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Date:2007-01-14 02:55
Subject:shifting sites

alright, for some reason posting to livejournal makes me feel like i'm in middle school, so i'm changing my blogging provider over to blogger. I'll still keep my account here for an occasional post, and to keep up with others and check the groups I belong to. So I'm not disappearing, just making a small change. And I might even post more now, since from my experience with it so far it's easier and doens't feel so dramatic as posting to LJ.

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Date:2007-01-08 22:06
Subject:model of consistency

so Friday night bowling league was interesting. I shot 644......236-159-249. So yeah, I probably should've shot a 700, but that just goes to show that you've got to keep doing the same thing on every shot.

I need a haircut. I was hoping Jess would come by to do it tonight, but I'll be seeing her tomorrow, so hopefully I'll get my trim tomorrow.

And I was proud of myself this morning. I actually got up with a decent amount of time before work that I was able to make a pot of coffee, which is better than both the free stuff and the vending machine at work. And definitely cheaper than the vending machine.

I also did an assload of cleaning yesterday, and am kind of taking today off from chores to watch the game (in which Ohio State looks like my high school team...), but will pick up a bit more tomorrow and through the rest of the week, and hope to get some more things unpacked and taken care of finally. My other goal is to pick up some guitar strings for my electric, since my high E has been busted for a long damn time. I'm hoping that all this motivation will keep up and I might actually pick up writing again.

Jess gave me a dartboard for christmas. It is awesome.

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Date:2006-11-27 01:25
Subject:Darren Aronofsky = The Shit

and i definitely don't mean that in a bad way.

Jess and I went to see The Fountain on saturday night. as with Aronofsky's other films (Pi, Requiem For A Dream), it's incredible. and yeah, there's a couple of iffy, contrived moments, but overall i was completely taken in by the story, and even more so (and people who know me well will fully understand this) by the music. The music is composed by the same guy who did the score for Requiem - that being Clint Mansell - and the music is performed by Kronos Quartet (also returning from Requiem) and Mogwai, which means I just about melted with every bit of music that went along with the film.

I won't say anything plot-wise. if you're interested look it up, but this isn't a movie to see unless you want to concentrate on what's going on. not that the film is hard to follow or anything, just that it's a full visual, aural, and emotional experience. I got the soundtrack today, just becuase it's that damn good (the fact that Mogwai is amazing in my opinion helps it too).

So, basically, see this movie. Or if you're not up for the full experience and want to see something that's just pure and simple entertainment, check out Casino Royale. It's one of the best Bond flicks I've seen, and I've seen all of them.

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Date:2006-10-17 00:05

how on earth did chicago pull that off? no team, not even this years bears squad, should be able to turn the ball over six times, not score a touchdown on offense, and have their defense picked apart in the first half to overcome a 20 point deficit in the second half.

And Leinart played like his rookie season was years behind him. he had a stellar night, and had the rest of the team crumble around him. I mean I know the cardinals have never been the best team in the NFL, but with a lead like that and the offense moving the ball like that, there's no way they should've lost this game. and how bad must that kicker feel blowing two game changing kicks in two weeks (although last weeks was pretty long, tonight's 40 yarder should've been a pretty easy make for an NFL kicker).

The game has been over for a couple hours now, and i'm still confused about what happened.

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Date:2006-09-19 23:41
Subject:poo stick

Tonights Tool show that Jess and I were going to got canceled becuase Maynard is sick. This is only mildly annoying, as I don't wish him to perform when not able to put forth everything, but what's really really shitty is that the venue is not going to pursue rescheduling the show. So I get refunded for the tickets, but I'd much rather get to see Tool. I've been telling Jess the last three years that when they go on tour again that I'd pay completely for her ticket to the show, becuase she just has to see them live (I've seen them twice, and their live shows are incredible). And so when we're finally going to get to go, it gets canceled.

