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The Hero of Canton

6th December, 2007. 1:26 pm. Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of Nog!

This entry is exclusive to those that have decided to participate in the Secret Santa I'm putting together this year. I have had several requests to start this "wish list" entry, as I did it last year and it seemed to help.

The Secret Santa names have been drawn and I have attempted to contact everyone who said they wanted to do it. If I haven't contacted you, I either didn't get a definate answer on it or something is wrong with yours or my email. Call me if you said you were in and haven't heard from me.

This entry is really going to be more of a public cork board for everyone participating in Secret Santa to comment with their "wish list". Each person participating should post here with a few things they would like for this season in an attempt to make gift shopping easier. We may all be very close but sometimes shopping for a gift for a friend can be difficult and this is designed to help. You don't have to post anything but I'm sure your Santa would appreciate it. Those with no LJ's can comment anonymously here and just leave their name at the bottom or in the subject field. This will be open to everyone to view so check back periodically to see if the person you got has added their "wishlist". Gifts listed should be within the $15-$20 range but Santas are more than welcome to exceed that should they choose to. If you know someone who is doing Secret Santa but doesn't have computer access or a LJ or rarely/never checks their email, ask them if they'd like you to add their list in order to make it easier for everyone. We have a good turnout this year, as usual.

I think that about does it. As a reminder, the Christmas Party will be at Colby and my house on Friday, December 14th. Time is around 7:30. Food is served at 8pm. If anyone has any questions or need directions, give me a call or something!

Current mood: anxious.

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13th July, 2007. 2:46 pm. The finale of Karaoke

Tonight may well be the last night that Karaoke will be hosted at the Southland Bowling Alley for a few months. For the last two weeks, many of my friends and I have frequented the bar within the Bowling Alley to bring additional business to the bar so that proof can be shown that having karaoke is what even keeps the need for the bar around.

Southland cut karaoke from the bar 3 weeks ago and the bar took a huge decrease in profit. So, they invited karaoke back for a 3 week trail period to see if business picked up enough to justify the cost for karaoke. So, I have been trying to help and I think, with the help of everyone who has come, we've done a pretty good job.

Tonight is the final night of the trail period. I'm hoping to make it a good one. So far, I know 4 people plus myself are going. If anyone else would like to come, please join us. You don't have to sing, just cheer (and maybe have a few brews  to hep the business). Karaoke starts at 9pm. I will be there at that time. It ends at 1:30am so come at any time you like. I'll be around from start to finish. Hope to see others there!

Current mood: anxious.

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27th June, 2007. 11:05 am. Just a small town boy

I have found yet another reason why I enjoy smaller cities, as opposed to larger ones. Smaller cities tend to have more "mom & pop" type stores, meaning an establishment that is owned and usually operated by the same few folks. Not that I am opposed to Capitalism. If towns allow Starbucks to come into town and run all smaller coffee shops out...we'll, that is the town's fault, not Starbucks. 

Today, as I was walking to Kroger from work to get some lunch, I noticed a Chinese man driving through the lot. This man works everyday at the Jin Jin Chinese Restaurant. Because Jin Jin is in the same shopping center as my office building, I usually eat there once per week. Everytime, it is the same people working. I have even gone in the evening before and it was still the same people working. Today, the man driving the car waved at me with recognition as he passed me in the Kroger lot. It felt nice that someone recognized me from my patronage at their establishment and took the time to wave and greet me outside the restaurant. The Chinese folks that run the place don't speak a lick of English and I can't speak a lick of Chinese. But, they do have one guy there that can speak a little English (enough to take orders) and an evening delivery driver that is fluent in English and Chinese. Usually, I order beef or chicken Lo Mein, cooked in Saschuan (sp?) sauce, which is unusual for them. However, to simplify ordering, the delivery driver has wrote that order in Chinese on a slip of paper for me and I give it to them when I order my food. Now, I don't need to give the slip. I just say "tóng" which means "same" in Chinese and they laugh with me and get the food. It's nice, depsite the lanhuage barrier, that we can understand each other and even get a few laughs.

Although this situation would make just about anyone at any business, no matter how larger, recognize someone, it is still different. When I come into the restaurant, everyone that sees me waves at me and says hello to me. They all recognize me. I have read that most stores in times passed were like that in that the operators knew all the people who shopped there, because the stores were smaller, as were the towns. That, I think, is the type of place I need to find to settle down for the rest of my life.



Current mood: hopeful.

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12th March, 2007. 5:55 pm. Conformity rules!

Let's see what kind of numbers I get.


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1st March, 2007. 6:45 pm. Because if it's good enough for Colby, it's good enough for me.

I'll grant you a cut cause I, unlike some, am not that lazy.Collapse )

Current mood: stressed.

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5th February, 2007. 11:21 pm. I remember a better me

Once upon a time, I considered myself a good person. A man of high moral standing and virtue. The type of guy you could rely on for good, solid advice. But, I don't quite feel that way anymore. I have discussed with my more geeky friends several times about personality alignment and how I was always the "Lawful Good" type and now I have changed to a much more Neutral type. For a while, it wasn't bothering me. It was benificial. Regard for the feelings of others were not top priority anymore and it made making my life a happier one much easier. But at what cost? I now feel a bit lost. Like I am unsure of who I am anymore and what I want. I want to be the good guy again. Not that I am a bad guy now, just not a good one. I had a dream last night that involved the characters in "Smallville". Everytime I watch Clark Kent and see his lawful goodness, it reminds me more of the way I used to feel. Not necessarily as me because I was never quite as super as Clark but I remeber what it felt like to be a good person. One of those people that was worth getting to know and displayed many attributes that was the envy of some. But, I'm not really him anymore.

