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Dear Livejournal, someone just posted on a 7 year old post I made about going to their wedding.  I'm amazed at just how long I've been using the internet.  For perspective, I think I've had my yahoo account since about 2002, Livejournal since 2004, Facebook since 2005, my gmail account since 2006 and I hopped on the twitter bandwagon back in 2007.  In the meantime, I've lost access to both my USN, Kenyon College, and APSU email addresses as well as letting my stupid.com and hotmail addresses go fallow along with my myspace page.  Oh, and let's not forget http://enamel.50megs.com/ , http://lemurbouy.blogspot.com/, and of course http://judgecreation.blogspot.com/  .  Wow.  That's a lot of debris to have out there and I haven't even begun to think of the forums I've joined and abandoned over the years.  What will any children I have think of me if they ever go hunting for evidence of their father?  I remember many years ago when I was infoseeking or altavistaing my name, I found a reference to me on someone's online journal.  I think this must have been about 2001 or 2002.  I was absolutely amazed to find myself mentioned in so off the cuff a manner and to have that preserved in cyberspatial amber.  To come back full circle, I would highly recommend folks not check out my oldest livejournal posts because I was under the impression at the time that the best thing to do with it was to post essays for class because I thought somehow that Livejournal preserved the formatting better than emailing to myself.

How bizarre, Livejournal. You're a good friend and have been for quite some time it seems.

Yours truly, Leeman

Dear Livejournal
howie
lemurbouy
Dear Livejournal, Bilbo has been something of a trial today with his gnashing and his leaping and his piddling but we persevere ever onwards and hope that time will cure all.  Rachel has left the heady world of academia and is celebrating by attending seminars on Augustine and various clergy education sessions so I'm happy to see that life has taken such a dramatic turn for her.  I continue to get my money out of Netflix, this time working my way through the hilarious brit-com The IT Crowd.  I've been describing it as The Big Bang Theory if it were British and funny.  I used the same gag to compare Coupling with Friends.  Tomorrow I may or may not attend a banquet but until that Schroedinger-esque situation resolves itself, I shall endeavour to be a useful housemate and clear things up from the tornado that was family, ordinations, graduations and the vicissitudes of puppy ownership.

Wish me luck, Livejournal.  You're a good friend.

Yours truly, Leeman

Dear Livejournal
howie
lemurbouy
Dear Livejournal, Rachel has successfully graduated and now has the whole rest of her life with this guy to look forward to.  We are both up too early for one last breakfast with the in-laws before they tootle off to the United States.  As for us, we've got a fairly buys week ahead.  Rachel is attending a conference as clergy while I have inherited a Star Wars game to run since the GM is having a job interview in Texas.  What wild and crazy times we do live in.

Thank you for being a part of it all, Livejournal.  You're a good friend.

Yours truly, Leeman

Dear Livejournal
howie
lemurbouy
Dear Livejournal, tomorrow (Well later today, more precisely) will mark the end of my wife's 24 years of continuous education from kindergarten, through high school, undergrad, a masters program, a phd and seminary.  Tomorrow will mark the end of an era when Rachel would have school to look forward to.  There are no more grades on the horizon, no exams, group assignments, or reading rooms to occupy her time.  There will be a new kind of scrutiny that comes from being a servant to the church and its many pernicious, oft-times well-meaning adherents.  My bout with education ended five years ago when I crossed to the other side of the desk and it has been interesting seeing it flourish and continue with my spouse.  But now that it's over and a new life is beginning, I don't quite know what to expect.  I have a lot of hope though.  I used to say that I was at war with Rachel's homework.  It looks like I outlasted it and that is a victory I will happily take.

Be well, Livejournal.  You're a good friend.

Yours truly, Leeman

Dear Livejournal
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lemurbouy
Dear Livejournal, what a hectic few days.  Rachel's ordination followed by a trip to Barrie and back to see her folks who have a time share up there and then tonight we had a great Monkeyman meeting.  Things are being set in motion for the next year and I'm getting really pumped for it all.  My theatrical dry spell may be much shorter than I anticipated and I'll provide more news as I acquire it.  I'm very blessed to have fallen in with such a great company.  I mean, it was completely by chance that I happened to work at a store with a girl who was doing a play with them when their original King Kong backed out.  One coffee-shop conversation later and I was in.  After two years of nothing, I was back on the stage on a step ladder swatting at invisible planes.  It's amazing how life can give you exactly what you want and need with only a little bit of willingness on your part.  Something to keep in mind.

