My favorite Christmas movies – a list

  1. White Christmas – https://www.netflix.com/title/60003082
  2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097958/
  3. A Christmas Story – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085334/
  4. A Nightmare Before Christmas – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107688/
  5. Elf – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319343/
  6. Die Hard – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095016/
  7. Scrooged – https://www.netflix.com/title/940305
  8. Gremlins – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087363/
  9. Emmet Otter’s Jug-band Christmas – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075988/
  10. The Muppet Christmas Carol – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104940/

11-12 (repost)

This is probably the worst day of the year for me.

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That is the only picture known to exist of Justin and I. He was the my best friend but only for a very short period of time. His death, now ten years ago today, still hurts me on a regular basis.

We met online first, Justin a friend of a friend, on an IRC server hosted by a local ISP. That was sometime in 1999. We bonded over our love of old punk bands, like The Descendents and Misfits. We actually didn’t meet in person until later that year, and it was completely by happenstance. He was in his final semester of cooking school in the same building where I had just started computer school. He was riding with an old high school buddy of mine, who introduced us, and we put two and two together and figured out we knew each other already. Phone numbers were exchanged, and from that point on we were fast and great friends.

Starting then, until close to the end of 2003, Justin, our friend Tim and I spent pretty much every Friday and Saturday night together at either Eat n’ Park or Kings or if I managed to be off of work, shows. He was there when my first real relationship ended, and I probably wouldn’t have gotten through that if it wasn’t for him. In November of 2003, I got a new job, working midnight shift, and we started to see less of each other, but still talked regularly and were still great friends.

I don’t remember exactly when it was, but he got a new job as well, working at a local Best Buy. At this time, I was becoming somewhat of a hermit. Midnight shift had gotten me into a funk, where I rarely did anything. This period is at least partially what caused my next relationship, with Nicci, to end in September of 2004. A couple of days after that, Juddy and I hung out for what was the first time in a long time, at a party that some friends of his were having. Things weren’t the same for me though, and my jealousy over his new work friends (who I, being largely an introvert, did not fit in with) lead me to retreat back into my depression.

Fast forward to November 11th. My memory is a bit vague, but I don’t think I had spoken to Justin at this point since that party, not because I was mad or anything, just because of life and such getting in they way. That night, on my way to work, I got a call from him saying that we had to hang out the following weekend. I said yes, thinking that that may be what I need to get out of my funk. Then the next day happened.

I got a call from Nicci, (we managed to stay good friends even after breaking up), saying that he was dead. I couldn’t believe it, but she assured me it was true. The first thing I did after that call was call our friends Tim and Dave, and we all met up at Tim’s house to try to sort through what was going on. I took a couple of days off the following week for the funeral, and we all spent as much time together as possible. A lot of it is a blur, because I was pretty lit for most of it as a way to escape. At 24, I didn’t have the emotional ability to process everything that happened, and I hardly still do at 34.

For anyone who doesn’t know, our son is named Justin Scott in memory of Juddy. I hope to raise him to live up the awesomeness of his namesake.

We’ll never forget.

I’ll never forget.

And I’ll never stop missing him.

Hitting the gym

So I joined a local gym a couple of weeks ago, and have been going after work four days a week to try to get healthier.   I’ve found that I actually really like the elliptical, and that seems to work the best for me.  So far, I’ve lost 8 pounds. I already feel a lot better as well.  I got a great deal at Planet Fitness ($10 a month), that I really couldn’t pass up.

 

Here’s to getting unfat.

WDW Epcot Center – A liberal, godless World

I visited Epcot Center a few weeks ago and was devastated at what it has become. A liberal indoctrination camp for children – all for $100 per person! It starts with Spaceship Earth that is a history of communication but the thread missing – GOD! – spoke so loudly in His absence it was breathtaking. Not a hint of God. Nowhere. Then we moved to “Circle of Life – An Environmental Fable.” This was Global Warming 101 Fright Night for the kiddies as told conveniently by Simba the Lion to his cartoon idiots (mankind). Simba was Al Gore. This film was frightening for the kids at some point when hurricanes, flood and fires were ending the earth because of THEIR greedy actions. And this is an “amusement park”? The young ones will have nightmares from this “amusement.” Then we move onto Ellen’s Energy Adventure. In this “exhibit” we happen to have the world’s most recognizable and sympathetic homosexual along with BILL NYE the world’s most recognized atheist taking us through the history and future of energy. Both are interesting figures but why pick them for this exhibit in WDW? Also Bill Nye The Atheist Guy designed other “attractions” for the kids at WDW. Did Billy Graham design any here at the park? Uh, Walt is long dead and this company was a goner long ago.

