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This is where I place results to all those memes/quizzes. You know like the ones from TheDailyMeme.com

Written By: Gary on November 13, 2005 No Comment

Look around your house, what is one thing that you have too many of? One thing?!? I’ve got too many things of several items:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Computer and other tech ports

    From Question of the Day

  • Written By: Gary on November 12, 2005 One Comment
    1. Have you ever been to the ocean?
    Yes. The Atlantic and the Pacific. I’ve swam in them both multiple times.
    2. When is the last time you wore a swimsuit?
    I think the last time I had a swimsuit on was about fifteen months ago. I was swimming in the English Channel at the time. (I said in not across.

    3. Do you respect people more for staying through difficult times or knowing when to call it quits?
    We’ll those can easily be mutually exclusive. I think they need to stick with it for a bit before they quit. If they quit/give up they lose a little respest and a lot of sympathy…
    4. Name a TV show that made a huge splash in the beginning, but has since gone downhill:
    I’d have to say The West Wing. But it’s definetly started to pick back up, but it’s still not the same.
    5. Have you ever eaten shark?
    Yes. Shark tacos actually. I’m thinking it was at P.T. O’Malley’s when they used to be on Grand River. I could be wrong on that, it might have been a bar that popped up at the same location after P.T.’s moved to Abbott.

    From the Friday Fiver.

    A strange title since I think of “Jumping the shark” as when a TV show starts to go downhill. (I guess that goes with item four but most of the questions were water related.) As in when on Happy Days when they did the stunt with Fonzie jumping the shark to attract viewers it pretty much had hit it’s low point and there was no turning back.

    Written By: Gary on November 12, 2005 No Comment
    1. What is the first thing you did this morning?
    Hit snooze on the alarm clock (several times).

    2. How many pictures do you have on the wall in the room you are in right now?
    None. It fell off a few days ago and I need to fix the hook on the back of it. It’s a print of The Kiss by Klimt.

    3. If you could go to your favorite store and buy 1 item, regardless of cost, what would it be and why? Nothing that is a necessity!!
    I’d go to the Apple store and buy a new dual-processor desktop system. It’d be loaded to the max with storage and memory (and if a computer and monitor counts as one item I’d get one of their huge beautiful LCD monitors for it). My current desktop is loaded to the max and had an upgrade on the processor and I’m pretty close to the max on everything else so it’s about that time. I think I bought it in early/mid-2001 so it’s getting up there in dog years…

    From Free-for-all Friday.

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    Written By: Gary on November 12, 2005 3 Comments
    1. If you could write one law regarding the driving laws, what would it be? Why?
    A $500 fine for notusing blinkers (changing lanes, turning, etc.). And double the fines for anything if they are practicing districting driving (cell phones, turned around for their kids, yelling at their spouse) if it’s important enough to endanger others it’s important enough to pull over.
    2. If you could get the entire world to change one thing about itself (the way it works, the way we think on the whole, etc), what would it be? Why?
    To be more tolerant of others and their opinions.

    3. What’s your plan for ‘alternative energy source’ plan? Can it work in real life?
    I think the hybrid cars would help in all sorts of ways. It’d help with pollution, depleting energy resources//dependancies and I’m sure more that I can’t think of. I’m sure people would just replace a few of their light bulbs with more energy efficient ones it’d help too. It’s less power and less heat generated (so it’s not competing with the air conditioner in the summer).
    Bonus Question for Comments:If you could remove one law, what would it be? Why?
    I can think of a few but non that I’m willing to start up a debate on.

    From 3x Thursday.

    Written By: Gary on November 6, 2005 2 Comments

    Your Birthdate: September 11

  • Spiritual and thoughtful, you tend to take a step back from the world.
  • You’re very sensitive to what’s going on around you, yet you remain calm.
  • Although you are brilliant, it may take you a while to find your niche.
  • Your creativity is supreme, but it sometimes makes it hard for you to get things done.
  • Your strength: Your inner peace
  • Your weakness: You get stuck in the clouds
  • Your power color: Emerald
  • Your power symbol: Leaf
  • Your power month: November
    What Does Your Birth Date Mean?


    Not bad of a description actually. And it looks like this is my month. It’s November and I’ve got the leaves on my blog.

    Found at Lisa’s.

