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|Saturday, February 21st, 2009|
*Blows dust off* Been a while, hasn't it?
Still, sticking with something light for this, as I wanted to give the question the credit it's due.
From ME, by ME, I ask you, The Question.
If you had a giant laser capable of inscribing things on the moon, what would you carve?
And please, folks, keep in mind we are ONLY discussing the moon-carving applications here. Pretty much all the other uses (yes, even the beam-splitter ones) can be taken for granted... Although I have to admit, the one you're thinking about is
pretty cool. :3
|Monday, June 18th, 2007|
|A REAL update!
Thank you, all, for putting up with my entry into Blog Like It's The End Of The World Day, featuring the zombie onslaught upon our fair planet. Let's try something real, shall we?
I'm in a slightly better situation than I was last time I posted, and SUBSTANTIALLY better than most of the intervening times; new bike, steady job, NEW COMPUTER, things are improved. I might even be able to take this job (or a promotion) out of this state, which would dramatically accelerate my timetable. Not having to build up a look-for-work stake to live on means getting out of here all the sooner!
Besides, I like these people. For the first time in my work history, I believe I can honestly say there's nobody I work with that has a real problem with me. That's a VALUABLE first, I can tell you.. and shameless offerings of candy doubtless had an effect on the proceedings. Still, I'm looking forward to my three-month anniversary with this place. It should be all good, I say.
Have to go, love you all!
|Wednesday, June 13th, 2007|
For the first time, I'm glad I'm in Arizona. Kinda.
It's been a LONG time since I watched TV, so I didn't catch the first reports; I caught a rumor that it'd begun in some Eastern European country, and who cares? But they were spreading all over, almost as if they were.. seeded.
After a few hours at work, people buying up whatever they could use as weapons, I managed to hide away a chainsaw and machete.. When the first couple shamblers came in, I was glad I did. After that, as you can imagine, work was over!
The bosses tried to organize for defense, but it was just NOT on. Nobody there had a clue about fighting zombies, and too many panicky screwballs; they may have been good coworkers for the most part, but I wasn't going to die for them. The bike and the Kyle were outta there, even if I had to leave the chainsaw behind.
Here's where the Arizona advantage came in; three blocks away from my place, there was a gun shop. One that happened to be closed on Wednesdays, no less! And while there'd been some people trying to break in, they hadn't had weapons with them apparently.. because all that was left outside were a few zombies and a nearly-off window grille. And inside?Jackpot.
There was a cutlery store a couple spots down, and I managed to pick up a bunch of broadswords as well as a couple of (VERY nice) katanas; they made a good backup to the guns, and you never have to worry about a sword running out of ammo. Still, it's the gun shop I'm typing this at. MUCH more defensible.
I don't know how much longer I can handle this. The local 7-11 was good for a food run, mainly because I had enough guns to bluff back the trio of thugs already there.. but I made sure not to have any real friends in this state, and there's nowhere to go.
..I killed the landlady an hour ago. She'd helped me out so much, and what did she get? A fistful of boomstick in her mouth, that's what! This is just INSANE. I can't take on a town full of f*cking ZOMBIES
all by myself, I don't care HOW many weapons I have!
And the downside of Arizona, aside from all the other crap? The zombies have guns too.
SHIT, HERE THEY CO-
|Monday, November 27th, 2006|
It's been a long time since the last update, and almost as long in Arizona. What can I say, this is a place that isn't exactly conducive to new stuff. Nearest town? About an hour away, and the same kind of thing that you can find here, only less of it. Still, I'm working to save up money for a new computer after the death of the last one on m'birthday, and then saving up MORE money to get the heck out of here!
In Arizona, that's about the noblest ambition it is possible to have.
Still, I doubt I'm going to be out of here before Christmas... and that brings up the next subject. Presents! I've been asked a few times what I want, as gift cards make me break out in gigantic hives, so here we go! Two real categories here, of T-Shirts and Books. (Some nice black reinforced boot-socks would be nice too, but I think I can handle that.)
T-Shirts, folks!Love the Glove
: What can I say, I have WANTED this glove for the past two years and more, but have never gotten it. This is something I LONG for!Tennis, anyone?
: What can I say? It SPEAKS to me.The TRUTH about the English Language
: It's linguistic snark. How could I not love it?
