May. 5th, 2009 07:34 pm
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The 2009 DSAGA end of the year picnic is over, and the afterparty at my house was a lot of fun as well. Lucky for you guys, I got pictures, so you can join in on the fun, too.

The Pictures that Ate Manhattan )
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (viva la vie boheme)
In things that don't totally suck news: I dyed my hair today.

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2008: The Year in Pictures )
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (empty wallet)
So I said something about Black Friday at work and someone asked if I was being racist.


I work with really smart people.

Anyway, my Thanksgiving was good. As I mentioned in my last post I worked all night, I made my own meatloaf (it cooked in the slow cooker while I worked all night) and then I came home to stuff my face. Today after work I bought a half priced pumpkin pie from the bakery at Meijer and also bought a huge carton of cool whip, and I plan to eat it later while chilling all day. I totally needed something sweet and I didn't have any desert yesterday. It's my first day off in a week. I'm pumped because I just had my first "Black Friday" shopping experience ever (and yes, I am racist...it's not "African American" Friday in my house). It was crazy but not as bad as I expected. I feel a weird fierce loyalty to Kmart because I live in an apartment behind their store and so I walked there for their sale, and I waited in line. this was freezing cold, but actually not as bad as it sounds. I'm a freak, so I actually like waiting in line, because I like chatting with people. we were all bleary eyed and chatty and the staff of the store had made coffee for us, so that was a nice gesture. It was actually kind of fun, and seeing people pile into the store made me feel good because KMart is always on the brink of bankruptcy so it was nice to know they were making some sales (I told you, me and KMart, we're close). While I didn't get the doorbuster item I was mainly looking for ($10 MP3 Player, on sale from $40, and believe me, when they call it a "doorbuster" they fucking mean it, you have to bust the door down to be able to nab the damn thing) I did get 2 awesomely cool $5 barbie dolls for my "Angel Tree" kid from church. For those who don't know what my hip cool slang means, an "Angel Tree" kid is a poor kid whose parents fill out a slip of paper asking for gifts so they can give the kid a Christmas...I'm all about that...once the paper is filled out, the parents tie the paper to a tree somewhere, maybe the Walmart or Kmart entryway (not the Meijer entryway, because we are heartless and don't care to help poor children) but anyway, my church hosts an Angel Tree too, so I grabbed a name right away, and this girl and I are in sync. She loves Barbies and Hannah Montana, and she loves the color pink...yes, I realize I just admitted to liking Hannah Montana. Yes I am secretly twelve years old. Yes, I am comfortable with this. I also happened to notice in my shopping the "When a Stranger Calls" remake on sale for $3.99, so I nabbed that too. I know a lot of people hate that movie, but I liked it, so I'm pretty happy that I got it for cheap and I can watch it any time I want. Plus I managed to order my MP3 player online, so I got that, too. Yes, I NEED another MP3 player. Yes this was a good use of my money. It IS TOO, shut up, what are you, my MOM? Ok, while I may not NEED it, this MP3 player is better than mine; this one is rechargeable and it holds 2 gig of data, so it was a good deal and I'm pumped (plus it's all cute and pink...yes, I have issues, we know this). All in all a good start to what I hope is a good day. This is my Thanksgiving.

edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (viva la vie boheme)
Happy Thanksgiving!

You wish you were me, you know it. Why? Because THIS is what I had for Thanksgiving dinner this morning when I got out of work (it cooked all night in my slow cooker and then I ate it this morning):


Hope you all had a great day. I'm going to shoot myself in the face so I don't have to work tonight on psycho shopping day...every lane of our store was open today and there were still lines out the door, and if friday is supposed to be worse...we're all doomed.
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This isn't the best picture in the world, is it? I obsessively try to carry a camera around with me everywhere, and take pictures to document everything, including 2 year birthday parties at Burger King with hyperactive children who don't like to sit still, and because of this I don't always take the BEST pictures in the world, so some of you may be wondering why I'm posting this picture here.

