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Journal Journal: Daylight Savings Time = NO YUO!!!! 1

DST sucks.

DST was one of the reasons I moved from Michigan back to good 'ole Indiana eight years ago. Now it come back to haunt me.....

Driving to work in the dark again, after looking forward to some morning daylight during the winter, sucks.

Getting dark at 9-10pm sucks.

Having to change all your clocks twice a year sucks.

That is all.

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Journal Journal: What a weekend: Retreats, Acid, and allergies 1

I'm glad these weekend come around every once in a while.

Our oldest son (age 14, let's call him 'E') was at a retreat staring Friday morning until late afternoon. The retreat location is approx. 60 miles from our house. My wife and I made the trip back and forth twice, once on Saturday evening then on Sunday for the closing ceremony and to bring him home. Talk about a lot of driving....

Saturday afternoon our youngest son (age 2, let's call him 'L') somehow got the toilet bowl cleaner down off the top shelf in our laundry room, discovered how to open it, the preceeded to squirt it all over the room and himself. He off course started to scream when the burning set in. Rhonda and I quickly got his clothes off and put him the bathtub. I started poring water all over him while she called poison control. L had a section on his lower left leg that was already turning bright red, like a bad sunburn. After about 45 minutes in the bathtub the redness had started to fade and he was no longer crying from the burning. He was lucky none got in his eyes or mouth.

So Sunday morning after church it's off to Lowe's to look for a lockable cabinet. Found a decent one that will do the job.

Where do the allergies come into this? Well last night (Sunday) at about 9pm Rhonda gets hit with a bad allergy attack. She has gotten these before, the symptons include both of her eyes swelling shut, bad itching/hives on her hands, feet and sometime torso, and her throat become constricted, all happening in about 15-30 minutes. This time she was able to use her epi-pen so we avoided a trip to emergency room, but it was touch and go for a little while. Her allergist has ruled out a food based allergy, so it is something airborne, but discovering exactly what it is seems impossible.

So, how was everyone else's weekend?

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Journal Journal: Story on /. about where you grew up. Wierd 2

This story: about Kokomo, IN popped up on the /. main page a little while ago.

My Dad was born and raised in Kokomo, although my parents moved out of town when I was about a year old and settled in the rural metropolis of Wawpecong (what, no wikipedia link?), pop 75, about 10 miles north of Kokomo.

Dad worked at the Chrysler transmission plant in Kokomo for 34 years, my Mom at Kokomo's St. Joseph hospital for 35. My sister's family still lives in Kokomo.

I guess it is a little wierd to see a story on /. about a place where you are/were still close to.

I'm just rambling........

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Journal Journal: Friday meme? I'm on it!

Ocean or Lake? Lake. I'm pretty much a landlubber....

Pizza or Chinese? Chinese, from the 'Everything OK' Chinese restaurant of course.

Mansion or Penthouse? Mansion

Have you been on a Jet Ski? Yes.

Are you afraid of clowns? No, they just make me sad......

How many brothers/sisters do you have? Two younger sisters.

Favorite band/group? Varies, but I'm listening to a fair amount of BNL at the moment.

Baseball or football? Football all the way.

Favorite brand of makeup? N/A

Waffles or pancakes? Waffles

Do you have an iPod? Our oldest son has a shuffle. Does that count?

Bike or scooter? Bike

Ever go in a hot air balloon? No, but would like to try.

How will you celebrate turning 21?I'm already 21, but I remember lots of liquor and a seedy strip club in a college town......

What brand computer do you have? Built my own, so it's a MacBrave. Oh, the wife just got a new Dell laptop.....

How many times have you been to DisneyWorld? Once, when I was 16.

Favorite city? Don't really have a favorite

Ice cream or frozen yogurt? Ice cream.

Do you think you are fat? Yes

Ever throw up in a public place?Maybe, while in college......

Do you have a pool? No

Ever drive a car? Every day.

How many times a month do you go to the movies? Last movie you saw? Watched Van Helsing last night via Netflix. What a pile.......

Who is your hero?My parents.

How old are your parents? Dad is 65 and Mom is 62.

What deceased person would you like to meet? My maternal grandfather since he died when I was like 3.......

Do you chew ice? Yes

Have you been to California?No, and have no desire to visit.

Last book you read? And finished? Oryx and Crake.

Favorite teacher? Mr. David Beal, HS government teacher.

Do you like to go fishing? On occasion.

How many boyfriends/girlfriends have you had? One.

How many of those do you regret? None, since I married her!

