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02/23/24

  09:27:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Not had much to say as I have just been busy doing day to day treading water.
now this happened.

Have not managed to pay off the monies spent on the Dallas trip and my line of credit is currently full do to some restructuring and consolidation. Also the truck is not payed off so this issues outcome is likely not going to work out in our favor.

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11/12/23

  06:01:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Making beef stew in the crock pot.
Started with cubed round steak seasoned with salt, pepper, tyme, garlic powder, crushed bay leaves and some rosemary pan fried in a little olive oil.
Reduced drippings with tomato sauce.
In goes diced turnip, potato, carrots, Worcestershire, Tabasco, the reduced tomato sauce and a can of crushed tomato that have been blended, 2 cans of water.
Slow simmered for awhile.
In goes diced bokchoy and leek and low heat simmer.
ENJOY !

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11/06/23

  09:32:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
New Internet !
New Internet !

AT&T has done diddly squat in infrastructure updates around here.
So we switched to a T-Mobile 5g cellular hot spot.

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10/14/23

  09:29:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well the latest issue is HAL7 decided to die...
We have been noticing that it was randomly rebooting or going into a reboot cycle.
Thought it was a software issue and was digging into that but then it decided to turn off and not come back on...Meep!

HAL7 is older hardware, being an HP Proliant ML350 G6.
Come to find out my raid array was not being backed up either and the raid itself can't just be plugged into something else and recovered that way.
Online research suggested it was the power supply back plane distribution board. I can't find anything visually out of place like a leaky capacitor and were were about to give up hope.
Found ONE article online that shows soldering on a switch and manually forcing the power supplies to turn on. Currently its back up and running and we have completed a manual backup of the data.

I may pull the board back out and replace caps, we will see.
Usually older server hardware parts can be found online for pretty cheap but not this one. We can find it, but its in the $200 range.

Lesson learned is to verify your backup solution.

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09/08/23

  09:38:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

not been much of anything interesting to post about.
work, eat, sleep, poop, repeat...
just the same struggle of trying to keep the bills paid and the bellies full...gets old

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06/11/23

  09:12:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I have not felt much like posting anything, but here is the latest.

The only saving grace was that we were able to take advantage of the Memorial Day sales.
*sigh*

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04/25/23

  08:47:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Rest in piece Mr. Prince

He passed away tonight in my arms. Rest well kitten, I hope to see you again some day.

Rest in piece Mr. Prince
Rest in piece Mr. Prince
Rest in piece Mr. Prince

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04/17/23

  07:04:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So, Mr. Princes fur has been in need of some attention due to him being old and having hyperthyroid - which means his poops are not solid, frequent, and sometimes wet.

I have been working on some of his tangles from time to time but it was time for time to take a bath. He used to love baths when he was a baby but not anymore. I got most of his fur clean and clipped out several clumps but one was being a pain and he was being wiggly...anyway, i cut him tried to clip it out. Took a nice chunk of furskin out. We managed to get him to the vet today as a drop off/work in. They were going to try just tranking him to shave his belly and work on the spot. Probably will need a stitch to bring the fur skin together and allow it to heal. It's more of a risk putting him fully under being 18 years old, though he is healthy otherwise. The cut is on his inner thy

Right now all I know is that they are keeping him overnight as he is really drunk, I don't yet know what the outcome of the wound is, nor if they had to fully put him under.
I'll know more tomorrow.

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04/11/23

  10:15:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I don't get the chance to buy stuff for my self often.
Been saving up the money and have ordered the new Zelda Tears of the Kingdom edition nintendo switch.
Good luck getting my attention once it come in.

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03/05/23

  11:03:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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01/23/23

  09:44:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Solved !

Doing some cleaning and organisation and we came across this guy.
Brand new in the box, it's a nice one too. Very smooth movement.

Anyway...Most people can get one side of a cube solved without much headache.
There are a few ways to solve these things but the easiest to do for normal people is to solve one side, then the next row down. After that comes pacing the last faces corner blocks and finally rotating them to the correct orientation. It can all be distilled down into algorithms. There are tons of different ones if you look around online. There are even simple ones that if repeated over and over, the cube will solve itself. Realistically you only need a few to solve it. There is the Moving a cube left and down, moving a cuber right and down, rotate a cube in place. Things get a little tricky for the last layer but again there is only a few move sets to use.

I can get mostly done with the second phase on my own but then i need to use some of these structured algorithms to finish it. I'm sure with work it would be pretty easy to memorize the move sets.
Cube Solve Is a good place to look.

Now for those speed solvers..man that just takes a different type of brain, they are able to visualize all the faces AND how the algorithm effects each piece AND intermix the algorithms together to move multiple pieces in different directions.

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12/27/22

  08:58:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Healthy meal ?
Healthy meal ?

So..like we are trying to eat healthier.
We have all lost some weight.
Here is tonight's meal.
...Perhaps not the best health wise but it's not so bad. Only use halve the ramen and none of it's salt..i mean flavor...packet.
Lets see, we got bokchoy slices, some leak slices and some of the leaves, carrot, green bean, garlic, 'bella mushrooms, celery, a few pot stickers from a box and some really thinly sliced beef round that i soaked in various hotish sauces for a while before tossing into the boiling veggy broth.
On the side we have some leftover wild rice from yesterday's chicken butter curry, a few pickled veggies and pickled jalapenos.

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11/09/22

  07:17:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I have been lax in posting as I feel I do not have the time and should rather do more important things like the endless amounts of housework or the never short 'to-do' list.

William is off in Dallas. He is a finalist and now competing in nationals for Bearded Lady which is a type of Drag Queen. It's been an expensive thing but we can't not do it as it may be a once in a lifetime experience for him.

James is off with friends so I have the house to myself tonight.

My firepit / BBQ thing that I love just shit the bed.

Mr. Prince is now 18 years old and has been having a time of it. Lots of poop and diarrhea and he is down to 4 pounds. I raised him by hand since he was 2 days old so I am very attached to him.
https://vincentthedragon.com/index.php/prince?blog=5
Blood work shows he has hyperthyroidism and I just picked up his new prescription food and pills. He ate the food like a wolf today but we will see if he keeps eating it.
I hope he does, I'd miss the guy terribly.

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09/30/22

  06:05:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Yep, it's today.
I'm 50 now.
that is all.

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07/31/22

  12:07:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
BIG !

We snagged these at the local big boxmart store we all hate. They were on sale but then also rang up at like $100 less that the sell price.
31.5 inches of curved big ass monitor running 1920x1080 refreshing at up to 240Hz
...yes, my desk is a mess right now.

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06/09/22

  10:43:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
HAL6 DOA

The home server, HAL5 is old...very old..and also out of drive space.

I snagged an old server we decommissioned from work. It's a Dell PowerEdge T420.
I worked on the SAS drive plane that was always giving us a random drive disconnect, replaced the dead drives and ordered 4 additional drive trays to fill its 8 bays.
I started with windows so it would be easier to upgrade the various bios's in the system as the people we had manage the server never updated a damn thing....
It would load Linux from a boot dvd and would go through all the motions of install but the wonky Dell iDrac/Lifecycle controller refused to let it boot from the install....EUFI/TPM/Secureboot ...they are all mostly a pain in the ass trying to get them to play nice with OS re-loads or changing the OS. All the research I found that seemed useful all pointed to me having to update the iDrac which I did...but...something went wrong somewhere as upon reboot iDrac is dead.

No indicator light, no front panel controller and Bios states Lifecycle Controller is disabled and nothing I can seem to find or do will bring it back to life.
iDrac is a dead stick, there maaaayyyybe might have been a way to force load the firmware file IF the server had the iDrac SD/remote card slot adapter populated AND if the system had the proper license to even use that part but it does not.

The system WILL still boot to an error you must F1 past and I still can't get Linux to load...all in all HAL6 is dead before he fully came to life...now I need another solution to replace my aging and full home server....

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03/28/22

  07:09:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Mmm...really good noodles.

I don't like big cities, never have...never will.
Forest dragons like to be out in the woods.

However; larger metropolitan areas do have things I don't normally get and that is a wider range of foods to eat.
I am away from home for a 2 week training class on a large machine for work and there is a hand pulled noodle shop near by.

Mmm...really good noodles.

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03/13/22

  10:32:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So there we were, it's 3am and we give up...for now.

Old Dell with uefi bios that was being bad about replacing it's dead hard drive and loading Linux in it...Got that done.
Install Virtual box - was fine
Installed W10 on a virtual computer - was fine
USB pass through - was being bad
tried endlessly to get the application I wanted to use the W10 for to run - gave up...for now...
I also tried to get it running on WINE but to no avail.
There are 2 dll's in the program that fail to load in either WINE or VM setup.

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01/06/22

  06:37:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

We had like maaaybee 3 inches of powder. Nice easy to drive on snow powder...You did NOT pre-treat...What you did do was plow off all the nice grippable snow and expose road...which in 17 degree temps meant they are now wet with water from the sun which turned into a shiny sheet of glass the moment the sun started falling. There were 20 people off the interstate on the way home as they were bumper to bumper in the 'clean' side of the road and sliding all over the place. I was doing 60 in the un-plowed side in my sub-compact with no computer controlled traction assist front wheel drive.

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12/13/21

  02:01:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So as you know, I roller over a dead deer in the middle or the Interstate coming home at night.
Someone else hit the thing and of course, left it in the middle of the road. Someone about a mile in front of me also hit the thing. Its dark and just over a hill so there was little to no time to react to the lump. I managed to center the car over it but that was all I had time to do. The truck in front of me was disabled by the impact, breaking his radiator. Ditto to me as it folded my radiator in half.

Progressive insurance company was fast and polite and did a great job.

The towing company not so much but it all got worked out...6 hours into setting at the side of the road…

The collision center did not have much of a job to do; Radiator, AC condenser, radiator support lower, guts and stuff hanging under the car, passenger floor pan bent up, mid frame stabilizer bar bent, broken muffler hanger.

They did the radiator, condenser and lower radiator support with paint and literally nothing else and they left some things unattended with the radiator.

It took a week, nothing wrong there but I got zero updates or feedback at all from them. The day of pickup all the guy there would say is that I pay my part over there. I asked if he knew where they put my tow bolt but all he would do was bring up a terrible phone photo as some sort of proof that it did not have one...One, the picture did not show the part of the car where the bolt screws into. Two, I put the bolt there myself while waiting for a tow so the tow guy did not have to dig it out from where it’s stored in the car. I went to the pay window and tried to have the same conversation however big but Betty was not going to get off her ass and would not give keys without payment.

I found the bolt...also my car stank like rotting flesh...and made some odd noises.

So over the weekend, I had the car in the car port at home up on blocks so I could wash the under carriage and hand dig out guts and bone in the cold. The noise was the muffler resting on top of the mid frame bar, which was bent up several inches. I removed the broken muffler hanger for now and reformed the structure bar. There is also a holding bracket assembly that holds up all the fuel and return lines that is all bent. I will have to remove it, reform it and put it back on some other day. I don’t want it to rub holes in the fuel or return lines. They did nothing about the passenger floor pan, easy to fix by just walking around inside the car. They did nothing about the oil filter with a big damn dent in it either. They also clipped off all of the wire ties that run along the top of the radiator fan shroud assembly rather than unhook them so now that wire harness is just resting on top of the shroud and could fall into the fan blades. I’ll have to purchase new clips.

I will never have another vehicle there for any repair and they are permanently off the list of places to ever purchase a new or used vehicle.

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11/25/21

  11:59:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I have been meaning to put up a a post about a project I did.
That being some small engine work I did on a mower but time has not allowed.
Was also going to post about getting Wuf a different car as the G6 is a POS and drinks oil about as fast as it leaks it..not had time...
Was going to update about the fact that the house's heatpump shit the bed and had to be replaced but....

Coming back home from Dad's where we did a family gathering for the holiday and I hit a dead deer carcass in the middle of the interstate.

It was dark, speed was 70, I saw something in the road but only could straddle the large part. There was something else to the left that we are not sure of what it was.
Someone hit the deer and kept going...
There was a small truck about a mile in front of me that also hit the carcass and disabled their vehicle, busting their radiator.
I pulled safely off after going over the deer, no air bags or crash.

The radiator support, radiator and AC are broken on mine...at first look, I felt that was most all the damage but when the tow truck came like 2 hours latter...Small pool of oil...
That's not good...Hopefully its just the oil filter as it's pretty exposed and right in the front of the engine...When I got the car some moron had removed the underskirt which probably would have protected everything in the motor though I would still have the radiator support and radiator damage.

The car is in a holding place for the night and will be taken to the body shop in the morning..I should know more then.

I am going to guess that my shitty luck will mean the car is totaled.

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10/08/21

  06:32:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
STINK

Tried all the things..nothing seems to keep them away.

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09/16/21

  09:07:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

It would have been your 46th.
We still miss you.

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08/21/21

  08:34:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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08/19/21

  06:44:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Just some updates on something I did weeks ago and forgot to upload

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08/14/21

  08:17:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Fix one thing and one or two another breaks….

So way back in January I got 2 tires and 2 TPMS sensors for my car.
The tires, it was simply due for and the sensors was because the TPMS light came on.
The light was on when I got there and was still on when I left. I assumed the car would auto-learn and since it needed to be above 40 degree to do that I waited. 50 degree weather finally arrived and still no reset so I did what I should have done to begin with and researched. My car will not auto-learn, you have to enter the sensor information into the PCM. For various reasons I have waited until now to get it fixed. I few weeks ago I went to the place I got the tires and the sensors at to begin with to ask some questions and mention what my research showed and if they would clarify and agree but the 12 year old working there was being a smart ass. I returned a week later to ask another person but he was 13 years old and also a damn smart ass. Luckily this auto tire discount store also has a store on the other side of town and I took it there. I explained what went on thus far and what my research pointed to and if they would verify and program. The guy handling my case was older, not quite my age but he basically said...yes, you have to program in the information into the PCM pretty much for all cars and that the younger people generally do not know their ass from a hole in the ground.

Not only did the other store not program the PCM, they would not have been able to because the two TPMS sensors they did replace were keyed to the same information. His scanner showed two sensors with the same ID’s and that would never work. First, the car needs to see 4 sensors and second seeing one sensor ID with overlapping transmitted data would freak out the TPMS module.

Got the car back and no TPMS error, just a TPMS warning flashing light...which IS normal as the car needed to be driven for a while. We drove around a bit and YAY! No error lights now.

Back to home to mow the yard and...UM...nope, the tractor will not start. No crank, no lights, no nothing….battery is good, fuse is good but there is no power. Must be a wire issue or the keyswitch….I’d just push mow but that mower is also fucked. The rings are shot and it smokes after getting hot then drinks all its oil.

Oh! also the attic vent fan died...Now that its 90 degree outside and will be over 100 up in the attic crawl space, I’ll have fun replacing that thing….

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07/20/21

  06:28:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

United Healthcare has been trying for several years to switch those of us on Remicade to Inflectra.

Inflectra is biosimilar, not an exact copy so no guarantees, It's main side effects is respiratory infections and bronchitis so good luck with that.

Remicaide's main side effects are stuffy nose and headache.

It's only about $300 cheaper for the insurance company but considering that its an infusion just like Remicade, it's still going to cost about $30,000 a treatment anyway so I'll not see any change.

The only way I can afford to hit my max out of pocket expense every single year for the past 20+ years is a rebate from the Remicade manufacture and there is no guarantee I'll get any rebate from the Inflectra people.

Our system is broken

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07/06/21

  07:19:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
July 4th weekend stuff
July 4th weekend stuff

Well...got up early to mow the yard...Mower said NOPE

Went to our town's fireworks display - it was okay, not as good as years past.
Went to Wuf's family for a family food gathering.
Decided to grill out the next day - it was goood!

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06/06/21

  09:42:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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05/03/21

  05:34:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Lets see its 4:30 and all I have had to eat today is a twix bar.
Supposed to work until 11 then have a lunch before leaving to get my 8 weeks treatment of Remicade but did not leave until 11:45 so no lunch.
My service technician called in sick today as well so me leaving meant nobody is running service calls at work.
Wuf's car is back to no crank no start when the starter is hot...been fine all winter and now that its in the 80's...Going to order another new starter for it.

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04/10/21

  10:23:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Round one of the covid shot.

No real issues other than my arm is sore where the shot was.

If i grow extra appendages, I'm hoping for another arm or a tail.

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03/07/21

  03:01:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well, I was working on Justin's car this weekend. It was a followup to when I did the spark plugs and noticed the head gasket leaking. It was a pretty straight forward replacement and I took my usual little videos for my you tube channel.

I put the videos together in windows as the Linux movie editors are all way more complex and feature rich than I need. I was copy paste from the phone to a folder which was going on the background while I was working on deleting no needed old pictures off the SD card in the phone. Windows decided I needed a popup notification about something unsolicited in the notifications which I dismissed at which point I hit the delete key to delete the unwanted pictures I was selecting. Unbeknownst to me windows had changed the focused window to the one containing the video files (3 windows under the visible one) and so the video files were lost. I was not able to recover them, somehow the recycle box was set to not prompt and for some reason the files bypassed it anyway nor was I able to recover them off the phones SD card ... Thanks windows for being such a POS.

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02/26/21

  08:28:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Niki

This is Mrs. Niki.

She has been a stray that comes and goes for the past few years, very skittish and would run away from you and not come in close contact.
She basically just rooted around in the compost pile looking for scraps and then would leave.

She befriended the family of raccoons that visit the houses here and would get fed with them.

Over time I have managed to get her to trust us enough that she would not run away though would not let you come within a few feet of her.

Last year she finally let me touch her and a few weeks later she finally let me pet her. She lowered her head to give a head but and I gave her a good petting. You could see a light went off in her head and she remembered that pettings are a nice thing to have...And she wanted more. She would get petted and talked to when I came home and then before bed time as well as when William went outside to smoke, but she remained very skittish and would run from you if you moved. She now had a regular feeding schedule and mostly just hung around the house. One day she took over a cardboard box I had on the car port and that became her new hide out. I eventually moved the box against the wall of the house, then added a second box to give it a semi-roof. then blankets. I tried to get her to go into the garage which still has a cat door. She understood the cat door and would immediately vacate the garage if I took her into it and then stopped petting her. Box was upgraded to large copier box with a door opening, foam glued to the insides for insulation and a cat bed for winter. It got quite cold this year so I added a plug-in warming pad. She seemed quite content and became box house cat. we tried to coax her into the house many times but she would have nothing for it. One of the nights it got down to 6 degree and I got worried because she was gone all day, finally coming home in the night. The next morning she was acting odd, following me around and meowing. Like a typical loaner stray, her fur was not the best; she had ear mites and while enjoying the petting, regular meals of good food and a warm and dry place to live she seemed frumpy. Anyway...I scooped her up and gave her cuddles to get her good and warm and brought her inside. She was scared but did not mind and was not trying to escape the house. Prince is a pretty quiet cat and doesn't seem to want anything to do with Niki. He is an old cat and mostly stays in the office as it's HIS room. Shadow was all hissy and yelled a lot. I spent the next few weeks sleeping on the couch, Niki would come and sleep with me or near me. She got broad spectrum parasite stuff and you can tell it makes a big difference. Her ears are dirty still but no longer hot to the touch, eyes are clearer, her belly is not bloated and she is shedding like mad which is being replaced with soft clean fur. At first she would find places to hide and or face the wall but did not meow or howl or try to exit the house when we opened the door. Generally you want to give a new cat coming into a house with existing cats a room to have alone and let them come to each other on their own terms but this is a small house and I had no such room. Lots of visible play time with Shadow (when he was not being a hissy little bitch) eventually Shadow decided its play time with Niki and they have been spotted playing together. Niki is playing, running around and being a cuddle monster. She is a BIG cat, its hard to capture size without a reference but her head is fist sized. She looks to have been fixed and I think she is one of the pizza places stray kittens. At one point the place attracted a small colony which they took donations for to have them fixed and released a few years back. She has a few battle scars, missing some bits of here ears which is where her name comes from. She has a large nick missing from one of them. She has turned into a big sweet kitty, Shadow is happy to have someone to play with (Prince is not a player). Hopefully she will teach Shadow some manners as he is an asshole and she is twice his size with claws (he was front de-clawed) but i doubt it.

