Getting together at about 6:30/7 with Dave for dinner tonight and maybe a game or three of mage knight. We won’t go too late, though… he wants to go surfing up coast tomorrow morning.

I’m going to try to trade him something for his ironclad tonight… maybe a couple of my spare non-convertible dwarves…I’ve got a bunch of those… it’s a shame I don’t have more of the newer sculpts. I can’t believe that I’d ever see the day I’d want to trade good ol’ dwarves for nasty orcs.

my superhero results

Two Years ago today, my sweetheart and I confirmed to each other that we were in love. I still find myself catching my breath, thinking of her.

e e knows what it’s all about.

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

In celebration of really really good gas mileage


Uh, which way is the most accepted?

Channuka, Channukah, Chanuka, Chanukah, Chanuko, Hannuka, Hannukah, Hanuka, Hanukah, Hanukkah, Kanukkah, Khannuka, Khannukah, Khanuka, Khanukah, Khanukkah, and Xanuka.

Two spellings for each day. Yeesh. Why can’t we spell Non-English, Non-Roman character-based words more phonetically? Heck, In Hebrew it’s only five letters.

Have a good one, regardless. 🙂

brought to you by the letter C and the number 3

Song stuck in my head all morning – I’ve been singing it to Newt incessantly.

Oh everything comes in its own special size
I guess it can be measured by where you put your eyes
It looks big when you’re close
And it looks smaller back a bit
That’s about the size of it.

Oh the big becomes the little
When you see it back a bit
The huge becomes the dinky
Which is just the opposite
Of the larger that gets smaller
It never seems to fit
That’s about the size of it.

That’s about the size
It’s where you put your eyes
That’s about the size of it.

This morning in pictures –

About 110k total, I don’t think a cut is needed. Feel free to let me know if someone wants one.

Here's what I have to fend off in the morning to get to the potty.
I was collecting accumulated deodorant cans (I seem to just toss them under the sink when empty, a slovenly habit I’m trying to kick. Newt was sitting on the commode so patiently watching, I had to take a picture. on the top of the tank there is potty-reading… currently You Only Live Twice, and a couple of sampler comic books picked up free at the ACC Expo.

Once I’d gotten the camera, I realized that it was probably a good morning to look for manatees. I knew the best place to go… I’d seen them there a few times before. The New River in Fort Lauderdale, right over the Haunted Tunnel.
overhead view... I was in prime manatee sighting area.

I got there, and it was very quiet, a good sign. The less traffic, the easier it’d be to spot them on the water.
side view of the river over the haunted tunnel.. I went looking for manatees this morning.

A tree that I’m fond of… I didn’t capture the feel from this angle, but it’s alternately spooky and friendly. There’s a definite vibe about it. They put planks up to protect it from the high winds, recently…those weren’t there last time.
Nifty tree... this picture doesn't do it justice... it looks much nicer at night.

Brisk morning…. the river patch I went to must’ve been too chilly for the manatees. I’ll return later to try again. I did find some little skinny fish swimming around. I was partial to the tag-along blue guy tooling about. No crabs out wandering, either.
Three Fish.. the blue guy was the most interesting of them
Close-up of the blue boy. He had more personality, wasn't as in synch as the other two. (Maybe he was the little brother with the loving couple? A third wheel?)

I hope you had a good morning too, Dear Journal!

ok, it’s after Thanksgiving, I can start with the Christmas stuff.

Santa Claus powers (it’s long been known that we’re related)

Stuff I’m pretty good at –

  • Naughty / Nice detector
  • Entertaining Children
  • Having a Beard
  • Enjoying Cookies
  • Winking / nodding
  • chatting with elves
  • making lists (and double-checking them)
  • taking care of animals
  • eye-twinkling
  • shouting, and calling the reindeer by name
  • ho-ho-ho-ing in a deep voice
  • good grasp of toys – high technology and old school

Stuff that Needs work-

  • breaking and entering. (I can jimmy a car door with a clothes hanger, though)
  • traveling at high speeds in a sleigh
  • spreading cheer (only good in short bursts at the moment)
  • Shaking like a bowl full of jelly
  • Wearing Boots
  • Levitating reindeer, or any animals, really.
  • preferring to convert evil over the simpler “destroy it” method.
  • whistling
  • smoking a pipe
  • spectacles
  • working inside high pressure deadlines
  • good penmanship

I need to work on a Christmas Icon, too. I wonder where the santa-scotto went?


cool word of the day, inspired in part by the sixth picture in sirenity‘s entry here.

