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Journal Journal: Ask a subset 1

Okay, I've got a Wii, and want to rent games for it before committing to owning them - has anyone had any experiences good, bad, or otherwise, with gamefly, gametap, or any other such game rental places? Suggestions as to which one would have the widest selection of Wii games and best rate for one-at-a-time rental no late fee programs? Thank you!

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Journal Journal: Catching up, blogging, (boredom, might be bragging warnings) 6

Snowed in in Kitsap might be a better title, but what the hell: Thursday was snow day off work, Friday was scheduled off anyway for an appointment that didn't happen due to the other party not getting to their office - 'salright, we got the cash portion of my mother's estate distributed, the property is still pending everybody being able to get to the attorneys' office: I know, using attorney might be seen as lazy/bad, but given the mess my mother left, I'm entirely glad that 1) I wasn't named executor ("personal representative" is the new PC-speak) and 2) we could advise my step-sister to send all inquiries to said attorney's office.
          Ever wanted to disown siblings? 'Nuffsaid! (Thank you, Mr. Lee)
          Meanwhile back at the (snowed under) farm... Paid off my wife's truck and medical bills, did some splurging on wardrobe replacements and toys, and am replacing income lost due to not being able to get to work - tried on Saturday, helping out because area manager forgot to shut off order availabilities, national customer service called to cancel, we tried delivering anyway - 6 hours for 5 deliveries, 2 of 'em to house-bound wheelchair-bound - I truly enjoy my job when we're helping those who truly need our service...
      The wife-angel is still fighting round 4 with her cancer - the truly great news is that the med regimen she's on is oral/non-chemo, so very few very mild side-effects, and her OCA count is dropping, while her kidney functions are almost all back within norms - one of them will not be, she'll show the damage on every test for life, but the others are okay.
        Number one son is kicking ass writing code in LA, apparently happier than a pig in slop - missing him, but glad he isn't trapped at the airport.
          Number one step-son is bemoaning 3 FEET of snow at Flagstaff, he's getting uncle sam to under-write his college via ROTC (Army, at that!), so he's good...
          Number two step-son is just flat kicking ass and taking no names whatsoever: In a training exercise in CA (JUST out of Basic/AIT/Airborne), he drew some high-level attention to himself with his performance: A Lt. Col. and Command Sgt. Major got together and decided he needed to go to Ranger selection and Sniper training (he was in the third of the class that graduated selection), he went back to his duty station for a week, two weeks leave for holidays, then he goes to Sniper school before getting rotated to whatever's next.
          Me? I'm following through on going back to school in spring to start the finish of my Bachelor's degree in psych - now that the wife's health is not a claim on my time and finances are straight, no more excuses! The Wii Fit will help me get my health/fitness back...
          All in all, a good period in our lives to be celebrated - Solstice, Christmas, Saturnalia, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Hannukah, insert-name-of-holiday-here, they're all good - once the snow melts so I can finish the shopping for my wife-angel, (doing my bit to support the local economy, doncha know), everything will be as good as it can be for the moment - a long drawn out way of saying my wishes that goodness also surrounds my Slashdot friends now and throughout the coming year.

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Journal Journal: Friend reason: Dragnl0rd

I just wanna know how the hell my son wound up with a lower UID than mine - unless he signed up during that dark period when both of us worked for the same batch of ungrateful bastards...

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Journal Journal: Letter of Secession 3

Dear Red States:
          If you manage to steal this election too we've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan,
Illinois and all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.
          To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss. We get 85% of
America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama.
We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states pay their fair share.
Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22% lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.
          Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once.
If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq , and hope that the
WMDs turn up, but we're not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.
          With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80% of the country's fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation's fresh fruit, 95% of America's quality wines, 90% of all cheese, 90% of the high tech industry, 95% of the corn and soybeans (thanks Iowa!), most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all
living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
          With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92% of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.
We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
          Additionally, 38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the war, the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher
morals then we lefties.
Finally, we're taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.
Peace out,
--Blue States

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Journal Journal: If X were Y 6

Inspired by TomHudson's latest Baptist rant, which reminded me of several sayings, such as:
"If brains were gunpowder, he couldn't blow his nose."
"If brains were gasoline, she couldn't power a pissant's scooter 'round the inside of a cheerio."
"If shit were sand, his head would be the Sahara."
"If bullshit were electricity, he could light the eastern seaboard."
By ALL means, feel free to weigh in with your favorites...

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Journal Journal: Catching up 5

(Also known as recent history)(boredom potential near maximum)

The Mrs. is doing well, 3 down 3 to go on her latest chemo regimen - every time is an adventure, can't wait to see the shade and curl content when her hair grows back in (approx. 1 month after final treatment)...

I'm gainfully employed at a job I can leave at work when I leave work - it's not glorious, but then, it doesn't have to be, it fills my needs...

My mother's estate is finally winding towards a close sometime in July - it'd be truly ironic if it closed July 5th, as it was 30 years ago July 4th that our family moved into the house she was transported from...

My other projects are growing, in fits and starts mostly too slowly for my impatience, but growing... Bazi, book, gameshow, investments, inventions, website ideas...

My job includes some physical work and the Bazi is working, so the weight loss is continuing on my personal health front...

I've even had some spare time and seen a couple movies recently! "Forbidden Kingdom" was subtle like sledgehammer - worth watching only for the wire-fu choreography; "Iron Man" is the best of the Marvel genre to date! Casting kudos, Downey is perfect as Stark; Sweeney Todd on video, only because those songs still creep in when the family dines out - disturbing...

Our garden will contain a much higher edible percentage than in years prior, and we're looking into getting a bull calf from a local dairy farm - 6 months or so from now, beef will be what's for dinner...

