Friday, August 29, 2008

Afterthought Snickers

I'm wondering how many people read my last blog wondering if I was really obsessed enough to blog about my own roof burning . . . . while it was happening. lmao We drove by the Action Pawn last night (out of the way, but, ya know, rubbernecking) and the CenTex Expressway side is pretty charred. Gotta find a way to get a pic of that before they clean it up. It was about 5 this morning and they had a sheriff posted up in the parking lot with his lights shining on the hole in the side of the building. For those of you who think me slow, let me remove any doubt. It wasn't until we got up to Jasper that I realized he was probably there to keep people from just walking in and taking stuff. ^_^ I guess I'm just not criminally inclined. *shushes the peanut gallery*

I have a new pic of my tomato plant! . . . in my camera. Hehe. Oh, but we did find memory cards for the camera for pretty cheap at Walgreens (the night guy gets bored, I guess, so he really chats us up whenever we're in there). 2G for $15 on sale. 'Course, it would've been nice if he'd have told us Pall Malls were on sale for $22 bucks a carton before we paid for the USA Golds. *sigh* But at least he's not one of those assholes who feels the need to say "You really should quit" or "You sure do smoke a lot" every time. In fact, last time we were there he told us that his woman (he may have said wife, may have said girlfriend. I don't remember) thinks he quit, but he didn't really. Hrm. Interesting folks ya meet in the middle of the night. lol Way better than the assholes packin' the place/town up in the middle of the day.

Oh. And for those of you around here (to whom it may pertain) HEB's got some pretty decent/cheap movies. We picked up 4 last night cuz they were on sale 2/$10. We watched 'Private Resort' this morning. Ah. Johnny Depp's bare ass. *swoons* I would post up a screenshot for ya (hurray for eMachine coming with PowerDVD!), but I can't think of an image hoster that would keep it up long enough for you to see it. :-( I'm shocked my background hasn't been taken down.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Roof Is On Fire!!

For those of you who haven't heard: The big Action Pawn on the corner of Ft. Hood St. and CenTex Expressway is a crispy critter. Somewhat. The roof caught fire (still no word on how) around 10pm on the 26th. My sister called to let us know shortly after, but we didn't catch it on the news until about 5am on the 27th. At which time it was still pretty . . . firey. They had some footage of the actual fire (which we totally missed ) which was, like, a pillar of fire shooting straight up from the roof. We left here around 8am yesterday to try and get some pics of the carnage. Cuz, ya know, when everyone's trying to get onto Ft. Hood is a super time to rubberneck. ^_^ Ah, but east-bound traffic was also pretty conjested on account of the right lane being blocked off all around the corner. So we doubled back and made our way over to the (formerly) Albertson's parking lot across the street. The outside still looks intact, but apparently parts of the roof have caved in.
Notice all the emergency crews still flanking the building. There was something like 600 guns and 50,000 rounds of ammo stored in there. So they had to strategize so nobody accidentally got shot. O.o But, I could tell on the camera that this wasn't a very good picture, and being without HP Image Zone to really fix it up . . . we decided to get a little closer. ^_^ Pulled up into the bank parking lot and snapped these. One is fairly well the same as above, only closer and a more direct angle; the other is of a firefighter who was up on the ladder.
I was really hoping to get some pics of charred carnage. Perhaps there is still time. As of yesterday afternoon there was still smoke coming from the building. It sucks for all the people who had heirlooms and stuff pawned that they were actually going to get back out, but this is Killeen. This is likely the most exciting thing to happen for quite a while.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

