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So good to be back! 

We've been without electricity for much of the afternoon, thanks to some moron who took out one of the poles at the end of our street, so it's nice to be connected with the world again.

Then again, after reading through some of the stuff that's come down with the LJ flap, maybe not.

It does not appear that anyone I know has been "purged" (and I use the verb "purged" in the Stalinist sense of the word), which is good. 

I understand that LJ is just covering their corperate rear ends, but surely there should have been a better way to do this other than summary execution.

For shame, LJ, for shame.

ETA: If anyone's interested in standing up to be counted, go ahead and join 

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 and be part of sending a message to LJ.

Tagged

May. 29th, 2007 07:26 pm
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Tagged by my wife [profile] arasnaem

The rules of the game are that each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog. Here are my facts:

1. I played Star War RPG in High School. (My character was an Imperial admiral, commadning an ISD MkII)
2. My deepest desire as an elementary school student was to change the voting age so I could vote sooner.
3. My first ambition in life, back when I first learned to articulate such desires, was to be Fozzie the Bear
4. I was president of my freshman and sophomore class. I was laughed off the stage when i ran for relection my junior year. (oh fickle fate)
5. I was Tommy Albright in a high school production of Brigadoon.
6. I drove the drunk bus in college for extra spending cash.
7.  I was Lieutenant Commander of my fraternity senior year.

I hate tagging people. So I won't. So there. :P

GBP

May. 25th, 2007 05:39 pm
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Happy 30th Birthday, Star Wars!

I celebrated by playing Star Wars music during class changes at school, and showing George Lucas In Love to some of my classes today.

The Friday before Memorial Day weekend, they weren't paying attention to anything I said anyway.

May the Force Be With You!

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I realize that several of you on my f-list are celebrating right now, but let's not forget that Jerry Falwell also had family who loved him and are in mourning right now.

I know he was offensive, and wrong more than 50% of the time, but he was a human too. Let's not lose sight of that.

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Appropirate icon for today, because it was so artistically done. At least, for the first time around.

Today, George Lucas turns 63 years old. 

Happy Brithday, George. For your birthday, go make Zahn's books into movies, and redeem yourself for Ep. 1,2, and 3.

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I'm not sure what to say. I've been busy. I just finished a request fic from my wife, it'll be going up over at  [profile] no2ticonderoga shortly. It was fun to write, because I did it in the present tense for a change, a nice challenge. 

Anyway, I decided to talk about this program which is so cool, I can't even begin to describe it. It's a book cateloging program, where you can input the ISBN number of your books, and it will retrieve all the information via the internet, and build you a catelog for your private library.  I want it so badly, I can taste it. I'm saving up my spare change and putting away my spare dollar bills until I can afford it. Sara and I have SOOOOO many books, that being able to catelog them would be indescribably awesome. And to be able to do it with a simple scan of a barcode. 

Some versions come with a free barcode scanner, but I've got my eye on a cheap used one on ebay, that's better than the freebie that's being offered. I might buy it in anticipation of getting the program.  I WILL have this program. (And by that I mean I will have it in a budget concious way, even if I have to go out and pick up 75 hundred pennies.)


I'm just spilling geekishness all over today.

GBP

May. 4th, 2007 08:38 pm
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Happy Birthday

[profile] magnolia_mama

If I had some, I'd totally be lifting a glass of Jack for my fellow General, on Derby weekend no less! May your birthday be happy, with mint julip to spare. 

 

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I told you it was JFKish...tongue is firmly planted in cheek here people.
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I have a really quirky idea for a fanfic, inspired by my wife’s little theory about Deathly Hallows and Dumbledore. Think Oliver Stone and JFK. More on this later.

Randomness

Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:52 pm
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Been a while since I updated, so I figure I'll give it a try.

Lebanon doesn't want me, they sent me a nice little form letter saying they have reviewed my application, and they're not interested at this time. Kind of ruined last weekend. Screw em.

Still looking for teaching job. Still looking for what the hell I'm doing with my life. People tell me I'm still young enough to figure that out...my bills say otherwise. I've got options, certainly, but I'm still waiting for that one door to open. Maybe it won't ever, who the hell knows? Time will tell.

Let see, things that aren't depressing. SPRING has at long last, at long, finally, last, broken out over much of New England. Which is good, because we were begining to resemble Seattle.  I could never live there. I need sunshine. We lost some school because of flooding.

Mother-in-law's basement flooded in recent deluge, made a nice mess. There is so much accumulated junk down there that is now ruined, we think we're going to need a dumpster to get rid of it all. The sooner the better in my book. It's becoming a health hazard, probably. 

