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July 14th, 2010

07:54 pm: It's been a long, long time...
I haven't posted here for quite some months. A lot has happened between then and now.

The most recent thing is that I am spiraling down into an anxiety/depression crash, triggered by a creepy stage parent and vehicle issues and putting me quite on edge.

That isn't fun in the heat and humidity we're experiencing.

Other news:
Pumbaa passed away in February. Our new baby guinea pig is named Bridget.
I have a job interview on the 22nd for a position with a major manufacturer in Milwaukee which involves advanced microscopy and metallurgy. I'm ready to be done with my current employer.
I totally enjoyed the World Cup.
My 25th high school class reunion is next weekend.

August 18th, 2009

03:38 pm: ELCA to decide on gay clergy, sexuality statement this week
Last night, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's plenary session voted down a proposal to require a 2/3 majority to accept the denomination's human sexuality statement as well as approve the ordination of openly gay clergy. This means that each vote will either pass or fail by a simple majority.

I'm sure many people are watching. And it would not surprise me if Fred Phelps is in the 'Cities, too.

Another person in the 'Cities today: Brett Favre.

I am no longer a fan.

August 17th, 2009

02:28 pm: How Col. Gaffneyis Warped my Thinking
So I'm at Irish Fest, in my Celtic Nations P&D uniform (white shirt, black vest & tie, Hunting McGregor kilt, hose & flashes, black shoes and Glengarry) and found myself thinking a couple of different times, "Is this period?"

And I'd look at people dressed in kilts and such and think, "Wow, how romanticized are you!"

And I actually felt out of place without any buckskinners around. There were some re-enactors, and some of them looked pretty good (with the helmets that came down over their nose, and the Civil War 5th Wisconsin fife and drum band) but some looked like they were dressed in plaid pajamas.

July 31st, 2009

04:04 pm: for gmcdavid : Dracula has Celtic roots?
Belfast Writer Who Dug Up Dracula's Irish Roots

From the Belfast Telegraph. Speculation, or sound research?

This ought to make the Goth-Celts happy...

Current Mood: curiouscurious

July 27th, 2009

08:18 pm: Reposting a story for new readers
Just a section of a story I've written, and revised a little, for the benefit of new readers.

Between Time, Chapter 1, Part 2: Dreaming ConallCollapse )

July 1st, 2009

08:08 pm: Hey, rilla_spins...
...did you know that Mark is on this year's Big Island poster? :D

Current Mood: geekygeeky
08:07 pm: Writer's Block: Busting Blocks
It's blockbuster season in movie theaters. What was the last movie you saw?

01:58 pm: The diminishing cast of Are You Being Served?
Mollie Sugden, best known as Grace Brothers' saucy saleslady Mrs. Slocombe on the Britcom Are You Being Served?, has passed away at the age of 86.

I took a minute to think about who among the cast might still be alive.

The only ones I can think of are Frank Thornton (Captain Peacock), Trevor Bannister (Mr. Lucas), and Mike Berry (Mr. Spooner). Some research indicates that Nicholas Smith (Mr. Rumbold) is also alive and well and still working as of last year.

Wendy Richards (Miss Brahms) died of cancer earlier this year.
John Inman (Mr. Humphries) died two years ago.
Arthur Brough (Mr. Grainger) passed away during the show's run.
Larry Martyn (Mr. Mash), Harold Bennett (Young Mr. Grace), Arthur English (Mr. Harman), Alfie Bass (Mr. Goldberg), and James Hayter (Mr. Tebbs) all passed away before this century.

I guess it is not surprising considering the show was on in the mid to late 1970s originally.

And in the search I ran across the character of Mr. Fortescue, played by Gorden Kaye. Kaye is better known as Rene Artois in the hilarious World War II French Resistance comedy 'Allo, 'Allo. I miss that show, too, and its story of the painting of the Fallen Madonna with the big boobies.

(edited to remove a stray apostrophe)

May 29th, 2009

11:34 am: There are still hawks out there.
It is amazing to hear people say we should bomb the stuffing out of X country.

Even more amazing that these people defend the rights of the unborn.

May 25th, 2009

11:48 am: On to Stage 2 of the moving process
I've completed my first task of the day: clean out the van.

The next stage is to sort out the storage unit and start collecting things that need to go to Hope Gospel Mission. I'm going to make a run up there today with a few things that I'm passing on so they can resell them to get money for their missions (which involve the homeless, alcoholics, drug addicts, and others on the streets). They take anything. Really. They even sell used cars.

Basically, the goal is to get what is going to be given away out of there right away, and it's less to load in the truck when the time comes. No sentimentality, except for my old books.

Current Mood: workingworking
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