Friday, December 29, 2006

Okay, ba-bye! *waves*

Saddam Hussein Executed for War Crimes

35 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday.

It was a grim end for the 69-year-old leader who had vexed three U.S. presidents. Despite his ouster, Washington, its allies and the new Iraqi leaders remain mired in a fight to quell a stubborn insurgency by Saddam loyalists and a vicious sectarian conflict.

President Bush called Saddam's execution "the kind of justice he denied the victims of his brutal regime."

State-run Iraqiya television news reported that Saddam's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, also were hanged. However, three officials said only Saddam was executed.

"We wanted him to be executed on a special day," National Security adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie told state-run Iraqiyah.

Al-Rubaie said Saddam "totally surrendered" and did not resist. He said a judge read the sentence to Saddam, who was taken in handcuffs to the execution room. When he stood in the execution room, photographs and video footage were taken, al-Rubaie said.

"He did not ask for anything. He was carrying a Quran and said: 'I want this Quran to be given to this person,' a man he called Bander," he said. Al-Rubaie said he did not know who Bander was.

Mariam al-Rayes, a legal expert and a former member of the Shiite bloc in parliament, told Iraqiya television that the execution "was filmed and God willing it will be shown. There was one camera present, and a doctor was also present there."

Al-Rayes, an ally of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, did not attend the execution. She said Al-Maliki did not attend but was represented by an aide.

The station earlier was airing national songs after the first announcement and had a tag on the screen that read "Saddam's execution marks the end of a dark period of Iraq's history."

The execution was carried out around the start of Eid al-Adha, the Islamic world's largest holiday, which marks the end of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, the hajj. Many Muslims celebrate by sacrificing domestic animals, usually sheep.

Sunnis and Shiites throughout the world began observing the four-day holiday at dawn Saturday, but Iraq's Shiite community _ the country's majority _ was due to start celebrating on Sunday.

The execution came 56 days after a court convicted Saddam and sentenced him to death for his role in the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from a town where assassins tried to kill the dictator in 1982. Iraq's highest court rejected Saddam's appeal Monday and ordered him executed within 30 days.

A U.S. judge on Friday refused to stop Saddam's execution, rejecting a last-minute court challenge.

Al-Maliki had rejected calls that Saddam be spared, telling families of people killed during the dictator's rule that would be an insult to the victims.

"Our respect for human rights requires us to execute him, and there will be no review or delay in carrying out the sentence," al-Maliki's office quoted him as saying during a meeting with relatives before the hanging.

Human Rights Watch criticized the execution, calling Saddam's trial "deeply flawed."

"Saddam Hussein was responsible for massive human rights violations, but that can't justify giving him the death penalty, which is a cruel and inhuman punishment," said Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch's International Justice Program.

The hanging of Saddam, who was ruthless in ordering executions of his opponents, will keep other Iraqis from pursuing justice against the ousted leader.

At his death, he was in the midst of a second trial, charged with genocide and other crimes for a 1987-88 military crackdown that killed an estimated 180,000 Kurds in northern Iraq. Experts said the trial of his co-defendants was likely to continue despite his execution.

Many people in Iraq's Shiite majority were eager to see the execution of a man whose Sunni Arab-dominated regime oppressed them and Kurds.

Before the hanging, a mosque preacher in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Friday called Saddam's execution "God's gift to Iraqis."

"Oh, God, you know what Saddam has done! He killed millions of Iraqis in prisons, in wars with neighboring countries and he is responsible for mass graves. Oh God, we ask you to take revenge on Saddam," said Sheik Sadralddin al-Qubanji, a member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

On Thursday, two half brothers visited Saddam in his cell, a member of the former dictator's defense team, Badee Izzat Aref, told The Associated Press by telephone from the United Arab Emirates. He said the former dictator handed them his personal belongings.

A senior official at the Iraqi defense ministry said Saddam gave his will to one of his half brothers. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

In a farewell message to Iraqis posted Wednesday on the Internet, Saddam said he was giving his life for his country as part of the struggle against the U.S. "Here, I offer my soul to God as a sacrifice, and if he wants, he will send it to heaven with the martyrs," he said.

