Tagged Again

Friday December 2, 2005 at 12:51pm memes, long freakin post Comments (22) »

Something's been going around. Kind of like a cold, i guess - only, instead of making you cough and sneeze, it makes you tell your whole life story in quintets. Only, I've found that there's too much that's left out in the in-between times, so i'm gonna include a few other little notes.

It seems that i got hit with this one because the EP was short of targets.

Here goes.

*cough*

10 Years Ago
I was a sophomore at Brown County High School in Nashville, IN. This was my first year in the public school system since the 2nd grade. I discovered public school was way easier than home schooling. I didn't have many friends at school, but I met a kid named Casey in my gym class who introduced me to Battletech. I mostly hung out with some friends from church and camp. I was living at home with my parents and two sisters and rooming with my brother, who tended to annoy me the way little brothers tend to annoy teenage kids. I was starting a band with Justin Booth (whom I met at camp) and Scott Cvelbar (whom I knew from church), mostly playing some old songs by the Beach Boys, Eric Clapton and Billy Joel. I started writing a couple of songs of my own.

Rob Rigsby from our church eventually joined our band which would be called Stained Glass. We played a few shows at the camp and a couple other places. I decided that I wanted to go to Milligan College mostly because i wanted to go to a christian college that was NOT a 'bible' college and that's the one my minister (john sichting, who is awesome) went to. I met my first girlfriend, Kelley Fox, at a crysalis flight my senior year in highschool. She taught me a lot about relationships in the clumsy learn-through-trial-and-error sort of way. I went to Milligan, where i met Kevin who taught me a good part of what i know about anything technological and introduced me to things like IM, Quake 2 and music made after 1983.

Five Years Ago
I was a junior at Milligan College, TN. I had changed my major from CIS (because i hated the CIS classes) to Psychology and started taking more psychology and sociology classes - which i enjoyed. My band from IN had just had what would be our last show to date the previous summer (which rocked). I was listening to Jets to Brazil, The Get Up Kids and the Juliana Theory. I was living with Nathan Henry in Webb Hall after Kevin moved to Quillan. I had started dating Sheri the previous year, and we spent a lot of time together. I was reintroduced to roleplaying in general and introduced to D&D by Rich Riddle (whom i miss gaming with a lot) and i proceeded to spread this evil (hehe) to several Milliganites.

I graduated from Milligan in 02 and moved back home for part of a summer before moving back to TN with Kevin in the Yellow Subroutine. Kevin was a 5th year senior and i was having a bad time looking for a job (or being motivated to do so). I was pretty depressed most of the time. Ginger and Amber had graduated with me and moved back to their respective home states. Sheri was also a 5th year senior at Milligan, and I spent a lot of time at her place in MSA. I finally got a job at the Dawn of Hope. Sheri graduated and moved back home to IN. Kevin graduated and moved to Tampa, FL the next fall. Both of these depatures made me sad. Thankfully, Ginger moved back here that summer and Tony was still around when Milligan was in session. Massive friend shuffling. Sheri moved back here the following January. This made me very happy. She began working at the Dawn of Hope and as a choir director at First Christian Church in Erwin, which we started attending. I proposed to her in February of 04 and we were married that July.

One Year Ago
Sheri and I had just been married for a few months (:-D), and we were still trying to figure out the best way to live with all our stuff in this tiny little apartment. I was working at the Dawn of Hope in Johnson City, but had recently been approached by Brian West about a Web Developer job. I was still running games for my gaming group every other week or so. I was still playing guitar quite a bit and was trying to start to write some new stuff, since i hadn't in a while. I was listening to Guster, Weakerthans and Alkaline Trio.

-End Life Story-

Five Yummy Things
-uber spaghetti
-sheri's chili (speaking of...)
-lemonheads and redhots (that is one thing)
-cream soda
-strawberry raspberry cinnamon jello applesauce

Five Songs I Know by Heart
-Bright Eyes - "Bowl of Oranges"
-Jets To Brazil - "Wish List"
-Our Lady Peace - "In Repair"
-Simon & Garfunkel - "The Boxer"
-Thrice - "The Melting Point of Wax"

Five Things I Would Do With A Lot Of Money
-buy all the stuff i need to record everything i've ever written. (i fully intend to do this when i can)
-buy a really nice set of condos, apts, houses, whatever and convince all my friends to come/go live there. (i think Kev had a dream about that once)
-help everyone i know who's having a bad time any way i can.
-help as many people as i can that i don't know that are having a bad time; most likely by finding some good charities. Ginger could probably help me out on that.
-Travel with Sheri. Take the EP as a guide and anyone else who wants to come.

