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2012-10-31 04:25 am

Moving In...

Excuse all the boxes and dust... having been at LiveJournal for so many years, you collect lots of stuff! I won't abandon LJ entirely... yet. But if things keep circling the drain that they currently are, I may not have a choice.

So I suppose I have a second home here now!
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2012-08-25 01:01 pm
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Ye Olde Purge Bucket

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Two years ago today, I was sitting in a hotel room in Atlanta where I was working a show. [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 was back here in So Cal where she was getting herself settled in after our epic journey across the country in the Mighty Focus with her incredibly large puppy dog who seemed to enjoy belching in my ear (the dog, not the girl) and her cat tucked safely away in her carrier. We'd trekked across some of the wastelands of this country but eventually made it out here. I reflected on that journey a little bit before I decided to ask her if she wanted to make things official between us. We were of course, already unofficially together but you know, it was a case of it not being "official" until it's "Facebook official" and all... because nothing in the world *really* happens until it's posted on Facebook.

So yeah... two years ago, [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 foolishly agreed to make our relationship official and we've been together ever since. And it's been an amazing two years. She's an incredible woman filled with so much strength, courage, compassion and love. She picks me up when I'm down, encourages me to excel, to be better than I ever thought I could be and kicks me in the ass when I need it. She has brought more joy and happiness into my life than I ever thought possible and I'm grateful for every last moment I get to spend with her. She inspires me and helps me strive to better my world. She's an absolutely amazing person, we fit together so well in so many ways and I feel like the luckiest boy ever.

Thank you for two wonderful and amazing years, sweetheart. You are the best.

So yeah, that happened. :-)

Last night was my sister's birthday. I made her favorite dish... seafood fettuccini. I didn't realize that I made it for her every year on her birthday but apparently, I do! But I know it's her favorite and I only make it that one time a year so I suppose that's okay. I think it turned out pretty well though [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 could probably tell you whether it did or not.

Not sure what the plan for today is... likely a lot of much needed downtime with one another. We'll likely grab some dinner or something but I see lots of mellowness and relaxation in our immediate future. Tomorrow, I has a plan for something but we'll have to see how that goes. There are a couple of factors like Miss Annabelle to consider. But just getting to spend the weekend together will be nice. It always is. And bonus points for her roommate not being around this weekend. That means we can just totally relax and sleep in the air conditioned living room if we so choose! Oh yes, it's all about the simple pleasures in life. lol...


So how about you, my fine, feathered friends? What sort of milestones are you hitting this week? How has the Universe been treating you? Has it given you a warm and gentle hug? A kick to the junk with a steel toed boot? What have been the highlights and the lowlights of your weekend? What is going on in your worlds, my friends?

As usual, this is the place to get anything off your chest that needs to be gotten off! Got a blistering rant to unload? Need to trumpet your joy and happiness? Need to climb up on your soapbox and give somebody a little what fer? Need to fling open the windows and scream out to the world? Got a funny story or a joke? Need a little advice or reassurance? This is the place to do it, my friends. Anything and everything is welcome here. Just drop it all in and let it go! The stage is now yours, grab that microphone and belt it out!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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2012-08-25 11:05 am

Saturday Morning Music

Good Morning Kiddies!

I've got my coffee, a cozy kitty in my lap and some tunes playing. So it's time for our weekly musical show and tell again!

Here's a little of what has my toes tappin' this fine morning...
















As usual, I'm pretty all over the place with what I'm listening to this morning. Some recent discoveries, some from childhood... that's the thing I love about music though. It can still be good YEARS later.

So how about you, my friends? What's on your playlist this morning?
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2012-08-18 12:57 pm
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Well Good Saturday, Good People!!! And how fares thee all?

Let me just say, for the record, that it is bloody freaking HOT. We've been living through an agonizing heat wave for the last couple of weeks and it bloooooows. Okay, agonizing for me, some others may just find it mildly sucktastic. I hate the heat though. I'm a winter boy through and through. Give me some cold and possibly rainy weather and I'm a happy lad.

