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Thursday, January 13th, 2011
1:46 am
Man, I used to have a lot of fun coming up with these...
OK, the getting-around-to-the-midnight-jog took a little longer than expected. Distractions are driving me crazy. I know that a concerted effort is what it takes, but that doubt about whether the desired outcome is worth it or not is what seems to always loom over me...

Collecting thoughts... I think detailing the mundane is preferable to the sludgy mope-fest my journal entries that I make mostly for myself have long seemed to turn into. Besides, this site is "live *journal*," right? It's kind of funny. I remember the distinction between a journal and a diary being a rather important thing to me when I was a kid. I remember when I was six years old; at Easter, my Mema gave all of her grandchildren these snazzy brown leather binders (well, it didn't have any "rings" so I'm not sure if that's the proper terminology, but it's the best that I can come up with). Someone (most likely my mom) mentioned the possibility of keeping a journal in the yellow legal-type notebook that came with it. I actually got pretty substantially into this for about a year or so. I filled up about three-fourths of that thing during the last few months of first grade. Sadly, that was probably the most attentive I ever was to keeping a journal.

Well, three laps was all that I could make. I actually tend to feel energized by cold weather, but I think it was making me shorter of breath than usual. Along with my stomach being fuller than it usually is when I jog, having not jogged in around three weeks, needing new shoes that aren't missing half of the heels, etc.

I'm not sure whether I'll succeed at keeping up with this old friend. I'm not particularly skilled at that. We'll see.
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
11:12 pm
Welcome back, crosstie_walker!
I love how this old journal stuck around for me. It's somehow comforting.

Anyway, I periodically feel this desire to write in an online journal like old times. Over the years I've dipped my toes into various forms of social media and largely found them wanting. I think much of it has to do with my personality type, but the bigger ones like the now-less-popular MySpace and the now-popular-to-the-point-of-obnoxiousness Facebook have always seemed way too much about cultivating some sort of "identity" and letting everyone else know just how wonderful this cultivated "identity" of yours is. Sure, maybe that's what online journals kind of are, too. But, I mean, you can't even write a decent "journal" entry on Facebook unless you use the boring-looking and kind-of unwieldy "Notes" option. Eh, actually I'm not even sure how much sense my cultivated "identity" critique makes. Honestly, I think it's just that, if I'm putting things out there, I'd rather the things that I write be considered than the things that I "like," the places that I go, or the pictures that I post.

Funny thing is, I may well be the only one who reads this. I had a few friends on here whom I believe have all migrated to other sites for good. I guess someone could always stumble across this thing, though. For some reason I do like the idea of having this stuff available for that off-chance someone might come across it. I've tried the pen-and-paper journal approach off-and-on throughout my life but never really gotten going writing in one as part of some sort of consistent routine.

Time for a microwaved chicken pot pie and a midnight jog- another habit I'm trying to re-form. Well, not necessarily the midnight part, just the jogging part...
Sunday, November 11th, 2007
3:45 am
If a person updates their live journal...
...and no one else reads it, has it really been updated?

Yeah, just attempting to be funny, and probably not succeeding! Anyway, I just thought I would check into the ol' LiveJournal after something like thirteen months of absence. The problem with updating now is, I don't know if anyone left on my friends list will even read this. The only person who I think might is Lindsay so "Hey Lindsay! What's up?" and "I hope things are going well" if you see this entry.

Anyway, I am not sure that I even have a whole lot to say right now. Things are...well, my life is my life and that's about all I can say. I'm hanging in there, I guess. I really just wanted to come in here and write something because I just felt like putting something out there in the world 'cause I can't sleep and don't feel like doing work right now, so... yeah, I guess that's why. I was kind of thinking of starting a new live journal, because I started feeling like my more recent (well, if stuff from over a year ago can be called "recent"!) entries were just not that interesting to read, which was a large part of why I quit writing. (I think I'm likely continuing that tradition with this entry!) So, well...I may start updating here more often again, but I'm not totally sure. I guess that's it for now, though.
Saturday, October 7th, 2006
3:26 am
Alright, so I'm feeling kind of out of it right now, so this entry may not make a whole lot of sense. Here are some random thoughts:

* It looks kinda creepy outside right now. I went outside to mail something and it looked like a great horror movie setting. Eerie and still, with that crazy-bright full moon ("harvest moon", maybe? Isn't that what they call a full moon in the fall? I'm revealing my deep background in agriculture here! haha) I guess a bright night should actually be less threatening than a dark one, but it doesn't feel that way. Well, in a way I thought it was pretty and in a way I wanted to get back into the house as quickly as possible!