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02/16/21

  10:01:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Things conspired.

Catching the Covid took me out at just the right time whereby I was unable to get some projects done that needed to be done at specific times during the year as well as just not being able to get stuff done these past few years.

Pompous grass cut down – I did get it cut but not gathered and mulched so there is a giant mountain of straw in the yard which must be dealt with before the yard grass awakens.
Big tractor converted to snow plow mode – During the snow storm last night I tried to get it ready but ran out of light and she would not start . I was supposed to get her covered under tarp but ice storm happened before I could. I could really use something to park the tractors under but those simple metal roof things are very over priced.

Water heater rinsed – something that needs done every year or more here due to the calcium we have in the water – I am 1.5 years behind on getting that done and still need to do some pipe work for the emergency pressure release valve.

I have several car parts that need installed – Williams car leaks oil pretty bad and I need to do some tune-up things – car is almost paid off, not sure if will keep and fix up a bit or use as trade in – will depend on what they will trade it in for. Oil leak seems to be the oil filter housing gasket– Justin’s car needs valve cover gasket and its been popping a cam shaft error that I have not been able to fix.

Tree cut down – there is a very large Maple tree WAY to close to the house. I have been slowly buying climbing gear. I have the climbing spikes, good repel rope, descender, pole saw, chain saw. . I still need a harness and the ropes to drop limbs with, tie off straps and hardware, some metal work on the tractor to attach a hitch mount and a winch. I will need to practice repelling as it’s been years and years since I last did that and have never done tree climbing though I have done some 60 foot pole climbing with spikes and a safety line. Am not looking forward to this.

Driveway fixed up – I have the box blade for the tractor and did manage to level out the gravel a good bit but the next phase is having a border on the south side of the driveway, dig out the dirt there and start adding rock. I think I worked out that 2x10’s will be the edging – Got to find someone to haul them to the house as I do not have a truck. This project is 2 fold as it also includes properly grading the front yard. There is a big dip in the grade from the front of the house to the drainage ditch. It causes water to pool in the yard and the dip is also in the driveway which makes it difficult to navigate in inclement weather. I have several large caches of dirt started but I need to shovel and cart it to the yard, do the survey lines, dig the holes for the metal poles I will use to anchor the edging (the main water line to the house runs under this section and 811 only marks up to the water meter…not sure what to do)

Garage roof – it’s shot and needs re-shingled – edges of the roof are messed up and need some wood replaced and soffit reworked. Money and parts delivery are the main factor here – the roof has been tarped for 2 years.

These are just the main ones, I have large list of smaller or not as important projects in the works as well.

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01/31/21

  05:37:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Your results detect SARS-CoV-2. A positive test means that you are infected with COVID-19.

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01/30/21

  11:26:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I got an email - I have been in close contact with someone whom tested positive. We spent 3 half days in close proximity working together to install some big equipment. This was Monday through Wednesday. I started feeling off on Thursday (just a migraine so meh, I get thous). Friday is a vacation day for me so I was working around the house and started feeling fatigued and yucky. By the night I feel like crap - I have NO FEVER - I still feel like crap so am heading into town for a Covid test. I have Monday off already as its a vacation day ...Man I was going to get some projects done...*sigh*

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01/24/21

  10:19:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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12/25/20

  11:30:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Presents !

For the first time in a long time we decided to try and setup a tree.
One of our cats being an eternal asshole, we have been reluctant.
Also it's a very small house with not much room to setup such things.
Sure it's a little Charlie Brown'ish but it turned out okay.

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11/28/20

  09:46:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
turkey day

Our turkey day is today as this is the first day in a while where were are all her at the same time and not working.

Cornbread stuffing is something I have not done before.
Pumpkin pie is from scratch using an actual pumpkin and not a can
Roasted the seeds
Basted the bird every half hour
devil eggs from a recipe book nearly twice my age.

I eated too much...

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11/27/20

  10:52:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So this week save Monday, I am on a somewhat forced vacation.

I do normally like to take vacation around this week. I am not normally allowed to take vacation more than a day or two here and there because there is no longer anyone at work with any experience and/or they need constant overseeing and all issues always come to me to work out.

Normally I take this time to do lots of house works and projects but this time I have been lazy....I have a metric but ton of things to do but so far all I have done is clean house and play nintendo. feels good to be lazy.

I did start a project though..I have had these 250 gig SSD's a while now and have swapped out the 60 Gig in my computer for the new one...am in the process of re-installing all my stuff as this is a clean install and not a migration.

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10/27/20

  06:19:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Not to bad but I do neeeeed a set of drum brake tools or pliers or something.

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09/17/20

  06:32:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
New T

Wuf got it for me.

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08/15/20

  02:22:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
2020 The Year of the Tires

2020 being apparently the worst year ever ...seems to be the year of tires for us.

Williams car ate 2 tires from the ball joints going bad, then 2 more that were just worn.
My car got 2 but NEEDS 2 more.
Front tires for the yard tractor - Then the back ones blew.
Pretty sure Justin had some tires on his car go.

And today one of the fronts on the YardMan will not hold air.

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07/03/20

  05:55:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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06/21/20

  09:06:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well..Poop!

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05/19/20

  06:05:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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05/13/20

  06:32:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I have had a Bellsouth.net email account for a million years.
Going to have to give it up.

Bellsouth swallowed into AT&T - EVERYTHING about AT&T sucks, I have not been happy with them EVER.

AT&T offloaded email to Yahoo - Yahoo has ALWAYS sucked and good luck getting useful support.

Now its 'Currently by AT&T' - they have decided to only use OAUTH without like..letting you know or anything - utterly broken IMAP access - and the use less secure app/passkey simply fails on all ends....There is no support, they do not care, they want you to use the junk web interface or some shitty phone app.

I am forwarding ALL bellsouth email to my gmail account and using that until I give up on it's lack of spam filtering at which point I will probably use a vincentthedragon.com account.

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04/25/20

  01:41:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Got some work done on the motorcycle. 1983 Honda V65 Magna that needs some love. I am going to get it back on the road...one day...

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04/19/20

  09:56:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

What are you doing with yours ?

Most of ours is going to paying back taxes....
Going to finally get that drag blade for the Yardman Tractor so we can hopefully start fixing the driveway and flattening out the yard a bit.

What little is left will just go in our very small savings.
All in all the money is just a drop in the bucket, only half a months pay check.
I'm sure we the working poor will pay for it and more once this is over and the rich/politicians think of more ways to get richer.

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03/28/20

  06:21:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Getting something done

It's a little past due and I have had the parts for awhile but it's either been raining for 40 days or cold or I am just too busy.

Since I have my work service car here at the house due to the pandemic. I felt it was time and the weather has been good.
I have a 2009 Honda Fit and its due for spark plugs and valve adjustment. Now, spark plugs are easy but I have never done valve adjustments so there was a little trepidation.

All in all, i did okay I think. The valves were defiantly off. Motor still ticks more than I think it should but time will tell if i messed anything up.

Next thing it is due for is replacing the coolant. Easy job, just got to order the funky blue stuff these Honda's take.
Car has 125,000 miles and I expect to get that much more at the very least.

Getting something done
Getting something done
Getting something done
Getting something done

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03/22/20

  10:27:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Amidst the country going bonkers over the current pandemic for which they are not really prepared to deal with due to being snowflakes and lacking in education and common sense...Our politicians have already started negative smear commercials over the failures of each others ability to lead the country.

To our leaders ~ You should all..ALL..be ashamed.

Right now people are hoarding, over buying and being utterly selfish and panicky. They are being led like sheep by the media and scare mongering. This is AMERICA and there is no food in the stores..YOU..You taught them this and you should look at what you have done with some thought and introspect.

Go now to the dictionary and look up the word 'Leader'; your name is not there.

And to the rest of you out there..Wash your hands. Use your brain. Realize that you are lacking in what made this Country what it was some long time ago and educate yourself in what should have been common sense.

In so much as social equality we have come a long way now if only we still had a moral core, humility and brains.

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03/10/20

  07:25:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

As of a few days ago - it's my 10 year anniversary at the place I work.

It's never been a great place to work but things have gotten better.
The biggest issue is the lack of being able to find qualified people to work there.
As it is I do WAY more than most, I can't even take the 3 weeks vacation I get.
I am only allowed to take a day here and there and since the owners all get huge amounts of vacation time, what's left for me is slim pickings.
:/
One day when i win the lottery, I can retire....

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01/25/20

  10:13:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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01/18/20

  09:59:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Went to local grocery chain store to get some things and I wound up getting some meats and things.

I asked for paper bags at the checkout...the girl fiddled with the paper page not even being able to open the damn thing. She was clueless on how to bag and gave up, asking me to do it myself.

The human race is doomed you know, and this is proof...

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12/22/19

  10:49:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well the SSL installed but I don't see anywhere to tell the thing to stop serving up the non SSL's of everything.

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12/15/19

  10:42:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Adding SSL to the website...lets see how bad I break things.

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12/07/19

  10:04:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Honey there is a hissing sound from under the sink.

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Water tube that vampires off to run under the house and to the fridge was spurting.
Joy joy!

Luckily I had everything needed laying around to fix it fairly quickly.
...and now there is actually a shutoff valve installed to turn it off if it breaks again.

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11/28/19

  11:15:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Gobble Gobble

Okay, well maybe i'll sip sip

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11/10/19

  09:55:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well let's see...

Upgraded the blog software and immediately get a ton of new registrations spam. I have put a Captcha question in place for new users and that seems to have stopped itbut I am going to work more on that later - also need to switch the entire site to https.

The septic tank backed up into the mains and was causing us a rather shitty problem - It's been like 10 years since the thing has been pumped so all in all it was a good run for it. All pumped out and seems to be back in business.

With family help, we got a ton of limbs trimmed back around the house and driveway. There is a rather large maple tree that is way to close to the house and is in the way of expanding the patio into something more useful. Being poor I can not afford to have someone come cut it down. The tree is beyond out skill in felling it without destroying halve the house or the garage. Thinking that I am going to get some climbing gear and take the top out bit by bit.

Wuf is settling into his new job and the increase in pay should help us get some debt down and perhaps actually have some money to work with.

I am on the fence about leaving my job, though it is NOT a good place to work and has zero upward mobility and is stagnant, I have a very small window of opportunity to move to something else without disrupting my medical insurance. Having to pay for COBRA is not possible nor is having 2 deductibles in a year. The cost of medical in this country is insane.

We have a housemate that will be moving in and I will expand about that later. For now, know that he is our Panda and we Luff him.

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09/29/19

  12:57:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

It is okay to be jealous.

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09/25/19

  08:34:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Big Balls

Early Birthday Present !

The smaller one I got using a gift card That I was given..mm...last year....

I wore out my PokeMon GO Advanced wrist pog so the smaller ball is it's replacement.
The larger Ball is a portable power of 1200 mAH !!

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09/02/19

  10:52:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Did a little camping (RV) with my Dad and stepmom. It reminds me of how much I miss camping and that we would like to have the vehicle and RV to do such things.

Me and Dad were setting by the fire looking at the giant RV's and expensive trucks wondering how people can afford these things. I was wondering how I can afford anything.
There is $27 in my bank account and piles on piles of medical bills in the que as well as us not being able to pay our way without assistance from Mom in the form of this house we live in and the electricity it uses. Most everything we have is old, hand me downs, broken things that I have fixed or things other people have gotten for us. We got a couch recently but have not paid for it yet and that's about the only thing we have splurged on of any consequence.

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08/12/19

  09:20:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Come have a seat !

Our hand me down couch ..has had it.
The person that gave it to us did a wonderful thing and we appreciated it to pieces...literally !
..Screws keep falling out of it...also it was not very big so when we had company, they had not much places to set.

Sooo...
$750 at Big Lots - we have a year to pay it off and I know we can do it.

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07/23/19

  08:17:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Starter on Williams car is borked...no go unless you bang on it with a mallet.

If it's not one thing it's another, i still need to install swaybar links but have been busy. As is always the case we have no money.

Reman starter from local auto store = $200 and its not in stock
Reman starter from Amazon = $100 and that includes 2 day shipping cost ( the starter is only $65)

Well, that will not leave much $$ left to eat or gas but it's ordered.

One day..ONE DAY it sure would be nice to get ahead, live somewhat comfortable and be able to pay our bills - nothing exorbitant but not always on the verge of being destitute.

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06/26/19

  10:23:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Woot

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06/22/19

  06:38:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

This weekends project....
The Wheel bearing hub assembly in Wuf's car on the passenger side is noisy...that means it's dying.
Anyway..i ordered some online from a descent company for half the cost of the junk at the auto store.
This morning I replaced the noisy one, not to hard a job. I will go ahead and replace the other side once the back ordered sway bar links come in the mail.
While I was inspecting the issue, i noticed that the boots on them are failed.

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06/09/19

  02:10:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

We had loss of coolant and eventual overheat.
Parts ordered online and hoped they are the correct ones.
The job itself was not too bad and so far the car is running fine now other than the bearing hub issue; which is the next part to replace.

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05/21/19

  07:28:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Gifts from the Amazon

Say what you will - Amazon is for sure killing brick and mortar stores but....

Presto is who makes the expensive Orville Redenbacher popper - Presto brand was like $15

AT-205 is $9 and not sold in auto stores because it apparently actually WORKS and the stuff the auto stores sell only works so long as you keep buying more and adding it every oil change (I'll let you know if it actually seems to work)

2 foot patch cables were dollars each - 10's of dollars in the store

Feeler gauges were $7 and the store price was twice and only has either SAE or Metric and this kit is both

Bosh air filter was under $5 , store is $20

The bad part is that only the AT205 was made in the USA, the rest is all china :/

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05/12/19

  11:40:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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04/27/19

  02:14:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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Working in the supply right now, should be good to go.

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04/20/19

  11:33:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Meet HAL5.
The old server is old and out of drive space. I have had this guy for awhile but life stuff kept me from splurging on parts to get it back into production.
A good friend of mine recently handed over some computer things and stuff and it gave me enough drives to get this guy up and running.

I managed to purchase a memory upgrade awhile ago but drives were what I really needed.
I wanted to drop in 4 2TB (the largest this raid card will address) drives but that will have to wait still.

Dell PowerEdge 1900
2 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU 5120 @ 1.86GHz
Memory 16420MB
Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa

SCSI Disks
TSSTcorp CDRWDVD TS-H492C
ATA WDC WD3200AAKS-7
ATA ST3250310AS
DELL RD1000
DELL PERC 5/i

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03/17/19

  11:30:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Shamrocks

Rock'n it!

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03/11/19

  07:54:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Okay, so the pit is not deep enough for the new pump...

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02/26/19

  08:34:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
sump pump won't pump sump no more

Sump pump in crawl space died - replacement aquired.
...been under the house every day when i come home to adjust the float. I dont think the well is deep enough nor wide enough but I'll keep tweaking the float a few more times.
I think the well needs redone though.

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02/14/19

  09:06:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Rose

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet..except this one because it's special.

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01/27/19

  10:59:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I decided to make chili and since it was a nice day and I have not seen the sun much; I did it outside.

Have a look!

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01/21/19

  09:52:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Got the deck all cleaned up and put away for the winter. Its mostly in great shape but needs a little work with the bolts that hold the belt cover in place. Snow plow has been attached. Now...its not that useful against the sheet of ice since the skidplates just ski over it but it's called a snow plow not an ice plow. The tractor is heavy enough though to bust up the ice just driving on it. I can see that I do indeed need to do some work to the front tire bushings when I pull the cowell off and work on the stearing this spring.

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01/10/19

  08:15:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Ahhhhh....that hits the spot.

*sips*
So...the truck transmission is in and working. I would like to thank those that assisted...Joe, Kodi, Fox.

It's been stressful at work. Working late, running at %110 to try and get things done. No one has any experience with what they are doing since we lost our entire workforce and have all new people to train. I am spread very thin as I am the only one that knows everything.

Wuf got me a bunch of sweet shirts and things for the holiday, they have snarky sayings on them that I love.

Weather can't make up its mind and I am way far behind on some projects I wanted to get done.

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12/08/18

  06:47:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
26 degree...perfect weather for laying in the mud under a truck

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I have managed to get all the connections undone, all the lines unhooked and all the bolts loose or out with the exception of the dip stick tube.
It's nearly ready to drop the dead trans out. If all goes as planned I should have it totally removed this weekend. Possibly even the replacement partially put into place.

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12/02/18

  09:37:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Projects

People wonder why I have a hard time finishing one...welll...because things like this happen.

So...truck is almost paid off and sure enough that is when the transmission takes a dump....

Fun times!..the trans is heavy as fuk, it's a 4x4 so the truck is heavy as fuk and I am totally not looking forward to doing this out in the yard since this thing would not fit in my little garage even if I tried. I don't really have the right things to do this but I will make due. Luckily though a long time friend of mine managed to find me a transmission jack to borrow and also lent me his large floor jack. Today's project is getting the heavy used replacement transmission that everyone hopes will work out of the back and under the carport so I can start the process of building platforms under the truck to jack it up high enough to do this swap.
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Projects
Projects

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11/06/18

  08:18:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Who took all these pictures !

So...we do not get to have many get-a-ways.
So when the chance came along to go to the Cincinnati Zoo on the cheap, we did and it was great!

Cheap hotel, drove there, tickets were free.
I have never been to that zoo and I highly recommend it...so much to see and do and they have tons of events from time to time .

I may post a followup that highlights just our favorites pictures.

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09/29/18

  04:53:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Aaaahhhhh! That tastes goooood!

relaxing with the spoils after a days work.

Stripped, caulked and ready for primer...which i seem to be out of.

Thankyou Wuf for the beer!
It's my favorite and it's mah birthday so he got some for me to enjoy.

Aaaahhhhh! That tastes goooood!
Aaaahhhhh! That tastes goooood!
Aaaahhhhh! That tastes goooood!

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madfox

thats some good work so far Vince! keep up the good work. its coming out well!. looking forward to helping you out as well when i visit. ^^

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09/03/18

  02:04:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Long weekend

So..took..well, was highly encouraged to take Friday off as well as the holiday. Eee, i have like 100 hours of vacation and since I am low on technicians, I have been told I am not able to take consecutive days off...but they must be used or I loose them.

