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Kira Posted: Mon Apr 14 23:58:47 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Hello.

Is anyone out there?

One - Weather here is unbearably erratic this year. It was around 80 degrees on Friday and tomorrow night they are predicting frost.

Two, Orange Weaver finches are too hyper. I am trying to find a new home for mine - she is all alone now - but if I can't find one I am renaming her Atticus. She won't know the difference, but I will be tickled.

I have an inexplicable and overpowering love for New York City which I find somewhat unsettling.

I want a Privacy Cannon which blasts all my neighbors away to far distant corners of the Earth.

I am upset that Stephen Chow's newest movie never came to theaters here.

I miss someone.

If my computer were a person, she would be a chronically ill young lady, well-educated but lacking any real-world knowledge or social skills and possessing a high-and-mighty attitude tempered by a sharp wit and false sense of magnanimity.


 
Kira Posted: Tue Apr 15 00:15:07 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  False air, rather.


 
Posted: Tue Apr 15 00:57:39 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  It hit 96 here today. I drove with the windows down anyway, air conditioning in April just doesn't feel right.

the Detroit Tigers, with the second highest payroll in baseball, are off to a horrible start, and it's making me a) sad, b) lose my bet with the engineer from Boston that I work with.

I'm heading back up to Canada for a 9-day vacation in a week and a half. I'm spending the first weekend at home in Windsor, then driving out to Kingston (the thousand islands) to a friend's cottage. It should be pretty swell! I miss Canadaland.


 
libra Posted: Tue Apr 15 03:02:58 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I want to go to Turkey really badly. I think I'm going to do it, too.

It's funny how now, that I'm not working and I have tons of free time, it takes me days to take care of simple things, like taking my car in for an oil change.

I leave Canada in two weeks.


 
choke Posted: Tue Apr 15 03:28:35 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  It's raining. It's nice.

I have 2 assignments due next monday that I am trying to get out of the way ASAP so I can have the weekend.

I just realized my degree (Bachelor of arts in english and media studies) could have been a lot more worthwhile/valuable/career ensuring as a Bachelor of communication doing almost the same things except more businesslike. I had no idea it even existed until now, halfway through.

I'm thinking of leaving campus and studying extramurally whilst working, so I don't rack up a ginormous student loan (which by the end of my degree will be 30ish grand)

Hmm. And on top of that I've decided I wouldn't have minded doing a science degree after all.

P.S. Am thinking of working overseas for a month or so as a cleaner or fruit picking or something touristy like that, any ideas?


 
antartica Posted: Tue Apr 15 06:45:09 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  been pissin down here in Dingapore just about every afternoon...

hot as heck when it's not pouring

still working at the same company

just did a course on height and confined space rescue, for those of you who dun know what tt means, it's ok

gonna go for some motivational trainer course in a coupla weeks

heard from my office that i could be assigned to help conduct some trainin sessions in Cairo in the near future and that'd like a routine till something else happens

i wanna go back to my little home town in east malaysia, i miss the food there and my grandma

i just wanna hit the lottery and clear out some housing repayments and get some wheels

pfft!


 
addi Posted: Tue Apr 15 07:33:01 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I like these threads. Thanks, Kira.
One by one comments:

Kira: I love to visit NYC but have only been there 3 times (one visit I try not to think about too often due to bittersweet memories). Having said that I don't think I would be happy living there for any length of time, just visiting is fine by me.

Crim: You know this already, but it's just the beginning of hellish temps coming your way. Good you get some time to kickback in the cooler (on many levels) motherland. You hit on one of the big reasons I don't get excited about pro sports...obscenely big payrolls to atheletes, and they still suck.

libra: If you're serious about a Turkey trip contact Breeze via email. She would have a lot of valuable personal advice to offer.

choke: Hindsight about school degrees. I can relate..I majored in Philosophy. And 30k in student loans is nothing to sneeze at, but consider it could be much worse. My son is still in college and he's already at 80 plus grand in debt...most of that on my shoulders. My retirement time has gone from 65 to age 95 (fucking education system in the U.S.).

ant: great to hear from you! I'm tempted to ask you questions about your love status, but I suppose this isn't the place. If you hit the lottery don't forget that I care for you very very deeply : )

addi: Looking at my left hand as I type. It looks like I stuck it in a garbage disposal and turned it on from the cuts, scrapes and bruises on it. I spent the entire weekend and yesterday working on my car trying to install a new performance header. What should have taken an experienced mechanic about 4 hours took me 25. But it's in, I didn't have to pay someone else to do it, my miata MX-5 (Eunos)has some new serious kick to it, and I have that smiley good feeling inside that I went way outside my comfort zone attempting this and suceeded.


