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from wombaby :
Hey Geoff, I just realised it's been more than 3 months since you updated - everything ok?
from mel-is-dvash :
It sounds just wonderful. I'm so glad you got to enjoy the aquatherapy. Even though I can still walk a bit, I'd still love to be able to do that...
from annanotbob :
Hi Geoff, I've been reading your diary on and off since I joined d'land - first attracted by your username (I''ve been an English teacher) and then caught by the MS, which my daughter has. Anyway, today I finally managed to follow a link from your page to the UK MS Society, which I have joined and donated to. So thank you. I wish you all the best, Anna x ps the guestbook didn't seem to work
from thebeesknees :
I bought a farfisa at an incredibly generous price at the King of Records. I always wondered why it was called that too. Thanks for clearing it up.
from wombaby :
Sorry, I just realised the below note looks really like spam. It's not. It's a Microsoft initiative to donate to charities when you use MSN messenger, and one of the charities they have on there is a multiple sclerosis one. Thought you'd be interested.
from wombaby :
Did you see this: http://im.live.com/Messenger/IM/Home/
from rachelliz :
My uncle, who has a variety of both health and addiction problems, started seriously slurring and we immediately assumed it was the multitiude of pills he was taking. Turns out that on top of his heart, liver, and lung problems, he also has Parkinsons. I know...that isn't really a useful story to share. But it related so I'm sharing. It sounds like you're dealing with the slurring as best you can.
from mel-is-dvash :
Good luck!
from diary--user :
Thank you for the note! I appreciate it. I will be donating soon, as soon as I get a little money saved up. I am in college now, so I'm kinda poor until I get a job. I am going to try really realy hard not to waist my college expericence! I totally feel you when you talk about those organizations supporting themselves. I like Montel Williams, I will proabably donate to him. Thanks for the link!
from mel-is-dvash :
My experiences with the NMSS were remarkably similar. Nothing really negative, but not much help. They did do one good thing for me though - they pointed me towards the MS clinic at Brigham & Women's (at the time, I suspect it's changed names again). I was living in western Mass., the ultimate wasteland for neuros, so that suggestion was much appreciated.//I tried to leave this in your guestbook, but it wasn't working for me. Apologies if it really posted and this is a duplicate. I know it's not that important a note, but it gets really frustrating trying to post and I get more determined from the frustration...
from ramanda :
Your diary is fab. I started reading a couple weeks ago after clicking on one of your banners. I like the way you meld the present with the path so seamlessly. Though I did want to note that "Have you Ever Seen the Rain" was actually written by John Fogerty of CCR, not Neil Young.
from biodtl :
Were you on the Liberty of the Seas? I know they have the Michaelangelo, etc dining rooms. I was on that ship for the inaugural sail and it was amazing. I'm not surprised you enjoyed it. As for the inaccessibility, you never realize how bad it is until you need it. When mr b was in the wheelchair, we were shocked at how few places we could get in. Especially on vacation, which is extra hard, since you can't just say "screw it" and go home.
from anthronut :
Congratulations! That's very romantic :).
from minstrelite :
I just read your banner -- that's great, man. I'm still looking for my old high school sweetheart -- she probably has a different last name by now, which makes it a little hard to find her. I've found all the others (or they found me) but not her.
from mel-is-dvash :
I think that's beautiful.
from wombaby :
Good luck coping with this hurdle, and best wishes for the married future. All fingers and toes (metaphorically) crossed for you and Nya right now.
from mel-is-dvash :
I've recently found your diary (do I know when or how? I do not)((Sorry, not many brain cells left)). Wanted to say I'm sorry to hear about Nya's drinking. And congrats on your marriage - there are no endings, perhaps, but there are events, and this surely is one. Wishing you both all the best, Mel
from megmarch :
Congratulations! Have an amazing weekend (and week)! I wish you days and lifetimes of happiness (because it happens one day at a time, but goes on for a lifetime).
from bethb :
yay! congrats you two!!! you two people who i don't even know but seem really amazing! congratulations!
from biodtl :
Congratulations! Have a wonderful & romantic wedding and honeymoon!
from floodtide :
Congratulations, Geoff, to both of you, with many wishes for every happiness. You will be in my thoughts. ft
from rachelliz :
Congrats Geoff! Have a great wedding and trip and parties.
from sky-rocket :
K.V. completes your trifecta. i thought of your diary upon hearing.
from wombaby :
Well it made me smile.
from megmarch :
I hate to say it, but as I was reading this, William Shatner popped into my head. It would be truly heartbreaking, but very much finish out the trifecta.
