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- We saw Green Day in concert last night.  They were amazing: the show was high-energy, the bits they did (like pulling an eleven year old out of the audience to play guitar on one of their songs) were the right mix of sweet and crazy, and they're one of those bands where I forget exactly how deep their catalog is until I realize how many of the songs I could sing along with.  It was an outdoor venue and it rained for about fifteen minutes just after they began, but the wind came up and the rain started so perfectly in time with them taking the stage and their first number that it could have been cued.

- Work is going to be crazy for the next few months. For a variety of reasons the accounting department is about to play musical chairs with responsibiities and I'm the primary focus.  I'm going to learn a new function (accounts receivable) that is a full time job on its own, so everything I do now I need to teach to one of two people: accounts payable to the current PGH receptionist who is stepping up to take this on, and all of my various other responisbilities to the other accountant in the department.  What I do now is a bit of a hodge podge, and I've spent the last year since Steve left getting it sorted and organized.  Most of my responisbilities run smoothly now with few surprises.  That does mean it's a good time to move on to something else, but I can already tell it's going to be a little hard to let go of things to folks who may not be quite as careful (anal, that's what I mean) about keeping track of everything.  There are also a few of my responsibilities dividing between the two ladies, at least in the short term, that will mean they have to talk to each other a lot to keep them straight.

As a remote employee I don't talk much, now that I'm teaching people I have scheduled meetings nearly every day and am on the phone a lot.  It's one extreme to another and I find myself getting peopled out by the end of most days.  Last week I was in Pittsburgh so we could start the processes in person, which was smart.  But that trip was more than the usual exhausting, because teaching is a whole different way of thinking about tasks you ordinarily just do, and people.  It doesn't help that my manager believes in a very hands off, sink or swim version of management, so I'm left figuring out what I need to teach who and when on my own with very little oversight.

- I wrote a draft for the last Idol prompt to home game with, but with work I never had a chance to go back and put the revision time in, which it needed.  This week i had an idea, but I never got words down at all.  It looks like I got voted out of Idol at the right time.

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Oh hey, I saw Green Day last Saturday at Oakland Coliseum! Where did you see them? At our show they pulled a seventeen-year-old girl onstage to play guitar. Billie Joe always pulls fans up to perform with them; it's really fun.

I saw them at Fiddler's Green in Denver. Did you know I moved to Denver?

The whole concert was so much fun.

I did not know that!! When did you move? It's good to hear from you, it's been so long.

Did you know my brother and his family moved to Littleton and I'm going to be visiting them Labor Day weekend?? (And probably more often in the coming year(s).)

Is your e-mail address still the same?

It's been just over a year since we moved. I fell off LJ for six months or so right after so lots of things got missed.

I did not know that! I think we have plans Labor Day weekend, but will have to stay in touch to catch up at some point when we're in the same state.

Do you know I have a copy of Genius Loci sitting next to my desk?

Yup my email address is still the same yahoo.

Oh my gosh, I did not know that!! We will have to catch up for sure and I can sign your book!

Hey,I've spent some time reading through your journey, I remember reading about your runs Bay to Breakers, thinking that I, an overweight shy lonely teenager who just wanted to talk about Veronica Mars and Venus Williams (She is, and forever will be my girl). I've grown into a real person now, and I occasionally think of you when I run, I've caught the runner's sickness. I really do love it. But you guys took the time to take care of me. That really means a lot to me now. I've been meaning to reconnect, kind of a send up a flare kind of thing. So here it is.

It took me a day to answer because I was trying to find perfect words, which of course don't exist. Thank you for taking the time to send this and say such nice things. I think we were all there for each other and each of us came out of that craziness enriched somehow.

I'm thrilled you're running and that it might have anything to do with me, it's still the best medicine I've found for smoothing out the rough edges of a day.

I don't know if you're back on LJ all the way (and I would understand if not - the whole Russia overlords thing) but if so I look forward to reconnecting with you more fully. And if this is just a drive-by flare then it's good to hear from you. I wish you all the happiness and joy.

Believe me I know, it took me quite a while to compose my message, there were a lot of edits to it! The perfect words just don't exist to express the emotional weight and gratitude that I do feel, but I believe the sentiments have been captured on both ends.

My sister actually took up running a few years ago, I'm equally inspired by both of you. But when she first started talking about it you were immediately what came to mind. Your passion for it is enduring. But I've found it to be incredibly therapeutic in the same way I remember you talking about it.

I'm actually in the midst of a vacation and I was doing some spring cleaning and deleting all my old accounts but I'd love to be your email penpal! One of my grade school friends lives in Denver, I actually just visited for the first time this summer so I also know that I'll be back in the area again sometime. I don't remember how to privately share emails anymore but I'm really looking forward to reconnecting.

I do want to say I remember when you first started dating J! It really warms my heart to see that you guys are together still! Pass on my best wishes to him. I have so much more to say so we will talk soon.

I should get around to deleting old accounts at some point, good for you for making that happen. I just sent you a LJ message that has my email in it, I'm all for penpals. Let me know if you don't get it.

Where are you physically in the world these days?

Heh - it's kind of fabulous to occasionally look back at the early days of dating J here and read what I said about him/us. He's one of the good ones, we were lucky to find each other.

Yeah I have my email associated with this account and the account itself, and twitter that I don't use, I figure it's best to just let them go. I struggled with alcoholism and addiction in my early/mid twenty's I'm in recovery now and those accounts existed when I was just really falling into my active use deep. I was a really hurt and confused person and it was an interesting exercise to go back and see that I am really not that person anymore, I've grown. I'm actually 3 years sober now. It really has been quite the life. But it was a good exercise in letting go of the the things that cannot hurt me anymore.

I'm living in PA with my parents again, I've been here for 2 years plotting my next move which I'm working towards now. I was in Boston for 7 before that.

I've got the message I'm sitting down to do some personal errands today so I'll send that email out!

Yay for J!!!!

I'm glad to hear that you found your way back to unadulterated you, and that you like her. Addiction is ... many, many bad words. (Was it in the VM4 that we used f*cksl*twh*re, or was that SPNSF? Ah, TWOP.)

I got your long email, but haven't had a chance to read it because work is crazy today. I will switch over to that method of communicating going forward, but this is a good quick way to say I'm slammed today, not ignoring you.

I know we're both busy people! I understand turnaround time. I am going to remove my accounts as planned and I'll catch you on the flip side.

God bless Veronica Mars, she is one hell of a girl. TWOP forever

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