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Monday, June 18th, 2007
11:24 pm - Freestyle Golf!

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
10:32 pm - Halloween!
I am having a Halloween party at my house August 21. Closer to Halloween will not work, so don't start with me. Free beer. Contact me if you are interested.

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Saturday, July 30th, 2005
2:52 pm - Fuck tha police!
Or at least the cop I had an encounter with last night. It was my buddy's 21st birthday, so we took him to a bar on the beach. He got very drunk and the bouncers said he had to leave. We didn't argue--it was definitely time for him to go. A few other friends helped me walk him out to the car. He was a little pissed that he got kicked out, but he wasn't looking for a confrontation. One of the local beach cops got in his face, asked if he was "gonna do something" and threatened to take him to jail. Had we not been there, my friend probably would have done something he'd regret. That cop didn't want to keep the peace so much as he wanted an excuse to kick someone's ass.

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Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
7:40 pm - Still angry...
but not nearly so much as I was now that I'm on leave. I'll be in Las Vegas for not quite two weeks for what was going to be my wedding leave. Not so much now. I'm looking forward to seeing my sister (haven't seen her in about three years) and some old friends (haven't seen them in six years).

Kinda interesting that all of this eminent domain bullshit is happening right where I live. The government fucks us in the ass again! This base is on the list for possible closure, and a lot of newspapers across the country seem to be using that fact to justify the Supreme Court's decision. "The New London area is a dump! Now they're closing the base! The government is doing you a favor by kicking you out of your homes only to sell the property to private enterprises! We're boosting economic growth! You'll see!" I guarantee that if they close this base, the government will not not be in any hurry to sell that land to "boost the local economy". Most or all of it will sit here and decay for decades.

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2005
12:01 am - I feel nothing. Am I better yet?
I feel discarded.

On the brain:

When someone says "I don't know who I am" or "I need to find myself," what does this mean? You perceive your sense of identity as this cluster of static ideas -- your tastes at this particular moment in time -- but it is actually a dynamic concept. Slice it as you wish. The person you are today is not the same as the person you are tomorrow or were yesterday.

This is old news, but Sealand has a strong argument. I have read arguments to the contrary, but at the very least they have sucessfully given the United Kingdom the finger. http://www.sealandgov.org
I hate governments. This is unadulterated hatred.

My happiness factor (which approaches infinity) is somewhere around 1.388.

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Thursday, April 14th, 2005
6:35 pm
I have returned from the seas, bitches. Got to see Bahrain, the Seychelles, and Greece. It's good to be back.

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2004
5:56 pm - What a great day.
I made E-5! It's about goddamn time.

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Thursday, September 2nd, 2004
5:06 pm
Las Vegas was great. My family seems to be doing well, and Jessica is even more beautiful than I remembered. We spent most of the week together. We saw 'O' at the Bellagio (amazing), visited Bonnie Springs (Jessica hanged a bank robber), and had a wonderful meal at a nice italian restaurant. The trip was even better than I had imagined it would be. I'm already thinking about what to do next time...

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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004
6:45 pm - Attn: All you people in Las Vegas I haven't seen in 3+ years...
Just got back from over two months at sea. I will be taking leave for about a week around the end of August/beginning of September. I plan on spending most of that time in Las Vegas (Aug. 27 through Sept. 3, I think). This will probably be my last chance to take leave for a very, very long time. I know there are several people I knew in Vegas who read this from time to time even though we haven't been in touch. If any of you would like to meet up some time, email me.

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Wednesday, May 26th, 2004
9:09 pm
I ran my PRT (physical readiness test) today. This has been putting the fear into me as I have not been very physically active since checking into Groton. Or since graduating power school, for that matter. I dedicated the run to George Killian. Somehow I ran it a minute faster than last time when I considered myself in much better shape. Thanks, Georgie. However, looking back, I may have been hungover last time.

Big Fish is a most excellent movie. A lot of folks is sticking their noses up and using the word "meandering" when referring to this picture. Fuck those guys. I enjoyed the hell out of it. Gothika is really nothing new, but I would say it is worth renting.

Music: The Eagles of Death Metal amused me for a while, but the novelty appears to have worn off. Those guys were all that I listened to on the last underway. Eleven's new album "Howling Book" rocks Saddam Hussein's ass all the way to Russia.

Last night I realized that I could probably be content noshing on tuna sushi rolls with heaps of wasabi for the rest of my life.

