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Burnin' Love

Thirty years ago today I was hangin' out in the park with my best friend Nanette. We went to her place and heard on the radio that Elvis was dead. It was the most devastating news we'd ever heard in our young lives. I remember the details staggeringly well - it was really quite traumatic. I'd of course never met the man; never even saw him live (although Nanette did, only a few months before); but to my nearly-13-year-old heart (I turned 13 five days later), he was glorious. I bore up through the years of it being a horrible faux pas to mention one so much as liked Elvis; and have watched as he's come back around as "cool." There were Elvis t-shirts at the "Hot Topic" store along with all the grunge bands, cute cartoons, and 80's retro stuff that the young kids love.

Less than a decade later, on August 18, my father died, too.

It's quite some week for me, this week of August.

This year it's been exceptionally busy. We're still working way too many hours, doing way too much work with too few people and still being told that our unit could vanish at any day and we have to be ready to move to other departments at a moment's notice. I still haven't been to the gym since my vacation (and before then, around June 25th) - two months, and it's starting to show around my waistline - since I haven't cut down my calories any to make up for the lack of movement - although I AM trying to get in a little at home, with my exercise ball and stretches. It's not the same as a sustained 40 minutes on the ski machine, though (wry expression).

It's been hot and as humid as Phoenix gets for the last week, as well - which means hovering between 110 and 114, with about a 60 dewpoint average (about 50% average humidity; and I know that's not as humid as Jersey or Philadelphia or D.C., but the temps there don't go that far over 100, either, as I recall). Whereas the dry heat actually feels pretty good in June, by August it's neither dry nor pleasant... By this time, I'm always ready for October. As are the stores, I see the Halloween merchandise is already out.

I'm not sure what I did last night, but apparently I somehow managed to not read LiveJournal for two days. These are the two days that everyone on my list posted at least once, if not twice or three times, so I tried to read everything. I'm not sure I succeeded.



Hopefully this can be read... I would like to change the colors but I can't figure out the code... (ETA: I did. Now it can be read. Note to self: Lower numbers are darker.)







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I'm not all that sure of these results. Most of the time I get Gryffindor when I take these quizzes, and I'm always sure that's because I'm a "jump first, think later" sort of person; I've also gotten, and not surprisingly, Hufflepuff. I think this quiz needed more questions. I'm not a Ravenclaw, alas. There is no logic in my head. Earlier today I compared myself to Homer Simpson - with a little more brain and a lot less luck.



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doll_paparazzi
Aug. 17th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
I love Elvis. I went to Graceland when I was on a business trip. It was really one of the most interesting experiences I have ever had.
wildrider
Aug. 17th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
I loved Graceland. It was one of the more haunted buildings I've ever been in, but it had such a good feeling to it - like the spirits were happy to be there. A lot of energy in that place. (I know I sound like a weirdo, but that's the feeling I get from some places! *g*)

I realized last night after I posted that I'm now older than Elvis ever got. I never thought about that before.

doll_paparazzi
Aug. 17th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Nah. I get feelings like that too, so never fear from me thinking that way about you. I felt like that too.
wildrider
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, good. It's not just me. I got that strong from the Birdcage Theatre, down in Tombstone, too - although it wasn't as good a feeling (but a very strong one!).

doll_paparazzi
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
It depends on where I go, but I've had some pretty wierd experiences throughout my life. I've felt a lot of odd things, both good and bad. Did you see the picture I took of the orbs I shot at the beginning of this year? Pretty creepy.
wildrider
Aug. 18th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Gettysburg has that feeling, big time. One of the saddest, greyest places I've ever been, and it was a sunny day in July.

I think I did see that picture. Amazing stuff, sometimes.

ljs
Aug. 17th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
[hugs for heat and sadness]
wildrider
Aug. 17th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
{hug back}
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wildrider
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
It's not so much a "tough" day, but always a day I remember pretty clearly. Generally I get into the "celebrate life" thing when it comes to death, something I didn't understand at the age of 12.

I've occasionally thought that a terrible illness would help me, but I don't know that I want to make that sacrifice... *g* I am sad and happy for your losses, though...

typographer
Aug. 17th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
You have Halloween stuff!?!?!

One local store had Halloween merchandise and back-to-school things last month.

Now they have Christmas stuff. And most of the back-to-school stuff, still, but... but... where did the Halloween things go?
wildrider
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
Good God. I haven't seen the Christmas stuff yet, just the Halloween/autumn/ back-to-school stuff. Of course, I haven't been to the crafts store or CostCo yet, and those usually get the holiday junk first.

I have still never seen Christmas stuff up in August (except in the aforementioned craft stores, and I always give them a pass, since you DO have to start making crafts early) - I hope it never comes this way!

sillymagpie
Aug. 18th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC)
Hello, fellow Ravenpuff!
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