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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Time:11:52 pm.
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As I was walking from my car to the door after I got home from work tonight, I had a flashback to my teen years. I think it was the cold air on my face, the grittiness of the dirty snow, the dim glow of the street lights, and for just a moment I swore I could smell the perfume of an old friend.


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Comments: 1 severed head - Kneel before the chopping block.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Time:12:55 pm.
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I've had my new hurdy gurdy for about half a year now. I like it so much better than my old one. I can actually play a few tunes on it. The old one only let me play about 7 notes without screeching horribly. I've been able to learn a number of old French tunes as well as a number that I made up myself.

Now only if I could play the music I so very want to play. I want to transcribe at least a handful of modern songs onto it so that when I play on the street, people will recognize it. The big problem with my new HG is the range of notes are all so high that everything I play sounds like mice. I am starting to think about getting a new one with a much deeper range, but that would require more money than I can get by selling my current one. I made 4 dollars last time I went downtown. Not enough. And I want to learn a couple more songs before I go back.

Money money money. I wish it weren't so hard to get. Bleh.


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Comments: Kneel before the chopping block.

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Time:11:00 am.
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So here's something amazing from Wikipedia's "List of Ottoman sieges and landings":

Landings in the Northern Atlantic including the British Isles, Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Labrador, Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Newfoundland and Virginia 1627 1660

Ottoman forces raided early America. Say what?! Time for me to build a boat. Anyone know where I can score plans for a Xebec?


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Comments: Kneel before the chopping block.

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Subject:life lessons
Time:2:12 am.
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A couple weekends ago I was in a WWII reenactment at Rockford, IL. Around bedtime, I walked out of my tent to go pee in some brush behind camp. I had taken my boots off just a minute before and they are a pain to get back on, so I just stumbled out in my socks. It was dark, but I knew where I was going. As I stood there relieving myself on a log, I felt a sharp pain in my foot. I thought I stepped on a thorn. I jerked my foot back and was fine. Not a moment passed, though, before my foot had the stabbing sensation again. I lifted my foot off the ground, but the stabbing was still there, and now all over my foot. I ran back into the tent, where two of my friends grabbed flashlights to investigate the problem. I could see little red spots here and there, but they didn't seem like they could generate the kind of searing pain I was feeling. After sitting around the fire with the guys for about an hour, I could finally relax enough to sleep. In the morning, my foot still hurt slightly, but only when I was running or jumping. However, as I was getting dressed, I noticed a guy taking a leak at the same spot I was the night before. I looked down to tie my boots, and when I looked up, he was running and tripping over tent ropes and stakes. When he got back to his tent, he looked as though he was performing the macarena. Then he violently tore off his clothes. At that moment I knew what it was. Bees. Lots of them. He ended up being stung over 20 times, but was completely fine other than the pain. We searched the site, and we found remains of watermelon rinds (last nights dinner, improperly disposed off). The fruit was covered with yellow jackets. I concluded that they were the culprits for my mishap the night before, and could count 6 stings, mostly on the inside of my left foot. Over two weeks later, and my big toe is still partially numb. I doubt it will ever recover. Wonderful.

Moral of the story: Always dispose of your garbage in appropriate receptacles. Also, wear boots to go pee in the middle of the night.


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Comments: 1 severed head - Kneel before the chopping block.

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Subject:Fall
Time:1:31 am.
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Today, I went out of my way to step on an unusually large leaf on the sidewalk. Hearing the crunch was especially satisfying. And I love wool knit sweaters.


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Comments: 4 severed heads - Kneel before the chopping block.

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Subject:Fort Ticonderoga - 250th Anniversary of the Battle of Carillon
Time:9:27 am.
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I had the honor of participating in the largest French and Indian War reenactment to date.

I didn't get any pics of the big battle (for I was in it), but I did get some shots of the small, "taste of things to come" battle...

The Death of Lord HoweCollapse )


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Comments: Kneel before the chopping block.