I wish Maynard a speedy recovery, and I wish that whoever made the decision at the university (show was at UW's arena) to not reschedule the show would get fired.

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Date:2006-09-10 22:37
Subject:long season?

Well, if Green Bay's season opener is any indication, this could be a long season. I know they put up some decent numbers in rushing and everything, but great numbers don't mean a whole lot when you never get on the board. and NIU lost yesterday, and the Sox lost today to Cleveland, the Twins won....bad day in sports for me.

Dreary day today, but it was nice spending most of it with Jess. Went for a little walk in the rain, and discovered that I need to buy new shoes. heh. We had our three year anniversary Saturday, and went out to a great italian place downtown called Peppino's, just off capitol square. I found out about the place by joining up with a guy who was disc golfing solo who manages the place. That turned out to be a good deal, as the food was delicious, and we got after dinner drinks on the house, and at 8.50 a drink, I was greatly appreciative of this. Then we spent the night making fun of people on MTV's "Next". That show is truly ridiculous, wtih a capital RIDICULOUS.
Before all of that, we went to see Little Miss Sunshine, which was wonderfully depressing. Very loose plot, but very well written, where nothing goes right for anyone in the entire family.

Still need to get out more and meet people in my age group. People from work are cool, but most of them are quite a bit older. Joining a mixed bowling league that meets every other week, so hopefully that helps.

God I still need to unpack.....

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Date:2006-09-09 23:15

i love jess

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Date:2006-09-03 22:59
Subject:new grooved plastic

went shopping today at Half Price Books since they're having their 20% off sale. picked up some vinyl:
the graduate soundtrack

dire straits-money for nothing
tears for fears-songs from the big chair
prince-purple rain

listening to the graduate sdtk right now, and am very happy about it becuase i finally have "sound of silence" at my disposal whenever i want, which will be good considering how often that song gets stuck in my head regardless of whether or not i've heard it recently. also picked up a used copy of speakerboxxx/the love below, currently being ripped to the computer.

was down at waterfront friday for chubby carrrier and ronnie baker brooks, and saturday for buddy guy, lee rocker, and the holmes brothers. so much good blues/americana at this years fest. though the changing of the button policy pissed me off. if you didn't get one by thursday, which i didn't since i don't live there anymore, it was 14 bucks per day at the gate. so i shelled out for friday, and then just snuck in on saturday. so it's really like i paid 7 per day, which isn't anywhere near as bad. and got to see bill, eric, and ric, which was awkward for all getting in one bed, but nice to see them.

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Date:2006-07-31 22:47

...that my apartment building is no longer on fire. yes, on fire.

at approximately 8 pm, i was going to check my mail and then make a sandwich. i was greeted in the hallway by smoke and the guy who lives down the hall - a good kid, but not quite all there. So he smashes open the case with the fire extinguisher, then just goes downstaris to wait for the fire department. I don't know if he didn't know how to work one, or was just flustered, but now there's shattered glass outside my door for no good reason. i guess he started a fire while making dinner. I paused at the top of the stairs, debating whether or not to grab the fire extinguisher and at least give a go at putting the thing out, but not knowing the size since he had shut the door (thankfully), I decided to also let the people who are trained for this kind of thing deal with it, especially since there's a station right around the corner, and I could hear them pulling into the lot.

So after 90 minutes of standing around outside, I get to come back in and finally get some food. No damage anywere but the apartment that had the fire, but my place has a slight odor to it, but nothing that airing out a little won't fix. although with temps in the humid 90's for the next couple days, i might be living with some scents for a bit. perhaps a stop to pick up air freshener tomorrow.

So yeah, that was my night. My stuff's still here and not burnt, so I'm ok, and also going to be looking into renters insurance soon.

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Date:2006-07-16 12:15
Subject:Tom Waits!

