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Jan. 6th, 2010 | 10:32 am
mood: coldWrapped in scarves
music: And preparing to subsist on "Northern" food for 3 months.

Post-Christmas edition.

I appear to have united former North Carolina residents in salivation with the Bojangles photo. Sorry, folks! I promise I am jealous of my former self, now that I've landed back in Michigan.

So: picking up where I left off with the last entry, I started New Years Eve at Jason and Jason's house, where Matt, Leland, Chris, and Tyler were also gathered. It was hilarious fun to kvetch, but we didn't get to see much of Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper because their special was only 90 minutes long. Boo. I also spoke 4 words with Gary and Jonathan before moving off to Chapel Hill for John's atheist New Years Eve party. We were there until after 2, drinking champagne and trying to make the fireplace fires roar.


The Atheist Movie Night crew reenacts The Last Supper, except with seven people missing and some wrong poses. :P




Jack and Jay



The next morning afternoon Tyler and I joined the Jasons for hungover brunch at Federal. I still love their sandwiches, even though Tyler's exploded all over his new blue shirt. We then retreated for naps and coffee (I did the latter at Beyu Caffe, a brand new coffee shop full of mega-Durham families; more about it later), and I did nothing else that day until we went over to their place again to play Bang! with Matt, the Italian cowboy outlaw card game. I dunno how else to describe it.

On Saturday, I managed to get up in time to have lunch at Sitar with Jeremy. I love their buffet! They had some sort of lamb dish that I spilled everywhere but was great once I managed to get it in my face. And I got the grad school app update from Jeremy; he has six applications done and just had to finish one for Yale*. So this is basically the time where he obsesses about what adcoms are doing but has no control. He did, however, already get an interview at Michigan! He'll be visiting Ann Arbor sometime in February. After lunch we took our conversation to Beyu Caffe, which I like and can see being very successful in downtown Durham. There were lots of laptop dwellers and people idling away their winter vacation, but it was big enough to allow that comfortably. Also, the owner delivered us free tiramisu samples and a speech on how awesome Durham is. I was kind of like :D for a while and then remembered I don't live here. Hah.

Sunday featured brunch with Tyler and Ruthan at Watts Grocery, which is my religion on Facebook. I had the andouille sausage and stewed chilies benedict with crawfish tail hollandaise over a biscuit, and tried not to drool all over my table companions. Ruthan and I also spent a good deal of time finding lumps in our grits, but they still tasted great. Even the coffee was really good, and I finally used my coffee cupping experience a year ago to declare this coffee vibrant and berry-tasting. Also, I feel badly that Tyler's beverage experience was not as good as ours, because when he ordered Sprite the waiter said the sodas were "messed up" so he had to settle for orange juice instead. And we spent a long time lingering over our bill and gossiping.

I packed most of my stuff that afternoon, and later in the evening John and I went to see It's Complicated at Southpoint with a mostly female audience. I'll post a review in another entry, with some other recent films I saw. We parted ways from there, I walked all the way around the mall because I'd parked on the wrong side and it was closed by this time, then ate a cheeseburger and a Dr. Pepper. I had original plans to go to the gym throughout this trip. Hah!

Anyhow, Tyler and I then went to Chris' house to pregame for Stir with he, his Michael, Deirdre, her Michael, and a friend of theirs that has an unknown name. After a quick drink we went out to Chapel Hill, and I'm very glad I went. Some of the folks I hadn't seen in a while (especially because I didn't attend on my last trip down) included Rory, Brock, Warren, Justin, and Greg. Oh, Greg. He looked really good, and thinner than I remembered, so I told him so and we ended up engaged in flirty conversation for a while, which included him letting me sample his gin and tonic. He asked me if I danced but I wasn't feeling it so we just continued to brazenly flirt talk and he proceeded to rip my shirt open the whole way, and he obviously meant to do it and knew I wasn't wearing anything underneath it. Hooray for metal button snaps. I think I've learned more while pinned up against that bar with hands wandering, whispered conversations about the glares coming from across the room, and multiple drinks being bought for friends, lovers, and enemies than anywhere else in the Triangle. And I do mean that.

Eventually I drove Tyler and I home as we spoke about boys yet more, and went to bed. I woke up on Monday around 11 and got on the road with cash and Chick-fil-a lunch. Driving through a snowstorm was not fun, but I did get some photos as I stopped to clean my windshield yet again. I arrived in Charleston around 6:30, checked into my hotel, and lazed around. Again, could have exercised and didn't, and don't regret it. I woke up at 5:30 on Tuesday and got underway again, with even more snow. Driving at about 40 m.p.h. was not fantastic, but I eventually got to flatter terrain in Ohio and was able to get back here around 3:00 in the afternoon.



West Virginia Turnpike



I would love to have more time to digest this, but school has already begun and will be monopolizing all of my time. Stay awesome, Durham, and I will be back in April.

*Boola boola.

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from: ex_geekygab
date: Jan. 6th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Such vivid detail. Great reading! You're a stud.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 6th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
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I was drunk, certainly. A stud, I don't know.

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CrazyKidBen

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from: crazykidben
date: Jan. 6th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
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I've driven on the West Virginia turnpike a few times. That must've been fun with all the snow blowing around.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 7th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
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It was a ridiculous mess. Glad I survived.

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deco_lounge

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from: deco_lounge
date: Jan. 6th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Tell me that wasn't your first taste of Gin & Tonic. Its been my lifeblood at times. :-p

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 7th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
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Nope, I've had many a gin and tonic in my time; I was just drinking rum then beer at the time.

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