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Annual Drivel [Feb. 9th, 2009|11:13 pm]
[Current Location |Desk]
[Current Mood |boredbored]

Contrary to what one might believe after looking at the dates of the posts here that precede this one, I have found myself several times over the last year here at the keyboard, wanting to type something. Trying to write an entry. But nothing happens.

I read through the entries present on the first page, and I have to say, I'm surprised at much of what I've written. I'm surprised at some of the things I've said, the state of mind that I must have been in when typing them. Anxious, depressed, lonely, bored, whatever. In some entries, it's the words that were left unwritten that say the most to me. And in some others, it's as though they've been written by someone else entirely.

But I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. It was a reminder that things have certainly been worse. And an assurance that I really have it pretty damn good right now, all things considered.

On the other hand, what is an anonymous online journal for but to complain?
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What the hell does "rant" mean? [Mar. 23rd, 2008|09:52 pm]
[Current Mood |crankycranky]

I'm sort of happy to say I've been watching Family Guy since it premiered after the Super Bowl in 1999. In fact, I watched that first run up until the day it got canceled and was replaced with the Glutton Bowl in 2002. Downloading episodes in college didn't put me on to the show (though I did that). Watching the reruns on Adult Swim and TBS didn't make me a fan of it (though I watched 'em). I feel like I've been there since the beginning. And that's why the DVDs piss me off.

It bugs the crap out of me that they release VOLUMES of episodes on DVD rather than SEASONS. I realize, of course, that getting canceled for two and a half years sort of messed up the production schedule. The fourth season, if you include the episodes that make up "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story," is about 30 episodes long- TV seasons haven't been that long in decades. So I can kind of forgive breaking that one up into Volumes 3 and 4 of the DVD collection. But Volume 5, with its 13 episodes, is only like two thirds of the 5th season! What the heck is that? The third disc is just a bunch of featurettes!

I'm not going to get into talking about the decline in quality some people see in the show; if I didn't think it was funny, I wouldn't have spent the money on it. But I feel like we're being screwed into buying incomplete DVD sets so Fox can release another abbreviated collection of half a season or whatever for the next holiday shopping season. And that sucks, because those of us who bought the DVDs are one of the biggest reasons the show was un-canceled in the first place.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. This is the same company that moved Arrested Development and its boat load of Emmy Awards around the schedule so much it was canned, and yet run out 'Til Death every Thursday like it's the second coming of Seinfeld. Come on, Michael!
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Higgins! [Feb. 28th, 2008|09:35 pm]
[Current Location |Desk]
[Current Mood |thirstythirsty]

Magnum, PI is a good show. It's aged so much better than a lot of its contemporaries. Take out the occasionally hilarious wardrobe, and it could still be on TV today. The dude lives on a luxury estate in Hawaii for free, drives around in a Ferarri that isn't his, hangs out at the country club his pal manages, and hitches rides in his buddy's helicopter. The writing is good, the cast's chemistry is great, and I bet it'd kill in the ratings if it were on today. Oh well... at least we can all watch "My Dad is Better Than Your Dad" instead.

I weathered my car troubles alright. The good news was it wasn't as serious as I had worried it would be. The bad news is it still set me back 700 bucks to fix. Good thing I've got that tax refund coming. Maybe I should try and earn some extra money, just to be safe. Play the stock market or sell some organs or something.
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Tato Skins [Feb. 18th, 2008|09:16 pm]
[Current Location |Sitting on an exercise ball.]
[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]

I had no idea they still made Tato Skins. I'm pumped!

My car is sick. That's got me concerned for a few reasons: the inconvenience of not having it available, and the expense of having it repaired. I'm reasonably competent when it comes to some of the electrical and body/trim stuff, but I have neither the knowledge, tools, or space to make any real mechanical repairs. And because I don't have a diagnosis yet, my mind of course is careening toward the most expensive repairs I can think of even though it could end up being something minor (or common to VWs, like a bad coil pack). I'd say 95% of the time, I like my car quite a bit. I enjoy driving it. But there's that other 5% of the time where I want to tell it to go screw itself and kick the door as I'm walking away. Ahh, car ownership...

Of course, I could always win that Shelby GT500KR giveaway they kept advertising during Knight Rider last night. If that happens, I should probably start buying lottery tickets!

This (http://www.furaffinity.net/full/1054339/) might still be one of the most fantastic pictures I've ever seen. King of the feasts!
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Semi-Yearly Update [Jul. 14th, 2007|02:25 pm]
[Current Location |Chair]
[Current Mood |mellowmellow]

Seriously, though. I can't believe I haven't written anything here since December.

Okay, that was a lie. I believe it. But it's still kind of surprising.

Anyway, I've been working an incredible amount over the last several months. So much so, in fact, that I've reached a point of physical and mental exhaustion. Example: my last true day off was the 4th of July- and before that, it was Memorial Day... the pattern carries on for months before that. I have, however, come to a conclusion: regardless of how much I work, it won't be enough. That being the case, I've decided to change my approach.

There's an older episode of The Simpsons, where Homer passes some fatherly advice on to Bart. He says something to the effect of, "Son, if you don't like your job, you don't QUIT. You just go in every day and do it REALLY half-assed. THAT'S the American way!" Now, I don't mean to imply that I'll be giving a half-effort... it's mostly just a funny quote. But I'll be darned if I'm going to get burned out after a year and a half. But no, now I'll be providing my employer only with what they're paying for (which ain't much) and enjoying what I do. I'm not going to bust my ass over things that aren't noticed and aren't rewarded or acknowledged. That's the plan for now, anyway!

