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Good things... [15 May 2008|11:28pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

On Monday, I went to Hermitage and filled out an application for a Shelter Assistant position. Jhon and Michelle were there, so Jhon showed me where the office was and got me an application. After I was finished with the application and gave it to one of the office people, Michelle gave me a tour of the facilities. It's basically a big maze of indoor rooms and outdoor cages, and lots of areas for the cats to roam around in. They are in specific sections, such as healthy and adoptable, adoptable with special needs, feral and not adoptable (but, in some cases, may become adoptable), too sick and unadoptable, including special areas for FIV and FELV cats. There are hundreds of cats roaming about and many of them are quite affectionate. One even leaped up onto my shoulders and Jhon said he'd never seen her do that before. I tend to have a real affinity for cats, so maybe they sense that I am a "safe" person to be around.

So, this morning, I was awakened by my cell phone ringing, and it was one of the office people calling to ask if I'd be interested in coming in for an interview, as they were very impressed with my application and resume. I went in at 1:00pm and interviewed with the executive director and executive assistant, and the first thing I was asked by the executive director was why, with all my vet tech experience, I hadn't applied for a vet tech position, and I said I applied for what Jhon told me was available. She asked me if I would be interested in working as a vet tech, as it was harder for them to find vet techs than it was to find shelter assistants. I said I'd be very interested. She asked why I left the vet job I had before and I told her I was having a hard time dealing with so many severely ill animals and especially euthanasias. She told me that when they have to have euthanasias done for Hermitage, they are done off site, so it won't be anything I will have to deal with. I am very grateful for that. She asked me if I would want to work full-time or part-time. I said I'd like to work full-time. She looked a little concerned, and I said, "but I'd be willing to work part-time, if that's all that's available." She said that over the next couple days she would look into their budget and check out who is leaving Hermitage (a lot of people are leaving for the summer or other jobs/places) to see how they can fit me in. They seem very enthusiastic about hiring me, so I expect to hear back probably early next week.

Tomorrow, I'm going to try very hard to get Tom Waits tickets as soon as they go on sale. Then Saturday, I'm trying to get Judas Priest/Heaven & Hell/Motörhead/Testament tickets. So, it isn't going to be an inexpensive weekend, but hopefully will lead to great concerts in the near future.

My mom and I are almost finished watching Rome, the HBO TV series. It's really violent, really sexy, really vulgar, really extremely well done. It's another series that almost makes me want to get HBO for the TV series, but I know I can just wait to get them on Netflix, so why spend the extra money to see them as they come out.

I'm trying to settle on something to read out of this stack of "great literature" I have checked out from the library.

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Flam Chen hosting fire-spinning classes [12 Apr 2008|12:08am]
[ mood | creative ]

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Picture time! [08 Dec 2007|11:52am]
[ mood | busy ]

Lots of pictures behind this cut...of five bands and a catCollapse )

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Instructions for easy open coconut [19 Jul 2007|02:53pm]
[ mood | too easily entertained ]

Pierce eye, drain milk, tap along groove, remove flesh, enjoy!

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stolen from mister_punchy [15 Mar 2007|07:26am]
List 10 musical artists you like, in no specific order (do this before reading the questions below).

1. Black Sabbath
2. Echo & the Bunnymen
3. Tom Waits
4. Sonic Youth
5. The Clash
6. Elliott Smith
7. Joy Division
8. Psychedelic Furs
9. Nirvana
10. Mudhoney

What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
Son of Sam

What is your favorite song of 2?
Lips Like Sugar. The Killing Moon. Rescue. The Cutter. Do It Clean. I Want to Be There (When You Come).

What is your favorite lyric of 5?
When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun?

How many times have you seen 4 live?

What is your favorite song by 7?
She's Lost Control

Is there any song by 3 that makes you sad?
Tom Traubert's Blues and Hold On come to mind. Not many people sound sadder than Tom when he goes in that direction.

What is your favorite lyric of 2?
"Under blue moon I saw you
So soon you'll take me
Up in your arms
Too late to beg you or cancel it
Though I know it must be the killing time
Unwillingly mine"

What is your favorite song by 9?
Milk It. Scentless Apprentice. Lithium. Smells Like Teen Spirit. Love Buzz. Floyd the Barber. Paper Cuts. Negative Creep.

When did you first get into 1?
Sixth grade. 1983.

How did you get into 3?
Tom played Tommy the Cat in the song of the same name by Primus, which got me to buy Bone Machine, which I listened to obsessively.

