Dinner With Friends


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So I’m up here in lovely Morristown, NJ for SQl training this week. As I write this, I’m just finishing up my lab for the day. Yesterday, I realized that I was relatively close to my college friend Erich. He works in NY and lives on the Jersey side, but I didn’t know exactly where he was in relation to my training. So I gave him a call, and luckily, he wasn’t away on business.

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Current Mood: (amused) amused

Once More Without Feeling


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Once More, With Feeling has to be one of my favorite Buffy episodes of all time. When it first aired, it was well received by fans, even if it didn’t win an Emmy (helped in part by a ballot printing error).

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Current Mood: (disappointed) disappointed

Moments I want to remember: September


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I was inspired by Megan’s post to take a few moments and mention some moments about my kids that I want to remember for this month. Both my wife and I blog now, and while we both have the desire to keep track of how things are going in our kids lives, our blog posts also include the chaos of the rest of our lives and the world in general. Sometimes it takes too much time to actually sit down and compose a full post. I don’t do many one or two  line entries  like other friends, but there’s a certain amount of freedom that gives you in just ‘capturing the moment’.

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Current Mood: (refreshed) refreshed

Horned Salesmen


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FYI: Long post

I really detest the sales practice I’m going to call ‘hidden bundling’. I’m not sure what the actual term is, but it’s certain not upselling. When you upsell, you add-on *additional* items that the customer may not have thought about, but make the overall sale more profitable. It might be an appetizer or dessert at a restaurant, or it may be additional memory for your computer, or a carrying case for the nice new spiffy MP3 player you bought. In all these cases, you get what you wanted, and then the salesman gets you to buy something extra.

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Current Mood: (angry) angry

Schrodinger’s Cheeseburger


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Regularly, Jeremy ([info]ianraven) throws out a random lolcat phrase that makes reference to the current situation. Often they are very ‘heady’, and appeal on an higher intellectual level. We had several concerning the midrealm fencers during Pennsic.

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Current Mood: (bored) bored

Dancing Bears

Members of my fencing household, The Tadcaster Militia, affectionately call me Dancing Bear because of some of the (insert appropriate adjective here) way I sometimes defend myself when retreating. It’s an aggressive defensive porcupine method that I would never *ever* teach anyone else to do, as I’ve often got a leg in the air and the other one and my arms all octopus drunken monkey style. It can look very fluid from the outside, almost like I’m dancing.

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Happy Solstice


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It’s the Summer Solstice today.. Ok, that’s misleading.. it’s only the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere… which it’s most likely where you’re reading this from…So I guess I’d be more technically correct to wish you a happy June Solstice, or more generically a Happy Solstice!

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Current Mood: (calm) calm