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|Tuesday, November 7th, 2017|
|Haven't been here in...well, a long time.
Livejournal, along with MySpace, had gone down the path of disuse with me a number of years ago. But with the toxicity that is today's facebook, I have come to see how this old platform is doing. Thought I'd test their new editor too.
|Thursday, October 16th, 2014|
|Saturday, December 29th, 2012|
|As 2012 comes to a close...
I have returned to Live Journal. I see on my calendar that I opened this account nearly 9 years ago in 2004 after having to close my Halasian account. I also have not posted an entry on here for the whole year of 2011. Guess I've been full-on into the facebook for a few years now, and quite frankly have reached a 'burn-out' stage with that. When I first signed up for Facebook, it was 2006 and was because of curiosity really. Same with My Space. They became ways for me to stay in touch with my family back in the states when I first came to Australia.
Well, a lot of interesting things have happened over the years. I re-connected with lots of old friends who I had lost contact with after graduation or shortly thereafter, old workmates, and others that had been for a time a part of my life. This last year was insightful with all the BS that came with expressing opinions on the U.S. Election and how I was going to vote. Through it all, an old friend I have known for decades since school and have more-or-less kept in touch with through the years, had some crap he just had to say on a dining check-in. It was around that time his daughter questioned why I should be able to vote since I didn't live in the country. I had cut off his fuck-wit son back in 2010, but it seemed they just couldnt let it go in peace and victory. Anyway, as sad as it may sound that this old friendship ended in 2012, it isn't as sad as it seems. We haven't been close for many years, and looking in hindsight, there were times and incidents along the way that were not like a friend. Anyway, old friends were lost, and new friends were made. All in all, it worked out for the best. But I have started tapering off the facebook, so may be here more.
Here's to a Happy 2013! Current Mood: Reflective
|Friday, June 4th, 2010|
|Its been years....
... or so it seems since I've been here on LJ. Miss catching Lady Bray's musings I do!
Whats been up with me? Moved to Australia, now an moving back. Enjoyed the 3+ years here, and hope to be back in Brisbane again soon.
Got to go see the folks before they pass, and see the grandkids before they're adults.
|Saturday, September 12th, 2009|
|Its been years....
.... years since I been here it seems. Changing computers and favorites don't get transferred and many sites I was regular at become lost. Well, I imported a bunch of favs to this Mac, so we'll see if I come by here much. Looking at the activity of my friends, I see only one update by Ky. Myself, of the social sites I've been primarily on Facebook. I got a twitter to keep up with my son, but he seemed to have quit posting there. MySpace has a few bands I follow updating alot, but my MySpacian-only friends seemed to have lost interest and quit posting, and even answering my messages there. Facebook drives me nuts with all the crap apps people throw at me, but the hide button is my friend I can hide the app and not my friends!
Anyway, here I be, and I have email alerts for updates and posts to my stuff to let me know, and the fact I'm a bit of a last century guy, I'm on a couple message boards still.
Cheers all! Current Mood: contemplative
|Monday, February 25th, 2008|
|The Power of Four...
A) Four jobs I have had in my life:
Dishwasher, House Painter, Technician, Landscaper
B) Four FILMS I would watch over and over:
Kelly's Heroes, Cross of Iron, Monty Python's Holy Grail, Yellowbeard
C) Four places I have lived:
Seattle, Easton (both in Washington state, USA), Tamworth in New South Wales, and Brisbane in Queensland, Australia
D) Four TV shows that I watch:
Over There, Life on Mars, NCIS, Burn Notice
E) Four places I have been:
Las Vegas Nevada, Los Angeles California, Sydney Australia, Brisbane Australia
F) People who e-mail me regularly:
Karen, Melissa, Jim, Mom
G) Four of my favourite foods:
Steak, Potatoes, Apples, Tacos
H) Four places I would rather be right now:
In the City having an ale, In Washington state having an ale, Hiking in the mountains, strolling along the beach.
