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(no subject) [Apr. 25th, 2008|03:35 pm]
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We are back from Africa. Check the blog if you want details on what we did.

http://collmanuganda.blogspot.com/

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(no subject) [Jan. 8th, 2008|08:40 pm]
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So while we're in Uganda, check up on our trip blog if you're interested. We leave in a week.

http://collmanuganda.blogspot.com/
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amazing [Jan. 4th, 2008|02:16 pm]
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"By itself, "Wal-Mart is China's sixth largest export market-- just behind Germany--buying some $18 billion worth of goods last year."

That is amazing, when you think about it.
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(no subject) [Jan. 1st, 2008|11:32 pm]
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Well, looks like he's not getting out till spring...

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(no subject) [Dec. 5th, 2007|07:11 pm]
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[Tunes |Miles Davis - The Duke]

A few honeymoon pictures that I never got around to posting and liked.



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(no subject) [Nov. 19th, 2007|09:19 pm]
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Ellie calls it the burning bush. its next to our stairs.



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(no subject) [Nov. 19th, 2007|07:42 pm]
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[Tunes |Ella Fitzgerald]

A while ago, i was working at a friend's house, installing a stone walkway up to their front door. I was the only person there, I was filthy, sweaty, and carrying rocks to where i was placing them, and had a wheelbarrow full of slag sand 5 feet from me. A guy walks up to me, and lays this one down:

Um, do you do stonework? I have some stonework that I need done. Do you do that kind of thing?

........

needless to say, i was somewhat incredulous at his question, but held my tongue for fear of losing a potential client. I ended up getting the job, and making $600 in 2.5 days.

but still..."do you do stonework?"
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(no subject) [Nov. 12th, 2007|09:17 pm]
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We have a tree outside our (2nd floor) apartment door. it presents a much better view than the EMU credit union. I took these shots at night.








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(no subject) [Nov. 4th, 2007|04:46 pm]
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My niece is very cute



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Walking stick. [Aug. 23rd, 2007|08:38 pm]
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Ben found this guy on the porta-jon a week or so ago. I've never seen a green walking stick( usually they look like sticks, e.g. brown), although i suppose it would make sense, most things being green these days.



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Dandelions Galore [May. 6th, 2007|10:29 pm]
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The other day I was driving and saw an amazing sight. I saw lots of these:



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(no subject) [Apr. 29th, 2007|10:24 pm]
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A few pictures of living (and dead) things, including the mourning doves that are making a nest in our stair covering



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(no subject) [Apr. 26th, 2007|02:39 pm]
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[Tunes |Fred Hammond - I Will Say]

Ellie is working a lesson plan that deals with the Great Migration from the South to the North in the beginning of the 20th century. i was looking for primary sources to help her, and found the story of a black migrant worker. here is a funny excerpt:

We were very happy to get the jobs. It was a welcome thing. we could be here the rest of our lives and never go back to the South, on any condition, except in the case of death in the family. I met a friend from home and asked him if he would ever go South again. He said, "No, it's too many ups."
I asked,, "what do you mean, too many ups?"
He said, "THe first thing in the morning, before day breaks, you have to wake up. Then you have to get up, then you have to feed, gear up. You go the field before the sun is up and hitch up, the first words you say to the mules is 'git up'. and you start to bedding up. When night comes you look over how much of the earth you have turned up. After you plant up, you start getting ready to round up. When you're through rounding up, you start chopping up. WHen you get through with that it's time to go to the hayfield and start baling up. WHen that is done you come back to the field and start gathering up. THen you start to hauling up to the white man to have your settleing up. and you don't get a damn thing in return, but a big mess up. No, I'm not telling a mule 'git up' no more, if he's sitting on my lap. I'm not planting any more cotton, and i'm plating any more corn. If i see some mules running away with this world I'm going to tell them to keep going, 'go ahead on'."


