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Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Subject:Bold what you have.
Time:11:15 am.
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Subject:Senior Meme
Time:12:27 am.
Meme (stolen from vonpookie)

Fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school!
The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!!

1. Did you date someone from your school? Yes. Never dated anyone in school for more than two weeks though.

2. Did you marry someone from your high school? No.

3. Did you car pool to school? Occasionally.

4. What kind of car did you have? Started with a 1986 Chevy Cavalier. Ended with a 1983 Pontiac J2000.

5. What kind of car do you have now? 2008 Scion XB

6. It's Friday night...where are you? (then) Work.

7. It is Friday night...where are you? (now) Home with the wife. Friday is too busy to go out to the places we like to go out to. We go out Thursday or Sunday nights instead. :)

8. What kind of job did you have in high school? Grocery clerk.

9. What kind of job do you do now? Computer/Server maintenance and troubleshooting for a communications company.

10. Were you a party animal? You would have thought so considering the hours I kept and how little I slept... but no. Lots of work and hanging out in various living rooms.

11. Were you considered a flirt? I'm told I was, but it was unintentional. I was really just clueless.

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? No. I took some music/piano lessons, but nothing in school.

13. Were you a nerd? The real nerds didn't think so, but other people did. I prefer geek anyway.

14. Did you get suspended or expelled? Suspended. Several times. The only reason I was never expelled was because a couple of really nice teachers vouched for me. The one that didn't involve fighting involved a nervous study hall monitor that pegged as a terrorist mastermind that was corrupting kids. Long story. I was innocent in any case.

15. Can you sing the fight song? I know one existed, but I never learned it. In fact, only a few cheerleaders and teachers knew it at all. I still remember the one for my grade school though, believe it or not.

16. Who was/were your favourite teacher? Mrs. Curry. She kept me from getting expelled once, and was a really interesting teacher besides. I had her for three different classes throughout the years. Next favorite was a history/econ teacher that recruited me for academic decathalon because I skipped most of his classes and aced the tests.

17. Where did you sit during lunch? Alternated between gas station pizza and Taco Bell.

18. What was your school's full name? Sun Prairie High School.

19. When did you graduate? 1997

20. What was your school mascot? A "Fighting" Cardinal.

21. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Eeeeh... I'd be more likely to relive High School than grade school or Middle School.

22. Did you have fun at Prom? No... I skipped prom and worked extra hours at the grocery store. I was never dating anyone near prom time anyway.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? Fuck you and your prom-centric ways. I didn't go to homecoming either.

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? If they have one, sure. It would be great to see some of those people again. I have no idea if they'll have another though... I haven't heard good things about that.

25. Do you still talk to people from school? A couple of them. I'm still good friends with one person I went to school with, and occasionally see a few others.
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Friday, November 7th, 2008

Subject:maps redux
Time:11:18 pm.

visited 22 states (44%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or determine the next president

I think maybe one more state than last time... but I cant find last time so here we go.
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Friday, September 19th, 2008

Subject:Picture meme
Time:11:29 pm.
take a picture of yourself right now. don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture. post that picture with NO editing. post these instructions with your picture.

Filedorm free image and video host
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Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Subject:I always forget to put things here
Time:11:03 pm.
It must default to using friends names when you don't have any interests of note.

I'm posting it anyway. Thanks to all that I stole this from.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Clme sent to me...
Twelve zornogs drumming
Eleven staringgoldfishs piping
Ten thejeers a-leaping
Nine lamfears dancing
Eight jimbojones a-milking
Seven mightymonjus a-swimming
Six dlacks a-laying
Five one-e-e-etinsloths
Four abitmentals
Three mittens_of_dooms
Two eldritch_cranks
...and a penismightier in a pear tree.
Get your own Twelve Days:
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Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

Time:5:03 am.
Finished. Sat down and spent about eleven hours reading it.

