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Livejournal is just for posting about how unfortunate your life is, right? [May. 5th, 2009|09:33 am]
Joe
[Current Location |cup o joe]

Yesterday was not a very good day. I was 45 minutes late to work because I missed my alarms and overslept. Woke up at 10:58 when I was supposed to be there at 11. The funny part is, though, that my boss didn't even notice until 11:30 and didn't say anything to me about it. Work was delightfully simple, however and by the end of the day I didn't even mind cooking meals for last minute customers or doing extra work after close.

Everything turned to shit when I got home, though. I noticed as I walked up that the back gate was open and when I walked in the back door was open as well. I knew that I had left in a hurry this morning and perhaps hadn't noticed that rich had left it open. As I got closer, however, I noticed it was completely broken through and that we had, in fact, been robbed.

As far as I can tell, they were probably in and out in under a minute, making off with my iPod and digital camera, Jen's camera with all the pictures from this weekend on it, a handful of Rich's DVDs and my bottle of Captain Morgan.

All in all, it could have been a lot worse. They didn't go upstairs and didn't even open any drawers. They didn't make off with anything ridiculously valuable or irreplaceable, and the only thing I'm really upset about is that all the pictures Jen took for my birthday are gone now.
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not cryptic; merely concise. [Apr. 9th, 2009|12:17 pm]
Joe
An update on my life since people tell me they don't hear from me enough:

January was interesting.
February was incredibly nice.
March was shit shit shit.
And in April, I'm putting everything back together again.
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will never be the same shape again. [Apr. 9th, 2009|11:18 am]
Joe
So a woman came into where I work yesterday and ordered a salad. She wanted a piece of chicken breast sliced and warmed up on top of it. This is no problem, I slice up 3oz of chicken and stick in in the microwave, but when Don pulls it out he tells me she wanted 6oz of chicken on the salad. So I rushed back to cut up another chicken breast so I could get this meal out in time. Well I guess I was slicing a bit too fast because I heard the most disturbing sound as the knife went into my thumb.

Thinking quickly (or not at all), I grabbed the thumb with the fingers of the same hand and finished the meal with my other hand before I rushed off to do something about it. I went over to the other side and told one of the girls to go cook for me while I wrapped up my thumb. At this point I hadn't looked at it yet to assess how bad the damage was. The girl comes back a minute later and says "Joe. There is a piece of your thumb on the cutting board, please do something about it."

So I went over and threw away a slice of my thumb. I panicked for a few seconds because I had JUST CUT OFF THE END OF MY THUMB! But then I calmed down, wrapped it up and went back to work. My boss told me I should go home so I called the two total people who could have covered my shift, both of whom were working other jobs at the time so they couldn't come in for me.

There were still about 8 hours left in my 10-hour shift, but I rationalized that I was probably better off being there than being at home. I wasn't going to go to the hospital since, having thrown it away, there was nothing they could stitch back together, and all they would do is bandage it up and send me home. And since there is a better first aid kit at work than I have at home, I figured I'd just keep working.

So I taped it up as best I could, covered it with solid colored tape so people wouldn't freak out seeing someone hand them food with a bloody bandage on his finger, and I finished out my shift with no further incident.

I think I handled the situation fairly well, it finally stopped bleeding yesterday evening, and eventually the skin will grow back and I'll have a nasty little scar and a funny story I can tell in the future.

Ah, the joys of working in food service..
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That's it, I guess. [Mar. 18th, 2009|09:48 pm]
Joe
It appears I will remain in Columbus for the foreseeable future. Chicago is out for at least a year because of a mountain of financial issues.

