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Darth Vader Costume   
06:23pm 02/11/2005
  Here are the halloween pictures I promised, this is mostly a homemade costume. The chest piece and Helmet I purchased although both were played with a little.

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Fun Night   
11:21pm 31/10/2005
  Well I had a blast at work and everyone had such a good time. My costume went over very well and I actually won the costume contest ($20 to Best Buy). I should have pictures of my costume up in the next day or two. It was a slow relaxing day filled with laughs and good times as Halloween should be, best of it to everyone...  
Happy Halloween   
02:23am 31/10/2005
  Today is Halloween and the holiday is upon us. I myself am working today so that a girl I work with can take her little daughter out (her daughter is too cute dressed as a pumpkin). I have finished the work on my Darth Vader costume (yes I made it mostly by hand) and it looks very cool. Today should be a lot of fun and I am really looking forward to seeing everyone. Off to finish my costume as for now rest up everyone and get ready for a day of fun and candy, there is no other holiday like Halloween so enjoy it.  
The Effect I Have on People   
02:03am 20/10/2005
mood: contemplative
Well here is an interesting thought for you... in my life I have considered three women to be girlfriends and today it finally hit me about the effects I have had on their lives. The first girlfriend I ever had has since realized that she is a lesbian, although my view on homosexuality are a bit conservative I know the kind of person she is and can support her life choice. My second girlfriend is currently in a relationship with a man she will most likely marry, a situation she is in because of a terrible choice that I made. My most recent girlfriend was married this month to the man she dated prior to me.

So there you have it, two happy relationships and one life changing choice. All of these girls I hurt in some fashion and all seem better off because of the person I am, makes you think doesn't it. During this period i was in other relationships, but neither were formal although one was very serious and has resulted in more changes and emotional up and downs than I care to think about. That leaves me where I am. All this time I have defended in my mind the kind of person I am and the kind of person I was and I realize now that person back in High School that hurt those people never really went away and a part of me still acts out every once in a while. I thought I was better, but it appears now that I am not at least not all the way. I am not looking for pitty or for someone to tell me that I am wrong what I want is in some way to let those that I have wronged by being the person that I am that I can only begin to think about the long lasting effects that will have. I am sorry plain and simple no more no less, no words can excuse the wrongs I committed towards these women or towards others involving them the only thing I can do is work harder towards being a better person towards being the person that those that know me know and love.

So Melissa, Allyssa, Son and the other people I have wronged I know there is nothing more I can do to better your lives personally I just hope the fact that I am working hard ever day to better the world around you can begin to make up for it.
Useless Knowledge   
01:24pm 18/09/2005
  Well it has been a while and since I have not been spreading my useless knowledge as much as I would like here is some for you...

1. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
3. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.
No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.
4. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
5. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
6. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
7. There are more chickens than people in the world.
8. Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
9. The longest one-syllable word in the English language
is "screeched."
10. The term "Blazer" comes from Captain Blazer who gave his men nice looking jackets so he would stand out when being rowed ashore. The fancy jackets kept the name.
11. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
12. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver
or purple.
13. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."
14. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on
the back of the $5 bill.
15. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
16. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
17. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
18. There are only four words in the English language which end in
"-dous" tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.
19. Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de
los Angeles de Porciuncula"- and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its
size: "L.A."
20. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
21. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
22. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
23. In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on
a watch is 10:10.
24. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
25. When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home,
the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.
26. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after
Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's
"Its A Wonderful Life."
28. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
29. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
30. On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper
left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a
spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
31. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
(DON'T try this @ home!)
32. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
33. Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme?
Paul Reiser himself.
34. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
35. The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the
creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N,
and O-Z, hence "Oz."
36. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a
radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
37. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
38. John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
39. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
40. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
41. Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only
the left hand.
42. The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver."
43. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's
supply of footballs.
44. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are
already married.
45. The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.
46. On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year. BE
47. Coca-Cola was originally green.
48. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs.
49. Smartest dogs: 1) Scottish border collie; 2) Poodle; 3) Golden retriever. Dumbest: Afghan hound.
50. The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
51. Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
52. Amount American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class
53. City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita: Hong Kong
54. State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.
55. Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%, Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
56. Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33
57. Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
58. Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.
59. Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland/Disney World: 70%
60. Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
61. Only U.S. President to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy for "Profiles in Courage"
62. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
63. The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
64. The youngest pope was 11 years old.
65. Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.
66. First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
67. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
68. In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services two-way radios (in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the other channel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, but no channel 1.
69. The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments
70. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
71. "Hang On Sloopy" is the official rock song of Ohio.
72. There is actually coffee flavored PEZ?
73. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
74. The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)
75. When possums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.
76. The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
77. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Heart Charlemagne, and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
78. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
79. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs of the horse in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
05:49am 07/07/2005
  For those of you who do not know I am moving over the course of the next few weeks. My parents have decided to move to South Carolina and since I cannot go with them I have stayed up here. I recieved word today that my agreement went through and I can move into my new apartment on the 1st of August and until then I will be staying with my father. I will be spending the last two weeks of July on a cruise down the Mexican Rivera and be moving into a new place when I come back needless to say the next few weeks of my life will be quite busy. This week has been hectic with moving and packing, but I did manage to enjoy a boat trip down to the Baltimore Harbour to watch the fireworks and I enjoyed it so that was a nice break. As for my job application with the county I just have to sit back and wait for them to finish the background check. All in all these next few weeks will be trying and hard, but I can pull through and will do just that. I appreciate everyone who has helped me and I will do what i can to make this as smooth a few weeks as possible.  
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One Punch...   
01:43am 24/06/2005
  For those of you that don't know the other day I suffered a severly broken nose at the hands of my good friends drunk brother. He had too much to drink and got violent and my face was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Well I do not want to make too big a deal out of it I mean shit happens and we move on with life. There were other girls at the party and if breaking my nose is what it took to stop him from hitting and hurting someone else than it was worth it. He seems sorry, but I am in no mood to talk to him or be in any hury to go back to the house. For the next 8-10 days I have to wear a face shield and nose guard while doing any physical labor or working so needless to say I will be banished to the back because my boss told me he does not want me interacting with customers while I look like hannibal lectar. Needless to say that these last few days have been painful. On a more positive note I am the proud owner of a GMC Sierra pickup which I just had fitted with a black Weatherguard truck box so I am very happy to say the least about that.
On a more personal note I recently became involved in a series of debates and arguments with someone close to me that I have shared feelings with before in the past and that combined with the totaling of my old car and some other personal issues that have been going on I appologize to anyone who has been ignored or shunned by me these past two weeks.

