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Thursday, March 25th, 2010
10:37 pm - Update suff and asking for help...please!
I just bought the Final Fantasy IV novelizations from Play-Asia much excited about getting them...now if I can just find someone to translate them since my kanji is pathetic at best.

Also...I'm ready for my first tattoo. I've been reluctant to get one for the longest time only because I couldn't find anything that was "me". You know, something that I wanted to have on my skin for the rest of my life.

It came to me at about 3:00 in the morning a few days ago, and its a part of me that I realize has been there inside of me all along.

But I need some help with this.

I want the kanji for "Ginryuukiishi" next to a silver wing on my leg.

In FFIV The After, Kain becomes a Seiryuukiishi after he finally achieves his atonement.

And there it was. Who I was. Who I have been all along. And the perfect tattoo to bring out on flesh what was always a part of my soul inside of me.

Ginryuukiishi. SilverDragonKnight

I just need to make sure I have the accurate kanji for this tattoo because there's no way in hell I'm going to get a half-assed translation permanently etched in my skin that could mean Fat Girl Ass for all I know.

So if any one of my friends who have a decent understanding of kanji, or know anyone trustworthy enough that does, some help with this would be more than greatly appreciated!

Like I would owe you for the rest of my life appreciated.

On another note, I've also decided that if I have to have surgery for my back, instead of getting the scar removed like I thought I would, I'm going to get another tattoo to cover it.

Basically I'm going to turn the scar into Wraithbane and have Lark wrapped around it.

I'm already talking to some people about finding talented tattoo artists out there that could possibly do shading to look like silver. We'll see I guess. I'm actually thinking I might even go up to L.A. Ink and get it done.

I'm rambling now. So other than mentioning I'm going home to TN on Sunday. I'm out.

current mood: artistic

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
9:47 pm - Fuck You San Clemente
This is my letter to the City of San Clemente after going 4 years with no cell phone reception...

Dear Council Members of San Clemente
I am writing this letter after much frustration and impatience over the continued reluctance of the City to meet the basic needs of their constituents in Talega.
For years the residents of parts of Talega have been without basic cell phone reception due to the lack of a cell tower in the area. Shortly before the election in 2008, my husband and I created a petition to present to the City Council, showing that the residents of our community were equally as frustrated as we were, and desperately wanted the City to install a tower in our area.
Despite the positive reception of the petition, the Council is apparently continuing its habitual practice of ignoring the citizens of Talega in favor of an angry political action committee whose sole purpose is to destroy any efforts of any type of development in San Clemente.
Need I remind the council that this situation is more than a petty issue over city development? This is foremost an issue over the safety of the community itself. It is morally irresponsible for the city to refuse to provide a basic amenity such as cell phone service that has been proven time and time again to be a life saving tool in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Do I have to remind the council that we live in an earthquake prone area of the country, and that many of the people who were buried alive in the disasters of Haiti and Chili were found alive due to being able to contact search and rescue units with their cell phones? But alas, this is San Clemente...why should we care about the safety of the people if it involves building something that presents such a public nuisance as a cell phone tower. Nevermind the people’s safety if it might tarnish the glorious view of a dirt hill and a water tower.
After having our petition ignored by the City Council, I am thoroughly convinced that our elected officials have the same mindset as other residents of San Clemente in regards to the people of Talega. I have had other residents of San Clemente tell me, “You Talega people can just go away.” Now I am convinced that the City Council also feels the same way. You certainly want the increased revenue from our property taxes, but when it comes to providing us with any sort of public amenities, you just want us to disappear.
Believe me, if the housing market were in better shape, this is one resident who would be glad to grant you and the rest of the city your wish and leave. I can assure you, I look forward to the day when the market stabilizes and I can move my residence as well as my tax revenue to a different city that is more willing to appreciate and take care of its inhabitants.

Sincerely Yours,
Candice L. Hon

current mood: bitchy

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Everyone should read this and be up in arms!

I made a donation to Yele Haiti last week shortly after the earthquake. I donated directly through the website using my Bank of America debit card. This week Bank of America has posted an International Transaction Fee to my account for that donation!

I contacted BofA and was told that it was standard practice for ALL international transactions!

DO not let them get away with this! They should not be allowed to take advantage of the desperate people suffering in Haiti!

Tell everyone you know! If they have BofA accounts and have made donations, make them aware of what's going on!

This time Bank of America has gone too far and they need to be held accountable for their heinous actions in exploiting the Haitian people!

