Look at the stars, my love;
I wish you were with me tonight.
I stare at the heavens above
And picture you in the moonlight.
October was a long, stressful month. I developed poison ivy, which could only have been a delayed reaction from my trip to Walden Pond on September 11th, because I haven't been anywhere else I could have gotten it. Gina went away for two weeks as the month started, and I missed her terribly. I did some serious searching for an apartment, making over a dozen phone calls. Two initial possibilities were rented out before Jon and I could even see them, and then we arranged to see another one the same day I called. We liked it, but there was some work that needed to be done before it would be liveable, and we had no guarantee that it would be done by the end of the month, so we couldn't plan a moving date. And then Ozzy stopped eating, and taking him to the vet revealed that he was suffering from renal failure; three days of liquids barely improved his temporary condition, and I found myself having to put my beloved cat to sleep.
So, yes, it was a looong month, but hopefully November will be better. The poison ivy isn't really itchy or rashy any more, though I've still got these ugly dry patches on my hands and arms. Hopefully, that'll go away soon... Gina came back to me, of course, and then went away again for two days, and came back again. Heh-heh... The apartment was ready on the 23rd, and Jon and I are moving in tomorrow. The rent is extremely reasonable, considering the size of the place; it's a spacious three-bedroom. It's also very conveniently located, and I'll be able to walk to just about everything I could need. I'm going to miss Ozzy the Cat, but at least I can console myself with the knowledge that he lived a very long and mostly happy life. No, I have no plans to get another pet anytime soon.
So, Not An Exit will actually be living under one roof. Should be interesting... We need a refrigerator for the apartment, as well as some other things. I will miss Barbara, and Chloe's 5 AM feedings, but it will be nice to be closer to my job, my family, and my honey. It will take me less time (and cost me a lot less!) to get to work now, and I won't have to ride any trains; as a result, I am discontinuing my daily postings in the New Jersey Transit Blecch! Whenever I do ride an NJT train, I'll be sure to update the Blecch! and let you know how it performed, but the buses are generally pretty reliable, and when they're not, more often than not it's due to traffic and not New Jersey Transit's ineptitude, so I'm not going to note any but the most egregious violations. I am pleased to report that I've won a pair of Circle Line Cruises tickets for being among the first fifty people to sign up for Quik-Tik, which allows one to order monthly passes online. This almost makes up for the hours the Northeast Corridor trains have cost me over the past year...!
Hopefully, Jon and I will be able to get some NAE music done now. We won't really have any excuses anymore, and we're actually going to set one bedroom up as our music studio. lol As far as my own music goes, well, I'd planned on having my album completely recorded by the end of this year. Ain't gonna happen now. With all the events of the past two months, I've not had very much time to do any recording, though I have written several new songs. I'm going to give the album a different name, and the track listing may change as well. So that project (which, you must remember, is going to cost me a lot of money as well as time) is delayed once again. Sorry to my two stalkers and one fan out there, I know you've been waiting...
I've reconnected with some old friends via E-mail. Adrian and Julio, two of my bestest friends from the 6th grade through high school graduation, will hopefully meet up with me this month, and Michael, my fellow assassin and Nuclear Risk combatant, is considering a road trip back to Jersey in December or November. It'll be nice to see all three of those guys. No, really. I got a phone call out of the blue from Chris, a former co-worker, and we caught up while I was supposed to be working. Heh-heh...
Gina and I rented "The Matrix Reloaded" a few nights ago; she hadn't gotten to see it yet, and I didn't mind refreshing my memory before we go see "The Matrix Revolutions" this month. I liked the second one, though the first was still better. Let's see how the third stacks up.
And that just about wraps it up for another month. Holidays are a-comin'...! This year, I can honestly say that I started my shopping in September. Didn't do a lot in September, but I did pick up a few things... Be good, and I'll see you around December 1st.