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Old 12-22-2007, 10:12 AM   #2681
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Yeah, it should be fun.

I'm going to have to cut back on the caffeine in next week... after I get through the next couple of days. Need to catch up on sleep.

I may not go totally cold-turkey this time though... I do want to stay productive, and have no particular desire to live through all those harsh withdrawal symptoms again.

For the few of you who are not on my Myspace Bulletin List: here's some Youtube vids of proggish seasonal offerings from Ian Anderson and crew I've come across in the last couple of weeks.

"A Christmas Song"

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"

"Solstice Bells"

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Old 12-22-2007, 11:21 AM   #2682
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Dude, 360 ed, that' sawesome. When you get one, we'll need to add you to our friends list on Live so we can kick the crap outta eachother.

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Old 12-22-2007, 11:57 PM   #2683
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worked 30 minutes over my schedule today. technician was in and put a quick-fix on the printer til we get more parts in, at least today went by quick. well kinda...woke up at 6:30am, went shopping at around 8, got back at around 12:30pm, got ready and went to work...not much bitch left in the customers lately. lol though, we will have bitches tomorrow and monday, we ran out of over 4 of our top-selling cameras....the Kodak C513, Nikon L12, Sanyo Esomething-Z90, HP M547, and almost out of the top-selling camcorders.

it's getting to the point of looking out at the camera bar and seeing someone looking at the camera we don't got....and just being like 'ughhhhhhhhhhghghghghghghg'.

checked kmarts prices on my lunch break....they obviously don't bother comping walmart.

now im not sure if i should sleep or stay up a few more hours. -_-


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Old 12-23-2007, 12:38 AM   #2684
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Spent the day hanging out downtown with my friends. (Make note: Rockbottom Brewery = Good Food!)

Fun time,.. but now I'm tired. Got to get to bed. Long day tomorrow too.


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Old 12-23-2007, 11:07 AM   #2685
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damn, i must have been tired. 10 hours of sleep.


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Old 12-23-2007, 07:47 PM   #2686
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Watching Miami Vs. New England.

............. *sigh* First round draft pick.

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Old 12-23-2007, 09:29 PM   #2687
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Game was on at the pre-Xmas family gathering I was at today.

Can't believe we gave away one TD and threw away a perfect shutout.
Oh well... a win is a win. Doesn't have to be pretty to go in the "W" column.



Got a couple of good items of booty,.. some decent swag from the swap:

A 7-cup fast heating, cordless electric tea kettle. This will come in very handy. (Oddly enough, this is exactly what I wanted,.. and also coincidentally, it just happens to be exactly I brought to the swap. Convenient, no? )

I also managed to snag a cordless digital outdoor/ indoor thermometer. I've wanted one of these for a while. Sweet!

As for the rest of it: It was a jolly ol' time. I ate too much food and dessert. Drank too much soda. Got jumped on by the kids too much.

Think I need to lat down somewhere quiet, and maybe do some reading for the rest of the night.

I'll be taking it pretty easy tomorrow too. Between the last couple days of parties, lunches, get togethers, and whatnot... I've really haven't taken it easy all week.

Exhausted. Blah.


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Old 12-24-2007, 10:20 AM   #2688
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WAIT!!! I almost forgot the best gift of all that I got this season: A frikken' Death Star Pez Dispenser!!!
How amazingly awesome is that?!??



Things to do today:

Sleep. (This is #1. All else can wait.)
Re-String Strat.
Put new shower curtain up.
Copy CDs for mom.

Not leave house at all, under ANY circumstances!! Avoid last-minute shopping psychopaths at all costs!

Maybe I'll order some food for delivery to just make sure of that...


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Old 12-24-2007, 10:37 AM   #2689
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WAIT!!! I almost forgot the best gift of all that I got this season: A frikken' Death Star Pez Dispenser!!!
How amazingly awesome is that?!??
"Now witness the firepower of this fully loaded and operational battle station."
*flips DS top*
Mmmm... cherry

LANDO
That Pez came from the Death Star! That thing's operational! (into comlink) Home One,this is Gold Leader.

ACKBAR
We saw it. All craft prepare to retreat.

LANDO
You won't get another chance at this,
Admiral.