Five Places I Would Escape To
-I'll go along with Narnia, during the reign of the Kings and Queens.
-Australia - or somewhere thereabouts.
-Antarctica - but only after they invent some uber keep-you-warm-no-matter-what clothes
-Machu Picchu - or any number of ancient civilizations
-the distant future

Five Things I Would Never Wear
-women's clothing (any)
-clothes that are uncomfortable
other than that, pretty much anything works. Now, if you were asking what i would wear in public or what i would buy, that's something different.

Five Favorite TV Shows
(I don't watch TV, so i'm going to have to stretch on this one)
-Stargate SG-1
-Any cartoons. (even spongebob, which i used to hate)
-Gilmore Girls (the sheer volume of dialogue cracks me up)
-Old sci-fi shows like Twilight Zone & Outer Limits
-Any of the plethora of redecorating shows

Five Favorite Films
-The Gamers
-The Princess Bride
-Lord of the Rings
-Harry Potter
-My Fair Lady

Five Favorite Toys
-Lain & Moro
-Guitar(s)
-Gaming stuff
-Game console(s) (outdated though they be)
-Digital Camera

Five People Who Get This Meme
Well, Ginger gave it to me. Kev got it from Heard like Ginger did. Llama doesn't have a blog. Punkie hasn't been on my site for a while and has probably done it 6 times already anyway - so i don't really have anyone to pass it to :(.

~PS

The Evilest Penguin says...

Huzzah! The insanity can go no farther!!

Penguinsushi says...

Ginger - need i remind you that i am one of 4 people you tagged? ..and that you were one of 5 people tagged by Heard, and that he was one of 5 people tagged by someone else...? Oh, i think the insanity is far from over. ;) ~PS

Llama says...

I have a blog, i just don't have a public one...yet. I was thinking of going public but seeing as i write to it about once a month, or maybe twice if skye keeps pestering me, i probably shouldn't. No way I could keep up with actual content and play tag too. I guess Atomic Wedgie Dog's Blog of Doom stays hidden.

Penguinsushi says...

Llama, what exactly is the point of having a blog that you don't show anyone? That's pretty much the whole point of the thing. In fact, if you keep it secret, i'm not sure it qualifies as a blog. ~PS

Llama says...

I'm pretty sure the original purpose of the blog was an online journal of one's thoughts. This could be shared over the internet while allowing one to maintain his anominity. Of course, when people found it, they thought it was a good idea and cool, so they copied it. And they shared their personal thoughts with the protectiveness of people not knowing just who was behind these thoughts and reflections. And then lots of people started doing it, and they found out that since everyone was doing it, their's didn't stand out so no one was reading it. So this third group of people started telling folks who they were, and telling their friends "I have a blog. Please come read it." And then blogging hit the mainstream and it became used for everything from people sharing their secret thoughts to people trying to get other people to pay attentions to the idiotic thoughts to people writing about politics to specialty blogs about cake and stuff. So, by keeping a secret blog, I'm actually remaining true to the spirit of blogging that hasn't been corrupted by pop-culture and trendiness.

Penguinsushi says...

So what you're saying is you only want people who don't know who you are to read your blog. This seems strange to me, but then, i can't think of anything i would want to say that i wouldn't want my friends to know. ~PS

Llama says...

There is lots of things you might want to talk about, but not want your friends to hear. For instance, the mysterious occurance surrounding Aslan on Saturday. You might wish to pop on to the D&D forum and brag about your cool idea and how well it was pulled off. (Dude, he totally ran off into the woods by himself. It was the perfect set-up.) However, you know that if Penguinsushi is talking about stuff on the D&D forum that all one of us would need to do is decide to head over there on a whim and *poof* instant discovery. And there are things you don't want to tell us and we don't want to know about. You are the least open person I know about your sexuality or what you find attractive in a female, besides Sheri. (not a bad thing, given some of the openness of the people I work with and hang out with. I can probably mention Mike by name as he never checks the site, but I won't. I can mention Steve because he doesn't care.) P.S. if this gets you blocked by surfwatch; sorry. Not that I can ever envision a circumstance in which you would blog about any sort of sexual related matter, but if you had too, you would rather it be read by strangers than friends. At least, I would prefer it be read by strangers and not me. Nothing personal. (But unless its a circumstance of "llama, I really need someone to talk to and I think I can talk to you about this" then i'd rather not know. Come to think of it, that arrangement stands with a few people. *shrugs* I guess I'm like an odd little psychiatrist. ) Also, blogging about potential birthday and christmas gift ideas and having people to bounce back ideas works out nicely. For instance "I have a friend who is into Munchkin and I want to get her a Munchkin players handbook, but she actually has Star Munchkin, should I get her the Star Munchkin one?" Or I have a friend who likes penguins and computers and anime. For Christmas should I get him ******* or maybe $$@$$###! Someone goes actually, get him ^^<<>V><>^^ and I go...cool. (this occurrance has been dramatized and did not actually occur, but it could have. I had Jared's Christmas planned since July and purchased in August.) I also realize that whenever Kevin is involved, i have a secret blog like Yzma has a "secret lair." So you see, lots of reasons for a secret link of communications to folks outside the Realm. Well, 3 reasons, but I think they are good reasons. Edit: OOOOOOH, i forgot one. The realization that when someone knows your blog, that someone who knows someone knows your blog. And that someone they know can follow the trail to your blog. Frankly, that would scare the heck out of me. I know mom knows of Penguinsushi.com, i mentioned it a few times, and I know that it is saved on Grandma's office computer harddrive. So if I mention here my blog, and it gets linked, (which i fully expect to happen anytime soon, especially since i let slip enough info for the EP to find it with no trouble.) but then i have to think that anything I say there could be read by mom. That could affect a heartfelt post, about how i like to go to the Old Country, but I can't stay there too long because I start to feel anger and hatred and a desire to beat many of my fellow man in the face with a crowbar start to fester in my soul and eat away at the happiness I have created in there. Mom would/will then blame my short visit on Sara and Chad and will give her anger more energy on which to feast upon her once happy soul.

