New Blog

I’ve started another blog about adventures and stuff with my Dad’s house. It’s at www.longlivethemonkey.com/dadshouse. I’m currently updating it from all the past and current projects we are working on.

By the way, love the new WordPress update. I didn’t know they made it more awesome now. I can actually find things!

Screen Names

So I’ve decided to try to figure out how I can get my screen name on things that I currently can not… so to speak.

I’ve had the same screen name for my entire life basically (since 1996), niles38. On some things, however, I am not niles38, I’m niles38d. I want to try to figure out a way to change it since niles38 is taken on such places. They are:

  • YouTube (niles38d)
  • eBay (niles38d)
  • AIM (niles38d)

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can change it? With AIM, I think I messed up when registering it like 10 years ago or whenever it was. I’ve never seen niles38 get on. I think I registered and it messed up or something. Back then I had other email accounts of which I can’t remember. Besides that, I was always paranoid of the internet. Now I’m more trusting. For eBay, I don’t think I can do anything. For YouTube, I guess I could message the guy and see if he’d be willing to give it up.

Doh, I hate OCD! Maybe I should just change everything to like longlivethemonkey or something.

Random Thoughts 4/30/08

  • GTA IV’s graphics rock. The targeting isn’t good. The driving isn’t good. What’s up with the hand brake? The controls are way different than San Andreas. A lot has changed as far as determining the health, etc of your character. So far I like San Andreas better.
  • WordPress is bugging me for another update. Updating this thing is a bitch.
  • I’m actually not going to Annapolis this weekend! Can we say party?
  • O’s won last night! Let’s keep it up!
  • Robin Williams rocked on SVU last night, though it wasn’t like the best episode of SVU yet like some are saying. I wonder if that episode was trying to make a political statement. If so, it certainly didn’t come out and say it.
  • Facebook is getting lame. That’s all I have to say about that.

2008 Economic Stimulus Package

Okay, so I read all about this thing when it first was passed back in February. I thought I’d blog about it since checks will soon be out and people will soon be getting their bit of money.

Here are some little facts about this bill:

  • You only get this tax rebate if you filed your 2007 taxes on time.
  • Should be expecting around $600 per person (less than $75k),$1200 for married people who filed jointly (less than $150k). If you’ve made more than these amounts (those who are reading this probably did not), the amount goes down.
  • Parents will get $300 per child.
  • Folks who were in college last year, sorry, you don’t get one, even if you made money last year. Nor do your parents get the $300 per kid because you’re not under the age of 17.
  • People with ITIN’s don’t get anything, even if they file jointly with someone who has a SSN.
  • Whatever money you get from this bill, you have to pay back on your 2008 tax returns (if you are in the green).

Personally, I think this bill is a waste of time and money. I urge people to be smart and SPEND NOTHING and put this money away in an ING account or other high interest savings account until you have to pay it back. It’s better to earn interest on this “free money” than spend it (unless you desperately need to).

I find it funny Comcast has a commercial out to encourage people to spend this money by supporting local business’s. I don’t think it’s a good idea to spend any of that money since you have to pay it back in 2009. I just think it’s pointless and it hurts people. I’d opt out of it if I could.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama has a new donator… me. I just donated to Barack Obama’s campaign and I do feel good about it. I decided it’s time. I support him, he is my choice. I want him to put Hillary away and finish this thing. I want a headline tomorrow to read “Hillary makes $10 Million in 24 hours to Barack’s $20 Million”. I want this so bad I can’t wait for it. I wait for a lot of things… Anyway, go Obama!

Mattress Warehouse

Decided to rant about what kind of experience I had with Mattress Warehouse. Hopefully this post will get some people to think twice before purchasing anything from them.

So Brian and I decided we want a Tempurpedic bed. Pricey, yes, but I figure 20 year warranty, get a king size so Candi can sleep with us, it’d be worth it. We go on a Sunday and pick out a great bed. We check out this Posturpedic. It feels great. It shapes to our bodies. We basically fall asleep. We strike a deal to get it. After some discussion, we get the guy to knock off 20% and free delivery. Great! We also discuss who needs to take off.

The next day I put in a request for leave, take a half day Wednesday, destress, have the bed delivered. Fabulous.

Tuesday night comes around, the guy calls and says they don’t have the bed. WTF? We ordered it! They don’t have it. How is that possible? Ugh, fine. The guy wants us to come down to check out another bed so we go. None of them feel the same. Bait and switch. We had none of it. We decided to give them the rest of the week to come up with the bed.