I will not stand by and let this be swept under the rug. I have already contacted CNN and Yele Haiti directly. Please everyone help get this out in the open!

current mood: furious!

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009
12:09 pm - to die for something you believe in...
Godspeed Neda. May your sacrifice not be in vain. They may have destroyed your body, but your soul has become an everlasting icon for the rights that every human on the planet should fight for.

Women everywhere are thanking you for your courage.

current mood: indescribable

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
12:52 pm - Finally....change will come...change will come.
I cried last night. I actually cried. I have faith and hope for my country and its future again.

Thank you President Obama.

current mood: excited

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Thursday, October 30th, 2008
2:39 pm - This one hits me close to home. This is for my cousin and her partner!

Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage/relationship (or if you think you might be someday), and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

current mood: anxious

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
9:19 pm - ...its about the passions that we ache for.

What I've learned from my copy of FFIV DS:

1. The Red Wings like to booze it up just as much as the dragoons do.

2. Kain and Rosa's voices suck. (The only reason I'll give Kain a chance is because Liam O'Brian did the voice of Illidan for WoW).

3. Cecil and Kain like strippers...alot.

Edit: WTF!? Kain is right handed now!? Well that says it, Squeenix officially can't tell their right from their left now...fuckers.

current mood: bouncy

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Thursday, July 5th, 2007
7:24 pm - Momo!
Hey, still coming up this weekend! We're leaving tomorrow night actually. I don't know if we'd get there early enough to hang out tomorrow night, or if you'd be busy but the options there. Email me a phone number and I'll give you a call.

Oh yeah, is there anything you need for your trip? I keep thinking about a going away pressie to get you but I can't come up with anything. Please let me know if there's something you want or need. Sorry bout that cause I know it ruins some of the sentimentality or whatnot. I do suck at these things sometime. ^.^

current mood: excited

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
12:15 pm - bored
So i was messing around this one website and came up with this...

current mood: bored

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Sunday, April 29th, 2007
8:16 pm - I'm hooked...
So I started playing Trama Center: Second Opinion on the Wii and I'm addicted. I always wanted to be a surgeon, at least this way I don't get the repercussions of looking anyone on the table! Truthfully, I think as far as manual dexterity is concerned, being a surgeon would probably be easier...sometimes that game just wants you to be way to precise like almost beyond the capability of the Wii wand precise....

heheh...I said Wii wand...

current mood: amused

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
10:47 pm - This makes me incredible angry....
Drugs have ruined the life of yet another person I knew. A friend from high school, Scot died last Tuesday. Words going around that he died of a drug overdose in his home. I'm really bummed about it because he was a really funny guy and just about everyone liked him. Its so odd hearing about people you knew not even 10 years ago, that they're now dead and this person will never be seen again...this is just messing me up right now. I mean natural death happens...but drugs...suicide? It just leaves me feeling empty.

current mood: depressed

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Sunday, March 11th, 2007
7:44 pm - First Meme...Jacked from Sam
YOU'RE ON MY FRIENDS LIST, I WANNA KNOW YOU... I want to know 34 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, never liked each other, or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet is fine... I just wanna know you better! Thanks! =)

1. Can you cook?
2. What was your dream growing up?
3. What talent do you wish you had?
4. Favorite place?
5. Favorite vegetable?
6. What was the last book you read?
7. What zodiac sign are you?
8. Any tattoos and/or piercings?
9. Worst habit?
10. Do we know each other outside of LiveJournal?
11. What is your favorite sport?
12. Do you have a negative or optimistic attitude?
13. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14. Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15. Tell me one weird fact about you.
16. Do you have any pets?
17. Do you know how to do the Macarena?
18. What time is it where you are now?
19. Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21. Would you be my partner in crime or my conscience?
22. What color eyes do you have?
23. Ever been arrested?
24. Bottle or draft?
25. If you won £10,000 today [$20,000 for the Americans], what would you do with it?
26. What kind of bubble gum do you prefer to chew?
27. What's your favorite bar to hang at?
28. Do you believe in ghosts?
29. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30. Do you swear a lot?
31. Biggest pet peeve?
32. In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33. In one word, how would you describe me?
34. Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?

current mood: bored

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Monday, January 8th, 2007
5:39 pm - Oh the wonderful feeling of amusedness.
Issue of 2007-01-08
Posted 2007-01-01

Dear Guest: The shower curtain in this bathroom has been purchased with care at a reputable “big box” store in order to provide maximum convenience in showering. After you have read these instructions, you will find with a little practice that our shower curtain is as easy to use as the one you have at home.

