Writer’s Block: Beautiful Vistas

What is the most beautiful view you’ve ever seen? Have you been there, or do you plan to visit? If you have one, share a picture.

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The most beautiful view that I’ve ever seen, has got to be Tennessee — the mountains are so beautiful. One you get far enough into north Georgia, you start to get into mountain country, and the trees start to grow thicker all around. Further into Tennessee, it just gets better. And of course, there’s always the great smoky mountains 😉

I remember when we were in Tennessee for my brothers wedding, it was a royal pain to take the trip up; but the sights were well worth it. We were out in Sevier County (Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg), and then we made the trip home through the smoky’s. Wish I had a picture like what I see in my minds eye, but if we took any of the mountains, it’s probably still in the camera (on 110 film lol). The trees were in a multitude of colours, beautiful reds, oranges, browns, and even some greens; so it must’ve been during Autumn that we were there. Reese and Gail married about 1999, and divorced last year, I’ve never actually bothered to remember the date… haha. (Foul memories of that darn suit however, still abide!).

Another great view was the summit of Stone Mountain, I’ve been there; on a day when it was almost clear enough to actually see as far as the proverbial eye can see ^_^. As far as views that I would love to see, I’ve always wanted to see Texas and Key West; my mothers always said how beautiful Texas was, and well, being a Floridian: do even you have to ask about the Keys? hehehe. Like wise, parts of Ireland and Italy come to mind. But, all in all, I’m not likely to see any of them within my life time.

I would love to someday see the mountains out in Tennessee again… I guess, even though I’ve always been around a ‘city’ style environment, I just prefer being a little further from contemporary civilization. I don’t think I will ever forget the sight of the mountains.

Writer’s Block: No Foolin’

What’s the best April Fool’s joke you’ve seen today?

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Watching Noer’s evil mind fool a few youngin’s about things shutting down; we’re not closing our doors at [SAS], but he April Fooled at least one or two troopers xD. BSDFan tried a similar trick on me earlier about DaemonForums but without that awesome punch to it lol. Medic had me grinning ear to ear with his Ghost Recon fools, but I think Noer took the cake hehe.

So far, I’vce only been fooled once (Thanks BSDFan, lol) but haven’t pulled any; the only person I had a mind to trick, is also one I would’ve considered it mean to fool in the planned way lol. (I’d also hate to see what he’d do to me next year haha). Well, I did try playing a joke on Valroes joke but I don’t think I got a rise out of him 🙁

Writer’s Block: How Soon Is Now?

What scientific or medical breakthrough do you most want to happen in your lifetime?

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medical… probably a toss up between a cure for Alzheimer’s and a cure for cancer. I still remember my grandmother, from when I was little up to when she finally passed on. Heh to this day my mother refuses to donate to the Alzheimer’s association. In my family, it’s also a general thing: you will probably die of heart attack, cancer, or stroke; take ya pick.

scientific… well, if I was an inventor my “pet project” would probably be to invent something like the force fields in Star Trek. In the wider scope, I’d kind of like to see advances in high energy physics and a less radioactive form of nuclear power: like the minovsky fusion reactors from MS Gundam, in application.

Writer’s Block: Prison Time

If you were sent to prison for an undefined amount of time, what would you miss most?

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Probably programming!

Honestly, I can’t fathom what it would be like to not program stuff…. if I didn’t have a computer or something, you’d probably find me rewiring old electronic gizmo’s into something new and strange, or building a robot…. or accidentally electrocuting myself in the process lol.

(that being said, if I had the resources I would try building my own PDA, and probably have to watch the FCC confiscate it or something :-(.)

Writer’s Block: Deal or No Deal

What’s on your list of dealbreakers when it comes to romantic relationships?

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  • If she’s a bitch, just plain cruel, or has no feeling for other people (Gee, sounds familiar), then I’m more likely to regard her with contempt more then anything else, just like everyone else with that kind of attitude towards others.
  • If she is a Bimbo, or worse a first class / major bimbo… that is an end to almost all romantic interest on my part lol. Bimbo = common name for the type of girl that usually gives me a _H_E_A_D_A_C_H_E_ in the long run. I don’t mean the woman has to be a rocket scientist or something like that, but some common level of intelligence and attention span is a must!
  • If she (or I) is only interested in sex or that’s the primary goal in/nature of the relationship. For me, things have to go much deeper then that to be lasting, let along develop a romantic tone. I’m a guy, so such things obviously cross my mind eventually, but still I would take the effort for her mind, body, and soul: not solely for the sake of a home run.
  • If she’s currently involved with someone or married, then that’s a no go: automatic mental disconnect (my brain generally raises the off limits sign).
  • If she can’t love me for who and what I am, deals off.


A hopeless romantic is not the same as a hopeless flirter. A hopeless romantic dreams of who they will spend the rest of their life with and what the two of them will do together. They want to be romanced with sweet simple things and the thoughtful amazing surprises. They dream of being loved but also loving somebody. They don’t just want somebody to hold them. they also want to hold someone. They realize that love isn’t just about one person but both people. they are hopelessly in love with being loved AND loving back.

