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Did ya know? [Jun. 14th, 2005|03:32 pm]
...but the moon still shines.
[I feel: |pissed offpissed off]
[I'm listening to: |I have the new Gorillaz song in my head...]

When I was little, I used to tell my mom that I wanted to be a storm cloud when I grew up. My favorite color was charcoal grey, skeletons were my favorite shape, and Halloween was my favorite holiday. Not much has changed, except for me aknowledging that I can't be a storm cloud. I can at least admire them though. It's storming here, and it's delicious.
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Musings on optimism. [Apr. 28th, 2005|01:11 pm]
...but the moon still shines.
[I feel: |gloomygloomy]

It's so much more comforting to be a pessimist. If you don't expect the best to happen, but rather the worst, you don't have to worry about being let down-- you already were by just by your nature. It's a much safer place to be. It means fewer heart breaks, and less time wasted by hope. However, if something good eventually does come your way, you can celebrate it more than your average optimist, who would shrug and say, "Yeah, I knew it would happen". I've always been this way. When I was a kid, I used to say that I wanted to be a storm cloud when I grew up. I thought the sun was evil. How awesome was I? (I also found out yesterday that I have always hated Jell-O. That actually came as a comfort to me. It's cool that I have always shirked something based on its taste and texture, aside from boycotting it because of the nasty hacked-up animal pieces from which gelatin is derived. Go me.)

Anyway, the big question: No, I still don't know. I won't know until later. But if recent events are any sort of indicator as to how this will end, then it's not going to happen. I officially give up.
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My horoscope-- too true! [Apr. 25th, 2005|05:56 pm]
...but the moon still shines.
The Bottom Line
A different opinion provokes a skeptical reaction from you. Try to be more open-minded.

In Detail
Your friends have some rather shell-shocked looks on their faces -- all of them. They can't believe the things you've been saying, the moments you've chosen to say them and the complete abandon you've said them with. It's kind of fun seeing them this way, isn't it? Still, you should try to resist the urge to shock them any further. They can only take so much.
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Meow if you hate Wisconsin! [Apr. 14th, 2005|05:45 pm]
...but the moon still shines.
[I feel: |pissed offpissed off]

Here are some nice little stats for ya:

*There are approximately 5.4 million Wisconsin residents.

*12,000 of them voted at the DNR hearings on Monday. That's .2% of the population.

*6,800 voted to change the status of cats to an unprotected species, meaning that if you see one and you have a permit, you can kill it.

How disgusting. In all likelihood, it will never go further than it has, but the very fact that it went this far at all is horrifying.

If you want to see the other results, go here: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/nrboard/congress/sh/results/index.htm
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Get off your ass and DO SOMETHING! [Apr. 11th, 2005|01:02 pm]
...but the moon still shines.
[I feel: |pissed offpissed off]

If you live in Wisconsin, get your ass out the door and get to the hearing in your county tonight and do what you can to make them vote NO! In addition to the issues listed below, there is also a proposal to kill bobcats. Have you even SEEN a bobcat in the wild? God I had this state. If you want to attend the hearing and you don't know where to go, check this link: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/nrboard/congress/sh/lo/index.htm

2005 DNR Vote and Election in all Wisconsin counties, Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

If you're part of the 88% of Wisconsin residents that doesn't hunt animals, then you probably aren't aware of the supposedly "public" state-wide elections that take place annually in every county to select delegates who set policy on nature and wildlife issues. The reason you don't know about this election is that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) deliberately excludes the non-hunting majority from the process. This is an election-driven process – in other words, if citizens do not attend every year to elect delegates, they have no say in setting policy on nature and wildlife issues.

We urge you to make your voice heard. In addition, non-hunting delegates are needed to speak for the animals. If you want to be a delegate, a friend can nominate you on the floor the evening of the election. Being a delegate involves meeting three times a year, learning a lot about the issues, and being a spokesperson for wildlife. This delegate status holds tremendous power.