Another funny piece of writing that was written by my English grandfather, who was something of a local poet in his village (and an avid gardener):

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(no subject) [Apr. 9th, 2007|05:46 pm]
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A while ago as I walked into the garage to work on the Jeep with luke and chinnie, luke exclaimed this delicious tidbit:

"what happened, did you get into a fight with a caulk gun or something?"

this is why





I had just gotten off work, and that is what i look like pretty much every day when i get home: Tired, and dirty.
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(no subject) [Apr. 7th, 2007|03:30 pm]
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oh this is funny

How to Tell when you've pissed off an engineer....



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Funny [Feb. 25th, 2007|05:14 pm]
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A woman called a travel agent to make
reservations, "I want to go from Chicago to Hippopotamus, New York"
The agent was at a loss for words. Finally, the agent: "Are you sure
that's the name of the town?" "Yes, what flights do you have?" replied
the customer. After some searching, the agent came back with, "I'm sorry,
ma'am, I've looked up every airport code in the country and can't find
a Hippopotamus anywhere." The customer retorted, "Oh don't be silly.
Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!" The agent scoured a map
of the state of New York and finally offered, "You don't mean Buffalo,
do you?" "That's it! I knew it was a big animal!"
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(no subject) [Feb. 25th, 2007|12:22 am]
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[Tunes |Marsalis Family - After]

Salsa dancing is fun.


It is interesting to me how watching TV is taken for granted. I have a very different viewpoint/perpective on it because I grew up with no TV at all, and don't have one now. I was reading someone's comment about how they would rethink their TV-watching habits in view of Lent, and it reminded me that many folk have not developed a particular TV-watching ethic; they just do it. I have a number of friends who spend in excess of 3-4 hours daily in front of the TV on weekdays, and more on weekends. that's as many hours as a part-time job, friends. I guess when you see it from a different angle you see how odd it is to spend an 1/8 of your day on it. And many of my friends are quick to defend the virtues of "their" show(s) (they really only watch Scrubs and 24, anyway, right?), which isn't really the point. the point is that we, as a people, make it a point to include a relatively mind-numbing form of entertainment in our daily ritual. So mind-numbing that there are over 500 channels of it. so mind-numbing that they're just coming up with crap to put out there because they know someone will watch it ( Shocking Moments 2!!! is a great one)

moving on. i'm tired. this week was killer. If i lifted weights, i bet that i would have increased my max lift by about 25-30 lbs this week alone, just because i worked so hard and did so much carrying, throwing, lifting, catching,etc of things weighing in excess of 150lbs, from above, below, sideways, lying down, 30 feet off the ground (literally), unloading 150 sets of scaffolding, setting up 120 sets of scaffolding( 3 stories high), and just in general physically strenuous things.

off to bed.
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heh [Feb. 11th, 2007|04:53 pm]
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If authority was mass, stupidity would be gravity.


Research supports a specific theory depending on the amount of funds dedicated to it.

It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
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(no subject) [Feb. 3rd, 2007|10:07 pm]
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As many of you probably noticed today, it is cold. Since our apartment is an old house (emphasis on OLD) the windows aren't exactly what you would call thermally efficient, or having a high R-value. Plus our bedroom window is on the west side of the house. So, you get this:

From Winter



this our air conditioner ( no we can't take it out)

From Winter


pretty ice

From Winter
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i'm tired. [Jan. 23rd, 2007|06:39 pm]
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[Tunes |Arturo Sandoval - Tito]

The sunset yesterday was very interesting, and i saw something that I had never seen before: a rainbow projected onto a cloud.


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(no subject) [Jan. 14th, 2007|01:38 pm]
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[Tunes |Oscar Peterson Trio - Gypsy in My Soul]

Beej, i mentioned a while back about the Jeep project. well, here's a pic of it in progress. Sand Dunes, here we come. just wait till the potato cannon turret and the bike rack are mounted.


