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Ah, a whole month! Wow. [14 Jan 2004|10:29am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

Well, a whole month has lapsed with no word from me. Anybody notice? :D

First and foremost, Secret Santa in M&M went off pretty well.. I think Thomas didn't get his gift, so I'll have to fix that. I feel bad when people don't get what they were supposed to! Of course, the two words I say most often every day seem to be, "I'm Sorry," so maybe I should just leave it be. I dunno. Doesn't seem fair.

Secondly, Christmas in general went smoothly. Last year was real bad because it had been less than two months since my uncle died, but this year, it seemed okay. His pictures are pinned to the wall at the bottom of the staircase, and sometimes I just stop there and stare and think on him. He was easily my favorite uncle... I'd have to say I don't have a favorite now - the remaining two are equally flaky! Not that I don't love 'em, because I do, they're just.. well! I couldn't choose between 'em.

And New Years was spent down with Mon, Thomas, and my mother! See, we managed to hook up Mom and Thomas, and they get along all splendidly and so forth. It's great. It's all Star Trek, Lifetime movies, and chit-chat. Seems like they've been friends forever.

Life 'round the house has been on the stressful side, though, due 99.9% due to my self-destructive sister. I don't feel the need to ramble on about it forever, but let us just say that I have no problems with people messing up their own lives.. but when their self-destructive habits start screwing up other people, it's just not fair.

Plainly, I'd really like to move down south come Spring or Summer. Ang and I can go back to living on our own and not sharing a place with 1-2 other people, or maybe pick up a single, paying, quiet roommate. Who knows what the future may bring.

Stress sucks, but, I'm working real hard on not letting things get to me. Can't let life get you down, nope nope nope.

And on a random side note, I've also broken the $12.00 barrier at work! Yep. $12.16 per hour. I'd like more, but you know, I always want more money.

And.. and.. that's all! :-)

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Credit [03 Dec 2003|11:22am]
[ mood | amused ]

Negative credit such as collections, judgemenets, slow pays, charge-offs, Repossessions, foreclosures etc can stay on for 7 years.

Or, as Ang puts it...

Seven years.
"We're sorry, Ms. Maddage, but we can't approve you for this loan to buy a house because six years ago you were late on a payment for your Best Buy card."
"I was?"
"Six years and two months ago, yes ma'am."
"Well crap."

LOL. I hate credit reports.


A little bit of nothin' [26 Nov 2003|03:37pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

Idly realizing I haven't posted anything on here in a while, here's something! Or rather, a little bit of nothing. With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I'm going to take a bash at holiday baking. I'm gonna make a pie!

In other news, we got a new website since our old one expired and we forgot to renew it. It's, which amuses Ang and I to no end. Mental Acres is where your brain lives, by way of the mental pasture your mind is always cohorting about, and the mental corral you need to keep your mind in place.

Hey, we like it.

And.. and that's all I'm up for typing at the moment, except that I get oddly inspired to write vampire stories when listening to Mozart's Requiem. It's such a marvelous lot of music, orchestration and choral really gets me. I would dig singing opera, as weird as anyone else might think that. :D (On a related note, Amadeus is easily one of my favorite movies - I just think it's absolutely brilliant.)

And that's it!


How do you spell Anal Retentive? [13 Nov 2003|04:35pm]
[ mood | giggly ]

I hope the fax machine gives an error that says: "Walk your happy ass downstairs, punk, you didn't pay for this machine!"

-----Original Message-----
From: Christine
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2003 4:26 PM
To: USK McKinney
Subject: 2nd Floor Fax Machine

To those of you on the second floor:

The fax machine that was assigned to ((fax number here)) was replaced today. The new machine cost was picked up by R&D and Installation. We have assigned user codes to those two departments.

If you are a member of one of those two departments, and need to send or receive a fax, you will need to get with either Melba (for R&D) or Shannon /Christine (for Installation). You will be unable to use the fax machine without a user code.

