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Sunday, September 4th, 2011
10:32 am
Relax, I'm back
It's been I'd say a year and ten months since my last posting. Good grief! But, I am still alive. I'd say that 2010 has been relatively uneventful shor of what I'd been tweeting here and there, utnil I'd say November. Since then I've been in a relationship for ten months now with maerlyn1
We'd known each other off and on since February of 2007 off a phone chat line.
He's been to my place three times this year, in January, April, the July, each time for roughly a month more or less.
Other than that, I can't really think of much to report at the moment. A bit out of practice posting. Let's see how long it goes until the next post. It could be another year or two, or another month or two, or, who knows?
BTW, you can follow me on twitter. Tweets unprotected these days.
@joyctilton

Current Mood: good
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
12:39 pm
Still alive, after all these months
Well, it probably won't sound right when attempting to sing it that way, but, oh well. I guess I'm still crazy too, and for those who know me for quite a few years, maybe you can attest to me being still crazy after all these years.
At any rate, for those who care, I'm still here. BTW, luckily I did not write my last blog in stone, since at one point, I was a bit down on the whole twitter thing.
But, almost two moons ago, I guess I got bored enough or something, but I now have a twitter account, all be it a private one, in an effort towards avoiding spam or harassment.
Feel free to follow Gangstress of Love and I'll invite you.
Last time I wrote in, I was going to Florida for a wee while.
Considering the fact I went down there while the weather was oh so humid, the trip was pretty much uneventful due to being fagged out a lot of the time, then being sick for almost half the time I was there. So, really didn't do a whole heck of a lot but hang about the house with my host.
So, not really much to write about on that trip, except that I ended up having to pretty much tell the guy I was with that I just didn't see things working out relationship-wise. That kind of sucked. This was a month after the trip ended, however, when I made my decision. But, we're still pretty cool friends, if nothing else.
My latest thing these days, of which I tweet on about once a week, is having food and wine adventures with a friend.
Essentially, I hang out with this friend of mine once a week at his place, while he cooks some good foods, and tries different wines on me, and/or other adult beverages that may come down the pike.
Other than that, looks like it's job time, hopefully starting tomorrow! Yay! Although, that probably will be cut down to once a year due to economic restraints. Boohoo!
Can't think of much else to write, but, did have to let those whom I suspect occasionally wonder about me know I've not kicked the bucket. (smiles)
Friday, July 3rd, 2009
12:59 pm
It's alive!
Yes. I'm still here, believe it or not. I've essentially decided to neglect anything bloggy on here for some time, so have been rather neglectful of my LJ friends. I will say this after taking a wee glimpse of the first page of journal entries of my friends. I just can not get use to these one liner entries with this twitter thing with all the links inbetween. It just takes the personality out of it all. I'd rather hear long entries or even articles from my friends more than anything.
So, I guess, I'm rather indifferent to the whole twitter thang.
Not really much has happened over the last six or so months since I've last written, however, other than going up to visit family a few months back after my father had a heart attack which lead him into having to have a tripple bypass.
Plus I kind of felt a need to be single again-- this time, my idea. Too much was needing to be sorted out.
Will be taking a trip down south for a couple weeks, visiting a friend down there.
I'd like to express appreciation to those of my friends who do still share of themselves the old fashioned LJ way. Keep up the good work, folks, please.
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
12:15 pm
A Whirl of Gaiety
I stole this rather cool idea for a subject line from a chapter title in one of the Little House books, "Little Town on the Prairie" in fact, as a way to sum up what has been going on since my last update, since I've been in a bit of a whirl, what with holiday goings on and dating goings on, and just things to keep me busy busy.