I) Four things that I am looking forward to this year:
Getting my visa and settling down here, going back to Washington state to see my daughter graduate from high school, see the folks, See the kids & grandkids
J) Four favourite authors:
Glen Cook, J.R.R.Tolkien, Raymond Chandler, Issac Asimov
|Friday, February 1st, 2008|
Its such a pain in the ass to try and cross borders to live legally. In the states the joke is you just need to go to mexico, learn a bit of Spanish, and walk north. Here in Australia, being surrounded by water, its a bit harder.
So last week I filled out and turned in about 10 centimeters of paperwork to the immigration office for a temporary visa. I still have to get some other stuff in to them, but it takes time to get files and reports from the states and such. Anyway, lots of hoops to jump when doing something like this, and this is between two 'allied' western countries. When I was in line at the immi office, I wondered if they would deny me simply because I'm 'too white'. I'll update as events and news and such occur. Current Mood: accomplished
|Monday, January 14th, 2008|
Yes, beer, that lovely mix of barley malt, hops, water, & yeast with maybe other stuff mixed in! Be it the great mega-brews of Anhauser Busch or home brew, I like the good ones. Since I like beer so much, I have quite a list of fine brewries of which I've enjoyed at least one of their fare... which I will share...Brewerieshttp://www.3ravens.com.au3 Ravens Brewing
- a Microbrewery in Melbourne Australia that puts out a great line of ales. I've had their 'Blonde', but hope to procure some 'Dark' as I seem to like that style.http://www.alaskanbeer.com/Alaska Brewing
- Their 'Amber' is quite good and is a good choice if its on tap and I'm undecided, but its their 'Winter' ale that first drew me to their products.http://www.anchorbrewing.comAnchor Brewing
- Steam. A quality brew that is hoppy yet quite quaffable!http://www.bigskybrew.comBig Sky Brewery
- Moose Drool Brown Ale is what I like of theirs.http://www.bbaybrewery.comBoundary Bay Brewing
- IPA (India Pale Ale) is what I first tried quite by accident when the first two brews I tried to order at the Taphouse blew out. A refreshing 'dry-hopped' ale! Yum!http://www.coopers.com.au/Coopers Brewing
- Dark, and Pale Ale are what satisfies my thirst here (if I can find it here in Queensland). I like their Pale Ale as well, and have found a local that serves it!http://www.deschutesbrewery.comDeschutes Brewery
- Twilight Ale is a great summertime ale, but I haven't had a Deschutes brew I didn't like. Their Black Butte Porter & Obsdiian Stout is tops as well.Fish Tale Organic Ales
- Their 'Blind Pig' porter warms me up when I go to Leavenworth for the Christmas tree lighting. Afterward I walk next door to Gustav's[/url] where I have Sleeping Maiden Porter (which I found out is brewed by Hale's in their old way, before they started nitro-charging their theirs for a more creamy pour).http://www.greatdivide.comGreat Divide Brewing
- Yeti Stout! All I can say is make sure you ain't driving if you have one of these.Hale's Ales
- I used to like their porter, but of late they have gone into nitrogen fortifying which really 'creams' the product. I find they make Gustav's house porter I mentioned earlier the old way, so I prefer that.Iron Horse Brewery
- It was the only beer available at the Ellensburg rodeo on Labor Day, and their dark is a worthy brew!http://www.boags.com.auJ. Boag & Son Brewing
- Honey Porter! I found a six pack of this hard to find seasonal in a national park store last April and could only get 2 bottles due to the extreme price. I have to say it was worth it!http://www.lostcoast.comLost Coast Brewing
- Indica IPA! Brewed in northern California, I have to wonder if they throw some in with the hops...http://www.macandjacks.comMac n Jack's Brewery
- African Amber! Unfiltered and unpastuerized, it has a good warming taste. Quite popular at the local tavern by my folks, mainly I'm thinking because the 'African' bit appeals to the hood locals, and its this or one of the industrials. If you have too many, the consequence is usually discovered about a day and a half later. :| http://www.maltshovel.com.au/Malt Shovel Brewing
- James Squire[/url] Golden Ale. Refreshing, lighter ale that has more to it than the typical Aussie lagar (they being Victoria Bitter, Carlton, XXXX, Cascade... No Americans, not Fosters.)http://www.matildabay.comMatilda Bay Brewing
- Beez Neez! A honey wheat beer that is very refreshing on those hot afternoons!