Now I can come back on the internet and stop avoiding the places I've been avoiding the last few days. (It was the only way to avoid spoilers once the advance copies were leaked.

Whats that you say? Everyone else is busy reading it too?

Well damn. At least tomorrow it will be interesting to read half the worlds opinions on the book without having to worry about spoilers.
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Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Time:2:48 am.
So its 3am on my birthday and I'm sitting here contemplating bellybutton lint instead of sleeping. I'm predicting that I will probably have a late night this evening, so this isn't good.

Truth be told I haven't had a full nights sleep in two weeks. Although thats not abnormal for me, the sleep I have been getting has not been very restful. Five hours of sleep feels like two.

So, much like any problem the first order of business is how to divide the blame. At first I tried to blame the arthritis in my elbows and knees, but its not that much worse than normal and I've been dealing with it since I was 17 (thank you Lyme disease). Next on my complaint list was allergies... but the allergies come and go, even if they have been bad the last couple days. Anxiety about the new job and money is definitely higher than normal, but that doesn't cover this span of time either. Meh. Probably all of the above.

In the end though the blame always comes back to the lawn gnomes... you just cant trust people that wear pointy hats. They did remove the thorn from that foxes paw though so they cant be all bad. Of course, the fox immediately went and terrorized the faeries in the back yard and now they wont milk the aphids for their faerie syrup. I wonder what color faerie syrup tastes like? I bet it tastes better than bellybutton lint. I bet the dryer would know. I should ask it. Be right back.
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Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Subject:A year ago I gave up working on cars. Now I've given up buying used cars.
Time:4:13 am.
So I took a new position a few weeks ago. I start it in an official capacity next week.

Bonuses to new position:
1) 10% payraise.
2) More chances for recognition of the work I've been doing.
3) A (good) boss that I've worked with before.

Negatives of new position:
1) The job is across town, about a 40 minute drive compared to my current 5 minute drive.
2) I lose the company vehicle.
3) I lose overtime and on-call pay (its salary)
4) I may have inadvertently hurt my chances of getting a better position in a month or two.

Because I'm losing the company vehicle I took stock of my current car and realized that I dont trust it. Its a twelve year old Taurus, and after the squirrel-eating-it incident and the fact that Taurus transmissions have failed on me before I decided it was time for a different vehicle. Not much different than what I've done before... except for once I was actually considering a new vehicle.

Providing of course it met basic requirements like good reviews, reliability ratings, and mileage. I didn't need another 22mpg or worse gas guzzler after all. I also didn't need another 35mpg car that didn't start.

I test-drove a few cars before I made a decision. The Toyota Corolla (I've always liked corollas). The Saturn Ion (I like some versions of this). The Scion xB (My uncle has one and it was fun to drive and looked unique). I even looked at a few used options that were at least less than 5 years old :)

I bought the Scion xB for 16,500. They gave me $1000 trade-in for my 96 Taurus and I gave them a $1500 down payment. Apparently the Taurus only got that much because I had new snow tires on it and the appraiser figured he could turn that into a profit.

Its really amazing what this thing comes with standard. A 6CD changer, A/C, power mirrors/windows/locks, keyless entry, stability system, side curtain airbags, etc. I got the stickshift (better mileage and cheaper) and the only 'option' I bought was the floormats.

I like it. I like it a lot.
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Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Subject:OMG I wasn't driving and my car got eaten by a squirrel and WHEEEEEEE!
Time:7:40 am.
I tend to only drive my car about three times a week anymore, since I make use of a vehicle my company provides for me for any work-related travel. Because of this, I have taken to parking the work truck in my garage, and leaving my car out on the street or in the driveway. This isn't because I want to protect the work truck, but rather because I dont like scraping my windows and waiting for the truck to warm up every winter morning. Besides, my car is ten years old, so its not like I'd be completely heartbroken if it got hail or salt damage at this stage.