Anyway...Got the water heater closet painted and the shelves back in place. Now I just need to drill the hole in the floor and run the emergency valve line and then work the door frame back into place.

I also have a new project. I bought dads old Yardman.
They don't make things like this anymore, its a nice powerplant. The engine runs just an hydrolic pump and a PTO so it's nice and strong. The frame is build like a brick shit house so it can take some heavy lifting and work. I need to work on a few minor things...steering...give the PTO a good look at since it's not been used in a while, the break disk needs looked at and I think the hydrolic valve that runs the transmission may have some blow by as the trans likes to creep.

None of this is difficult I think...The tractor has a 3 point in the back so once i find a drag blade and/or drag box then I can fix the yard and the driveway which are getting realllly bad.

Long weekend
Long weekend

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08/11/18

  08:45:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
water heater take two

oh..that little drip we still had will be easy to fix...um..nope. Life refused to just let me reseal the threads on the one di-electric nor did it let me just float some more solder on the valve that was drippy...it made me pull out some more pipe, purchase some new elbows and di-electrics and re-work the damn thing...so far so good, i see no leaks or drips.

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08/03/18

  09:44:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

All repaired and mostly installed.

I still have to clean up wiring, add some components and fine tune some of the units configuration (The manual does not read very well).

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07/30/18

  08:04:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Update on water heater

So..the water heater was found to be leaking. Apparently for a while. Black mold under the tiles. It's been a very long weekend. We started draining the old tank Friday, it's now 10:50 p.m. on sunday and we now have hot water. Parts of the project went as expected. parts of the project went sideways for a while. I still have one verrrrry small drip from one of the solder joints that I will deal with later. Thank you to my Husband for being understanding. Thank you to my mom and step father for all they did to help this weekend. Thank you life for smacking me around for all of it so far so that, while I am not prefect at it nor proficient, having the skill set'ish to get this fixed

Update on water heater
Update on water heater
Update on water heater
Update on water heater
Update on water heater

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07/01/18

  10:34:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
And then this happens

See...and then right on Que of something actually working, I go to the closet to get some cleaning supply to clean the mildew we keep getting on the ceiling of the bathroom....
It's not coming from the threads of the element.

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  09:25:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
1 for 2

So...yard tractor's front tires keep going flat.
This is not abnormal for those cheap turf tires lawn equipment comes with to do this.
They dry rot and crack and since they are only 2 ply, they leak..
There is nothing wrong with the tread or the tire really, for the speeds and PSI they operate on, no need to replace tire just put in a tube.
So I got some tubes, spend most of the day trying to wrangle the damn thing into the tire. I don't have the correct tools of course and nothing about the procedure went well.
6 hours later, i now have 2 inner tubes with screw driver puncture holes and I gave up...The yard is a mess...would not matter anyway since we are flat broke as always and there is no gas in the tank.

So I moved on to a project I have been working on, fixing up an AV signal processor/surround sound amp that a friend gave me.
We can't have new things, only old shit and hand-me-downs since life is determined to shit on us at every turn.

I enjoy fixing things...It's hard without the proper tools.
It seems I did manage to replace the AMP chips without breaking anything by using not the best or correct tools.
I don't have a full set of spare speakers lying around to really give the amp a 'burn in' test so if it fails, i'm sure it will do so after I have spend a ton of hours re-doing the AV rack in the living room.
I will be adding those two hand-me-down Yamaha's to the current speakers, most of which are part of the 5.1 system I bought like 25 years ago, to bring the thing up to 7.1

As you can see, I have my helper getting in the way the entire time.

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06/17/18

  12:57:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So..like..been having this odd smell in my car and have not been able to track it down...couple weeks ago i rummaged around pretty hard in the car...Now the smell got worse.

like something died in it smell.

Found it now, when i moved the spare tire last time, i smurshed the baby mouse living in the car.
How he got in there is a mystery as I keep my car fairly clean.

Been detailing and shampooing the inside, scrubber out the spare tire well with pinesol.

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06/07/18

  08:21:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Click click click goes the tire

This..is a self drilling sheet metal screw....There is a new dollar store being build on my work travel route and its one of those cheap metal clad steel frame buildings.

Click click click goes the tire
Click click click goes the tire

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05/26/18

  01:55:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Memorial Day

William was going to have to travel for a work thing but it switched from mandatory to elective.
Instead we picked up a few cheap poles and got our fishing license.
Going to go out this evening and see what we can find and then again Sunday, perhaps a bit on Monday.

My Grandfather served WWII, my Dad is a Marine...many other of our family members have served and we thank them all for their sacrifices and service.

This is my fishing good luck charm, It belonged to my grandfather. Needs a new line break pad..thing..but its still mechanically sound.
Perhaps I'll locate the part to fix it.

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05/13/18

  04:13:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
getting there but slight hichup

getting there but slight hichupStarted working on the AV signal processor / AMP
This this is a real bugger to take apart, never seen JST connectors like this.
Also, the power connectors are not on connectors that remove, they are soldered to the boards.

The vacuum rework station I got worked GREAT. the inline amp chips just fell out with ease but...
oops, the second chip is different than the one you could plainly see si I'll have to amazon another chip before I can put it all back together.

Hopefully I'll remember where all these wires go...meep...

getting there but slight hichup
getting there but slight hichup
getting there but slight hichup
getting there but slight hichup
getting there but slight hichup

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04/13/18

  10:06:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I have not been coming up with much to say because I can't find anything good to say.
Life it seems is just bent on constantly trying to beat us into the ground.

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03/18/18

  02:19:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well...A good friend of mines AV amp / signal processor seems to have pooped its output amp chips.

It's a really nice amp, I have wanted to replace my 20+ year old amp for years.
As such he kindly gave the thing to me and if I fix, i can haz.

I have been tinkering at electronic repairs since I was little but have never had the right tools really.
It's been 'my turn' to buy something for myself for some time now and hoping that, due to some small breaks in our financial situation, me purchasing new output chips and a proper solder re-work station don't come bite us in the tail.

Perhaps even I can recoup some $ by offering some small equipment repair services.

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03/04/18

  11:14:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well..If i pay all the bills except the car registration that is due and don't pay the as yet unknown amount for the new Verizon bill..that leaves $23.30 in the bank to pay for gas back and forth to work and food to eat for the next 2 weeks.

We are boned.

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02/24/18

  08:59:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

It's been 8 years since I started...Every year we seem to go further in debt.
Something has to change.

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02/05/18

  11:28:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So…this is our rebuilding year.

We cleared out all of our savings and retirement due to some heavy expenses that came up last year. Important things like final expenses for a family member, cars that gave out and having to pay for COBRA insurance.
Insurance this year is decently priced, William makes more money at his new job so we can rebuild and have a little breathing room perhaps replace some of our 10-15 year old computers and TV and take a small vacation getaway.
Then we got the flu and I tried to schedule my treatment...nope, the insurance is actually Minimal Elective Coverage which literally only pays for a handful of preventative screenings and zero actual medical things.
Okay, had to switch to the more expensive offering at my work which is an HSA type small little group plan of sorts. Should be good coverage but I am still waiting for my several weeks past due treatment to get approved; oh and we can’t yet afford the hundreds of dollars co-pay for Williams meds. The plan costs us $950 a month and $12750 out of pocket. That is a serious chunk out of our take home pay and prior we were living pay check to paycheck so I am not really sure how to absorb this. Also we owe $3000 in taxes which I will have to file an extension for. I have zero chance of paying for that right now. My company doesn’t take out state taxes and we can’t seem to scrape up the quarterly estimates. We make more than what is considered to be poverty so that means our taxes is high to pay for everyone else. Us liquidating a retirement plan hits hard in taxes and since we could not come up with that December COBRA payment of $1400 that also raised the taxes.

Shutting off the TV services, eating cheap unhealthy food, bypassing the dental work we both seriously need, zero entertainment funds, not putting anything back, not up keeping the house, not paying for rent or electricity or insurance.
My sign reads …Will do things for money…

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12/30/17

  09:09:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

and it just so happens to be the house's heat pump that is.

Hopefully the circulation fan motor that has locked up is not too expensive.
I'll dig it out of the unit tomorrow morning, depending on what it is, perhaps rig up something as i have some AC motors lying about.

Won't be until Tuesday though to find a replacement as things will be closed and also pay check will not be in the bank until Tuesday.

Right now we have the unit in EM heat mode so things are fine'ish and all.

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12/25/17

  07:17:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Dragon loot

Wuf got me some Dr Who stuff (^_^)
*insert Dr Who theme music*

I has always been a fan and i watched the original stuff when I was little.
Always loved it.

While I have not seen everything of the reboot, nor do I watch it on the telly; I have seen every surviving and reconstructed of the original series and all of its movies and specials.
I am currently working my way through binging on the reboot. (currently just started Season 2)

My present to Wuf was not all that. I got him a pricey coat he has been wanting as well as some nice outfits.

Just not been feeling it this year so I struggled.
I don't really care much for this holiday.
While not being a truly religious dragon, I am spiritual and the meanings behind this season have gotten lost.
Corrupted by commercialism and greed.

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12/24/17

  01:31:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Don't get me wrong, i love not using windows and for the most part linux is great...unless there is a problem.

I use a program called Tellico to keep track of all our movies. It uses Amazon Web service API to look things up. It's great as all i have to do is scan the movies UPC code and it bring everything in.... well, it's decided to not work.

Tellicos' website has never been all that useful, the internet web searches return useless or way out of date information and its newest version refuses to compile with cryptic reasons given for which the above stated is not helping. I am not running the latest version of Mint so that's not helping...All i wanted to do was scan in the pile of movies we have acquired here in the past 6 months but it quickly spirals into a project that could take all day.

*sigh*

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12/11/17

  06:59:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Seems I missed my chance to get Ho-oh, while the ticker says it's available until tomorrow I saw none today.
I have been raiding after work every day and have found people to raid with most nights but I have not been able to capture one.

Me and William went out and about Saturday to do some catching. He doesn't get the chance to play much but on his first ever raid that ended in success, he caught the damn thing on his second ball toss. Ah well, I also missed out on the first set of legendary's as well.

My 'Dex is pretty full, only missing the things I can't currently get due to them being region locked and the legendary's I can't seem to capture.
You would think there would be some kind of reward for being a higher level or a more avid player but it seems to be the opposite.

I would have spend Sunday out looking but I was busy trying to resurrect William's computer...it is dead and it's not in the budget to replace. I can't even scrap up the money to fix up mine nor get the parts needed for the server. I am working on putting together him a computer which is my secondary workstation I use. It's fairly descent and will work just fine for what he needs it to do.

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  06:59:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Seems I missed my chance to get Ho-oh, while the ticker says it's available until tomorrow I saw none today.
I have been raiding after work every day and have found people to raid with most nights but I have not been able to capture one.

Me and William went out and about Saturday to do some catching. He doesn't get the chance to play much but on his first ever raid that ended in success, he caught the damn thing on his second ball toss. Ah well, I also missed out on the first set of legendary's as well.

My 'Dex is pretty full, only missing the things I can't currently get due to them being region locked and the legendary's I can't seem to capture.
You would think there would be some kind of reward for being a higher level or a more avid player but it seems to be the opposite.

I would have spend Sunday out looking but I was busy trying to resurrect William's computer...it is dead and it's not in the budget to replace. I can't even scrap up the money to fix up mine nor get the parts needed for the server. I am working on putting together him a computer which is my secondary workstation I use. It's fairly descent and will work just fine for what he needs it to do.

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11/13/17

  08:19:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Nomnomnom!

It's good...it's cheap...it's easy..also it's gooood!

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11/11/17

  05:46:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Cold beer after a hard days work.

sill ton's of yard work and other upkeeps though....

So far - So good; We have managed to pay for Corbra so far.

We went to see the latest Thor movie.

*spoiler* It was good but i though there was a bit to much emphasis on comedy.

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10/16/17

  09:13:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Our plan always was to get a 3rd car so I could work on one of them and still have transportation since things take longer than a weekend to fix.

We managed to find a way to get William a car from the same car lot we got the FIT....Then he lost his job.
He has found another and will start the end of the month but that still means 3 car payments a month.
It also means COBRA insurance at $1300 a fucking month.

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09/24/17

  08:39:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

welll shit...okay...so now that car#1 situation has been taken car of it's time to return to making car#2 at least safe to drive...we still had just enough money to buy some ball joints and rent the tool but..nope...A its to late for the tires to give any more life as there is a wire showing.. and B there is zero way this removal tool will work for this car..If the car parts places around here had a different tool then it would be okay but I can find no way of making this tool work, nor can a friend of mine. Seems the only way is to remove the entire steering knuckle and use the tool up side down to push out the joint. So, right now what we have is a car that we are paying $460 a month for that has had one after another issues in a way that is made it not possible to dump high maintenance costs into and its reached the point of being no longer drive able.

What has gone out so far is...water pump, steering fluid high pressure lines, steering rack and pinion, plugs, wires, purge valve, EVAP control, and a spark module.

it requires still, breaks all around, rear rotors, tires, upper ball joints, lower ball joints, the control arm joints.

The rims leak at some small cracks at the inner wells where someone has ran each of the rims over curbs, there is a engine temperature sensor code and the shocks are shot to the point that the thing bounces around like trying to walk on a 1970's water bed and it uses more oil than it should.

Minimally I need upper ball joints and two used tires but the shop cost on uppers is beyond what we have right now and I am sure they will not let you drive away with wires poking out from the tires.

For now its double duty on car sharing which equals not as much sleep as we need since for now we work different shits.
Going to call up the buy here pay here rape you place and see what they would do if we offer to sign the title back to them and walk but..we still own $6,000

any ideas?

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09/20/17

  09:31:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
car aquired

I was able to get things in order and now have a nicely used little car....Good bye PT. You did your job and although in the end your crappy engineering was the death of you, you were a good car.

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09/15/17

  02:52:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So…William has been working stupid amounts of 13 hours shifts and during a holiday.
His pay check will be nice and fat, we had around 600 also set back so far so we were hoping to then go out and find a cheap car to buy from an individual and also order the parts needed to fix the front end of his truck.

Family member on the other side of the US passed away so a good chunk of the 600 has gone to drive out there and put things in order and all that.

The front end of his truck is really bad, tire is to the wires now and I am having a hard time keeping it on the road. It needs upper ball joints and I had figured that there would still be enough money to get the parts and get them installed while he was away for the week.

On my way home to fetch him to go get the rental car and my motor goes foom.
It’s been towed home, I’ll try to resurrect it this weekend. something has gone catastrophic with that timing belt I replaced.

We are/will be drained of finances again…I need a different car but I have no money and my credit score is 600.

I have some dental work that needs done before I lose some teeth over it.

Williams truck needs work ASAP, upper ball joints and arms and some tires will hold it over but it has other issues.

I need new glasses and a jacket for work.

The video card on my already old and mostly put together from stuff I was given computer has died.

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08/26/17

  10:55:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Vintage

^_^

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08/21/17

  07:31:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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08/17/17

  06:33:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
A note

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08/07/17

  07:56:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

well...update on the car. Compression test says things are fine. Replaced the spark plugs, wires and it runs a lot better. Ordered some hoses and the EGR system.

I am currently in chicago for a week doing some training for work. Nearly everyone in my class is a total noob or totally new to this brand so that makes things interesting.

I have had a sore throat for a few days, kinda comes and goes but right now its kicking my ass....well, i have homework to do, better get to it.

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07/25/17

  09:28:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well...The truck is running.
It was not just plugs, one of the spark modules died.
...
My car still runs, still gets good gas mileage but has a lack of power/stutter under load and is using 2 quarts of oil every 5000 miles.
I ordered a tool, compression testing kit which i am guessing is going to tell me the rings are shot.

Part of me still wants to fix the thing up but part of me wants to just get another car.
Only have a few hundred saved up, can't really afford a car payment not sure what to do.

Truck still needs a full suspension rebuild, rims, tires, some seal here and there and a sensor or two.
Car would still need shocks, CV joints, Clutch.

sigh

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07/08/17

  11:56:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

When do we win?

Still runs like crap and still is popping a misfire code.
Hoping it's just fowled up plugs from the evap issue.
Out of money right now, will have to baby it for now.

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07/04/17

  12:51:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

sell it to you

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06/05/17

  07:47:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

On Friday my Mother in-law passed away.
Shirley Vario, I knew you not long enough to know you well but I own you a debt of gratitude.
It was her that got my husband on that dating website where we met so I have her to thank.

Until we meet again, be at piece.

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05/15/17

  01:40:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Be at Peace Little Cat
Be at Peace Little Cat

Meouth healed up from her loosing an eye but her body never caught up.
She never gained up any weight and while happy and fine she took a turn this weekend and decided it was her time.

She is with Mr. Speckles and Miss FancyLu now.
She was loved and I'll see her again some day.

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05/06/17

  06:40:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

well one of the fun things about having a car or truck with some miles on it is the things that wear out...

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04/12/17

  08:45:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

We are down to our last $150 ... fuel line fix lasted until today.

Won't have any money until Monday after quitting time.

I might be able to replace the line with regular rubber fuel line but i am sure it will rub against something and fail sooner than later.
...i drained and saved what i could from the tank, just filed it, can't afford to loose it all...GD tired of everything being a struggle.

We work hard...we have nothing to show for it...no backup plan, no savings, no equity, no retirement, we barely spend anything on entertainment...whats the point?

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04/08/17

  01:49:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
car go squirt

Just in time for us to be completely broke due to paying the taxes we owe....my car decided it wants to spurt gas everywhere.

Had some friends over the help me yank out the gas tank...at least it was not what i feared it would be.
It's not the pump, its the fuel line....which is a dealer only part....but we did find a kit that may work...*crosses talons*

i'll put it back together tomorrow....also due for oil and tire rotate so I'll do that too.

Looks like i got a pretty nasty oil leak on the back end of the motor now too, i think its the valve cover and or the sensors on the end of the cam shafts.
There looks to be a good amount of oil in the throttle body too...not sue whats up with that.

If this repair kit fixes the gas issue then all i need now is brakes, CV joints, main seals, oil pump seals, oil pump rebuild kit, struts, plugs, wires, whatever is making that damn bearing noise in the timing belt area, EGR solenoid, rear wiper environmental seal, hatch shocks, clutch and bearing kit....

car go squirt
car go squirt
car go squirt
car go squirt
car go squirt
car go squirt
car go squirt
car go squirt
car go squirt

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03/05/17

  09:40:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
OOooohhh..Aaaaahhh

Now, this picture is not so great...taking a picture with a cell phone of a TV is not something i have quite got down pat.

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03/04/17

  04:48:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Wuf loves me thiiiis much

Triforce

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02/26/17

  12:41:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I finally got my meds, at a different hospital than where i normally.
I don't really care for the place but meds are meds.

Had some friends over again for some video game fun which was great.

Tonight we went to a hockey game, courtesy of Williams work. It was pretty good but....the game makes no sense to me.

The Ford center seems way smaller than it should be and the parking and traffic flow is horrid.

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02/03/17

  01:44:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Ahhh vacation….I have gotten nothing done...at all!

Oh, I had some silly notion that I would get some projects done but oh well.

I still don't have an answer for my medicine but I am doing well, some of that may be due to the lack of stress.

What I have been doing other than just housework and fiddling around is playing my Hyrule Warriors game.