url=http://www.goatbeer.com.auMountain Goat Brewing
- Totally organic brew which I had only recently discovered! Bottle conditioned and has to be stored in the fridge upright as the yeast settles to the bottom. Good full bodied ale!Nimbus Brewing
- A nice refresher after trekking the Arizona desert.http://www.pikebrewing.comPike Brewing
- I love the Kilt-Lifter Scottish ale, and their Naughtie Nellie's IPA is good too! If you ever visit Seattle and go to the Pike Place Market, instead of going to the original Starbucks store, go south down 1st Ave a few paces and stop here!http://www.redhook.comRed Hook Brewery
- My original microbrew! Their original red ale was tops, but they changed the recipe a bit and it became ESB (Extra Special Bitter). Always a good choice when one is undecided.http://www.rogue.comRogue Ales
- Arrogant B@stard and Dead Guy ales are what they are known for. Good, strong, and heavy! Lovwe their tagline too... Yellow fizzy beer is for wussies!http://www.roslynbrewery.comRoslyn Brewing
- My local choice when visiting the Brick Tavern in Roslyn, where the TV show Northern Exposure was filmed. A pint of this and an order of their beer-batter prawns set me for lunch many times! If its a weekend, then wal kdown the street to the brewery.Samuel Adams Brewing
- Boston Lagar! A good beer when you want a full flavor but dont want a heavy one. I point to this one when Aussies deride American beers because all they had was Miller and Bud. Most who try this like it!http://www.snowymountainsbrewery.com.auSnowy Mountain Brewing
- Razorback Red Ale! Another recent discovery since returning down under! Can't get it at the bottle shops so I mail ordered me some! Ai also got their Charlotte's Hefeweizen, and its a good brew as well.http://www.goodbeer.comSpeakeasy Ales & Lagars
- IPA! The Eyes have it! I was first drawn to try this at the Taphouse when I was ordering a sampler, and the eyes on the tap-handle kept looking at me. I was not sorry!http://www.tooheys.com.au/index.htmlTooheys
- Of all the Australian lagars, I like Tooheys New the best when its on tap [i]superchilled[/i] where they have a thermometer on the tap reading -1 to -3 degrees C! Poured into a frosted glass on one of these hot muggy Queensland days, its fun to see the ice forms on the outside of the glass! MMMMmmmmm! I like their ad for this as well, touted as "The poms worst nightmare" :lol:
I have to say I'm a regular buyer of their bottled Tooheys Old, a smooth black ale.
Let me know some of your favorite brews!
|Monday, December 3rd, 2007|
This year I've been busy!
Last Friday I farted in an elevator (-6 points). In November I broke kyizi's X-Box (-12 points). Last Saturday alqualisse and I robbed a bank (-50 points). In January I ruled Canada as a kind and benevolent dictator (700 points). Last Thursday I invaded Iraq, broke it, and couldn't glue it back together before Mom got home (-1012 points).
Overall, I've been naughty (-380 points). For Christmas I deserve a moldy sandwich!
|Wednesday, November 7th, 2007|
|A Half Century...
Yes, on Monday I will have ridden this earth for 50 complete orbits. Many reach this point and lament that their life s half over, but me, I am of the mind that life has only gotten started. I look back and see the path I've taken through the years to get here, and see the twists and turns that made me who I am today, and I have no regrets. Yes, maybe I spent too long in the hippy-stoner years, and maybe I went too far into a certain Christian mindset for a time, and made some not-so-well-thought-out life-changing decisions during both those times, but in retrospect I would not change anything. The one thing I think I would change back in 1981 would have changed my path, and though I'm sure it would have been a good path, it would have been a different path. So here, at 50, I look at life a lot different than I once did. I no longer feel the push to live to make others happier by doing things a certain pre-conceived way, but to will live life for my enjoyment. Yes, my decisions will affect others who are dear to me, but one has to live life, and if some of the decisions made goes contrary to that which they want them to be, they will have to cope. I still love them.
