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The Last Thing on My Mind

Posted on 2006.08.09 at 14:35
Current Location: 63134
Current Music: The Fly/The Fly II soundtracks on repeat...
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For about two days now, I have been trying to figure out what is the last thing on my mind. It's not an easy task because you have to think of all the first things on your mind, then the middle things on your mind, and then there's a lot of false hopes raised as you just think you're thinking of something else. For a while I thought it was "my sisters big toe," but then "ball peen hammer" occurred to me. I was about ready to write that down as the last thing on my mind when "foodelee-doodelee" struck me for some reason, and then in quick succession, "caraway seed," "twelve feet," and "dog pie." But then I realized how stupid I had been. The last thing on my mind was always, "The last thing on my mind." Every time I thought of something, I would check to see if it was "the last thing on my mind." So no matter what I thought of, it was always followed with, "the last thing on my mind." Therefore, according to the law of infinite regression, which says it is illegal for anything to repeat infinitely, the last thing on my mind is "the last thing on my mind."
-- Steve Martin, "Cruel Shoes"

GEICO called my wife to let her know we missed a payment. We don't have an account with GEICO.

LiveJournal avatars are an unwieldy beast. They all use the same filename. The 'Keyword' nomenclature becomes a misnomer at this point, as it suggests a memory aid, and nothing more. If you change the keyword, but keep the picture - lj replaces it with your default. If, however, you change the picture but keep the same keyword, it replaces it. Awkward. This of course only works with similar avatars you wish to replace. Most of this, I believe, could be worked-around if comments were allowed to be edited.

It was Christmas in Hampton, Virginia (...mama's in the kitchen cookin' collard greens...) and photogoot's mother and brother were coming to visit! As I had the master bedroom and didn't sleep on a waterbed (ahem) I gladly gave up my bed so she would be comfortable during her visit. I washed the sheets, made sure my bed skirt was pleated in all the right places, swept the floor, straightened out my hand-knotted rug, but didn't have time to dust. I remember the aroma of scented apples in the apartment the day they arrived, bearing gifts. I took her bags and showed her to her room. She took one step on that rug and her leg slipped right out from underneath her. Paul nearly caught her, but she didn't fall. I do think she twisted something. She avoided the rug the rest of her stay there. During the end of her visit, she was at the mall and wanted to get me a little something for giving up my room that week. Paul suggested something practical. I got a sticky mat to go between the rug and the floor, and a feather duster. Thanks Paul's Mom!

Wife just called. 100 cigars were delivered today!

A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then, that is is the year 10191. The known universe is ruled by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam the Fourth, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice Melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. The spice is vital to space travel. The Spacing Guild and its navigators, who the spice has mutated over 4000 years, use the orange spice gas, which gives them the ability to fold space. That is, travel to any part of the universe without moving. Oh, yes. I forgot to tell you. The spice exists on only one planet in the entire universe. A desolate, dry planet with vast deserts. Hidden away within the rocks of these deserts are a people known as the Fremen, who have long held a prophecy that a man would come, a messiah, who would lead them to true freedom. The planet is Arrakis, also known as Dune.


leonardii at 2006-08-10 05:38 (UTC) (Link)
He who controls the Spice, controls the universe!

Long live the fighters!
ehowton at 2006-08-10 13:08 (UTC) (Link)
Control the spice? Dude, I would so eat the spice.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-08-10 14:11 (UTC) (Link)
That's not saying much....you'll eat anything!!!!
ehowton at 2006-08-10 17:46 (UTC) (Link)
Just about...
photogoot at 2006-08-10 23:15 (UTC) (Link)
When Eric and I were discussing becoming house mates while stationed at Langley he listed one of his assets as being able to cook 100 different meals made with macaroni & cheese. I came to learn later what he did not mention was that 98 of those variants involved chili powder! Now even seeing mention of the spice makes me want to hurl!!!!
ehowton at 2006-08-11 04:09 (UTC) (Link)
I had my dad ship me a case of macaroni & cheese to Korea, because they rationed food at the commmissary.
ehowton at 2006-08-11 04:12 (UTC) (Link)
You are Paul Muad'Dib.
leonardii at 2006-08-10 22:16 (UTC) (Link)
The spice must flow.

Spice is yummy. :)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-08-10 14:12 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2006-08-10 17:51 (UTC) (Link)
Haven't had any of the new ones yet, but I did get my humidors loaded up. Mine is nearly completely full now with 160 cigars, 2 additional off-the-box humidifiers, two tins of crumbled snuff from England, a tin of Montecristo's, and that Partagas Series D, Number 4 box you gave me. I put an additional bundle of 25 cigars in my wifes box when I arranged hers for her as well last night. Furthermore, I rec'd my cigar travel pack so I don't have to smuggle Cubans in my anus when I travel to D.C. this October - always a plus!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-08-10 14:31 (UTC) (Link)
I have renamed my similiar avatars and I don't have an issue telling them apart.

