Wednesday, April 26, 2006

This Is Where I Was And Will Be Again

These are pictures from my first trip down to Southwest Florida this past October. The 'rents and I are going back down tomorrow so I thought I'd give all one of you a clue to where I was.


This is a local park called Ponce De Leone Park. I like this shot because it shows some differences between down there and up here.





There's some pretty tacky homes down there. Some homes, maybe that one, are worth about a million dollars and don't look much more interesting than that. By the way, we hope to see a real manatee or two this time...




This is Gilchrist Park. That water in the lower left corner is actually part of a big fountain. Again, this shot shows a big difference in climate from up here. Interestingly, this park has the more extravagant Ponce De Leone statue/monument. Weird... We will probably visit this park again at least once while we're down.



The theme of differences continues here, al beit morbidly. I had to get a shot of this as it amused me. (Although the thought that they were actually needed during Hurricane Wilma is a bit of joy-killer...)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A New Survey, So You Know What That Means...

Tired of all those surveys where you list favorite this, favorite that? Now you get to list off everything you HATE and vent about everything that annoys you or makes you mad.

MOST HATED...

VEGETABLE: onions, green peppers, and mushrooms

FRUIT: prunes

MEAL: the same old, same old.

CANDY: licorice

NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE: prune juice

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE: straight gin

COLOR: pink

TOWN/CITY: Waterbury, CT

RESTAURANT: Max's Downtown (Way too expensive!)

FAST FOOD JOINT: By process of elimination, Burger King

SONG: Any Jennifer Lopez collaboration

TV SHOW: reality shows or most sitcoms on now.

MOVIE: Waiting to Exhale or The Bodyguard

BAND/GROUP: Nickleback

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST: Mariah Carey

MALE SOLO ARTIST: Clay Aiken

ASPECT OF AOL INSTANT MESSENGER: That no one I used to talk to is on anymore...

ANIMAL: squirrel

INSECT: Mosquitoes

BIRD: Any that sing freakin' early in the morning.

SEASON: As I get older, Winter

AGE OF KIDS: kids that are too younger to understand I want them to go away. (Unfortunately, many adults don't get that either...)

WHAT ANNOYS YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING: Stupid uninformed people who vote and watch TV in large numbers.

MOST HATED PART OF...

DRIVING: That I can't...

TALKING ON THE PHONE: I prefer e-mail...

WATCHING TV OR MOVIES: hour-long shows that are in reality only 45 minutes.

EATING IN RESTAURANTS: waitstaff that are never around when you need them.

GOING THROUGH DRIVE-THRUS: getting the order wrong? ::shrugs::

THE MALL: crowds during non-holiday periods. Easter isn't a gift-giving holiday, people!

SLEEPING (OR TRYING TO SLEEP): loud birds or mothers...

SHOWERING: low water pressure or no hot water (Is there any other problems?)

THE BEACH: hot sand? ::shrugs::

THE GROCERY STORE: poor selection of frozen dinners.

A DATE: when you can't think of anything more to say.

SITTING IN CLASS: boring lecture

YOUR JOB: not getting paid for lunch breaks.

BEING AROUND KIDS: when they won't go away.

THE HOLIDAY SEASON: crowds, long lines.

PLAYING VIDEO GAMES: Not enough games that use my skills.

COOKING OR BAKING: not having the right equipment.

RANDOM/MISCELLANEOUS...

WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING TO DO INVOLVING CLEANING?: dusting places no one will see anyway.

WHAT HOUSEHOLD CHORE DO YOU HATE?: washing pots and pans.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE THE ABSOLUTE WORST WAY TO DIE?: Anything that's not quick or pleasurable in any way.

THE MOST ANNOYING HABIT IN OTHERS?: stupidity

WHAT IS YOUR WORST HABIT?: nail-biting.

WHAT FASHION TREND (PAST OR PRESENT) HAVE YOU HATED THE MOST?: trends in general

WHAT POPULAR SONG (PAST OR PRESENT) HAVE YOU HATED THE MOST?: "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne comes to mind.

MOST HATED LINE FROM YOUR PARENTS: "Why don't you ask...out on a date?" or "I hope you never smoke."

WORST OR MOST HATED PICKUP LINE: I said "You're 21? You don't look a day over 20!" once. I think I meant it as a pick-up line.

WORST THING ABOUT BEING A LITTLE KID: Nothing. I wish I could go back to that.

WORST THING ABOUT BEING MIDDLE SCHOOL AGED: shyness

WORST THING ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: stupid assholes.

WORST THING ABOUT COLLEGE: cafeteria food

DUMBEST RULE YOU REMEMBER FROM SCHOOL: I've blocked them out I guess.

