9600 – Saturday

Went to The Narrows with the in-laws and BHK for birthday lunch. Crab cake was great, possibly the best I’ve had – and the desserts were fantastic.

White chocolate mousse in a dark chocolate bag – Butterfly and raspberry sauce.

Bread pudding… seems awful fancy for a simple treat!

Also, taken yesterday – looks like the 80s are back in fashion, at least at Target.

We picked up my EEE at target too and upon finding it was the version with less memory and no camera, took it back today. I ordered the 904HA online (in black), due to arrive on or about 2/9 – the new one will have better battery life and the goodies I was hoping for.]

Was feeling pretty sick on the ride home – I went to bed at about 5 pm, woke up a little while ago, but will be going back to sleep soon.

1 year ago – feeling better, Aimee Mann, rocket belt, Brazilian / Bush Joke

2 years ago – swim meet, sci-fi writer meme, dead valentiner link, misc sentence finish meme,

3 years ago – G0DLAND, Tchuby Tchuba, Bangles, Angel Eyes Newt, Unicorns LA, Bullfight Just Desserts, Ham the chimp / space monkeys

4 years ago – Newt and I relaxing pics, Scotto playlist, Lazytown, bro issues, how they did singin’ in the rain remix

5 years ago – DVD burning, RenFairies, Prez-match, pop-up books, first touch of firefly (I still think Zoe is an overused name)

6 years ago – New moon, new year coming, Charles Dickens joke, skull sales, Job at FMM ends, Bday prezzies

7 years ago – Fiscal responsibility, Ghetto voices, online "privacy", Marine Park is a bad and disreputable online store, newt lovies

8 years ago – being mushy, schedule issues, The Invisible Men, flax seedGeotarget

9599 – friday –

Long weekend starts tonight. I’m off from work until next Wednesday, though I’m not going to Punxatawney for my 40th, as previously hoped.

BHK found a great Chinese food place – "Graces" –

Allison had the Kung Pao Chicken and Shrimp, and they carved her a nifty little goldfish!

Something we didn’t eat – keen anemone in the fish tank!

Food was fantastic, service excellent, and the price was right. I’ll be back for more soon – maybe to take the mom-in-law out for her birthday in 2 weeks?

From here and there – "I guess this would be considered to be a survey?"


If you’re reading this, please do it an pass it on. It only takes a couple minutes – Have fun.

Five Names you go by:
1. Scott
2. Oh buddy!
3. Scooter
4. Bear
5. Big Guy

Three things you are wearing right now:
1. red plaid flannel shirt
2. white sneakers
3. wedding ring

Two things you want very badly at the moment
1. a nice relaxing day
2. snugs from bhk and the kitties

People who may fill this out:
1. maybe Colin
2. maybe Kat

Two Things you did last night:
1. Rode the Bus and Train home
2. had tasty eggplant lasagna!

Two Things you ate today:
1. blueberry breakfast bar
2. general tso’s tofu! yummo!

People that you Talked to Last on the Phone:
1. BHK
2. Chris

Two Things you’ve Done Today (besides this):
1. Traveled through 3 different territories (VA, MD, DC)
2. Visited with the in-laws

Three of your Best trips:
1. St. Augustine on Honeymoon
2. Spur of the Moment Mt. Airy picnic
3.  Any time BHK and I are on the road together!

1 year ago – work / friend relationships, sick

2 years ago – dinner with TM, Billy the Kid, cannabis vs obesity, American Idol

3 years ago – giant snail, indigo children (i get a bit snarky), newt chilling out pic, "Don’t think of yourself as an ugly person, just a beautiful monkey.", death cult of the female wrestler,

4 years ago – Mel out of hospital, AVG good, Mona booboo, gene kelly vw ad, oddball personal names list, beach place cam

5 years ago – Key west, Antarctica dollars, new matter, noting some filter styles for the heck of it.

6 years ago – cool dream, birthday poll, Phrases I use/have passed on, got a jornada (it retired early)

7 years ago – gold star, lego horror, haiku, tattoo poll, Random phone message memory, happy things

8 years ago – fat albert, SOP, Friends list fluke, mocha, QotDGeotarget

9598 – thursday

Two pictures from this morning – L’enfant station in DC – halfway to work

Local Hotel who left water running, but it froze anyway.

