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January 3, 2006


I believe I have already told the tale of the Shiner keg. Where I couldn't find them in the keg store, so I emailed Shiner, and the rep said she thought they had the pony kegs and would find out where I could get them, and then later informed me that No, they were no longer available because people were not returning the containers so Shiner discontinued them? (holy run-on Batman!) Well, they still do not make 1/4 kegs anymore, but today the nice Shiner lady sent me an email asking for my address so that should could send me some "cool Shiner gear." Maybe even a tap handle if she can scrounge one up. I wont get my hopes up for the tap handle. And the only other gear I can imagine would be coozies and coasters. But maybe I will get something.

In other news, Im wicked tired. Went to bed after midnight, and woke up around 5:15 this morning, and never did go back to sleep.

January 4, 2006

One to grow on

Happy Birthday Ninsi!

What's in a name?

So, I think that both Ninsi and I utterly forgot to mention one of the more interesting bits of the Christmas holiday. Many of you know the Squid's mother - Namween, and Ninsi, actually have similar sounding RL names. I accidently interchange them both ways all the time. So do most of the people in my family. We know right away we've said the wrong name, but it has become a fact of life, with which Ninsi has learned to deal.

My dad's wife, however, took it to a new level at Christmas. She said Namween twice when speaking to Ninsi, and Ninsi actually corrected her. She (dad's wife) then got a slightly mortified look on her face and admitted that she had addressed all the presents to us as Phlome and Namween. Not Phlome and Ninsi. Thankfully, it was just cards and nametags, nothing permanent. That would have been way funny.

She knows Ninsi and Namween are different people. Has met them both before though it was years ago for Namween. She knows both their names. I dont know why she how she managed to completely forget it for the holiday.

Good times...

January 5, 2006

Something, I guess

I had to close comments on the previous entry. Pertaining to Ninsi's name issue. When I returned from lunch, I had about 110 new spam comments on that post alone. They have all been since deleted, but I do not want it to happen again. Occassionally I will write a post that generates an exceptional amount of comments. I have yet to figure out exactly what triggers it within a given post.

Else. Spent the evening at Trucker's house having a couple beers while he remixed a CD for us. The music for the ceremony is now complete.

January 9, 2006


I've received an extraordinary amount of comment spam since last week. Probably 70-100 per day. Because of this, I intially turned on the 'comment approval' requirement, which would allow comments, but they have to be approved before showing. That works great to prevent the spam from being seen, but it doesn't prevent it from actually appearing in my inbox. And I still have to remove all of it.

So today, I've dont the really annoying thing of turning on the 'registration required' settings. You can only comment if you have a TypeKey account. Yes, it is annoying. I know. I dont like it either, but I am going to have to leave it on for a couple weeks. It's not like many people comment anyway.

If you know a better way, I'm open to it.

January 10, 2006


It's January. And as with the previous two years, I have again started growing a beard. It's always a little more red than I remember. Last year it was a lot more gray than I expected. This year, it isn't as gray as I feared, but there is still quite a bit. I really should just go back to the goatee, and maybe I will, but first, the beard.

Sometimes a man just has to be all burly. And nothing is more burly than a beard. Though an axe and an ox and some timber might help.

January 12, 2006


In a 2.12 oz bag of Zoo Animal Crackers by Austin, there are probably 35 or so individual crackers. I didn't exactly count them out though, so I could be off by as much as 10.

Some animals appear to be more strongly represented than other, though. This is a sampling from one bag, so it may not be representative. However, in my bag, there was

1 penguin
1 turtle
1.5 monkey
2 owls
2 rabbits

The other animals, - Polar Bear, Camel, Elephant, Lion, Horse, and Rhinocerous were represented by three or four crackers each. It seemed like every other cracker was a lion. And I am really starting to wonder if maybe I wasn't cheated out of some animal completely? Maybe there is a lemur or seal cracker that did not make it into my bag. Does anyone know the full range of animals that are supposed to be in a bag? What kind of quality control should I be expecting in my animal crackers?

