03 September 2014 @ 12:29 am
I have been reading a lot about consent based sex issues. As nearly everyone who knows me understands, I am all about consent and full disclosure when it comes to sex. I read through very liberal writing on it though that says false reports are so rare not to matter. I am having an issue with that. While not as severe and more correctible, that sounds much like the same argument that says the death penalty is OK because it is so rare that an innocent man is put to death. I know it is not the same, but it is reading like that to me. And I would rather have 1000 guilty men on the street than one innocent put to death. I am seeking more input on this if I have explained it well enough.
Current Location: Quincy
Current Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
01 September 2014 @ 08:42 pm
I have come to love armored steel fighting. I do not think it is for the same reasons as many. I do not really care for the historical portion, but I can respect it and I understand the desire to have the same limitations that the knights did back then. We can do things they could not when we wear plastic or titanium. I can respect the desire of those that want to make that the first priority. It is not for me. But I love the sword combat it offers with real swords.

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Current Location: Amtrak
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
23 May 2014 @ 01:18 am
Just got out of X-Men Days of Future Past. Time travel is hard to do well. It is even harder when you set something in the future (about 2025) then you travel to the past (1973) and still try to have the previous movies exist in the time in between. I did not hate it. It was better for me than Amazing Spider-Man 2. But nothing nearly as good as Winter Solidier. One thing that was interesting to the comic book geek was that it was set in 1973, when the X-Men comic was in reprints. The original team was gone and the new X-Men were yet to be born. That was the case here between the First Class movie and the original X-Men movies. Over all I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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I came in with low expectations and those were exceeded.
Current Location: Quincy
Current Mood: okayokay
05 May 2014 @ 12:33 am
I watched my ACL brothers in arms on video much of the last four days while they dominated the first IMCF World Championships. Taking all the women's events with Gold, the men's melee events with gold and a gold, silver and bronze between the three individual events. Then watching what they did in the all on all battles was amazing. I wanted to be there.

Instead on Saturday I went to Midrealm Coronation. I did not fight like I was in Spain. I did fight Duke Dag quite well in the pickups. I did well against all my SCA brother knights in the pickups. I screwed up big time in the 5x5 melee. I saw a young Prince take the throne of the Midrealm with new and fresh ideas.

I contrast these things because they both have something I want now. I still want the Middle Crown that I have been striving for during the last 20 years. I will compete for it in three weeks. If I win it, I will not be able to join my ACL brothers in Europe next year. If I do not win it then that will be my goal. I will not give up on either of these goals until I either achieve them or I can no longer swing my sword.
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Current Location: Quincy
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
02 February 2014 @ 02:12 am
I can not seem to write what is in my head. There are so many things in it that I want to try to flush out, but I can not seem to find the time or true desire to do it. Things are very happy overall in my life right now. But there is confusion in my brain. I wonder if I am doing the right things. If I am helping that people I want to help. If I have too much in my life. I am not able to do it all, I get that. But trying to figure out what to choose seems to allude me.

And just like fixing my armor, writing about it seems to always wait.
Current Location: Quincy
Current Mood: weirdweird
07 January 2014 @ 11:57 pm
About this time 32 years ago I tried to leave the hospital and found a dead car. 32 years ago today my little girl was born. She was unplanned in every way. She was not the direction I planned my life to head one year before that. 32 years ago today I was a student at Knox College. I was married and I was now a father. It was not what I intended, but she is one of the best things ever in my life. Happy Birthday ldybz3.
Current Location: Quincy
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
25 December 2013 @ 11:55 pm
As this Christmas Day draws to a close, it was a very different holiday. From the chaos of last night, to not seeing any of my blood relatives except Sean in person to the loading of the cargo van for move round one tonight, it was not like any Christmas before.

It was wonderful Skype with ldybz3 and her wonderful boyfriend until 3am on Christmas morn. It was great to be invited to the family Christmas of lizzie71986 & kennaree2 and then the family Christmas of murielz. I am honored to be welcomed by so many.

I then ended the night by sending personlized messages to dozens of people that I care about via text. I like dong that. Not sure what others feel about it.

