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Saturday, April 18th, 2015
7:16 am - You Know You Live in Hooterville When...
...A business advertising on the radio describes their location as, "Across from Walmart, where the cows used to be."

current mood: amused

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Friday, February 14th, 2014
5:36 pm - Old Man Winter
This winter has been completely insane, and it's not even over yet. We've already had about three or four significant snowfalls--and by significant, I mean at least four inches, because that's a significant amount here. And one of those is in progress as we speak.

It's also been cold, really cold. I mean, this is the Midwest, and we can have some pretty crazy weather. The thing is, we live in an area that is not too far south, not too far north. It's southern Indiana, just about where north becomes south really. We routinely have winter temperatures that stay right around freezing for most of the season. It's pretty rare for us to have temps below zero for more than a day or two at a time, but this year we've had temps that stayed below zero for weeks. That is unusual for this area, to say the least.

I think the last time we had this much snow in a single season, if I remember right, was back when I was in junior high. That's between fourteen and sixteen years ago. And that time it was all bunched up right around the last half of December, not stretched out over several months like it is now. We missed so much school that December, we were out for the last two weeks of the semester and they ended up cancelling finals.

It's too bad college campuses aren't nearly that ready to cancel classes, because I live about twenty miles from campus and the weather has been making it hard for me to get there--I mean, the snow would be one thing, but we've been having ice with it as well, and my car doesn't handle very well under those conditions. I'm just lucky my instructors seem to be fairly reasonable about that kind of thing.

In other news, a lot has happened since the last time I posted. I'm not going to go into it here, but I'm hoping to make an all-encompassing update post soon, which is going to be epic I'm sure.

current mood: blah

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Monday, September 30th, 2013
3:43 am - Hit and Run
So, just the other day, I was the victim of a Hit and Run.

I was at Wendy's, sitting in the drive-thru, minding my own business. The elderly lady driving a black SUV-or-minivan in line in front of me apparently decided she didn't want to wait in line any more.

She threw that thing into reverse like nobody's business and backed up so fast I didn't even have time to react. Why she was suddenly in such a hurry, I have no idea. There was a very loud crunch as her left rear bumper connected with my left front bumper. The whole car shook.

My mouth dropped open. I was stunned.

The lady leaned out of her window and looked right at me. "Sorry," she calls, "I didn't see you there."

And then, she drove off.

I continued to sit there with my mouth hanging open. Eventually, I put the car in park and got out to survey the damage, motioning for the woman who had just pulled up behind me to go around me.

As she did so, she leaned out the window to see what was wrong. I told her an old lady just backed into me and then left. "Oh my god, are you serious? That's unbelievable," she said.

Here's the deal--I've been involved in a few minor accidents like this one. In most cases, they were my fault. Did I run away from the scene? NO. That's something that's been ingrained in me since I first started driving: you never leave the scene of an accident.

I would never do that to someone. If the accident was your fault, own up to it. If you're in a hurry, and the owner of the other car isn't around, at the very least leave a note with your phone number on it, so they can contact you about insurance stuff.

I know I should have gotten her license plate number, but I was so shocked I couldn't even read the damn thing, even though I was staring right at it as she drove away. It looked like a Florida plate starting with "A," but that's all I got.

The one thing I guess I can be smug about is that her car had more damage, from what I could see as she fled the scene--my front bumper has a couple new tiny cracks in it, but the back of her car has a baseball-sized dent in it.

So, basically, I'm almost certainly never going to find out who that lady was, and why she thought it was totally okay to hit me and then leave. Why would you do that to somebody? What kind of crappy human being are you?

Yeah, I'm a little pissed off about this.

current mood: annoyed

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
11:15 pm - Thoughts on Current Criminal Justice-Type Stuff
Part One: George Zimmerman won't be charged after alleged domestic incident

If I had just been acquitted of murdering a teenager, I would be doing everything in my power to stay under the radar and draw as little attention to myself as possible. Some people, however, apparently feel differently.

Seriously--go away, George. Just go. I don't know if you're incredibly arrogant or incredibly stupid. Maybe both. Either way, you need to go away.

