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20 February 2009 @ 11:30 pm
I wish we would help out in Mexico more.  The U.S. is a huge reason for what's going on there right now.

26 January 2009 @ 05:01 pm
I found this post on a blog today.  I'm not sure that the headlines are real, but they certainly convey the feelings and stories from then and now.

Headlines On This Date 4 Years Ago:

“Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops Die in unarmored Humvees”

“Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times”

“Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, Ordinary Americans get the shaft”

Headlines Today:

“Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $120 million”

“Obama Spends $120 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party”

“Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate”

“Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration”

Nothing like fair & unbiased coverage of the news !!!

28 October 2008 @ 10:09 pm
Well, it's time for my semi-annual post. I heard a couple of funny quotes today that I thought I would share with you. This first one is from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. I laughed pretty hard when I heard it. If you know much about Nancy Pelosi, this should be pretty funny.

“Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there. But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan,” said Pelosi.

The second one is from a blog that I frequent:


NBC “Even the rain and the cold didn’t stop Barack Obama.”

Why didn’t he make it stop raining?

Response from another blogger:

"Why didn't he make it stop raining?"

Humble moment?

Anyways, I thought they were pretty funny.
Current Mood: amusedamused
10 September 2008 @ 10:36 pm
OK, since Anna isn't flaunting this, I guess I have to.

I, Daniel, have been picked to be my next(and favorite) nephew's Godfather.

Thank you, thank you, thank you... no, really.. thank you, thank you...
10 July 2008 @ 06:24 pm
Hello everyone. So, as always, it's been a while since I've posted(as Ken was so kind to point out). Let's see... where to start?

My original plan to re-enlist in the USMC does not look good. In January, I twisted my knee while skiing up at Lutsen Mountain. I avoided going to the doctor for the very reason that I wanted to re-enlist, and they take a close look at your medical records. A busted knee could very easily keep me out of the Marines. After 7 months, it still hasn't healed fully. So I am going to the doctor in August(when my medical insurance kicks in from my new job). I am pretty sure they are going to tell me that I tore something, I should have come in months ago, I need surgery, ect, ect... anyways, so I've recently been trying to think of future paths to go down. The reason I joined the Marines was because there wasn't really anything else that interested me like that. I've thought about accounting because I've always enjoyed math. But accounting? That's not really "fun math." There's probably not even that much math these days. It's probably mostly just throwing numbers into a computer program. Anyways, so something I've been looking into recently is Islamic studies. First off, let me start by saying I am NOT considering converting. Just so there aren't any heart attacks out there. :) What I had more in mind would be something along the lines of translating. There is a huge market for Arabic speaking translators right now. Not just working for the government, but also large companies that do business in the Middle East. So, basically, I was thinking about majoring in Arabic and Islamic studies(they go hand in hand), and maybe minoring in business. Or at least taking some business classes. Now, my next problem was finding a school. My first thought, of course, was the U of M because that would be VERY convenient. But, after scouring their website, I failed to come across any of those classes. So I searched for schools that would work well, and I came up with a long list. The closest one is the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It's also one of few I would be willing to pay for(as opposed to $40k/year). Anyways, wondering what your thoughts are...?