Well, yesterday I got in the car to go to the store and noticed it was running funny. I didn't fret too much though, and figured I'd worry about it later. I'm looking at spending about 800 bucks on this car for transmission and maintenance work soon, whats another couple hundred for a MAF sensor or a set of sparkplugs?

Today I get in the car and go off to a christmas party and find that not only is it running a little rough, but now the 'service engine soon' light is flashing at me. Ok. Suddenly I'm fretting. Flashing is bad. Past experience has taught me that flashing normally means something wrong with the ignition system, and typically you're supposed to pull over as soon as possible to avoid damaging the car worse.

But, being me, I dont listen to past experience or 'good advice' and finish my driving and dont look at it until I get back home. Hell, I almost dont look at the damn thing at all, even then!

The reason for this is that after 12 years of having to rebuild and wrestle with every vehicle I've ever owned I dread opening the hood now. Especially since I'm not driving the little GM or Toyota 4 cylinders right now. I'm driving a motherfucking 1996 Ford Taurus (V6) with the engine sitting at some strange fucking angle that makes even changing spark plugs an adventure I am willing to pay someone else for. What makes it even more aggravating is that I can almost afford to have other people work on my car (a novelty I didn't use to have) so I really have to argue with myself before I open the hood and look.

I didn't have this much dread when I was riding around in borrowed cars while trying to make a $100 Pontiac 6000 work by zip-tying a radiator (from a buick) and choke cable (from a lawn mower) into it.

Well anyway, my personal psychoses aside, I opened the hood while the engine was running and started to look for signs of bad plug wires (but there was no arcing) or water in a distributor cap (...and there were electronic coils instead of a rotor). Well, I'm still hung up on it being an ignition problem so I start considering ways to get at the back 3 spark plugs without hurting myself and even start to wonder if I can check the readings from the cam sensor with a multimeter.

Thats when I notice that a few of the visible wires dont look right.

In fact, as soon as I start to look at the wiring closely, I notice that an awful lot of wiring is just plain missing. (as in not there!)

More specifically, the wires for two of the fuel injectors seems to have gone away completely, and an awful lot of other wires show teeth marks, missing insulation, or signs of various other rodent related damage.

Great. Suddenly the cost of having the car fixed has skyrocketed to the point where it would behoove me to do the work myself. Of course, I dont have a replacement wiring harness available, or the correct color-coded wires, but I'm sure I can make something work with the supplies I have on hand. (a blowtorch, a bunch of automotive wire, and some heat-shrink tubing). My only hope is that the fuel injectors have enough wire left on them for me to connect to. :-(

Fucking squirrels. In the country I can park my car in a field for a week and not get anything worse than a bees nest in the grille and mice in my air filter. Living in the goddamned city I get my car eaten by rodents if I dont drive it every day.

What response do I get when I tell this story to others? "Thats what you get for not using your garage for your car". Right. I haven't HAD a garage for the last 12 years, but as soon as I have one I'm supposed to expect my car to start getting gnawed on like stale peanut butter unless I lock it up.
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Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Subject:How the heck do you fail this test?
Time:7:32 pm.
Not a very comprehensive test. I think I prefer the old 'purity' test, even if it did take 3 hours to complete. :-)

Stolen from Dave:

<td align="center">You have a sexual IQ of 152

When it comes to sex, you are a super genius. You have had a lot of experience, and sex interests you so you know a lot about it. You pride yourself on being a source of information and guidance to all of your friends.

Take this quiz at QuizUniverse.com</td>
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Time:7:25 pm.

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to Clme.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:

(Stolen from vonpookie)
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Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Subject:Was that a bustle in my hedgerow?
Time:6:53 pm.
Stolen from various sources.