 
Mark Posted: Tue Apr 15 15:52:17 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Got training today. Was boring as hell, but needed. (Software testing). Hopefully it will get me on a project, since although Iíve got a job Iíve got nothing to do Öwhich is also boring.

I really need to wash my car.

Weather is getting nice here. Not as hot as it was last year. Hopefully it will stay this way for a while.

Reading your stories about student loans makes me shy away since I complained at my 10K Euro debt I have. Thatís already a high debt here.


 
choke Posted: Tue Apr 15 20:32:54 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  addi said:
>
>choke: Hindsight about school degrees. I can relate..I majored in Philosophy. And 30k in student loans is nothing to sneeze at, but consider it could be much worse. My son is still in college and he's already at 80 plus grand in debt...most of that on my shoulders. My retirement time has gone from 65 to age 95 (fucking education system in the U.S.).
>

Golly! I feel much better. By saying it falls on your shoulders does that mean you choose to pay or you have to pay? Like, does it get referred to you if he can't pay or something?

And what did you do with your degree? Did you endup doing what you wanted to anyway? Was it harder to find a job period?

And what do you mean about the retirement time? Do you get pension at a later age if you have debt?

I'm oh so confused!


 
addi Posted: Tue Apr 15 21:39:37 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  : )
So many questions! You sound like me.

I didn't really choose to pay. I could have said I'm not going to help you go get a higher education..you're on your own. Some parents do that here. But we wanted him to be able to go to a good school that he was accepted to, and unfortunately it means here that you take out loans (unless you're really rich). The banks wouldn't touch him for loans so I had to get students loans in my name, which ultimately means I have to pay them back, until, and IF, he's in a position later on to take them over. When I was a student a full year cost me 4 grand by the time I graduated. One year now for him is about 30 grand, and there are a lot more universities (colleges) much much higher than that here. It's gotten totally out of control and now they've even changed the rules so that repayment starts while the student is still in school, and not when they have their degree and are out for a 9 month grace period. So I'm already getting hit with large loan bills, and they'll only get higher as time goes on.
sigh

I did a lot of odd jobs with my degree. you can't do much with a BA anymore, especially in the humanities. I got a good education and it taught me many valuble things needed to cope with life, but it wasn't very marketable. I did my cartoon thing for a long time, and then got into teaching. Now I'm still in education but out of the classroom and behind a computer for an education software company of sorts. SO to answer your question I use my philosophy degree all the time, but in indirect ways.

If you're lucky you get a good pension after retiring, but that doesn't apply to most folks anymore. Comfortable retirement pensions are a thing of the past for most Americans. The government will give us what is called social security checks, but they don't amount to much and if you want to get by living at least moderately comfortable you need to have started saving and investing $ earlier in life...if you have the money to save in the first place.
Ah well...that sounded depressing : ) I try not to worry too much about the future. It doesn't do a hell of a lot of good for the present, but sometimes...just sometimes.. I fantasize about having been born in a european country.


 
Kira Posted: Tue Apr 15 22:29:08 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  "Save a Tree,
Build With Block."

No-one Cares if you Kill a Rock!


I am amazed at those people that brighten the moods of everyone around them, just by being there and being themselves. I work with a young man like this and it makes my day whenever he shows up, he's just that positive, funny and smart.

I saw a program today in which a Japanese artist made a silk painting on the *inside* of a coat, where it would be invisible when worn. It was so interesting and unexpected - and I want one!

Common sense tells me you can't be friends with someone you don't respect - so why do I get along so well with the one person at work who always makes me want to kick her in the pants, so lazy and useless is she?

I have plans to build a bonfire fueled entirely by pinecones. Hoping the effect will be as cool as I imagine it would be.


 
choke Posted: Wed Apr 16 05:09:34 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  addi said:
>: )
>
>I didn't really choose to pay. I could have said I'm not going to help you go get a higher education..you're on your own. Some parents do that here.


My parents are like that, they think university is a waste of time. I'm beginning to think they're right :P



The banks wouldn't touch him for loans so I had to get students loans in my name, which ultimately means I have to pay them back, until, and IF, he's in a position later on to take them over.



Here there's a govt agency called studylink, and they offer student loans to anyone who is studying fulltime so I've never heard of anyone being rejected who was a citizen. After a year they refer it over to the IRD, (I'm not sure if it's called that there - the govt tax people) And you pay them back, rather than a bank.



