Surreal Reality

Day to Day

  • More socially retarded by the day… With each passing day it seems our world grows smaller, yet more socially retarded. This past week I was witness to a repeat of something that had happened to me personally a couple of years ago. My youngest daughter, Grace, standing in the dining room with a shocked look on her face.. (I should mention, for sake ...
  • Back to the World It’s been a crazy few months, and most things written here are locked away, they’re for me, more of a personal journal, not for public consumption. Chad Grimm, the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Illinois, lost of course. I didn’t expect he’d win, but a stronger showing would have been nice. Too many people still buying ...
  • Disable that GeoTagging! That’s easy. Metadata Metadata In short, metadata is more data about data. In most common document types, embedded within a file is more information, typically hidden from casual viewing. This hidden data is used by the computer programs to provide accurate processing information, i.e. what version of software was used to create the document, how the file ...
  • Raise the minimum wage in Illinois? Illinois must not impose any minimum wage increase. Businesses in Illinois are still struggling to recover from the deepest recession since the great depression. Illinois’ unemployment rate is stubbornly high at 9.2%, nearly 2 points higher than the U.S. average. Since 1.4% of Illinois workers earn minimum wage, increasing the mandatory minimum would have an ...
  • Half of Illinoisians are ready to move out of state According to a recent Gallup Poll, HERE fully half of the people living in Illinois would rather live someplace else. Why is that you ask? I’m sure one of the reasons is that the state is so poorly managed, and is currently 6.7 Billion dollars in debt. How did we get that for in the hole? I’d ...
  • It’s an election year, and the robo-calls are starting Even if you are on the National Do Not Call List, run by the US Government’s FTC, charities and political organizations are still allowed to call you on your landline (house phone) I think that’s wrong. You should be able to opt-out of being bothered by those folks too. In fact, it should be Opt-In only. ...
  • Illinois’ Governor doesn’t seem to get how math works Governor Pat Quinn recently stated that we need to keep this ‘temporary’ income tax increase, and make it permanent. While making that statement he also said that Illinois had PAID DOWN it’s debt by 5 Billion dollars over the past few years. “This is a turning point in Illinois fiscal history. We’ve been able to pay ...
  • People go over the top sometimes when it comes to politics I just accidently engaged in idiocy. I mistakenly argued, pointlessly, with a Republican fanboi. I understand supporters, yea, but people who just blindly leap in and defend their political idols without paying attention scare me. I complain about multiple robo calls, which I had requested be stopped. My requests were ignored, so I went to the ...
  • Minimum Wage increase? There is an article (click here) that you should read, that covers quite a bit of reality about the minimum wage. The article contains facts you should know. So I make well above the minimum wage, and the whole thing shouldn’t affect me. Or should it? I keep reading posts, and articles from people pushing for this ...
  • Conservative Libertarian For a while, I didn’t think it wise to discuss politics, it’s such a volatile subject. I’ve changed my mind, screw it, I have as much right to voice my opinions as everyone else, and those that are offended don’t have to read it, no one is forcing them to. I’m a Libertarian. I can find ...
  • Sense of Entitlement? I take the train to work most days. My wife and I drive together to the Fairview Heights station (in Fairview Heights, IL of course) and catch the Metrolink. She hops off downtown to get to her office, I ride on out to Clayton to get to mine. We know the train schedule, and what time ...
  • — Again with the weight loss… Between Labor Day 2010 and late-February 2011 I lost over 80 pounds using hCG and following the protocol through several cycles. During that time I also went from using a rather strong blood pressure medication, to not needing it at all according to my Doctor, within the first 3 weeks of following protocol. However, in March of ...
  • Leave the past in the past; you’ll appreciate it more So, here’s the thing folks, sometimes those fond memories of the past should remain just that, memories, and in the past. Back when, long ago, in the ancient days of Jr. High and High school, I created a lot of fond memories. I wasn’t ‘Joe Stud’ by a long shot, ...
  • Recruiters suck I am not actively seeking other employment, but, like a lot of other people, I keep my resume up to date on Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com. Just in case, ya know? Sadly, some headhunting agencies take advantage of this. They troll the sites, harvesting email addresses and then spam you with useless crap.     Nothing, I repeat NOTHING ...
  • YaY! for the Cowboys! The OSU Cowboys won the Fiesta Bowl I don’t watch a lot of sports, but my father was a Big OSU fan, so I watch the football team at least… and I always enjoy the games. This season was fantastic, and I wish Dad had been here to see it. Congrats to the whole team!
