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Aug 2009

I need to update more often.  Things have been sucking lately so I haven’t been.  Though, that’s not really an excuse since some people actually like to read that kind of stuff.

Filed for unemployment today.  I hope I’m not on it long.  It’s going to help, not sure how much yet, but hopefully enough.  The more this goes on,  (I know it’s only been one day officially without a job) the more I feel like I need to stop focusing on Columbia and cut my losses.  I love my house, but there are more jobs elsewhere.   And even though I’m applying in several places, there is mainly one I keep thinking about, the Twin Cities.

I think I’m actually missing them more and more.  I know that life would be difficult.  Cost of living is higher, have to sell the house, buy a new one, etc.  But, I don’t know…

At least I wouldn’t have to be too hot.  :)

Basically, I’m open to whatever the Universe is willing to give to me.  I’m actively working trying to open avenues for the Universe to toss something at me, I’m not layin’ on my butt.  :)  If your listening Universe, A winning Powerball would be nice…

It does seem like the Universe is setting something into motion.  Chelsea missed the signup date for the start of school so she gets to spend this “time off” that I have with me.  If I were to get a job that didn’t start for a few weeks or a month, and I was guaranteed, like in writing, we could theoretically go on a mini-vacation.  I would have my lump sump vacation money in hand from work, both of us would have time available, it just seems like the thing to do.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.  Me, I’m just hoping for something


Aug 2009

Cleaning sucks.  I’m glad I’m done though.  Well until tomorrow.  I cleaned the degu cage, mopped the utility room, vacuumed the bedroom, hallway and office, and put up laundry.

It sounds like a lot, but I only had so much to do because I let myself get backlogged.  Oh well.  On track now.  Tomorrow, I just have the daily chores so that’s good.

Looking forward, and dreading my trip to Jeff City tomorrow for the health care town hall.  It should be interesting.  Now that I have a new perspective, it seems a whole lot more urgent.  And I know that if it doesn’t happen now, it’ll never happen.  At least not in our time.

Oh, and sending off the ol’ resume.  :)

So I went to a town hall…

Aug 2009

I went to a town hall with Claire McCaskill and all I got was these sore legs.  Well that and a distinct feeling of a loss of faith.  Not a loss of faith in any gods or goddesses.  That’s still intact.  But I feel a loss of faith with my countrymen and countrywomen.  I used to think we could do anything, fight anyone or thing, and I don’t necessarily mean militarily.  But I’m starting to believe they won…

I know this is what they want.  – Sorry, the “they” being Corporations – They want us to give up.  So I guess I’m helping them win, but…  I just don’t see how we can win.  I mean, like Chelsea pointed out to me today, our public school system from day one is designed to turn out drones.  Well, it’s working.  They are being told what to think and buying it.

With that said, let me pull my tweets into a story.

So yeah, first thing I see after walking probably half a mile or more and getting in the extremely long line was a woman passing out flyers on how the health care reform was basically going to mandate abortions.  WTF?  Seriously?  You believe this stuff?  *sigh*  Anyway, later on she cleared this little misinformation lie up.  The bill allows – notice that, allows, doesn’t force – allows doctors to discuss abortions.  They asked her if she supported an amendment to not allow federal funding for abortions, and she had to tell these people that it was already that way.  Thats why the amendment died.  It’s already the law.  You would have to specifically add an amendment to allow funding.

So I’m standing there in the hot sun and the pro-reform Health Care for America Now people start passing out water, so I take one gratefully and notice one of the anti-reform people take one, I didn’t think anything of it until I saw them laughing and joking because they got water from the pro-reform people.  I think it’s quite easy to spot the decent human being in this scenario.

As I looked around, I noticed that most of the people against the public option are near medicare age.  (Including the woman texting “Pray 4 the truth 2 come out”  1.  Are you charged per character? 2.  You’re too old for AOLbonics.)  So I guess it’s okay for them to get Medicare but no one else should get “socialized” healthcare.  That’s the main essence of this whole “debate”  I get/have mine and FUCK EVERYBODY ELSE DAMNIT!  *deep breath*  Okay…

Of course they have to trot out the dead fetus poster, because that’s exactly what this is all about.  Asscobs.  (My dictionary suggested Ass-cobs and Ass cobs.  I think one word is right…)

I was all set to be annoyed at the opening prayer, especially when he started with god of all people.  But then he surprised me by talking up Ted Kennedy.  Especially how he worked for healthcare for all.  And he mentioned healthcare for everyone at least three times during the prayer.  So that was some nice sanity during the lunacy.  The lunacy coming back strong when some idiot yelled “chappaquiddick” right after the prayer.  Classy.

She countered the whole “death panels” “argument” (among many other things).  Basically all it does is reimburse doctors for discussing end of life options with patients.  And gets the family together so that everyone is on the same page.  She even talked about the irony of the whole misinformation lie.  It’s not doctors deciding when people can die, it specifically puts that decision in the patients hands.