We met some local furs that are nice and did some hanging out, Playing CAH, making home made pizza and generally having a nice time. They also have been playing the game with me which helped get me past some levels. Hope to hang out more. They were even kind enough to sell me on the cheap a two person reclining love seat in good working order.

Also my mother managed to snag a PokéMon Go Plus for me so I have been doing some walk abouts.

Sadly, today is the last day and I have to go back to the grind on Monday.

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12/26/16

  01:24:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I should be setting in the chair getting my treatment...but no...I got turned away because apparently Anthem, the insurance company has decided thats its too expensive there despite being on their Preferred Provider list. No one can give me a solution today because everybody is out for the holiday. well, it sure was fucking nice of them to make this decision then go off on holiday.

I did get a letter stating that for NEXT year I am denied and have to drive 4 hours round trip to get the stuff...which is NOT a solution unless they provide me with a driver. I can't do anything about it right now because that denial is for a plan I will not have next year as I'll be going on Williams group policy from work ...but they have not gotten their shit together and issues cards or policy numbers..oh, and it's also Anthem...

The medical system in this country is a broken mess and its managed by total morons

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12/05/16

  08:14:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Nintendo!

Our early presents to ourselves
Woot!

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11/30/16

  08:01:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
MeowARRRrrr

This be Meouth the one eye kitty.

She is doing okay.
She is home and setup in my office here with Prince to be around and will have the terror, i mean Shadow the kitten in the rest of the house so he is NOT around her until things calm down.
The Vet aides said she was a sweet kitty and purry.
Meouth is a senior cat but she's worth the effort.
She needs to gain a little weight though.

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11/27/16

  07:58:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

this is not my video

but it's relevant.
Right now one of ours is laying on the kitchen table.
Meouth is old and has been loosing weight.
Today I found her eye that she has always had problem with seemingly coming apart. It's a bloody mess, Vet will be called first thing when they open.

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My heart goes out to you and Meouth.

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11/12/16

  03:43:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

okay so...power steering in the truck exploded....still under its little warranty from the car place so they fixed it.

water pump exploded a week later....i noticed it was starting to leak a good bit and the shaft was wobbly while I was doing an oil change but we could not get it into the shop before it blew up...but it's still under warranty so they towed it and fixed it.

I feel like crap today but i am trying to get things done...leaving Monday to be in Kennesaw for a week doing a training class for work.

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10/31/16

  11:39:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
I do !

October 28th
Vincent and William got married !

The ceremony went well, the church and decorations we put together looked great.
Me and mom were up until 2am the night before working on the cake, which was fun and brought back memories.

I'll have some better pictures soon!

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Congratulations to the two of you! :)

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10/11/16

  07:44:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Shadow

This is shadow.
Mewling from the woods.
He's not a stray and while it's possible he somehow got separated from his family, it's more likely he is a drop off.
He's in good health other than a cold in nose so to speak. He has obviously been inside a house and around people.

so far Meouth is okay with him and Prince is standoffish and a little hissy but is okay with the guy in the same room.
Letting them find each other by them selves and not pushing them together but it's a small house.

We have 2.5 weeks until the wedding so the little guy is going to have to make due until its over before he gets shots and something for his cold.
Being a small house having just the 2 cats was just fine by me but we can't say no to someone in need.

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09/24/16

  09:57:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

After standing around Walmart for several hours to get very much needed tires for my car I went home to check on Williams car, because he mentioned the power steering was whining. While we have been doing pretty good with money right now since Williams job is paying pretty good, the tires used up all my cushion....Will's car is out of steering fluid, like bone dry so a little investigating and sure enough, one of the lines has rusted through and is shot. Trip to auto store and like $200 in parts later I get to figure out how to replace these things. The $200 ate all of Williams cushion as well....It's now 9pm, i have not eaten. I think it may be fixed but i don't know. Extremely frustrating job as cars are horrible to work on now a days, everything is in the way, you cant reach anything and serviceability was the last thing on their mind. First time i fired it up after the replacement it promptly blew out all the fluid. One of the seals on the steering gear fell out as i was inserting the hose. Hour and a half later and its back on but i don't know if its sealed or working due to being out of fluid.

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09/05/16

  09:49:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Wow...was that a job.
I have gotten pretty good at removing the intake and various parts that gain access to the drivers side of the car but this...this makes you want to strangle and entire office of engineers. Car is up and running ans all is well but the shear number of hours it took me.

Next time I will have to have someone help, the special tools i picked up Reeally helped. One day when we win the lottery, i'll have a kickass shop with a lift and a proper set of impact tools.

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08/29/16

  08:55:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
car parts

Alright, I have everything I need to replace my timing belt thats 30k miles past its due date.
Going to kick this off this weekend, who wants to help?

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08/21/16

  07:18:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

nice cat bed...

cats
cats

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08/18/16

  09:12:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
warning

Do NOT stare directly into the cute.
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I warned you.
Presents from Wuf

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07/30/16

  06:17:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Car obtained

So...after a bunch of driving around and not seeing anything worth having or outside of our price range...we had to go back into the buy-here-pay-here thing.
but, we found this
Its a 2004 Chevy trailblazer 4x4
Interior is good, nothing seems dented or busted, no leaks, 110,000 miles.
Bose sound package, Onstar, Navigation system (still seems to be active), DVD player and screen.
In the glove box is what looks to be a complete service history...and it was cheaper than I would have expected at the lot we got it from but they did not have it long.

Lets keep our fingers crossed that we got a good one.

Car obtained
Car obtained
Car obtained
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Good luck with your Trailblazer!

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07/16/16

  04:11:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So had to buy the starter($105), put it on on Tuesday. Car boiling over...took radiator out and rinsed the crap out of it Wednesday, seems still clogged and car still overheats.
Bought radiator and thermostat Friday($160) and have been putting it in today. Car seems to run very cool now and no leaks....

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07/11/16

  05:34:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

You know that part earlier where I said I can't catch a break?
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So my car is not wanting to start, you have to push start it about 50% of the time.
Something you can only do with a manual transmission by the way, so that odd third pedal has another use.
The car is also starting to overheat and is 30,000 miles past do to have the timing belt replaced.

The starter is not so bad, should run me $100 for the part and I can do that myself.

timing belt is a different matter... timing belt kit with water pump, radiator hoses, radiator cap, serpentine belts, new coolant, new refrigerant and PAG oil ...should run me about $300 in parts ....oh..and.

Thats how to replace it....

This is a project I have been putting off until I could afford it, i had a backup vehicle, i had vacation time, i had help...I am going to need help with this one.

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07/08/16

  09:27:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
nope nope nope
nope nope nope
nope nope nope
nope nope nope
nope nope nope

offered to take over payements of 200 a month buuutttt.
once it got here...nope...the list of what is wrong with this thing is long, it was not taken care of at all.
Also the final price is much more than we were thinking so...

thanks but no, we will just have to scrape and pinch and come up with money for a better car somehow.

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06/26/16

  06:09:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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06/25/16

  07:55:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Nahrms Fsssh

I Cooked up some food for me and Wuf

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06/24/16

  11:55:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

^_^

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06/19/16

  12:15:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Okay, remember that bridge from
http://vincentthedragon.com/index.php/ow-2?blog=2

Well here is something to put a little perspective on the size and also what we did about it today.

Also, today was the day we had to turn in Williams car for his bankruptcy, so we are less one car...

Updates
Updates
Updates
Updates

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06/14/16

  10:07:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

We went to a candle vigil tonight in remembrance for the victims of the Orlando shooting.

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06/06/16

  09:17:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
the hell is that

Okay...so i know little to nothing about auto body and paint.
Here is a piece of aluminum from the bike.
There are these little black thready looking things on the outside, they feel smooth and will not wash or scrub off...
took some 800 grit and water to the center there and you can see the result...
Is this a clear coat that has failed or something?
???

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05/28/16

  04:40:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So...I have chosen to house-set for my sister while her and her family are off visiting mom for a week.

kitty cats and puppy dogs galore!
Oh, and some fish

The internet here is WAY faster than our place, wish i could drag my home rig here and see what SecondLife would look like with real internet.

The kittens are in the unholy cute stage so at least there is that.

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05/11/16

  10:19:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Put new blades on the yard tractor - blades are expensive! nearly $50 for mower blades...mowed for about 45 mins and the deck went boom.
yep, trashed idler pulley, killed the belt also...and the spindle bearings sound like crap.

3 years old, I keep it clean and washed...now needs $200 in parts.
I may be able to rebuild the spindles if i can get the bearings out, might be able to match up the idler pulleys at a supply store. Hopefully I can find better pulleys, the OEM ones are junk. but it will still run $100+

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05/06/16

  09:39:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
looking for a buyer
looking for a buyer

These are for a Chevy 350, bored .030 over with a rod length of 5.7.
Aluminum pistons from Enginetech.
Brand new, never used.
http://www.enginekits.com/enginetech-p1534-flat-top-4v-pistons.html

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05/03/16

  07:01:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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04/14/16

  07:39:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
One Ring to Rule...ermm..Two rings!

Our wedding rings have arrived.

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04/07/16

  10:07:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Been saving for a while now...scraping by to keep back money.
I just placed the order for our wedding rings!

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03/28/16

  09:25:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
ow

I have blisters on my paws..but it's worth it.
Was at my dads helping with some rather large projects.
One being removing the washed out bridge in the woods, It's hard to tell from the photo but the ditch there is deeper than I am tall and the spanners were 4 telephone poles...
We also moved/hacked at the dirt around a huge stump in the yard.

ow

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03/08/16

  08:09:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Wuf made me foods!

NOM nom nom

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03/03/16

  08:49:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

It came up in conversation so here is a picture of HAL4

Server

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02/28/16

  08:16:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Just a quick video walk-around of the church we are going to have our ceremony in.

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02/09/16

  07:24:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So...the software that this blog is created on is B2Evolution.
It's open source, free and have been around for a good long time.

Up until now, upgrading has been a somewhat manual process of downloading the source and replacing the entire websites code with the new stuff then editing some code to point it to the database and also editing the code you have made configuration changes to.

Now there is an experimental feature that you can upgrade the code from inside the back office log in without the need to muck around in the SQL or the codebase.
It worked like a a charm.

Woot!

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01/31/16

  08:10:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Off to School!
Off to School!
Off to School!
Off to School!

Here is some pics of what home for the week will be.
Down in Kennesaw Georgia for a vendor school for work on a piece of equipment I already know how to work on.
It's required to be trained in order to call technical support....

It's been a long drive, I'll post some more stuff and updates and crap later.

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01/06/16

  07:21:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

woke up a little late, not been sleeping well lately.

Coffee pot will not turn on.

One of my Tech's calls in sick.

I was behind on some things already.

One of my other tech's ran into machine issues that but him behind so now we are good and behind.

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12/26/15

  09:15:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I'd rather not say much about crimmus, i don't really much care for it. It's a holiday twisted around all the wrong reasons.

spent time with family, that went...okay..
Had plans for a friend to hang out, that fell apart as usual

years almost up, not much to show for another year gone.
same shit, different day.
eat sleep poop housework repeat etc

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11/28/15

  10:28:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Been awhile since I sat and type in the chair.
Had to do my treatment on a Saturday because of the holiday and work schedule and such.

I don't much care for the season, its hard to get into it when you have no money all the time.

Been working on and thinking about the wedding next year. We did find a small open church that may be willing to have us on the cheap.

Have not gotten much done on the house or outside, everything requires money.

We are getting by but I'd rather be able to pay our own way. I need to find a descent job that has benefits. I look all the time but nothing worthwhile seems to be out there.

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11/11/15

  09:43:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

It came up in conversation...Also, NSFW.
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My computer setup

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10/19/15

  09:02:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So, went RV camping with dad, step-mom and Will. Was nice and fun too.
It was very nice camping weather, chilly at night, great for campfire and passing around a little wine.
Here's a few pics

Camping
Camping
Camping
Camping
Camping
Camping
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Camping

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10/03/15

  08:45:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

October 28th of next year.
I'd like it to be a Celtic / Furry theme but time will tell.

We have been together for a long time now, seems reasonable to take the next step.

Besides for all our differences and the parts of us that get on each others nerves, I love him.

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09/23/15

  08:11:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

...I had a running motorcycle

Well...I have been tinkering with the bike. FINALLY got it to run ..for about 3 seconds...but it was that beautiful slow and low throaty Blub Blub Blub Blub.

To do this I had to bypass the fuel pump relay and hot run the fuel pump for a bit - there was ZERO fuel in the line still. After the 3 seconds I hit the kill switch and ran to get my phone but could never get it to fire after that. 30 year old electronics are a bit wonky, fuel pump or relay or ignition module is not working right.

While tinkering I was finding a cover here, a bolt there, wire harness exposed there...and i was putting all that back in place but as i starting digging into the issue; sure enough I was removing all the things that I had put back. Walking in my brothers shoes in tracking down the issue.

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09/19/15

  09:27:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

On August 30th my younger brother took his life.
He will be missed but not forever, nor forgotten.

Whatever dark place led him to that end, I know not nor will I understand.
I love my brother and he was a good man. Many many more people than I would think would show up at my own funeral did so at his to share grief and joy at all the things he gave and taught them.

Among a few things dear to heart that exude David's persona, which I'll post later once I get a picture worthy.; I inherited a motorcycle he was working on.

I have been wanting one, amusing I can get this one running on a budget, this will be the one I learn on so if anyone can offer assistance in knowledge and teaching now will be the time.

Rest in Peace dear Brother.
Rest in Peace dear Brother.

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08/30/15

  12:18:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Desk fluff

yep

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08/02/15

  08:08:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
burp

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07/27/15

  09:16:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Wuf picked my up a dragon for my fuzzy collection
(^_^)

Dragon!

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So I sit here wide awake at 257am Central Standard Time. Why…because my mind won’t shut down. Because I look back on my life and realize I’ve not accomplished anything. I’m 35 years old….I’m a CNA and EMT and that is about as far as I have gotten in my health care career. I finally realized that I am a failure. Reason for saying this is true. Its like no matter how hard I try, nothing is working. I can barely afford medications that I need to take and have to rely on the government to help me out, something at my age I shouldn’t be doing. I work at a job I really like but not that good with money. It barely pays my bills as in, car, insurance, internet, phone, food, my computer.
I sit here as I type now taking a handful of my medications I need to in order to be better and injecting myself with another medication I need to keep me going. While taking these pills, I’m crying….why, because I’m tired of being sick, I’m just tired. Maybe some of these people are right, this is probably God’s way of punishing me for being gay. I’m at my last string on the rope we call life.
Still as I type more and more tears roll down my face. Because I look back on my life and feel that I have let my family down. My my grandmother was right, maybe because of my lifestyle, is the reason why my dad passed away in 2005. Maybe this is the reason why I’ve ended up like him in some ways as me having a heart attack at 34 in October, and now being a diabetic. I realize now, that everything that has happened to me….according to all the groups out there is because I am gay.
I’m sitting here and its hard to type….because I’m ashamed of myself. Ashamed to be called a human being because, in reality according to some, the true measure of a person is their ability to be productive in society. But I’m not productive. All I do is bring pain and misery to all that come in contact with me. I kinda knew when I was born, that my birth alone would cause so much heart ache to my family. Its because of me the reason why my family is they way they are today.
This is by no way is not how I wanted my family to be. But I have to admit, because me being gay, my family is now tainted. I don’t want them to suffer for my life style. I don’t want my great nephews or my niece and nephew about to come into this world, to have to worry about not being able to be them because of me.
Some times I wonder, what would have happened if maybe, I wasn’t born, I know how that would be…my family would be happier, they wouldn’t have to worry about struggling on a day to day basis because of me being gay. They wouldn’t have to worry about defending me and putting their own lives on hold to keep people from trying to hurt me. They wouldn’t have to worry about struggling about money and food sometimes. They would be happy and care free. That black cloud that is over them would be gone….the reason for that black cloud is me…..because of my lifestyle.
I pray every night that God would give them a break. They would be able to be whole again. But then again, I realized, God doesn’t hear my prayers because, God doesn’t like gays….I am a gay guy….so why should he hear me.

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Comment from: Vincent The Dragon

…being gay has nothing to do with any of these issues; your deflecting.

Wolf…stop smoking, eat better, exercise, help dragon.
$0.02

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07/15/15

  09:21:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Back from a vacation..I don't take those often.

Mom's wedding in Connecticut which was very well done and nice and...okay so there was a Tardis, Dr Who theme music, Plushies and references to Second Life!

We also did some tourist things around Connecticut where mom and her lion lives as well as spending a day touring New York City.
Lots of history, totally cool architecture and stuff....The 911 site was....moving...

I'll post a few picture when my phone is done updating

Back!

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06/22/15

  07:49:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Local Furry group
http://imgur.com/a/Y5QqF <---pictures not taken by me

https://www.facebook.com/groups/457809340919852/?fref=nf <--Local Groups Facebook thing

Nice to get out and meet new ..umm...people?
Doubly so when its local

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06/15/15

  09:02:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Soo..we went and saw Jurassic World...
*spoilers*
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It's an effects movie, there is no doubt.
I liked it though, it was an endless string of funny homages to the original movie.
If your going to pony up the money to watch in in IMAX 3d, its worth it.
If you don't want the 3D then wait until its on the blue rays.

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06/06/15

  10:14:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/6791152/

Kissed any one of your Facebook friends? ~ Yes
Been arrested? ~ No
Kissed someone you didn't like? ~ No
Slept in until 5 PM? ~ Yes
Fallen asleep at work/school? ~ Yes
Ran a red light? ~ Yes
Been suspended from school? ~ No
Experienced love at first sight? ~ No
Totaled your car in an accident? ~ Yes
Been fired from a job? ~ No
Fired somebody? ~ Yes
Sang karaoke? ~ No
Pointed a gun at someone? ~ Yes
Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? ~ Yes
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? ~ Yes
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? ~ Yes
Kissed in the rain? ~ No
Had a close brush with death (your own) ~ Yes
Seen someone die? ~ No
Played spin-the-bottle? ~ No
Sang in the shower? ~ Yes
Smoked a cigar? ~ Yes
Sat on a rooftop? ~ Yes
Taken pictures of yourself naked? ~ Yes
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? ~ No
Skipped school? ~ Yes
Eaten a bug? ~ Yes
Sleepwalked? ~ Yes
Walked a moonlit beach? ~ No
Ridden a motorcycle? ~ No
Dumped someone? ~ No
Forgotten your anniversary? ~ Yes
Lied to avoid a ticket? ~ No
Ridden on a helicopter? ~ No
Shaved your head? ~ No
Blacked out from drinking? ~ No
Played a prank on someone? ~ Yes
Hit a home run? ~ No
Felt like killing someone? ~ Yes
Cross-dressed? ~ No
Been falling-down drunk? ~ Yes
Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry? ~ Yes
Eaten snake? ~ No
Marched/Protested? ~ No
Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? ~ No
Puked on amusement ride? ~ No
Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? ~ Yes
Been in a band? ~ No
Knitted? ~ No
Been on TV? ~ No
Shot a gun? ~ Yes
Skinny-dipped? ~ No
Caused someone to need stitches? ~ No
Ridden a surfboard? ~ No
Drank straight from a liquor bottle? ~ Yes
Had surgery? ~ Yes
Streaked? ~ No
Taken by ambulance to hospital? ~ Yes
Passed out when not drinking? ~ Yes
Peed on a bush? ~ Yes
Donated Blood? ~ No
Grabbed electric fence? ~ Yes
Eaten alligator meat? ~ Yes
Eaten cheesecake? ~ Yes
Eaten kids' Halloween candy? ~ Yes
Killed an animal when not hunting? ~ Yes
Peed your pants in public? ~ No
Written graffiti? ~ No
Still love someone you shouldn't? ~ Yes
Think about the future? ~ Yes
Been in handcuffs? ~ Yes
Believe in love? ~ Yes
Sleep on a certain side of the bed? ~ Yes

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05/20/15

  07:48:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

You know the one..The biggest one...the one you pretty much have to have...the one that's blue

out of 7 claims so far this year they have processed 2 of them correctly.
The remainder of the In-network services have been denied for no reason.

