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Monday, April 20th, 2009
1:37 pm
Emerald City ComiCon
So a couple weekends ago we went up to Seattle for the ECCC. This is a long post, with a bunch of pictures, so I'm gonna save your page and put this under a cut.

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
12:27 am
We just bought a house!
So....we just (most likely) bought a house. We offered, they counter-offered, and we accepted their counter offer. Inspection will be in the next few days, and barring anything crazy coming up from that, in approximately one month we will close and be first-time homebuyers.

This is crazy scary, and we've really only been seriously looking for a few weeks, but financially this is a very good time to buy, and the second house we actually looked at turns out to be pretty near perfect. It's in good condition, it's basically move-in ready, it's in a good quiet neighborhood, it's got a good amount of space, and it's essentially just what we were looking for. Compared to other homes in the same price range, and other homes with the same square footage, I think we got an excellent deal.

So we're nervous, and excited, and scared, and happy, and everything. Yeah. That's about all, really. Oh, and I got a promotion at work, but I'll post about that separately. Sometime. Probably.

Current Mood: nervous/excited/scared/happy
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
11:23 am
Trip to Texas
Well, I did promise to at least attempt to update my LJ once in a while. And so I'm gonna post about Texas.

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Friday, December 28th, 2007
5:37 pm
Annual Christmas post
So I figure that I ought to at least attempt to update this once in a while. So I'll start with my Christmas post, and hopefully remember to update more often (haha).

So, from Melissa's parents I got the Heroes graphic novel collection, which I've been wanting since it came out a month or so ago, but hadn't picked up yet. I also got a bunch of money, of which some has gone to buying myself a nice portable DVD player. From Melissa I got a nifty rainproof leather hat, in an Australian style, that I've been wanting to buy since we moved out here to Portland. So yay for that. (Gotta go to the store and check the size though, it *might* be too small. When I get that straightened out, I'll post pictures of me in the hat.) From my parents I got a box of fudge. I also got some money from my grandparents.

This may not seem like much to you, and it's probably less that I'd get otherwise. But there is a reason for that, and that's because a lot of money this year went to buying my wife's present: two plane tickets to Texas, to visit all of her friends from college for a week. She's thrilled about that, and we can't wait to go (next week!).

In other news, I got to meet one of my favorite TV actors at work today. None other than David Anders, possibly better known as Adam Monroe / Takezo Kensei or Julian Sark. I'm a huge fan of his from both those TV shows, and it was really cool to meet him in person. I got to shake his hand, and hear him actually speak in his accent :P And, incidentally, make my wife and much of my friends' list very jealous.

Here's to more posting in 2008!

Current Mood: chipper
Friday, December 29th, 2006
10:06 pm
Christmas 2006
Yeah, I'm posting just to show off what all I got. What of it?

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In other news, I basically got a new job working for the same company. I'm totally psyched over it, but I'm getting tired of writing. Plus if I give details about it, I'll want to make that a Friends-only post. The gist of it is 8-5, M-F, with my own desk and (large) cubicle and everything. Makes me very happy.

Current Mood: grateful
Saturday, August 5th, 2006
8:48 pm
Dear Paul:

Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that your exemplary grade point average for Spring Quarter 2006 has earned you a position on the Dean's List. This is a wonderful academic achievement!

Naming you to the Dean's List is our recognition of the hard work you have done during this past quarter. Take pride in your academic success and keep up the good work.

Best wishes for your future academic endeavors!


David Hockenbery, Ph.D., Dean
Arts and Sciences Division

John Marr, Ph.D., Dean
Career and Technical Programs Division

Janet Wagner, Ph.D., Dean
Community Education and Workforce Development Division

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, April 14th, 2006
4:33 pm
It's really hot today
Yay for nice weather!

Also, exercise.