Part Two: Jordan Linn Graham, Mont. newlywed wife, charged with pushing husband to his death from cliff

If I was having doubts about my marriage, and I was going to talk to my husband, and I was concerned that something untoward might happen, would I decide to have this conversation in a secluded place directly adjacent to a cliff? Brilliantly conceived cover story, that one.

current mood: cynical

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013
8:42 am - KIA: Remember that girl you didn't notice in high school?

I was that girl you didn't notice in high school.

current mood: exhausted

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013
10:10 pm - The Long Night is Over
And by "long night," I mean the roughly two months I spent without access to a real computer.

Last week, my new PC arrived, and let me tell you, this thing is a beast. It's got at least twice the amount of RAM of any other computer I've ever owned, a top-rate dedicated video card (which I've never had), and it's about ten times faster than my last computer (although granted, considering my last computer was eight years old, that may not be saying much).

I'm not just happy to have a computer again, and a computer that actually works. I am giddy. As a self-ascribed "snarky bitch," there's not much that can make me this happy, but this thing does it. I was actually jumping up and down with glee the day it arrived.

Yes, I will be the first one to make a "you may be a nerd if..." joke.

I still need to get a new printer, and I'm probably going to have to buy new speakers--I was going to use the speakers from my old computer, but the left one stopped working (I think there's a wire broken somewhere), so at the moment I'm using a pair of speakers from my brother's old computer which are probably just as old (at least eight years by my count). I'm weighing out whether it's worth it to shell out for a pair of Bose speakers I found at Best Buy that were around a hundred bucks (considering you can get speakers for about fourteen bucks, that's a lot of money).

Also, I feel like I should say that I bought a new monitor to go with the new computer. My old one still works but some of the pixels in it have gone out so it looks like there's a dead gnat perpetually smooshed on it. It also has an after-image of the UI from an MMO I used to play ad nauseum burned into it, which is how you can tell you've played a game way too much. I bought the smallest monitor I could find (seriously, twenty-one inches is all well and good, but screens that big hurt my eyes), which is the same size as my old one at seventeen inches. For the record, I've gotten used to using a laptop, so seventeen inches seems HUGE to me.

I'm using Windows 8 on this thing, which I've never used before. So, I'm still kind of testing it out, but it seems fairly easy to use so far, and I'm not sure why people don't like it. I will say, it's very different from what I'm used to--my last computer only had Windows XP. But as I said, no problems so far, although I did initially have a little trouble finding the "shut down" button. You better believe any problems will be listed in detail on here whether people want to hear about them or not. Stay tuned.

current mood: giddy

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Sunday, July 7th, 2013
7-6-13 029

current mood: amused

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
10:07 am - Yet More Misogynist Crap to Piss Me Off
But He Didn't Know He Was Hijacking Your Ship: On Conference Creeps

A SFF writer talks about sexual harrassment she has experienced at conventions. This post is even more disturbing than the one I linked to some time ago by Ann Aguirre.

My thoughts on the kind of situation she describes are as follows: I like my personal space. I do not like to be touched. I have a hard time hugging my own grandfather because interpersonal contact like that makes me uncomfortable. Therefore, any strange man, regardless of how famous, who approaches me and attempts to touch me in any way other than a friendly professional handshake is likely to be pepper-sprayed in the face. And possibly kicked in the balls. The most polite thing I could say to such a person in that situation would be, "Get the hell away from me, you sick fuck."

Ms. Headley is a nice person. I am not nice. Anyone who wants to harrass me should keep that in mind. That is all.

current mood: angry

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Friday, June 28th, 2013
4:17 am - Summer Goals
So, there are a few things I'd like to get done by the end of the summer, and I figured I might as well write them down here as a reminder to myself, and so that I can look back at it come August and smack myself in the head for not succeeding.

1. Finish my book. I'm writing a fantasy novel, and I've been working on it for years. My New Year's Resolution has been to finish it for about three years now. But, the end is finally in sight, I'm almost to the climax, and finishing it by the end of the summer now looks to be actually doable.

