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[11 Nov 2006|03:06am]
OK, so I've been thinking about doing this for a while, and hopefully putting a stake in the sand here by declaring my intent will get me motivated. I've had some weird things happen in my life that individually don't seem to be that big of a deal, but looked at as a whole make for interesting pieces of a life. It wouldn't fill a book, but maybe it will provide some entertainment for the few people who stumble across this. Plus, it will help me to remember them later on, because some of them are already getting fuzzy. The stories I plan to recount in later posts include:

  • How my car was stolen twice, and recovered both times (the second recovery is especially interesting). The car was actually stolen another time from the guy I bought it from, and he was extremely lucky to get it back then. I think the car may have been charmed more than me.

  • Getting held up on the day Princess Diana died. I'm fairly certain the two were unrelated, but it was a strange coincidence nonetheless. (OK, this story just pretty much sucked for me, but it was still a memorable event.)

  • A crazy/cracked-out (not sure which) woman showed up on my porch one evening and tried to talk her way into my house. This conversation got surreal in a hurry, but I won't give it away yet.

  • Early in my college career, walking across campus late one drunken, snowy (meteorologically, not pharmacologically) night and having some guy just materialize in front of me and start talking at me. It was totally one-sided, but non-threatening, and it totally blew my already impaired mind. Unfortunately, that one happened so long ago that I don't remember many details of what he said to me, which makes me sad. For some reason I thought of that recently, and not being able to remember many details of it was the impetus behind this post.

  • Driving two hours by myself one-way, spur of the moment, to get a 10-ga. apadravya done. If you don't know what an apadravya is, it's an extremely intense male-specific body piercing. That's all I'll say for now. Check BME if you want to know more.


There are also at least three other totally over-the-top stories that I can think of, but they also involve close friends of mine that may not appreciate having the stories made public, even anonymously. I'll need to think over those before I post them here. At any rate, the above should keep me busy for a while. Stay tuned!
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"designed for the purpose of offense and defense" [08 Aug 2005|08:50am]
So the Georgia code states that (section 16-11-126):

(a) A person commits the offense of carrying a concealed weapon when such person knowingly has or carries about his or her person, unless in an open manner and fully exposed to view, any bludgeon, metal knuckles, firearm, knife designed for the purpose of offense and defense, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character outside of his or her home or place of business, except as permitted under this Code section.

Does anyone know how "designed for the purpose of offense and defense" is defined? Or is not defining it the point (no pun intended), to leave it up to the discretion of the arresting officer? I'm wondering specifically about something like this. Could I get arrested just for carrying it around day-to-day? The crazy thing is that you can get a permit to carry a concealed gun, but even that still doesn't allow you to carry a knife.
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[06 Dec 2003|08:52pm]
Hey ernunnos, if I'm left-handed and left eye dominant, what does it mean if I consistently shoot handguns of all makes and calibers low and to the right? What causes that, and how do I fix it?
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the best movie ever [02 Aug 2002|09:30pm]
Screw your opera and Wim Wenders, Steiner, Hot Boyz is on UPN right now. This movie has everything: guns, stunted acting, voiceover narrative, roles for every rapper on Master P's No Limit record label in 1999 (including P himself, Snoop Doggy Dogg, a pre-rape charge Mystikal, and Silkk the Shokker in the lead, among others), plenty of fake tears from Silk, bad martial arts, a car chase with a damn HEARSE, voiceover narrative, and GARY MOTHER F'ING BUSEY as a crooked cop. Honestly, does it get any better?

And I just learned the signifigance of the title while the No Limit Soljas were drinking 40's and then shooting up a drug dealer's warehouse and taking over his business. I WILL own this movie. Hootie-hoo!!
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surely the government wouldn't lie to us? [29 Jul 2002|12:31am]
From michaelmoore.com:

"WAR IS COMING!!! The US military is preparing for war in Iraq. Republican, marine veteran, and former UN weapons inspector in Iraq has an inside view. He says Iraq has no ties to terrorists and doesn't have weapons of mass destruction. The war is scheduled for October--right before the mid-term elections. READ THIS LINK NOW!"

OK, I know Michael Moore may not be the best source for the absolute truth, but this article is definitely worth reading.

Moore also goes on to say:

"The Senate Foreign Relations Committee begins a hearing on Monday to determine what threat Iraq poses to the US. Scott Ritter, an expert, has NOT been called to testify. Contact the Senate Foreign Relations Committee NOW, and tell them to call Scott Ritter."