Fact From the "Dan Book of Useless Knowledge" - Did you know that the term "graveyard shift" comes from a 1500s tradition of tying bells to corpses so if the person was alive when burried they could ring the bell. Because towns back then shut down so early and everyone closed and went home the only person in the whole town working late was the person working the "graveyard shift" and the name stuck to late shifts ever since.
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Well Life so Far   
03:26pm 10/06/2005
  My life has finally turned around for a bit of a positive note. Sometime over the next few days I will be getting a new vehicle and I have a place to live with friends and at a reasonable price. So far my life is turning around after the lousy last few weeks ive had being forced to move and then totaling my car. So on that note I hope everyone is doing well and maybe ill hear more good news in the next few days.

Fact From the "Dan Book of Useless Knowledge" - The hometown team to of city hosting the Superbowl has never played in the Superbowl that year; while in NFL Europe their World Bowl has seen the home team compete 6 times.
My Poor Car   
03:14am 04/06/2005
  Well for those of you who do not know I was in a car accident this week because my brakes failed and i could not stop when i needed to. The bad news came friday night when i got home from work and found a message from my insurance company saying that i needed to clean out my car because they were going to total it. I have put a lot of time and money into that car and it hurt to have to scoop it into a bucket on the side of the road. The good news that comes out of all of this is that i will be getting a new car, no a new truck yay! I have decided on a pickup truck because that type of vehicle is more me anyway. So other than that my time has been spent working and keeping busy other ways.

Fact from the "Dan Book Of Useless Knowledge" - The word ok comes from the the initials of an old rail car inspector. Rail car inspectors would put their initials on the rail cars to say they were good and the best inspector had the initials o.k. So whenever a train came to town and you saw the train said o.k. you knew that the cargo on that train was ok.
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07:07pm 11/05/2005

Your Linguistic Profile:

60% General American English

25% Yankee

10% Upper Midwestern

5% Dixie

0% Midwestern

Well it appears that my language skills are about right for where i live, funny how that works isn't it

Find out your dialogue http://www.blogthings.com/amenglishdialecttest/
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Where the Water Goes   
01:42am 15/04/2005
  These photos show my cat Rascal on his never ending quest to figure out just where the water goes.

I wonder if he will ever figure it out

Maybe the answer is in the computer

Is it in there?

I don't think it's in there Rascal

Maybe it is in the tree somewhere... you never know

He's just not even trying any more

One more look just for old times sake

In the end all that searching for water makes him thirst and the brave adventurer stops for a drink

Being a cat Rascal lost interest in his quest when he saw some string on the floor thus ending this adventure, but one day with a little faith this brave cat may just find the answers he so seeks.
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01:37am 15/04/2005
  Just thought I would take this moment to introduce any of those interested to my little buddies Spike, Princess, and Rascal.

This is Rascal the little guy that we all lovingly call stinky.

