes me unhappy is at work. I don’t like what I’m doing; I don’t like the mindless minutiae and tedious repetition. I don’t like my coworkers, which I’m pretty sure that their aware of. Sometimes I watch them and I wonder if it’s me that’s the weirdo and that they’re the ones that are normal. They make me feel like I’m back in middle school, the actions are the same: group bathroom breaks, playing with each other’s hair and makeup, flirting with all the delivery guys and the constant cycle of hurt feelings because someone didn’t invite someone somewhere, or didn’t let them apply their makeup, or braid their hair, etc. blah, blah, blahbbity, blah. What drives me insane is that the cycle repeats every day, it’s like I’m in my very own personal circle of hell.
What keeps me sane is talking to my friends and sister and walking around with the knowledge that I will not have to endure this much longer.
Working here has also given me an appreciation for the ladies I follow on Twitter or the ones that I meet at PAX. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have an appreciation for girly things (i’m browsing bloomies for shoes as we speak) but I’m sorry I can’t talk about it all damn day! There’s other stuff that occupies my gray matter, like world news, or what books are out or what books I’m reading or better yet, what games I’m playing.
So needless to say, I’m happy. What I really need to work on right now is cutting down my gaming time and spending more time reading or writing.
Three events that I’m looking forward to this year is my trip to NYC to see my sister in June. I’ve seen NYC in Christmas and New Year’s, it’ll be nice to see the city when it’s warm out. Bing keeps telling me to wait to buy a ticket, I’ll wait another day and then buy anyway. PAX Prime in September… and oddly enough, I’ll be attending Yaoi-Con in October with my best friend Carmen in San Francisco. Why I’m going to Yaoi-Con is another post for another day (but oh yeah, am I going to be taking pictures!).
So good things are happening this year and I hope that when I check in next year that things are even more fabulous.
Just another place
I moved to Lawton, Oklahoma in the middle of my 4th grade year, which was pretty typical, begin the school year in one state and end it in another. Oklahoma was all flat prairie land as far as I could see. Roads dotted with buffalo chips and dead prairie dogs. Mountains the size of molehills. The neighborhood was nothing too special; I lived on the corner of Mission Blvd, there were kids in almost all of the houses surrounding mine. First day of class jitters, they always happen and the ritual is the same. I stand in front of the class, while the teacher asks me where I’ve moved from, I reply and then I smile and grit my teeth as she butchers my name and introduces me to the class. I can hear tittering and I try to ignore it and walk to my desk.
During recess, I’m walking around the softball field watching the different groups of kids around the yard. Who looks the most approachable? There’s a group of girls next to the swing set, I casually walk over and a tall chubby girl with brown hair turns to me and smiles. We exchange hellos and names, she turns back to the conversation and I stand just outside the circle listening in.
A crime has occurred in the woods directly behind the school. A young girl, of same age, had been raped and killed the body discovered just last week. They delight in retelling the story for the newbie and I pressed forward morbidly curious. Do they know who did it? I ask. The police are interviewing her family members but they don’t have any suspects but we know who did it. Who? I ask. There’s a homeless guy who lives in the woods, he did it. We’re going to go look for him after school today, wanna come? Sure. For some reason it made perfect sense at the time.
Things left unspoken
I’m sitting on the floor of my best friends bedroom. I’m flipping through some teen magazines that I’m not allowed to have. Music is playing in the background and Joy’s sitting on her bed. Her mother pops her head in the door and briefly says, hi. She disappears. Joy tells me that her parents are getting divorced and she tells me why; her dad has been touching her. We’re 11.
I’m sitting on the floor of my living room; I’m sitting right in front of the television playing videogames. My friend Sandy is sitting cross-legged beside me watching, waiting for her turn. Outside the sun is beginning to set and my mother comes in to tell us that it’s getting late. We plead for just a little bit more time and are granted a one hour reprieve. Sandy tells me that she doesn’t want to go home. When her sisters not there her uncles bother her. Her sister has left for the weekend. She makes me promise not to tell. We’re 13.
I’m sitting on the floor of my bedroom. There’s music playing and I can hear the sound of my roommates moving through the house. I’m typing on my laptop and responding to some friend requests on Facebook. I find out Joy’s newly married with a 3 year old child. She’s happy and we reconnect. Sandy’s a single mother. Her oldest child is 19 years old.