Saturday, June 25, 2005

Courses For The Fall

These are the current courses I am enrolled in for Fall '05:


Anyone have any thoughts about these classes or want to let me know if you are taking them?

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Work! The Movie!

So I finally got some temp work. Adecco called me yesterday afternoon and told me that they had a position available. Huzzah! About time I say. Anyway, the job would last two days at Southern Maine Medical Center, upgrading some medication dispensing equipment made by "Pyxis" (definition: a small box used by ancient Greeks to hold medicines.) It wasn't hard, and I enjoyed working with the people there, even though I don't like hospitals in the least.

Oh, and a humorous side note, one of my co-workers was a dark skinned man with the last name "Hussein". Just a little humorous if you ask me. Although I feel bad. It would be like being named Hitler or something--it would suck to be ashamed of your heritage because of one colossal douchebag.

In other news, I go back tommorow, and then I guess its the waiting game again. Although I am keeping very busy, trying not to waste my spare time. For example, I'm voulenteering at Great Falls TV again, writing more, getting more music/organizing my files, editing Sarah's video, trying to learn Adobe After-Effects, and of course, working out some.

I'm going to go Kart-it-up (Play Mario Kart for Gamecube) before I go to bed for the night, so I'll post more later. Adios!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Paying For A War That Ended 107 Years Ago?

If you are tired of paying for a war that ended 107 years ago then you should join the Libertarian Party, the only party trying to lower taxes and decrease the size and scope of the Federal Government.

I was astounded when I read that article. Ridiculous. And for those skeptics who think that this is just a rumor--it's not according to

Job opportunities are starting to work out for me, as I may get a part time job at the north face in Freeport, ME, in order to supplement the lack of temp work now.

In the mean time, I've been just chillin' getting things done.

Holla back y'all.

Friday, June 17, 2005

I am sad. (I actually didn't buy that, but it made me sad to think that someone had paid for a delicious beverage and couldn't drink it.) Posted by Hello

Pizzle & Joe

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This is a silly cartoon I made for no reason. It was made in the style of Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, using photographs that I took with J-Pizzle's Canon Powershot A95 this spring.

Movie Whore?

After seeing this quiz on my friends site, I knew I had to take it.

Are you a movie Whore? (Yes, if you get more than 70)

