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Eric Mass

Life is a cabaret, old chum...

Posted on 2007.09.14 at 08:06
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Firefly & Serenity Scores

I have a lot to do today. Nonetheless, I feel confident I will overcome all with both grace, and style. Its my modus operandi, and I'm comfortable in its execution. Most days, its simply awesome being me.

It was particularly moist out today. The lower-areas heavy with fog. It was a gorgeous drive into work. A meshing of man & machine as I pressed the accelerator around the turns; the car responding with a low growl, hugging the road. I wanted to drive back home as soon as I got here, just so I could make the drive again.

Unpacked my CD's last night. I've missed them. I have so many, that I I couldn't possibly rip them all, so I only keep online what I don't have physical media to. I've noticed everyone's music & movie lists out there. I briefly considered doing the same, but I couldn't get it laid out in my head. I'd have to sort by record label, which is how I have them set up in their racks. But I scrapped the whole idea. The only reason I can think to do it would be to brag about a bunch of stuff most of you don't even care about, and that's just too much work for so little return on investment. Nonetheless, I am thrilled I have them unpacked. My iTunes database & the few I kept out for my car were getting stale. I have a lot of Barbra Streisand CD's.

The Anna Texas forums is shutting its doors September 21st. Nobody knows why. I drafted this post to the administrator of the site:


I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all you've done for this city with your forum.

The last two places I lived I didn't meet near the people I've met because of your forum. I was at a party in The Falls a couple of weekends ago, and there must've been 30 people there - all of them forum members and their spouses. Not since my days in the Air Force have I had the opportunity to meet such a diverse crowd of people, and have fun doing it.

Daisy & RetiredBoomOperator, whom I met on here, organized a moving party for me at the party, which was such a big help and allowed us to move in just four trips from Tara Farms to Pecan Grove. Everyone was so friendly and helpful.

Anyway, I just wanted to say, "Thanks" as I would not have had the experience I've had in Anna, TX without this forum. What a magnificent tool for bringing people of a community together.

Thanks Joe,


drax0r and I became the top two posters in exactly four months tomorrow:

(8:09:33 AM) ProfessorTom: Good Morning, Sir!
(8:11:28 AM) EricHowton: Greetings similitude of earth creature!
(8:11:46 AM) EricHowton: Allow me to send you a binary string as a greeting: 1001010111010100100010101010101001

Today, my wife and drax0r's wife are doing some running around. Farmer's Market tomorrow morning, and after that...maybe it'll be one of those weekends I don't have to leave the house? Lots still to do indoors. Have a FANTASTIC weekend everyone!


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-14 15:55 (UTC) (Link)
you smoke crack.

I bet the forums are coming down either due to the vote, the bitch or both. I hope she rots in hell.
ehowton at 2007-09-14 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
Well said.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-14 17:22 (UTC) (Link)
Even a broken clock gets to be right twice a day.
ehowton at 2007-09-15 02:44 (UTC) (Link)
I'm getting really tired of hearing that. It presupposes that rather than try harder to succeed at things, you'll just wait for a handout twice a day. In one thread you call me a communist, in another, you act like one.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-15 06:19 (UTC) (Link)
I mock myself and you give me grief. I mock you I get grief. I don't mock anything, I get grief.
ehowton at 2007-09-15 13:46 (UTC) (Link)
Its all in the timing.
codekitten at 2007-09-14 19:44 (UTC) (Link)
you are in a good mood! :)
your IM cracked me up. have a great weekend.
ehowton at 2007-09-15 02:42 (UTC) (Link)
You too ma'am!!!
prog_guy69 at 2007-09-15 02:34 (UTC) (Link)
May you have EXTRAORDINARY weekend yourself!
ehowton at 2007-09-15 02:42 (UTC) (Link)
Make it so!
prog_guy69 at 2007-09-15 03:23 (UTC) (Link)
So be it! Hey while we are on the whole "Star Trek" thing, I gotta tell you what my stepson bought his father for his birthday. Are you ready? A bat'leth. Is that cool or what?
ehowton at 2007-09-15 03:33 (UTC) (Link)
The "Sword of Honor" shall be hung proudly for many generations to come. What an honorable gift.
prog_guy69 at 2007-09-15 03:44 (UTC) (Link)
I've been wanting a set of samurai swords for years, but I have yet to buy them. Traditionally, a katana is to be received as a gift, not purchased. No one has given me said gift. Maybe I'm nor worthy. :-(
ehowton at 2007-09-15 13:47 (UTC) (Link)
When the time is right, it will mean so much more.
irulan_amy at 2007-09-15 06:27 (UTC) (Link)
That bites about the forums. At least you were able to meet lots of folks before they shut them down.

I really hope crazy-stalker-person isn't the cause. :/

Here's to you not leaving the house over the weekend! :)
ehowton at 2007-09-15 13:50 (UTC) (Link)
drax0r and I have started an identical forum for the users to go to. We'll see how that goes. He was so awesome, this was his write-up:

When I moved here four months ago (Wow, is that's all its been?) one of the first things I found when researching Anna online was this place. Initially, I intended to just lurk and see what people were talking about. That didn't last long. Soon I started to dip my toes into conversations, weighing in on this or that. As I began to interact with other Annanites (is that right?) I realized that there were a lot of really great people here.

Because of this forum I've made some awesome friends, attended some rockin' parties (or so I'm told, my memory is hazy,) and even started dabbling in local politics. I have, largely because of this site, acclimated to a new town far faster and more thoroughly than anywhere else I've ever lived. For me as a newcomer, Anna isn't truck stops, it isn't cornfields, it isn't the Malt Shop - its people. Its people like those I've met and those I'll meet in the future whose paths I never would have crossed if it weren't for cityofannatx.com

For the above reasons, and many many more, I wish to express my gratitude to Joe for having provided such a place and engendering such a warm sense of community.

This morning as I was sitting at my computer, groggy-eyed and semi-conscious, I saw Joe's message. I recognized at once what a tragic thing it would be to allow this community to dissolve. Immediately I set forth to build a new home - a place where we Annanites (yes, that sounds better each time) can go and at least attempt to retain the sense of... well, neighborliness that has been fostered here. I called Eric and we got to work.

It is with great anticipation that I present to you, the citizenry of Anna, the fruits of my labors. Far from perfect, the new site is merely an effort to maintain the
association of excellent users Joe has built. If, by our efforts we can give back a mere fraction of the warmth and good will we have received from this group, then I will deem it a well-worthy endeavor.

I invite you to check out our new version, now online and let us know what you think.

Thanks again, to Joe for having built this site, and to all of you for your consideration.

Now...off to the farmer's market!
irulan_amy at 2007-09-17 02:00 (UTC) (Link)
Oh - brilliant! I'm sure several people will sign up. :D
glodowg at 2007-09-17 02:53 (UTC) (Link)
Many have signed up! In fact the original has been dead. Drax rocks!
glodowg at 2007-09-17 02:54 (UTC) (Link)
you too E! sorry didn't mean to neglect you.
ehowton at 2007-09-17 13:41 (UTC) (Link)
...and his slightly retarded, but good-natured hetero-lifemate, Eric, who does all the behind-the-scenes stuff. *eyeroll*
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