On Monday, I got a voice mail from my friend Michelle saying that her father had died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack and she'd have to be going out of town. She was gone for several days, just coming back on Saturday. She got a hold of me and we talked for awhile on the phone that afternoon (I only got about 5 minutes of sleep due to this, but some things are more important than sleep). During this conversation she told me that since she's been estranged from her family for years she doesn't go to family functions, and she's pretty poor, so she doesn't own a camera, so she doesn't have any recent pictures of her dad (the last one she has is of him holding Aiden, her son, right after he was born 2 years ago) and she was really sad about that. We agreed to hang out and go shopping, so we got off the phone, and after I hung up I remembered that at Aiden's 2nd birthday party a month ago I took a picture of Michelle's dad. I didn't remember if the picture turned out well, but I decided to look it up and see. I viewed the picture online, and I admit, it's not the best. There's food all over the table, it's not centered, and my photography teacher would have nailed me for it, but it's got all three of them in the frame (Michelle, Aiden, and her dad Gary, and you can see how much they all look alike), they're all looking at the camera smiling, and I thought it might work, so I logged into my WalMart photo account and ordered some prints of it. When we went to the store I told Michelle about the prints, so we waited for them at the 1 hour photo counter, and the second she saw the prints she started bawling in the middle of the store. Aiden was in the cart, and he pointed at the pictures and said "Papa!" and then she and I BOTH started crying.

I think about this a lot, especially around the holidays. Ever since last year, I thought about how I don't have many pictures of my friends and I need some, because I want to document the memories I have before they slip away. I don't have any pictures of myself and some of my friends who have died, and that makes me sad. This is one of the reasons I never leave home without my camera now (or I try not to) because you never know. This is one of the reasons I was so sad when it broke...it's a tool I can use to capture those moments before they slip away. This is one moment I'm glad I got a chance to see.
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (viva la vie boheme)
Voting in the OPTECH booth was approximately 37 million times easier than they made it sound in that video online. It was even easier than the fucking lever system was. All we had to do was draw tiny lines and color them in, the arrows weren't very far apart, and all in all, it took ten minutes tops. Good times. I couldn't decide as of the time I left to go to the booth whether I was voting for Dave Camp or Andrew Concannon but in the end I went with Concannon. After we voted, we got some coffee and then went to Walmart to get Aiden's pictures taken. Fun times ensued. Pictures to follow.

As my friend [livejournal.com profile] edtheripper said,

Hopefully with the election process being today, everyone will stop trying to force feed their views down my throat. I've grown increasingly tired of seeing folks shilling for their candidate as if the opposition is the devil incarnate. Why can't we all be at least a little bit more mature about things and realize that everyone has their own viewpoints and that not everyone wants to hear everyone else's. And it's not about particular candidates...it's on both sides. Frankly, I don't care whom you're voting for. If you want to show support for candidates, put up a sign in the front of your house. Get a t-shirt with their slogan. Rock their bumper sticker on your car. I will not think any less of you if you do. When all you're doing is standing on the rooftops screaming out propaganda that you've heard from other biased individuals, it gets a bit irksome. Be informed. Do your homework. Base your vote on what you believe in. But for the love of Steve, don't shove your beliefs down everyone else's throats.

I agree 100% Ed. I'd only add...don't call me a baby killer. I've had 2 people call me that already today. It gets tiring. I said it before and I'll say it again, when it comes to abortion, there is no right choice as far as I'm concerned. Forcing a woman to carry and bear a child she doesn't want or one that will kill her is wrong; terminating a growing human life is wrong, there isn't a way to make this good because we don't live in a world where things are black and white, so I support people being able to choose what they think is right and I'll be with them even if I don't necessarily think what they do is right, because god knows I do things every day that aren't right, but they keep me alive from one moment to the next, the same as you do. How can people hear me say that and then scream that I'm a baby killer? Did you just LISTEN to what I said? I DON'T want babies to be killed, but I don't want women to be killed either, or be forced to bear children that will hurt and kill them (emotionally or physically...I have a friend who bore a baby she didn't want and it killed her soul). It's not pretty and it's not easy. you know what IS easy? Screaming at someone else and ignoring that person's personal struggle, sitting on an ivory tower and judging the people far below you who all look like ants from that vantage point. That's easy. This world, this life, those things aren't easy. The hardest thing in this world is to live in it, and anyone who's doing that from day to day, I respect you for at least trying. If you chose to bear a child you exercised your right to choose, just like everyone else did. Why can't people disagree without calling other people names? What are we, five years old? Jesus fucking Christ.