Next day I go to work as normal. The guy said we should expect a call Wednesday with an update. Okay… No call.

Thursday comes around and I’m pretty mad that they didn’t give us the decency of a call to update us on what’s going on. By this time, we’ve had it. We just want our money back. The guy said he’ll give us our money back but it’ll take a few days to transfer it. We should HAVE IT by Saturday. Okay.

We check our accounts Sunday night. Yes, it has been a week since we PURCHASED the mattress. Nothing.

Monday comes around, nothing is in our accounts. Brian said he actually got a call from them saying they need us to come in so they can swipe our cards to give us our refund. Uh, does that sound strange to you? I questioned it, highly, but we go anyway. He gives us a piece of paper with some more bait and switch mattresses on it. We want none of it from this company. He swipes our cards, prints out the little thing we need to sign (it was done in three transactions, two for me and one for Bri). The peice of paper has our credit card numbers on it! I thought that was illegal! Whatever, we sign them anyway. Then the guy wants us to sign that we GOT a refund. Uh, we’re not sure, it probably posted, but we’re not trusting this place anymore. Brian writes “refuse to sign” on it.

Today, Tuesday, we are lucky we DIDN’T sign it. Mattress Warehouse STILL hasn’t posted our refund. It’ll be 24 hours since we went back for the forth time. I’m sure some can say it might take some time, that’s BS cause our banks post right away! The second I deposit anything, I see it. I can’t access it, but I can see it.

We’ve contacted the BBB and Montgomery County consumer protection. Hopefuly they’ll fine them or do something. This should NOT be allowed to happen. So I end this blog with don’t shop at Mattress Warehouse.

Good To Be Out Of The Loop

Reading reviews and blogs and what not about the other nights democratic debate, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s good to be out of the political loop.

I hope this debate highlights a little more how stupid, ignorant, and undemocratic the media truly is. The media is a joke in this country and that last debate proved it (as if it WASN’T proven before in the countless bias debates held in this country). Why can’t people see this is a joke? They tell us what to believe. Look at each candidates time in these debates. It’s ridiculous. How are we supposed to get to know a candidate if they don’t get any TIME?

And the last debate, more questions were asked about Clinton and Obama’s CHARACTER versus questions about substance and adequacy for the most important job in the world. Isn’t that what they’re interviewing for? Why aren’t they asking the tough questions about policy and views of importance? With the economy being this shitty, gas prices soaring, and the war in Iraq with no end in sight, they choose questions that are of no importance.

And I love how Hillary is being hypocritical, yet again. She previously said how the questions were (tear) too hard. Now she’s complaining that Obama said something about the questions being too hard (which that’s not what he said anyway, more media spin there). Amazing how a few months ago she was the one complaining about the difficult “gotcha” questions. Another adventure of Hypocritical Hillary.

So I’m out until the Democrats choose a nominee. Of course I still pay attention to the headlines. Everyday there’s more and more reason to protest and want change and to hate the war and hate the direction this country is going; how one in five veterans from the Iraq/Afghanistan wars have a mental disorder. We really take care of our troops in this country. Everyday I become more shocked and suprised there’s not riots in the streets of every city; how there’s not massive mobs of people taking on the White House. What’s wrong with us? Why do we put up with the media, the lies, our distrustful politicians who we keep electing? What happened to the protests and protest songs of the 70’s that got motivation?

I’ll end by saying will we get fooled again? I WON’T get fooled again!

What Needs To Change About Baseball

After the Orioles losses last night, it got me to think about everything I would want to see changed about baseball (MLB). The Orioles haven’t won nor have been to the playoffs since 1997. They always come in 4th in the American League East. The Orioles and other sucky teams like the Nationals and the Blue Jays could benefit from serious changes.

Here’s what I think we need to change about the sport:

  1. Cut down the season. 160+ games is way too long. It runs into football and let’s face it, no one watches baseball as soon as football season rolls around. I figure cut the season in half. 70 maybe 80 games. Stop extending it. All the records are being broke because players have a lot more games to play. It simply isn’t fair. Cutting the season would also probably increase popularity. Look at how crowded every football game is. Baseball simply isn’t like that.
  2. Standardize EVERY stadium.  A home run in one stadium is different than a home run in another? Bull s**t. Sorry, no. All stadiums should confirm to one fixed design. This way there’s no advantages to being in one stadium or another.
  3. HARD HARD HARD salary cap. PLEASE! Please put a salary cap on baseball. There might be already one but it simply isn’t good enough. When A-Rod is making MORE than the entire team of the Florida Marlins, there’s a problem. The Yankees and Red Sox will always win because they have so much money for talent. Poorer teams (like Baltimore) don’t even come close to what the Yankees make. When you have an unlimited supply of money, you can build a dream team every year. When was the last time the Yankees DIDN’T make it to at least the playoffs?
  4. Keep up with technology and drugs on the steroid front. All these players are STILL taking steroids. Football has been ahead of this for some time. You do them, you’re out. Simple as that. Drug test and suspend for violations. Lord knows we have the technology to stay ahead of the growth hormone game.
  5. Abolish the National League. In football, both conferences are identical. In baseball, the National League has their pitchers bat. Get rid of that, or make both conferences the exact same.

Basically, baseball needs to take a cue from football. Do these few things and I think baseball would be a more fair and enjoyable sport. Plus more teams would win every year, which increases more popularity because of band wagoners.

I wonder if I’ll ever see the Orioles win again.

Rock Band For Wii

Brian was thinking about getting Rock Band for the Wii when it came out. I decided to look it up exactly when it comes out cause I can’t wait to play it and we have a lot of fun over Shawn and Jen’s place.

Well, to my dismay, it seems like it won’t be nearly as cool as it is on Xbox 360. It doesn’t come out until June 22nd anyway.

Look at the article at http://www.joystiq.com/2008/03/24/rock-band-wii-drum-kit-pictured-nagging-questions-answered/

Basically it WON’T have:

  • customizable avatars, no using of Mii’s (what other games CAN you use them for?)
  • downloadable content via the Rock Store
  • Guitar Hero III guitars won’t work with it
  • no online play so no bands, so basically all quickplay
  • no leaderboards

So, yeah, it’s lame. The drum set looks cool but not worth it. We’re going to buy it for the 360 soon. Letting all you know, avoid PS2 and Wii, and buy Rock Band for Xbox instead.

Democrats

I’ve been out of politics for about a month now, not watching Meet The Press or Chris Matthews or really deeply reading the news. I’m glad I have because the same stuff is going on. I’m tired of the election. That’s all anyone ever talks about anymore.

The main reason for this post is to just make a statement. I’m tired of the democrats. I’m not tired of being a democrat, but I’m tired of their politics. The way they talk yet do nothing. I have to admit, I still get hopeful when I hear things like this:

“It is no wonder that this memo … could not withstand scrutiny and had to be withdrawn,” said Leahy, D-Vermont. “This memo seeks to find ways to avoid legal restrictions and accountability on torture and threatens our country’s status as a beacon of human rights around the world.” (about the memo just released on Bush authorizing torture)

“On April Fools’ Day, the biggest joke of all is being played on American families by Big Oil, who are using every trick in the book to keep billions in federal tax subsidies, even as they rake in record profits,” said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. (about yesterday’s oil executive meeting with Congress, which accomplished nothing)

My question is will they do anything about the stuff they speak about? Will they stand up and put their money where their mouth is, so to speak? Will they walk the walk? Of late, the answer has been (of course) no. I’m tired of false statements. They don’t really give a s**t do they? They talk about fairness and liberty and peace and justice but they fall short everytime.

Found A Bug

I found a bug in GTA San Andreas.

Other than the obvious you can get yourself caught and can’t move on the sides of cliffs (come on, I can imagine what a headache it is to program something like that), there’s this new way I found of getting unlimited ammo for your SMG for free! I’m not sure if it works for all of them, but all I did was go into the Ammunation in San Fierro and go to the shooting range. I canceled out of that via Y (before you shoot). When it loaded back to the Ammunation store, whatever SMG ammo I had doubled! I started out with 0-2 SMG ammo, it went up to 0-4. I ended up with 4128-50 or whatever. Of course, after a while it doesn’t keep track of how much ammo you have left. Pretty cool bug, tell your friends if they still play this game.

Why Is This?

I really hate writing depressing blogs, so I’ll try to remain as less depressing as possible.

I just want to know, does God have a vengeance on me or something? Why do things constantly go wrong in my life now?

My father died, I had to give up my social life in order to get his affairs straight. I sacrifice ALL my vacation time now in order to settle things. I miss out on so much because I have to be down in Annapolis every weekend. It’s constantly on my mind, handing me, always, a great deal of stress.

My job continuously goes down hill. Especially more so since Ernie left. It’s crap what happened today. Everyday is crap now. I want to quit even more so. I don’t think I’ve ever been this mad at my job before.