MOST IRRITATING THING ABOUT YOUR CAR: no divider window to separate the front from the back?

TO BE COMPLETELY STEREOTYPICAL, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST ANNOYING THING ABOUT GIRLS?: That they claim they don't want assholes but gravitate to them anyway.

TO BE COMPLETELY STEREOTYPICAL, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST ANNOYING THING ABOUT GUYS?: Thinking with their penis?

MOST HATED ONLINE EXPRESSION: TTFN

MOST HATED EVERYDAY PHRASE/SAYING/EXPRESSION: What's up or 'sup?

WHAT'S ANNOYING YOU TODAY?: telemarketers

Monday, April 24, 2006

Had To Have The Picture

You scored as Old School Democrat. Old school Democrats emphasize economic justice and opportunity. The Democratic ideal is best summarized by the Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Old School Democrat

80%

Green

70%

Libertarian

60%

New Democrat

45%

Pro Business Republican

35%

Socially Conservative Republican

30%

Foreign Policy Hawk

20%

What's Your Political Philosophy?
created with QuizFarm.com


The first time I took this quiz this past weekend, I was Green but I think this better fits my personality and voting for the Green party would be a throwaway vote even if I did agree with their policies. Honestly, I'd much rather keep out those who shouldn't be in office than put in those who should. In this day and age, it doesn't seem you can have it both ways. Looking ahead to the 2008 elections, right now, I think I'd vote for Hillary Clinton but I'd honestly not be that upset with John McCain as he's much more moderate than the current administration and, well, let's leave it at that...

An amusing note on the baseball front: I read in today's paper a quote from pitcher Matt Clement that said he played at Wrigley Field instead of Fenway Park. Was there more permanent damage from when he was hit in the head with that comebacker to the mound last season than people believed or is he just a moron?

And why has the media focused on the worry spots of Clement and Wells when Wakefield hasn't pitched stellarly either not mention that it was made painfully obvious recently that Beckett isn't as automatic as we were led to believe? True, Clement and Wells are big problems but most of the rotation is a problem so why minimize the blame?

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Earth Day Post

Recently, I finished reading State of Fear by Michael Crichton. I've enjoyed his books for years (I did a Literary Analysis paper on Sphere junior year of high school) although I think they've consistently made shitty movies out of them. I really hope Hollywood leaves this one alone. I have to say this: State of Fear is his best yet. I finished the book two days ago and there are still people in the book I don't trust. It's a techno-thriller that deals with eco-terrorists. I hadn't planned to finish it so close to Earth Day but it seems fitting. What I enjoy about Crichton's books is that, even though they are works of fiction, they usually include a bibliography this is no exception as it has a 20-pager included as well as two appendices. Not that I want to spoil anything but I was disappointed Peter didn't choose to pursue a relationship with either Sarah or Jennifer. In the scheme of things, that may be a very small nitpick, however.

Yesterday, my aunt from New Hampshire and her family stopped by for lunch on their way down to DC. It was good seeing them as they are the few family members who have ventured down to see us from up north.

Oh, MyDigitalis may be interested to hear that the family and I went to the same Mexican restaurant in the center of town she mentioned in her blog recently and I ordered a Mexican Mindblower and was basically given a birdbath of alcohol. (Again, why is all my good drinking occasions with my parents?) I still don't know what the "secret juices" mentioned on the menu are but the drink was very good and I will order it again.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Irritation

I'm posting because I'm royally irritated and I have no one else to bitch to. For a couple months we at my church have been planning a Church Family Movie Night. We specifically called it such so people without families wouldn't feel out of place in coming. The original plan by the Christian Ed committee that I'm on was to show The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because it appealed to everyone say 5th grade and up, maybe even younger. I would love to see it a third time myself. This event was being planned in conjunction with the Deacons.

One of the Deacons who has children ages around 2 and 5 thought that this movie was too scary for young children, which it probably is. My father tells me today that the crappy new Herbie the Love Bug movie with Lindsay Lohan will be shown instead. In my opinion, and I'm sure I could find film critics who agree with me, this movie would only appeal to young children of which we have only a handful or two, middle school age boys who want to get in Lindsay's pants of which we have none and old men for the same reason as the previously mentioned boys of which we have several but they probably don't like to go out at night so they probably won't be there.

Does this selection defeat the purpose of the "Church Family" label? I think it does. What person who doesn't have young kids is going to want to come to this? I know I don't...

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tuesday With Myself

So I woke up rather early again this morning. For some reason, I've only been sleeping about 6 hours a night. I'm unsure if it's because my sleep cycle is still screwed up or my allergies haven't adjusted to spring pollen yet or maybe both. Oh well...