* I watched the Texas Governor's debate (the only one they're having, due to Governor Goodhair opting out of doing any others) and found it pretty entertaining for one of those types of events. How could it not be considering the four candidates taking part? (Then again, I also watched the Illinois, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts governor's debates today (as you can see, I really like to live it up on my days off!) so it's not as if I require entertainment to sit through a debate.) This was one of Bell's best opportunities to gain some momentum, and I think he did a good job. He may not be as "interesting" as Kinky or Strayhorn, and doesn't have the incumbency advantage and built-in wingnut base that Perry has, so he's got an uphill battle proving himself. I'm hoping all the anti-Perry folks will give him another look (or a first look, as he's still not very well-known) after this; money may continue to be his biggest obstacle, but I still think he's got a shot. To me, it comes down to: he definitely appears to be the most competent candidate in the running, and he's definitely the most progressive as well (yeah, including Kinky... those who don't believe me need to check closer into Kinky's positions).

* So I believe I've been accepted into graduate school at the University of Texas. I mean, that's what it says under my admissions status on the UT website. Somehow, I still don't *feel* like I've been accepted since I haven't received anything in the mail (or even e-mail) telling me so, but that's probably just because I'm a neurotic person that way. So, that is some good news.

* I have a required five-day "furlough" next week (that's a weird aspect particular to my job), but no real plans of what to do with it. It's mostly during the middle of the week, and I wish it were happening a little later but, oh well... Hopefully I will come up with something interesting. Even if it's only interesting by my standards.

* Alright, I don't know if I actually have any real "point" to go with this *, but... yeah, I don't. Okay, here's something. I'm listening to doo-wop. I don't think that really means anything, but it's kind of out of the ordinary.

"That lipstick makes you look like a *bitch*!" -Ryan's mom

Current Mood: indescribable
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
5:29 am
I think I have reverse seasonal-affective disorder
You know seasonal-affective disorder; how people are supposed to get depressed during the winter months because of the shorter days with less sunlight having a psychological effect on them? (I've thought I've had it before because I would often get depressed during January; but that's probably just because it was January; what's there to be happy about during January? -and no offense intended towards anyone reading this who has their birthday in January!) I think I must have the opposite. I'm loving how it's starting to cool down, even if "cool down" by southeast TX standards is like low-seventies or something. I can step outside and feel that slight breeze and my mood will totally change. It makes me wish it never got above the low-seventies outside.

Anyway, yeah I'm just being dumb, as I know there's no such thing as reverse seasonal-affective disorder; I'm just happy that it's starting to cool down. But yeah, not much else to talk about. I didn't have work last night and I'm up too early. I'm about to go take a walk. Y'all have a good day...

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
3:21 am
All right, here's an update. Yeah, I guess I'll save this journal from abandonment again, although I'm sure it's starting to seem like every entry I write is just to reassure everyone of that since there are spaces of months between every entry! OK, not really... Anyway, just thought I'd check in here since it's been such a while, although I'm pretty sure everyone who actually reads this knows what I've been up to anyway. Tonight I was off from work. I pretty much mostly hung out with Emily; we did a lot of walking and talking. If we both get into school next semester (and perhaps even if we don't) we have a plan to move to Austin and split an apartment with (Lesley T.'s ex-boyfriend) Don. That seems like a good plan, as the three of us aren't likely to get on each other's nerves and would probably get along pretty well. We're all pretty mellow and not likely to start hating each other. (Well, at least Don and I are; Emily tends to start hating anyone she lives with! Just kidding, Emily! Well... I am just kidding even if it is sort of true! haha) So yeah, I'm mostly just waiting to find out about school right now. I've been getting tolerable hours at work and saving money. I've also gotten to do a lot of reading. Yep, if I don't update for several months, you sure miss out on a lot of wild events! (That was sarcasm, of course!) I guess I don't have a whole lot to say, really; I'm just in a fairly good mood right now and figured I'd update.

