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November 6, 2008


It has been over a week, I think, since last I wrote. I've been meaning to. I always mean to. I just often do not do it. As with many things, I tend to think about doing it when I am driving, or otherwise unable to actually do it right then.

Since the last time? Halloween happened. I had a four day weekend for that, and it was very good. Not having to worry about work for a couple extra days really felt nice. It has caused me to already start looking forward to my Christmas vacation which will be for almost a two full weeks. I'll be taking a couple days at Thanksgiving, of course, but not too many.

Tuesday night, Ninsi and I went up to the hospital to visit our friend, Khuul. He has been battling cancer since last October. It is starting to look like he may lose that fight. It is tragic, it is terrible. It is a great many things, and it pisses me off mightily that there is not a god damned thing any of us can do about it. Miracles have happened before, be they of science or nature, and that is what Khuul now needs.

I really do not like thinking about it, but it is impossible not to. Segues are forced, but necessary. So, Ninsi and I are going to see the King Tut exhibit tomorrow night. We bought our tickets many moons ago. And at least twice, we have forgotten when we were supposed to go. I'm still not sure of the actual time, but I think we're going to go around 8 pm. Mummies, gold artifacts, and a cash bar. Nothing bad can come of that...

November 10, 2008


Last week I mentioned that our friend Bill Arpin, known online as Khuul was battling colon cancer. The outlook at the time was not very good, and we were expecting that he would have a couple of months left. As it turns out, he only had a couple days. We received the phone call Friday evening that Bill had passed on.

By the time he was diagnosed with cancer last October, it had already spread to his liver. And it was those tumors which ultimately caused the biggest issues.

I am grateful that Ninsi and I went up to visit him last Tuesday while he was still coherent, instead of waiting for the weekend. His passing felt sudden to me, since it was not expected for several more weeks, at least. If you live long enough in these modern times, you will get cancer. I pretty much accept that. I do not consider 37 years 'long enough', not even by half.

Bill Aprin was my friend, and he will be missed.

November 13, 2008


Rumor has it that a new expansion came out for World of Warcraft last night. Most of my friends play it. And last night, several of them went to Best Buy or Wal-Mart or both to try to get the new expansion at midnight.

I used to play an online multiplayer game. I quit. Gave it up. Walked away. Never have looked back. I don't want to get involved in another one, and I'm really glad I have stayed away from WoW. It is, by all counts, better in every single way to the game I used to play. But that doesn't mean Im going to start playing it.

My friends are addicts. I do need to find some way to occupy my free time though...

November 14, 2008

The Code

The unspoken code is now available in paperback form.

I went to Barnes & Noble today and picked up a copy of "The Bro Code." It's a book of rules to live by for bros. With nuggets of wisdom, such as:

Article 81 - A Bro leaves the toilet seat up for his Bros.
Article 118 - When a Bro is with his Bros, he is not a vegetarian.
Article 140 - A Bro reserves the right to simply walk away during the first five minutes of a date.

This last is also known as the 'Lemon Law'.

Words to live by, my friends.

*Amendment VIII
A Bro may toss the Bro Code out the window if Scandinavian twins are involved in any capacity.

November 18, 2008

Gnat my eye!

This morning, Im sitting at work. Haven't been here more than about ten minutes. Just catching up on emails from overnight, when a gnat suddenly flies straight into my right eye. By the time reflex kicked in and I closed the eye, it was already at my eyelid.

Gnats are not very sturdy creatures. Catching one in your eye, immediately followed by your finger rubbing the eye while you think "What the fuck was that?", results in exactly what you would expect. Squished gnat. On the eye.

Fortunately, it was in the corner of my eye and only took a few moments to rub it out. But still, what's up with the Kamikaze gnat?

November 24, 2008


Ive been slacking a lot lately here.

It was nice and cold all weekend. We are more than way overdue for some cool Autumn weather. I do get a little tired of all the heat, sometimes. There will come a day when Im not a resident of the Dallas area. But there is the question of to where will I move? Tampa, Phoenix, LA? I would like some place that has an actual Winter. Ninsi would prefer the temp to never dip below 80.

I could be perfectly happy in a place like Boston. But I think that it falls into the 'nice place to visit in the Summer only' category.

I would really like to have a pinball machine. The Addam's Family is the one I would most enjoy. I used to play it all the time in college. Now, pinball machines are going the way of the Edsel. So, I need to make more money, buy a house with a dedicated game room, and then start buying pinball machines.

At least I have a plan now, right?

November 25, 2008


I have been wanting a new TV for some time now. We have two in the house, and both work just fine. But one of them is really old. They both work, but are not fancy or HD or anything. So I was hoping to buy a flat panel LCD TV this holiday season. I figure with the economy in the tank and the retailers afraid no one will be shopping this year, then maybe they will have some good deals on a TV.

Ninsi and I went to Fry's last night to just look at some. Fry's has a fairly large selection, and I figured we could decide on what we wanted, and just wait a few days to actually buy it.

It didn't work out quite that. I found the one I wanted, and after conversing with Reptile who was checking prices at home for me, I decided that I just had to get it right then.

So, now Ninsi and I own a new Samsung LCD TV. It is still at Fry's though. Remember, I had not planned on buying a TV, so I had not made any arrangements to get a TV from the store back to the house. I'll be taking care of that immediately this afternoon.

Of course, they were out of stock of the TV stand we wanted. So we don't have anywhere to put the new TV yet. So it may have to wait another week or so before I can get time to hook everything up. I dont want to put it on the current stand and then take everything apart when I get a new stand next week. But it is a pretty TV, so I will be getting it out of the box tonight.

I was expecting to feel some buyer's remorse after spending so much on a TV. But really, all I want to do is get it all hooked up and watch some HD programming.

I may have to buy a PS3 just so I can play some HD games on it. mmmmm, HD...

November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

It's all about the eating (that is what Thanksgiving is about, right?)

Ninsi and I are heading North tomorrow for the long weekend.
Everyone enjoy your genetically enhanced turkey that the pilgrims would not recognize as the same creature on which they feasted. Our turkeys are now more turkey-y. By about 120%. I'm not complaining, I like the white meat.

Pass teh gravy.

Supersized Thanksgiving

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