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November 9th, 2004


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04:14 pm - Crazy friends all posting this at once. . .
Sorry. The grammar was so bad, it had to be fixed, at least a bit:

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The problem with LJ is that we all think we are so close, and really, we know nothing about each other. I'm going to rectify it. I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
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Current Music: "Why Don't We Get Drunk And Screw?", -JB
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 9th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
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Blue. I've been told that they're very pretty, but I'm not sure I buy it. More than once I've been told that they're good. But the memory that sticks out is when I was holding the door for a nice older woman, and she stopped after she walked past me, turned around, and looked into my eyes for a moment.

"You have beautiful blue eyes," she said.

"Thank you. I'd love to say I worked hard on them, but they kind of came with the whole package."

"And a fine package it is, too. . ." and she walked away.

"Er, um, uh. . . Thanks?" I called after her.
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From:ravenlaughing
Date:November 9th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Did you ever try out for the Olympic team?
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 9th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Never had enough points. Actually, the reason is that I kept letting my USFA membership expire, so I never actually got rated. I spent four years as an unrated fencer, even though I was fencing (and occasionally beating) some of the best fencers in the world.

I did, however, try out twice for the Junior Olympics, and both times lost on bad calls. Oh, and to asshole opponents.
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From:kittenpants
Date:November 9th, 2004 01:41 pm (UTC)
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What do you do for a living?
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 9th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)
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The technical job title is a bit misleading:

Technology Support Specialist

I actually don't support any sort of technology, nor am I really a specialist in anything. I actually work Customer Service for the Office of Information Technology at The Ohio State University. I'm more or less second level support for Site Licensed Software problems, which means that I know all the details on our SLS webpage. I take the hit when someone doesn't get their software immediately, and I tell people that they can't take thier software out of the country due to espionage laws. I pass close to $50,000 in software across my desk on an average day, inventory it and never take any home.

I set up email accounts, forward them, and do basic maintainance. Right now, we're deleting people's email accounts. I generally spend the day rushing from crisis to crisis, taking short breaks to type up an LJ entry. (LJ entries and emails are composed in a generally piecemeal fashion throughout the day, and I post them when they're finished).

I control my anger for most of the day at stupid people. I speak nicely to people who have destroyed software packages and don't believe that they're responsible. I smile at customers who treat me like crap.

And I copy down stupid questions/conversations for later use as .sig lines on my email.

In all, it's a fun day, every day. I smile, I turn on my Jimmy Buffett, and every day, I win.

I prefer, though, not to think of it as what I do for a living, but rather what I do to prevent starving to death.
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From:autumnfey
Date:November 9th, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC)
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As we do know eachother outside of LJ, and have for some time, I am ashamed to admit, I have no idea when your birthday is. I know, it is sort of a cop out question. I may have to think further for a better one.
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 9th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
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09/17/79. It's also in my LJ userinfo :)

But the next party is on Sept. 17, 2079. Mark your calendars now. I'm not planning any between now and then.
From:moonversion
Date:November 9th, 2004 02:41 pm (UTC)
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Multi-part question time!

1. What is love to you?
a. Do you split it up into several different types of love?
b. If you do split love up into different types how is that reflected into your own interactions with people?
c. Do you love your gods?
d. How do you know when you're in love?
e. How do you know when you're not in love?
f. How many times have you been romantically in love with someone?
g. Monkeys!
h. I ran out of questions....
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 9th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC)
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1: Love is, simply put, when you don't want to be with anyone else for the rest of your life.

a: Well, there's #1, and that love is what I think of when I think of love. Honestly, the above response was the first thing, and the most true thing, that came to mind when I read the question.

Of course, I can love my friends, love my family, but there's one person I want to spend the rest of my life with, and that's all there is to that kind of love. In my world, only one person at a time can fit that bill.

The other kinds of love are simply caring for people, and trusting them completely. Doing things for them randomly. Showing affection. That's what I do for most other people.

b: Yes, quite a bit. There are people that I love that I would do anything for, and that I love to be around. I try to show that as much as possible.

I was just thinking, actually, last night. There are the people that, if their life fell apart tomorrow, you'd take off work and drive out to help them. That's the level of affection and caring I have for them. But it doesn't approach the level of #1.

But sometimes I create packages and send them, or I think about them when I'm shopping and pick something up for them. That's a bit of love, too. It's not as strong, though.

c: Damn straight. It's both kinds of love, where I don't want to be with anyone else for the rest of my life (though this invovles a pantheon), and sometimes I just think about them when I'm shopping. Just last weekend, in fact, I bought loads of sacrifices to Eris.

d: For #1, it's when you can no longer imagine life without them.

e: For #1, it's when you start to think that someone else can fulfil the same things.

f: 1.

g: Damn straight!

h: More, more!
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From:gypsydove
Date:November 9th, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
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So how many facets of the personality do you claim to have? okay add this to it...and do they talk to one another? grin
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 9th, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
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I have two sides. Or maybe three. Actually, it's probably five. Either way, as I add them, the Quotient gets more and more dangerous :)

When I'm at work, I am who I am. This personality is only slightly detached from the other two.

When I'm feeling Discordian, that's one personality. That personality doesn't like to talk to the others, but he does like to steal their toys.

When I'm in a ritual, or acting as SD of my Grove, that's another peronality. He watches the others carefully, and tries to talk sense to the Discordian. We all know that's a losing battle, though.

