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Saturday, September 26th, 2009
7:29 pm - A short, all-purpose DnD4 review.
I waited a while to post an opinion on the game, since I wanted to give them time to churn out a few expansion books. Now that enough time has passed, here's my opinion in a nutshell:

Best fantasy-themed board game I've ever played.

current mood: amused

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009
3:28 pm - Politics? On my LiveJournal? More likely than you think . . . .
So, I was indulging myself in some media the last day or so - specifically reading up on stuff like the teabagger rally on the twelfth, the shiny new ACORN scandal, and the census taker that got murdered in Kentucky.

The stuff I've been looking into on the rally mostly involves either photos of the protesters, and their signs, or videos of interviews with these people. First off, these people are semi-literate at best . . . I mean, sure, everybody misspells things sometimes and that's why I use spellcheckers on the internet. I guess I'd just be a little more careful of my presentation if I'm attending a national rally. Beyond that, these people show a stunning lack of basic knowledge in how our government works, political theory in general, and historical events. I'm not talking deep thinking or esoteric knowledge here, I'm talking confusing basic terminology and an inability to recognize simple and obvious patterns. The interviews actually caused me physical pain due to the highly concentrated dumb.

But that's really not what I'm bothered about. What bothers me is the disturbingly large number of signs/t-shirts/etc. that display blatant racism. Not even subtle, wink-wink-nudge-nudge racism but proud, hateful, in-your-face racism. For a long time, I've believed that we, as a culture, were growing out of that sort of thing. Yeah, there's still good ol' boys and the older generations aren't comfortable with mixed race couples, and there's still the problem with people flipping the hell out over the gays - but I really thought we were making progress. I figured in another couple of decades, basically after the Boomers die off, the majority of racism in the US would have died off with them.

I guess it'll take a little longer than that.

current mood: gloomy

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Saturday, August 26th, 2006
12:25 am - next week
I'll be in Atlanta for a couple of days next week for training at my new job. If any Atlanta people wanna hang out one evening, drop me an email (before Monday morning) at minion@mrbill.net and we can try to co-ordinate something. Otherwise, I'll just sit in my hotel room and read alot.

New job looks good - good pay, good benefits, morning shift, weekdays. Which means in a couple of months I'm gonna start LARPing again, and I'm really looking forward to that.

current mood: tired

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Thursday, August 17th, 2006
3:19 pm - somewhere, over the rainbow
Well, everyone that was anti-Convergys (especially you, Mr. Random Convergys Hater) can calm down. Looks like they didn't want me after all, so I'm back to picking up shifts here and there at random favorite markets through out the Chattanooga area. I'm a superhero now - C-Store Man!

In an unrelated note, I've been feeling really wierd lately. I've had a pretty normal appetite, and I haven't had any trouble sleeping. There's been a really odd, light sensation in my stomach . . . and it's taken me DAYS to figure out what it is. I'm not depressed. For the first time in years I'm not worried, stressed, or gloomy.

I've been trying so hard to pull myself up out of my depressions - and it is hard. Depression is a habit, and I've been doing it for at least a decade and maybe longer. But the last few days I've been cheerful and hopeful. I'm actually looking forward to getting out of bed and starting my day instead of dreading all the horrible things that might happen.

I hope I can make it last.

current mood: happy

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Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
7:36 am - One Step Up
Ok, so I got hired at Convergys. I start August 7. The schedule is ok - it's based on a 9-6 shift, but it can shift up to two hours either way . . . meaning I could work 7-4 or 11-8 or anything in between. I'm not super thrilled about that, but the schedules are done a week in advance which means that working here will provide a more stable schedule than the favorite market. Also, after three months I can request a transfer to a different schedule, which means at some point I can get off the 'flex' schedule and onto a steadier one.