You’ll note that the shower curtain consists of several parts. The top hem, closest to the ceiling, contains a series of regularly spaced holes designed for the insertion of shower-curtain rings. As this part receives much of the everyday strain of usage, it must be handled correctly. Grasp the shower curtain by its leading edge and gently pull until it is flush with the wall. Step into the tub, if you have not already done so. Then take the other edge of shower curtain and cautiously pull it in opposite direction until it, too, adjoins the wall. A little moisture between shower curtain and wall tiles will help curtain to stick.

Keep in mind that normal bathing will cause you unavoidably to bump against shower curtain, which may cling to you for a moment owing to the natural adhesiveness of water. Some guests find the sensation of wet plastic on their naked flesh upsetting, and overreact to it. Instead, pinch the shower curtain between your thumb and forefinger near where it is adhering to you and simply move away from it until it is disengaged. Then, with the ends of your fingers, push it back to where it is supposed to be.

If shower curtain reattaches itself to you, repeat process above. Under certain atmospheric conditions, a convection effect creates air currents outside shower curtain which will press it against you on all sides no matter what you do. If this happens, stand directly under showerhead until bathroom microclimate stabilizes.

Many guests are surprised to learn that all water pipes in our system run off a single riser. This means that the opening of any hot or cold tap, or the flushing of a toilet, interrupts flow to shower. If you find water becoming extremely hot (or cold), exit tub promptly while using a sweeping motion with one arm to push shower curtain aside.

REMEMBER TO KEEP SHOWER CURTAIN INSIDE TUB AT ALL TIMES! Failure to do this may result in baseboard rot, wallpaper mildew, destruction of living-room ceiling below, and possible dripping onto catered refreshments at social event in your honor that you are about to attend. So be careful!

This shower curtain comes equipped with small magnets in the shape of disks which have been sewn into the bottom hem at intervals. These serve no purpose whatsoever and may be ignored. Please do not tamper with them. The vertical lines, or pleats, which you may have wondered about, are there for a simple reason: user safety. If you have to move from the tub fast, as outlined above, the easy accordion-type folding motion of the pleats makes that possible. The gray substance in some of the inner pleat folds is a kind of insignificant mildew, less toxic than what is found on some foreign cheeses.

When detaching shower curtain from clinging to you or when exiting tub during a change in water temperature, bear in mind that there are seventeen mostly empty plastic bottles of shampoo on tub edge next to wall. These bottles have accumulated in this area over time. Many have been set upside down in order to concentrate the last amounts of fluid in their cap mechanisms, and are balanced lightly. Inadvertent contact with a thigh or knee can cause all the bottles to be knocked over and to tumble into the tub or behind it. If this should somehow happen, we ask that you kindly pick the bottles up and put them back in the same order in which you found them. Thank you.

While picking up the bottles, a guest occasionally will lose his or her balance temporarily, and, in even rarer cases, fall. If you find this occurring, remember that panic is the enemy here. Let your body go limp, while reminding yourself that the shower curtain is not designed to bear your weight. Grabbing onto it will only complicate the situation.

If, in a “worst case” scenario, you do take hold of the shower curtain, and the curtain rings tear through the holes in the upper hem as you were warned they might, remain motionless and relaxed in the position in which you come to rest. If subsequently you hear a knock on the bathroom door, respond to any questions by saying either “Fine” or “No, I’m fine.” When the questioner goes away, stand up, turn off shower, and lay shower curtain flat on floor and up against tub so you can see the extent of the damage. With a sharp object—a nail file, a pen, or your teeth—make new holes in top hem next to the ones that tore through.

Now lift shower curtain with both hands and reattach it to shower-curtain rings by unclipping, inserting, and reclipping them. If during this process the shower curtain slides down and again goes onto you, reach behind you to shelf under medicine cabinet, take nail file or curved fingernail scissors, and perform short, brisk slashing jabs on shower curtain to cut it back. It can always be repaired later with safety pins or adhesive tape from your toiletries kit.

At this point, you may prefer to get the shower curtain out of your way entirely by gathering it up with both arms and ripping it down with a sharp yank. Now place it in the waste receptacle next to the john. In order that anyone who might be overhearing you will know that you are still all right, sing “Fat Bottomed Girls,” by Queen, as loudly as necessary. While waiting for tub to fill, wedge shower curtain into waste receptacle more firmly by treading it underfoot with a regular high-knee action as if marching in place.