And now, how about some books? Fair warning, this section is rather larger than the last.Of Spaghetti Monsters That Fly
: This is a movement I've got a serious liking for. Not about to join up, but would like to enjoy some of their fine literature, you know?Man from A to Z
: It's something that looks good to me. Come on, the cover has a guy boxing a GORILLA! What more do you need?Sneakiness made commonplace
: Hey, I'm a fan of knowing things. Things other people don't generally know, in particular; this is like "The Way Things Work" streamlined to my desires.Evil Robotic Geniousness
: See above, only with robotic minions and electricity. I may never put these books to good use, but I'll have a whee of a time reading them!Surviving Zombies
: You KNOW they're coming. The only questions are when, and who's ready. And may pick up a few extra things on the way!
Okay, that's a pretty good go. I'm not really expecting more than one or at best two of these items, but it's something to keep in mind!
Also, those who come across this: Please, comment with your own wishes, okay? I hate giving out gift cards as well, so let's get you what you WANT.
Until next time!
|Tuesday, January 24th, 2006|
|Update on future Lack of Updates
Folks, I'm going to be incommunicado more so than usual for a while.
I just got word that tomorrow at 10 am, instead of staying out for ten days, we'll be staying out almost continuously until the end of March. Maybe three, four days in port total, that's it.
So sorry, all! Catch you on the flip side!
|Monday, January 9th, 2006|
|Good and bad...
I got my Christmas present from my mother today; it rocked. Still, there were a few 'bzuh?' inducing moments... CHOCOLATE-COVERED INSECTS!?
I've also been cleaning a ship with a cherrypicker and acid. What did YOU do today?
I should be heading out for a few days on the 16th, and will be incommunicado.
And a very, very dear friend just died...
Tiny Evil One, I'm missing the hell out of you already.
There's nothing more to say.
|Tuesday, December 27th, 2005|
Today was a pretty fair day, really. I was working busily, getting my head squished in by all the protective head-stuff... Honestly, I like being reasonably safe, but after some time with my normal glasses, goggles on top, the respirator, the ear plugs, the hat, AND the big sound-deadening ear muffs, it starts to really hurt. Still, safety and money!
Also, I had ostrich tonight. And you didn't. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Cower before my ostrich-stuffed might!
In any case, much done, much happening, see you all next time!
P.S. Aunt Juli, thank you very much for the slacks. They shall be quite nice for when I need to be uniformy.
Shaun and Darby, thanks! Good to get a new picture of our future overlords; I've been needing one!
Grandma, you rock beyond all concievable definitions of the word. Your present made Christmas all over again for me; it was and is utterly, UTTERLY awesome! Thank you, I've been trying to get ahold of that for ages.
|Saturday, December 10th, 2005|
|Can't post from ship; posting from a mall, so acting quickly!
Okay, super-quick, people.
I am on a ship. It's 677 feet long and weighs about 21,000 tons- I think- with many people aboard, so yes, a new experience!
The work is hard, with much running up and down, but I have my own stateroom with attached bathroom and am getting overtime up the hooh-hah, so it's all good, you know! Currently, I've been doing daywork in port- maintenance and business of the ship- and watchstanding at sea, aka making coffee and acting as lookout with binoculars. There is a LOT of running up and down ladders (That's sailor for both stairs AND actual ladders) in that one, doing the night rounds and 'crumb-bossing' the second deck.. but legs are shaping up fast. As of Monday I'll be heading out again for ten days, unknown as to where and will do a couple underway fuel replenishments there. Huzzah, overtime!
That's it for now, gang. Catch you on the flip side!
|Sunday, November 27th, 2005|
|Yes, another one. I didn't have a choice!
20 years ago I was: Getting my mind blown away by Back to the Future, still pretty young.
15 years ago I was: Wearing one of those funky tails, going to the East Coast for the first time, a youthful chap.
10 years ago I was: Hopelessly addicted to video games, still in school, starting to pick up a little German.
5 years ago I was: Not in a very good way; in college, not able to get my head together and stop having fun, a disappointment to myself and my family.
1 year ago I was: Learning a new trade, starting to get things going agian after too many starts having stopped, in Sausalito and having Strange Adventures.
Yesterday I was: Walking around Norfolk for 5 hours and exploring the surrounding towns, thinking about how I'd sent myself an entire country away from the people that I love in order to make things better.
5 snacks I enjoy: Starburst Smoothies, a nice chocolate milkshake, croissants, Ghiradelli squares, smoked oysters.
5 songs I know all the words to: The Bastard King of England, Paddy Lay Back, Baby Got Back -Sir Mix-A-Lot, The Wrong Way -Sublime, Maneater -Hall & Oates.