From Another assorted




From Another assorted
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(no subject) [Dec. 28th, 2006|05:46 pm]
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Hey Y'all

To continue a tradition, the Collman's will be having a HUGE bonfire on New Year's eve, this sunday, starting at 8 pm at my parent's place.http://maps.google.com/maps?q=8813+Ann+Arbor+Rd+W,+Plymouth,+MI+48170

Last Year:

From Another assorted



So. everyone ( i mean everyone) is invited. just reply to this entry so i know you're coming. 8 pm to see the fire when it's bigger, or stop by anytime after that. i'm gonna see about getting the big green ball back in action, for those of you who were there last year. chips, cookies, and some drinks will be provided, feel free to bring some munchies. see you all sunday!! and RSVP!
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(no subject) [Dec. 19th, 2006|10:18 pm]
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Maggie is a dog.

she lies on this couch all day, stares at the lake and sleeps, and barks at squirrels and nothing at all.

From Dogs


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(no subject) [Nov. 27th, 2006|09:25 am]
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[Tunes |Candy Dulfer - 2025]

quite a different picture from the other one:

From Fall is pretty


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(no subject) [Nov. 7th, 2006|10:50 pm]
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[Tunes |Bonnie Raitt - Track 6]

campus looked cool at night with the mist. I caught a passing car in the frame.

From Another assorted
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(no subject) [Nov. 7th, 2006|07:15 pm]
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A family tradition:

From Another assorted



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my car got towed the other day. it cost $215. doh.
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(no subject) [Nov. 5th, 2006|09:55 pm]
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pretty moon, almost completely full

From Fall is pretty
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(no subject) [Oct. 29th, 2006|09:39 pm]
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[Tunes |Oscar Peterson Trio - Gypsy in My Soul]

I promised fall pictures. here they are.

From Fall is pretty


The light was doing fun things to the most beautiful (in the fall) tree on my parent's property, a japanese maple.

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(no subject) [Oct. 21st, 2006|02:26 pm]
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[Tunes |Cross Movement]

Some of you know that I work with my hands to make money. (I have a landscaping/contracting business) Here's a few projects I worked on recently.

From Work


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I'm going to miss working outside. I'm not going to miss, however, picking up 400 lb rocks. That's rough on the old back and forearms.



Fall is pretty, I'll post a picture later.
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(no subject) [Oct. 9th, 2006|01:24 pm]
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[Tunes |Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ - When the Spirits of the Lord [Live]]

Hah. got it to work.

NOW, here are some pictures.
A few random, and some from our honeymoon.

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That's better. there are more on the picasa site.
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(no subject) [Oct. 9th, 2006|11:15 am]
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i love my nephew

From Roman
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(no subject) [Oct. 7th, 2006|06:09 pm]
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So i went and looked at my journal today to make sure that the pix that i posted were working. And they weren't. so http://picasaweb.google.com/johncollman there.
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(no subject) [Aug. 20th, 2006|11:00 pm]
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We're back from the honeymoon.

It was lovely. (after we got over feeling pukish and tired the first 3 days.)

I'll post some pictures eventually.maybe. I'm concentrating on moving right now. kinda taking up a lot of mental energy. and physical energy, for that matter.
I'm also concentrating on finding a job, and having work in the meantime.



I played soccer today, and it was great. I haven't played soccer in so long, and I've still got it. I scored a sweet goal after having juggled the ball in the air around 2 defenders.
I think i'm going to join a league in the fall or something, or find a regular pick-up game. I certainly need the excercise.

anyway we're off to bed.
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(no subject) [Aug. 13th, 2006|03:24 pm]
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FYI


I'm married.


Ellie and I are on our honeymoon.

peace out.

:-)
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(no subject) [Jul. 17th, 2006|10:09 am]
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[Tunes |Ella Fitzgerald - This Time the Dream's on Me]

two announcements:

1. Yesterday i completed my motorcycle training course, which enables me to get a motorcycle licensce, which is most exciting.