Other than the bloody heat, the week was actually very good. Busy with lots to do but a good week nonetheless. So yay for that!

I'm still playing catch-up on a ton of things so I'm so sorry that I've been MIA... I have many comments to reply to. I'm sorry I've been a slack-ass, sucky LJ friend lately! Now that I will begin having some free time... well, I'm still going to be working on POD II like a madman... but since that is the only real thing left on my plate, I'm hoping to be more of a regular fixture around here again. So hang with me, folks. I'm sorry that I'm way behind but will catch up! Promise!

I'd set aside the morning to finish the last bit of housekeeping on POD I... there were a few edits that had to be made on the piece that I'm swapping out and I also needed to combine all 13 pieces into one document before sending it back to my editor for the final time. So after fighting with Word for a while, I finally got everything loaded into one document... but now some of my formatting is screwed. So I have to go through it all and manually fix everything. Ugh. But hey, once this is done, it's done and gone and it will forever be off my plate. I'm kinda sad about that in a way... it's the first child o' mine that I am releasing out into the wild. I'm hoping against hope that it sprouts some wings and flies! So keep your digits crossed!

Looking forward to tomorrow... I have a sooper seekrit little adventure planned for [livejournal.com profile] pixie117... nothing major huge or anything, but a good bit of fun and geekery will be had, I'm sure. I love that she can go do these silly, fun, geeky little things with me and have a really great time. That makes me a happy boy because I love going and doing the dorky stuff like I have planned for tomorrow. So yay for that too! Hopefully this doesn't cross the super-dork threshold for her though!

Well, I'm done fighting with POD I for the moment. Perhaps, I'll get to sneak in a little time over the weekend to wrap it up and send it on its way. As sad as I will be to see it go, I need to be done with it. Otherwise, I can pick, poke and prod at it forever!

So now I shall turn the floor over to you, my fine, feathered friends! How has your week been? How has the Universe treated you? With a kind and gentle hand? A cold slap upside the head? What have been the highlights and lowlights of your week? What made the final cut and what ended up on the editing room floor? What is the haps in your worlds, my friends?

Once again, this is the place to get anything and everything off of your chests! Need to scream and shout about something? Looking for some advice and reassurance? Need to climb up on your soapbox and belt it out? Need to rant, rave and otherwise foam at the mouth? Need to just tell us about something good in your world? This is the place to do it. Just step right up and grab the microphone... the spotlight is yours!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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2012-08-18 10:15 am

Saturday Morning Music

Good Morning, Kids!

It's Saturday morning so that means it's "What Are You Listening To?" time again! Because I'm nosy like that.

Seriously though, since I started doing these things, I've been exposed to a ton of really great music that I'd never heard of before. [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 is always exposing me to new music so that of course, made me curious about what the rest of y'all were listening to as well!

So on that note, it's share time! Here is some of what I'm listening to this morning. As always, bonus points for clips!













So how about you, folks? What's on your playlist today?
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2012-08-15 11:12 am
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So About Last Night...

‘twas a good run indeed.

I know, I know, some of y’all out there think I’m the world’s biggest idiot. To have a 1 in 4 shot at winning it all and walking away from it? What am I, stupid? Wait… don’t answer that.

I feel like I owe some of you guys a bit of an explanation. I know that some of you guys had a WTF moment last night. So let me try to lay it all out…

In Which I Explain My WTF-ery )

And lastly… thanks once again for putting this all together and keeping it afloat for us, Gary. You know I love and treasure all things Idol. It’s always a fantastic and interesting ride through the Idolverse and I really appreciate the fact that you devote so much of yourself to giving us this wonderful, wonderful place. Thanks a ton, Gary.

The Top-4 is a kick-ass group and the run to the finals should be exciting to watch!
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2012-08-11 12:43 pm
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Good Day, Good People!!! And how fares thee all on this fine, if sweltering freaking day?

It's bloody hot here. And a bit sticky and humid as well. It's days like this, I'd rather have my happy ass parked on an iceberg up in Alaska. I just don't do heat very well. Which... living in Southern California is a bit problematic. All the more reason for me to flee this cesspool for cooler climates! I hear Oregon and Washington singing their siren songs to me...