Penguinsushi says...

see that's just it: those aren't the sort of things i would want to blog about anyway, because i see the point of a blog as being a public journal. They might be the kind of things i'd write in a private journal, or an email that i control who it gets sent to, or wait until a more appropriate time to talk about it, but i wouldn't put them in a blog. And, like you mentioned, there's no way to be 100% sure someone you know wouldn't find it anyway. ~PS

Llama says...

You have a point. I see that we have interpretted differently the way of the blog, however I have found a solution that works out for me. As soon as I get some decent content up I'll post a link to my little flegling blog. Until then, you can find it at Masked LLama at livejournal, but its really hard to get too apparently and also, it doesn't have much to say. Soon, i hope to post the story of "the visit that worked but not like it was supposed to."

Penguinsushi says...

Indeed. I remember saying that if that had happened to me, it would definitely end up in the blog. ~PS

Llama says...

No, i was refering to a visit that the preacher at my church in the old country paid to my poor Aunt Kathy who recently lost her husband Darryl "Smitty" Smith. In all fairness he didn't know Aunt Kathy very well, as he was fill in preacher from a neighboring church and she hadn't been to Woburn in awhile, but he's a guy that mom can't stand for some reason I've forgotten and I don't think Aunt Kathy likes him either, so he doesn't get cut any slack. Well, anyway, when he begins his prayer for my aunt, he says "Dear Lord, please be with ...(20 second pause)...her." Then he goes on to talk about a wonderful song that was our singer did a solo for. Kathy assumed that he was going to recite it, but no, he begins to sing at the top of his lungs in her house, and he is no solo singer. Kathy's daughter was also there, and they both admit that neither of them could make eye contact with the other or they'd just break out laughing. Then he said that he wanted Aunt Kathy to join the church Christmas progam. She asked when it was gonna be. He said Dec 18 and she said she couldn't because that was Smitty's (her husband's) birthday. The poor preacher goes "Who's Smitty?" I realize two things about this. The whole point was to cheer Aunt Kathy up, and since she was laughing about the experience later, it did do just that. And 2) it is funnier when told in person. Actually i have had about 4 incidents now where i found something odd, determined the most likely and practical solution and corrected the matter in the method I thought accurate only to find out that i was completely off base. EDIT: I don't need a blog, i just need to reply on Jared's! :P

Penguinsushi says...

That sounds like something from one of those books of embarrassing stories and/or an anecdote from a sermon. Yeah, you should definitely put that in the blog too. heh. ~PS

Llama says...

Why can't i have a blog on the Sushi Site again? we discussed this one night at Wendy's

Penguinsushi says...

I could make you a blog like mine on here if you wanted. I'd put it in www.penguinsushi.com/llama/ or something, and then link to it from my blog page and you can put it in your user links. ~PS

The Evilest Penguin says...

You also need to post your mis-adventures from Saturday on a blog for general amusement. :)

Llama says...

If I am to repeat these wonderous tales of adventure and drama that continually besiege my life.

The Bunguin Queen says...

I guess I don't need a blog. I really don't have much of a life. So most of it would probably be rantings about coworkers and such... which most of you hear in person anyway. and most 'deep' thoughts are forgotten before I get a chance to write them down let alone blog them... that's pretty sad really...as I've had some pretty nice thoughts. and also that I rarely get on and read the stuff let alone post anything so I'd probably end up blogging about twice a quarter.... geesh I'm boring. However, I do that that a LlamaBlog would be a very funny thing...I think people would find it very interesting to read regardless of whether or not they know him.

