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Date:2008-06-11 21:42
Subject:Progress Report Flood '08 +4 days

OK, we're out of the 'throw out your entire life and watch it become a pile of shit' phase and into the 'dry out your house and get ready to rebuild' phase. We got SO much done Monday and Tuesday and it was all the work of our friends and family. We are the luckiest people on the face of the earth, and I can say that even in the face of complete destruction of our home and belongings. Our families have put a roof over our heads, loaned us cars to get to work, helped out with demo of the destroyed parts of our home and the drying out and salvaging of what's left, fed us, supported us...there aren't any words. Hell, I'm choking up as I type this. We're going to be OK, and I will never be able to properly thank everyone that's helping us get there. If it was just Rita and I, I don't think we'd make it.

One of these days I'm going to get some pictures up, but I don't know if I want to put up the demo pictures. I don't even like thinking about it, let alone seeing the visual evidence. I think I'm going to start with the drying out and rebuilding. That'll be nicer for everyone.

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Date:2008-06-08 11:02
Subject:Well, I guess it takes a natural disaster to make me write something

Yeah, so, not to be too fine a point on it...We (Rita and I) live in Columbus, IN now. In a house we bought a year ago in a very nice little neighborhood near the Haw Creek. That particular creek is now approximately four feet deep in our house. That's right, friends and neighbors, you now can lay claim to knowing someone that's a natural disaster victim. I know what the sound of the end of everything is now, it's a mixture of dogs and cats and emergency vehicle sirens, puncuated with the slapping of water on walls and fencepost. Honestly, I don't know what else to say other than a few observations from the frenzied half-hour or so that we spent trying to get out shit together and evacuate:

Get all the important papers and such the like in one place, and make that place as mobile as possible.

It wouldn't hurt to take some of those old shirts, pants, shorts, etc. that you keep around and put them in a bag. Maybe three or so days worth, and have it near the important papers.

Have the animal carriers (if you've got cats) nearby and ready to use.

DO NOT assume that it's going to stop, that it has to stop, why the fuck isn't it stopping??!?? Trust me, by the time you figure out it isn't stopping, you've lost a good twenty minutes.

And for the last, and possibly most important thought: Buy a house on a hill. A tall fucking hill.

I don't know how often I'll be back on here, as we're staying at my Mom's until we can get back to Columbus and figure out what the hell's going on. If you the praying sort, it wouldn't hurt; if you're the thinking sort, we appreciate positive thoughts very much. Wish us luck, everyone.

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Date:2007-02-05 00:17
Subject:How about them Colts?

Sure, I haven't written in a long time, but when is a better time? I'm drunker than the proverbial skunk, and I figure now is the time to do my writing. I'm amazed, considering the inability of my Colts to hold down the run-back (witness Devin Hester running back the initial kickoff for a touchdown), but the Colts didn't do what I thought was the best idea (kick to the sideline, take the penalty at the 40 yard line and just hold as a defense), which just goes to show why I'd not an NFL head coach. Put it down on the ground and held that lead, came from behind and kicked some ass in the second half. That's my Colts, that the team I've been behind for 20-odd years. THAT'S what I'm talking about!!!!!

*be careful, this was written by a man that has had ENTIRELY too much liquor/beer in the evening, there's no telling what he might say/do*

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Date:2006-07-19 23:20
Subject:Wow, you'd think I hadn't posted in a while...
Mood: silly

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Date:2006-07-19 18:59
Subject:Crap, can't believe I forgot this
Mood: giddy

I'm getting a 30gig iPod for FREE!  Well, almost free, it's about $50 out of pocket for me, but if you have friends that you don't mind shamelessly exploiting you can do it for free at:


Yes, yes, I know it SOUNDS way too good to be true, but it worked for me (well, they SAY they're sending it...we'll see).  Ick, I sound like a spammer shill...but I don't care, I'm getting an iPod for CHEAP!!  *grins evilly*  OK, that is really all.

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Date:2006-07-19 18:49
Subject:Bloggers of the world, beware
Mood: discontent

So, I'm sure you've all heard about this 'La Petite Anglais' madness in France, right?  If not, Google it or hit CNN.com or something, it's some food for thought and I doubt I could give the story it's due.  That's why I don't talk about work on this thing, for fear of reprecussions.  I mean, sure, it's nice to blow off steam and get the work stuff out of your system, but MAN do you have to watch yourself.  The anonymity of the Internet has made people think they're invulnerable, I think, but it's not really that anonymous, is it?  If someone REALLY wants to find out all about you, they can, it's just a matter of time and resources.  Much as I've always said, with certain restrictions there is a price for me to do ANYTHING...it's just that the price is (generally) well out of the range of worth it.  Just remember, there's safety in numbers and pray to the gods you never piss a determined hacker off.  *grins*

In other news, I would heartily suggest Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series of books if you are into alternative history-type storylines.  The basic premise is that vampires, were-creatures, and other such supernatural things are real in our world and how that has affected society and interactions with them and whatnot.  There's a lot more, but again I don't think I can quite do justice to the whole series (which I own and bought/read voraciously up to the latest release, which I'll get as soon as it's in soft-cover).  If you live close and know me, I'll even loan 'em out to you to read if you ask nice.