Current Mood: recumbent
Friday, February 10th, 2006
8:59 pm
Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
8:52 am
Skiing, Part 2 (The Present)
After the great time we had going skiing last month, Melissa wanted to go again. Her parents' church was planning a group trip at Winterplace for January 23rd, but I wasn't able to get the day off. She couldn't decide if she wanted to drive down there herself or not. The group made it easier when they had to postpone the trip a week, because not enough people would be able to go. So it was rescheduled for the 30th, and I was able to get the day off work.

We were getting worried, because the weather was pretty warm, and it was supposed to rain. Skiing in rain would not be fun. But we went anyways, and the most recent report was that rain was not supposed to start until late afternoon. It didn't rain at all while we were down there, though we did run into a little on the way back home. So that was good.

It was odd seeing the mountain again, but this time with a lot less snow on it. All the trails had snow, but because of the warm weather most of the tree space between the trails was just muddy. And the snow wasn't as nice and powdery as the last time, but more slush and in the shady spots, ice. But it was still quite enjoyable.

I went down some of the beginner slopes and the easier intermediate ones to get the hang of it again, and was doing really well. We did a little bit of skiing with other people from the church group, but mostly it was just me and Melissa together. We finally decided to tackle Snow Bowl again.

Well this time I got about halfway down before I wiped out, so it was better than last time. I was definitely improving my technique, so I wanted to tackle it again. Tried it two more times, getting a little further each time, but the third time I crashed hard, and my skis got tangled together and I bruised my leg (my first actual skiing "injury". I felt fine, I just needed to rest for a minute before I started again, and I could put weight on it and everything. But the accident had messed up a part of the ski (same part that had messed up earlier that day, when I wiped out on a different track). That plus Melissa being a little tired meant it was time to take a break in the lodge, so she could sit and I could get my ski fixed.

So we went in and rested for a few minutes, got my ski fixed (the brake had come out of its holder, which meant I could still use it to ski, but if it came off there wouldn't be anything stopping the ski from just sliding down the hill. There was some problem with the piece, and they just threw it away after the second time and put in a new one), and talked with Melissa's parents some. Then we went back out to tackle Snow Bowl again. Only now, probably from a combination of a slightly sore leg, and general tiredness overall, I just couldn't get into the groove at all, and I fell down multiple times on each trail I tried. Didn't get hurt anymore, but got pretty frustrated, since before we went inside I was doing pretty much the best I'd done yet. So we went down a couple easier trails and then decided it was about time to be heading home. It was about 4:30, and we had wanted to leave by about 5:00, since it's about 4-4.5 hours home and I need to be in bed by 9:00 for work.

So all in all it was a really enjoyable trip. I'm glad I was able to go, though I'm pretty sore today :-)
6:59 am
Skiing, Part 1 (The Past)
So, I haven't updated in a while, and I figured this would be as good an occasion as any.

Two days before Christmas last year (Friday Dec 23rd), Melissa's parents took us on a skiing trip to Winterplace Ski Resort in southern West Virginia. They used to go together all the time as a family, and really enjoyed it. I had never been skiing before in my life, but I was interested. The weather that day was absolutely beautiful. It had been cold the night before, so they had used their snow-making machines and had a good layer of fresh snow everywhere, but the day itself was about 50º so there wasn't snow blowing in our faces while we skiied. It was an excellent first day.

Apparantly, I'm "a natural", I was able to pick it up really easily. I got a Lift, Lesson, and Rental package, but after Melissa and her dad showed me how to put the skis on and off I probably could have skipped the first half of the lesson :-P. It was helpful though, and I'm glad I took it. I started off on the green circle (Beginner) courses, but got tired of them pretty quickly. I moved on to the blue square (Intermediate) courses, and by the end of the day had pretty much mastered all of them but a couple.

The hardest Intermediate there is called Snow Bowl. It's pretty wide and steep, and the idea is that you weave back and forth to go down it at an angle, not straight down. Well, that kind of turning is a lot more difficult that the rest of the stuff I had been doing, and when I tried that one at the end of the day, I got my only really impressive wipeout. At that point, Melissa was tired, so we left for the day.