I'm planning on contacting them first thing tomorrow. Better late than never.
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you can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps. [02 May 2002|12:33am]
So the school I train Wing Chun at is run by Francis Fong, who's pretty well known in WC circles. He's worked on movies and with police forces, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and pro sports teams, and almost every square inch of every wall in the lobby is covered with awards and magazine articles. Sifu is also a strong believer in cross-training, and you cannot get a black belt in WC from him until you have the equivalent level in another art they teach there (like Kali, Muay Thai, BJJ, JKD, etc.).

In keeping with the cross-training ideal, twice a year is the Southeastern Martial Arts Conference, a Friday - Sunday event where Guro Dan Inosanto (who was very close to Bruce Lee) comes in for intensive sessions of Kali, Gun Fan, and JKD concepts, and Ajarn Sirachai Sirisute does Muay Thai and a couple of other arts. The most recent conference was about two weeks ago, but I was unable to attend any of it. I did, however, run across some interesting interviews from a couple of years ago with Guro Dan and Ajarn Chai:

Guro Dan: "and he elbowed the bee and the bee went like this (finger spiraling to the ground)"

Ajarn Chai: "So you had 73 fights between 12 years old until you were 18?" "Yes, sometime 2 or 3 a month. We'd go to north Thailand where they had fairs and matches."

A group picture of Sifu, Guro Dan, and Ajarn Chai. The amount of knowledge represented in this picture is just scary.
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So the school I train Wing Chun at is run by Francis Fong, who's pretty well known in WC circles. He's worked on movies and with police forces, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and pro sports teams, and almost every square inch of every wall in the lobby is covered with awards and magazine articles. Sifu is also a strong believer in cross-training, and you cannot get a black belt in WC from him until you have the equivalent level in another art they teach there (like Kali, Muay Thai, BJJ, JKD, etc.).

In keeping with the cross-training ideal, twice a year is the Southeastern Martial Arts Conference, a Friday - Sunday event where Guro Dan Inosanto (who was very close to Bruce Lee) comes in for intensive sessions of Kali, Gun Fan, and JKD concepts, and Ajarn Sirachai Sirisute does Muay Thai and a couple of other arts. The most recent conference was about two weeks ago, but I was unable to attend any of it. I did, however, run across some interesting interviews from a couple of years ago with Guro Dan and Ajarn Chai:

Guro Dan: <a href=http://www.francisfongacademy.com/Pages/inosantointerview.html> "and he elbowed the bee and the bee went like this (finger spiraling to the ground)" </a>

Ajarn Chai: <a href=http://www.francisfongacademy.com/Pages/AjarnChaiinterview.htm> "So you had 73 fights between 12 years old until you were 18?" "Yes, sometime 2 or 3 a month. We'd go to north Thailand where they had fairs and matches." </a>

A group picture of Sifu, Guro Dan, and Ajarn Chai. The amount of knowledge represented in this picture is just scary.
<img src=http://www.francisfongacademy.com/Images/SifuGuroAjarn.jpg alt=Sifu Francis Fong, Guro Dan Inosanto, Ajarn Siruchai Sirusante>
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argh. [14 Jan 2002|02:02pm]
So I started a new job a month ago, after three months of glorious unemployment. Unfortunately, it's with a national cable company that was previously subcontracting all of their cable modems to Excite@Home.

For those of you who don't know, E@H is now in bankruptcy, and is only still active because we (along with one or two other cable companies) gave them a god-awful amount of money to stay open through the end of February. This means that we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to convert six hundred and some odd thousand users to a network that didn't even exist a couple of months ago. All of the basework has been done, and now we are starting the process of actually moving the users over. To minimize the disruption to the customers, all of the cutovers are scheduled between the hours of midnight and 6 AM local time; this means for the West coast we can't start our work until 3 AM EST, and we will most likely be working right up until 9 AM EST, after doing an East coast cutover between midnight and 6 AM. I've already worked two overnight shifts in the last few days, and I'll be doing them at least through the end of the week, if not the end of the month. It's now 2:00 PM on Monday, and I've been up since about noon on Sunday. I was also up for about 25 hours between Wednesday and Thursday...I'm either going to die shortly, or end up on a schedule that will be very hard to break out of.