Since I'm now free of my self-imposed censorship as to what I would post on the internet (divorce was final October 22nd), I will try and post more of my thoughts, rants, observations, etc here, and keep folk outside the Twilight of Arnor message board apprised as to what this guy is up to. Current Mood: thoughtful
|Saturday, October 13th, 2007|
|Jeff, I hardly knew ye. You left way too soon...
You were too young to leave us, but it was time to go. Jeffery Iseminger was a guy I met exactly once. It was my longest day, April 28th 2007. I got up in Tamworth New South Wales, made my way to Sydney, then from there to San Francisco, then to Seattle. I then proceeded to go to a Seattle Mariners baseball game with mu brother Jim, and we had many a pint of ale before and during the game. Afterward, Jim tells me his good friend Jeff's band, Surgical Chaos, was playing at El Corizon (Which I remember as 'The Offramp') and we should go see them. So we found a bus to get us half way there, then we walked about 9 blocks up the hills of Seattle to get there. A bit thirsty, we get an ale and sit down with Jeff and his lovely lady Shelly. He went and played a set of grinder rock before returning for more drinks. We had a good evening, and he was tripping that I was totally drunk and jet lagged, and I was happy to meet one of my brothers best friends.
So it was the other day he called the house and left a bit of a message on the phone, and my brother talked to him for an hour. The next morning Shelly called Jim in tears as Jeff had passed away in his sleep. He was 34. This stuff happens to old people, and now that I'm approaching 50 years myself, some my age are falling with more frequency. But for a young man of 34 having heart failure in his sleep? To young... Too many gigs left unplayed.
Rest in peace now Jeffhttp://www.memorialobituaries.com/memorials/memorials.cgi?action=Obit&memid=185138&clientid=flint Current Mood: sad
|Thursday, October 4th, 2007|
A meme I swiped from Elentari... Its a good one for recalling life's events.
20 Years Ago, I...
1) Quit doing contraband intoxicants.
2) Quit drinking for the most part.
3) Quit listening to satanic rock n roll as I dove headlong into Jesus freakdom.
15 Years Ago, I...
1) Had a house I had to pay for and it needed things fixed.
2) Had two husky pups to contend with.
3) Thought I was in love, was getting lots of sex, and was a father to two toddlers, while my newly teen son forced the issue with his mom and came to live with me.
10 Years Ago, I...
1) Was working, raising two young kids and one old one was a senior in high school.
2) Enjoyed playing with my two husky dogs (both who passed away this year at age 14 and 15).
3) Was getting no sex from the wife.
5 Years Ago, I...
1) Realized there was no communication with my wife.
2) Started down the road to an affair.
3) Stirring up all sorts of shit on Tolkienonline.
2 Years Ago, I...
1) Was trying to figure out where my life was going.
2) Was still working at a job that was good in the fact I could goof off and still get work done.
3) Spent a lot of July with my dearest friend!
1 Year Ago, I...
1) Tried to take care of a lot of financial stuff to make thing easier on everyone... I should have done it differently.
2) Had the hike of my life to a remote place on the Pacific Ocean.
3) Lost my job! Was made redundent after 25 years, and my stress level went down ten fold.
So far this year, I've...
1) Done a hell of a lot of yard work around the folks place..
2) Had divorce papers served on me and dealt with trying to get a settlement.
3) Drank some of the finest microbrews available to humanity.
1) Went to mediation on a divorce settlement with my soon to be ex wife.
2) Drank several ales at the Taphouse when mom called my mobile to inform me dad was taken to the hospital in the ambulance. I went next door to the Rock Bottom Brewery before riding transit to hometown, there had two more pints with my bro.