5 things I would do with a million dollars: pay off my bills, invest it to make more, help my family with a couple issues, buy a spectacular DVD library, take over the world.
5 places I would run away to: mountains, ocean, cyberspace, the redwoods, just about anywhere I can be alone with a good view.
5 things I would never wear: Pink, a muumu, neon colors, a woman's white trash novelty shirt, pantyhose.
5 favorite TV shows: Hmm, it's been a while... Megas XLR, Family Guy, Rurouni Kenshin, The Man Show, The Daily Show even though I still don't like Jon Stewart too much.
5 bad habits: addicted to internet and rp'ing, procrastination, running off at the mouth, inability to admit to being wrong when I know I'm right, often forget to modulate my 'very carrying' voice well.
5 biggest joys: Family, friends, snark, books, and the ability to better myself.
5 favorite toys: Computer, weaponry, Swiss Bubble Knife, my ring, my screwy imagination.
5 fictional characters I would date: Dejah Thoris, Chameleon of Xanth, Starfire, Princess Jasmine, Buttercup from the book of the Princess Bride... Man, it's really true! "I wouldn't go out with anyone willing to go out with me." Hah!
5 people I tag to do this: priestessnaoko
, and my sister Meglet.
|Ladies and gentlemen, a meme!
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fourth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.
In my case?
"Here, O Kulan Tith," he cried, "is he who has desecrated the temples of the Gods of Mars, who has violated the persons of the Holy Therns themselves and turned a world against its age-old religion; before you, in your power, Jeddak of Kaol, Defender of the Holies, stands John Carter, Prince of Helium!"
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) A Warlord of Mars
Burroughs could run off at the mouth like nobody's business, but MAN that boy could write a gripping tale!
|Friday, November 18th, 2005|
Within the week, I may well be hopping on board the USNS LEROY GRUMMAN. It's a Fleet Oiler, meaning that its job is to refuel Navy ships when they're underway; taking a wild guess, I'd say that means I'm going to the Gulf.
In other news, I have been getting many, many books that I like, but I can't find the DVD of Megas XLR
for love or money! This could be a subtle hint for anyone watching.
How are you all doing?
|Monday, November 7th, 2005|
|Update, at last!
Greetings, True Believers!
This weekend may not have seen anything happen in my job, but I did Other Stuff instead! My many used books, once lost on the bus, have returned into my life due to diligent seeking, huzzah! ...And I bought six more. I'm hooked on books as if it was cocaine, I swear... Crossing the river into Portsmouth (Did I mention the ferry is actually a paddle-boat?), I proceeded to wander about. I found places of grand and marvelous foodery, such as the Old Town Bakery that had GREAT She Crab Soup and corned beef hash. This was both nummy and good, with much in the way of cheapness! While on the subject of food, later I did find myself wandering into a charmingly interesting place called the Bier Garden, a pleasant and delightful Mom & Pop place that smelled a mite funny, but had most excellent delectables. Sadly, I found myself unable to get past the appetizer (Schnitzel bites with mushroom gravy) due to previous eating- My eyes were MUCH bigger than my stomach that time!-, but I packed up my tender Schwein Braten and spaetzle, along with some apfel strudel on the side, and decided to have that for lunch today.
Setting the Wayback Machine to a few hours before that, I had just started to think about Christmas presents. Of course, by "think about" I mean "Said rude things about everyone advertising for Christmas before Thanksgiving's happened, then buying Grandma a Really Cool Present on the spur of the moment and setting ones for Aunt Liane, Aunt Julie, Sister Megan, and Beloved Mama on layaway," but no worries. I think all will like what I picked out for them; I'm GOOD
at spur-of-the-moment that way. Also, I formulated Cunning Plans for what to get Uncle Dave and our esteemed Grandpa Don, though I may want to doublecheck with Uncle Dave as to a possible preferable option. A bit unsure about that one. ANYWAY, what I have in mind for our good Clif is not just cunning; it is a plan chock full of rich, nourishing EVIL!
And he'll hate the fact that he loves it. MINE IS AN EVIL LAUGH!
Considering further, it struck me with gentle sadness that I was entirely unsure what to get the Cousins. I gradually realized a few years back that I didn't know who Shaun, Brent, Aaron, Brian, and even Bradley were anymore; we'd just grown apart so much, and that's a shame. It's pretty likely they don't know me either, so I guess we're even on that level, but really, that just means we all lose out, doesn't it? Darby I don't really know either, but as we've only met two, three times in our lives that's okay. Oddly enough, though, I feel I've got slightly more of a handle on who Darby is than any of the other male Redfords of my generation; I don't have the memories of the past that had been fogging up my eyes, I suppose. So Cousins all, send me your wish lists, all right? I'd really like to know; hey, might even mean some understanding to boot. It's surprising what you can tell about someone from their wants.