Anyway...things are good. I'm singing again, in Faculty Chorus at School and in church choir. Faculty chorus bring so much more satisfaction, which isn't to say choir isn't fun, but everybody in choir except me is over 70, and their voices aren't what they used to be. The organist is the same age, and probably arthritic. Nothing has any zip, and I like zip in my music. They don't have much in terms of music selection either. I'm trying to figure out what I can do to help in that department. I may try to import some music, easy music, but something more peppy.

In terms of writing, I'm enjoying writing new stuff, but I'm desperatly trying to discipline myself to finish Redefining and Defining the Relationship. DTR may actually go straight to Epilogue from where it sits now, but there's still a couple chapters left to run in RE. I need somebody to stand over me with a whip and force me to write it. I need to finish this, even if I'm not feeling like it. Because I know I won't finish post July, mainly because anything JKR writes about the post-war era is better than anything I can come upwith and my stuff will pale in comparison.

But for now, I'm screaming obscenities at the television, watching the Sox lose to the Yanks (at present), and trying to put off work and other things I should be doing. At least it's vacation, and I've got the week off. Going to visit my sister this week, very much looking forward to that. (Manny just jacked one over the Monster, whohoo!) Philly should be fun. (JD Drew just went yard, as well, back to back for the Sox! Got it within 1 now. Finally getting to this whippersnapper nobody the Yanks got on the mound) HOLY SH** LOWELL JUST PUT IT ONTO LANDSDOWN STREET, GAME TIED! OMFG, THERE GOES TEK! BACK TO BACK TO BACK TO BACK...Hmmm...there's action in the Yankees bullpen, wonder why?...Pena just struck out to end the inning...but holy mother of God what an inning...I'm glad I got to see that live and not just on sportscenter. 

And now for some random memage before I go back to the game. 

Comment to this post and I will:
1. Tell you why I friended you. Assuming I can remember
2. Associate you with something. A fandom, a song, a color, a piece of fruit. SOMETHING.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Associate you with a character or pairing.
6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you. (Or else I'll just ask a random question)
7. Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
8. In return, you must spread this disease in your LJ.


GO SOX!
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Does anyone actually use Gizmotalk for LJ? or whatever it's called? I'm tempted to try it out, but I don't know who I'd talk to.
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Heard on the highlights at the opening of the 6 pm Sportscenter.

"...but first, lets get to baseball, where we have the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim, playing the Cleveland Indians...of Milwalkee..."

I nearly died laughing. 

Of course, we're also getting snow here, so I'm not sure why I find this so funny, I just do.

WILD THING! 



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TV Meme, from the lovely [profile] magnolia_mama , and [profile] arasnaem:
-Go to IMDB.com and look up 10 TV shows you like(d).
-Post three official IMDB "Plot Keywords" for these 10 picks.
-Have your friends guess the show names.

Keep in mind, I saw most of these as a kid, when my mother discovered the best way to keep me in one place so she could watch me while wallowing on the couch in miserable pregnacy with my sister was to turn on daytime tv reruns.

  1. Veteran’s Hospital, Improvised weapon, crazy (guessed by Sara)
  2. US Navy, cult favorite, prisoner-of-war
  3. Luftwaffe, World War II, Spy  (mags and brad)
  4. Detective, Medical, Coroner (kadath)
  5. Woman Detective, writing, murder (sara)
  6. Small Town, Hotel, Railway (sara)
  7. Ghost, based on movie, sitcom  (brad)
  8. Farm, Pig Actor, breaking the fourth wall (mags)
  9. Escape, Ship wreck, Lagoon  (mags and brad)
  10. Spy, Famous opening theme, Cult favorite (mags)
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Seems like every year this time, when the weather gets warm, I get that itch in my pants. I dig out the Beach Boys cds, dust off the golf clubs, and mope.

See, it doesn't truly get Sping like here for another couple weeks, but the sun is out now, and it's warming up. It's all a tease, see? Damn New England weather. 

Anyway, Sara and I went for a walk today, try and blow the cobwebs out of my mind. Helped a bit, actually. So many things about my life are changing right now, some in good ways, some in bad ways, some in just...ways. Tough to explain, but I'm glad I've got Sara to work it through with me. 

I hope the weather stays good, supposed to be sixty+ next weekend, which would be really, really nice. I can't wait to get out on the course again. I haven't played golf in ages, but I have GOT to find a way to exercise that I enjoy, and I enjoy golf. If lugging the clubs around helps me get rid of this freakin tire I've got around my mid-section, then I'm all for it. I've put on so much weight since graduating high school...but then, I'm not in marching band anymore either. I'd love to drop a few pounds before going on the reunion tour in April. 