One of Saddam's lawyers, Issam Ghazzawi, said the letter was written by Saddam on Nov. 5, the day he was convicted by an Iraqi tribunal in the Dujail killings.

The message called on Iraqis to put aside the sectarian hatred that has bloodied their nation for a year and voiced support for the Sunni Arab-dominated insurgency against U.S.-led forces, saying: "Long live jihad and the mujahedeen."

Saddam urged Iraqis to rely on God's help in fighting "against the unjust nations" that ousted his regime.

Najeeb al-Nauimi, a member of Saddam's legal team, said U.S. authorities maintained physical custody of Saddam until the execution to prevent him being humiliated publicly or his corpse being mutilated, as has happened to previous Iraqi leaders deposed by force. He said they didn't want anything to happen to further inflame Sunni Arabs.

"This is the end of an era in Iraq," al-Nauimi said from Doha, Qatar. "The Baath regime ruled for 35 years. Saddam was vice president or president of Iraq during those years. For Iraqis, he will be very well remembered. Like a martyr, he died for the sake of his country."

Iraq's death penalty was suspended by the U.S. military after it toppled Saddam in 2003, but the new Iraqi government reinstated it two years later, saying executions would deter criminals.

Saddam's own regime used executions and extrajudicial killings as a tool of political repression, both to eliminate real or suspected political opponents and to maintain a reign of terror.

In the months after he seized power on July 16, 1979, he had hundreds of members of his own party and army officers slain. In 1996, he ordered the slaying of two sons-in-law who had defected to Jordan but returned to Baghdad after receiving guarantees of safety.

Saddam built Iraq into a one of the Arab world's most modern societies, but then plunged the country into an eight-year war with neighboring Iran that killed hundreds of thousands of people on both sides and wrecked Iraq's economy.

During that war, as part of the wider campaign against Kurds, the Iraqi military used chemical weapons against the Kurdish town of Halabja in northern Iraq, killing an estimated 5,000 civilians.

The economic troubles from the Iran war led Saddam to invade Kuwait in the summer of 1990, seeking to grab its oil wealth, but a U.S.-led coalition inflicted a stinging defeat on the Iraq army and freed the Kuwaitis.

U.N. sanctions imposed over the Kuwait invasion remained in place when Saddam failed to cooperate fully in international efforts to ensure his programs for creating weapons of mass destruction had been dismantled. Iraqis, once among the region's most prosperous, were impoverished.

The final blow came when U.S.-led troops invaded in March 2003. Saddam's regime fell quickly, but political, sectarian and criminal violence have created chaos that has undermined efforts to rebuild Iraq's ruined economy.

While he wielded a heavy hand to maintain control, Saddam also sought to win public support with a personality cult that pervaded Iraqi society. Thousands of portraits, posters, statues and murals were erected in his honor all over Iraq. His face could be seen on the sides of office buildings, schools, airports and shops and on Iraq's currency.

CD Mix #24

I've been getting into a lot of different stuff. For some reason I've been in a mellowish groove as of late. I've been revisiting my early days of musical wonder (early 90's radio). There really is a lot of great stuff out there to just chill to.

Now, aside from this latest mix in my random song compilation series, I have also begun a preliminary screening process for a couple of other mixes in the works. Among them: my "Classic Rock Mix" of my favorite old-school songs that rock just a little bit harder than typical classic rock..... my "Rad 80's Mix", full of all those personally nostalgic tunes that are undeniably "so 80's"..... and my "Down By The Fire Mix", which in a sense seems a little bit misleading, considering it's actually my homage to the most heartwrenching songs in my past. Still, they're the kind to have in the background when there's lots of sexing going on in the room. So look for those down the road. Or don't. I don't care. Until then, here's Mix #24:

  • "Fortress" - Pinback
  • "Loose Rap" - Aaliyah & Static
  • "Human" - Anggun
  • "Close To Heaven" - Color Me Badd
  • "Shanti/Ashtangi" - Madonna
  • "Flawless" - George Michael
  • "Angajou (The Latin Project Remix)" - Bebel Gilberto
  • "Never Forget You" - Mariah Carey
  • "Return To Innocence" - Enigma
  • "Freeek!" - George Michael
  • "What Else Is There?" - Royksopp
  • "In Your Mind" - Anggun
  • "Penelope" - Pinback
  • "Choose" - Color Me Badd
  • "Black And White Town" - Doves
  • "[untitled]" - Aaliyah (*the bonus track from her 2001 self-titled release)
  • "Safe And Sound" - Sheryl Crow

Monday, December 25, 2006

Wonderful Christmas Time

At six o'clock this evening, I got back into town from my weekend in Spokane. I had a good flight aside from the fact that it ran an hour-and-a-half late. Oh well, at least I'm still alive and everything. So here's a recap of my Christmas '06...

On Friday, I flew out of Seattle after work about 9:30PM. My parents were there to greet me (and to pick me up) in Spokane. The next morning we drove down to Worley, Idaho, and spent about four hours at the Coeur D' Alene Casino. Amazingly, I had never been in there before even though I had driven past it thousands of times. I did alright. Played many really fun games I've never seen before and walked out with almost as much money as I went in with. Basically, free entertainment. I just love the casino atmosphere for some reason. It's almost as if part of me belongs there.

Anyway, on Christmas Eve my mom made a nice dinner with ham and potatoes and salad and rolls and pie and pretty much everything else. It was great, and nice to have a home-cooked meal for a change. Afterwards we watched Christmas Vacation, as we do every year on Christmas Eve. It's sort of a tradition. After that, presents. (We always open our presents on Christmas Eve. It's so much better that way.) Here's what I got this year:

  • From my dad - A brand new top-of-the-line microphone for our "studio", which we affectionately call 'Shabby Road Studios'. (It's also known more simply as "Jerry's basement".) This past year or so I've broken out of my proverbial shell a bit and started singing in front of people. This new mic will make me sound better, and we're getting a pretty nice setup now with some great equipment. My dad also got me a hard case for the mic to protect it when traveling, and a mic boom stand (sharing the gift credit with my mom for that). Basically, the boom stand lets my mic come down from above my head while I'm drumming, giving me much more room to drum like a crazy person. That'll be nice.
  • From my mom - Paul McCartney's 2005 album, Chaos And Creation In The Backyard. I've been meaning to get this album for over a year now but still hadn't for one reason or another. It has some amazing tracks on it, a few of which he performed when we saw him last year. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to listen to the album in its entirety yet, but I'm hoping I'll find the time tomorrow night... My mom also got me five scratch tickets (I won $8 on them), a couple of 85 minute phone cards and a $25 gift card for Applebee's (which I live right next to and get food at occasionally). I should mention that my parents not only sprung for my flight over to Spokane and back, but also gave me $75 to gamble with at the casino. I have great parents! :D
  • From Dian - I mentioned her gifts before, but figure I should include them in this list again anyway. She bought me three DVDs: Field Of Dreams, Airplane II: The Sequel & TMNT Vol. 5 (of the original series). All three had been on my personal list to pick up right away.
  • From Jennifer - Jen bought me a couple DVDs as well: Clerks II (which I've been really wanting to see), and Office Space: Special Edition With Flair. When this edition came out, I gave my copy of the film to my parents because I knew I'd get this other one eventually. Also, my dad considers it to be one of his favorite movies, so it only made sense.
  • Finally, my grandparents gave me some chocolates. I don't generally eat much chocolate so when I do it's a real treat.

We all usually tend to spend much more on each other, but it was nice to tone it down a bit this year... especially with a few recent money issues still nagging me. But I hope to get a better jump on it next year. I should have plenty more to spend on people by then...

All in all, I had a really nice Christmas! And I'm really looking forward to moving into 2007 with some new undertakings and projects in mind. More on that later...

