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Strange weekend

Hello everyone, sorry I haven't been posting much lately but honestly there hasn't been nothing to post about. If I had written something, it would've been nothing but complaints about the government and my job situation and really...who wants to hear me rant about things like that? However, I DO have something to write about this weekend...well, three somethings. There has been some extremely creepy and somewhat disturbing things happening to me this weekend and it all began Friday night. Friday evening, I had met my friends to go see Paranormal Activity and go ghost hunting afterwards. So, after printing the locations of the supposed haunted sites, we took off to Kennesaw. The AMC theater over there was awesome and the fist ever theater with comfortably back supportive seats, with CUSHIONS YAY! Anyways, the movie was a hit and honestly...it scared me. It's not everyday a movie scares me...actually, it's only happened three times before that night. So to say that a movie scared me is really a big deal. However, I should say it didn't scare me till AFTER I had left the theater. While everyone in the crowd was going ape-shit over the movie (my friends jumping out of their seats, screaming like little school girls, and a girl in front of me crying her eyes out) I was not showing any signs of fear or in the least an expression at all. What I have found out that it's not the visuals that scare me but the thoughts that it provokes in me. After we left and my mind was away from the movie picture, my mind began to THINK about it. Me and thinking about stuff like that...isn't a good thing. I scare the shit out of myself just by doing that. It's so worth a second viewing. 

Okay, so after we left we had a bite to eat at the Steak and Shake and left for the sites listed on the print off. We only were able to visit four of the ten locations listed and only 1 was worth going to. Just to let everyone know..www.strangeusa.com sucks. The vast majority of the locations listed are in rural suburbia around gated communities. I'm quite positive that the people posting the sites on that website actually live in those communities....HOWEVER, we DID find one that was promising. First off, we passed a house with no lights on at around 4am going towards the location and we witnessed an old woman sitting in a rocking chair on her front porch with no lights on. We got out into the site and there was nothing there but woods, a fence that had been pulled and cut into a small little nook so that people could get under it with relative ease. Lastly, there was a cemetery where a witch...I hate to call her that since the tombstone actually had wiccan designs and sayings on it. I just think that wiccans should have a bit more respect than calling them witches in a dark and foreboding manner (I have plenty of friends that are wiccan.) Anyways, we went in there and I was using a voice recorder for EVP's. For anyone that doesn't understand what an evp is...it stands for (Electronic Voice Phenomenon.) I was asking questions and hoping for some response when behind me I heard feet walking towards me...like shuffling feet in the grass. I don't know if anyone believed me or not but I know I did hear it. When we left, we went to Gainesville to go the Old Mill but couldn't find it so we just called it a night and departed back home. I got home around 7am and the movie was still fresh in my head (with the addition of what I experienced in the cemetery.) I forced Kelley to wake up to make sure that she wasn't possessed and I got very little sleep afterwards. 

The very next day..or rather night I experienced something else entirely. It was around 3:30 am and I was leaving my parents house to return to my house to get what little sleep I could. As soon as I had exited my parents house, I felt like something was near and watching me but I couldn't see anything so I played it off as being my nerves and went inside my house. I had let Shelby, my basset hound, out of the kennel and I let her out to go potty. I still felt that feeling when I stepped outside with Shelby but I just focused on her. She had just got finished with her potty time when I spotted a large shaggy brown dog walking towards the front end of my parents house. It wasn't the dog that disturbed me, it was Shelby. She normally runs towards to play with whatever breathes and moves but this time she tucked her tail and darted for the my house. When she got to the first step she stopped and had her paw hovering over the first step but she wouldn't put it down. She just looked at me and then turned back towards the front of my parents house where the dog was. She did that three or four times before she finally CRAWLED inside the house and straight into the kennel. I felt shaken going into the house after all that but me becoming more and more curious as my fear begins to show itself, I went back outside to investigate further. I didn't see the shaggy dog but what I did see..I don't know, I felt as if I shouldn't be outside at that moment. I saw a jet black dog standing in the drive way towards the daycare that is beside my house. I whistled low at it to get its attention but all it did was start walking straight towards the daycare. I thought it didn't hear me or something so I made this tremendously loud clap with my hands...loud enough to get Shelby and my uncle's dogs to bark but the black dog kept walking as if it was just ignoring me intentionally. At that time I just felt like I should just get inside the house and lock the door. I walked inside and was frightened by my wife about to hit me with my own shoe because she didn't know what was going on. All she knew was that Shelby was barking and the door was completely open. Pretty funny stuff at the end and made me feel a bit better that she was awake but nevertheless, that night disturbed me. This morning was just...infuriating and strange. Before going to bed that night I had placed the keys in Kelley's purse so that we wouldn't be hunting all over the one room shack for it. When we were ready to go to her church this morning, we found out the keys were missing. Now this just royally pissed me off because I KNEW I had placed them in her Mickey Mouse purse she has been using for three weeks now. After about thirty minutes, which made us late to church, we found them. They were not in the Mickey Mouse purse but the UGA purse on the opposite end of the house. I don't know what went down during the time I placed them in the purse to the key hunt but whatever it was...it had pissed me off to no end. 