For the moment, though, I feel pretty ok about Columbus.
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The chicken or the egg? [Jan. 1st, 2009|08:00 pm]
Joe
So.. Do we all go out and celebrate on New Year's Eve because no one has to work the next day and we can all stay out late? Or is everything closed on January 1st because everyone is too hungover to leave their couches all day?
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time zones [Dec. 30th, 2008|01:17 pm]
Joe
Last night I fell asleep pretty early listening to NPR. I half woke up and kept hearing someone say the time, and finally woke up all the way when they kept saying it was after 8am. I was really confused for a few minutes when it was still way too dark for 8 in the morning.

Then I remembered I was listening to BBC World Service and it was only 3am.
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2008 is fading away. [Dec. 28th, 2008|11:29 pm]
Joe
Official Update on my Goals for 2008

1.Read 50 books I did not come close to accomplishing this. I read way too slowly and did not use my time efficiently enough. I remember spending days at a time watching CNN when I had cable or otherwise wasting time when I could have been reading. I lost count eventually, but I think I came in around 20-25 total.

2.Get into Culinary School Done.

3.Act Also done. I've acted in 3 things this year and have plans to act in at least one more show before I take off.

So, 2.5/3 isn't bad? 83% B- We'll see what 2009 has to offer.
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Restaurants open on Christmas? [Dec. 19th, 2008|02:51 pm]
Joe
Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone knew of any restaurants open for dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? My grandparents have decided that since there will only be a few of us around for Christmas this year, they would like to come visit me in Columbus and go out to a nice restaurant instead of doing the big Christmas thing in Cincinnati and shuttling me back and forth.

Thanks for any help.

x-posted to columbus
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Things [Dec. 18th, 2008|06:43 pm]
Joe
Oh hi there, LiveJournal. How have you been?

Anyway, I guess I can update people on Things happening in my Life right now. I have been accepted to the Culinary and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, an affiliate school of Le Courdon Bleu. I can't afford to go right now, but having been accepted, I can move back the start date in order to save a little money. Which is good, because while I can't wait to get out of this town, there are still a few things I want to squeeze out of Columbus before I leave.

Those folks over at MadLab seem to like me for some reason and have accepted me into their Ensemble (Can't remember if I put that here yet or not). This means I get to attend super secret meetings and get the super secret email, and get to wear a super awesome t-shirt. It also means I have to sell memberships now. So who wants to buy a MadLab membership from me?

In other theatre news, I will be acting in This Limetree Bower in March. I get to use an Irish accent, which I will have to practice a lot. Hopefully I won't get kicked in the nuts so much in this play, but I haven't read the script yet, so who knows?

I guess it's Christmas next week; not sure what my plans are for that. New Year's will be fun, though, and maybe someone will kiss me at midnight.
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I wish I could get paid to sit around and read books all day. [Dec. 14th, 2008|06:37 pm]
Joe
I'm sorry to anyone who has been on the other end of my anti-social-ness this weekend. It stems somewhat from my tendency to harbor depression, how sometimes I really want to sit at home alone feeling depressed. But mainly, I have just wanted to use this free time I have on my days off to be alone and read books.

I have not read anything these past few months. I started reading Tender is the Night in.. September? Probably earlier. But I had read maybe 100 pages by the end of October. When I went to Boston on Halloween, I put it down in favor of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Foer, of which I read 86 pages on the airplane and did not pick up again until Thursday, when I read all day and finished it before going to see the Raconteur show in the evening. Kathryn came over later to use the internet and I had nothing better to do so I searched through my piles of books because I was sure I had a few more that I hadn't read.

Turns out all I had left was Tender is the Night and Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card. I read just enough that night to get engaged in the story, then was busy on Friday, worked all day Saturday and had the show that night. And by the time we went out after the show, I was tired, maybe a little depressed, but really all I wanted to do was come home and read. And that's what I did. I fell asleep on the couch, woke up on the couch and picked up the book again and only put it down a few minutes ago when I'd finished it.

I love days of marathon reading. And I've needed it after so long. After reading maybe 200 pages between August-November, I have read over 700 pages in the past three days. Now I suppose it's time to go book shopping again because I don't have any others to read.
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