So I ask God, what’s next? My Aunt Ruth dying? My dog? Dimitri leaving? Marc leaving? What’s next? How come all this bad stuff keeps happening to me? Why? Is it because I question my faith? It seems ever since I started to question my faith, everything goes bad. Why is this?

I was so happy. I had everything. My life was so perfect. I was, for the first time I think ever, genuinely happy.

Random Thoughts 3/19/08

  • Charger needs to be sold. If not $30k for a basically brand new car, then what? I guess I’ll start at a bottom like $24k or something no reserve.
  • The mind is funny. I like the fact that I worried all weekend on whether or not my one friend enjoyed it over my place rather than all the stress I’m currently going through.
  • I don’t like how WordPress seems to get PMS. It won’t let me add categories so I have to do it manually through MySQL.
  • I’m glad I’m not paying attention to this stupid election. Obama seems to be making mistakes or something.
  • I’d rather get paid less and enjoy some times at work than be paid more and it feel like I’m dead. It’s a morgue in here.
  • Can’t I just play GTA all day? What awesome graphics in GTA 4. Can’t wait!
  • My ING account which earns 3% interest is still 3 times the national average. Still, should have gone with ETrade.
  • I need to shop and get a business card holder for all these cards I’m accumulating.
  • Idiotic headlines, “Global Warming Blamed For Earlier Spring, Studies Find”. Duh!
  • I look forward to weekends again! Thanks boring ass job!
  • Some side projects to come.

Ode To Ernie

I will miss you my constant. You have been my rock at MORI since I started. You have been a constant in my life and in my career. When everyone else left, you stayed. Even through all the puny not-even-cost-of-living wage increases. You were something I could always count on.

I will miss you my teacher. You have taught me so much. I always looked forward to Treasury and DHS projects over all else. I learned so much from them. You understood me. You finally learned my language when I have trouble putting things into words. You could explain things to me. Creating SVOMS with you was one of the most rewarding and educational experiences of my life. I gained so much knowledge and experience. Granted I did always want to tell you how much of a jerk you sometimes were, in the end SVOMS turned out to rock. Seriously, you came up with a sexy, rockin system. That’s your baby. You taught me and showed me how to create pure sexiness in PHP. You were always there when I needed algorithm, syntax, logic, personal, political, or any help.

I will miss you my leader. You are my buffer for upper management. You could talk to Masoud and tell him what crazy ideas were and what and how things should work. You showed me the way through everything. You changed my views about organized religion. You helped me become the strong liberal that I am today. You always have a come back to conservative close minded arguments. You showed me the way so much. You changed my life.

I will miss you my friend. Work will not be work without you. I like how MORI is. We are more than just coworkers. We are the people who we spend the most time with. You were my lunch buddy, you were my brother, you were my best friend. We would vent to each other about politics, work, our personal lives, everything. You shared your life with me. We shared jokes and our liberal facetiousness. You are my friend.

What I Will Never Forget:
Ernie 101
Your parlor tricks
The “bottom line” and “like” counters
Christmas lights in our cubes
Bill Brafsky
“America, eatin my lunch from a single bowl”
“Die in a fire”
The way you hate Comic Sans
“Ou, traffic jam, got more cars than a beach got sand” “heh, suck it up”
“So I heard on Blast The Right…”
Zoolander quotes
Milkshake
The way you criticized my FM tuner
Love of the Mac
Hot Pockets!
Lunch hour vents
CMMI
Funny test data
Liberal debates
Bushisms
3A
The bears

I will miss you so much Ernie.

Dad’s Charger Listing

I listed Dad’s Charger on Ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290213861896

If you know anyone who’s interested…

Ocean City & What’s Changed

So I haven’t been to Ocean City since my senior year of high school, so that’s about 6 1/2 years or so ago. I finally got to go since our friends got a time share in Rehobeth. I just wanted to blog about what’s changed since I’ve been there last.

Let me say, not much. Looking at it in a whole new light, it’s still the same old boardwalk. My favorite hamburger place, Atlantic Stands, is still there. We ate there like everyday. We walked the boardwalk two miles the first day we were there. It was quite an accomplishment. I saw my favorite hotel, the Quality Inn on 17th street. I used to stay there all the time.

A lot of stuff was closed and it was kinda depressing sometimes because of the off season. On the other hand, your business is always appreciated now and you don’t have to worry about crowds. We enjoyed ourselves.