  • Written By: Gary on November 6, 2005 No Comment

    So there’s a new 26 Things Photo Scavenger Hunt this month (they only do it a few times a year) that has 26 things to get a photo of and post them all by the end of the month. I’m really going to try and do this, I always start (or at least think about this) but never finish/do it. I’ve got a very cool refrigerator to use for the “a fridge” category (assuming that’s what they mean) and I’ve got a few other ideas for some of the others…

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    Written By: Gary on November 2, 2005 4 Comments

    My blog is worth $34,436.94.
    How much is your blog worth?

    So this seems to be the badge/test/meme all the cool kids are doing this week, so me being the follower that I am (not), I’ll do it too…

    The previous version of this blog (http://garylapointe.com/mypointe/) is worth about the same (so if I redirected all traffic would it be worth double?)

    The Daily Meme is worth $103,310.82! Which is just funny since I put so little time into it, but it’s a resource, a compilation of memes (although not usually badge creators such as this). So I only make changes as the happy and as sites die.

    Click the link and you can find out the value of your blog! It uses Technorati data and Weblogs/AOL deal for value. More than I’m willing to analyze but still fun to check out.

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    Written By: Gary on October 30, 2005 No Comment
    1. What’s the last item you mailed?
    Last week I mailed a newspaper article to my Mom that mentioned me in it. She still likes to get stuff like that (at least I think she does).
    2. Who has made you smile recently?
    Last night I played with a friend’s 2 year old for a while and he was a lot of fun.
    3. What’s the weather like outside?
    Beautiful! Very sunny but still a little cool. I just went for a walk with Heather (who’s in town this weekend).
    4. Do you consider youself a good judge of character?
    Generally I’m a good judge. If I’m wrong, it doesn’t take long to figure it out.
    5. What’s your favorite photograph?
    I really like the one I just got of my cousin’s twins a few weeks ago! I’m sure I have all time favorite but none come to mind right now.

    From the Friday Fiver.

    Written By: Gary on October 29, 2005 No Comment

    What are your Top 5 places you’ve never been to, but most want to visit?
    In order that I’ll probably do these:

  • Egypt
  • France
  • Australia
  • Antarctica
  • The Moon

    Actually if it were a reasonable option, The Moon would be first. But I’m not sure if that’s going to be an option in my lifetime. When they started the shuttle program I really thought that would be an option when I grew up…

    From Top 5 Friday.

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    Written By: Gary on October 22, 2005 5 Comments

    What are your Top 5, all-time favorite candy bars?

  • Nestle Milk Chocolate Bar, these are hard to find (kinda like the Nestle’s Crunch but with no crispies).
  • Smarties/Lentilky, chocolate not the sour tarts (a European M & M type candy made by Nestle).
  • Nestle’s White Chocolate Bar (maybe I’ve seen them test released here but generally I get them in when I travel, generally in Europe I think).
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • M & Ms
  • And sometimes I’m really in the mood for a Payday.

    Wow, I didn’t realize I had so many Nestle candy issues, but they’re all hard to find. Obviously, I don’t eat many of these since I don’t travel that far very often.

    From Top 5 Friday via The Daily Meme.

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    Written By: Gary on October 16, 2005 3 Comments

    I say … and you think … ?
    1. On the verge:: of insanity
    2. Tempestuous:: Tornado-ish behavior
    3. Coherent:: Light
    4. Near death:: See Light :)
    5. Illiterate:: Not able to read or write
    6. Why not?:: Why what?
    7. Period:: a way to end a sentence
    8. Long lost:: friend
    9. Torrid:: Affair
    10. Nail:: Hammer

    From Unconscious Mutterings

    Written By: Gary on October 14, 2005 4 Comments

    What are your Top 5, all time favorite movies?

  • Flight of the Navigator: An unknown Disney movie. But one of the best.
  • The American President: Aaron Sorkin before Sport’s Night and before The West Wing.
  • The Cutting Edge: D.B. Sweeney as a hockey player who gets an injury. While it stops him from playing hockey, it doesn’t stop him from skating.
  • Ever After – A Cinderella Story: Drew Barrymore as a Cinderella-ish “character”
  • A Christmas Story: Be careful, or you’ll shoot your eye out!!!

