I’m originally from the Champaign-Urbana area in IL and there is a women’s shelter there that is desperate need of money. Thanks to the State of Illinois being over $110,000 behind in its funding to A Woman’s Place–formerly called A Woman’s Fund, and the only shelter of its kind serving Champaign, Douglas, Piatt and Ford counties–the shelter is now against the ropes and very badly needs your help. They’ve had to lay off the bulk of their staff, and have others working with no real idea of when a paycheck might arrive. Things are as dire as they’ve ever been for them.

A Woman’s Place is the area’s only domestic violence shelter. Among the services provided are things like transitional housing, court advocacy, a 24-hour hotline and counseling for both women and children. These services are provided at no charge.

I would like to ask for monetary donations to take back with me when I go for Christmas. There is a benefit event on the 18th that I will be attending and you can opt to use your money to buy raffle tickets at that event, or I can just donate the money for you. If you put it in an envelope with your name and address, a receipt will be sent to you for tax purposes, if you so desire. You may also mail your donations directly to 1304 E. Main St., Urbana, IL 61802 and this method will also produce a receipt mailed back to you. You can also donate through the AWF website, but that route results in a percentage being taken out of the total donation (by the online payment company), so you can do more with your dollars by getting it directly to the shelter.

Here is a list of the prizes for the raffle so far:

-Grand Prize: 42″ LG 1080p LCD HDTV

-Large steel Red Bull Chiller (wall plug in)
-2 Dinners for 2 at Chili’s (Champaign)
-Dinner for Two at JT Walker’s (Mahomet) – includes 2 entrees, 1 appetizer and 2 soft drinks.
-$50.00 Gift certificate, t-shirt and coffee mug from Reynold’s Towing
-$40.00 Gift card to Crane Alley (Urbana)
-$25.00 Gift card to any El Toro resturant
-$25.00 Gift card to V. Picasso (new tapas bar and lounge in Urbana)
-2 Movie posters from Beverly Cinemas

Obviously the bulk of the prizes are local so I will purchase them off of you if you win since I can actually use them.

All of this information can be found here:

Ongoing event – S.O.S. – Save Our Shelter (A Woman’s Place)

And of course, if anyone is feeling like a road trip, I will be in the area most of Dec so you are welcome to join for some events if you want but I have a feeling none are so appealing that you’d want to make the 2hr trip

Part 1: Earth & Beyond

Earth & Beyond
September 24, 2002

Just because a movie is free, doesn’t mean you have carte blanche to do whatever you like. I may not have paid for the movie but I am there because I want to see it and I’m not going to waste my time coming to a movie only to not get to watch it properly. I also don’t feel that I should be forced to pay for the movie in order to get the respect necessary to watch it.

Let me explain a little something about how movies and movie theatres work: the theatre is dark for a reason. Also, the sound is blaring for a reason. The reason is to allow the viewer to be immersed in the world the director has created. If you can’t get immersed into the world on the screen, you are not going to reap all the benefits of the movie, if you even get it at all.

Remember when you were a kid and you’d make a fort out of the kitchen chairs, couch and a bunch of blankets? Or when you’d crawl under your covers and read a book? Why did you do that? It was to block out the real world so you could create your own world with your imagination. That’s what the dark theatre is for. When you talk, or start texting on your bright cell phone, you are ripping the covers off that fort and letting all the imagination out.

The director tries very hard to make every look, every move, every special effect and every sound create the environment and feeling that give the most to that world they are trying to create. Sometimes they are good at it, sometimes they aren’t. Regardless of that factor, you talking throughout the whole fucking movie only detracts from what is there.

The choices the director makes are also made to project the proper foreshadowing. Most of the time this is obvious because, let’s face it, we’ve seen so many movies that it’s about impossible to surprise us anymore. That does not mean that you can shout out what is going to happen. You aren’t smart, you aren’t clever and you aren’t cool. You are an ass.

