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Date:2007-12-10 23:02
Subject:Xmas List for this year!

Again, a repeat of previous years - VERY VERY rare public post. I'm writing this for Lo-Lin and my parents:

InstantMusic Vinyl & Cassette Ripper - From ThinkGeek for $49.99

Any of the Sweatyfrog Hong Kong Vinyls at Sweatyfrog for $24.99

MacGyver - Complete Series. So awesome. The only disappointment about this set: it doesn't include the three made for TV movies about MacGyver!!!! Oh well Amazon for $169.99

Titanium Spork by Thinkgeek for $8.99

"The Art of Simple Food" by Alice Waters at Amazon for $20.99

A pair of Patagonia casual shoes - more appropriately, a gift certificate to buy the shoes I want when I go there. at Patagonia for about $130

I like bourbon.

ok. im done. btw. - this isn't in any order.

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Date:2006-12-03 12:41
Subject:Last Night in Dubai

I have much to say about Dubai, but I really need time to relax and write something proper. I will soon -- probably when I am relaxing in Belgium/Amsterdam/Luxembourg

until then -- g'day!

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Date:2006-11-28 12:15
Subject:UAE: Dubai Day 2 and 3
Mood: tired

First, the pictures of the first days. The Al Burj Arab Hotel is beautiful.

The second and third days were exhausting. Basically, we went to the following places:

1) U.S. Consulate meeting at the 4 Seasons
2) American Business Council out in the middle of nowhere
3) Dubai Chamber of Commerce - this was neat - overlooking everything and talking about conference productions.
4) ETA-ASCON group - this huge 45000 person company.

Basically it was a long 2 days. The food is kind of expensive, but alright. I think I've finally caught up on my sleep, but now - its time for bed! i'm hoping to post more photos tomorrow.

Tomorrow, we are going to Abu Dhabi. I plan on taking a lot of pictures. =)

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Date:2006-11-26 19:50
Subject:UAE: Dubai: What a long trip

I think I've decided instead of a blogspot blog this time, I'm just going to post publicly about my travels. This way, it requires zero extra effort to get things posted.

So..... Wed. morning at way too early in the morning I headed to Denver International Airport with LoLin's help. Way too early after a night of celebrating the end of finals with friends. Ending up going through Minneapolis and then landed in Peoria IL where my sister was waiting. So tired. Drove from Peoria through to Iowa City to meet my clients. Great meeting, lots of brainstorming.

Afterwards, I headed over to Megan's and we went to Old Chicago for dinner. Good times. its great to catch up with old friends. Afterwards, we headed back to her place where I promptly passed out from exhaustion.

The next morning, thanksgiving day. I don't really like Thanksgiving. My family is....different. We go to Old Country Buffet for Thanksgiving. I absolutely hate the place, but we go there anyways. I was running late because I was so tired, but I made it just on time. Had some crappy buffet style food and argued for a bit. Then.....airport time!

The long trip had commenced. Bouncing from Moline, IL to Minneapolis to Amsterdam wasn't too bad -- the first flight had 6 people, the international flight had about 30. I had a whole row of 4 seats to myself until someone slid into one of them. not bad though -- more than enough room to stretch out. Amsterdam was alright - grabbed my bag quickly and went through passport control and customs - easy time. Checked my bags into Lufthansa for my next flight series - and asked whether i had time to get to and from the city for fun -- she denied me.

so i hung out at Schipol - gambled at the casino, used some internets, read a lot -- finished Da Vinci Code. then the next flight series commenced: Munich to Dubai. Munich was alright -- had 2 Euro homebrew beers at the restaurant next to the Dubai gate. The flight to Dubai was long and tiring -- too full. the guy next to me was big like me -- and even though we had an exit row - we were cramped. oh well

Dubai Airport: OMG -- HUGE. It was immense -- i think i walked for 30 minutes before I hit visa control and they told me to just continue to passport -- where I waited close to 2 hours in line. You would think a 2 hour wait would consist of one line -- but there was a room literally the size of the Pepsi Center in Denver (where the Nuggets basketball team plays) -- that was FULL of people in lines - probably 40 lines about 100 people deep. I wish i could have taken pictures -- so immense. After passport control, I bought some illegal liquor and skirted around customs. Yes! Grabbed a taxi and got to the hotel. By the time I got to the hotel, it was 8:30 AM on Saturday morning.

