Thursday, June 19, 2008

Blog You, Pal!

From "Changes" by Davide Bowie..

(Turn and face the strain)
Don't tell t hem to grow up and out of it
(Turn and face the strain)
Where's your shame
You've left us up to our necks in it
Time may change me
But you can't trace time

So it's been a while. A lot has gone on in my world. Life has been as sweet a fruit as I've ever tasted, lately. But.. not completely without worms.

Over the past few weeks and months I've come to realize a few things:

I'm not really at a crossroads in my life. Or, more accurately, every day is a crossroad with choices taking me one direction OR another. I mean.. well... duh, right? Sometimes I tend to get so focused on every second of my life that when I have to make a big decision it feels like "THE BIG DECISION OF MY LIFE".

As Corissa would say.. "Oh brother!"

Also, I'm not a quitter. I don't give up on the things that are really important to me. Sometimes it takes a bit to figure out the hierarchy of importance, but once I understand what means what.. I don't have a problem acting on them.

Blah blah blah.. right? I know.. it's not very interesting. However, this is that catharsis thing again. There.. I've gotten it out of my system.. I feel better!

One thing that bothered me was; I didn't have a 'niche' to write about in my BLOG. So far it's been cranial diarrhea, which can't be terribly interesting to you.. no matter how therapeutic it may be for me.

So what's going on?

1) The Job Hunt Continues! Yes, I'm still searching for that perfect job. I'd love to own my own business.. maybe a restaurant, or a book store, call center consulting.. But I'd settle for an Operations Manager role somewhere.

2) Corissa. Woo!

3) Friends. I've jumped back into my Friday night thing, which reconnects me with a group of friends I hadn't touched base with much over the past few months. I'm excited to see my friends again. Corissa is incredibly willing to mingle with my friends, and they universally love her. Consequently, we've had our hands full with BBQ's, hiking, UFC fights and just random get togethers.

4) Did I Mention This Is The Best Summer Evar? I'm active again. In my marriage I turned into a sea slug. My milky white complexion was only ever darkened by anger at becoming a sea slug.

THIS summer though, we've spent time at the pool, time at the tennis courts, time in the gym again, time hiking..

5) Room-mates. I've invited an old friend of mine to live with us. He's an excellent room-mate, and it's a pleasure having him around. He loves Corissa and Beekus and Minnie. He mocks me incessantly and he's very conscientious. Now if only we could find him a girlfriend..

6) Goodbye, Lucy, goodbye. I traded in my car for something infinitely more practical, but something infinitely less gorgeous. *sigh* Here's Lucy in all of her glory (say goodbye..)

And here's "Elsie" I don't know why that name fits, or why the hell I had to name her anyhow, except.. well, it fits. Hello, Elsie!

So that's what's been going on.. in short, life is good. However, that still leaves the niche. What am I an expert on? Well, it would be vanity to believe I knew more than anyone else about many subjects, but here's what I LOVE:

  • GAMING (RPG, Table Top, Board Game, Computer / XBOX)
  • SEX

When we did the podcast, long ago, one of my favorite things was answering questions sent in by fellow gamers. I loved it!! I've tossed around the idea of answering game related questions here, but I don't know how well the BLOG environment lends itself to that.

I've been Roleplaying and gaming in general for much much more than half my life. I have been doing it for just over 19 years now. This doesn't make me an expert, but it does give me a lot of experiences to draw from.

My speciality is the ability to whip up ideas for a quick game, or a campaign or a short multi session thing. My other speciality is coming up with character ideas.

What do you think? Can this work? Would YOU send me a question?

Don't make me an angry sea slug, people.. you wouldn't like me when I'm angry!!

Friday, June 13, 2008


From "Girlfriend is Better" by The Talking Heads

I got a girlfriend thats better than that
Now everyones getting involved
Shes moving up going right through my heart
We might not ever get caught
Going right through (try to stay cool) going through, staying cool
I got a girlfriend thats better than that
And nothing is better than you

As promised here's my entry on my girlfriend. I've struggled with this one, because it's important to get it right.. So here goes!!

First of all, and most importantly, she's my best friend and confidant. I'm talking "help me hide these bodies" level of best friend. Someone I trust with every secret I have, someone I feel comfortable having a key to my apartment, someone I can tell all of my woes to and know I'm going to get some love back.

She's got a great heart and the quality of her friends reflects it. They LOVE her! Though now that I think about it, I've never met anyone that hasn't been completely smitten with her the second they meet her.

She's comfortable in every setting with every type of person. Believe me, there's something daunting about being in a room with 15 hard-core gamers. She does it and still wins their hearts.

I've never met a person who is so innately good at everything. I'd be irritated with her beating me at everything if I wasn't so damned proud of her. I was formerly the king of Scrabble, but that crown has been taken and the funny thing is, I just don't mind. Whenever we play she gets this incredibly serious look on her face as she concentrates on the next 65 point word. (no, seriously folks.. she's that good!)

With all of her innate skill, it's funny to me that she's so hard on herself. I guess everyone is most critical of themselves, and she's no exception.

She's equally at home behind the wheel of a four-wheeler or dirt bike, as she is behind the microphone warbling tunes in her sweet voice. She can fish, hike, write poetry, watch plays, eat sushi, beat me at cribbage, relax and watch a movie, play tennis, sing songs to cats in their own language and still end the day with a kiss for me.

