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Jun. 21st, 2010 08:39 pm Litha

I hope that every one is having a wonderful Litha today. enjoy the sun and say thank you, He's time for the next 6 months will be getting shorter.

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Nov. 26th, 2009 11:46 am Writer's Block: If we took a holiday ...

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Yule, this is the time when the sun starts staying up a little longer each day (in the northern hemisphere), yet the air is still crisp with frost but (in MN anyway) it’s not too cold, a lot of trees and houses are still lit up with lights and the side walks have luminaries lining them giving off a gentle glow. Part of the Rituals that my wife and I perform is in the backyard around the fire pit with a cheerful fire lighting up the night. Seeing the birds in the morning light in the bird feeder and having frost around the edges of the window panes.

Current Location: MSP Airport
Current Music: MPR: on how to cook a turkey

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Nov. 24th, 2009 10:33 am We got bloody, we laughed at each other when pulling the hide off ...

When out hunting over this last deer season I learned a couple of things (or more correctly relearned). I am a person that gets things done faster, better and with more enjoyment when others are with me, example: When hunting down in TX with John, I shot a deer, John put it in the front end loader and drove it to the cleaning area. daemonaquila met me there and we both learned about gutting, shinning and cutting up a deer into food. We got bloody, we laughed at each other when pulling the hide off, we talked about lots of stuff when trying to figure out where to cut the meat up to make a rump roast or chops. The getting into a field, sitting and watching the fog swirl around and eventually burn off, listening to the squirrels play tag in the leaves these are things that can be very calming if done alone, or if a couple of people go out they are able to get closer (think father & son / mother & daughter), experiencing thing together.
Thinking about it, it is a lot like fishing, the actual fishing for me is enjoyable either alone or with someone else joining me in the boat (hint, hint chaoticsilly), but the cleaning and cooking are much more enjoyable with someone around, even if they are just sitting there watching me and talking.
I was able to somewhat compare being alone and being with people this deer season, the first weekend I was with Christina’s dad and we were walking fields together talking looking and thinking, when I did get a chance to shoot a deer I had been sitting alone reading a book and looking up now & then to see what was going on around me. After shooting and tracking the blood trail (not my best shot, the deer went about 150 yards before dieing, I much prefer having a clean/fast kill, as little suffering as needed). My self and Gil got into my little pickup and went out to get the deer, we chatted, he held the flashlight while I dragged it from the field, all I all it was an enjoyable experience.
The next weekend I went out alone to try and fill my doe tag and put a little more meat in the freezer. The 1.5 hour drive to the WMA (Wildlife Management Area) was ok, I had a radio, the stalking and sitting were also not too bad (I fallowed lots of deer trails and thought it would be fun to show kaththea these and see where they go together), the sitting quite and listening to the world around me was good. But the thinking about doing the work of field dressing (gutting) the deer and then dragging the deer to the truck alone would be a lot less enjoyable, and the process of skinning the deer and cutting it up to be put into the freezer alone is the same. Even having kaththea out in the garage there with me (not even doing anything with the deer) would make the job more enjoyable.

Things I thing about way too much … have I stopped being an independent person? Do I need to have people around me to help make me happy and productive?

Current Location: MSP Airport
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: MPR and cooling fans.

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Nov. 18th, 2009 01:08 pm back on line ... at work

a BIG thank you to dscj for getting me back on line at work. I kinda knew what had happened to take me off line but had no idea how to get back on line. Thank you again for the help!

Current Location: MSP Battery Shop
Current Music: The Calling

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Nov. 3rd, 2009 07:38 am venting ... the Potter movie

Went to the cheap theater ($2.00 a show at the River view) and saw the latest Harry Potter movie … I still say that the movie makers are doing the best they can, but, the book is like a 10 hour read straight through (for me anyway) and there is no way that you can make a movie from that with out cutting important stuff … if there was stuff that could be cut the book writer more then likely would have cut it before the book went to press! After getting home from the theater I had the nagging feeling like I had been jipped, I put the CD that that caliantrias burned for me from an audio book and started listing and comparing the two. It anode me when I know thing are missing / taken out of something (movies, stories, music) and then I’m told this is the way it is.

Current Location: MSP Battery Shop
Current Music: NPR

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Jul. 20th, 2009 11:30 am Writer's Block: Who is your favorite detective from movies, books, or TV?

Harry Dresden, from the Dresden Files. I like the book version better the the TV one, but they are both very cool.

Current Location: Mesaba MSP gate.
Current Mood: lethargiclethargic

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May. 21st, 2009 12:58 pm Writer's Block: Close Call

Accidents happen all the time, and often we walk away miraculously uninjured. What has been your closest call with avoiding serious harm in an accident?

So far (and hopefully the last) accident that I walked away with only slightly burned hands (mostly first degree, a little 2nd) happened when I was working the night shift and my partner and I were getting ready to do routine maintenance on a Avro aircraft in the hanger. I plugged in the GPU (Ground Power Unit) to the plane so we could see what we were doing and run the needed tests on the systems, turned on the power and was told that there was not power to the plane. Not a big deal, that just meant that the plug was not fully seated in the socket (happens a lot, just wiggle the plug until it's seated) so I proceeded to wiggle the plug to get it seated and that is when the plug decided to have an internal short, just about where my hands were holding the plug, at about chest height. I can say I was lucky in that I only had fire and melted rubber/plastic to deal with, if the short had progressed a little further I would have been the shortest path and the one with the least resistance for the current to travel through to ground, and there was enough power to kill me many times over. So I'm very happy to be able to tell the story.

Current Location: MSP Hanger
Current Mood: indifferenthere

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Feb. 20th, 2009 05:23 pm forced Vacation ....

So I'm being forced to take vacation, I can't roll over my time to next year (for me that would be my hire date of 03/03/97) I was trying to save it up for when we have The Kid, they wont even just pay me for the time, bastards. So I'm being forced to take it .... so I have a couple of short trips planed. I'm hoping that I wont annoy the people I'm visiting, but again hoping for fun.

Any way, time to figure out what I'm going to be taking on my trips.

Current Location: The Scottish Keep
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Harry Potter book on CD

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Nov. 28th, 2008 07:55 am

A little late, but not forgotten ... happy Birthday Scotia_girl!!!
and may you have enjoyed you fill of Turkey.

Current Location: bio-mom's place, Omaha NE

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Oct. 31st, 2008 08:39 pm samhain

I would like to wish everyone a Blessed Samhain.

It has been a long time since I've made a post, and the last post was not the happyist, but we will survive.

I hope that every one has a good evening and good ritual.

The Scotsman

Current Location: The Scotish Keep
Current Mood: discontentdiscontent
Current Music: Babylon 5

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