Luckily the hotel was nice enough to let me check in early -- i took a nap and headed out to the Mall of the Emirates -- where they have the indoor snowboarding. Hit up Virgin for the Da Vinci Code DVD and wandered around. I saw Quiznos (for LoLin) and ate some Lebanese fast food. Good stuff. Headed back and watched the movie and read for a while before passing out.

Started off Sunday well, the first day with everyone. Went to the Burj Dubai Sales office first. This is being built right now -- as the tallest building in the world. They haven't announced the height, because they want it to be the tallest. The complex is huge. I mean -- enormous.

The second place we went was the The Palm Jumeirah sales office. Yes, this is *the* Palm Islands and the World. We saw lots of clips about their progress and was told that they are all sold out basically. Crazy. We didnt get to go out to the Islands, but could see them from the shore. The massiveness of the project is unbelievable. The same group also built the Burj Al Arab Hotel -- You know, the windsail one? We drove past there a few times and took pics. Great times.

Afterwards, we went to lunch at some Lebanese place and ate way too much food, napped in the bus for a bit and went to the Dubai Museum. By that time, everyone was tired and cranky -- went back to the hotel, called LoLin, went to the hotel bar with my roommate and went to bed. So tired. I woke up early this morning and got online. not too bad. Even though i dont have internets in my room. =(

Now, its breakfast time!!! I will try and post pictures tomorrow. Any special requests?

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Date:2006-11-14 16:52
Subject:Christmas wish list! Cuz my momma loves it!

Very rarely do I post publicly, but since my mom wants to see a christmas wish list every year....here we go. The only problem is that I will be plane.bound coming back to Denver this year -- so big gifts are out out out! Hell, I'd do fine with gift certificates to Amazon.com or Newegg.com or Target. BTW - All links go directly to the item unless otherwise specified.

Other than that.....here it goes -- my dream list:

PowerSquid Outlet Multiplier - From Thinkgeek for $12.99 I don't need anymore regular power strips - this one fills the needs I have - ability to do wallwarts (those stupid square box power things)

InstantMusic Vinyl & Cassette Ripper - From ThinkGeek for $49.99

Weiqi ("Go") Set - From YM Imports for $$115.00 You can probably find a cheaper one, but a quality set would be nice.

American Streamlined Design by David Hanks and Anne Hoy. Amazon for $47.25 new; $32.72 used. Half.com for $37.95

Any of the Sweatyfrog Hong Kong Vinyls at Sweatyfrog for $24.99

Office Space - Special Edition with Flair (Widescreen) - I have the original, but I want more FLAIR! -- Amazon for $13.66 new and $9.85 used; Half.com for $7.75 used

Foodie Craze - Like trivial pursuit, but for food crackheads like me from Foodie Craze for $29.99. You might be able to find this cheaper elsewhere.

The West Wing - Complete Series. No funny business. All 7 seasons in one package. My style. I LOVE LOVE LOVE West Wing. Amazon for $179.99

MacGyver - Complete Series. So awesome. The only disappointment about this set: it doesn't include the three made for TV movies about MacGyver!!!! Oh well Amazon for $173.99

Six Feet Under - Complete Series. This is one messed up TV show. I love it Amazon for $179.99

Frigits Deluxe - Rube Goldberg madness for your fridge!!!! From their website for $29.95

The Economist - yes. I'm a dork, but a year subscription to The Economist would be great - At their website for $49.90

Vertical Brain Cell Laptop Bag by Tom Bihn - Size 6 - Black, no shoulder strap. =D

Ethernet Crossover Adapter by Thinkgeek for $6.99

Titanium Spork by Thinkgeek for $8.99

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Date:2006-01-28 07:00
Subject:the BEST video ever

I think this is the best video ever. David Hasselhoff - Hooked on a Feeling.

No, seriously. watch this. be prepared to have the most awesome experience in your life. Angels! Snowboarding on a toboggan! elephants! flying! David Hasselhoff! fish!

how amazing can this be?

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Date:2005-11-28 21:25
Subject:Mike's Give Me Stuff List

It's time for the annual, "Get Mike cool stuff" -- mainly for my parents,
but if any one of you wants to send me stuff -- you know where to reach me

Usually I put up a huge list of items -- that i kind of want -- that would
be neat. But I really don't want anything...unless its creative or unique.
I like unique. or thoughtful. thoughtfulness is great. Movies clothes
and music are typically bad choices to give me. Books are quickly becoming
the same way -- unless i specifically request it. don't buy me that

umm what else can be said. I like events. MUCH more than stuff. say --
"mike, let's go to a hockey or football game" or something like that. it
means more to me, than say ....socks.