3) Drunkenly sprung dad from the emergency room after he called me and my bro at the bar.
1) Talked to my daughter on the mobile.
2) Talked to the mediator about my soon to be ex refusing to sign the divorce and the income tax return.
3) Talked to my sweet a few times on the mobile.
1) Talk to my sweet a few times on the mobile.
2) Find out if I really have to be in court Monday morn half way across the state.
3) Try to drink more water. Current Mood: contemplative
|Wednesday, April 18th, 2007|
So a new "Tolkien" book is out... Children of Hurin
. I think I look forward to Alan Lee's artwork since the overall story is just a re-edited re-hash of the Turin Turambar
chapter in the Silmarillion, and the alternate Narn i Hîn Húrin
chapter in Unfinished Tales
. I had hoped Christopher tTolkien would have used a slight bit of artistic license to fill in some of the rough spots. Still, I'm sure it will be good reading for any Tolkien fan.
I hav ebeen meaning to read Glen Cook's Tyranny of the Night
, Book one of the Instrumenalities of the Night series, but got a little busy and such. I could read it now, except my copy is in the states and I'm in Australia. Anyway, book two is out, Lord of the Silent Kingdom
. Guess I better get busy and start reading! Current Mood: contemplative
|Sunday, February 4th, 2007|
Yes, I'm heading on down to Australia next week! I'll be seeing alqualisse and will be looking for work. I'm excited! Current Mood: cheerful
|Monday, January 1st, 2007|
|Happy New Year 2007!
May this year be the best year yet for everyone!
For me it will be the year that long coming changes in life will come to fruit.
I Love you all! Current Mood: excited
|Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006|
|One of my rambles....
Yeah I know, all 3 friends wonder why I dont update this regular. Well, I don't know. All I know is I hope to be going to see the most beautiful girl in the world this coming february. Thats right, after meeting online in 2001, and in real life in 2003, I am going to go see alqualisse! I'm in love with this amazing woman and Im working to get things sussed here so I will be free to be with her for the rest of my days, or as long as she will have me. I havent felt like this since before my first heartbreak at age 17.
Lots to do though to make this happen. This hillbilly finally got his passport, and I am now working the inns and outs of international travel. More soon.. I promise!
|Friday, September 22nd, 2006|
|Tell me who, who, who are you...
I loved the Who up until they sold out.
Yes I know.. I never write anything here. I will try and change that my friends!
Ok, here is another of these things.
(From gingerprincess via CElentari....)
I want to know things about you. I don't care if we've never talked, never liked each other, or if we already know everything about each other. I really don't. You are obviously on my list, so let me know with whom I am friends! JUST HIT REPLY.
1. Your Middle Name:
3. Single or Taken:
4. Favourite Movie:
5. Favourite Song:
6. Favourite Band/Artist:
7. Dirty or Clean:
8. Tattoos and/or Piercings:
HERE COMES THE FUN ... ... ...
1. Do we know each other outside of Live Journal?
2. What's your philosophy on life?
3. Would you have my back in a fight?
4. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?
5. What is your favourite memory of us?
6. Would you give me a kidney?
7. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
8. Would you take care of me when I'm sick?
9. Can we get together and make a cake?
10. Have you heard any rumours about me lately?
11. Do you/have you talk(ed) crap about me?
12. Do you think I'm a good person?
13. Would you drive across country with me?
14. Do you think I'm attractive?
15. If you could change anything about me, would you?
16. What do you wear to sleep?
17. Would you come over for no reason just to hang out?
18. Would you go on a date with me if i asked you?
19. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
20. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you? Current Mood: energetic
|Wednesday, July 12th, 2006|
Wow... I'm going onto y third month of not working and I have to say its been some of the most relaxing time in my life. Yeah sure I know I will have to go back to work sometime, but getting so much done in the mean time so I can enjoy the rest of my life has been awesome!
