Life or Something Close

Monday, July 25

From the Department of Extreme Redundancy Department....

A very special message for you:
It's freakin hot today!
Cooler on Wednesday though I hope.

Sunday, July 24

Freakin' A!

I miss fall and spring

This sucks today... It's too hot. I'm going out to the garage to clean my car. Check out the podcast for info on yesterday. This is going to be a mostly photoblog for at least another month.

Saturday, July 23

At the indians game tonight damn it's hot out

Tuesday, July 19



Friday, July 8

Before it all begins... The Fourth of July!
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Shaky hands
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I like this one
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Some fireworks...
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Burning man...
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Kelloggs on sale this week....
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Why am I so intrigued by fire?
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Thursday, July 7

Cloud Evolution

To my generation

This Age of Innocence Lost by Jonathan Wallace
In case you haven't heard yet, there were terror attacks today in London. Three trains and a bus were bombed by a yet to be named terrorist group. I will not speculate as to who it is, nor is that my purpose for posting today.
When I arrived at work I did not really have a care on my mind, I was told later that there was a terrorist attack in London and immediately my heart sank. I feel pain for Londoners and all English people today, but what I really feel is a heartfelt sadness for a generation that has forever lost its innocence the world around.
Growing up in the post-Cold War era we have been given many luxuries that our parents and grandparents only dreamed of. We did not fear the "bomb," we have never seen a World War; we have never experienced the fear of being drafted to a far off land to serve in the military. But the events around the world including 9/11, the Spanish train bombings, today's London events and several others have stolen that innocence we once enjoyed.
Now we don’t' need to worry about the "Reds" invading or bombing us while we sleep. We must worry that while we are commuting to work our transportation could be blown up or that our offices might be struck. We must go through great security measures when traveling in an effort to hopefully catch someone before something bad happens. The innocents must feel like criminals while the guilty are free to parade around the world and wreak havoc on other peaceful societies.
On 9/11 I felt a sense of patriotism that I don't think I've ever felt before. I was proud to be American, no matter how vile that seems to others around the world. I was proud to see the strength and resolve that we had and the power to overcome and conquer that we showed. I can only hope that the English can rise to the occasion as well if not better than we did.
As a world community, we must resolve to conquer these foes of freedom. We must seek them out and destroy their way of life. I do not mean that to be against any religion or country in particular. I realize that broad stroking of a religion or race or nationality is the exact wrong step to take. We must find the individuals and specific groups that are responsible for ruining our lives and end their reign of terror on everyone.
My intent here is not to critique the choices of the government of any country, the wars being waged in the Middle East and Central Asia. It is merely to say to those that have lost their innocence to these horrid people who constantly must destroy our lives, I feel your pain and I to feel like I have had my life taken out of my hands and thrown to some political force over which I have little to no control.
People of London: My heart and prayers are with you, forgive me for being cliché but "LiveStrong"
People of my generation: Through vigilance and strength we can make the world a place that is once again for our children and the generations to come.

Random Crap I found funny today

  • Overheard in the Office - I read this daily in bloglines... today's was one of the best though...
  • Mariopedia For the gamer in all of us that loves that little italian plumber....
  • An odd photoblog Some interesting stuff
  • From the "Not Funny at All Column": London Attacked! Whoever did this will pay the price. We all must answer to our creator, whatever name we call Him by.

Wednesday, July 6

RE: SW Ep 3 Opening Battle Sequence

It's like watching a swarm of bumblebees simultaneously masturbate while singing "We Are The Champions" - impressive, but nonsensical.

I peed a little...

Tuesday, July 5

I love the 4th of July!

**Side note before I even start: I hear much better in my right ear than in my left...**
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I'm playing with Technorati today... Hence the link above... please ignore for now.
Last night was the 4th... actually the entire day was the 4th but you know what I mean. We started off the venign by heading to the fireworks store to buy some firecrackers and bottle rockets. I learned what the numbers mean on the firecrackers (i.e. 40/16 & 40/40) The bigger numbers are better is all I've learned actually. I started with 40/16 at first... and some 99 cent bottle rockets and the obligatory smoke bombs.
We headed back to Erin's to test them out. I was grossly disappointed with the firecrackers, waaay too small for me. Bottle rockets and smoke were fine though. So then we ate tidnner with her fam, ribs rock. After sitting aroudn for a bit longer we again headed to the fireworks store to get some different firecrackers and a larger supply of bottle rockets. 40/40 this time, much better. I got a little carried away though, I ended up with over 750 bottle rockets and probably around 200 sets of Black Cat firecrackers... They are all in my trunk right now, hopefully no one rear-ends me whiel they are still there... BOOM!
After picking up some supplies we headed to Cicero to watch the big display over the lake. Really cool I took some pics and will have a few up here soon. My cam rocks at shooting fireworks I think, much better than before anyway.
I'm peeling bad right now, really bad. I hurts to move still. I got burnt on Wednesday, I should be better now. Wonder if I should start worrying yet? My skin is looking like leather... oh well We'll give it another few days cause I honestly think that I'm starting to get better. I actually slept for the first time in a week last tnight I was feeling so much better.
Better get back to work...

Sunday, July 3

Happy 4th Everyone

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The following words were spoken by the late Red Skelton on his television
program as he related the story of his teacher, Mr. Laswell, who felt
his students had come to think of the Pledge of Allegiance as merely
something to recite in class each day.


me, an individual, a committee of one.


dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.


my love and my devotion.


our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever
she waves, there's respect because your loyalty has given
her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job!


that means that we have all come together.


individual communities that have united into 48 great states.
Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and
purpose; all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to
a common purpose, and that's love for country.


a state in which sovereign power is
invested in representatives chosen by the
people to govern. And government is the people
and it's from the people to the leaders, not from
the leaders to the people.


one nation, meaning "so
blessed by God"


Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said
that is a prayer
and that would be eliminated from schools too?

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country
and two words have been added to the pledge of Allegiance...


incapable of being divided.


which is freedom -- the right of power to live one's
own life without threats, fear or some sort of


the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.


which means, boys and girls, it's as much your
country as it is mine.


Thanks Emmy