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Apr. 16th, 2015

short hair dressy serious

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Hi! You have reached Valentine Varner. I am not able to take your call right now for reasons known only unto myself, but if you leave your name and number I will be happy to get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you!

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Feb. 14th, 2012


Happy Valentine's Day!

Jan. 13th, 2012

hoodie hands

Five things you'd rather never discuss again

1. The kidnapping incident with Michel.
2. Ellis's ex...friend Richard.
3. My mother's death.
4. Greg's death disappearance.
5. The species/age difference between me and Ellis.

Dec. 28th, 2011

short hair outdoors

Winter Bingo card

false beard young seasoning hearts Christmas carol
naked blustery letter bells need
popcorn chestnuts forever airing of grievances
bite candles Christmas cake nativity heartbreaker
resolutions ham old year champagne ribbon

Get your own CharLoft Winter Bingo Card at http://www.labarc.com/Bingo/

Dec. 25th, 2011

eyes have it

Merry Christmas!

I pulled a Christmas Cracker from Char Loft, and I got:

A free hat: A green paper hat in the shape of a Robin Hood hat, complete with red feather.

A free prize: A clear plastic flask shaped like a bathtub, filled with gin.

A free joke: Why did the one handed man cross the road? ANSWER: cause the second hand store was across the street.

Mister Ellis and I spent our anniversary and much of the holiday season down in Rio. Fun times! We're back home in New Orleans though, and having a great Christmas day. Hope everyone else is enjoying theirs. Merry Christmas to all my friends.

Nov. 25th, 2011

short hair shades

Better and Worse

Five ways I'm better at something than someone else:

1. I'm better at some video games than mister Ellis. When we play together, sometimes he gets a little over enthusiastic with the killing of things and forgets to watch his avatar's health bar which leads to losing a life, or having to replay a level.

2. I'm a better student than most of my college friends. Sometimes Jay, Cam, and Paul slack a bit. I mean they still pull decent grades and all, but I don't think they put their full effort in when they've got other things on their minds. And sometimes things like parties, concerts, and games can be on their mind way more than assignments.

3. I'm better at maintaining a stable relationship than most folks in my family. For all that we have an unconventional relationship in some ways, Ellis and I respect and love each other and have been together for almost three years now. I know a lot of folks who don't have that stability in their lives. Uncle Hans, my dad, my cousin Ambria... they all didn't do so well in the relationship department. My cousin Tula seems to have a boyfriend of the week. I say most, not all, because there are some that're doing alright - my Hanover grandparents, my cousin Sarah and her husband Bashir all have great relationships... but yeah. Others not so much.

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Oct. 28th, 2011

with college friends having fun

My Halloween costume

I haven't shaved for a while so I'll have a good rugged stubble going on, and I've got my hair fairly short (though not shorn like I do in the summer- too chilly for that.) I'm going as Indiana Jones! Cam is throwing a Halloween party so I'll be going to that. My brother Theo's coming too - I tried to get him to dress as Sallah, but he wanted to be Batman. And I couldn't talk uncle Hans into getting into the Halloween spirit by dressing up at all, let alone as Dr. Jones (Indy's father). So much for family costume themes, but hey, still going to be fun. This is likely gonna be my last Halloween up in New York unless I fly back for it someday. It feels kind of like a milestone.

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Sep. 22nd, 2011

determined face

What we're fighting against...

Currently, anyhow. It's a hell of a trip.

Sep. 3rd, 2011


Influential people

In more or less chronological order...

1. My momma-
She wasn't exactly a good influence, but she had a big impact on how I grew up. She's the one what put me into acting, and who kept me from a lot of the things I wanted to do as a child. It influenced my early life, and the person I became. So ... she makes the list. Her death was also an influence on me- it made me rethink my life, made me free of a lot of my past.

2. My dad -
When I was little he was some kind of mythical figure. They'd gotten divorced when I was small, and he lived with his new family in Seattle while we were still in LA. So... it was more that I saw him as some sort of ideal, and that was the influence on me- that ifI was good enough that someday I'd get to go live with him and be part of his new life. Now that I'm older and I have more of an actual relationship with him, we talk and all that -so I guess he's influencing me in a more direct, positive way now.

3. My grandparents -
My grandma and grandpa on the Varner side are dead now but when I was small they were a big influence on me. They showed me love and taught me all kinda things. It's from my grandpa that I got my love of jazz. They taught me values, and to try and be a good person even when the world around me was full of falsness and bad things. Even after I wasn't able to see them that much, and after they died, I thought about those things. So they were very influential.

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Aug. 5th, 2011

look down sad

Goodbye band days...

Well I guess I can let out the details now, now that it's official. You may remember a while back when Lucky Fedora and the Not Your Daddies were the local opener for Malone while they were in the area on a tour. It was a good experience, and I've kept in touch with Michael Malone since - just you know, exchanging emails and all that. The occasional talk. He lived out in Silverlake for a while, and I mean - you know, he's a pretty nice guy.

So when they were putting together a fall tour, they asked us if we wanted to be the first opener. And heh... well. If I went out on tour, I would have to get a leave of absence from college. And these are my last two semesters of college - the last year I've got to be up in New York instead of living with Ellis down in New Orleans full time. So if I put college off, I'd be putting my whole life off.

At the same time though, it's not fair to the band for me to hold them back. While I want to finish my college and teach, a lot of them want to be professional musicians. While I've had my shot at fame (and rejected it, and don't want it to come again) - some of them would really like that opportunity. So I left the band. Maria will take over as band leader / front person. I'm trying to negotiate with Malone to see if they'll accept the Not Your Daddies without Lucky Fedora.

Still it feels like the end of an era. I was really enjoying the band, and the whole stage persona. I guess Mister Lucky doesn't have to die entirely but it still feels like losing a part of myself. But what can you do? It's just not my path.

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