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Done deal. [15 Oct 2009|04:42pm]
Without fanfare and at a considerably lower price than originally agreed upon, I bought my first house today.

! ! !
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I think I'm gonna be sick . . . [01 Sep 2009|01:39pm]
It's official--I close on my house September 25th! Now all the hard work begins!!!
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This is win. [28 Oct 2008|11:32am]
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Well allow me to retort [22 Oct 2008|03:01pm]
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Interesting [24 Sep 2008|11:14am]
You are a

Social Moderate
(55% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(68% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test

Explanation Of Results

We wanted to get beyond the two catch-alls of American politics, the Democratic and Republican parties, and see where people actually stand. Parties can bring together people with marginally differing values and make collective action easier. But party platforms can misrepresent their constituents, and blind loyalty to a party can convince individuals to harbor inconsistent views.

The goal of this test was to exactly classify your personal politics, without the traditional labels. We avoided the edgy party issues and focused on fundamental values. Your score is a measure of what you believe in, economically and socially.

Higher permissiveness, on either axis, indicates a "live and let live" philosophy. Of course, we're almost conditioned in America, "Land of the Free", to think positively of such a philosophy. But practically speaking, permissiviness (or its opposite, regulation) can create any number of outcomes:

For example, on the economic axis, a highly permissive system, like the American system of the early 1900s, might mean things like low taxes and increased scientific innovation. It might also result, as it did back then, in unrestricted child labor and millions of poor people with black lung.

At the other end of the economic spectrum, a highly regulated system might conserve the environment, establish national health care, and eliminate poverty. But as we've learned from the Soviet system, extreme regulation can also lead to stagnation, sameness, and unhappiness.

If you liked the test, forward it. Thanks for participating.

Yes, I've always had Libertarian leanings. This is about what I expected, but still fun and interesting.

Take the test at
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I'd like to order less rain, please [22 Aug 2008|10:54am]
This the obligatory "OMG hurricane!" post. In fact, don't take this the wrong way, but it was much easier with the hurricanes four years ago. They blew in, they knocked a bunch of shit down, they blew out. But this Tropical Storm Fay nonsense . . . it's neverending rain and wind. Here in Orlando we don't have it so bad, truth be told. The lakes are low and the extra rainfall will be put to good use. I don't know anyone in the Central Florida area who has had any legitimate issues from the storm. But the poor people on the coast, yikes. Lots of flooding, leaking, etc. Sucks for them.

So yeah. Four days and counting of rain is dreary and tiresome, but it could be a lot worse.

Also, I don't own an umbrella. Genius, I tell you.
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In memoriam . . . part deux [21 Jul 2008|10:56pm]
Mischka Simmerman
March 1, 1997 - July 21, 2008

My sweet little angel kitty, Mishcka, passed away this evening after a brief yet fastly progressing illness with liver disease. She was 11 years old.

For those of you who aren't pet people, you may not understand the deep sadness that accompanies the death of an animal. It is excruciatingly hard to come to terms with. I know I gave her a beautiful life and she was loved and cared for in every possible way, yet her death is still incredibly painful. In light of my father's passing only two months ago, this is especially tragic.

I don't know why life goes the way it does sometimes, so I can only hope that good will come out of all of the sadness that has surrounded me lately.

RIP Mischka. I will miss you every day.
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[25 Jun 2008|03:17pm]
So things in this neck of the woods have been less than stellar.

And a new problem has just cropped up.

My Mischka, 11 years old, has always had a bit of a weight problem. So I decided after years of laziness to buckle down and put her on a strict diet. Which I did. With great success. She lost 4 pounds in 3 months.

Turns out, that's way too much, way too fast.

The bigger problem ended up being that I switched her food and at some point she decided to just stop eating it, which I didn't notice because the other two were eating it and the food was being eaten. Only when my roommate said, "Mischka doesn't seem right," while simultaneously discovering she had been peeing outside the litter box did I know something was wrong, so I called the vet. Vet is immediately gravely concerned over the rapid weight loss. Vet is also more concerned over the color of the urine. Long story short, bloodwork was done, antibiotics were prescribed, and a diagnosis of fatty liver disease was given, short of any extensive testing.

Fatty liver disease is caused when a cat loses too much weight too fast and the excess fat gets stored in the liver, which is not able to process it.

Talk about shitty.

So now Mischka, the kitty who always wanted to eat, will not eat. She's on twice daily IV fluids that I am administering, and an hour in the morning and an hour at night, at least, spent coaxing her to eat. The vet warned me that she is in very serious condition and may not get better, but her only hope is to keep her hydrated and make her eat. Hence the current regimen.

Mischka does have her age to her advantage, as 11 is still relatively young for a cat (normal life expectancy is 15 years, altough I hear more often than not of cats living to be 17-20). She's also always been healthy, except for the obesity thing (and yes, she was obese). My roommate's cat died about two years ago from diabetes due to obesity, so getting her thin seemed very important. Now, of course, I feel horrible that my diligence at getting her thin actually made her sicker.