My Life’s current settings –

Spectra-Analyzer (Monochrome / 4-Color / True-Color / Thermograph / X-Ray / Aura Vision )
MPAA Rating (G / PG / PG-13 / R / NC-17)
Kill switch (Off / On / Wanton Murderous Rage)
Weirdness Tank (Empty / Low / Half / High / Full)
Laugh-O-Matic (Serious / Satirical / Witty / Wacky / Insane)
Cliche Blender (Pulse / Blend / Puree / Oh, Ugh!)
Global Soundtrack Volume (off, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11!)
Personal Soundtrack Volume (off, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11!)
Batteries (Empty / Low / Half / High / Full)

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)


1. I didn’t own any jeans for over 20 years before I got married (Just khakis, and knee-shorts, etc). Now I own 3 pairs, and they’re my favorite weekend clothes to wear.

2.I can’t wear boots, ice skates, or any long-necked "slip your toe in" type of shoe, due to dropfoot and nerve damage on my left side.

3. Every time I see my wife or one of the kitties, I feel especially blessed.

4. I’m a limited vegetarian (I’ll eat eggs and dairy… and crustaceans. – Nothing with less than 5 legs or more than 1 foot.)

5. I think that it is usually pretty easy to be kind to others, and it surprises me when some people seem to go out of their way to be cruel or hostile to strangers.

6. I doubt the existence of the supernatural, but love the stories.

7. I suspect there is life elsewhere in the universe, but doubt that it has visited Earth in a constructed craft.

8. I turn 40 this weekend. I alternately feel about 14 and about 60. So I guess I’m averaging about 37.

9. I have been run over by a car. I was riding a scooter, and the car was doing at least twice my speed. I really don’t like being tailgated, and if I have my druthers, I would pull over to let them pass, or slow to a snail’s crawl so they would do minimal damage to my vehicle. .

10. I haven’t had a driver’s license for about 15 years. (I plan to get one sometime in February, if I can get my Florida Records)

11. When I was about 15 I had a Ferret named Freya (renamed from Mitzi when I got her) – who was poisoned by someone in the neighborhood. I would still like to know why – she never hurt anybody, was friendly and fun-loving.

12. I suffer from Mama-bear levels of defensiveness of my loved ones. DO NOT HURT THEM, or I will maul you.

13. I’ve had problems with my back since I was 16 – ruptured a disc at the library of all places, moving books. I may need surgery again to repair ongoing damage there.

14. I have kept an online journal and website for over 10 years. (about the last 8 years can be found at http://scottobear.livejournal.com )

15. I often overcompensate for being a big guy by being either too shy, or too friendly.

16. I love being able to peek in on the kitties remotely. ( http://pyecam.scottobear.com/ and http://newtcam.scottobear.com/ )

17. I’m a sucker for social gaming – board games, tabletop rpgs, cards, the Wii:whatever brings friends to meet face to face and have fun. (I’m really bad at Chess, but love playing it)

18. I believe in love, and think it’s a greater motivator than fear, greed or pain. (and those things are amazing motivators)

19. I wish that I could help more people. I also wish that more people would try to help me, and each other, too.

20. I helped to write software that assists in the recovery of missing children. (Something like 400+ recoveries at last count)

21. If I were able, my phone would only accept incoming emergency calls. (I really don’t like to use the phone much)

22. I love movies that incorporate at least a few of the following (some are redundant, and there are often exceptions): giant monsters, monkeys, witty dialogue, martial arts, comedy, are not a remake, 3-d glasses, horror, action, cartoons/CGI, fleshed-out characters and a well written story.

23. I think some things *are* black and white, but most are shades of gray.

24. I would love to use the wind off of the Chesapeake Bay to power our house.

25. I mentally render anthropomorphic almost everything I see.

1 year ago – bioshock, apples to apples online, went home early, re-animator 4, sweetened cheetos

2 years ago – Kat and GP get Ollie and Bella!, Kierkegaard, High speed net a no sir, BHK adjusts her name

3 years ago – james lipton papazao, cny, hobophobe, ice skating monkeys, housecleaning, compusa corporate & big brain, zombie astronaut, religion of comic book characters

4 years ago – slow Friday of work and Mel, frozen water spray, man urinates his way out of an avalanche

5 years ago – Dinner with old crew, song poems

6 years ago – Russ wedding, bro visit, Cane toad loot, Tom showers us with gifts, got a prezzie for Kev

7 years agoDevil-newt, party hat smilies, photos of pompano travels, King retiring?

