Wednesday, December 29, 2004


Long time no talk! My vacation with various 'hot' female cousins has been going swimmingly so far. Only downside so far: unable to keep up with you, my faithful reader. Oh well: I've been kickin it, old skool, by writing down my thoughts on (gasp!) PAPER, whenever i've had a chance. We may keep this up in the future, depending upon positive response; just let me know if you like this feature, and I'll take it into consideration.

So, what have I been up to? The weekend before Christmas, had a ball at a White Elephant Gift Exchange at K.'s house. She throws a mean party, going to depths that I wouldn't have considered. Homemade eggnog, cheesy Christmas specials from the early 80's (complete with wonderfully TERRIBLE commercials for Sears and Strawberry Shortcake), and a green/red Christmas food motif should give you an idea as to how much thought she puts into these things.

But the real fun arose with the Gift Exchange. We go the "Most Useless Thing Ever" route for our gifts. Last year's highlights were a framed copy of the Declaration of Independence, and my favorite, a picture frame with 4(!) high school photos of the giver. {Hah!} That nearly made me wet myself, let me tell you.

MP3 update: Hey Little Man, Eddie from Ohio.

Anyhoo: this year, I brought two gifts. Number 1: one of those sample of countertop material that you might get when you update your house. Sorta like paint swatches... but a) Formica(Tm), and b) something that you would use if you were a company. Red's friend V. ended up with that, and, interestingly, she both knew the technical name for these thingys, *and* could use them in her job. It was a 'luck of the draw' thing.

The second thing I brought was something that I had ALWAYS wanted to buy at Costco or Sam's. Well, if not always, at least for about 15 years, which is as close to always as I get. Unlike many of the oversized snak packs I've ended up with over the years (such as the 12 pack of Vienna Weiner cans I bought one day while shopping hungry), I could never convince myself in my wildest dreams that I would be able to use it. Therefore, the White Elephant gift exchange was my best friend, *finally* coming up with a reason for purchase. What was this paragon of uselessness, you ask?

A 4 lb can of tuna.

Charley was indeed sorry. {grin}

I then went to Houston, to visit my paternal cousins, many of whom I had only seen 4-5 times in the past decade. I had a great time, and merely wanted to mention a couple of things, to get your interest piqued for future updates.

-Confetti in bellybutton
-Liza "Cutest thing"
-The Handsomes at Christmas
-Missed Whattaburger
-Cuz G. very successful with laydeez
-Narced on T.
-(Chose not to get high, not to get high, not to get high.)
-Holly = Brigid
-Everbabe call = highlight of day
-Uncle - PO'ed at gas station
-Better names lead to better hair?!?
-Finally, I'm now on a quest to find other, more distantly related cousins, reconnect. (Starting with K?)

I mean, seriously... if, after leaving a 9 year relationship isn't the time to reflect and reconnect with your history, I really don't know when is!

That's all for now... I leave you, invisible audience, with the request that you take it easy tonight.... we need you back after the New Year!

Monday, December 20, 2004


I'm off to Houston, to see that half of the family that I'm a little less close to. Wish my luck, o' invisible audience!

Peace out, and see you in '05!

Friday, December 17, 2004

Man, getting ready to leave town for two weeks sux0r.

On the other hand, I have (re?)discovered how funny it is that Cartman-isms are working their way into "real life."

In the review for a game I saw online, a reviewer described the game as "hella cool."

It's a hella lame blog that doesn't include a definition of hella.

ITunes: Norah Jones, "Don't Know Why."
A few nights ago (12/8) there was a waitress in Middleofnowhere/Southern Illinois, who was the spitting image of Ann, my cheerleader friend from freshman year.

That was a good time for me. There were millions of women, even at Ga Tech. Well, not really... the ratio of men to women was at least 3:1... but somehow, i didn't have to worry about that.

Not because i was any great catch, or anything... in fact, it would be at least a yar before i would start dating anyone seriously. But I had two things going for me in the laydeez category.

1) I spent a lot of time in the GaTech Chorale. As there are usually statistically 2 times the women who want to sing in almost any group, the M/W ratio in Chorale asymptotically approached 1:1. (And, in fact, that's the pool I pulled each of my future long term dating prospects from. Sneaky, Sean.)