As it has been for 70 years, all of the 360 current delegates (five from each county) are from the rod and gun clubs. Their entire agenda focuses on expanding the killing of wildlife. By keeping people with opposing viewpoints out of its ranks, this unanimous body - erroneously named the Conservation Congress - has been able to gain unprecedented privileges for hunters and successfully promote the spread of hunting and trapping in Wisconsin. The DNR is a killing brokerage, financed by hunting and trapping licenses (and public funds), and the Congress represents its hunting lobby clientele. It is a crime against the citizens of Wisconsin that the DNR and Congress have deprived non-hunting citizens of their citizen right and civic duty to vote on issues pertaining to the public domain - namely, nature and wildlife. Issues up for vote this year include:

Feral cats (those without collars), considered a non-protected species, are being targeted for year-round hunting statewide.
There is a proposal to expand hounding and killing of bears throughout the entire northern half of the state. Between two and three thousand black bears are killed annually for trophy, two-thirds of them yearlings. Packs of radio-collared dogs and hunters pursue them four of the six months that they are out of hibernation. Often separated from dependent cubs, adult bears (42 inches tall or taller) are shot while trapped in trees and drop to the dogs below, frequently dying in the midst of their jaws. Black bear cubs are also raised in confinement to train hunting hounds, and then sent to slaughterhouses in Illinois, to be parted out for the gallbladder trade, when they get big enough to defend themselves.
There is a proposal up for vote to lower the initial hunting age from 12 to 10 (4th grade), drop the first year of safety education to encourage enrollment, and allow children age 0+ to possess and discharge a gun if accompanied by any adult.

The DNR's focus is to provide targets for those who pay for hunting licenses and to open public lands to hunters, and access more private land, by incentive or punishment. Therefore, the DNR privately calls wildlife refuges, "waterfowl production units," trapping out natural predators so that ground-nesting birds can over-breed, providing targets for Ducks Unlimited. Publicly the DNR refers to these units as wildlife refuges. "Game animals" like deer are also deliberately over-proliferated, destroying biodiversity. The harm is not only in the excessive violence promoted against wild life, but also the omission of any focus on restoring non-game species, and the absence of a holistic approach to protecting the web of life. Natural predators are the guardians of diversity, but hunters see them only as competition. Non-hunters are disregarded and vilified as well. Intensive hunting and trapping are already legal in two-thirds of Wisconsin's wildlife refuges.

People who care about the fate of animals and want to preserve Wisconsin's natural heritage from devastation, or who just want to walk in the woods without fearing for their own safety, can start to correct this imbalance of power NOW. Every year, two of the five delegates representing each county must run for re-election. We urge you to vote in these elections for candidates who are committed to protecting nature and wildlife, EVERY YEAR, the second Monday in April, and inform your friends of their right to participate and contribute. To find out more about the issues and who to vote for – or to run as a delegate in your county – write madravenspeak@aol.com, visit http://dontshootthecat.com, or call (608) 981-2287. To find the voting location in your county, visit www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/nrboard/congress/sh/lo/index.htm.
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Ouch. [Apr. 2nd, 2005|09:44 am]
...but the moon still shines.
[I feel: |crushedcrushed]
[I'm listening to: |Elvis Costello - The Very Best Of]

I feel like quite the fucktard, considering that I've shamelessly thrown myself at someone for a long time, only to find out that he has a girlfriend... but worse yet, someone that I sort of loathe. And trying to convince myself that 'if that's who he wants to be with, fuck him' just isn't working. I was dumb enough to think that I actually had a chance. How wrong I was. I hate being heartbroken. It has to be one of the most miserable feelings in the world. No wonder they call them crushes. Ugh.
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I have been violated. [Mar. 4th, 2005|12:14 pm]
...but the moon still shines.
[I feel: |pissed offpissed off]