I'm a total gift giver. Thoughtful, meaningful gifts mean a lot lot lot to

anyways, for the uncreative and uneventful bunch out there. here is my xmas
list in no particular order

Item  Cost  Link  Comments

Powersquid Outlet Multiplier  $15  ThinkGeek  I have too many electronics

i-Dog  $30  Hasbro  I need this like I need a kick in the head, but it's neat

American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow by David Hanks  $35 used  Amazon Half.com is too expensive  I love design. Plus this is in my Amazon wishlist

Any vinyl character from Sweatyfrog  $22  Sweatyfrog  I love neat shit.

Yoshitomo Nara Clock  $219  Sweatyfrog  The most amazing clock ever

Office Space - Special Edition with Flair (Widescreen)  $15 New $13 Used  Amazon Half   I already have the regular version, but I want FLAIR!!!! -- btw its also on my Amazon wish list

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil  $20  Amazon  Also on my Amazon wish list.

Any of the Lindeman's Lambics  $8  Liquorama   I like beer and wine. Not cheap stuff, but good stuff

Candeloo Rechargeable Lamps, Orange/Violet  $50  
MOMA  These are too nice

Foodie Craze - food trivial pursuit!  $30  FoodieCraze.com  ummm I like games

and finally

My Amazon wish
- You can send directly to me!

or Old Chicago gift cards or Amazon gift certificates. those are good.

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Date:2005-11-11 08:57
Subject:I normally dont do this

But, since I'm an Iowa fan -- please read this and go vote for her. she's winning heavily now...but we need to assure an Iowa girl's place. =)


Hello Everyone!!

Today I was notified that I was selected as a potential candidate to dance on
Broadway!!! A couple of weeks ago I sent in a tape and now I'm a contestant
in the running. I'm very excited to be a top 10 finalist to dance on
Broadway, but now I really need your help!!!!!!! The one person who gets the
most votes by Nov. 30th will get to go to Broadway and dance with the cast and
crew of Sweet Charity. Being the small town girl from the Midwest, we have a
lot of votes to try and accumulate. If you would be so kind to please visit
the following website:


And vote for DIANA (IA)!!

To vote is easy and will only take 10 seconds of your time. I believe each
computer terminal can vote once (but you can still try several times on
different days to see if it works :) Also, please send this to all your
friends, family, classmates, co workers, or even random people you meet!! The
more people we can get the word out to the better chance of winning.

I would greatly appreciate all and any help that you can give me in trying to
accomplish one of my ultimate goals of performing on Broadway. With all of
your help I definitely think it's possible.

Thanks so much and keep the votes coming!

Diana Reed

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Date:2005-10-26 22:02
Subject:SOX WIN!

Sox win =) congrats southside. next year: cubbies.

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Date:2005-10-20 00:02
Subject:im jumping on the bandwagon

A bunch of people have done the top 12 albums that have help shape and influence the person I am today. Not tired yet, so I might as well jump on the bandwagon.

In no particular order

. White Zombie - Astro-Creep: 2000
. NIN - Fixed
. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2
. Squarepusher - Feed Me Weird Things
. Plastikman - Musik
. Autechre - Incunabula
. Ministry - ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ/Psalm 69
. Lords of Acid - Lust (Voodoo U was great, but Lust influenced me more)
. Mark Farina - Mushroom Jazz (mix CD, yes - but the compilation made me think differently about music and the purpose of music)
. Jeff Mills - Mix-Up vol. 2 Live at the Liquid Room (mix CD - but but but ;)
. Adam Beyer - Pump EP
. Nirvana - Nevermind

so, i include 2 mix cds -- but whatever -- if you want to replace them - replace them with these:
. V/VM - Machine Components
. Vikter Duplaix - Sensuality

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Date:2005-10-10 07:19
Mood: happy

It's snowing!!!!!!!!

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Date:2005-09-05 23:52

Today. I was headed to the mountains. got all grumpy at myself and the traffic, turned around, drove around denver into places I haven't explored yet. still pissy with myself, my life, and everything around it - i can't believe im having a down.part of my life the week before school starts, but whatever.

