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funerals.. [12 Jun 2016|10:41pm]
..seem weirder the older I get. My Grandma Reynolds passed away last week. Her death is maybe less emotional for me than others in the past because it was really time. ..or maybe I'm just getting desensitized to it. Either way, she wasn't having a good time. Her heart just kept getting weaker and weaker, and for a person like her who thrives on independence, being forced to slow down was the worst possible thing to happen. It didn't help that she fell and broke her sternum a month ago. I can't imagine the pain given her condition.

So the viewing was today. It's strange how little corpses look like their former inhabitants. It's weird that we put the body on display. It makes me wonder about the reasons that custom started and has endured.. proof of their passing? I guess the more relevant part of the whole thing for me is seeing family and family friends that I don't see very often. That part makes sense, I guess, although it really puts into perspective how loaded up with random crap our lives are and how little we're connected to even the people closest to us.

Grandma was a pretty big presence in most of my life. I will miss her. Definitely not the same without her around.
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can livejournal be vital again? [12 Oct 2014|07:28pm]
a departure from my regular whining.. everytime someone on my friendslist posts (which is pretty infrequent) I start thinking about ways that livejournal could be revitalized. I'm kind of curious if the russian owners are finding success with the lowest common denominator entertainment news postings that appear so frequently. I'm sad that I'll probably never make "new" friends here the way I could when it was active. I feel like I could really benefit from the deeper communication and more pragmatic privacy this site has as opposed to all the newer stuff.

Today I considered starting a community called something like "the ones still here". I don't know what the numbers are like but it seems like the american users of old here probably number in the low hundreds. I wonder if the other people left feel the same way and would be interested in this.

honestly, I think a lot of folks would come back with a simple re-brand, but that's not in my hands.
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holy crap [06 Aug 2013|10:38pm]
i just went for a ride in penasquitos canyon. it was only going to be an hour and then I was going to go back to work because I have stuff due in the morning. got seriously lost. took a headfirst dive into a dried up creek bed that was all riverrock. eventually turned around, got back on the main trail.. and got lost again. it was getting dark and i was nervous. there is scat all over the trails and I know there are mountain lions. and rattlesnakes.. and apparently tarantulas. I saw one. and that explains what all the weird holes in the ground are. As dusk passed I found what looked like a trailhead, and it was.. glad to be out, but I was on the wrong side of the canyon from my car. had to go like 5 miles to SR56 and take that for another 12-15 to where my car was. I was already drained before I got out of the canyon. as I got out of the car at home I felt like shock was setting in. so cold. my leg is messed up from the creek bed. I couldn't get unclipped and my bike took the leg with it despite the knees protests.

I feel like crap. I realized that I didn't even get dinner. that train has passed, nothing around here is open this late. i'm going to be totally crippled in the morning I think.
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ouch [09 Jun 2011|10:39am]
I'm feeling pretty rough today. I think there are two key factors. First, I pulled something in my back working out last night. Injury isn't really much of a reason to feel lousy, but this particular injury is because it's recurring and takes a long time to heal. Secondly, I slept like crap. I wasn't tired at 11. I eventually went out to lay on the couch, as it's easier for me to fall asleep there. I think the fact that the cats are more likely to come hang out with me there has something to do with it. I woke up at about 3a to a thunder storm and the dog doing his storm pacing. At 8a I really didn't want to get out of bed. my legs were really sore from plyometrics yesterday.

So now I'm sitting here at work staring at my design for the International Bicycle Design Competition. I've only got 6 days left to finish it, and I'm just not feeling it. I think I'm going to attempt to slap it together and get it entered, but I don't even know if this will be good enough to put in my portfolio.

As for good news, I won an award for my Hyrdorail design. It was the one of my projects from the last semester that I felt had a chance to win something. I'm glad I got it because it helps me feel authenticated as a designer. I still have issues since I'm just kind of a drop-in to the program and my portfolio hasn't gotten me in to grad school, but being able to say that a board of judges liked my design over a bunch of others certainly helps.

I also managed to finally get a couple of pieces of the garage siding installed last night, which is kind of the lynch pin in making the garage usable. (not because it needed siding, but because the siding pieces are currently taking up all of the usable garage space) Now that I have a method for putting them on, the rest should be relatively easy. I also bought a attic vent fan to hopefully help with the heat problem in the house. It's been 82+ degrees with the a/c running all day lately. The fan is going to be a pain to install. I guess a lot of it is that I don't want to go in the attic. It's gross up there, and really freaking hot. I'm going to have to fabricate a baffle board for the fan , and then find an existing electrical circuit to tap into. I'm really not fond of working with electrical stuff. anyway, maybe I can get it done this weekend.