from wombaby :
Good luck Geoff! And last minute cramming never helped an exam - go in with a good night's sleep and some calm thoughts instead, and enjoy it - enjoy showing off what you know.
from rachelliz :
Ugh, Geoff. Sorry to hear about your parents' and their house. It really sounds like your father is completely clueless, but telling him that won't help. I'm glad you have Nya and the two of you know best how to take care of each other.
from megmarch :
I'd say you're overreacting and being a tightass about the movie details, but then I remember how much it annoys me when I see a movie set in Texas and EVERY GODDAMN PERSON has a big fat drawl and a big fat hat. Also, any time they portray an attractive, stylish Texan with big hair? She wouldn't be caught dead after 1995. Even the richest, diamond-decked cokehead Dallas society wife knows that flat ironing is back in. So yeah. Rock on with your nitpicking of societal discontinuities in cinema.
from wombaby :
I can see how that would have been a tough one to write. I just want to say, best of luck with all the things you both have to face.
from stellarose :
your guestbook is broken!!! :( b oh geoff, i just wanted you to know that i know what you're going through, in a way. a month or two ago aaron, my boyfriend, admitted that he had been smoking on the sly for the past eight months, despite my belief that after fighting this battle in our relationship for years he had quit smoking and, additionally, drinking to excess. it's been really hard, because with this admission that he'd been lying to me and allowing me to believe that he had kicked it, came this settling of himself. no matter how i hate it i am now exposed to his smoking, and, on some nights, to his getting totally trashed. and it's because he's frustrated, stressed, etc., but it still sucks to be on our end of it. it's hard to watch someone self-destructing. i know, because i have been on both sides of it, and i believe that you have, too. anyway, i just wanted to tell you that i support you, and i can relate to what you're experiencing. good for nya accepting the situation and working actively to change it. good for you for being such an amazing person. x c.
from biodtl :
Wow - what a difficult thing to be going through. You're right to be proud of her for admitting it - it could have gotten so much worse. I'll keep you both in my prayers.
from sksmith :
About the GREs -- don't sweat it. The general exam is pretty easy, and aren't you like a genius test-taker anyway? Good luck, is what I'm saying, even though you won't need it.
from biodtl :
Congrats & good luck on the new venture! I had the same problem with the timing of GRE scores, but it worked out. I did the note thing, plus stopped in and reported my score (you get it immediately), so they had it on file until it was offically reported.
from stellarose :
hang in there, geoff. so sorry to hear that you're struggling with so much life-crap. and i'm so sorry i never emailed back. the work-fascists are no longer so forgiving of my internet-dicking-around-ness. grr. let me know if you guys come through dtown again. i'm sure you could use a good dose of la boheme, no? and we have the improv festival in but three weeks..........just a thought...... ;) good luck with the now-tough. x c.
from pinupandgun :
Shellac is a highly underrated band- 1000 hurts is a phenomenal album.
from kicken :
J/k. depends on the team. Just wanted to say I like your journal, and Better Off Dead is an amazing movie.
from kicken :
I love Hockey.
from ursulabear :
Done and done. The tag thingummy I mean. Ta. Oh, and just so you know, I love Creepy Geoffrey :D Your tags! LOL The sneering and stuff. You're such a punk rocker! Your writing rules.
from hissandtell :
Gotcha! Thanks for the tag, sweetheart - (I just accidentally typed "sewwheart", which perhaps makes you sound a little like Frankenstein) - I shall get onto it soon. Love, R xxx
from rainhammers :
how in the world do you know where all those posts are to which you create links? please address in your next posting, if possible, in case i never get around to checking your notes for an answer.
from dia4 :
Nope, not me. Sorry.
from adalbeorht :
I go to BU, so I spend a lot of my life around the Green Line, and I don't think I've ever once seen anyone use the wheelchair contraption. Boston's so outrageous! They JUST put in an elevator for the Kenmore subway station a few months ago - this city makes me laugh. How did the trip end up? Who lifted you on the trolley? Also, I saw Bujalski's "Mutual Appreciation" starring rock star Justin Rice twice, actually, and liked it a LOT. Also, ten million years ago, Nya left me a nice note in my diary saying she knows Dressy Bessy personally, making you two the hottest almost-rock-star couple ever. I hope everything is okay with her. Good luck to you both.
from apocalipx :
I AM INSPIRED BY YOU BECAUSE I AM UNINSPIRED BY YOU.
