kirby1024: Kirby taking a ride on a star. (Kirby Wheee!!!)
Oh man, has it been crazy.

So, in the last few weeks:

1) I've moved to a new, extremely shiny place
2) It looks like I'm getting promoted at work - They're planning to move me to the Premier call centre (Where they deal with important customers). Took a while, but I'm looking forward to it :)
3) I went to my cousin Paula's wedding, which was a beautiful affair.
4) Been absurdly busy getting house in order. No matter how many times you move, it still takes forever to get the house the way you want it!
5) Put a deposit down on a brand new couch. It is comfy and so incredibly soft, and has cup holders and storage space, and it shall be mine!
6) Spent a long and terrible two weeks with only mobile internet. For probably the first time ever, I have actually gone through my entire mobile pack this month and then some!

I am certain that there have been other noteworthy things, but I am le tired, so I honestly cannot remember them all.

So, hi! I'm alive!
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Last night, my Dad gave me news that I was not really expecting - I was told that my Uncle Michael had been found in his apartment, close to death. He told me that they had revived him, and that he was in intensive care, but he had almost died several times that day, and it didn't look like he was going to wake up, even if they kept him alive. In short, Dad said, it wasn't looking good for him to survive for very much longer.

And this morning, my Mum called me up to let me know that Michael had died during the night.

Today I have been giving myself a day to actually try and process my feelings towards my Uncle Michael, since I know that if I don't do it soon, it's likely to cause problems down the track. I have this trick, that I'm so very good at dodging my mind that I can just not think about issues in my life. But I know that's unhealthy, and I want to talk about this. So, I write this, my tribute to my Uncle Michael and Me.

I've often called my Uncle Michael my "crazy uncle", and I use the term with all the affection in the world. He was a role model of sorts to me in my youth, an academic in academia, incredibly intelligent and well spoken. He was a parapsychologist, one of the few operating in Australia. For most of my memory of him, he was even getting paid as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Adelaide. When I was in high school and when I was in university, I would always keep track of his latest academic developments. In a way, I was something of a fan of his work, and every now and then, he would send me articles that he thought I might find interesting.

My memories of interactions with my uncle are mostly from when I was younger. Early in his career, my Uncle was a Latin scholar, and I recall when I was quite young, my Uncle would try and teach me bits of Latin. At the time, my love of languages had not quite evolved, and I never paid terribly much attention. That said, I still tried my hardest - he was my uncle, and I loved him dearly. I remember a lot of discussions with him on various topics, although my being younger typically meant I was the one learning from him.

Although he was an incredibly intelligent person, that came with it's own side-effects. My parents saw a lot of my uncle in me, including a not terribly brilliant set of social skills. I had a tendency of looking down my nose at people when I talked to people, and didn't realise as a kid that it showed as a sense of superiority. I'm glad for those warnings, I think my ability to interact with people is much better now.

I remember often talking to my friends about my uncle. What my uncle did was incredibly interesting, and was always something we could discuss. There was one conversation in Korner, between me and [livejournal.com profile] shemjaza, about how, if I'd been around in the 1920s, I'd so be a Pulp action character, with my famous Uncle into weird phenomena, me the linguist in training, and him being funded by the Bial Foundation, which sounded so very much like some shadowy organisation for good. I'd be swept away from my university lifestyle to accompany my uncle on daring adventures!

My feelings about my Uncle's death are... mixed, as you'd expect after just a day of being told. Above all, I miss him so. I haven't seen a great deal of him in the past couple of years, but the fact that he was around was always in my head. A relative that I had so much time and interaction with, someone who has been around my entire life is gone, and I think I'm still trying to adjust my view to that. I feel so terribly sad for him, and for my Grandpa and Grandma, who now have the task of burying their son, something which I can only imagine the pain and sorrow of. I worry about my uncles and my Dad, all of whom have lost a brother.

And I think of all the interactions that were yet to come, that I thought I had all the time in the world to go through. He had just recently joined Facebook, and I never got to see how he would use it. I wanted so badly for him to meet [personal profile] erinkyan, who also wanted to see him so very much. I wanted to see him one last time, although maybe that one is just because I feel robbed of an opportunity to say goodbye to him. Of all the things that I'm writing here, that's the feeling that makes me cry - the last time I said goodbye to him was two years ago. I'm such a different person now than I was two years ago, that I feel that he's lost the chance to see me as I am now. I think he would be proud, at the very least happy, to see the kind of person I have become, and I hate that I no longer have the opportunity to show him that.