Nephelococcygia (Noun) – [ne-fê-lê-kê-‘si-jee-yê]

Definition 1: (Literally, “Cloud-cuckoosville”) Interpreting the shapes of clouds.

Definition 2: La-la land, a dreamland cut off from reality.

Usage 2: Nephelococcygia was dreamed up by Aristophanes for his comedy, “The Birds” (414 BC). In this play, two characters turn into birds and immediately begin planning a city (never realized), which they decide to call “Nephelococcygia.” Capitalize the word if it refers to the imaginary city. The adjective would be “nephelococcygic,” as in “Fred is suffering nephelococcygic delusions.”

Seven syllables. Perfect for center placement in a haiku.

I find some fascinating shapes in clouds, fire, wood grain, paint whorls, puddle reflections and Newton stripes….

On a more pleasant note, thanksgiving is here; I’ve got a 4-day weekend ahead of me. Hopefully, there’ll be plenty of time for hanging out with my sweetie, outdoor recreation (Scouting for pictures), playing with the Gnoot, maybe a game of mage knight or two with Dave and / or Dan. I know my sweetheart has a *full house* today on her end, and I hope that it goes without a hitch.

I would *love* to have a house like this one. Perfect for the cold war, or when zombies roam the earth. (or, if you don’t want to be bothered by noisy neighbors!)

something I do every year

Yesterday would’ve been my father’s 57th birthday, were he still alive. He passed away a little over 14 years ago. I still think about him frequently.

Things about my Dad at 33, to the best of my memory. The year was 1978. He had two boys, aged nine and five, recently celebrated his 11th wedding anniversary, his wife was a hairdresser, and was rapidly approaching getting her RN. He still had the green Chevy duster, but the corvette stingray was swapped out for a cream-colored Mercedes four door. He still rode his motorcycle a lot with both of his boys. They swapped off every time he went out to pick up a gallon of milk or pipe tobacco at the store. He’d actually shuttle the kids home one at a time from school that way, too. He started really enjoying hunting and fishing, I think because it got him closer to nature, and it fed his family for a lot less than going the grocery store. (He fished or hunted at least every other weekend) I think that year we ate more meat and fish through his gun and hooks than the grocery store. We had a roomy three bedroom, two bath home. I’m pretty proud of him for that. The kids joined him on his trips about half the time… always fishing, but only sometimes hunting. I remember him liking the Deer Hunter that year, (I much preferred the Superman movie that year… still do, honestly.) He was really interested in reruns of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and Wild Kingdom. He’d finally weaned himself from cigs, but was smoking cherry tobacco in a pipe. We still lived next door to Sally and Bill. The family had a small, but very close-knit group of friends. It was his last year in Virginia; we all wintered in his father in law’s trailer on Marathon Key, Florida. Those were good times. He was in excellent shape from a lot of physical activity, and had Medium-short hair, no moustache or beard. He was an engineer, and did some construction on the side. He had 9 years left to live. He was very blessed.

Thinking about me at 33, as far as I know. The Year is 2002. I’ve got Newt at three years old. I’ve been in a relationship for over two years now, and love her with the full depths of my heart. I’m living in a large efficiency apartment, a smaller place than before, but I have the benefit of living right next door to my little brother, which is a huge bonus. I commute by train, bus, cab and bicycle… there’s no place I need to go to outside of those routes, and am a hop skip and a jump from the beach or city proper. Best Movie that I’ve seen this year is probably Lord of the Rings (oddly enough The Lord of the Rings Cartoon was released in ’78) I don’t watch much TV lately… but the same sort of Documentaries / Nature shows appeal to me. The only extended vacation that I’ve taken lately is a week or two off this year for my back… but now that I’ve had an epidural I’m feeling really good, and getting in better shape daily. I have a small group of friends, a couple at work, and Dan, Dave and my brother outside of the company. My Current goof around stuff is reading, biking around town, taking pictures, writing prose, painting minis, playing mage knight, and goofing on the computer. I have hair that goes down to past the bottom of my shoulder blades, and a goatee. I don’t smoke, and rarely drink. I get all of my food from the grocer, though I’m considering growing something edible in a window box. When I go on rides around town, I’m frequently alone in body, though I’m paired nicely in spirit. I live in this apartment year-round. These times are good for me, especially with loved ones in my life. I’m a programmer / MIS guy, and do some web stuff on the side. I have no idea how much time I have left. I’m very blessed.

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