All other departments will be required to use the fax machine downstairs.

Thank you.


Randomness [11 Nov 2003|11:37am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

So we went and saw The Matrix: Revolutions this weekend. Not the ending I wanted or would have predicted, but in a way, it fits. I think to appreciate the ending of Revolutions, you have to appreciate anime. I can see the influence of anime and manga on the Wachowski Brothers with that ending. I don't want to say much more, because I hate to give away the ending. Anyway, despite the bad reviews, I liked it. Too much Zion getting attacked and not enough Neo and Trinity, but the Neo we got was spectacular. I'm sad it's over and done with. It feels like a huge chapter has closed in our movie-going life. Sigh.

BUT! We still have LOTR: The Return of the King to look forward to. Don't anybody spoil the end for me! I never read the books, so I anticipate being pleasantly surprised.

We are wanting to go to one of the shows where they run all three movies together in one day, one after the other. Imagine seeing all three of the films consecutively on the big screen. What an opportunity. It opens on Dec. 17, but I am crossing my fingers they will do a showing like that on the weekend, otherwise I will have to call in a sick day or something, LOL.

Let's see, what else.. Oh. We are going to let some cats go. Mom gave away Bandit to my aunt (who just lives down the street, so it's okay) last night, and a few more are going to go to the SPCA for new homes. Don't think bad of me! We're not terrible, we just got in over our heads with kitties. The SPCA is DEFINITELY no-kill, and they are really nice, so my guilt level is lower than when we had to let go of Chiri over a year ago. When all is said and done, there'll be five cats around the house instead of nine. I'm still sad, though, because I'll miss them. They just deserve more room than we have, and more attention than we have time to give them.

In other news, I can't wait for Christmas, not because of the presents or the holiday spirit or whatever, but because of all the time we're getting off work. We'll be off for ten days in a row, from Dec. 25 through January 4. No work for ten days. They're going to have to drag me back.

And... Oh! Last but not least, we got a practically-free laptop!

Yes, a practically free laptop.

See, we bought a laptop at Best Buy back in February '01, and got the 3 year service plan on it (you pay $220 and if anything goes wrong, they fix it for free, or replace the computer). Well, I called to verify that we were still covered a few weeks ago because the floppy disk drive broke. We were, yay, so we took it in to Best Buy. While we were there, we also showed them some hairline cracks that developed along the back of the screen by the hinges. They said, as normal wear and tear, those were covered too. So off the lappy goes to the service center.

One week later it comes back, floppy drive fixed, but screen still cracked. Off it goes Back to the service center.

It comes back.

The cracks are gone.. but the back of the screen is NASTY! It's all scratched up with pen marks and rubs everywhere. We informed them that it looked way worse than when it left, and that was just not right.

The guy we talked to was just a regular tech-guy employee, so he has to talk to his manager. Long story short, they send us home to bring them the power cable and the battery, and we're getting a new laptop.


So now we have a brand new laptop. It's basically at $1300 laptop that we got for free. No, not free, exactly - we purchased the service plan (price went up to $250) on this one so that in another three years..



Just darn spiffy [04 Nov 2003|05:00pm]
I'm trying to get all my Livejournal friends' locations plotted on a map - please add your location starting with this form.
(Then get your friends to!)


Two more Haikus [28 Oct 2003|02:33pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Fun and easy to write, if only I knew Japanese. I'd wager these don't follow pattern if translated to the proper language. ;-D

Away go the leaves
A falling dream is the scene
Autumn of the mind

Eternally zen
Nirvana haiku feng shui
Do enlighten me


Swiped from Pants' LJ [27 Oct 2003|12:56pm]
Hey! Accurate! I looooove moo-sic, and enjoy lavendar. Funny.

Afterlife as an Angel by childdoll
Your Name
Astrological Sign
Angel TypeAngel of Music
Wing ColorLavendar
Heavenly WeaponWind Sword
Created with quill18's MemeGen!