Dear Jeff,
If you came back to my journal to try to get some more information, or 'dirt' on your wife, you will be sorry to know that I have gone back and secured any entries made referencing Jen. You have violated me in the worst possible way. I have never passed judgement on you, and least of all, on your marriage. You have no right to take anything that I write to use against her, or to pass judgement on me. And how dare you tell her that she needs better friends. I am her friend, Jeff, and she needs me. Just like she needs Amy, who you also have a problem with. And just get over it, will you? Unlike what you think, no, this wasn't our idea. We don't want to see 13 years thrown away. But when you do shit like this, it sure seems like a good idea, doesn't it? And is she really supposed to confide in you, of all people? Do you really think that after you have done this to us, that she's going to suddenly change her mind and decide that this is how she wants to be treated? Get your shit together and work on what you have before you, not what you might find. Does the past even matter? Do you really think that by hurting her as much as you possibly can, that it will somehow justify everything? I know you're smarter than that, so start acting like it. Oh, and fuck off.
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Writer's Block. [Feb. 3rd, 2005|12:15 pm]
...but the moon still shines.
[I feel: |sleepysleepy]
[I'm listening to: |The Unrequited Love Roadtrip Soundtrack]

Zero pawed his way into my yarn stash, and now he's running around the house with a skein or two. Actually, at this present moment, he's sitting in my computer chair, chewing the yarn, while I'm sitting in a chair I had to pull up next to it. He may not have claws, but his teeth are razors. Nooooo, I'm totally not a slave to my cats.

So it might be interesting to know that I set up my Easter disply two days ago at work. Why? Because I ran out of Valentine's stuff. And because Easter is my favorite holiday second only to Halloween. So now I get to hear every single person who walks through bitch about it being up sooo early. Well, they can piss off, seeing as Easter is early. Yeah.

There's this local bookstore here, Conkey's, that used to have the hold of the community, until, that is, first Walden Books came, and then us, Barnes & Noble. Now Conkey's basically hates us, even though they are primarily the bookstore for the Uni across the street, which is where Michelle goes. Yeah, got that all? Anyway, when we don't have something, we often refer the customer to either Walden or Conkey's. So you can imagine my dismay yesterday when I had a customer call back to tell me that he called Conkey's asking for a magazine, only to have the manager get on the phone and say: 'Idon't know what Barnes is talking about. We don't carry magazines. We carry books. We're a bookstore. Don't call here asking for magazines.' And then he proceeded to further bash our store.

Know what? We give them business in the event that we don't have something. We refer tons of customers to them. And what right does the manager have to take out his hosility on a potential customer willing to spend money there? He should have left the man out of it and just called us to say that instead. But guess what. Conkey's does sell magazines. So there. What an ass. We will no longer ever tell anyone to go to that store. And why should we?

I had about a million other things to say, but have forgotten them.

Eight days until Sarah and Brandtson!!! Yay! I am very, very excited. I miss my Sarah Pie quite a bit. Hopefully this time, there won't be a white trash jock vs. gangsta riot. Although, it was quite funny. (to Sarah: hahahaha. Remember Andy trying to negotiate peace talks with his red margarita mustache? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. If not for Maggie and the interference she'd be sure to cause, it would be fun to get him to tag along... maybe....)

It now looks as though the potential show count is down to four. Oh well, that's four times. And, Crystal, they have a venue now for the PA show, so you should go. ;)
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A Forest. [Feb. 1st, 2005|12:07 am]
...but the moon still shines.
[I feel: |amusedamused]
[I'm listening to: |Starflyer 59 - The Fashion Focus]

You may have forgotten this, but I sure haven't.

A ForestCollapse )

Haha, I still think that was the best indirect telling-off that I have ever done. (I mean, no, this was just about birds, not actual events! ;)) Remember the 26 comments we left about this? I just read them, and I still contend that they're funnier than the story.
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Snarl. [Jan. 31st, 2005|01:29 pm]
...but the moon still shines.
[I feel: |blahblah]

Today's date is January 31st. My Christmas tree is still sitting on the snowbank in front of my house. JANUARY 31ST! Really. The garbage men just came, and I still have a TREE on my front lawn. That's so white trash. Maybe some birds and squirrels will take up living in it, at least then you could justify the white trashness of it all.

Make a note- I don't feel like writing.
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