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Thursday, May 11th, 2006
11:59 pm - As midnight comes up
Tonight was a good night. Normal.

Birthdays aren't so bad, even these "Milestone" ones.

current mood: contemplative

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5:25 pm - So, here it is
The big 3-0. Into my 4th decade. Scary.

The best part of the day was an email from my best friend to be that made me laugh: "Happy Birthday, old timer. None of us ever thought you would live this long."

I knew I shouldn't have picked 29 in the pool!

Anyway, the day was like any other. Taking blame at work for something my boss knows wasn't my fault but the person who did it has too much shit on their nose. Que sera sera.

Ah well. Looking forward to a 30 year old scotch tonight, and a relaxing evening.

Wow, 30 is old :)
Sunday, March 19th, 2006
1:02 pm - 3 tennis balls
This is one of the most amazingly mezmorizing things.... in time with music and... just...

Well you have to see it... This guy is unreal.


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9:36 am - My Kingdom For Ted Rogers' Phone Number
Home or Office. I don't care. But his real, honest to god phone number. I have a few things I would like to discuss with him regarding my level of services lately and his new pricing plans. If you get it, I even promise to be polite!

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Friday, January 27th, 2006
12:56 pm - MSN this mornign presents:
Me: I'm gonna ask for Morphine when I go get my wisdom teeth out, become a junkie and write a book and go on Oprah

AJ: :)

AJ: Oh, wait...I think I have to pay Cingular for putting that smiley there.

AJ: I take it back, and replace it with the following: "What you just said is amusing to me, and I am smiling as I read it."

Me: your use of that emoticon in written format is offensive to me and I feel that your harassment should constitute a lawsuit under a recent ruling

AJ: Wait...I recently patented the process of "lodging frivolous lawsuits with the cynical goal of making easy money." I get a license fee, up front.

Me: Thankfully, I am doing this out of a sense of optimism and thus am exempt, though I find your assumptions of my intent slanderous and thus will push for a strong out of court settlement

AJ: No hablo ingles.

current mood: amused

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Sunday, December 25th, 2005
9:00 am - Merry Christmas!
Have a great day everyone!

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Friday, November 4th, 2005
12:58 pm - No, thank you.
I was eating lunch at the local mall near my office today and a remarkable thing happened. I was sitting eating my Chinese food after getting my haircut from a wonderful Lebanese lady. As I sat I heard French coming from the table behind me, Arabic coming from the table beside me. From the food court I looked out over the guardrail to the main floor of the mall below and was struck by the site of an old war vet wearing all of his medals giving out poppies for Remembrance Day. And it hit me. I am so lucky to be living where I'm living, and having the ability to lead this wonderful life. People have come from the world over to settle in Canada because of the multicultral freeom, ideals, and attitude of our people. And now these people from afar are our people as well. And it was thanks to those such as our vet down below that left our country and fought in a just war to help keep these ideals alive. Regardless of my thoughts on the wars raging currently, this was something right, something tangible, and something that I strongly believed in. As I went down the escalator I walked up to the veteran and asked how he was.

"Pretty good for 82. Still standing, able to enjoy a hot meal, still able to contribute, and can still wink at the ladies."

"Thank you for being here today", I said. "It means a lot."

"No," he replied. "Thank you for caring."

It isn't just a moment of silence at 11am one day a year. It is much. much more. So, if I may bounce it back, Thank You.

current mood: contemplative

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Saturday, July 30th, 2005
12:45 pm - That latest 40 pics thing is scary...
From that site...

I am so sorry.


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Thursday, July 21st, 2005
12:17 pm - WHY GOOGLE ROCKS.

Download. Enjoy. Wow.

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Friday, July 15th, 2005
11:01 am - Happy Birthday!
Hooray for lillielil!!!

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Thursday, July 14th, 2005
10:27 am - Political Type Post, but worth the read. Non partisan...
I read a great article this morning regarding the media portrayal of terrorism and a lot of good points were raised. It is from today's Globe and Mail, (a well respected nnational newspaper), and worth the read. Since it is available for subscribers only online, I have pasted the whole thing under the cut tag. Take a peek.

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Sunday, July 10th, 2005
10:53 am - Congrats to daerlyn and mnementh
It was the most beautiful wedding in the pouring rain I have ever been to.

The bride was beautiful, the groom was actually in a tux, and everyone had a blast. Thanks for inviting me. You two deserve all of the happiness in the world.

current mood: pleased

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Friday, July 8th, 2005
9:04 am - From the Onion - September 26, 2001...
One of the best articles on religion I have ever read. It should have won a pulizer. Not too shabby for a satire magazine. I present:

God Clarifies – Don’t Kill

NEW YORK—Responding to recent events on Earth, God, the omniscient creator-deity worshipped by billions of followers of various faiths for more than 6,000 years, angrily clarified His longtime stance against humans killing each other Monday.

"Look, I don't know, maybe I haven't made myself completely clear, so for the record, here it is again," said the Lord, His divine face betraying visible emotion during a press conference near the site of the fallen Twin Towers. "Somehow, people keep coming up with the idea that I want them to kill their neighbor. Well, I don't. And to be honest, I'm really getting sick and tired of it. Get it straight. Not only do I not want anybody to kill anyone, but I specifically commanded you not to, in really simple terms that anybody ought to be able to understand."

Worshipped by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike, God said His name has been invoked countless times over the centuries as a reason to kill in what He called "an unending cycle of violence."