"There are how many books in The Dragonbone Chair series?! OHMYGOD!!" (in honor of Jared)

Current Mood: content
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
8:47 am
Goodbye to paragraphs
Keepin' the live journal alive... Well I'm currently trying to stay awake for a few hours so I won't get enough sleep before work so I'll still be tired and be able to sleep at a reasonable hour tonight. (Well, it makes sense to me... I guess.) I've been training this week at the REC (as it is an unwritten rule that I use some sort of acronym to describe any place I work, eh?). REC being "Remote Encoding Center" to you less-informed masses. (Just messin', of course.) Yeah, I finally have a job. I got hired at the Beaumont Remote Encoding Center last week. It's been alright so far. Good pay (even better if you'll work overnight, which is cool for me), interesting enough (at least I'm interested in seeing envelopes with people's names and addresses and places on them on a computer screen, but maybe that's just my issue to work out!), and you don't have to deal with the public (woo hoo!). Let's see... so today is the cursed 4/19, to be followed by the equally controversial 4/20. I'm always nervously wondering if some screwed up event is going to happen on either of these days. Oh well, I feel that way quite a bit of the time even when there isn't any unfortunate anniversary going on. Oh yeah, I had jury duty the other day. I was the first on the list for my court but didn't end up on the jury. I guess one of the lawyers struck me for one reason or another. Age maybe? I swear I was the youngest person in the courtroom, which I guess made me stick out. Orange County= a great place to raise children (who will then vacate the place as soon as they reach adulthood). Well, except me... for no good reason I can think of at the moment. I would have been a juror in a criminal case: a car theft- which could have been interesting. Well, I can't really think of all that much to say after all and, besides, my brain is pretty tired-out anyway so I guess I'll just stop here.

Current Mood: tired
Monday, April 3rd, 2006
10:46 pm
Delay is out!
Delay Won't Seek Re-Election

This actually surprises me quite a bit. I figured if anyone would fight until the bitter end to hold on to his power, even if it meant going down in flames, it would be the Bugman. (And what a chickenshit way to go out: after winning his primary last month, to force himself off the ballot by giving up his Texas residency and becoming a Virginian!) But partisan considerations seem to have helped him make his decision. So it's actually good and bad news. The good news is: no more Tom Delay, guaranteed. The bad news is: his district is pretty safely Republican, and if the Repugs get to field a candidate in his place he's a much safer bet than Delay was. My man Nick Lampson looked to have a better shot largely due to Delay's scandals but it changes the situation considerably with Delay out of the race.

Current Mood: pleased
12:18 am
Another random survey
The Rules:
1. You can only say YES or NO! (Do you have any idea how very, very difficult this makes answering this thing for my blabbering self? I think I can do it, though; giving it my best shot.)
2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone comments to the entry and asks.