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Subject:Voyageur Rendezvous at the Grand Kankakee Marsh
Time:11:01 am.
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Chicago is a great city. There's so much to do around here. Problem is it all costs money. Lots of it. In addition, all my friends live back in Indiana. Jen works days, I work nights. There is very little time we get to spend together during the week. This weekend we managed to get away from the city, though.

And we went hunting beaver...Collapse )


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Comments: 9 severed heads - Kneel before the chopping block.

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Subject:Fishing
Time:9:45 am.
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Jen and I took a little mini-vacation this weekend. We went down to Lake Monroe near Bloomington with a few friends and a couple canoes. We spent most of Saturday fishing and cooking out. It was really a great time. Neither of us caught much, but we had fun spending time together and with friends. Afterwards we went out to eat at a place called Lennie's where I had some wonderful local beer, then we stayed at a friend's house overnight.

I never thought of myself as a fisher, but we really had a lot of fun down there. We're going to start fishing more often, but probably not as far away.

Let me add that Lake Monroe is absolutely gorgeous. The weather was even cooperating. Sunny and cloudy free, but a little chilly wind. Not that big a deal though. I wish I had taken pictures. I'm definatley getting a boat of my own now.

Sunday we hung out a little in the morning, then caravaned back up. Stopped to eat at a restaraunt called Indy's Family Dining, where we had breakfast for lunch. Not bad.

We made a stop at my brother's in Crown Town to pick up some things we had delivered there. Also got to play with the kids and the new puppy, all of which were adorable.

I'll tell you though, by the time we got home, we both just collapsed on the couch until about 3am when Jen decided it was time to move to the bed.

This was definatley more exciting when I was fishing campared to wrting about it. Sorry for a lack-luster post, but its a good memory if you were actually there.


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Comments: Kneel before the chopping block.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Subject:Maple Sugar Days, Part Deux
Time:10:52 am.
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Here be picturesCollapse )


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Comments: 3 severed heads - Kneel before the chopping block.

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Subject:Maple Sugar Days: Part 1
Time:10:39 pm.
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This weekend was part one of Maple Sugar Days at Deep River State Park in Merrillville. We were making maple sugar "the old way". You should come see us next weekend (May 15-16). Jen and I will only be there Sunday though. Here's some pics.Collapse )


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Comments: Kneel before the chopping block.

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Subject:Jen's boss thinks we're hippies
Time:5:02 pm.
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http://www.theonion.com/content/node/40315


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Comments: 2 severed heads - Kneel before the chopping block.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Time:9:09 am.
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I've come to realize I can't draw faces. It's just not happening. I bought a book early last year on the subject, and its all gibberish in my head.
People say that hands are the hardest thing to draw. I actually have no trouble drawing hands. I love drawing hands. But I can never draw a face that looks more like a human and less than a porcelan doll. Tips, anyone?

Also, I noticed that I really only have 5 friends who update or comment. I look at all your journals and you all have billions of contacts. I'm so lonely. Boo-hoo. I guess it is proportional to the amount of updating one does, but still, I need to network.


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Comments: 2 severed heads - Kneel before the chopping block.

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Time:8:56 am.
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I was on TV! I show up for a second at 2:55, dressed in the height of all nerdery.




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Comments: 4 severed heads - Kneel before the chopping block.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Subject:Jan's my man! Svejnar '08
Time:1:39 am.
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Am I a bad American for following the Czech presidential election closer than our own?


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Comments: 1 severed head - Kneel before the chopping block.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Subject:Interactive Anniversary Update
Time:2:27 pm.
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There are probably few things quite as breathtaking as watching a Boeing 747 taking off into the clouds during a snow storm. OK, well, there are probably a lot of things either more or equally breathtaking, but last night when I watched one of our FedEx planes punch out, it was astounding to me. The light glare from it's lights were reflected on the snow, so even though I couldn't see much through all the snow, I could clearly see this enormous, 400,000lb peice of machinery somehow defying gravity and lifting up until it disappeared above the clouds. Wish I could have taken a picture.