What is (WAS!!!) your average in school? Graduated from ISU with a 3.04 GPA. Can't remember high school....

Favorite professional team?Chicago Bears

Do you like mohawks? No.

How many pairs of shoes do you own? 5-6

Do you floss? Yes. Every day

Do you have braces? No, don't get me started on that scam.....

Do you bite your nails? Yes, compulsively at times....

What is your last thought before falling asleep? Depends on what happened that day......

Do you fall in love easily? No.

Ever have a crush and they never knew? Yes.

Do you babysit? No

Ever been shot at? Yes, paintball is a fun sport.

Do you work out/exercise? Not enough.

Do you have 6 pack abs? No.

Do you consider yourself nice? Yes

What movie character would you like to be? Han Solo or Indiana Jones.

Do you go to camp for the summer? Have been to a number of Cub Scout/Webelos camps with my sons.

Ever been bit by a snake? No

Have you been on a boat? Yes

Name of friend you have known the longest? Mike

?Do you like jumping on a trampoline? Yes

Ever break a bone? No

Name of favorite Aunt/Uncle? Aunt Mary

What is your ultimate job? Game tester/reviewer.

Do you want to walk on the moon? Sure!

Can you name the seven dwarfs? Yes

Favorite TV show? Battlestar Galatctica and Lost.

Apples or oranges? Oranges

Favorite model of car? Dodge Charger

Favorite flower? Dandelion

Favorite color? Blue

Besides family, ever have someone of the opp sex in your bedroom? ? Yes.....

Ever climb out your bedroom window?No

Do you live in an apartment or house? House.

How many times in the last month have you had the hiccups? Zero.

Ever laugh so hard milk came out your nose? Milk? Nope

How many cousins do you have? Around a dozen I think.....

Do you believe in ghosts? Yes.

If you were a bird, what would you be? An eagle.

Ever get stitches? Yes.

If you could, would you want to know what your future was going to be? No

How many kids do you want to have? Already have four, and that is enough.

If you could change your name, what would it be? Chuck Norris.

Dogs or cats? Dogs, but I like cats as well.

Who do you tell your problems to? God and my wife.

Who can your tell your secrets to and know they won't tell? See above.

Do you believe in love at first sight? No

Do you go to church? yes

Would you marry outside your religon? Yup.

Volleyball or tennis? Tennis

How many people were at your last party? about 15-20.

Ever ride in a limo? Yes

Ever drink champagne? Yes, but really don't care for it....

Favorite dinner? Steak or Brats....

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Journal Journal: Four things Meme - my take

Corn detassling
Baling hay
Pizza Hut pizza guy
Senior systems analyst

The Shawshank Redemption
Back To The Future
Saving Private Ryan
ROTK: Return of the King

Wawpecong, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Canton, Michigan (suburb of Detroit)
Frankfort, Indiana

Around the Horn (ESPN)
The McLaughlin Group

Disney World
Holiday World
Mammoth Cave
St. Louis Arch

Ars Technica
Boardgame Geek

German Chocolate cake w/ coconut icing
A good piece of prime rib
shrimp scampi

In Bed
At Home
Christmas shopping (wierd but true....)

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Journal Journal: Meme madness!

I'm game:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Turn to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"Be patient; since the process is the same each time, you'll quickly get used to it, especially if you partially automate the process by means of a script file such as the presented in the following section."

From Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages

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Journal Journal: Hot Dog weekend

This past weekend? I'm dubbing it the 'Hot Dog weekend' because when I look back on it I think every meal we had, except breakfast, contained hot dogs. And get this, our town's High School mascot is the 'Hot Dogs' (no kidding)!

And school starts on Wednesday for the three oldest. E-man starts high school and has his first soccer game later this week. I'm hoping no high drama ensures like three years ago when he entered middle school......

The wife is getting her potty training agenda together for the youngest. She figures it will easier when the older boys are out of the house and she can dedicate all her time to the L-man. But so far he has shown an incredible stubborn streak at times, even for a two year old. Of course the wife blames this stubborness on me while I point the finger at her.

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Journal Journal: Hot

When I got to work this morning the A/C was out. Apparently has been since Thursday evening.

Now it's about 82-85 degrees in here, with the humidity to boot. The only good thing is I work downstairs, the larger office area is in the 2nd floor. I hear it's an unbearable hotbox up there........

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Journal Journal: Free public education my ass....... 6

Here in the great state of Indiana primary and secondary public education is supposedly free (i.e. supported by taxpayers), but the families have to pay for textbook rental,unless you earn below a certain income in which case the fees are reduced or free, another sore issue altogether.