I'm a little nervous about the new job, but I think it's mostly because I get nervous before any change I make. I'm not expecting to like the job - after all, you don't go to work to be happy. I'm just hoping to not hate it . . . or at least not hate it all the time. :)

Anyway, this is one small step towards my eventual goals.

current mood: nervous

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Friday, July 21st, 2006
5:22 pm - Bullet Points
>> I've been doing some self introspection and I've come to the conclusion that one of my problems involves goal setting. I have a habit of setting very large, almost impossible to reach goals and then getting disappointed and depressed when I don't reach them. I'm trying to set myself some small, short term goals that will generally improve myself and my life while maintaining my former big goals as guide lines. I think that will help me.

>> I tested at Convergys today. They may not be the best place in the world to work, but they're offering two dollars an hour more than I'm making now, a full time schedule, and I'm willing to bet their insurance *isn't* a sad joke. Some people were told they failed the test and could come back later to try again. Some people were told they passed the test and would be getting a call back for an interview at some later point. I was told that I did great on the test, and could I come in Tuesday for an interview. I thin part of it was the fact that I took twenty minutes to finish a forty five minute test. That and the fact that I'm a freaking genius.

>> When cops have the road blocked, turn around and go another direction. Do not roll your window down and ask them what happened. Do not try to explain why it's important that you be allowed to pass the road block. Do not go into the nearby convenience store and ask them what's going on, nor complain to them about how inconvenient this is for you. Just shut up and DO AS YOU ARE TOLD. Am I the only person that thought Brave New World was a utopian society?

current mood: hopeful

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Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
5:23 pm - I am a complete nerd.
Ok, I'm a complete geek for shojo anime - the 'magical girl' stuff like Sailor Moon. I'm secure enough in my manhood to admit this. So, I wanted to share something I found on the internet with everybody. According to my research this is indeed a real cartoon on Japanese television and they did indeed get rights from cartoon network for it. That being the case, I wait now for the translation and import.

Powerpuff Girls Z

Episode 1-A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi8mBZFd3PA&search=demashitaa

Episode 1-B http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-QxIGUO_zA&search=demashitaa

Episode 1-C http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL1HZKSZZ2g&search=demashitaa

In totally unrelated news, my lower abdomen problems have competely ceased. This just proves that if you ignore a problem long enough, it will go away.

I'm currently working, back at the old Clerks job - which is actually not so bad in the day time. Many less hateful drunks. I'm currently looking for a cheap apartment in the Brainerd/East Brainerd area - I've got a decent lead, but I'm waiting to see if it pans out. Once I get that settled, I can take a long hard look at my finances and start planning my future.

current mood: amused

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Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
2:52 pm - blah blah blah
Well, the drive was pretty horrible but we made it back into town yesterday. The sad thing is that after a largely uneventful thirteen hour drive, some dumbass came within ten feet of front ending me right in front of the apartment complex I'm staying in now. Luckily a couple of brain cells must have bounced off each other and he jumped back into the correct lane at the last second.

In an example of astoundingly bad timing, I've spent the last week or so trying to pass a small kidney stone. My first kidney stone was years and years ago and involved me pitching over and gibbering like a little girl, eventually being driven to the emergency room by retrofatale. This time it's just a dull ache in my side with occasional bloody urine. I'm sure you all wanted to know that. Anyway, the pain is lessening, but the blood is still there. If it's still hurting and bleeding next week I guess I'll break down and go to the doctor.

Hm. Lower abdominal pain, which is occasionally a rhythmic ache. Blood leaking from my nether bits. Well, if I was wandering around scarfing chocolate and pitching screaming fits for no reason I'd think I was having a period. :p

current mood: amused

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Saturday, June 24th, 2006
6:35 am - Like sands through an hourglass . . . .
these are the Days of our Lives.

I watched that soap opera from the time was old enough to realize that the big box in the living room had little people in it until I moved out of my parent's house at eighteen. Ok, technically it was my mom that watched it, I just sort of soaked it up by being in the same house I guess. I really did sit and watch Dark Shadows though . . . cheesy as that show was I guess my goth roots run deep.