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Tangled In The Power Lines

I'm not sure what about it bothers me so much. Every single time I've ever heard people having sex in the next room over, it has clobbered me with a shock wave of depression. It's not the act itself; the closeness; the intimacy that makes me uncomfortable. (In fact, I find that rather intriguing from voyeuristic and curious points of view.) No, it's the inevitable comparison of my own life to theirs that always drags me down. And all I can ever think is, "Why can't that be me?". Every scenario I've yet to experience for myself quickly comes to taunt me. They point and laugh as if to say, "You don't belong here, silly boy. Go back home and play with your toys."

But why can't it be me? I've been the "good person" my whole life. I've played the part of decency and generousness. Of class and honesty. I've been the nice guy. The dependable guy. Responsible guy. The stable one. I've been them all... So I ask you once more, why can't it be me? What did I do wrong? I don't mean to imply that goodwill should automatically result in universal reward, but it would sure be nice on occasion. Is it accurate that no good deed goes unpunished in this world? In my eyes, it seems to be true.

There was a time, not long ago, when my sexual appetite was on the verge of flatlining. You might expect the thoughts of a sixteen year old boy to marinate in sexuality... I wasn't him. Instead, I was the boy who had convinced himself that the world of sex was one he could never visit. It was not for him, and the sooner he accept that the easier it would be for him in the end. Class after class, sitting at my desk letting the waves of musical history wash through me. Just me and my headphones. We've been through a lot together...

After years of depression, heartache and hopelessness, I started to notice a change in myself. I was less worried about what others thought of me. I had shed the weight of emotion and the baggage that generally comes along with it. I had accepted my place in life as the android. The made-up person who no longer had the ability to love, or to hate. To feel joy or sorrow. To care or to matter at all in the bigger scope of things. I just was. That's it. And it made me realize that my own struggle with life should not interfere with the ability of others to enjoy theirs. So why not try to at least help someone else make it through a little easier? I suppose it was this kind of thinking that secured my role as one who feels the responsibilities of his entire world resting on his own two shoulders. Sometimes it's just too heavy.

Still, there are many moments when I am crying on the inside because part of me does want to experience these things. My hunger is much deeper now, and much more primal. But no one ever knows about this because I never let it show on the surface.