What is your favorite song by 4?
Wish Fulfillment. Death Valley '69. Teen Age Riot. Candle. Disconnection Notice. Karen Revisited. Plastic Sun. Pattern Recognition. New Hampshire.

How many times have you seen 9 live?
Zero, and it's too late now.

What is a good memory concerning 8?
Maybe watching the video for "Pretty in Pink" on very early MTV. That and "Heartbreak Beat" on my gf's ringtone every time I call.

Is there a song by 10 that makes you sad?
None that I know of.

What is your favorite song of 1?
Symptom of the Universe. Into the Void. Black Sabbath. Electric Funeral. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Cornucopia. Iron Man. Children of the Grave.
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[19 Feb 2007|10:10am]
[ mood | mischievous ]

Happy Residents Day!

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Rest In Peace, Lily Munster... [10 Jan 2007|08:51pm]
[ mood | melancholy ]

Yvonne De Carlo
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Yay! [03 Jan 2007|07:23pm]
[ mood | bouncy ]

What has The Police, Wall of Voodoo, Toyah Wilcox, John Cooper Clarke, Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark, Chelsea, Oingo Boingo, Echo & the Bunnymen, Jools Holland, XTC, Klaus Nomi, Athletico Spizz 80, The Go-Go's, Dead Kennedys, Steel Pulse, Gary Numan, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Magazine, Surf Punks, The Members, Au Pairs, The Cramps, Invisible Sex, Pere Ubu, Devo, The Alley Cats, John Otway, Gang of Four, 999, The Fleshtones, X, Skafish, Splodgenessabounds, and UB40, which is out of print, but that I received in the mail today?

You know you want to know...Collapse )

Thanks to sukaycirquegirl for inspiring me to look for it on Amazon.

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For this one, you can give thanks to mister_punchy [23 Dec 2006|03:50pm]
[ mood | twisted ]

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Even Phil Collins tried to have a mullet! [22 Dec 2006|04:49pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

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A request for everybody... [02 Dec 2006|05:51pm]
[ mood | curious ]

Everybody recommend one movie for me to add to my Netflix list and I will do so, if it is available. You have the power. Expand my horizons even further. Please!

So far, I have:

The Pirate Movie
Legend of 1900
The Fountainhead
Mo' Better Blues
Shadow of the Vampire
200 Cigarettes
Zorro, the Gay Blade
Gadjo Dilo

I have seen a few of those, but I will see them again. Donnie Darko was also recommended, but I own it, so I'm not putting it in my Netflix queue.

Gimme more please!

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See Duck Shin [01 Dec 2006|07:04pm]

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The Little Girl Giant [01 Dec 2006|05:32pm]
[ mood | enthralled ]

I know I am way, way overdue for a real update on my life, such as it is. Maybe I'll do that tonight or this weekend. Until then, I bring you The Little Girl Giant. Enjoy!

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Ooh...pretty... [22 Oct 2006|07:13pm]
[ mood | artistic ]



And if you missed it, look at this one, too!


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Classic leading man test [10 Sep 2006|04:01am]
[ mood | amused ]

Jimmy Stewart

You scored 9% Tough, 9% Roguish, 80% Friendly, and 4% Charming!

You are the fun and friendly boy next door, the classic nice guy who
still manages to get the girl most of the time. You're every nice
girl's dreamboat, open and kind, nutty and charming, even a little
mischievous at times, but always a real stand up guy. You're dependable
and forthright, and women are drawn to your reliability, even as
they're dazzled by your sense of adventure and fun. You try to be tough
when you need to be, and will gladly stand up for any damsel in
distress, but you'd rather catch a girl with a little bit of flair.
Your leading ladies include Jean Arthur and Donna Reed, those sweet
girl-next-door types.

Find out what kind of classic dame you'd make by taking the
Classic Dames Test.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on Tough
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on Roguish
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on Friendly
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on Charming

Link: The Classic Leading Man Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
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My interests list in pictures... [07 Sep 2006|09:14pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

I missed my first opportunity, when sukaycirquegirl posted hers, so I made sure to jump on it when mister_punchy posted his.

Ooh, look at all the pretty pictures!Collapse )

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Oh my! What is that thing attached to that breast? [04 Aug 2006|09:51am]
[ mood | awake ]

While this isn't of particular concern to me personally, some of my friends may find this interesting and/or want to pass it on:


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Who am I? [02 Aug 2006|11:42pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Hello. My name is...Collapse )
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This week's theme seems to be... [20 Jul 2006|11:02pm]
[ mood | weird ]

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." (Hunter S. Thompson)

I may elaborate later, once I figure out what the hell happened.