Summer has finally arrived in Seattle for good this year. Like clockwork, the week after Independance Day is when you're allowed to start planning for the outdoors with no threat of rain. That's just how it is. And with that, I'm going to go out and enjoy the splendor outside this afternoon!

Until I have to go to work, at least.
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Blow me! [Dec. 14th, 2006|11:26 pm]
[Current Mood |irritatedirritated]

I'm writing this in the middle of the worst storm we've had in years. Wind is gusts are reaching 60mph in the city, it's raining sideways, and there are a lot of people without power (although, thankfully, I'm not one of them). If it's like this tomorrow, I'm not leaving the house unless I'm dressed like the Gorton's Fisherman. When I was leaving work, the bottom floor of our parking garage was a lake being fed by water boiling out of storm drains like a gyser. It was pretty cool, actually- I think if I still had my Jeep, I would have gone through it, but I didn't think it was very wise to try and brave it with my Jetta. So I turned around and left through another exit.

So when I set up my new computer, I re-downloaded my virus program of choice (which I've always been very happy with). Although, apparently, I neglected to download its firewall as well, and now I'm dealing with a pair of Trojans. They're quarantined at the moment, and I'm preparing to get rid of them, but man. What a pain in the ass. What kind of dickface writes a computer virus, anyway?
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Type-type-type-type... [Dec. 2nd, 2006|07:24 am]
[Current Location |Kitchen Table]
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |TV]

I got a new computer! And wow, does it ever make a difference. My old computer is about 6 years old, and while it's served me mostly faithfully (I suppose) it's had its share of problems. And ever since I upgraded to Windows XP a couple of years ago, I've been plagued with various computer memory problems- no matter how many times Windows claimed to be increasing the size of my virtual memory file, it never seemed to make a whole hell of a lot of difference. But this new computer is pret-ty awesome to use so far. And I think it looks cool, too, which is certainly a plus. I have to admit to being more than a little bit concerned at buying a computer on eBay- certainly the most money I've ever dropped there at one time- if for no other reason than I wouldn't be able to drive down to the store and return it if it had been a piece of crap (or broken). But so far, so good- and it'd better stay that way! Now the only thing left for me to do is transfer all of my stuff from the old one to this one.

I saw the fattest dog today. He was just the kind of pooch I hope to have when I move somewhere that allows pets... a big, cuddly, yellow lab. He was a seriously big boy, with a heavy collar of fat around his neck and a nice belly. So cute! I wanted to take him home to snuggle and feed him treats. Of course, I couldn't. But someday I'll have a furry friend of my own, and he'll end up being one king-sized doggie.
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Oh, right... I have a LiveJournal. [Oct. 19th, 2006|04:10 am]
[Current Location |Chair]
[Current Mood |lethargiclethargic]
[Current Music |Nope]

It would seem that my schedule got the best of me for a few months. Sure, I've logged in here a couple of times, but just didn't feel like taking the time to post anything. I guess that's what happens when you get roped into the work-all-day-and-then-go-to-sleep routine. Now that I appear to have broken that routine, I must not have any excuse not to post. (Hah!)

There's a new James Bond movie coming out about a month from now. While I've seen a fair chunk of the previous 20 movies, I've decided to try and watch them all before seeing the new one. Even though I've only got 9 to go, I'm worried that they're starting to run together. I can be watching Roger Moore and hear Sean Connery's voice over the dialogue. But it's not even the real Sean Connery- it's Darryl Hammond's surly impression featured on SNL's "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketches! I guess I can't accurately explain it here, but trust me. It's funny.
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Qwerty [Jun. 24th, 2006|11:27 pm]
[Current Location |Chair]
[Current Mood |goodgood]
[Current Music |When the radio's on]

[obligatory comment about how I'd like to post more here]

Ahh, now that that's out of the way... lemme tell you: straight, no-sugar-added, pure cranberry juice is like a punch in the mouth. Apparently I've gotten used to the many various cranberry-blends out there. But... whoo! I wasn't ready, and it was like taking a shot!

Today might have been the most beautiful sunny day of the year so far. Upper 70s, not a cloud in the sky, a nice breeze- just about perfect! Unfortunately, I had the pleasure of working all day, and didn't have any real opportunity to enjoy it. But tommorow we're supposed to be hit with a bit of a heat wave and get into the low-to-mid 90s, which is something that happens very rarely here. Maybe a couple days in August, but I can't remember the last time it happened this early.

Also, I feel like I've been hit with some pretty good urges to gain weight lately. But so far- other than appeasing a craving for something sweet a little more than I needed to- I've managed to keep it under control. But man... if I didn't need to keep my weight at a certain level for work... :P
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Pack it up, pack it in [May. 28th, 2006|09:16 pm]
[Current Mood |calmcalm]
[Current Music |TV: Ferris Bueller's Day Off]

Let me begin.

Where do I start? I would like to post here more regularly, more often- which I realize is something a lot of people write here. But I feel that I have a fairly legitimate reason for not doing that: after working from 9am until 11pm most days, I find that I'm just too tired to sit down at the keyboard here. Don't feel like it. And after today, I've had all of two days off since Easter. So I've been busy. But that doesn't mean it's bad, I guess- at least I'm keeping occupied!

Of course, it could just be that I don't have much to say. Plus, nobody likes to read dissertation-legnth LJ posts. So... the end!
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