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Friday, December 21st, 2007
11:50 pm

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Saturday, December 15th, 2007
1:36 pm - OWNED

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
11:43 pm - ROTFLMAO
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/live_from_congress_the_skull?utm_source=embedded_video

current mood: amused

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Thursday, June 28th, 2007
11:18 pm - Icantsleep


current mood: stressed

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Sunday, June 24th, 2007
7:53 am - Operation: Yard Sale
This Operation is beginning. I'm at my dad's house this weekend. I had to help clean out their spare room, as there is much Clutter in there. Lots of great quality clutter, mind you. The majority of it could EASILY be sold on ebay or through a yard/garage sale. That's the Plan.

Over the next several weekends, I'm going to be attacking my garage and finding what can be sold & what can be trashed. Yes, I did do a similar thing before, but that was to get rid of the majority of the ex's stuff. There is still some of her stuff stored in the garage, and it's time for it to go. I figure I can do a yard/garage sale every week if need be, but I want to get rid of a lot of junk and rake in as much $$$ as possible from it. I figure the best thing to do is to start having garage/yard sales every week or so AFTER my TX trip, so I can have extra $$ for my CA trip, plus extra $$ to Get Ahead.

I'm sure I'll also be able to get a lot of new items regularly from my dad & his wife that they want to sell/get rid of. Determining what's ebay worthy and what's not (higher end stuff goes to ebay) will be the tougher part.

It'll all be worth it.

current mood: accomplished

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
8:42 pm - Being bored at work can cause strange "consequences"


current mood: silly

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Friday, June 15th, 2007
12:56 pm - The Cheese Monster
I wrote this last year during a thunderstorm at work. There were very few patients during the storm,and it was a slow day as it was. I wrote the story in less than 2hrs. I am considering writing a prequel & sequel to this story, btw. Read on.

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Thursday, June 14th, 2007
10:51 am - Appropriated from Ad
Name, rank and serial number, plus a good bit more....

1. name:
2. birthday:
3. place of residence:
4. what makes you happy:
5. what are you listening to now/have listened to last:
6. do you read my lj:
7. if you do, what is particularly good/bad about it:
8. an interesting fact about you:
9. are you in love/have a crush at the moment:
10. favorite place to be:
11. favorite lyric:
12. best time of the year:

RECOMMEND
1. a film:
2. a book:
3. a band, a song and an album:

PLUS
1. one thing you like about me:
2. two things you like about yourself:
3. put this in your lj so i can tell you what i think of you.</font></font>

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
10:18 pm - Getting back into the groove
Yep. That basically describes how things are going for me now. I'm back in my groove,working 5-6 days per week, taking care of laundry regularly, cleaning the house 3x per week. That kind of thing. This is what I want/need,as this means Time will Go Fast. I want to stay in my Groove and keep on keepin' on.

Why? Simple. The faster time flows, the sooner it'll be July. I have a Weekend Trip  in July. After that, my Groove will need to kick into High Gear. Once July is through, August comes. I have a trip at the end of Aug/Start of Sept. After that, GROOVE. Oct will be next, when I shall be expecting a Visit. From there, I really need the remaining months to flyby. I have my Reasons. :)

But yeah, I'm definitely in my Groove again. Yeaaaah.

current mood: groovy

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Saturday, June 9th, 2007
10:38 pm - MGM/Star Wars weekend, the report
With pics! They'll be attached via Cut later on.


The day would start late. As you read in my previous entry, I slept uncomfortably. We went to the pool & relaxed for at least 1-2 hrs. Afterwards, we had to drop off Danielle (my stepmom's best friend's daughter) at work. We had lunch at Downtown Disney before her shift. From there, off to the park!

We would arrive at Disney MGM Studios around 230p. The parade was scheduled for 3p, as is the norm. After collecting maps & Time Info, my dad's wife & her friend ventured for a spot to watch the parade. I scoured for the Fastpass Distribution to meet Ray Park (Darth Maul). I found nothing, so I asked a CM that was attending a currently vacant stand. He told me that all the passes were GONE within the first hour of park operation. No surprise there. I did get a good pic of Ray Park before heading back for the parade.