Now, Sportland. My favorite machine is gone, the one with the four teeth and you launch a coin. I won sooo many tickets with that. At Marties, the 10¢ machines are still there. I should have played. Both Marties and Sportland have become more non-ticket oriented. The machines there are about 40% ticket based (as in they dispense tickets) and the rest were games where you have to insert multiple quarters to play a simulation. Those games I tried to avoid because it’s a waste of money, essentially. Getting tickets and trading them in for prizes is where it’s at.

Sportland

So yeah.

The Prius & 193%

Interesting facts about the Prius:

The word “prius”, in latin, means “to go before”.

The plural version of prius is “priora”.

Anyway, I’m awesome. Last night on Rockband, I tried “Don’t Fear The Reaper” doing vocals (on easy) AND guitar (on medium) at the same time. I got 100% on vocals and 93% on guitar. How awesome is that?

I’m also getting much better at guitar on hard. Rockband is way easier than Guitar Hero.

Ways To Save Money

After reading (and laughing) at Yahoo tips on how to save money (I laugh because I do all of them, and then some), I decided to blog about a few money saving tips that I’ve been doing since college. Funny, even though I’m pretty financially sound right now, I still exercise these ways on saving money. Brian calls me a depression baby because of how I’m not willing to spend, how I constantly look out for how we spend our money, and of course, my constant worry over money.

Here’s a few tips that I have been doing since before college:

  • Set your room temperature to 68 in the winter and 75 in the summer. I don’t know how much money I’ve saved on my electric bill by wearing extra clothes around the house in the winter. This tip easily saves a boat load. Our electric bill is usually around $50/month all year long.
  • Buy wood. If you’re fortunate enough to have a woodstove, turn your heat down to a bare 60°. Use firewood in the winter. To heat our apartment in Frostburg, it cost us around $30/month in electric and $200/4 months firewood. Worth it. Also, isolate your house/apartment if necessary. Heat will stay in. They sell kits at any hardware store/Walmart.
  • Light candles. Lighting candles also increases the temperature in a room, and it makes the room smell good!
  • Don’t go out to eat. Try to cut back as far as you can on this luxury. I know it’s hard, but eating in, even if it is just by yourself, can save a boat load.
  • When going out to eat, order water. I don’t think I can count the money I’ve saved ever since high school from just ordering water instead of a beverage. Think about it, that $2 adds up, A LOT.
  • Cut each others hair. I saved a boat load in college by letting my friends cut my hair instead of paying a barber $20 to do it. Even now, Brian cuts my hair. I haven’t been to a barber in years.
  • Don’t splurge. Simple enough. If you don’t think you can afford it, don’t buy it. If you think it might hurt you later by buying something, simply leave the item alone until you feel more comfortable. It’ll be there later.
  • Buy things in bulk. When you have it, spend the extra few dollars to buy something in bulk instead of single items. Usually it’s much cheaper, price compare just in case. Use your parents Sam’s Club card, if they have one.
  • Buy things on sale. Don’t buy it just because it’s on sale, buy it if you need it, or may need it later. I understand brand names are a big one, but on the ones that you are able to “live with”, buy it when on sale.
  • Coupons, coupons, coupons. Get as many as you can on stuff you buy all the time. If you don’t need it but can afford to, buy the item if you have a coupon to use it later. Coupons have saved us so much money. Brian said, while he was cashiering, he’s seen totals of $90 go down to $20 because of coupons. It takes time to look, but coupons can save you a boat load at the store, on your car, out to eat, etc.
  • Don’t put too much stock into brand names, when you can. There are a few things that I don’t care, no taste difference, when buying brand names. Examples are sugar, pasta, stick butter, seasoning, milk, meat, potatoes, and all cleaning supplies. I ALWAYS buy store brand of these. Examples where I’m a brand name guru are cereal, cookies, biscuits, cakes, soda, soups, etc.
  • Buy two liters instead of cans. When cans are on sale, we get them, but that’s only. Two liters have saved us a lot over the years. Yes, they go flat easily, but that’s a sacrifice you have to make.
  • Don’t do a full pump of soap. Soap companies make it so that a lot comes out of the container in one simple pump. Pump softly, to get a little, it lathers anyway and your hands will be just as clean. A little dab’ll do ya.
  • Use the last of everything. The last slither of everything, over time, can save. I put water in my soap dispensers and laundry detergent when they get down to a certain level and mix it up. I get more uses this way and it does the same job. I also use the very last of butter, scrape sides of everything. That little bit can butter another biscuit!
  • Use towels instead of paper towels. Doing ordinary chores such as cleaning the counters, tables, and windows, use junk towels or wash clothes instead of using paper towels. Just throw them in the washer when you’re done. This saves on paper towels. Also, dry your hands with towels instead of paper towels. Simple.
  • Refill your water bottles. This saves a ton. Refill with tap water, it’s fine. I did this back in college and I still do it now.
  • Rechargeable batteries. Yup, when we got our Wii, I concluded my days of using ordinary batteries you have to buy over and over again were done. I have about 20 batteries that I use in everything, and just recharge when they’re done.
  • Rent movies instead of going to the movies. Going to the movies is a HUGE expense. It’s not worth it. Think about a ticket and a SMALL pop corn, $20, well that could have afforded you the DVD, couldn’t it? Yeah, maybe you won’t have much to talk about with friends, but it saves a lot of money in the long run. And when you have a group of friends who want to do something, rent some movies. Easy.
  • If you’re going to drink, don’t go out, buy from a liquor store and drink it at home. You won’t get pulled over from drunk driving, either. Don’t order drinks with your meal, they costs as much as you could buy at a liquor store for the ingredients! Don’t drink at bars, either. Simply buy stuff from a liquor store and drink them at home. It’s funner, too. The advantages of doing it this way are endless. Saves money, no drink and driving, a better time, ingredients left over, etc. We usually go to a bar first, then drink later at home, if you want that social atmosphere.
  • Get an Entertainment Book. I’m not sure how much they are. Last I heard they were $50 but they have thousands in savings if you use it. Lots of coupons! Good for families.
  • Get stuff from fast food restaurants. Napkins, straws, forks, etc can all be found at McDonalds and other restaurants. Just when you’re there, grab some extra for the house. This also works for salt and pepper, ketchup, and other stuff. Also, when you eat out at these places, REFILL your drink before you leave. Put it in the fridge for later!
  • Don’t discard change. It adds up.