2) After my very first night singing in Chorale, I ended up (through a wild and wooly path, to be told later (if you ask nicely) meeting J (now known as Everbabe.) We immediately hit it off (both new freshmen with a love for Robert Heinlien) and, (through ANOTHER bumpy ride... what can I say? We were freshmen...) ended up best of friends.

3) Not dating, mind you. Just friends. (i still have the note to prove it.) {see? *Notes.* *Obviously* a freshman.) But really close friends. Close enough that I started spending the night in her room. A LOT.

4) Which led me to meet quite a few of her neighbors. Segregated dormitories in those days. (ah, the prudish early 90's) One of whom: Ann.

My relationship with Ann (purely platonic, of course) lasted a few years, and we were little more than nodding acquaintances. Ah, but that little more (usually a smile) was all I needed to get that extra little lift in my shoes whenever we bumped into each other. Which is why it was so nice to be reminded of her by this waitress.

It's amazing that something as small as a similar smile can take you back in time over a decade. Back when life was good, and you weren't stuck on a jobsite in Southern Illinois.


This link is to a story by Sean Kilpatrick.

NOT me. This person, who has written a very strange story, is NOT ME.

But here's the link anyway.

On ITunes Right Now: Phil Collins, Groovy Kind of Love "grivering?"
Couple of interesting links. A client on the phone today, gnashing her teeth about the overly PC nature of America, sent a link to a Vonnegut short story.
Harrison something-or-other. Very quick read, and even more scathing today than when first published over 40 years ago. (!)

Then an nice snarky quote from a Slate reader, continuing the LeGuin thread.
It reminded me of my favorite critical slam against a movie: "The Scarlet Letter is 'freely adapted' from Hawthorne's novel in the same sense that methane is freely adapted from cows."


Thursday, December 16, 2004

Wowza... I was really excited about Earthsea, on SciFi. They had done a more than reasonable job with Dune, leaving me apprehensive but hopeful for this miniseries dealing with one of my favorite childhood memories.

Watched about 45 minutes last night. Was a little uncomfortable with some of the portayals (protagonist was a hell of a lot more whiny/"UncleOwennnnnnnn" than I remembered, but whatever.) I was going to watch the rest tonight.

Then today, I found a critic who agreed with me. Interestingly, that critic was URSALA K LEGUIN. The AUTHOR of the books was displeased with it.

On Tuesday night, the Sci Fi Channel aired its final installment of Legend of Earthsea, the miniseries based—loosely, as it turns out—on my Earthsea books. The books, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, which were published more than 30 years ago, are about two young people finding out what their power, their freedom, and their responsibilities are. I don't know what the film is about.

Heh. Snarky authors. Gotta Love 'em.
Just wanted to throw up a link to the aforementioned one-year-old's webjournal. He's pretty darn hip. Well, for a one-year-old.

hip, indeed

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

I have a few interesting things.

One: Went to Everbabe's child's first birthday party the other day. Transcript of her email to me.

I was glad to have you here saturday - SeanJr really likes you, and we think you're ok too!


We took SeanJr to the doctor, where we were told he is off the charts in height and weight by the nurse. She told us "this means he's bigger than 100 percent of the kids his age."

How about THAT!

Yes, math *is* fun. Speaking of statistics and psychology, that leads into my...

Funlink: A look at the psychology behind investing, at my favorite overall site,

Music on iTunes right now: Get Me Outta Here , by Jet

Replaced True Name of Baby w/Nickname

Friday, December 10, 2004

Not only is Rapid City, Iowa, supposed to get some rain... apparently it's in the middle of Lake Michigan....
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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Okay, weird question for you. Have you ever picked up the phone, dialed somebody, and then forgotten exactly what was going on? This just happened to me, and let me tell you: it's just about the biggest way to feel like an idiot without actually causeing property damage. (Example of the previous would have to be the 'Don't Hit Dug's Car' story, which i'll have to tell you later.)