Hours on the phone so far this year.

Today the answer was that it's out of state and that's why.
It says on page fucking one of my gold level PPO contract that it's a multi-state plan.

Apparently they think i am supposed to show up in outpatient chemo services in Indiana, where it's administered then drive to Kentucky for the routine blood work that has to be done before the treatment then drive back to Indiana to finish the treatment then drive back to Kentucky to get the after administer blood work all in the same day?

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05/02/15

  10:12:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Compacted clay weights 2970 pounds per cubic yard.
I dug a hole in the yard 10 foot by 15 foot by 5 foot deep.

I flipped the entire thing, put good dirt on the bottom of the hole, started layering clay mixed with organic material and sand, built it up and added a curtain drain...

Lets do some math.

10x15x5 = 28 Cubic Yards x 2970 pounds = 83,160 pounds = almost 42 tons
...by hand...shovels, pick axe, wheel barrel etc..

Broke a shovel, a hoe and a pick axe

If it rains and the yard turns to shit again for months on end i swear it's time for some god damn dynamite

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04/28/15

  10:39:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

got $7 in the bank and $5 in my pocket...

This G be rollen biatch.
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*sigh*

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04/21/15

  07:39:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

so our house was invaded by these creepy little sugar ants for no real reason other than inside the house is dry and outside the house is a wet mushy bog.
I tried some bug blocker all over the place outside..nothing...Very concentrated Diazinon...nothing...

Okay then, lets just feed the little fuckers.

1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of warm water
1 1/2 tables spoons of Borax !

1/4 of a paper towel and a few cotton balls soaked with the sugar water.

2 days later...no ants.

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03/28/15

  04:53:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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03/23/15

  09:11:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well...It's more than i would have liked to pay but people with shitty credit don't have a lot of choices.
2001 Buick LeSaber
It's in okay shape, it's been wrecked but seems to have been put back together fairly well and doesn't have a zillion miles on it.

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03/08/15

  05:48:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well it's ugly but it will hold.

The fender is bent a little but i bent it back, the bumper is now being held on with some metal strapping (very redneck).
Drivers door trim popped off but i have it and its not broken, dents in the drivers door.
The inner fender well is missing half of it and the head lamp is destroyed.

I can get the fender well for like $20 and the head lamp of $50 - I'll prolly get a matching set but I am going to wait until the taxes are paid or i get pulled over.
The rest will most likely not get fixed, perhaps after the car is paid off I can decide to have the body work done on it. or not...it is 14 years old but only has 100K, interior is in great shape...we will see.

Will and I are together again. He moved back in and so far things are good. Time will tell but as long as he continues to work together rather than the way it was and maintain his own financials things will be okay.

ugly

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02/14/15

  09:03:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

You know the saying, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.

okay, so my X's truck broke down. He is in a hard place (as am I) with finances and is starting a new job very soon so having your vehicle go down is not good.

I was asked to assist, and I am/did.

It's a clunker, cheap and fairly wore out but us poor people got to do what we got to do.
My unfamiliarity with this type of truck set me back a few hours in trying to figure out where all the water you put in the radiator was running out from the motor but i seem to be in the right track. My time outside in the cold wind without the more correct tools is just a donation, the parts required is a loan of sorts. I can't afford much to give but am hopeful that the cost of the parts will be under 150. I go to the auto store in the morning and hopefully will have the thing back up and running before dark.

Oh, and I hit a deer on the way back home...My car is still drive-able but the front bumper seems to be busted and the drivers head light assembly is busted.
I have state minimum coverage so...and I could not afford a deductible anyway. Hopefully I can repair the damage to the plastic and replace the assembly but it will be a while before i can get to it due to this loan and needing a bunch of money soon for to pay my state taxes (my employer doesn't take out state taxes and it really fucks me over in taxes)

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02/13/15

  08:10:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

my service coordinator up and quit.
We are short staffed as it is and those that we do have are not very experienced nor particularly qualified to fit into the position.
...which will mean more work for me...again!

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01/14/15

  08:51:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So...I ran into an issue..
Ubuntu Used to be a good OS that catered not only to the high end but also the low end.
It was not uncommon to use Ubuntu to breath new life into older hardware and do more with it than windows ever could.
This is not the same anymore.
Ubuntu poopoo's on the people that made it popular and instead do stupid shit.
I could NOT get it to recognize my older video card for sit.
Fortunately there is another ubuntu offshoot other than Mint called LXLe that is Ubuntu restored back it its lighter days and works with older hardware...actually ubuntu would work but they removed and/or broke things in the repository in favor of only supporting newer hardware and thier sucky desktop manager.

Issue number two...Windows 7's boot loader is shit and hates anything but itself so i am having to stray from using my normal boot loader, (Grub2) and use a windows bootloader (EasyBCD). No biggy there.

The test bed is now all up and running and dual booting and Damn! is LXLe FAST on this thing.

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01/13/15

  09:17:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Finally..we got my 3rd technician hired.
That means I needed to move because I was still in the same room as the technicians and there are only 3 desks in that room.

my office is small, it's really just a cubical and it lacks a door ...but its the first time I have had my own office.

Now, the new guy...I really did not want to hire him but i was over-ridden.
His first day was Monday, it went okay....his second day was today, he failed to bother to show or call and let us know we decided not to work for us..
Fuuuk..welll at least i got a new office?

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01/02/15

  09:34:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Test Bed

rummaging in the shelves
Built a test bed
every geek needs one
I always kinda liked this odd case, saturated in blue LED's
the neat analogue temperature dial
It's a pretty clean build if i do say so
Old hardware, AMD Sepmteron 3000
dual booting Win7 pro and Mint Linux

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12/21/14

  09:27:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Have a look.
Tell me your thoughts.

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12/14/14

  06:29:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Don't be

Don't be Jelly of my Jam
this is what i did this weekend.
Blackberry Jam made from blackberries i grow myself.

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11/28/14

  08:58:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well..Things are slow as of yet but the web site is now on a new web host...This post also serves as a test post so more information will follow.

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Glad to see you up and running.

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11/20/14

  02:22:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

so..i am wally world picking up a few things. They have nice cheap bread and i needed some flea meds for the cat...and some other crap that i cant get at a good price elsewhere.

checkout person puts the flea killer and the bread in the same bag...

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11/16/14

  12:26:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So I had a friend over for a few days and he brought a game along. I liked it!
I found it used at the local game store and have been playing Super Paper Mario ^_^
it fun...other than right now it's pissing me off with a side quest that is rather lengthy and towards the end it like to just decide you have played long enough and it just kills you.

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10/20/14

  01:16:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

The first time i tried updating the blog it all blew up.
This time i took it in smaller increments...note to self...Do Not Get So Far Behind On Software Updates!!

Anyway...took all day but the main blog is running. The other blogs can wait as they are no longer really updated.

Now, to find a new web host and move the entire thing.

Aslo, i got out the Dutch oven and chacoal'd

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10/17/14

  08:55:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So...we, me and a friend, rebuilt my main workstation Shiny.
Made from some parts two friends of mine donated to me.
Rocking a nice Gigibyte motherboard, and AMD Phenom2 956 black, and an SSD.
It working rather nicely and quite fast...like it boots so fast its crazy.

The website needs to be updated and moved elsewhere. The web host i use has gotten too expensive.

Other than that, just been cleaning the house and orginizing.

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10/08/14

  07:40:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

This is in response to something posted elsewhere.

Yes, it sounds like a small thing. Bringing home a puppy. We are not allowed to have any more animals in the house we don’t own. The one mom pays for, pays for electricity, water, insurance, trash pick-up and tosses in more even to pay for the mowing on the tractor she bought. The puppy discussion has been had on several occasions but no, William comes first. You do know the two cats here have been exposed to parvo and the puppy could get sick and die. There is no food in the fridge and the tires on your car are bald but sure, a puppy comes first. It's not like i came out and asked a few weeks ago when you had days off that perhaps it would be nice to fix me a meal for us to share together when i got home since you know, i come home from work and fix you food always even when you don’t let me know you have decided to eat at your mom’s or something. Oh, wait, I did...you asked for gas money and spent your time off elsewhere. ..the finger pointing game works both ways but I ask that we digress and step back and simply move on with our lives now as individuals.

Always remember that despite growing apart, there was and still is love there. There is no reason you should not continue to better your life because despite the recent illness. You have come up in the world in job, education and socially. Please if only in spite of me, continue to be healthy, employed at your good paying job and finish your education because you do have it in you.

Be well and good bye.

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10/05/14

  10:31:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Thursday Will went back into the ER..this time they properly diagnosed the issue.
He had a heart attack.

They went in and unclogged a fully clogged artery with a stint and can see that he has other blockages that we are going to treat with life changes.

He should be released today and we will go from there.

Myself, work has been stupid stressful and just not worth it. With all that been going on, I have not sleep well in weeks....but i just basically slept for 36 hours so I should be good now.

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09/30/14

  06:58:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

The place where i host this blog has raised their prices again.
It's just not worth it anymore to pay to have this place here.
I will look for something cheaper, hopefully I can find something I can life with otherwise for the first time in a very very long time I will no longer have my own website.

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09/12/14

  08:30:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Went to the E.R. last night because Wuf felt like he was having a stroke but it turns out his blood sugar was over 500.
Diabetic
Hopefully we can figure out how to keep it under controll

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09/08/14

  09:32:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Nope...no medical insurance for you. Sorry we said you could be added, but you now need to have paperwork that you can't get in this state...

back to paying $400 and month pluss 10,000 in out of pocket.

back to giving up and filing bankrupt, going down to a job that only pays 12 and hour but has health care..you know, not really enough to live on or anything.

got another $1800 to pay in cobra before i can start trying to get back on the kentucky medical shit.

sorry but working class people are not alowed to get ahead in this world

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08/04/14

  07:37:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Oh..hrmm..lets see.
Money is tight, really tight...and we have to save up what we can because of a few months of Cobra payments at 438 a month untill i can get on the Wuf's new jobs insurance.

We decided to help a long time friend of Wuf's by driving 6 hours and fetching him so he can live on the couch for a bit untill he found a job. Long story short we drove him back the were he came from and parted ways.

I dont know quite what is wrong with my workstation but i am guessing the crashes are due to the capacitaters that are swollen.

The AC in Wu'fs car is not working

I hit a chunk of rock in a construction zone on my way to work and bent the shit out of the front rim and blew up the tire and broke a wheel stud as well. Nobody has a used rim for this car, i have to buy a new one from the auto dealer, plus 2 tires, pluss the stud pluss checking the alignment to make sure nothing else is broken.

Yay me

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07/10/14

  07:51:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

original box, original packaging, certificates, mint condition.

early birthday present

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What a score !! Happy Early Birthday

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06/24/14

  09:42:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Wuf is moving on from where we works to someplace else.
Making more money !
Yay! money
i need a better job to &#58;&#124;

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06/15/14

  08:30:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Went up Saturday to help my dad do stuff and be up there for Father's day.

Got a ton of work done...Man am I going to be sore for a few days and also got a bit crispy in the sun.

Mowed like an acre or so, moved some heavy logs and had scrubbed the outside of the house...I still smell like bleach.

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05/25/14

  03:30:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

HAL4 surgery in progress

mess?...what mess?

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That is positively gory. Poor thing.

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05/22/14

  10:04:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Bag full of capacitors for the server $25
Get a call from Will, AC not working in his car, picked up refrigerant $25
Gas is $1.75, $40 in gas did not fill my tank.
Get home and check out the Ac issue, my AC recharging and testing tool doesn't fit the service port.
Get out air compressor to clean motherboard...outside electrical socket blows up.
Go to another socket, compressor comes on, never shuts off - shutoff switch is bad.
Soldering on motherboard, none of my irons will melt the solder but they do burn the motherboard...now it's really toast.

out of wine, out of money, out of patience, out of luck

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05/21/14

  08:28:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

HAL3, my home server...has died.

Capacitor death.
It's not likely that with as many caps as have died on this old board that I'll be able to revive it.
It's a Socket775, i don't remember what proc is in it but i don't really have any money to waste on a home file server so i'm looking for something secondhand from somebody. I can't pay money but I'll do just about anything else.

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05/07/14

  10:15:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Nothing new or exciting.
Just setting here in the hospital getting my Remicade treatment.

Doing pretty good health wise.
Still struggling with money and trying to get stuff paid for, all my money goes towards life expenses with nothing left over for any perks so it kinda makes life somewhat just a meaningless struggle to pay for other peoples happiness.

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04/16/14

  08:04:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

There is something introspectively saddening about having a life literally in your hands and feel it slip away, wishing all you want for another outcome, you feel it take it's last breath and are powerless to stop its life from ending. I wonder what others feel or would feel in that moment. Life is an odd contradiction, we don't feel sadness when we eat that hamburger. It is different though, that life was not taken for no reason, it was to give life to yourself. Creatures live and die by their own hand and fate every day. It makes me sad to see a dead animal on the side of the road, but I really like hamburgers. I do wish the creatures who's lives were taken for for me to sustain myself were not lives lived in pain or discomfort but I do little to actively stop it. Perhaps its the detachment from the act that makes it bearable. I have taken the life of animals during a hunt, ate of their flesh; is that different? I would like to think much like some of the natives of this land thought in which that animal allowed it self to be taken for me to survive and I should thank it for it's sacrifice, it's spirit will not feel wasted and the act gives it a grander purpose. Perhaps that purposed spirit will return to feed me again, perhaps the act of it's sacrifice imbues it with the ability to expand and become something more than it was. Thank you little bunnies for giving me feeling, sadness and humility. I am sorry I did not posses the power to keep you on this earth and that I did not see your little spot in Nature in time to prevent me from taking it from you.

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Sorry for your loss, however it is very near impossible to rescue baby rabbits…
I know, I’ve tried. You have my sympathy.

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04/14/14

  10:17:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
bunnies....i need help if you can

So...I was mowing the yard Saturday morning and I happened to stop for no real reason. Just almost under the mower deck I found an odd looking clump of what I thought was yard litter. Then i saw the fur. Crap, i just came across a carcass I thought. nope, I raked up back to find this pile of cuteness...Shit.

Time to Google... well..momma only comes twice a day. Dawn and dusk. I happened to catch her at dusk and watched from a window. The area has changed so much that she could not find the nest. I have been watching at the right times and she has not came back and there is a strategically places leaf on the nest. The temperature went from 75 to 40 and it's raining so I decided momma is not coming back.

This type of animal is very hard to re-rehabilitate without the stuff and knowledge to properly do it. Google will help nut if anyone can help me out here; I could use it.

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04/06/14

  03:53:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

https://www.facebook.com/vincent.altmeyer.9/posts/624798554275164?stream_ref=10

I don't normally start with a facebook post but it's the only way to write a review to Tidy Cats.

You have seen the commercials for Tidy Cats light weight litter, and Walmart seem to now carry ONLY it.

Any review on this produce that is more that 3 stars must be fake or paid for. This litter has one good quality, it is in fact light weight. Oder control is not good and on par with the cheap generic brands litter. Dust is crazy, it's like a cloud of fine dust makes up half the product. Clumping action and urine absorption is also much lower that other products, again I would say it's on par with the generic brands. If you want generic brand quality but brand name prices then this liter is for you. If you have cats however, this litter is not for you. Find a store that still has the multi cat litter or just buy the no name stuff.

Very disappointed in you tidy cats; this is an inferior product but you put out commercials to hock it to the seemingly moronic general T.V. swilling population anyway.

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03/16/14

  11:08:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Will is off for a handful of days so we were wanting to spend some time together and mebe go out. Money stopped us but then we came up with some unexpected cash. We went out to eat, my insides we feeling twitchy but...We were going to waste a little time at Wally world before the movie but my insides decided otherwise. Crohn's moment, had to return home.

The is exactly the kinda crap I am getting real tired of. I have an event and if i am not at home when it happens and have access to things to clear it up then I am in pain for the rest of the night. And it was a late night, I got things under control around 2am.

Also, Those commercials Discover has about them treating you like you would treat yourself is a load of fetid stinking shit. They have refused to play nice and negotiate and have opted to sue me instead. Fuckers.

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03/13/14

  09:23:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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02/22/14

  09:23:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

And Snap! ... now its 70 degree.

Weird ass weather.

Soo...had a colonoscopy to see whats going on in there. Everything looks good, which i already knew.
Hopefully when i get the chance to see my surgeon he will be receptive to my ideas and help come up with a way for me to get better. My other Dr was not really listening.

I'ts been long enough, I am tired of the pain.

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02/09/14

  06:45:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

You know, i don't get to play outside as much as i used to.
I don't really have the time and extended trips to go camping are hard because of my schedule and also the lack of the facilities i need when my crohn's acts up.

But it is pretty outside right now.
Sure my phone takes 9 megapixel images but they need some levels editing ...
I should take the raws to a friend of mine to have him run some magic on them.

Outside
Outside
Outside

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02/06/14

  08:51:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

(^_^)
From my Wuf

Also, since i have you here....Things are not really all that great with my Crohn's...Went to the DR, did not really get anywhere but I am going to see my Surgeon soon and will have the same discussion with him and he seems more receptive to my situation. Either we come up with a way to repair some of the damage or route around it or i am going to request disability. Life is not worth living if you struggle in pain just to work. I want to live not just be alive.

I have a Fox!

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01/11/14

  09:12:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Good - A very nice person like six houses down delivered my video card to me.

Good - A friend of mine come over to geek out and wrench it into my computer.

Bad - we found two swollen capacitors on the mother board.

Bad - Ubuntu 12.04 hates the video card

Good - Mint 16 doesn't

Good - 15-30 FPS with Shadows, lighting, occlusions and really neat stuff turned on in Second Life. If i had faster internet, it's be really smoken.

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01/07/14

  08:12:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Tracking number status: Delivered, left at front door.

Really?..who's door?
Not mine.

My mail box has our house numbers on it in big friendly reflective number, on both sides even...
The company that sent the package wants me to go door to door...no? ...I gave them my exact Longitude and Latitude this time, Send OOPS out to the house they left a $250 package at and bring it here.