Just got the texbook rental fees for our three sons that are in school. The grades are: high school freshman (9th grade), a 5th grade, and 3rd grade. Total textbook rental fee for all three: $299.69
And this is free public education? Tack on top of that the teacher's school supply list that seems to get longer every year and you are spending a sizeable amount of $.

Do any other states out here require families to pay textbook fees as well? I know when we lived in Michigan and our oldest entered first grade (we moved to IN after his 1st grade year) we didn't pay any texbook fees..........

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Journal Journal: Cub Scout Camp

After reading bethanie's journal entry from 7/14 about summer camp I just had to comment about my recent summer camp experience.

Got back Saturday morning (7/16) from taking my 10-year old son and eight other Webelos scouts to Webelos Adventure camp. Three days of shooting bb-guns, archery, swimming, crafts, water fights, canoeing (rained out however), etc. The weather was blah however, with temps in the mid-80's and about 90-100% humidity the entire time. Everything we brought, and I mean everything, was damp when we got home.

And surprisingly the kids were pretty well behaved. This group had a couple of potential hell raisers in it but they were good until the morning we left, when I had to put a stop to some good-natured pushing that was quickly escalating into a fight.

Another quick comment: I can't believe the amount of medicated kids we have these days. Of the nine boys we took two brought some kind of ADD/ADHD medication (and I found out after camp that a third boy is also ADHD, but his Mom takes him off his meds during the summer. Calls Ritalin a 'school only drug'). When I was checking in I swear the pack in front of me had at least 12 boys with meds. I guess I've been lucky with my four sons so far.......

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Journal Journal: Absentee ballot opinion

Is is just me, or does absentee ballots (and for that matter, early voting) use seem to be on the upswing?

And what's funny, it seems to be mostly for the wrong reasons. Listening to NPR this morning there was a story where they briefly interviewed about 3 individuals who had applied for absentee ballots. The tone I got from the interviews was that they were voting absentee because 'the polling times were inconveniant' and 'I don't want to stand in line for 2 hours'.

Sorry, but voting is one of those small prices we pay for being a democracy. Having to get up an hour earlier in the morning to go vote, or having to stand in line shouldn't be an issue, it should be something you take pride in as an American.

I know that there are valid reasons why people vote absentee but a lot of people out there seem to be taking advantage of the system and voting absentee not because getting to the polls on election day would be difficult/impossible but because it's simply too inconveniant.

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Journal Journal: Today is a good day 3

My wife is heading on over to Sears this morning and buying the gas-powered leaf blower that I've always wanted.

Leaves beware. Should be a fun weekend.........

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Journal Journal: Old Houses

This past weekend we helped our friends move. They moved from a small ranch into a 130 year-old, 2 story Victorian.

This got me thinking. For my entire short 37-year life the houses I've lived in have all been 50+ years old. Now this doens't count college dorms or apartment complexes.

I grew up in an approximately 100 year-old house (my parents still live there). For about a year during my college years myself and 3 friend rented a 50+ year-old house. While living in Michigan we lived in aparment complexes or townhouses. We currently own a 75+ year old house.

Of course old houses have their 'challenges' compared to new homes. Stuff like non-level floors and ceiling. Old electrical wiring (recently installed new outlets and switches in our kitchen. Three different types of wiring was found) and plumbing. Big, cast-iron floor registers and fresh-air return in the floor instead of the walls. Old drafty windows. The list can go on and on.

But IMHO the atmosphere, detail, and workmanship showned in many older homes put most newer homes to shame. We simply love the woodwork, hardwood floors, and high ceilings. The leaded glass windows. The french doors. The built-in linen closet upstairs. The quirky 'secret door' in my son's bedroom that leads up to the attic. Again the list can go on and on.....

So, what are your takes on older vs. newer homes?

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Journal Journal: Trolls + nazi editors strike again 1

Due to excessive bad posting from this IP or Subnet, comment posting has temporarily been disabled. If it's you, consider this a chance to sit in the timeout corner . If it's someone else, this is a chance to hunt them down. If you think this is unfair, please email with your MD5'd IPID and SubnetID, which are "4e499d323eaf2b4cdaa4781a082a6642" and "09cc152cc712bf3c71144e519a0d5876" and (optionally, but preferably) your IP number "XX.XXX.XXX.XXX" and your username "MacBrave".

Working in a organization with 2000+ others on the same subnet, with at least 1 troll who ruins it for others, sucks sometimes. And I've tried emailing with no response.

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