Monday, October 31, 2005

Did you get your tickets?

Not to the gun show...to Saipan!

I did.

Emily and I leave on December 17 and arrive back in Tokyo on December 31. We're planning to spend New Year's Eve in Tokyo.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Still Upgrading?

This was posted on Big Daikon on Friday, October 28:


"So today I am on my lunch break and I check my email. There is a letter telling me that if I am interested the consulate is looking for someone to participate on the JET program this year. It's almost November 1st! I don't know if I will actually go to apan but I just wanted to put this out there for next year’s applicants...apparently there are upgrades even this late."


I know I'm not getting upgraded this year, but people applying for 2006 should find it interesting to know that JET ugrades Alternates well into October.

Halloween in Orlando

Kevin, Catie and I carved three pumpkins yesterday. They cleaned out the insides and drew the faces and I did the actual carving. I'll let you guess which pumpkin I drew.

I can do more than carve pumpkins, too. I also made some cookies and used colored frosting to decorate them. I am going to make a wonderful House Husband some day. Anybody looking for a boy toy?

Emily came to the party!

Darth Vader used the Force!

Maranda McGonagall cast a spell!

That's an interesting family.

Angelo and Emily (pssst...it's really Cate)

Valerie Plame:

Chick Magnet:

Lil' Juanita:

Shock 'Em!

Marilyn and Valerie:

I love how Jenny's idea of a costume is to borrow and wear my clothes and pass them off as cowgirl costume:

Nancy the Biker flashing the shocker:

George W. Bush and another biker:

Downtown Orlando Halloween Pics:

George W. Bush soliciting pictures with Rollins girls:

Drunk girl:


Minutes before passing out in the middle of Downtown Orlando, this poor girl was all over the dance floor with her drunk friend. They were doing the drunk dance. That's the one where you slobber all over your drunk girlfriend and then fall down drunk every minute or two, trying to flash your panties as often as possible. You get extra points if your boobs fall out, like this drunk's friend.

NOTE TO YOUNGER READERS:

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is bad for your emotional and physical health. Drinking a little alcohol is OK and is actually usually encouraged in our society. Just don't over do it.

Derek Drunk:

Derek REALLY Drunk:

George W. Bush carved a Shock 'Em Pumpkin and left it on the Public Defender's front porch.

"I'm George W. Bush, and I endorse the SHOCKER!!!"

I thought George W Bush stopped drinking?

Heh, heh, heh (notice Wendy and Jenny in the background):

George W. Bush is a Cowboy:

George W. Bush is the King of Crunk:

An environmentalist-surfer-boxer takes a shot at George W. Bush:

Jesus Blessing George W. Bush:

Rollins College....ahhhhhh, Rollins College. I graduated two years ago and it is amazing how some things never change. The individual girls might change, but for some reason they all still look the same.

The following pictures are of George W. Bush and random Rollins College girls at a party on Pine Street in Downtown Orlando on Halloween:

This is what Jenny had to say about this picture:
"What is Emily going to say when she sees that picture? Those were the two
sexiest girls I've ever seen!"

Friday, October 28, 2005

Last Day of Work

My last day of work is going to be on November 15th. That is a Tuesday. I leave for Japan that Friday, which is exactly three weeks from today.

I actually called in to work today because I feel kind of poopy. I've got to be healthy and my little brother has strep throat, so I'm staying home to ensure that I get better and don't make anybody else sick.

I talked to my stepmother in Saipan last night. She is going to let Emily and I stay with her over Christmas. I'm going to call her back as soon as we know when we'll be there.

Things are coming together; this is going to be exciting.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Nice Pumpkin!

I am such a loser. It is Saturday night and instead of going out to a bar or a club or hanging out with friends, I carved a pumpkin. I carved it while sitting alone in my house. At one point I turned out the lights to carve it with the lights out. I need a hobby.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

It wasn't me!

Dear FBI, ATF and Winter Park Police Department,

Really, really, ridiculously good looking people don't waste time making pipe bombs. We're too busy being good looking. That whole male model assassin thing is so 2001! Get with the times, duh.

Fashionably yours,

The Suspects

Monday, October 17, 2005

Terrorists Attack Winter Park Walgreens!

...and I'm a suspect!

How did this happen? Why don't you read the Orlando Sentinel article first.

I got a phone call this morning from Mom and she informed me that a bomb had exploded at the Walgreens near her house. She told me that when she drove by earlier she saw about 10 cop cars and a dozen ATF agents swarming around the building.

I drove over to check it out. When I got there there were only 2 cop cars, a crime unit van, 3 or 4 news trucks and a handful of ATF agents. I started taking pictures.

Is that a bad thing to do?

Apparently it is.

I was approached by a Winter Park Police officer and he asked me why I was taking pictures of an empty parking lot (failing to mention that it was actually an empty parking lot that had just been the scene of a terrorist attack!)

He told me that it was very suspicious that I was taking pictures and suggested that I was returning to get a look at my handiwork.