Llama says...

Saturday was an amazing day for Murphy's Law and good logic to strike for an interesting combination. I woke up around 10:30 after staying up waaaaaaay too late the night before. I was kinda groggy still and definately exhausted from the week, but I knew that we were meeting to play D&D at Jared's at noon. I was sure of the time because Jared reminded me TWICE the day before to be there at noon. So I left at 11:30, drove by the bank and deposited the check they gave me to repay my towing bill. (they had in actuality mailed me two checks. I returned the extra one, being an omnivore of my word SUCKS sometimes.) Yay, I now have money. Hmmm....its only 11:37 and I'm hungry, so i stop by McDonalds and pick up food. Then I drive to Milligan's post office, i turn into the post office (literally 2 minutes tops from Jared's) at 11:50. I checked my mail, didn't get the letter i was expecting *mild frustration* and skittered off to Jared's pulling in at 11:57. First off, I noticed I'm early as Ginger's car is not there, next I noticed that only one of the two bungiun vehicles is there. "well," I think "perhaps Sheri is out getting soda or something." But to my shock, the Apt door is locked and no one is there!!! Puzzled, I stopped for a minute and rationalized a few things. 1) It was noon and Ginger wasn't there 2) It was noon and neither Jared nor Sheri were there. 3) Their door was locked, so its not like they just had to run out and do something unexpectedly, or they would have left the door unlocked. They weren't expecting people to come by in their absence. 4) Last time we gamed at Ginger's place. 5)I could not remember verifying that the game was at The Rabbit Hole (jared's place.) So, obviously, we were supposed to be meeting at Ginger's. This explained the lack of presence at The Rabbit Hole. {You have been waylayed by parody and must defend yourself} Then in my mind arose such a clatter. I ran to my car to rectify the matter. Away to my new car I flew like a flash. Threw open the door and prayed I didn't crash. The traffic on the road was moving so slow. Did not seem to realize, I had places to go. When what to my wondering eyes should appear but every light turned red as I drew near. With some wild driving so wreckless and quick I arrived at Ginger's somehow without even a nick. More rapid than eagles I raced up the stairs to game. Carrying behind me my bookbag, or Satchel, by name. {You have successfully vanquished the parody, we now continue with your regular blog.) When I got to Ginger's door, I knocked and waited to be let in. But then I didn't hear noise from Ginger's. A new realization dawned on me. I'm not sure I saw Ginger's car out front, so I put Satchel down and went back to the parking lot to see if she was there. Her car wasn't there, now i was just totally confused. What could I do? Drive all the way back to my apt and see where we were supposed to game? ICK. Wait. Atomik Comics was open and I'm good friends with the owner. So i went to his place and used the internet to visit this very webpage and verify that I was supposed to be at Jared's at noon. WHAT THE SHOCK WAS GOING ON AROUND HERE??? Well, I used Shawn's phone to call Jared's place, and got a busy signal. PLAH! I waited about 5 minutes, shot the breeze with Shawn then called again. Still a busy signal, but I decided that I would just head to Jared's and either find out what the shock was going on or wait there and read for a while. After all, I had a new novel in my bookbag. MY BOOKBAG!! I left it at the top of Ginger's stairs. {Its not quite dead yet} With some wild driving so wreckless and quick I arrived at Ginger's somehow without even a nick. More rapid than eagles I raced up the stair Praying that poor Satchel, would still be there. {I'm pretty sure its dead now} I retrieved Satchel, and then returned to Jared's place. I noticed that Ginger's car was't there, but that Sheri's was, and also Eric's bike. Alright, finally some semblance that things are normal. So I opened the door and saw that Jared was there. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot. And his clothers were all tarnished with ashes and soot. His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry. {Missed a spot check and you are taken by surprise by a random poetry description.} Anyway, it turns out that Jared and Sheri's choir ran late and that was why they weren't there. Ginger was running late and that's why she was't there. The phone was busy because they were ordering pizza. But soon we gamed and all was good. It turns out that pink dice roll really well for me, that's ironic for reasons that won't be discussed here, but I got a kick out of it. Maybe I'll have to pick some up. Hey, gamers are a superstitious lot.

Penguinsushi says...

ok, llama. you get 500xp for that bit - though the jury is still out on whether that's a positive or negative 500... ~PS

Llama says...

WEll, if its negative XP..I'm gonna hold it until we are fighting a bad guy, then I'm gonna wait till he drinks a potion and transfer the negative XP into his potion, negating the XP cost to make it, and reducing it to water. So, do I pass? can i get my own blog?

Penguinsushi says...

sure. if only to keep you from posting three-page comments on mine. ~PS

Llama says...

I win!

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