Taken a picture naked? Yes.
Made out with a member of the same sex? No.
Danced in front of your mirror? Yes.
Told a lie? Yes.
Gotten in a car with people you just met? Yes.
Been in a fist fight? No.
Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back? Yes.
Been arrested? No.
Left your house without telling your parents? Yes.
Ditched school to do something more fun? Yes.
Slept in a bed with a member of the same sex? Yes.
Seen someone die? No.
Kissed a picture? Yes.
Slept in until 3? Yes.
Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by? Yes.
Played dress up? Yes.
Fallen asleep at work/school? Yes.
Felt an earthquake? No.
Touched a snake? No.
Ran a red light? Yes.
Had detention? No.
Been in a car accident? Yes.
Pole danced? No.
Been lost? Yes.
Sang karaoke? No.
Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? Yes.
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Yes.
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? No.
Kissed in the rain? Yes.
Sang in the shower? Yes.
Got your tongue stuck to a pole? No.
Ever gone to school partially naked? No.
Sat on a roof top? Yes.
Played chicken? No.
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? No.
Been told you're hot by a complete stranger? Yes.
Broken a bone? No.
Mooned/flashed someone? No.
Forgotten someone's name? Yes.
Slept naked? Yes.
Blacked out from drinking? No.
Played a prank on someone? Yes.
Felt like killing someone? Yes.
Made a parent cry? Yes.
Cried over someone? Yes.
Had sex more than 5 times in one day? No.
Had/Have a dog? Yes
Been in a band? Yes.
Drank 25 sodas in a day? No.
Shot a gun? No.
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
11:55 pm
Open up the tired eyes
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curiosity to know more of her personality. As she stood there before him
Tom, walking soberly and solemnly beside him. Sue had just come out at the
paroxysms of sobbing that seized her, "The weight of my sins is heavy on

talked at all, sitting on his heels through the long Sunday afternoons and


Current Mood: confused
1:44 pm
Spring forward
I'm feeling better from some of the stuff I was dealing with a few days ago. Jared and I went creekin' for a couple of days which I think helped to take my mind off of things pretty well. It was a fun experience, even if the raininess and the still-icy water kept us from doing any real creeking. But we did get in a lot of grilling and listening to music and just your general creek-related relaxation so it was cool. I went back up there yesterday with my dad and we finished raking the place and I (yes, me, near-singlehandedly; I'm taking a bow) managed to fix the air conditioner that Jared and I discovered was no longer functioning when we were up there. (Before you think I've suddenly mastered some technical skills, I should reveal that I fixed it by bending a fan blade that was catching on a part on the bottom inside and stopping the thing from moving; a good bend and it started working!) Also, I received a letter telling me that I made a 93 on that postal job exam, and the next day I received a letter telling me to take a typing test on April 4th. I've done some of the sample tests and that one shouldn't be a problem (but I'm crossing my fingers as I never try to get my hopes up too much). So once I've gotten that out of the way and do some paperwork I should hopefully have that job. I also got a juror summons for April 17th which, in all honesty, I'm actually kind of looking forward to, because when I got one before I was a student so didn't do it. But at this point I actually can and I'm one of those weirdoes who actually thinks it would be cool to be on a jury. Maybe if I actually do it that will get that sick idea out of my system. Anyway, that's about all that's been going on here...

Current Mood: mellow
Monday, March 27th, 2006
12:12 am
The Chronic-what?-cles of Narnia
Alright, so I'm sure everybody reading this has already heard about this whole "Lazy Sunday"/"Lazy Monday", etc. rap battle, but if you haven't you should check out some of these links I'm putting on here. Maybe I'm just weird but these really crack me up.

So the first entry in the battle was this SNL skit about a couple of white guys rapping about going to see The Chronicles of Narnia. It was available online (and you could probably still find it for free on Limewire or something) but NBC got the site that had it to take it down, so now you have to pay if you want it. I did find a version with a couple of eleven year old kids spoofing it, that includes the original music from the SNL skit, and it's pretty funny.

Other entries include the West coast response, "Lazy Monday" (which I think may actually be funnier than the original), the Midwest response "Lazy Muncie" about Muncie, IN, and the British entry is pretty funny as well. You can find all of these among the links at the bottom of the Wikipedia entry about the whole deal.

Narnia Rap Battle

Friday, March 24th, 2006
2:56 pm
blah blah blah
Did you ever do something with the intention of setting things right or trying to clear up a situation and then wish you had just done nothing at all? Because you could have possibly made things worse? Actually, I really doubt that's the case... but in that tiny sliver of a chance that it is I would feel horrible if it was. Absolutely horrible. Anyway, this entry is so cryptic because I feel like it has to be given the situation. I just wanted to put this down somewhere.
5:04 am
One of the more random surveys I've ever filled out
1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was behind you?
The hallway wall. Oh yeah, and the air conditioner.