ACKBAR
We have no choice, General Calrissian. Our
cruisers can't repel sweetness of that
magnitude.


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Old 12-24-2007, 11:03 AM   #2690
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LOL



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Old 12-24-2007, 11:28 AM   #2691
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:46 AM   #2692
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yesterday was good. worked another 30 minutes overtime. people were better yesterday than days before. today better be good. played Double Agent when i got home last night, then i decided to download freakin UNO...ended up staying up til 3am playing that. -_- all my shopping is done....now i gotta go in 12:30-6 (originally scheduled 1-5, but since they fired that one person, i volunteered to come in early/stay later...doesn't matter to me, it'll be fun watching people run around trying to find stuff we've been out of for 2 days. especially at 6pm when the whole store closes down and the managers break out the cattle prods. (i can dream can't i?)


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Old 12-24-2007, 12:43 PM   #2693
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Well, I've got the big night with the church choir tonight. Masses at 9:30 and 11:30. I'm playing the violin, and we have another violin, 2 trumpets, and 2 trombones, plus the piano and the choir. I wonder if anyone will ever hear me over all that? And then I've got to learn all those pieces all over again on the piano to play for Mass tomorrow morning!
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:13 PM   #2694
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:17 PM   #2696
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wasn't too busy at work. probably cause last year christmas eve fell on a sunday and year before it fell on a saturday. made over 13,000 dollars in sales yesterday, my dept mgr said it's the first time we hit double digits since she's worked there. we were really slow today and the time went by so slow. sold a camera to this hot chick, should have aksed her out. o well.


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Old 12-24-2007, 07:34 PM   #2697
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I despised the Christmas season the brief time I worked in retail. The managers used to get on the intercom and tell us what our sales were that day. It always bugged me to think how very little of all that profit was being funneled towards my just-above-minimum-wage pay for busting my ass all day.

I did occasionally help people out to thier cars with larger packages,.. which almost always resulted in tips. Sometimes very good ones!

So it wasn't all bad.

Spent most of the day so far sleeping on and off. Which was exactly my plan. Feeling better already. That,.. and drinking a LOT of water. I think all my running about over the last couple of days had left me a bit dehydrated.

Didn't tackle much of the other stuff on my list yet, so far... but that's OK: I have all of next week to worry about that.

Think I'll put on a good CD right now and go read a bit.
Chilling out feels real nice. I had almost forgotten.


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Old 12-25-2007, 12:49 AM   #2698
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christmas party was good. everybody loved what i got them. My landlord's got me a NICE norelco mini shaver/hair clipper/beard & moustache trimmer/nose, eat, & eyebrow trimmer/precision trimmer thing and a nice blue hoodie in a color that is walmart approved. (meaning i can wear it to work w/o having to worry about it being the wrong color) My landlord's wife's son got me a nice big mug with a few bags of hot chocolate, just the right size for me, extra large.

I got my landlords a $25 gift cert to cracker barrel, i got my landlord's son a Halo 3 calendar, and landlord's wife's son a Soccer calendar.

Can't wait til tomorrow to see my parents and sister's reactions to what i got each of them. I'm holding off for a day or so on shaving this hair off. it's nice that i won't be paying $10 for 30 seconds of hair shaving anymore.

ate way too much...had ham, turkey, sausage & sauerkraut, cream puff, crackers and cheese and dip. stuffed. hopefully i have an appetite tomorrow.


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Old 12-25-2007, 01:28 AM   #2699
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Good morning!

Roughly 2047 something years ago, there was this kid. He was born in a shanty neighborhood, to pretty poor parents, and was given random stuff by some strangers who said the kid was the son of God.

Fasting forward a bit, conveniently skipping the teenage rebel years to which he rode around on a motorbike with the Hells Angels, this now young man realized that people suck, and the only way to get them to stop sucking is to try to get them to understand that you need faith, and to be a decent human to your fellow man, even if that fellow man is a jackass.

"Do we give money?"

"No," said this man.

"Do we worship this God?"

".... Yeah... just like... don't end up like them crazy ass Romans. Believe, and have faith more than anything."

"What do we do about the Romans?"

"Let Rome... take care of Rome."

