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MikeC
01 August 2013 @ 10:43 pm
Happy Birthday, ryukudaisuke!!

And Maria Mitchell!

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MikeC
28 July 2013 @ 09:32 pm
In all actuality, the real subject of this entry is "Catching Up On Shit I Said I'd Do" and there are more memes from finstergrrrl to follow.

Comment on this post, saying that you want to play and I will choose five interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean/why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

From glacier_kitty:

tanita tikaram: I was completely (and inexplicably?) unaware of her existence until a couple of years ago, when I heard Twist In My Sobriety on the radio. I like her music, is all it is, and there was room on my list of interests, so I added her to it.

piper cubs: Of the different kinds of airplanes I've ever piloted, Piper Cubs are by far the most fun to fly. By far.

aopa: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. A pilot's best resource. Been a member since 1995. An extremely valuable source of information and services, and they fight hard in Washington on behalf of general aviation. A matter of mixed feelings: One of our strongest allies in DC is none other than Senator James Inhofe. Why can't it be anybody else?

mother jones: Always an interesting read, in my opinion. I wish like hell it had a much wider circulation.

string theory: A theory that I find both fascinating and difficult to wrap my head around, at the same time. Don't ask me to try to explain it! :)

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Current Music: The Moody Blues - Lovely to See You | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
22 July 2013 @ 10:18 pm
I Don't Care!

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Current Music: BOY - Little Numbers
 
 
MikeC
27 June 2013 @ 11:55 pm
I was passed on the interstate highway by an apparently insane driver in an SUV. The registration non-number was OMGTMI.

Speaking of which, I'm really getting tired of hearing Joe Theismann and these other guys talk about their prostates and urine flow. Don't know if those commercials are shown everywhere or not.

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Current Music: Of Monsters and Men - Dirty Paws | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
26 June 2013 @ 10:19 pm
Another non-improvement.

Now I find the My LJ page much more useful.

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Current Music: Austra - Painful Like | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
 
MikeC
25 June 2013 @ 11:03 pm
I think today is the first day I ever voted and didn't see one person with a sign for one candidate or another, and the polling place was the least busy of all the times, by far. Thankful that the early results showing Gomez with a lead didn't hold.

Anybody who complains to me about the result will first have to answer the question, "Did you vote?" And the answer had better be yes.

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Current Music: Weezer - Island In The Sun
 
 
MikeC
21 June 2013 @ 12:26 pm
Hope the weather stays nice for a while.

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MikeC
16 June 2013 @ 08:29 pm
The special election is almost upon us, thank goodness. The more ads I see for Gabriel Gomez, the more I want to vote for Ed Markey.

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Current Music: Howie Day - Collide | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
15 June 2013 @ 01:28 am
Happy Birthday, serendipity_15!!

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Current Music: Keane - Everybody's Changing | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
08 June 2013 @ 04:55 pm
Happy Birthday, glacier_kitty!!

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MikeC
04 June 2013 @ 11:15 pm
What we have to look forward to now, is an entire Summer of the Whitey Bulger trial.

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Current Music: Massive Attack - Safe From Harm | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
03 June 2013 @ 10:44 pm
Anybody seen my iPod charger lately? :)

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Current Music: Art & Dotty Todd - Chanson D'Amour | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
27 May 2013 @ 10:40 pm
Happy Birthday, firni!

Also, I hope everybody had a nice Memorial Day.

Also, I hope everybody appreciates why we have a Memorial Day.

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Current Music: Sonya Kitchell - Cold Day | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
24 May 2013 @ 11:30 pm
Allowing openly gay members is a step in the right direction, I guess, but homophobia is alive and well in the Boy Scouts of America.

I know a former Scout who was molested by a Scout Leader. A heterosexual Scout Leader. So isn't it obvious that straight men should be banned from serving in that capacity?

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Current Music: Rupert Holmes - Him | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
23 May 2013 @ 10:26 pm
This morning, as I was getting into my car to go to work, a woman was walking her dog (a Silky) on the sidewalk across the street. She was a total stranger, yet as she walked by, she turned and waved and had the most beautiful smile.

Of course I smiled and waved back and said, "Good morning."

I think it was the nicest possible start a day could have.

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Current Music: The Sounds - Song With a Mission | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
 
MikeC
21 May 2013 @ 10:42 pm
Happy Birthday, emeraldqueene!

I still miss zortrana. It's her birthday, too. Her sister hasn't updated in over three years, so I think it's time to give her a shout.

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Current Music: Essential Machine - Paper and Stars
 
 
MikeC
20 May 2013 @ 11:08 pm
All I have to say tonight is, I hope my livejournal friends who live in the areas of extreme weather are all okay.

Did I hear that there was a mile-wide tornado on the ground for an hour in Oklahoma?

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Current Music: Nightwish - Return To The Sea
 
 
MikeC
18 May 2013 @ 12:28 am
Happy Birthday, serafaery!

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Current Music: Lauren Wood - Fallen
 
 
MikeC
17 May 2013 @ 11:43 pm
Nothing really to write about today, except that I think it's time to do another backup of my journal. Been a while.

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Current Music: Sandals - Theme from "Endless Summer"
 
 
MikeC
14 May 2013 @ 10:40 pm
I don't even remember what year I bought this computer, but it was several years ago now. All I remember is I bought it on a Friday, the day before the Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday weekend, because it was worth the extra $30 not to have to deal with the crowds.

It still works pretty well, but it locks up completely for one to two minutes, only one time per session, and only when I go to either Facebook or Linkedin. The mouse cursor doesn't move, and I can't type anything, and if music is playing it plays a segment over and over again like a broken record. Then after the minute or so is over, it starts working again as if there's nothing wrong.

It's annoying, but I haven't decided if it's annoying enough to do something about it. :)

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Current Music: Pink Floyd - Take It Back | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
 
MikeC
12 May 2013 @ 09:31 pm
A little late maybe, but Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, the new Moms, and the soon-to-be Moms on my friends list and everywhere.

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Current Music: Metric - Artificial Nocturne | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
10 May 2013 @ 11:47 pm
The concept of "undisclosed location" seems to be lost on some people.

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Current Music: Mink DeVille - Party Girls | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
07 May 2013 @ 11:05 pm
I think the protesters who are protesting the burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev anywhere in the U.S. should direct their energy elsewhere. His victims and their families are looking to move on, and seeing all this unnecessary crap about him in the news constantly is not helping.

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Current Music: Ingrid Michaelson - Everybody | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
01 May 2013 @ 08:48 pm
Happy Mayday 2013, everybody!

It wasn't until last year that I even knew anything about it.

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Current Music: Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
MikeC
30 April 2013 @ 11:04 pm
Ed Markey won the Democratic nomination. Good.

The Republican nominee is Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy Seal who has no political experience. As much as I respect him and appreciate his military service, I can't vote for him. His feelings toward gay marriage and women's reproductive rights boil down to, "Let the states decide for themselves." Of course, letting the states decide for themselves really means not letting individuals and couples decide for themselves and I have a real problem with people making decisions for other people on matters that don't affect them. And we have way too many Republicans in the Senate anyway.

I should have realized, from the signs on the lawns all over the place, that we also had a town election today, on a separate ballot. I've lived here a long time, and there were only two names on the whole town ballot that I was familiar with. I voted for everyone who wasn't an incumbent.

The general election for the Senate seat is June 25th.

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Current Music: Rilo Kiley - Dreamworld