2. How much cash did you spend yesterday?
Paid for a doctor's appointment, and that's all I can think of, really...

3. What's a word that rhymes with mist?

4. Favorite planet, on which you would live, if you could?
Pluto, because I always liked the name due to the dog. And because I've always had a secret desire to literally freeze to death. Or explode/implode, or whatever would happen to you on Pluto. Don't you admire the breadth of my astronomical knowledge?

5. Who is the last person you kissed?
Shoot... how good of a memory do you think I have?

6. What is your favorite ring on your phone?
Probably the one I had on my old phone that sounded like you were losing an arcade game. Now it's some sort of calypso sounding thing that Emily put on there. Really, the ringtone I have tends to be whatever Emily put on there the last time she was messing with my phone. With her being gone for so long, I've been stuck with that cheesy calypso thing. Why? Because I'm stuck-up and like to think that learning how to set ringtones on my phone is too trifling a thing to devote my wonderful mind to learning. (Because I obviously only spend my time on important things, like updating my journal!) So if it bothers anyone, feel free to change my ringtone the next time you see me. Just don't try to make my learn something *shudder* new!

7. What is the last band shirt you wore?
Hmm... I think it was my Beatles Abbey Road shirt. I need to get me some new ones, as most of my old ones from high school are getting pretty beat up or are too big. (I used to wear all my shirts too big for reasons I'm no longer sure of.)

8. What do you think of yourself?
That's never really the same from one day to the next. I'm the mood-swing king.

9. Name the brand of your shoes you're currently wearing?
I'm barefoot

10. Night light or pitch black?
I can live with either. Pitch black is preferable unless I start thinking about Wolf Creek, the little boy from The Omen, or Brian Peppers, or I hear that creepy instrumental part from "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." Then it's lights on for me.

11. What do you think about the (previous) person who took this?
She seems cool to me, which is why I stalk her journal and steal surveys from it.

12. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Midnight, as in five hours ago? Sleeping, which I wish I were still doing.

13. What did your last text message say that you received?
Let's see... I think the last text messages I received were those "hot" messages I was getting from someone in Ohio, who apparently had a "wrong number." At least I'm assuming he/she did... ya never know. *dirty laugh*

14. Where is the nearest Valero?
On I-10, near the Flying J; the Diamond Shamrock has turned into one. What's funny is I think if I'd been asked this question just a year or two ago I would've had no clue what a "Valero" was.

15. What's something that you say a lot?
"Naw shoo'" (stolen from Mess) and "Oh... YEAH!" (stolen from Micah R. from the OC2, at least the way he said it). It's about time for me to retire both phrases, but they've become a bad habit.

16. Who told you they loved you last?
Probably one of my parents.

17. Last furry thing you touched?
Devonshire Pertipton "Ju-on" Lindsey, the one and only

18. How many drugs have you done in the past 3 days?
None, barring acne medication (woo hoo!) and caffeine

19. Favourite age you have been so far?
Well, if I ignore those rose-colored early childhood years, I'd go with 16. Not that I can be totally objective about being 16, either, but whatever...

20. Your worst enemy?
Myself. (Ooh... that was "deep", man.) Or maybe Dick Cheney.

21. What is your current desktop picture?
A cat that appears to be driving a car. (Yeah, really.)

22. What was the last thing you said to someone?
Probably something obscence I muttered to myself.

23. How do you like your eggs?
Hmmm... if they're fried, sunny side up.

24. Do you like someone?
Well, I like plenty of people in general. I don't really have my eye on anyone in that "like" like way these days, as that's probably what's meant by the question.

25. The last song you listened to?
"Got My Mind Set on You" (long version) by George Harrison (Yeah, you know you secretly love that song!) I'm listening to this George Harrison odds 'n ends collection

Current Mood: still wishing I were sleepy
3:52 am
Alright, so now my journal appears to have reverted to its old-school default setting. Which now, for some reason, does definitely look superior to the one that it had been replaced by. What can I say? I'm just so golly gosh durn easy to please.

