Came home early Friday, but still had to work (early release at work site, but still needed to log billable hours). Using a wiki for something akin to the purpose of such things, I brought the monthly status report for our project up to date, and then started poking around with trying to get <jargon> Eclipse, Standalone OC4J and Basic Auth working with the XML JAZN provider</jargon> - no dice. Had some issues with accessing the company network over the VPN - for some reason, host names would just not resolve, so e-mail and web-browsing was full of fail.
I salved my ego with two gin & tonics at Longhorn waiting for carryout, followed it up with two Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre with dinner and two episodes of season six of "24", and finished the evening off with a coupl of coffee liqueur and cream. FWIW, Starbucks Coffee Liqueur kicks serious butt over Kahlua... especially when mixed with Frangelico and Bailey's - yum!
Saturday I was up at a decent hour, but frittered the day away sommat. I should have been working on my office, but instead chose to rip music from various CDs including two most excellent discs I received from Urban Tapestry. They were a real pleasure to catch live at Balticon 42, and "My Jalapeno Man" had me laughing almost out of breath in my car on Friday... a truly beautiful example of outrageously funny yet subtle humor.
So, I got some laundry done and waded through some e-mails, and then it was off for the evening's festivities. First stop was a gathering of the local podcasting tribe at its de facto home base - Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg. The food and beer were, as always, wonderful. Getting to chat a bit more with Grailwolf and meeting Brand (the wickedly funny evil mastermind behind Calls for Cthulu) was a pleasant surprise, along with getting to hang with andreahg (whose 29th birthday was yesterday), cmdln_user, pafischer, Martha, Cmaaarrrr!!!, SciFi Laura, Tee Morris and Heather Welliver.
Following the meet-up, ravynmaniac dropped me off at the Shady Grove Metro so that I could ride into D.C. and catch up with tth and the LJ-less soon-to-be-husband of gypsy_sylvin for Chris' bachelor party. The crew included Charlene, the partner of Chris's Best [Wo]Man Julie, friends of Chris and Julie's, and Chris's brothers Wayne and Josh. We started at Bucca di Beppo on Connecticut Avenue in D.C., where the food was good and the company was even better. After dinner we made our way through D.C. to The Camelot, which is a fairly upscale gentlemen's club on M Street. We didn't leave the scene until around 2 AM, with tth at the wheel of Chris' POS that we bottomed out coming out of the parking garage (car contained tth and Chris in the front, and Wayne, Josh and I in the back. All in all the evening was a raccous good time, largely because it was "no holds barred" in terms of giving each other a hard time about whatever topic was currently being hashed. Charlene is extremely cool, and I'm looking forward to meeting Julie next weekend at the wedding.
The downside is that I got home well after 3 AM this morning, and slept poorly for the second night in a row. Mostly I think because of the amount of fluid consumed (I was trying to keep my water intake up, and was pacing myself... I had (including the 90 Minute IPA at DFH) a total of six drinks from 6 PM to 2 PM, which is remarkably restrained for those kind of social gatherings. So I didn't get up until after 2 PM, when I took out my CPAP because I'd gotten the hose wrapped around my wrist and then rolled over. Since then I have largely been suffering from a bad case of dragging ass, but I need to get out for coffee beans, milk and some other sundries so that I can prepare a meal tonight.
The week will be busy... Level V review meeting Monday night, Warrior Wednesday and probably a Level V site walkthrough (we're doing it at an alternate location, since Level I will also be run this coming weekend) on Wednesday night, protector practice at the center on Thursday, coordinating Level V this coming weekend, with Chris and gypsy_syvlin's wedding on Saturday. No rest for the wicked.
So I've screwed off enough, and need to roll out the door. More later this week...