When I was a student a full year cost me 4 grand by the time I graduated. One year now for him is about 30 grand, and there are a lot more universities (colleges) much much higher than that here.



That's such a weird notion to me, here you can get into any university as long as you satisfy the minimum requirements, and papers generally cost the same at each one (around $500)There aren't any that are 'elite' that I know of, although some are better for the sciences than others.



It's gotten totally out of control and now they've even changed the rules so that repayment starts while the student is still in school, and not when they have their degree and are out for a 9 month grace period. So I'm already getting hit with large loan bills, and they'll only get higher as time goes on.



We get that too, except they do it on your income, so you start paying as soon as you start earning over $340 a week, regardless of whether you're still studying or not. It's a pain in the ass if you're trying to save for your next year of uni while trying to keep rent, but it's okay in that if you are really dirt poor and not even getting that amount, they don't take payments until you are.
>


Everything else you said was horribly depressing, because I'm doing a BA :P

And I don't know about pensions yet :P


 
addi Posted: Wed Apr 16 06:49:07 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  choke said:

>Everything else you said was horribly depressing, because I'm doing a BA :P

Eh...don't get down about it. There's a lot of intangible value in getting any degree, and I happen to think learning the humanities is important. I'm guessing there are a lot of people here now that if asked "Who wrote Moby Dick?", they'd say they have no idea because they don't read porn.
Just find a nice rich guy to marry down the road that's a geeky engineer : )


>And I don't know about pensions yet :P
You've got lots and lots of years ahead of you, tiff, before you need to be concerned with that. Don't know much about the system in Australia, but judging from what you've said I'm guessing you'll be fine.


 
mat_j Posted: Wed Apr 16 07:58:03 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  hehe atticus finch


 
ifihadahif Posted: Wed Apr 16 09:30:58 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  We have a lot of goldfinches here.


 
choke Posted: Wed Apr 16 19:47:23 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  addi said:
>choke said:
>
>>Everything else you said was horribly depressing, because I'm doing a BA :P
>
>Eh...don't get down about it. There's a lot of intangible value in getting any degree, and I happen to think learning the humanities is important. I'm guessing there are a lot of people here now that if asked "Who wrote Moby Dick?", they'd say they have no idea because they don't read porn.
>Just find a nice rich guy to marry down the road that's a geeky engineer : )
>
>

Yeah I suppose that's a good side, because most NZers don't even go to uni so a humanities degree is better than no degree!



>> Don't know much about the system in Australia,


Are you kidding?


 
addi Posted: Wed Apr 16 19:57:52 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  choke said:

>Are you kidding?

Hmmm...no, I wasn't kidding. Should I know a lot about your education system there?



 
choke Posted: Wed Apr 16 20:12:57 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  addi said:
>choke said:
>
>>Are you kidding?
>
>Hmmm...no, I wasn't kidding. Should I know a lot about your education system there?
>

I'm from NZ, American :P


 
Kira Posted: Wed Apr 16 20:30:28 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Any of you ever steal stuff from a hotel room? I've never taken anything besides shampoo. I'm in a hotel in Asheville right now and they have a little sign:

"Dear Guest,

Due to the popularity of our guest room Amenities, our Housekeeping Department now offers these items for sale:

Blow Dryer $28.00
Bath Mats $12.00
Bath Towels $15.00
Coffee Makers $65.00
Etc. (listing most of the things in the room including pillows, clothes hangers and remote controls).

Each Guest Room attendant is responsible for maintaining the guest room items. Should you decide to take these articles from your room, instead of obtaining them from the Executive Housekeeper, we will assume you approve a corresponding charge to your account."

I found this message amusingly ironic.


choke said:
>addi said:
>>choke said:
>>
>>>Are you kidding?
>>
>>Hmmm...no, I wasn't kidding. Should I know a lot about your education system there?
>>
>
>I'm from NZ, American :P

I almost fell out of my chair! LOL.


 
choke Posted: Wed Apr 16 20:34:41 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Kira said:
>Any of you ever steal stuff from a hotel room? I've never taken anything besides shampoo. I'm in a hotel in Asheville right now and they have a little sign:
>
>"Dear Guest,
>
>Due to the popularity of our guest room Amenities, our Housekeeping Department now offers these items for sale:
>
>Blow Dryer $28.00
>Bath Mats $12.00
>Bath Towels $15.00
>Coffee Makers $65.00
>Etc. (listing most of the things in the room including pillows, clothes hangers and remote controls).
>
>Each Guest Room attendant is responsible for maintaining the guest room items. Should you decide to take these articles from your room, instead of obtaining them from the Executive Housekeeper, we will assume you approve a corresponding charge to your account."
>
>I found this message amusingly ironic.
>
>
Lol, that's awesome. Everytime my family go to a hotel we take a plastic bag and tip all the coffees, shampoos, showercaps, toilet rolls, tissue boxes, little pottles of milk into it. Those are all the things you can take for free :D


 
addi Posted: Wed Apr 16 22:03:43 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  choke said:

>I'm from NZ, American :P

NZ...Aussie..all the same
; )

sorry...senior moment. Confused your homeland with misszero.


 
addi Posted: Wed Apr 16 22:06:55 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Kira said:

>I almost fell out of my chair! LOL.

it's a shame you didn't actually


 
Kira Posted: Wed Apr 16 23:31:42 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  addi said:
>Kira said:
>
>>I almost fell out of my chair! LOL.
>
>it's a shame you didn't actually

Well I can throw myself out of the chair now if it would make you feel better. :)

I like your picture Addi (really!). Did you take that?


 
Cherry_Moon Posted: Thu Apr 17 01:47:12 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  first day at whole foods. busy and happy.

Addicted to Criminal Minds and Bones currently.

Wondering if friends are things that only exist in my imagination.

It finally is warm outside. It hit 69 for the last two days. First spring in Kansas. I miss my forest, it's so flat and empty.



 
FN Posted: Thu Apr 17 02:52:51 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I'm doing my internship at the moment, all systems go.


 
addi Posted: Thu Apr 17 06:14:03 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Kira said:

>I like your picture Addi (really!). Did you take that?

Thanks, Kira. Yeah..I looked up from my laptop and saw both of them looking out the window (they really want the chipmunk that runs around out front), and had my camera close by, so was able to get one without them noticing. I liked the darkness with the light of the sun coming through the window.


 
choke Posted: Thu Apr 17 19:48:27 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  That's okay I had a self defence teacher in the states and whenever he wanted me to break one of those board things they make you do he used to call me Australian :P

I want to see where everyone lives! It'd be cool to see what your homes look like!


 
addi Posted: Thu Apr 17 21:56:48 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  choke said:

>I want to see where everyone lives! It'd be cool to see what your homes look like!

you're officially invited to addi's house. (for the second time. you never dropped by when you were here last time...stinkin' Aussie). I'll even show you some etchings I did in my bedroom.
: )


 
mat_j Posted: Fri Apr 18 07:36:43 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  You're all welcome to my place so long as you don't all come at once.

Oh and no pistols, blunt or edged weapons.

Only blasters.


 
ifihadahif Posted: Fri Apr 18 16:08:04 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Holy shit !

We were rudely awakened at 5:30 this morning by a fucking earthquake.

Only a 5.2, but we never have earthquakes here. Tornadoes and floods yeah, but a fucking earthquake ?

Fortunately there was little to no damage, just some freaked out people.


 
Kira Posted: Fri Apr 18 20:14:49 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Oh oh Tiff come to my house on your way to Atlanta! I will show you all the *least* hip places to hang out, because let's face it, I'm uncool, BUT I promise we will have fun.


 
Kira Posted: Fri Apr 18 20:18:21 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  P.S. Hif I'm a little jealous. The two or three earthquakes we've had in the past decade were all so tiny I had to hear about them on the news to even know that they occurred.


 
DanSRose Posted: Fri Apr 18 21:42:53 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Tax season ended Tuesday (meaning I do not have to work absurd hours and weekends) and I am thoroughly drained, though a large and newly driving spark of creativity has been left in its wake.

The Colin Meloy show was simply fantastic. I could that he was still a bit sick (the Decemberists had to cancel their European & US tours because he had pneumonia or something). I bought his touring EP "Colin Meloy Sings Sam Cooke", which is awesome.

I find myself wanting to move to Portland, the better edge of Brooklyn, or just travel for a while (ZA, Jerusalem, London, NZ, and on and on).

I need to buy a suit for an upcoming wedding. Because I am short, I need it tailored to fit my frame. I am thinking I should have one like the 10th Doctor. One that is slim fit.