from annanotbob :
Sugar will never be the same again... and I will have to add you to my buddy list. Wishing you well xx
from hissandtell :
Scott Adams wrote the following about what he calls "The Praying Mantis Syndrome": ----------------------------------------------- I get many complaints. Usually they take the form of editorial commentary like, "YOU SUCK. RETIRE NOW! GARFIELD RULES!" I appreciate the constructive feedback. It helps me grow as an artist. But lately I have been getting a new type of complaint that I haven't seen before. I call these new complaints the "praying mantis syndrome." Here's how it works: If I drew a cartoon in which, for example, Dilbert accidentally stepped on a praying mantis, I would get letters from people who are sickened by my treatment of religion. They would argue passionately that people who pray should not be regarded as bugs to be stepped on. They will say I am creating a situation of religious intolerance that will lead to genocide. You think I'm exaggerating, but I'm not. Many productive hours are lost to the praying mantis syndrome. As a public service, I have written a short, generic complaint letter that can be used in all future praying mantis syndrome complaints. Just fill in the appropriate blanks. Dear [cartoonist's name], I saw your cartoon dated XX/XX/XX and was shocked and appalled that you would insult the [group not mentioned in the comic]. You wouldn't think it was funny if [a bad thing] happened to a(n) [pick one: woman, African-American, Jew]. Believe me, I am not being "politically correct" when I write this. This time you have gone too far! Signed, [name of nut]---------------------------------Love, R xxx
from allergen :
you seem interesting, and i'm going to add you to my favorites; hope you don't mind.
from hissandtell :
*SQUEEEEEAAL* - ooh, congratulations and how incredibly exciting! Will you have it (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) delivered to the table in a glass of champagne? Love, R xxx
from hissandtell :
I read an article a few years ago, which I desperately wish I'd kept, about cultural bias in humour. The writer researched several countries to discern exactly what jokes people in each place thought were the funniest, and here are the only two I remember. From Sweden: Q. How can you tell an extroverted Finn? A. When he talks to you, he looks at your shoes instead of his own. And from Russia: Two old men were sitting on a park bench and one said, "You know, I was born in St Petersburg, I went to school in Petrograd, I got married in Leningrad and I'll die in St Petersburg - and I've never even left town!" Also, I shrieked with laughter watching Eddie being interviewed by Michael Parkinson about his experiences doing stand-up in France. He said something along the lines of, "This is the problem. The French word for 'transvestite' is 'travesty'. So in France I feel like I am going round saying, 'Bonjour, je suis en travesty' or 'Je suis en catastrophe' or, in other words, 'As a stand-up comedian, I am a walking disaster'." Love, R xxx
from ursulabear :
Link Wray! =^*.*^=
from lilith-wings :
You're gorgeous inside. We need more people like you in this world, truly.
from jilllybean22 :
i am soooo adding you to my buddy list. just so ya know. ♥
from hissandtell :
Hi doll - so glad you're back. This was a beautiful, moving and thought-provoking entry: thank you for sharing Nya's thoughts. Love, R xxx
from candoor :
bravo, stay true, I agree with your conclusion :)
from curiouoso :
Thanks for checking out my pages. Midnite says"woof" (Hi). Curiouoso*
from rachelliz :
I found you through an ad...Brown! Yay! In addition, we have Boston and NYC connections. And while I don't really have a connection to St. Ann's, I did apply for a job there so when you mentioned it, I knew exactly what you were talking about. I look forward to reading more.
from fuschiashock :
your words are too well written to be presented in a diaryland template. even if you don't want to design one for yourself, there are websites out there where you can get templates that people have designed.
from banefulvenus :
Loved your top 5 banner... :)
from pinupandgun :
This is the most heartfelt online diary that I've read in a long time. Thank you.
from megmarch :
for the record, I have now officially tried to e-mail you three times, and it keeps bouncing back to me. Perhaps you'll have better luck: megmarch@webmail.diaryland.com
from candoor :
wonderful tribute to music and memories and where it all begins... I love you all the more now :)
from breezip :
Irresistable banner ad! Had to check you out--I'll definitely be back. I really enjoy your thoughfulness, your humor, your candidness. Thanks. --Bree
from megmarch :
To tell the truth, I live in San Antonio, TX, but I was never quite comfortable with leaving my location posted on my profile for anyone to find... I'm big-city paranoid. :)
from hissandtell :
Well, congratulations, of course. I rather think it might take a long time to sink in, though, darling. (I enjoyed your father's words. When I resigned as a principal, I had a huge bonfire of everything work-related: except the staff, students and parents, obviously.) Good luck in the Real World; have a ball out there. Love, R xxx
from ursulabear :
Yeah folks, I'm the one on his list with the sucky journal, I guess. Deep joy for patronising me Geoff, you terribly benevolent soul, you. *Nyeeh* Much love from the one who didn't need a banner to sniff the quality.