Anyway, I'm just finishing up a review packet for my World HIstory kids, and I'm off to spend more time with my loverly wife. Just thought I'd swing by with a drive by post. Later all.

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My God, it’s been a long while.
 
School goes well, actually. My discipline issues are fading with time, which is a positive sign. For the most part I like my students. There are a few, but then, there always are.
 
As Sara mentioned a bit back, there is an opening for an American History teacher at Lebanon High School for next fall. I’m hoping and praying that I’ll have a good shot at it.
 
Overall, I am happier, I’ve discovered. Days seem brighter, and I don’t feel quite as drained at the end of the day. Yeah, I’m tired, sometimes extremely tired, but it’s a <I>good</I> kind of tired, ya know? I feel accomplished, and like I’m actually DOING something with my life. Not so worthless…
 
Couple of fun stories. Last weekend, we here in the US of A, we changed our clocks on Saturday night. We moved them forward, so if you forgot to change them, well, you’d be late. So Sunday morning, Sara and I hustle off to church, and when we get there, the ushers meet me at the door with: “Oh, good, you’re here. The Ministers aren’t here yet, and you might have to pinch hit.” And the Chairwoman of the Pastor Parish Relations committee comes over and says: “Will you lead us in a hymn sing?”
 
So, I lead church on Sunday. At about a quarter of 10, the door opens and in walk the ministers, and I give them a hearty “Good morning!” that makes everyone turn and look, and poor Pastor Lori is still oblivious, she looks around and says “No wonder we couldn’t find a parking space!” They didn’t even realize the clocks had changed. Granted, we did it early this year, thanks to some damnfool act of Congress, but still, it was funny.
 
And today, I met Senator John McCain. He was in town for a campaign event, and I got to shake his hand and everything. I’m the Co-Chair of his campaign for West Lebanon, which makes me something of a mucky-muck. Exciting stuff.
 
And I’m watching my March Madness bracket fall apart. Louisville was my Cinderella to get to the Final Four this year, and they lost today. Georgetown has pulled it even with BC, but they were losing. That would have been very bad, I have them in the national title game. Fortunately, I don’t have any money on it this year.
 
Anyway, that’s what’s going on in Gov-Land lately. DTR is coming along very nicely, and the next chapter is getting very close to being finished, and actually, the story it self is actually very close to being finished, so that’s a little bittersweet. I’ve poured more than two years into it, and it’s hard to believe it’s almost over.
 
Anyway, I’ve taken up enough space on your friends page for now. I’ll try to update more often. Later all!
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Last week, our best buddy Erin came to visit, and since this was the first time she'd been here since Christmas, she brought our presents. 

She gave me perhaps the most awesome, coolest, rockinist t-shirt eva. (Of course, there are like, all of four of you on my flist who will get this, but I'm putting it up here for your benefit.   [personal profile] kadath,  [profile] jedione, eat your hearts out.)

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Of the quadrannual cycle!

Quiet visits, and feeling out supporters started *MONHTS* ago, but I actually got out to see my first candidate of the primary season here in NH. I went as a courtesy representative of the Grafton County Republican Committee to a meeting held by Congressman Duncan Hunter.

Who? I can hear you ask. Don't worry, he won't last past NH, anyway. Congressman Hunter is from California, and recently deposed as chair of the armed services committee. He has some interesting ideas, but his charisma is non-existant, and he really just acts like one of a dozen congressmen who love to hear the sound of their own voice. I don't know whether he deliberately doged questions, or just didn't understand them (Or couldn't hear them...the man's not young...), but he really failed to conclusivly answer anything during the Q&A. I leaned over to Lud Flower, the Chair of the GCRC and said, "I could be a better presidential candidate than this guy."

Anyway, I love NH. I love that we get all the crackpots, the vanity candidates, the people who take themselves so seriously but never have a prayer in hell. 

It's so much fun. :-)
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To begin, a little background. 

Some of you may be aware that New Hampshire is one of those states where the State is the only entity allowed to sell liquor. Beer and wine you can get at any supermarket, but hard liquor must be purchased from the State. This is a revenue measure.

Now, in order to squeeze a few drops more revenue out of liquor sales, NH has made it convenient for out of staters and vacationers to find and by liquor.

By putting State Liquor stores in Interstate Highway Rest Areas. No joke people, you can pull off the highway, use a payphone, use the bathroom, get candy from a vending machine, and buy a fifth of Jack. (Or any other beverage of choice.)

Now, the funny story. I'm on my way home from work today, and sitting at a red light in front of a strip mall in Laconia. I'm browsing at the mall while I wait, looking to see what stores are there, when I notice a state liquor store in one of the store fronts. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? That is up until I read the sign on the storefront next to the liquor store.

