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August 15th, 2009

I do love to talk about myself, but I'm actually a little shy about this.Collapse )

May 29th, 2009

I spend too much time on political news, discussions of policy, esp. foreign affairs. I'm sincerely angry about the fact that we tortured captives (whether or not they were "bad people") - I think it debases us as a nation, gives our enemies a recruiting tool, and gives us false information. And no, I don't buy the "ticking time bomb" exception - life is not an episode of 24.

But I saw this post linked a few different times...

(from The Observer)

The 83 Waterboardings of Abu ZubaydahCollapse )

April 13th, 2009

"Well, I think this puts an end to the pirates vs. ninjas debate...

Edit: Sorry - the link is to a Washington Post article about the SEAL takedown of the pirate stand off this weekend. The pirates were on a lifeboat with no fuel, on a tow cable from the Navy destroyer, with little water and food, and waving guns at the merchant captain. They didn't do a lot of endgame planning...

March 30th, 2009

So finally, a post! Maighread and I officially closed on our home in Camelot this morning.
Our lawyer was excellent (and thankfully not very neccessary), the bank's lawyer was a bit of a jackass. Now resuming our unpacking, unloading and stowing away...

November 12th, 2008

Only News is Bad News...

I don't post to LJ at all anymore, but I figure I can use this to relay some hard news -

Elmo (my parents' 8 yr old golden) died this morning while my parents were getting ready to go. He was a sweet dog with a wonderful personality and more smarts than I ever expected to find in a golden. My dad's going out this morning to find a spot in the yard to bury him.

If you knew Elmo, feel free to send my parents a note - I'm sure they'll be glad to get condolences from those of you who'll miss him too. I'm going to visit them after I get back from CA.

February 23rd, 2008

Movie Meme

It's been like 4 months since my last post, but I really like movies...

That same Movie Meme that all the cool kids are doing...Collapse ) - Well that didn't take too long... All but 2 are complete 3 hours after I posted...

September 28th, 2007

Mom Update

For any / all concerned - Mom's in recovery right now in the ICU. Operation was a complete success, surgeon was very positive. That said, she still has 5 days in the hospital and then 6-8 weeks of recovery time.

But still, *WHEW*

September 27th, 2007

(no subject)

For those of you I haven't seen or talked to in the last 2 days...

My Mom is in the hospital again - the angioplasty and stents that they placed in her coronary arteries in August are already starting to block up - my Mom's cholesterol delivery system knows just where it wants to place deposits. So my Mom will be having a double bypass performed tomorrow (ie Sept 28) in the morning. All signs from the surgeons are that she's an excellent candidate for this (young, healthy, thin, non-smoker), but she (and all of the family) are all freaked out about this.

So please keep her in your thoughts tomorrow morning, and I'll try to update everyone with news in the afternoon.

February 28th, 2007

10 Things...

This is too much fun to not pipe up. Plus, I'm in training this week, so my work and sleep schedules are a little more relaxed... Here are 10 things that I've done (or at least experienced) that I don't think you have - please correct me if I'm wrong...

  1. Worked a "grinder" on an America's Cup Yacht
  2. Been teargassed (not recommended)
  3. Ran a marathon
  4. Driven a fire engine (and ran the siren!)
  5. Toured "the Notch" (old SAC command bunker buried in the hills south of Amherst)
  6. Grabbed the Queens' Banner in the Woods
  7. Ran a weekly FRPG with 12 regular players (not recommended)
  8. Slept in an open lean-to in -5F weather
  9. Scored a 1st Class rating on the Marine Corps PFT
  10. Showed Natural Born Killers to a high school class as a substitute teacher.
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