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Thursday, March 19th, 2009
10:57 am
Rca/Victor Pug 2 365 Day 75
This is a freaking awesome photo. I wish I took it.
Sunday, February 1st, 2009
6:20 pm
Once again I completely lapsed in my promise to update this here thing once in a while. Oops. I feel like writing a bit tonight, though, and don't have anyone to talk to in person, so here goes.

I miss the magic that seems to exists when I first start getting to know someone special. Every telephone call, email, im, whatever gives a little jolt of adrenaline.

I also haven't really met any new people in a long time. Met as in socially, not work-related. I should do something about that, but I'm not sure what at the moment.

It would be even better if I could take care of both things at once, of course, but I'm patient. Sometimes.
Monday, December 29th, 2008
5:43 pm
Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella Cheese
Originally uploaded by jsdkl
Just in case anyone wanted to see a picture of lumpy white blobs today.
Monday, September 22nd, 2008
5:26 pm
My Smallest Tomato

My Smallest Tomato
Originally uploaded by jsdkl
For those who haven't seen it, here's my smallest vine-ripened tomato this year. The people showing off their big tomatoes make me feel inadequate.
4:45 pm
I decided to finally start working out starting today. I'm more out of shape than I thought. I figured I'd start on the beginner end of "intermediate". Today was some cardio (biking) then upper body work. Holy crap! My arms seemed almost useless.

I feel good, though. Got my heart rate up for a bit and did pretty good with the weights (didn't hurt myself, anyway). Tomorrow is cardio and core/abs. That should be even more interesting, as I know that part of me is NOT in shape.
Friday, September 12th, 2008
8:13 pm
I'm planning on brewing tomorrow, probably starting around 5-6:00. Come on over if you want!
9:49 am
I'm feeling pretty good this morning. I slept better last night than I have in a while. The writing thing helps. That is all for now.
Sunday, July 6th, 2008
4:37 pm
This weekend was disappointing. I was looking forward to brewing Saturday. I had everything set, had plenty of time, it was a nice day and it was going to yield ten gallons of wonderful berliner weisse!

I gathered up all the equipment, cleaned everything, got my water ready, went to get the propane tank for the burner and realized it was empty! My dad had run out of propane in the grill and used my tank, leaving the empty one for me! Arg!

If it was up to me I would have used the one in the grill, but dinner was being grilled in a short while and I didn't think everyone else would understand.

It's so sad. Hopefully I'll manage to have the time and energy to do it this week sometime.

Current Mood: disappointed
Sunday, April 13th, 2008
7:53 pm
I'm sooo jealous...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qIsHzJ9D7o

The good part is about 3 minutes into it.

*hyperventilates*

Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, March 30th, 2008
5:46 pm
For Chris K
I came across a few pages from KISS's rider for their 2000 tour. Here's a couple bits:

Power Requirements:

All supplies are 3 phase, 5 wire including including neutral and ground
Phase to phase 208 volts, phase to neutral 120 volts, neutral to ground 0 volts, phase to ground 120 volts

Main lighting system: 3 phase 800 amps
2 KISS signs: 3 phase 800 amps
Sound: 3 phase 400 amps
Video: 3 phase 200 amps
Rigging/Utility: 3 phase 200 amps

Rigging:

Lights: 30 points, approximate total weight 26,000 lbs
Sound: 12 points, approximate total weight 23,000 lbs
Video: 10 points, approximate total weight 10,000 lbs
Flying gags: 12 points, approximate total weight 7,500 lbs
Backdrops: 15 points, approximate total weight 2,000 lbs

Approximate total weight: 68,500 lbs

Holy crap!

Current Mood: impressed
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
2:19 pm
HUGE BAG SALE!
The Vista Theater Thrift Shop is having a HUGE BAG SALE this Saturday, March 22 from 10AM to 6PM.

Everything you can stuff in a bag for only $3! Plus we'll have great deals on larger items!

Tell you friends, family, students, pets, random passers-by on the street!

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
2:42 pm
No Beer Love
I was planning on brewing an ordinary bitter today as my first batch of 2008. I got out the equipment, hooked up with propane burner to start heating water, turned on the valves and... nothing. Nothing would flow from the propane tank. Crap. After several minutes of trying various things (OPD reset, checking for blockage, etc.) I gave up. Guess I'll have to swap it, even though it's nearly half full.