It all pretty much started with ThanksGiving week, the day before the actual holiday, in fact, when I went over there to assist in making chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies, whilst enjoying an assortment of Christmas songs of various genres on the bf's home theatre, and sipping some home-made mulled wine.
After which, we went down to StrawHat Pizza to watch some friends play.
Thanksgiving started quite early next morning, with the intent of having the turkey done by 2 in the fternoon.
I got picked up by the bf at around 7 in the morning, did some last minute food shopping, and we were at his place around 8 to start preparations. I helped out here and there with some vegetable chopping, and attempting to assist with the pasta maker, since part of the meal consisted of home made noodles.
Unfortunatley, we weren't able to enjoy the meal until around 5 in the evening due to a technical issue with the oven, and not realizing that the oven wasn't smelling of turkey until around noon time.
However, we had a great meal with turkey and giblit stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, yams, green beans with bacon and onion, home-made linguini, and home-made cheese bread, just made that day using a bread maker that was ten-years-old, but, had not been opened at all until that morning.
Talk about edible-licious! The giblit stuffing was full of some fine, juicy gizzards and other great turkey insides, well spiced. The mashed potatoes were not only seasoned with freshly roasted garlic, but also with horse radish, basil, and some other spices I can't think of at the moment.
We ended up not having any room for pie, unfortunately, what with having cups of mulled wine, coffee, water, and later on with dinner, white and red wine. My tummy was rather cramped by the end of the day that I almost got sick. But, damn was it all good!
Friday, some friends of ours, and we decided to get into the spirit of Black Friday.
First we went to this awesome restaurant "The Cheesecake Factory." Definitely a place to splurge at maybe no more than twice a year.
I had a thai dish called "bang Bang Shrimp and chicken," and my bf had a delicious meatloaf. Plus, some of us decided to have a little vino with our lunch. I believe I had a kianti, since I'm finding my self partial to red wines these days. For dessert I had a bit of their "Orriginal cheesecake -- very good that.
Afterwords, we just kind of wandered about the mall a bit, sampling colognes at Macy's, and looking at pipe tobacco paraphenalia at the Briar Patch, for at least one friend who likes his occasional pipe.
Then we hung out for a bit at the friends' home until we were tired and ready to go home.
On the 3rd of this month, we took off for Apple Hill, which is a conglomeration of ranches located along Plasserville, I do believe. This is where one can buy anything that is related to apples, from pies to preserves, to ciders, and so on.
For breakfast, we went to this nice little eatery HighHill Ranch, where I ordered me some hot cider and apple pie, and we all sat right close to a crackling fireplace to keep warm.
Then we walked about for a bit, and some of us did a little shopping. Afterwhich, we were invited on a free tractor-drawn hay ride, a first ever for me, -- riding in an open wagon loaded with stacks of hay, of which we all sat on as we are talking with a guide showing us about the ranches.
Then Bf and I decided to get a Christmas tree for his house, so I got to have my first experience at chopping down a tree (uh, with bf's help.) We worked a two-man saw that was about five feet in height, I did the steering and he did the engine work, pulling it back and forth. We took down a 7 foot white fir tree. Talk about fun!
Two days later, Bf took me on a nice date to the Elephant Bar for a Pan-pacific shrimp dinner. Then we kind of walked about the mall for a bit afterwords, then bugged a couple friends of ours, and ended up inviting them over for Christmas tree decorating and a meal the next day.
Our meal was left-over Thanksgiving dinner. I got put in charge of helping bf string the lights. He would string them as I held the excess lights and move behind him around the tree, until the whole string was used. I think we put up about 500 lights on the tree, and our friend, Venus strung garlands through the tree.
This last Thursday, I was treated to my first private candle-light dinner, where bf picked me up earlier in the day, brought me over to his home, and did all the cooking whilst I sat back like a princess that he was to treat me like on this occasion, and enjoyed some more Christmas music, whilst sipping on white russians.
He made a nice little shrimp and saussage linguini dish, and some salad with a thrown-together, but verry kick-ass bolsomic bacon dressing, made with bolsomic vinegar, fresh bacon, ginger, basil, thai red pepper flakes, brown sugar, and I believe sun-dried tomatoes -- unless that was in the actual salad. Not sure if he used anything else in the dressing either. But, it was all quite eddible-licious.
And, last, but not least, we went to a Christmas lunch on Saturday held by the local Chapter of the California Council of the Blind, where I had some scrumptious rare-medium-rare prime rib with mashed potatoes and a decent salad. The luncheon was okay, compared to the other events.
Afterwhich, Bf and I went over to friends for a bit and sipped on some good beer and watching a show on PBS with Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers, along with the Osmond Brothers doing Christmas music. It was great actually hearing the Osmond brothers at a real young age, from back in the 60's. Man, could those guys harmonize and do some pretty tough jazzy vocals at their rather young age at the time! It was all just beaut-i-ful!
Looks like today and tomorrow I'm relaxing a bit as I waight for an order I made, then Thursday I'm spending time with the bf, watching Christmas movies all day -- "The Christmas Story," "It's a Wonderful Life," and movies like that.
Talk about "A Whirl of Gaiety!"
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
1:11 pm
updaty stuff
Well, one of my fond fans reminded me that I've not updated in some time, so, knowhing that at least one person out in the world cares, I'll attempt to do justice in this particular update, which luckily, I'm able to perform fairly adequately, considering events that have gone on since the last time I posted.
Firstly, we'll start with almost a month ago, a matter of fact, on Sunday the 19th.
You won't believe this, and I still don't, even though I've something to prove that I have. I actually won first prize at a karaoke contest.
We had this party, celebrating white cane week -- kind of a fund raiser for our local California Council of the Blind chapter. This was held at a VFW hall.
Anyway, there were 15 contestants during the initial round. For my submition in the initial round, I did "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B," using as close to the Andrews Sisters' version as the KJ version had availalbe, since I prefer their rendition over the renditions done in the 70's.
Well, surprise surprise, I was one of the top 5 finalists.
For the final round I decided to perform something from one of my vocal idols from the 70's. So, it's "Top of the world," from the Carpenters.
Personally, I thought there were some maybe more deserving than I was, but, I guess the judges didn't see it that way, since I got a trophy with a depiction of a musical note, and the characters "1st," and $50.
I'm thinking that my BF will be taking me down to get the trophy engraved with my name or something on it, then will take a picture with me holding it. Damn! I didn't have me recorder going!