I am not quite sure really what I should do about it. I have several goals and aspirations I want to strive to achieve but my ambitions and determination seems to have faded with my goodness. I almost feel slothful. I put off today what I can do next week and, when next week comes, I still don't do it. What do I put these more important things off for? Nothing really. I find myself pacing the house sometimes, just thinking. I guess it's better than just sitting in the dark and thinking but not much.

I wanted to write more. Perhaps even get a little deep but, I don't even feel like doing that. My birthday is coming up soon and I still have yet to decide what I'm going to do in celebration. Usually, it's all already figured and planned out. This year, I honestly want to run away. I don't know why. I just do. Instead, I'm having those close to me over because, well, that is what I do. They make me feel good. That is generally what one is suppose to do for their birthday: surround themselves with people who care that put them as the center of attention in order to make them feel good about being them. This could all be just because it's winter and the winter tends to have a depressing effect on some, especially on someone like me who really hates the cold. But, that's the thing. I don't really feel depressed. Just lost. I'll snap out of it. I'll figure something out and act on it. I just have to wait for it to come to me.

Current mood: Eh.

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3rd December, 2006. 10:31 pm. Yule time cheers again!

This entry is exclusive to those that have decided to participate in the Secret Santa I'm putting together this year. I have had several requests to start this "wish list" entry, as I did it last year and it seemed to help.

The Secret Santa names have been drawn and I have attempted to contact everyone who said they wanted to do it. If I haven't contacted you, I either didn't get a definate answer on it, you are hard to contact, or just don't pay attention to email. Call me if you said you were in and haven't heard from me.

This entry is really going to be more of a public cork board for everyone participating in Secret Santa to comment with their "wish list". Each person participating should post here with a few things they would like for this season in an attempt to make gift shopping easier. We may all be very close but sometimes shopping for a gift for a friend can be difficult and this is designed to help. You don't have to post anything but I'm sure your Santa would appreciate it. Those with no LJ's can comment anonymously here and just leave their name at the bottom or in the subject field. This will be open to everyone to view so check back periodically to see if the person you got has added their "wishlist". Gifts listed should be within the $10-$20 range but Santas are more than welcome to exceed that should they choose to. If you know someone who is doing Secret Santa but doesn't have computer access or a LJ or rarely/never checks their email, ask them if they'd like you to add their list in order to make it easier for everyone. We have a good turnout this year, as usual.

I think that about does it. As a reminder, the Christmas Party will be at Colby and my house on Friday, December 15th. Time is around 7:30. If anyone has any questions or need directions, give me a call or something!

Current mood: jubilant.

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24th November, 2006. 1:01 pm. Relatively close

The only thing off is that my characters aren't each "radically" different. They're different but usually share something in common with others (usually revolving around wealth)

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15th November, 2006. 4:55 pm. The coming of Gambit?

I have been wanting to create a Gambit (from X-Men) costume to use for conventions and Halloween (maybe even CosPlay) but I have been having a few problems with the costume. Actually, only one main one. I have a source to have a Unitard made that is black with the pink squares up the legs that would also include the cowl that covers a good portion of his head. The gloves are simple. The trench coat won't be a hard find. I already have the perfect cards made that are great for throwing. The stafff...I mean come on! It's a metal pole, how hard can it be? 
So, that only leaves the boots, the red contacts, and the breastplate. Now, the contacts, they are just a problem with money. To get ones that look liek his eyes (and perscription, at that) will be quite expensive. but, I'm not detered. The boots are a bit of a hassle but I have a few outlets of folk that think they can aid me in getting a pretty decent pair crafted. So, that just leaves the breastplate. It has been my greatest obstacle.

With any luck, I might have found a solution, with help from suggestions from Rebel Legion folk and some random searches on Ebay. Here is a general photo of Gambit that I'm working my costume from:



Now, here are my ideas and I'd love some feedback. I have found a Roman gladiator brestplate as seen here. With this, I could paint it myself and the only real alteration I would have to make would be to figure out a way to add the tubing that goes around the collar. The same tubing lines the waist but I think I could paint the bottom of the armor and it would have a pretty close enough effect. The flaw: this piece wieghs 20 lbs and that would have to be toted around all day along with a heavy ass trench coat over it. Not to mention that I'm not sure of one of these could be made for a guy my size. But, believe it or not, it's the cheaper option.
The other option can be seen here. With this, I could wear it under the spandex and buy a seperate spandex shirt that I could have a seamstress alter to add spaces around the waist and collar that could be filled with plastic tubing. The flaw to this is that it is more expensive and I don't think it would look as authentic. The only other option I can think of is to buy a crappier muscle mold (this one is made of rubber latex, like for Batman) made from plastic or the like (maybe something from a Superman costume or soemthing) but it may not look near as good or may not last as long. 

Any thoughts?

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15th November, 2006. 2:20 pm. If I did it

This is just odd:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061115/ap_on_en_tv/simpson_interview

Now, I never really had an opinion on whether or not I felt OJ was guilty. I didn't follow it very closely and didn't care to. But, if in his place, I'm not sure I'd think it to be a good idea to write a book on how I would have "hypothetically" killed my wife and her friend. I know you can't be tried twice for the same crime so he could, in theory, admit now that he did do it, if he did. But still. It seems in poor taste, whether you are the killer or not.

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