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Thursday, 13.Mar.2008

14:58 - last decade // memory lane

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10 years ago, today, was a Friday. Myself and a few friends were planning a trip to the bay area to stay with other friends for the weekend. The fun we had planned for Friday night was some volunteering at The Marine Mammal Center in San Francisco. I vaguely remember doing some of that, but I don't recall much. Then again, I don't recall much from last year, so 10 years ago being fuzzy isn't terribly unexpected. I like the warning pasted in the email sent out by the coordinating person:

SLICKERS REQUIRED!!!
This is not because we might get wet. This is because
we'll be up to our ankles in chlorine bleach and sea
creature vomit.

Sea creature vomit. Ah yes, the carefree days of youth. Back when I was.. er.. twentysomething. :)

The plans for the following Saturday, I recall even less of. For this, though, I have an excuse -- It was a great party. The wondrous Santa Cruz geekhouse known as the Peanut Circus (site now down and taken over by someone else, but here's a wayback machine version from that year: link) was having one of their themed parties for St. Patrick's day (wayback version of that party's announcement here). Quite a party, that. The announcement says there will be "a keg". If memory serves, there were multiple kegs. And bottles. And much more. Peanut Circus parties were good times, I'm glad I got to attend a few.

It is interesting, reading through emails from so long ago. Looking at what I used to do, and how I'm just not interested in it anymore. It's not that I for some reason "can't" do these things anymore. I'm certainly physically capable of attending such a party. I probably couldn't consume quite so much alcohol as I used to, but that's just because I stopped drinking a few years back. It's something deeper. I just don't even feel any interest in attending parties of any kind these days. Nor am I interested in going clubbing (not that I ever did it much, but at least I did it sometimes). Anything more than a few friends getting together and I'm not interested. I hate to say I grew out of it, since I know many people my age still are actively living up that lifestyle -- indeed, many at the party back then were as old as I am now. Physical age has nothing to do with it. It's more of a temperament, a mentality kind of thing.
Or perhaps it's just a phase I'm going through.

A 'phase'. Sounds so adolescent to say it that way. I used to think that by the time I crossed to the thritysomethings, I'd have settled down and been done with 'phases'. I guess we never really stop learning, changing, and growing.

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From:jimbo_the_gecko
Date:2:08 14.Mar.2008 (UTC)
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You know, it is writings like these that remind me very clearly that you are the same person you used to be, regardless of your current age or "phase." No matter what you may choose to call yourself, you still remain Erif to me. Your contemplation and perception are always good for stimulating thought, and I am glad that I still have a small link to you through this pseudo-social website. That being said, I've moved back up to Sac (sort of), and we should go get some liquid composure one of these days and catch up!
-"Dystopia"
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From:ox_number_10
Date:5:26 14.Mar.2008 (UTC)
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Wow, I barely remember that as well. I recall the Marine Center did not have very much for us to do, I think we mostly talked with the few people that were there, maybe got threatened by a few seals.

As for the party, all of the Peanut Circus parties run together for me. I remember the snake theme, I believe we went downtown and got a bunch of tiny rubber snakes to wear. It may be the one where I went on the keg run with Mick, don't think you went with us on that one. And we may have gone to a party at another geek house as well. Not sure, as I said, all of the parties there have run together.
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