I want my lemur, damnit!

January 13, 2006

lavender coffin

Went to dinner last night. The waitress looks at me and says "Do you have a son that works here?"

I think that is my clue that it is time to shave. Okay, yes, technically, if I had started procreating when I was 15, I could possibly have an 18 year old son tending bar at a steakhouse. BUT I DIDNT. And I dont. The beard makes me look older, but I didnt think it made me look *that* old. It may have to come off sooner than I had planned.

January 16, 2006

and counting

Bought a new drill and some shelves over the weekend. So I should be able to finish putting together the conference table tomorrow night, and possibly get started organizing the garage. Ninsi has a paper to write, so that will keep her occupied.

A slow, but pleasent weekend. We had a few folk come over Friday night and played some fubar. and I dont remember after that. So it was a good evening. Saturday we geeked out for a few hours at Zero's and went downtown to Purgatory for the evening. Very large club. Decent amount of folk there. At least three people had a few too many and had to be carried out by their friends. Sunday, we were vegetables most of the day but eventually got around to doing some needed shopping and registering.

January 18, 2006

Cape Fear

I realized this morning that I utterly forgot to blog yesterday. It happens. Sometimes I get busy and don't have time. Occassionally, I just forget. I try to put something up even if I really have nothing to say. Being busy is an excuse, forgetting is not.

In somber news, a friend of mine in Florida knew several of the people aboard the tug boat that sank last night off the coast of North Carolina. Including the ones that died. There is remarkably little news about it. About the only information I can find is through the stock press releases. Sad that people can perish and it is only printed by way of the effect on the stock market.

My friend works with these people, and she asks that you remember their families.

January 19, 2006


Called Comcast today and cancelled them. Internet and cable. gone. poof.

Yesterday, we got Dish TV installed, and hooked up the DSL modem. We weren't supposed to have DSL until today, but it was working last night. The smart fellows that built our house had the forethought to only put telephone jacks in the master bedroom, and the kitchen. This works out completely not at all for us. The Dish TV requires a telephone line. I'm not sure for what exactly (I intend to find out), but all the installer would say about it was that if we unplugged the phone line, they would charge another $5.99 just because.

So, we had to put the primary receiver in the master bedroom with that phone jack. And that is also where the DSL modem has to be connected. That wasn't really what I had envisioned in the beginning, but it is what we have to work with. So, I spent an inordinate amount of time last night setting up the DSL modem, and the router. I could get internet just fine with a single machine plugged into the modem, but once I connected the router, I got nothing. Unless I connected it incorrectly, in which case 1 machine could get internet, and the others got ip conflicts. It was the conflicts messages that finally let me figure out the problem. Apparently the DSL modem installs itself with the same address I had used on the router. So they weren't getting along very well. Once I changed the address on the router to a new subnet, everything was peachy. Of course, I dont have a wireless card in my desktop PC, so it doesn't have internet. I'll probably run a long cable tonight and get a wireless card for it next week.

But we have lots of channels to not watch on TV now.

January 23, 2006

Peter Pan Complex - 76%

It's been a while since I mailed it in and just posted something from the web, so here. Stolen from Ninsi.

Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Extraversion |||||||||||| 46%
Stability |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Orderliness |||||||||||| 46%
Accommodation |||||| 30%
Interdependence |||||||||||| 50%
Intellectual |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Mystical |||||||||||||||| 63%
Artistic || 10%
Religious || 10%
Hedonism |||||||||||||||| 70%
Materialism |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Narcissism |||||||||||||||| 70%
Adventurousness |||||||||||||| 56%
Work ethic |||||||||| 36%
Self absorbed |||||||||| 36%
Conflict seeking |||||||||||||||| 70%
Need to dominate |||||||||||||||| 63%
Romantic |||||| 23%
Avoidant |||| 16%
Anti-authority |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Wealth || 10%
Dependency |||| 16%
Change averse |||||||||| 36%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||| 56%
Individuality |||||||||||||| 56%
Sexuality |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Peter pan complex |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Physical security |||||||||||||||| 63%
Physical Fitness |||||||||||||||||| 77%
Histrionic |||||||||||| 43%
Paranoia |||||||||||||| 56%
Vanity |||||||||||||||| 63%
Hypersensitivity |||||| 23%
Female cliche || 10%

Stability results were high which suggests you are very relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic..

