New camera

I was recently volunteered to be the photographer for a couple of events with the University Place library. Both times using my basic point and shoot digital camera (Sony Cybershot). I have been asked to take pictures again this year and I figured it was time to upgrade my camera to something a little more substantial. I now have the Nikon D5000 and I can’t wait to start taking some pictures this weekend. The weather will be nice at 80 degrees and I will be filling my 4gb memory card.

Two Wolves

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside us all,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Let’s do the timewarp again

Mejin is watching Glee do their version of the Rocky Horror picture show while our dog Sophie waits for popcorn kernels to accidentally fall to the ground. I’m not really sure what to write here but I just feel that I should post something on here since I haven’t in a long time. I would like to start writing to my blog every day but my initial thought is that nothing exciting really happens to me. Though that’s not necessarily true. The thing is that I just don’t talk about the things that happen in my life. There are actually some interesting things going on. I just have to find a way to express it.

Random thoughts…

Today I had a thought about consciousness because I am having a hard time understanding why people think that consciousness is not related to the brain or that the brain is separate from consciousness altogether. How can this be? It is my understanding that consciousness is simply an observation of time in record within your brain. Both working together to create an understanding of “being”. As you live through your experiences these events are stored. Without time‘s existence and the brain‘s existence there cannot be a conscious experience. There would be no memory of past events or a feeling of “present” if nothing was moving forward along a time-line and frozen in space.
Obviously the brain is the catalyst of consciousness. When we take drugs or alcohol our consciousness is dramatically affected. For example when someone has a “blackout” or a “moment of clarity” while drunk.
If you get so drunk that you don’t remember last night’s experiences were you conscious during that time?

On a related note… Without a way to measure this thing called consciousness we cannot ever know if any one being posses more consciousness than another. It is very possible that some people have low consciousness and walk around in a world of fog while others are very aware of everything.
If one can degrade their consciousness by taking drugs, drinking alcohol, or simply closing our mind off to reality, is it then possible that one can positively increase their consciousness in some way? If such a method existed I would certainly like to find it.

Little Boxes

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university,
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same,
And there’s doctors and lawyers,
And business executives,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

(Ticky tacky or ticky-tacky is a colloquial term for “shoddy [poor quality] material, as for the construction of standardized housing”.)


Had to quit the 5-htp. I woke up around 2 am the other day with heart palpitations. My heart was skipping beats for a full minute and it scared me. I was too tired to move. I haven’t had any for the past 3 days.
Today I have had about 4 instances where my heart skipped beats and fluttered in my chest.
I’m not sure if the two are linked or not but I don’t want to take the chance. I’ve had these issues for a while now since I already have high blood pressure. Today it’s at 157/93 88bpm which is pretty low for me. Good thing I quit caffeine. My cholesterol was pretty high two years ago when it was checked and there’s no chance that it went down give the crap I eat. Today my chest feels heavy and has a tickling sensation. Time to take a nap.

One year anniversary

Mejin and I got married last year on September 6th. To celebrate our anniversary, and to mark the occasion of becoming an official “family” Mejin and I are giving a new puppy a home today. We first started looking about a week ago. While browsing a pet store in the area we fell in love with a cute Fo-Tzu puppy (Toy Fox Terrier and Shih Tzu mix). We’re not sure what to name her yet but we should have it figured out in a couple of days.

Our Dog

Broke fat people…

I undestand the basic economics of wheat being the cheapest food to produce… but…

I just hate the fact that we live in a society where being thin costs more money than being fat!

For example, I can go to the store right now and buy 10 bags of Top Ramen noodles for $1.00.

Hamburger Helper, Macaroni, and Cereal are all examples of things that are really cheap but bad for you.

If you want fresh fruit and vegetables, you’ll have to pay more.

Don’t want any chemicals on your fruit and vegetables? You’ll have to pay more.

Imagine a guy across the store buys an organic apple for $1.69 while I buy a bag of Top Ramen for $0.10.

I will probably get fatter and he will probably stay thin.

Where do you draw the line? Should I take out a loan to buy food and pay it back when I’m working in my 60s?

The upside is that money can in fact buy happiness, simply by spending more money on quality food. Eating better will allow you to live a longer life and not die of diseases like heart disease and diabetes. This can save you a lot of money in medical bills down the road.

Living a longer life may make you happy… but if that doesn’t work you can always pay to go to disneyland and buy yourself an elephant ear.

This past week

In this past week I have discovered the following things…

Apple juice hurts my stomach really bad. Even with food.

Scoffers make me leery.

Don’t trust anything when advertised as “Due to… …you have to act now!”.

Hanging Christmas lights is fun.

I am getting tired of “Cowboy Up” stickers. It’s time for them to go. Seriously.

UPS charges $60 dollars to box and ship an item that costs $50.

Where’s my order?

I can’t be the only person that remembers the “good ol’ days” when you could pay a person for goods or services and get those goods or services with a little bit of “peace of mind”. It seems like “nowa days” you pay for something, then worry about whether or not the job will be done right or if the item was made well. Why do I have to worry about whether or not someone else is capable of doing their job? Even going through a drive through I can expect that my order was messed up somehow. It’s pretty simple. I order a burger, it shows on the screen, you make it, then give it to me. I’m tired of buying things and saving the box because it will most likely break before 30 days. Pretty soon people will pay for goods and services and the employee on the other side of the counter will just stand there.


Today I bought three diet cokes and downed them as quick as I could. I am now testing to see what the side effects will be. So far after about two hours I now have the bubble guts, a few burps, a sneeze, and my eye just twitched.

Bottled Water…

Evian spelled backwards is Naive. Which is exactly what I was this morning when I bought a bottle. Usually I go for Aquafina water but today I thought that I would give it a try and see why people still choose Evian over all the others. I didn’t think a company would intentionally try to capture the taste of tap water in a bottle but the folks at EvianCO have done it successfully. Their intent is obvious when you look at the Minerals added on the label…

Calcium, Magnesium, Silica, Bicarbonates, Sufates, Chlorides, and Nitrates.

Mmmmm… disolved solids.

New President Tomorrow…

I can’t believe that Election Day is tomorrow! I will be very disgruntled if Obama doesn’t win. Coming from someone who has a fairly basic understanding of how each candidate plans to run their terms… and their history, I don’t understand why anyone would consider McCain. I hate the fact that middle america gets to decide our fate. Not only the fate of America but the fate of the world. Middle America lost my trust four years ago.

I may leave the country tomorrow.

Here’s a breakdown of the 2004 election comparing voting preference to the state’s average IQ…

-=click me=-

RIP David B. Mcleish

I just found out that my old step dad David Mcleish passed away in January of this year. He was married to my mom shortly before he passed.

David Brougham McLeish
Aug. 31, 1949 – Jan. 3, 2008 Crossed the Finish Line David Brougham McLeish passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2008 at his home in Deer Park, WA with his wife Terrie Lee and other family members by his side. Born on Aug. 31, 1949 to Joan and David McLeish in Philadelphia, PA; soon moved to Tacoma, WA, where most of his life was to be. David hooked up with the last love of his life, Terrie Lee. They moved to Deer Park in 2001. David’s passions in life were drag racing, tall ships, airplanes, and a good woman. David did have it all. David is survived by his mother Joan, his son Terry, his daughter Sandi, brothers Jim, Mike, Ronald, Barry, Gary, Tracy, and Robbie, his wife Terri Lee, her mother Dolly, her sisters Dixie and Cindy, plus many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Norman, Troy and Dixie. At David’s request, no funeral will be held.