Then he hit me behind the head, kicked me in the back and arrested me.

Just kidding.

He asked for my ID and wrote down my name and address. I offered to give him my phone number, but he said that it wouldn't be necessary.

I guess he was only doing his job. He warned me about taking pictures. He told me that since this was an 'ongoing investigation' of an 'FBI-level felony' that any pictures I took would not be public record until the case was closed. I don't think he was completely honest, since I've already seen several pictures of ATF agents on the Interent, but I'm not going to test him. I'll take him at his word.

I'll post the pictures when they throw these terrorists in jail.

On Tennis, Petitions, and Beer

I played tennis yesterday! I'm also learned something; I learned that I'm not very good at tennis!



Later in the day, the roommates and I went petition gathering at the Maitland Rotary Arts Festival yesterday. We collected about 10 petitions before we were asked to stop collecting, so we walked around, sat on the grass and drank a few beers.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Preparations

I have exactly four carloads of belongings (and a car). I know this because when I moved back in August it took four trips in my Honda Civic Hybrid to unload my old apartment. I have two car loads of belongings in storage and I have two car loads of belongings at my house.

I have to figure out what I want to take to Japan and stuff it into two suitcases and a carry on.

I already know that I'm giving away my futon mattress; three and a half car loads to go. I'm going to give a bunch of toys and gadgets to Kevin. I'm going to just get rid of some of the junk I have. Candles, decorations, those type of things. I'm sure I can do this. The only thing that I really care about are my baseball cards and my pictures. Everything else can be replaced when I return.

I'm really looking forward to getting my car insurance returned to me. I just paid the 6 month premium a few weeks ago. When I sell my car and cancel my Geico insurance I should get about 4 months worth of my car insurance premium returned. Hallelujah!

I also found someone to take over my Cingular cellphone. I still have a few months left on my contract. Mom said she would take over the payments. It won't be a bad deal for her. I've never used all my minutes each month, so I have almost 2000 rollover minutes. Not even Alex could burn through all those minutes (well, OK, maybe Alex could).

I think I am going to head out towards Flea World next week to buy those two big suitcases that will carry all my important belonging to Japan. I was out there a couple of months ago and saw a few places that sold luggage. I'm sure that it won't be the highest quality luggage in the world, but I'm sure I can get a good deal.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Miniature Golf!

I really like this first picture. I think it really captures Kevin and Catie's respective personalities. We have little miss sassy pants in the background. She has her hands on her hips (because she's a little defiant), but she has a smile on her face (because she wants you to think she's cute). Kevin has just a hint of a smile. He takes everything very seriously, but he's not afraid to have a little fun.



We had fun playing golf. Kevin and Catie both did better than I expected them too. Kevin scored two hole-in-ones (I didn't have any) and Catie proved to be a very patient putter. Not bad for a five year old!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

That Darn Cat

I had a little adventure last night without even having to leave the living room. It was time to give my roommates' (feral) cat his flea medicine and we had to catch him first.

Let me give you a little background on this cat:

This was one of the cats that Sandra "rescued" last year during the campaign. This is the cat that has been moved around so often that in the last year he has lived at the LCV office, Jef's house, Sandra's house and now lives with my roommates and me. This is the cat that is deathly afraid of people. This is the cat won't let you come within 5 feet of him. This is the cat that gave me that scratch a few months ago. This is the cat that left me with a big scar on my arm.

So like I said, we had to catch him first.

We wanted to trap him in the living room, so we closed all of the doors except for one and waited for him to walk into the living room. He darted down the stairs into the living room a few times but ran back upstairs before we were able to close the door.

It wasn't until the third or fourth try that we were able to trap him in the living room with all of the doors closed.

That is when this cat turned into the Tasmanian Devil. I never knew a cat could jump so high or move so fast. You would have thought this cat was fighting for his life.

I especially liked how he was able to make every single hair on his tail stand straight up. I didn't know a cat could do that.

We looked like a bunch of drunk rednecks trying to catch a greased pig. Man, could that cat move! He would run under the couch. We would slide the couch over. He would try running into my room, but the door was closed. He was jumping about six feet in the air and clawing at the door trying to get in. It didn't work. So he would dart over to one of the windows in the living room. Then jump into the other window. Then back under the couch. We played this game for over 20 minutes. The whole time the three of us were following him around with blankets outstretched to capture him.

We were so scared that he was going to claw us. In fact, now that I think about it, he did claw Susannah a few times. I was really careful not to get too close, but at one point the cat almost clawed off my face. We had turned the couch on its side to keep the cat from running underneath it. When the cat got to the couch he ran up the side of the couch (it was like something from the Matrix) and then bounded straight for my face. I dodged his outstretched claws by millimeters. If I had been in the way I am sure that I would have lost an eye.

Like I said before, it took us about 20 minutes to capture that damn cat, but we finally got two blankets wrapped around him so tight that he couldn't escape.

Then we gave him his flea medicine and let him go.

Thank God I'll be in Japan the next time we have to do that.