The 13th was our 1st wedding anniversary, and naturally Jen was sick. I spent the whole weekend making her tea, adjusting her pillows, and making sure she wasn't too warm or too cold. But since we all feel fine now, this past weekend we decided to celebrate the anniversary belatedly.
We went ice skating at Millenium Park, something she's been begging me to do with her since... forever. I have to say it is harder than it looks. Everyone was out there flying around, but Jen and I, both beginners, clung fearfully to the railing for most of our time there. Still, we had a lot of fun. Despite the 1 degree weather, it was a beatiful sunny day, and the glint and glitter of downtown Chicago was just gorgeous. We warmed up afterwards in the cafe and shared a cup of pumpkin soup.
After that, we went to a folk music gathering uptown, specifically for hurdy-gurdies. I don't play, and neither does Jen, but I really like them and one day hope to own one and learn to play somewhat decently. The people were really helpfull and they answered all kinds of questions. They even let me play one for a while. Didn't seem too hard, but there is a rhythm involved that is sort of difficult to get ahold of. But enough of that. If you're interested you'll look it up.
Lastly, we went to a Peruvian restaurant we've been hearing about from co-workers. It's called Rinconcito Sudamericano, and I'll recomend it to all of you. Absolutely delicious food and good sized portions. I had the ceviche, which I heard was world class. It was. If you like seafood they you'll love it. Jen had a marinated steak dish, which was equally delicious. We also shared some calamari, which was cooked in a rather interesting fashion, but I'll let you discover for yourself. Overall, it was a little pricey, but well worth it.

Also, my best friend Joe came back home from Iraq on Sunday. He's on leave for about a month. He called me early Sunday morning from a layover in Atlanta to ask me if I can pick him up from the airport when he gets into Chicago. I said sure (I've been waiting). Jen and I took him out to eat, then drove him home to Indiana. It was kind of a suprise visit for his parents. They thought he was coming in June, so when they saw him walking up to the house, everyone inside was very excited. Jen and I then went to my brother's to pick up some packages we had shipped there (things tend to disappear when I have them shipped here) and we continued back home. Jen cooked up a chicken we had in the fridge and we cuddled up and watched The Bourne Identity, which I have to saw was better than I thought it would be. Now I have to see the sequels.

All in all, it was a busy weekend, but lots of fun.


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Comments: Kneel before the chopping block.

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Time:12:24 pm.
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http://www.local6.com/news/14975629/detail.html

What a monster. How could someone do that?

And the logic behind it makes no sense: "The baby won't stop crying, so maybe if I pour boiling oil on him he will stop."

I guess if the idea was to kill the baby... then sure, I guess it checks out. But really, how inappropriate.


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Comments: 2 severed heads - Kneel before the chopping block.

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Time:11:02 am.
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Happy New Year, Eastern Hemisphere!


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Comments: Kneel before the chopping block.

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Subject:Coolest name for a band ever
Time:6:42 pm.
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I totally stole this from tryingtoforget:

Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band's name.
Click random article again; that is your album name.
Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.


Band: Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Album: Valea Scurtă River (Criş)

1 Atomic Swing
2 Charity (name)
3 Zumbrota Covered Bridge
4 Nor Crystal Tears
5 Lamar County
6 Muswell Hillbillies
7 Reticuline oxidase
8 Michael Gaines
9 Baemi
10 Beautiful Circle
11 Mikado
12 Easy Rider (soundtrack)
13 Dalai Lama (song)*
14 Berle (disambiguation)
15 The Wild Swans at Coole (poem)

*I guess my band does Rammstien covers. People would probably like it better than the original.


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Comments: Kneel before the chopping block.

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Time:1:30 pm.
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I need a shave and a haircut. Bad.

It's at that point where my hats don't fit right anymore, and as for my face... well, when I don't shave for a couple weeks, I prefer to let a professional handle it.

I look scruffy. Like a punk rocker or a guy who's given up on his hygiene. Oi.


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Comments: Kneel before the chopping block.

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Time:4:27 pm.
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I'm learning to play the hurdy gurdy.

nuff said.


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Comments: Kneel before the chopping block.

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