September 24th, 2003


"Warm beer and bread," they said, "could raise the dead. . ."

Ever tried to decline Old Norse? Don't. Bad idea. And that's all I'm saying about that.

Second set of Runes done. These are nicer looking, I think. A better ink, too. All that's left is sanding them down.

Working on my Prayer workshop for the next PSA meeting.

Before 9 AM today, I worked with 3 staff members to help out a guy with 3 different names, 3 different SSNs, in 3 different systems. I think I might have concrete evidence that the Rule of Three isn't as crazy as I thought!

I've been thinking about my daily worship recently, thanks in part to healing_coyote. I'm not sure they're up to snuff, since I appear to be a bit of a masochist when it comes to ritual and my religion. Yeah, that's definiately the word that fits there. I want more. But I don't think I'll get into the self-flagellation that Gardner was into. I just don't have the time. *grins* And I think that there was something. . . mundane and not wholly un-sexual about his proclivity to whip himself. I just ain't into that.

Working on my presentation for Elysium, too. If you can, GO. It'll rock. Promise.

I need a dremel tool. A nice one. Cordless. It's high on my wish list.

And, to whom it may concern, I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Oh, and if you want to speculate on the question from the last entry, that'd rock, since that's half the fun of making cryptic entries! :)

Then again, I suppose have the fun of speculating would be keeping said speculation from me.

And I have a new set of five questions to answer, too. If not done today, they'll be done tomorrow, I hope!
  • Current Music
    "Cheeseburger in Paradise", -JB

Five Question Madness!

From suicidekttn:

1. What intrigues you about people?

Oh, different things about different people. Sometimes it's intellegence, sometimes it's looks, sometimes it's a pair of beautiful eyes, sometimes it's the ability to lead ritual, sometimes it's the just me wondering why they're on the same path I am.

Take athanasios for instance. I'm intrigued by his ability to take on so much responsibility, and to do a good job. I like to try to figure out what he's doing or thinking, too.

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2. What's your favorite animal? Why?

Aside from female humans, I presume? The cockroach. Grand survival instincts, intellegence, patience, and a really, really calm demeanor.

I saw one in my house before we closed. It was a woods cockroach, and I knew, looking at him, that he was St. Gulik. I knew right then that I had chosen the right house, and that Eris approved.

Of course, that doesn't stop me from killing all cockroaches on sight, but I always give them a chance to explain themselves and deliver their prophecy first.

(FYI, wood cockroaches don't require an exterminator, since they don't infest houses. They're cool like that.)

3. How many cats do you have and what are their names?

I have two, but Tina also has one. Alexander and Magellan are mine, and Raven is hers. We own a reverse Oreo sometimes, because Alex and Magellan will stand on either side of Raven. You can find pics of the boys on my narcissisitc picture page on my website (labled that by a friend, who said it rocked *because* it was so unashamedly narcissisitc).

Oh, and both answer to "Handsome". Just like daddy. :)

4. What's your biggest pet peeve?

People asking, "Are you really monogamous?" when they know damn good and well I am. But the biggest thing is when they say, "I know you have a girlfriend, and that you aren't poly, but do you think we could ever get together?" That bothers me, because it shows several things I don't like: a lack of respect for my girlfriend; a lack of respect for the choices I've made; and it gives the impression that they think I'm weak-willed, even though I've never, ever cheated on Tina. Not even technically.

5. What's your favorite movie?

Gee. I really, really don't know. Now that I think about it some more, I think that Captain Horatio Hornblower starring Gregory Peck is up there. (You'll probably note that every time I get asked this, my answers change. This is probably because movies have a much smaller affect on me than many other things do.) My favourites tend to be adventures of some sort. Usually starring some roguish anti-hero who is terribly internally conflicted.
  • Current Music
    "Margaritaville", -JB

Five Question Madness!

From beautycorrosion:

1. Why do you refer to Eris as being a member of the "out dwellers"? Is it in relation to allowing other people who may be uncomfortable with Eris to feel some sort of ease? Or something else entirely?

I see Eris, much as I love Her, as a force Who is anathema to ADF Standard Liturgy. I've tried doing rituals with Her using the Standard Liturgy before, and she doesn't like it. Who is anathematizing whom is a difficult question, though.