Two days later, BF and I, plus two other couples drove down to Mountainview's Shorline Ampitheater to see Jimmy Buffett.
I'm not a big Buffett fan, for I only really know that one all-too-famous Margueritaville song. But, I was going more for the social aspect than anything, and to get a taste of just how well a performer he is, since he's been doing this thang for 40 years now.
It was not a bad concert at all. In fact, we got very very lucky. We had just bought lawn seating. However, the ushers saw that there were quite a few blind folks in our little group, so we were sent to some chairs pretty close to the stage, thus upgraded to seats that normally cost about four times amount of the lawn tickets.
That guy really knows how to do a concert! I love when someone between songs kind of talks with the audience here and there, rather than just going from one song to the next. The music was good. Love the kind of tropical thang going with the steel drums and other instruments used in tropical type of music, although I'm partial to the steel drums, and would love to actually see one of those and figure out how in the heck to play one.
It would have been great if we were sitting closer to where he was throwing up beach balls in the beginning of the concert, just so we could try catching at least one for a souvenir. Waaah!
Last week, I did my semi-annual job again for CCB, and got it finished yesterday. So, tomorrow, I'm going to celebrate with my BF, and enjoy some good steaks, and goodness knows what else. It's great having a man who not only can cook, but, does a damn good job cooking. A couple weeks ago, I kind of helped him make something he's rather famous for -- one of his gumbos. I really just helped by chopping up vegetables for the gumbo, since I kind of find my self having fun helping with at least the chopping. I'm developing more of a taste for sea food, whether it be in a chowder, as an entre by itself, or hors de voures (orderves.) Damn the French spelling!
Not much else can I think of at the present moment. Just waiting for my money from this job so I can do some Santa Clausey things. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
10:23 am
More updates, I guess
Well, finally got it done.
For the past couple of years I'd been considering getting some dental work done that I felt needed done to make things easier for me, and to get rid of at least one tooth that was considered useless due to it's location.
So, finally, after getting my teeth cleaned on Tuesday, I had asked my dentist about having a couple teeth pulled, including two wisdom teeth that made it hard for me to get back at when cleaning, and a moller that grew in behind two other mollers and was just about pointing sideways toward the palate, thus making it useless when biting or chewing, and could further create more problems if it grew even further inward.
Since I am a bit of a chicken, I really was not sure I wanted to have these pulled under just local anasthesia. So, I was referred to a really good oral surgeon team, however located in Folsom about 25 miles away who can do sedations and have that covered under our state medical aid for people on low income.
It ended up being far more easy a procedure than I expected, and I'm pretty much recovered at this point. I don't even remember the procedure, since the sedative they gave me was a lot stronger than they told me it might be. I may as well have been asleep at that point. That was a good thing. *smile* Plus, BF was with me through most of the visit, except for when it was time to pull the teeth out. That only took maybe 18 minutes or less; 2:02 was when the sedative was being put into IV, and I was presented to my bf in a wheelchair, ready to go home, at about 2:20.
In other news, the house mate got himself a new toy about a month ago, a Tascam DP-02cf, which is a digital eight track recorder which uses compact flash cards for storage.
I really can't comment on how blind friendly it is, since I've not played with it extensively, but, it is a pretty handy device for sure with a lot more manipulatability than one would get from a tape recorder with multitracking ability.
We're working on one song right now that is going to take up the full eight tracks, and maybe one more after mix-down, unless several tracks can be combined into two tracks to get us more available tracks, since there is that ability to bounce or ping-pong tracks.
Future events: going for treatment on feet for skin and nail problems, and Jimmy Buffett concert down in Mountainview's Shoreline Ampitheater on the 21st of this month. I'll be going to my first Buffett concert with BF, and some other friends of mine. Wow-wee!
To ray, naa naa on you! *evil laugh*
Saturday, September 27th, 2008
2:59 pm
updatedness
Hmmm! How long has it been since me last updated?
Well, not really of much has there been to truly report on until maybe the last little while.
Well, I'm now taking something on a regular basis for my chronic coughing problem of which I've had for roughly 10 or so years. As of yesterday, I started taking Advare, which I'm to take twice a day. Furthermore, in case I need a quick-acting inhaler I got some Albuderal.
Unfortunately, the delivery system used for Advare is not verry accessible, since you are having to inhale from a little disk that you click open. There are tablets inside the disk that respond to when one takes a puff off this whole on the side of the disk. However, you don't taste the powder as it moves into the mouth, heading to the lungs. Furthermore, you can not tell by shaking the disk or anything like that to see if it's getting empty. One needs to count the puffs to keep track of how much one has left, unless one can see well enough to read the number that indicates how many puffs are left, of which there are 28 altogether in each disk when one starts out.

