My sweetheart lived there for two years. She was miserable. She had a jerk boss that destroyed her, and was a city girl stuck in the cornfields with few friends and nothing around. She went insane putting up with it. When we got involved I visited, well actually for most of the time I was borrowing her car, and I enjoyed going there. But we viewed it in a different way. For me it was two hours through amazing forested hills each way, getting to spend a weekend alone with someone I love, just enjoying the scenic quiet time away. For her it was her around-the-clock miserable prison, with me being her conjugal visitor.
But not all of PA was bad, or so I tried to convince her. So we went to PA, and I brought her back some carrot cake from her favorite coffee shop, a Wal-Mart yellow smiley face volleyball, baked lima beans and baked macaroni and cheese from her favorite place, Purity chocolate-covered pretzels, a rosemary plant, a panda pez dispenser, a book on Amish women, a PA shot glass (if you're here you need it), a shirt from her favorite bar, all sorts of little mementos trying to show her there were some good parts.
Gave them all to her on Friday. I think she'd have liked them more if she wasn't worried the day before, hating surprises and not knowing where I was.
It was a great trip with Aaron, driving, talking, listening to music.... I really enjoyed the chance to spend some time with him just chatting. I'm glad he's back in the area, I missed him.
We were in a head shop in Lewisburg when the town went down. The entire town's electricity. The shop employee was working on a computer, and cursed as he lost all of his work. We stumbled out through the darkness, and found the whole town was in the same shape. Stop lights were off, ATMs were off, we had to pretty much pack up and leave the town. We waited a while, walking about hoping it would be restored, but no dice.
I miss those trips, but I'm so happy for my sweetie that she's out of there and back in civilization, for her sanity's sake.
My weekend was fine and uneventful otherwise. Did some lawn work over her place on Saturday, worked at EB on Sunday, nothing amazing.
The only amazing thing going on is Incog's work on CS. The guy's coded up a critical hit system, limb replacement, limb loss/damage, replacement cyberlimbs, a few dozen cyberlimb implants from weaponry to vehicle repair tool kits, all sorts of crap..... in a week. He's just mind blowing. The whole game's changed on a fundamental level, become much more detailed, and he hasn't broken a virtual sweat.
Speaking of 'virt'-'ual', just finished Vurt last week. Amazing book.
When Aaron and I were driving through Danville heading to 80, he joked about just turning to San Francisco. Part of me wanted to go with the urge, to just head out west. Bah. I love my friends, sweetheart, material possessions, and such too much to just do that.