I wouldn't have minded this schedule a couple of years ago, but now I have other stuff I like to do outside of work that is being severely inconvenienced. Not only do I have Wing Chun and Kali (although I'm only going for two hours a week right now, which I can make up in one block on Saturday afternoons), but I also just started training for my second season of triathlon. I'm planning on doing a half-Ironman distance race in May, and training for that is definitely NOT something that can be crammed into Saturday afternoons. If this goes on for very long, I'm going to have a real problem.

Sigh. Time for another beer.
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how can i kill thee? let me count the ways. [03 Dec 2001|02:16am]
Had my first Wing Chun class this weekend, immediately followed by my first Kali class. (Wing Chun is a style of Kung Fu, and Kali is a Filipino weapons-based martial art also known as Escrima.) They were both pretty cool, but my initial impression is that Kali is going to be easier to pick up at first. Wing Chun is focused on precise, exact movements and feeling what your oponent's next move will be, whereas Kali is more of just swinging a stick around. I'm really looking forward to the sparring in Kali, though.

I was going to go to the shooting range beside the school after class so that I could fire the Desert Eagle .50 caliber hand cannon they have for rent, but I decided to save that for next week. I've never even fired anything over a .40 caliber, so the DE should be interesting.
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these are a few of my favorite things... [29 Nov 2001|01:48am]
I would really, really like to go drinking with Dave Attelle. And I'm not just saying that because of "Insomniac", either. He's been one of my two favorite comedians for a long time, along with David Cross (who I actually met one Thanksgiving night at a bar here in Atlanta, and was a very cool guy). Dave Attelle just seems like the kind of guy who would be a riot to hang out and drink beer with, and would be able to give anyone a run for their money when it comes to putting it away. If we got together, someone would end up in the hospital. I am all about that kind of people.
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but which one's the evil one? [24 Nov 2001|06:57pm]
I mentioned a few days ago that ernunnos is my doppleganger, so I guess I should follow through with an explanation. Perhaps, though, a better analogy is that he is me with the dial turned to 11. Evidence:

My first name is Jason. His first name is Jason. I am from Ohio. He is from Ohio. I moved far away; he moved REALLY far away. I like Heinlein. He named his web site after a Heinlein character. I like guns. He REALLY likes guns. I like pie. He likes pie enough to devote an entire web page to it. Jaffo can get under my skin sometimes with his writing...and I'll stop there on that one. Without even trying, I somehow keep running across him in online communities like alt.fan.wednesday, alt.politics.jaffo, and LiveJournal after he has been there for months. I usually lurk in those communities, he is an active member. Based on what he posts in public, I tend to have the same opinions as him, but he expresses them more eloquently than I would. I like Finnish black metal, he likes opera. (There is more to that one than you might first think.) I'm starting wing chun next week, he apparently is already studying it.

So there you have it...he's me, just more so. I swear, if one of us was a girl, I'd propose.
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sigh. [11 Nov 2001|05:59am]
I just saw the Larry King Live with the Foreign Ambassador of Israel and the Palestinian ambassador, and it was enough to make me start rooting for Palestine. (If you want to track it down, I saw it at 5 AM on Saturday, 11/11. I think it's the same all weekend.) I don't think Israel should be dismantled, but this guy was a COMPLETE and utter asshole. He basically attacked the Palestinian ambassador both politically AND personally, and then pulled a Bill Maher and tried to claim that wasn't really what he was saying.

"The Problem, I think, is True Believers. They're the ones who are fucking up the world." I liked Devi's quote when she said it, but I'm starting to think it's as close to as an absolute as there is. I just hope it's not so absolute that we're discussing it in the afterlife in six months.
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why are you my friend? [05 Nov 2001|08:19pm]
If you're looking through your "friend of" info and are wondering who the hell I am, chances are you don't know me. I just decided to make a friends page of the people I find interesting so that I could quit jumping around to read a few journals. Maybe some day I'll get around to actually, you know, keeping this up to date so you can find out more about me. Maybe.

P.S. - The correct response is to be flattered, not creeped out.
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OK, this is just creepy. [23 Jul 2001|11:07pm]
http://www.ugo.com/channels/features/coleman_confidential/default.asp
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So. [23 Jul 2001|05:35pm]
Of course on the day I decide to give this whole journal thing a try, the servers crap out and I can only actually get to my journal about 50% of the time. Figures.
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