1. (x) Napoleon Dynamite
2. ( ) Saw
3. ( ) White Noise
4. ( ) White Oleander
5. (X) Anger Management
6. ( ) 50 First Dates
7. ( ) Jason X
8. ( ) Scream
9. ( ) Scream 2
10. ( ) Scream 3
11. (x) Scary Movie
12. (X) Scary Movie 2
13. ( ) Scary Movie 3
14. ( ) American Pie
15. ( ) American Pie 2
16. ( ) American Wedding
17. ( ) Harry Potter
18. ( ) Harry Potter 2
19. ( ) Harry Potter 3
20. ( ) Resident Evil I
21. ( ) Resident Evil 2
22. (x) The Wedding Singer
23. ( ) Little Black Book
24. ( ) The Village
25. ( ) Donnie Darko
26. (X) Lilo & Stitch
27. (X) Finding Nemo
28. ( ) Finding Neverland
29. ( ) 13 Ghosts
30. ( ) Signs
31. (X) The Grinch
32. ( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
33. ( ) White Chicks
34. ( ) Butterfly Effect
35. ( ) Thirteen going on 30
36. (x) I Robot
37. ( ) Dodge ball
38. ( ) Universal Soldier
39. (X) A Series Of Unfortunate Events
40. ( ) Along Came A Spider
41. (x) Deep impact
42. (x) KingPin
43. (x) Never Been Kissed
44. (x) Meet The Parents
45. ( ) Meet The Fockers
46. (X) Eight Crazy Nights
47. ( ) A Cinderella Story
48. (x) The Terminal
49. ( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
50. ( ) Passport to Paris
51. (x) Dumb & Dumber
52. ( ) Dumb & Dumberer
53. ( ) Final Destination
54. ( ) Final Destination 2
55. ( ) Halloween
56. (X) The Ring
57. (X) The Ring 2
58. ( ) Harold & Kumar (white castle)
59. ( ) Practical Magic
60. ( ) Chicago
61. ( ) Ghost Ship
62. ( ) From Hell
63. ( ) Hellboy
64. ( ) Secret Window
65. ( ) I Am Sam
66. ( ) The Whole Nine Yards
67. ( ) The Whole Ten Yards
68. ( ) The Day After Tomorrow
69. ( ) Child's Play
70. ( ) Bride of Chucky
71. (X) Ten Things I Hate About You
72. ( ) Just Married
73. ( ) Gothika
74. ( ) A Nightmare on Elm Street
75. ( ) Sixteen Candles
76. ( ) Bad Boys
77. ( ) Bad Boys 2
78. ( ) Joy Ride
79. ( ) Seven (SE7EN)
80. (x) Oceans Eleven
81. (x)Oceans Twelve
82. ( ) Identity
83. ( ) Lone Star
84. (x) Bedazzled
85. ( ) Predator I
86. ( ) Predator II
87. (x) Independence Day
88. ( ) Cujo
89. ( ) A Bronx Tale
90. ( ) Darkness Falls
91. ( ) Christine
92. (x) ET
93. ( ) Children of the Corn
94. ( ) My Boss's daughter
95. (X) Maid in Manhattan
96. ( ) Frailty
97. ( ) Best bet
98. (X) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
99. ( ) She's All That
100.( ) Calendar Girls
101.( ) Sideways
102.(x) Mars Attacks
103.( ) Event Horizon
104.(X) Ever After
105.(x) Forrest Gump
106.(X) Big Trouble in Little China
107.(x) X-men 1
108.( ) x-men 2
109.( ) Jeepers Creepers
110.( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
111.( ) Catch Me If You Can
112.( ) The Others
113.(X) Freaky Friday
114.( ) Reign of Fire
115.( ) Cruel Intentions
116.(X) Hot Chick
117.( ) Swimfan
118.( ) Miracle
119.( ) Old School
120.( ) Ray
121.( ) The Notebook
122.( ) K-Pax
123.(x) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
124.(x) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
125.(x) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
126.( ) A Walk to Remember
127.( ) Boogeyman
128.(X) Hitch
129.( ) Back Door Sluts 9
130.(x) South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
131.( ) The Fifth Element
132.(x) Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
133.(x) Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
134.(x) Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
135.(x) Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
136.(x) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
137.(x) Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi
138.(X) Troop Beverly Hills
139.( ) Train Spotting
140.( ) People under the stairs
141.( ) Blue Velvet
142.(X) Sound Of Music
143.(x) Parent Trap
144.(x) The Burbs
145.( ) SLC Punk
146.( ) Meet Joe Black
147.( ) Wild girls
148.(x) A Clockwork Orange
149.( ) The Order
150.(x) Spiderman
151.(x) Spiderman 2
152.( ) Amelie
153.( ) Mean Girls
154.(x) Shrek
155.(x) Shrek 2
156.(x) Incredibles
157.( ) Collateral
158.(x) The Fast & The Furious
159.( ) 2 Fast 2 Furious
160.( ) Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow
161.( ) Closer
162.(x) The Sixth Sense
163.(x) Artificial Intelligence
164.( ) Love actually
165.( ) Shutter
166.( ) Ella Enchanted
167.(x) Princess Diaries 1
168.( ) Princess Diaries 2
169.( ) Constantine
170.( ) Million Dollar Baby
171.( ) Life Of David Gale
172.( ) 25th Hour
173.( ) Vanilla Sky
174.(x) Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
175.( ) Boogy Nights
176.(x) Braveheart
177.( ) The Anarchist Cook Book
178.( ) How To Deal
179.(X) What About Bob?
180.(X) Billy madison
181.(X) Happy Gilmore
182.( ) Porkey's 1
183.( ) Porkey's 2
184.( ) Swimming with Sharks
185.(X, X, X) Back To The Future (I, II, & III)

Total: 67 (But I also counted BttF 1-3 which weren't individual responses on the original. Before that the answer would have been 65. I was actually suprised that I was not a movie whore. Then again, there is no science behind this, since I could add so many movies to this that I have seen.


Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Cold and Wet!

No, I didn't wet myself, but it has been in the mid-forties and drizzling for the last two days here in "vacationland".

Tanner and I went to the BMV (Bureau of Motor Vehicles, I guess we're not good enough for a whole department.) and Tanner got his drivers permit (his old one expired, so he had to retake the exam.) It was fun spending an hour at the DMV, and I also found out that it would probably cost around 60 dollars to change the registration on my vehicle from VA to Maine. I still need to find out if the car will pass inspection here in ME, because I heard somewere that Maine doesn't pass vehicles with rust holes in them.... but I find that hard to believe, judging by some of the crappy cars I've seen driving around.

Sarah stopped by, and she jumped on the trampoline and we caught up a little bit. I enjoyed it, and she gave me the script from her clients movie so that I can begin editing it. It should be a lot of fun. I think.

What else? Oh, I saw the season finale of 24 today (Thanks, Danny Z.!) and I loved it. What exciting television. Amazing, even if it was unbelievable at points.

Not much else going on right now.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Things Are Lookin' A Little Better

Well, I still don't have a job, and it's still hot as ever here.

But seriously, I had a good day today because I went to Zak's house. I haven't seen him in a long time, and the other sweet thing is that he has a pool. We all splashed around and then went inside and watched some demos on Zak's computer for new games coming soon. They were all pretty cool, especially this game invented by Will Wright, (creator of the sim games) which is an evolution sim game... it's pretty cool.

Anyway, I went to Shaws and got some chicken nuggets for cheap and ate them for dinner, and they were awesome. I'm probably going back to buy more, since they are sweet, and only 99 cents for like, 25 of them.

I also called some family friends who own concession stands here, and told them that I would be able to work on the weekends if they needed. They called me back and said that they would probably need me almost everyday during august, and they'd be willing to pay me 11 dollars an hour, putting in about 50-60 hours a week! That could be something I want to do, but at the same time, it's hard work, and I don't want to say that I can't do it--but when I did the Lobster Festival for two days, it was so tiring that don't know if I could do it full time like that!

The other thing is that I would probably have to stay away from home, basically camping out for days at a time.... but I guess if that's all I can do, I should do it, since I am here to MAKE MONEY. Not HAVE FUN. But it's kinda fun too, but it's just really tiring.... I'll probably do it.

Who knows. Anyway, I called Adecco today and they said that their is no office work right now, and the only thing she had right now was about a weeks worth of work at the the Hollis, ME Poland Spring plant. It would be 12 dollars an hour, but the shifts would be 12 (twelve) hours long! In addition to the 1.5 hours it would take to drive there each way, it would probably kill me. So I mean, I'd like to do it... but I've not got much experience production lines, and I don't know how much I could help. Of couse, the transportation distance could be solved by staying with Sarah, which I'm sure that she'd do for me.

I dunno, I'm sort of still holding out, since I am still ahead of schedule on the money front right now, (I didn't start working until the very end of June last year, and I already worked for 68 hours for the High School in Harrisonburg.

Well, it's night time, so I'm off to bed. Goodnight!

Saturday, June 11, 2005

The Meter Maid Has It In For Me

I live in Lewiston, ME, a town of on street parking and parking garages. I live in the heart of downtown, where the time limit for free parking is one hour. Either that or I park in a garage for 75 cents an hour. Instead of paying, I move my car to a new space every hour, on the hour, and consequently do not get ticketed.

However, one day I parked at a metered space to go apply for a job with Bonney Staffing. The meter had fifteen minutes on it, and since it only took quarters, not dimes or nickels, I deceided to go in and if nessicery, return to the meter and add a quarter. I noted the time and went in. As I was filling out the form, I noticed that the fifteen minutes was up. So I went back to the car and found a ticket had been placed there.... only about 90 seconds before I had gotten there. In fact, the meter maid was about two cars up, writing another ticket.

I am convinced that due to the sheer coincidence required for her to appear at the precise moment when my meter expired, I believe that she saw my vehicle, which had been skirting her lethal ticket pad for almost a week, and noticed that there were just a few minutes left on the meter, and so therefore, she WAITED for it to expire and then wrote the ticket, which is why it was timed as the same minute I had estimated for the meter to run out.