Rest in Peace, Uncle Michael, You have lived a great life, with a family that loved you, so much, and you are missed, so very, very much.
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If we had to be fair, this update is probably unnecessary if you've been reading the Twitter Updates or on Facebook (And there's been a few - I was a busy little twitterer while I was in Adelaide...). Still, I figured it was probably worth a few words to fill in the gaps.

Monday
Monday was the trip over with the family. Not a great number of highlights, probably the big highlight was at the Horsham McDonalds when I met my cousin Paula's children for the first time in a while (a while enough that the oldest one didn't remember me...). It's a bit sad when I think about it, since my cousin and family now live in Melbourne, and it turns out that I saw them more outside Melbourne than within. Still, nice to meet the little ones!

We ended up getting to Adelaide about 6:00pm to my Nanna's and Grampa's place. I hadn't actually seen my grandparents for a very long time. My Grampa has finally retired from his barber shop, and this was such massive news that it made newspaper headlines. I'm actually not kidding - the local newspaper ran a front-cover piece about my Grampa's barber shop closing down. (He'd been in the paper previously for foiling a robbery, and since his shop had been there for 40-50 years, his shop was considered part of the fabric of a place or something). My Nanna was well-pleased with this, but not so pleased that my Grampa was getting ready to set up a salon in Nanna's place. It was great to talk to them, I forgot how much I missed them until I'd seen them again!

Tuesday
Tuesday I ended up going to Tea Tree Plaza with my parents, mostly to get random things like a cheap pair of sunglasses (since I forgot them when I left). Also, ended up with two new pairs of shoes, which was handy :)

Then went to Aaron's place. In the end, I spent most of my nights there (for which I thank Aaron and Emma quite extensively for :)). It was so great to spend time with Aaron, considering that we hadn't actually seen each other for almost two years! The first day we mostly just chatted (and went to Tea Tree Plaza again so he could get Emma gifts), but it's one of those things that when me and Aaron get together we really do nothing else much but talk - and I never tire of it. We're quite different these days, but we have very similar personalities. :)

Wednesday
Wednesday I spent walking around the Adelaide CBD, as is my habit. I'd thankfully done all my shopping before I went to Adelaide, but [livejournal.com profile] not_in_denial had jokingly asked me to buy some Gor novels for him, since the last Gor novels I got were from there too. [livejournal.com profile] not_in_denial, of course, deserved the Gor novel I bought him. Took me two second hand bookstores to find them, which was good because I wouldn't have run for a third. Not for Gor novels.

I then went looking around Adelaide's CBD sex stores to cleanse myself after purchasing the novels, and came to the conclusion that Adelaide's sex stores are really awesome. So much awesome stuff that I would never be able to find in Melbourne. Mostly, I suspect, because Adelaide sex stores don't specialise - they purchase heaps of awesome stuff, some of which doesn't quite sell, so they have the most random, awesome old stuff. Also, the "big" sex store in Adelaide often imports from Europe rather than look for local manufacturers, so there's a bunch of stuff (like, for example, a leather bodybag, from Germany, apparently. I'd so have gotten it too if it hadn't been $600...).

That night, I went to the Thalbourne Christmas, which was a nice sit-down affair. I ended up getting a "bitch" mug, which will be proudly placed in my kitchen for all to see. It was actually a very good night, and it was good to see all the Thalbournes again. Also, my Uncle Bryan's housemate is really good value. Absolutely brilliant wit.

Thursday
Thursday was spent at my Aunt's place doing the Davis Christmas. It was a great deal more enjoyable than I had expected. The food was delicious, everyone was nicely chilled and enjoying each other without drama, it was a really great day, honestly. My swag included hilarious t-shirt, a stab-mixer (a really cool one!), and a Pick-up-line Magnetic poetry kit. Which will be absolutely brilliant when I put it up on my fridge. I ended up getting a whole lot of photos there, because my Aunt's house is so incredibly pretty, but alas, I do not have the photos to show people, since my flash card decided to die on the way home, so I have to wait for my Nanna to send me the backup CD. I got to see some more of my cousins that I never see. I also got to play with my cousin's Wii, which has even more firmly convinced me that I indeed need a Wii. If only I had the money... :(

Friday
In Adelaide, Boxing Day is actually a public holiday in which there is nothing open. So, Boxing day was mostly me and Aaron spending the day chatting and watching DVDs. Which was good, since I have now watched some of Outlaw Star, The Lost Boys, Night Watch and Mirrormask, which has greatly improved my film-cred. Maybe. At the very least, I don't have to sound lost when these movies come up now! Also, got to introduce Aaron to the fun that is LoadingReadyRun, and also introduced him to xkcd (He's not a particularly internetty geek, but I think I showed him some good stuff...). It was a nice, good, relaxing day, honestly, and I'm kinda glad for it, all things considered. We (predictably) also talked about so much, including love, relationships, friends, addiction, etc. We talked so much in between all the watching, and it was awesome.