Eris' unwillingness to work with ADF ritual has lead to some creative work with how to include Her, but to still get things done. I can't *not* invite Her. We all know what happend last time that happened!

So my compromise has been to invite Her (and I always do, at every ritual), but I invite Her as an Outdweller, because over there She can sit and watch, and receive a sacrifice of some sort, but She doesn't have to become involved in the ritual itself. I've gotten very creative at this.

However, I should note that there is a higher incident of things going wrong when I'm in a ritual.

Gods only know what would happen if I attended a ritual that *didn't* deal with the Outdwellers in some way! I'd have to invite Her in, probably.

My perception of the Outdwellers is kind of schismatic, though. I see them as forces of chaos, usually, and Eris is part of that. To call Her into an ADF ritual is calling all those forces in, because She will bring Her friends. :)

We used to use some of 6th Night's wording in ritual, which was really cool because it was so dramatic, but it was very, very insulting to Eris, and I couldn't have that. We changed the wording to ask (somewhat politely) that if any Deity had intentions that were "disharmonic", they should hang out at the Outdweller's area, but we always give sacrifice (a golden delicious apple, if you must know).

When I'm not working in ADF ritual, though, She is no Outdweller. She's much more: Patroness, mother, lover, teacher, sister, friend, creatrix, shoulder to cry on, provider, wake up call, silent partner, driver, opponent, ally, sheild, blueberry muffin, chicken soup for my soul, psychologist, co-pilot, comic foil, cosmic clown. All that and more. My rituals that honour Her are simple, efficient, and 100% improvised. She plays a beautiful counterpart to Esus, my other Patron.

2. Where is the most interesting place you have been to? Why was it interesting? Where do you wish to travel to in the future and why?

There is a mountain I once climbed. I stood on top of it, and I could see everything for scores of miles. The world ended before my vision ran out. It was one of the most perfect days I've ever experienced.

In the future, there are thousands of places I would like to go. Most of them involve my feet and a week's vacation, though. I feel no greater freedom than when my feet are on the ground and I have no obligations.

In short, I don't need a specific place, just two working legs and nothin' to do.

3. Who are four people that you have met that drastically changed your life, good or bad. Naturally, you do not have to share any details, but... *poke* *poke*

Tina, my girlfriend. She's had the most profound effect on my life, I think, since it's changed quite a bit since I met her. I'm certainly more responsible and older than I was.

autumnfey taught me how to avoid Pagan politics, and she kinda taught me how to cut down my own ego. :) Saved me from more problems than can be imagined. :)

Coach Nazylmov, my fencing instructor. How many other people can say they studied under the greatest fencing master in the world for two years? I can. This man made me *enjoy* pushups. I have no idea how he did it. Wish he'd done it for situps, too.

Amergin, 6th Night's first Senior Druid. What can I say: he impressed me, and (though I might have an idealized view of him) I hope I can lead my Grove half as well as he led his.

4. What do you think of the saying: "Jack of all trades, but Master of none."?

I think that a jack of all trades probably won't get far in life. Then again, masters of their trade get outdated.

I'd rather be a jack of all trades than a master. After all, there's always the ability to walk away from something at that point.

I don't know. I think it shows a bit of immaturity to be a jack of all trades. I wouldn't hire that kind of person for a job.

5. How do you deal with people you find to be difficult, yet you must interact with them, in some form or another, on a semi-regular basis?

I ignore the fact that I find them difficult. At least while I'm around them. I find athanasios difficult, but I can work with him if I need to (and I do). I was the Co-Chair for the Ohio State Pagan Student Association for a while, and the other Co-Chair was a guy I really didn't like. Well, I worked with him because I had to. Now we're good friends.

Just because I find someone hard to work with doesn't stop me from focusing on what works between us. I don't think I've ever focused on a person's bad qualities, and sometimes I wonder if I'm really being honest if I don't say anything, but when it boils down, I just don't care about negative qualities, so there's no transgression of honesty when I ignore the problems.

Plus, if I have a problem with a person, I usually tell them. Especially if they ask. I can be brutal sometimes, so I've been known to ask people if they were sure they wanted to hear what I had to say.
  • Current Music
    "Stars Fell on Alabama", -JB