Well, I woke up a couple hours ago, wide awake and my body hasn't given me the pleasure of allowing me to feel sleepy again so I though I'd give the ol' journal an update. Not a whole lot of interest to discuss; let's see...

So I took the test for that postal job and am waiting to hear a response, but you know how slow that stuff can be. The test was no problem; I may have not been quite as fast as I should have been on the questions where speed was the major factor, but I aced the more "academic" sections (spelling, grammar, etc.) which should make that problem moot. The worst part was that I ended up sitting across from some dude who kept breezing through every section. I swear, there were five hundred people in there taking this test (what? in this awesome economy of ours I keep hearing about? for a $12.50/hr., most positions part-time, with little-security-or-benefits job? I never!) and I end up seated across from the guy who finishes the test first in the whole room. I didn't get the impression from how the guy presented himself that he was all that sharp or anything; I think he was just rushing through the thing for whatever reason. It still made me pretty nervous. Guess that's just my issue to deal with...

*** I am editing out this paragraph because I truly am paranoid. And that's all I'm gonna say about that.***

So, I just got in some CDs I ordered from Barnes and Noble, but instead of this one by this not-exactly-new group I "discovered" a few months ago, Golden Smog (and even though it's listed correctly on the receipt) it's some sort of Dr. Phil-recommended (really) parenting DVD called The Happiest Toddler on the Block! So that's kind of annoying. Then again, maybe it's a sign from above that my calling in life is to do tantrum-prevention work with the kiddies.

I finally watched Bamboozled! for the first time the other night, and I thought it was great. Yeah, it's over-the-top (and the ending may have been a little too over-the-top even for the film's purpose) but I would figure that was Spike Lee's purpose in including the disclaimer about "satire" twice within the film. The montage at the end was a strong addition, and reminded me of the technically-esteemed but insanely racist Birth of a Nation that I watched once (most of it, at least) in my Progressive Era class. It's scary to think that that film was released less than one hundred years ago (and did really well at the box office, was the first film screened at the White House, and got the KKK up and running for their second incarnation) and how much things have changed since then. At the same time, I think Bamboozled! pretty effectively makes the point that we haven't really gone as far as it may seem. (And if watching it doesn't make the point clear enough to you, you can always go check out some of the truly insane white supremacist rantings on the Birth of a Nation message board on the IMDB. Not that I really recommend that as a way to spend your time; I just said you "can." Scary shit.)

Current Mood: wishing I could sleep
Friday, March 17th, 2006
9:00 pm
You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 10 out of 10 correct!

Hey, I kinda like the new Live Journal default setting...

Current Mood: tired
Saturday, March 11th, 2006
1:00 pm
Spr'eak lives on!
My immediate family members are all beginning their spr'eak this week, so even though I'm not currently a teacher or a student this feels like some sort of holiday to me. I mean, who can resist the endless possibilities of spr'eak? I put out the meme to my parents that this is the "Break of Accomplishments" (and yes, I see how that slogan could be read to mean something the opposite, you cynical, negative person, you) to convince them to not waste this one like they have wasted some of the past ones. But yeah, I see the irony in me lecturing anyone about not wasting their days.

Last night I went to see The Hills Have Eyes and was ID'd for the first time since I actually was underage. It was pretty funny. I'm not sure if the girl was just a stickler for the rules or if I really looked like I was younger than seventeen to someone. If the latter, should I take that as a compliment? Or maybe it was just because I was paying with a credit card... Anyway, I thought it was a decent horror film. A little too violent/gorey for my taste, but it had a somewhat happy ending, unlike that mind-wrecking mess of a horror flick (which shall remain nameless) that I saw a couple of months ago. I also saw West Side Story for the first time the other night and enjoyed it as well. I haven't sat through too many musicals, but this one had better music than most, weird but amusing fighting/dancing hybrid moves, and Natalie Wood, so it's definitely one of the best ones I've seen.

Speaking of films, have you taken me up on the Richard Recommendation Movie Marathon yet, Mess? Hours of enjoyment lie ahead of you; what are you waiting for?

