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My Star Trek Character [Mar. 2nd, 2006|05:55 pm]
alcaison
What the hell??? I'm generic. So depressing.

Your results:
You are An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
90%
Jean-Luc Picard
70%
Spock
65%
Geordi LaForge
60%
Beverly Crusher
50%
Chekov
50%
Deanna Troi
40%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
40%
Data
40%
Will Riker
40%
Mr. Scott
35%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
30%
Uhura
15%
Worf
15%
Mr. Sulu
10%
Since your accomplishments are seldom noticed,
and you are rarely thought of, you are expendable.
That doesn't mean your job isn't important but if you
were in Star Trek you would be killed off in the first
episode you appeared in.


Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Test



Becky (rownchica) did this and she came out as Chekov.
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Blizzard [Feb. 26th, 2006|08:16 pm]
alcaison
We had our second blizzard and the snow in the back was up to the eaves of the house, completely covering the kitchen door and window. What a pain in the ass to dig out from. In the front, we opened the garage door and faced a driveway full of snow that was about shoulder height. Its really just impossible to describe that. After the last blizzard, we bought a used snowblower so I get that going. The snow is way taller than the snow blower, so Becky has to use a shovel to knock the snow down in front of the blower so I can blow it out of the driveway. Its amazing. So, we work at this non-stop for 3 hours - with a snowblower - to finally clear a path for the car out of the driveway. Holy shit, I tell ya. Now, I'm completely beat up. That snowblower is like wrestling a beast. It does a great job, but you really have to work to keep it going in the right direction. I had to take a 3 hour nap this afternoon to recover from the 3-hour blowing fest. If we had not had it, we would not have been able to get out of the house today. Shoveling, it would have taken us all day at least and its such hard work that we wouldn't have been able to do it all in one day. I also had to shovel out the kitchen door and knock enough snow down so that you can sort of get some light into the kitchen window. That took another hour. It must have been a bad one because even the locals here were out taking pictures. I'm supposed to go find the air exchanger vent which is somewhere outside of the house and clear the snow from it, but I just can't face going out there and trying to find it. I have no idea where it is and I don't have any snowshoes to walk around with. Our neighbor was out there doing that for his house, but he was walking on snowshoes. That's another thing I guess we need to buy. So, wow. Its a powerful thing, this weather shit.
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nice developments [Feb. 23rd, 2006|07:02 am]
alcaison
Thinkgs are working out kinda well these days. We got an appointment with the sperm doctor dude for June 9th. This will be the initial consultation. Word is that we would start getting the goods in August and the lady said that within 3 months after that we should have a positive result, so to speak. We shall see. The timing for that is pretty good - we'd be good to go home for Christmas, and with a due date after the Winter semester, Becky wouldn't have to take a semester off from teaching. Not being tenured yet, that is certainly a concern. Gotta keep the department happy. I got an article published in Research in Higher Education, the second highest rated journal in the field. I also got a personal letter from the editor singing the praises of the submission and he also asked me to be a reviewer for the journal. Happiness flows from professional acceptance. Still can't get a fucking job from MUN, but that's their problem, not mine. I was asked to teach a second class for the summer and I thought that was going to keep me from being able to go down to Florida for May, but the class is a strange thing. Its taught in a 6-week summer session that doesn't start until June 26th so I will get to go down to the states as planned. In short, lots of good stuff these days.
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I'm floored. [Feb. 19th, 2006|06:09 pm]
alcaison
Okay, today and yesterday we've had the office torn apart. I put down laminate flooring in the room and now, I'm all done and we've put everything back. It looks lovely. Actually, there was laminate flooring down here already, but it was way ugly and they didn't put it down correctly. See, back before Christmas, I put laminate down in the workout room. This flooring is a lovely golden oak color that matches the hardwood upstairs. That made an awful clash with the flooring right next door in the office which was this cheap looking ugly dark brown crap that didn't match anything else in the house. So, when we bought the laminate for the workout room, we bought extra for the office. Now that its done, it makes such a fantastic difference. Things are looking right around this joint. No more home improvement for me till at least summer. I'm tired... and floored.
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$40 for 5 days [Feb. 16th, 2006|07:39 pm]
alcaison
Well, we've decided to add ovulation prediction to Becky's charting of her basal temperature as an additional piece of data collection. This shit's expensive. Well, its expensive if you make your decisions late and have to use what you can buy at the drug store. We just decided to start tracking the LH stuff as well, and we sort of need to start that tomorrow or Saturday. Living here on the island, there is no way we'd get anything ordered online within the next week, so we had to break down and buy for this month at the drugstore. 5 tests for $40. Yikes. And that was generic. We are ordering online for the next several months so that will be considerably cheaper. I reckon its payback for all of those months I never had to buy birth control or condoms. I like the whole data collection thing, though. Its a sort of research study with some pretty dramatic results if you get it right.
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Oh jeez, I vanished [Feb. 7th, 2006|05:36 pm]
alcaison
Sorry to the 2 people who actually read this...I was buried in snow and other concerns over the past week.