I went downstairs and saw mail that apparently I wasn't given yesterday at my place at the dining room table. It was a rejection letter from that university in Scotland. Honestly, this isn't surprising after getting more info on exactly what the job entailed. I don't think I'd want to work for them if they thought I was qualified! OMG!

So now that I'm less interested in pursuing anything, the woman seems more interested. For now, I choose to interpret this as her wanting to remain friends with me which we all know I could use as well...I think I've said this at least once before but this would be the first time something like that has ever happened, really. I mean many have said it but they have all gone the way of the dodo so time will tell where this goes and for how long. (Aren't I the pessimist?)

Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter, Temp Jobs and Observations






Chinchilla
You scored 25 nervousness!
You really should be more nervous. People want to make coats out of you, you know. It's a harsh, harsh world, my friend.


Link: The Small Nervous Animal Test written by zombieface on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test


Ok, I'm warming up to Mark Loretta given his ninth inning heroics today but I'm still not convinced the trade was a good thing as Josh Bard wasn't particularly good on Saturday.

Yesterday, I ran a Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at church. I really should have given the little kids a headstart as I had intended but I forgot and I also really should have collected all the plastic eggs and should not have let the kids take the baskets home. Maybe I'll remember all these things next time.

Last night or maybe Saturday night, I finally got my sleep cycle back to normal after finishing the mail room assignment Friday morning. Oh, get this we finished at 4am instead of 7am so I had to wait almost a half hour for my father to come pick me up. I really hated having to wake him but I didn't know what else to do. Why is there so much discrimination against non-drivers? (I see this in attempted relationships, as I've mentioned more than once, as well.)

This weekend I bought, with some of my earnings from the seminar, the Star Trek Fan Collective: Borg DVD set. (Did tell everyone I'm actually paying my bills again?) On the package it says it's the best of the episodes as chosen by fans but aside from the episode where Voyager encounters the former Borg and I think most, if not all, of the Icheb episodes not to mention the episode where Seven has the multiple personalities, they are all here. Yesterday, apparently was Scarlet Pomers Day as I watched her as Naomi Wildman and then later came across an episode of Reba although if you didn't know they were the same person, you wouldn't...

Saturday, April 08, 2006

I Probably Should Be Sleeping.

1. What time is it?: 9:42PM
2. Full name: If you don't know, ask someone who does.
3. What are you most afraid of?: Never starting a real career.
4. What is the most recent film you have seen in a theatre?: Failure to Launch
5. Have you ever seen a ghost?: Maybe.
6. Place of birth: State College, PA
7. Favorite New food: Chicken Fajitas, I think.
8. Ever been to Alaska: No
9. Ever been toilet papering rolling: What kind of a redneck question is that?
10. Loved someone so much it made you cry: I've had that song stuck in my head for about a week...
11. Been in a car accident: Both in and out of a car.
12. Croutons or bacon bits: On a good day, both.
13. Favorite day of the week: Wednesday or Thursday.
14. Favorite Restaurant: My new favorite is the Texas Roadhouse.
15. Favorite Flower: Um, tulips, lilies or roses...
16. Favorite sport to watch: baseball
17. Favorite Drink: White Russian
18. Favorite ice cream: B & J's New York Superfudge Chunk.
19. Disney or Warner Brothers: Generally speaking, WB.
20. Favorite fast food restaurant: Taco Bell, I guess.
21. What color is your bedroom carpet?: Hardwood floor.
22 How many times you failed your driver's test?: You don't read this blog, do you?
23. Before this one, from whom did you get your last e-mail: This wasn't an e-mail but my last one was from a certain woman...
24. What do you do most often when you are bored?: Watch TV, surf the web, read and, of course, do surveys such as this.
25. Bedtime: this week it'll be sometime between 7:30 and 8:00am...
26. Who will respond to this e-mail the quickest?: as I said, not an e-mail so no one will...
27. Who is the person you sent this to that is least likely to respond?: Hello? Pay attention!
28. Who is the person that you are most curious to see their responses?: virtually anyone's.
29. Favorite T.V. show: Currently either Lost or Smallville
30. Last person you went to dinner with: My parents.
31. Ford or Chevy?: Couldn't care less.
32. What are you listening to right now?: the computer hum.
33. What are your favorite colors?: Blue and maybe orange
34. How many tattoos do you have?: None. Zip. Nada.
35. How many pets do you have?: My kitty, Susie.
36. Which came first the chicken or the egg?: As dinosaurs laid them, the egg.
37. What would you like to accomplish before you die?: A published novel and a career in something.
38. How many people are you sending this e-mail to?: Not an e-mail. Do you have ADHD?