I ended up at the sunshine market - to buy some comfort Chocolate covered honeycomb & chocolate covered crystalized ginger - day started to brighten a bit...as I'm walking out - I see a guy at the tables as you are leaving the store - with a fork, knife, and a 1/4 of a watermelon, cutting and eating chunks - just smiling as happy as can be. This point turned my day around...and it went up ever since. Ended up at anneski's place to help with her computer and watched a bit of Shark Tale - day kept going up..and now, just before midnight....dnonwoo rings me up. Today started like shit, ended up great.

I don't have much else to say at this point. My mind is full of things, but I have to sort them out in my head.

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Date:2005-08-19 23:00
Subject:meme heaven

Where I should liveCollapse )

I found this most interestingCollapse )

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Date:2005-08-19 08:11
Subject:everyone is doing it

I'll post my trip madness later today

1. Go here.
2. Pass it on.
my answersCollapse )

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Date:2005-08-05 11:36
Subject:i live in madness

This week was interesting.

hsavage12 rules. i woke up the next day with a slight hangover...but overall well. =)

I *finally* got my new Sony Ericsson S710 cell phone after struggling with Cingular to keep my Iowa number. =) Its pimp. I'm still getting used to it -- the response on the buttons is slower than on my old phone. I dont know what the deal is. Have to research it.

I finally have my new design for my website sort of working. Any comments are appreciated. You can check out the sample here. The original was done in tables and looks like this. What do you think?

My LJ.paid subscription ran out. blah. I should support them. But I'm waiting for checks to clear. ick.

Been getting my apartment arranged. Art/etc. hung up -- started djing a bit -- im out of practice since my decks have been put in storage for a while. After a couple of tracks I was able to get some beat matching down. Im so ADD when it comes to beatmatching. I get it -- forget it -- and it runs off. blah.

Happy birthday to all my august born friends. there are *WAY* many of you. i guess november was a good month. esp. my 2 ladies: dnonwoo and lizziepoo. we rock out the 1st. =)

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Date:2005-08-01 08:47
Subject:The parents have left the building

After a (somewhat trying at times) week with my parents and nephew -- they have exited the building and are on their way home to rural Illinois. Their 7 AM flight caused a 5:30 AM departure. ouch.

So, a brief recap of the week for those who care:

Sat/Sun: Move in. I finally have a high majority of my "stuff". including my turntables and a small portion of my records (only 3 full crates - the rest are in storage at the 'rents). and my books with the exception of a full bookcase of primarily fiction I've read. I finally have my bed. tonight. I will sleep well. No more futon living. Move in was hell - I thought my dad was going to pass out. =(

Mon: We went to Loveland pass (pics coming soon) and my nephew and I ventured into the snow. Headed back to the Georgetown silver mines and took the Georgetown Loop Railroad and mine tour. Interesting. They didn't make mines for people over 5'5" I thought my back was going to revolt. Afterwards we headed to see the Rockies Vs. Mets game. After a very lengthy rain delay the Rockies won.

Tues: My Powerbook had some spots on the screen and the Superdrive quit burning properly -- so we went to the Apple store. It wouldn't turn on. Sent it in to the repair reps. DOH. also -- bought my parents a 17" G5 IMac. It's so hot. I want to steal it. Introduced my mum to fresh lychees and the Far East Market. =) quite entertaining.

Wed: Went to the huge Denver flea market and then up to Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park for the day. Amazing. We drove up pretty high and ventured in a bit -- had lunch and basically hung out for a while. It was fun fun fun.

Thurs: Waterworld. OMG. You know how you should typically listen to your mother about wearing sunscreen -- DONT. (after forgetting the sunscreen in the apt.) "Michael, you'll be fine. You won't burn -- you just tan" alright. WRONG WRONG WRONG. I got myself burnt up. Waterworld was fun though. Many cute women and cool water all day. =)

Fri: Coors brewery tour. =) fiddled around Golden for a while. Ate at Pho99 on Federal. real Vietnamese food. my dad ordered some soup that had tripe in it. ewww. It was good, but VERY filling.

Sat: Headed up to Ft. Collins for the New Belgium brewery tour -- the tour had so many peopel you had to wait 2 hours to get in. We drank beer instead. =) Then, on a tip from another visitor -- headed to Odell Brewery right down the street. =) There are 2 more breweries right near there, but my mum nixed that idea. ;)

Sun: My mum and I went to Boulder and shopped in the Pearl St. Mall area. Fun stuff. Basically hung out.