So, it appears I'll be teaching again for the spring semester here. Its sort of fucked up a bit, coming from the US. See, in Canada, since they don't really have much of a summer, they call their semesters different things. Fall is the same at the Fall in the US, but what in the US I called Spring semester is called Winter semester up here and what in the US would be the summer semester is actually called the spring semester. So, its a 3-season country, even in its higher education. So, yes, I will be teaching at least 1 course in the spring semester via distance education. Yee haw. My precarious employment continues. I might also grab up another course too, but having at least 1 is a relief. 2 would be a pure joy, but we shall have to wait and see about that. Being per-course faculty really blows.

We had a big superbowl party for our canadian friends this past Sunday. It was a southern tailgate theme, complete with barbecue, chips & salsa, etc. I even used a bottle of my preciously imported Carolina Treet southern barbecue sauce (vinegar based style). Folks were appreciative. We had 14 people here, and by my counts eleven of them partook of alcohol. Those 11 folks put away 74 bottles of beer and 1 bottle of wine. Wow. You know its a serious event when folks come to your house via taxi to avoid having to drive home intoxicated. Good times were had by all.
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Awake [Jan. 28th, 2006|03:04 am]
alcaison
Sleeping has just not been working out for me lately. In the evening, I am tired and I usually want to go to bed around 9-9:30pm which is fine and basically normal for me. I have absolutely no trouble going to sleep either. Then, I wake up at various times - last night at 11:50pm, tonight at 2am - and can't go back to sleep for like 3 hours. So, here I am, 3:06am and I can't sleep. Thomas and I are out on the couch. He has no trouble going to sleep anywhere, and Becky's sleeping away just fine. I don't know what my problem is and I'm afraid I'm getting to be old. I've heard how old people need less and less sleep and they stay up at all hours of the night. My grandma is like that, hardly sleeping at all. This is terrifying, first of all because I'm only 31, and secondly because I really really like to sleep. I mean, I love it. Its my favorite hobby. There is nothing like a good, quality 9-10 hour night of deep sleep. And I've always been so good at it. But, ever since I've been up here in St. John's, I've just not had the best of sleep. We even changed beds and that hasn't seemed to help, though I do admit my back does feel better since we made that change. I'm really tired in the evenings and I do want to go to sleep and that sleep is easy to achieve, it just doesn't last. Saturday night, I'm going to medicate myself.
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Its like a hurricane with blue skies [Jan. 23rd, 2006|09:56 am]
alcaison
I meant to leave the drudgery of weather reporting for Newfoundhome, but oh my, the wind here yesterday and today has just been unbelievable and I have to comment. Actually, the weather isn't really my comment, its more about the shabbiness of stuff in the US. 100 Km/h winds going on the second day now with gusts at like 120-140 km/h. I'm mightily impressed, let me tell you. I mean, it was so loud in our house last night Becky and I both slept with ear plugs in. We tried to change to the guest bedroom, but the wind was making the meter box outside the window vibrate and I couldn't sleep through that either. But, you know, its been blowing like all hell for over 24 hours and nothing has happened. Nothing has fallen, no power outages, trees aren't ripped up, shingles aren't flying around. If this had been back in the US, everything would have been flat a long time ago. There are no power lines down or street lights flying around hitting shit here and it makes me believe that all of the crap we go through along the southern atlantic and gulf coasts simply doesn't have to happen. Up here, the stuff is built to stay and take the beating and I guess down south, they just use inferior crap to do everything. Maybe its a conspiracy - a conspiracy of all the companies that make wire, cable, shingles, wood, roofing tacks, and vinyl siding. I think that the various trades are involved in this conspiracy as well - the contractors, obviously, the power companies for sure, and all the folks who make a dime off peeps who get their shit blown away every summer. Up here it doesn't happen. Now, I will grant that 100 Km/h is about 65 mph but the 120 - 140 km/h gusts are above hurricane strength (75-87 mph, respectively) but that is impressive and I tell you, this wind has been going on much longer and steadier than in a hurricane. And the thing is, it happens a lot - not just once a season, but like once or twice a month. Yesterday and today have been the worst so far since we've been up here though. Very impressive, I think mainly because the temperature of 26F. With the wind chill, that is really powerful. But, you know, things up here are just built to handle the circumstances and I think its crap that down home, things are not built better. We're going to keep having hurricanes, that is a given. So, why not build for strength like they do up here and then when the hurricanes do come, things aren't all that bad. Conspiracy, I tell you - the Haliburton of building materials. Hey lets have a war cause we need some more business....hey lets not build very well so that when the weather goes to shit, we can rebuild everything.