So, this weekend has been strange completely...strange. Fortunately, our Sunday evening was pretty cool. Me and Kelley went to our first Japanese Hibatchi Grill and it was not only extremely entertaining, the food was excellent. The portions was too much for me, we left with 2 to-go boxes lol. Not only that but earlier on that day after church, her parents were actually NICE to me. I would have to say that after this morning's episode, the day got progressively better. All in all, it was a good day.

Well, I hope everyone is doing great and I hope you enjoy my posting. Take care and have a great week.


My favorite poem

This posting is going to be a bit random. I have absolutely nothing to post about since my life, at this point, is completely and utterly boring. So, I have decided to reveal to everyone something about me. For starters I hate poetry. Yes, I have no appreciation for poetry whatsoever. Fortunately, there is ALWAYS an exception to everything. I have for your reading pleasure, a poem. Not just any poem but my favorite poem. I've enjoyed this one immensely since I was a wee lad in 6th grade. I understand that most of you have probably read this poem many times over and will inevitably think, "Can't this guy not pick any other, more unique, poem than this?" Honestly, I probably couldn't tell you what good poetry is if it hit me in the face. All I'm saying is that this is my favorite one out of all the ones that I can remember reading. So for your reading pleasure I present to you, my favorite poem. 

         The Tiger
         William Blake

TIGER, tiger, burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 
What immortal hand or eye 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? 

In what distant deeps or skies 
Burnt the fire of thine eyes? 
On what wings dare he aspire? 
What the hand dare seize the fire? 

And what shoulder and what art 
Could twist the sinews of thy heart? 
And when thy heart began to beat, 
What dread hand and what dread feet? 

What the hammer? what the chain? 
In what furnace was thy brain? 
What the anvil? What dread grasp 
Dare its deadly terrors clasp? 

When the stars threw down their spears, 
And water'd heaven with their tears, 
Did He smile His work to see? 
Did He who made the lamb make thee? 

Tiger, tiger, burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 
What immortal hand or eye 
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? 

LJ Lonliness

 Is there such thing as LJ loneliness? Except for my fabulous sis who comments on every post I write on my account I don't have any other friends to share my weird tastes and geeky discoveries and debates with. It's a pretty lonely LJ experience to be completely honest with you. However, I'll keep on writing until either I come up with a perfect statement about life in general, a meet other people, or I die. Though hopefully I won't die in the near future.

To get away from such miserable thoughts, I want to talk about todays events. One of my brothers came to visit me today. He actually just wanted to transfer some songs to his new iPod Touch since he doesn't have any internet whatsoever. However, he came with a 25 dollar iTunes gift card which is now being put to good use as I write this post hehe. Before we began downloading songs and such, we went to Wild Wings for some awesome buffalo wings and sweet tea. I ate probably around 25 wings before I gave up. That doesn't compare to what I ate last weekend at Joe's Crabshack lol. OH...before I go on with this story I have to say this about last weekend. I bought a beer at Taco Mac that cost me 11.50....and I don't even like beer lol. Anyways, back to the original story. After leaving Wild Wings, we went back to my place and commenced with the music downloads. He downloaded some Soulja Boy, Jimmy Martin, and some random applications while I bought Disturbed Indestructible cd and Flogging Molly's cd (can't remember the title of it.) At this moment, the Indestructible cd is pretty kickin' though I'm not a huge fan of Disturbed (I'm more of a Godsmack guy). Haven't listened to the Molly cd but soon....very soon. 