Per a recent discussion with one of my friends, I've been practicing sweep picking on the guitar. I haven't actually practiced guitar in a long time. It's something thats cool enough to get me to pick up the guitar and i seem to be improving slowly.
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Friends only [30 Sep 2008|12:06pm]
for those who may not have noticed, this journal is still updated, however, is by-and-far friends only.
if you would like to be added, feel free to ask.
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buy some art to fund sick kitty healthcare [22 Sep 2008|11:29pm]
one of belinda's cats is pretty ill and she's got a hefty vet bill coming. to pay for it, she's put some of her smaller paintings up for sale at discounted prices. check them out over here.

i'd gotten kind of attached to the red one, so i bought it. ;)

i really wanted to get a whole entry in tonight, but i'm going to crash. czech out the paintings and help sick cats.
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record [26 Nov 2007|09:17pm]
[ mood | TCB ]

the new buddyrevelles record is pretty awesome.

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the dig previously mentioned.. [13 Aug 2007|11:12am]
here's a photo from that last post about the dig. i think generally people don't know what to expect when you mention archaeology. in this case, there were 6 pits total. one kind of caved in, one was refilled (i guess they were done with it) and a couple ran out of interesting things.

in the photo, the unit with the guy in the red shirt was really the prized one. it had one or more fire pits, as well as some brick and mortar remnants.

the nearest unit showed some stuff on the ground penetrating radar (where the two raised sections are) but there wasn't much there save for a lens of old shells. lower in that pit was more brick and mortar, so it's likely that both pits are inside of the same feature. i sifted a lot from this pit. there was a ton of tiny decaying brick chunks and mortar, etc, but there were also some interesting flint pieces and both historic and prehistoric pottery sherds.

the pit to the near left was the one that deteriorated. i don't know many details about it since i wasn't there when they were working on it.

the unit to the far left that professor shurr is working in had a "birdstone" which are generally though to be the handle of spear throwing devices called atlatls. when i was there, he didn't find anything more.

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digging. [09 Aug 2007|09:02am]
i went on an archaeological dig yesterday near south bend. it was pretty cool. i figured i ought to go to this one while i have the chance since all other archaeology students get the opportunity to travel great distances and go on big digs.. i figure that i'm lucky to have the chance to get in a small indian trading post within 2 hours of me and for free. i didn't do any hardcore work. i think about the most interesting stuff i did was sort midden, which was just like dumping a bucket of everything that comes out of the pit onto a sorting table, shaking the dirt out, and then bagging whats left. most of it was bits of deteriorated brick and mortar, but there were a few arrow points, historic and pre-historic pottery sherds, nails, pins, bones, etc. one of the pits was a meter and a half deep and very stratified, which i think isn't a terribly common thing to find. this particular pit held historic and prehistoric fire pits as well as the other debris.
i think it would be fun to go to field school and be able to do this stuff more readily, but there certainly are down times to it. even at the most active, it's not the most exciting work in the world. still, i had fun.
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just random stuff. [25 Jun 2007|03:35pm]
well, i managed to lose 5 pounds last week. i only skipped one day and have added some upper body work out to the rest of the routine. seems to work well. my diet has been better too because i have been many days without fast food. (save a jimmy johns) but i'm still eating regular crappy food.. i'm just making it at home and it seems to be for the best.

speaking of, i've been making an effort to cook more and it's going ok. my big score for the week was a can of this excellent green tomatillo sauce that was only a quarter. i've been putting it on everything. most notably the gigantic breakfast burritos i had for dinner the other day. i also took some time and figured out how to do pancakes. i know it is a simple procedure, but it's one of those things that i never took the time to learn right - i'd end up with a pan full of half burnt-half raw stuff. but i think i've got it now. viva la pancake!
salmon patties are on the list, but i'm a bit frightened of that still.

my food related "what grinds my gears" for the week is lettuce. that crap doesn't stay green long enough to eat it all. ..even if i eat a salad or two every day. and they don't sell small bags at the store. that really grinds my gears.