    From Top 5 Friday

  • Written By: Gary on September 25, 2005 One Comment

    Sarah said:
    1. Go into your archive.
    2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
    3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
    4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.

    “I’m the guy who still hardcodes his own HTML and I just didn’t get it.”

    “It” was using special software like Movable Type to run a web log. Why would I every want to do that?

    FYI, this was over 800 posts ago on January 5, 2004 and the title was Might as well face it… (I’m addicted to blog!)

    Written By: Gary on September 9, 2005 No Comment
    1] Would you accept $1,000,000 to leave your country and never step foot in it again? Why/why not?
    If I could get a waiver to come back for when my Mom needs me (older/sick/etc.), I’d take the deal! Where do I sign?!? I like it here, but to retire and go live somewhere and the only work I’d have to do is stuff I’d like and live off the rest, I’m already packing the bags and booking my flight to Costa Rica (or wherever).

    



    2] If your friends and acquaintances were willing to bluntly and honestly tell you what they really thought of you, would you want them to? Why/why not? Do you feel that your friends and family members *already* are pretty honest with you?
    I’m hoping if there is something that would be a shock that I’d have already been told by now, so it wouldn’t be a shock. So I’m assuming they are already, but you never know…

    3] You notice a severe, self-destructive behavior pattern in a friend who is clearly unaware of it. Would you point it out? Why/why not?
    Heck yeah! Why? Because it’s self-desructive, that’s why.

    



    4] If you could script the basic plot for the dream you will have tonight, what would the story be?
    Sorry, I try to keep this blog rated G (or even PG).

    



    5] How often do you step back and reflect upon the way you are living and where you are headed? Do you often set goals for yourself? Why/why not?
    Yeah, but they haven’t been being met lately. Most of them revolve around dating or children so some of it’s a little out of my control… But I’m back into looking into adopting again. A co-worker just did it and seems happy with the organization she worked with.

    From the Friday Forum.

    I’m actually doing a Friday Meme on Friday, what are the odds of that?!?

    Written By: Gary on September 9, 2005 One Comment

    So I found this cool meme and the object is to make a list of 101 goals and get them done in 1001 days. I’m going to put something together and see how far I get. This ties in with today’s Friday Forum (goals and reflections) and 9/11 (no, not that 9/11, the other one).

    Actually, I didn’t find it Sarah did.

    Written By: Gary on September 4, 2005 No Comment

    10 years ago – I lived in Haslett (east of East Lansing), I still worked at the Department of Education for the State of Michigan. I really miss both, I loved the job (I left because my boss left and I went to work for him at another job) and I really miss the Lansing area. I definitely miss the (lack of) traffic and (lack of) construction that we have in the Detroit area. I miss my little apartment too, I was right next door to a 24 hour Quality Dairy (w/laundramat) so I could get ice cream, donuts, milk, do laundry, get lottery tickets and use an ATM any time of the day or night. And I was right by Lake Lansing, I could put in all my laundry (not just one load) and go sit at the park by they lake or rollerblade around the lake… Did I say I missed living there?!?
    5 years ago – I’m thinking I was sick. I only remember because it was the year I bought my condo (in October) and I remember being so very sick that September with (I don’t even remember exactly) some kind of lung infection. I had moved back to the Detroit area the year before and I don’t remember much else.


    1 years ago – I don’t have a clue what I was up to last year at this time (same job, same home, same stuff). I don’t even remember what I did for labor day (I hope that’s not insulting to anyone).
    1 day ago – After all the chaos of starting up the school year, I had a nice quiet day at work (we were closed so no one was around) and got to catch up. In the evening I hung out with a bunch of my high school friends (some were in town for a reunion, so we all got together). Always great fun to see all of them!