You Might Not Like This

First, a few of my own words. The amount of hate generated by people is appaling at times. The amount of hate generated by people of faith makes me want to cry. The rationalization of "So-and-So says it wrong" is no better. There will be some of you who balk when you read this and rush to find the slip of paper where you wrote down exactly where to find the contradictory 'evidence' needed for just such an occassion. As you do, let me just remind you: The ever popular KJV origionated line "Thou shall not suffer a witch to live" was initially written "Thou shall not suffer a poisoner to live". It was King James (a man, fallable as any) who changed the entire meaning from "death is a just punishment for those who deal in death" to "seek out witches and kill them, regardless". So go ahead and post your anti-gay scripture. I won't block or delete it. But before you do, go read Leviticus 19:19. Then check your closet. (Yes, I am aware that KJV specifies wool and other cloths, but the newly popular NIV indicates cotton/polyester blends as well.)
A Kiev art museum contains a curious icon from St. Catherine's Monastery on Mt. Sinai in Israel. It shows two robed Christian saints. Between them is a traditional Roman 'pronubus' (a best man), overseeing a wedding. The pronubus is Christ. The married couple are both men.
Is the icon suggesting that a gay "wedding" is being sanctified by Christ himself? The idea seems shocking. But the full answer comes from other early Christian sources about the two men featured in the icon, St. Sergius and St. Bacchus, two Roman soldiers who were Christian martyrs. These two officers in the Roman army incurred the anger of Emperor Maximian when they were exposed as 'secret Christians' by refusing to enter a pagan temple. Both were sent to Syria circa 303 CE where Bacchus is thought to have died while being flogged. Sergius survived torture but was later beheaded. Legend says that Bacchus appeared to the dying Sergius as an angel, telling him to be brave because they would soon be reunited in heaven.
While the pairing of saints, particularly in the early Christian church, was not unusual, the association of these two men was regarded as particularly intimate. Severus, the Patriarch of Antioch (AD 512 - 518) explained that, "we should not separate in speech they [Sergius and Bacchus] who were joined in life". This is not a case of simple "adelphopoiia." In the definitive 10th century account of their lives, St. Sergius is openly celebrated as the "sweet companion and lover" of St. Bacchus. Sergius and Bacchus's close relationship has led many modern scholars to believe they were lovers. But the most compelling evidence for this view is that the oldest text of their martyrology, written in New Testament Greek describes them as "erastai," or "lovers". In other words, they were a male homosexual couple. Their orientation and relationship was not only acknowledged, but it was fully accepted and celebrated by the early Christian church, which was far more tolerant than it is today.
Contrary to myth, Christianity's concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual.
Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University's history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the "Office of Same-Sex Union" (10th and 11th century), and the "Order for Uniting Two Men" (11th and 12th century).
These church rites had all the symbols of a heterosexual marriage: the whole community gathered in a church, a blessing of the couple before the altar was conducted with their right hands joined, holy vows were exchanged, a priest officiatied in the taking of the Eucharist and a wedding feast for the guests was celebrated afterwards. These elements all appear in contemporary illustrations of the holy union of the Byzantine Warrior-Emperor, Basil the First (867-886 CE) and his companion John.
Such same gender Christian sanctified unions also took place in Ireland in the late 12thand/ early 13th century, as the chronicler Gerald of Wales ('Geraldus Cambrensis') recorded.
Same-sex unions in pre-modern Europe list in great detail some same gender ceremonies found in ancient church liturgical documents. One Greek 13th century rite, "Order for Solemn Same-Sex Union", invoked St. Serge and St. Bacchus, and called on God to "vouchsafe unto these, Thy servants [N and N], the grace to love one another and to abide without hate and not be the cause of scandal all the days of their lives, with the help of the Holy Mother of God, and all Thy saints". The ceremony concludes: "And they shall kiss the Holy Gospel and each other, and it shall be concluded".
Another 14th century Serbian Slavonic "Office of the Same Sex Union", uniting two men or two women, had the couple lay their right hands on the Gospel while having a crucifix placed in their left hands. After kissing the Gospel, the couple were then required to kiss each other, after which the priest, having raised up the Eucharist, would give them both communion.
Records of Christian same sex unions have been discovered in such diverse archives as those in the Vatican, in St. Petersburg, in Paris, in Istanbul and in the Sinai, covering a thousand-years from the 8th to the 18th century.
The Dominican missionary and Prior, Jacques Goar (1601-1653), includes such ceremonies in a printed collection of Greek Orthodox prayer books, "Euchologion Sive Rituale Graecorum Complectens Ritus Et Ordines Divinae Liturgiae" (Paris, 1667).
While homosexuality was technically illegal from late Roman times, homophobic writings didn't appear in Western Europe until the late 14th century. Even then, church-consecrated same sex unions continued to take place.
At St. John Lateran in Rome (traditionally the Pope's parish church) in 1578, as many as thirteen same-gender couples were joined during a high Mass and with the cooperation of the Vatican clergy, "taking communion together, using the same nuptial Scripture, after which they slept and ate together" according to a contemporary report. Another woman to woman union is recorded in Dalmatia in the 18th century.
Prof. Boswell's academic study is so well researched and documented that it poses fundamental questions for both modern church leaders and heterosexual Christians about their own modern attitudes towards homosexuality.
For the Church to ignore the evidence in its own archives would be cowardly and deceptive. The evidence convincingly shows that what the modern church claims has always been its unchanging attitude towards homosexuality is, in fact, nothing of the sort.
It proves that for the last two millennia, in parish churches and cathedrals throughout Christendom, from Ireland to Istanbul and even in the heart of Rome itself, homosexual relationships were accepted as valid expressions of a God-given love and committment to another person, a love that could be celebrated, honored and blessed, through the Eucharist in the name of, and in the presence of, Jesus Christ.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Computer Haikus + Stuff

