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Monday, November 10th, 2008

Subject:This was too long to Twitter, so it goes here
Time:12:36 am.
I read an interesting article tonight that suggested that the (possible) reason that mainstream satire doesn't really go after Obama is that to some extent things that are satirized become truer in people's minds. IE, if they go "he can't fix America! Wakka wakka!", people will start to think that way too, making it much more difficult for things to actually get fixed.
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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Time:5:57 am.
Thanks, guys. I recorded the election, and you totally spoiled it for me!
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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Time:6:39 pm.
I could survive for 1 minute, 9 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor
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Friday, September 5th, 2008

Time:5:18 pm.
Sho'Nuff, Shogun of Harlem

Rest in Peace, Master



Wrote yestersay... Collapse )
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Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Subject:CONSPIRACY
Time:7:51 pm.
So, I just watched the movie "Arlington Road".

If you haven't seen it, the movie is about terrorism. Here comes the spoiler... it culminates with an attack/bombing of the FBI building in Washington DC.

The movie came out in 1999, and said that 184 people died in the bombing.

When the Pentagon was attacked in 2001, 184 people died.

For extra omgz, Arlington Road is located 9 miles from the Pentagon and 8 miles from the FBI building in the movie.

I'm officially freaked out right now.
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Friday, April 18th, 2008

Subject:Car name
Time:1:37 am.
My car's name is Professor Drivearu.
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Subject:Supposed to pick it up tomorrow...
Time:2:28 am.


It needs a name.
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Monday, April 7th, 2008

Subject:The perils of vehicle ownership
Time:4:31 am.
Your Mom might be dead.

Because that's the name of my car.

Friday night I was in Manchester. I was out with some friends and, getting back in to my car, it wouldn't start. I mean nothing. Not even trying to turn over. Sit and wait, try again... this time it's just made a very loud, very fast ticking or something like it. But still not trying to turn over. Sit, wait, third attempt... same noise but it's now trying to turn over! And it does! It's running, but sounds very rough.

At this point I notice the oil light is on, so I turn to car off. That's when one of my friends notices the giant oil puddle on the ground. This must have happened during this whole starting business and not before, because it was running away from the car... and it if it had happened before, it would have already ran to wherever it was running too.

I have not recently had an oil change, nor was there any symptom or apparent cause on the ride in to Manchester. Didn't hit anything, not even a significant pothole. Couldn't tell where exactly the oil was coming from, but we did have the hood open while trying to start it, so it's unlikely to have come from anywhere but below.

Anyway, I was lucky enough to be with someone that had AAA+, so I was able to have it towed the very long distance back to a mechanic near my parent's house. So I'm staying with them a few days while I figure this out. The mechanic will open up tomorrow morning and hopefully figure out what's going on.

If this is something relatively minor/inexpensive/stupid, I'll pay to have it fixed. The problem comes from that I know my car is going to probably need a head gasket replaced sometime in the near future, and that's expensive. So if this incident equals a second expensive repair, it's not worth it. I won't pay to fix it and probably my only option at that point will be to donate it for a tax write-off. I've already researched charities in the area that will accept non-running cars, so no issue there.

As for a new (used) car, this is not the greatest time to pony up for that... but if it needs to be done, it needs to be done. For some time now, I've been thinking a Toyota would be a smart bet for my next car. After oodles of research, I've found this:

2005 Toyota Corolla CE

Pros:

-Sold by dealership where I've already bought a car, and that may give me leverage
-Pretty low price at under $12k. With what I plan to put down ($2500-ish) and a long-term finance, I may even be able to get the car payment below $200 a month.

Cons:

-Again, the long-term finance. Need to be 60 or 72 month, so I'm gambling that money will be better in a year or so and I'll be able to pay it down more quickly than the term. But this is necessary if I don't want a car payment to stretch me too thin financially.
-A few more miles that I'd like on it at 36,000... but still lower than any car I've bought before. 36,000 miles on Toyota may not be that big a deal, especially considering I'd ideally be looking for something in the area of 25,000 anyway. There are similar Corollas with that mileage around, but a few thousand more. I think the savings on this might be worth it.
-Uh, I don't like the color. But I have the same color car now, so apparently I can deal with that.

Of course I'm ahead of myself, but I'm determined to be prepared in the event of a worst-case-scenario.

Thoughts?
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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Subject:I can't be the only one...
Time:12:45 am.
Ever have a pretzel rod?

Ever pretend it's a cigar?