2. More importantly, I recieved a letter from Eastern stating the following: John Collman, you have successfully completed the requirements to graduate with a bachelor of arts in Spanish with a minor in History, Magna Cum Laude.

that was pretty sweet.


in other news, i'm getting married in less than three weeks. thats 3. as in less than 4. that's close.
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(no subject) [Jun. 28th, 2006|10:42 am]
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http://media.putfile.com/KiteClimbing-Por-el-aire-sin-cometa
amzing rock climbiing

amazing soccer juggler.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/mrwoo.html


I'm doing alright.


i'm getting better at welding. its fun. breathing welding gases, on the other hand, is not.


off to work.
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(no subject) [Jun. 21st, 2006|09:06 am]
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what a lovely rain.

i love rain.
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(no subject) [Jun. 14th, 2006|11:44 pm]
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[Tunes |fan]

so today i was driving and my brake pedal went almost to the floor.


just so you know, thats bad when that happens.

But, i identified the problem, located the leak in the brake line, and removed the (fortunately) relatively short piece from in the engine compartment. (after having driven home from ypsi very gingerly, trying not to brake too much and lose all the fluid, and to not die.) Having tools is a good thing. Saves you lots of $. When all is said and done, i'll be out $10 maximum and an hour or two of labor, as opposed to a couple hundred dollars from a mechanic. lovely.

I say this every summer, but i'm quite sure that i'm busier during the summer than during the school year.

This year, that might have something to do with a little word that starts with "W" and ends with "edding". also "G" and "raduating" and "R" and "unning-own-busness"


well, i have brake fluid on my hands, i'm tired, i have a paper to write, and a long to-do list, so i'm off.
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(no subject) [Jun. 12th, 2006|05:19 pm]
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[Tunes |Kansas City Soundtrack]

I just got a paper/cardstock cut underneath my fingernail. It did not feel good, nor does it still.

wedding plans are going well.

i'm working fris and sats, and thats going well. making some money.

lots of things to do, though. like, lots.

including (hopefully) graduating.


peace y'all.
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(no subject) [May. 18th, 2006|07:23 pm]
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[Tunes |Donnie McClurkin - We Fall Down]

Ellie quote of the day: "I'm going to do something with myself, like watch TV"


clients are silly
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(no subject) [May. 18th, 2006|10:36 am]
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[Tunes |Bonnie Raitt - Track 2]

Funny story

The night before grant and i drove up to Cedar Campus in the UP, we were going to spend the night outside at Ann Arbor city hall for the Global Night Commute, so i was sleeping in my sleeping bag with all my clothes on. Hence, when i shifted around, all the change fell out of my pockets. When we go to the cabin at Cedar, i made sure to get the change out of the sleeping bag, both for reasons of comfort and economy.
So, the second morning we were there, I get in the shower, and as i'm washing my body, i notice a lump/growth on my left butt cheek. like, a hard growth or a very large bug. I become somewhat concerned, and when i i investigate further,I discover that there is a penny stuck to my butt. I then proceed to nearly fall down in the shower laughing.


I slept in today for the first time in a long time. sleeping in means going back to sleep after waking up at 7:40 and sleeping till 9ish.



ok. on with my day.
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(no subject) [May. 16th, 2006|05:28 pm]
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[I FEEL |headache]
[Tunes |salsa]

strong words about porn. looks like an interesting book.

http://www.urbana.org/resources.biblio.detail.cfm?RecordId=783
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(no subject) [May. 8th, 2006|10:38 pm]
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first of all, i would like to say that i just ate the majority of a quart of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, and it was delicious. you never intend to eat the whole thing, it just happens.
second, my whole head is one ball of phlegm. allergies= like whoa.
third, i dug through the trash outside Mckenny tonight to find a reciept in a bag that i threw away earlier, only to find the bag empty.
fourth, for once i got a 4.0! i've come close a few other semesters ( 3.97, 3.95, etc), but last semester was the first time. it'll bump my final GPA over 3.7, which i wasn't expecting.
fifth, for 3 classes my books cost me $300. that is ridiculous. so i'm remedying that by buying some online.