And that’s about it.  I kind of shut off after about 40 minutes.  It was just too much…  It was like these people were 12 years old.  Hell even younger than that.  Yelling MINE, MINE, MINE.

All these people are deathly, and in some cases that’s not hyperbole, deathly afraid of their taxes going up if we got single payer.  I went and looked at the tax I would be paying in Canada, 15%.  Tax I pay here, 15%.  Wow, would you look at that.  The same.  But, but!  When you add in the health care:  Canada 15%, Here 31%.  Even if my taxes were to go up say 5% to pay for the Universal Health Care.  I would still save 11%.  That’s a large chunk of a paycheck…

Okay, I feel on the verge of rambling and I think is my longest post ever…

So let me sum this all up by saying that this whole experience is causing me to seriously consider moving to another country.  Canada is looking nice…

And it’s not like I would be leaving my country.  My country left me…

New Job, New Computer, Nice case.

Oct 2009

So yeah, new job.  Oh yeah, I lost my University of Missouri job.  Grant money ran out.  That was a very hectic time.

I lost my job on August 28th, 2009.  After applying like mad to every position I was remotely qualified for I finally got a job at Bright Tree and started on September 28th, 2009.  So very lucky in this economy.

This has the potential to turn out to something really awesome.  As B said, “even if it doesn’t, it will definitely make a story.”  Or something to that effect.  They just got an SIBR NIH grant for phase one.  This apparently is a message to venture capitol people to invest heavily, so this is set to blow up really soon.  (In a good way 😉   )

So, yeah, I have a new job.  :)  It promises a definite raise at 90 days (pending performance), another at 365 days, and potentially even more when when something happens.  (I can’t say anything about it yet, you know)

One good thing: New computer!  Macbook Pro 15″

One bad thing:  Crappy Insurance.  *sigh* I sure hope we get the public option…

In related news, I just got a Speck case for my new computer (Bert by the way), I’ll have pics soon, but it’s awesome.  :)

Completely distracted by ‘How I Met Your Mother’, done.


Dec 2009

Solstice is upon us.  I’ll later post a picture of what I got (I didn’t think to do that until *after* I was charging the camera), but for now, here is a list:

So without further ado, here is a link to the first round of pics I took with the camera.  (Well the ones that weren’t culled.)


And here are the five pictures culled from the second set of pics I took.

Inti and Supay, checking to see if the other one has food.

Old Nest

Winter Berries


Inti again.  Doesn’t he look a little intense there?  I think the clicking was freaking him out.  :)

Expect more pictures soon.

New Blog Design gets New Pics

Jul 2010

As promised here are some new pics to go with the new blog design.  I have a lot more pics than this, but this is what I have after doing HDR magic.

First four are free hand (no tripod) so may be a tad blurry…

And the next four are from July 4th weekend, using a table and a stick for a tripod :).

Reason for Unfollowing…

Jul 2010

I unfollowed Nathan Fillion on Twitter a few days ago.

Last week a person posted to the internet a video of a rainbow and his reaction to it.  He was foolish enough to show great enthusiasm for said rainbow, and the internet, which as we all know can be quite cruel, made fun of him for it.  The reason I’ve unfollowed Nathan Fillion is because he joined with the internet in mocking this person.  Heavily.  Sure, it was vaguely amusing, and not “cool” in the slightest, but by joining in (and egging on) the mockery, Fillion joined in a disturbing trend.  You see, in our society, it’s not appropriate to be truly enthusiastic about anything (with the exceptions of sports and celebrities).  This aversion to enthusiasm (and to intelligence, which might be related) shows that apparently we want to be a country of boring, dull, idiots.  That attitude is not representative of the culture I want to live in, and I won’t support people who perpetuate it.

Let the man commune with nature; Gods know we don’t have enough of that these days.  For all the mockers know, that man could have very well have found God, connected with the Source, or discovered the sacred in that moment – but I forget.  That’s not very cool, either.

Good quote

Sep 2010

“”A study of 145 preschool children reports, for the first time, that when the concentrations of two common phthalates in mothers’ prenatal urine are elevated their sons are less likely to play with male-typical toys and games, such as trucks and play fighting.” Maybe this will be the issue that makes concerns over toxins crossover to conservativeland. Yes, these plastics are turning your sons into sensitive nancy-boys who are no good at sports!”


Oct 2010


I’ve started packing. Well let me rephrase that. I’ve started the packing of stuff I’m taking with me to MN.
Chelsea and I have been packing up the house for the last week or so.
But now its even more final.

I’m going to miss our friends. But even more than that, I’ll miss Chelsea. I know we’ve done this before, but it doesn’t make it fun.

I am looking forward to the new job though, that and I enjoy telling people that I work for American Public Media / Minnesota Public Radio.

Our bed.

Oct 2010


Last night in our comfy bed. I can sleep anywhere (side effect of growing up in lots of foster homes) but it won’t be near as comfy as our air mattress.

And it won’t have my favorite person in the world in it…

I’m going to miss you terribly, Chelsea.



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