Huh, look at that, I think I'm having opinions and writing again...odd, innit?  *grins*

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Date:2006-07-18 17:08
Subject:Well, let's see if I remember how to do this...
Mood: tired

Hmmmm, I think I remember how to just babble on and on, but let's see.

I have lately been playing poker on the Internet.  I know, I know, that makes me a degenerate gambler and whatnot, but I enjoy playing poker and I enjoy not worrying about being knifed or cheated (well, at least by the poker game's proprietor, gods know it's easy to cheat someone on the Internet but what can you do?), which means that I either have to drive two plus hours to do the 'riverboat' casino thing or play online.  I put that in quotes since they don't actually MOVE the boat anymore, they just made sure not to build them on solid ground because...well, I'm not sure why, but they sure made certain it's hard to get to a damn casino in Indiana.  I've laid off my Thursday night game for a while because I was getting frustrated with constantly losing with the best hand to lucky running cards.  Probably head back to it this week or next, just to keep my hand in, but I"m getting to where I'm doing pretty well online.  Anyway, I enjoy playing poker online, but it's looking more and more like it's not going to be an option soon.  The govenment, in it's infinite wisdom, has decided that Internet poker is a bane of society and is currently getting ready to wage a War on Poker On The Internet.  You might note that I didn't say gambling on the Internet, because it's OK to bet the ponies or play a lottery online, but poker isn't.  I'm right here to tell you that you can lose as much money playing the ponies as you can playing Seven Card Stud online, but at least when you're playing cards you've got a fighting chance.  YOU have some skill (maybe) and you can actually have an effect on the outcome to the game.  Of course, for some reason poker is much worse than horse betting.  Don't ask me, I don't get it either, I don't know why you WOULDN'T take the Next Big Thing and regulate and tax it to make some money, rather than go all Prohibition on it.  I guess I'm just not illogical enough to be a Congressman.  Hopefully they'll get their heads out and realize the utter hypocrisy of the whole thing...but somehow I don't think so.

Well, I don't want to get a cramp or anything, so I'll see if I can think of something else interesting to say at a later date.  Cheers!!

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Date:2005-12-19 23:29
Subject:Gods, I shouldn't, but I'm gonna...
Mood: pensive

So, check me on this one, make sure I'm not crazy or something:

Bill Clinton pounds an intern in the Oval Office and gets articles of impeachment drawn up against him, W not only admits to illegal wiretaps but INSISTS that he'll do it again and keep doing it and there's NOTHING?!?  Look, he's committing, at the very least, a breach of civil liberties.  At worst, he's committed (well, I shouldn't say committed, I should say instigated and abetted.  It's not like W was out there putting the wiretaps in or anything...) a serious crime.  And he says he'll do it again.  Out loud.  In front of people that record such things.  Clinton was guilty of what?  Poor taste and the inability to keep it in his pants?  And not a word about impeachment comes up.  Hail to the Chief, indeed.  And you know what the worst part is?  I don't even think this is going to get the Republicans out of the White House.  I fully believe the Demos will manage to lose the election again, judging by what I see.  How is that possible?

In other news, my deer meat is here and in the freezer, so if anyone that I know is interested in some deer steaks, just ask.  I've got give-away quantities since Rita isn't down with the venison.  Good stuff, very lean and tasty when properly prepared.  OK, time to hit the sack, gotta go to work in the morning.  Take it easy, kiddies.

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Date:2005-08-28 00:12
Mood: lethargic

I'm almost worried about me.  I apparently have lost the ability to have an opinion about things.  I mean, I'm still an obstinate, bull-headed bastard, don't get me wrong, but I just don't have anything to write about right now...That's no good.  Maybe I'll talk about life.

It's going.  Rita and I are still happily married, though not always happy and married (sounds odd, but get married, you'll know what I'm talking about), and we're doing our thing.  Work is going pretty good, though we're currently in the throes of Continuous Improvement.  I'd love to expound on that, but I'm afraid of who might read this and how that might impact me at work.  Sad, isn't it?  But in any event, I'm still finding ways to make equipment clean enough to run another batch through.  It's not easy, but it's fun, and that's all I really want for my 8-10 hours per day. 

I'm in a bit of a slack period for actually doing stuff.  I should be working on the kitchen island I'm making for my Mom, but I'm just not motivated.  I've also got a new jack-'o-lantern box thingie that Rita wants me to make that would be REALLY easy to do...if I was just motivated.  Maybe that's the problem, not that I'm not having opinions anymore, just that I'm not motivated to do anything about it.  Hmmmm, there's a thought.

OK, I'll leave with this one, because it's foremost in my mind right now, world-wise:  I never thought I would live to see the day that Israel would give land back.  Not that it's not a good thing, and I think a hell of a statement from them on finally realizing the price wasn't worth what they'd bought.  But still, to actually send the Israeli army in to remove settlers?  Amazed, I am.  What's the group's thoughts?