I am going to see if the U of M has it and I just missed it, b/c that would be ideal. I could take afternoon and evening classes and still keep my job(where I could get a lot of homework done). Anyways, I hope you're all doing well!!
Current Mood: indescribable
Current Music: Three Days Grace-Home
07 February 2008 @ 01:07 pm
I don't often blog on LJ, so I thought I would let you all know what's going on in my life right now. I went on a ski trip up to Lutsen Mountain(north of Duluth a couple hours) from January 11-13. My plan was to start getting ready to go back into the Marines after that. I quit drinking and smoking and was going to start working out regularly. Unfortunately, I twisted my knee in a bad way while I was there. I haven't been able to work in almost a month since it happened. I haven't gone to the doctor b/c i'm scared that it is something bad that will keep me out of the marines. And when you enlist, they look at your medical record and they are pretty picky about medical histories. My knee injury has also kept me from going running. And since running was my main reason to quit smoking, I quit quitting. :) Although i have cut back a lot. I am going to start looking for a part time job somewhere close by the house if i can't go back to work soon. Hopefully it will be within walking distance. My goal was to be in bootcamp by May 1st, but the longer my knee keeps me out of action, the less likely that seems. But we will see. So these days I am dividing my time between various books, scrabble on facebook, and organizing music on my brand new, super sweet iPod that Caleb got me for Christmas. My days are extremely boring and I don't like the feeling of not accomplishing anything all day. So if anyone has any ideas of things I could do that would actually be worthwhile, feel free to throw out ideas. And I know everyone in the immediate family is going to say, "start cleaning up the house," but that's already started. And even though it is mildly satisfying, it's still incredibly boring to clean a big empty house by yourself. Especially when you are trying to clean the study and it's packed with stuff from Anna and Ken's yard sale, and half of it is papers that you think they should probably have with them. So you're not sure if you should just throw it all away(seeing as they seem to be fine without it) or if they may need it at some point in time. (Hint, Hint, Anna) :) Anyways, I've gone through 3 seasons of 24(the show) in the past 2 weeks, I've watched the 3 seasons of the Office nurmerous times. So when people ask me what's new, and I say "nothing," I mean it quite literally. :)
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: blankblank
Current Music: David Barnes
23 July 2007 @ 11:48 am
Well, I am in San Francisco, about to go down to China Town. We got back from South Lake Tahoe about 1:30 last night. After we got back here(Caleb's place), I finally finished the new Harry Potter book. It was awesome. She did such a good job with it. Anyways, there are probably a couple of parts I'm going to reread to try to understand a little better. Anyways, those of you I saw, it was great to see you. But time for lunch.... :)
10 May 2007 @ 12:02 pm
The following was posted as a bulletin on myspace.

NO GAS...On May 15th 2007

Don't pump gas on MAY 15th

In April 1997, there was a "gas out"
conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices.
Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.
On May 15th 2007, all internet users are
to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas
prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most
There are 73,000,000+ American members
currently on the internet network, and the average
car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.
If all users did not go to the pump on
the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's
almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets
for just one day, so please do not go to the gas
station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in
the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one