To be continued...
Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
4:14 am
Because Melissa made me
Leave your name and
1. I'll respond with something random about you.
2. I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I'll pick a flavor of jello to wrestle with you in. (or ... maybe a dessert i'd make for you)
4. I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
5. I'll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal. You MUST. It is written.
Saturday, August 27th, 2005
9:57 pm
Is it bi-annual, or semi-annual?
I can never remember which one is which.

So what's happened since April? Let's see, saw Star Wars Episode III (liked it), got married, went to Las Vegas on honeymoon, came back and started living together with my wonderful wife, got a slew (which is a fun word, by the way) of wedding gifts (thanks everyone, I hope you've received your thank-yous by now), worked crazy hours at my job, hung out some with my friends (congrats to the other newly married couple, Jeff and Angela), drastically reduced the amount of time I spend online, stopped reading almost all my comics, because a moderator on the online forum I frequent, installed Google Talk, got my old desktop up and running for Melissa, bought a whole lot of books and CDs for practically nothing at Half-Price Books, got the apartment *mostly* cleaned up, and didn't update this at all. Until now. When I did. Am. Whatever.

See you in another 6 months!

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, April 9th, 2005
11:24 pm
Sofia the Wise
Most of you reading this should remember my two kittens, Alexander (the Great) and Sofia (the Wise). Unfortunately, I have some horrible news.

Sofia passed away in her sleep last night. She was not even one year old. I got her from the Deleware County Humane Society, and she was born approximately 9 weeks before the first of September. I gave her the birthdate of June 30, 2004 for convenience. Unfortunately, I was never able to celebrate that with her.

Sofia, or Sofi for short, has always been my shy kitten, very cautious, very smart. "Sofia" comes from the Greek word for "wisdom". I have one very fond memory of the first time I took her to my parents' house. They have a fairly large dog, who is completely harmless but very enthusiastically friendly. She tried to greet Alex and he just batted her away. Sofi simply disappeared. We all spent a couple of hours combing the house for her, trying to call her out from wherever she was hiding. Finally I went back to the kitchen where it all happened, and there sat Sofi, sleepily gazing down from on top of the china cabinet where she had been the entire time.

Sofia wouldn't just run up to people, she had to be very slowly introduced, and even then it took awhile before she would be extremely comfortable with you. But once she got used to me, she was very affectionate. She would always come and sleep in my bed with me, nearly every night. She loved to slide under my covers and be warm and safe in the little "cave" that I made for her, and I always woke up with her curled up asleep less than a foot from my head. Once my parents got her a little red house for Christmas last year, she loved it and was in it constantly. But she would still come and curl up on the couch with me when I was watching a movie or anything.

She was never extremely strong, though, and had to be taken to the veterenarian twice for a cold that she had. Her nose would get all stuffed up and she would be sneezing a lot. Both times she seemed to get over it, but we now think that it may have been the warning signs of some genetic ailment she had. Over the past month or so she seemed to be a little more withdrawn, but she has always been shy. Someone pointed out that she was getting fat, but I think it was just her skin getting looser. She would still cuddle up with me on the couch, and didn't seem to have any great difficulties. I could always find her in her house, though, she never seemed to be anywhere else (except for eating or litterboxing).

Then yesterday evening Melissa and I were over here, and she was just laying in the middle of the floor sleeping. We thought this was a little worrisome, especially when she didn't even move when being walked around. We picked her up, and her whole body just felt limp. She was still happy, though, and was purring at our touch. We got her cat carrier, and took her with us to my parents' house, where we were spending the night. We figured that we could take her to the vet near there this morning when we got up. She didn't move at all in the carrier on the way. I gently took her out at my parents house, and stroked her. She still felt very limp. I tried to put her head near the food and water, but she didn't seem to want any. She simply laid down next to the dishes, and I pet her some more. She was still purring, still happy to be loved. When my mother woke up at 5:30 this morning, she had passed away in that same spot.