This just happened to me. I was sitting in a Hardee's having lunch (more on that later) and decided i really liked the chicken sandwich. (oh... i guess it must be later already) [that's right] (well.... get on with your story) [alright... if you stop interrupting.] (i'll be quiet as a churchmouse) ANYhoo: Chicken sandwich. Really good. So: I called J. (who I might start calling Everbabe, from the massive way she plays MMOPRG's.) And then I turned down my mp3 player. And then I ate a fry. And then I had other bite of my sandwich, and continued typing up my reports for work. And then she answered. And then I had another fry. And the--- "Ummm.,..... Hello?" Running through MY head: {crap - who is this? why did she just call me? wait... that doesn't sound right... omigod- i called HER... i should probably say SOMETHING..... or, i could just hang up.... but i must have called for SOME reason.... these fries are pretty good.... FOCUS, man! stick with the basics... } ".....Hello." Believe it or not, the conversation went downhill from there. {grin}

Back to my REAL point for this update. Hardee's chicken sandwich: Surprisingly good. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Burger King Original Chicken Sandwich 4 out of 5
Loses points for excessive mayo – still one of the best, though.

Arby's Chicken Sandwich 4 out of 5
This one has a lot of nostalgia for me, and takes back to my time wasted after school.

Chic-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich 4.5 out of 5
Still at the top of the heap. Peanut oil, i think, gives it it’s special zing.

Hardee's Chicken Sandwich 4.5 out of 5
Very large, very flat, very good.

Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich 8.5 out of 5
The normal doesn’t approach this ‘un.

McDonalds Chicken Sandwich ?? out of 10
I'm not even sure what this tastes like. The crispy chicken, however, is like
what you used to get at middle school lunch.

Monday, December 06, 2004

All night, at J's wedding, we continued to call this the "Woman who forgot to put on her pants."
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Boogertown, NC.
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Saw this, am glad A & I didn't break up that way. Perhaps a tad bit insensitive?

And: Am headed off for Turkeyday with *my* family, at least some of whom are from Clover, SC (south of Charlotte.) Mapquest, however, has informed me of the existence of another well named town, not too far.

I'll hook up the link in a sec.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Perhaps this is one of the casualties of the English/Metric Wars...

"I just recoiled. It was only about 2 meters away from me, the water was crystal clear and it was as clear as the nose on my face," Howes said, referring to a distance of six feet.

Scariest. Distance. Ever.

Monday, November 22, 2004

OK - this is a comment i typed for the following question, found by clicking the {next blog} button at the top right of the page. Big Red Button

"I consider myself to be a very even-keeled person, and relatively difficult to piss off. However, being dismissed (especially rudely) is enough to make me go postal.

I sing in a community choir, and occasionally sit next to a prima-donna tenor. (I firmly believe that all choruses have the equivalent: somebody who is only in the group because of the solos that s/he gets, and who believes that the group would collapse into nothing withour his/her presence... you know that guy, right?)

Anyhoo... the most recent time that this button was pushed was about a month ago. I'm at rehearsal for the first time in a month, after 3 weeks in Southern Illinois. I'm using all my singing skillz, l33t as they were. He shhh'ed me, and waved his hands in my face. {Whoosh} Button pushed. I nearly hauled off & punched him in the nose.

Best definition of Big Red Button: "treat me like a kid"

(i'm in my frickin' 30's!) {grrr} (pisses me off just thinking about it.)

(because I try to have something at least a little fun in every post...
Scary Go Round I love this well drawn, if occasionally macabre, web comic. Perhaps it's all the girls in coffee-house glasses.... me-OW.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Old Vice presidental Wang:

Al Gore

Current vice-presidential wang:

'Dick' Cheney

Future vice-presidential wang?

Gabe from Penny Arcade

(thanks to wonkette for the top two links)

PS - I'm still sad. Or confused. Whateva.

Monday, November 15, 2004

So... what have *i* been up to, since my last (rather depressing) post?

Saw some Kill Bill, vols 1&2

Bowled (probably worst games of my life... in the 50s, at one point.)

Updated my profile: music, and books.

Recent links:
Robert Heinlein

Off to a landfill. Check with you later!

Friday, November 12, 2004

Veteran's Day Post


Currently, I am listening to BNL "Another Postcard." I'll find that link for you in a minute. It's a remarkably fun, quirky, and just plain silly song, that makes me happy. But seriously... its not how i should be feeling.

A & I are no longer, as of last night.

(it'll take a while to finish divying up our stuff, and my ass to hit the curb... but for the most part, it's over.)