But I am right now remembering that the reason for this celebration for me is the remembering the birth of Christ. I care not if it was a virgin birth. If it was in a manager or a cave. Under the reign of Herod or not. If a star showed his birth to all, to a few, or to none. No matter who the angels appeared to on that night. It is the fact that God passed through this world for a time in the form of a mortal that I now call Jesus Christ. That portion of God will provide me with both a gateway to the next world and a model for how to live on this one. The model is easily seen in the words that man wrote as long as you understand that men, very holy ones it is true but still men, wrote them down and other men would choose which ones we kept. His overall way of life is that of peace and love to all mankind. No matter what they do or who they are. That is his model for this world. While I believe that he will also take me to the next world, that is not as important to as trying to follow the model he set here. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Not uniquely Christian, but number one as it is the basis for love.

Peace and love to all.
Current Location: Macomb
Current Mood: happyhappy
15 December 2013 @ 02:05 am
Sean and I saw the Hobbit part 2 today. It was amazing. It made me remember more than Lord of the Rings or even part 1, why i fell in love with the fantasy genre. Why tales of elves and dwarves would be part of my life. What an orc should be and that one good elf could take down a dozen or more of them.

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Current Location: Bartonville
Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: Christmas - Cher & Rosie
11 December 2013 @ 12:31 am
I have an apartment and a plan. I am moving to 2200 1/2 Broadway on Dec 26th. I can also bring things to the apartment starting the 23rd as they are on vacation the week of Christmas. I rented from a realtor. The wonderful kennaree2 is going to let me borrow her cargo van, so I will not need to rent a moving van.

In addition, my Dad and I talked and it looks like he is moving the family Christmas to the weekend before. So here is what my last twelve days of the year will look like

Dec 21 - Pack nearly everything not needed for Christmas
Dec 22 - Ring Family Christmas in Galesburg - load car
Dec 23 - Take load to Quincy in car - work - unload - back to Macomb and load car again
Dec 24 - Take load to Quincy in car - work - unload - back to Macomb - Christmas Eve with Sean and Santa
Dec 25 - Christmas dinner with Sean and lizzie71986 and kennaree2 - pick up Cargo van from them in Peoria - load van in Macomb
Dec 26 - Take Cargo Van to Quincy - work Sean unloads Van - back to Macomb - load Cargo Van
Dec 27 - Take Cargo Van to Quincy - work Sean unloads Van - Sean goes to Chicago for post Christmas party
Dec 28th - Meet in Macomb with Cargo Van and anyone else that wants to help move the last of it.
Dec 29th - Clean in Macomb and Organize in Quincy layarte has volunteered to help with this
Dec 30th - Work and hopefully organize in Quincy as everything will be done in Macomb
Dec 31st - Work half day - final cleaning in Macomb - drop key to landlord - drive to Vargas in Chesterton, IN for Terrae Finis party.
Jan 1 - Pick up Sean from Chicago after party and drive to our only home in Quincy

Finally I decided to put up the little tree that debbie_t68 got me when I was at the cracker box. I knew where the tree was, but I can not find the stand for it. The only good part about that was I got three boxes packed looking for it.

So if anyone is bored and wants to help, particularly if any Quincy people could help Sean during the day on the 26th and 27th, that would be great. Let me know. I will likely post about this again next week with more details and more begging :)
Current Location: Macomb
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Anon: Ave Maria - Jeremy Summerly: Oxford Camerata
03 December 2013 @ 11:14 pm
I began house hunting in earnest this week in Quincy. I have looked at three in two days. I have a price range and a size in mind and one of them fits. It is not a very nice house, but it is a rental and has plenty of space. For those that know Quincy it is 909 S 9th St. It has an odd layout but plenty of room. Space for a washer and dryer but not one there. The other two would not work well. One is really too small. Only four rooms and no extra storage and the other was a mess and has two kitchens! They also want $1000 deposit if you have pets. I want to keep looking but I fear losing the one that would work but is not great.

Just brain dumping here and will be happy to listen :)
Current Location: Macomb
Current Mood: tiredtired