Okay, first, the stuff. It's still raining off and on. The yard is very spongy (and still covered with poo) and I've almost gotten stuck in the mud in the driveway twice. Almost. It's not near as bad on our end as it was where I got stuck . . . when I got stuck. That part is not too bad since they 'fixed' it. Still pretty muddy, though. Even so . . . I'm kind of missing the sound of the rain hitting the a/c unit. Very relaxing. Also, I finally figured out what was making the internet run so very very slowly! Stupid Norton Live Update was taking up giant chunks of my itty-bitty bandwidth. So, I shut that off and now it's running more like it should. Hurray! Now for the funny 'haikus':

From the Arcamax daily jokes newsletter: http://www.arcamax.com
Computer Messages in Haiku

Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.

The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.

Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

Program aborting:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.

Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.

First snow, then silence.
This thousand-dollar screen dies
So beautifully.

With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence:
"My Novel" not found.

Wacky Eccentric Intriguing Random Delightful: WEIRD

Gallant Entertaining Enlightened Knowledgeable: GEEK

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Just Shoot Me

Or don't. Thanks for the offer Richard (if you're still reading lol) as soon as I figure out exactly what to ask I'll let ya know. ^_^

So. Found out this morning that my sister is moving back in. *groans* Which wouldn't be so bad by itself, but we already know she's going to be carting around her latest mooching girlfriend. I don't care that my sister's gay, I don't care that she prefers the company of black girls (not even close to women . . . girls). I do care that they are all bitches. Coming in here acting like they're somebody. *gggrrr* So, yeah, we're not-quite looking forward to the ensuing hell.

Stupid computer is still downloading updates! *faints* Maybe if we can keep it connected overnight . . . .

Sunday, August 17, 2008

eMachine

Firstly, I want to thank Emmy for keeping me entertained with her bloggage. *big hugs* It's not my usual cup of tea, but it's always nice to keep up with friends.

We got a brand-spankin-new computer! I have a picture . . . . but since it's not a Hewlit-Packerd, we don't have HP Image Zone anymore, so now I have to troll around the net and find some other program to crop, resize and adjust the lighting on our pics. *hangs head* That was a good program. Anywho, it's an emachines. Which, apparently, is a division of Gateway. It's a fairly decent piece of equipment. The processor is about 1/2 as fast as our old one *boo* but everything else (like RAM) is better so it evens out. I haven't checked specifically, but I'm 98% sure that the video card is far better on account of just how well it's handling Sims. I got a cinematic I never did before! *woohoo* :-p Only problem we're really having with it is how slow the internet loads up. I mean, slow even for dial-up. But, it does connect and does load (eventually) so *hurray!*. It does have the Power DVD player (software) which gives us unlimited screenshots for DVDs!! Nice.

Which, yes, also means my dad is home for the week. Yay! They already took Colleen (my sister's kid) clothes shopping for school. Sometime this week they're going out to Temple since (apparently) that's the only place where my mom can get those damn Z-coil shoes. You know, the ones that are like sneakers with a giant spring in the heal. I love shoes as much as the next chick, but there is no way I'd pay $300 for those ugly things. I don't care if they are custom fitted and offer great support. Give me a cute pair of shoes that pinch my toes any day! (If anybody knows what happened to my sparkly purple sneakers, I'd love to find those again)

Other than that, we're doing good. Happy as hell to be back online in the comfort of our own uncomfortable broken lawn chair. ^_^

