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"Someday this war will be over."

Posted on 2007.05.26 at 18:30
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: POTC I, II & III
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I'm on Day Two of denying myself Scooby-Snack. I chose to quit while I was geographically separated from my wife due to the difficult transition period she claims I go through. I don't know what she's talking about. In other news, drax0r and I came to blows in the Half Price Bookstore parking lot yesterday. Apparently I was 'very angry' until he bought me a jalepeno hot dog at a Racetrak convenience store. Whatever. Why I waited until one week before my wife arrives instead of working on this the month I've been here is anyone's guess. Perhaps I was scared to be without it, and her, simultaneously? The strain on my wife is increasing. I know this based on how many minutes we're on the phone before she begins attacking me. Only one more week. Just...one...more...week.

To assist with this, I've got a reservation at our favorite hotel in Decatur, TX. When she arrives I'll let her unwind from two days of driving with a hot bath and whatnot. This will serve as our base of operations during the debriefing. When she's ready, I'll take her to see our daughter (whereas my son will be staying an additional two weeks with his grandmother in Wichita). This will also afford her a good night's sleep (in an air conditioned room - my folks aren't using theirs yet) with zero distractions. I have Monday and Tuesday "off" work. That is, I don't have to go in, but I must have my laptop & aircard with me at all times in case of an emergency, as the rest of the staff is also out of work that week, and I'm lucky to be able to do this at all.


When I was working in Wichita back in 2003 I was visiting with a co-worker and his family. The movie The Hulk had just been released (as well as the new toy line) and his 5-year old son comes in wearing his "Hulk Hands" He was very excited to show them to me. As soon as I acknowledged them, he reared back, and punched me square in the nuts. "OOOF!" I doubled over, as his parents, shocked, tried to control the situation. The entire kitchen was abuzz with activity over this horrific act. Kids will be kids. I understand this. I also know that after that, I swore to never get my own 5-year old boy a pair of those!

Fast forward four years. I'm pouring myself a cup of coffee in the kitchen (I'm usually the first one up) and in a pseudo-stealthy ninja surprise move, drax0r's 5-year old son jumps into the kitchen yelling, "Heeeya!"

...wearing the neighbor kids "Hulk Hands" he had borrowed. Flashback is a powerful thing. I shrieked like a girl and ran.

Poor kid.





Compiled my first java app. I've had an on-again, off-again obsession with MindTerm, the browser applet offering secure shell access. On again when I need it, off again when I don't. I now need it. Of course I know NOTHING about java. So I'm following tutorials to certify my...public certificate and trying to get this to work now that darkvoyager is back online. Currently, its running off drax0r's cable modem with a whopping 128kbps up.

Ouch.

So yeah, I'm anxious to get my new box built so I can get it colo'd with drax0r's. The box is a Netra t1125. Basically, an Ultra-60 mobo on its side. So after the fist-fight in the parking lot, we actually went into Half Price Books where I purchased nearly all of their Deutsche Grammophon recordings, three of them Karajan & the Berlin Philharmonic:

Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen/Tod Und Verklarung
Brahms: Symphony No's. 1, 2 & 3
Debussy: Nocturnes
And the full opera Simon Boccanegro by Verdi.


the Netra t1125



So little girl and I go to Anna for a 'sleepover' Saturday. Of course we find our selves at the new Wal-Mart just to the West of McKinney. There's almost no one there. She touches everything and I let her. We're in no hurry. I touch everything. They're taking free digital pictures with your favorite Pirates of the Caribbean III character. I thought they did a terrible job with the flash, and we had to hang around another 20-minutes. No worries, we weren't in any hurry.

I get home to author this post and listen to all three Pirates of the Caribbean scores. I haven't listened to the first one since August of last year. I was curious if I would enjoy the first one now that I've heard the latest two. I didn't. It still sucked. Anyway, drax0r's watching a movie behind me and I'm finding it difficult to concentrate - saying the sentences aloud three or four times to ensure they make sense. Its ok, this post is far too long as it is, and I need to make dinner.