And so this dude walked, talked with a buncha dudes, and got a small posse of bad ass mother ****ers to watch his back. Except one dude, who turned this awesome normal guy with GREAT ideas to the Romans, who nailed him to a cross.

The betrayer was teabaged and stripped naked at the next kegger, with pictures taken and put up on Youtube.com

ANYWAY, This dude, his name was Jesus Christ, the son God, he who died for our sinful ways. If you believe the Bible and the Christian and Roman Catholic Church and interpretation of a document written by a buncha old white dudes.

This year, reflect on what this man's message ment. To be a decent human, to be kind to your neighbors, and to have honesty, integrity, and good will toward your fellow human.

But most of all, I think, is his message of faith. No matter what you believe, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Catholic, Agnostic, Athiest, Taoist, Confucianist, or Hindi, is to have FAITH in a higher power, and to believe.

Forget the pomp and circumstance of the church, of the mosque or the temple. Forget the Holy Bible, the Quaran, the Torah, or the writings of the Eastern men. Forget the expensive and ornate buildings our religious leaders house themselves in. Forget the Holy Wars in the name of God, or the religious conflicts.

No matter who you are, what you believe in, remember we all, in the end, have one common belief.

That if (And there might be, probably is) there is a God, he doesn't care what religion you belong to. The only question asked on the way to any Heaven will be only this....

"Did you believe?"

Not "Are you a Muslim?" or, "Are you Christian?" Nope. All they want to know, and I think all Jesus wanted was you to have faith, no matter what.

And not to be a jack ass.








.............. I think I need to work on that last part.... Just a little bit.



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Spent the day with the family again. A smaller group this time. No gifts exchanged. It was nice. I liked it better.

My cousin bought her hubby a PS3! I'm actually a bit jealous. It's pretty nice. (Still don't think I'll get one, but it's looks and sounds fantastic!)
Spent most of the afternoon getting horribly shown up by my 15 year old 2nd cousin at Motorstorm.

No plans for tomorrow yet. Still don't think I'll brave the stores yet for that XBox (returns day tomorrow, after all...) Maybe Thurs. or Fri...

Perhaps I'll tackle a few more of the things on that list I typed out a couple of days ago. Maybe. It could just be another 'chill-out' day. I could still stand a bit more of that.

Need to get my eating and H2O consumption back to normal after the last week of feasting and party food. Kinda feel like crap. Maybe I'll go decaf again, and spend the day recuperating.

So... what did everybody get?


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Old 12-26-2007, 01:31 AM   #2701
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I got:

Call of Duty 4 plus the strategy guide for it
Cabela's Big Game Hunter
Brain Age 2

Clothes for work and working out, wallet, bourne ultimatum, employee of the month

Brain Age 2 is cool, i learned how to do that soduku thing, it hurts my head. -_-

CoD4 i just got off playing like a 3 hour thing on domination. it's better than GRAW 2, i haven't had a problem connecting to games and stuff, it's a so fun.

Cabela's Big Game Hunter is a nice improvement over Cabela's Outdoor Adventures that i got 2 years ago, the animals look and act more real i guess.

i didn't even expect to get any video games this year, much less 3 of them. wonder if i'll get around to finishing double agent now...hehe

I am not looking forward to working 1-10 tomorrow.


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I got some socks and a toothbrush

Anyway, at Mass this morning I once again ran into the lovely young lady I missed out on earlier this year. I think I was fairly charming. Maybe. We'll see.
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:41 AM   #2703
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So far I got a DVD player (plays everything), and an automatic egg cooker

Tho Christmas dinner with wine, lobster, waldorf salad, and key-lime pie was wonderful


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Old 12-26-2007, 09:41 AM   #2704
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lol, nice story Cracken. Did you come up with that wasted on eggnog?

I got's me some cologne and a neat sweater. Nothing too fancy, considering I didn't ask for much this year. But I know my real presents are coming soooooon...

*goes back to his front porch to watch for the UPS guy coming with his Newegg packages*




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Old 12-26-2007, 10:18 AM   #2705
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I was not wasted when i wrote that. That's how i am naturally.

Oh yeah, my world is awesome.

Just the Xbox 360..... and Halo 3.... The rest will come eventually, out of my own pocket, but i'll be able to get 100% set up this friday.