Ever, when you put the pretzel cigar in your mouth, fold your hands behind your back and bark out in a deep and raspy tone something like "GENTLEMEN! We have been presented today with an extraordinary opportunity!" or something along those lines, so long as it pretty much all starts with "GENTLMEN!..."

...

Seriously, I can't be the only one.
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Friday, March 28th, 2008

Subject:Recipe of the Day. Also, new icon.
Time:1:52 am.
Hello and welcome to SirChef-rencio's cooking corner! Tonight, we have a real treat for you... "Spiced" Manly Chicken!

It's quick, easy, and good for you! Here's what you'll need:

1 Pound of Ground Chicken
2 small (or 1 large, duh) jalapeno peppers
Approx 1/4-1/2 of a sweet "yellow" onion (depending on how much onion you like)
1/2 cup of white rice
2 large bell peppers
1 can of MAN-WICH mix
(optional) Cayenne Pepper

Start that rice a boiling, because it will take the longest!
Mince your onion and jalapeno, leaving the seeds in. Don't be a wuss.
Halve and core bell peppers.
Lightly brown the chicken in a skillet over medium-high heat, when just slightly brown. Drain if necessary.
Turn the heat down to medium and add vegetables.
Stir in the Man-wich mix and heat through. Turn heat to medium-low.
Check that rice! 95% done is fine, because it will finish cooking in the skillet.
Drain rice and fold into mixture. The rice should absorb most of the excess Man-wich liquid, leaving you with a fairly firm mixture. Remove from heat and let stand about 2 minutes.
Add Cayenne pepper, if desired, to taste.

From here, you just have to heap these into your bell peppers. The manly way would be to overstuff them! You should have plenty.

This dish should have plenty of spicy kick, only takes about 15 minutes to make, and is plenty good for you!

Make sure you have some tissues on hand when you eat this. I'm not kidding about the spicy! This is one MANLY CHICKEN!
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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Subject:Health Insurance
Time:8:23 pm.
Went to the doctor the other day for what I thought could be minor tonsillitis, but turned out to be "cobblestones". Cobblestoning. That's what it's actually called. Weird.

Found out my blood pressure was a little high because, well, I'm a little fat. Of course my blood pressure probably wasn't helped by my health insurance. I had to call them when I was checking in to find out some info, since this is a new insurance company to me. They told me I was only covered up to %150 for a Doctor's visit. So, as she's putting the cuff on to take my blood pressure, I'm freaking out in my head thinking "OH GOD. THIS PROBABLY COSTS FIFTY DOLLARS. THAT TONGUE DEPRESSOR PROBABLY COST AT LEAST THIRTY."

I just think it's sad that I may actually be under insured when I'm one of those rare people that barely ever needs to access my health insurance. If I'm under insured, then what of the people who have actual health problems? Nothing I haven't thought about before, but it really put it into perspective. I could go into a rant here about Universal Healthcare but... I suppose that would raise my blood pressure, too.

Anyway, the receptionist said that although the $150 thing wasn't typical, she doubted that the visit would cost more than that anyway. They're going to bill me for the co-pay because we weren't sure what it was, so we'll find out then.

And, as I'm watching The Daily Show, I'm seeing another reason for high blood pressure. Ralph Nader. Am I the only one on the "he must actually be a Republican" conspiracy bandwagon?
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Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Time:8:24 am.
If anyone notices that I'm even more missing than normal, it's because I'm in Washington DC through the weekend.

That is all.
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Friday, February 8th, 2008

Subject:Oh noes two posts in one night!
Time:2:31 am.
Ok, so there's that "Erotic Poetry Open Mic" in Manchester tomorrow night. I've whipped something up for it that I hope is both very funny and very dirty. I haven't been so successful at writing in quite a while, and I really try not to post poetry to my journal because it's usually comment death... but I could use some quick feedback to determine if I should read this tomorrow.

Again, first draft. Mature Audiences.

A Simple PleaCollapse )
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Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Subject:I got payed forward!
Time:8:42 pm.
Something I've been doing for a while:

Whenever I get a gift card for something, I almost always spend less than the total value of the gift card by a few dollars, and randomly give it to someone else in the store, saying "This has a few dollars left on it and I'm not going to use, so you can have it." No big deal.

Well, today, I had someone do it to me!

I was at laundry, and the place I use has rechargeable cards rather than making you mess around with quarters. Not only did I find a dryer that still had time on it (which has never happened in the history of man) but some lady gave me her card and said... well, the same thing I say to people. It had like, four or five dollars on it, so there's still money left after paying for my entire drying cycle.