8 years ago – Font-fiddling, burpin’, VAGG launched, bored with a slow reading listGeotarget

9597 – Wednesday

Had to get up extra early this morning, to be sure I could make it in to work on time. Snow has melted to form extra-scary and slick ice on the roads and sidewalks outside.

The replacement Clie I got back in march died – bidding for a new one on ebay. I’ll have to make a point to recover my old data – shouldn’t be a problem, since I last backed it up a day or two ago. The only hassle will be re-installing my 3rd party stuff. Astronomer, isilo reader, and tealpaint are really the only items I’ll want back right away. If those bids don’t go through, I may look into a Nokia N810 or possibly a Asus EEE for the same cost as a Birthday Prezzie to myself.

Not a great day today, but tomorrow will be better. Off to a rough start, and a really rough time at work about 4pm. BHK collected more estimates on the Love Cube’s repair, and remains doubtful that insurance will pay the bill. Chris is looking into options on her side of things.

BHK made calzones – her first attempt, and they were delicious. (Mine had broccoli, veggie meatballs, and assorted cheeses in there). Technically, I guess they were stromboli, as she put a little sauce inside the dough, but not a huge amount. I still had some on the side to dip into.

We watched the first half of the Heartbreak Kid, and now we’re calling it a night.

Until later, dear journal.

1 year ago – BHK pizza, doodles, health-coughing/dentist, hulkout list, lego turns 50 Geotarget

2 years ago – pancakes, men in black, plumbing, chinese food, Janet in Bangladesh, B’day coming

3 years ago – bro vs caller ID, picard vs chunk, countdown meme, flitwick

4 years ago – caregiving mel, applelard announces birth, renoir song, photo of scotto landmarks, newt pic I love, Bosch toys

5 years ago – David Palmer of Jethro Tull converts to Dee Palmer, dabadaba, blob solution

6 years ago – Jell-O death masks, LJ layouts, random photos, Elagabulus

7 years ago – Took a day off With Danny (some non-gothic graveyard pictures), PattonBomb Talk, Giant photo of Newt in Evil Overlord Mode, bad spoonerism humor. First photo of Tinkle pig

8 years ago – Virus hoaxes, Rooting for the Ravens. Little dancing manGeotarget

9596 – Tuesday

Snow! The neighborhood, Pye playing, and Pye & Newt watching from inside on cam. Pye just loves the snow, but it confuses poor Newt. Clicks embiggen.


A wave of low pressure will continue to bring snow and sleet to the area today. A brief lull in the precipitation is expected this afternoon… before a second  stronger low pressure wave will bring a wintry mix of precipitation tonight and Wednesday. Precipitation will be mainly in the form of snow and sleet this evening… but a change over to freezing rain and rain is expected overnight as warmer air is drawn into the system. Temperatures will remain in the lower 30s Wednesday  allowing for the rain to freeze on some surfaces.

Total snow and sleet accumulations through Tuesday night will be 2 to 4 inches and total ice accumulations for Tuesday night through Wednesday morning will be one to two tenths of an inch.

Didn’t get together with Todd today – the weather was too bad to drive to meet him. We made it home ok – all of the soft poweder of the morning had a layer of slick ice over the top of it. I’m glad that we managed to see him yesterday! It sounds like he had a good time checking out the monuments – I’m sure that they were extra nifty-looking with the layers of snow everywhere.

Had Pigs in Blankets for dinner, with string beans on the side. pretty nummy!

Watched some Psych (Sort of lackluster episode about firemen/arsonists) and part of The Beast before hitting the sack – until later, dear journal!

1 year ago – recharging, watching tv, finished first harry dresden, rat levels CS, pencil brushes for photoshop

2 years ago – new commode, marine museum on solomon’s pix, fresnel, tinkle pig in the love cube, danny gets a hula girl

3 years ago – Celebrated Vicki’s last day, spectral analysis, history lesson, book meme, on call

4 years ago – rte 55 pic, newt and scotto wake up, song title meme, post secret

5 years ago – baby dragon, cheesecake trip, QM2, fever doodles

6 years ago – bebop cola poll, boney church, sql slammer, evil ideas

7 years ago – week plans, bob ross posse, freaky gator-in-a-dress, mr mole, biography tax loophole?

8 years ago – journal look update, evil news, hotel california Geotarget