In two weeks, I will be attending an engagement party for my cousin Louisa. She’s marrying into a Serbian family, so we’ll see if there will be any weird ceremonies and traditions. The wedding, when it comes, will be in Chicago by request of her fiancee. It’s going to be strange – only a few of our relatives will be at the engagement party, while the whole crowd of his relatives will be there. Well, at least I can relax… not the same pressure as I had at my friend Jonathan’s wedding a few weeks ago. I grew up kinda simultaneously with him, and while I’m closer in age to his brother David, I can say that I was around for a good portion of his younger life. Now he’s a dentist and doing all sorts of fancy stuff in North York, and now having fun with his posh, hot wife. A few rich, beautiful society girls at the wedding… I at least got one entree into their circles because I didn’t botch the wedding music. One is a opera singer training for a professional career at the Mannes School of Music. She’s got an awesome voice. And everything else is just super too.
In November, I’m headed off for my yearly European jaunt. I feel like such a douchebag for having a “yearly European jaunt,” but since I’ve been for three straight years, I probably qualify. This time, I’m hitting up Paris and Amsterdam with my brother, who will mark his first time to Europe. I’ll be able to hit up all the museums I didn’t last time (the Louvre, the Rijksmuseum, etc.). I’ve used up my Continental gift certificates, Hilton HHonors Points and more than a few of my Visa Extras points to get me some swanky flights and stays. If I can time it right, I might be able to see a few of my friends there as well… Matt Kalamar, definitely, and maybe Caroline, Becca and anybody else I can dig up that can fly for a quick trip to Paris.
Louisa and I at an expensive Vancouver “ranch”.
As I do on a random basis, I’ve been keeping up with the political news. Blackwater, for example, had me riled today. More than $1 billion in contracts, rampant disregard for both Iraqi civilians, US Army soldiers and US civilians on the ground, disregard for Army planning, etc. Halliburton’s $2.7 billion profit equal to 50% of the cost of Gulf War I…. their PROFIT. RUsh Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly being retards as usual, with their racist and insulting sentiments. And then their outraged accusations of everyone else “spinning.” I’m fine that they can spit out crap, but they don’t take criticism like men – I’m sure it’s good for ratings, but do they have to be so blindingly obvious? And then Hillary beating Obama with fundraising… that has me totally surprised. Why is she so attractive to donors? Obama is a lot more daring in his positions, a stance that seems to go well with what Americans are feeling these days according to those recent New York Times and Washington Post polls (aka against war to begin with, for pulling out troops, etc.). Funny how Democrats seem to be saying and doing nothing, even though this is the perfect opportunity. Public is with you, Republican scandals are never-ending…. grow some balls, Dems, please.
I think I’ve managed to burn a bridge without seriously meaning to do so. By basically stonewalling and dropping communication with an old buddy for several months, I basically lost out on our friendship. I guess I don’t yet have the balls to start doing something about it, but it’s hard to do for so many reasons. We were going to go into business together, but my gut told me his business savvy was not up to par and so I would decline to work with him – a fact that should not have interfered with the other facts of our friendship, but did because I was too embarrassed to tell him so. I delayed it because I had a few business trips, then delayed it some more, and it kept going. At the moment I stopped talking to him, I think he had also just resigned from his job. Therein lies the other reason: I have no idea if he intended on making his living from the business venture, and if he hasn’t done anything with the other partner, I don’t know if any blame is on me. I’m sure there is some… but I never legally agreed to anything. I’m more concerned that I did not break the hard facts to him personally, and that means I screwed up on a personal level. Bah. I’m sorry, and that does make me a partial douchebag.
I just got asked to help out on “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” I’ve worked on the musical a few times, once in community theatre back in 4th grade, another in middle school during 7th grade and again now… totally different capacities each time, of course. I get to work with Stimulus this time, which will be a first. I’ve worked, I think, with every other group on Penn’s campus that does musical theatre.