After finishing with song searching I finally made him register on Facebook. Now, I know he doesn't have internet at home but on the various times where he come across wifi spots, he'll be a little more to-date with civilization. He actually spent three hours on Facebook before leaving for his house (that was about an hour included in teaching him how to actually use Facebook). All in all, it was a relatively good day though I still haven't heard from any job prospect or my attorney. I feel like I'm the only one left out of the economical loop, but that is another post. Anyways, hope all is well for those who read this. Take care and I'll write again.

Little obsessions.

 I think I may have a few obsessions. I'll be the first to admit it, I have an obsession with journals. I love to get journals, no matter what size, length, width, style, type, brand, etc. I just love to collect journals and you know what is so weird?? Not that just collecting journals is weird enough but to NOT want to write in them if the strangest part about it! I'm actually looking at three of about six that I have total. One is a Moleskin which is my favorite since it has a little rubber strap that keeps the journal together (because I hate book, journal, whatever that are bent). The next one that I'm looking at right now is a wire bound coke journal that I bought Sunday evening at the World of Coke in Atlanta. As I said, it's wire bound and has a pic of a coke on the first page but the cover has outlined the coke image so that there is a coke bottle on the cover...I think that sentence is confusing but oh well. Anyways, the third one is just a leather journal that I had bought from Barnes and Noble a long time ago. I was going to use it for my chess notations and games and such but...it just looked oh so cool that I couldn't bear to write in it. 

Let's see, my 2nd obsession is planning. I freak out if events change drastically. Seriously, I get ill and begin to rant and rave about the unexpected change in plans. I'm not quite sure if that's my ADD shining through or I'm just OCD but I obsess about planning and plans in general. Just try to change something unexpectedly on me and see if I don't go at you like rabid hamster. As Wyatt Earp on Tombstone proclaimed, "Tell him I'm comin' and Hell's coming with me!" That's me if plans go awry. 

Third obsession...being the best at anything I do...that one was hard to accept. My friends actually said that about me before I even knew that I had that mindset! Fortunately, I have seen the light. I do have a superiority problem when it comes to anything that I do or try to achieve. I apologize in advance if I ever do this to you but apparently I can't help it. For example, I have to be the best in chess...I know I will NEVER achieve that but...for those that have the unfortunate luck to actually play me at chess...well, you're S.O.L and if you do manage to win...I'm pissed off lol. Eventually, I get over it but for the time being afterwards...it's bad. I think that is why I try to not play any game seriously.

And the fifth obsession I have is...(drum roll)....sharpened pencils!!! YES YES YES, come and see my amazing and dangerous collection of sharpened pencils. Okay, so maybe I went overboard on that but it is true, somewhat. I have amassed a sizeable collection of pencils that I have sharpened to the point where they will actually hurt you...bad, if you don't be careful with them. I actually bought four...wait, five pencil sharpeners before I finally found the one that sharpens precisely the way I want them to be sharpened. I discovered such a divine sharpening instrument when I meandered my way through the curious aisles of Office Depot. You may ask, "do you have an electrical pencil sharpener or a manual?" My answer is...manual. I feel that the electrical sharpeners don't quite get them as sharp as I prefer them to be. For anyone who's curious about what brand of pencil I use, it's a Foray. 

So, anyways I hope you all enjoy reading about my little obsessions. I'm not a total weirdo but I have some moments. Write more later on random stuff. Take care.


     I'm bored as you've probably ascertained from the subject head. Anyways, today was a very blah day. I have been asleep more today than awake and it really feel like it as well. I still have not obtained a good job though I'm still looking. I did hear from Emory University about a research interviewer position that I had excitedly applied for. They emailed me...uhm...was it three days ago? Anyways, they had responded by email saying that they were considering my resume...YAY!!! On another positive note, I'm supposed to hear from someone about a case manager position with the new detention center they are establishing in my area. Not sure when the call is going to be...but the guy said that I should be expecting a call.

     My physical therapy is quickly getting on my nerves. I've maxed out there weights and I'm doing most, if not all, of my exercises on my own...granted, I should be doing them on my own. However, with me paying them money, I should IN THE LEAST have some assistance. I will be going back there tomorrow at 1:30p and I'll probably end up doing it all myself. Speaking of my back, my attorney has yet to call me with the confirmation of the deposition with Liberty Mutual....grrrrr. 