    One day ago is referring to Friday, since I wrote this late Saturday but I try not to post that late at night since it ends to be garbly posts that need to be corrected later. This one probably would have been okay :)

    Now I’m really missing mid-Michigan though…

    Written By: Gary on August 25, 2005 No Comment
    1. Did you ever think you’d actually ‘grow up, get married, have a family, etc’? Did you? If not, why not?
    Yes, definitely. I actually thought I’d be married by 27, no idea when the kids would come along. I have no idea how I ever came up with that number but somehow I did (it seems to me I was at the public library at the time). Still single and no kids (although I’m exploring adopting again).
    2. What did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now? Do they match?
    I’ve been doing computer “stuff” and training since I was 15 so it’s not big surprise where I ended up. At other various times during middle school I thought it would either be a chef or a photographer. I wish I had gone to the VoTech classes for the chef stuff instead of the computers (the tech was pretty out of date for the time).
    3. Did you really think it’d be *this* hard?
    It’s generally not so hard, unless I can qualify the boring times as hard…
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    Written By: Gary on August 23, 2005 One Comment

    So I usually avoid Tuesday is Chooseday because there is usually a rude question or two (or three) that I don’t feel the need to publish on-line, but today’s is okay with me…

      Would you rather:

    1. have a first name that nobody can pronounce OR one nobody can remember? I’ll go with no one can pronounce my name (at least they’ll remember me).
    2. be confined to a couch for three weeks OR wear rollerblades for three weeks straight? I could deal with the rollerblades. I’m assuming I can sit on the couch to rest.
    3. be the person who cleans up the elephant cages at the circus OR the person who cleans the friers at mcdonalds? I’d probably never eat fries again but I’ll choose those over the elephants.
    4. your poop be bright blue OR your saliva be grass green? I’ll go with the blue. No one’s going to know about that, right?

    From Tuesday is Chooseday.

    Written By: Gary on August 21, 2005 One Comment
    1. What are you most fortunate for, right now at this stage in your life?
    I guess my health and my job. Both have been very good to me lately. :)

    2. What do you wish you were fortunate enough to have? Is it attainable?
    A wife and a child or two (that’s two kids, not wives). Attainable: The latter definitely (at least with adoption). The wife I just need to find the right one and have her think the same thing (still working on that).

    3. Name one thing about each person in your immediate family that makes you feel fortunate to have them in your life.
    My Mom is really my only definable immediate family, I don’t really see my father. She’s always been there when I need her! She’s pretty low maintenance too (although I don’t think that’s what was meant by fortunate).

    From Friday Fun.

    Written By: Gary on July 26, 2005 No Comment

    If I were a piece of food caught in your teeth, would you pick me out? What kind of food would I be? Would I be delicious even after I’d been trapped between your molars since lunch?


    Okay so this isn’t a real meme. I stole it from 5ives.com a site that lists all sorts of (generally) humorous lists of “five things” such as: “Five terrible fake LiveJournal memes”.

    Written By: Gary on July 24, 2005 No Comment
    1. Believing:: Dreams

    2. Invasion:: Aliens

    3. Boys:: Girls

    4. Island:: Paradise

    5. Repeatedly::  Annoying

    6. Normal:: Not

    7. Hex:: a-decimal

    8. Tuxedo:: Prom

    9. Virgin:: Records

    10. Cereal:: Toy


    From Unconscious Mutterings

    Written By: Gary on July 8, 2005 2 Comments
    Onesome: PremiumHave you tried any of the fast food empire’s ‘Premium’ sandwiches lately? Was it any good?
    I just tried the new a Sirloin Steakhouse Cheesesteak Sandwich (sliced beef, cheese, onions peppers and some kind of parmesan sauce on a new bun/roll) at Arby’s but they don’t list it on their web site so it must be a trial of some sort. It was delicious and they sell it as a wrap too.
    Twosome: ChickenChicken, beef, fish, tofu… What’s your dietary staple?
    Mostly beef and chicken. If it’s fish it’s generally scrimp (or fast food). The Deluxe Chicken at Burger King is delicious too.
    Threesome: Sandwich Let’s do lunch! Do we head for that fast food place? …or will noon find us over at your favorite deli noshing down?
    Generally at lunch (M-F) is fast food, maybe a Panera (usually if I know I’m working late

    From The Thursday Threesome.

    Written By: Gary on July 7, 2005 No Comment
    1. Who do you owe?
    Just the mortgage company. Probably about $100,000 still. I also owe for some retirement year purchases which will be paid off at the same time it’s time to retire. Actually paying it off will let me retire fiver years early.
    2. Does anyone owe you?
    I don’t think anyone owes mw anything at this time.
    3. How many credit cards to you have?
    Four; I generally just use two, the MasterCard and Kohl’s (Kohl’s gives me good rewards). They all (bills, mortgage and charge card) get paid off automatically every month. This forces me to make sure I have the money in the bank…

    4. Do you care about national debt?
    Yes. But I’ll help them crank it up some more if we can get more money for schools and the poor people who don’t have enough.
    5. Would your friends be surprised if they accidently saw the balance in your checkbook?

