Ego-strokes Round 1

Only three takers this round, but I’ll keep checking back to my previous entry in case more should come along, and hand out ego-strokes as they come.

Wheeler is my newest friend! He is a joy to chat with, be it about birds or taxes or long ramblings about nobilis. Plus, he is one of the few people I’ve encountered in my life that listens to Magnetic Fields. Anyone who likes Magnetic Fields automatically gets +10 awesome points to start with. It is nice to suddenly have made a friend who is around most of the time and willing to chat about all manner of things. I have become so comfortable with him so quickly that it seems perfectly natural to accept from him a cartoon bomb in a cake ^_^

Ken is one of the best friends I could ever have hoped to possibly make during my trek throughout life. He is quiet, but full of power, and I feel instantly safe whenever I am around him. Okay okay, quiet except during Halo ^_^. I have never trusted another person so completely, and I know I could share anything and everything with Ken without fear or hesitation. He is also extremely talented, and is not afraid to do what he wants to do. I am truly suffering on a deep level by not having his friendship in close proximity, but that will make it all the more exciting when he finally comes back to town! I never have to plan anything with Ken, and I never have to worry about speaking when I am near him to maintain any sort of level of comfort. It is just comfortable by default. Ah, the many times at Centre eating together! I love listening to Ken talk about Italy and Caravaggios and art, because he emanates a strange kind of warmth when he does that is very comforting. It is safe to say that I would be quite lost without Ken.

Will is awesome! He is one of those people that I can learn volumes from just by playing with him. He is all filled up with laugh-making and ambitious plotting and dreams and ideas, and is all kinds of fun to tag along with in one plot or another, or to just run circles around. It is good fun to once again have a friend to play with, on the level of swapping sketches, and discussing the evolution of long-lived-and-loved characters, and the many psychologically healing functions of lunchables, and all manner of silliness. Will has a great big heart, which is a quality I sincerely admire and can empathize with, and there are times when I can see bits and pieces of myself inside him, which is probably why he’s so easy to get along with.

Who, me?

Gabbard posted pictures from the TMBG concert, check out the broken floor! We are so hard core.

I usually grumble at myself and post apologies for doing memes. However, I do this one all the time on other people’s journals, it’s high time I started giving out strokes,

Reply with a message and I’ll tell you something I adore about you. (this is generally followed up by a demand to do the same in your own journal, but I don’t like to be pushy)

Man it’s so loud in here

TMBG ROCKED HARD CORE! At first, we were worried. Centre, while starting to drag in cool bands for Carnival, still does an absolutely craptacular job of advertising them. So the crowd was rather small. We seated in the orchestra were worried, we did not want the Giants to be sad that there was a small group. So, we all vowed to be the most energetic, enthusiastic crowd possible, sending lots of love and energy.

When the band came on, they invited us to come right up to the small area of the pit which was right against the stage and did not have seats, so of course we all rushed up. I was lucky enough to be right against the stage. John looked at mee!! *swoon* (both of them! *double swoon*).

Anyway, we rocked hard core. Like HARD core. And then, something happened, something that my Centre friends who were absent from the concert will enjoy…

We rocked so hard that…

(wait for it)

We rocked SO HARD..


We rocked out so hard that we BROKE THE PIT. That’s right! All our bouncing and dancing and pogo-ing was just too much for it, and it split RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE. The right half of the pit sunk three inches lower than the left half, and the bouncing continued, and it got REALLY wobbly.

Having worked road shows at Centre before, I knew how far of a drop that would be if the pit suddenly gave way, so I took to desperately clutching the edge of the stage. Fortunately, the bracing held, and we continued to rock.

And it was awesome. Gabbard should have pictures of the damage up soon.

Fun and games

I suppose I should introduce you all to my newest addiction, that being the LJ community RE: Image. It’s great fun times, and if anything is good practice for me drawing with a Wacom.

Bringing you such favorites as…


Paint Parties!

Inside Jokes with other members with context outside of the community!