There are only two thing that really make it a little better for it. (well, besides supportative friends and family, of course.)

1) Earlier in the day, sent me one of those: where the hey are you? emails. I (uncharacteristically) <> clicked on it... and found that my high school crush had FINALLY signed up for the service. It was apparently last year sometime (The fact that it took me this long to find that our is proof that i really didn't check religiously, I suppose.) It was good to a) find out that she wasn't dead, at least at the time of the update. and b) she apparently married her high school sweetie. Why is that good, you may (rightfully) ask? Well, because they were dating before I entered her life. Therefore, you get to continue the whole 'bad-timing', or 'i-was-realllly-close', or my favorite, 'cursed-by-the-gods'

2) the other thing, which (sadly) makes me feel as though i have power over this thing?
I have a history (long untested) of holidays being either really good, or really bad. A & I started going out (9 years ago) after a Halloween party.

Happy Veteran's Day, evvvvverybody!

Song that popped up as I was in the middle of number 1:

Indigo Girls (Kid Fears) Little more mood appropriate.

Edited - to add label and post title

Ciao for niao

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

This link, courtesy of Wonkette

(in honor of our new prez... he has a MANdate....)

I wouldn't have thought that would have sold well in Middle America.... but whateva.

I'm off to have a woMANdate! Ciao!
So: 4 more years. Isn't THAT a kick in the teeth. The female role models in my life are taking it sorta hard... i figure, we'll see how it goes. And there's a 90% chance he won't be re-elected president in 4 years.

Just wrapped up Fable as a big-ass goody 2-shoes Spellwarrior. Married 5 times... i ROXOR

Sunday, October 10, 2004

well, it's been a relatively busy few days here. Yesterday, drove to Nashville after work to visit my cousin. (yes, that means I was working on a Saturday... hooray for the american work ethic, eh?) He & his wife have 2 of the absolutely cutest little girls that you have ever seen. I'll try to figure out how to get a .jpg of them uploaded before too long.

With regards to the angst & pathos from earlier posts: well, it's still there, just not in the posts. I've still got this whole uncertainty re: the future of my relationship/entire life hanging over my head. Let me tell you: if anyone ever offers you the choice of uncertainty re: the future of your relationship/entire life and CERTAINTY re: the same... well, suffice it to say that I don't drink the UNcola.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

VP Debate is over... it was a draw.

Anyhoo: flipping channels. Need to tell J about Dog the Bounty Hunter on A&E.


(in sorta a campy, but mulletful, way.)

Cows. In my construction area. Surprisingly more limber than I would have thought.

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Beginning of West Frankfort High School Homecoming Parade. (they won)  Posted by Hello
While watching the vice-presidential debate:

1st view: Cheney is an asshole. There is no real surprise there; he's been an asshole for some time.

2nd point: Sen Edwards broke into one homily. (so far.) Cheney responded with a SAVAGE attack on John Edwards. Personally. I didn't feel the heat, as I did with Zell... but I *did* think (as McCain said on the Daily Show) that Kerry/Edwards must have done kilt Cheney's dog.

3rd point: the Israel question was a mistake, and allowed them to go on the ATTACK.

Fascinating, so far.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Well, it's been a few years.

I have fallen out of the habit of putting my thoughts out there, available for anyone to see. It's been really since college (almost 10 years ago) that i was in that habit. But, as it stands, my life has reentered one of those downward swings.

A. and I have entered what could be the final days of this phase of our relationship (almost 9 years, now.) So, you (hypothetical) guys may be seeing a lot more of me, in my spare time. If you notice that i seem to issue a few caveats and parentheticals... well, that just makes you observant.

So as not to be COMPLETELY depressing, I will try to include a cool site, funky link, or something along those lines in this, my newly reformed /finger file. It should try to be topical if at all possible. As I have recently (past six months) accidentially fallen back into the Dangerous World of Dungeons and Dragons (Tm), I'll hook you up with a cute webcomic FULL of geeky references.

TaTaForNow - Sean


The last one was a little depressing. I'll update you with a posting from one of my all time favorite posts, The Urban Legend Reference Page at . I can't begin to count the hours i wasted, punching the Randomizer......

From Justin, my hard-drinking, fun-loving male friend.
Ye Old 96er.