    I don’t so. They be surprised on how I organizes it. Different accounts for vacation, technology, yearly bills and future car purchase, etc…

    From Friday Fiver.

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    Written By: Gary on July 7, 2005 No Comment
    Q1: If a credentialed security guard approached you after you made a purchase in a mall department store, and asked or demanded to see what was inside of your backpack, shoulder bag, or some other bag that was large enough to contain stolen items, what would you? Would you comply, no questions asked, or would you automatically say no because you know that you didn’t do anything wrong?
    Not a chance. (Not unless she’s going to frisk me?) There’s no way I’d let them look, they’re wrong and I’m right! If they want to push it then I figure I’m getting a $10,000 gift card out of the deal (since they won’t find anything). Since my common stores are book stores, Target or Best Buy, it’ll be a lot of fun stuff… At some stores sometimes they do look at my bag (everyone’s bag) of what I just purchased and I’ve been tempted to just walk by, but I figure they’re really testing the cashier (and that I’m not in cahoots with them).

    Q2: When you’re driving a car and you find yourself in a position where you have put the car in reverse and back up, which shoulder do you tend to look over as you’re backing up?
    Generally my right but I could go either way. Conditions matter: am I backing down the road a bit or going down an alley?
    Q3: Who was the last person you paid to do something for you and what did they do?
    I paid them to take my order at Arbys and in return they give me a yummy Beef & Cheddar sandwhich. Oh, wait, they weren’t the last, I paid the doctor to give me an allergy shot so they stuck two needles in my arms…
    Q4: How many chairs or seats do you have in your house, and how long have you had the oldest one?
    8 table chairs. 2 outside directors chairs. 3 outside fold up chairs. A 3 person couch and a 2 person love seat. A chair at my desk and wield hanging chair I bought in Costa Rica (two years ago) but never hung from the ceiling.

    From Four For Friday

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    Written By: Gary on July 5, 2005 No Comment

    WordPhoto.org appears to have just gone back to a daily format (probably just Monday through Friday). They change the topic everyday and you can upload a photo related to that topic. Pretty simple, eh? Here’s all the photos I’ve submitted are and here is a list of the archived words. PS – Once there’s a new word, you can’t upload an old one any more!

    Written By: Gary on July 3, 2005 2 Comments

    Picture 10This is my name using Egyptian Hieroglyphs (supposedly). Does anyone know if this is really related to anything hieroglyphic? There are no references on the generating page to anything authentic. I’m seriously interested. I’m still thinking Egypt may be my next trip…

    Try your name  

    Stolen from Diane.


    LATER: I see now that these “letters” do have some meaning according to the Hieroglyphic entry in the Wikipedia. Although, even after reading the Wikipedia article, I’m still confused why some letters are stacked and some are side by side (my name doesn’t fit this schema).

    Written By: Gary on June 27, 2005 2 Comments
    Someone has decided to give you a gift out of the blue. With no limitations on cost, or accessibility, what gift would you appreciate the most and why?
    I’d want a baby. I’ve always wanted kids and it’s been on my mind lately. Also, I just had a discussion about adoption today so it’s a timely question… A wife who wants kids might make more sense but that’s probably harder for someone to shop for. I’ve got a lot more criteria for a wife, my only requirement for a baby is that it’s healthy, although if they can build/program to order I can probably come up with the specs for a wife.

    This wasn’t what I planned to say when I started this answer but it did say “no limitations”. Other items that crossed my mind were time (but since you can’t put that in a bottle I might just need ca$h so I didn’t have to work which would result in time) or a trip across the solar system (ours or some other, I’m not too picky).

    From Question of the Day.

