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Houston, T minus 5 days and counting... - Unbeliever's Land
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Houston, T minus 5 days and counting...
Stress and pressure mount while Angela and I get ready for our Houston trip in five days. We look forward to seeing our friends unkaphaed and fair_witness while we're there (and possibly rickvs and rachalvs?), but parental stress is Bad.

My mom's knee-replacement surgery two days ago was apparently a success (we'll know more as time progresses), but she's on alot of drugs and not especially happy.  My dad is in the nursing home, miserable and bored, since without my mom, he can't function by himself at home.  My mom will join him in the nursing home for 20 days of physical therapy, once she is released from the hospital.

They're both upset with me, of course.  I never call or write.  I'm rude.  (Of course, my MOM is rude, and miserable, and talks nonstop, refusing to let me off the phone politely in less than 90 minutes under any circumstances -- and my Dad is a virtual nonentity who has been beaten down for 42 years by his domineering wife, and whose only contact with the outside world now comes through her -- so communication with either one of them is not exactly something to look forward to -- but  obviously they don't see it this way.)

Oh, and of course my mom feels she erred in not exposing me to more religion (I went to a private Jewish elementary school for four years, and went to the Episcopal church with her fairly regularly for about as long).  If only I'd been indoctrinated in Christianity more thoroughly, I could see why gay marriage is so wrong.  WHATEVER...

SHE was the one who exposed me to the wonders of science through her idols, Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan.  Not *MY* fault they were both atheists, and I learned their "question everything" lesson a bit too well...

SOOOooo... what fun.  I'm picturing our days there as being 1) an annoying hour or two with them in the morning, 2) escaping for yummy lunch at one of a million restaurants we don't have in Oregon, 3) an annoying hour or two with them in the afternoon, 4) escaping for the rest of the evening with our friends, who will patiently listen to us gripe about my parents, and help us de-stress and wind down, in preparation for another identical round the next day...

I'd crack a joke about the sessions with my folks being worse than Guantanamo -- but it's still WAY too soon.  :)

Oh, I guess Easter is Sunday.  Not really in the mood this year for the traditional Peep jousting and bunny torture...

Peep Jousting

1) Take two peeps.  Stick a toothpick "under the wing" of each peep.  These are the lances.

2) Place them facing each other on a microwave-safe plate.  Nuke them, watching them expand.

3) The first peep whose lance pokes his opponent, wins.


Bunny Torture

1) Take a hollow chocolate bunny -- preferably one that can stand upright, with candy eyes.

2) Place it on a microwave-safe plate, and start nuking.

3) Enjoy the show!

[For a surprising time, not much happens.  Then the bunny starts to "lose focus", softening and "sweating".  At some point, the candy eyes roll back into it's skull.  Now it's a zombie!  Continue nuking until it is truly mush, then eat it's remains as a lovely chocolate fondue, dipping strawberries, graham crackers, or even just your fingers into the gooey carnage...]

What better way for godless heathens to celebrate the mythical torture and restoration of Jesus, than by torturing pretend chicks and bunnies?   Jesus wants us to eat his body?  Naah, I'll take exploded marshmellow and melted chocolate, thanks...  :)

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming...

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amaebi From: amaebi Date: April 10th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm be thinking of you during your (ahem) time on the cross.
fair_witness From: fair_witness Date: April 10th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
We also plan on bringing vid.
unbeliever64 From: unbeliever64 Date: April 10th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry. We won't spend *ALL* our time together bitching about my folks... ;)
fair_witness From: fair_witness Date: April 10th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grin*

Perfectly all right if that's what you want to do.

Now, have y'all seen WALL-E? Or Burn Notice?
oregongirl1969 From: oregongirl1969 Date: April 11th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
We saw Wall-E in the theater. We try to catch all the good CGI cartoons and special effects (SciFi) movies at the theater. Although we would not mind at all watching Wall-E again!

I tried to like Burn Notice -- watched first 3-4 episodes, but it just never drew me in enough.

We don't watch many TV series. Mostly if I find something I like, Reed will usually like it as well. We've both been watching House episodes as time allows. I've been watching Fringe, Law&Order: SVU & CI.

Of course there is Doctor Who and Torchwood.

We watch a lot of Adult Swim: Venture Brothers, The Boondocks, Metalocalypse and others.

Most of our evening TV time is spent watching Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. Friday it's Bill Maher. Yes, we are political news junkies. :)

Mostly we'll be happy just sitting around visiting with you guys. How are you with Trivial Pursuit type games? :) We love 80's trivia!
fair_witness From: fair_witness Date: April 11th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I usually destroy at Trivial Pursuit, so ... bring it on. ;)
rickvs From: rickvs Date: April 11th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not yet certain, but it seems unlikely Rachal and I will make it down to Houston :(

I'm working this weekend, and will probably find myself doing the same through next weekend.

I'll keep you posted if things change.
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