This Japaneseness reminds me -- horrible engrish meme has infected Reactor Laboratories division on board the mighty warship Albuquerque. Heard today:

Guy #1: The next fucker who says an "R" for an "L" gets his ass stomped!
Guy #2: The next fucker who says an "R" for an "R" gets what?

You probably had to be there. If you's thoroughly confused, check out http://www.engrish.com

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Friday, May 21st, 2004
7:49 pm
So I just got back from a short underway today. While we were shutting down the plant this morning, someone made the following announcement:

"Repel boarders"

This means grab "a weapon of opportunity" and "repel" anyone trying to board the mighty warship. First I grabbed a 1" wrench, but then I opted for a huge crowbar. I don't know exactly what happened yet, but any fuckwad trying to board a submarine full of nukes who want nothing more than to shut down so they can go home and crush some ass and/or drown their stomachs in alcohol has a motherfucking death wish.

This underway wasn't that bad. I'm just glad to be breathing fresh air again.

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Saturday, May 8th, 2004
11:40 am

create your own personalized map of the USA
or write about it on the open travel guide

Sorry, West Virginia.


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Monday, May 3rd, 2004
6:56 pm - Happy Birthday to meeeeeeeeee!!!!
Today I am 23 years old. From fusionanomaly.net (http://fusionanomaly.net/23.html):

* Apollo Lunar Landings 1 & 2 - First landing on the Moon was in the Sea of Tranquility, 23.63 degrees East. Second landing was in the Ocean of Storms, 23.42 degrees West. Notice the names of the picked sights and how they contrast. Note: First two landings were Apollo 11 & 12 (11+12= 23). Just exactly what does NASA logo know?
* W is the 23 letter of this alphabet. The symbol for that letter is two points down and three points up.
* William Shakespeare was born and died on Apri 23. Most of Shakespeare is known to us through the first folio published in 1623.
* The human biorhythm cycle is generally 23 days. One measures a circle beginning anywhere.
* It takes 23 seconds for blood to circulate through the human body.
* In the epic cartoon _Yellow Submarine_ the Blue Meenies are comprised of a wild pack of destructive anti-music villains. Among them is a character named the Butterfly Stomper (butterfly being a symbol of transformation). The Butterfly Stomper is one who destroys all things of beauty. On his shirt is the number 23...
* In the early '60's in Tangiers, William Burroughs knew a certain "Captain Clark" who ran a ferry from Tangiers to Spain. One day, Clark said to Burroughs that he'd been running the ferry 23 years without an accident. That very day the ferry sank, killing Clark and everyone aboard. In the evening, Burroughs was thinking about this when he turned on the radio. The first newscast headlined the crash of an airline plane on the New York-Miami route. The pilot was another Captain Clark and the flight was listed as Flight 23 (ala the line "Captain Clark welcomes you aboard.").
* The human body has 46 chromosomes, which are paired, in somatic cells. Generative cells have half this number, 23, which is the number of chromosomes each parents gives to human DNA.
* 23 Axioms in Euclid's Geometry.
* The Knights Templars had only 23 Grandmasters. Jacques de Molay was the 23rd and last of the Templar Grandmasters.
* After the Rodney King verdict, a Korean shopkeeper during the L.A riots can be clearly seen shooting at looters from the roof of a building in front of a large sign proclaiming the number 23 and nothing else.
* There are 23 letters in the Latin alphabet
* Max Headroom broadcast on Network 23.
* Nissan is a brand of Japanese cars. In Japanese, "ni" is 2, and "san" is 3. So Nissan would be 23.
* In the film version (titled _Alice_) of Lewis Carroll's classic _Alice in Wonderland_ by the Czech director/animator Jan Svankmejer, Alice's taxidermically stuffed rabbit flings open the door by dressing itself and running 'away'. The case that holds the white rabbit (i.e. Pookah (i.e. one who takes you OUT)) is labeled "No. 23"
* 23 is the first prime number in which both digits are prime numbers and add up to another prime number.
* In the Qabalistic Tree of Life the 23rd path is associated with the Hanged Man Tarot Card. Aleister Crowley also states that this card represents the concept that the only way OUT is WITHIN.
* 23 HOP is the club where the Toronto rave scene was created.
* Popeye is seen repeatedly pondering the number 23 in many of his 1970's TV Cartoons.