So normally I am pretty skeptical about things like this. I think the chance of really getting enough people to do something like this via e-mail is very slim. But I have received this message from a few people on myspace, along with a couple people via email. So I think I am going to participate out of curiousity just to see what happens. And I encourage anyone else who is curious about it to do the same. Although, I can't imagine that it would actually bring gas prices down. If I were a greedy gas company, I would jack the prices up on the 16th since after noone fills up on the 15th, everyone is going to have to get gas on the 16th. Also, I don't think that the gas companies will actually lose money if nobody fills up on the 15th. Unless people just stop driving on the 15th, they are still going to be using just as much gas and have to fill up on the 14th or 16th, spending just as much money, just on a different day. So I guess these e-mails should really say, "Don't drive on the 15th." Oh well, not everyone can be as clever as me. :)
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Current Music: Nothing, unfortunately
09 May 2007 @ 11:18 am
Well, yesterday I finally watched The Illusionist, which I had rented at least a week ago(can't wait to pay a late fee next time I rent a movie). Most of the people I talked to about the movie had compared it to The Prestige. They are both movies about magicians although very different. The Prestige was written by the same writer(or producer, I don't remember which) as Batman Begins and Memento. The movie takes place on three different time lines and can be a little hard to follow the first time you see it. But I thought it was very well done and it's awesome to go back and watch it again and try and find all the little clues you missed the first time around. The Illusionist was well done, but I thought the majority of it wasn't all that interesting. It reminded me a lot of The Usual Suspects in that it wasn't all that fun to watch, but the ending more than made up for the last hour and a half of mild entertainment. There was one part in the movie where the magician was arrested and talking to the chief of police and I couldn't help but think they were trying to make it seem like Jesus in front of Pilate. But that may be a stretch and they definitely went a different route after that scene. Anyways, they are both good movies(although I would suggest the Prestige over the Illusionist) and you should check them out. I also watched Happy Feet, which was cute, but a little risque for a childrens movie. Although, the younger kids will obviously not pick up on those jokes. I am very much looking forward to Shrek 3 and the new Harry Potter movie. Although, the two things I am really looking forward to this year are the last Harry Potter book(coming out July 23rd) and Halo 3(November). Actually, they are coming out with 2 new Halo games and a movie(directed by Peter Jackson, who also did The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and King Kong). So that's pretty exciting, although I don't think it will be out this year. Hopefully Ron and Hermione(from Harry Potter) won't die. Ms. Rowling has informed us that two main characters are going to die in the last book. The most obvious thought would be that Harry and Voldemort will end up killing each other. But I think that's just too expected. Plus, maybe more characters will get knocked off too.. I will just have to wait and find out..
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: 30 Seconds To Mars
27 April 2007 @ 11:45 am
Well, it's about the time when I was planning on going back to boot camp. I have been trying to get ready for the past month and a half to no avail. I work out about 5 days a week with a friend and I haven't lost any weight and feel in worse shape than when I started. I think a major factor in this is my unhealthy eating habits. Who would have thought a steady diet of Taco Bell and McDonalds wouldn't do the trick?? So starting monday i am going to take this to the next step. I have gotten very antsy over the 6+ months I've been back. I am hoping to get in shape fast enough that I can leave sometime in the next month, but I am pretty sure that's just wishful thinking. Realistically, it could take 2 months. But I am hoping to get the ball rolling pretty soon here. So there is an e-mail that I have been putting off writing Ben for some time now and so I am just going to post it seeing as most of you would probably like to hear about it. So when you are in boot camp you go through 3 different phases. In Phase 1, the goal is to make every person self dependent. They do this by trying to turn people on each other and making you dislike each other. It forces everyone to become stronger as an individual. Then during phase 2 they form you into a team and make you understand the importance of having teammates. Anyways, so the point is that they make you look inside yourself and figure out a healthy way to deal with your stress and frustration without blowing up. Now honestly, if any one of you were to go into boot camp, the mental part of it is really a breeze. The only hard part is the physical, and even that's not all that difficult. Truth be told, boot camp isn't that difficult. The reason most people have trouble in boot camp is b/c they are undisciplined. The majority of the recruits are fresh out of high school, complete with way too much testosterone and attitude. Drill instructors definitely use this to their advantage and play on the recruits' emotions to accomplish their goals. Fortunately for me, I am a pretty emotionally stable person and their little games didn't have much effect on me. It was all pretty easy to just blow off, understanding they are just trying to get a rise out of you. Anyways, so most of the recruits are trying to find something to lean on for support and a lot of them turn to religion. It's also the first time they have been out on their own and many of them were not raised religious and are curious about different religions. Boot camp is definitely a good place to learn about other religions seeing as they offer pretty much every religious service and you can go to any one you want. And the drill instructors will sometimes throw in a little extra motivation by making you clean if you are not at a service. So it really wasn't until the end that i really turned to God for help. But I had a very frustrating departure from boot camp. I knew I was going home about 2-3 weeks before i actually left. It was very frustrating to have to wait around for 3 weeks b/c of other peoples' incompetence, knowing there is nothing you can do about it. Anyways, it was at this point that I started reading the Bible more frequently(along with a 24 book:)). The end of boot camp was really a religious experience for me. It's hard to remember all the details now 6 months later(sorry Ben, shoulda wrote this a long time ago). But even after I got home I was challenged with certain obstacles which i don't know how well i would have handled the situation had i not been praying about it. The funny thing about it is that when I got back a lot of people would say things like, "Well, it must not have been God's will." Which is definitely one way to look at it, but that's not how i see it at all.
Current Location: Cathy & Greg's
Current Mood: groggygroggy
Current Music: It's All Understood, by Jack Johnson