Oh yeah, and Emily, I am directing this to you since you won't update in a journal I can actually comment on. Once again, you disgust me. Why is it that when I tell you you're too good to be picking up on skeezy bartenders I get the brush-off but when that undisputed sage Mr. Vega says the same thing you take it seriously?

Well, that Congressional race I was watching the other day didn't end up going to a runoff, which sucks. Cuellar pulled off 52-percent, 2-percent more than he needed to avoid a runoff. Watch this guy, Henry Cuellar, though. I will bet money that within five-seven years he will have either switched to the Republican Party or be running for statewide office in Texas. Most likely he will do both. It sucks that the folks in his district are voting more based on protecting regional clout than on ideology, but I'm probably being a little unfair. It's just a frustrating situation to political nerds like me.

Alright, I'm going to mow my grandparent's grass. It's (already) that time of year down here again. Fun, fun, fun...

Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
10:46 pm
Alright, pretend I didn't say I was ending this journal; maybe I am, maybe I ain't... All I know is, when election returns are coming in I get glued to the Internet because I get anxious as hell about junk like that, exceptionally minor as it all is in the big scheme of things, and can't tear myself away for hours. Hence the update.

Today I judged a Junior High UIL Informative Speaking contest. This caused me more stress than it would or should any non-insane, non-overly anxious person like myself. After I turned in my ratings for the students and was driving home I started having regrets about what awards I had chosen for a couple of the kids. I went with my gut feeling about how the speeches went overall but started having regrets the more I thought about my decisions. I keep trying to tell myself it's not that big of a deal and there's nothing I could have done about it after delivering my initial ratings to be announced but... well, I just pity anyone else who finds themselves in such a situation. It's the subjectivity of the whole thing that bothers me most.

I received an information packet from the USPS about a job at the "encoding" center in Beaumont that I had inquired about a while back. The test for the position will be in a little over a week. I guess I'm gonna go for it. It's not my dream job and not really a long-term job (I'd need to get a second- maybe third- job to live off the income I'md make of it) but it's a start, and I need a start.

Oh yeah, when I voted today I also signed up to be an election judge in Orange County come November. One of the women working the Democrats' table just asked me if I'd like to when she realized who I was. (I'm a minor celebrity and all that, you know... J/K) So yeah, if I'm still here around then that's cool 'cause it's something I've always wanted to do.

But yeah, so here I sit in suspense, watching the primary election returns come in. Actually, not much in the way of big surprises. That corrupt jerk Tom Delay won his Repug primary, which is good as that's the best candidate for Lampson, who's seeking to replace him, to face. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate is Chris Bell who seems like a good guy and a good candidate, though any Democrat has an uphill battle winning the governorship of Texas. Especially since there's going to be Carole Keeton McClellan Rylander Strayhorn Cougar Mellencamp (I stole that joke from somewhere...) and probably Kinky Friedman on the ballot to split the anti-Governor Goodhair vote three ways. The main race I'm watching now is a South Texas U.S. Congressional district race between former U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, perpetual candidate Victor Morales, and the Bush-loving pseudo-Democrat currently "representing" the district, Henry Cuellar. Rodriguez has a good 20+%-point lead currently, with two-thirds of the vote counted, but Cuellar's home county, Webb County (Laredo), hasn't reported a single vote, and last time around they gave their homeboy 80-percent of the vote. And that county has a history of screwiness, I believe dating back to LBJ's infamous "Ballot Box 13" shenanigans in the late '40's, and going right up to Cuellar's defeat of Rodriguez two years ago, in which Rodriguez led until at the last minute a couple ballot boxes, filled with votes 100-percent for Cuellar, were discovered in Laredo a few days after the election, the inclusion of which allowed Cuellar to win the primary by something like fifty-eight votes. Yeah, that is as screwy as it sounds, and that's why I can't help watching this race to see what kind of junk may go down.

Well that's the news from me for now.

