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I had to write a poem to introduce myself to my second English class at NVCC. That would be Fall 2016. I like it, but it's a little dated now. Anyway, I want to make sure I save it for posterity. Here goes:

I Am (From)

I am from Steve and Kathy, from Minnesota and DC.
I am from Navy bases, but none abroad.
I am born of Scrabble and cribbage,
of arrogance and boredom,
of terror and instability.
I am French night.
I am huevos rancheros and chili.
I am scalloped ham and potatos.
I am the shell script, more BASH than Perl.
I am the broken glass cleanup and the display rack builder.
I am the lights at the concert.
I am the steel scaffolding.
I am Lollapalooza and Woodstock 94.
I am the driver that just climbed out the window.
I am 26 years and change (and still counting).
I am the high priest and the Reiki practicioner.
I am the hard-earned letter in Wrestling and the gimme letter in Cross-Country.
I am the broken clavicle and the poke that missed the eye.
I am all the immunizations needed for Guatemala.
I am snugglebunnies and mosh pits.
I am kilts and combat boots.
I dance on the wooden floors.
I am the plie and the jette.
I am bhangra and salsa.
I am the goth eyeliner, put on in the subway.
I am the character and the NPC.
I imagine and I fear.
I am the sun-baked rocks of the Billy Goat Trail.
I fly my kites over volcanoes.
I broke the angle grinder and the pitch pipe.
I am Smiley and Pablo.
I broke the family cycle.
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I resolved the paid status issue here, and I just deleted the LJ account. I hope to have some of my friends come over, but we'll see.
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Scalloped ham and potatoes

For those who partook of my tasty, tasty dish from the 2006 $work Potluck + White Elephant, and wish to replicate it, here is the recipe.
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utforsker: (feck off)

Gave the following speech recently regarding a bill Texas House recently passed to ban gay couples from adopting children (HJR 6):

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utforsker: (Boyz Gone Wild!)

My favorite quote from the article:
Stop fucking him if he thinks that someone other than you should determine what hangs around inside you. Stop fucking him, because he would sooner masturbate with a corkscrew than let you dictate how he receives his prostate exams.

Too right.
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I was on an epic journey home from [livejournal.com profile] dv8dragonfly's (3 busses, 3 trains and then another bus), sporting my new AC-130 t-shirt, and trying to break in my new combat boots.

At L'Enfant Plaza station, I walked past this 5'8" person with long hair that I'd briefly checked out on exiting the train.

I walked past her on the way to the escalators downstairs.

In the crush where people funnel onto the escalators them selves, someone grabbed at my sleeve and asked if I was crew on a Spectre.

When I got down to my platform and saw that I had time before my train was to arrive, I turned back to see who had asked me the question.

It was that person from upstairs. Em introduced emself as Art. Apparently when he was in his late teens, he'd been ground crew for F4F's in Thailand. Several of his buddies had been shot down in an AC-130.

We talked about aircraft, flight sim games, the Pima Air Museum in Tuscon, and the weekend show at ADW. Art shared some memories of VC attacks, wayward Navy pilots being diverted to Air Force bases, and shot-up planes dropping ordinance on their own runways while attempting to land. Art also told me a bit about the trials and tribulations of V.A. docs and bureaucracy, plus the plans to get back to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam to revisit the old bases that were still standing. There are old buddies still there, crash and grave sites to visit and mourn, a reassignment surgery to finish, and chunks of missing memory that hopefully will be jogged by seeing the sights, hearing the sounds and smelling the smells.

Best of luck to you, Art.
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current mood: psyched/excited/silly
current music: I should know -- Dirty Vegas (off Dirty Vegas)


*This* is fun!

Utforsker, the easily amused.
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