Discussion of irrational fears!


and, of course….Dance Parties

So yes, go and play.


Insight Explosion Day!

Having an insight, or learning something new that is very big, or remembering something that was important is never very gradual for me. It is an explosion–a wonderful, wonderful explosion.

I remembered, all of a sudden! I remembered what I’m here for. I remembered what I’m supposed to do.

You never grow up, really. You are always a parent and a child in the same body, with a computer thrown in there in between. You can be surrounded by people and still feel isolated and lonely. There are people in the world of all ages and walks and professions who are so desperately, desperately in need of someone who will look at them as a child, and see their own child, notice it exists, and smile and say “play with me!”

My heart is so full, to the point of bursting. It is wonderful.

I love all of you so very very much.

New Friends

What can warrant a third update in one day?? New roommates!

Terzy, upon moving into a new apartment, needed to find a new home for her two ratties. She asked me and of course I said yes, remembering the not-too-long-ago visit with Steph where I discovered rats make awesome pets, and that I would like to have some someday. So now I am the owner of two new pets, Leviathan and Narco.

Yeah, I think we’re gonna get along just fine 🙂

Another Plug ‘n Chug

Okay, this is to make up for that survey post.

Internet Acquaintance and fellow Collaborator Stephen has asked that people plug his comic for its 2 year anniversary. So I am. Go read it. Stephen draws THE most expressive stick figure people EVER! And is often able to capture facial emotions that I could only dream about drawing.

I highly recommend the “random!” button (that was my idea)

So go forth and become new readers!

Acid Zen Wonder Paint

A survey? Oh come on Lisa…

1. First Name: Lisa
2. Nicknames: I don’t know if I have any, though I answer to Wertle. A lot of people are apt to call me by my full name, and Eric Abele used to call me “Downtown Lisa Brown”
3. Age: 23.
4. Siblings: Older brother Eric, who is awesome
5. Who do you have a crush on? Excuse me, that would be a secret
6. Birth date: February 2, 1982.
7. Screen name(s): Wertle1 (SyrusGrgyl and Zedraldeklan are rp names, but I don’t have much time for that anymore)
8. Where you live: Louisville, KY

1. cell phone: It sounds like a cricket
2 .Favorite Salad Dressing: Garlic Expressions *drool*
3 .Favorite band(s): They Might Be Giants, and some other stuff too
4. Favorite movie : The Shawshank Redemption (I didn’t even have to change it from D Flo’s!)
5. Favorite book: “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman. (YOU ARE COPYING ME)
6. Favorite type of music: Geek Rock
7. Favorite car: Mine! The S stands for SUBMARINE!
8. Favorite Saying(s): Mrf?
9. Favorite Fast food: Panera…or maybe Schlotsky’s…or maybe Jersey Mike’s
10.Favorite Ice Cream: Phish Food
11.Favorite Drink: Dr. Pepper and his associates
12.Favorite Alcoholic Drink: n/a
13.Favorite Flower: roses are delicious
14.Favorite Food: Buffalo Wings
15.Favorite Song: it varies
16.Favorite Television Show(s): I dun watch much TV these days, so I’ll default to Futurama
17.Favorite Radio Station: the 80’s station, before they got rid of it *sob*
18.Favorite Candy: chocolate
19.Favorite color: purple
20.Favorite Sneakers: My old fallin-apart vans
21.Favorite Smell: FEAR
22.Favorite Brand of Gum: any kind of bubblegum
23.Favorite Animal: Dragon!
24.Favorite place to sleep: anyplace I feel safe. These days that’s in Brendan and Maria’s apartment
25.Favorite thing to do in the summer: Play!
26.Winter: Play…Halo!