I think this is the latest thing in string of good luck, and I can't help but think that I deserve it a little after how horribly my week started.

-I went to Dunkin' Donuts while waiting for my wash to finish, and at the time the very, very long freight train was going by (which cuts off the walk to DD). It finished going by right as I was coming out of the laundromat, and the same thing happened as I was leaving DD.

-According to the IRS, I'm scheduled to get my taxes back tomorrow. That was crazy fast.

-I found out they're having an Erotic Open Mic in Manchester tomorrow. An event that really speaks to me! I was asked if I could cover a shift Friday night, but my manager says since I had planned this first, he doesn't care if I'm an hour or so late. (!)

-Mitt Romney dropped out! You could probably cut my arm off right now, and I'd still be happy for that!
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Time:5:26 am.
Said one New York politician during the run-up the Florida, on Rudy Giuliani's "strategy" (and I use that term loosely):

"Either Rudy is genius and is about to defy a half a century of conventional political wisdom, or he has the run most stupid Presidential campaign in history."

Ummm... I know! Is the answer B? I think it's B.

Said on CNN as the results were being tallied:

"He ran an incredibly arrogant campaign. Imagine if on Sunday, the Patriots pulled all of their starters for the first three quarters because they thought they were 'just that good'."

Predictably, Rudy's out of the race. And, thankfully, he's not backing Romney.
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Monday, January 28th, 2008

Subject:Yet another reason to not like this guy,,,
Time:2:20 am.
Mitt Romney "relates" to black you *ahem* ON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR DAY, by asking "Who let the dogs out"?

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Subject:In which there are two questions
Time:8:04 am.
SO, if you you know anything about...

1. Renter's Insurance, or
2. Laptop Batteries

...this is the post for you!

Renter's Insurance - Do you has it? Who is you having it through? Is who you having it through makes you the happy?

Ok, seriously the cheapest quote I've gotten so far is from State Farm. I plan on calling my auto insurance company to see if there's a multiple policy discount that trumps it.

Laptop Battery - Possible to repair? Even worth it?

It seems to work normally on battery power as it run downs between 99% and 75%. Sometimes, around 75%, it drops to nothing and goes to hibernate. If it's already below that level and on battery power, it seems to run down very quickly. Like within 15 or 20 minutes. It also charges pretty quickly, which I'm taking as a bad sign.
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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Subject:Stolen from my brother
Time:5:00 am.
Comment to this post, and I will:

1. Tell you why I friended you.
2. Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a color, a photo, a word etc.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
6. Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
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Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Subject:Official in nature
Time:1:11 am.
I feel like I used to jet-set all the time, but next month I'm taking the first real "vacation" I can remember in a long, long time. Even if it is just a long weekend (Thurs-Sun).

Anyway, I'll be in Washington DC February 21st-24th.
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Monday, January 14th, 2008

Subject:Game tiems nao?
Time:2:16 am.
Stolen from sadiablue

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line (or so) from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game post your own.

(I will confess I skipped a lot of REALLY obscure stuff, because I actually want people to know a few/play along. There are several on here, though, that I will consider you both very cool and esoteric if you know them).

1. There are no fingerprints deep underwater... nothing to tie one to a crime.
2. I can't stand it! I know you planned it! I'm gonna set it straight, this Watergate!
3. The kombucha mushroom people, sitting around all day...
4. Yes! You have met the dangerous 208-year-old Uncle of Dr. Octagon...
5. She had an horror of rooms... she was tired... you can't hide beat.
6. If I knew what to do I'd do it. If I knew where to go, I'd get there someday...
7. I am milk. I am red hot kitchen...
8. Pack up. I'm straight enough...
9. I wonder what's on your mind. I wonder what's on your mind. Look around and see... what it does to me
10. Open up your eyes, baby. Let the truth and sunshine in.
11. Call you on the telephone... supposing that you're not alone...
12. Will these dreams still follow me, out of dark obscurity?
13. She goes ballistic on me, says I don't meet her needs...
14. Here we go, I'm hanging out in Camden, drinking with my girlfriends on a Saturday night...
15. With the worries that I'd give her in they told the worst of me...
16. Transmutation, brand new statements... I'll have you gapin' open
17. I've become... impossible... holding on to when... when everything seemed to matter more...
18. Who put all this dirt in my machine? All I did was try to keep it clean.
19. I'm going for a walk... not the after dinner kind...
20. Unconceivable, unbelievable... Grammar like a hammer information receivable...
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