I have never been through an earthquake. Not yet, anyway. I have been through hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, blizzards, floods, 2 sandstorms, and the plague of cicadas a few years back. I want to go through life and see as many natural disasters as possible, both to help people and for my own curiosity. This once got my friends exceptionally pissed off at me when I ran into a tornado to take pictures of it.
http://pics.livejournal.com/dansbluerose/pic/000026hr/g5
http://pics.livejournal.com/dansbluerose/pic/00003x19/g5

I also decided recently to take photographs habitually (additively) again.



 
jennemmer Posted: Fri Apr 18 22:05:58 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  ifihadahif said:
>Holy shit !
>
>We were rudely awakened at 5:30 this morning by a fucking earthquake.
>
>Only a 5.2, but we never have earthquakes here. Tornadoes and floods yeah, but a fucking earthquake ?
>
>Fortunately there was little to no damage, just some freaked out people.

I slept right through it though some of my co-workers who were up felt it.


 
Mesh Posted: Sat Apr 19 00:41:36 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Hmmmm, work is good. Went for a conference in Colorado(awesome) for some bullshit stuff....but stayed at a super fancy hotel for free and had all meals paid for(and I took advantaged. $50 steaks, mmmmmm). Got paid craaazzzzyyy overtime for it, as well.

Kind of losing touch with friends. Haven't really seen or talked to anyone in the last 2-3 months really, aside from a very small group of people. Kind of makes me sad we're all drifting away all of the sudden, for no apparent reason. Careers and marriages and stuff getting in the way I guess, though all of those things have existed in the group since the get go, and never pulled any of us away. One of my really good friends who I used to see 3-4 times a week haven't seen since mid-february now. Only talked to over the phone twice. And she only lives 10 minutes away! oh well :(

Been camping and going on day hikes a lot lately. Really love it. Getting a good tan. Also been lifting weights and running again, and eating more healthy lately.(Had really let my voracious appetite and proclivity to gluttony get the best of me there for a few months, started putting on a few extra pounds. Oops!) Hair is getting a little longer. Haven't been shaving.


Uhhhhh theres more. I'm being bugged to go watch a movie though.


 
addi Posted: Sat Apr 19 07:06:25 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  ifihadahif said:
>Holy shit !

Read that and had to smile looking at your avatar pic (may he rest in peace).

Read about the earthquake but didn't realize it was in your neck of the woods. I've never been in one that I could feel.


 
addi Posted: Sat Apr 19 07:09:35 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  jennemmer said:

>I slept right through it though some of my co-workers who were up felt it.

Women with clean consciouses sleep really deep and rarely feel earthquakes. Perhaps if you go out and do something naughty you'll feel the aftershocks.

*Great to hear from you long away jenn


 
addi Posted: Sat Apr 19 07:16:02 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Wisenheimer said:
>Hmmmm, work is good. Went for a conference in Colorado

Where at in colorado? Denver, Boulder, some ski resport? You could have gotten in touch with Kuro if it was Denver, and had a cop buddy to keep you out of trouble, and show you the "fun" spots : )

>Kind of losing touch with friends on GT.
Tell me about it.

>Hair is getting a little longer. Haven't been shaving.

Pics. We need pics, dammit!


 
antartica Posted: Sat Apr 19 08:18:25 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Christophe said:
>I'm doing my intern at the moment, all systems go.

oooh... sounds... erh... naughty and nice? :p hahaha


 
Kira Posted: Tue Apr 22 00:57:24 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  There is a mockingbird that lives around here, who very often stays awake all night, alone, singing every song he knows. I just realized tonight that he's been mimicking frogsongs too. It's one of the more magical experiences I've had in my life, standing by myself in the dark and listening to this mockingbird, while the rest of the world is silent and sleeping.

I love that bird.


 
ifihadahif Posted: Tue Apr 22 07:07:13 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Kira said:
>There is a mockingbird that lives around here, who very often stays awake all night, alone, singing every song he knows.
>
Does he know the words to any of those songs ?


 
Kira Posted: Tue Apr 22 14:31:22 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  ifihadahif said:
>>
>Does he know the words to any of those songs ?

Not very well. Last week I heard him singing Copacabana, but he got it wrong by saying "Cocoa banana."

:P


 
ifihadahif Posted: Tue Apr 22 15:31:57 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Kira said:
>ifihadahif said:
>>>
>>Does he know the words to any of those songs ?
>
>Not very well. Last week I heard him singing Copacabana, but he got it wrong by saying "Cocoa banana."
>
>:P
>
Stupid bird !


 
Nikki Posted: Wed Apr 23 15:56:48 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  yah...like you


 
misszero Posted: Sun Apr 27 03:14:37 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  there was an earthquake in my hometown back in '89. Possibly the only exciting thing that ever happened here. So naturally, i was on holidays at the time and missed the whole bleeding thing. Drats!
Didn't miss the flood last year though. (haha, live on a hill! take that you lowland suckers!)


 



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