Anyway, I still haven't found a job, but it's only been one week, and I definately haven't exhausted all of my options yet, so hopefully I will find something to my pay satisfaction soon.

It's Saturday and Tanner's girlfriend Nancy is coming up from Mass. So I'll probably be trying to stay out of their way, so that they have some "alone time". Since Tanner's not going to school with her at University of Maine, Farmington, they don't get to see eachother much anymore.

I saw Phil from GFTV yesterday, and talked with him for about 2 hours, and it was great fun. We've got some stuff in the works for this summer, like doing a three camera truck shoot.

Also, Tanner's family moved their weight lifting machine into the hall, so I am starting to lift weights every day, so hopefully I will be nice and buff. I just started, so hopefully I will be able to keep it up. I'm not doing anything strenuous yet, as I'm still trying to figure out how I can make it work best for me.

I will try harder to update everyday! Later!

Monday, June 06, 2005

I'm In Maine Again. And It's Cold And Rainy

Well, I made it, (it took me a little longer than I expected, but I'm fine)

It was a fun trip, and I had lots of exciting things happen while I was on the road. As I cruised up into West Virginia, I pulled into the WV Welcome center and there was this Boy Scout Troop giving away hotdogs and drinks (sweet tea, tea, coffee, kool-aide, lemonade) so I stopped and chatted with some of the people and found out that it was a fund raiser. "How do you make any money if you are giving this stuff away?" She laughed and said that people were very generous. So I put a dollar in their cup and put a pin in their map of "where were you born?" (I was the first person to put a pin in west of the Mississippi) I was talking to this really nice lady there, and she said something about being born at home with a mid-wife, and I told her that I was born the same way. She and I both think it's really cool.

So then I was on the road again, refreshed from my three cups of Kool-aide and conversation. I pulled off at an exit to get some gas a about a hundred miles later, and it was 2.05 a gallon. This was at a "Turkey Hill" Station in PA, and I went looking for a Wendy’s on that same exit, and I found this really cool Wal-Mart that was situated directly below the end of the runway for their small municipal airport, and since you approach the Wal-mart from up on a hill, you can see the whole runway stretching out, ending in the parking lot!

Anyway, I continued on, and about 5 miles south of Scranton (the approximate middle point of the trip) I encountered some bad traffic, we just stopped and crawled along at stop and go 5mph speeds. It was awful, because I wasn't moving, and I'm probably the only person who'd make a trip that big in summer without A/C. Anyway, I was HOT. For those that don't know, driving a manual transmission in stop and go traffic is really, really tiring. But I was really lucky because the traffic peaked over the hill and I was able to ride the brake slowly down the other side of the mountain with the car in neutral. (My clutch requires A LOT of effort to keep depressed). Anyway, as soon as we passed the accident (it looked like a blowout or something) traffic resumed normality. I was so hot and tired. By this time it was 4pm, and I still hadn't eaten anything since my leftover enchilada and an apple that morning. So I got off and had a Wendy's Double Cheeseburger, and even though the staff was a little slow, the burger was one of the best I'd had in a long time from a fast food chain, hot, juicy and awesome. (No, not as good as Five Guys Burgers & Fries, mom) ;)

I called mom and Tanner to give them a heads up on my status... then I noticed that I had one heck of a road burn. I was lobster red on my left arm (the one I'd been hanging out the window for the last 6 hours) and completely unscathed everywhere else. My mom cleverly suggested that I pull out my long sleeve shirt and just wear the left sleeve to keep it from getting more burned. So I did. It worked, but I think it was already too burned, since it still hurts a lot today.

I pressed forward, changing onto 84 East and motoring along until I so the sign that indicated I would be passing into New York momentarily. My mom's advice rang in my ear. "You better fill up before you get into New York, It's going to be 30 cents more expensive there, you can bet that. So I got of at the last exit before Port Jervis, NY, and got fuel for 2.14 a gallon, and I since I missed the turn to get back on the freeway, I decided to cross the bridge into Port Jervis on the surface roads. It's a nice little town, and I soon got to the next exit, passing the fabled Port Jervis Kentucky Fried Chicken (Home of the overheard line "Is this for here or to go?" "Yes!") and arriving at the onramp.