I have many hidden layers.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

101 Things I like About Whores

  1. Whores are up-front about what they really want.
  2. Whores aren't above pleasing their partners.
  3. Whores don't live in denial and are true to themselves.
  4. Whores will sleep with you when your wife won't.
  5. Whores will sleep with you when your girlfriend won't.
  6. Whores will sleep with your girlfriend and/or wife and let you take pictures.
  7. Whores care about homeless children and often knit them sweaters for the Holidays.
  8. Whores are part of a nutritional, balanced breakfast.
  9. Whores will keep you warm when it gets really cold outside.
  10. Whores make really good proctologists.
  11. Whores will buy you lots of drinks at the bar.
  12. Whores are willing to experiment in bed.
  13. Whores are very bendy.
  14. Whores like to dress up like librarians and "punish" you for having overdue books.
  15. Whores are more responsible when it comes to birth control.
  16. Whores like to go to concerts.
  17. Whores are good at getting backstage passes.
  18. Whores aren't picky about details and are up for just about anything... anywhere.
  19. Whores like to go to the gym.
  20. Whores are really good at algebra.
  21. Whores repair the ozone by unleashing their whoreness up into the air.
  22. Whores like to dry-hump each other when they dance.
  23. Whores appreciate the art of guitar playing.
  24. Whores can read good.
  25. Whores get intimidated by Tori Spelling's lazy eye.
  26. Whores like to watch porn.
  27. Whores will comment on how "hot" some other chick is.
  28. Whores like to fornicate almost as much as I do.
  29. Whores appreciate great screenwriting.
  30. Whores know how to remove stains from any surface.
  31. Whores usually have whorish sisters because their mother was a whore too.
  32. Whores are creeped out by the Quaker Oats guy.
  33. Whores don't mind accepting candy from strangers.
  34. Whores know all the best yoga positions.
  35. Whores like to watch South Park and laugh a lot.
  36. Whores don't drink Diet Black Cherry Shasta.
  37. Whores like to take bubble baths.
  38. Whores like to go to Las Vegas.
  39. Whores know how to put on condoms.
  40. Whores have the ability to end world hunger.
  41. Whores like to eat red licorice.
  42. Whores can get you a really good deal on a new TV.
  43. Whores can get you out of speeding tickets.
  44. Whores know where to get all the really good drugs.
  45. Whores never get bored when the power goes out.
  46. Whores can find many different uses for strawberries and whipped cream.
  47. Whores are really good poets.
  48. Whores pay their taxes.
  49. Whores save whales.
  50. Whores will give you lots of massages.
  51. Whores have call-waiting.
  52. Whores will skip church to meet you at the bar.
  53. Whores are our childrens' future.
  54. Whores make really good cheerleaders.
  55. Whores are the best kind of nurses to have when you're hospitalized.
  56. Whores make the world go 'round.
  57. Whores laugh whenever someone says "Balzac".
  58. Whores don't like olives.
  59. Whores enjoy relaxing in hot tubs.
  60. Whores don't bother nagging too much.
  61. Whores like to make out at parties.
  62. Whores are easy to spot at the mall.
  63. Whores like giant beanbag chairs.
  64. Whores like to travel.
  65. Whores are unlikely to win any arguments I might have with them.
  66. Whores don't worry about things like retirement or Thursday.
  67. Whores like the movie Se7en. Even if only because Brad Pitt is in it.
  68. Whores appreciate black lights.
  69. Whores aren't afraid of being themselves.
  70. Whores will pick you up from the bar when you get too drunk to drive.
  71. Whores like to order pizza online.
  72. Whores like to wear lots of eye liner.
  73. Whores will grab my shit whenever they feel like it.
  74. Whores usually wear tight clothing.
  75. Whores go to the clinic often and get tested for Syphilis.
  76. Whores think that Sean Connery was the best James Bond.
  77. Whores aren't afraid to look at and buy condoms at the grocery store.
  78. Whores get plenty of protein.
  79. Whores like to be spanked.
  80. Whores get turned on when riding a bicycle.
  81. Whores like to visit the ocean.
  82. Whores buy cigarettes with their own money.
  83. Whores like the movie Tomcats.
  84. Whores don't give a shit about curtains.
  85. Whores will go with you to the ballgame.
  86. Whores don't really mind when you vomit nachos all over the bathtub.
  87. Whores still watch cartoons.
  88. Whores don't see the big deal with people being gay or straight.
  89. Whores can find multiple uses for the gearshift in your car.
  90. Whores make every day that much more interesting.
  91. Whores like to wear hats.
  92. Whores never cheat on their bowling scores.
  93. Whores like techno.
  94. Whores don't understand why the Pillsbury Doughboy always laughs when people poke his stomach.
  95. Whores like to take shots of Jagermeister.
  96. Whores liked Dudley Moore and referred to him as "that goofy little british guy".
  97. Whores like water slides.
  98. Whores will watch old 'Wham!' videos with you and giggle.
  99. Whores never club baby seals.
  100. Whores like to go to Taco Bell.
  101. I can relate to whores.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

We Lived Our Lives Like Candles That Got Crushed By Trees

Well, I finally just got my power back in Covington here. There doesn't seem to be too much physical damage in my area from the winds, but The power had been out since 11pm Thursday night. The worst part now is that people are still fighting over gas stations and traffic lights (the majority of which still lack power). People are going crazy. ... Okay, let me rephrase that. This blackout is making people even crazier...


Thousands in Dark After Northwest Storm
By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
2 hours ago

SEATTLE - Residents of the Pacific Northwest struggled to stay warm Saturday after the worst windstorm in more than a decade knocked out power to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses and killed at least six people.