I've backed off playing my online games as much as I used to, partially because I've been busy running around and getting ready to move again. Partially because of soap operas. No, I'm not watching soap operas and that's kind of the point. Suffice to say that in some ways MMO communities can be as bad as (or worse than) the Camarilla for rules lawyering, back stabbing, and obsessive-compulsive stalkery.

Other than some fairly impressive lower abdomen pain last night my life has been pretty dull really, hence the reason I haven't made any posts. Oh, and for those concerned - I didn't eat most of the day and then had a couple of hamburgers . . . which apparently played merry hell. Lesson of the day: eat when hungry, not six hours later.

current mood: groggy

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Thursday, June 1st, 2006
6:35 am - May the Farce be With You
Yes, I'm a Star Wars nerd. I'm ok with that.


current mood: amused

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Saturday, May 27th, 2006
12:44 am - a very sensual Krystal
So, we decided to go to Krystal tonight. Mind you, this is something of an undertaking since the closest Krystal is several miles away and the freeway between here and there is actually a tollway. So, just getting to Krystal and back costs about ten bucks just in tolls.

We pull up to the drive through and the guy comes on to ask for our order in this really cool latin accent. Not Mexican, mind you . . . this guy definately came from somewhere in South America. I was expecting a midget in a white suit to run out into the parking lot yelling 'they're here! they're here!' or something. We pull around and the guy's name is Alejandro . . . so as we pull off we start talking about Alejandro, the sensual latin Krystal lover - always hot, steamy, and fresh.


current mood: amused

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Sunday, May 21st, 2006
8:35 am - it seemed like a good idea at the time
Well, I've decided that I'm going to move back to Chattanooga.

Houston is nice, and I've learned alot while I was out here. I'm glad I came - I suppose this has ended up being the self discovery road trip I never went on as a kid. At the end of the day, though, I'm very far away from home and that makes me very unhappy. I'll miss seeing Bill and Amy, and I'll miss my nice little apartment - but I've got a longer list of things and people that I get gloomy about when I think about staying here. I guess I'm sentimental after all.

I don't like quitting, so I'm not. I moved out here to improve my life - and something I've discovered is that I didn't need to. There are plenty of things I could have done to improve my life without moving 1,100 miles - hindsight is, as they say, 20-20. I think I just just need to work on self improvement in smaller steps . . . change is hard for me, and I somehow thought that a massively huge change would fix that. I think this trip was successful in at least one regard - I wanted to better myself, and in a lot of ways I have . . . just by learning.

I also want to thank Amy and Bill for the massive amounts of help and support they've given me while I was out here. Without them I never could have done this at all, and I would have missed out on a huge experience.

current mood: contemplative

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
7:13 am - GAH!
So, Saturday I go to work at the deli.

Saturday night and Sunday I am violently ill.

Monday morning, I get a call from the temp service I applied at, offering me a position.

This morning, I get up at 4:00 am, drive down to the temp service. The lady there has me fill out some paperwork, I get a t-shirt with the company logo on the back, and an ID card. She gives me directions to the place I'm supposed to be working - a warehouse. I drive down to the warehouse, and ask the lady there a few questions. From now on, I'd be coming directly to the warehouse (good), the schedules are set and solid, but vary by department (probably good), I'd be getting my paycheck at the warehouse (good). Over all this sounded pretty nice.

So she takes everybody's name down, and when she gets to me she says, "Oh, we only wanted you here in case somebody else didn't show up. You can go on home, we'll call if we need you again." I politely thanked her and left, and then ranted to myself in the car the whole way home.