Mon: they leave. good and bad. We had tons of fun. Sadly, they had to leave the morning of my birthday. Tonight. drinks. Stadium Inn. Josh? Holly? Fergus? I get back from my meeting about 8. call me or im me. =)

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Date:2005-07-31 12:33
Subject:the worst thing about a sunburn

is when you get in the shower -- the streams of water burst the blisters on your shoulders. ouch.

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Date:2005-07-30 18:13
Subject:holy shit

I think i've discovered *the* hottest potato chips ever: Blair's Death Rain Habenero Chips Holy fuck. HOT HOT HOT.

They have a rating...and I'm betting that Blair's Death Rain Nitro is ass burning, heart stopping...fucking hot. WOW. It's rated hotter than the chips. my lips are still burning.

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Date:2005-07-26 23:04
Subject:my parents are here.

parents. nephew. here. long days, eating A LOT of bad food. these people can eat. jeez. ;) ive probably gained 5 pounds since they've been here. ugggh.

At least I have my stuff. turntables set up; tv. lots of stuff. my own bed (i cant wait until my bday -- first night my parents are gone -- they are occupying my bed now -- im stuck on the futon).

im beat. more later this week maybe.

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Date:2005-07-26 22:58
Subject:might as well

"part of your humor is making people a little uncomfortable" -- so true.

the Cutting Edge
(56% dark, 47% spontaneous, 33% vulgar)
your humor style:

Your humor's mostly innocent and off-the-cuff, but somehow there's
something slightly menacing about you. Part of your humor is making
people a little uncomfortable, even if the things you say aren't in and
of themselves confrontational. You probably have a very dry delivery,
or are seriously over-the-top. Your type is the most likely to
appreciate a good insult and/or broken bone and/or very very fat person

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: David Letterman - John Belushi

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 56% on dark
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 75% on spontaneous
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 68% on vulgar
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid

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Date:2005-07-20 23:40

my name is Mike Davis and I'm really drunk.

yes. this is me. The scrubbies lost. my friends are beyond aweome. especially if they listen to my drunk self on the tele.

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Date:2005-07-19 13:34

dj_fergus made my summer. I am forever indebted to this amazing woman.

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Date:2005-07-18 11:44
Subject:League of Ordinary Gentlemen

fergus, chris, and I went to see League of Ordinary Gentlement Tuesday last week (sorry for the delay, but I've been busy for some reason).

Let me start out by asking -- Is bowling more to you than the Big Lebowski? Kingpin? Homer buying Marge a bowling ball for her birthday? Then, this movie is for *you* My memories of bowling go way back -- I didn't watch Saturday morning cartoons like most of my friends -- sure, the Sunday morning USA Cartoon Express filled in the gaps -- but I don't remember watching Saturday morning cartoons -- why? I was bowling. EVERY Saturday morning throughout my entire childhood. From Bantoms (we didn't have bumpers either) to Preps to Juniors to Seniors to Majors -- I bowled from age 4 until 18. Every Saturday. After bowling, most Saturdays my mum would drop my sister and I at my grandparents while she went grocery shopping (and for some well needed relief from 2 hellions). Every Saturday on ABC at my grandparent's - we would watch Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams, Parker Bohn III, etc. all bowl through match play. Until it was over. ABC dropped the PBA. -- so, bowling means a lot to me. we bowled thousands of times in hundreds of alleys across the nation. For those of you that don't know me well -- I was in a traveling scholarship tournament from age 15-18 that traveled around Iowa and bowled for scholarship monies.

Yes, I am a bowling dork. I LOVE bowling. I miss it considerably.

anyways -- off the subject. So, if bowling means something to you other than what they show in the movies -- go see it. It is a documentary -- primarily of the 2003 PBA bowling season and how the new PBA owners (a few ex-Microsoft jockies) and the new CEO of the PBA (an ex-Nike exec) try to turn the PBA around into a money making, entertainment venue -- like golf. The story also chronicles four bowlers -- and their triumphs and struggles with the new "way" and new management. and how to deal with the future (karoake anyone?)

I'd highly recommend going and seeing it. It opens in Chicago in late August. Check the website for more details.

So, in about 2 weeks -- anyone want to go bowling? I'll have my equipment finally and will be ready for some drinks/fun. =)

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Date:2005-07-16 23:05

9 hours of reading. i can barely see my monitor. ill withhold thoughts for those that aren't insane. Hopefully Rowlings finishes the next one in less than 2 years.

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Date:2005-07-15 12:51
Subject:and the day goes on

I was tired. I feel much better after sleeping from like 8 pm to 8 am. i guess i needed it -- not that i got good sleep -- it was hot. ick. dj_fergus: i must steal your fan. I am dying.