2. Buy a new computer. There are two I'm looking at--both specifically for gaming because that's what I need for school--one an Alienware and the other a CyberpowerPC; the latter is more powerful, but slightly more expensive. However, it would also be easier to get, as I would only need to drive to Terre Haute (or just get it shipped to my house) whereas the other is non-shippable and would require a drive to Louisville, Kentucky. I'm waiting to get some advice from a couple people before I decide which one to get.

3. Read a lot. I have a large stack of books I'd like to read before the end of summer. I'm not going to list them here, but I might in a later post.

4. Learn to ride a bike. My parents bought me a bicycle for Christmas one year when I was a kid. It turned out to be a complete waste of money. I was so terrified of falling over that I never learned to ride. And I'm always a little embarrassed to admit that I can't ride a bike. But considering there's a real possibility I could end up living in a big city some day, and in the interest of being "green," I'm planning on borrowing my mom's old bike and attempting to learn to ride at last.

5. Go swimming. Doesn't matter where, when, for how long, and how many times, I just want to get in the water, dammit! Actually, there is one place I won't go--I recently learned that we can in fact get alligator snapping turtles around here, which is yet another reason for me not to want to go swimming in fresh water. Incidentally, I think the turtle I rescued a few weeks ago was a small Common Snapping Turtle (I say small because it was about eight inches long and they can get up to nearly twenty inches) but I haven't been able to verify this. Snappers seem to be the only turtles native to the US with long ridged tails, which this turtle had, but it didn't fit the description exactly, so I'm still a little confused.

So, anyway, those are my goals, as they now stand. Number 2 is probably the most likely to come to fruition, mainly because I really need a computer. Whether I meet the others, well, we'll see.

current mood: tired

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
4:00 am - Some Good News and Some Weird News
So, the good news is not all lettuce makes me sick. The weird news is that the lettuce at Subway does. I don't know if it's because it's been sitting out for too long, or if they put some kind of preservative in it to keep it fresh, but something about it literally makes me sick.

So, heads up, if you eat at Subway, DON'T get the lettuce.

In other news, if anybody who works at Taco Bell is reading this, one complaint about the Cheesy Gordita Crunch: not enough cheese between the taco shell and the gordita thing. Seriously, if you're going to put "cheesy" in the name of a food item, there had better be a crapload of cheese on it. You need to work on this. That is all.

current mood: sleepy

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Friday, June 14th, 2013
5:24 am - Misogyny Rears its Ugly Head
I've been planning this post for several days--it has to do with a subject that is very important to me, so I needed to let my thoughts on it percolate for a bit before I set them down. I also needed time to allow my rage to subside, so I didn't do or say anything I'd regret.

Cue the Rage...Collapse )

current mood: accomplished

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Sunday, June 9th, 2013
4:27 pm - Going Local
The largest town relatively near where I live is a little place called Vincennes, Indiana. It claims to be a city, but I must respectfully disagree with that assessment. It is, however, the most interesting place within fifty miles of my house, although granted in southern Indiana that's not saying much.

It is the home of "Indiana's First College," Vincennes University, which according to signs you'll find around campus was founded in 1801, which is fifteen years before Indiana became a state.

It's also home to the George Rogers Clark National Memorial Park, as well as Grouseland, the home of former US president William Henry Harrison, whose claim to fame is being the president with the shortest term in office, only a month before he died of pneumonia. George Rogers Clark has a slightly more venerable history, as a Revolutionary War hero and older brother of the Clark half of Lewis and Clark. He's one of those people grade school kids statewide are forced to study exhaustively in their State History classes. I've been to his memorial once, on a school field trip many moons ago, although I've driven past it numerous times.

As far as more recent history, Vincennes is the hometown of comedian Red Skelton.

Vincennes also has the distinction of being the only town within fifty miles with a JC Penny and a Dairy Queen.

All that aside, I think my favorite detail about Vincennes is that you can take a wrong turn and end up in Illinois. That's happened to me twice now.