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Oooh, pretty. [27 Oct 2003|12:44pm]
[ mood | awake ]

Love my new LJ layout! It was made by the wonderful Miss Pants. Hugs to Pants!

And in other news, I was perusing, and noticed that they have this thing they do where they publish reader-written haikus. Anyone who gets their haiku (on's subject) published gets some kind of little prize. (I think today's is a couple of books by some up and coming author.) So I threw my hat in the ring (why not?) with these two.

The subject was - Jungle.

Rainforest jungle
Eternally in peril
Save trees, recycle

... and ...

Amazon dot com
Urban jungle world wide web
Double click that mouse

I prefer the last one. It amuses me.

And in other, other news - we're heading down to visit Monster for Halloweenie, which means only 4 days of work, since we're taking Friday (and next Monday for that matter) off. Yay!

Annnnnnnd... That's all!


[20 Oct 2003|12:10pm]
You are Form 3, Unicorn: The Innocent.

"And The Unicorn knew she wasn't meant to
go into the Dark Wood. Disregarding the advice
given to her by the spirits, Unicorn went
inside and bled silver blood.. For her
misdeed, the world knew evil."

Some examples of the Unicorn Form are Eve
(Christian) and Pandora (Greek).
The Unicorn is associated with the concept of
innocence, the number 3, and the element of
Her sign is the twilight sun.

As a member of Form 3, you are a curious
individual. You are drawn to new things and
become fascinated with ideas you've never come
in contact with before. Some people may say
you are too nosey, but it's only because you
like getting to the bottom of things and
solving them. Unicorns are the best friends to
have because they are inquisitive.

Which Mythological Form Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

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Random entry [18 Oct 2003|12:24pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

Waiting for Ang to get back from work. With her new position (same company, new department), she's had to work Saturdays about 75% of the time. It's only 4 hours or so, but I get so lonely all by myself. It's for the best, though. Her check last week had almost 9 hours of OT on it, adding up to something like $690 before taxes.

Have I mentioned lately how much I despise taxes?

If I could get in overtime, I would, but my department isn't allowed. Oh well.

And just FYI, I was totally enraged that NBC and CBS pre-empted new shows on Thursday night because of the stoopid baseball game on Fox.

Okay, Ang should be here soon.

Just had to spit out a quick rant!

Hey.. doesn'tn anybody want to do a new LJ layout for me? I'll whine... I swear! Oh well.. Maybe I'll work on it myself this weekend.

Funny, I know.

Signing off!

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Calling all LJ Artistes. [06 Oct 2003|04:57pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

Yes, Artistes. You have to say it out loud, or all you can do is think to yourself, "Man, that looks weird."

I need a new layout for my LiveJournal and am . . .

a) too lazy
b) not creative enough
c) not good enough with graphics
d) not patient enough
e) all of the above

You guessed it, "E," all of the above, to do it myself!

I like ... Pandas and Music and Anime and Kitties.

Hit the Reply button to ask me for more info! I know some of you people are just Junkies about this, so you should be happy to do it for me.

That is all!


LOL [30 Sep 2003|02:51pm]
[ mood | amused ]

An elderly couple is enjoying an anniversary dinner together in a
small tavern. The husband leans over and asks his wife, "Do you
remember the first time we had sex together over fifty years ago? We went behind this tavern where you leaned against the fence and I made love to you from behind?"

"Yes," she says, "I remember it well."

"OK," he says, "How about taking a stroll 'round there again and we
can do it for old time's sake."

"Oooooooh Henry, you devil, that sounds like a good idea," she answers.

There's a police officer sitting in the next booth listening to all
this, and having a chuckle to himself. He thinks, 'I've got to see this...two old-timers having sex against a fence. I'll just keep an eye on them so's there's no trouble.'