The LJ stalker meme (heavily modified).
You'd have to know me outside of LJ to get all of these, but take a shot at it anyway :)

(1 Point) My first name:

(2 Points) My last name:

(10 Points) Take a stab at my middle name (partial credit possible):

(3 Points) Who was my first celeb-crush:

(2 Points) Do I have any children:

(2 Points) What work do I do:

(3 Points) What am I afraid of:

(3 Points) Do I smoke:

(2 Points) Do I drink:

(2 Points) Do I have any siblings:

(1 Point) Do I like 'em:

(4 Points) What's one of my favorite things to do:

(1 Points) How many tattoos do I have:

(3 Points) What's my favorite type of music:

(2 Points) What's my favorite TV show:

(2 Points) Who is my favorite band/artist:

(4 Points) Am I shy or outgoing:

(3 Points) Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules:

(2 Points) What’s my favourite colour:

(3 Points) Name something I hate:

(4 Points) Name a talent I have:

(4 Points) Do I have any pets:

(3 points for each correct answer): If so, can you name them?

(2 Points) Who am I dating right now:

(1 Point) What did I study in college:

(4 Points) Name one of the programs I took in college:

(5 Points) What is my worst habit:

(5 Points on creativeness) If I were stranded on a desert island, what would I bring:

(5 Points on creativeness) Who is my favourite philosopher?

(3 Points for each correct answer) Who on my friends list have I slept with?

Comments are screened, so dont worry about 'USAR TEH COED NAME' etiquette. Scores will be posted.

Dave: 55 points.
Jimbo: 66 points.
abitmental: 78 points.
eldritch_crank: 79 points.
Staring Goldfish: 64 points.
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Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Time:11:03 pm.

LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Other variations of my name turned up 43 people. I must now hunt them all down and kill them.
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Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Subject:A goodbye to a car.
Time:1:13 am.
I sold one of my cars today. The 1992 Ford Taurus that I have driven through about 15 different states over the last 4 years.

I bought it at a garage sale in 2002 for $2000 and used it as my 'good' car for quite some time. It went on numerous trips to Indiana and Kentucky, a road trip to Oklahoma, way too many trips to Minnesota, visits to friends in Missouri, and several short vacations in other states as well. I've lived in this car for several days at a time, napping at rest stops and starting it up every hour to warm my feet back up. My dog has thrown up in this car, bled in this car, shed enough hair to equal her own body weight in this car, and rubbed her nose on the windows in this car many times. I put about 60,000 miles on it in 4 years even though I didn't drive it to work and have always had more than one car.

What finally prompted me to sell this thing?
Three weeks ago I came home from work and noticed that one corner of this car was practically sitting on the ground. Further examination showed that the strut spring had broken, and any attempt to move the car would result in a piece of the broken spring piercing the tire.

I dont do strut work. I hate springs. HATE springs. I hate springs even more than exhaust work (and I'm damn tired of exhaust work too). I always think of the time it takes for me to do the work compared to how much I save buying discount parts and installing them myself. Its actually cheaper for me to have other people do things like oil changes and minor exhaust work on my cars since I figure that my time is worth about $23/hour.

Anyway, I digress. After some deft maneuvering with my dremel (and four cutting disks) I finally removed the spring completely and inched the car to a garage a friend of the family owns. Just last November I had the rear struts replaced, and I was expecting the price to be about the same for this set ($500).

Well... throw in some other worn out front suspension/steering parts, an alignment, and parts for the front end being a bit more expensive than I had anticipated and it ended up costing me over $900 even with labor discounts and coupons.

That cost was the last straw. I knew I had to sell it... the problem was that I couldn't sell it with the corner of the car almost resting on the ground.

I think I actually heard my credit card groan under the strain.

I did a blue-book value check on the car and found that it wasn't worth much... I figured I would settle for $1500, which was on the upper end of the blue-book 'private seller' value.

Well... then a friend at work turned out to really need a car. He could afford to pay $1100, and knew I was selling. I thought about it for a few days. Would I say no to a guaranteed sale for the sake of $400 on a 15 year old car? A 15 year old car with 200,000 miles on it? No, no I wouldn't. I sold it to him. He loves it, and I love that his cash will pay off a credit card.

