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There are far worse things than having a less than stellar birthday.

Still, today was less than stellar.

To be sure, the identity theft actually happened over the weekend, I just didn't check my bank account until today...

The Bottomline: apathetic there's always tomorrow

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Northwest Arkansas to Southeast Missouri.
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I'm moving to Missouri next weekend. My new home will be a bit over six hours away and a tenth of the population of here.
The new job is very much worth this move. 
Chances are that I'll be relocating again in the next 2 years or so, so I decided to rent a house instead of buying one. I got a cute little 2 bedroom place that should be perfect for me.
We also talked them into letting me bring a pet! Originally, I wanted to start my own doggy family and adopt one of the dogs I've been eyeing on petfinder, but the only way we convinced them to go back on their no pet policy was if I brought one of dad's older dogs (i.e., already house trained, done teething, etc). End result is a furry companion on my big adventure, so all is well.

I just got back from the trip to find the place and put down a deposit. Next weekend when I go up I won't be coming back. Weird

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The Bottomline: tired so much driving...
Background Noise ♫: The Killers

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My Prius

2005 Toyota Prius

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The Bottomline: thankful thankful

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Downstairs neighbors fired a shotgun into our floor yesterday.

I saw Man from Earth tonight. It's amazing. You should rent it.
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Me: Hello.
Creepy Giggly Guy: Hello...Hello...
Me: Hello?
CGG: How are you?
Me: Good...
CGG: What are you doing right now?
Me: Nothing...can I ask who this is?
CGG: Did I wake you up?
Me: No.
CGG: You don't know who this is?
Me: No, I'm sorry.
CGG: I'll give you a hint, I'm younger than you. I'm in my 20's.
Me: <Oh goodness, where is this going??> Okay...
CGG: You still don't know?
Me: No.
CGG: Do you want another hint?
Me: Um...okay?
CGG: I've always thought you were reeeally sexy.
Me: Um <pause> I'm going to hang up now. Bye. *click*

The voice was vaguely familiar, but I can't really place it.

The Bottomline: Decidedly Unsexy
Background Noise ♫: Mmm, what you say?

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1) Earliest US records for Biersdorff (pronounced with both long and short "i") are spelled Byersdorff, from Prussia. Biersdorff means Beer Village, but Byersdorff is not purely German which raises the possibility that the later "Bier" was a return to the original pre-immigration spelling.

2) Scottish and northern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a cattleshed, Middle English byre, or a habitational name with the same meaning, from any of several places named with Old English b¯re, for example Byers Green in County Durham or Byres near Edinburgh.

3) Americanized spelling of German Bayer/s - German, Scandinavian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for someone from Bavaria (German Bayern). This region of southern Germany derives its name from that of the Celtic tribe of the Boii who once inhabited this area. They were displaced in the 6th century ad by a Germanic people, the Boioarii or Baiuarii, whose name is derived from that of their Celtic predecessors.

There are copious amounts of information about English/Scottish Byers, but I am most definitely of the German variety (and there seems to be a definite consensus on this distinction) where the informational pickings are a bit more sparse.


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I melted Josh and Laura's toaster. When I say melted I don't mean it heated up a bit and the sleek form got droopy, I mean rivers of plastic ran down while flames licked it's body. I mean the apartment was filled with black smoke and all the fire alarms were blaring (on a side note, I really don't think we need one every 5 feet). Fortunately I have a humongous stock pot, which I employed to damn near flood the kitchen with fire-extinguishing water (and make everything else soggy).
We have a cool new toaster oven now.

I got season 3 of House on DVD last week. <3<3<3

Tyler goes to Daylight Donuts most Sunday mornings and I join him around 75% of the time. Good times, good donuts, really bad toupee.
On my way back to my apartment around 10:30am I got a flat tire. Tyler and Zack came to the rescue like the heroes of old. Needless to say, it was hot and sweaty and extremely unpleasant to be doing manual labor.
When I got to my spare (no small task considering how full my trunk was), we found that the tread was completely shredded and scary looking. Awesome.
When they got the tire off, the tear in the side of the tire was a bit too large to risk fix-a-flat to get to Wal-Mart. Sweet.
Neither Tyler's nor Zack's spare would fit my car, although I kind of think it was way above and beyond of them to offer. We ended up just taking the dingity dangity tire to Wal-Mart and went to Popeye's Chicken with some fine folks while we waited (while un-showered, sweaty and slightly covered in car grease - yikes!).
Around 2:30 the (amazingly, incredibly awesome) guys finally got my car squared away. I drove the rest of the way down the street to my lovely shower while listening to Petty's Free Falling. It took the edge off.

I missed sannask's birthday lunch in the midst of this drama. I haven't gotten to see her since her wedding and was really looking forward to it!. Boo.

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The Bottomline: happy yes.
Background Noise ♫: Chumbawamba - Tubthumping

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Current Location: Soviet Union
The Bottomline: bouncy dancy
Background Noise ♫: Sweet Home Alabama

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