Saturday
Saturday was the last day before we went home, so I decided to spend it in the CBD again, after saying goodbye to Aaron and Emma. I actually ended up not doing much, despite it technically being the boxing day sales in Adelaide. I looked around for a bit, didn't see much worth buying, then went home to my Nanna's place, where I got to see my cousin Paula and her family, and also my Cousin Suzie, who again I never see, ever. Got to spend a day chatting and talking with everyone, actually interacting with my family.

It's kinda odd, really - I keep saying that family is really important to me, but then I don't seem to keep in particularly regular contact with them. And it's not because I hate them or anything, far from it. I just... have so much stuff in my life that I don't get to talk to my family much at all. If anything, the trip to Adelaide was good because I got to see everyone, many of whom I hadn't seen in at least two years, often longer.

Sunday
Sunday was, once again, a car trip home. We ended up going via one of my parent's friends, who has an extremely friendly doggy and a very large house (although I guess, when you're buying a house near not Adelaide, but Murray Bridge, you can get a lot for not much, I guess. I ended up getting a bit drunk, since he offered me a glass of wine, and I'd only really had a couple of pieces of toast for lunch. I kinda felt a bit fifth-wheelish, seeing as I didn't really know him that well, and it was mostly my parents reminiscing. Still, spent a good hour, then we all decided that it was time to actually head on our way.

Like the trip up, not a great deal of actual stops. We did stop in Bordertown where we went to a nice little bakery (which apparently wasn't as great as the last time my parent stopped there, but other than that most of the other stops were just driver-change stops. I finally got home at about 10:00ish, after which I pretty much immediately called [livejournal.com profile] not_in_denial and ordered significant huggles.

And thus ends to story of my Trip to Adelaide. Other stuff has happened since. I will report on it later :)
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I'll talk more about my holiday later, do a proper write-up. But because I promised [livejournal.com profile] not_in_denial, This is a video of my brother opening his present. It was pretty much the highlight of my christmas day!



Beautiful.
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I may have previously mentioned about how my mum didn't take my previous boyfriend so well. So, I figured that considering the many interesting characteristics of my beloved [livejournal.com profile] not_in_denial, that I would ease my mother into him, take the revelations slowly and surely, and try very hard not to freak my mum out.

So, I went to my parents' place for dinner tonight, and found out that my mum had already found out. Apparently found [livejournal.com profile] not_in_denial's LJ through my own and read up on my boy. Amazingly enough, took everything else in their stride. The trans-ness, the poly-ness, my mum took pretty much without incident. She noted that she spent some time just being amused by the absurdity of the trans situation, but that was about the most of her reaction.

This has had me rather... bewildered, really. I was so not expecting my mum to be as positive about the whole thing as she was. Kinda cool, actually, just so entirely unexpected.

Oh, and since I know that both of you read this now... Hi Mum! Hi Dad! *waves* Hope you enjoyed the tickle video previously!
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Can people keep their eyes and ears open for information about a flood in Adelaide? I've just heard off the late news that the River Torrens has broken it's banks, but I can't seem to find any information about it. As many of you will know I'm an Adelaide boy, and I have more than a few family members in the area.

I've been told that the flood is mainly affecting the northern suburbs of Adelaide, but other than that, I got nothing. The most I've found is on Channel 10's website, saying that (and I quote) "Record rainfall hits Adelaide causing widespread flooding." That's it.

Now, logic would state that seeing as there's so little information, it's unlikely that it's anything really major... But I'd like to at least know what's going on, since I only caught the tail end of the news segment.

Anyone?

Edit: Okay, never mind - after a large deal of searching, I found information at (of all places) the Channel 7 News site. Apparently there was some newsworthiness in the traditional Christmas Display on the River Torrens being swept away (and the fibreglass Moby Dick being the highlight). It doesn't seem to be anything really major, though it does look like it hit a few areas where my family resides (Blackwood in the hills being the main one). So, nothing major, it seems...

http://seven.com.au/news/nationalnews/119283
http://seven.com.au/news/storyinfo_051108_safloods

RIP Jessie

Jun. 22nd, 2005 06:09 pm
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Jessie, our family's pet collie, is going to have to be put down. She's been having bad fits for the past week or so, and today she had another big one. We took her to the vet, and they said that even if Jess came through, she's not going to get any better. So, they've decided to euthanise her.

