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i promise that i'll run away with you
Location: Kingman, AZ

All this hard driving hasn't afforded me much time to keep my journal abreast of all the livin' I'm doing.  Here's a quick recap of the past few days.


So in case some of you weren't following too closely, welfy drove down to Lexington on Friday night to join in with some plans which were brewing with xianxu, yshaloo, and myself via a chaotic, interstate chat conversation which also included stormodacentury, doranosaurus, and justamy on Thursday night.  By Friday, goingincirclez and mix3d3m0ti0n5 were enlisted as well.  Ysha, Xianxu, Welf, GIC, and mixedemo (with Baby Belle in tow) descended on Tokyo Sushi Saturday night and spent the next couple of hours chatting and putting away a good deal of sushi.  Beneath the cut, you'll find some photos that were taken of the perpetrators.

goingincirclez & mix3d3m0ti0n5 with their daughter, codename Baby Belle



xianxu in fine form...

..and of course, soopawelf, with the amazingly fast Tokyo Sushi waitress

The sushi was yummy...

...just ask welfy

Bunches more photos in the photo gallery.

At the conclusion of dinner, the family unit retired to Frankfort while the rest of us made plans for karaoke at Chinoe Pub.  Xianxu had to run by her place to check on her cat (more likely a bird) and never reunited with us.  Ysha, Welf, and I settled in at the pub, which to my delight, flagrantly ignored Lexington's public smoking ban.  Ysha got her karaoke request in first, with an animated and faithful performance of "Just Like Heaven" (3.1 mb mp3).  I have video of this but I promised both Welf and Ysha that I would let them see it and make a decision on if I could link it.  So for now, you'll have to just enjoy the audio.  I went next with an awful attempt at "Boy Named Sue".  I found out I didn't now the song nearly as well as I thought.  I missed so much it became rather comical.  Welf then did "I Want You To Want Me", which I attempted to record but screwed up and only caught the end of it.  Since we all planned to go again, I just deleted it to make room for her next attempt.  Ysha's other song I was unfamiliar with, so I don't remember what it was, while my second attempt was "Add It Up", which I know every nuance of, so there was no way I would screw it up (not counting my atrocious singing ability).  I got Welf to come do it with me though, just for fun.  With the possible exception of a group who got up and did "Truckin'", it was arguably the most difficult song done that night by anyone.  For Welf's second attempt, she did "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" (1.9 mb mp3), and while she was a little unsure of the melody at times, she nailed the soaring sections.


I picked up Johnny the next morning at 7:30am and let Welf crash in the hotel room he had been staying in all weekend while Johnny and I headed west.  Since checkout wasn't until 11am, she was able to catch a few more ZZZ's in addition to the little we got in the truck, before driving back to Dorksville.  I was able to sleep all day while Johnny drove.  We got into Kansas City that evening around 8pm where I met-up with justamy for a late dinner.  We ate a little, drank coffee, and smoked a lot of cigarettes over the course of our 3.5 hour visit.  I always cherish my visit with Amy, she's a dear friend and confidant.  One of the great perks of my job is that it affords me the opportunity to visit with her on a semi-regular basis.


Our route to California took us through one of my favorite places, the San Rafael Swell in southern Utah.  Johnny and I stopped for a small break and some photo opportunities.  Later as we drove through, I looked over toward the direction of Soopageek Peak, wishing I had more time to hike back there and see if my marker has survived the past year and a half.  The only photos I ahve the area were taken on one of my earlier, craptacular digital cameras, so I was pretty jazzed at the opportunity to take some new photos with the soopaCam.  Here's a few of my favorites.


Tuesday night I was in Santa Rosa, CA which means a night on the town with psycat90 and democritus.  They took me to Russian River as they had the last time, home of some of the best pizza and beer there is, period.  When I visted with them back in December, they took me to a bar called The Zoo, which was the first time they had ever been there.  It was a great trashy, neighborhood bar around the corner from their house.  Apparently, they are now regulars of the Zoo, recognized by the barkeep and some of the bar's colorful patrons like Victor and "The Governor".  The Zoo has a horseshoe pit on the back patio, in addition to pool tables inside.  Vince and I half-heartedly pitched some horseshoes back and forth but I killed his will to play early-on with a ringer.  He later trounced me 2-0 at pool, however. I have some photos I took at Russian River but I haven't had the chance to get them out of my camera yet. I'll try and get that done later in the week.

Johnny and I are headed for Ft. Worth, TX with a load then I presume we'll head north for Illinois/Indiana.  At the moment, it's beginning to look as if spending the weekend with Welf for her birthday isn't going to pan-out.  Hopefully that won't be the case.

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You're just like a dream

That cracks me up that you can hear me and you singing along with Ysha in the background. We're such dorks! But what better song to sing?

I sounded...um...interesting. :^P And quit being a dork-face, you did FINE on A Boy named Sue! Except for the verses you forgot. At least you didn't wail like a cow during the parts you didn't know, or something equally horrible!

Glad you had such an awesome week with your many different friends. That was such a great time with all the El-Jay Folks.

Welf-Birfday won't be the same without you. Hurry home! I'll run away with you!

Re: You're just like a dream

With my snafu this morning, it's looking to be less and less likely that I will make it to PA this weekend, which makes me all the more thankful for our early birthday celebration last weekend. I hope I still make it up there, but at the moment I'm not overly hopeful.

Those CA pics are amazing!

i was prepared to be completely humiliated by you posting that mp3. but hell, i can hear you singing along better than i can hear me.


Heh, I feel kinda bad that welfy and I were singing so loud that we eclipsed your karaoke though! You sounded awesome.

Oh, my lord. Karaoke at Chinoe Pub? Brings back the memories. Many a grad school night ended there. Actually, that's where my husband and I went on our first official date. (Well, we started out at Atomic Cafe, then Chinoe, and then Last Call. How's that for being sterotypically Lexington?)

The only thing that could've been more stereotypical would've been happy hour at Ramsey's. ;-)

Wow, those canyon pictures are beautiful!

Thanks. But not as beautiful as the photo you had on your secondary monitor. ;-)

looks like you guys had fun. Let us know next time you're coming through,maybe it won't coincide with mortgage, car payment and insurance week. lol.

I'm trying to talk Welf in to coming down again in October to go to Keeneland one Saturday. Hopefully we'll plan this one a little more in advance and you can and Nathan can come.

i'm so jealous...that justamy is the coolest chick EVER.

I wanna meet that justamy chick! She seems rad.

You don't hafta convince me. I'm a card-carrying member of the justamy fan club. :)

Now I'm completely bummed that I couldn't go. I got stuck at work forever and then just came home and crashed.

Next time there's a gathering of some sort, I'm IN!

Just so you know, the "Soopageek Peak" link is to a 404 error...

I love those pictures. I'm really gonna have to roadtrip out that way someday.

I think everyone should drive cross-country at least once in their life. It's an amazing experience.

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