8049 – written on the bus

GeotargetDeerfield is a sort of buffer zone between Boca Raton (home of the golden girls and polo grounds) and Fort Lauderdale (Wealthy tourists slumming away from South Beach and 20-30something party central for those not up to the gyrations of Miami.)

Boca was my stomping grounds while at FAU and the library… my first solo apartment was a a dinky studio behind Mizner park. It was a pretty laid-back lifestyle, all told. Work at the BBCL, hang out / game with JTD (later, game with graypumpkin and the two squads; Wu’s on one day, Pam on the other.) Crushing/hanging out with Sheleah (Sheila) at Liberties, watching quantum leap at the house. Hermit crabs as pets. So broke that I couldn’t afford a telephone, let alone the internet. Gaming, school, and reading were my primary hobbies, but I dug playing a wide assortment of pirated Atari ST games when I could wrangle them from Brett. I learned Unix and a lot of CAD at that time, too. (free software and free time begot an education… who knew?)

I didn’t much mind being lower class in Boca. I knew a lot of nice people, was safe, and in relatively good health, save for when my back went out. GP & Katt helped me a great deal during that time, which is something that I really appreciate to this day. Also helpful were the Wu’s, during my homeless phase, not to mention Danny and his wife pulling my fat out of the fire, too… I get along poorly with friend’s wives, save for Katt, but she wasn’t a wife of a friend, she actually fell into he friend slot on her own… just happened to be married to another friend (I could hang out with either/or, or both at the same time, it was all good). I miss gabbing with her now and then. Though we cleared the air a few years back, conversation didn’t really resume like it did with her hubby.

A lot of things have happened in my life since then. Pompano was quite a paradigm shift. I was pretty depressed from about 6 months before GP & Katt moved west through about ’95-96. I met and hung out with the hippies, self-medicated with kind bud, drum circles and actually dancing a bit. They welcomed me and gave me a chance to reboot my brain with mushroom tea, lots of affection and camp outs. That gave me much opportunity to soften my armor and relax a bit.

The thing about Deerfield is that it’s to Boca as Pompano is to Fort Lauderdale. or, Delray’s equal to the South. I don’t know for sure yet, but I think that I might just prefer smaller towns, as long as the cool stuff is still reasonably nearby. Museums, theaters, books are all right around the bend, without as much hubbub.

When I ride the bus from Deerfield, through Pompano to Lauderdale, I feel emotional warm and cold spots. Specific regions make me happier or sadder… and one block sort of makes me feel very, very tired. I’m not sure what sets it off… time of day doesn’t seem to enter into the picture. Maybe some kind of subconscious reaction to a building or landscape? Who can say? Maybe certain feelings pool in different areas until other people pick them up or cancel them out? I’m prone to suspect that it’s more a weird Scotto thing than an “external emotion projector bombarding me” thing.

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8041 – Merry Christmas.


Peace, love and good cheer to everyone.

Bro called from his weekly place Boynton.. apparently his friend / resource in points North is in jail on a probation violation, so he won’t be moving there now. He asked for my address to write me and was wondering if there is a place there that he could visit. I didn’t have my local addy handy for him to write to me, but I gave him my work addy… but I did point out to him that he could hang out on my screen porch. There was some sort of domestic dispute taking place outside his place that bled over into the phone. He’s looking for a new weekly rental, because he’s not happy there. He mentioned a girlfriend hanging with him and playing god of war on the playstation. (note this was before his 2am wakeup mentioned the entry prior)

Holiday meme –

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate wins over holiday pancake batter, any day.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Elves wrap, Santa Sets ’em out.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I prefer multi-colored, but white is nice too.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Sometimes. I haven’t this year.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Dec 1, usually, but I’ve been neglectful. Just a few candles and cards out.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Traditional morning english-muffin pizzas.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
I don’t have many big Christmas memories as a kid, just a general sense of good cheer, sweet food, time off from school, fun tv and toys. Church was pretty cool, too. No specific incident comes to mind.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
What do you mean? The fact that he works out of Lapland *and* the North Pole? I saw a documentary about finland as a kid that mentioned Santa’s 2nd hangout.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
One at Midnight, or right before bed, depending. not the “big gift” though.

10. What kind of cookies does Santa get set out for him?
Santa likes sugar cookies, rice milk, and the reindeer get carrots.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love to see it, but rarely do down here in heat-miserville.

12. Can you ice skate?
I used to play hockey all the time, but haven’t skated in years. I suspect it would come back to me pretty quickly.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I liked the model of the goodyear blimp. It had a motorized revolving drum on the inside on which you could create “lighted” messages. (circa 1975)

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
People actually trying to be nicer to one another.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
I’m easy.. hook me up with christmas cookies and brownies, and I’m your boy. Coffee is nice alongside.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Spreading love

17. What tops your tree?
Usually a star, but sometimes an angel. (Note, my traditions put the tree up on dec 24, and take it down on 12th night, jan 6)

18. Which do you prefer, Giving or receiving?
I enjoy giving more, though I certainly like to get prezzies, too.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Carol?
O Tannenbaum

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?

1 year ago – Westley Willis Christmas, Danny at mangos pic, pirates, games, sci-fi babe pulp covers, Mel is a family-ferry

2 years ago – Katt thinks a smiley looks like Doug, merry merry, testing streaming, green bean casserole

3 years ago – Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas, edbook is awesome, nation states

4 years ago – mistletoe, silly games, apartment dream, Reading The Anubis Gates

5 years ago – Booby talk, coming games