Current Mood: anxious
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
12:56 am
Year in review
I tend to agree with the contention of the oft-wrong-but-not-in-this-case Rolling Stone magazine that this was perhaps the worst year ever. For a variety of reasons, personally and looking at the bigger picture, this is at least the worst year that I believe I have lived through. I know that's not saying much considering the number of years that have passed since the beginning of time, but still... Anyway, I have decided to fill out this survey about the year that I have stolen from the girl whose journal I always steal surveys and the like from. And after this posting, I am going to declare this journal "spent." This just seems like a good stopping point, and besides (a) I like being dramatic about stuff like this, and (b) I feel like getting some sort of closure... on what specifically, I'm not sure, but closure all the same.

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Lived at my "own" place

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't really make any this year. If I do next year, they will be very vague and thus easier to keep.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nobody _really_ close, at least that I can think of.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Same thing.

5. What countries did you visit?
None beyond Amer-kuh; in fact, I went no further west than Austin and no further east than Lafayette.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
A clue. Several of them, actually...

7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I really don't know if there are any specific dates that will stay with me. A handful of events, maybe...

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Uhh... I made A's in the classes that I didn't drop. Yeah, there really ain't much.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Continuing to let my tendencies toward depression and social anxiety rule me.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I got sick a couple times, and fell down the stairs once. Nothing too big, though.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Music, probably. Always a good thing, music.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
There are plenty of good people doing good things. Not a majority of people, probably, but still a good number.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Y'all know me well enough to know the folks who make me most appalled and depressed.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent and food, although much of this was my parents' money. Otherwise, CDs, books, and movies.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Shoot, I can't even remember...

16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
Ugh... I really can't stand the two that popped into my head when I read this questions (Mess and I discussed them this afternoon), so I won't post them in the hopes that I will forget them!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder?
Probably not sadder, but only because I'm become more accustomed to the general suckage of life.

ii. thinner or fatter?
Slightly fatter, at least more out of shape, but nothing too major.

iii. richer or poorer?
Richer, but still a loathsome mooch.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Having a life.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Moping, being nervous/anxious, being uncertain about what I'm doing/what I should do.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I did the usual family thing.

22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
No. And in fact, I was so out of the loop this year I didn't even have more than one or two of the stupid crushes I usually have regularly.

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
"Gilmore Girls" (yeah, I'm hopelessly dorky, I know)

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Not *hate* as far as I can think of, but I'm sure there are a few that I have a lesser opinion of

26. What was the best book you read?
Elmer Gantry, Mother Night, Demian, The Stand maybe; perhaps something else I'm forgetting...

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Drive-by Truckers, maybe. This was mostly a year of getting more into stuff I already knew I liked.

28. What did you want and get?
Lots of time to think...

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Walk the Line or Harry Potter and probably something else I'm forgetting. The third one I saw twice at the theaters was Red Eye but that may have had as much to do with Rachel McAdams as it had to do with the movie.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went and ate dinner with my parents. Woohoo! I turned 22.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I'm not sure of one particular, single thing that would have made some great amount of difference.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
T-shirt and jeans. Really the same "personal fashion concept" I've had for the last several years, and the same t-shirts and jeans for the most part. Hairwise, this has been a year of various, mostly bad, middle-length cuts.

34. What kept you sane?
I don't really know.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Well, "AmTam" of course, even if Mess tries to claim her as his...

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Sadly, I was probably more apathetic this year than I've been since I was in high school. But probably economic issues in general, the "nuclear option", some of Shrub's recent hijinks like spying on people. And the whole fabricated "war on Christmas" was a royal crock of shit.

37. Who did you miss?
Seems like everyone I know, at one point or another.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Maybe Donna who I worked with at the MB.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
Even if it feels urgent that you get something going in your life, don't take an action that doesn't feel right in your gut.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Man, I'm not even going to try, because it would probably be something depressing or cynical, and I don't want this entry to get any more "emo" than it already is.


Current Mood: indifferent
Thursday, December 15th, 2005
4:42 am
I had a difficult time figuring out just what I thought about a handful of the questions, but I think my results described me fairly accurately.

You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.


Cultural Creative
















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