So he follows them. They walk haltingly along, leaning on each other
for support, aided by walking sticks. Finally they get to the back
of the tavern and make their way to the fence. The old lady lifts her
skirt, takes her knickers down and the old man drops his trousers.
She turns around and as she hangs on to the fence, the old man moves

Suddenly they erupt into the most furious sex that the watching policeman has ever seen. They are bucking and jumping like eighteen-year-olds. This goes on for about forty minutes! She's yellling, "Ohhhh, God!"

He's hanging on to her hips for dear life. This is the most
athletic sex imaginable.

Finally, they both collapse panting on the ground. The policeman is
amazed. He thinks he has learned something about life that he
didn't know. He starts to think about his own aged parents and wonders
whether they still have sex like this. After about half an hour of
lying on the ground recovering, the old couple struggle to their
feet and put their clothes back on.

The policeman, still watching thinks, 'That was truly amazing, he
was going like a train. I've got to ask him what his secret is.'

As the couple pass, he says to them, "That was something else, you
must have been shagging for about forty minutes.How do you manage it?
You must have had a fantastic life together. Is there some sort of

"No, there's no secret," the old man says,"except that fifty years
ago that damn fence wasn't electric."


Hee hee hee. [23 Sep 2003|10:25am]
[ mood | okay ]

Phrases you wish you could say at work!

1. Ahhh...I see the fuck-up fairy has visited us again...
2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.
3. How about never? Is never good for you?
4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to worship me.
6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message...
8. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.
9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a word you're saying.
10. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of shit.
11. I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.
12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
13. I have plenty of talent and vision. I just don't give a damn.
14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.
16. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.
17. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.
18. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.
19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?
20. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.
21. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.
22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
23. No, my powers can only be used for good.
24. You sound reasonable... Time to up the medication.
25. Who me? I just wander from room to room

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Weird News [22 Sep 2003|05:05pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Highway Blocked by 800 Baby Pigs

Mon September 22, 2003 09:45 AM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Interstate 40, the main east-west highway in Oklahoma, was closed for several hours on Thursday when about 800 baby pigs spilled on to the road after the truck transporting them overturned, police said on Friday.

Several pigs were killed when their vented livestock truck overturned just east of Oklahoma City. And the pigs, all of which were under a year old, had little idea what to do with their first taste of freedom.

The freeway was closed in both directions as state troopers, firemen and ambulance workers doubled as farm hands in a bid to prevent the pigs from running amok in the Oklahoma City suburbs and return them to a pig farm, police said.

Some of the pigs plunged to their deaths when they jumped off a highway bridge near the wreckage as law enforcement officials were closing in for their capture.

James Watson, an Oklahoma state trooper, said the situation would have been much worse if the pigs had been adults.

"If these had been full-grown hogs, they would have gone ballistic," Watson said. "We would of had to shoot them."

Several motorists who stopped at the scene asked if they could take home a pig or two in their pickup trucks, Watson said. He added he thinks all of the surviving pigs were captured and being held at a livestock pen in Oklahoma City.


How to Make Your Employees Skip Lunch [22 Sep 2003|04:09pm]
[ mood | amused ]

-----Original Message-----
From: ****** Pam
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2003 3:35 PM
To: USK McKinney
Subject: Elite Fitness

For anyone interested, Elite Fitness will be here Tuesday, Sept 23, during lunch in the cafeteria.

Discounted memberships available
Free Guest passes
Body Fat Analysis

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I love my e-mails from work. I don't care who you are, having your body fat percentage given to you before eating lunch is a sure-fire way to ensure you'll just friggin' skip it.

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Playin' Hooky [17 Sep 2003|03:41pm]
[ mood | content ]

Wow, I haven't updated this in a while. Not surprised; I tend to forget about journals, handwritten or otherwise. It doesn't help that life isn't THAT eventful. Go to work, come home, go to sleep, wake up, go to work.. Blargh. Been doing some writing with Ang. Very much wishing we could come up with a viable story idea for our creative talents, or re-dedicate ourselves to the one we worked so hard on before. Lack of inspiration sucks majorly. We are both talented writers, but I think it's me that holds us back. Le sigh. If you read this, lover, I'm sorry if that's the case!