Nov. 3rd, 2008 01:40 am
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (viva la vie boheme)
More Christmas fun, and the last Halloween Hurrah )
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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Giftmas )
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So I went to the "National Coming Out Day" celebration on the Quad yesterday. I didn't sleep and finally decided to go, since I was wasting my time and not sleeping anyway. I was scared to go to be honest with you. I feel like a liar for "coming out" in a group of people who will probably be supportive and not throw rocks at me, and I don't "come out" at work where it would be hard, or to my family, where they'd either freak out or stop talking to me after we've just begun the tenuous process of talking again after ten years. I feel like it would be an empty gesture, and then I think I'm an idiot for being so afraid to do something that comes so easily for other people and I beat myself up again. But I went anyway. It wasnothing like I expected. I chronicled the event in pictures, obsessively snapping pictures hoping to capture some small flicker of the important message I learned there. I hope it touches you like it touched me.

Dial up beware, there are almost 100 pictures here )

I'm so so so glad I went. Even though I didn't get any sleep because I chose to go to this event, it was so worth it. I experienced so much. I don't want to sound maudlin or like I'm overreacting...but that plywood structure felt like a holy place, and I know something of holy places. More so than any church has felt to me in a long time, I felt like God was there today. As much as I try to distance myself from other people and keep myself separate because I'm afraid of being hurt again, I still think my seeking and my reaching is the only thing that keeps me connected to other people because it's real. It's a flicker of hope, the possibility of finding something that keeps me going out and trying to find truth in the midst of all the lies and pain and selfishness and all the bullshit that comes with being around humans. Richard Peck once wrote "We can't have a community until we're ready to be one," and that's so true. A lot of people want to have a community but if they're not ready for everything that entails, all the fighting and struggling that comes with being a human with a free will, than their community will collapse. But I can't keep to myself forever. As much as I feel like there's nothing worthy is me that can be salvaged, I think I do have something worthy, and maybe I'm not as weird and different from other people as I always think. I have so much more hope now than I did yesterday, and it's because I was brave. I always think of myself as a coward because I think about all the things I could be doing, everything people say I should be doing, and don't focus on the courage it takes me to keep doing what I am doing now. As long as I'm not doing nothing, that is something. I need to remember that. Courage isn't the lack of fear, courage is standing in the face of fear, being as scared as a polecat up a river, and doing something anyway (even a small hard difficult thing that only you understand why it's difficult for you at all). I wish you all peace and love and courage and beauty and I hope you take the time to love yourself and give yourselves a break. Come out come out wherever you are, and be who you are, because no matter who you are, you are loved. I love you, and I've never known you any other way.
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I know I haven't said anything about this and you guys know I haven't had the best luck with roommates in the past, but I have high hopes for this and I didn't want anyone to discourage me or give me advice or make me any more nervous than I already am...I have two new roommates now and I'm hoping the three of us can get along and learn to live peacefully together.

Pictures! )


Aug. 12th, 2008 11:21 am
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (empty wallet)
This is for [livejournal.com profile] bohemianeditor who posted a link to a website full of these types of pics. I saw this while stocking Sunday night at work and had to take a picture with my phone so I could make this pic (yes, I live my entire life on the internet. No, I don't have a problem with that).

I love the crew in receiving at my store. They follow directions so well.