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01/04/14

  12:45:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So, i have taken momey i got for the holiday and added a bit here and there and bought me something. A video card for my aging computer, its starting to show its age and since i cant afford to rebuild the entire thing i will start with peripheral parts. First is the video card, i have chosen an Nvidia GTX 760. The next thing to be upgraded will be moving to install and SSD boot drive..but it is unlikely that is going to happen any time soon. Money situation will not get any better for another 2 or 3 years. I am paying 465 a month towards old medical debts and the hospital things thats not good enough since those debts currently reside in credit loans. The hospital got their money then and they want the rest now so they have garnished my wages. Thats another 150 a month out of the budget.

Yay!

The place i work at still mostly sucks, nothing ever really changes there. The job market out there is bleak unless you drive a truck or are willing to make not enough money to survive on.

My Crohn's is still acting up and i have little doubt its because of bad stress at work and bad stress about money.

*sigh*
happy new year?

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I like the idea of using MINT, if memory serves me correct it uses some proprietary video software and lots of proprietary codexs. I assume that is one of the reasons you’re going to use it. What other advantages does it have over Ubuntu?

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Well..no..as far as i can see its very much the same as Ubuntu or any Debian variant. What Mint offers to those of us that fell in love with Ubuntu is that the interface is very much like Gnome2 and not all stupid like Unity or Gnome3 that make themselves look like windows 8 or an iPad or the proverbial lemming…and the sound system works with out serious tweaking.

In Short, its like Ubuntu when Ubuntu was king.

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12/09/13

  09:34:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Okay..one..I did get hot water Sunday at about 9pm...and it cost about $300 in parts.

So,like beginning of the week it decides to be 70 degree out side and raining all day, then the temperature tanks and its not raining ice, then just ice...then 6 inches of snow, then the temp goes in the 20's.

Roads turned to shit fast.
Anyway, I managed to make it all the way to and from work okay and really only saw one car that ran off the road and got stuck...
Go ahead, look at the picture, I'll wait...
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Yep..snow plow...really?...this guy needs fired.
Anyway..made it home, into the driveway, which needs a lot of work so i slipped off its edge and burred the car to the frame in the mud!...took hours the next day and help from a friend but it's unstuck and seems to be undamaged....Thanks Joe.

the hell?

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11/29/13

  12:05:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

because i worked it until it did.
about 12 or so hours of work so far.
in another 12 hours of work, i may have hot water.

Tail fell off
Tail fell off
Tail fell off

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11/26/13

  11:26:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

soo..I finally found the smell in the water heater closet.
the drain valve at the bottom of the tank is leaking...who is the stupid fuck that made that assembly out of plastic?

I took out the valve stem and replaced the o-ring..no good...coated the damn thing in rubber glue..better but drip drip drip
Will not know if i can just replace the valve entirely until i get the water heater out. Also Who is the dumb fuck that put carpet in a water heater closet. I did not know the floor was wet because its under the carpet...oh, yeah..now the floor and dry wall needs to come out...

Anyone wishing to assist me...I'll be working on it tomorrow.

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11/25/13

  08:47:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

She was found near the garage.
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She sleeps now.
She was a good cat.
I held her in my arms yesterday.
I returned her to the Earth today.

Rest well sweet cat.

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11/14/13

  08:42:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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11/11/13

  07:57:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So, i had been using GCstar as my media collections manager. It has some really nice features but it is not being kept up to date so a lot of the features break a lot.

I replaced it with Tellico and although there are 2 small features missing from it, it does something the other program did not.
All i have to do is click a box, grab my hand held bar code scanner and *boop* the UPC or ISBN bar code and the program parces Amazon's open API feature to pull in all the movie/cd/book..etc. information into my local database.
It even tracks loaned out materials and lets me know when its been out there too long...>_> that reminds me i have a few movies i borrowed from a friend that need returned.

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10/27/13

  02:17:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Free to a good home

It's big.
It's Portable.
It's free to anyone that can use it.

The screen is aprox 56 inch by 56 inch white area and its in perfect condition.
It has been taking up space under my bed for years. Why dragons keep stuff like is is in our nature but i would like to find a home for it.

PM, YIM, email, text, smoke screen, swing by the house, message by bird...whatever just let me know if anyone can use it and we will work out the rest.

Free to a good home

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I remember that.

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You want it back?
I never found a home for it…

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  01:02:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

We now have DirectTV.
Ever since over air TV went digital we have not had much luck with it and i gave up trying to work out an antenna system so we only used the DVD player (now a Blu Ray), the HTPC and Netflix for home entertainment. Movies are great but they are once in a while things. The HTPC is hampered by slow Internet out here and the servers hard drive space needing serious upgrading that I can't afford and Netflix just kinda sucks for the most part.

The shiny new dish hidden behind the house out of sight is thanks to Will's determination in being smoke free. Cigs are expensive and the money saved pays for the dish and more. I know he is not %100 smoke free but i am proud of him for what he has done so far. Smoking is hard to stop so if you are a friend of his, encourage him.

We will be stopping the netflix and I am going to kill the home phone...we NEVER use the damn thing and now that its VOIP if the power goes out so does the phone and they have added a new Cell tower in the area so our cell phones work in the house. As such, I don't see the point in having the home phone.

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10/13/13

  03:34:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I don't know what is going on at work. Something chained when the last new technician quit; he went all off on the bosses and let them know what is all fucked up about this place. There was an immediate about face and things were going pretty good but it's quickly slipping back into crap. Not surprisingly right after hiring a new guy (this behavior has happened every time i get someone new). Guy has been here less than a month and already letting his manager (me) know that this place is a shit hole. Now, there seems to be some behind the scenes little meetings between employees and the boss, people are giving me the cold shoulder and leaving me out of the decision making processes; I am being treated like a simple technician rather than a manager...Something is going on, My techs are loyal to me and have expressed some concern but are trying hard not to just come out and say it. Likely they are were told something in secret and were told to keep it that way.

At any rate, the search for a different job is ongoing but there is nothing out there that pays anything...You can't live on a $12.00/hr job.

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09/24/13

  10:51:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

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09/14/13

  11:29:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Monitor Series Powered Subwoofer
(^_^)

The subwoofer on the DTS system has been broken for what seems like years. My BF bought me a new one for my birthday...Its awesome

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GREAT!!! I am so happy for you, now you can once again experience the feel of the movies you watch.
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08/15/13

  06:57:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Summary judgment, garnishment of %25 of your income...
Welcome to america, you have 3 choices.
1) below poverty but since thats rewarded by tons of government programs you may well live better and have more things than most people. You may not have 'money' but there are very few trailer trash red neck domiciles that I see that don't have a satellite dish bolted to the side. Your school, medical, food, utilities are subsidized or paid for by choice 3.
2) Rich...you can be rich and stay that way because you make enough or have enough to take advantage of all the loop holes or can get most of your living expenses taken care of by hiding things inside other costs.
3) Middle class...working poor...the people that make this country go, we do all the real work, foot all the bills and are taxed beyond our fair share.

I have nothing, no savings, no retirement, nothing towards entertainment or material things.

People keep telling me that's its all bull shit and I should be able to file for assistance or bankruptcy.
Well...no, I can't … Things that don't count against my out cost of living are the things that don't go towards my life. The country we live in doesn't acknowledge same sex anything, and the state we live in doesn't really either...can't claim him as a dependent because he claims dependents himself...food, phone, stuff for the car like parts and gas that he can't afford because nobody can live on an entry level wage must get removed from the equation. Corporate america has made it so that ALL jobs are entry level. Hell I got let go from my last job because of my paycheck, they fired everyone then re-hired at entry level wages and its the same everywhere I look. Tons of jobs on-line...all entry level pay for technical jobs requiring college level education...

I see no way out
I see nothing in the future
I have lost

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08/07/13

  11:37:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Late Sunday evening I go downhill fast. I have been feeling a bit off for a bit but...
104 degree temp and Will finds me in bed mostly out of it..Ambulance ride!

I still feel off, the hospital says its viral but doesn't know what it is...take Tylenol and just deal with it...It will burn out or get worse.

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07/23/13

  08:15:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

They could not save him...he passed away during the procedure to unblock his urinary tract...his bladder burst, went into shock and passed away.
...
Good bye IT, you were loved.
You were a gentile soul and we will miss your soft purring and snuggles.

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07/16/13

  07:47:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

One of my cats seems in discomfort. He is not moving well and gets up and moves about a foot then lays back down, wobbely and stiff. Yesterday he was visiting the litter box alot to pee but did not pee much and was groweling when he cleaned himself. I figgured UTI but now his breath is a but sour, slobbering a little and has labored breathing. I found a few clear vomits on the floor. I don't hear any fluid in his lungs. I can't get him to eat or drink...no way i can take off work to bring him to the vet abd we dont have the money...if there is anything anyone can do..please help me save my cat.

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07/15/13

  10:50:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Been thinking about what to update on...nothing new...just getting poorer and poorer.
Save money cutting out things...life just gets more expensive in response.

It does not help that we are making payments on things for other people...never again will we help or assist family; it bites us in the ass Every fucking time.

We live here on the charity of others, can't even afford to stand on our own as is.

I am so tired of it.
ready to give up.
I am a manager and i make less now that what i started at my old job and it had benefits and a bonus structure.

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06/09/13

  09:55:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Money is still not there.
saving some by dropping my car insurance to state minimum.
Also, I am not on Will's medical insurance as the place he work allows same sex domestic partners on the insurance. Thats going to help a little. My pay will go down since I will no longer be getting a stipend added to my check to help with health care but it will still save about $150 a month and also the deductible will be less so mebe we can get out of this hole or mebe i can afford to find a job somewhere else.

On a good note, we went and saw the new Start Trek movie. It was pretty damn good, I like hoe they gave several nods to us old school fans and incorporated lots of things from the original time line. The plot of the movie was not as riveting as its old school counterpart but all in all it was a good movie.

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Glad to hear things are getting a bit better. I haven’t heard much from you lately and was getting a bit concerned. Observatory is coming along nicely.

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That is because i have been working late every day for the past few months…I see no end of it in site…I’ll either keel over or find a better job.

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05/09/13

  07:27:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Bills i can't pay this pay check:
State tax estimate $100
Phone/cellphone/internet $285
small credit card i have but the bank shutoff because my credit is in the shit can $25
medical credit card used for dental expenses (WAY past due on 6 month checkup) $50

now..i did pay my medical insurance but it was a few days late...so they canceled my coverage.
I send off a very detailed response to the lawyers suing me on behalf of the hospital for like $12,000 i still own them stating pretty much that i expect to go at least $5000 in the red this year...Their response is to file for a default judgment against me...You pay now!

So...why try anymore?...why work?...why bother trying to live?

we are having ramen noodles and boiled eggs for supper and for some reason thats beyond me, i will wake up tomorrow and go to work.

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05/02/13

  08:39:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Soo...apparently the Dragon is a size 4 in 'girl'

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04/19/13

  07:32:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Near the lilac bush; in between her friends Miss Duster and Mr. Speckles we laid to rest FancyLu. Friend, Companion, Loved one, Family member ..she touched many lives and we will see her smiling face and wagging tail again some day. For now we have our memories.

Good bye for now FancyLu.

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04/08/13

  08:40:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

The reality of the situation is...i need $400 by the 15th or the check i am sending for state taxes will bounce.

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04/06/13

  12:26:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

4 Months of 'saving' money by not paying for the credit cards, buying not much in the way of food and just generally doing zero extra activities and i have enough to cover the state taxes i owe but only if i pull every bit of money i have together and that leaves zero dollars for gas and food for the next week and a half.

I was hoping to have been able to save...something...even after my raise i cant afford anything for my self...I don't go anywhere, i don't do anything, i don't have friends..all i do is work, clean and cook and spend a little time in SecondLife which is not all that great since i need a video card and eye glasses.

I am getting the short end of the stick here and i don't know how much longer i can take it and keep smiling.

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03/30/13

  03:23:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So here i am at the kitchen table watching some things boil on the stove. Been eyeing that un-opened bottle of Capt. Morgan all day really wishing i had someone here to share it with.

My Time with my Wolf is always short and seems rushed, i dont have any friends, i try to find some but it dosent go anywhere. SL has become less exciting and more drama or it just leaves you with an empty feeling.

I wonder if i will ever get back to the way i was before the flair up, its hard to feel good about yourself when symptoms get in the way.

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03/20/13

  02:54:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

You people have broken it.
Second Life is a 3 dimensional content driven social interaction simulation with creation, editing and modification abilities…or it was.

The SL I remember was like this. You went places, listen to things, found people and you Interacted in the world. You used the tools you have to emote with your text, your gestures and used the world around you. You walk up to people and you talk, used gesture based emotes to add to the experience or used animations to assist in the role you were portraying. If you wanted to do other things, you took the person and went somewhere and used the things around you to enhance the experience of the role before you.

The SL it is now. Your avatar stands in the middle of the room playing endlessly the same animation. Sometimes there is a little chat but mostly its just stupid things, silly things; which are fine mind you and fun too. Most of the conversing however takes place only in a direct PM to an individual and if you decide to take things to another level..you do it all in PM’s just standing there. Clubs are full of zombies either Sexting the zombie next to them or is just simply wasting the server load and my frame rates.

People say the posing animations are cheesy or have this or that problem. Or texting is a more enhanced way of role play…I call bunk! Innovation doesn’t happen when you don’t use things; it happens when you do use things and offer suggestions or want more. That’s how the code that runs my tail was born, just ask me about it. Texting is not more, it’s more of the same type of social interaction we had since before the World Wide Web was born. SL is broken because you’re lazy and you’re selfish.

Lazy because you don’t want to be part of the solution or apply effort or time with an individual because you can just stand there and IM me from time to time while your off doing something else but using the world around you to create an actual fantasy role requires you to concentrate on that task and the person on the other side of the screen.

Selfish because you take up space, time, compute cycles…you don’t want to emote or animate in public then turn off all the crap on your AV and just stand there then, preferably not in the middle of everything. Find someone you want to play with?..leave, go somewhere else and stand there, I’ll offer you my personal spot in SL if you want.

There have GOT to be people still in SL like me, places to go in the world where people interact in the way Second Life was built for. If you’re on my friends list and read this and now don’t want be, I can accept that and please let me know. I may not understand it but I will comply without question. It is possible that the greifers won, that all the people I want to interact with have gone and taken MY SL with them and all that’s left is YOUR SL.

Don’t be offended by my rant, these are my feelings, not yours and I would be happy to discuss it with you, in front of you...

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03/05/13

  07:33:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Close to 10-15 times in the evening and now on my cell phone at work.

The debt relief people said the credit card places could really be a pain...getting aggravated at the though...Heh..only 3.5 years of this to go... (-_-); shit...

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02/22/13

  06:44:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Doing A LOT better..almost back to my old self.
Still getting used to things but am not in pain very much. Started drinking a glass of red wine a night like i used to a long time ago and thats really helping. The nastier parts of the disease are still there but not near like what it was. I hope it will all go back to the way it used to be...

One thing i know for sure is that all this down time is that I am out of shape..I delivered my first machine since i went down for the count. There were several trips of the old and new machine parts being dragged up and down a flight of stairs...my legs have hurt for days...

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02/06/13

  07:57:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

When i had things this bad before...i was 20, taking huge amounts of prednisone and i had my mom to come home to...

Now?...I'm 40...these fistula are not like they were back then...I came home today feeling like a MAC truck ran me over again, shaking like a leaf because i was so cold and in pain and very afraid i was going to run my car off the road...

The only good days I have are Mondays...huh, go figure, after a few days of rest, having a crapper within reach and a tub to rince out the crap (literally) from the fistula's so i dont spend all day in searing pain. I have enough energy to fix food ( i am having a glass of red wine, lortab and ramen tonight); keep my self clean...

(end of rant)

...
Thoughts?
I have a followup with the surgeon who did my illeocolectomy in 5 days...I don't want to be a burden but i want to have a reason to live.

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Vincent, you are in my thoughts and prayers…
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01/27/13

  11:33:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I wanted to see The Hobbit at the I-Max but me and Will have not been able to go together so I decided to go with a friend. We had it planed for this Saturday, the movie schedule said it was playing but apparently it got bumped by Hansel and Gretel which looks like a sucky effects movie that i have zero desire to watch...so i guess i missed my chance to see the Hobbit in 3-d &#58;&#40;

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01/15/13

  11:21:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well..i called a few places...they did not care...just said there will be late fees and blah blah blah...nothing has been shut off...yet.

My boss actually said with a straight face in a meeting that although i am still healing and although i have to stay late some times; i need to set aside time to work late to get done all the tons of things i have on my plate...Like fucking hell i am.

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01/02/13

  06:57:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Being in the hospital and then home means no paycheck...all sick and vacation time used up.

We can't make the ends meet when i do get paid...now what am i supposed to do?...called credit card places; they don't really give a shit and will not do anything but note it in my account and let me know there will be late fees and other assessments. Can't get a hold of the car loan place or the phone bill place due to 'higher than average call loads'

I hope we can get by on what groceries we have for the next 2 weeks and pray that i can find enough money to put into the gas tank.
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12/25/12

  12:27:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

been out of the hospital for a week.
getting stronger
spent time baking cookies
dealing with symptoms i have not had for years and years...lots of pain...

having some tests ran next week to see if Remicade has stopped working...lets hope not.

Not having any money and spending so much time so close to the holiday in the hospital has made the season somewhat lesser for me...

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12/08/12

  12:43:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

nope...can't poop.

Went back in for a look, stricture is the problem. Too much scar tissue.

Should be having surgery Friday or so. Rather than do the normal step down off the steroids, we are stopping them cold turkey. It's not likely that i will be released until after the surgery due to the steroid jump off and the fact that without proper nutrients I will just get weaker. In the hospital, they can give me the diet that will keep me alive but not hurt me.

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12/05/12

  12:08:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Half way through the school, I started having issues.
Managed to make it home then...
Well, I wound up in the hospital Sunday. there is an area where the terminal Ilium meets the actual poop pipe that has always shown active irritation. It closed up almost totally.

massive antibiotics, massive steroids, clear liquid diet and bed rest. Now we moved to solid food again and we will see. I don't have high hopes; its most likely going to require removing that part of colon.

We will see...

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11/23/12

  08:36:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

heading out Sunday to drive my ass up to Chicago for a copier school i don't really want to go to.

Crohn's symptoms getting better but still lingering.

Watch the new Breaking Dawn movie with my Wuf...FYI, the wolfs in the movie are beautiful.

No money for the holiday this year...everyone is getting baked goods.

Nothing else going on, really...Shower, sleep, work, eat, poop, dishes, laundry, shower, repeat...

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11/14/12

  10:04:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So the meds i got from the ER cleared up the chest cold thing rather fast. That's good...

I am having some symptoms of Crohn's that i have not had in a long time...that's bad...
I am giving it another week and if things don't start subsiding, i will have to go see the doctor so we can get this back under control fast. I remember being in much more pain that this for a lot longer in my past but i truly hope this is a short term thing.

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10/30/12

  08:19:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Got the moving truck all packed and we headed out...10 hours of driving...motel...10 more hours of driving.
The scenery was nice and pretty, pity we could not linger for some photo's.
Richards place in nice...big...the town is nice looking, not too urban but not in the sticks.
worked our asses off unloading then i got on a plane; barely made my connecting flight.
Got stranded at the airport 'cause my ride fell asleep.
Meanwhile my chest cold kept getting worse; by Friday I was pretty damn sick.
Wound up in the ER Sunday...