Helping my younger step-son prepare for Army basic training...

And, in my copious *spare* time, reading my friends' /. JEs.

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Journal Journal: More whining/ask a subset 12

Yesterday, I messed up about as badly as one can while staying within the bounds of law: I allowed all of the stresses and frustrations I've been feeling both about my wife and my job to come to a head and, when my boss began to address some of my shortcomings at work (I had been short, curt, sometimes outright rude to some of my co-workers), to the point that when I heard her say "I'm tired of people telling me what an asshole you are" - I did the worst possible thing I could do - I proved her/them right: I snarled "Let me make this easy for you, I'll go get my stuff out of the office.", slammed three doors, cleared my belongings, turned over what I had of the company's property, and drove away.

I have since sent a sincere apology email asking for a second chance. I know they don't owe me anything, I'll be pleasantly surprised if I do get a positive response (and suspect that my wife's situation has the most to do with it - but then, if it weren't for her I wouldn't *need* to go back), but in the meantime, the pattern has hit again.

I get a job, I'm happy, grateful for whatever combination of circumstances got it for me - 3-5 months later, the balance shifts and most of what I see are shortcomings.

Short of a bullet to the brain or lobotomy, what is the best cure for being such an intolerable condescending ass? It seems as if all of my habits lead me to give back worse than I get, very self-destructive, sabotaging almost every chance I grasp at to get myself to a better place/state of being and dumping me backwards.

I've cleared my bookshelves of almost all of the self-help titles I own - I've read them, and re-read some, for whatever reason the behaviors described haven't internalized sufficiently, the impatience, sneer and snarl jump back up at the first (even imagined) slight.

Sorry for dumping. I'm waiting for the call that will reveal where I may go from here.

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Journal Journal: Meme-carriers don't die of memes... 1

Post a comment to this thread, and I will:

1. Tell you why I befriended you (If I remember).
2. Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a color, a photo, etc..
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
6. Tell you my favorite user pic of yours (If I've seen one).
7. In return, you must post this in your Journal/Blag/whatever.

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Journal Journal: Gratitude (high emotion content) 9

Well, we are moving forward with a new theme: "Today, she is alive (and free of symptoms)" If there is some Infinite, all-knowing, all-powerful being, and I ever get to face it, I'm going to do my level best to kick It in the most painful way I'm capable... giving me this angel of a wife, then visiting this cancer shit on her, not once, nor twice, three times she kicked its ass, here it is a 4th, and the treatments from the first 3 are not viable options - see, were it me, I'd say "Gee, I really was/am an asshole - well, it sucks, but I guess I earned it." She has never done *anything* in her life to deserve more than an occasional head cold karmically. Color me stupid, with a redeeming quality of having the sense to latch on to her, but I just don't get how anything like cause and effect enters into play here. unless It knows that doing this to her hurts me worse by far than it would doing it to me, in which case God is actually a vicious bastard indeed.
Tried the buddha thing, remove the attachment, remove the suffering - either I'm too weak, or my systems are hardwired to attach to at least a few things/people - the fewer the attachments, the stronger, though, at least that's how it seems, as if I have x quanta of attach-force that must be in play in order not to become a complete sociopath.
Anyway, today, she is alive. Despite the crap inside her body, she's alive. In discussing the current predicament, she, with her wisdom, suggests/demands life as normal as possible as long as possible, so... I'm back.
(oh, the new sig: we're trying some alternative and holistic approaches to health - I'm also needing to build additional income against a possible time she won't be working on anything beyond healing)

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Journal Journal: For a while, farewell 6

Real life (silly, to a spiritual person, physical life is no more 'real' than the intarweb life is to your average basement-dwelling hacker), anyway, real life physical world circumstances are currently demanding too much of my waking time: I know I'd be concerned if any of my friends on here dropped away without prior mention, so, to spare my friends that kind of worry, I'm letting you all know it's intentional. For those of you who pray, please add my wife's health to your prayers... I'll be back, I just have no idea when, or what state of mind I'll be in at that time. Thank you all for everything you've given me, including your kind attentions. For whatever my wishes might be worth, may peace be unto you and yours.

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Journal Journal: JesseL Friend reason 1

Mutual friends in common, and an enjoyment of R.A.H. and Spider Robinson's works.

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Journal Journal: 10th Anniv. Party 3

Thank you to Pudge and the others who worked on the party - the pizza and soda were good, our hosts (Amazon) were very kind both in providing the space and with adding in some door prizes (I actually WON something - yay!) - contrary to stereotypes and beliefs, there are some very nice ladies who slashdot (yeah, I know, verbing nouns wierds language)... Met *nocomment*, thank you for the conversation... any time one can add a friend, that time has not been wasted.

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Journal Journal: Life happenings

          The wife's hair is coming back in, a most becoming steel shade, tight curls (think ringlets only somewhat softened/relaxed), and all is well with herself, her mini-horses, and the progress in our yard.
          Me, I've gotten a new job, managing a business office for a local Home dealing with Alzheimer's and dementia-affected residents - got a whole new respect for all those others who've waded into a new position where their predecessor did NOT do the job, and, for the first time, the word "Manager" goes onto my resume' working for a company other than one of my many "learning experiences"!
          For as many times as I've whined, moaned, complained or outright bitched, let the record show that right now, today, in every situation/aspect/circumstance/whatever affecting my life where I have control and ownership, I am happy, content, and (although I don't know precisely to Whom or What) utterly and completely grateful. Perfection may be illusory, but all of the different progresses in all of the facets that matter are currently satisfactory.
          Here's wishing for each of you the experience of the sense of contentment and peace I'm feeling right now.

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