Can I get a picture of what YOU look like, anon? =)
[EDIT: I really thought that question was for my Disney blog. I can’t seem to add another pic when editing this, so I’ll do another post with a more recent pic.]
Here you go…it’s an old picture, from my glory days. I’m on the Tomorrowland side of Central Plaza just before the Lion King Celebration made its way there.
I’m really bummed that my tie is crooked here and I have such a dorky look on my face, but this was back before cell phone cameras were everywhere. Looks like my Spirit Award is a little off kilter as well, but that happened a lot when balloon ribbons would snag it.
I don’t have many pictures of me at the park (though I do keep my eyes peeled when I look at Disneyland pictures on the internet, just in case I ended up in any of them…after all, I posed for literally thousands of pictures over the years!).
Also, if you happen to have one of the old copies of the Lion King Celebration on VHS that used to be sold in the parks, I’m on the cover of that; in a red shirt with a big Mickey Mouse hand giving a thumbs-up on it, walking out of the castle and pretending to eat popcorn (it was an early morning photo shoot for promotional shots of the parade — which is why the float is in front of the castle, where it didn’t actually travel during performances). I don’t have a better image than I can find here, but I’m posting it anyway so I can point out where I am.
Hulu just offered me a choice…one “long-form” Scientology commercial and then the rest of my show commercial free, or more commercial interruptions during the show.
I chose more commercials.
When I was a kid, I was very naive. I bought a copy of Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard. I never read much of it, but there was a postage-paid card inside to mail in with a survey. I filled it out and mailed it in (because I was dumb), and it took me almost a year to get the Scientology people to stop calling my house.
It’s this same naivete that led me to fill out a card that was inside a TV Guide one week and mail it in to the U.S. Marine Corps when I was almost 18. Naturally, on my 18th birthday I got a call from a recruiter. And again, because I was prone to snap decisions, I was enlisted by the end of the day (I may have told this story before…I forget).
I ended up not going in, thanks to catching my recruiter in some lies (“You’ll get 8 hours of sleep every night,” he said, and “you’ll be in the reserves, and they never get deployed anyway” and “I know you cheated on the ASVAB” — a test I’d never even heard of before I took it). I also wasn’t thrilled that I got a perfect score on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test — they had some general come out to shake my hand — and then I wasn’t able to choose my job.
My choices were ground-to-air missile operator, switchboard operator, field radio operator, or infantry. I chose field radio operator, then later found out that I would have a large antenna and a sidearm, not a big gun or a way to not be seen. One friend-of-a-friend who was already in the Corps told me that my job was commonly referred to as “sniper bait.”
So, after fighting my recruiter for a couple months, and pissing off the general by showing up in his office to complain about the delays in getting me off the roster (because I didn’t follow the chain of command), I got out.
Thank goodness. I can almost guarantee that I would have ended up like Private Pyle (including having my brains splattered somewhere, though I don’t know that it would have been in the bathroom — I wouldn’t have wanted someone to have to clean it up).
Anyway, this is just the crap that goes through my head sometimes over innocuous things like hulu offering me a choice between what kind of commercials I want to see. My mind takes it all sorts of places, and I end up dwelling on something that really has nothing to do with the original subject…but a few mental tangents later, I’m lost in memories.
Sometimes I hate memories. Anyone got any brain bleach?
For several weeks in a row, news reporters were claiming that new unemployment claims were dropping to record lows, even though the number reported was 351,000 new applications for unemployment every single week. It held steady at 351,000, or it dropped by 2,000 to 351,000…and yet the 351,000 was a constant.
Today, they are reporting that new unemployment claims dropped by 5,000 to the lowest lever since 2008. The number of new claims?
359,000 — or 8,000 more newly unemployed people than in prior weeks.
I give up.
In case you’re wondering, they never reply to me when I ask questions like that.
My stepdad is someone who watches Fox News. Tonight, all I heard about Trayvon Martin was how we have to wait for the facts to come out before passing judgement. This would be a reasonable statement if they weren’t making up their own.
The education system surprises me sometimes. It preaches knowledge, yet shoves an innumerable amount of propaganda into our faces, purposely giving us no room to breathe or to explore the real definition of the word. Imagination is taught in lecture halls, with guide lines and boundaries to demonstrate that there are no limitations—oh, the irony. Cultivate your minds, but with what, the cutbacks in school funding? You actually deny us the right to paper and textbooks which you claim are quintessential for success? You drill college into our minds the day we entered Kindergarten, yet you spike tuition costs to such obscene prices that it is no wonder we have stragglers roaming the streets; they either die in debt or lack of opportunity. Where is the logic in this system? Or maybe it is because of my limited amount of schooling which prevents me from seeing the light of reason. I would think though, using this top notch government approved education of mine, that debt would naturally converge onto the road of bankruptcy, upsetting the balance of this already delicate economy and causing an uproar in our society…
Wait, hasn’t this already happened? Someone enlighten me then, why this chain of events continues to exist, please. More importantly, think about why so many of us don’t even know about what’s going on.
I was reading about Al Jazeera having video of the shootings in Toulouse, and someone had left a long ranting comment about how all Muslims were evil and should be wiped out.
I couldn’t let it slide, so I wrote a long ranting reply to his comment. By the time I finished, his comment had already been pulled down by moderators, so suddenly I had nowhere to post this.
Well, that’s not entirely true. I have here.
So here, even though I can’t get the original comments for context, is the reply so it doesn’t go to waste. Because after reading his post, I had to put this out there where people could see it.
You’re describing the extremists, judea4u, and every religion has them. Pretty much everything you said (lack of respect for women, no gay rights, slavery, abuse, being taught from a young age that they are somehow “better,” etc.) can be applied equally to hardcore Christian fundamentalists.
The failure here is those who look at the actions of a small group of people and attribute it to anyone who shares a common characteristic with them.
And what point are you trying to make about GDP? America’s GDP is lower than Lichtenstein’s. I fail to see what you’re trying to prove by comparing the economies of Saudi Arabia and Israel. It doesn’t prove your point, it shows that you’re grasping at straws.
You really should try to look at yourself from the outside. Your fear and hatred seem to have taken over your rational thought process. And when people on the outside who have a similar mindset to yours see a westerner saying what you just said, they talk about how evil westerners are — giving the exact same reasons for hating you that you just gave for hating them.
We’re never going to get anywhere when people like you want to exclude other groups entirely. All that does is perpetuate the hatred, and people continue to die. Their extremists continue to attack our people; and our extremists, like Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, go into Afghan towns and slaughter little kids. Someone beats a Muslim woman to death with a tire iron in her own home in southern California, and has the nerve to call HER the terrorist.
All because both of our societies have far too many people who think they’re somehow better than the other side.
It’s time you grow up. This isn’t a game. Good people, from all walks of life, are dying by the thousands because of your hatred.
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