Apr 292005
 
Your Birthdate: July 27
Your birth on the 27th day of the month (9 energy) adds a tone of selflessness and humanitarianism to your life path.

Certainly, you are one who can work very well with people, but at the same time you need a good bit of time to be by yourself to rest and meditate.

There is a very humanistic and philanthropic approach in most of things that you do.

This birthday helps you be broadminded, tolerant, generous and very cooperative.

You are the type of person who uses persuasion rather than force to achieve your ends.

You tend to be very sensitive to others’ needs and feelings, and you able to give much in the way of friendship without expecting a lot in return.

 Posted by at 1:29 pm
Apr 282005
 

Weather: “Sunshine, fading behind increasing clouds followed by afternoon showers.” That’s what the weather report on my pager says almost every day. I guess when they’re not really sure what the weather is going to do, or if they’re predicting more than two days out, they press the “apply default forecast” button and all the angles are covered. Sun, clouds, rain…no matter what really happens they can point to it and say “Hey, did we call that or what?”

Leo: “Be prepared for more domestic excitement than usual.” Now how am I supposed to read THAT? Is this good excitement or bad excitement? Winning the lottery or the condo burning down? Either one would be exciting and likely to cause hysteria and a lot of screaming. Our domestic lives aren’t usually very exciting, especially this week, so it won’t take much to push us right over the edge into a high state of mild stimulus.

News: “High court probes Arthur Anderson.” Ouch. Oh, “High court probes Arthur Anderson TRIAL.” Bad spot for a line break.

This weekend we’re going up near Pinconning to Camp Fishtales. It’s a small summer camp for disabled kids that’s available for rent during the off-season. Our group of friends from Bay City and Caro rent it for a weekend every year for Cyndi’s birthday party. It’s always a drunken hoot, full of far too much eating and drinking, dirty jokes, maniacal laughter, and walks in the woods.

This is also the opening weekend for Kung Fu Hustle and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but they’re not going anywhere for awhile so that’s ok if I don’t see them this weekend. I’m not feeling too confident about the early reviews of Hitchhiker’s. Only 59% on RottenTomatoes.com with 10 reviews so far. I’ll still go see it of course but I’m kind of wary now.

Today the combat overhaul for Star Wars Galaxies goes live. Consensus on the forums is that a lot of people are very unhappy with it, but I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve had a chance to try it. I’m going to take the approach that the saner voices have called for: pretend it’s an entirely new game to learn, where combat is concerned. I did a short check on one of my characters this morning while responding to a work page, and I can’t use my best pistol anymore because my Combat Level (totally new feature) is too low. Weapon certifications used to be based on what skill level you had with a weapon, and if you used a weapon you weren’t certified with, you suffered horrible penalties. Now, certification is based on your Combat Level regardless of how your skills are trained, so if your CL is high enough you can use a weapon you have no skill points allocated to. For example, a Rifleman/Squad Leader with no Pistols skill can use a pistol that I can’t, even though I have Pistols 4. I think this is total BS but I’ll try it and see what happens when the dust settles. The screaming of the outraged player community is just getting started. Sony Online did throw us all a bone in that they’re allowing a total skill respec (for combat skills) every 12 hours for at least the next two weeks so everyone can try things out before they cancel their accounts.

I also discovered that my City of Heroes account was deactivated for non-payment, but I have no idea what’s up with that. The credit card I had assigned to it is my bank debit card so I don’t know why there was a problem. I can’t restart it until tomorrow when I get paid so I guess I won’t be playing CoH tonight. Oh well, I planned on spending time after work and running to curse SWG anyway.

 Posted by at 9:55 am
Apr 262005
 

The Vatican, under the new leadership of Pope Benedict XVI, has condemned a Spanish government bill allowing marriage between homosexuals.
The bill, passed by parliament’s Socialist-dominated lower house, also allows gay couples to adopt. A senior Vatican official described the bill – which is likely to become law within a few months – as iniquitous. He said Roman Catholic officials should be prepared to lose their jobs rather than co-operate with the law.

Well, it sure didn’t take him long to show his true colors, did it?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4473001.stm

(yeah I know the icon isn’t quite appropriate but I don’t have any icon slots left for a new one)

 Posted by at 8:21 am
Apr 252005
 

Earlier today on CNN I had read a story about the two missing toddlers in Georgia and for some reason the word “pond” in the story jumped out at me. I got a bad vibe and remember thinking something like, “Pond? That’s a bad sign right there”. I went on with my day and didn’t give it another thought. About 3 minutes ago I was checking the news on my pager and read that their bodies had been recovered from a sanitation pond a couple hundred yards from their home. Those poor parents…

 Posted by at 6:52 pm
Apr 252005
 

All winter I had hoped for just ONE paralyzing snowstorm, just to have a snow day off from work. So when do we finally GET said snowstorm? At the end of April when it’s too warm to stick, on a weekend that I’m on call! Grrr…

