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09:38am 09/03/2005

You Know You're From Ohio When...

You don't think of Florida first when someone mentions Miami.

You snicker when someone's from Tiffin, because you think of the State Hospital.

You think Pro football teams are supposed to wear orange!

You've heard of 3.2% beer.

Schools close for the state basketball tournament.

You're proud of your state fair, but would rather go to Cedar Point.

You live less than 30 miles from some college or university.

You know what a buckeye really is, and have a recipe for candy ones.

"Toward the lake" means "north" and "toward the river" means "south."

You've heard of the Great Nickel Beer Night Riot.

You know if other Ohioians are from southern or northern Ohio as soon as they open their mouths.

You root for a college team though you've never taken a class there.

You can spell words like Cuyahoga, Olentangy, Bellefontaine, and Tuscarawas

You always visit more than two amusement parks in one summer.

You know that Serpent Mounds were not made by snakes.

You know what game they're playing when the Mud Hens take on the Clippers.

Vacation" means spending a day at Cedar Point or King's Island.

Down south to you means Kentucky.

You thought that the Michael Stanley Band was the most popular band in the country.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Ohio.


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another sporadic public entry   
09:09am 09/03/2005
  just so yall know... i steal ikons.. if i see one i like, i grab it and use it for awhile. its a little bitty square picture. get over it.  

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my rant. (its been building all morning)   
02:56pm 03/11/2004
  first off id like to say that im utterly disappointed in the american people.
if adam and steve love each other, and they are willing to make that lifelong commitment, then who's buisness is it but adam's and steve's?????
in a country where the divorce rate is at times higher than the marriage rate, its ironic that people are so afraid to accept gay marriage simply because "it is not what marriage is meant to be" or it will "devalue the vows between a man and a woman"
id like to challenge everybody who voted against gay marriage... if you are married, don't get divorced. ever. because then you will be bigger hypocrites than you already are.

and... WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FELLOW STONERS?!?!?!? obviously not in alaska, where we had the chance to break ground in our effort for tolerance and acceptance of a recreation that is far less dangerous than cigarettes or alcohol. wouldn't it be great to sit out on your front porch, watch the aurora borealis dance across the sky while you freely puff on a nice fat joint? dammit, im as lazy as they come, and i got off my ass and voted. YOU LAZY STONERS WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU YESTERDAY?!?!?

im not even going to pretend im suprised that george bush won. i don't want to invite a bunch of "crazy conspiricy theorist" type comments, though, so i won't go into how corrupt i think he has been from day one. all i will say is that we survived four years already (although looking back its difficult to see how) we can surivive four more. especially knowing that after this there is no way he can be elected to another term.

with that said, im going to go watch the stupid goof make his victory speech.

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03:16am 02/04/2004
mood: amused
anybody threating serious legal action against lj for thier april fools prank deserves to have thier head smashed in by a brick. they are wasting good air that somebody else could be breathing.

and im making this post public in hopes that someone will see it and threaten serious legal action against me. i could use (another) good laugh.

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i know i won't get much feedback... but what the hell.   
02:50pm 26/03/2004
  Sum up your opinion or impression of me in one word, leave it as a comment in this posting, and then post this sentence in your own journal, please.  

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02:17am 10/03/2004
mood: bored
im wide awake and bored off my ass. someone im me... xbudcar8x

or just give me something constructive (or not) to do.

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just... shut up and sign it.   
10:04pm 27/02/2004
  Dear All,

I believe that ALL Americans, including gays and lesbians, deserve the rights, responsibilities, and
privileges that come with marriage. I also believe the the constitution is in place to grant rights to Americans, not restrict them. Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make that dream a reality. Please, join me in adding your voice to a million voices raised in support of civil marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples at:
www.MillionForMarriage.org .

This week, it's especially important that we reach 200,000
signatures - right-wing extremists are lobbying Congress right
now during their so-called "Marriage Protection Week." Please,
help drown out their anti-GLBT voices!


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03:21am 19/02/2004
  questions for people who might know.
i already asked this but does anyone know how i can merge two overrides, one being changing comment links the other inserting a background photo?
also how do you put a scrollbar on your journal?

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10:22pm 07/01/2004
mood: optimistic

if you go there and buy something, i get 7% commission :)

Instant Gift Certificates!

this might become a career...

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makin a few changes to the ol blog   
10:18pm 03/11/2003
  so, im in the process of deleting mass entries, in addition to making this friends only. reasons being... just cuz. i have my reasons, but i don't feel like going into them into too much detail. anyway, if you should happen to stumble across this and for some odd reason want to read it, just comment and i'll add you. fyi, my writing skills aren't the greatest, nor am i some profound intellectual with an interesting life to read about. this is just a place i come to for venting purposes and to keep up with the lives of my friends. and even my so-called friends. with that said, leave a comment if you want to be added. peace.  