Friday, April 07, 2006

Adventures of the Nocturnal Man

So far working a night job isn't as hard as I thought it would be but I wouldn't be surprised if it hits me in the next day or two. The job itself isn't too bad. I'm helping get the quarterlies, which are quarterly reports of course, out. If this was during the day, I'd probably almost actually like it. This is probably the easiest temp job I've been assigned to yet. Obviously, the lax nature of it probably is only because of the shift time but I can't imagine it getting any harder. The first day, I made the mistake of wearing a long sleeve shirt but I corrected this problem last night and was not cold at all though there were times, at the busiest moments, I was still a bit too hot. It's too cold most of the time to wear shorts. Maybe someone should develop "magic pants" where the legs disappear and reappear on a whim of the wearer...

A note to my readers: the person and I seem to be willing to work things out, maybe. We'll see...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Ah, Baseball Time...

Ok so the opener yesterday in Texas was very good for my Sox. Tonight, they are stinking it up bad. I don't even want to know how badly they're doing right now. Can I bitch once more about the trading of Mirabelli? Ok, Josh Bard could have been much worse but he doesn't even bring the offense that Doug did. The jury is still out on Mark Loretta.

Today, I helped a friend run a financial seminar for his new business. I helped check-in the guests. I was promised a nice dinner but since they ran out of food, I got nothing..Except a nice chunk of change for my trouble! Woo Hoo!

Before I go to bed, I have to say just one thing. It's all but over with that person. We talked just now as I was starting this post and she's not interested in me if I'm settling which I, unfortunately, have to admit I am. No, I don't find her drop dead gorgeous as she seemed to want in a man to which I say so what, no, the big issue for me is that I want someone who enjoys at least some things I enjoy. Oh, sure we both like to read and both like animals, oh, and we both like AFC East football teams but that's really it. I figured that just her acceptance of me as a person would be enough. Should be enough. It's not.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

As You Know, I'm An Only Child...

You Are Likely a Third Born

At your darkest moments, you feel vulnerable.
At work and school, you do best when you're comparing things.
When you love someone, you tend to like to please them.

In friendship, you are loyal to one person.
Your ideal careers are: sales, police officer, newspaper reporter, inventor, poet, and animal trainer.
You will leave your mark on the world with inventions, poetry, and inspiration.


The odd thing about this is, much of what is said here is actually true. Does that say more about this quiz or me?

I'm concerned about the silence from my POI. Well, silence is not really the word. She comes on AIM when I'm Away says hi and then immediately logs off. She doesn't seem to be on at our usual conversation time anymore yet never suggests we change the time through e-mail or whatever. Should I take this as a sign she's no longer interested or does this imply she wants me to do all the damn work and suggest a time change myself? I don't like the implications of either.

The timing couldn't be more... I don't know what word I'm looking for but my point is that I'm getting money now, even if it's only small amounts, so things are looking up on that front and I thought things were going well with her.

I know I have to e-mail her but it's starting to aggravate me she won't just level with me on what the hell is going on in her life. I know we haven't met yet but it's not from lack of trying on my part. Sometimes I wish she'd just shit or get off the pot. (Ok, that was vulgar but the point is valid.) Argh!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Movies and a Job Update

I finally got the details of my new temp job. It wouldn't be downtown as I thought but at a branch that's in the same town as the library who's test I completely bombed. I also discovered that I don't start until Wednesday night instead of Monday night as I expected. The third surprise is that I'll be working ten days straight, as in through the weekend, so that'll be different. Previously, all the jobs have been for only three days. I'm not sure how much I'll be posting but, knowing me, I'm sure I will at least once.

Last night, we rented a couple movies. The first one we watched was The Squid and the Whale with Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney. It was quirky like such films as the Royal Tannenbaums but wasn't really that funny nor was it suppose to be I don't think. Not being a child of divorce, I have no gauge on the film's realism but all I can say is "Wow." My mother, who is a child of divorce, could barely watch it. The plot point of Daniels macking on one of his creative writing students made me squirm. The point, in terms of the film, was bad enough but to cast Anna Paquin in the role made it worse for me since he played her father in a certain movie with geese. I know it's a different movie with different characters but this was the first time I had trouble separating the two. I wonder if anyone else had those thoughts and if it was intentional.

This morning, I finished watching The Legend of Zorro. I have to say that I was a bit worried going into it since sequels, especially of really good movies, have a tendency to really suck but I have to say this was every bit as good as the first. No, I wouldn't go as far to say it was better since the first had a more believable plot but it was as good. I do want to add one more thing: if the next movie is titled Son of Zorro, I will scream.
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