The definition of irony is "incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs", and sure enough, the first gas station in New York was 1.99 a gallon. A full 0.15 cents CHEAPER. Fortunately, I'd only needed about 3 gallons, so it was only about 45 cents, but still, it made me laugh. Thanks for the advice mom!

In my defense of my mom's advice, about 20 miles into the state the gas was about 2.38, so I guess she was right, but the story still has comedic merit, by gum.

What else happened. Oh! At one point I put my arm out the window and starting pretending like it was an airplane wing, flying it up and down, and the people in front of me all started doing it too! I gave them the thumbs up and they returned it. It was a fun little experience in a tiring day.

I decided to drive until it was dark, and then stop, because I hate night driving, my eyes get very tired. So I drove until I had just exited the Mass pike (I-90) heading north on I-495, and I had committed to get off at the first exit and get dinner. The first exit said "Framingham", which happened to be the home of Danny Z, my friend from Emerson and fellow Master Control lackey. (Well, he's the head lackey, but he's still a lackey) Anyway, I called him and we met up at Friendly's Restaurant (A big chain in New England for all you southerners.) and we ate and talked, and then we went back to his house for a little bit to get my coat that he had picked up for me after I left it in the Emerson Cutler-Majestic Theater. We watched the newest episode of Family Guy and he burned me a DVD of the season finale of 24, which I missed.

I thanked him and went on my way, and my body wasn't that tired, but my eyes were really tired, so my stops became even more frequent, resting them for a few minutes then going on. It started raining when I got past Saco Maine, and I had to slow down. I pulled into the travel plaza right before the Gray tollbooth (Oh, by the way, the tolls are now 1.75 at the Maine boarder, and 1.25 in Gray, I think it used to be one and one, but I'm not sure) and called Tanner telling him when I was expecting to come in. I got out of the car and ran through the rain and into the building, used the bathroom, looked around and then ran back to the car.

To my defense I didn't cry, but I wasn't happy. I punched the car and put my head down on the wet metal roof as both my keys and my phone sat uselessly inside.

I tried to use the payphone to call my mom an get our AAA number, but I couldn't get the darned thing to work, and I was tired and frustrated. Then while I was fiddling with the phone, one of the service station attendants came up behind me and said "are you locked out?" I nodded and told him what I was doing and he offered to help, and see about digging up some "Slim Jims" as those lock picking thin metal things are called. And we went out, each with a slim jim, and started working on the door.

I'm kinda proud to say that I opened the door before he did, but he wasn't being as rough with it as I was, probably a comfort thing, since it wasn't his vehicle. I thanked him profusely for his help, shook his hand and he walked off. I sat with my head on the wheel and uttered a prayer of thanks and asked that he be blessed for helping me, and continued to Lewiston. I arrived without further event.

Now I've got some sleep to catch up on, a job to procure and a car to move every hour!

Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 04, 2005

No, I'm Not Dead! I've Just Been Busy!

So anyway, I just wanted to say a quick hello to all my friends, especially those in the Burg. I know I didn't get to see everyone, and I'm really sorry about that. It's been crazy, I've been working at HHS, helping my mom around the house, and chillin' with as many homies as I can, but sadly, it's time for me to leave again, to go to maine and earn lots of money for that bank account draining phenomena known as higher education. Right? Right. Dooley and I are going to hang out a little today, possibly placing a Geocache on the outside of town.

Also, this article about a 15-Pound Hamburger was brought to my attention. I thought I'd mention this for my friends Joe and J-Pizzle who have shared the "Big Irish" experience with me at Bennigans in Boston. You guys think we could do it? I dunno. ;)

I've played three games of Risk since I got here, and lost two out of three, but had a great time. I've also helped build the new HHS "Ezra A. Horne Memorial Broadcast Studio" from the ground up. It is going to be SOOO cool. I can't wait to see what they do with the awesome facility Seth Stratford and I designed and build for them.

Well, I'm probably leaving for Maine tommorow morning (Sunday, 5th) so If you want to stop by between know and then, feel free.