If you are not serious about enjoying the movie, don’t go.

If you get into a movie and you find that you’re not enjoying it and would prefer to yak on and on or text, please remove yourself from the theatre.

If you find either of the above to be true but you really want to watch through it, just shut your mouth and watch, or leave and wait for it to come out on DVD. Don’t ruin it for everyone else.

And finally, no one understands the desire to exploit the perfect timing for a comedic moment like I do, but if you have any respect for the other people in the theatre, you’ll pass it up. The only exception to this would be during a comedy. The really good joke with proper timing can add to the movie. Comedies don’t require the same imaginary world that other movies require. If the movie isn’t meant to be a comedy, please shut your mouth.

Thank you.

Me: I’m so stressed out. I keep wanting to just rip my face off. Kind of like when the bad guy rips their mask off in the movies and they’re really someone completely different underneath. I just keep hoping that maybe I’m not me and there’s some other life waiting for me

Male Coworker: I don’t think ripping your face off would turn out just like that

Me: Yeah. I’d be all gross and end up looking like Predator with a big vagina mouth

Male Coworker: In that case, wanna go out for drinks?

I have said this a hundred fucking times and I’ll say it a hundred more: People need to stop taking life so fucking seriously. It’s the one thing that is sure to fail you someday; why in the hell do you take it so seriously?

Facts of life:

1) It’s not fucking fair and never will be
2) It will end and you probably won’t know until it has
3) It’s not a product of what happens to you, it’s a product of how you choose to deal with it.

After we parked for Polar Plunge 2009, we waited for the shuttle to take us over to the event. Soon a white van pulls up and people just start jumping in. I say to the driver “aren’t you supposed to offer me candy first?” Bruce & Amanda heard me but I thought it was way funnier. Maybe I’m just easily amused. :)

I fucking HATE it when someone says something, you say “I have no idea what you are talking about” and they repeat what they said verbatim.


I don’t have a god damned hearing aid!

I said I didn’t know what the fuck you are talking about!



“These docs have a timer script”


“These docs have a timer script”

“I have no idea what that means”

“These docs have a timer script in them”

“I really don’t know what you mean. Where is the script?”

“In the docs”

“Yes. I got that.”

(he points to the code of the doc in question and it’s some script that says something about a timer)

“Ok. So inside the code of the documents, there is a line of x referencing a timer?”


“Well next time just say that. Saying there’s a timer script in the document infers that the document references a timer script. Is it so hard to just say ‘I see a line of script in the code that references a timer’?”

To set the scene: Every Monday afternoon we have a meeting to discuss all the “Severity 1″ issues that occurred the week before. In attendance are most of the managers of the various IT teams and a few directors. They are laughing about a ticket that was just put in for a machine that doesn’t have network connectivity. The reason it’s funny is because it quotes a bird or mouse getting into the machine as the cause. They’re joking about what the heck we’re supposed to do about that.

Me: “Well, the answer is simple.” *silence* “Regardless of whether it’s a bird or a mouse, all you have to do is get a cat”
Director: “Yeah. Then we have a cat running around and the ticket will now be about a cat screwing stuff up”
Me: “Well, when the cat becomes a problem, you get a dog. And when the dog becomes a problem you get a giant rooster. It’s a proven system.”

Responsible, yes. Grown up? Not a chance.

So Michael Phelps is caught in a photo smoking a bong. I’m sorry, but I fail to see what part I should be caring about. If he was smoking pot, then it’s even more amazing that he won all those medals. Pot isn’t exactly a performance enhancing drug unless you’re in the Cheeto olympics. If a competitive eater gets caught with a bong backstage, yeah, I can see that being an unfair advantage, but not in a real sport.

I might also add that there are PLENTY of successful, upstanding Americans who have admitted to smoking pot. It’s not like he’s Amy Winehouse. He’s accomplished a lot and happens to have smoked some pot. Big deal. Leave the man alone.