    Written By: Gary on June 11, 2005 2 Comments

    6. You are given the gift of an original oil painting by any famous artist.  What painting would you choose and why?
    Easy. The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
    5. Last week, the Reader’s Choice question asked you to identify your favorite movie line.  Later this month, the American Film Institute will list the 100 Greatest Movie Lines of all time.  Which one do you expect to win?
    “Frankly Scarlett, I don’t give a damn”
    4. You have the ability to snap your fingers and be instantly transported to one of three places whenever you wish to go there.  Which three places would you select as your destinations?
    Costa Rica (probably Jaco, since I like the ocean there), London, England (I always enjoy England) and Berkley, Michigan (most of my extended family lives there) and work (I hate wasting time driving to and from work). Yes I picked four. I’m assuming you can teleport back to your starting point which would be home. If I had this power I’d probably move to one of the locations (probably Costa Rica) and make that home so I’d only need the three other destinations.

    3. What is the most embarrassing question you’ve ever been asked?
    Hmmm… I don’t embarrass easily so nothing comes to mind. Probably when I was younger when someone would ask me if I liked (insert some girl’s name here) and I’d be embarrassed about it. The bonus about embarrassing questions is you have the bonus of asking the same thing back.
    2. Which business do you have the longest continuous relationship with:  your bank, your auto insurance provider, your home telephone provider, your cellular phone provider, or your cable company?  How long have you been with them?
    My bank (credit union), I’ve probably been with them since 1988(?) and I’ve never seen a back with anything even close to the same services to make me consider changing. They are 100 miles away and with the Internet and a toll free number it’s like there right here.
    1. When was the last time you looked your significant other in the eye and told him or her how much they mean to you?
    Not having one right now I can’t really answer this one.

    From Saturday Six.

    Written By: Gary on June 3, 2005 2 Comments

    So I’ve been tagged with the book meme (list current books and favorite books and tag a few more people) from Dave over at Blogography.

    How Many Books Do You Own? At least five-hundred. A complaint from the last time I moved was “who the hell taught you to read?”. The answer is probably my grandfather, who didn’t teach me to read but taught me to want to read.

    What is the Last Book You Bought? Mindscan by Robert Sawyer. I have yet to read this one, so here’s some background on the author. He’s the canadian Michael Crichton, what does that mean? It means he’s awesome (I hope he likes MC) and he makes complicated science fun. He generally does more with connecting everything (science and religion and the mind and the universe) in a holistic way and making it all tie together. He’s entertaining, humorous and very knowledgeable.


    What is the Last Book You Read? Time’s Eye by Arthur C. Clark and Stephen Baxter. Imagine To Your Scattered Bodies Go (a classic series from way before it’s time where everyone who ever died resurrected all at once) and the Secret Wars comic (pieces of planets carved up and reassembled into one new planet) combined into one new story. The Earth has been cut up into pieces throughout time and a mishmash of the planet has been reassembled, one step to a new piece of the puzzle may take to the ice age or the future. Plus these silver orbs that defy physics and appear to be watching. Throw in Alexander the Great and Ghengis Khan and you’re ready to go.

    Name five books that mean a lot to you. Let’s see if I can keep it to five…

    The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. This and the rest of the Narnia Series will take you to another world. Don’t let the recent chronological renumbering of the books confuse you, this is the one to start with. Four children who find a passage into another world. A world where they are destined to sit and rule and fight to save the world where “every day is winter, but never Christmas”. This will be a movie this December and I get chills when I see the preview.

    Calculating God by Robert Sawyer. Imagine aliens land on earth (Canada of course) and only want to meet with a paleontologist. Imagine they have record of several disasters in the past of their planet the coincide with ours (such as the dinosaurs being wiped out 65 million years ago). What can the cause of this? Why God of course! Isn’t that the reason for science? To prove the existence of God? He’s got some great humor and science and philosophy that’ll make you want to read all his recent books. I’ve given several of this book away as gifts.

    Lightning by Dean Koontz. This is a book that I cannot believe hasn’t been adapted into a movie. A non-typical Dean Koontz book with a hero (that I can’t reveal too much about) and the woman he loves and has fallen in love with over and over. And in typical Dean Koontz fashion they are being chased by the bad guys. Hmm… i don’t know what else to say without giving away the story. But it’s my favorite book by him.

