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My parents got me a copy of the HUGE KISS boxed set- 5 cds spanning their 30-year career.  Over 6 hours of music including demo versions, live recordings, and unreleased songs.  I love the book that comes with it where they talk about the songs.  Paul and Gene used to (and maybe still do) rewrite songs they liked into their own songs.  They tell you which songs they reworked.  Sometimes it is easy to see the similarity, and others it is quite a stretch.

I also got a breathable raincoat and backpack rain cover.  I now have almost all the equipment I need for my trek through Peru to Machu Picchu.  Unfortunately, it looks like I might have to wait until 2009 to go there.  This summer is supposed to be a return to Japan, which is hella-expensive. 

I also got some USB 2.0 stuff for my computer and like 5 dozen homemade cookies. 

[profile] shrijani and [personal profile] philrancid got me Godzilla Raids Again.  Nothing says the holidays like a giant lizard destroying Tokyo.  I fell asleep on the sofa watching it last night and look forward to doing so again. 

It took me 2 days to sleep off first semester before I even felt like doing anything.  Today I plan to clean my apartment, take in the recycling, and go to the gym.  Tonight some of the guys are getting together to practice aikido and I may join them. 

Listening to all this KISS has me wanting to pick up my guitar, so I hope to do that as well!  Guitar Hero is fun, but when I jam by myself no one is keeping score and I get to pick any song I want to play (or just make something  up!). 
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I reviewed last summer's journal and I found it lacking in content. I should be writing. I promise myself every summer that I will get into writing in a big, big way. I have not done much reading, though, so in a way I feel out of the loop. I am going to spend more time reading, too.

Reading, writing, and playing guitar. I played along to a Rush album tonight, which is something I used to love doing as a teenager. I can jam along like part of the band! It was fun. My chops are a bit rusty, though. I can polish them up with more practice.

Oh yeah, and biking. I have gone 34 miles this week and should achieve my 50-mile-a-week goal and then some.

Writing in my journal is a big compromise. I don't know if I can really count that.

I want to read some short story magazines and get a feel for the types of stories that folks are writing these days. I don't really know where to start with those. I think I would enjoy hanging out in the book store coffee shop and reading fiction magazines. I could hang out by the pool and read them there, too.

As long as I have some kind of plan, I can keep from being a total slug through the summers off. I have the beginnings of a plan now.
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Someone wanted to borrow my guitar. I might have agreed to it a couple of weeks ago, but now I have been recording every night. A lot of it is very derivative, bit what the hell? I have some things to say and music may be the forum. Expressing myself through music is much more visceral. I need physical expression right now. I spend a lot of time in my head. I want to reach out more.

Thursday I must buy gis for kids' aikido and see Little Miss Sunshine. I will probably just go by myself. It is Cheap Beer Night at Liberty Hall. I can get Free State draughts for 1/2 price! Seeing this movie was an "assignment" from my violinist friend.

I finally broke down and bought some damn Claritin. I cannot tell a lie. It was the store-brand equivalent. I don't need this trickly sore throat and cough. I never used to have allergies, and it pisses me off that they should appear now. I also don't like that the affluent don't have to suffer symptoms. We can simply take a pill. It is not right.

The kinds of complaints people have about their jobs I don't seem to have. I teach my Spanish 1 classes on Monday and Wednesday. They make me work harder at corralling them and shushing them. We seem to have established a rapport and the rhythm is almost there. I even like my job a little today. Ask me again next week, when I have 2 exams, progress reports, and a project coming in. I am nowhere near as tired as I have been the last 2 weeks. That is unfortunate because I should be in bed right now.


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