Kinda pissy today. My old roomie is being a bitch about the old bills. I hate roommates. This is a good reminder NEVER to have one again. *shrug* as is life. I'll get the money for it eventually.

next pissy issue. I bought my new phone a few weeks ago. it didn't come... shit got messed up and it sat in the FedEx facility in Iowa City for about a week. Finally it was returned to Cingular who has said they will not credit my account for the return until "it clears" in "a few billing cycles" -- meaning 3-4 months of me paying interest on a $300 phone. ack.

final pissy issue. I want my Harry Potter. It is at the UPS facility waiting to come to me. =)

there's a couple of other pissy issues...but I can only comment on that privately.

My parents will be here in 9 days. hsavage12 will be here in a week or so. dooriya will be here in 5 weeks. Then, 6 weeks out: Orientation for school. wow. its sneaking up on me. I'm pretty excited, anxious a bit, nervous a bit more, and content in that the next "step" of my educational career is taking off...and in a big way.

btw. friends, you should pick up josh23's mix at http://acre-c.com/josh23/sundaymorning/ -- good chill techno.haus

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Date:2005-07-14 18:44
Subject:I feel dead

I feel oddly sick. sore throat even. i think ill take a nap before heading out tonight.

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Date:2005-07-14 16:17
Subject:Camping trip gone chaotic

So, Tuesday, Stacey called on her way back from Colorado Springs and states "let's go camping tonight and tomorrow night in the canyons NW of Ft. Collins. I'll be there in 40 min. to pick you up."

awesome. So, we go, pick up her dog in Loveland....and head to Ft. Collins to pick up her stuff. About 4 blocks from her place, the car dies. We think its the gas gauge acting up/run out of gas. Fill it -- no go.

After fiddling around Ft. Collins all day and hanging out, drinking, Wed. rolls around -- find out the car's fuel pump is dead. No camping. =( as is life. We had a blast tooling around Ft. Collins. Drank a bit, hung out and just had a good time.

Today, she rented an auto and drove me back to Denver before she had to work this evening. So, yep. no camping, but that's fine. =)

back to working on shit

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Date:2005-07-10 19:21

I about peed my pants when I read about the documentary: "A League of Ordinary Gentlemen". A documentary about the Professional Bowler's Association. OMG OMG OMG It's only showing in a four places right now and DENVER IS ONE OF THEM!!!!!!!!!! =) It's also playing Minneapolis, Bloomfield Hills, and University City, MO. OMG OMG OMG

Who wants to go tomorrow? 7:15 PM at Chez Artiste. Anyone?

I think my head's going to explode.

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Date:2005-07-10 17:12
Subject:Why is it so hot?
Mood: hot

My brain hurts -- its time to watch MacGyver. For now, you can watch my Sunday update.

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Date:2005-07-09 21:23
Subject:Aid to Africa

I've been thinking about this heavily for the past few weeks since "Live Aid" was created again. In the mid-80's, "industrialized" nations gave billions in aid to African nations in hopes that it would "cure hunger and poverty". Why is it, now, that these same nations are in the same situation, 20 years down the road? What went wrong?

I may not be popular for thinking this, but we shouldn't be giving money to Africa. Or clothes. Or food. Or aid. We should be giving them EDUCATION. Not money for education -- EDUCATION -- we should teach them to help themselves.

Think of it this way -- remember when you were 18 years old -- you got your first credit card -- you spent until you hit the limit (at least I did)-- I knew I had to pay it back, but regardless, I didn't know how to handle the money. Imagine receiving BILLIONS of dollars -- and then... I spent it all -- can I have more? And daddy warbucks comes along and doles out the cash. If someone handled my credit card spending that way, I would have never learned the value of the money. Spend, refill, spend, refill. This is what we are doing in Africa. We need to educate them on how to handle the money, how to vitalize their economy.

I won't go into the issues of clothes or food -- James Shikwati has a great interview about these issues. He doesn't go into education as much as I would like, but overall we are on the same page. There is also an accompanying article that makes a whole lot of sense.

I'm also interested in reading this book: The Road To Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity.

Please read the two articles before commenting. They make a lot of sense economically. BTW -- This is about foreign aid! not debt relief. The G8 should give foreign debt relief and cancel past foreign debts. Sure this is aid of some sort, but debt relief will allow these "forming" countries to stand on their own two feet again.

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