Got some medications and a pass from working for a few days. I go back to work tomorrow but I am feeling much better.
My Wuf did a great job of caring for me while ill.

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10/19/12

  11:11:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well, we got all moms stuff packed up and in the moving truck; tomorrow I drive her 20 hours away...

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10/16/12

  07:33:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I have gotten back into SL more again.
My Avatar will never be a good representation of my fursona so I gave up on that but the one i have put together is pretty cute (*^_^*).
I did not know when you have a premium account, you get a free house so i claimed mine when i found this out.
I have been without a 'home' in SL since the Gayborhood went away. The free house is pretty good but your prim limits are low. It is not bad though for being 'free'.

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10/11/12

  10:44:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Looks like I get to go to the next copier school here in a month because the tech i had in mind to go refused to since he has not had a raise in two years. Both the techs are not doing a very good job due to the management style and their personalities not really jiving. I dont blame them, i wish i had a better job too but i don't let it effect my work ethic. the number of employees at work has gone down, sales person let go, receptionist retiring soon so she was let go, techs on the verge of getting fired and no prospects in the works for any replacements. more work for me with the same pay that doesn't make the ends meet...
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10/01/12

  10:15:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well, I had a pretty good birthday.
Got some monetary gifts...I luff money!
Some nice shirts and a snuggely wuf blanket from my Wuf.
Spent some time at my dads, got a nice outfit and dad gave me some very personal gifts.
He gave me his military KayBar and something that belonged to my Grandfather; his Volt-Ohm meter.
The meter looks very nice on my shelf.

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09/23/12

  10:00:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Got the new door up. I did a pretty damn good job for it being done by myself and having never put in a garage door.

It will be nice to have my garage back, once all mom's' crap is out of it I may have room to actually do things in there again.

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09/09/12

  10:56:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Not much on my end. Have been working on the garage in prep for a new garage door. The structure of the place needed some loving care since it was built by a moron. Had a local furfriend over this weekend to assist and also to watch bad (and some good) movies.

Also the house has been somewhat a wreck since mom is in the process of packing up to move to Connecticut.

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08/18/12

  07:00:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Why do i have them?
I have pruned the list from time to time but I am beginning to wonder why i even log into YIM at all. Nobody says shit and when i try to strike up a conversation i only get a few sentences out of them.

I generally have all of jack shit to do on the weekends other than work, I don't get to go out anywhere other than once in a great while and then its to help someone with something. Don't get me wrong I like being needed for help but damn can some of my 'friends' talk to me sometimes? Am i boring, do i suck, just not interesting or just not worth taking some time to know? Am i destined to have zero social life, not even online? Am I to be shackled to the house or work with only work to do and some odd projects of mine to keep me company. &#58;&#40;

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I was AFk most of the day and you logged off just as I was about to send you a message, sorry I missed you :(

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08/14/12

  06:30:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Be at Peace Miss Duster

Her spirit is not off this earth no longer and we committed her body to Mother Earth but she will never be gone.

I remember her sleeping in the dustpan, it was metal and sort of a pink color as I recall. When she was a kitten, very sick and so was I with my Crohn's; We took care of each other. She taught me how to Murf, could purr like nobody and she had a wonderful smile. We I came home she always had a hello murf for me; with a smile and her cute little pink nose. We love you Miss Duster and will miss you from now until we see you again.

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08/08/12

  07:05:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Gramma Hope is passed away. She went off in the woods and did not return. I am hopeful that she went to sleep and never woke up.
She was a good cat, had a long life and was loved.
She will be missed.

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07/14/12

  10:35:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

My finances are not good and they are not getting any better. I am not making any headway in getting out of debt. Will's job is hard and not the best shift for us to spend time together but it does pay okay. This was the first pay check where he is in the position to help pay for stuff but nooo. Thanks to his sister and her husband we now have a two year dent in our finances. I was opposed at the time to helping them rebuild their predicament of not being able to get a car loan after they filed bankrupt but family is family so a car loan was co-signed on. Now rather than call us and let us know they were going to fall behind so something can be worked out, or calling the car place to work something out; Will gets the call from the car place saying they can't get a hold of them and the car is being re-posessed. Since Will's car load is from the same company we had to get the car and are now responsible for the payments. One of his other sisters, whom is not a total looser, is going to pay half the payments and she gets to use the car and we will pay the other half. Thats money we needed for our bills.

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07/11/12

  09:17:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

shitty day at work, I don't know what keeps me there.
Come home and no one is due in for awhile so I felt like listening to some nice loud music and I can't even fucking do that because my sub-woofer is old and shits the bed and I can't afford to replace it. So I make supper and watch crappy movies on netflix

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07/01/12

  10:06:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

My sister done got hitched yesterday.

Her and her new husband have been together for some 8 years now so it was a long time coming. The wedding was nice, I failed to burst into flames in the church, and I look good in a tux. All in all it was a very nice ceremony and reception and I hope they have a long and good life together. Will was part of the celebrations too, he looks very nice in a suit and tie *^_^*

I look forward to the following days of mom no longer being an emo mess and things getting back to normal here at the Lair.

Our finances are still not good. We were planning on having our commitment ceremony here in a few months but we do not see any way to come up with the money to do so. It will have to be postponed. My work is not the best place to be and I don't really see a long term future there; the cost of health care is killing us. Somehow we have got to get our rotating debt wiped out; if it were not for that we would be breaking even but just barely and that would still not leave enough left over for a place of our own to live. It really sucks struggling all your life with nothing to show for it. i don't mind the struggle, i am used to it but not being able to stand on our own in life at the age we are is disheartening to say the least.

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06/17/12

  01:15:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So now that I have run out of Star Treks to watch on Netflix I have decided to watch something else. The system decided to recommend Trinity Blood. It's pretty good but one thing I don't understand is why Anime females are drawn so...stupid looking with boobs the size of watermelons. I mean, sure, me being gay means boobs in general are something I don't get but really...boobs the size of watermelons?

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06/14/12

  10:21:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Stargazer

A friend of mine got himself a 'little' telescope.
We had some gazing but the sky at his house is not the best. Looking forward to having some sky time at a more remote place.
(^_^)

Stargazer
Stargazer

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Stargeezer, a cosmic lug nut who aims semi large astronomical viewing devices skyward. Glad you got an opportunity to stop by for some “geek time,” looking forward to doing some dark sky viewing soon…

06/15/12 @ 01:31 am
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05/26/12

  11:07:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

We went and saw Battleship.

It was pretty good!
(^_^)
And it was nice to have a date night; we have not been able to do that for a while.

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Your not gonna sink this Battleship!

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05/21/12

  08:17:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

...not much going on really.

Will's getting used to his job; things there are going good.

Mines the same as always.

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05/09/12

  06:58:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

yay!
Will got a job at the local casino working as security/EMT
^_^
He is doing well in school and well on his way to being a Paramedic

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05/04/12

  07:39:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

and i need the break from work and all the shit that's going on...

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04/28/12

  12:15:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

It has become abundantly clear that the place I work for is not a good place to be.

It's never been a good place but I have been dealing with it; lately however its gotten worse and I am tired of it.
So I will be working on my resume and looking for something else.

Also; I am still getting tons of spam so I did some upgrading and editing of some of the htaccess file.
Time will tell.

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04/16/12

  11:15:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Conglomeration: Good! We had fun. The Con was not as good as years past but it is still recovering from having been gone for a few years. What it needs is some younger people in charge. Not that us older guys don't have what it takes but you cant have all the same people for years and years...some of them die out so to speak. We sat in on a panel ran by a wonderful artist; Laura Reynolds who gave us knowledge and insight into her sculpting and techniques.

Computer: bad!!...I have been having an issue with flash media corrupting the video cards memory. It's been leaving an image stuck that bleeds through either the white or black component of things displayed on the desktop. I am not sure if its flash (un-installed and re-installed) or something i tried to do with desktop special effects (found to be broken in 10.10), video card dying (it is and 8800GTS and has several years on it), or something gone wrong in the video driver. I downloaded a newer version of the driver and installed it...boots to console and i can't coax it to start Xserver...Sooo right now the computer is updating itself to 11.04 from Bash, which will likely make all kinds of stuff not work but lets hope not...or at least lest hope it boots to the gui again.

The good thing about Ubuntu is even horribly broken I can boot to command or boot via a live disk and recover all my stuff.

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04/12/12

  09:09:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

&#56;&#56;&#124;
I always pack too much...or..my luggage is not big enough.
it's one or the other.

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04/08/12

  07:34:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Yup it's time for my yearly colonoscopy...so yay me!

Not much else going on other that work, eat, work at home, sleep, worry about not having money...
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03/26/12

  10:57:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well we decided to go.
It's been a long time since i have been to a Con.
This one is a mish-mash and has always been fun in the past.
It was my first Con and will be Will's and a local Dragon that has been hanging around us for a while whom is going with us.

It will be good to get away for a bit even if we really can't afford it.

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03/18/12

  04:05:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

The spam is still around. I changed the settings to require moderation of the posts to make it easier to remove them. The update will not address the problem as its just some bug fixes. the problem is reCaptcha is cracked.

Part of the electrical system to the 35+ year old tractor went up in smoke today; can't afford to replace the thing so i will have to do some jury rigging.

IF i stay in budget in gas and IF I don't buy any food for a month i should come up $500 short in the money i need to pay my state taxes. And that if i dont spend anything; like Will's birthday; we very much want to go to Conglomeration this year and i would need to pay for the hotel room now.

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03/12/12

  07:41:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Yay! spam!
i cleaned it all out and made a change to the comments.
You will now have to be moderated!
<_< i need to upgrade the blog software again which is a pain because the light box software that runs the gallery pictures doesn't work and it took a friend that knows PHP a few hours to make it work. that means there are a few pages that have had the PHP changed and i will have to go through the code again at upgrade if things break. Ah well...
First step is syncing the offline blog up to current and updating the install in it.

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03/05/12

  10:27:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I can't make the ends meet.
Somehow i need to come up with $1600 to pay my state taxes.
Hopefully my federal return will come in soon and that will give me $600 but i still need another $1000
Where am i going to get that from.

My credit cards are maxed, there is nothing left after paying for my bills, and i do mean nothing.
Sometimes i have to put a few $100 on a card some months just to eat, pay for gas...

The only thing i can think of is to take the money from what little retirement i have,

I don't know what to do.
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03/01/12

  10:30:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Not much of anything going on, lack of money and a way out of the mess we are in has been getting me down
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02/22/12

  11:11:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

This e-automate database building/exporting we are doing at work is hard!
bleah...

We had a new furfriend over for the weekend for some relaxation, chatting, movie and stuff.
We all seem to hit it off quite well and plan on spending more time together. (^_^)

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02/10/12

  07:16:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

The transmission went out again in Will's truck...We would have preferred to pay it off and keep it around while saving up for a better one but nuuuu...So he got a better on this time and they wiped out what we still owed on the other. This one is much nicer but you pay a lot more for a car at a buy-here pay-here. It's an 03 or was it 06...Impala that looks very clean.

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01/29/12

  10:58:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Yay! I completed Zelda Skyward Sword last..er..something around 3 am &#56;&#56;&#124;

I really hope the next console from Nintendo catches up graphics wise...at the moment the PS3 and Xbawx dance around it.

**spoilers a little**

The game it self was right up there with the current Zelda games in complexity. The side plots were there but were not as integrated into the ending as in previous ones. This one's main enemy was very much darker, pushing the limit of the games maturity rating. I rather liked that.

All in all it's a good game but not the best in the series.
Link is still the cute little hero in desperate need of tossing Zelda, whom always gets him in trouble, to the curb and getting himself a nice man.

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01/24/12

  07:25:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well, it's day two for this week long school in Atlanta.

This time, unlike all other schools i have been to for work; it's not a technical class per say.

This time its over a software package we purchased to help run the company, that means i am here with others from the company; being the HR manager and the Owner. So things are a bit different..i.e. weird.

Other than that, it's boring as hell!

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01/16/12

  10:56:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

big scary word...

FancyLu's cancer in her leg came back.
Rather than a small lump, i found a golf ball on her leg which quickly got to the size of a baseball in a few days.
They drained it, gave her antibiotics and now we wait.

Her age precludes removing it as it would remove too much muscle for her age and radiation it too expensive and also not good for her age
&#58;&#40;

Also i have to go to Atlanta Sunday for e-automate training; right in the middle of rate change madness.

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01/09/12

  01:08:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So i got the chance to play my new Zelda - skyward sword for the first time this weekend...ermm...most of the weekend.

Its a pretty good game and has a lot of the things that make a good Zelda game, well..Good!

There are a few things about the interface I do not like. There is no map overlay widgit or any indication as to which direction you are facing which makes it hard to get to where you need to go. Your in world position changes when you enter your inventory or map so it's very easy to walk around in circles.

I have always gotten the players guides when playing a Zelda game because of all the things you have to keep track of with inventory and side quests, also world maps are needed because you cant make your own like we did 'back in the day'...The players guide sucks! The maps are very flat and show no depth of field and the directions are incorrect. It uses terms like left and right...useless in a 3D world...and saying things like walk around X when it really meant swim...

All in all the game is good otherwise.
(^_^)

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01/01/12

  01:10:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

happy new year bitches!

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12/23/11

  09:07:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well..holiday shopping is all done....meaning we ran out of credit cards!

Will's unemployment came through so that's going to help.

We are at Phaedrus's house doing geek things with his new wireless and Windoze 7 laptop which i am typing this on atm.
^_^

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12/11/11

  10:18:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

One of the site admins and original founding members to kyfurs.com is leaving us. A sending away party in Lexington ensued. Although we really can't afford it, we felt like doing something away from here for my vacation and our anniversary so off we went. We all had a good time. (^_^)

Good luck on your endeavors Panda, you will be missed at Kyfurs.

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12/08/11

  11:36:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Mmmmmnnnn...new bed is gooooood
(^_^)
I slept like a rock <_< Will still is!
very nice, although it looks much bigger in here than in the show room...hehe
Our room is dominated by it but its worth it.

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12/03/11

  10:09:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

It's too expensive for that!
We have been in serious need of a better and bigger bed for awhile now.
I have been doing research and all that...Good mattresses are just stupid expensive but we are tired of tossing and turning and waking up sore and misserable.

We bought a King sized Southerland brand for $1000
We pick it up on Wednesday and i plan to sleep that night for a good 12 hours...comfortably!

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11/28/11

  09:37:00 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

It doesn't happen very often...but i have nothing to do at work.
Which is a bad thing because i need stuff to put on my time card
><;

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11/25/11

  09:06:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So there was a nasty bug in the lightbox plug in that makes the pictures work...I was kinda on the right track in what was goin wrong but i am so out of date with web page programming. PHP, CCS and javascript have come a long way since the days of me knowing anything about HTML. A friend of mine, Taintedsancity helped me greatly in coming up with a fix.

Thank You Kitty (^_^)

There is still work to do, like clean up some of the things i did while trying to come up with a solution and i still have to modify the CCS into the modified one i use. So for now the other blogs will not work and the main one will have a few things that i don't like until i get around to it.

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11/24/11

  09:51:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

my blog software was out of date and in need of updating.
The code is all updated but things will not be back to normal for some time as i integrate the customizations i made to it into the new code.
(^_^)

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  12:30:50 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

the fun/frustrating part about Linux is getting everything working correctly.
And things change with new distro versions.

Got the second video card working.

Got skype working with my webcam using a modified version of the code i needed to get it running before

had to ditch Pulse audio because it still sucks ass in Ubuntu and installed ALSA

got voice chat working, mostly, in secondlife.

i noticed that my system did not install the PAE version of the kernal so it's not seeing all my RAM so i need to switch to that kernal...wonder what all i got fixed will now break when i do that

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11/15/11

  10:26:54 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

well..sure 10.10fixed the Python issue but my second video card refused to show up. Lots of re-installing, re-formating and re-installing, cursing, scouring the internet for answers i found the solution.

It was hard because finding information on a linux issue is a pain. It seems everyones install is different and everyones opinions are unflappable. My machine did not give me the error in the kern.log that would have pointed right to the issue. Apparently the 32bit ubuntu's have a glitch where by it doesn't allocate enough memory at boot up to initialize the second card. Adding a kernel parameter to the boot up command fixes it (vmalloc-256M). What is odd about it is that version 9.X works out of the box, my install was an upgrade from 9 and i never saw this issue. Even when i installed 9 and upgraded this time, i still got the issue....

Either way its fixed...mostly...i am having to edit my grub menu.lst to add the pram because the directions for adding this pram permanently doesn't match the file structure in my system. It is likely the reason for that is my version of grub is old...but it works so whatever.

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11/09/11

  11:16:50 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

One, Will lost his job and they are fighting his claim for un-employment...that's bull shit.

two, some time ago i installed Blender (a 3-d object creation software) to do things to my avatar in secondlife. The scripts i wanted to plug into the program are not compatible with Python 3 (current version for Ubuntu 10.04) so i stitched in Phython 2.6. Things in Ubuntu have become progressively unstable and google is not helping me figure out how to un-do the damage. I am currently upgrading to 10.10 in the hopes the re-compiles will fix the problem. Time will tell.

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10/29/11

  11:13:24 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

We went to some haunted houses, never been to the ones we went to *giggles* they were funny.
Then we went out on the town for some much needed fun with some friends of Will's from his X job place.
(^__^)

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10/21/11

  09:35:02 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Will lost his job. (-_-);
Well..at least he can get caught up on school work that his job has been getting in the way of.

We will make it, but he is pretty pissed and bummed about it.
*hugs his Wuf*

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Hey honey, I know we are going to make it. I still feel as if I let you and your mom down. I know its gonna take some time to get over that feeling, I am glad that your there for me no matter what. That is why I so wanna marry you, because you love me for me no matter what happens. I’m not giving up, I’m going to get through this. I love you.

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10/02/11

  11:32:35 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Yup, i am older.
Will got me Metroid The other M for my birthday. Mom's present to me was a weekend of doing nothing; which i needed.
It's been awhile since i pulled an all nighter playing a game; but i beat the game with %100 completion. The story of the game was very good, as were the visuals of the cut scenes. *spoilers* It was more like playing a movie with a game in it, which is an interesting way for a game to go. Some people don't care for it but i like it. The game play and mechanics however, suck. As far as game play, this is the worst metroid game ever. It was not a true 3-d game like the last few metroids, it was more iso-morphic which i hate and the developers did some really bone head things. Like putting you in a situation with a boss where you have zero idea how to beat the thing. After dying endless times you start mashing the buttons randomly or beat the controller against your head until something happens and it's like "oh! now i know what to do". The way they handled using the wiimote was horrid for game play, having to constantly move the controller from two handed horizontal to one handed vertical caused tons of issues and when you did go from iso-morphic view to first person you always seemed to be looking in the wrong direction from where you were...a real problem when you are battling a 6 story bad guy that can kill you faster than you can say "oh shit!"

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09/24/11

  03:35:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
Meet the MacTell

Got Ubuntu and OSX to play nice on the Macbook.
(^__^)
Still needs a little work, like a new battery and figure out why the screen back light

Meet the MacTell
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09/20/11

  10:37:09 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well it's Remicade time again.