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09:32pm 31/10/2003
My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
smurfette1169 goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as a stock car racer.
dalejrfans tricks you! You get a thumbtack.
doseofreality gives you 17 tan banana-flavoured gummy bats.
guitargod tricks you! You get a broken balloon.
hollywood gives you 12 white coconut-flavoured gummy worms.
incubliss gives you 17 mauve cinnamon-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
incubus tricks you! You lose 12 pieces of candy!
magicmedicine gives you 10 red-orange vanilla-flavoured gummy worms.
orion681 tricks you! You get an old sock.
total_static tricks you! You lose 14 pieces of candy!
x_spiltmilk_x tricks you! You lose 15 pieces of candy!
smurfette1169 ends up with 15 pieces of candy, a thumbtack, a broken balloon, and an old sock.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

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09:56am 25/10/2003
incubus 51%
piercedjp 22%
poptart 17%
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07:13am 14/09/2003

Livejournal Mood Ring

is emotionally distant.

I bet no one's surprised that you never post your current mood. In fact, I bet most of your friends are so sick of you locking them out of your life that they hate you behind your back. Shame.

brought to you by interim32. wanna know your livejournal's mood ring
color? enter your username and hit the button.


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10:30pm 02/09/2003
  new aim sn: xbudcar8x  

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01:47pm 26/08/2003

What Is Your Battle Cry?

Stalking on the candy store, wielding a reflective halberd, cometh Smurfette1169! And she gives a spectacular bellow:

"I'm going to defoul you so utterly, Jesus himself will forsake you!!!"

Find out!
Enter username:
Are you a girl, or a guy ?

created by beatings : powered by monkeys


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wow, i have shitloads of these...   
11:32pm 21/08/2003
  Toxic Flower Warning

POSTED: 3:28 p.m. EDT August 21, 2003

ATLANTA, Ohio -- Federal health officials have issued a warning about a garden plant known as Moonflower that's made 14 northeast Ohio youths sick.

The Centers For Disease Control says the cluster of cases in Cleveland and Akron suggests the seeds are being used as a drug.

The teens got sick after eating the seeds or drinking tea brewed from the seeds of the plant.

Ingesting Moonflower can cause hallucinations.

The teens recovered after a day or two of medical care.

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10:46pm 13/08/2003
Threat rating: extremely low. You may think you can
subvert the government, but if you should try
you will be smited mightily because God likes
us best.

What threat to the Bush administration are you?
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10:22pm 07/08/2003

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which is scarier, the fact that i took this or the fact that i took the time to find this?   
02:11am 05/08/2003
You're Buttercup!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Buttercup
kicks serious ass and so do you!! I bet you had
a bag full of Barbie parts when you were little
didn't you? DIDN'T YOU? I know I did!

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01:07pm 01/08/2003
  Metrosexuals: It's a Guy Thing!

An emerging breed of man, the metrosexual, shows his soft, sensitive, feminine side.
By Richard Trubo
Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
on Monday, July 28, 2003
WebMD Feature

There, deep in the hair-care aisle, carefully selecting the product du jour, or in the salon having his nails buffed to the perfect shine while checking out the latest fashion magazines -- it's not a bird, not a gay man, it's a metrosexual!

And judging by the popularity of the new TV program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, many more once slovenly men want to join the ranks of this new breed of Renaissance man.

Not yet familiar with the new buzzword, "metrosexual"? Some social observers and product marketers believe it's just a matter of time until "metrosexual" becomes part of your vocabulary -- and perhaps a description of your own lifestyle as well.

So what makes a metrosexual man? He's been defined as a straight, sensitive, well-educated, urban dweller who is in touch with his feminine side. He may have a standing appointment for a weekly manicure, and he probably has his hair cared for by a stylist rather than a barber. He loves to shop, he may wear jewelry, and his bathroom counter is most likely filled with male-targeted grooming products, including moisturizers (and perhaps even a little makeup). He may work on his physique at a fitness club (not a gym) and his appearance probably gets him lots of attention -- and he's delighted by every stare.

Blurring Gender Lines

Curiosity about metrosexuals climbed considerably in June when Euro RSCG Worldwide, a marketing communications agency based in New York City and more than 200 other cities, explored the changing face of American males in a report titled The Future of Men: USA. As part of this research, men ages 21 to 48 throughout the U.S. were surveyed on masculinity-related issues. The conclusions? According to the report, there is "an emerging wave of men who chafe against the restrictions" of traditional male roles and who "do what they want, buy what they want, enjoy what they want - regardless of whether some people might consider these things unmanly."