This is Spike and from the picture you can see how he got the nick name Jabba.

And last but not least Princess (curled up with rascal, thick as thieves those two are)

And there you have it a quick showing of my little buddies and three reasons I am a cat person.
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Time To Set the Record Strait   
02:55am 25/03/2005
  Over the past two months or so I have been told by several people that I seem to be acting differently. The fact is that they are right I am acting differently, the funny thing is I am acting the way those same people have told me I should act. For years I have done everything I can in life for people and have done everything possible to save the world and save those that need my help. All along this path all I ever heard from people was "stop wearing your heart on your sleve", "stop caring so much", "stop trying to help everyone". The fact is that for all these years the same people I have helped have turned around and told me I should not be helping, it is not that they don't like my help or don't want it just that they say I shouldn't give it to people. Well about two months ago I had a lot of stuff happen to me at the same time.
I had some family issues and I had some personal problems, I was accused of being a father and assumed by others that I would help. The fact is that about two months ago I finally realized that these same people I have spent so many years helping just did not care. I began to learn that some of my "friends" had no use for me if I was not helping them and others got so used to me helping them that they assumed I would and blamed me when I would not. The same people that for years told me not to help were now turning around and faulting me on a moral level for not helping. I began to see how few people out there actually cared. I thought back to those who could drop their friendship with me on a dime because someone told them to, or drop their friendship with me on a dime because I was acting the way they said I should act.
The fact is I am tired. I am tired of being stepped on by those I am helping and pushed aside by those I am not. I am angry that there are those out there willing to give me up as a friend because I am different and I am even more angry at those that can't tell me that to my face. I am tired of those who tell me over and over again not to help only to get mad at me for not helping. I am tired and can't do this anymore. I spent years saving the world and can count the number of genuine "thank you's" on one hand. I am different and the reason is because the world does not seem to want me as who I want to be, so they are going to get me as who I am.
To those who have stuck with me through this I thank you and you know who you are, for those who have not you can kiss my ass...

Fact From the "Dan Book of Useless Knowledge" - There is no one that was mentioned in the post that will not know who they are or where they fit in.
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He is Alive and He is A Science Fiction Fan (I Knew It!!!)   
01:50am 20/03/2005
  I have first hand access to these amazing new photos that show that Elvis is indeed alive and well. As far as history teaches us Elvis died in 1977 shortly before 'Star Wars:A New Hope' was released. Shocking new evidence shows that Elvis did not die but instead went into hiding to attend the many sci-fi conventions that would come after his "death". These pictures were taken at sci-fi conventions across the country proving that elvis is not dead he is just waiting for Episode III.

And he is a fan of the Empire figures....

Indiana Elvis, a good disguise there king...

Fact From the "Dan Book of Useless Knowledge" - Australia is the only continent on earth without an active volcano.
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Busy Day   
11:28pm 17/03/2005
mood: busy
Well today is indeed a day with a lot happening. First and most obvious is that it is Saint Patrick's day and that means let there be corned beef, cabbage, red potato's, and of course beer. It is also my friend Khalid's 21st birthday so happy birthday to him hope all is well. I have to work today so I will be busy oh well.
Back to the news the congressional hearing on steroids in baseball is heating up and no one cares because everyone knows that baseball players use steroids and in the end of the day its just one more reason that America has over the past 30 years been turning its back on baseball. In other news actor Robert Blake walked in the charges against his wife, gee a famous celebrity being aquited when it appears they are guilty oh well that is Hollywood for you. Lets just hope that Wacko Jacko ends up like Martha Stewart and gets what he deserves.

Fact From the "Dan Book of Useless Knowledge" - Saint Patrick was actually Scottish not Irish
The Courts Are at it Again?   
09:33pm 14/03/2005
mood: angry
Well today a judge in California has ruled that their ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional thus opening the door for any pair of gays to marry. I guess it should not surprise anyone that I am against gay marriage and this ruling upsets me. The thing that gets me the most is that a majority population of California opposes gay marriage (as we saw in the 04 election 11 states had votes on their ballots and in a near 3 to 1 ratio it was banned in all 11 of them). This case here is just another case of a judge stepping beyond interpreting the laws and stepping into passing their own. For about the past 20 years or so the courts have become an unchecked system of government and radical judges are striking down laws just because they don't agree with them even if a majority of the people do. We live in a democracy where majority rule but over the past 20 years we have become a system where the majority rule only if it does not offend or anger the minority (i.e. prayer in schools, under god, partial birth abortion etc..). I am upset by the fact that some atheist or some gay man or some angry hippie can sue every law and with the right judge can overturn the will of the people. We elect officials to represent us maybe we should start asking our Representatives to step up and fight for us Dubya did in Texas and he is doing it now, so lets stand up here and make sure that the will of the people is served.