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Date:2005-08-26 00:28
Subject:Yeah, I've been gone a while, so what?

Well, I guess I just haven't had much to say...

...and I'm not sure I've got much to say just now, but I think I'm getting there.

Gimme a day or two, I'm thinking something's about to surface.  Maybe something good, maybe something bad.

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Date:2005-02-21 17:58
Subject:Well, I promised a story, so here's a story
Mood: crazy

This is my magnum opus, my ultimate work.  I call it "How SBC DSL Stole Three Days of My Life:  Three Days in Hell's Toilet"

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Date:2005-02-20 12:06
Subject:Long time, no write, eh?
Mood: cold

OK, I'm back online again (THAT, friends and neighbors, is a story for another post), I haven't abandoned you all.  New posts will be forthcoming, worry not...not that you were worried in the first place, but I like to ego-stroke myself something fierce, ya know?

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Date:2005-01-29 08:32
Subject:OK, last one...for now
Mood: cold

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Date:2005-01-29 08:26
Subject:Looks like I'm a weekend updater now, eh?
Mood: cold

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Date:2005-01-22 20:07
Subject:Woo, we get to move!!
Mood: good

*laughs* So it's good news/bad news, in all honesty. Rita and I signed a lease for half a duplex in Bloomington today. It's half again as big as our current apartment for less money, and it's in Bloomington so I won't have to drive the two hour round-trip to work...but it means that we're moving. I HATE moving! Seriously, this is why we Gallians never move: we're packrats. I have entirely too much shit. But hey, that's life, right? Except that we're also looking to buy a house, which means that we're probably going to be moving twice in one year. Gods help us all.

Now seriously, this is a good thing. As well as Rita getting a call from one of her job leads wanting to set up an interview. This makes me happy on many levels, not the least of which is that it proves what I said earlier, that my wife's entirely too bright and talented to be without gainful employment for any length of time. I mean, c'mon, she's got more years of work experience, most of it in a gods-awful field (social work), and she's not a complete burnout. Frankly, her resume looks a hell of a lot better than mine, if you ask me. So, all my friends that read this little journal, keep the beginning of February free, like as not we'll be moving the first weekend. A LOT of you owe me a move, some (*cough* *cough* Bren *cough* *cough*) at least two. It'll be fun, and I'll even buy beer (or wine) and some foods afterward.

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Date:2005-01-22 19:47
Subject:Now, for my next trick...
Mood: accomplished

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Date:2005-01-22 19:22
Subject:OK, here we go...
Mood: chipper

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Date:2005-01-22 10:21
Subject:As seen in domina_lilith

1. Reply with your name and I will write something about you.

2. I will then tell what song[s] remind me of you.

3. Next, I will tell you who you remind me of, celebrity/animated or otherwise.

4. Last, I will try to name a single word that best describes you.

5. Put this in your journal.

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Date:2005-01-16 11:47
Subject:I finally feel like a chemist!
Mood: okay

Friday, I did more actual wet chemistry that I've done in the past ten+ years since I graduated from IU with a degree in Chemistry. I performed two equipment releases, which is to say that I ensured that two things that had been cleaned were properly cleaned, and one was holding up a VERY large amount of work in my company. So I am now, officially (in my mind, not so much in anyone else's I think) a chemist. Odd that I've been working with chemicals and whatnot since I got out of school, but I haven't felt like a chemist yet.

I have to say I'm loving my work, but I'm not loving the journey to get there. We're still living in Greenwood, my wife and I, until we can find somewhere to live in Bloomington. This is also to give her time to find a job and not have to drive back to Indy until she's out of her current job, but mostly because we don't have a place lined up yet. This means that I drive an hour one way every day to work. In the dark. When I'm tired. BOY that sucks! *laughs* Yes, I'm a wuss, I'll fully admit it, but that doesn't make it any more fun to spend two hours a day on the road to work eight (or so) hours a day.

So that's pretty much all of my life right now. Sorry, nothing more fun and interesting to talk about, but hopefully I'll have something more in the near future. I think I've found us a good transition place to live, it's just a matter of getting Rita down to B-town to have a look at it. Once I've got more free time, I'll get back to the pithy, insightful thoughts that you've come to expect from someone's else's journal. *grins*

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Date:2005-01-12 21:34
Subject:I am the Anti-Instrument

It appears that I exude an anti-instrumentation field, which causes all instruments at Baxter that I interact with to fuck up in amazing and unprecedented ways. Other than that, I'm truly loving my new job. I'm one week (well, one week and one day) in, and things are looking pretty good. Once I got past the reading SOPs until my eyes bled stage, and now I'm into the doing stuff portion of the program, I'm liking it. It's nice to be able to put into practice all that I'm learning. Also, it's nice to get the come-down from 'Oh, I KNOW what I'm doing now' attitude that was starting to grow in my head. I need that every once in a while, to have reality smack me down. Now, if I can just lose this technology jinx...

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