    So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane. Forget Harry Potter, if you want wizardary this is the series to read. There are rules to spells, you calculate them, they take time, they have a price and in the long run they slow down the death of the universe. Join Kit and Nita as they learn about wizardry and save the world (several times). Diane Duane has written seven of these books and several other fantasy series, Star Trek books and some SpiderMan books. Another book I’ve given away multiple copies of…

    Alas Babylon by Pat Frank. The 1959 classic end of the world novel on how a small courageous Florida town survives after the bombs drop. This is probably the only required fiction I ever had in high school that ever made an impact on me. It’s about people and the basic needs they have after an attack. I can’t imagine how the pampered world of today would be impacted if the same thing happened now.

    I’ll mention The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but won’t use it since Dave did. And an Honorable Mention to The Watchmen (which to me) was the backstory to The Incredibles (yes, this dark comic is the reason those cartoon characters retired) and resposible for the resurgence of Batman (The Dark Knight Returns) in the mid-1980’s.

    Now “tag” five individuals to provide their own lists. Okay lets see. Heather, who got me into blogging. Allison who actually has a Douglas Adams quote at the top of her blog right now. Dave at A Product of the 80’s who comments often but I can’t think of him ever mentioning any books. Diane at Arcadian Expressions who’s another Michiganian. Alfie at Noiblata who’s also local. Jenni at Kitten Kiss with whom I share a birthday. And Kelly who doesn’t post often enough but I bet has some interesting reads. So maybe that’s more than five but at least I stuck to five books…

    Feel free to tag yourself (no, that’s not dirty) and post a link in the comments.

    And I’ve already thought of a few other books I should add… Sigh…

    Written By: Gary on May 30, 2005 No Comment

    Top five songs with food or drink in the titles

  • Ice Cream – Sarah McLachlan
  • Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  • I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener – Jingle
  • 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall – Everyone
  • My Bologna has a first name – Jingle.

    I thought of 1, 2 and 4 right away. I’m sure if I dug through my CDs I’d find some others. But then I thought of number 3 and it led to number 5. I was looking for one of the coke songs I really liked but there’s like 5,000 of them…
    From Top 5 on Friday.

  • Written By: Gary on May 29, 2005 No Comment
    1. Crowd:: Party
    2. Hamburger:: Joint
    3. Choker:: Sexy
    4. Lights:: Cap On
    5. Tinsel::  Christmas
    6. Testament:: Old
    7. Best part of the day:: Breakfast
    8. Election:: Day
    9. Clarinet:: Concert
    10. Cake or death:: Marie Antoniette(?)

    From Unconcious Mutterings.

    Written By: Gary on May 13, 2005 No Comment
    1) What haven’t you done yet in your life that you’d really like to do someday? Why? Will you do any of those things in the near future? Are you making progress toward them?
    I’d really like to get married and have kids. It’s just something I feel I should do. I’d make a great Dad, everyone says so. I’ll probably adopt if I don’t ever get married.
    2) If you could completely start your life over from scratch, what would you do differently the second time around (if anything)? Why?
    What would I do differently..? I might have not let a few of the good girlfriends “get away”. I didn’t date much when I was younger so I didn’t really know what I was doing once I met some great women. Also, I’d definitely do a few different things when the Internet came around again; I totally missed the chance to be an Internet millionaire.

    3) What do you think you’ll be like when you’re 70, 80, 90, possibly even 100 years old? Where do you think you’ll be living, and what activities do you think you’ll enjoy?
    Hopefully, I’ll have a nice home by the water (lake, ocean, river or waterfall). Me and the (future) Missus’ with the kid(s) and grandkids visiting us…
    4) What ages do you think have been the best for you so far? Why? What do you think of your current age … are you enjoying it? Are you looking forward to your next birthday?
    I really enjoyed my early twenties, when I was away at college, I love learning and that’s really where I learned how to enjoy dating.

    From the Friday Forum.

    Written By: Gary on May 11, 2005 No Comment

    You scored as Existentialist. Existentialism emphasizes human capability. There is no greater power interfering with life and thus it is up to us to make things happen. Sometimes considered a negative and depressing world view, your optimism towards human accomplishment is immense. Man is condemned to be free and must accept the responsibility.

    Existentialist 
     88%
    Romanticist 
     88%
    Postmodernist 
     81%
    Idealist 
     81%
    Modernist 
     81%
    Cultural Creative 
     75%
    Materialist 
     69%
    Fundamentalist 
     63%

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