Writer's Block: Open book test

Based on the books on your bookshelf, what conclusions would people draw about you?

That I need several more bookshelves.

My bookshelves at home are currently rocking the double layer (OMG double layer all the way!) look of books lined up and pushed back so that another stack of books can fit in front.

We're completely screwed in an earthquake. Seriously.

I need a personal library. Maybe hire a librarian.

Writer's Block: Favorite Music Video of All Time

What's your favorite music video of all time?

Take on Me by A-Ha

I was really little when this came out and it blew me away!

Although all told, this is a really hard question, because there's a lot of really cool videos spanning over the past 20 years.

It's still one of the most imaginative videos though.

Writer's Block: Fight or flight

Have you ever struck someone in a fit of anger or self-defense? If so, did you live to regret it?

Have I? Yep.
Out of anger.
Knee to the junk. Several fist blows to the arm.
Because he deserved it.

The story: April Fool Joke - Meet my friend. We'll call him Jerry. He got in a fight with my twin sis the day before April 1st. Then had some friend call all his friends to tell them that she was his Mom and that he had killed himself. We were all sad... but my sis was devastated. She thought it was her fault. Was a v bad day.

He showed up the next morning to walk us to school... and subsequently learned that you simply don't fuck with my sis like that.

I feigned a hug, which got me close enough to do the knee. Then I followed up with some hard punches to his arm.

Regret it? Nope.

Writer's Block: Bone appetit!

If your pet were arranging a dinner party, who do you think they would invite and what would they serve?

Wait... What?

I think this wins as the silliest writer's block I've seen in a while.

I think my turtles, who I believe are both girl turtles, would invite boy turtles... And serve whatever boy turtles like to eat... I guess... There may be some transportation and food preparation issues that they may require some assistance with, and some communication boundaries. I'm not even sure what their type would be. I'll eavesdrop next time they're checking out their turtle personal ads.

Writer's Block: Too scary!!

Was there something you were afraid of as a child that just seems silly to you now?


When I was little, I was terrified of volcanoes, and always imagined my home and family being swallowed up by a lava flow. Also, somehow my child brain associated the sounds from the nearby trains as sounds of volcanoes erupting nearby in the middle of the night and would be afraid of how I slept on the bed, which direction to face my body, because I wasn't sure if it was better for my head or for my feet to be hit by the hot lava first.

On the other hand, earthquakes fascinated me, and I loved the excitement that they brought. Not sure why I didn't think that an earthquake was pretty much guaranteed to happen before any hint of random volcano erupting in California, and a sure warning sign, but there ya go.

Kids are weird.


Twitter is currently deaded, and I had some time to make an update, and realized that WOW, I've been reading LJ, but not really updating it.

Yeah yeah, I always say that. I post about not posting and then go back to not posting.

Been working lots. Seriously. Lots. I don't even know where September went.
Been buying too many books.
At least I'm getting some reading done and have a reading list.
Been to some cool Halloweeen stuff. Knotts was really fun, not busy at all, no lines for anything. First Sunday of Knots FTMFW!
SoCon (LARP convention in Ontario) was fun. Almost lost a character. Caught up with some people I haven't seen in a while.
Saw The Invention of Lying, we really got a kick out of that. Fun little film, different and clever.

Excited about upcoming events:
  • Many Halloween themed events, Universal on Sunday, and a few other haunted houses/mazes throughout the month
  • Wedding to attend on Halloween (still trying to figure out what to wear)
  • Surprise day off Monday (forgot there was a holiday coming up that my company gets off, Columbus day)
  • Disneyland on Columbus Day
  • Got week of Christmas off, and still have some planning pending for that week but it looks to be eventful.

    Okay, back to work. Today is a going away lunch for a couple people who are leaving the company tomorrow, and lunch is zooming up quickly.
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    Writer's Block: Clock Punching

    What was your first job?

    My first job was one that I shared with my twin sister while in highschool, though technically I was the only one on payroll.
    We would take turns coming into a health food store and sandwich shop to do basic cleaning, and prep some things for the next day like cutting veggies for soup stock, etc.
    We got this job because the owners knew us as we had been coming in with our mom since we were 6.