i'm not having any luck selling stuff. i had a bite on the bike and the grill, but they both passed. i really need to just start going through the garage and basement and throwing things away. too much stuff. other things on the list are actually calling to get info on the short sale thing for the mortgage and maybe going ahead and getting a storage unit and beggining to pack it up. it's not like i use even a quarter of the junk in my house.
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this weekend i... [18 Jun 2007|11:10am]
went to a rock show

was slightly involved in a brawl

didn't have band practice

may or may not have been accomplice to an illegal act

saw 2 movies

instant messaged with my brother in france (where he said he had eaten mcdonalds)

called dad

thought about a lot of people from the past who i miss

ate a ton of awesome food.
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current things. [15 Jun 2007|03:51pm]
i am again ansy. except today i am being mouthy as well. i shall blame the blue cheese for my disposition.

Jessie came up yesterday to visit giving me adequate reason to clean the house. it needed it too. the cats have turned into destroyers of cleanliness. anyway, we hit the city grill which i've not been to in what i estimate to be 2 years. karen complained about her earlier visit to the place on the grounds that everything was a strange combination, but based on yesterdays meal, i maintain that it is still one of the best places to dine in town. (golden corral aside, of course)
then it was over to the west side so she could grab an assortment of wines and boozes for her dad. i can't say that i visit all that many liquor stores/wine shops, but villiage bottle shop never disappoints. we tried kitchen art too for a couple of things only to find that they closed at 6. (mind you, it was like 9:30 at this point, so it wasn't the largest surprise)
i still don't really know what to get my dad for fathers day. we've worn out getting him harley stuff, he doesn't want tools.. etc. i may have to settle for just a card.

i am going down to indy to see the lorettas tonight. i kind of hope there is more going on post show, but if not, i am also kind of hoping to get back here in time to hang out at hunters where tylers wife michelle is having her birthday time.

what else..
spanish is going ok. the teacher just talks for most of the time which makes it go quickly, and i kind of feel like i might be learning something. i need to stay on top of the readings though.

oh, and i don't know if i mentioned it, but if anyone ever considers getting a netgear SC101 network attached storage thing, don't do it! it's a piece of crap. i was going to take it back but then realized that it wrote all my data in a propietary format, so i really don't have a reasonable way of fixing things. ugh.

if anyone is interested, i'm selling my char griller super-pro grillw/ cover ($75), a gary fisher BMX bike($75), an old console stereo($10), a hodgepodge set of golf clubs(20) and a rickety old tripplet tube tester(20). talk at me for details.
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bored bored bored. [13 Jun 2007|03:41pm]
i'm kind of stir crazy at the moment.

there was an exploded pigeon in my back yard last night when i mowed. it was already in too many pieces to pick up, so i mowed it. meh.

don't buy the netgear SC101 network drive thing. it sucks. i really blew it on this purchase, validating my stance that i am an inept IT dude. i should have just got the 500G USB2 drive and saved myself 30 bucks and some pain. oh well. i think i'm going to be able to salvage what i have to meet my needs, but it's still a waste of money.

my radio show is tonight at 9-11p EST. i'm not going to post about it a lot here, because it's already annoying enough to remind people, but listen if you like. you can stream it at www.purdue.edu/radio

going to hunt forms on my computer.....
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computer junk and food?> [11 Jun 2007|04:29pm]
i think i'm going to go buy some hard drive tonight. i buy technology crap so rarely.. i really despise it. it seems like such a waste, but there are times like now where i can't just scavenge what i need. all my old server drives are starting to die.. i also am required to have a scary server running all the time to keep the data online. that machine used to be my tivo so it didn't matter, but it just got too old. i'm kind of afraid it will catch on fire.

anyway, i think i'm going to break down and get the network storage thing i've wanted for a long time. it doesn't seem like the optimum choice, but it might be the most sensible. it holds two ATA drives, so i can have one be redundant, and since it's networked, i wont have to screw with the NTFS/FAT32/HFS dilemma i've been dreading since i need this to be accessible to macs and PCs. so anyway, i'll probably be dropping about $160. whack. i need truck tires too. i may pull that out of savings.

my other story of the day... today i felt brave enough to order something at kibu cafe other than a lunch special, so i got tonkatsu, which has always looked kind of good to me. there i am feeling all cool that i ordered something different, and what arrives but spicy pork. she's like "spicy pork?" and i'm like "i ordered tonkatsu, but i'll take that if it's for me" i mean, i didn't want to screw someone else over if they just switched our order. the lady checked for other "waiting for an order" tickets in the room and came back and gave me a look like "are you sure this isn't yours?". so then i wait a while longer and the dude that took my order came with the food and threw it all out really quick and didn't say anything to me. i don't know if i pissed them off or what. if i understand correctly, spicy pork would be tonkarai, which even with my lousy attempt at proper pronunciation doesn't sound much like tonkatsu. oh well. next time i will just use a menu and point i guess.

