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The following are the relevant parts of our conversation :
MsHouston: businesses are opening back up slowly... schools are closed til wed.
MsHouston: more ppl died on the roads trying to evacuate than the actual hurricane
MsHouston: ppl dying of heat exhaustion, inhaling carbon monoxide from being stuck in stand still traffic
MsHouston: running out of gas... all the gas stations were out in Houston.
MsHouston: it was chaotic I'm telling u
MsHouston: did u hear about that bus that burned with elderly ppl inside? 24 died?
MsHouston: my friends grandma was on the bus
MsHouston: she made it out.. is in critical condition.. she probably wont make it...
MsHouston: she inhaled burning fumes. and the insides of her lungs are burned.... its terrible
MsHouston: there was panic on the streets
MsHouston: ppl dropping off elderly in hospitals.. leaving them there for refuge... ppl dropping dead on the freeways in the stand still traffic of heat exhaustion
MsHouston: no gas, no water, no food
MsHouston: my sister is a resp. therapist for a hospital right beside interstate 10..she said ppl walking in dropping dead on the ground with their temps over 110
MsHouston: its disgusting
MsHouston: these ppl were stand still for hours
MsHouston: windows down to conserve gas.. inhaling fumes.. dying
MsHouston: a 5 hr drive from Houston to Dallas was taking ppl 36 hrs
MsHouston: ppl with children, pets, old ppl just sitting in hot ass cars...
MsHouston: the stores were empty
MsHouston: they opened all lanes of the highway heading north to ease traffic flow..... well now that the ppl are coming back, they think the lanes are all open coming south, and there have been tons of head on collisions
MsHouston: no gas.. the feds are checking out gas stations now, bc its rumored that the owners were holding back the gas
MsHouston: ppl selling one gallon of gas.... ONE GALLON for $60
MsHouston: and since the ppl were told to take money out. everyone had cash on them so they bought it
MsHouston: ATMs were out of money
MsHouston: this guy in Galveston couldn't find a place to put his dogs, so he shot them all
MsHouston: i guess he didn't want them to drown.. so he shot them ... he panicked
MsHouston: lots of people got robbed, the evacuees from LA have caused a major crime rate increase in Houston
MsHouston: rapes, muggings, stabbing.. shootings.. its nasty down here
MsHouston: its gotten chaotic... thats my word to describe it all. Panic and chaos.
MsHouston: its very scary... but its been an experience
I was told about a party going on at night, but being the procrastinator that I am, that by the time I decided to start getting ready, I was informed that there actually was no party. Apparently the party was for the following week. I needed to wake up early the next morning, so everything worked out in my best interest.
This is where the procrastination part of this kicks in.
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I give to you the following examples:
gool = good + cool
"hey, thats gool!"
sunny = silly + funny
"your so sunny"
One last (rhetorical) question:
What is a dingle berry?
I found out earlier today that I was mentioned in someone's blog, so let me share that with you.
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During the day, when I have a little, I fire up my AIM and get into conversation with friends. Wait, I lied. I always have AIM on, but many times it is minimized and don't look at it. One thing that never fails is that about half of my contacts have an away message. So what do I do, I read them. But it is a little more than just reading one or two, it becomes a borderline OCD situation, causing me to read each and every away message. I even read the profiles of those not away. Some are boring, using the default message or a simple 'brb'. Some are informative, providing details on upcoming events or special occasions. Others are more entertaining, witty, humorous, interesting and actually worth reading. The following are some of the better ones that I have ran across this afternoon:
- Another day, another bill to pay...
- Out and about fighting the forces that be, Holla back because I'm taking no prisoners
- I'm Out... With Who?... Wouldn't You LOVE To Know...
- Im out, as in not here, not around and basically just not not next to da muthafucking comp. so pray and i will answer
- Oh Happy Days...........................................
- Outside mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool, and a lot of other shit.... I love being home!!! LOL!!
Idea number 1: one day just break away from the writing style you have all been accustomed to and write a blog while drunk. I think it would be funny to try to decipher my drunken ramblings. Basically it would be a blog version of a drunk phone call people make and wish they had not. I know at least one reader that has been witness to me making a drunk phone call.