"New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles: Licensing Division."

Yes, folks, you can get your license, celebrate,  and lose it in one easy, convenient stop. 

I love New Hampshire.

recap

Feb. 11th, 2007 12:53 am
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Let’s see. My first week went okay. There were a few bumps in the road here and there.

I’m feeling lazy, so I’ll make a list.

 

  1. My seventh period class is the class from hell. They’re little froshies, feeling their high school oats for the first time. You’d think it would be out of their system by now, but I’m guessing that the week of substitutes between when Mrs. L went out and I came in, they got used to pretty much having things the way they wanted. They don’t like this “new sherrif in town” bit at all, and they’re digging their heels in.  Fortunetely, I have the support of the Assistant Principal, and he says just keep tossing them out to his office until they get a clue.
  2. I have two periods of “Basic” Geography, which in essanace is Geography for struggling readers. All well and good, yes. They’re small classes, so I get to do a lot of one on one. However, when they said struggling readers, I didn’t realize they also meant, by the way, one of the students in your first period class doesn’t speak much English. Period. So the first two days I lectured, slowly, and highlighted material on the board, and generally used good strategies for reading problem folks, poor A didn’t understand a word. He’s from Russia, you see. I had to find this one out on my own. Thanks, Administration. Glad you had my back on that one.
  3. My world history kids are AWESOME. They’re 11th Graders, and they all desire to be college bound. (It’s an upper level class). We’re going to have a lot of fun. I’m putting together a really cool assignment for them for this coming week’s block days.
  4. Yeah, that’s the other thing. They have a modified block at LHS, which, if you ask me, is kinda stupid. Either go Block or go home (haha). I see everybody Monday, Tuesday and Friday. On Wednesday, I see Period 1, 2,4 and 6. Period 1 is a short period, the rest are long. On Thursday, I see Period 1 again, 3,5,7. The blocks are too long, for starters. And I hate not having people every day. It makes it hard to hold continuity.
  5. The commute is rough, especially by Friday morning, when the early euphoria of having a job wore off. Friday was rough because it was snowing in the mountains between here and Laconia, and was a little slick. Tired+Slick Roads=BAD. I had to take five in a gas station parking lot just to recharge the batteries a little.
  6. This is my last full weekend at the theater until summertime, probably. I’m so very excited. We’re having friends up next weekend for the first time in…well…forever. I feel like Pinocchio. “I’m a real boy now!” 
  7. My books came in for my grad program. And the bill. Fortunately, financial aid came in too. It’s loans, but it’ll have to do for now.
  8. I promised Kit some Beth/AJ drabble. Not sure I’m going to get there this weekend Kit, sorry.

 

I think that’s it. Sara is off having a sleep-over with our now 12 year old neice, doing the SUPER-UBER-COOL-AWESOME Auntie Sara routine and watching tennybopper movies like High School Musical and Newsies. So I'm here alone...*sigh*. Have a good weekend everyone!

First Day

Feb. 5th, 2007 08:19 pm
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I got in early this morning. Early like woah...I was the first freaking car in the staff lot. Tomorrow, I guess I don't need to get up right at four am, but I was pretty much too keyed up to sleep. 

1st Period, Basic Geography  is okay, small group, mainly comatose, so i don't a have too many problems to deal with. Second period is a Study Hall. Quiet study, it's like a prep period where I can't leave the room. Third Period is the first of my two world history groups, and they're good kids. Fourth period is my second Basic Geo. They're a little rowdier, but we'll get along okay. Fifth period is my prep, and lunch, six is my other World History, and Seventh is my Class from Hell. It's Regular Geography, and Ive got about 25 kids who want to be anywhere but at school. You'll be hearing from this group a lot, methinks.

Anyway, I've got a TON of work to do, so this is short.  [profile] katieay, I was going to use your Icon, but LJ ate it. *follows [personal profile] aggiebell90's example and sporks LJ*. 

My wife totally rocks. She made me steak for dinner, AND a cake. 

The next chapter of DTR is off to the beta (It went to the prebeta before all heck broke lose in my life, and is now finally getting around to the beta)

And did I mention my fablously fantastic wife bought me an X-box as a Valentine's Day/OMG you got a teaching job present? :D:D:D:D:D:D Too bad I'm too busy to use it. 

And [profile] kit_the_brave, I blame you, because a Beth/AJ plotbunny was gnawing on my ankles last night as I was trying to sleep. ;-) 'S all good. I might even write it this weekned, if the opportunity comes up

Later y'all, I'm off to write overheads.

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