Laurel and I celebrate

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I posted some pictures of my Artomatic wall on my flickr account. When I was finishing/installing the stuff I wasn’t sure how it was to look. But I’m really excited about how they all turned out. I’ve learned some lessons from this year… start earlier… stay focused… don’t stress out as much.

Later!

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Man life moves fast. Especially when you’re traveling and things are happening. I’m moving in with my girlfriend to a homestead in Oakton. It feels like we’re living in the old west. We’re moving into a house built in 1948, oil heat, septic, well water… our neighbors in their executive mansions have every conveinence know to modern man. I feel like it’s the frontier and we’re the last people who haven’t sold out to the wealthy ranchers. It’s going to be an adventure to say the least.

Later!

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This is the synopsis of my day and by proxy the whole Laurel experience.

We walked to get coffee at Jammin Java, decided to see a revival screening of Labrynith this week, then spent the rest of the day watching episodes of “Weeds” and drinking old champagne that I picked up out of the trash on the side of the road.

This is why I have so much fun with Laurel, she has fun doing the things that I would be doing anyway. I don’t have to try, it just comes naturally!

who throws away wine anyway?

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I was thinking about something Laurel asked me.

“So did All Good change your life?”

Her timing could have been better as we were still at the concert when she asked this, but never mind that. Minds were blown, new outlooks were looked, and jam bands have jammed there way into my mind. I had a really good time out there. I think I would have a great time anywhere I go with Laurel, but this was a really cool experience. It was awesome to get out there with so many people who all wanted to have fun, with none of the immature posturing and anger that I remember from HFS.

Laurel and I get along better than pretty much anyone I’ve ever met. I remember when she said that her outlook on life was “Every thing always works out, for me” Which is, word for word, something I actually said to Faith a couple years ago. (I did not get a good response) I just looked at her with a blank stare because I couldn’t believe how perfect she was for me.

Without Laurel I would never have gone to a three day concert/campout in the West Virginia mountains and I would never have known how much fun you can have out there. Before I might have wondered if there was someone I was missing in my life. She makes me wonder what I’m missing everyday I’m not with her.

Mark

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Laurel and I in a photobooth
Just like that river twisting through a dusty land…

I don’t usually write about girlfriends in this blog because I don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable and I don’t like going back and reading old blogs about them. But I’m going to make an exception here. She’s the first girl I’ve dated in a long time that I feel I can be myself around. With Faith I had to be much more religious than I really am and with Ellen I had to be much more intellectual and political than I wanted to be. (Plus I apparently make weird mouth noises) But Laurel and I just get along so well.

I met her on the internet… Myspace actually, but the internet seems more mature. I got a message from her and I let about a week go by because I thought she was a fake person. (hard to explain, but Myspace is full of fake profiles who just want more friends)It’s hard to believe she even sent me a message, I had a picture of a skull as my profile image. (though it was a totally sweet skull door knocker that I made myself!) So after a few weeks we decided to meet for a date in real life. Which was the best decision evar.

It started out with her getting all my quotes obscure from movies that I’d seen. But that just seems like second nature now. We talk in a language of Simpsons and Zoolander quotes. (I’ve got the black lung, Pa… cough) Then it went on to being able to see what the other person is thinking. You know how couples will finish each other’s sentences? Well I think we start each others. I can’t remember how many times we’ve said “I was just about to say that?!”. Which needless to say is totally sweet.

It’s really weird that we hadn’t met before. We’ve found a couple of our friends know each other. But always 3 degrees away from us. I’d even met a couple of her friends before, but never her. They’re all cool people and we get along really well. It looks like I’m in this for the long run and I couldn’t be happier.

Later!

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