house next door for rent

the house next door is now for rent, after undergoing extensive renovation. from what we could see, everything was painted and the entire kitchen – cabinets and all – was replaced.

if you’re looking for a rental in an incredibly desirable neighborhood close to downtown durham, and do not communicate with your family members exclusively via YELLING, do not leave your dog out in the rain chained up, do not verbally abuse your wife out in the yard (or anywhere, really), and do not hit your neighbors up for money to fix your car, please consider becoming my neighbor.

the bar is set pretty low; you will probably have neighbors on either side who will LOVE YOU if you meet the above criteria. plus you’ll fit right in with everyone else on the block.

i believe it’s a 2 bedroom, one bath. you can walk to the farmer’s market and you’re five minutes away from american tobacco, 9th street, and all kinds of great stuff.

pleeeeeaaaaase won’t you be my neighbor?

wedding intensive

spent the weekend on wedding stuff – which is kind of fun, really. i know a lot of people regard it as stressful, but to me it’s a happy thing and not really stressful.

saturday i met with a seamstress, we picked out some truly amazing fabrics and sketched an initial design for my garments. that was tons of fun.

today we met with two photographers – and we’re pretty sure we know which one we want. after that we stopped at a department store to look at flatware and dinnerware; after many years of good service i think it’s time for the pink fiestaware to go and be replaced by something less, uh, pink.

earlier in the week we also went for our tasting with the caterer which, since it’s the catering department in a nice hotel, was pretty fabulous and the best lunch either of us are likely to eat all year. here’s hoping it scales well.

the cake tasting is coming up soon, and we’ve got a few more things to pin down. well, okay, several more things.

i don’t like the clothes

i am finding myself a few sizes smaller than i was last summer, and the summer before that as well i guess. i didn’t plan to arrive here, but here i am, and i need clothes that fit. being good about cleaning out my clutter, i got rid of most of the clothes i had when i was this size in the past.

so i’ve been shopping, a little, mostly for tops. but i don’t like the clothes in stores right now. it’s a very odd experience! the tops all seem to be odd shapes that make no visual sense to me.

maybe fall will be more fun.

drive-in fourth of july

tonight we actually made plans and stuff – whoo ee! we decided to check out the “raleigh road outdoor theater”:http://www.raleighroaddrivein.com/ in henderson, which is about an hour away from my house. they promised fireworks and a movie we wanted to see, but not pay full price for.

i can’t help but compare to our dear departed starlite theater. while i’m glad we do have a living drive-in in the area still, it doesn’t compare to the starlite. the food is not as good, and visibility of the screen isn’t as good. getting to the bathrooms and concessions was kind of a cluster.

on the up side, the prices are good, and they gave reese a couple of milk bone treats at the box office. the staff are nice and they even had someone walking around helping people tie down their tailgates so they wouldn’t block the view of those behind them. they don’t allow SUV’s and trucks in the first three rows, either.

on the way home we decided to drive by the starlite to see how it was looking and whether there’s a for sale sign up. that may have been a mistake. it turns out that they _took the screen down._ this makes me SO angry. after all we went through, and all the money we raised to rebuild the screen after it burned down… to just take it down. and the old neon framework with it! the marquee was still there, bob’s rotting trailer is still there, and i think i glimpsed the concession / projection building. why the _hell_ take the screen down and leave the other structures up?

yeah, i’m pissed, and i really miss the starlite.

if we go back to the raleigh road, i’d like to go in spacepod so we can park up front, and go on a slow night so the concession stand won’t be such a huge pain.

oh yeah – and another difference between the raleigh road and the starlite – while J was out walking reese he observed that in rows eight and nine, the cars were all parked really far away from each other, and there are used condoms on the ground. niiiiice. i remember Bob at the starlite telling me about how he’d patrol the lot during the movies, and if anyone seemed to be getting it on, he’d tap on their windows and make them stop.

worth noting

on the road today…

* we saw the truck that belongs to the company where i work. there’s only one (as far as I know). it must have been on the way to set up at a conference.

* we saw a TROSA moving truck! in Tennessee!

* spacepod turned over 180,000 miles.

* we parted ways with phoebe and her occupants at west memphis; she passed directly over us as she left I-40. whee!