The 3p parade was mostly uneventful. I got some pics of the Star Wars characters. Hades was the coolest part of the parade, giving everyone a "Thumbs down". Ha. Villains are so funny. After the parade, we ventured for characters. Pics were taken with Storm & Sand Troopers. I found a line that would be for Boba Fett. I said "eh" and the CM in charge of the line was like "well you can just go hang out with the Emperor or Darth Maul or something" (the CM is obviously a Boba/Jango Fett fan). He did direct me to where Vader & Maul would be located & what times they would be around.

I got in line to meet Darth Maul. About 15 mins passed when one of the character greeters said that Darth Maul was leaving in 10 mins and would return at 410p (it was about 345). I hopped out of line and found the line for Vader. Luckily, Vader was on a rotating schedule. Basically, they had 2 or 3 guys to play Vader, as he was out for 20 mins at a time. Characters have 20-on/40-off schedules when it's over 90F. With 3 Vaders, there would never bee more than a 5-10 min delay when they switched. I had to wait for a 2nd Vader to come out. When the 1st Vader left, Emperor Palpatine was coming out flanked by Royal Guards. The leaving Vader kneeled before the Emperor, which was totally cool. Staying in character FTW. The next Vader came out a few mins later and I got my pic taken with him.

While this was happening, my dad's wife & her friend were in a show. My dad & I went to go find the exit to the show. As we did, we found the Green Army Men from Toy Story hanging around. They were not being approached, but there was about to be a show dump. My dad wanted a pic with the Army Man, so I took one.
Word of Advice: Don't tell the Green Army Men that you preferred the Red Army. They'll gang up on you.

Once we were regrouped, there was plenty of time before the Lights! Motors! Action! show. This was one of few things I wanted to see, btw. We ended up catching a the live show Mulch, Sweat, & Tears. Basically it's a "traveling" rock show. Fun show. It was a great way to spend 20 mins. From there, we went to see LMA (Lights! Motors! Action!). This show was fun, albeit slow paced at times. Still, seeing how some of the stunts were pulled off were very cool. After the show, we went on the Great Movie Ride. Unfortunately both our guide & the villain (in this case villainess) was WEAK. Both spieling CMs were weak. D'oh! We were done after that. Dinner & returning to the room (to end up watching Shrek) was imminent.

As I type this, the others are enjoying the pool. I opted for a shower & computer time. I had my fill of the pool for today.

Now for the some pics. You can find all of them here:
http://s64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/millenniumdragn/MGM/
Pics as promisedCollapse )

current mood: cool

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9:30 am - Unpleasant sleeping arangements FTL
Bleh. x2.

My dad & his wife won a free 2-night stay at a hotel in Disney Territory. It's a nice hotel and the room they got/won is nice. Two BIG, SOFT beds in the bedroom and a pullout bed & a couch-ish like thing (I'll post pics later, I don't have my USB cable with me).

There would be 5 adults utilizing this room: me, my dad, his wife, her friend, & her friend's daughter. So, who would sleep where? It would make sense that dad & wife would be in one of the Queen Size beds. The other queen size bed--uncertain (me?) while the guests took the pull-out & couch thing. Sounds feasible, right?

Wrong.

It ended up being the three fems in the beds and the two guys in the other room. I ended up on the couch-ish thing. Keep in mind I'm 5'10". The couch-ish thing is *maybe* 6' long and very narrow. It's a good thing I'm normal sized, as I'm sure I would've fallen off. The couch thing was also PAINFUL. Every few hours or so I'd switch from one side to the other, or on occasion on my back. Every. Few. Hours.

When I woke up at 9a (normal for me) my back felt beat up. I knew it was because of the arrangements. Ow. We still have one more night. My dad said I could take the pull-out tonight and he would try the couch-ish thing instead. Hopefully the pull-out bed will be more pleasant.