1.School: Maaaaaaybe Carnegie Mellon
2.Where you want to live: Near the people I love
3.How many kids: NO
4.What kind of Job: One where I get to work with cool people
5.Get Married: *shrug*

I’m skipping this section because all the answers are “no’. It’s all like “have you done drugs” and “have you had sex with 3 people at once” and all that. I’m boring

1. Coke or Pepsi: don’t like either
2. cats or dogs: cats
3. One pillow or 2: 4–1 for head (sometimes 2), 1 for knees, and 1 on either side for snuggling when I roll over
4. deaf or blind: blind
5. hot tubs or pool: depends on if I’m playful or lazy
6. Televison or radio: ugh, i don’t do either much anymore
7. Cool ranch or Nacho: ew
8. Mud wrestling or JELLO: insufficient data

1. LOVE: it is the Big Thing
2. Your most prized possession: my stuffed doggy
3. The thing that makes you the happiest: Being near people I love
4. The worst thing that ever happened to you: The whole New England experience was pretty rough, but I don’t regret it
5. Your favorite slow song: iunno
6. The grossest thing you have ever eaten: beets, i hate them
7. Your biggest Fantasy: iunno
8. The best feeling in the world: physical affection without social barriers
9. The worst feeling in the world: sleep paralysis
10.The scariest thing that has ever happened to you: sleep paralysis the first time, I was sure I was dying
11.The best number in the world: 0, it screws everything up
12.The best memory of this year: Spinelli’s…YUM
13.The object you miss the most: the College Bubble

1. Makes you laugh the most: D Flo! Whenever we are on the phone I laugh so loud the people in the next room say “are you talking to D Flo again?”
2. do you hate: I…don’t think I do.
3. Knows the most about you: Carleton
4. do you trust the most: Ken
5. Seems to be the most down to earth: Ken
6. Has it easier-guys or girls: wha?
7. Loudest person you know: Yale x_x
8. Craziest person you know: Meghan Langley, I miss you!!
9. Weirdest person you know: weird like how?
10.Who are you thinking about right now: Excuse me, that is a secret
11.Who do you miss: Ken, D Flo, Jeffrey K, Brendan (even though he’s just right downtown and i see him the most!), Carleton

1.Do you ever save AIM conversations: Yes, especially if they are insightful or if they contain vital information (like phone numbers)
2.Do you save e-mails: yes
3.Do you save pictures people send you: yes
4.How many people are on your buddy list: I don’t know, I have them broken up into many little groups and I don’t feel like doing the math
5.Do you like motorcycles: I went on a ride ONCE on my uncle’s Harley. I’ve added it to my “list of things I’ve done”, and I’m never looking back.
6.What are your favourite stores: Great Escape, any bookstore
7.Are you a player: huh?
8.When do you go to sleep: Late, lately, i haven’t been sleeping well
9.When do you wake up: 9 or 10 or so
10.Do you sleep with a nightlight: no
11.What do you wear to bed: tee hee ^_^;;;;;;;;;;;;;
12.Is your bed made: Ha! No
14.Where do you wish you were right now: Within pouncing distance of my friends
15.Are you righty, lefty, or ambidextrous: right
16.What’s on the walls of your room: A bunch of prints that Synnabar gave me, the Spirited Away poster that Ken got me, some of my art, a drawing from Emil, a painting from Nick, the horseshoe crab I found in Westbrook, postcards, and the Dangermouse poster I bought in England
17.Do you type with your fingers on the right keys: Yes
18.Do you eat chicken with a fork or your fingers: Both
19.If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be of: One of those magic pictures, so I could slap people for staring at me for too long
20.When was the last time you took a shower: Yesterday

1.What are you doing right now? Job hunting, working on personal projects, thinking about grad school
2.What time is it? 4:30 pm.
3.Have any plans for tonight? Either Tuesday Night Basketball or sticking around because my brother’s visiting
4.Seen anyone you know today? No (unless talking to people on aim counts)
5.What were your first words this morning? mew
6.What do you think of this survey? I always feel bad about posting them, because I usually never read others’. But my rule is that if I *do* sit down and read one, then I may as well post one of my own
7.How long did it take you? I forgot to keep track
8.Any final words? I can never think of clever things