Idea number 2: this one might be slightly less exciting, but for a full day or a major part of it, I will blog hourly and write and photograph my day. Having a laptop would make this a lot easier, so perhaps it is something I need to work on to be able to give a more realistic feel of what a day in my life is like. Having only a desktop pc, I would be limited to things I do around the house = very boring.
Well my Saturday is officially over, the Jam on it Poetry event that I talked about a few days ago was great. I had a nice time hanging out at Karma with some friends for a birthday celebration. The ride home was productive. And after all that, I had enough energy to write a few words for all to read. Good night - visit often.
Just wanted to inform all of my readers that all of my current photos on the Flickr website are now published under the Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike-License. I'm sure that most of you know what a Creative Commons license is or at least might have heard of it. If you have been living in a cave and not up to date on the latest trends of our time, feel free to catch up by going to their website or read the wiki. But in short, Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization offering a flexible copyright for creative work.
The ironic part about this while blog business is that I never considered myself much of a writer nor a story teller, and I currently find myself maintaining a blog which I write to on a daily basis. Perhaps the most difficult part is just to get started and developing the habit. Once the habit is formed it begins to turn into an addiction. There are days when I have trouble even composing one sentence, and once I do complete the sentence, I rewrite it a few more times. I have relaxed somewhat and do not reread my entry over and over until each word and line is perfect, I have started to allow for a certain degree of imperfection.
Being consistent can be a challenge at times. I have always had at least two voices, not the ones that tell me to do bad things, but more like situational voices. What I mean is this, when I write, whether on this blog or in some other formal manner, I do my best to employ correct spelling, grammar, structure and so on. If someone were to ever hear me speak in person, they would hear a few different voices. The workplace voice, the at home voice, the street voice, and the list goes on. I believe there is a place and time for everything, and myself am among those that can act accordingly. By having a variety of voices one can increase their own personal network by being able to relate to a wide range of people. People tend to trust strangers more when they feel they are in some way similar to themselves.
Hope you have something to think about tonight. I look forward to reading any comments on any of my ramblings.
Besides the fact that my home is in Queens, my night ended in the opposite end of Queens. I found myself playing poker, eating pizza, and drinking a few beers. Unfortunately Lady Luck was not with me this evening, which is the reason I failed to place in the top three winning positions. Perhaps my luck is not with games of chance but elsewhere, now I need to discover what that is.
There is nothing worse than driving during rush hour. Today I was driving through what should have been very heavy traffic, but probably due to extremely high gas prices getting to Nassau was a lot smoother than expected. It seems that there are less cars on the highways these days. The only reason I found myself driving to Long Island in the heart of rush hour was the fact that I needed to find an open post office. I had important paperwork that needed to be mailed out and by postmarked with today's date and the post office in Roosevelt Field Mall stays open to 8PM. After completing my transactions, I had to make a few calls to confirm that everything was set for a much needed night of poker.
After having played phone tag the night before, I needed to head out to Brooklyn this afternoon. I was heading over to meet up with one of my old college friends who currently goes by the name of Jive Poetic. Once there I bought a few tickets for this Saturday's show 'Welcome to Jam Rock', which if it is anything like the last show will also be great. For anyone who enjoys spoken word, I suggest you try to make it out to this show or any other show that Jam On It Poetry presents. Time flew by fast as Jive and I laughed and reminisced about our old college days. After catching up and talking about possible future projects, it was time for me to hit the road. I really hoped there would not be too much traffic on my way to the post office.