I loved her very very much, and she will always have a special place in my heart. She was the first cat that I ever personally owned, and I consider myself blessed to have had her. I don't know that there was anything I could have done to save her, but I am glad I was able to make the time she was with us a happy time for her. She was loved, and she knew she was loved.

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Sofia Kushnir
Rest in Peace
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
3:39 pm
The long-awaited Verizon story
So yeah, I finally got around to updating this. Here is the whole sordid tale of how I switched from Sprint to Verizon.

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Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
3:57 pm
Same Old Lang Syne
(That song, by Dan Fogelberg, is really nifty BTW, and a true story)

So I guess there was a holiday recently, cause I got some new stuff. I woulda taken a picture, but I was lazy. Plus it's not all here at my apartment.

First, from Melissa, I got 4(!) Terry Pratchett books, and 2 more from her friends. Much happiness.
From my grandparents, I got money, always good.
From my aunt & uncle (two different sets), more money. Also always good.
From my parents, I got a new hat and gloves, 2 table/floor lamp sets (since they wanted the one I borrowed back), and they got my kitties a really cool fold-up house thingy for them to sleep in. Sofia really seems to enjoy it, which is good.
From my sister, I got a little box with a note in it. That note led to another, and another, and finally to a really really awesome battle-axe. Yay for sharp pointy things!

Also random chocolate and candy and stuff. There's probably more that I'm forgetting, which I'm sure I'll be reminded of shortly.

What I gave was Wizard of Oz DVD to Melissa (following a scavenger hunt of my own, which I thought of long before my sister), a couple little things for some of her friends, some stuff for my friends that I haven't gotten a chance to give to them yet, a Neopets board game and a glow-in-the-dark Tinkertoy set for my sister (she loves Neopets {and if anyone wants to join up, let me know and I'll have her invite you}, and her room is covered in glow-in-the-dark decorations), a R/C toy and a good computer game for my brother, a whole bunch of strawberry kitchen stuff for my mother (she's building her way up to a completely strawberry kitchen), and a car CD player for my dad, since I took back the one out of the family van to give Melissa after hers was stolen. That was also kinda selfish, because I wanted to be able to use it this weekend, as I'm getting to my next point:

I get to visit Melissa for 6 days this weekend!!!!!

I'm a little excited. She's home in NC for the winter break, and that's like almost a month away from each other. So I took a few days off work, and I'm leaving tomorrow night, getting there Friday morning (after sleeping at my aunt & uncles), and not leaving until next Wednesday! Yayayayay! I'm taking the van down, because I'm bringing some of her excess furniture back up here with me. It's gonna be so great, I'm so excited.

So that's pretty much what all is going on right now. Oh, and for future reference - it's not a good idea to forget your checkbook at the apartment complex office when you haven't given them your new (current) phone number, and the address/phone imprinted on your checks is from your last dwelling place in Cleveland :-P

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, December 9th, 2004
9:35 pm
The big news is still the post below this one
Right now, we have a strongly tentative date of June 11, 2005. (Yes, to the people I asked, I told you June 4. It's changed). Registry will most likely be at Wal-Mart, to be the most accessible to the largest number of people (although it's not my favorite store, not everyone can get to a Meijer or a Target).

Work is....very interesting at the moment. Working anywhere between 8-12 hours a day, but having a ton of days off (which is nice). Schedule is up in the air from week to week, though we should have it more or less definite through the end of the year. Then it all changes, hopefully for the better but currently for the worse.

For those that might be interested, I made an Amazon.com Christmas wishlist, available here:


Basically just all the Terry Pratchett paperbacks I don't own yet :-) And a couple other things I'd like, but are more expensive and I don't really expect to get.

Or one could just go back through my journal to last December, since I got almost none of what I wanted from there either :-)

But I like giving gifts a lot more than getting them, and I am fairly sure that the people I got gifts for this year will enjoy them.