from ursulabear :
Good luck for the future, bannerboy!
from vix280 :
Just becuz...I liked your banner...Imma add ya to my favorites....Oh and cuz you are a rock & Roll PUNK ASS...that helps...PEACE! Vix
from hissandtell :
I envy you your audience with the President, darling. I've heard from a number of sources that his intelligence is utterly ferocious: you may be interested in reading a transcript of an interview he did last year with the Australian TV host Andrew Denton, who was hugely impressed by his brilliance and quick mind (http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/transcripts/s1157592.htm) I enjoyed it very much, and now can quite understand why Monica wasn't as scrupulous in her ablutions as you were. Love, R xxx
from geoffchaucer :
Add away. Your diary is password protected, you know...
from alleytally :
read the banner, liked the words inside. can i add you to my favourites list?
from lissacakes :
Ah, Providence... must mean Brown. My first choice, you bastard! I read a few entries and I've linked you so I don't forget the address to come back and read more!
from rainhammers :
hello. i clicked on your "punk rock, ivy league, MS..." banner. i added you to my list. i look forward to your adventures, you east-coaster, you.
from cammella :
I clicked your banner, and couldnt get past your profile laughing over "d00d" thing, you seem awesome.
from popeholden2 :
i'm very much digging your journal.
from euphoric-fae :
hello... go junkie.. carine.
from thebeesknees :
While D'Angelo's is one of the grossest places ever, I sometimes find myself craving a chicken stir fry sandwich from there. Thank you, student union dining nostalgia.
from hissandtell :
Thanks so much for the link, darling, and the flattering description in your last entry. I'm still a little confused you wrote "caramel", though, since I understood you crazy Americans were unable either to spell or pronounce the word correctly. Your professor's comments (and your own refusal to conform) reminded me of something one of my sociology professors always encouraged us to do as a sure-fire way to upset the beverage-nazis in yuppie establishments: offer them two-thirds of the going rate for a cup of coffee, but ask them only to fill up the cup half-way and keep the profit. I've tried it (purely for experimental purposes, you will appreciate), and it does indeed drive them crazy. Love, R xxx
from candoor :
admirable, cool, be careful in the snow :)
from holly-holy :
I clicked on your banner the other day and have been reading a few entries in my spare time ever since. It's so truthful and amazingly well written. Thank you for taking the time to have a lame internet diary...I enjoy it. ~Holly
from geoffchaucer :
If you'd read my entries, I talk about it several times. "My girl Laura" is probably the best. I went to Harvard at 18, had no idea what I was doing (probably like many 18-year olds), went on with life, went back to college later, and am graduating Brown next month. Wish me luck!
from dope-slave :
Yeah, which ivy? Harvard grad here.
from godmoney :
which ivy?
from yeahimadork :
I clicked your banner, and started reading a couple of your older entries. I went back to the first (because I am a dork, I always go to the first entry. I am always curious what the diarist puts as the very first entry) entry, and found myself reading through all of your entries. You are an excellent writer. I'll be back. :)
from enisled :
have you read trancejen? she has a diary on here too, and she's quite enjoyable. she's suffering from a disease that a lot of doctors first misdiagnosed as MS.
from banefulvenus :
Love your site. You are a great writer....
from hissandtell :
Hello again - I clicked on your banner. I really do enjoy your writing enormously; your reminiscenses about the pretty girl were quite beautiful. I remember reading a story in Oz "Cosmopolitan" magazine (or similar) several years ago about a man who gazed at a beautiful woman on a train for months and months, endlessly fantasising about her. One day he impulsively followed her and said, "Please forgive my rudeness - it's just that you're the most beautiful woman I've ever seen, and I'd never be able to forgive myself if I never even said hello to you, so I wanted you to know that, and I'm sorry to have bothered you..." The woman looked at him uncomprehendingly for a moment and said, "'Sorf" (i.e. Oz Bevan-sheila-speak for "Piss off".) Naturally, he was shattered - but strangely, also cured of her. Love, R xxx
from hissandtell :
THE geoff chaucer? "Of auctores was he the flour", as my DL buddy josquin says? Thanks so much for drawing my attention to your excellent diary; I'm enjoying your writing so much. Brown, hey? Hmmm, let's see: JFK Jnr and Mary Chapin Carpenter, I think. Oh, and you've given me my favourite profile description ever, darling - I owe you big time... Love, R xxx
from ursulaminora :
Happy new year Geoff! Your letterentry definitely struck a chord, too. I've got big plans this year. Got to raise my game now to keep up with myself. Hope 2005 is a good one for you. You're a great read, as always.

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