Nearly 700,000 customers in Washington and Oregon still had no power Saturday, and utilities said some might have to wait into next week for their lights to go back on.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire declared a state of emergency, and with temperatures expected to drop over the weekend, officials warned people not to use outdoor grills, propane heaters or other carbon monoxide-producing equipment indoors.

Firefighters in Kent found 33 people from four families suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning Friday night, fire Capt. Kyle Ohashi said. They had taken their barbecues inside to cook or heat their apartments as temperatures dipped into the 30s.

All were expected to survive after treatment, Ohashi said.

In Oregon, a family of six was sickened by carbon monoxide from a generator set up in a garage in Gresham, police said. Three children were hospitalized in critical condition late Friday, while one child and both parents were listed in good condition.

Wind gusted to a record 69 mph early Friday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, breaking the old mark of 65 mph set in 1993. Wind was clocked at 113 mph near Mount Rainier.

Power was knocked out at one of the airport's concourses, canceling dozens of flights. Flights were also canceled at Portland International Airport in Oregon, and Amtrak canceled service between Seattle and Portland because downed trees and mudslides blocked the tracks.

Two people were killed in Washington in traffic accidents involving windblown trees, while one died after getting trapped in her flooded basement. A fourth person was killed in his sleep by a tree that fell on his home. On the Oregon coast, an elderly couple died in a fire caused by candles they were using for light.

Puget Sound Energy, Washington's largest private utility, had restored power to about 200,000 customers overnight but 500,000 were still without power Saturday, company spokeswoman Dorothy Bracken said.

It would be "several days _ definitely through the weekend," before everyone was restored, PSE spokeswoman Martha Monfried said. The utility had lost more than half of its transmission system, and crews struggled in the mountains to reach downed lines that carry the electricity from Columbia River dams.

More than 60,500 customers of Seattle City Light remained without power Saturday, down from a peak of 175,000, and 15,000 were still blacked out in the Snohomish County Public Utility District north of Seattle.

In Oregon, Portland General Electric said it had about 82,000 customers without power Saturday morning, and Pacific Power said about 32,500 of its customers still had no service.

The storm was the most intense to hit the region since the Inauguration Day storm of Jan. 20, 1993, which killed five people and caused about $130 million in damage, said Clifford F. Mass, a University of Washington atmospheric sciences professor.

Monday, December 11, 2006

I Think, Therefore I Am Hesitant

Four days ago, I wrote a little piece called "The Solution". (see the 12/07/06 entry below)

Tonight, I had some chinese food for dinner. And how intriguing it was to find the following inside my fortune cookie:

"You will find your solution where you least expect it."

When odd coincidences like this show up in life, I can't help but question everything I know. Much less, everything I don't know. Is this merely the coincidence I currently realize it to be? Or is there somehow more to all of it? Can this possibly be the Universe's way of trying to comfort me, or to send me a message from beyond the stars? I sit and wonder about the endless possibilities and the continuing mystery of thought in general.

Then, I can't help realizing that someone else just thought that sentence up, copied it a million times and stuck them all inside random cookies. And I just happened to receive one of those cookies. Nothing more.


My beloved blessing and curse.

Friday, December 8, 2006

We're Not The Only Ones

imagine there's no heaven
it's easy if you try
no hell below us
above us only sky
imagine all the people
living for today
imagine there's no countries
it isn't hard to do
nothing to kill or die for
and no religion too
imagine all the people
living life in peace
you may say i'm a dreamer
but i'm not the only one
i hope someday you'll join us
and the world will live as one
imagine no possessions
i wonder if you can
no need for greed or hunger
a brotherhood of man
imagine all the people
sharing all the world
you may say i'm a dreamer
but i'm not the only one
i hope someday you'll join us
and the world will live as one

---"Imagine" by John Lennon

I posted these lyrics two years ago on this date and have since decided to make it an annual effort. Not only because I hold these lyrics extremely close to me, but at the very least I owe that much to John's memory.

It's been twenty-six years now (to the day) since John was shot four times in the back on the sidewalk of his own home. When he died at the hospital two hours later, we all lost something very special.