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Copy~Paste~Repeat

When it rains it pours. Ya know? I'm on my mom's computer at the moment. I hate this keyboard. Anyway. Our computer had died. Like . . . dead dead. I dunno what happened. All I know is this: Waited for my mom to get off the internet so I could get online. When she got offline I went to open aol *shushes the peanut gallery* and it wouldn't open. Couldn't find the file. No biggie. I grabbed the disc to reinstall it. It wouldn't install. It would start and then a message came up saying "We're sorry you've decided to not install aol at this time blah-blah-blah" Huh? I didn't decide not to install it! So I tried again. Same thing. Hrm. Ah well. After the last meltdown I've been very dilligent about backing up our personal stuff, so I try to restore to an earlier setting. Once, twice, thrice . . . . nothing. "Can not restore to this point." System restore time. Right? Wrong. Get this, restored to factory settings, but still had all of our stuff too! That's not right. So I get on this computer and download a virus scan/remove/clean software. Put it on my flash drive. Now the comp won't recognize it. Put it on a CD. Slow reading, but I get the install files onto my desktop. Double-click to install . . . . computer restarts! Try again . . . same results. *gggrrr* Tried the system restore again *dramatic pause* it can't restore at least 1/2 the files! Can't find 'em. Huh? Try restarting the computer, can't find the file to start windows! *ugh* I called my dad and he remembered the system back-up discs I had made when we very first got the computer. Ah-ha! While I was digging for those I found something else useful. The Master Restore disc (only use when instructed by a technician). *phooey* I pop in the M.R. disc and everything's looking fine . . . until . . . Bad Command or File Name C:/ *sigh* And now it's not even recognizing the CD drives either. Sad sad days. So, long story short (too late) my net time will be erratic at best. For, likely, no less than a week. Unless we can find a cheap-o laptop at a pawnshop or something. Luckily he's going on vacation next week AND we don't need to buy a new phone for Aaron. (long story short ~ it crapped out too) So . . . . *sigh* maybe we'll get lucky. I'm not expecting an $800 job like he just got my mom (did I mention I hate this keyboard?) just something to get online on. *fingers crossed

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Super Day!

Brak's birthday was a couple days ago. Yesterday Aaron and I went out there to give her her birthday presents. ^_^ We went over to the big house to see if Walter was awake. And he was! Yeah. I got to hang out at the mall with Aaron and Brak and Walter! I know, you're totally jealous. I got one of those big soft pretzels and cheese dip. Mmmmm. Salty cheese is good. My tongue was happy. We walked around the whole mall. Coach House has, like, three whole sets of shelves of Sanrio stuff! Aaron got me a stuffed Keroppi. ^_^ I'll be getting a pic of that soon.

I have been keeping up with my water and meditation. I just want to get into a better rhythm/routine before I try adding something else.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

64+5+

I'm still keeping up with my 64oz/day of water. It only gets difficult when Aaron steals my water and I lose the bottle. S'okay, though. He really needs it more than I do. I still sweat like crazy, but the heat really isn't bothering me as much as it has in previous years. I don't feel like taking a permanent siesta. Which is good, cuz that storm from helped a little . . . but not really that much.

I've also decided to add 5 minutes of daily meditation to my routine. I used to meditate fairly frequently so it's an easier habit to fall back in to. Today will be day three on that one. I just have to time it a little earlier. Almost fell asleep yesterday.

I think I may have to test my tomato plant for steroids. ^_^ Here's a pic I took a couple of days ago:

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sun~Burns!

Okay, so yesterday we were driving back here from Heights. We were stopped at the two stop lights on the bridge crossing the highway. I was sitting there and suddenly my boob started to feel hot. Really hot!! I just figured it was cuz of the sun. Well, I was right. Got home and checked and the sun burned me! Through two layers of clothes!! Could not believe it. And now here we are. 10:30 at night. All of a sudden ("it stopped" haha Inside joke) we're hearing this noise outside of our window. Like someone blowing on a jug. Aaron went out to check and it's windy. So, thankfully, it's likely just the wind blowing through the air conditioner. *phew* I was concerned. We just got new neighbors and they were having some kind of get together and someone (it may be theirs, maybe not) had a Germen Shepard. At first I was scared Elvis was making the noise. He's been having a time of it. *sigh* But, yeah, that's what's going on.