Tom Waits is playing the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago on August 9th, and I have a ticket. This may mean nothing to some of you, but it's a big deal. The guy's been described as a "tour recluse", in that he hardly ever goes out on the road anymore, and when he does play shows, the past few years it's only been in places like New York and LA. So I'm fucking stoked that he's coming around the midwest, and that I have entry - and not a bad seat - for the show.

If there were a poet laureate position for songwriting, Tom Waits would be it.

In other news, I like madison, but need to make it a point to get out more. Having three 18 hole disc golf courses here is great though.

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Date:2006-07-15 16:09

Lions and tigers and pickles oh my!

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Date:2006-07-14 23:23
Subject:hypochondriac nation

I think it's an awful idea that all these prescription drug ads are on tv now. It's going to open the door for people to start going to doctors thining they have something, and will keep going to different doctors until they get the meds they think they need. What ever happened to going to the doctor, getting a diagnosis or explaining your condition, and having a discussion over the method of treatment. I know that would still have to happen, but I think too many people will get meds when they don't really need them.

Antidepressants are the worst, I'm glad I don't see many ads for them anymore. I think too many people rely on pharmacology as a way out, an easy fix, for things they could easily deal with themselves, through support groups or even just a good circle of friends. Granted there are some people who do need them, I'm not disputing that, but the whole culture of our country nowadays is instant gratification. Yes, this isn't the most original statement or argument, but it really bugs me. I think people are so damn depressed becuase they can't step back for a moment and relax.

If you can't stop to smell the roses, pretty soon you'll be pushing daisies.

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Date:2006-07-12 22:57

why can i not be on the team that name's these things

SYDNEY, Australia - Forget cute, cuddly marsupials. Paleontologists say they have found the fossilized remains of a fanged killer kangaroo and what they describe as a "demon duck of doom."

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Date:2006-06-28 22:40
Subject:long times, long travels

so agian it's been a while. well to sum things up pretty quickly...

I friggin graduated! as of may 13th i'm officially an alumni of NIU

I got a job at ETC (www.etcconnect.com) and started last week doing electronics testing and repair. more testing right now, as i'm just getting trained in everything, but it's looking to be a good venture. And in taking this job, I now live in Madison, WI (north of the "cheddar curtain", as I'm told...) The new place is across the street from a great park and ballpark ( www.mallardsbaseball.com ) and am all around enjoying being here, but missing jess as she's still looking for work while still living in dekalb.

my brother graduated high school, so i spent about a week in kentucky for that ordeal. he'll be at Murray State in KY in the fall, hopefully adjusting well to life outside the house.

those are the big things i guess, and now that i don't have homework to worry about , maybe i'll add to this more often. right now i'm looking forward to getting the 3rd and 4th off paid next week. rock on.

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Date:2006-05-07 13:07

So from long ago's music quiz, which I might try again with some more mainstream stuff, here are the answers to what people didn't get

1 - "what's the world got in store" by Wilco
5 - "Sleeping Beauty" by A Perfect Circle
6 - "sad days, lonely nights" by Junior Kimbrough
7 - "language barrier" by Mike Doughty
8 - "smoke banshee" by clutch
9 - "a murderer" by the felix culpa
11 - "jellybelly" by the smashing pumpkins
12 - "cannon" by the white stripes
13 - "more than rain" by tom waits
14 - "use it" by the new pornographers
15 - "black math" by the white stripes
17 - "understanding traffic" by troubled hubble
19 - "traveling riverside blues" by robert johnson

Yeah, I'll have to do this again with a less obscure playlist, and after I get some of my other music on here.

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Date:2006-05-05 01:31
Subject:the asshole that is I

OK folks, so the question of the hour is "how big of a moronic jackass am I?" Answer: HUGE.

I again took part in a moist-eyed conversation with Jess becuase I haven't been up on calling her as much recently. And since that action which has been neglected is one of the few simple things I should be doing to keep her in good spirits, I must therefore be a very large ass (to make the tone more clear, these are MY words, and NO sarcasm is present).