Corbin and Brittan, of course, I know completely, despite never having seen them in person, EVER. It is apparent to any eye that they are, in fact, tiny adorable DOOMgoblins that secretly plan to take over the world through the power of their appalling cuteness! ALL HAIL THE TWINS, RULERS OF EARTH! ...Yes, I DO believe in sucking up now so that I don't get the axe. They're family; what's wrong with that?
I do believe that's enough for one post, my people. Until next time, buh-dee-buh-dee-buh-dee,
THAT'S ALL, FOLKS!
|Monday, October 31st, 2005|
Happy Halloween, all!
I did absolutely nothing for this one, and didn't even eat much candy. But my checks came in, and that helps!
|Tuesday, October 25th, 2005|
|Tuesday, October 18th, 2005|
My people, I pray thee, do not think I have forgotten! Your kind words and loving support are a rock upon which I can ever lean!
...The sad fact is, folks, my life hasn't been anything to report about recently. The greater part of my day is spent sitting in a room, staving off boredom through conversation, movies, my laptop, and books. Nearly everything worth mentioning happened to me today, which is often the way it goes!
Ladies and gentlemen, I now have an official BROWN passport. That's right, all! Not only do I have the blue one all you non-me people are using, but I have a brown one as well, showing that I travel on guv'mint business or some such! (Of course, I think the military are supposed to get the snazzy red
ones, but I digress.))
Also, I finally got over a bloody horrawful issue with banks, and am now free to open a new account with new people! I'm thinking either the Navy Federal Credit Union or Wells Fargo, or maybe just somebody local. You know how these things go; it's all about convenience. Wells Fargo does seem to be a good way to go, though...
Also, I finally managed to find and check out downtown Norfolk, Waterside and Portside. Interesting places! Kind of like a huge three-story enclosed mall for the most part, along with a cheap ferry to the other sode of the river with more stuff. Worth wandering around in, but not to go to all the time; it's no Embarcadero, know what I mean?
Sadly, that is the extent of my activities to date.
|Monday, October 3rd, 2005|
|Much of a muchness happening!
This weekend I set forth on a journey.
A journey of terrible DOOM!
I, a man about New Jersey, found it meet to head over to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Unfortunately, my easiest option, that of renting a car for a day or two, proved to be untenable; who knew that there existed places that didn't accept cash? But nay, cards of credit did they hunger for, to put our stalwart hero into "The System." Instead, he cried out "Nay! Thou shalt not gain ME so easily!" and kept himself wisely away from these cards; while there may have been a slight aspect of "His expenditures would likely far outstrip his paycheck in short order, so best not to touch" in there as well, but noble rebelling against custom still!
Instead, the staunch protagonist found it meet to use public transportation; trains being the option of choice. Sadly, this entailed going north clear up to Newark, roughly a two hour ride, in order to go south and west another three hours in order to hit Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Woe for the state of public transportation! Furthermore, due to bizarre snafuing, our befuddled and confusticated Kyle wound up in Atlantic City for a while, wandering about and beholding things. Upon his return to Philadelphia, he ended up 'sleeping' upon a bench waiting for the train to get to Lancaster, which had an apparent public-transport lock on it by the horrid Amtrak! They only ran trains there every four hours, and not all that many trains either!
Finally, at 9 in the morning on Sunday, I was able to board and head to Lancaster in good order. Arriving in Lancaster, I quickly surmised that the PA Renfaire counted as properly being "In the middle of bloody nowhere." Having to take an expensive taxi ride there, I made it on time and proceeded to have good cheap fun, my pocketbook beginning to run rather low at this point. The Tartan Terrors were a crew that I fully intend to get CD's of later, as I do for the Rakish Rogues! Sadly, the Sultry Sirens of Sin didn't live up to their hype. The Belles of Bedlam in Cali are much, MUCH better. Bardic Wind, on the other hand, was exceedingly cool!