Well after having such a great Labor Day Weekend, full of energy and life, today is a different story. I was depleted of energy today, my batteries were drained. Perhaps I should have retained some of that energy for the remainder of the week, but I have no regrets. Today I overslept had did not get to do a few things I had planned. I needed to get out of the house and do something or else I might have lost my mind. One thing that I needed to do was to fix the backyard fence, so I headed into the garage to get what I needed. Having the proper tools in hand I proceeded to repair the damages to the fence. Realizing that today was Tuesday, I called my friend from across the street and made plans to head over to Hooters and watch the Mets game. Luckily Tuesdays wings are half price, making the whole experience much more pleasurable. I really just go there for the wings, I'm a big fan of Buffalo wings and Hooters is just the closest place where I can find decent wings. Don't get me wrong, its not just the wings that are good, there are televisions all over the place showing live sports and the selection of beers isn't bad either. Today I drank a couple of Yuengling beers, you should try one for yourself, I did. Also worth mentioning are the free re-fills on sodas. So overall this is a great place to eat and have a refreshing beverage. I think that about sums it up. Well there is just one more thing that draws me to Hooters like a bug to a bright light in the summer, the famous Hooter girls. At one point I had turned my head to look at the game and I actually said 'Oh wow' out loud after laying my eyes on one of the girls that I had never seen working there before. Usually I am a lot more subtle when observing but this time I just thought out load. No one besides my friend heard me, so having an embarrassing moment was avoided.
Sometimes I wonder how our world would be if we were completely honest when telling people how or what we think of them. Its just something I would like you to think about. Until next time, be safe.
To start off, I awoke unusually early for a weekend day off. By 11AM I was up and fully awake. Today I have an engagement party to attend around 3 in the afternoon, so I have time to watch the Mets game on television. The person getting married is one of my oldest friends which I have known since the fifth grade. For 19 years we have known each other and remained in constant contact, even if as of late we only see each other a few times a year.
Once I got there, besides my friend and his fiancee everyone else for the most part was a stranger, mostly family and co-workers from both sides. But there was nothing to complain about, the weather was perfect and there was plenty of home cooked food and beverages. So what did I do? I ate and had a few beers to help me get over my cold. Soon afterwards some familiar faces showed up instantly livening up the mood, mine at least. I was unusually talkative, and at the same time it seemed as if I could not say anything wrong even if I tried. Our conversations were entertaining and funny, I myself being guilty of causing some of our laughs. As all thing must end, eventually the engagement party was over. On my way home, I realized that I was feeling very energized and alive. It has been a while since I have had this great feeling that makes you glad to be alive.
Filled with energy, I could not just go home and fire up my pc. Well actually I did, but just to mapquest directions to a birthday BBQ that I went to. Once there it was more fun and positive energy. In attendance were more good friends that I grew up with since the age of 10. Considering the fact that we all seem to go our own ways in our personal lives, we often get together for birthdays and other festivities. Food and laughter was plentiful, with several digital cameras capturing every moment. It was a birthday party, it was a BBQ, and it was a holiday weekend which can only lead to one thing. Drinking games! I was taught how to play 'flip cup' and I must say that I caught on quite quickly. It is definitely a game that I will look forward to playing many times in my life. Here is a little proof that I was having a great time : pic. Being too late and slightly intoxicated, the safest thing to do was to stay the night and drive home in the morning.
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One of my favorite novels that uses war as the backdrop is 'All Quiet on the Western Front' written by Erich Maria Remarque. I recommend for anyone interested in the subject to read it, but be warned some depictions of the front lines are graphic. Another military book which I also highly recommend is Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War.' Time to make a small confession, I have never actually read 'The Art of War', but I did listen to the audio book.
Now lets move away from books and start to head in the direction of the title of today's blog, WWII. For the last few years one of the most popular first person shooters has been 'Battlefield 1942' which is set in WWII. Also worth mention are its sequels 'Battlefield: Vietnam' and 'Battlefield 2'. These games give the player a realistic feel for being involved in combat including locations of famous battles, accurate weapons and vehicles. This game is highly addictive, causing me and other players to stay up a lot later then expected when engaged in combat.
Everything is fun and games until you turn on the history channel and you see real footage of the same battles you were playing on the night before. They are very interesting to watch if you are into the history of WWII. You get to see the planes flown and the weapons used, often times there are interview with veterans offering their first hand experiences. Another excellent resource for information and entertainment involving WWII has been watching the 'Band of Brothers' dvd. If you have the time, go rent the series, it is definitely worth a watch.
All I am trying to say is that sometimes what we think is purely fun and entertainment, has another side to it. That other side sometimes is called real life and it is nothing to take lightly. War is a serious matter and although many times they are necessary, they come at a great loss for all involved.