Damn. I decided I'd finally bottle my batch of flanders red. I dug out enough bottles and was starting to sanitize things when I pulled the cardboard box I had set over it (to block light) off and discovered a new layer of something growing in it. It's been going since August! It smells better than ever, but I wanna DRINK IT!

Anyway, on SATURDAY, MARCH 22 I'm going to be doing some brewing. I'm planning on starting one batch around 6:30-ish, but if people wanted to come over earlier we could maybe do two batches (or three) or just hang out and drink and maybe grill some meat.

Current Mood: disappointed
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
2:41 pm
I wanted to purchase a couple things from an online homebrew shop, so I went ahead and did it... and ended up also buying ingredients for a Belgian Saison and Berliner Weiss. It's too easy to get carried away.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
2:00 pm
Monday, January 28th, 2008
6:35 pm
Anyone wanna play The State of the Union Drinking Game Friday evening? I'll put it on DVD or something...
Sunday, January 27th, 2008
11:23 am
Silent Auctions 1/27/08
Hello everyone!

This week at the Vista Theater Thrift Shop we have the following items in our Silent Auction:

* TikiMan CD Holder - the most anticipated silent auction item yet!
* Limited edition print of ducks in water (76 of 500)
* Fisher Price Robotic Dog - Cute and almost cuddly!
* Golf Clubs - a set of clubs with bag and cart

Pictures of the items are available in the pictures area of our Myspace profile.

Be sure to stop by any time we're open (Monday-Saturday 10AM to 6PM and Sunday 11AM to 6PM) to do some shopping and place a bid!
Monday, January 21st, 2008
3:21 pm
I'm making Peanut Butter Snack Bread:

1 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
3 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon yeast
3/4 cup chopped peanuts

I'm hoping it turns out as good as it smells. The cinnamon braid I made last week was great. I only got to have small chunk of it before it was gone.
Sunday, January 13th, 2008
11:39 am
Vista Theater Thrift Shop Silent Auctions 1/13/08
Here's this week's silent auction items at the Vista Theater Thrift Shop:

* Luke Skywalker StarWars Figure
* Harmony Electric Guitar
* Portable Cocktail Set with a bunch of pieces. Holds three bottles.
* Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Detailed hotos will be coming soon to http://vistatheater.org/

Last week's auctions were tons of fun so come on down this week! We're also always looking for donations for our silent auctions. If you have anything you would like to donated please let us know!
Sunday, January 6th, 2008
12:13 pm
Silent Auctions
The Vista Theater Thrift Shop is excited to start its silent auction program! Every week there will be new items to bid on. Come to the shop (401 US 41, Negaunee) to view the items and place a bid! This weeks auction items are:

* "What a Young Husband Ought to Know" - a book from the "Self and Sex Series" published in 1897
* A set of six Green Bay Packers glasses
* A McDonalds playset with mini register, head set, hat, food items, etc.
* A Daher Decorated Dish
* A Nintendo Entertainment System - That's right! In the original packaging with all the original pieces including the controllers, gun, games, cords, etc!

So come on down and see what you can win!
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
3:08 pm
This Year's Garden
Here's what I'm going to try growing this year.  I also have a plan to keep other animals from eating everything - I'm inviting the Michigan Militia to use the yard as a training center this summer.

Long Red Cayenne Pepper (shocked these when I moved them outside last year)
Chamomile ('Cause they're cute.  These might be for sale in the Thrift Shop)
Garlic Chives (Yummy.  Something ate these last year)
Cippolini Onions (These are also cute)
Spicy Globe Basil (Great for growing in containers)
Boston Pickling Cucumbers (I didn't even have enough cucumbers to bother picking last year.  Oddly one of the few things that didn't get eaten)
Tiny Tim Tomatoes (Grows 10-15 inches tall and makes lots of sweet little tomatoes)
Victoria Rhubarb (I miss having rhubarb around.  We had a HUGE rhubarb plant when I was a kid)

There's a bunch of other things I would like to grow but it depends on growing space.  I might also grow
Chinese Pink Garlic (need I say anything?)
Popcorn
Potatoes (probably in a big container)
Broccoli (anyone grow any around here?  How does it do?)
Cabbage (sauerkraut.  Mmm...)

And who knows what else.

Current Mood: Ambitious
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