Orderliness results were medium which suggests you are moderately organized, hard working, and reliable while still remaining flexible, efficient, and fun.

Extraversion results were medium which suggests you are moderately talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting.

trait snapshot:

rarely irritated, positive, tough, non phobic, fearless, likes the unknown, self reliant, high self control, confident, trusting, strong instincts, prudent, optimistic, willful, likes parties, prefers a specialized career, takes charge, altruistic, strong, high self concept, adventurous, practical, thoughtful

Take Free Advanced Global Personality Test
personality tests by similarminds.com

January 24, 2006

Squid blog

The Squid's blog is no more. The domain has expired on her. When I talked to her yesterday, I told her that I would pay for it to stay online, if she wanted to keep it, but she declined. Citing a lack of writing to the blog on her part. Didn't feel it was worth it. So I may try to talk her into a blogger account later. Until then, onesinglekiss.com is defunct.

Picked up Ender's Game yesterday. Should be a quick read. I've been trying to find it in Half-Price for a few months. Finally happened upon it when I tried a Half-Price that I'd never been in before. Hurray for branching out at lunchtime.

And from the People Still Think Im Someone Im Not department: it's not a gay thing this time, but I did receive email today from someone, and they included the password I needed that granted full access to their site. Why can't some rich old fart mistakenly, but too late to change it, put me into their will instead of the random emails that I really can't use?

January 25, 2006


Bought Ender's Game on Monday. Took it into the house yesterday, and finished it about half an hour after midnight last night. If we hadn't gone to meet a friend for dinner, I would have finished it at a more decent hour. I've spent a little time doing this 'intelligence test' today. I dont know that it really tells you anything. I got all but three of them. I'm still working on one. Two of them, I would never have got, because I live on this side of the Atlantic. They have another one which is harder, but less culturally biased. It may be something I work on this weekend.

January 26, 2006


Last night, FJ probably felt an almost unresistable urge to come to Dallas. She probably didn't know what caused it, but I do - In the garage, I donned my self-made armor.

The overt manliness thereby created caused small female woodland creatures to simply expire. Young girls and old women for a 20 mile radius found themselves swooning. The vivacious started to leave their homes as they were drawn towards me.

I had Ninsi take a couple pictures so I could put it up on eBay. Then I took it off before society broke down in estrogen fueled rioting. I made this stuff 8-9 years ago, and have more or less replaced it with some brighter, lighter, better that I have hand made. So it is time to pass this on. Maybe someone will buy it.

And now, ladies, something to print out and put on your wall...

January 30, 2006

room with a view

This weekend was home improvement. Friday we spent the evening moving everything out of the living room, and taping off the baseboards and edges.
Saturday, we primed. Twice.
And that was all we managed to do Saturday. Since we had to spackle first, then prime. It took two coats to cover the yellow that we were trying to get rid of.
Sunday, we put on one coat of the new color. It is blue. Somewhere between navy and baby. It looks way better than the yellow.
the end.

January 31, 2006


It should be well known to you by now that the place which Ninsi and I had initially chosen for the rehearsal dinner closed down. A very nice restaurant, but it shut its doors earlier this month. After that, we were at a Humperdink's and thought of using one of their locations for the rehearsal dinner. The one we wanted, which was the nicest of the ones here in Dallas, has also closed down.

Today, Ninsi and I were supposed to meet the DJ to go over some of the music for the reception. We were to meet, and then go to BD's Mongolian BBQ for dinner. It has closed down.


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