Anyway... I just finished lopping off the fifteen pounds of hair sitting on my head hoping that would help. Doesn't seem to be helping too much at the moment. As I shaved my head down, the feline companion looked at me, with what I thought was a very hopeful look in his eyes. I think he was hoping I'd give him a shave too. And I was tempted for a minute. It has to suck wearing a fur coat in this heat all day! But I thought better of the idea because if I did shave him down, he'd probably kill me in my sleep. Not that he doesn't try to already but still.

All in all, it wasn't a bad week. Though I swear to Buddha, one of these days I'm going to snap and bludgeon my coworkers. I think if a jury hears my tale of working woe, there would be no way they'd convict me. They might just give me a thumbs up, a "been there before" look and send me on my way. Right???

Other than work irritation, things weren't bad. Progress was made on both POD I and POD II... POD I is just about ready to be sent off. I just need to set the order of the pieces and for that, I'm hoping my dear [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 will give me a hand. Once that's done and it's off my plate completely, I can focus everything I have on POD II. So keep your digits crossed for me! (for all of my new friends, POD I and POD II are my current writing projects... POD I is hopefully going to be released in September and POD II is a little more complicated... but you can read about it a few entries back if you're so inclined!)

So yeah... there's all of that and the Idol vote going on. Which is nerve-wracking in and of itself since we can't see 2 of the polls being conducted. But we have to wait until freaking Tuesday before the dust settles and we see who the Final 4 left standing are going to be. Yikes. It's going to be a long few days, I tell you.

So it appears that Mittens has made his choice for his Veep... Paul Ryan. Ugh. Could be worse I suppose. Mittens could have picked somebody people actually like, somebody who *isn't* a poor-hating, woman-hating, elitist, homophobic, flip-flopping liar. So there's that, I suppose.

Well, I need to go get myself all put together and get on out the door. Daylight's burnin' as they say! I shall now turn the floor over to you fine folks!

So how has your week been? How has the Universe treated you? With kid gloves? An iron fist? Need to get something off your chest? Need to vent, rant or otherwise explode? Got a funny story, a joke or an inappropriate haiku? Need to jump up on your soapbox and deliver a paint-peeling, toe-curling epic rant? Want to sing somebody's praises, wish them well or tell them to take a long walk off a short pier? Anything and everything is welcome here.

For my new friends, this here is your place to get it all out. You're welcome to rant, scream or otherwise carry on about anything that may be going on in your world. Scream, shout, throw yourself on the floor kicking and crying. This is your place. So step on up, grab the microphone and belt it out!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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2012-08-11 10:37 am

Saturday Morning Music

Good Morning, Kids!

First a little promotion... [livejournal.com profile] zeitgeistic is holding a friending frenzy so if you're looking to add some new folks to spice up your life a bit, head on over here...


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There's lots of fun, fascinating folks running around over there! So go... be social, make friends, have fun!

Now it's music time! Here's a little sampling of what's on my playlist this morning. I suppose it's sort of a really odd, strange, diverse morning, musically speaking...
















Yeah, I like a lot of different music.

So how about you all out there? What's on your Saturday Morning Playlist? For my new friends, I always enjoy throwing up clips of what I've been listening to and totally love seeing what's gettin' your toes tappin' in the morning. I love music and I have a diverse group of friends with different musical tastes so it's always fun to see what you're listening to!

So let's have it! As always, bonus points for clips!
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2012-08-07 05:54 pm

Topic 36C (F): Patchwork

The final installment of Hell Week has commenced... Here is the last of my six entries to round things out... May the Idol gods be kind and generous.

Better Be Nice! )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36C(F): Patchwork. As always, thank you so much for your continued support. I have no clue what sort of madness to expect but it should be interesting. Thank you, guys. You keeping me in this game means the world to me!
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2012-08-07 05:50 pm

Topic 36C (D): Explode

The final installment of Hell Week has commenced... Here is my fourth of six entries to round things out... May the Idol gods be kind and generous.

