So after hearing about all of the people that were doing things like "Girls Night Out" for Valentine's Day, instead of the semi-obligatory commercial and guilt-ridden attempt at romance, I figured, why not? So, I arranged a (small) Geeks' Night Out.
penchantnyc and I met and had dinner at Hallo Berlin, which was very good. I haven't eaten food like that for a while and it was nice and very filling (I couldn't even finish my dinner!) and reasonably priced - $11 for the dinner special.
After that we walked down to the theater and met ozzdo and saw Daredevil. Overall - I thought the movie could've been a lot better, but was also a lot better than I was expecting. It has a lot of insider references, for those more familiar with the comics, and is fun. I didn't really care for any of the stars of the movie, and the cheese was very high. Colin Farrell played Bullseye in an especially over-the-top comic book way, which got annoying, quickly. The movie did succeed, overall, in bringing the comic book to life - even if it wasn't quite how it should've been. Worth seeing once, but not worth rushing out to. It's no Spider-Man, for instance.
After that, I went down to Chinatown to meet my cousin, who took the Chinatown bus up from DC. I got there 15 minutes late, but since her bus was over 30 minutes late, it wasn't a big deal. ;) After that, we just went home and talked a bit.
It was the best V-Day I can remember having, ever. It was simple and not really all that special, but that's sort of the point - there was no pressure, there was no guilt, there was no resentment, there was no need to act up to some standard - just hanging out with friends and then my cousin and having a nice, low-key night. So hurrah.
Today I went into the city with my cousin and met another one of my cousins and her friend and saw RENT. Wow - it really is good. There were a few things that bothered me, but overall it was a very enjoyable experience. Now I want to see Baz's La Boheme, I'm curious to see his interpretation.
Unfortunately, after the weekend was looking to be a really great one, I got paged.
Network problems. Urgent. My help was needed.
I left my DC cousin with my other cousin and her friend, and went into the office. For some reason, I lost my voice - don't ask, I don't know why (other than having a cold), but currently I can't talk above a whisper, and my throat hurts. Finally, at almost 10, I left and met my cousin in the Port Authority, where we went home.
We got home, I had dinner (they had eaten earlier) and we watched SNL for a while (not a good one) and then I logged back on and assisted the oncall admin until... oh... about 30 minutes ago. It was a DDoS - a Distributed Denial of Service attack - and quite ugly. We were down, or close to it, for over 12 hours. Ouch.
So yeah, a perfectly good start to a weekend that took a sharp left turn. Oh well, guess someone's just trying to keep me humble, or somethin'. :)
Hope everyone's V-Day weekend has been and will be good! I haven't been doing much LJ reading so far but I'll try to catch up tomorrow. For now, though, it's bed time.