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29/30: RUI

Here's something you don't see every day: a drunk post from [personal profile] darkemeralds.

Okay, not, like, super drunk. After the stupidly annoying Saturday I had to spend at work today (two hours that turned into seven), I rode home in the 90 degrees (dear Phoenix and Las Vegas: I'm not complaining! Really!), then had to put every garment I had on into the laundry basket, take a cold shower, and re-do myself in order to go meet my sis for dinner.

I ordered a drink when I got there. "Gin 'n' Juice" was the homey name of the delectable cocktail that tasted of lime, grapefruit, rosemary and...um...something else yummy. Then I ordered another one.

I'm a cheap date. Two drinks and I'm ridiculous. My sister, a long-recovering alcoholic with a keen eye for "problems" was probably beginning to have doubts about my being the immune family member.

But you know what? It was fun. I talked more readily about more things than I usually do, and it probably doesn't hurt me to over-share a bit with my own sister. Right?

I slowly pedaled the ten or so blocks home on traffic-free back streets. Which, okay, Riding Under the Influence. Inadvisable but not the end of the world. And I did combine the gin with positively prodigious amounts of delicious dinner.

Note to self: balance, locomotion and control are pretty much autonomic: the problem is judgment at intersections.

Home without incident. Now for an evening of dumb TV and knitting. And hydration.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


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Jun. 30th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
Argh, It was 102 degrees here today.
Jun. 30th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)

I'm not a fan of summer, at all, and these six or eight weeks of high temps we get here are stressful for me. I can't imagine dealing with any place hotter.

Personally, 70F is about the top of my true comfort zone.
Jun. 30th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
One of these days I will make it back home to the West coast. (if i don't melt first.)
Jun. 30th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
It's pretty sweet here, I must admit!
Jun. 30th, 2013 04:43 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good time to me! :)
Jun. 30th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
You know, it would have been fun to share it with you!
Jun. 30th, 2013 09:34 am (UTC)
I'm sure that some people think that the phrase "over-share a bit with my own sister" is oxymoronic because they share everything with their sisters. I'm not one of those people, but it was clear from your post a couple of weeks ago that you were able to hide your biochemical imbalance from her and I wondered then if that was a good thing. But it's what I would have done myself, so I concluded that it was!

I'm sorry that you lost your whole day to the idiots, and missed your chance to ring your bell in support of the DOMA-defeat celebrations. How's the fluorescent hoodie coming along?
Jun. 30th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
it was clear from your post a couple of weeks ago that you were able to hide your biochemical imbalance from her

Good catch! I didn't even spot that one myself--and it was the same sister, too--the one I don't see as much of.

and I wondered then if that was a good thing

Almost certainly not, but one's coping strategies aren't always rational. Have you ever seen the Emma Thompson/Ang Lee Sense and Sensibility? One of many marvelous scenes in that movie is where the mother and the older sister are barred by social restrictions and personal respect from asking the younger sister point-blank about her apparently broken heart. Mom and younger sis wind up in their respective rooms with slammed doors, leaving older sis sitting on the stairs between the two rooms with a melancholy cup of tea.

That scene springs to mind frequently when I think about my own family. We love each other and we're fairly close-knit, but we do reflect that same "sense and sensibility". It would be easy to ascribe it to our WASP-ness, except that Ang Lee is a master of portraying it in his Chinese movies as well. Whatever cultural thing you want to ascribe it to, it's alive and well in my family, for better and worse.

I really appreciate your insight on this. You've provided several of them lately, richly rewarding my often-uncomfortable decisions to post about personal stuff.

(On the knitting: just completed the dark blue cardigan, clearing the decks for the neon yellow hoodie. In fact, today would be a good day for doing the math on that design.)
Jun. 30th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed by your ability to post about personal stuff, because I know I could not do so! I've very much enjoyed your posts this month; they've been very interesting.

Emma Thompson/Ang Lee's version of Sense and Sensibility is my favourite. There's a lot of repression in it (except for Marianne, of course!). I tended to think of it as very English (Jane Austen as interpreted by Emma T), but I suppose it might also be Chinese.

One of my sisters is very open with everybody, and that tends to increase my opposite inclination. I'm very happy to hear what she or anyone else wants to tell me, and to help if I can and am asked to, but I don't like to reciprocate.

I love the dark blue cardigan!
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