So she is in really bad shape. Barely eating, not purring, not drinking. The flip side is that she is not nearly as lethargic as one might expect; she is still jumping up on my bed and desk and sleeping next to me and doesn't walk or move as if she's in pain, although we know she most certainly feels bad. She's yellow, too. So it's really bad.

Anyone who feels inclined to offer up a special kitty prayer would be very much appreciated. I just lost my Dad. I'm not really up for losing another loved one so soon.
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In memoriam [15 May 2008|09:01pm]
Donald C. Simmerman
May 12, 1953 - May 15, 2008

Father, brother, uncle, friend.
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just because [01 Apr 2008|03:47pm]
why not?

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Last updated 20 weeks ago [21 Mar 2008|09:36am]
Evidently the only thing compelling enough to make me post is the wankfest known as the LJ Content Strike. I post today in defiance of its innate redonkulousness.

I encourage everyone else to do the same.


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perks of work [31 Oct 2007|05:21pm]
I have Milo Ventimiglia's email address! :-D

Okay I have lots of other celebrities' email addresses, too, but I just got his and he is SO cute. Yum.
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Sharks! [28 Sep 2007|12:39pm]
It's been a little animal centric around these parts lately.

Indulge me once more, if you please.

Sharkwater is a documentary film that comes out in theaters today. I saw a sneak preview last night. If you love the environment, if you love animals, if you want to learn about our great planet, go see this movie.
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Speaking of cats . . . [21 Sep 2007|02:52pm]
Really cute video by someone who runs a cat shelter.
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I can has animal shelter? [20 Sep 2007|05:06pm]
Hi friends!

As some of you know, over the summer I took a Proposal Writing graduate course at UCF. My main project was seeking funds for a local Orlando animal shelter called Pet Rescue By Judy. Those of you who have met my beautiful Shalimar may also know that she was adopted from Pet Rescue By Judy 11 years ago. As part of this project I applied for grants seeking new vehicles for transporting their animals as well as researched funding opportunities for a new shelter facility for Pet Rescue By Judy.

I've just learned today that this wonderful no-kill rescue group is being considered for ABC's Extreme Home Makeover to get their long-awaited shelter. This is fantastic news!

To help support this cause, I'm asking each of you to take 1 minute out of your day to click this link and sign the petition supporting Pet Rescue By Judy that will hopefully persuade ABC to choose them for an Extreme Makeover:

If you'd like to learn more about Pet Rescue By Judy, their website is

Thanks to everyone for reading my plea and thank you for helping support this wonderful endeavor.


P.S. Please forward this on to anyone you know who may also be interesting in participating. Thanks. <3
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Writer's Block: (like juggling chainsaws) [19 Sep 2007|03:10pm]
What is one crazy thing you would like to learn to do?
Speak Arabic.
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Career Cruising per kimberkit [14 Sep 2007|01:10pm]

1. Cabinetmaker
2. Electronics Assembler
3. Dental Lab Tech
4. Sign Maker
5. Printing Press Operator
6. Office Machine Repairer
7. Tool and Die Maker
8. Machinist
9. Upholsterer
10. Boilermaker
11. Welder
12. Tilesetter
13. Automotive Painter
14. Ship's Crew
15. Autobody Repairer
16. Carpenter
17. Plumber
18. Sheet Metal Worker
19. Pet Groomer
20. Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Tech
21. Bookbinder
22. Film Editor
23. Glazier
24. Miner (Underground)
25. Industrial Designer
26. Computer Support Person
27. Economist
28. Power Plant Operator
29. Research Analyst (Financial)
30. Technical Writer
31. Animator
32. Fashion Designer
33. Model Maker
34. Desktop Publisher
35. Multimedia Developer
36. Interior Designer
37. Medical Secretary
38. Editor
39. Computer Programmer
40. Venture Capitalist

Glad to see a couple of the things I'm considering with my grad school studies (technical writer, editor) made it on the list.
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The hardest thing in this world is to live in it [10 Sep 2007|01:40pm]
Last night I experienced perhaps the most brilliant hour of television in the history of the world.

Once More, With Feeling was sheer delight.

I can't believe the level of Buffy obsession that has overtaken me.
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Two years later . . . [07 Sep 2007|05:03pm]
My brother's prison sentence of 43-60 months started yesterday.

There's not much to say. It sucks, for everyone.

Not feeling much like going into details at the moment, but suffice to say I hope it's something you get used to. I feel pretty shitty right now. A bit of self-pity is indulgent and childish, I realize, but there it is.

Thanks for all the well wishes over the years.
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the only thing that's made me laugh in a week [07 Sep 2007|04:58pm]
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