Be well, Livejournal.  You're a good friend.

Yours truly, Leeman

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lemurbouy
Dear Livejournal, tomorrow is the big day when I will be married to a woman who's married to a Church.  I'm gonna be some kind of liturgical piece on the side but I'm willing to take that spot.  My folks arrived and have taken us out for some delicious meals and treated Rachel to some exciting shopping.  Hopefully Rachel's parents have arrived at their time share in Barrie that they organized in order to be here for the ordination tomorrow and graduation the following week.  Let's hope they enjoy all the pleasant sights that...Barrie has to offer.  Things are definitely heating up in Toronto.  More news as it arrives.

Stay on the edge of your seat, Livejournal.  You're a good friend.

Yours truly, Leeman

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lemurbouy
Dear Livejournal, I had a pleasant evening with CMS's own Mr. Gluhic.  We played two hands of Illiuminati: New World Order and discussed much over cheap sherry and some left over pie ingredients Rachel left behind.  Tomorrow I return to the wondrous world of work followed by some Star Wars gaming.  By then, my wife should have hopefully returned from her convent so all will be well for that.  Bilbo and I have had an up and down day so I think we're both ready for Rachel to be home.  Now I must sleep as is my wont.

Godspeed, Livejournal.  You're a good friend.

Yours truly, Leeman

Dear Livejournal
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lemurbouy
Dear Livejournal, Rachel has been bundled off to a convent for the next two nights so it's just me and the puppy.  Luckily, I have the whole day off tomorrow to clean up in preparation for parental arrivals this weekend and then we finally get to finish watching Dark Knight which David, Sam and I started last week.  As we ramp up for Rachel's ordination this weekend and then her graduation a week later, things are getting a touch busy.  In the midst of all this, I got to meet and speak with a bizarre Toronto icon, Regg Hart.  For those who don't perambulate along the university campus, you might be a little confused as to who Regg Hart is.  He is a man who, for the last several years, has been hosting symposia and film viewings which he advertises via black and white posters posted up all over campus.  These events come and go in cycles so one might see an ad for watching Wizard of Oz and listening to Dark Side of the Moon and then next week an exploration of sex and violence in Bugs Bunny cartoons and then back again.  From the few folks I know who have actually been to these things, they are invariably creepy.  Regg hosts these events in his basement and attracts a somewhat unsavoury crowd.  Regardless, when this stout, older man with pronounced eyebrows chose me to sell him his copy of Michael Coran's latest piece of Catholic Apologetics, he proceeded to explain to me that the modern symposium has lost touch with its Greek ancestor mostly due to the lack of wine.  He also told me unasked about how he hosts poetry readings in the traditional Russian style with everyone getting incredibly drunk and no-one asking for an opinion.  The man was far less nebishy than I was expecting but still incredibly strange.  After taking his money, he wandered off with his little pouch full of flyers and a giant staple gun to go make his dreams happen.  I have to applaud that.

Be well, Livejournal.  You're a good friend.

Yours truly, Leeman

Dear Livejournal
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lemurbouy
Dear Livejournal, I spent an inordinate amount of time today watching Archer with Bilbo.  It is such an addictive show!  I mean, I think we can all agree that H. Jon Benjamin is a superhero who deserves all of our money but the rest of the cast is so amazing.  Tennessee's son Chris Parnell, Judy Greer and Jessica Walter from Arrested Development plus a slew of awesome guest stars all add up to good times for this guy.  Bilbo seems to mostly behave himself as we watch.  I need to get a boyfriend pillow though because sitting on the floor with my back up against the radiator is starting to leave interesting marks on my back.  The rest of the week is mostly getting geared up for Easter and then Rachel is getting packed off to a convent next week.  Hopefully she will return to me.

Keep on keepin' on, Livejournal.  You're a good friend.

Yours truly, Leeman

Dear Livejournal
howie
lemurbouy
Dear Livejournal, fairly uneventful day.  Puppy classes were something of a trial as Bilbo was in a somewhat manic mood but he did not throw up in the car either on the way there or back so we're counting it a victory.

Take what you can get, Livejournal.  You're a good friend.

Yours truly, Leeman