Also, went to the circus last weekend, and had a total blast. Everyone should try and go, it was just a lot of fun. Some really amazing, jaw-dropping stuff.

Current Mood: tired
Friday, December 3rd, 2004
11:31 am
The full story
So, here's the full story of how we celebrated Melissa's birthday, including my proposal :-D

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Current Mood: giddy
12:18 am
She said yes!!!
Melissa's birthday today. One of her presents was THE ring. She said yes. We are now engaged!

And I'm exhausted. Full update (with all the juicy details) tomorrow, and pictures as soon as I can get them.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Wednesday, December 1st, 2004
10:06 pm
Quick updates
Today: Went in for annual recertification this morning and found that something relating to my job had completely changed overnight, and I will now be working 3-4 12-hour days instead of 5-6 split shift days. Should be interesting.


Tomorrow: Melissa's birthday!!! Yayay!!! Everyone with AIM send a message to "crazystankee" and wish her a happy birthday!!!


Last weekend:  Went to visit Melissa at her family's place for Thanksgiving weekend. Had a lot of fun. Barely got beat in Laser Tag because her vest never seemed to register my shots.


Thanksgiving: Spent the day with my family - Alex and Sofi. Loved it.


Sometime soon: Will be posting my Christmas wishlist from Amazon.com. Helpful hint: Terry Pratchett paperbacks.


"Leave me alone! I'm not entirely stable!"


I go sleepy now.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
10:29 pm
To every American on LJ threatening to leave the country
Please. Shut up.

Do you realize what you're doing? You're drama-queening. And frankly, I'm tired of it. Things don't go your way, you want to whine and moan and complain and make some big public statement about how noble you are, and you're just too good to be here with all this rubbish that is so beneath you.

Well, this rubbish is telling you not to let the door hit you on the way out.

See, the way that I see it, there are two possible ways this could go. Either you do end up moving out of the country, or you don't. Now, more than likely, 90+% of you are not going to leave. You'll talk big, you'll bluster, maybe you'll even spend a couple hours doing some "research" into what you might need to do to get out. Then you'll get tired of it, and it'll get shelved for another four years. Just like 2000.

Or, maybe you actually will go to all the trouble to move out of the country. In which case, good for you. You actually followed through on your convictions, and I'd respect you for that.

Except, why the heck did you have to make a big show out of it? You don't *need* to tell everyone why you're leaving. You just want to show off how high and mighty you are. Just moving isn't good enough for you. Guess what? Actions speak louder than words, and your pompousness is overshadowing your "noble" (and please notice the quotes) deed.

Let's relate this situation to a community you're a part of. Say something happens that you don't agree with. Maybe someone is selected as a mod that you don't like, or even positively loathe. Are you gonna make a big dramatic exit, telling everyone exactly why you're leaving, to make some sort of a point? Boom. Disabled, and for good reason. No one likes a drama queen.

So if the situation truly troubles you enough to want to leave, what do you do? You just leave. Maybe, if you want to, write a note to the person in charge or whomever, being polite and letting them know that while you respect the community and their decisions, you simply don't feel that it's the right place for you anymore, because of this. I'm sure they'll take that to heart a heckuva lot more than a flashy departure. And that leaves you a lot more room to be welcome back, if things change.

But more likely, there's the better option. You stick around, and you try and work with the new mod. You get to know him a little better, and see what he's made of. There was probably some reason that he was put into that position, maybe he really does want what's best for the community. So you work with him, within the confines of the area, and you work to make the community a better place for everyone. And you'll probably still disagree, and maybe even after some time you might still hate his guts. But like it or not, he is where he is for a reason. If he well and truly fails to live up to his responsibilities, then there is due process to have him removed from those responsibilities. Or, alternatively, you could still quietly slip out the back door and move on to better pastures.

But, please, quit with the theatrics. You're really not impressing anyone.

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