The Macbook is not playing nice; Ubuntu hangs when booting the live CD, might be the version. I will try 10 instead of 11. Or its the fact that the battery is completely dead &#88;&#88;&#40;

nothing else going on, worked this weekend on some drywall in the house. Its almost all done, not much really left on the house to finish. Still very financially challanged...I don't really see any way out of it.

My Wuf is doing okay at work and School but it's taking its toll. I have confidence in him however.

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09/13/11

  11:51:22 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

so, i inherited moms MacBook...hrmm...what to do with it.

I know! I will dual boot it to MacOS and Ubuntu Linux!
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09/06/11

  10:18:06 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

sucks kinda...i am on call for the entire month &#58;&#40;
I would not mind it for A trial but not a whole month of them

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08/16/11

  08:14:08 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

okay..so once again i am going to try and customize my Avatar in SecondLife, since i got a new one...trying to figure it out with a 2d program is not working so i thought i would try Blender again, installed just fine but will not install the SL Primstar scripts. no, they are for a previous version of Blender..okay...so i DL the previous version but it will not install because my version pf Python is to new, i install the older version, but blender still says i need it...fuck!

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08/10/11

  09:37:16 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

well..seems i need to do something with my 401K i still have with the place i used to work with or on Sept. 30th they will steal it...wonderful, more crap to figger out

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07/24/11

  03:49:39 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

This thing doesn't update itself!

I had a whole wall of text for here, but i seem to have forgotten most of it so here are the updates for you.

School, it came, it went i was bored
Work, apparently nothing much happened, thats good.
We took 2 friends with us to the club in L-ville, i got us a nice suite and we had a blast.
oh, yes!...Will asked me to marry him. (*^_^*)
We need to figure out the rings, and it's going to happen next year as we want to go off and have a vacation this year.

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07/05/11

  08:29:32 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

i think i have the flu. Google says if you get the flu in the summer it's prolly H1N1.

Joy...hope it goes away real soon as its stupid at work and i have to go back to Chicago Sunday for another week of learning shit.

Will had fun on the 4th with his family but my poor Wuf got sunburnt &#58;&#111;&#111;&#112;&#115;&#58;
I stayed home and with my brothers help, did some drywall.

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06/22/11

  07:04:16 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

i was enjoying myself here at school learning new things...until today.

The boss is all in a fit over one of my techs breaking a gear...things happen, we learn from them and move on.
I am not reprimanding him for a mistake; if we did that every time something happened, we would have no techs.

I have broken stuff, i'll break stuff again. It's the nature of the job and the last time he broke something was 8 months ago. WTF!

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06/18/11

  11:43:44 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Well, it's official. We are now a Toshiba dealership. I get to run off to the first school because they need it NOW. and by now i mean i leave Sunday for a week in Chicago...joy (-_-)

Copiers are so much of a different beast than postage equipment, the boss is going to have a hard time understanding that and I will have a hard time teaching her.

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06/13/11

  09:32:51 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

i wonder if i win, will i let work know or just not show up...

Busy week, had one Tech off at school (he did quite well). This week is being busy too, and yet somehow i am supposed to find time to burn through about 5 CBT's (computer based training) prereq's for our new Toshiba line...yeah...right

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06/03/11

  10:40:25 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

sooo...Dad gave me his old table saw. Craftsman circa 1970
It...needs a bit of work.
Found one part on ebay for $26.
Needs a new blade arbor and shaft, the original has a bit of a bend in to due to the pully being mostly shot and dad's Yankee engineering. Also the original rip fence sucks but it will take a modern fence. All-in-all my research shows that for a 40 year old saw, people in the woodworking hobby are still using them. For a few hundred bucks, i'll have a nice saw (^_^)
thanks dad

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05/26/11

  10:14:02 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

stormity storm storm.

no damage here, but others did not fair so well.

Nothing else really going on other than work driving me crazy and being poor...nothing changed.

Remicade time that i can't afford.

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05/18/11

  11:17:21 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

...I guess i'll have to get Prince a plushie of his own, because i can't get him to stop humping my wolf plush..not that i mind so much but he never cleans him up after he has had his way with him and i am left to snuggle a plushie with a wet tail...

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05/09/11

  07:44:20 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

New guy is going to take some time to train, we have had mostly wind shield time so that makes it hard. I am swamped at work and things are backed up; when i am at the shop i am interrupted like every 15 mins...

Will's truck is still broke...my sister has lent me her car for a bit.

We had sister, her BF, a family friend, niece, mom along with me and Will were here for mothersday...oh, yeah and mom.

Me and Joe, the family friend replaced the struts in sisters car (the one i am borrowing) then we had ribs!.
It was a nice day.

one half of my yearly income goes right to health care...that really sucks because we don't have much left over for bills and life.

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04/29/11

  08:36:34 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Facebook = tons more spam in your in box

Hired a new guy, he starts Monday

The transmission went *foom* on Will's truck

security pics of the guy who stole my credit card have been got, Will says he knows who it is.

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04/22/11

  03:11:27 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

love it or hate it...i'll take the latter.
Will re-activated mine, so there it is. I still won't use it for blogging as that is what this page is for; and don't send me any facebook app games crap, i have them blocked. (^_^)

Work, eat, poop. sleep, circle the drain of debt...Thats all that going on.
Mom has been away for a week to her BF in Connecticut so i have been doing some more work on the house. I have more or less abandoned the house project blog. I know what i have done and there are few that really care; so whats the point. Besides i can barely make posts update here in the main blog.

It's been raining here for like a month and a half, my yard is like pudding with some grass and weeds poking out.
The tornado missed us but got my dads house, as i understand there is not a lot of damage to the house its self but the trees and his woods are a total loss. I'll miss that, i grew up in that woods. The trees were my friends, now they are all gone. &#58;&#39;&#40;

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Squeeee!
Dragon hugs
(^_^)

04/26/11 @ 07:10 pm


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04/12/11

  10:45:09 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

can't find technicians...will have to hire a virgin tech.
Hired two of them in a row..they both called in the day before their start day and decided the job was not for them...

Rate change is upon us, making some headway into the hundreds of service calls to go out and install the new rates but Balls thats a lot of calls for 2 guys to do. Having sales guys and the HR person out running around doing some.
bleah

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03/27/11

  01:53:25 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Will's birthday (^_^) Happy birthday Hun.

Hired a Tech, he starts Monday...oh..wait...no he doesn't as he called me and said he just could not make the commitment...Grrr. Looks like i am going to have to hire in some virgins. I hope my boss understands the level of time it's going to take to teach a tech from day one.

We went out last night to WWE wrestling then out to the club with people from Will's work. I have never been to a live wwe event, it was fun and all. The level of physical skill needed to do that notwithstanding, i was amazed on how horribly fake it is. We had pretty close seats, close enough to want to touch rippling muscles and tight butts. The club was hilarious, it's funny as hell watching drunk straight people stuff dollars down a drag queens bra and really enjoy doing it. Seems there is a universal constant for any Denny's restaurant after 2am, that being that there MUST be at least one belligerent drunk jackass present at all times.

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03/15/11

  06:03:43 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

The Blueray is all hooked up and running nicely, netflix streaming works much better on it than the Wii, I can't fault the Wii for that because it was not designed for that purpose. Got a DLNA file share up and running on the server so the blueray can connect to that, too bad is will not mount an ISO file but there is other DLNA software out there that will transcode on the fly.

Work is...well i am setting here at work after hours waiting for my tech to get back, long days...have a hopeful person to hire, will know more after I interview him.

Grandfather did pass away, i now no longer have any grandparents.

Will got promoted!
(^_^) He is now a manager..Woot! we need the money. It will mean putting off a little bit of his schooling but...we need to catch up finantually

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02/27/11

  01:17:10 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Someone pointed out i am behind in posting...not had time or the will.

Will bought me a blueray since our DVD player is dying...not had time to hook it up yet.

Been pulling some long days at work since the Tech i hired up and quite on us. Mom's been away for a week because me Grandfather is in N stage Alzheimer's and is not doing well..

House work has backed up on us a bit so i need to spend the day cleaning...bleah...

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Good to see you posting again Vincent…

02/28/11 @ 10:34 am


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02/15/11

  11:20:31 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Been busy...Will loved the flowers i sent to his work for Valentines day
(*^_^*)
He got me way to many things...silly Wolf

Work is...stressfull...Expectations to get soo many things done with so little people to do it. Expectations are very high to know how to do all the things needed...It's hard to constantly not know what you are doing but have to figure it out on the fly. It's a skill not many can do, I am proud i have this ability but it's wearying to have to use it every day, all day...long days...

I am worth more pay...

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02/04/11

  12:19:30 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

yup, it's Remicade time.

No insurance papers yet, and my last remicade treatment happened in transition and is not covered under any plan..Yay! for a $6000 bill...

Work is busy but doing OKAY, other than a printer problem i could not solve.
I decided I am getting the new service car, it's a 09 honda Fit (^_^) Nice car but i don't know how my boss manages to find cars with no cruise control...

Taxes are figured..i own $900.
What good is working when you just drown in debt?

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01/25/11

  10:55:39 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

well..i give up.
The project i was working on for a new server, i am scraping

I fried a powersupply and one of the drives. Replacement costs plus the rest of the parts to finish it are not worth it, and the project itself was not working out the way i wanted it to. I'll just save the money and get 4 large Sata drives to put into the old server and be done with it.
(-_-), it was fun while it lasted

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01/17/11

  01:56:25 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Yay! 3 day weekend. The service department has been working so hard and pulling so much overtime that we get today off to burn comp time.

Wills Samsung Impression is a piece of shit. It keeps having issues, and this is the 3rd one he has gotten replaced. We went to the service place Saturday and the new replacement phone was doing the same shit the old on did later on that day!

Meanwhile...i broke my Pixi+ at work -_-;
It was in my pocket and i was carrying out some equipment, slipped a bit on the ice in the parking lot and cracked the touch screen. The phone works fine but for the touch screen...which would cost at least $165 to replace. I was up for an upgrade so i replaced it with a Palm Pre Plus. Spent the past few days trying to get it to work with our Exchange server (failed just like i did with the Pixi due to M$ issues) and getting the home brew installer program to function. Web OS Quick Installer, that is; the Novacom driver did not function, finally found a site that explained that the new version is shit and roll it back to an older one...Poof! all is well.

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01/09/11

  12:44:26 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

(^_^)
Me and Will went to see TRON on the I-Max

it was awesome!
if your an old computer and game fart like i am, it will make you feel old and geeky.

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01/01/11

  01:29:19 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

(^_^) Will was surprised and happy that i did what i did for new years.
~Purrr~

I got a cheap motel room, not a dump but not the greatest...trying to keep expenditures low and such.
Will enjoyed the whirlpool bath tub, so did I, then we put on our spiffy cluben stuff and found a nice Vietnamese restaurant. The food was gooood. Back to the room to meet a friend for a while. *^_^* then off to the club. I had a great time, Will had a blast. Champagne and a kiss for midnight, Denny's at 1:30am then back to the room.

I love my Wolf

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12/29/10

  09:20:26 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

So, here i am at a motel 6 in effingham Ill mostly bored...too many rate updates, service calls and installs way the crap up here so i am pulling an overnight stay to get them all done. I realllly hope this means we will get out at noon on friday like we are supposed to. I want to take my Wolf out to a cheap motel, catch a cab and go tie one on at the club. I have never been to a new years party and this will do for now. I want a kiss at midnight from someone who loves me.

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12/21/10

  10:04:49 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

finally got all the holiday shopping done...

Mom's house guest seems like a nice guy.

work is busy since we are in the middle of the first rate change...one more in may.

BF has passed his courses at school and is prepping to start the next semester

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12/13/10

  07:42:18 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

okay, so i set up the Wii-fit and we all had fun doing our first learning workout...ummm..ow..that thing really works your muscles.

Its a really neet piece of technology and i can see why it got good reviews. It's going to be a fixture in our lives to get fit!
...and play games with...LOL
Next i'll set up the DDR pad as see who bad i am at it.

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12/10/10

  11:09:38 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

last one of the year.

The living room is all back together. Most of our shopping is done.
I have a lot of work to do this weekend....maintenance on Wills' truck and cleaning up the house.

nothing new at work

Tomorrow it will be one year together for me and Will. (^_^)
*purrrrrrrr*

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11/26/10

  11:32:45 am by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

I want to update this little blog thing more often, but it gets pushed into the background for more important things. I mean, heck this thing is really only for me, its not like its going to have any lasting impact or web traffic.

School came and went, i learned a lot.
back to the grind stone...bleah.

We went and saw Burlesque, good movie. what is Cher made of? still got the pipes but the rest of her must be plastic at this point.

Moms early christmass present is replacing the carpet in the living room. She is having someone over and wants to not have 30+ year old smelly nasty carpet. sure when we got the carpet up, it was clear the subfloor needed replacing, i had already planned on replacing a few boards but...it was pretty nasty. I have been working on it after work until bed time and yesterday afternoon i completed the project (less moving in furniture). Mom and Will helped a lot and the local fox helped as well. Having him over for thanksgiving since he has no where else to go. Unfortunately he got into more rum that he should have, by a long shot; got stupid drink and it will have ramifications in our threes' friendship...i hope not though, i like the little guy..well i have furniture to move.

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mystic_wolf

And why do you like this little guy for? Does your boyfriend not do alot for you? Are there feelings for this little guy? Are they feelings that you should have for him or for your boyfriend?

11/29/10 @ 03:44 am
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am i not allowed to have friends?

11/29/10 @ 07:43 pm


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11/16/10

  06:07:51 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

...so good
School is okay, could do without some of the juvenile nature of most of the other techs there.
Boring...nothing to do, nothing on the TV.

We are heading out to a bar and grill for food and booze tonight; the guys will be heading to a bewbie club after, i will not.

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11/10/10

  08:01:55 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

We went camping this weekend.
It had fun and not so fun moments.

We had a little black fox along, a local fur; we had some fun together *^^*

Will got a few things off his chest and we had a nice couple of talks about it.

The not fun part was that i tried some pot for the first time in my life. NOT a good experience.
I should have waited for my Mate to arrive there but i did not. I got paranoid and freaked out on the Fox -_-
It felt like i had lost control and i did not like it. somewhat disconnected from my body, the world moved in stop motion almost like strobe effect. It was very disorientating and i puked like mad. I saw odd things when my eyes were closed and opening them seems to snap my brain into "scared as shit" mode.

It is not likely i will ever try that again.

Once the icky effects passed, the other effects people say are good i did have as i got horny as all heck.

I leave out for a week long school in Georgia this weekend, i am kinda looking forward to not being at work...

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Keith

Sorry about the pot experience. It’s the last thing in my non-insurable state that works for my Crohn’s.

11/23/10 @ 08:04 pm
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mystic_wolf

Well your mate was right you should have waited. But of course sometimes you never listen do you. I’m glad you had fun cause I was miserable the whole time I was there cause I was left out of everything. I was made to feel like a second class citizen in my own relationship. I never wanna feel that way again.

11/29/10 @ 03:48 am
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apparently we are having a fight over the Internet about subjects we have already discussed.

11/29/10 @ 07:44 pm


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10/31/10

  05:33:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
My BF the Fairy...*giggle*

Well, his costume for and event at his work anyway.

He went as a dark Fairy

My BF the Fairy...*giggle*
My BF the Fairy...*giggle*

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10/26/10

  08:58:57 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

(-_-)
I spilled soda in my clicky keyboard

OMG those have a ton of little parts...but...

The quick red fox jumped over the lazy brown dog.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country

looks like i got it all cleaned and working
YAY!

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Phaedrus

Shame on you . . .

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10/24/10

  11:13:30 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Are you fucking stupid? are you that jealous someone would leave a party with us and not you? or were you passed around to many times in the fox room, i heard the diseases you get there can eat your brain.

You call my BF a sexual predator, you call him dirty and you seem preoccupied with our sex lives. Word is your more of a slut than any person i have even had dealings with. I know a coward when i smell one, and you reek. People tell us to watch out for you because your crazy and always carry a gun. Aim well and shoot to kill because you are dealing with someone whom spent a great deal of my life in extreme pain so wounding me will not stop me. As a country boy you should know better that jack around with one of the same. If i did not have to go off to a school, i would be there at the next fur function and you would get your ass beat in the middle of the floor. period.

I have spoken directly to those you have accused us of doing ill will towards and they all same the same thing, your a petty drama whore fag and they don't approve of you in general. Sucks to be you, especially when i ruin your face.

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10/17/10

  10:58:56 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

Work is still stressful...bleah
There is a local fur who needed a break from where he was to get some perspective and much needed letting loose. However...aparently some people in the fandom have it out for me and Will. The guy was messaged saying that Will is a sexual predator and i was in one it, that were are just cruising for young ass. That really pissed me off but the guy decided to come over. He had a good time and was able to get the perspective he needed and relaxed. We had a nice picknick under the stars, spent some time at a park and got a little drunk. It was good for us all and i needed the diversion as well (and no we did not yiff the little fox).

Thanks for coming over Fox, looking forward to having you over again some time.

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10/06/10

  08:16:10 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]

my boss is nuts and the place has a hight level of toxicity.
Pushed beyond the breaking point.
over worked and WAY under paid.
wrecked my truck because i am soo tired, got speeding ticket because i am falling asleep at the wheel.
I can't work 10-11 hours straight all the time, busting my ass for 16/hr but only 8 of it is paid because i am now on salary.
I have to leave sometimes, particular lately, at closing time to take care of paperwork and all the stuff that goes along with a new car and i get pulled aside and told 'sorry about your luck but your personal life can't get in the way of work. From now on schedule your after working hours times you need for personal time with me and put it on the board'.

I am not leaving early, just on time...What The Fuck!

I need a new job

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lkrsardis

Quit stressing it man. It’s all good and will work itself out. As a fellow person cursed with Crohn’s I can tell you for a fact you will make yourself sick. It is not an option my friend. You think you have it bad? I had to spend the fuckin weekend with my fuckin inlaws. Talk about stress. LOL Stay real buddy.

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10/03/10

  12:36:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
new cars and birthdays
new cars and birthdays
new cars and birthdays
new cars and birthdays
new cars and birthdays

I got a lot more than i expected for my birthday. some Really nice and thoughtful presents and a little cash.
Some of the cash we used to go have a night at the club, where i got a good buzz on (*^_^*)
Then we went to the movies the next day after buying a car, Resident Evil 3D is fun!

On to the car. I took a few picks of Will's truck and of my new ride.
I found a used 2002 PT Cruizer with only 31,000 miles. I'ts a 2.4 Liter with a manual trans.
Used to pull behind some old peoples RV for vacations and stuff, it's in VERY good shape. The price was really good too; at $8700 it was a steal. I was able to add a 3year/35,000 mile full factory warranty and a Zxilon interior/exterior coating for $255 a month for 60 months. My needs for vehicle have changed; They had a really nice Ranger 4X4 there and i would have loved to have it...but..I just don't need a truck as much as i did in the past. Wills truck has plenty of pulling power and a hitch if we need it; both our cars have hatches with folding seat so we can still do a fair amount of hauling. Gas mileage on a 2.4 liter is awesome; driven it 70 miles so far and the needle has barely moved. I think i did good.

Not really sure how to figure this into my budget but it will have to work, lower gas cost and the low payment will sure make that job easier.

new cars and birthdays