That being said, I'm going to MGM-Studios today for Star Wars Weekend. Ray Park (the actor who played Darth Maul) will be there. I don't expect to take a lot of pics, just a few: me with a Darth Vader character, me with a Darth Maul character, and one with me meeting Ray Park (if possible). Maybe I'll take some silly pics, idk. MGM is nothing I haven't seen 438 times before, so there's not too much that will excite me. Lights, Motors, Action! might, but not much otherwise.

Ok, time for some breakfast.

current mood: Eh

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Thursday, June 7th, 2007
11:52 am - A simple solution to a growing problem
We've all seen it. We all know it. The Spanish population in the US has been steadily increasing. Many of them speak little to no English and expect us to cater to THEM, when they're the one's coming over HERE. If I were to go to a foreign country, would I expect them to cater to me and learn English? No, I'd have to learn their language. Hell, most other countries (especially in Europe) everyone learns/speaks at least 2-3 languages.

There are some VERY simple solutions to this. When you consider the stats, the current Spanish population in the US is around 12.5%. It's estimated to reach 25% by 2050. Since we can't go back in time (I know I'm a time traveler, but altering the past = Forbidden by the Time Traveler's Code) we'll have to start in the present and work for the future.

1)If it's not already Established, make the National Language English and make the secondary language Spanish. Anyone who wants to live in this country must be able to speak English. Anyone living in this country already should be able to speak English & Spanish. Not necessarily fluently, but enough to carry on a conversation.

2)Schools need to make Spanish a Required Course. Make it as required as English, Math, Science, and History. Start teaching Spanish in elementary school and keep it going all the way through high school. Any other languages that students want to learn would be elective.

3)Employers need to offer to all employees a program where they can learn conversational Spanish. Even if it's just a 1x per week, 1hr per week program, it will help. This will be especially helpful in states such as FL, TX, NM, CA.

By doing these SIMPLE steps a lot of potential "problems" can be avoided. Maintaining a "Welcome to America, now Speak English" mentality is not going to help. We have to accept the Facts and advance out of our backwards/downward spiral.

<---should run for president/office

current mood: powerful

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Monday, June 4th, 2007
10:24 pm - And now for something completely different
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Red planet's taking a bath.
















































































The cheese monster stole my dinner!































































Good night everyone!

current mood: goofy

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
7:14 pm - 2007 Where it has gone, what will come next
Since June is month 6 of 12 (I forget the exact day of the year that is the 1/2 point), I shall now evaluate the Changed that have occurred since the year began.

Professionally:
Not much has changed with me in the work world. I'm still the main massage therapist at the office. We have a mostly new staff (except for the doctors, me, and the front desk). There have been some things going on (nothing I can control) that have been beyond ridiculous. Serious "WTF?" issues here, folks.
I did get my CEUs finished. I just need to muster up the $$ to pay my license renewal fee before mid August.

Financially:
At this very second, my finances are Damaged. This is my Own Fault though. Plane tickets are Expensive. Work has also slowed down. A lower TPV = less hours = less OT. Also, lower TPV = fewer massages = lower bonus.

Good news: Roomies have been paying. The other will be soon. This is only severely necessary as they're both behind and I can't afford for them not to pay. Also next month is the last High Rent month. August = my happy month, as I will be financially On Track Again.
Cutting my ex off entirely earlier this year was a Good Move. I just have to wait for July so I can fix my cell phone issue/bill.