Comments:


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-05-27 06:34 (UTC) (Link)
I love the smell of Napalm in the morning!
God, I hated that fucking movie. It started weird and just got weirder as it went. What the fuck?

Congrats on giving up the scooby snack. Why anyone would take up that particular habbit is beyond me, especially if they keep having to go to the periodontist.

Don't be getting into no fights with drax0r. He can whoop your ass. And if he doesn't I'm sure that Mrs. Drax0r will. [NOTE: I think that jesskd26 should obtain the user name "Mrs. Drax0r". It would make all of our jobs easier, especially her husband's.

The hotel idea is great! I hope she enjoys it. Say, remember that box of things that you were going to give her...you haven't been watching Justin Timberlake music videos in search of ideas lately, have you?

Flashback is a powerful thing.
Amen, brother.

Compiled my first java app.
Anything behind // or between /* */ is a comment. You want to leave these things commented. I hope I don't have to hold you hand regarding this issue like I did on the IRC server.

Ouch.
You can say that again.

I should probably grab some of that good music from you, but I'm not entirely sure what I want or if I'll listen to it.

I touch everything.
Why? FREAK!!!

I thought they did a terrible job with the flash...
Ya think? I looked at the image before reading the paragraph above it and thought that you had done a horrible Photoshop insert. They need to fire their photographer and take a few lessons from photogoot, provided he'll condensed to teaching them.

I haven't listened to the first one...
I don't have the second one. The first one is all right. I listened to a bit of the third; they're getting obnoxious.

...this post is far too long as it is...
Horsehockey! You should make longer post more often. (but not too often; we'd hate for a certain someone to come and post "tl;dr". :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-05-27 14:06 (UTC) (Link)
God, I hated that fucking movie. It started weird and just got weirder as it went. What the fuck?
The way you feel about 'The Fountain' is how I feel about 'Apocalypse Now.' Understand? Has the severity of that statement sunk in yet? Furthermore, your words above, to me, described 'The Fountain.' It started weird, and just got weirder as it went. Please consider my position on this so we may better understand each other.

Congrats on giving up the scooby snack. Why anyone would take up that particular habbit is beyond me...
Oddly enough, I was a lot like you when I started. I was young, and in a bad mood for about a year. I had just arrived in Korea, and my girlfriend of 5-years left me. More about this phenomenon will be revealed in my forthcoming Korea post. Thank you for your interest.

</i>...especially if they keep having to go to the periodontist.</i>
The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, I don't know anyone who frequents the periodontist in r/l or online.

He can whoop your ass.
Yes, he can. Not only are his bicepts very large, they're also rock solid. Additionally, he was trained as a wrestler.

...you haven't been watching Justin Timberlake music videos in search of ideas lately, have you?

  1. Cut a hole in the box.

  2. Put your junk in that box.

  3. Need to open the box.



Anything behind // or between /* */ is a comment. You want to leave these things commented.
I'm not really editing any files dude. Compiling went well after I installed J2SE on my Solaris box, which was odd since it used ant (which was already there). I assume the two work in tandem, but again, I don't know much about java applications, and from the sound of it, you don't either. I'm working on server-side apps, dude, the thing you, for example, would connect to using your browser. Once everything was compiled, I was running keytool commands:
Eric's keytool usage commands on Solaris 9 for J2SE 1.4.6

I should probably grab some of that good music from you, but I'm not entirely sure what I want or if I'll listen to it.
That being said, I'm quite sure you shouldn't.

I looked at the image before reading the paragraph above it and thought that you had done a horrible Photoshop insert.
I know! Especially around her head.

