Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Geeking Out!

Well my laziness has gotten the best of me.

I have been very lax in scanning my system for spyware or viruses. I had turned off the auto scans due to interruptions when I was playing one night. Well now my system is sucking hard.

I was getting disconnected from anything that was Internet enabled. I thought for sure that it was my ISP. WRONG-O Buddy. My laptop had no problems. Damn it!

I typically rebuild my system from scratch about once a year. I have been due for well over a year now.

Hopefully I will be totally back up tomorrow.

States and Countries I've seen

create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.

create your own visited countries map
or vertaling Duits Nederlands

I stole this from Wicked

Friday, January 27, 2006

TAG - The Perfect Partner

I'm supposed to name 8 things that I would have in a perfect partner.

I have been single again for almost 5 years. I have dated a number of women and have seen some of these items in most of them. Will I find someone with all? I doubt it.

1) Must REALLY enjoy sex. I had a relatively sad sex life during my marriage. I NOW know what a good sex life is supposed to be like.

2) Must like my kids and have relatively good kids herself (if she has some).

3) Need a great sense of humor.

4) No hang up about previous relationships. You need to store that baggage in the overhead bin.

5) She must like my music, and not get offended that I don't want to always listen to country (actually I never WANT to, but I will from time to time)

6) She needs to love to go to movies. The big screen is the best way to see a movie.

7) I love to touch. She needs to love to be touched.

8) Good teeth. They don't need to be perfect, but I like a beautiful smile

I am suppose to tag 8 people... I have given up on tagging people, but if you want to do it, please do.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Inny HNT

Why do I insist on doing things that are just going to get me picked on?

Want to know something funny? This is how it looks AFTER giving myself a trim.

Just to squelch this question. I wash it daily to keep the lint at bay.

You girls are just drooling, aren't ya?


For some gripping reading go here

Monday, January 16, 2006

Dear Uncle Kim

My uncle Kim passed away suddenly the other day from cancer. We only knew of his being ill for a couple weeks. He was a good man, but yet I did not know him that well.

Unlike some of my other eastern uncles, Kim never tried to be the life of the party, but he was also not invisible. The one thing that he was, was proud.

He is the husband of my mother's youngest sister Pat, and the father to 2 great guys Andy and Scott. Andy is now a fairly high ranked officer in there local fire department, and Scott has made his career working in the software industry.

They now live in the Boston area, but for a while they lived in Cincinnati at a time when we lived near Detroit. Although we did not live half the country apart we didn't see much of them. Once they were back east it would be an even bigger deal to visit. I tend to think this was because my father rubbed people the wrong way.

My cousin Scott has been through so much these past few years. I cannot fathom what could be going through his mind this week. Scott is currently fighting his own battle with health issues. A few years ago RIGHT after he got married his kidneys started to fail him. He was put on a waiting list for a kidney, but it did not look too good. Of all the family members tested no one was a good candidate, except for one... his new wife. She gladly donated a kidney to Scott and life for them together took on even more meaning.

A year or so later they had a baby and things were looking really good. Then another bump in the road. He has developed some sort of blood cancer (I don't know the detailed other than what is relayed from my mother). This was threatening his kidney and his life. They found a treatment center somewhere in Arkansas and got him admitted.

Months later they thought they had it licked and he returned home to his family. It was a short lived victory as it returned. He was back in Arkansas when his dad came out for a visit and became ill right before Christmas. Kim had no early symptoms but then they fund cancer throughout his body.

The last time I saw Uncle kim was back in 1999, when I was in the Boston area for a conference. It only seems like a years or so. Although I didn't see them on a regular basis I really wanted to visit with them. They were my favorite extended relatives. At that time it had been probably close to 10 years since I had seen them. I really need to visit my relatives more.

He was always the nicest guy. When I was a little kid I remember he didn't treat me like a kid , which I really liked. He was always interested in what I had to say.

I love and miss you Uncle kim

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

HNT... it's been a while

Well, I have felt bad that I have not been participating in HNT with you all lately. Sorry about that.

Sunday, January 08, 2006


I have a 3 day weekend coming up next weekend, and I have been invited by my friend Michelle to Arizona. Remember her from the Vegas trip? I am going, but with some apprehension (I already know that some of you wouldn't want me to go).

Michelle is very excited that I am coming to see her. When we finally met a few months ago (after a couple years of knowing each other only through e-mail, IM and eventually phone calls) it was a little strange to finally get to hold her. It was almost like we didn't know each other at all. Then it hit me that I probably know this woman better than I know any woman I have dated in the past 4+ years. Another thing that threw me when meeting was that she was even more beautiful than I thought she would be. Her pictures and a couple times on the webcam did not do her justice. It was pretty easy to get past the initial meeting and start enjoying our time together.

She and I are going to end up in a major dilemma. We both care about each other, but then we also know that every time we get together we're going to be miserable when we part. It effects me a lot. I know it hits her really hard. The last time we were together it was very hard to say goodbye.

It was difficult to talk to each other afterward when we were back in our respective homes. I would talk to her and she would be sad that we couldn't be together more. It would upset me to be the source of her sorrow. The frequency of our phone calls, e-mail and IM decreased. It took a month or more before we were comfortable talking openly again. But of course that inevitably started the cycle back up of us wanting to get together. I think the 2 of us are doomed to be torturing each other every few months until we find someone else that we're serious about or one of us decides we need to move closer to the other.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Musically Jon

Choose one of your favourite bands/artist: Del Amitri (I'm on a Dels kick lately)

Answer all the questions using SONG TITLES from the BAND or ARTIST

1. Are you male or female? Just Like A Man

2. Describe yourself: It's Never Too Late To Be Alone

3. How do some people feel about you? Life Is Full

4. How do you feel about yourself? Not Where It's At

5. Describe current relationship with BF/GF: The Ones That You Love Lead You Nowhere

6. Describe where you want to be: Some Other Sucker's Parade

7. Describe how you live: Here And Now

8. Describe how you love: Never Enough

9. What would you ask for if you had just one wish? Be My Downfall

10. Share a few words of wisdom: Don't Come Home Too Soon

11. Now say goodbye: Kiss This Thing Goodbye

Snagged from Mel