But, even though I misstook two puffs, due to forgetting to click open another part of the disk, I was able to wake up this morning without as much of the nagging mucus-filled coughing spell that I normally get these days when I wake up, even though I had only one successfully active puff at the doctor's office, when they were attempting to show me how to work it yesterday.

Oh yeah, and, I found out that I don't have any sleep-apnea or anything like that. I just happen to be a very shallow breather, no doubt because of my small frame, along with the heart condition that I presently have, although a rather minor heart condition for the most part.
The levels I got on the oximeter were a little low, 91 or 92. I think the normal reading is to be 95 and above.
But, hopefully we can at least make it so that the airway is as clear as possible, and I don't have as much of the mucus build-up that I do now, which is a major part of these terrible coughing fits and constant post nasal drip.

In other news:
Looks like those of us who filed for Home-owner and renter's assistance have been affected by this state budget this year, meaning, our fund has been deleted from said state budget, for whatever reason. I just wonder how much of that money that we should be getting is going towards luxury items being paid for by our fine government officials after taking over two months on the state budget?

It would be nice to have it so that each day the state budget is late, a percentage of each government official's salary get's docked.
Better yet, The longer they work on state budget, the longer they go without pay of any kind, unless these officials have a second job.
In fact, I think that politicians should be paid less than minimum wage for their political position, and they should be forced to be held accountable for anything they happen to spend with tax payers' moneys.
No plane rides, not even economy seating, no steak dinners, nothing. They should be forced to live like the rest of us who live from check to check if they really want to take their job seriously, rather than be rewarded bor this position they won through the people's vote, just so they can have their steak dinners and so forth, while pretending to care for the state or country, or City that they are serving.
Furthermore, it should be made illegal for officials to receive kick-backs from corporations. They are here to serve the PEOPLE, according to our constitution, not the corporate entity whose employees may not be all American citizens anyway.
Aye!
Friday, August 29th, 2008
8:37 am
seems like the only way to get along in this modern world
is to come up with a mental or social disorder if I don't have one already.
So, with that in mind, can anyone who either knows me enough, or has read my stuff over the years come up with a brilliant type of mental disorder that can best fit me?

After all, it seems to be the trend today whether the disorder is valid or not. So, let's have fun with this silly little trend we're in, shall we?

Current Mood: aggravated
Sunday, August 10th, 2008
9:29 pm
Singer, songwriter Isaac Hayes dies at age 65
Associated Press

Aug 10, 4:28 PM (ET)

http://apnews.myway.com//article/20080810/D92FL0J01.html

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and
musician whose relentless "Theme From Shaft" won Academy and Grammy awards,
has been found dead at home. He was 65.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says a family member found Hayes
unresponsive near a treadmill on Sunday. He was pronounced dead about an
hour later at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. The cause of death was not
immediately known.