We are happy to have you as our guest. There are many choices you could have made, but you are here, and we appreciate that. Operating the shower curtain is kind of tricky. Nobody is denying that. If you do not wish to deal with it, or if you would rather skip the whole subject for reasons you do not care to reveal, we accept your decision. You did not ask to be born. There is no need ever to touch the shower curtain again. If you would like to receive assistance, pound on the door, weep inconsolably, and someone will be along.

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Sunday, July 3rd, 2005
9:55 am
For the first time in awhile...I have finally done the right thing...The thing I knew I should have done all along...and I finally feel at peace with myself...and with God.

current mood: peaceful

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
1:03 pm - I hate papers...
...where not only does the TA and the professor disagree as to what the content should be, but the professor himself doesn't even know what he wants in the paper.

Damn won't this quarter just get its ass over with!

current mood: frustrated

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Monday, June 6th, 2005
1:35 pm - Please Please Please everyone, I need some help!!!!
Ok so I have this survey I had to create for my Research Methods class. I need about 30 people to fill it out, but I want real and diverse people, not just students on my campus. So could you please take the time to answer this 15 question survey and email the results to Kalea_Argent@cox.net Due to the nature of the research, neither your name or any of your personal information will be disclosed to anyone and the information will be used for research analysis only! (Petty disclaimer)

Sociological Survey on the Effects of Bullying

1. Gender:
O Male
O Female

2. Age___

3. Year graduated from high school____

4. What type of school did you attend for most of your life?

O Urban Public School O Urban Private School
O Suburban Public School O Suburban Private School
O Rural Public School O Rural Private School

5. How would you rate your self esteem while you were in grade school?
O High O Average O Below Average O Low

6. Were you ever bullied in school?
O Often O Sometimes O Rarely O Never

7. What type of bullying did you most often experience?
O Physical O Verbal O Emotional O Psychological

8. Did you ever bully anyone in school?
O Often O Sometimes O Rarely O Never

9. Did you ever retaliate to being bullied in school?
O Often O Sometimes O Rarely O Never

10. If so, then how did you mainly retaliate?
O Physically O Verbally O Emotionally O Psychologically

11. Did you ever act out violently towards others?
O Often O Sometimes O Rarely O Never

12. Have you ever acted out violently towards yourself?
O Often O Sometimes O Rarely O Never

13. How would you rate your self esteem today?
O High O Average O Below Average O Low

14. Have you ever had suicidal intentions?
O Never
O Once
O More than once
O More than twice
O More than three times

15. Overall, how do you think being bullied has affected your life thus far?
O Positively; it helped me to learn to be stronger
O Neutrally; it is merely a right of passage that all kids go through
O Negative; I have issues that arrive from bullying that affect me to this day.

I'll really appreciate any help you guys can give me, and if you know anyone else on LJ, ask them to do the survey too please! The more responses I get, the more accurate my analysis will be. I'll definitely owe you guys big time if you help out!

current mood: hopeful

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2004
11:43 am - @_@
Wow...it like snowed....alot. Gyahh! I can't get out to finish my shopping!!!!

current mood: cold

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
9:15 am - ATTENTION!!

enough said...*rushes to the polls*

current mood: excited

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Thursday, October 14th, 2004
11:05 am - Grrr...
You know, I'm really getting tired of this election. I wish it would just hurry up and be over already. People make me sick with the things they say about other people over something this stupid...yes stupid. Do you honestly think that either of these candidates would have this kind of shit thrown around if it weren't an election year? I saw a sign at the debate last night that said "Kerry eats babies" yeah fucking right...blah blah blah Democrats are all evil and stupid and they don't deserve to live, and all the republicans are saints...because remember guys, they're mostly in the top 1% of the economic bracket and since they're so rich, they know how to handle middle and lower class people...just look at the new welfare reform act that wants to give people on wellfare and extra 100 dollars if they get married...look very closely at it, and look at some of the other statistical information about especially single women on wellfare vs the ones that get married. The single women go out, get an education to get a better paying job and get off wellfare! The married women, (in this case ones with children are involved) and their husbands cannot afford childcare in order for both people to work in order to get out of wellfare, so one person is forced to stay home and watch after the children...and that usually tends to be the mother. Does that get people off of wellfare sooner? No, STATISTICALLY, it makes them stay on longer, and LOWERS their ultimate income bracket. What this boils down to in an elitist plan to maintain the status quo to force lower income women into a household to remain uneducated and out of the workforce...and you know what, if marriage was so important in this case to help lower income people, then wouldn't it make since that a MARRIED gay couple if on wellfare would be able to get off of the system sooner through this plan? It's just one more blow to show th real reasons behind the plan. It definitely made me think when I was told about this.