     Let's get off of such touchy subjects. So anyways, chess is making the days seem a bit shorter thankfully. I've gotten well past the abilities of most players, though I've reached that goal a long time ago lol. I'm beginning to realize, at long last, what they are talking about when they ramble on about position. I had an inkling of what position meant, in terms of gaining space and having your pieces positioned for max efficiency. However, I've become aware that on top of all that, you have to position your pieces for two purposes. First of all, to always be threatening an attack of some sort...maybe not the next move but more of a contingency. Secondly, the position must agree with the situation. Also, the term 'key squares' have been etched into my head now. Going back to the job searching thing, I'd filled an application for a chess coach position. I called them back a week after a half afterwards and I felt I was getting the run around. Basically, I got the gist that if I wasn't USCF rated then I'm not good enough to teach chess to kids in elementary schools. I wanted so much to say that in four servers I'm rated above 1800 and you can stuff USCF up your !@# but...I was refraining from making a total jerk of myself. The reason why I'm not a member of the USCF is because...no surprise here...I HAVE NO MONEY TO THROW AWAY!!! It's $35.00 to become a member and honestly with no job and no income...I can't afford it. Plus, I don't have the time nor the gas to go to all these tournaments to actually GET an "official rating" (pinky up). Whatever, I know I can teach kids chess because I've done it for two years while I was in college. Which brings me to a story that I heard from YouTube. One of the Polgar sisters (to those who know them) and her husband have sued the USCF for something...if anyone knows why, I would love to know. Anywho, they sued them for...what was it?....10M? The result was that the USCF, in retaliation, revoked her membership....LMAO...that is what I say. It doesn't really matter if she has a rating and a lifetime membership to it, that woman could outplay just about anyone...even dear ole Kasparov. BTW, he's funny to watch when he makes a mistake lol. My point is....I think it was Suzan Polgar...so anyways, my point is, Suzan doesn't need the USCF. It's kinda like banning Tom Cruise from making another movie...who cares??? he can retire on the movies he's already made!! Anyways, maybe it's old news lol.

     Now that I got my geek on, I'm going to end with what I'll be doing tomorrow. It's going to be a pretty fun day too! I get to hang out with my close friend (close meaning I've known them since 6th grade...let's see...17 years ago O_o!!) All of them are considered to be my brothers. So total, I have 5 brothers and 1 sister :). Not bad for an only child lol. OMG, I just realized I'm the middle child lmao!..figures. So, I meet them at my brother Michael's house at 6p and then we're all heading out to Wild Wings for...yep, you guessed it WINGS lol. We're planning on a bachelor party for my other brother Dusty and I'm the best man...OH YEAH!! (Doing the PeeWee herman). We've decided to do a trip to Savannah with a ghost hunting theme added to it. If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to know where to go and shtuff. Well, it's quite late and I need to get some sleep...not really but I'm bored enough to go to sleep. I hope everyone is doing alright and I'll write more soon. CIAO


Getting acquainted.

 Being that this is my first post to this journal, I should like to begin with proper introduction about the person behind the journal. 

I am highly circumspect of everything I do and say. More often than not, I listen to what is going on around me without uttering a word. in regards to Carl Jung's four types of personality, I would consider myself a INTP. For those that aren't familiar with that, i would be consider an Introverted Thinker. I consider myself to be a highly intelligent person in most things and will fiercely defend myself if it comes under question. Aside from that, my other strengths are my loyalty, compassion, integrity, and my determination. On the other hand, my sense of pride, stubbornness, irascibility, and my pessimism are just a few of my weaknesses. I tend to over-analyze every angle of every situation and most of the time, that puts me in a very stressful state of mind. 

As far as what is usually going through my head, I guess that is where my LJ comes to play. From my little user photo, you could safely assume that the paranormal does cross my mind a few times a day. I will write about this in more detail later on. I also think about my family as well. I'm happily married with no children (except for my two cats and my basset hound). My parents are still together, which is becoming increasingly uncommon in today's society. I have no siblings, though if you want to consider my sister-in-law I guess you could. I hardly ever talk to my father's side of the family, for reasons that I will keep to myself about. I am always surrounding myself with music of various types. I will more than likely post thoughts on my friends that I hold as my extended family. Recently, I've been obsessing over getting a job and trying to improve my life so a few posts will be made about that. Speaking of obsessions, I think about chess nearly every day. If one wants to play a sort of LJ messaged chess game, let me know. Lastly, I dream of being happy and at peace with my life, so the little excursions or events in my life will be included in this LJ account.

I hope something in this first post has peaked your interest. I'm always welcoming comments and such to any posts that I write so feel free to send them to me.

~A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step- Lao Tzu~

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