Now I know I'm falling out of the accepted norm where you work for much/most of your life and save money for your 'retirement'. But what good is the saved money when you are near death at retirement? Or worse yet, die before retirement like two of my co-workers at Medtronic did. No, The opportunity to enjoy life and make some changes in my life to get to where I want to be is worth every cent.
I've been raining posts all over Elentari's LJ today as I hadn't been on it much of late. Hope all is wekk with my friends.
|Tuesday, May 30th, 2006|
|The Month of May...
...it always seems to be a month of change and growth for me. Like the double digit years, May seems to be the time when courses change in this river of life of mine.
I was laid off from my last job in May of 1981.
I left my 1st wife on May 30th 1983 and filed for divorce shortly thereafter.
I moved out from living with a lover I was infatuated with in May 2003.
I "retired" from a job I had for 25 years in May, and I have moved forward on a long-coming divorce to wife#2
I'm rather enjoying, maybe too much, being unemployed heading into summer for the first time since 1981. Yes, with the new fiscal year at the company (May 1st) they decided to do some "cost-cutting". I had a heads up as I left on Friday, April 28 as the supervisor said she "had to talk to me" before I leave. That walk and talk was joined by one of the catberts from HR. They couldn't say anything as it wasn't going to be announced until Tuesday May 2nd, but I was off for a (so I thought) 2 week vacation. I got on my mobile and gave a co-worker a heads up about 2 minutes later, so goes the rumor mill. Anyway, I called them on Tuesday as I wasn't going to show up in the midst of my vacation, and I got the "official" notice.
I was paid 25 weeks severance, my outstanding vacation time, paid medical benefits until the end of July, the services of an outplacement company, plus one week pay for my 25th year anniversary with the company. Also, I should be getting a bonus check for last fiscal year sometime in June, which is ironic since I and about 80 others were let go as a cost-cutting measure. Welcome to the new business plan of the new mellinium! Its the bottom line and job mobility that they want! People don't work for the same company for a whole working career anymore, and hense that was why they wanted to change the retiremnent packages a couple years back. They touted the fact the new one was more "portable" but most of the folk vested in the old one didn't change. But that was the writing on the wall warning of future events and after that we expected such treatment to come along. The old original corporation used to see after their people, but they were bought out in 1997, and the suceeding 8 years was like a slow assimulation by the Borg... resistance was futile and they now are slowly remove the old vestages of folk who remember "the old days". Basicly they wanted younger, cheaper people. So for now I'm getting about $400 a week from the state in exchange for looking for three jobs a week. I can live with this for now. Of course there are a couple places I'm not going to apply at yet as I know they will give me a job and ruin it. Maybe in July or August...
The first two weeks of this month I was enjoying hiking and the company of my ladyfriend whom I love, and when I had to take her finally to the airport I was seriously bummed. That day we had 3 points of ale to drown our sorrows of parting, and after getting to the airport we had a tussle with the airline because we arrived in barely enough time by pre 9/11 standards to make an international flight. After some bitching out by one of the airline counter supervisors, she was able to make the plane, and her bags even made it. I on the other hand was bumming and so returned to the alehouse and had 7 more pints! I was well wrecked by the time they closed, and I managed to navigate the 2 miles to my folks place to crash. I had a thick head for three days afterward!
Ah yes... May. Current Mood: Reflective
|Monday, April 10th, 2006|
The Wikipedia birthday Meme: put your birthday into Wiki, then select three events that happened on that date, two celebrities born on that date and one celebrity who died on that date.
764 - Tibetan troops occupy Chang'an, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, for fifteen days.
1927 - Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin with undisputed control of the Soviet Union.
1970 - The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Gray whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous exploding whale incident
1934 - Charles Manson, American cult leader and mass murderer
1945 - Neil Young, Canadian singer, songwriter, and musician
1595 - John Hawkins, English shipbuilder and trader (b. 1532)
I really had a hard time picking anyone who died on my birthday as they didn't mean anything to me. I picked John Hawkins because I have a friend with the same name :) Current Mood: horny