Or, I may not.

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It's been a little while... [26 Jun 2006|08:42pm]
[ mood | tired ]

So, continuing from where I left off last issue...

immacolate and I saw the remake of The Omen on 6/7/06. It didn't totally suck. Unfortunately, it is one of those movies that to remake it, it pretty much has to hit all the key parts of the original. Thus, it made me really wish I was watching the original. And, well, the main guy in this one wasn't Gregory Peck, and Julia Stiles is no Lee Remick, and actually David Thewlis is pretty damn close to being David Warner, interestingly enough. Mia Farrow, who pretty much still looks like Rosemary from nearly 40 years ago but with a few wrinkles added, plays a bit too over-the-top villain. I had a more positive opinion of it when I first left the theatre, but it didn't sit really well with me.

I also saw the Nick Cave-written Aussie western The Proposition. Now that one kicks a lot of major ass, has great direction, an awesome cast headed by Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, and John Hurt, and really sharp writing. Sure, it felt like Peckinpah or Leone in Australia, but that was kind of what I was wanting. The score, of course, is by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and has the same dusty, dry, gritty quality as the rest of the movie. I would definitely recommend seeing this one, even if you don't think you like westerns.

I saw Constantines at Plush with immacolate. For the third time that I've seen them, they played a really good, solid rocking show. They are one of my favorite current bands, so it is good to see that they are still good.

The weekend before this past one, immacolate and I drove up to Prescott for Tsunami on the Square, a big arts festival in the middle of downtown. I got to show her some of the places I used to hang out, a few of which were still in business, but many of which had become other businesses. We had gone up primarily to do fire safety for Flam Chen, who were headlining the festival. Things went mostly well on the fire safety front, except for Paul and Nadia each catching their frilly pants on fire within about 20 seconds of each other, so immacolate and I each had to put one of them out. That was the first time I've actually had to put someone out. It made my adrenaline go up and I became hyper-alert to what was going on from that point forward, especially making sure that none of the three stiltwalkers went up in flames. That night after cleaning stuff up, immacolate and I crashed on the Flam Chen bus with several members of Flam Chen and company. The next morning, immacolate and I went to JB's for breakfast after waiting about 45 minutes for Flam Chen to arrive where we were going to meet them for breakfast and then giving up. After breakfast, we drove back to Tucson, stopping at Casa Grande or Florence or somewhere to go to the bathroom at the Chevron. I bought immacolate and me DQ dip cones, which were really tasty but wound up being really messy and melty, being the middle of Arizona heat in June. We got back to my parents' house about 3pm, showered and slept for a good while, possibly ate something (and possibly didn't) and watched Shakespeare's Titus with a fantastic cast including Anthony Hopkins, Alan Cumming, and Jessica Lange. We each dozed a bit during the movie, but I think immacolate saw enough that she was very impressed by it. I own it, so I was obviously impressed by it on an earlier viewing.

Last week during the week was kind of stressful and shitty. I found out from my brother Wednesday night that an old friend of mine died of liver cancer on Tuesday. Then Thursday during the day at work, I had been helping to keep a dog alive, providing it with oxygen, when it crashed and was just barely revived and we got the owner on the phone who asked us not to let the dog suffer anymore, so Dr. Campbell put the dog to sleep while I sat there comforting the dog and making sure it died as peacefully as possible. Immediately afterward, I took my lunch break because I just felt really claustrophobic in the clinic at that moment. I came back about a half hour later and was fine. Also, during the week, the receptionist, after saying some not-so-kind words to our boss, walked out in the middle of a busy day. We've all picked up the slack, but it was still a shitty thing to do. I am loving my job, as busy and stressful as it can be, I like most of the patients, and do surprisingly well with the clients.

Friday night, immacolate and I went to The Loft and watched their 12-hour All Nite Scream-O-Rama, featuring screenings of horror classics, Basket Case, Suspiria, House of 1000 Corpses, The Beyond, and The Evil Dead, plus some local short horror pieces and other things. It was lots of fun and a great way to get out of the real world for a while. We were exhausted at the end, 7am, and went to my parents' house and slept until about 3pm. We finally got out of bed to have Mexican food at Taco Bron at about 5:30, came back and painted our plaster masks from a couple months ago while listening to the comedy of David Cross. It was a good time all together.

Today, thankfully, was pretty uneventful.

Tomorrow, my mom and dad come back from Vancouver and I get to go back to my little hovel. I am also going to Alter Der Ruine's CD release party at Asylum with immacolate.

I think that is about it.

Good luck to pescana on her deposition tomorrow.

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