Imagine if he were still with us...

We will always miss you, John!

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Christmas Time Is Here Again

I'm happy to see the Holiday season upon us once more. Finally, in this difficult year, things are starting to look up. I am getting quite excited about pinning a 2007 calendar on my wall, and I will not be missing 2006 one bit. I plan to look forward. "Don't look back, you should never look back."

Since the arrival of December things have become seemingly nicer, and it's really refreshing. The other day I received a box in the mail from Amazon. The box contained three neatly wrapped green packages with fancy little ribbons and personalized messages on each one. Inside those, I found three DVDs that happen to be on my infamous "wish list":
  1. Airplane II: The Sequel - The second installment of the hilarious "Airplane!" series that I love so much and to this point have only had on VHS.
  2. TMNT: Vol. 5 - The most recent volume of old-school Ninja Turtle cartoon action that I've really been wanting to pick up. And last but not least...
  3. Field Of Dreams (Anniversary Edition) - Easily the greatest movie out there that I somehow never managed to own. One of my all-time favorites and a true classic!

I can't wait to watch them all, and they will make lovely additions to my library of yummy goodness. So if you're reading this, Dian.... thank you SO much and you rock hardcore!! I love them! : D

I'm looking forward to see what the next few weeks have in store for me. I will be flying over to Spokane to spend Christmas Eve with my parents (they live there). And hopefully, I'll be able to go out for New Year's Eve this year, unlike the last couple when I ended up feeling like crap for one reason or another. Either way, 2007 is coming. And I plan to make it a very good year...

The Solution

I think about you all the time
I want you so badly I can taste you
When I'm with you I can never get enough
and I only wish the night would never have to end

You and me together
we make the perfect team
and nothing can stop us now
because we were meant for each other

You fill me with confidence
and give me a high unlike I've ever known
you have the key to change me
into the man I've always wanted to be

No need to be afraid any longer
we can always be together
and we will be forever
in one form or another

Many problems plague my past
but none of that matters anymore
I have a chance to be content now
You are my solution

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

The Pen Is Mightier

By the time I was three years old, I could already write. It's fascinating to me that I still enjoy writing to this day. The most beautiful thing about it is the fact that you don't even have to be a good writer to experience the power of it. You don't have to be a grammatical expert, or a comedian, or a philosopher. All you have to be is true to yourself. No censoring. No holding back. Just record your thoughts and never apologize for them. That is true power.

The greatest thoughts that will flow through our heads are quickly lost because our memories fail to grab ahold of them in time. But if one of those thoughts should visit when you happen to have a pen in hand or a keyboard at your fingertips, it can live forever. It can be shared and pondered over, beginning a chain reaction of other interesting thoughts within those who have been enlightened. Thought... How amazing it can be.

Yet somehow, I still try to convince myself that the beauty of this world is dying.

Perhaps the power of thought is even more powerful than I could ever comprehend...

Monday, December 4, 2006

Short Takes

I find that there are times when the line between life and death becomes blurred. Where is this line? How thick is it? ... ... Me? I look at life as being a continuous process. One being's death allows another to thrive. It's all a big trade-off. A universal recycling center.

Am I the only one who finds it odd that most of the nurses around are quite fat? Somehow I get a bit skeptical of a medical organization's authenticity when its nurses, and other staff for that matter, don't seem to even care much about their own health.

I don't live to work. I work to live.

I'm not sure how and I'm not sure why, but recently I've come to realize that I am a big fan of the "Asian Persuasion". I swear that asian women just get more and more attractive as time goes by. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they tend to actually appreciate and respect their men...

I'm considering a name change to make myself more professional sounding. I might start going by Mr. Jablomi... Heywood Jablomi.

Have you ever spelled your own name wrong? Don't you just feel like the biggest fucking idiot? I do every time.

Someday, I am going to have a movie screen on the wall, easily viewable from my jumbo jacuzzi tub. And it's about that time that life will be really fucking good.