You have to ask WHY to all this liberalism run amuck? Sadly, this is FOR THE CHILDREN. These messages are delivered from their most loved cartoon characters an insidious liberal tactic these days. We need to take this park BACK from the liberal zealots running the company. Until then STAY AWAY from this with any children. But if you DO go, watch out that you don’t go on Gay Week (yes, Walt has one).

This may be the funniest thing I’ve ever read.

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast, cut into small chunks
  • 1 16oz bag of lentils, rinsed (I used green lentils but you can use whichever type you prefer)
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 4 C vegetable broth
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp sriracha sauce
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients, minus the lemon juice and parsley, to your slow cooker. Mix well, Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. See notes for tips on slow cooking lentils.
  2. Once the soup is done cooking, mix in the fresh lemon juice. Ladle into bowls or serve over rice. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Notes

If your slow cooker runs hot, you will not need to cook for the full 8-10 hours. If your slow cooker does not run hot, you will probably need to cook for the full 8-10 hours. Try not to overcook as the lentils could get mushy if overcooked, especially green lentils. Brown lentils tend to hold up better. I used green and they turned out just fine.

To make this a vegan dish, omit the chicken.

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I found this recipe while I was looking for something to do with the bag of lentils that had been sitting in my cupboard for a while.  It’s wonderfully flavored and very filling. It’s a new favorite of mine.

 

Found at the excellent This Gal Cooks

Stuff I’ve been into lately

 

  1.  The Thermals
  2. Cheap girls
  3. The Dresden Files book series. I’m currently on book 8, Proven Guilty.
  4. WWE NXT.  I mean, seriously. Best roster anywhere.  Nakamura, Aries, Samoa Joe, Balor. Great all around, and so much damn fun.
  5.  Dr. Who.  I’m currently watching the main series and all of the side series on Amazon Prime, using this guide.
  6.  Sex Criminals – It’s awesome, trust me.
  7. Anything involving Jon Snodgrass.

Pastor Is Aghast Over Transgender “Perverts”; Forgets He Himself Exposed Kids to an Actual Child Molester

Reports of priests and pastors sexually assaulting their underage charges are, of course, truly adimeadozen. By contrast, we’re still waiting for the first confirmed report of a transgender person who sexually attacked someone in a restroom.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/04/26/pastor-is-aghast-over-transgender-perverts-forgets-he-himself-exposed-kids-to-an-actual-child-molester/?

VOTE!

Although I’ve been registered to vote for pretty much exactly half of my life (18 years), tomorrow will be my first time voting in a primary.  For probably the first 8 years that I was registered, I was registered as “No Affiliation”, and as a Libertarian for the last 10.  Over the last couple of years though, my views have been slowly moving to the left, which I believe was predicated by the birth of my son.

So, in the fall, I changed my registration to Democrat, and I’ll be voting for Bernie Sanders and John Fetterman tomorrow in the Pennsylvania primary. I do not go into this lightly.  This is the way my vote is going to attempt to assure a brighter future for my son.

  • I do not want my son’s future to be filled with endless wars in sandy hellscapes over fossil fuels.
  • I don’t want my son to have the crippling anxiety of how he’s going to afford food when medical bills or student loan payments come due.
  • I want the planet to continue to live and thrive.
  • I want my son to be able to be himself, no matter who that is without fear of attack or discrimination.
  • I want my son to live in a nation that is not slowly creeping toward a backwards theocracy, where people do not use their belief in fairy tales and ancient myths to attempt to treat other people like shit.

While Bernie is my first choice, I will vote for whoever is the Democratic nominee in the general election. I can not in good conscience allow a Republican to appoint any supreme court justices. Do I think Hillary is corrupt?  Yes. Do I think she is tainted by Wall Street money?  Very much so.  Will I vote for her over a megalomaniac business-man and a frightening religious demagogue?  Every damn day.

I do this for my son, and the baby in my wife’s womb.

I do it for all of us.

We can do better.

We have to do better.