It's Just Business... )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36C(D): Explode. As always, thank you so much for your continued support. I have no clue what sort of madness to expect but it should be interesting. Thank you, guys. You keeping me in this game means the world to me!
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2012-08-07 05:48 pm

Topic 36C (C): Group Think

The final installment of Hell Week has commenced... Here is my third of six entries to round things out... May the Idol gods be kind and generous.

Big Brother Can Suck It! )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36C(C): Group Think. As always, thank you so much for your continued support. I have no clue what sort of madness to expect but it should be interesting. Thank you, guys. You keeping me in this game means the world to me!
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2012-08-07 05:45 pm

Topic 36C (B): Dedication

The final installment of Hell Week has commenced... Here is my second of six entries to round things out... May the Idol gods be kind and generous.

Kind and Generous... )





This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36C(B): Dedication. As always, thank you so much for your continued support. I have no clue what sort of madness to expect but it should be interesting. Thank you, guys. You keeping me in this game means the world to me!
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2012-08-07 05:39 pm

Topic 36C (A): It Ain't Easy Being Green

The final installment of Hell Week has commenced... Here is my first of six entries to round things out... May the Idol gods be kind and generous.

I Will Not Be Ignored! )





This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36C(A): It Ain't Easy Being Green. As always, thank you so much for your continued support. I have no clue what sort of madness to expect but it should be interesting. Thank you, guys. You keeping me in this game means the world to me!
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2012-08-04 12:00 pm
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Good Morning and Good Saturday Fellow Humans!

How is everybody today? How has your week been, my friends?

I've spent my morning piddling away... tinkering with a current piece, giving my kitter-cat a little love and trying to mentally work through POD II. I also have two of the six pieces for Idol this week nearing completion and I'm more or less happy with them, so that's good. Two down, four to go. *ugh*

I also spent a little time earlier watching videos of tornadoes on YouTube. I'm absolutely fascinated by the sheer power of Mother Nature. Tornadoes just totally and completely fascinate me. Volcanoes are a close second in terms of sheer fascination but for me, tornadoes top the list of things I MUST SEE! Sort of a weird fascination, I know. But hey, something about them just really gets me going. I am bound and determined to go tornado chasing before I'm too old and decrepit to fully appreciate the raw power. A while back, I found this company who will take you on a two-week tour that ranges from the Mexican to the Canadian borders and from the Rockies to the Indiana... so it's a HUGE chase area. But the cost is about $3,000 bucks. So yeah... maybe if I hit it big writing, I'll actually be able to take that tour. Otherwise, I may need to sell a kidney or something. I will make it out there one day, dammit. Just the thrill of seeing these monsters up close and personal would be a rush like I couldn't even imagine. I want and need to do this or I shall not die happy.

Like I said, it's an odd fascination but what are you gonna do?

Here's a little video I ran across for your viewing pleasure. Or dismay.



See? Fascinating and exciting stuff!

Thanks to everybody who chimed in on my update post last night. I'm still feeling a bit stressed and overwhelmed but a lot of the things you said on the post and in private emails means a lot to me. I really appreciate the support and encouragement, you guys. Seriously. I can't tell you how much it means to me. So thanks, guys. I'll keep churning along and we'll see what we see when the dust settles!

I need to get myself together so I can head down to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's a bit earlier than normal... we need some time to hang out and relax before we slog through everything that needs to be slogged through today.

So... how was YOUR week, my friends? How has the Universe treated you? Has it given you warm fuzzies? Planted its boot in your ass? What have been the highlights and the lowlights of your week, good people?

Need to get up and shout? Need to get something off your chest? Need to rant, vent and otherwise scream out loud about something? Got a rant you're just dying to unleash? Want to give somebody some hugs and love? Need to hear some kind words today? Anything and everything is welcome here. Just step right up and let it fly!

This here is your stage, my friends. Step on up to the podium, grab the mic and let us know what's going on with you.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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2012-08-04 10:16 am

Saturday Morning Music

Good Morning, Folks!