"I don't care how holy somebody claims to be," God said. "If a person tells you it's My will that they kill someone, they're wrong. Got it? I don't care what religion you are, or who you think your enemy is, here it is one more time: No killing, in My name or anyone else's, ever again."

The press conference came as a surprise to humankind, as God rarely intervenes in earthly affairs. As a matter of longstanding policy, He has traditionally left the task of interpreting His message and divine will to clerics, rabbis, priests, imams, and Biblical scholars. Theologians and laymen alike have been given the task of pondering His ineffable mysteries, deciding for themselves what to do as a matter of faith. His decision to manifest on the material plane was motivated by the deep sense of shock, outrage, and sorrow He felt over the Sept. 11 violence carried out in His name, and over its dire potential ramifications around the globe.

"I tried to put it in the simplest possible terms for you people, so you'd get it straight, because I thought it was pretty important," said God, called Yahweh and Allah respectively in the Judaic and Muslim traditions. "I guess I figured I'd left no real room for confusion after putting it in a four-word sentence with one-syllable words, on the tablets I gave to Moses. How much more clear can I get?"

"But somehow, it all gets twisted around and, next thing you know, somebody's spouting off some nonsense about, 'God says I have to kill this guy, God wants me to kill that guy, it's God's will,'" God continued. "It's not God's will, all right? News flash: 'God's will' equals 'Don't murder people.'"

Worse yet, many of the worst violators claim that their actions are justified by passages in the Bible, Torah, and Qur'an.

"To be honest, there's some contradictory stuff in there, okay?" God said. "So I can see how it could be pretty misleading. I admit it—My bad. I did My best to inspire them, but a lot of imperfect human agents have misinterpreted My message over the millennia. Frankly, much of the material that got in there is dogmatic, doctrinal bullshit. I turn My head for a second and, suddenly, all this stuff about homosexuality gets into Leviticus, and everybody thinks it's God's will to kill gays. It absolutely drives Me up the wall."

God praised the overwhelming majority of His Muslim followers as "wonderful, pious people," calling the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks rare exceptions.

"This whole medieval concept of the jihad, or holy war, had all but vanished from the Muslim world in, like, the 10th century, and with good reason," God said. "There's no such thing as a holy war, only unholy ones. The vast majority of Muslims in this world reject the murderous actions of these radical extremists, just like the vast majority of Christians in America are pissed off over those two bigots on The 700 Club."

Continued God, "Read the book: 'Allah is kind, Allah is beautiful, Allah is merciful.' It goes on and on that way, page after page. But, no, some assholes have to come along and revive this stupid holy-war crap just to further their own hateful agenda. So now, everybody thinks Muslims are all murderous barbarians. Thanks, Taliban: 1,000 years of pan-Islamic cultural progress down the drain."

God stressed that His remarks were not directed exclusively at Islamic extremists, but rather at anyone whose ideological zealotry overrides his or her ability to comprehend the core message of all world religions.

"I don't care what faith you are, everybody's been making this same mistake since the dawn of time," God said. "The Muslims massacre the Hindus, the Hindus massacre the Muslims. The Buddhists, everybody massacres the Buddhists. The Jews, don't even get me started on the hardline, right-wing, Meir Kahane-loving Israeli nationalists, man. And the Christians? You people believe in a Messiah who says, 'Turn the other cheek,' but you've been killing everybody you can get your hands on since the Crusades."

Growing increasingly wrathful, God continued: "Can't you people see? What are you, morons? There are a ton of different religious traditions out there, and different cultures worship Me in different ways. But the basic message is always the same: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Shintoism... every religious belief system under the sun, they all say you're supposed to love your neighbors, folks! It's not that hard a concept to grasp."

"Why would you think I'd want anything else? Humans don't need religion or God as an excuse to kill each other—you've been doing that without any help from Me since you were freaking apes!" God said. "The whole point of believing in God is to have a higher standard of behavior. How obvious can you get?"

"I'm talking to all of you, here!" continued God, His voice rising to a shout. "Do you hear Me? I don't want you to kill anybody. I'm against it, across the board. How many times do I have to say it? Don't kill each other anymore—ever! I'm fucking serious!"

Upon completing His outburst, God fell silent, standing quietly at the podium for several moments. Then, witnesses reported, God's shoulders began to shake, and He wept.

current mood: determined

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Monday, June 6th, 2005
1:24 pm - "The basis of optimism is sheer terror." - Oscar Wilde
Without getting into all ofthe details right now, I feel the need to mention that I was about 5 minutes away from getting married this afternoon. Story to follow...

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
11:04 am - Strep Throat sucks.
Other than that, things are going really well. Vanessa and I continue to be rather happy together, and I am heading off to Kingston tonight to watch my baby sister graduate from Queen's tomorrow.


What are you all up to?

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
1:06 pm - Grand Rapids
Did anyone from here try to call me from Grand Rapids (616 area code)?

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Thursday, May 12th, 2005
9:07 am - Thanks!
Thanks all for the birthday wishes. 29 isn't so bad after all :)

You all rock.

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
9:36 am - 15,492,960 Minutes.
Doesn't seem so bad when stated like that :)

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Monday, May 9th, 2005
2:49 pm - Hmmm
Did you ever notice that some words have no true antonym?

My friend AJ and I were talking and he was trying to tell me how he didn't enjoy something. What is the word for that "opposite of enjoy"?

disenjoy? doesn't work.
dislike? slightly different meaning.
endure? again, not quite right.

Any thoughts?

Also any other words that don't have a true opposite that you can think of?

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Monday, May 2nd, 2005
12:16 pm

current mood: silly

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