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Friday, March 26th, 2004
7:20 pm

Go see The LadyKillers.  I laughed so hard I cried

Plus the soundtrack is done by the same people who did O Brother Where Art Thou, and does not fail to provide a nice retreat from the typical pop-fueled scores that seem to haunt every other film that comes out.  Definately worth owning.

Thumbs up, leaning towards up.

Friday, January 23rd, 2004
3:57 pm
We lost another good one...
"QUECHEE, Vt. (Jan. 23) - Bob Keeshan, who gently entertained and educated generations of children as television's Captain Kangaroo, died Friday at 76.

Keeshan died of a long illness, his family said in a statement."

I'm personally shocked, although I did once hear the guy had like 30 CKs in Vietnam.

Voy con Dios Bob.

Current Mood: shocked
Friday, January 16th, 2004
4:28 pm
No, i'm not satan.
For those couple of you that were wondering, Element 80 is Mercury (Hg).

So now we all know. Doesn't make the band sound any better though.


Current Mood: calm
Friday, January 9th, 2004
4:23 pm
I was driving to AmSouth to make a deposit for my classes and I cut through the corner store parking lot to avoid a red light, I see several cars are backed up in the right lane waiting for some car to turn onto a side street when I turn my head slightly to the left to check oncoming traffic before pulling out..

and then it happens.

A school bus just barges right into the back of a waiting Lincoln in the right lane, pretty much impaling the trunk and activating the cars engine cut-off feature. I turned around and took an alternate route to the bank and informed the teller about what I had just seen, she asked me when it happened when an ambulance started zooming by outside before I could answer. At first I didn't know if the bus had kids in it, but as I was coming back home, Gulf Gate Elementary was just letting out.

I hope nobody got hurt.
Thursday, January 8th, 2004
2:16 pm
2003: The Year in pictures
The whole concept of updating seems foreign to me, I mean, my last post WAS October 23rd of last year. And boy howdy, has life been crazy since then.

Of course to detail everything ive done within the time since then would waste too much of your time, i'll just summarize everything real quick-like:

2003 sucked, but i'm still standing.

Wait hold on.


Ok, now i'm standing.

I started MCC this week and my classes seem to be a breeze, but ask me about them in a few months and we'll see if my answer changes. Hopefully not.

Standing sucks. Time to sit.


Ok, that's better. I turn 21 in ten days, it's so funny though how drinking really loses its appeal as one gets older. For some of us this takes longer than others, but i'll at least take advantage of this new-found privilege once or twice before I swear off booze completely.

Mitch Hedburg has a new album out, I suggest buying it, it sure beats the hell out of 'Strategic Grill Locations' (his first cd).

More updates coming soon~!~!~!

Current Mood: productive
Thursday, October 23rd, 2003
11:08 pm
Hey...an update!
It sure has been a while since my last post, so here's some stuff to read:

This time last year I was in school, and hopefully that will be the case come january. I suppose that mcc is the more economical choice rather than moving to the 7th circle of hell (which some refer to as 'tallahassee'). So hopefully i'll be updating with my spring 04 classes (holy fuck, its almost 2004) sooner than later.

Last week I answered an ad in the newspaper for SNN which was looking for people to do voice-over and tv work. Clint & I went down to the newspaper/studio thinking that we were probably going to join about 4 other people answering the ad. Turns out about 100 people showed up and the result was a lot of waiting in line. I kept thinking that the line would take us to some great new newspaper-related thrill ride, however it sadly did not. We ended up in a conference room with a camera which taped everyone reading scripts about various kinds of commercials (mine was about a local reality service). I think I did ok, but it was the first public speaking/acting related thing i've done in 2 years, and i'd be lying if I said I wasn't just a little bit rusty. If they decide to call me for some freelance work, that'll be great, but i'm not expecting anything from them.

My cellaphone should be back on this weekend. Keyword: should.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake was suprisingly good. It took a different direction in the story so the film wasn't trying to copy the original. I think it's safe to say that the 'Scream' era of horror movies has now come and gone. Hot damn~!

Anything going on for Halloween? I need answers!

Current Mood: tired
Monday, August 25th, 2003
8:59 pm
My triumphant return
I have re-entered the magical world of cellaphones. The number is 941-544-0391. It's the only number that not only loves you, but respects you in the morning ;)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2003
5:35 pm
David Blaine To Live in Box for 44 Days
Credit IMDB:
"Magician David Blaine will be suspended from a crane in a see-through box without food for 44 days for his next public feat of endurance. Blaine will undertake the stunt in London, England, and will enter the Perspex box on September 5. His only nourishment will be a tube feeding him water and another tube for urination. The event - which takes place on the banks of the River Thames - is to be broadcast on British television, and is entitled David Blaine: Above The Below. Blaine says, "There will be no trickery and no means of escape. We are all capable of infinitely more than we believe. We are stronger and more resourceful than we know, and we can endure much more than we think we can. In truth, the only restrictions on our capacity to astonish ourselves and each other are imposed by our own minds. My next performance will demonstrate these ideas through the most extreme exercise in isolation and physical deprivation ever attempted.""