THis is a link from my wonderful TA in Marriage and Families Class about her friend that actually wrote to President Bush about the wellfare reform...one of his top advisors sent a rebuttal within days but unfortunately we couln't access it without a charge, if anyone could find it, I'd love to read what the administration had to say....

Section Week 2
From the February 24, 2004 edition of the Christian Science Monitor
Bush welfare agenda - married to a myth
By Diana Spatz OAKLAND, CALIF.

Like most mothers who have ever received public assistance, I was led to the welfare rolls by domestic violence. At the time, I was a single, pregnant mother cleaning houses for $4.75 an hour. I was homeless after fleeing an abusive relationship. Welfare enabled me to provide food and shelter for my newborn daughter and myself - and leave my batterer for good. And I'm not alone in this experience. Research shows that up to 83 percent of welfare mothers in my home state of California have experienced domestic violence.

So as a single mother who survived domestic violence, and as someone who now works daily with single mothers, I'm deeply concerned about President Bush's "Healthy Marriage Plan," which would spend $1.5 billion in federal and state funds to marry poor mothers off the welfare rolls.

Clearly, marriage is not a solution for mothers who face domestic violence, as I once did.

The president's proposal is deeply flawed in other ways, as well. It will increase weekly work requirements for parents on welfare - requiring them to do 40 hours of "work activities" each week in exchange for their welfare benefits. Yet, at the same time, Mr. Bush's proposed budget for 2005 slashes child-care funding for 300,000 low-income kids. Given the high unemployment rate, his proposal is likely to force states to create massive "workfare" programs to meet increased work participation rates - at a cost of $11 billion to the states.

But my deepest concern with the proposal is that it ignores hard truths: For many low-income parents in my state, neither marriage nor work is enough to get their families off welfare, let alone out of poverty.

In 2003, more than 130,000 parents in California reached their five-year lifetime limit on welfare, and were cut off public assistance for the rest of their lives - even though up to 92 percent of them were working and playing by the rules. Clearly, work requirements haven't helped their families get off welfare. Nor is a marriage license a ticket off welfare, even for mothers who have not been abused. The fact is, the majority of California parents who reached their lifetime limit on welfare last year were already in two-parent families.

Marriage can't solve poverty as long as one parent is relegated to a low-wage, dead-end job while the other stays home and takes care of the children at no cost to the state - as is the experience of two-parent welfare families in California.

But perhaps that is precisely the point.

Promoting marriage may sound reasonable, but the reality is that welfare reform was never really about helping poor families. After all, reducing poverty was not one of the goals of the 1996 welfare reform bill signed by President Clinton, but reducing welfare case loads and and promoting low-wage work and marriage were.

So what is President Bush's agenda for this second round of welfare reform? To take the American family and social policy back to a time when women were supposed to get married, but not educated - a time to which few of us, on or off welfare, want to return. If the president really cared about poor children and families, he'd spend that $1.5 billion to provide shelter, counseling, and services for mothers and children fleeing domestic violence; he'd require every state to allow education and training as a welfare-to-work activity; and he'd guarantee affordable, quality childcare to every parent who moves from welfare to work. But under welfare reform as we know it, single mothers are offered cash bonuses to get married, and forced to quit school or be cut off the welfare rolls.

When I consider the president's proposal for welfare reauthorization, I feel fortunate that when I was a battered, homeless single mother on welfare, it was before welfare reform.

Unlike most parents on public assistance today, welfare helped me go to school, earn my college degree, and get a job that pays me enough to support my family. Today, I pay more than $14,000 in taxes annually - almost double what I used to make working in a low-wage, dead-end job. And I've paid back - several times over - the investment that welfare made in my family.

If I had waited for a man to marry me off welfare, not only would I still be a single mother, but my family would still be poor. My education, not marriage, got my family out of poverty.

• Diana Spatz is executive director of LIFETIME: Low-Income Families' Empowerment through Education, and a recipient of the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award.

*This is not mine, I just cut and paste from my TA's website www.brennagain.net

current mood: pissed off

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Wednesday, September 8th, 2004
10:06 am - OwwwwWWWWwwwwwwWW
Pain Pain Pain CRAMPS Pain Sore Back Pain Pain Pain No Energy Pain Pain Pain Bitchy Pain Pain Pain....I hate my period....why can't it be nice to me for at least once in my life!?!?

...Going to the doctor for it next month.

current mood: bitchy

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