Writer’s Block: More Island Time

You’re packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?

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If trillogies count as 3 books:

0. My copy of the Bible (it’s an NIV)
1. The Thrawn Trilogy: Dark Force Rising
2. The Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire
3. The Thrawn Trilogy: The Last Command
4. Lord of the Rings (it is one insanely huge book!) or Dune.

If trillogies count as 1 book:

0. My copy of the Bible (it’s an NIV)
1. The Thrawn Trilogy
2. Dune
3. Lord of the Rings
4. My old U.S. Army survival field manual

Wouldn’t be much of a list without a copy of the Bible on it, now would it? When I started in Fusion (one of two youth groups at the church), my pastor was polite enough to equip me with a copy free of charge. Haha, I still remember the first time I read it… friends had to teach me the whole chapter _and_ verse notation (yeah, that was an awkard moment lol). One day everyone in the group was asked to read a passage picked at random, I ended up in the book of Acts. Later on my D-Group had a week long pledge to read the bible every night, being me I of course had to inhale all of Genesis. I rarely get to read the bible these days, but it’s still a book I would take. The perfect chance to the entire thing cover to cover.

Timothy Zahns first tale about the imperial grand admerial Thrawn is one of my favorites, including the first appearance of my all time favorite Star Wars charactor: Mara Jade. I remember the first time I read it, I couldn’t help but wonder where Luke and Mara might end up in the future. The Hand of Thrawn duology solved that question lol (the skywalker curse aside, which she seems to be the only women to ever survive reasonably well). For some good reason, all the best Star Wars novels seem to come in trilogies and average at least 950pg or better xD. I’ve always loved Star Wars, especially the expanded universe. Largely gave up reading them after Vector Prime though, but If I had the cash; from things that I’ve heard more recently, I think I would pick up where I left off from and catch up with the years. Out of all the SW books I’ve read, the original Thrawn stories are my top fav, hence a must on the list 🙂

Dune, a movie I loved and a novel I really loved once I got to read it. Dune is just my kind of story, big, long, so much depth and imersion – like an RPG taken to an extreme. I also love Sci-Fi and stories that give one room to think a bit. Anyone who likes science fiction or fantasy must read Dune eventuall!!!!

I’m not a huge LoTR fan, but the Lord of the Rings is a very big, long, and in depth book – just right up my ally (like Dune). That reminds me, one of these days I need to puchase the remaining volumes and inhale them haha. J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert seem to have a great nack for creating their own little (eh, big) world, and finding a way to suck you into it…. you’ll either have to learn all the history of it, or be bored out of your mind before the end of the book (in which case, you probably wouldn’t like such books anyway)

Some years ago, well many now I guess lol. My brother picked up a few old field manuals from a military antique and surplus store. I have the manual to an M1 .30-06 rifle (the Grand), fm on booby trapping (where most of my minor-knowledge of explosives comes from), and Survival; which covers survival issues on land and sea, both tropical/desert and arctic environments (even for the avator that has fallen from the sky). After ~40 years, I’m sure it is woefully out of date or been replaced at least once or twice by the army, but hey… I wouldn’t dare plan a camping trip without it, let along being stuck on a desert island!

I love to read, although honestly these days any reading time I actually get to myself… usually ends up on something techy. There is just nothing like a good book…. born a couch potato, but books are better then watching the TV. Unlike television, where they have to pick and choose what to show you, a book lets you choose what you see. To explore that authors vision, and gaze upon it with your own eyes; dive into an eventure or visit a strange new world that only exists there in. Plus there is a lot more content then TV can offer lol.

And yes, Star Wars dominates my book shelfs better segments xD.

Writer’s Block: Desert Island Time

You’re packing your bag for that magical desert island that happens to have electricity, a TV, and a DVD player—what five DVDs do you take with you?

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0. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
1. Spaceballs
2. ALIENS (think space marines and xenomorphs)
3. El Dorado (my favorite western)
4. A classic, maybe Now Voyager or something like Arsenic & Old Lace

Spaceballs though, would have to be on the list! Heh, I think I’ve seen that move so many times over the years that I could probably be the dork on set with the script, should they ever have to re-film it ^_^

Writer’s Block: Taking It Personally

Have you ever taken a personality test like the Myers-Briggs or Enneagram? If so, did you agree with the results? And what was your type?

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Once took something based on the Myers-Briggs style, can’t remember the type though. The result was fairly accurate, the only problem was it was also classified as being among like 2% of the population with that type lol.

I’ve always valued my uniqueness, hehe.

Writer’s Block: In a Former Life

Do you believe in reincarnation? If your answer is “yes,” describe some of your past lives.

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Not really, but if there is such a thing… it would be nice to come back as a cat or a dog.

Dogs get to sleep all day, and don’t have to share. Cats get to sleep all day, and always find the best napping spots xD.