Will you shut the fuck up about your apartment already? Jesus )


Jul. 27th, 2008 11:28 am
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (viva la vie boheme)
This is a website you should check out: http://www.shuttercal.com if you love to take pictures try it out. it's basically an online calendar where you upload a new pic for each day, so basically you take a picture documenting your life for each day of the year and upload it for everyone to see. It's fun when you can see what other people upload for their pics, and if you get stumped wondering what picture to take, the administrators of the website post a weekly blog and in the blog they discuss things and there's a weekly theme they post in the blog, basically saying "hey, take a picture of LIGHT this week" and so it's fun seeing how other people interpret the instruction to take a picture of light, and trying to figure out how to creatively interpret that instruction yourself. The best thing about this website is that it's FREE. Personally, I love it...if you decide to join, add me on there so we can check out each other's pictures...my name is edwardnortonfan. I know some of you have done the "take a picture a day for a year" challenge, but this is a whole website built around that, and I like the look of the site and the idea of having a video diary for my life. I often see it passing and wonder how to capture the time before it slips away so I always remember how I felt and what happened...it's something I think about a lot and with this website, it's fun looking back on the months and seeing a pic of what you did each day!

My first picture is of my new sofa. Well, my old sofa which I covered with a full sheet set I bought on clearance today, so instead of being icky brown, it's now black and it looks really cool in my living room (all you people getting home decor are inspiring me...I'm looking at YOU [livejournal.com profile] peskipiksi).

I have to turn in my paperwork for my new job on Wednesday. I'm stressing about losing my apartment. Before you pooh pooh that, remember that this is the eleventy bazillionth time I've almost lost this place due to fucked up paperwork. My landlords are degenerate cunts who care for no one but themselves. I'm really worried about how I will make ends meet with my new higher rent (so why did I buy a sheet set? Fuck you, I spent ten bucks, and all my bills are paid...)


Apr. 28th, 2008 10:41 pm
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edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (hot guy)
I had a lot of fun Sunday. My friend Jen left me a myspace asking me to call her and we ended up talking for an hour, then she asked if I wanted to go to Reed City to visit her family with her, and I agreed, then we talked for ANOTHER hour until we realized if we didn't get off the phone we never would (I don't like the phone much but she's one person I can talk on the phone for HOURS with...case in point) so we visited her Grandma and her dad's family and her 13 year old brother ended up coming back to Big Rapids to spend the night at her house hanging out and I took them out for dollar menu at Mcdonald's and then her boyfriend Alan had to get ready for work so she dropped her brother off at my house for an hour so she could spend time with Alan and her brother and I ended up going to Walmart and Kmart and...well, when we were in Kmart we hung out separately and then he got me after about 30 minutes and asked if I was ready so we walked back to my place (I live right behind the Kmart plaza) and when we walked out the door to Kmart he pulled something out of his pocket...turns out he stole an MP3 player while we were there. He went to the hardware section, stole a knife from the packaging, used the knife to cut the MP3 player out of its packaging since it was hooked to the shelf, then he slipped it into his pocket.

Accomplished thief. I told Jen and she bitched him out and made him give it back to her so she can take it back to the store tomorrow. And he didn't even mind giving it up to her, which tells me he just stole it for the thrill. I like the kid a lot but he'll end up in lockup with that attitude.

The rest of the night was less eventful. We hung out and took pictures (under cut). Jen let her brother (13, remember) take shots of Bacardi 151 and he took one fine but on his second he threw up all over my kitchen sink, floor, the hallway leading to the bathroom, the bathroom sink, and the toilet. He cleaned it up though. It was fun. Work today was LESS fun. We have carved glass stemware that comes in boxes of 100 glasses and they left the cases under the front counter, well someone decided to spill the grease trap from the fryers all over the floor under the counter so it soaked into the cases and we had to drag them back, wash all the glasses, put them in new boxes, squeegee all the grease back to the only drain in the floor which is in the back of the store, deck scrub the floor and mop it. Fun times. I felt like I hauled steel all day my legs and arms hurt so bad. Yeesh.

I found the best song in the world today:

This is totally how I feel now. Nice to know there's always a band somewhere that can read my mind. :-p~~



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