This is not the first of these conversations, so why am I still acting this way. Generally I'm pretty good about it, but hit try spells now and then, which is where the trouble occurs. It's not like I don't care, I am completely in love with her, so I don't know if the problem is that I don't worry about hearing from her everyday and thus assume the same for her, or if it's that I don't feel I have anything to talk about. Two days could go by, and I seriously won't have any interesting thoughts or observations to add. My short term memory is a pile of shit, and I haven't done/used anything enough to mess with it, so I don't know what the deal is.

But back to the point: why am I so goddamn stupid? I'm singlehandedly ruining a wonderful relationship with a wonderful, intelligent, beautiful, thoughtful, loving person, and yet I continue to act the same way after receiving word that it makes her unhappy.

I'm sorry most of all to Jess, but also to anyone who was having a good day before reading this. And also to dragging it into public forum, but I needed to vent how angry I am with myself, or I'd never be able to get to sleep, though it'll still be difficult.

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Date:2006-03-21 23:12
Subject:music quiz

Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 5: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

I'll say as a disclaimer, if 15 of these get answered, i'll be amazed.  Maybe I'll try this again when I've put more of my music on...

1. "close your eyes and go to sleep, baby"
2. "venus demilo in her half baked shell" (this is pre-shitty era)
3. "memphis tennessee is where i was born, mississippi is where i was grown" (matt gave me this answer in person)
4. "my god sits in the back of a limousine"
5. "delusional, i believe i could cure it all" (c'mon tim, i'm looking at you here...)
6. "my mama told me, when i was a child"
7. "head down in the rain, don't you think i want you to"
8. "
one unworthy worker's version on the verge of vernacular"
9. "maybe this time we'll watch what we say"
10. "hey now baby, lets do the rump" (referring to a dance, with no innuendo implied in "dance" either)
11. "well got nowhere fast, nothing here ever lasts"
12. "outside my door, unlocked, i'm looking at this sound"
13. "its more than rain that falls on our parade tonight"
14. "the cat calls, through the night"
15. "don't you think i'm about to react now"
16. "we were shooting at a mountain of dirt"
17. "i'm light and i'm heavy, i'm here when you're ready" (if val sees this one, she better get it)
18. "i'm drunk, and right now i'm so in love with you"
19. "if your man get personal, want you to have your fun"
20. "
a smell like cigarettes creeps softly through the vents"

matt's given 2 answers w/o posting, which were #4, "mud" by north mississippi allstars, and #10, "do the rump" by the black keys.  just in case people were curious.

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Date:2006-03-03 01:03

This is a disclaimer that this post is not very funny ha ha.  at all.  So for those who do not want to read it, you can stop here, and not use the cut.

I'm going to bed now.

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Date:2006-02-19 15:25

the temperature is over 20! heat wave!

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Date:2006-02-16 23:37
Subject:the 2 days after V-day but about V-day post

Jess and I had a good time for the 14th. We drove up to rockford to have dinner and hit Lazer Quest, in the opposite of the order i just put them in. When we got to LQ, they weren't open yet, so we hit mary's market - the one by Woodman's - which wasn't at all like the one I'd been to on State St. in sit-down-place atmosphere, but the food was just as good. Then we went to Barnes and Noble for dessert, where Al saw my van and found us and chatted a bit, and then drove past LQ again, and there was no one there, so we came back to De Kalb for the remainder of the night.

Now to complain about the above paragraph. Not in any way about the people or events, that was all great, but with my annoyance that my journal is probably pretty boring to other people, just being an account of something that happened, with no real account as to thoughts or ideas about them, or much anything else for that matter. I'm frightened that I'm rolling through life with my brain turned off, and more frightened that I don't know if it's just disinterest from being in the educational system for so long, or if i just don't care? I know i'm contradicting this, as I'm thinking about it now, but not much good can come from sitting on this. Any input is appreciated. Plus I'll see who actually still reads this thing.... :)

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