She's the most amazing girl in the world!

I've had to fight to keep her. We've had our ups and downs. I'm a natural worrier and an attention / love sponge. She left a relationship where she was always on her own to one with me where we're always together.. I'm the biggest sex junkie I know of. I'm not perfect and I never will be, but my love for her is perfect.

I'm also a bit of an anachronism, and am never quite in style. And she's (unintentionally) incredibly stylish. She just looks at me, rolls her eyes and tries valiantly to bring me out of the 80's.

She is understanding of me gaming, and encourages me to do what I want when I want to. She's honest with me and direct with me whenever I ask a question..

Her deep beautiful eyes are the last thing I see before I go to sleep, and her crazy hair fraggles are the first thing I see in the morning.

Speaking of her beauty, she is built like a greek goddess.. Piercing eyes, a smile that can be bold and crazy or wicked with just a small change of her lips. She's the perfect height to put her head on my shoulder when we dance, which we sometimes do to hummed music in my apartment. Her legs are that sexy combination of voluptuous and athletic that is every man's dream.

I hope I don't sound like a stalker or fanatic. I think this is what love is supposed to be like.

I hope so. =)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

WTF? (AKA Only In Utah)

True story. I was walking into the local grocery store, on a mission of mercy, when I overheard this cute little kid and her big burly nine-foot-four-inch father's conversation:

(NOTE: This is word for word to the best of my recollection.. )

Kid: Daddy, I want a treat
Dad: You’ll get what I get you and you be thankful
Kid: Daddy, you always get me poo, I don’t want poo
Dad: I don’t get you poo, you just eat it on your own.. hush now, Daddy’s thinkin’.
Kid: Are you thinkin’ about my treat or about poo?
Dad: Dammit, your treat is to eat for two weeks, daddy’s thinkin’ about huntin’
Kid: (mostly to herself) All I ever get is poo.

Crazy Enough to Be Awesome


Dig it:

Found on Christy's BLOG: Degenerate Elite

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Thanks Jere..

While perusing my friend's blog, I found all of this stuff. I thought I'd bore the crap out of you with my answers. Buckle up my friends!

6 weird things about me:

  1. I am a midnight snacker. About half of the time I don't even know I do it, I just wake up in the morning to one helluva mess in the kitchen and crumbs in the bed.\
  2. I'm sub-consciously superstitious. I don't know why or how or when it began, but I just can't escape the fact that I am.
  3. I was reading before I was talking or walking. (which, before you ask, is NOT enough to earn a Nobel Peace Prize.. Trust me, I already checked into it..)
  4. There are two things that I'll try at any restaraunt I go to- Key Lime Pie and Spicy Buffalo Wings.
  5. I am completely and utterly (unabashedly) addicted to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  6. When I was in high school, I thought I was Edgar Allen Poe reincarnated.


  • Three Names You Go By: Josh, Muffin and Joshua
  • Three Screen Names You Have: Raging Swede, The Swede, Joshuabslc
  • Three Things You Like About Yourself: My giving personality, my ability to have fun doing damned near anything and my ability (and willingness) to express myself.
  • Three Things You Dislike About Yourself: My inability to be concise at times. my age and my inability to just turn off my brain.
  • Three Parts of Your Heritage: Awesome, more awesome and amazingly, somehow MORE awesome.
  • Three Things That Scare You: Growing old alone, whitey tighties and bad beer!
  • Three Everyday Essentials: Corissa, Lucy and Coffee.
  • Three Things You're Wearing Right Now: A sardonic smile, boxer shorts with little red race cars on them and new Levis!
  • Three Favorite Bands/Artists: Talking Heads, Franz Ferdinand and Sisters of Mercy.
  • Three Favorite Songs at Present: MLWTTKK's "Leathersex", Goldfrapp's "Ooh La La" and the Beatles "Falling"
  • Three Things You Want To Try And Do In The Next Twelve Months: Become my own boss, travel outside the US with Corissa and get into a house!
  • Three Things You Want In A Relationship: Excellent conversation, deep and sincere love and the kind of sex you just never get bored with!
  • Two Truths And A Lie: I'm dyslexic, I've had Lasic surgery and I once owned a car named "Hot Rod the Buddhist Battlewagon"
  • Three PHYSICAL Things About The Opposite Sex That Appeal To You: Eyes, a nice ass and sweet glorious hair!
  • Three Things You Just Can't Do: Can't pass up a kiss first thing in the morning, to hell with the consequences, can't leave well enough alone and can't pass up Key Lime Pie..
  • Three Favorite Hobbies: Gaming, Music and reading.
  • Three Things I Want To Do Really Bad Right Now: Turn back the clock 8 hours and crawl back into bed, take the roof down on my car and cruise like the wind and did I mention crawling into bed? Yeah.. well..
  • Three Careers You Have Considered: Stunt man, Trucker, Teacher.
  • Three Places You Want To Go On Vacation: Japan, Scotland and Hawaii.
  • Three Kid's Name You Have Considered: Mums, The and Word
  • Three Things You Want To Do Before You Die: become a world class chef, write my own book and re-learn to dance all of the big ballroom dances!
  • Three People Who Have To Take This Quiz Now: Hehe, there'd have to be 3 people who read the blog. So instead, I'd be interested to see Corissa's answers, Sean's answers and Hoffamunches answers..