So all weekend I’m mostly stuck in the house because A) I can’t be more than 15 minutes from the computer in case the pager goes off (which it did Saturday afternoon), B) we’re pretty broke until next month and can’t be spending any money, and C) the weather sucked. I spent almost all weekend in the house playing SWG or CoH and grew heartily sick of both. The only times I ventured outside were to refill my prescription and pick up Chinese food. There were other things I could have done and, looking around the condo this morning, wish I would have done, but just didn’t feel like it. The place is a mess and my clothes need folding, but the only thing I kept up on was the dishes as Aaron made various yummy things throughout the weekend.

mrimp stopped by on Saturday, which was nice since we hadn’t seen or hardly talked to him lately as he’s been basking in the glory that is Flint, Michigan all last week. We oohed and ahhed over his new PSP, and between that and Aaron’s new Manberry, er, Blackberry, I’m having a serious case of tech-envy.

My step-grandfather is close to breathing his last, and my poor grandmother is beside herself. She’s pretty frail herself, and her memory has gotten really bad over the last year or so. My mom had to take off to Florida for two weeks yesterday to be with her and help her out since she’s pretty much alone down there. Most of the people in her retirement community have gone north for the summer so the place is like a ghost town. Aaron was nice enough to drive down to her place in Brownstown and take her to the airport, since I was tethered to the pager. Of course it didn’t go off.

Lest the weekend be a total wash, I had my last real estate appraisal class on Friday and passed the test. Apparently only 8 people out of a class of about 26 passed, and I was one of them. The instructor read the names of those who passed and handed out certificates as each person left. Only two people came out after me, and one of them told me that they were the last two called. I was surprised, since I didn’t think the test was that hard if you read carefully. I had called our trainer’s dad, since he had started up an appraisal business, but he said that business had slowed down over the last month. He was pleasantly surprised that I was in Oakland county, and said that he would probably be in a position to train me in a month or so. Wonder how much I can do after work and on weekends, since my contract here isn’t over til August.

 Posted by at 8:19 am
Apr 192005
 

No one ever accused spam email of making any kind of sense, seeing as most of their text is gibberish designed to try and fool anti-spam filters, but you really have to question the wisdom(?) of putting “erection problem” and “fixed” in the same sentence. Most of you dogs out there know exactly what I mean. 😉

In other news, my trip to Singapore has been rescheduled AGAIN! Now I’m departing on Saturday the 21st for a workshop that runs from Tuesday to Friday, and not returning til Sunday the 29th. I suppose that will give a day or so for body clock adjustment and sightseeing/shopping/drinking, but man MAKE UP YOUR MINDS! Still, it’s very cool that I’m going at all, since I never expected I’d ever go back to Singapore after visiting in 1990 with the Navy. Since the wedding is 5 days after that, Aaron may have to prop me up at the altar if my body clock is still screwed up. hehehe…

EDIT: Woot! Business class both ways and up to 30,000 frequent flier miles!

 Posted by at 9:57 am
Apr 152005
 

Last night mrimp, chucknoblet, thafuzz, and I went to see Tori Amos at the Detroit Opera House. First we hit Union Street for dinner and a drink, then rolled over to da House. We met up with a couple of guys that were at the party dirtyglamour invited Aaron and I to, and shot the shit for a few before heading in. We also hooked up with Bob’s friend Joshua, who joined us for the concert (and is very cute I might add).

Outside, some girl who’d been in Union Street came up to us, leading the way with her bountiful boobies which were stuffed into a tight t-shirt that had a picture of a keyboard on it. Her nickname for the night instantly became “Qwerty”. She said something to the effect of “every single guy here must be with his girlfriend.” To which I replied, “Or gay.” She must have had a few to drink cuz it took a few seconds and several repeats for it to sink in.

“Oh, are you guys gay? I didn’t think gay guys liked Tori Amos. I have a lot of gay friends since I work in theater and they never mentioned her.”

Uh huh…

At this point her friend’s embarassment limit was reached and she fled into the theater. “Well,” said Qwerty, “I’ve totally embarassed my friend so I guess I better go inside. See ya!” Her boobies led her through the door and that was the last we saw of her.

The show was fun; Tori has a great voice live and even talked to the audience a bit, discussing the last time she was in town when the blackout happened. She had a grand piano and three different organs lined up on stage, with each pair’s keyboards facing each other so she could play both simultaneously. Between every couple songs she’d move over to the other pair to continue with a different sound. Even though I had fun, it still hasn’t quite turned me into a raging Toriphile (forgive me, Bob and Steve!)

In other news, I’M GOING TO SINGAPORE!! My boss told me this morning that I was approved to go in mid-May for a week, but the date still isn’t firm yet. It will either be from the 9th-13th, or 16th-20th. I’m hoping it’s the first week, since Mollie and family are moving back from Germany to California and stopping in Michigan to stay for a couple weeks. Sunday the 18th I and Mom (or Aaron if I can’t go) are taking a train or plane to Chicago to pick them up and drive them back, since they’ll be wiped out from the plane ride and neither of them should drive an additional four hours across the state.

 Posted by at 1:25 pm
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