This guy is really piece of work, I remember when his first ABC prime time magic special aired and how unimpressed I was simply because the majority of his tricks were small close-up magic that could be purchased at any magic store or through catelouges. I would see him biting a quarter in half then I would laugh because I had been doing that trick several years prior, but when he started doing all these extreme feats of endurance I kinda saw him as a modern-day Houdini, albeit not quite as skilled. We both share similar principles about life in general and while I dont think locking himself in a box for 44 days straight is the most healthy thing he can do (even though the guy is in amazing physical shape), I think its pretty keen that real old-fashioned showmanship still exists in some form in this day and age. Whereas it has mainly been replaced by the constant celebrity-hungry fever thanks to those media vultures.

Oh yeah, Fred Durst turns 33 today. Anyone care?
Thursday, July 24th, 2003
2:38 pm
Well, from what they keep talking about on FoxNews, it looks like they finally got rid of the 2 sons, Odai and Qusai.

All they gotta do now is 'bagh' dad.

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, July 20th, 2003
10:41 pm
I dont really know what to make of the whole Levi story. On one hand he might've passed away out of town and it was never covered in the Srq Herald, but on another hand it could be just some sick story. But, you dont usually hear about people dying unless they've ACTUALLY died.

Levi was one of my closest friends throughout 2000-01, and we spent a lot of time together, whether it was contemplating the meanings of life sitting out on his porch or running around town on the weekends smuggling booze in my trunk, getting severely inhebriated and passing out at various peoples' houses throughout the year, he always remained a very positive person and I honestly can't find one 'bad' thing to say about the guy.

He was a great listener and very intelligent despite his usually quiet demeanor, one of my strongest memories from that era was when I had bought a new tie & dress pants to go with the suit I had planned to wear at the winter homecoming dance, but right before I was about to leave I got a call from Levi saying that he had just broken up with his girlfriend, sarah, and was really upset. So I decided to do what I think he wouldve done in that same situation and skipped the dance to spend the evening cheering the guy up with wrestling tapes and understanding in his contempt for the female gender.

Now I look up at my wall and see a picture of me, him & Vijay from the fall homecoming our senior year, times were so much different then, it was all about living for the moment and trying not to worry too much about the future. Life wasn't carefree, but we were all in the same boat, so-to-speak. Thinking back, I remember when I awoke one morning with a severe hangover to find out he had puked in my bathroom sink, I was really pissed when I saw it, but now all I can do is smile when I think of things like that. It was all so novel.

I'm not sure of what to believe, but im gonna try to get to the bottom of this, just recently I remember suggesting trying to get ahold of him to see what he's been up to, but this whole thing really puts life into persective. It can end at any minute and nothing lasts forever. It might be cliche, but time is precious.

Well, I think i've tried to be deep enough for one post. Levi Lawrence was a straight shooter and despite his battles with personal demons over the past few years, he was a hell of a guy and he'll be in my prayers.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Thursday, July 17th, 2003
1:09 am
Well, I can't run from the truth any longer. My biological clock is officially screwed up. Its so easy to sleep during the afternoon after work then end up pulling an all-nighter before I go in at 6 the next morning (or in this case, later today). But i'm not too concerned, I'm still healthy....so far.

'Narc' is an awesome film, a lot of people compared it to Training Day when it came out, due to both films being intense cop dramas, but for my money, Narc is far superior. It's not for everyone though and it gets quite gruesome in certain scenes, but Ray Liotta is the quintessential bad ass and although Jason Patric kinda creeps me out, both guys totally make the film worth a rent.

Peter Gabriel dances like a girl, hes still awesome beyond belief, but he dances like a girl. Not even a girl whos really that GOOD of a dancer either. Kinda sad...

I'm really proud of myself, ive lost exactly 20 lbs since coming back to Srq. My goal is to drop about 15 more before the end of august, self-control is a beautiful thing.

And thats the way things are in Neil-Land.

Current Mood: okay
Monday, June 30th, 2003
2:32 pm
Sunday, June 29th, 2003
7:15 pm

Which Family Guy Character are you? Take the Quiz!
Friday, June 20th, 2003
5:55 pm
A fencepost factory....
Remind me never to say anything negative about Sarasota ever again. The reason I type that is because this afternoon I 'experienced' the shithole that is Whachula. Due to me being such a good friend, I drove David all the way into that pathetic exscuse for a town so he could cash his paycheck and get money for the Naw'leans trip thats coming up in a few days.