When I'm flirting, I'm having fun. That personality draws on the others to open up the game, much like a gambit in chess.

My favourite personality, though, is when I keep people guessing. Gods only know what that one's like.
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From:hearthstone
Date:November 9th, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC)
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How do you feel about ADF--a probably-permanent spiritual home or a place you are comfortable in right now?
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 9th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
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A permanent spiritual home. The rituals and the liturgy just really work for me, and even if I did leave, I'd still do ADF rituals, I think.

I actually put a lot of thought to this, and the fact that I'd still be practicing ADF-style Druidry if I left really struck home. It's become my religion, even though I never thought of it that way. It was an organization up until that realization.
From:ceolnamara
Date:November 9th, 2004 10:23 pm (UTC)
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What do you want to do once you've gotten your graduate degree/s?
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 10th, 2004 05:06 am (UTC)
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Teach. And sleep with undergraduate hotties who need higher grades. But mostly just teach.

Where else can you get a steady job with a summer "vacation"?
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 10th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
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A bowling alley in 1958, or maybe 1959. No one really remebers, I understand.

Oh, you mean me? Where did my Discordianism come from? The actual experience follows one of two narratives: the simple, and the not-so-simple:

Simple:

One day, Eris walked up to me. She turned me upside down and started shaking me.
"Okay! Okay, I believe in you!" I shouted.
"Finally!" She said.
She dropped me and ran off. She got my lunch money, and I got a new religion.
Maybe She got the better end of the deal?

not-so-simple:

My Sophomore year at Ohio State, I picked up the Illuminatus! Trilogy and read through that. Then I picked up Schrodinger's Cat. After that it was the Principia Discordia. By now I've read most of the corpus of Discordian Literature that's in print (by major presses), and a substantial (though by no means even close to all) amount of the online stuff.

Anyway, somewhere along the lines, I started to see the fnords. I was doing a report on the Inchon landing for my Korean War class one night, and the 23's just started popping up. There were so many surrounding that one important event in history that I started to wonder about it all (I actually remember quite clearly that I was on page 23 of a book on Inchon when I realized this).

That was probably the point where I was hooked. Eris had me, and She wasn't letting go.

For a while I denied Eris as a Goddess. I told myself that I don't believe in Greek Gods (I still don't believe in the rest of them), and that I really didn't want to be a Discordian (which is still somewhat true), nor did I want Eris' influence in my life (which is very true).

But, despite it all, Eris got into my brain. Discordian slogans started popping up in my own conversations, I received a Pope Card, and then came the Vision.

Most Discordians describe their experiences with Eris as occurring in this world, or in some parallel dimension where things are just enough out of wack to seem skewed. Most of them also describe being high on marijuana or other substances during these visions. At the time, I was of a completely clear mind. My Vision doesn't actually include sight, but I heard her very clearly one night, as I sat alone in my room, sober and awake. I heard the words, "There is no Goddess but Goddess, and I am your Goddess, and I tell you that you are free."

Those words bound me to her forever.
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 10th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC)
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Fight my way out. After all, hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side, and we all know that naked aliens from Furria never carry anything more impressive than a pen knife and a solar cross.

On the other hand, if they were aliens from the planet Jabbalxxy, it'd be a different story.
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From:malacat
Date:November 11th, 2004 10:02 am (UTC)

question

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Are you a Faire Person or a SCAdian? (based off of user pic)
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 12th, 2004 06:25 am (UTC)

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Actually, I tend to avoid both. I don't particularly care for most rennies, and I don't really like most SCA people (let me qualify that with "locally", because I know several who don't live in Columbus that I like a lot). They tend to live in a fantasy world more than even I do, and it makes them very hard to deal with.

That picture was taken at a RenFest, though. I just think it's fun to dress up, but I don't act like I'm in a different century. I have an aversion to bad fake accents, and refuse to inflict them on people. I haven't been to a RenFest (aside from the one Ohio State puts on every year) in about two years, and I don't miss them much.

I just like to look at boobies, I think, which is why I go there.
From:healing_coyote
Date:November 11th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
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what constitutes a perfect kiss?
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 12th, 2004 07:37 am (UTC)
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You should ask me sometime when we're closer together.

*laughs*

A perfect kiss is one that's half love, half lust (see beautycorrosion's question for what love is). It's one where both parties know enough about what the other person wants that they can do those things. It's one where its spontaneous but welcome, fast but lingering, and has the full intent of turning the other person a bit. . . green. It's harmless and fun, but serious and full of intent on the other.

It shows the person you love them, and that you want them.
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 12th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC)

Re: A bit late to the game, but...

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Well, if you expect me to be 7'4" with shoes on, then your dream was accurate.

Last time I was measured was for the Ohio State University's Athletic Department Fencing Bulletin. Damn, that's a mouthful. I was measured in my running shoes, and they put me at 6'4".

That's how the pump their numbers. You're measured and weighed wearing shoes, pads, etc, which makes you sound more impressive.
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From:aicerno
Date:November 16th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
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What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

Also, what is the airspeed of an unladen African swallow?
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 17th, 2004 05:32 am (UTC)
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1) 42

2) see here
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From:deedeehopskotch
Date:November 20th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC)
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do you ever plan on hiking the entire appalachian trail (like you were planning when you graduated) or have you postponed that indefinitely?
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 22nd, 2004 05:14 am (UTC)
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Oh, I'll do it. One of these days, but I'll do it.

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