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January 2002

Thursday, January 31:

Ladies and gentlemen, my site has reached 1000 hits!  I'd like to thank all of you guys and gals who try to make it out to my site every once in a while.  It's good to know that you are interested in what I have to say.  Thanks a bunch everybody!

Also, I've decided to teach myself the art of Flash animation.  After a week or two, I realized I should have picked something a little bit easier, like rocket science.  Oh well.  Today, I posted my first Flash animation.  I hope you noticed the nice "fade in" of my pic over there.  If you missed it, just click the home link up there on the left corner.  Hopefully, this endeavor into animation will lead to a redesigned sight!  ....(wishful thinking).

Saturday, January 26:

God, do I feel old!!  Hugga brought to my attention today quite a disturbing photo he saw on the net.  Somebody actually told him about it.  Well, anyways, Hugga called me and shouted "YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS!!  IT'S WORTH IT!"  Boy, it was worth it.  He told me to take a look at  You can only imagine what they feature.  He then said "Take a look under mullet specifications - #75."  When I did, my jaw dropped to the floor.  What was it, you ask?  Well, posted right there on the site was the varsity soccer picture from my alma mater Badger High school.  This was the 1990-1991 season photo.  Fortunate for me, I was a freshman and played on the JV squad.  Just unbelievable!!  We have no idea how it got there or who sent it, found it, stole it, etc.  Ya wanna see it?  Well, okay.  Here it is.

Sunday, January 20:

"Old stings, and old flings."  That's the theme for the week.  Let me start off by saying that "you know who" sent me an email out of the blue.  I'm not going to get into it, but it was your basic "I'm having a blast and all these cool things are happening to me, how are you...?" emails.  At the end she told me to SMILE!  Huh, that's kinda like Osama telling all of us Americans to "keep your heads up, it's really not that bad."  Yea, that about does it justice.

As for the stings, I remember what it was like to get pierced a few thousand times with a needle.  Yes, I got another tattoo.  This one is yet another tribal design and wraps around my right leg a little below my knee.  You know I'll post some pictures when I get some.  Like tattoos?  Have tattoos?  Check out my poll.

Tuesday, January 15:

Hey Shope, any time, man!  Just give me the sign and we'll drink up!  Does anybody have a lighter?

It's 1:30 am and I'm completely wired.  Mary Lou and I just got back from an evening of coffee and counseling.  We take turns helping each other out with our problems.  Most of the time, I'm the one with the problems, but we won't go there.  Today, Matt Gordon and a few of the other firefighters motivated me to try looking for a job at the 911 center.  The more I thought about it, the more I loved the idea.  The job there would be much more geared toward the years of education and training I have locked away in my little brain.  Can anyone say "career?"  Tomorrow, I'm contacting "my people on the inside" about a job there.  I'll be sure to let you know what happens.

Oh yea, thanks Mike for posting my very first banner.

Wednesday, January 9:

Wow, what a week it has been so far.  Yesterday, I set the record for the number of non-emergency transports done in one day with a grand total of 13 trips.  This was accomplished in an 11 hour period.  Did it kick my ass, you ask?  HELL YES, IT DID!  However, I did have a 20 minute break around 1:00 pm.  I had enough time to take a bathroom break and scarf down some lunch.  That evening, Paul, Mary Lou, and I enjoyed a night of jazz at Cedars.  Monday, I invited Missy over and watched one of my favorite movies, "Singles."  This movie inspired me to post some quotes from the movie in my "quotes" section.  Be sure to check them out.  Also, I'm currently downloading all the songs from the soundtrack (don't tell the authorities).  I have two more busy days at the FD, followed by four hours of HAZMAT training on Saturday!  You can bet I'll be drinking up after this is all over.  Anyone for a flaming Dr. Pepper?

Friday, January 4:

Ladies and gentlemen, I have a new poll.  Check it out, and be sure to tell me WHY you picked what you did.  It's intriguing.  And a big thanks goes out to all who voted in my last poll.  The results were:  1 JOYOUS, 1 eh....ok, 1 depressed, and two "can someone hand me a gun."  Hmmm, sounds like the suicidals have it!  If you think of any good ideas for future polls, please let me know.

Wednesday, January 2:

Hapy New Year everybody.  It's only been 2002 for a few days, and my new year is already better than the last!  Why, you ask?  In due time, my friend.

Happy birthday Hugga!  Yes, I know.  You are a quarter of a century old.  I know, I was once there too.