    Basically, we came in one day to shop and they were like "How would you like an after school job 4 days a week?"
    And we were like "Sure!"
    And they were like "You're hired!"
    And we were like "Both of us?"
    And they were like "Just as long as someone is here, we don't care how you sort it out."
    And we were like "Rad!"
    And they were like "Fabulous! You start Monday!"
    And we were like "Sweet! First job! *highfive!*

    And that's how it happened.

    Writer's Block: And the Apple Goes To

    Who is/was your favorite teacher in school?

    Mr. Schilling, 3rd Grade Teacher

    Mr. Schilling was an unconventional teacher.

    • He didn't have a desk, he had an ironing board and a barstool.
    • He introduced me to Rock Paper Scissors, a popular method of decision making, tie-breaking, etc. in class.
    • If you got 100 percent on mid week spelling test, you got to verbally give the final test. (If more than one got 100%, winner chosen by rock-paper scissors)
    • When verbally giving the rest of the class the test, you did so with a set of plush antlers on your head. You were also exempt from that final test.
    • He would inspire creative writing stories in the weirdest ways. Famous story topics were rat pie (including simulating rat pie by baking chicken pot pies in class, and hiding the packages), cockroaches who stole his razor (he grew out his bear a little and blamed it on roackes), and warts (he had us make clay warts with boars har brush bristles sticking out)
    • Good answers, scores, behavior etc. earned tickets, which were entered into a drawing for prizes. Often just candy and toys and whatnot, but people loved it.
    • He got a new truck, and when leading the class out to recess, we were led to the parking lot to all declair in unison "baaaaadd truck!" (because bad meant cool back then)
    • He introduced me to a lot of music including Santana and Jerry Lee Lewis. Pretty much everything on the Stand By Me soundtrack reminds me of the third grade.
    • We got to grow mold in class.
    • We got to grow meal worms in class.
    • He taught us how to play Go
    • We got ot do some advanced science stuff in the GATE program, including some dissections. I was fascinated.
    • He spoke to us like we were smart and competent. I didn't feel like I was treated like a kid.

    30 minutes, dark chocolate, and LJ

    Hello LJ land!

    It's been a while.

    As I sat here at work, eating one of my dark chocolates from my well visited candy basket on my desk, realizing that a half hour isn't much time for accomplishing any new tasks, but I have not updated LJ for a while aside from writer's block subjects, so here I am. :) Been reading, but not writing so much these days.


    Been a weird week. A great guy and friend who worked for my company since 2000 passed away over the weekend, and work has been moving in a very different pace this week due to that. Overall energy here has been way off this week, and understandably so. Funeral is noon on Friday, and I'm not sure if I will go or not. I'd kinda like to. Logistically it would be difficult, out in Glendale, I already have guys in my group out that day, and this is the 8th person that I've known in the past 2 years who has passed away, so I'm just not sure I'm up for another funeral. He was only 31.

    In other news, been working lots. Been trying to organize my stuff. I have way too much stuff. I have made a few attempts to purge stuff, even brought my sis over to help, so little by little I'm making progress but still, it's a lot of stuff that has taken over my place.

    Gaming: Usual Larps continue, been fun. Finished my D&D campaign not too long ago. Planning on starting Adventure! soon, but haven't even looked at the book yet.

    Currently reading William Shatner's autobiography. Good stuff. Often funny, and very heartfelt. Next is probably going to be the series of new Star Trek novels that Erik's blown through and has really enjoyed. My reading list has grown, and I hadn't been reading for a while, but am getting back into reading regularly now. It helps when I put the blackberry away while riding the bus. :)

    Am currently looking for a desktop computer to be a suitable replacement for mine which is near deaded, life only being prolonged by avoiding use unless needed. Also looking at netbooks, for handy running around use.

    Also, been looking at getting a unicycle and learning how to ride it. Have decided that it would be a nifty hobby to take up, would take some exercise and work to learn, build some skills, and would be easy to take with me onto a bus if needed. Anyone know of a 24" unicycle needing a good home, let me know. :)

    Alrighty, ready to pack it up and head on out. Talk to ya folks later!
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