Getting back proved to be exceedingly tricky, as at that point I essentially had enough to get back TO Lancaster, or enough to get back FROM Lancaster; I managed to solve this by a combination of walking, stubbornness, and finally getting a cab after walking enough. The train situation was fairly simple to handle... save for the fact that I, a sleepy individual, ended up 3 towns farther than I had meant to go, and had to get another taxi back to the hotel due to the next train arriving at 1 in the morning (A good 2, 3 hours away) Arriving back, I crashed.
Monday began our learning about forklift trucks, all book work then. Interesting things, such as the difference and placements of a diesel forktruck versus an electric fork truck. But really, mainly boring past the little forktruck toys they let us play with. Today, on the other hand... I actually got to drive a forklift properly! Pinpoint pivot turns, loading and stacking fake bombs, all sorts of fun! They say that driving a forklift is like driving a bike... I assure you, entirely different when the steering wheels are on the back. Curious and interesting, with a test come tomorrow. Have fun, All!
|Wednesday, September 28th, 2005|
|I am not yet dead!
This weekend, I had many plans. Instead of going through with them, I did something else entirely! That's right, I DID SOMETHING ELSE. I went to New York and had potato skins at the Carnegie Deli! Booya!!!
This week, we have ceased to be at Fire School properly. For this and next week, every day we commute to Fire School, then grab a van and commute further to Naval Weapons Station Earle. This week, it's Ordnance Handling Equipment, featuring much study at hotel and in class. Much to be learned and remembered, and in all cases is it made clear... DO NOT DROP THE BOMBS! This is vital and important. I've been learning how to use hand trucks, carry forklifts from one ship/place to another, and mess about with all sorts of slings and carries. Replenishing a Navy ship midway is what this has all been about! Though I might wish to go into their oceanic research or medical ships instead.
Next week, it's Mechanical Handling Equipment, driving
forklifts instead of lifting them. This will be key, most likely! And as it shall certify me in forklifts, this calls for a huzzah!
|Monday, September 19th, 2005|
Although the name Kyle causes an active mind and a restless urge to explore new ideas, we emphasize that it causes an unscrupulous, materialistic approach that frustrates higher humanitarian qualities. This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the solar plexus and reproductive organs.
The name of Kyle creates a very aggressive and independent nature, one with big ambitions, giving you original, progressive, large-scale ideas, salesmanship and promotional ability as well as the excellent business judgment which enables you to gain the financial accumulation to which you feel entitled. You have a versatile, restless nature, and could do any job well, although you would not like to do menial tasks. You are seldom satisfied and are always seeking something new.
In any case, my weekend was a time of propping foot up and reacquainting myself with the Internet and Top Ramen! A common but overrated combination, I would say. As of today, we began work on relearning basic firefighting, the MSC way! It's a bit more in-depth than last time, and I will need to shave off my luxurious whiskers before tomorrow, but hey, I'm getting money, and that makes all the difference!
Besides, I can always grow them back.
Today was mainly book-work, the many types of extinguishers shown in diagrams and the Fire Tetrahedron (Who took over from the now-retired Fire Triangle, who is vacationing with its cousin the Bermuda triangle at the moment), featuring the new base of the fire pyramid: Chemical Reaction! We spoke of Aqueous Film-Forming Foam, its advantages and weaknesses compared to water, dry chemicals of various sorts, and of course the classic Carbon Dioxide. The most preferred for electronics, due to lack of residue!
And tomorrow we'll be using all of these all day. Huzzah?
|Saturday, September 17th, 2005|
|*Does the New-Laptop Dance Of Dignified Joy...Badly*
Ladies, Gentlemen, and Others,
I HAVE A LAPTOP! I am actually typing this on MY NEW LAPTOP, which I have christened "Thudredid." I'm betting that nobody knows where that came from without having to research it extensively. But Thudredid and I should be very happy together for some time to come, and I am very VERY happy!
In other news, I successfully shot up my shipmates with Simunition, which is more or less paintball/BB ammo scaled for actual Berettas and 12-gauge pump-action shotguns. I had a great deal of fun, then on successive days worked in and more often cleaned out a carpenter shop to earn my daily bread.
AND NOW LAPTOP! HUZZAH!!!
|Friday, September 2nd, 2005|
|First week of training!
The first week has ended, and I'm mostly intact! This is the only week that will lack S&Q for lack of reason, and I've been budgeting so that it shouldn't be an issue. I have also gotten several shiny new certificates and learned more about the job I'll be doing!
Sadly, I've also pulled a tendon in my left leg, so I'll be gimping around for the next week or two. This is very sad, especially as a three-day weekend has just started. Fie on bad playing of whiffle-ball catch! Fie, I say!