Goodbye Car. I wont miss you as much as some other cars I've lost, but I'll still miss you.
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Friday, September 29th, 2006

Subject:The cats wont leave me alone.
Time:2:00 am.
My girlfriend left today to spend a week and a half in South Carolina training some people how to do whatever it is she does. Hopefully she doesn't meet up with Jim while she's down there ;)

Anyway, this trip has left me alone at home. This normally doesn't bother me... it typically takes a few days before the animals get really lonely and I start to get cabin fever. Unfortunately, we have a new kitten that really wants attention, an old cat that is jealous, and a dog that is jealous of both of the cats.

I can deal with this. I know I can deal with this. I have to keep telling myself I can deal with this... But if the meowing and the whining doesn't stop then I'm locking myself out in the garage and they can just battle it out in the house until I've learned a lesson.

The kitten has some special needs too, since it was born tailless (not sure if its a defect or a manx gene). When she adopted it from the humane society they told her it was 3 months old and had just recovered from a prolapsed bowel. When she took it to my vet a week later he told her it was over 6 months old, was still a little sick, and there was a chance that the prolapsed bowel could have been a side effect of some issues the kitten will have forever.

Nothing breaks my heart like a kitten in distress. But I'll tell you what... nothing makes me forget that heartbreak like a kitten that has a leaky asshole. Its been getting better over the last few weeks, definitely. Special food and time have made a heck of an improvement, but there is still some room for improvement. But I am really getting tired of picking up little poop-pellets from the floor around the house.

So, in short: I've got a kitten that looks like a rabbit and leaves two or three rabbit-style poop pellets around the house every day.

I'm glad I have no carpets. Thank goodness for pergo.
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Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Subject:Why do all of these tests come up with different results?
Time:3:22 pm.

-- Personality Disorder Test --
-- Personality Disorder Information --

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Saturday, December 24th, 2005

Time:10:13 pm.
I'm on my way out of the house to go to the movies the other night and my mother pulls me aside before I walk out the door.

"Go stand in the light"
"Are your pants wrinkled?"
"Probably, why?"
"Eh, they're not too bad. You should really iron them though?"
"Dont you want to look good?"

Apparently she has figured out where I've been going every other night for the last two weeks.
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Sunday, October 30th, 2005

Subject:permission granted
Time:7:46 pm.
Well, I went through with it.

Cover the ASS

Now, to see what happens.
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Subject:butt-holes and elbows.
Time:5:27 am.
So... Many, many years ago a man we know as Baldghoti had something to do with a domain named evilproject.org.

What did he have to do with this domain? He collected pictures of womens breasts to post over an especially bad picture of Don Knotts. The whole 'hook' of the project was "cover something ugly with something good". The project sadly was never finished before the domain changed hands in 2002.

This has, however, given me inspiration. Wait for it now. Dont jump to conclusions.

What is your first though when you think of our president, George W. Bush? Do you think of something very specific involving splintery baseball bats and a lot of friction? Then I cant help you. Personally I think "What an ass".

...and that is what I'm considering. A "Make Dubya Look like the ass he is" type thing. It would be an art project of sorts.

I could even arrange it so that if you clicked on an ass it went to a link of the ass-donaters choosing. (image maps are evil, but I'll make this sacrifice in the name of art).

I'm looking for the opinions of some of the folks here. Basically:
1) What are your opinions on this project (does it have merit?)
2) Would you donate an ass?
3) Would asses need 2257 compliant paperwork?
4) I need a better hook than "Make dubya look like an ass"
5) How long until I get sued again?
6) Would the NEA fund this?

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Time:9:54 pm.

You fit in with:

Your ideals mostly resemble those of an Atheist. You have very little faith and you are very focused on intellectual endeavors. You value objective proof over intuition or subjective thoughts. You enjoy talking about ideas and tend to have a lot of in depth conversations with people.

60% scientific.
80% reason-oriented.

Take this quiz
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