In the early 1970s, Hayes laid the groundwork for disco, for what became
known as urban-contemporary music and for romantic crooners like Barry
White. And he was rapping before there was rap.

His career hit another high in 1997 when he became the voice of Chef, the
sensible school cook and devoted ladies man on the animated TV show "South
Park."
Thursday, July 31st, 2008
3:01 pm
update stuff
Well, these weeks have been flying by rather fast due to them being filled up with spending most of the time with boyfriend, going to dentist and doctor appointments and so forth.
Tuesday night was the sleep study, a rather interesting study at that.
They put electrodes over my head, on my jaw, chest, on the sides of each eye above the sinuses, on each of my shins, and under my nose. Plus, I had to wear belts around the chest and tummy, which were also hooked up to wires, and an oximeter on my finger.

They were testing brain waves, muscle tone, breathing pattern, whether my legs move alot in my sleep, whether the nasal passage closes up to much in sleep, how regular my heart rate is, and so forth. The main thing was to see whether I may have sleep apnea or not.
The sleep lab was like a hotel room with a comfortable queen size bed, chest of drawers, tv, and night stand. However, there wer not only the monitoring devices that I was hooked up to, but a video camera that the lab tech watches in case any problems arise, and they can talk to the patient over an intercom. At one point, around 3 AM, I was feeling wrestless, so I reached down for my diddy bag for my mp3 player/recorder so I can maybe read myself back to sleep. Anyway, the tech saw me moving about and asked if I was okay, which I was.
I managed to sleep for roughly 5 hours straight before waking up around 3. Actually, I think I finally went down around maybe 10:30 or sometime during the 10 o'clock hour after spending an hour getting hooked up, which meant having parts of my head and face marked as to where to place electrodes, then having them abbrasively cleaned with alcohol to remove any oils, then having the electrodes pasted on, connected to the wires, then taped down. quite a few were used. I lost count.
I managed to go back to sleep around 5:30, and woke up when boyfriend showed up around 6:30 to pick me up. That was when the lab tech came in to remove the electrodes and send me on my way.

Having the electrodes pulled off was probably the most painful part of all this, since there was adhesive material in my hair to contend with, as well as the rest of the body. Ouchy! Parts of my skin are still recovering from having tape pulling on them.
Next week, PFT (pulmanary function testing).
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
12:23 pm
Still alive
I know it's been about 2 months since me last post, since I got my Nokia n75 mobile phone, according to my last post in late May.
I've been happily busy, what with doing another job for the California Council and getting paid for it, and doing things with my new steady -- this time a local one, someone I've known for a few years. At this time I'm in the single but unavailable category yet again, but doing it the old fashioned way, no long distance or internet relationship here, but actual dating where the guy picks the girl up for dates and all that. Now there's a concept!

In other news:
Looks like I'm finally getting some tests done to find out what's going on with my breathing. Next Tuesday evening, I'll be doing a sleep study, then the tuesday after, I'm going for pulmanary function testing.
How fun! Maybe we can finally get this 400 pound monkey off my freaking chest?

Current Mood: relatively happy
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
11:43 am
updateish stuff
Can't wait until tomorrow! I'm going to be getting me a new cell phone with the help of LetsTalk.com
I was able to get a deal on a free phone -- a Nokia N75 -- by signing up for a contract with AT&T. I wanted to get some kind of phone which I can have a screen reader such as Mobile Speak installed on, so that I can have better access to a cell phone. Plus, I found that AT&t has a pretty good deal through their disabilities department where I can get Mobile Speak for $89, rather than the actual cost.
However, I'm probably going to be waiting on purchasing Mobile Speak until next month. I'm hoping that my Stimulus payment comes in this month.
I do have questions regarding how to install the screen reader, since I'll probably get the 30 day free trial. I was told one needed a wee bit of sighted assistance to do this.

In other news, been doing a bit of back up work these past few days, for a friend of mine who kind of wants to get some songs recorded with him singing them before his time runs out, since, at this time, what with this recently diagnosed congestive heart failure, and no way for him to be able to have surgery, he's essentially living on borrowed time at this point.
So, he wants to get this little family and friends album together, and had been wanting to do so for some time. But now, he's a bit more anxious to do so, and since he's started this vegan diet, his voice has been behaving better of late, along with his ability to remember the lyrics, and noting, compared to the past couple of years since his stroke. So, he wants to take advantage of this blessing while he can.
Amazingly, we managed to do two songs within a three day period where he was able to do his lead vocal in one take. I just need to do some keyboard stuff for these two songs -- one of them needs a bit of steel guitar, and the other, some sort of celest work, and maybe some strings.
His wife, Mike, and I did the back-up harmonies for one of the tracks. That was kind of fun. But, it will be much easier than what I'm going to do, since the idea is to imulate the steel guitar through some parts of the song. That entails not only plucking out back-up melodies, and an intro and outro, but, also having to work sustain pedal, plus pitch and modulation wheels at the same time. ah'r'r'r'r'r'r'r'r'r'r'rg! No, I don't have a sequencer that I can operate. So, it's going to be done all mannually!
I'm so looking forward to that. (with a little trepidation)