Personally:
I've suffered some losses--mainly the loss of my beloved BTTF ride and the loss of bolt2.com. I did, however gain a trip to Denver out of bolt's closing. I also gained an Ad. ;)

Where thing will go from here
The following are basically Set In Stone
1)I have a trip to TX booked for the 1st weekend in July
2)I have a trip to Huntington Beach, CA booked for early Sept
3)I NEED to renew my massage license before 8/15

Other than that, everything else is pretty much play-by-ear. I have a General Itinerary for the next 6-8+ months. The Itinerary is Tentative, as much of it is based on the Life Events of a Certain Someone Special

July: Trip to TX
Aug: Financial Stability
Sept: Trip to CA
*tentative situations begin here*
Oct - Dec: Window of Travel Opportunity (deliberately vague)
Nov/Dec: Inform Landlord that I will Not Renew the lease. If roommies want to, they can. I will Pay for Jan & Feb, then use Feb to Move Out.
Jan: Resign from job at end of month
Feb: Move in with dad. Find job, even if it's only making $8/hr be it massage or not. Ebay as much as possible.
Spring: Buy car & see how Things Are Going for another possible Relocation. (deliberately vague).

Yes, that's a lot of info and a lot of time. All I can do is Hope. Here's to a fast 6 months! *raises glass of water*

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Thursday, May 31st, 2007
12:18 am - I need to figure out which direction to take my life in
Read the preface firstCollapse )

current mood: contemplative

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
10:28 am - Pics from Denver
Here are a few highlights. For the rest of the pics, go here:
http://s64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/millenniumdragn/Denver/?start=0

Sorry, LJ was evil and wouldn't let me make it clicky...











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9:22 am - Denver: The Trip Report

Now back to my "regularly scheduled life"... :X

current mood: Neutral

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Monday, May 28th, 2007
4:41 pm - Here I am, in the Denver airport :(
That I am. My flight starts boarding at 515p MDT (30 mins from now) and leaves at 545p (60 mins). I'll be updating more on the uncovered part of my trip, including pics, after arriving in Orlando, since my USB cable for my digi cam is at home.

This post, however, is something I need to do. Why? I'm actually a bit of a wreck right now. Sound weird? It shouldn't. I did just spend several days in Denver with Ad & had an absolutely fabulous time. The cliche line is that "it's hard to say goodbye." Ain't that the truth...

Ad was able to walk me to the security checkpoint, where we had to say our goodbye. It's actually hard for me to type this. Keep reading, though...
It was hard to say goodbye after the amount of fun we had together. After I got through the security checkpoint, I realized I needed to put my shades on. PRONTO. I didn't want anyone to see any tears that may have flowed. I actually said to myself "dammit ninja, get a hold of yourself!" Call it emo, call it sensitive, call it whatever. I actually teared after leaving the security checkpoint and all the way down towards the gate section.

I stopped by a souvenir shop to get some things to remember my trip. I also bought an ice cream. By this time I had calmed down significantly. I started to approach my gate and there it was in red letters "ORLANDO". I said "Orlando!" in a chipper voice, but then my heart sank. It's a good thing I got some extra tissue paper from the airport bathroom, as I'm using it on my eyes as I type this.

I didn't think it would be as hard as it is on me right now. Hopefully I can sleep on the flight to ease myself. At least I'll have my cats and one of my dogs to hug on when I get home, as my dad is brining them when he picks me up from MCO around 1115p EST.




*AMMENDUM*

I'm home now. I got in safely. I was able to Contain Myself via music and pokemon, plus a nap on the plane. When I woke from my nap, the captain said that we were going to make our descent to MCO.

current mood: teary

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Sunday, May 27th, 2007
10:23 am - This is another test


current mood: happy

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Saturday, May 26th, 2007
3:08 pm - Denver kicks ass, so far
I arrived safely, albeit late. Delayed planes = Not Fun.

I met up with Ad at the Denver airport, as was expected. Today, we've been to the Denver Museum f Science & Natural History. It was damn cool. We may be going to the Denver Zoo soon.

The climate is great. It's not too hot, not too chilly. Of course, it is May. I don't feel like I'm at elevation 5280. Keep in mind, I'm used to elevation 0. *shrug* The big thing that awes me is the mountains & hills. I've been in the FL swamp for almost 17yrs, so mountains and hills are Quite Cool to me.

Yeah, I'm liking this trip.

current mood: pleased

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