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That's what I should do today: Set up a spot downstairs for the 360.

Now the question is whether or not I hold onto the Gamecube for a while longer. I haven't fired it up in a while now. Months, maybe...

But: There's still a couple of games for it I never got around to finishing. Plus I still occasionally get the urge for a round of Defender or Joust, or I may someday want to tackle Rogue Leader again.

I guess I'll just keep it for now... and see how much use it actually sees after the 360 moves in.
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:45 AM   #2707
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Hey, if you don't want it, I'll take it off your hands. :3

And go Keyan, workin' it at church, oyeaaaaaaaaa




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Old 12-26-2007, 11:49 AM   #2708
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My previously mentioned 15-year-old cousin already put first dibs on it. Sorry.

I should keep it though. I bought the 2nd Metroid Prime last year... and have yet to take the disk out of the case.

But I may someday (soon, p'haps...) end up with a "Wii-360" combo... in which case I'll keep the game disks, and unload the hardware.

And Keyan has hit upon my sole New Years resolution for next year: Not to spend 2008 as lonely for female companionship as I did 2007! (And the several previous years as well, truth be told...)

I'm not exactly sure of the specific strategies and tactics I will employ to achieve this goal... (details will still have to be worked out...) but I am committed to the idea at this point.
My hope is to post a lot less to this thread's replacement next year... because I will be far, far too busy with life to keep up a regular posting routine.


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Old 12-26-2007, 12:33 PM   #2709
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I blogged about most of my Xmas gifts (being bowling related), but I'll mention one of them here...my sister and brother-in-law gave me a "Split Happens" t-shirt. LOL

My brother gave me the one Boston sports apparel item I received this year...the 2007 World Series Champions t-shirt (I usually count on my aunt & uncle to give me stuff like that, but they gave me a regular casual dress shirt this year). I also got a nice handmade glass ornament (actually a plastic bulb) w/ cotton wads (for snow) and stuff like plastic candy canes and gingergread men inside...came from one of my younger cousins (the older daughter of the ones that bowl). The ornament will be put out on my kitchen table along w/ the mini Christmas tree already there (and that's the extent of my personal holiday decorating).


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I wish you luck. (My present to you.)
Meh, I know I have pretty much no chance, but it never hurts to give it a try, since you never know what will happen in the future. I actually met a girl who might be even better a little while ago. And unlike this other young lady, she seemed quite taken with me. A wonderful, beautiful, traditional Catholic girl. The only problem? She's not actually from here. She lives in Indiana! We've kept in touch, but it would be a little hard to date someone who lives a thousand miles away. DAMMIT.
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Old 12-26-2007, 02:06 PM   #2711
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Hmmm... yes, it would. Perhaps not totally impossible and insurmountable... but difficult nevertheless.

I have a co-worker who has been somehow keeping a relationship going with a guy she met on a trip a couple of years ago. A trip to West Africa. (For that's where he lives.)

After all: They are only separated by the entire Atlantic Ocean.


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while on subject of resolutions, here are mine...

primary objectives:
1. Build up my credit history
1a. By using credit card to purchase parts so i can build a nice computer
2. Run 2 miles in 15 minutes and run a few times a week

secondary objectives:
1. Enlist in the military
2. Get a girlfriend

bonus objectives:

1. Pay off the car
2. Get married


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Anyway, at Mass this morning I once again ran into the lovely young lady I missed out on earlier this year. I think I was fairly charming. Maybe. We'll see.
Meeting chicks at church is always the best But my worry was always, why didn't I see her at all the other Sunday masses? Is she a Christmas/Easter catholic?


Crackhead, I appreciate the message you are trying to convey with your Christmas post, and while that seems to be the popular view of today (i.e.: don't sweat the details, get down to basics which is "be excellent to each other"), the problem arises when two people's ideas of "being excellent" don't agree. It's one thing to tell everyone to love your neighbor, but it's not enough. You must teach them *how* to love your neighbor. Hence the story of the Good Samaritan. The Bible may seem like a bunch of fairy stories to many in this day and age, but the point is not the factual details, but rather the lessons. Jesus came to the world not just to tell us to be excellent to each other, but to sacrifice himself to pay the debt of man's sins. In doing so, he gave us the ultimate example of loving God and loving neighbor.