current mood: angry

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Saturday, May 13th, 2006
11:17 am - webcam works
For those of you who didn't get to see the short haired, trimmed me.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

current mood: accomplished

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Friday, May 12th, 2006
11:54 am - employment!
Well, finally got a job today working in a greek deli. This should be fairly entertaining since I don't have any experience as a deli cook type person. I walked in, filled out the application, the manager looked over it and asked me when I wanted to start. So, this is what I'll be doing while I study and get certified to move into a better paying tech job. I'm still a little shocked about getting hired that fast, but it'll certainly make paying my rent easier. ::grin::

current mood: hopeful

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Monday, April 17th, 2006
11:35 am - Update on Today's Activities
You remember homing pigeons? How they had a part of their brain that always told them what direction to go in? How they never ever got lost? Well, I am the Unhoming Chris. If I have a choice to go left or right, and my destination is to the left, I will go right every time. The very, very few occasions that I don't pick the wrong direction I second guess myself out of it and turn around before I get where I'm going. I sometimes accidentally walk into the wrong room in my apartment and my apartment only has three rooms.

So, after getting abysmally lost I found the place I was looking for today. As it turns out, the directions I was giver were correct in their entirety - but one turn had been omitted leaving me wandering up and down a road looking for a road that was actually parallel to it. ::sigh::

It was interesting to be asked to present two forms of ID before they'd even hand me an application to fill out. I assume this has to do with the illegal workers problem around here. I can see where they'd make the mistake, I've always prided myself on my swarthy latin complexion.

After leaving there I got abysmally lost again trying to get home. You see, in sane places when you want to go back where you came from you just take all the same roads and turnings in reverse. However, that is not the case in Houston - you (as the saying goes) can't get there from here.

Made to the grocery store. Yay, food. Ended up not going to the bank since I had to actually pass my apartment going from the grocery store to the bank, and I wasn't strong enough to resist the need to get out of the damn sun and away from the damn traffic. If you ever see anything on the news about a axe murdering spree down Westheimer Road then you will know it was me.

Now I'm home, eating cookies and drinking milk. Mmmmmm. Milk and cookies. No matter how grouchy you are, you gotta love that. (Well, or silk and cookies - depending.)

current mood: aggravated

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5:51 am - Insomnia Again
So, I can't sleep. No big deal, this happens to me all the time. People are always trying to tell me that it's lack of sunlight (I tried taking melatonin pills, with slight success.) or I'm stressed out, or some other reason. I don't think there is a reason. I think that sometimes, I just can't sleep.

So, I have errands to run this morning. Bank, grocery store, paperwork for a place that might want to hire me. Instead of sleeping some and then going out and doing my running around, I'm gonna go out and get stuff done and hopefully sleep when I get back.

Oh! I completely forgot about easter sunday so happy easter everybody. Just remember: "Mummy, last night a goldfish left a lincoln log in me sock drawer!" "Gasp! That's the story of Jesus!" (God bless Bill Hicks)

current mood: awake

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
1:00 pm - Job Hunt Progress
Well, looks like the perseverance of carpet bombing applications and resumes is starting to pay off. I'm starting to get call backs and interviews now, so we'll see how things develop. For now, 'tis lunch time and I'm away to the kitchen.

current mood: hopeful

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Friday, April 7th, 2006
5:28 pm - ho-hum
Yeah, yeah - need to post more in my journal. Not much going on, really. Still job hunting although at this point I'm more interested in anything that will pay my rent than I am some golden cornucopia of cash flow. I've had a couple of call backs and interviews so I expect my unemployment will come to an end shortly. And, since it's always easy to find a job when you have a job then I'll start focusing on improving my employment status to get that aforementioned cornucopia. A stairway is made of many steps and all that.

current mood: hopeful

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Monday, March 20th, 2006
2:39 pm - My great ocean adventure
So we drove down to Galveston to ride the ferry out to one of the islands off the coast. The ferry was pretty cool, except for the drunk frat boys on their way to "drink beer and see an ass load of titties." Unfortunately for the frat boys, the place we were headed is a really small community with little in the way of bars or free flying breasts.

The ocean was the best part. The grey, angry sea beating relentlessly against the stoic shore in the dark of night. It really instills a sense of scale and the futility of mere human aspiration. Either that or my goth roots are showing.

Ah, well. It was cool, anyway.

current mood: thoughtful

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