I don't have the second one.
You and I have discussed the first one before. I dislike it. The second one, is fantastic. I love it and listen to it all the time (as much as 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' & almost as much as 'A Beautiful Mind' if that put things into perspective for you). The third continues from the second. It's good, but the second will always be my baby. The fact I'm having this conversation with you and you're basing your comments on the first one and part of the third, really shows my exasperation. Please don't ever mention this to me again until you've gone through the entire second album at least twice. You'll thank me later. Oh, and unlike you, that's not some useless fucking link to an Amazon or IMDB site. That's a link to the album in .tar format.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-05-27 16:13 (UTC) (Link)
The way you feel about 'The Fountain' is how I feel about 'Apocalypse Now.' Understand? Has the severity of that statement sunk in yet?
I understand now that you mention it. From your post, I couldn't that you hated the movie, I gathered you thought it was different and that you were reserving judgment until you'd had a chance to complete another viewing. So no, The severity of that statement hasn't sunk in yet. And I had no clue that you have a love affair with Francis Ford Coppla's magnum opus.

Thank you for your interest.
You're more then welcome.

First of all, I probably shouldn't have left that comment...I was wondering this out loud to myself while I was reading your post and therefore put it in the comment. The real thought I had (and did not include in my text) was, even at a young age, I would have thought that you knew better then that. Something tells me that you wish you could go back and tell yourself everything you've told me...while advising me is very noble, it will not atone for your faults early in life. I do however, appreciate having the mentor and father figure since I am not that close to my surrogate and he does not understand either the entertainment industry nor the IT industry. I appreciate having someone that I can talk to.

The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, I don't know anyone who frequents the periodontist
Granted. And I was referring to you because I talked to about the day you went to the periodontist because you made the point that you had to be drugged for your visit and the way you wrote about it led me to believe that this was at least a semi-frequent thing.

I'm not really editing any files dude.
Good. Don't. Leave this to trained professionals.

I assume the two work in tandem
That would appear to be the case, but as I am unfamiliar with Solaris...

and from the sound of it, you don't either
Hold the phone right there a minute. That borderlines on arrogance. While I might have dropped out of college twice, I was a Computer Science major. For those of you in Texas, Computer Science is a fancy term for programming. Among my studies, I studied the Java programming language. I have never become familiar with either Swing or AWT. I've never wrote a Java Bean nor worked with JDBC but I get all of these concepts and more. A retraction would be nice, but not necessary.

I know! Especially around her head.
Yeah, what a shame.

The second one, is fantastic...
This is coming from the guy who thinks that Hans Zimmer is milktoast and from the guy who constantly bitches about me not being consistent.

Oh, and unlike you, that's not some useless fucking link to an Amazon or IMDB site.
Those links are not useless. They save the reader time by not having to search either site for the item in question. Think of it as a service.
snapper521 at 2007-05-27 16:49 (UTC) (Link)

Do I sense un-needed tension?

Hmm... after reading the both comments (Tomas and yours) I believe that the entire thing started off wrong. But... more then anything what jumps out at me, while taking into account the way that Tomas acts/talks/thinks normally, since everyone who knows him, will admit he is a very unique man. (Which I know you are already aware of and maybe I could even go as far as to say that you're used to him by now?) But regardless of this; you're trying to stop an addiction to something that is a relaxer for you. This simple fact alone would account for your higher then normal stress levels. Then adding into the mix that you are trying to adjust to a new job, new "house mates", and your family is spread across the country... All of these factors would be enough to drive a sane man mad... so I am by no means putting you down for being able to do it and we all can appreciate and sympathize with you how difficult it can be to stop an addiction normally, let alone do it after your "world" has shifted so drastically from your "comfort zone" to a different "zone" which has the POTENTIAL to be a comfort zone, but isn't one yet since everything is still trying to get settled.

But all in all? I think maybe you need to take a chill pill. :-) I believe that you've allowed his normal cynicism about life in general, to get to you and that he was merely "being Tomas" and that he truly didn't mean any offense.



