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(no subject) [Mar. 22nd, 2005|10:48 pm]
If you are near a water dragon when its sad, it will begin to rain...
Your a water Dragon! Congrats! Like ice dragons,
you are extremly powerful, but show it more
often. You are a leader, and like to speak your
opinion. AND, you are charming, swift, and
great at dancing, ou enjoy getting stuck in the
rain, playing with friends, and swimming
anywhere! Wat-ER you wating for?

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(no subject) [Mar. 22nd, 2005|10:45 pm]
It &apos;s comforting to say that &apos;practice makes perfect&apos;....
You are 'Gregg shorthand'. Originally designed to
enable people to write faster, it is also very
useful for writing things which one does not
want other people to read, inasmuch as almost
no one knows shorthand any more.

You know how important it is to do things
efficiently and on time. You also value your
privacy, and (unlike some people) you do not
pretend to be friends with just everyone; that
would be ridiculous. When you do make friends,
you take them seriously, and faithfully keep
what they confide in you to yourself.
Unfortunately, the work which you do (which is
very important, of course) sometimes keeps you
away from social activities, and you are often
lonely. Your problem is that Gregg shorthand
has been obsolete for a long time.

What obsolete skill are you?
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(no subject) [Dec. 24th, 2004|10:29 pm]
I am the NRA: I like guns. I&apos;m EViL.

What EViL corporation are you?
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(no subject) [Dec. 24th, 2004|08:54 pm]
[info]charlesleighton is love
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(no subject) [Dec. 23rd, 2004|09:19 pm]
Time enough for love
You belong in Time Enough For Love. You are older
than you look. Your wit and wisdom are prized
by others. People throw themselves on you,
begging to be with you.

Which Heinlein Book Should You Have Been A Character In?
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(no subject) [Dec. 22nd, 2004|07:14 pm]
whisky is love
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cool... [Dec. 12th, 2004|08:25 am]
heinlein is love
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Thinking about... Red States, Blue States, and Purple Attitudes [Dec. 4th, 2004|11:54 am]
So I've been thinking, because that's what I do. I think about what to think about, and I wonder, how well each of the two men involved in the recent general election mirror our own hopes, fears, ideals, and morals. I've been thinking about this a lot, I really have!

In my personal case... I have always identified myself as a Republican, a 'Red Stater' on the vast television map of the USA. I came to this identity in my formative years, my father was/(is?) a republican, and so was I. Also, Ronald Reagan's resolve, and charisma certainly helped to cement me to that side of the aisle. I'd bet that many of us developed our political leanings(or lack of) in this way. I followed this line of thinking for years. Now, later in life, I am wise enough to look deeply in to the issues, the candidates, and their take on "life, the universe, and everything," and I now know that all things cannot be expressed in terms of 'black & white,' but rather the proverbial 'shades of grey.' Or in this case... not 'red & blue,' but in hues of purple. That's right Purple is the new Grey. I still identify and align with the Republican Party, but I truly am in the middle of the road. Too far right to ever be confused with a Democrat, but probably not far enough to the right to please most Republicans. I can live with this.

I opined early in the campaign that the final decision for many voters would likely come down to a single issue. I am not saying that it was the same issue or platform plank for every voter, just that one single issue would be the tie breaker. Whether it was same-sex marriage, abortion rights, stem-cell research, the war, the economy, trust, safety, or any of the myriad of issues that separated these two men; A huge part of the population was split on many of the issues. I broke ranks with my party on many of their policies, but still voted for GWB and the philosophy of the GOP. And I am sure that others did the same... from both sides of the aisle. I hope our country can eventually embrace a third party, since it is becoming apparent that more and more of us are getting 'purple-ly-er' every day. I think this is a good thing.

So if you voted, take a moment and think about why you cast your vote as you did. Were there any issues that you and your candidate differed upon, and if so did that effect your vote? A more purple way of thinking could be just what the doctor ordered. But this is just my opinion, you should form you own... and THINK about it.
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Thinking about...Anger and Assholes [Nov. 23rd, 2004|05:33 pm]
So I've been thinking, because that is what I do. I think about what to think about, and I've often wondered that whilst almost all people have "angry" moments, others are full-blown, full-time, hard-core anger-balls. I think about this constantly. I really do!

There are plenty of times when many of us need to vent some anger; haven't we all had moments when we've had urges to throttle the person next to us? This type of isolated anger is part of our human nature. For most of us, most of the time; the feeling will pass over and through us, without our acting upon it. This is how it should be. The times when we do act out only prove us to be human beings.

But there is another type of person... the Anger-Balls (This is a term that I first encountered in a movie, it has just stuck with me.) The Anger-Balls are the ass-holes of the world. These types want everything EXACTLY the way that they want it, and they want it all right NOW. And NOTHING is ever good enough. I really wonder what happened to these people in this (or a past) life to cause them to reach such a level of "ass-holiness."

Don't get me wrong... sometimes you can actually be friends with an ass-hole. If the ass-hole has enough redeeming qualities and features to compensate for their "ass-hole-itude" and you're able to look past their 'tude to see those features and qualities, good for you! You are evidently one of those people described by the adjective 'big,' as in "That's BIG of you." Be glad that you're that way.

One of my favourite ass-holes is Kevin Kline's portrayal of Otto in the motion picture, "A Fish Called Wanda." I can't help but smile every time he bellows "ASS-HOLE!" Otto is a completely different class of ass-hole. He's the guy that just KNOWS everybody is an ass-hole, whilst everyone concludes (correctly!) that it is Otto that is truly the ass-hole. I believe that I could be friends with an 'Otto-type," but I would work hard to keep him from killing me!

So be mindful when you are overtaken by that case of ass-holiness; in this era of perceived reality, you may be mistaken for a full-time ass-hole. And if you happen to be a true-blue Anger-Ball,why not take a moment to reflect on the cause of your ire. Is its cause internal, or external? If it IS internally motivated... take a page from my handbook, and THINK about it.
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