Their community college was about the size of a Dennys (with dennys being MUCH more flattering to look at), there was a western wear store that also specialized in selling bridal gowns, and on 'main street' there was a sign that tells you where to stop right before the traffic light. Plus more rednecks than you can shake Toby Keith album at..

Rain can be very peaceful, but this constant downpour is REALLY getting old.

I can wait for the New Orleans trip, I haven't been sure about a lot of stuff going on in my life over the past few months, but what I am sure of is that this will be one hell of a couple nights in the 'Big Easy.' Im definately more than ready to see what it offers.

Current Mood: tired
Monday, June 16th, 2003
5:30 pm
Friday, June 13th, 2003
1:48 pm
As I was driving home from work through the streets of palmer ranch, I saw 2 cops both on horses going along the sidewalks. I almost started to floor it just to say that I was pulled over by a horse, but against my better judgement, I sadly did not.

Current Mood: Odd
Monday, June 9th, 2003
2:24 pm
look inside and see whats on my mind
I see the weirdest shit out on the road. As I was driving down tamiami trail (I think i'm still the only person in town who calls it that, heh) I see this crazy rollerblader glide onto the street and skate right behind me in the lane, there weren't any cars behind him, but one eventually showed up and started non-stop horn honking. It was pretty funny but made me wonder about the status of that guys mentality.

Now I remember why I didn't like having longer hair, you have to keep fixing it. I think its about time for me to go back to the spikes. I think it'll look better now that i've lost some weight

If theres one thing in life that I think I could do without, its disapointment. It happens to each and every one of us and its one of the worst feelings out there. I dunno what to expect from life these days, its like I get my hopes up about something that seems like a great change of pace and could possibly be beneficial to me as a person, then it turns out to be something Im not prepared for. I've always had enough confidence to assure myself that I can handle just about anything. I just jump to conclusions and sometimes play the part of the eternal pessimist, even though thats exact what I don't want to be. I dunno.....all I can be, is all that I am.

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, May 27th, 2003
9:18 pm
Ive read that some people are waiting for something to happen, as if there is some major change that is going to occur in their life and turn things upside down, so to speak. I've been feeling very similar these past few weeks. I dont know what's coming, but this feels like a period of 'calm before the storm.'

The past couple of days was pretty entertaining, got to enjoy some decent bbq (not quite as good as mine, of course), hang out at Vijays and relive a few of the good times we've had in the past. Watching vijays party tape from last year made me realize how much weight i've lost since back then, and it ain't very much, heh. I got some sun today as well as a slight burn because I don't tan, but its all good. Pain is tolerable.

I'm getting really tired of being single.

Ive decided to let my hair keep growing out, simply to see what it will eventually look like seeing as how it hasn't been anything but very short for the past 3 years now.

Current Mood: relaxed
Friday, May 23rd, 2003
2:11 am
Well, its 2:25 right now, and guess who can't sleep?

Thats right, me. (and you, if you're reading this and its not day-time yet)

Right now i'm of the mindset that if I TRY and sleep i'll only get about 3-4 hours and wake up exhausted, and I loathe that feeling, so im just gonna stay awake till I go in at around 6. Its payday too, hot damn~!

I saw a few friends over the past couple of days that I used to be pretty tight with, but for various reasons, I fell out of touch with them. Its quite interesting when you look back on the people who you used to be the best of friends or thick as thieves with and then try and find that point in life where you drifted apart. People have this assumption that after one graduates high school, they only stay in contact with a select number of people and eventually make new life-long friends. But, what I have learned so far is that its much easier to stay friends with the people ive known for several years than it is to go out and meet a whole new group of people. Sure, i've met new & 'exciting' people here and there, but in college its mostly an anti-social enviroment and you have to go out of your way to meet new people, I think more than a few people share my belief on that subject.

Its really moronic when some dipshit who 'works' for a public park to try and throw his weight around and kick us off the ballfield. I can understand if we had left the field in shambles over and over again and caused some landscaping problems, but we did none of that, yet we cant spend an hour or two throwing the ball around and getting some well-needed exercise. Heh, not like thats gonna stop us from going. Fuck the man AND the system.

Current Mood: awake
Monday, May 19th, 2003
7:16 pm
Come talk to me sometime, sweetheart. I know what it takes to be COOL. ;)
She packed my bags. Last night, pre-flight.

Zero-hour, 9am.

And I'm gonna be...HIGH....as a kite....by then.

And I think its gonna be a long long time, till touchdown brings me round again to find, i'm not the man they think I am at home.

Oh, No.

No, No...


ROCKETMAN...burnin' out his fuse out here....ALONE.

And I think it's gonna be a long, long time till touchdown brings me 'round again to find i'm not the MAN they think I am at home. Oh no, no no.


ROCKETMAN! Burnin' out his fuse out here alone.

Current Mood: satisfied
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