Cedar was nice. i love that place. i was tired at the end though. hard work. glad to see all you EMU folk up there.

wedding plans continue. strange still.

good to see you today, purkiss. you looked nice today, and i still love your new haircut.

ok, bed and drugs, not in that order.
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(no subject) [Apr. 28th, 2006|03:13 pm]
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[Tunes |J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - It's Sand, Man]

i'm getting tired of computers

tired of interfacing with a machine

i want to be up at Cedar right now, on the ithsmus, flying my kite and enjoying the breeze and the sun and the water.
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(no subject) [Apr. 27th, 2006|05:29 pm]
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[Tunes |Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ - Let the Praise Begin [Live]]

Hey all

JAZZ AT THE UGLY MUG, TONIGHT 6 or 7 until 10

I don't know who the featured guest artist is, but i can guarantee that it'll be sweet. i might show up at some point and play a few tunes.
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(no subject) [Apr. 25th, 2006|11:07 am]
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[Tunes |Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - Stomping Grounds]

I'm excited about my purchase today.

never will i have to pay for another haircut, cause i got myself a Wahl clipper and trimmer. something simple and cheap that i've wanted for a long time, but just haven't bothered to do. and especially now since my hair is so short, there is no point in paying someone to do 2 minutes of work and just zip it off.
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(no subject) [Apr. 20th, 2006|11:29 am]
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[I FEEL |salsa]

oh eastern, how apt i was in describing your claws.

the class i need to graduate that i'm taking this spring?

its cancelled.

fantastic.
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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2006|10:38 pm]
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[Tunes |Art Pepper - Popo]

a great quote from the weekend from the girl talking to her boyfriend in subway( spoken in a plaintive tone over some item of jewelry):

"It's not ghetto, its creative!"

thanks, IV folk for a lovely evening. your thoughfullness is well appreciated. and you have no idea how excited i am about the glasses. heh
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(no subject) [Apr. 17th, 2006|08:54 pm]
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[Tunes |Etta James - What'd I Say]

a quote from my friends's xanga that i liked:

"The other night I was frustrated and it was a beautiful night out, so I decided to take a walk down the street. I came up to this one house that I think is so comforting. It looks kind of like a little doll house. It's small and quaint and has little candles burning in the windows. I think if God had a house in my neighborhood....that'd be it. When the gates are open to the backyard you can see a bench and a few chairs sitting in the grass and so I imagine that I would walk down to God's house in the evening and chat with him over tea or coffee in the backyard. Sometimes I wish that God felt that real to me. Like He was the wise old man that I chatted with for hours and He listened to me and would always have great wisdom that He'd share. We'd go for walks or sit in the park or in His backyard and He could tell me stories for hours without it being a bore. He'd always be there to listen to You and everything could be so real. I know that God is real and you can have a relationship with him...but most of the time He feels so far away. Probably because He doesn't talk right back to me when I'm talking to Him. He's patient and seems like He talks only when completely necessary. I dunno...I don't want to talk to God anymore...I want Him to talk to me for awhile. Tell me some stories, reveal a little bit more of His mystery. Am I just not listening right? I want to know so much more about Him. I know the "answer" is always to just go to the bible...but I feel like that just tells me what I already know or have learned about Him. I want something new...there's gotta be more. Anway...once I was done with my walk I felt a lot better. I was thinking of all these different things me and God could do if He was just the wise old man that lived down the road instead of this magnificant creature that seems distant and impersonable sitting on a throne in some place called Heaven. After awhile I felt like I really was talking to my Father and He was on my walk...just like I had hoped."



cross-posted from george, but not all of you know him, and its a sweet clip.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4776181634656145640
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(no subject) [Apr. 13th, 2006|10:46 pm]
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[Tunes |Fred Hammond; Musiq - Love's in Need]

Children are so beautiful. And amazing. i love them


God is also very good.

i enjoy His goodness.
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