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Waiting... [Jan. 20th, 2006|09:33 am]
alcaison
...is mostly what things are about these days. We're waiting to get our appointment with the fertility clinic. We're waiting for the election. Waiting for my hair to grow out. Waiting on employment verifications. Its boring to wait. The fertility appointment thing isn't that big of a deal anyway. The appointment won't be till May or June, regardless and Becky has to spend at least 3 months charting her basal body temperature anyway before anything can get going, but it would still be nice to have a date to look forward to. The Canadian election thing is rather fascinating. There is so much I can't even fathom. Like, having a record of voting liberal and then deciding that well, for this election I think I'll vote conservative. What is that? In the US, I think you are born one way or the other and barring some religious conversion (or unconversion) you pick your team for life. Regardless of who wins, its going to be minority, but it is still worrisome if the conservatives win because that means that Canada might lose that which makes it so attractive to us. We could lose our marriage if Harper gets his way. Sure, a lot has to happen between now and that outcome, but still, it makes you think. We did all of this, moved all this way, just for that right, and to have it threatened within 6 months of getting here is pretty fucking rotten. Bastard conservatives. Why? Why you gotta hate? Cause it doesn't matter how you dress it up in morality and religious fanaticism or plain ole stick-up-the-ass, it comes down to you telling me what I can and can't do because you're passing judgment on me. Well, I got some judgment for YOU. Just stay the fuck out of my life because believe me, I want NOTHING to do with yours. And we're also waiting on employment verifications. We're applying for permanent residency in Canada ( gotta do it cause if Harper has his way and same-sex marriage gets killed, I could lose the right to work in Canada because my work permit is granted because my spouse has a sponsored work permit) and it means I have to have a letter from every employer I've had since I turned 18 verifying I did indeed work there. Jeez. Yep, even all of those summer student jobs. Such a pain. Like I would lie about making $745 (for a whole summer of work) from Holden Beach Surf and Scuba. Oh well, elections make me grumpy.
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new stuff [Jan. 17th, 2006|01:50 pm]
alcaison
Like I said, things over here are going to be a bit more personal. I'm not mentioning this at all over at Newfoundhome, but I think that this cozy place is ideal. Becky and I are going to try to have a baby. Yeah, that's sort of a big deal. Especially since I've definitely been against procreation most of my life. Well at least as long as I was aware enough to consider it. And, for many, many reasons. But, things change, people change and I'm no different than the rest of mass society I guess. Really, what it was that pushed me over the decision edge was the realization that my life isn't exactly something that is determined by others, but instead it is something I can actually shape. So, I have a shitty family and I don't like going home or anything like that. There is no joy, no happiness and I blame my family for 100% of my generalized depression and negative outlook on life. Yep. No doubt. And others who know me and my family concurr - I'm not making this up or exaggerating. So, this originally translated into me never wanting to have a family. I famously noted that children didn't decide to be born, so it was fairly arrogant of me to assume that a child would want to live and then force that on them. Well, lately, I've taken a more pro-active approach. I've come to think that if I want a happy family, a house full of life and joy and laughter and craziness and fun, and since my natal family is completely the opposite of this vision, then I should do something about that. Instead of just crapping around, bemoning my awful luck in the family environment category, I could instead have a family of my own and build an environmet of just what I want. I can have a happy family; a house full of life and joy and uniqueness. So, this shift from a victim mentality to one of proactive engagment has resulted in us getting a referral to a fertility clinic. Now, who's doing the chemistry experiment? Nope, I couldn't go that far - its going to be Becky. I'm still not convinced my genes (or at least half of them) need to get advanced into the next round. Sadly enough, Becky feels the same way so we are in agreement that she's the one going under the (figurative) turkey baster. See, wow, already like 49 times more personal and relevant than Newfoundhome. Yee Haw.
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