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All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...

Jan. 10th, 2008 | 10:57 pm
location: Ft. Benning, GA
mood: calmcalm

I'm leaving on a jet plane tomorrow!   ...for Kuwait then Iraq.

Wish me luck, Cyberspace.


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New beginnings...

Dec. 14th, 2007 | 02:23 pm

...require a fresh start.

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Go Green!

Sep. 8th, 2007 | 05:48 pm
mood: optimisticoptimistic
music: "Young Folks" by Peter Björn and John

So I've been thinking...

There are so many simple, easy and economical things an individual can do in their life to improve the quality of our world.  I'm not going to try and convince you of why you should do these things, I assume that's been pretty heavily drilled into you by now by the media, politicians, your friends and family and more or less everyone else you know.  I figure that the problem lots of people have is trying to find out what they can do to help.  Well I came up with this list primarily on my own, but a few of the ideas came from this book I have.  Let me know what you think and more importantly, what you plan to do.

Save Trees

- Make it a point of buying paper products such as tissues, paper towels, napkins, etc. which are made from recycled content.  Yes, even toilet paper.  (more info)

- Do you read your junk-mail?  Dumb-question, right?  Well if you don't read it, then why are you contributing to the elimination of 100 million trees a year?  That's based on the figure that the avergae U.S. household receives enough junk-mail in one year which totals 1.5 trees.  Eliminate all that unwanted junk-mail you receive by contacting the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and register with their Mail Preference System (MPS).  Also, opt out from receiving "pre-screened" credit offers by visiting this site.

Save Water

- Conserve the amount of water you use on a daily basis by taking shorter showers, turning off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving and reduce the amount of times you flush the toilet - is that one Q-Tip or tissue you threw in there really assaulting your senses?  (more ways)

Save Energy

- Don't run your AC as much.  Comfortable is one thing, but then there is excess.  Turn off your AC when you aren't home by simply turning it off before you leave, or by purchasing one of those programmable thermostats which can turn it off during times you know you aren't going to be home (while at school, work, etc.)

- Don't wash your clothes.  OK, that one is a bit exaggerated, but there are a lot of things you can do to reduce your energy consumption by changing the way you wash your clothes.  90% of the energy your washers uses goes towards heating water, so don't use warm or hot water unless whatever you're wasing is really dirty.  Also, if you've got the room, try allowing your laundry to line dry.  Not only will it reduce any energy consumed by the dryer (which makes up 6-10% of residential energy usage), it'll expand the life of your clothes.

- OK, so maybe you can't afford to put up a solar panel on your roof, build a wind or geo-thermal power generator in your backyard, but you can promote the usage of such technology by contacting your electec representatives in congress and the senate by urging them to pass legislation which makes getting in on these efforts more lucrative for larger organizations.  It's the trickle-down effect.

- "If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars."  'Nuff said - buy energy saving light bulbs.  (more info)

- Lots more simple energy-saving tips here.

Save Resources

- Don't buy bottled water, drink tap water.  It's recently been reported that the "crisp, clean mountain spring water" they package in those plastic bottles may actually be tap water.  Don't be duped.  Buy a reusable bottle and fill it up with tap water for when you're on the go, or take advantage of water fountains more frequently.  The amount of pollution which would be reduced by eliminating the billions of bottles manufactured each year is insane.

- Here's a simple one.  When you buy something and don't really need a bag to carry it, then simply let the cashier that you don't need the bag.  Like I said, simple.

- Recycle, yea? 

- If you see some trash on the ground, pick it up.  OK, leave the used condoms and the hypodermic needles alone, but if there is a piece of balled up paper or a plastic bag or a can, cup or bottle laying around, then carrying to a trash can and don't let it travel alone.

- If your employer has such a program, then ask about telecommuting or working a different schedule such as a 4x10 (this will save you from driving to and from work about 50 or so days each year!)  If neither of these are an option, then think about carpooling to work.

These last three items are slightly more "extreme", but still definately doable:

- Push up daises - literally.  I don't see the point in wasting resources for a coffin, or creating the additional pollution which occurs when someone is creamated.  Maybe this is just my secular POV coming out, but when you consider Genesis 3:19, I don't think so.  Instead of having either done, mark it down in your will that you want a green burial, the ultimate form of recycling.

- Offset your carbon footprint.  I'll leave it to this site to do all the explaining.

- Support eco-friendly companies - Make it a point of patronizing companies which make a concerted effort to help the enviornment.  If they're making an effort to help the effort, the least you can do is make the effort to support them.  You can find lists of these companies here or here.

Thank you.  =^D


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Aug. 9th, 2007 | 12:22 pm
mood: amusedamused
music: "Goodbye Until" from TL5Y

Timing is EVERYTHING in life.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Ben Kweller

Jun. 3rd, 2007 | 03:45 pm
mood: happyhappy
music: "Penny on the Train" by Ben Kweller



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Now I can't sleep, because I just woke up from a 6-hour nap...

May. 30th, 2007 | 12:13 am

IQ test score

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Red is Recovery

May. 14th, 2007 | 04:03 pm
mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable

My cousin's band.Collapse )

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Best. Movie. Ever.

May. 4th, 2007 | 01:27 pm
location: Heaven
mood: jubilantjubilant
music: Snow Patrol - Signal Fire

Spider-Man 3.  Wow.

IMAX.  Wow.

Spider-Man 3: The Game on Nintendo Wii and being able to use the nuchuku controllers as web swingers = many, many, many, many hours spent in front of my TV.  I don't think there's anything in existence right now which could've made me any happier than this.  I'm going to buy a Wii and the game this weekend.

Go see it and contribute to the awe and beauty that is SM3.


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Moulin Rouge meets Hair

Apr. 29th, 2007 | 02:54 pm
mood: contentcontent
music: The Beatles - Hey Jude

Really good stuff: Across the Universe

I saw the movie Hot Fuzz last night and it was very very funny...and I found a really good Thai restaurant here in Orlando, and considering I don't like Thai, that's saying something.

I like those breezy, somewhat cool, dry days when there is a slight smell of smoke in the air.  Today it's hot, overcast and it feels like God is blowing smoke rings right smack dab into the middle of Orlando...not cool, God - not cool.

I swam some more today, and I really think that this time it's going to stick for a while...I've been feeling much differently about my health as of late, and I'm more determined than ever to look healthy, feel healthy and to be healthy.

That's all.


EDIT:  I was just informed that all this smoke is due to the brushfires that have been raging on in southern GA for the last week or so...wtf.  It's pretty amazing that the smoke has made it all the way down here, but not amazing in a good way.

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Mar. 12th, 2007 | 09:39 pm
mood: exanimateexanimate
music: Newsies Soundtrack (Sante Fe at the moment)

...but I had to do it.  I didn't feel like taking the time reading through every entry I've posted trying to decide if it should remain public or go private, so aside from the bottom two, all previous entries have been marked, "Friends Only."

In the future, most of my entries will be "Friends Only," but I'll sprinkle a public entry here and there.

If you'd like to be a friend, all you have to do is ask...and not treat me like shit.


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