Fact From the "Dan Book of Useless Knowledge" - Did you know that rats are physically unable to vomit, thats why they die from simple poisons.
What the Heck Was That?   
12:48pm 13/03/2005
  Well yesterday I went bowling with my friend John and tallied a new high score of 210 way to go me!!!
I also have been following in the news the shooting in a court house that resulted in the death of a judge and I say death. Federal agents and court officials are not better people but like cops crimes against them should be held in a higher regard (unless the judge is from California then its ok).
The other interesting thing that happened to me yesterday had to do with an animal in the road. I was driving to a friends house and this thing ran out in front of the car and I almost struck it. What killed me was the fact that i had no idea what this thing was. It looked like some sort of a furry hideous thing and almost looked like it was running like a monkey (on its back legs with its front legs for support). I know I am not crazy because the car behind stopped the same way I did and the driver yelled "what the hell was that thing". The only thing we could think of in this area that looks like that is a small bear maybe, but I am still puzzled.
On a side note apparently internet celebrities are big world wide now. So the likes of the Star Wars Kid or this guy http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/numa.php are small celebrities in their home towns. Dateline covered them in a segment and said that millions of people a year get swept up in these internet fads, oh well.

Fact from the "Dan Book of Useless Knowledge" - The base of the statue of liberty is made from melted down donated pennies because when we got the statue from France it could not stand up on its own and we needed copper to make a base.
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01:24am 12/03/2005
  Stolen from the Evergamer...
+ Dan
+ Tex
+ Magic-Man

+ thedelijedi
+ Argentavis83
+ thats it, same name for AIM and yahoo

+ ethics
+ compassion
+ dedication

+ my weight
+ my bad eyes
+ my angry temper

+ Italian
+ Italian
+ and uh Italian

+ The thought of Democrats running the country again
+ Being forced to break a promise
+ Never being married

+ Water
+ Work
+ Bowling

+ Button down shirt
+ Belt Buckle
+ Wrangler Jeans

+ Daryl Worley
+ Tobey Keith
+ Rascal Flatts

+ "Awful Beautiful Life" - Daryl Worley
+ "Bless the Broken Road" - Rascal Flatts
+ "The Lonely Road" - Kid Rock

+ Have a day off.
+ Starting my career
+ A new position (in life you perverts).

+ Honesty
+ Communication
+ A good physical bond

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE (guess which are which)
+ I am the only cowboy that i know.
+ 3 of 4 of my ex girlfriends left someone to be with me or were dating someone else at the time of our relationship.
+ I voted for John Kerry.

+ Touch
+ Eyes
+ I am an ass man

+ Wear overly baggy clothing
+ Go to a western clothing store and not buy a hat
+ Fall for a girl who is single

+ Bowling
+ Hunting
+ karate

+ Sleep
+ Have tomorrow off
+ *insert name* (you know who you are)

+ Police Officer
+ Corrections Officer
+ Government/Federal Agent

+ Scotland
+ Italy
+ Japan

+ Lets not get into children
+ Ever--

+ Get married/have a family
+ Run for political office
+ Be in a movie (that i didn't make myself of course)
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What's in a Name   
04:14am 11/03/2005
mood: busy

D is for Dashing
A is for Amazing
N is for Normal

Oh so very true and you see that it said I am normal ha ha. As for livejournal i had to update something and they said they would have to reload my journal, well it finally came back on but now my created date is off lol oh well. I guess someone somewhere will wonder how i posted months before my journal was created.

Fact from the "Dan Book of Useless Knowledge" - The TV show Mr.Ed was actually filmed using a trained zebra and not a horse. Using a color filter Mr.Ed appeared grey instead of striped and the set was also made to make Mr.Ed look bigger because zebras are smaller in proportion to horses.
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Open Frame   
04:05am 20/02/2005
  Well recently my friends and I from work have found bowling to be very fun and a great group activity, and we are all very good at it. As for world events I say Scott Peterson should get the chair just for old times sake. As for good old Wacko Jacko, in this case its guilty until shown to be more guilty and the only person he has to blame for that is himself. Nothing but bad news on one channel and good news on the other, although in good news we are getting a lot closer to Dan Rather signing off. For those that wonder why i did not comment on that whole false story it is because it was such a crock of nothing it was not even worth my time to rant about it. CBS and Dan Rather both got what they deserve and in the end of the day it helped president Bush so i find nothing wrong with it. Back to bowling it is fun and you all out there should try it, it is not everyday you find something that one can suck at and still have a good time.

Fact from the "Dan Book of Useless Knowledge" - America is named for an Italian named Amerigo Vespucci who was the first to theorize about the continents across the ocean.