the tonkatsu was super good though. the sauce had almost an apple flavor to it, very sweet. the kim chi and fish cakes were better than usual.
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oh man. [08 Jun 2007|01:57pm]
mock orange is playing with wheat tonight in bloomington and i totally want to go.. but i probably wont. i've been awfully spendy lately and have trips to indy and lebanon this weekend as well. it's kind of cool how mock orange are kind of the musical guardians of the little outpost that is the area down at the tip of indiana. at least thats how it seems to me. when they aren't on the road, they get to seemingly play host to any good bands passing through. i think that would be a real good gig.

btw, for any that haven't heard it, the new wheat record is pretty goot. i reccomend.
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random things [04 Jun 2007|11:35am]
[ mood | hungry ]

it was a busy social weekend.
the hamricks were in town, so i stopped by to see them at a cookout at ians. then i made it down to hunters for a bit.. well, really it was a lot longer than a bit. i was there pretty much all night. that place can be so hit or miss on nights that shows aren't going on, but there were a constant rotation of friends there this time. maria and i decided it would be cool to do a walker tribute band. tony later said he would be in for drumming.

because of the late night we skipped practice, which was a bummer, but realistically, i don't think i could have even done it. it gave me time to rest up for damon and beckys housewarming party which also was a good time. i don't get to see teh boys that often anymore, so any excuse is a good one. chris haskett and the rube clan were there, jessie came up from greencastle, and there were a lot of people from past parties of damon and becky's as well as pub crawls, who i recognized but whose names escape me. it's too bad the miranda sounds didn't come, but they had a big show sunday in columbus which i'm sure influenced their plans.

i blew it sunday and didn't get much done. i did get groceries.+ btw, if anyone wants some "blue crab" dip, let me know. i got a tub of it because it sounded good, but i decided i don't like it in the least.

this morning i decided that i need to attempt to clean the bathroom. i know the whole things going to disintegrate as soon as i touch it, but it's frickin gross. i'm still unsure with what to do with that room. anyway, i was thinking about doing it tonight, but i also really want to get into the studio and finish ripping all the CDs and getting them in the library before tomorrow.

my e-mail has somehow landed on a bunch of french spam lists for parties and concerts. i'm unsure if i am annoyed or amused by this.

VH1 had a top 40 soft rock countdown on yesterday. it was pretty smooth. JD Ryznar and hollywood steve were both on it.

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[01 Jun 2007|12:46pm]
got a weight bench yesterday. i've wanted a decent one for a while.. haven't had one since dad had the house in beech grove. no good deals had come up and thats the kind of thing that i just can't see paying real money for. so finally found one. the timing was good because my corec membership is up, and i hate to renew it just for the summer. (it's pretty pricey) so, i hope to work in a little weight training with my running and abs stuff to maybe fill out the week. chris (from summerfield.. too many chris'!) was saying that you really have to work out everyday to see gains, and i would tend to believe him. tony is doing the workout via work plan since he started at SIA. i think that will be helpful. i've always wished i moved around more since i've had this job even though i wanted the opposite before i got it.

oh, also, last week i went and saw the pirates movie with chip. it was pretty good, although i get the feeling that they are just going to keep churning that series out forever.
also, none of those pirates hold a candle to the dread pirate roberts.
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i wanna.. [31 May 2007|01:04pm]
i wanna go scuba diving.
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first show back [28 May 2007|04:45pm]
the show yesterday went swimmingly. tony's hand had been cramping really badly at practice before the show despite spending a lot of time warming up, but he took a mega dose of potassium that seemed to help him get through. we played one of our best sets (despite it being short) and people seemed to like it..

i was pretty much done after 5 songs though. my hands and my lungs. i reckon that it's good exercise. i hope we play some more shows and can ramp up the set length.

also, the freebie fender amp seemed to be plenty loud. i guess it was right behind my head and all, but yeah...

i don't have a recording from that performance, but if anyone wants to give a listen to the old recordings, you can check out the EP, demos, and a [horrid] live set here: http://www.jcharles00.com/summerfield
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