The metrosexual male is more sensitive and in some ways more effeminate than his father probably was, says Schuyler Brown, one of the architects of the study and associate director of strategic trendspotting and research at Euro RSCG Worldwide. Metrosexuals are willing to push traditional gender boundaries that define what's male and what's female, she adds, but they never feel that they are anything but "real men." Yes, a little primping and pampering were once considered solely female indulgences, but they are becoming much more permissible for men, too.

Metrosexual men "are very secure in their sexuality," says Brown. "They're comfortable getting a facial or a pedicure. It doesn't make them feel any less masculine or any less heterosexual."

The Future of Men report noted, "One of the telltale signs of metrosexuals is their willingness to indulge themselves, whether by springing for a Prada suit or spending a couple of hours at a spa to get a massage and facial." They might devote an afternoon to choosing their ultrafashionable attire for the night. They may don an apron and prepare a mean and meatless pasta dish for friends.

Beyond Testosterone

So what's prompting men to think outside the box of male stereotypes? They might be influenced by a new breed of male-oriented magazines such as FHM and Maxim, which are devoting an increasing number of their pages to fashion. These popular magazines are encouraging men to dress to the nines and fall into line with media images of men with washboard abs and bulging biceps.

Members of the homosexual community also appear to have influenced their straight brethren. Even though metrosexual men are absolutely heterosexual, the gay movement has helped society as a whole accept so-called effeminate characteristics and lifestyles. "As a society, we're more comfortable with homosexuality today," says Brown. "It's no longer taboo, it's portrayed on prime-time TV, and heterosexual men have become more comfortable with the gay culture."

Ironically, if one of the metrosexual's goals is to transform himself into a "chick magnet," some of his efforts -- particularly those spent pumping iron in the local fitness facility -- might be misplaced. Some research suggests that his straining and sweating to inflate the size of his muscles may not be as interesting to women as he might think. According to Roberto Olivardia, PhD, co-author of The Adonis Complex: The Secret Crisis of Male Obsession, the average male thinks that women are attracted to men who are 15 to 20 pounds more muscular than what women actually find attractive.

Coming to Your Neighborhood

Who are examples of prominent metrosexual men? Brown points to the flamboyant, makeup-wearing Johnny Depp ala Pirates of the Caribbean at one end of the metrosexual continuum and Bill Clinton at the other. The former president, she says, "conveys a personal concern for body image, and is a publicly sensitive guy who wears his feelings on his sleeve." The list of metrosexual-style celebrities includes Brad Pitt and George Clooney. British soccer star David Beckham (whose wife is Victoria Adams - a.k.a. Posh Spice) may be the quintessential metrosexual icon, sometimes attired in a sarong and embellishing his nails with colorful polish.

While you're most likely to find metrosexual men in big cities, particularly media centers such as New York and Los Angeles, they are certainly not confined there. "Because of Hollywood and the fact that many of the male glitterati exhibit metrosexual qualities, you can see the imitation and the experimentation among men in many smaller cities as well," says Brown.

Yet facial plastic surgeons such as Seth M. Goldberg, MD, whose patients in his Rockville, MD, office include politicians, lobbyists, and attorneys in the Washington, D.C., area, question whether the label "metrosexual" is one that is really catching on in the nation's capital. At the same time, however, he notes that "in the last few years there has been a tripling of the number of men who are coming into my office for cosmetic surgery or office-based cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections. A generation ago, we wouldn't have seen any of these men in our office."

Olivardia points to a Psychology Today survey showing that 43% of men are dissatisfied with their overall appearance, and 63% are unhappy with their abdomen in particular. So they might seek out the services of a cosmetic surgeon for some major or minor retrofitting. Abdominal liposuction to wipe out love handles is particularly popular. The number of lip augmentation procedures in men in the U.S. increased by a startling 421% from 2001 to 2002, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

"It's definitely more acceptable for men to undergo these procedures than it once was," says Olivardia, clinical instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. "Even so, there are still many men who won't tell anyone they've done it; they won't volunteer that information."

Goldberg says that when men opt for cosmetic surgery, it's often the last step in their personal campaign to improve their appearance. They tend to be well dressed and well groomed, and then thanks to their affluence, can afford to move on to plastic surgery -- for example, eyelid procedures, chin augmentation, or laser skin resurfacing.

But can a metrosexual's preoccupation with his physical appearance be carried to extremes? Olivardia says that if your preoccupation with maximizing your looks is interfering with your relationships, your job, or your schoolwork, perhaps you should talk to a therapist and work on creating a healthier balance and a more sensible approach to your physical exterior.

Published July 28, 2003.

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