Back in the day, Vincennes was a frontier town, and it still has this feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. It's located somewhere between Terre Haute, an actual city although not a big one, and Evansville, also an actual city and considerably bigger. Both of these cities, however, are at least an hour away.

Yeah, for someone who lived in Indianapolis for six years and prefers large cities to country life, it's not much, but when you live in the Butt Crack of Nowhere you take what you can get.

FUN TRIVIA: Terre Haute is the only city that's destroyed at the end of Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. Also, I was born there.

current mood: contemplative

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
2:48 pm - In Mixological News...
Cheap Cherry-flavored Vodka tastes much less nasty when mixed with orange juice.

current mood: thirsty

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Monday, June 3rd, 2013
1:10 am - I Just Wanted A Sno-Cone!
So, Friday evening I drove into town to get a shaved ice, which I have been craving like crazy lately for some reason.

Somewhere between the Mexican restaurant and the ice cream place, I noticed something moving on the side of the road, and as I passed it, I realized it was a rather large turtle.

"Whoa, turtle!" I exclaimed to myself.

Within the next few seconds, it occurred to me that if I did nothing that turtle was going to get squished; I wrestled with myself, knowing if I tried to rescue the turtle there was a possibility I would get squished; furthermore, I'd only planned on being gone from home for about fifteen minutes because there was a load of towels in the washing machine.

The RescueCollapse )

current mood: artistic

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
8:31 pm - Hung Jury!
It was just announced, the jury has failed to reach a verdict as to what Jodi Arias's penalty should be. That is, they can't decide whether to give her the death penalty or life in prison.

Seems like everybody is upset about this, except maybe Jodi Arias.

I'm a little surprised--I didn't think they'd give her the death penalty, but I thought they'd come to some decision one way or the other.

So, as per Arizona law, this jury will now be dismissed and another will be brought in, and it will be their job to decide what the penalty will be.

So the next development in this case isn't going to come until July. And so, yet again, more waiting. -_-

current mood: tired

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1:12 pm - Missing Cows and the Death of Gigantor
If it seems like I'm posting a lot of pictures lately, it's because I only recently had all the photos on my camera downloaded to a flashdrive, thus allowing me to post them in the absense of a GSB cable.

Dude, Where's My Cow?Collapse )

And now, for something entirely different:

The Death of a GiantCollapse )

If you look at my location, you will see that I am still in the Fortress of Moderate Crazy. Eventually, this may change and I may find myself in the Fortress of Raging Insanity.

current mood: accomplished

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Saturday, May 18th, 2013
1:54 pm - I Think the Drought is Over...
I took these pictures a couple weeks ago, after we'd had a fair amount of rain.

And it rained for forty days and forty nights...Collapse )

current mood: bored

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4:38 am - And In Today's Gastrointestinal News...
Lettuce has now been added to the list of "Stuff I Probably Shouldn't Eat."

As a lifelong lover of salad, this makes me sad.

current mood: blah

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Friday, May 17th, 2013
5:14 am - Bombing Suspect Finally Buried
So, I'm a few days late with this, but I just remembered I meant to say something about this.

I'd heard that the family of the Tsarnaev brothers, the Boston Marathon Bombers, were having a difficult time finding somewhere to bury the older brother, the one who was killed in a shootout with police, because no American cemetery wanted a terrorist buried on their grounds.

My initial reaction to hearing this was something along the lines of, "For the love of God, just let them bury him!" I mean, seriously, the kid is dead. He's beyond all this now. The only people being hurt now are his family members, who are just as much victims of their sons'/nephews'/grandsons'/whatevers' actions as anyone else. They deserve closure, too.

But, anyway, I heard they finally found a place to bury him, and I'm glad, for the sake of his family. This must be a terrible situation for them, too, and nobody deserves this kind of pain.

current mood: relieved

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Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
11:42 am - Cold Turkey
If anyone ever tells you computer game addiction is not a real addiction, do not believe them. I'm going stir crazy here.

In other news, is it bad that my reaction to OJ Simpson trying to get out of prison is to point and laugh?

current mood: cranky

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