And, yeah, we totally got that box set when it came out. I'm playing through again for, like, the fifth time. lol Just making sure I don't save over my 100% completion save.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Online Handwriting Analysis

This was pretty scary accurate! Not 100% dead on (I think) but very very close. O.o The site is:

www.handwritingwizard.com
or
www(dot)handwritingwizard(dot)com

You write down the paragraph that it says, then you compare your handwriting to the samples shown and pic the one that best fits. Here's what my analysis said:

Liz uses judgment to make decisions. She is ruled by her head, not her heart. She is a cool, collected person who is usually unexpressive emotionally. Some may see her as unemotional. She does have emotions but has no need to express them. She is withdrawn into herself and enjoys being alone.

The circumstances when Liz does express emotions include: extreme anger, extreme passion, and tremendous stress. If someone gets her mad enough to tell her off, she will not be sorry about it later. She puts a mark in her mind when someone angers her. She keeps track of these marks and when she hits that last mark she will let them know they have gone too far. She is ruled somewhat by self-interest. All her conclusions are made without outside emotional influence. She is very level-headed and will remain calm in an emergency situation. In a situation where other people might get hysterical, she has poise.

Liz will work more efficiently if given space and time to be alone. She would rather not be surrounded by people constantly. In a relationship, she will show her love by the things she does rather than by the things she says. Saying "I love you" is not a needed routine because she feels her mate should already know. The only exception to this is if she has logically concluded that it is best for her mate to hear her express her love verbally.

Liz is not subject to emotional appeals. If someone is selling a product to her, they will need to present only the facts. They should present them from a standpoint of her sound judgment. She will not be taken in by an emotional story about someone else. She will meet emergencies without getting hysterical and she will always ask "Is this best for me?"

People that write their letters in an average height and average size are moderate in their ability to interact socially. According to the data input, Liz doesn't write too large or too small, indicating a balanced ability to be social and interact with others.

Liz is secretive. She has secrets which she does not wish to share with others. She intentionally conceals things about herself. She has a private side that she intends to keep that way, especially concerning certain events in her past.

Liz is a cumulative and procedural thinker. She likes to have all the facts before making a decision. She thinks or creates much like a brick mason, stacking fact upon fact. Her thought pattern or the conclusion will not be complete until the last fact is in place. Like that brick wall, Liz learns faster through visual demonstration than through quick verbal instructions. Once she has learned new material, and understood it, she won't forget.

Liz is a methodical thinker, therefore she is able to build things and come up with new ideas. In an argument, she often loses to rapid thinking people because she is thinking thirty minutes later about what she should have said. These people often are very booksmart, but can be out-gunned in a rapid fire verbal debate.

She may learn new ideas at a slower pace than other "less detailed" people, but once she gets it, she can handle repetition. Some people hate jobs with too much repetition, she can handle it better than most.

Liz is a practical person whose goals are planned, practical, and down to earth. This is typical of people with normal healthy self-esteem. She needs to visualize the end of a project before she starts. she finds joy in anticipation and planning. Notice that I said she plans everything she is going to do, that doesn't necessarily mean things go as planned. Liz basically feels good about herself. She has a positive self-esteem which contributes to her success. She feels she has the ability to achieve anything she sets her mind to. However, she sets her goals using practicality-- not too "out of reach". She has enough self-confidence to leave a bad situation, yet, she will not take great risks, as they relate to her goals. A good esteem is one key to a happy life. Although there is room for improvement in the confidence catagery, her self-perception is better than average.

Liz exaggerates about everything that has a physical nature. Although she may not intend to deceive or mislead, she blows things way out of proportion because that is the way she views them. She will be a good story teller. This exaggeration relates to all areas of her material world. Liz allows many people into her life because she is accepting and trusting. She is sometimes called gullible by her friends. That only really means that she trusts too many people. Liz has a vivid imagination.

For a graphologist, the spacing on the page reflects the writer's attitude toward their own world and relationship to things in his or her own space. If the inputted data was correct Liz has no white space or margins on a typical sheet of paper. Liz fills up every last inch on the top, right, left, and bottom. Hmmm. If this is true, then Liz has a very aggressive personality toward others and quite frankly lacks a bit of respect for the space and property of other people. I would be surprised if Liz just comes into someone's home and helps herself to a drink in the refrigerator. This can be both an obnoxious personality trait and it can be assertive and effective in getting what you want. There isn't much fear of getting in trouble here, Liz finds plenty of reasons to break the rules and get in trouble. (Okay, perhaps when she was younger, not anymore?) Basically, people with no margins are a handful.