Current Mood: relatively okay
11:04 am
Teacher lets Morningside students vote out classmate,
By Colleen Wixon (Contact)
Saturday, May 24, 2008

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2008/may/24/30gtteacher-lets-students-vote-out-classmate-5/

PORT ST. LUCIE — Melissa Barton said she is considering legal action after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class.

After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn't like about Barton's 5-year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said.

By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex — who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism — out of the class.

Melissa Barton filed a complaint with Morningside's school resource officer, who investigated the matter, Port St. Lucie Department spokeswoman Michelle Steele said. But the state attorney's office concluded the matter did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse, so no criminal charges will be filed, Steele said.

Port St. Lucie Police no longer are investigating, but police officials are documenting the complaint, she said.

Steele said the teacher confirmed the incident took place.

Portillo could not be reached for comment Friday.

Steele said the boy had been sent to the principal's office because of disciplinary issues. When he returned, Portillo made him go to the front of the room as a form of punishment, she said.

Barton said her son is in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism. Alex began the testing process in February at the suggestion of Morningside Principal Marcia Cully.

Children diagnosed with Asperger's often exhibit social isolation and eccentric behavior..

Alex has had disciplinary issues because of his disability, Barton said. After the family moved into the area and Alex and his sibling arrived at the school in January, Alex spent much of the time in the principal's office, she said.

He also had problems at his last school, but he did not have issues during his two years of preschool, Barton said.

School and district officials have met with Barton and her son to create an individual education plan to address his difficulties, she said. Portillo attended these meetings, Barton said.

Barton said after the vote, Portillo asked Alex how he felt.

"He said, 'I feel sad,' " Barton said.

Alex left the classroom and spent the rest of the day in the nurse's office, she said.

Barton said when she came to pick up her son at the school Wednesday, he was leaving the nurse's office.

"He was shaken up," she said.

Barton said the nurse told her to talk with Portillo, who told her what happened.

Alex hasn't been back to school since then, and Barton said he won't be returning. He starts screaming when she brings him with her to drop off his sibling at school.

Thursday night, his mother heard him saying "I'm not special" over and over.

Barton said Alex is reliving the incident.

The other students said he was "disgusting" and "annoying," Barton said.

"He was incredibly upset," Barton said. "The only friend he has ever made in his life was forced to do this."

St. Lucie School's spokeswoman Janice Karst said the district is investigating the incident, but could not make any further comment.