My point is, while organized religion seems, to many, to be everything that is wrong with religion, you need to have it. Otherwise you get everyone on earth interpreting "be excellent" in their own way. What happens when you have a moral question that you don't know the answer? Sure, you must trust your conscience, but first you must form it properly. If you study Scripture and Church teachings, then you are able to form your conscience to properly distinguish from right and wrong. Without the Church, how would you know where to start in the quest to be excellent? Certainly I believe that man is born with a natural moral compass, but not everyone follows that or has a very strong compass.

I know you're not being malicious, but I just get sick of people bagging on organized religion and acting like they are so much smarter because they follow their own system. If everyone did that, I don't know how you could lay a foundation on which to base laws, etc.
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Meeting chicks at church is always the best But my worry was always, why didn't I see her at all the other Sunday masses? Is she a Christmas/Easter catholic?
Well, we went to high school together, and did Confirmation preperation together, and I still live in the same area, but she moved to northern Virginia. So she comes back to visit her parents at Christmas and Easter, so that is when I see her at Mass. I guess I don't know for a fact that she attends Mass every week these days, but there's a fair chance of it, since I see her parents there all the time, and she went to Catholic University (which I guess actually means nothing). It would be nice if I could spend a little time with her to find out these details, but that doesn't ever seem to happen.
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Spent the day mostly chillin',.. again.

Did a couple of little chores, but felt that it was better to take it slow and catch up on much needed R&R before diving into meaty projects.

So far: It's working. I'm starting to feel human again. Nice.

Watched "Letters From Iwo Jima" DVD... finally.
I only bought that disk several months ago. Last of my unwatched movies, though. Though there is a whole new crop of films that just came out on disk I have to see. Time for a shopping trip.

Speaking about shopping trips: Getting excited about the 360 now. Been watching and reading a lot of game reviews and previews, and now I'm pretty sure I know what my first crop of games will be.
Headed over to my co-worker's house tomorrow night for dinner, and a go couple of rounds on his. He even says he's gonna get Halo 3 tomorrow in honor of my coming over... to kick my ass at it, that is.

Sweet.

This weekend for sure...


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Ike: If you want, we can take it to PM, I have my reasons of thinking like I do. I'm just increasingly frustrated with people using religion and God to forward some man made ideal of their vision of "Perfect" and "Just" society. It's annoying, 2000 years of it get's old REAL fast.

Again, PM me if anyof you wanna hit me up and talk about it. Here be not the place.



Anyway, my gamer tag is Crackensan, so if anyone wants to find me on Xbox Live, I'm down. I'll be subbing to XBox Live this Friday. HALO 3 MATCHES FOR ALL!

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aww no cod4? lol Halo 3 is good, especially cooperative. i just sent you a friend's request cracken. i'm off on friday so see ya then i guess lol


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I guess most of my objectives for the new year are bowling-related (as I posted on the XWAU board), but I do want to maintain my weight. I worked hard to lose 40 lbs. and I don't want to gain the weight back.

My "bonus objectives"? To have a game of 230 or better or a series of 600 or better, and to cash in one or more tournaments.


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but I do want to maintain my weight. I worked hard to lose 40 lbs. and I don't want to gain the weight back.
Good job! Glad to hear it!

I also lost a bit of weight this year (probably not quite that much, though...) with all that walking I did, and got myself into a lot better shape than I was last year at this time.

I guess I'd like to finish the job this year: Lose the rest of the excess weight I've put on over the last decade; and finish getting into really good shape. That will mean the expense of buying a whole new wardrobe, since almost every piece of clothing I own is currently big on me... if I manage to lose the rest they will be swimming on me.
But it's an expense I guess I wouldn't mind paying.

But worse come to worst, just maintaining the state I find myself in at the moment would be enough.

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Has anyone ever published a 'Doctor Who' videogame?


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yessss going to work 6-9 by myself. not working tomorrow, which is weird. i keep thinking today is wednesday, it's been a while...a long while, since i've had friday off.

Probably gonna give the new clippers a try tomorrow. or tonight....hmmm...


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