Too bad you didn't keep that feather duster, your wife could use it!!!!
ehowton at 2006-08-10 17:52 (UTC) (Link)
I'll let her know right away...so she can kick your ass with it!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-08-11 04:20 (UTC) (Link)
Tell her I want the wet celery and wisk this time too!!!!!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-08-11 04:21 (UTC) (Link)
I left the live journal pic #'s but put my name for the avatar at the end.
(Anonymous) at 2006-08-10 22:11 (UTC) (Link)

Theo's cafe

Hey there, my name is Shaun. (I stumbled upon your name through Xanga). I was not sure how often you checked your Xanga comments, so I figured it's just as easy to comment here.

My reason for commenting was that I noticed you had some interesting theological viewpoints. I am a follower of Christ (I figured I should get that right out) and obviously my views differ from yours. However, this is not a comment to call you a sinner and wish eternal fire upon you. Rather, I am hoping to become a Pastor in the next few years and I love theological conversation. I mean I ADORE it.

I was hoping you might be willing to share with me your theology. I know it is incomplete judging by some of the comments you left. But don't let that stop you. I am not wanting to know your thoughts to change your mind, really I am more about testing my faith. (For a lack of better words).

Also I ask for you to share these things with me because I hope that by understanding others more I believe that I become a more understanding person in general.

If you wouldn't mind commenting on my xanga...


it would be greatly appreciated.


ehowton at 2006-08-11 04:07 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Theo's cafe

Good idea.
(Anonymous) at 2006-08-11 22:06 (UTC) (Link)

MrWissmann- a response

Howdy back at you.

You living in Texas did give me a little chuckle. I am originally from Maryland but it seems like everywhere I go Texas somehow enters into the mix. I love it here and I am surprised you would ever leave. However, the real world doesn't always let you chose to live in the best state in the country. (I think I have picked up some Texas pride).

Thanks for commenting on my site. I appreciate the time you took to write that. I hope you won't mind but I did want to throw some ideas out that you may or may not have heard/thought of. Warning: I am always long winded.. I hope I don't bore you.

More often then not I have found in these conversations that those who get "hung up" on Christianity focus on the Old Testament. And it appears that a lot of your focus has been on the Old Testament. I briefly looked into WWCG because I knew absolutely nothing about this belief system. One of the things that immediately struck me was that WWCG did not have a grace based belief system. Which in my mind is a perfect reason for why your former church would be so focused on the Old Testament. Because the New Testament is filled with grace topics in even greater amounts then the Old Testament.

You are absolutely right about the pagan holidays. However, one of the coolest things about the Christian faith is that it meets people where they are at. Easter was a pagan holiday. If I remember correctly (without looking it up) it had a lot to do with Spring. The death of winter and the rising of Spring. I do not think that the impact of Easter and Christmas changes. We are pretty sure that Jesus was not born on Dec. 25th... but that does not change the symbolism. And that is exactly what holidays are. They are a symbolic recognition. Just like Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick's Day... you know the list.

On the Left behind Series... I used to be in love with them. Those books were used in my life to really make me begin to think about my life. However, I do not believe that God inspired those words because that is what He is going to do word for word. Hopefully people dive deep enough into their theology to recognize that it is very clear that we are not to know many details of the end times.

On the NIV... I am not quite sure what omissions you are talking about. I do know that there are a few verses, which are not in some manuscripts, where an adulterer is brought before Jesus. But that is the only one that comes to mind.

On Christ being pagan... there is enough historical evidence outside of the Bible which shows that Christ was indeed a man who had a major impact on Rome. And furthermore, created some serious uproar in Rome after His death and Resurrection.

The following words are the major ones... I hope I haven't bored you so far.

Dealing with the Old Covenant, New covenant, sacrifice and praying to Jesus.... I think it might be interesting for you to check out this website about covenants:


It helps break down some pretty major information. And I think they author does a great job of fact finding. When it comes to praying to Jesus I again noticed that the old WWCG church does not believe in the Trinity. Father, Son, and Spirit are one in the same. I am sure you have heard the verse (paraphrased) You can only reach my Father through me. Praying to Jesus is no different then praying to God (as far as I am concerned)... but I can honestly say I do not know a text book answer. I think it all comes down to your beliefs on the Trinity.

Well, I have begun to burn myself out... so I am going to stop for now. I hope that the website I suggested will spark some thoughts for you... Have a good night.

Penguin Puppetmaster
oxy_irony at 2006-08-13 01:48 (UTC) (Link)
GEICO called my wife to let her know we missed a payment. We don't have an account with GEICO.

Funny, how those things work.
ehowton at 2006-08-16 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
Exasperating, really.
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