  • Still a WIP… Still ironing out some bugs here… I suppose I’ll finish this project eventually, but other things keep intruding… I’ve pretty much abandoned Facebook in favor of Google+, only logging into FB long enough to check up on the Fam, otherwise, it’s useless. Twitter is in the shitter, I don’t know who’s running things over there, but they reached ...
  • Who’s responsible? I recently was assaulted with what I consider an odd concept. The words spilled from one of my sisters as if it was just a simple fact that everyone should know.   The basic premise? “Those who have, should take care of those who don’t.” Now, I have to say I both agree and disagree with that statement, and ...
  • 75 Pounds and Other things I enjoy about life It’s been 22 weeks, maybe 23, I don’t always count so well. and I am down 75 pounds. I have worked my way through 2 belts so far, one with 7 notches, one with 4 and time to buy a new one… It’s wonderful how great I feel these days. No more backaches, no having to ...
  • Resolutions? I’m still working mine! So, the first of the year has come and gone. Everyone has made their resolutions, and most of you have broken them already. Don’t make that face, you know it’s true. Most of the resolutions made were forgotten within the first 3 days of the year. So, here it is, January 15th, and I’m still ...
  • Cell phone race… the Big 3 are full of BS! Who’s got that fast cell phone network? Who’s got the best coverage? Blah, blah, blah… who cares? They all suck, and they all think they have you by the short and curlies…. We live on the outskirts of nowhere… yet still get great cell reception from our provider. In fact, we realized long ago we could ...
  • Diet, Self-Control, and Will Power back in August of this year I made a stunning discovery – I had gotten fat. Not just a little pudgy, but downright FAT. I weighed 330 pounds, more than double what I weighed when I got out of High School. It really seemed like a new revelation, as if it had just suddenly happened. I ...
  • Dear Hottie345 Dear person with “hottie”, “babe”, or “sexy” in your email, aim, or forum username, I totally love your username. I wanted, however, just to let you in on a little-known word that might help you out in the long run: humble /huhm-buhl/ : adjective, not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful. Whereas once I ...
  • Dear Street Corner Mime Dear Creepy Street-Corner Mime, I just want a word to explain to you why I reacted the way I did when you playfully “discovered” an invisible wall in front of me on the street the other day. I admit that kicking you in the testicles and running away screaming like a girl ...
  • Dear lady in front of me at the drugstore…. Hi there!  I’m the guy behind you in line.  We should know each other pretty well by now, considering I’ve been standing back here with my roll of Tums for about half an hour. No, please… take your time arguing with the guy at the cash register.  I’m enjoying all the headlines of ...
  • Dear guy in front of me a the drive-thru You know when they say “Order when you’re ready?” I hate to tell you of this, but they don’t really mean it. It’s code for “Start talking, asswipe.” Maybe if they could say that out loud, the job would be worth the $6.50/hour they get paid, but alas, they can’t. I know, ...
  • What can I say? Not much apparently… I write stuff, I really do, then I save it as a draft, set it aside, and later it all seems trivial, so it gets deleted rather than published. So, let’s try something different, no more editing myself, I’ll just spill and publish… who gives a damn, right? It’s not like too many ...
  • Tuesday… better than Monday, right? So… Facebook? Is it really a place for people to argue and air their grievances? Help me to understand this…. Would you stand in the middle of the mall and scream at your sister? Engage in a full blown name-calling contest, and just act plain ignorant? I don’t think so… well, at least most people wouldn’t. So what ...
  • Okay then…. Okay, so most of my posts never make it to the public… they’re for me… kind of a diary… stuff I don’t feel it necessary to share with the world… someone informed me this morning that this is not the purpose of a ‘blog. So, that being determined, I’ll ramble more at the public, it’s not ...
  • What a long crazy week… Wow, a weekend to relax a bit… well, except for the wife dragging me out to shop a bit, but it’s that time of year right? It’s been long hectic week, trying to get the last of the annual reviews done for my teams, make sure I talk to everyone, etc, then came down with a ...
  • Genealogy searching… Digging the roots! I am constantly amused at the nonsense I run across while rooting out the family tree…. Today, while chasing a few leads, looking for information, actual, factual, documented, information… I was looking for info on a McCurdy, and while searching at Ancestry.com I find a couple of trees purporting to be Barack Obama’s family tree, and ...
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