Vern Melvin, Department of Children and Families circuit administrator, confirmed the agency is investigating an allegation of abuse at Morningside but said he could not elaborate.
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
10:48 am
very interesting dining: vegen?
I got a call from one of my buddies yesterday, who told me that he just found out that he now has congestive heart failure after having an angeogram almost two weeks ago.
Because they almost lost him due to too much seddation during the procedure, he decided that some changes need to be done in his life. A friend from his church turned him on to vegenism, absolutely no meat or dairy, strictly raw fruits and vegies.
Since he'd started on this a few days ago, he's already noticing changes, including a decrease in the need to pace, no bipolar like mood swings, no swollen ankles, and apparently far less to no diabetic sugar spiking.
We went over to his apartment yesterday after hearing the news, to give him and his wife some support, since he just got the news of the CHF earlier in the day.
While we were their, we were introduced to some surprisingly tasty vegen treats including almonds that were recently leeched to start with. Then this friend who turned him on to vegenism shows up with some goodies, a little vegen trail mix bag filled with macadamian nuts with no coating of any kind, I'm thinking, dried pineapple bits, cashews and raisins. I liked the NUTS, BUT, WAS NOT TOO CRAZY ABOUT THE DRIED PINEAPPLE BITS.
While he was here, he and Jimmy made some killer salad.
Now, my thinking was that vegetarians, or vegens don't dress their salad with anything that either was creamy or had flavor.
Well, he made a dressing that had no dairy, or egg. But, hot damn if it wasn't flavorful. First of all, the salad itself had some iceberg and romaine lettuce, onions, fava beans, sugar snap peas, marinated cabbage, tomatoes, garlic, pineapple for a little sweetness, and maybe one or two other things.
The dressing was comprised of such things as dill, garlic, ground walnuts, some kind of oil -- thinking it may have been olive oil, but may be wrong, hemp seed, and some other things I can't think of at the moment. Plus, in place of crewtons, he put some crackers in.
Holy cow, was that stuff good and filling! Nice and spicy too! Just that salad alone was a bit of a meal.
For deserrt, we had some deeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious raw dark chocolate with -- I think he said "gojie berries."
That has to be perhaps the best chocolate I ever tasted. Oh! my! God! It was a sweet flavor with a bit of a bitter bite to balance it out. And I guess the berries -- whatever they are -- added kind of a nutty flavor, so it was like eating a candy bar without the added sugars and other junk.
Plus, I got treated to some nice mineral water straight from a well. No clorine flavor, or flavor of metals or rust at all! Just straight well water!
So we shal see how things go with Jimmy, since he's going to try and use this strictly vegen diet to attempt to reverse the chf as much as possible. He's already quite amazed at what changes he's already going through. So am I, in fact, since for years he was kind of hard to get along with, what with the mood swings that were misdiagnosed as bipolar, when it turned out that they were probably more due to sugar spiking, and that damned nervous pacing he'd do.
I was given an interesting mission to come up with up to ten of my must have breakfast, lunch, and dinner items that involve meat, egg, and dairy, and give them to this vegen chef I met last night, just to see what kind of vegen substitutes he can come up with to replace such items, and make them taste equally as good.
Now, if that's at all possible, I just may see about modifying my diet to a less carnivorous, and less refined sugar diet, since I have gained a bit of weight over the past couple years. I'm up to about 120 lbs, which is a little bit much for my height of four foot six. Furthermore, my energy has not been all that much on top of that.
So, we shall how, or if things progress.

Current Mood: relatively cheerful
Friday, March 14th, 2008
4:58 pm
Maybe I'm easily amused or just plain excited, but
I received my first fax today.
I happened to need a statement from Social Security, having to do with last year's income. I really didn't want to wait ten days for the paper, so I just asked if they'd fax it to me. And, it worked out, no probs. Furthermore, I was able to read it fairly well, considering that according to Mike, the print looked rather sloppy. I guess that's the problem with faxes, since it's a picture of the item in question. Hopefully it's good enough for when I do my tax return filing.
Just a couple more steps towards expeditious transacting when it comes to paperwork with this new toy. Yay!

Current Mood: relatively excited
Thursday, March 13th, 2008
9:00 pm
new toys
Michael wanted to do a wee bit of shopping for a new dvd player that played dibx. So, he and I, with one of our neighbors went down to WalMart. Turned out he was able to find not only a player, but, also a recorder to boot. Furthermore, this recorder (the DVDR3475/37 made by Philips) is able to handle both DVD-r and DVD+r dvd's. Plus, one can do some really good editing of what recordings they've made before finalizing. I'm talking about actually putting in chapter markings where you want them, and other types of editing before finalizing.
Anyway, I had been thinking about getting a new printer and scanner for some time, so we ended up heading down to the Office Depot, where I managed to acquire a real nice all-in-one set-up made by HP, including a printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine. The device itself cost me around $87 and change, but I ended up purchasing a two year additional service plan and a printer starter kit with lots of good quality paper, and a highspeed USB cord for connecting it to the computer.
I'm finding the officejet 5610 pretty easy to use so far, and pretty fun too. I never thought I'd find a scanner with a document feeder for as low a price as I paid for it. Only drawback I see so far is that it does not have a floating hinge on the back for putting books on to scan. It does work, but, probably not well enough for a rather large sized book.
But, it is nice to finally have another working scanner and color printer in the pattern again, and a bonus to have a fax and copy machine, though, I'm not sure just whether I'll be using those features much.