I do love my Saturday mornings... it's *my* time. Well... it's actually my time to cater to the wishes and whims of my feline companion. He started at about five this morning by knocking down my spare change jar, pulling over my computer speakers and because I fell asleep with the computer on last night, stood on the keyboard until the computer made this horrible beeping sound. Half-asleep, I'd chase him off the keyboard but he'd pop right back up on it when I tried to get back to sleep. I swear to Buddha, this cat is smart. Too smart for *my* own good, that's for sure.

Now he's had his breakfast, is fat and happy and is just curled up in my lap as I sip my coffee and tinker with a writing piece and play around online a bit. Gotta love cats, huh?

So... since music always fuels my Saturday, here's some of what's been on my playlist this morning...












So what's on your playlist this morning, folks?
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2012-08-02 09:40 pm
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Welcome to Hell

Hell Week, that is. Otherwise known as Week 36... also known as the week that wouldn't die!

So yeah... 6 topics, then 5 topics and now tonight 6 more topics. I've noticed that ever since Hell Week started, there has been a very distinct pattern of stages. Sort of like the stages of grief in a way.

When the eleventy-billion topics are announced, it sort of looks like this:

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After the initial shock wears off and you realize how much work you have on your plate, it evolves into:

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Then, as you furiously bang away at your keyboard, cursing your muse for abandoning you and watching the clock, knowing that the deadline will soon be upon you, you curse Gary and settle into a stage that looks like this:

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When (if) the rage subsides and you are still furiously banging away at your keyboard, you realize that you have about 20 minutes to squeeze every last drop of creativity out of the increasingly dry sponge of your brain, you move into this territory:

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And finally, when you post everything to your journal, link it to the topic thread and want nothing more than to drink ALL the alcohol and fall down, you feel a little punchy, loopy and you then find yourself rocking in the corner with a blanket over your head having a deep philosophical conversation with your cat. That stage looks sort of like this:

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Then the next eleventy-billion topics are posted and the vicious cycle repeats itself all over again.

And the really funny thing? We do this to ourselves!!!!

But this crazy, out of control freakery is why I love this game so much. I am just a sick, masochistic bastard apparently.
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2012-08-02 06:57 pm

Topic 36B (E): One Way or the Other

And here we are, still in the middle of Hell Week... it sure is living up to its name!

Here is the fifth and final of my five entries for the week. As always, may the Idol gods be kind and generous...



One Way or the Other... )






This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36B: Artifice. Thank you guys so freaking much for keeping me in the game this long. I have no idea what to expect this week so I guess you'll find out right along with me! Thank you SO much for your support over these crazy months!!!
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2012-08-02 06:56 pm

Topic 36B (D): Mental Health Day

And here we are, still in the middle of Hell Week... it sure is living up to its name!

Here is the fourth of my five entries for the week. As always, may the Idol gods be kind and generous...

I NEED ONE! )


This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36B: Artifice. Thank you guys so freaking much for keeping me in the game this long. I have no idea what to expect this week so I guess you'll find out right along with me! Thank you SO much for your support over these crazy months!!!
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2012-08-02 06:54 pm

Topic 36B (C): Visiting Hours

And here we are, still in the middle of Hell Week... it sure is living up to its name!

Here is the third of my five entries for the week. As always, may the Idol gods be kind and generous...


Visiting Hours )





This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36B: Artifice. Thank you guys so freaking much for keeping me in the game this long. I have no idea what to expect this week so I guess you'll find out right along with me! Thank you SO much for your support over these crazy months!!!
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2012-08-02 06:52 pm

Topic 36B (B): Hold Your Tongue

And here we are, still in the middle of Hell Week... it sure is living up to its name!

Here is the second of my five entries for the week. As always, may the Idol gods be kind and generous...

One Bad Night )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36B: Artifice. Thank you guys so freaking much for keeping me in the game this long. I have no idea what to expect this week so I guess you'll find out right along with me! Thank you SO much for your support over these crazy months!!!