I hope these simple tips can help you save money, as they’ve helped me over the years. I don’t think I can count how much money I’ve saved by doing some/all of these. Your standard of living DOESN’T go down as much as you think. So you don’t go out with your friends as much as you can/used to, but odds are, they’re looking to save money, too.

What “Heaven” Is Like

I think I should go to a priest or something to confess and talk about some things. I, logically, don’t really believe in “heaven”. I’d like to believe that there is a place when people and things die but, logically, I can’t think there is.

I hate to think that when I go, years from now, hopefully, when I am reunited with my father, he will be mad at me for mistakes I am making now.

When my Dad died, all I wanted to do was make him happy. There were a few things that I can just see him getting all upset about that we didn’t do. His obituary, for example, wasn’t ran as soon as it could because the funeral home delayed it. Not really our fault since we had the thing written on day one, but I can just imagine Dad yelling at us and being disappointed about it. If you knew my Dad, he’d totally blame us for it, even though it wasn’t our fault.

We found his living will, finally, in the safe. It was written in 1996, after my parents divorced. We followed almost everything, basically, which I am very happy we could honor his wishes like that. Unfortunately, there were a few things that were not done. For example, Dad said he wanted a catered reception after the funeral. It wasn’t. He said in his living will to forge his signature, get money out from one of his banks, and get a fancy catering service last minute to do everything. Well, sorry Dad but that’s against the law. I can see him yelling at me right now for not doing it his way, even though it’s clearly not my fault. That’s my Dad.

I want to think that he won’t get mad at me when I die for the things I’m doing right now. My Dad always blamed me for things I could not control. I want to think that when I reach “heaven” that he will be pure and not be like that. I really would like to talk to a priest about this, get it off my chest and see what they think if “heaven” is like that, if God would allow that kind of thing. I would hope, if “heaven” is the kind of place I could imagine it to be, my Dad wouldn’t be like that.

More And More I Like Obama

I have to admit, I was a pretty big Obama supporter at first. My taste wavered off to Kucinich and stuck there. It still is, but I have to admit, the more I listen to Obama and the more I read about him, the more I like him.

I’m just reading an article where he asks Clinton to make her tax returns public, as he has.

“I’ll just say that I’ve released my tax returns. That’s been a policy I’ve maintained consistently. I think the American people deserve to know where you get your income from.”

I love the fact that he’s being so honest about his campaign. That’s a really good quality.

I thought I’d only be voting for Obama because he’s the lesser of two evils, but I think that my heart is with Obama after all.