So I didn't go to work today because I woke up with one of my milder migraines, wonderful headache, nausea, and stomach ache. Blargh. Managed to calm the stomach, but my headache persists mildly even now. Nonetheless, I feel like I kind of played hooky from work today. I've gone in feeling worse, but as my boss said earlier this week, our workload is so light; she didn't care that I called in a sick day. I never use 'em anyway, and it's getting toward the time when they'll go away.

So hmm, I haven't done anything valuable yet today. Dozed, did some laundry, been chatting with Ang via a Shoutbox. Hee. I like Shoutboxes. They rock.

Okay, so I won't clutter my LJ with babble. I'll find something interesting! Har har.

PS - Neopets sucks big hairy monkey cojones.

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Pants..! LOL [10 Aug 2003|02:41pm]
[ mood | content ]

Okay.. I gave in and took some of the quizzes in Pants' livejournal.. These are fun!

Gay Bear
Gay Bear

Which Dysfunctional Care Bear Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Middle Ages
You come from the Middle Ages. Your soul came from
a time when dragons, knights, war and Princesses ruled the land.

Where Did Your Soul Originate?
brought to you by Quizilla

I'd rather be from Egypt.. but this would be my second choice, as long as I was royalty.. Mwah.

Your Heart is Red

What Color is Your Heart?
brought to you by Quizilla

I love my Angel!

You're the smirk,a frown-smile hybrid that's a
little bit cocky and usually associated with
evil or arrogant,but attractive people.You
probably just don't give a damn,but it's
everyone else's fault if you don't because
you're too awesome to have any real faults.

What Kind of Smile are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

I would be unhappy if it were anything else! LOL

You have an entrancing kiss~ the kind that leaves
your partner bedazzled and maybe even feeling
he/she is dreaming. Quite effective; the kiss
that never lessens and always blows your
partner away like the first time.

What kind of kiss are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

I like to think so... ;-)


I don't think this was an ideal result. [08 Aug 2003|12:57pm]
[ mood | amused ]

You know, I find my work amusing and sad at the same time. E-mail message I received at work to follow. ::Snickers.::

-----Original Message-----
From: ***** Chris (MKO)
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 10:30 AM
To: USK All Users; CEB Users (Exchange)
Subject: All Moline IT Services Outage and Restore
Importance: High

Hello All,

At approximately 9:30am Central Standard Time (Moline time) a test of the Moline Fire System inadvertently caused a power outage that in turn caused all Moline IT systems to be shut down. This includes applications such as email, internet access, etc... At 9:40am Central Standard Time the power was restored to the Moline facilities and by 9:50am all applications were back in service except for ******.

Due to the power outage the ****** database is being restored. The application is expected to be back in service at noon Central Standard time.

We apologize for the Inconvenience.

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This weekend [28 Jul 2003|08:56pm]
[ mood | thirsty ]

We went and saw Seabiscuit! You know, I don't care what those movie reviewers say. It was awesome. The race footage was simply amazing..! I read the book 'Seabiscuit' upon which the movie was based; I must say, the book was more about the horse, and the movie was more about the people - but it seemed to work out well. I would have liked to have seen more about The Biscuit, but I still loved it.

Next up, must go see Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. And Finding Nemo. And a whole ton of other movies, darn it!

Anyway, we're all moved into the new place, locked into another year-long lease. Ho-hum. At least we happily have broadband...! That is one thing I am very much grateful for.

And I think that's it! You know, I am a very boring person ... hmm. OH! And I had to take this personality test thing at work for this Communications class they're requiring us to take.

Guess what it said I am.

No, guess!


Certainly not me. Never me!

Big fat friggin' duh!

Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

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