You have not done anything against me and I most certainly don't expect you to, seeing as you have always been a gentleman to me. However... I thought my two cents might be helpful... since you don't seem to mind when I've put it into the conversation in the past.
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ehowton
ehowton at 2007-05-28 14:32 (UTC) (Link)
I am alone at my folks house. Today would have been a good day to revisit The Fountain. Alas, I left it in Anna. I think I'll start carrying it with me, just in case.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-05-28 15:22 (UTC) (Link)
Now I'm really confused. A clear answer to this question is all I need. Are you telling me sir that despite the fact that you find The Fountain wierd you are intrigued nevertheless?

Would "like" be too strong of a word to use?
galinda822 at 2007-05-27 14:35 (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on giving up the scoob! Maybe this time will be for good.

Yes, your wife is very strained indeed - but so are you. Stress is a deadly enemy!

I love the picture of little girl! That's not the flash - it's her halo!!! :)
I miss her alot.

Hugs and kisses to all!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-05-27 20:50 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe snapper521 was right and I'm retarded for giving up scoob during this stressful time. That reminds me of the Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, modified for my use:

I must not stress.
Stress is the mind-killer.
Stress is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my stress.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the stress has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

Little girl wants to come back to Missouri to see you.
snapper521 at 2007-05-27 17:23 (UTC) (Link)

War will soon be over

Howdy howdy --

Scooby snacks:
Good luck on quitting. :-P I've known several guys who have been on it for a long long time, then try to quit, and can't quit entirely. They quit for awhile, but then get back into it.

I've suspected that people pick up smoking for something to do, so they will "look cool, and so they have an excuse to take a "5 minute break" while at work or whatever. However... I don't know much about scooby snack. :-P Seems that it would be about the same though. (quitting smoking vs quitting dip). Meh. If I were your wife, I would be thanking you. *smile* The thought of kissing that just... yeah. Sorry Eric. That doesn't sound very "yummy".

Hotel/unwinding:
Good luck with the hotel idea. :-) Hopefully it will help both you and her unwind a little bit since you will be within touching distance of one another yet again. :-) I'm sure that if you were to honestly ask her, that she would tell you, or whoever was asking, that she appreciates the little things you do. :-P Like reserving a hotel room for her, so she can unwind before being pushed into reality. :-)

Hulk hands story:
Wow... ouch. :-(

I screamed like a girl and ran
*grin* I loved that Eric. I mean... it truly hit my funny bone. Just the way you phrased it etc...

Computer stuff:
I read this, but didn't understand a word of it. :-) Sorry for my ignorance.

Wal-mart:
Shopping trips with Daddy... those are always a blast and a half. ;-) You be making memories... ;-) Even though the flash is horrible, it just makes your daughter look all the more sweet and innocent. ;-)

Trouble concentrating:
Been there, done that... :-P sucks don't it? I find that when I am THAT distracted... that I'm better off not to post at that time.



Either way though... I enjoyed the longer post, :-) it gave me something to "work through" and comment on while I wait on my Dad and brother to get home so we can go eat. ;-)
snapper521 at 2007-05-27 17:24 (UTC) (Link)

Re: War will soon be over

If you haven't figured it out... I got the hang of the HTML thing here on LJ. :-) Took a little while, but I did it. ;-)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-05-27 21:23 (UTC) (Link)

Re: War will soon be over

The thought of kissing that just... yeah.
It keeps me minty fresh!

I'm sure that if you were to honestly ask her...
The nice thing is, I don't have to. We work really well together as a team.

...you will be within touching distance...
After a month, that will be very...yeah.

I enjoyed the longer post.
Thanks.
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2007-05-27 21:27 (UTC) (Link)
Good call on the hotel, that's such an awesome idea :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-05-27 23:18 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the vote of confidence. The fact that you used your SFGR avatar so soon after your 'incident' is overwhelmingly optimistic. I did the same thing two weeks ago - first time in about a year. *Ugh* Get well soon!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-05-30 06:00 (UTC) (Link)
I love the smell of napalm in the morning!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-05-30 06:15 (UTC) (Link)
As do I, my friend. As do I.
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