Current Mood: relatively happy
Monday, February 18th, 2008
8:58 am
Interesting album, Richard Carpenter?
Just over here for the first time, perusing a beautiful solo album dine by Richard Carpenter, apparently around 1987, called "Time."
At first, I thought I was going to be disappointed when I started hearing the first song, and it's electronic drums and other late 80's effects. However, his singing, and using the style of back-up that made the Carpenters famous made up for the possible disappointment in a big way.
You can damn near hear the ghost of Karen throughout, especially in the back-up vocals. In the third track of the album, "Something in Your Eyes," a good choice in female singer was selected to do the lead singing. Dusty Springfield actually managed to carry off the Karen Carpenter-like style of singing without sacrificing herself in anyway shape or form integretywise. It looks like the same can be said of Dionne Warwick's singing in "In Love alone."
So far, so good over-all. I definitely can see what the Carpenters would have sounded like in the 80's if Karen still lived. In a big way, she it is apparent she still lives throughout this great album.
Saturday, February 16th, 2008
12:43 pm
sort of a new gadget, and other things
I'd been thinking of getting a wireless keyboard for the past month. However, I didn't want to get stuck with a keyboard that has a mouse on it or anything extra like that.
I managed to get lucky a couple days ago, since friends of mine happened to have one they didn't want anymore, so I ended up getting this low-grade rf keyboard -- not sure of the brand name or model number -- from them for free, just to have one that will allow me to at least drive my computer from the couch, which is about 2 to 7 feet from the computer, depending on where I'm sitting on the couch.
Apparently, this thing acts as though I can't really go more than that distance, which caused my friends to believe that this was an infrared keyboard.
But, when doing some tests, such as covering the receiver with something black, or placing it on the floor for grounding, it was discovered that this is an RF keyboard.
So far, for a free keyboard, it does the job that I want it to do, for the most part.
Plus, I am finding myself using these extra keys on the top row -- these shortcut keys -- if you will, such as for EMail, internet explorer, calculator, and a couple keys for moving one backwards and forwards through one's windows explorer, or internet explorer history.

In other news, I've picked up a new addiction: good ol' NetFlicks.
Now, of late, I've been acquiring "Upstairs, Downstairs," a British drawing-room drama that was aired in the early 70's, which depicts the lives of an arristocratic family, known as the Bellamy family, and their servants, during the first three decades of the 1900's. It was often aired on PBS throughout the 80's and early 90's, when I remembered running across the series.
I've changed my restaurant habit of late, during the last three months.
My buddies and I go once a month to this Italian joint called the Macaroni Grill.
Granted, it's more expensive than where we used to go to, but, so far, the food, and the quality of service is much better than what we've had when we would go to this continental buffet, or some of our fast food places. although, I did experience some surprisingly great customer service at our local Del Taco, which is also in our neighborhood.
We went to the Grill for Valentines day -- me, my house mate, and these two couples we know who live just across the street and around the corner from us. The grill is right on their block, in fact.
We had our great service, where serving and hosting are concerned, plus, this time around, one of the servers went around to different tables and sang mostly arias, or anything that a suprano opera singer can sing. She was not bad. So, we had her stop at our table at one point. She sang something from Don Jeovani *spelling*, and I gave her a few bucks tip.
I'd been trying these different dishes with the name "Rustica" in them. This last time, I had a Penné rustica, a nice, spicy dish with chicken and shrimp in it, over penné pasta. Good stuff!
I like it when they play some of that tarantella music in the background too.

Not much else to print worth printing, so until next update: Bona Fortuna!

Current Mood: relatively content
Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
9:01 pm
Another year, another SuperBowl apathy day celebration.
We celebrated SuperBowl apathy day today by going shopping! Mike got himself an external dvd burner which will burn double layer dvd's, of which I've yet to see, and will also allow one to burn proffessional looking labels using this lite scribe technology.
For me, I got a new watch band, and some hankerchiefs. Wow wee!
Afterwhich, I treated my self to a mini-marathon of "House" reruns, then turned on the boob tube to watch the special airing of "House" on FOX, although it started a wee bit late due to the post game gaggle.

So, while all the other gals were going orgasmic over this "Tom Brady" I was getting my Hugh Laurie orgasms on. Hell yeah!
Happy SuperBowl Apathy day to one and all.

Current Mood: relatively content
Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
9:53 am
THE YEAR 1907
Here are some of the U.S. Statistics for the Year 1907

The average life expectancy for a male in the U.S. was 47 years old.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more Heavily populated than California.

With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.

The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,

A dentist made $2,500 per year, a veterinarian $1,500 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S.Took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.
Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and
Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 U.S . adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion,
gives buoyancy to the mind regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.! 

Happy 2008, folks!
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