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004
9:59 pm

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Monday, April 26th, 2004
9:20 pm
I love reading about all of the nutritional additives in my orange juice before I drown them all in vodka. My screwdriver has all the calcium of a glass of milk!

I've had Heraclitus and Lao-Tzu on the mind for a while now. Two ancient wise dudes from sometime around 600 B.C. with material that has been bastardized by centuries of hearsay and translation. Major concepts seem to ring through all of that, especially a sort of unity in opposites, almost a big "fuck you" to duality.

Favorites from the fragments of Heraclitus:

"People dull their wits with gibberish, and cannot use their eyes and ears."
"The river where you set your foot just now is gone -- those waters giving way to this, now this."
"Just as the river where I step is not the same, and is, so I am as I am not."
"An ass prefers a bed of litter to a throne of gold."
"The sea is both pure and tainted, healthy and good haven to the fish, to men impotable and deadly."

Then there's the weird stuff. Like how Pythagoras thought he was a cucumber and a sardine in past lives.

From the Tao Te Ching:

"Thirty spokes of a wheel all join at a common hub, yet only the hole at the center allows the wheel to spin.
Clay is molded to form a cup, yet only the space within allows the cup to hold water.
Walls are joined to make a room, yet only by cutting out a door and a window can one enter the room and live there."

"Hold your male side with your female side. Hold your bright side with your dull side. Hold your high side with your low side. Then you will be able to hold the whole world."

Unity in opposites. Like vodka and orange juice.

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Friday, April 16th, 2004
9:43 pm - Fury
-tron (n suffix): device used for the manipulation of subatomic particles
-Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

That is all that the Michaeltron is to the Navy -- a device. A cog in the motherfucking machine.

I have been looking forward to this weekend for a very long time. I have been underway and in shiftwork for a good chunk of this year so far, so with the way the duty schedule has worked out, I have not had a full weekend off (sometimes having to come in Saturday AND Sunday) since sometime mid-January.

So today is Friday, the day that everyone busts their asses to get work done and go home. The command decided to audit administrative shit in my division this afternoon and was most displeased with two programs for which I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE. I got off work at nine this evening (2100 for you military bastards). A fourteen hour day on Friday. And now the Man is making my division come in to work full days on Saturday and Sunday

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Monday, April 12th, 2004
9:00 pm
Twenty journal entries in almost three years. And most of the entries say practically nothing. Wow.

Today I was the control point watch. Basically, I controlled entrance into the reactor compartment. I hope that's not too much information. Probably not, but I hate not being able to talk about my job. I don't think my family really even understands what I do.

Speaking of family, my dad and stepmom kicked my sister out of the house. She lives with my grandparents now. I found this out when I called to wish her a happy birthday. Amazing, the stupid shit that happens while you're out to sea. This is probably a better living situation for my sister, but I swear my family has taken years off of my life.

A lot of people seem to be down lately, myself included. Maybe it's just the seasonal changes. I need to release some energy, and I'm not talking about typical Friday night drunken hedonism. Good conversation and a creative spurt would probably be a good start.

I've found several old friends recently. Some people from my past seem to have appeared from nowhere, too. Friends from Vegas, from Rochester, from Charleston. Hello to everyone. I just realized the other day that I've lived in five states in the last five years. It's hard to keep track.

On yet another unrelated note, I need new music to listen to. Any suggestions?

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004
11:26 pm - Ride upon my power...

I am a salty seadog. I have been out to sea 5 arduous weeks.

The first week, I was the underway ELT. It was shitty. Super shitty even. I was disqualified primary chemist twice in less than one week for my wicked ways. This is awesome but painful.

Then the mighty warship goes underway for a month, in which I get two nights out in beauteous Port Canaveral, FL. I got shitty and spent lots of money. Hooray for boobies. I was stuck in the watchstation known as Engine Room Forward. It was slackass and numbing to the mind. My gaze spent many hours locked in on the time-indicating gauge. My feet rotted; my skin paled; my wounds refused to heal.

I dream of freedom. The world will not be ready.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2003
10:20 am

-The new Jeff Buckley Live at Sin-e 2-CD 1-DVD Legacy Super Deluxe Fan Edition (or whatever it's called)
-A weekend off
-The Large, the Small, and the Human Mind by Roger Penrose


-Duty days on holidays (Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas)
-Being sick
-The Matrix: Revolutions
-Groton, CT

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Monday, September 8th, 2003
4:11 pm
Yes, I am living in Connecticut.

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