I don't know what this place is going to be like with out her. She's been part of the family almost since before I can remember. She's been with us through 3 moves. And now she's going to be gone.

And I missed my last chance to see her, because I wanted to play games. And I missed seeing her this morning, because me and Lara were sleeping. And I'm not going to see her even again.

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Goodbye Jessie
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There's a very good reason why I'm posting this early. See, I woke up early to hitch a ride with my dad to uni, so I could bring televisions and stuff to SVGA's last meeting for the semester. I made sure to at least wake up at 6:30, confident that my dad would knock on my door to wake me up proper when it was about time.

I got a little worried when, at 7, I heard a car drive out, but I was certain that wasn't dad, because he was giving me a lift.

Nope, it was Dad. He'd totally forgotten that he was supposed to give me a lift.

This puts a serious crimp in my day.
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Well, it's been a while, so I figured I should probably make an effort and try to start updating again.

It's been over a month; I ain't even going to try to recap the last month. These are various things that have happenned in the past month, that I can remember, that may be newsworthy.

* [livejournal.com profile] fireflyfaeryis still in Canada. I miss her so. Last time I talked to her, on Monday, she was headed off to Jasper for a few days. But those reading Lara's LJ will probably know that already.

* Start of the month was the SVGA's first attempt at a major event. Dubbed O-LAN, it was our attempt to have a small LAN weekend, and get some money. Probably due to a lack of advertising, and poor weather, we unfortunately lost money on the event. Ah well, next time someone else will be handling it.

* It's official - come next AGM, I'm not going to be SVGA's President. This is my third term as President, and I think I need to let go, and let someone else lead the club. I'm certain there will be some people willing to lead the club. I'm confident that I've done my bit to ensure the club will survive.

* University has started up. I need to relearn my discipline. I intend to do this.

* MURP has started. I managed to convince [livejournal.com profile] warragul to co-GM a multi-party Adventure! game with me (Adventure! being a pulp-style game). Currently, we've finished the first official session, having decided to throw everyone at the climax of their "last" adventure (which I had written up beforehand for my group). I unfortunately cannot divulge amusing aspects about much of the game that are amusing due to the metaplot me and Alicia have come up with, due to the fact that I know at least a few players are on LJ, and I'd hate to ruin their fun...

* The final MURP camp at Grefriars was last weekend. It was indeed fun, but seemed immensely short, for some reason. I suspect me doing a lot of helping out (I was in charge of soup, and indeed by pumpkin and sweet potato soup was well-received, and then stayed on, while tending the soup, to help with the mexican menu). I also had my first real Nitrous Oxide high. It was... interesting. Definitely better than the last time I tried Nitrous - I barely felt a thing then. Also played interesting games, and took many, many photos and movies. Probably enough to make a virtual representation of the Greyfriars site. If people are really interested, I may throw it all on Photobucket (though there's about 48MB of photos and movies...)

* I almost put [livejournal.com profile] mikeybidness on my friends list. I have now decided against this. For those of you unaware of the spectacle of the last few days, I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader to find out, because as of tonight, I'm not going to bother continuing to reply. It's simply not worth it.

* My 21st is coming up. I'm almost wishing it wasn't because it means I have to make decisions and stuff. I already got the date, so no problem there, but I have to decide where to hold the party, what sort of things to serve there, what presents I want my parents to get me... It's actually quite stressful. We've now basically decided on nice restaurant dinner with family and [livejournal.com profile] fireflyfaery, then a house party. But of course, I have to decide whether I want my house party at my parent's place, or perhaps at Wolfenstein, and there are pros and cons to both.

I need to learn to be more decisive.

* In work news, on Monday I found out that some idiot in DLU had set my contract to expire on the 3rd of March. I've got a new contract all filled out and such, but this does mean that I don't get paid next week. Which is a pain. Thankfully my parents have said they'll lend me money to tide me over until my next pay period. Still annoying though.

* My older brother, Mathew, has his graduation tomorrow. There's nothing really stopping me from going, and I'd like to go, but to do so, I'd probably have to miss my only class tomorrow. And I've missed more than a few classes in that subject, and I really need to get my study discipline back. I'm probably going to go to my brother's graduation regardless...

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