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he report of my death is an exaggeration.

I've been inconsolable for a week because no one had LJ-nudged me. You can thank navygreen for giving me my first ever nudge. As a result of my phishing expedition a couple of years ago I had grand plans for your fuckers. Anyone know where I can unload several pounds of thermite and magnesium powder in a hurry?

For those of you not following LARM's journal, he's going to stay with me an extra week since my company is short on equipment at the moment. They're going to pay him extra as compensation, of course, I get the luxury of having a good, and cool, student on board for a while longer. Last week, we were afforded the opportunity to drive by the Oregon Shoetree, which was the first I had ever encountered. I had never been back to it in all these years and my only photos of it were taken with the really awful camera I had at the time. It's nice to finally have some quality photos of it.

This past weekend was spent at home, spending time with welfy and socializing with friends and family. On Saturday, Welf, LARM, and I went to Cincinnati to meetup with Patty and her beau to see Doug Stanhope perform. After the show he was gracious enough to pose for a quick photo with us in the foyer of the club. Patty sent me a text message the next day to let me know that Doug was in a car wreck later that night and apparently is in pretty bad shape. I haven't been able to find any news about it anywhere but hopefully he'll be okay. With the possible exception of Lewis Black, I can't think of another comic working the American club circuit right now that matters as much as Stanhope does.

On Monday, while I was spending time with my kids, Welf visited with janietrain. When I was done with the wee-Soops, I joined them only to discover that brianjedi had joined the festivities at some point and a game of Karaoke Revolution had begun. Somewhere, there exists a really embarassing video of me doing "Respect" that will likely grace Welf's journal in the very near future.

I may have been mistaken in assuming that the new Modest Mouse album would be the album of the year if my current last.fm charts are any indication.

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Now I gotta find time to read your journals. What's been goin' on?

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It might interest you to know that The Comic of posts past (aka, FuckWeasel) is buds with Stanhope. I saw him at a local club with FW, and met him afterwards. He was a complete tool. His act was good, though.

He seemed affable enough the few minutes I was around him, but of course it's not like I hung out with him. If some of the experiences he recounts as part of his act have any validity, I think it's safe to assume that he's very often not a nice person.

I have never heard of a shoetree until now, and went off to google it.

I am now intrigued.

My town needs one.

I've been haphazardly documenting my encounters with them for several years now, if you're interested.

you just made my fuckin' week.

Listening to it right now, bro. ;-)

...and you'll never get a nudge from me, not just because we're friends in name only, but also because I think that's some lame-ass programming bullshit novelty function designed to generate false stats to present to management for further funding.

If people aren't posting, I presume they're having a little break and leave them alone. To me it's like being silent and/or grumpy in a group of people and a nudge is like "AW HEY C'MON MAN 'N' JOIN THE CONVERSATION WE ALL FRIENDS HERE UHH". IRL I tend to react to those by punching the speaker in the face. If they'd spent more time on an "LJ Punch In The Face" function, that'd be an achievement.

I notice you have our mutual friend in your scrobbler. He appeared in my scrobbler too, on the basis of his "Chromatic Cluster" ending up on my main playlist. Knowing his enjoyment of privacy, I was absolutely fucking mortified that he might see his name on my list, and always turned the agent off before playing his work.

Now I gotta find time to read your journals. What's been goin' on?

Is that a rhetorical question, or do you really expect the 415,000 people on your FL to report in with a precis of their recent activities, you lazy @#@@#_@#????

oh c'mon now. do you think i actually go searching for myself on last.fm? man. you people must think i'm a sucker for punishment.

I was just sitting there last night, thinking to myself, "Gosh, it seems like a long time since Soop has posted!" So I went and checked your userinfo, and I was right. And I was just gonna comment, but then I thought (again, to myself), "I wonder what it feels like to be LJ-Nudged," since I never have gone long enough without posting for such a thing to happen to me. Does it feel neat that someone was thinking of you? Does it make you feel as if you have a stalker? Does it bring no emotion at all?

At any rate, I'm glad to see you posting again, and I smile the happy smile of coincidence that you were going to post tonight anyway. :-)

As for us, we're holding down the fort, and Philip's been gone a week tomorrow. He's got fairly decent internet access this time around, and that will be very helpful, I think.

I'm not sure, but I may have nudged someone once just to see what it did from the nudger's end. And it was probably pugofwar, but then again, he only posts once a month on a regular basis anyway.

It was kind of neat that someone nudged me. There's a small core of people who I expected to notice and, if they nudged me it would've been more in jest than actually wondering when I was going to post something again. So in that respect it was nice. :)

I'll be blowing through your general vicinity sometime in the middle of the night tonight on my way to Washington.

By the way, if I've never said this before, you decision to make that photo an icon is a great choice. It's like the old Reese's cup commercials... to great things that go great together. "Hey, you got your boobies in my LiveJournal! You got you LiveJournal in my boobies!"

hellz yeah, send me some thermite! Then the boytoy and I can blow up stuff!

It's already packed in padded envelopes with the magnesium powder. Shall I mail them? They all say "DIE FRENZ LIST!!!" on them, but that can be scratched out with a Sharpie.

I was actually going to nudge you but I knew you were still "around" and all so it seemed to take the nudge factor excited vibe away. :[

But anyways, did I ever tell you how awesome it is being friends with you three? Well it is so inspiring to read three well written posts about the same events. For some reason, that just flips my switch. Hmm I don't know what else to say, this damn school project sucked my brain cells thin for the evening!

Heh, I think Welf has enjoyed being friends with LARM too because I haven't been journaling as much lately so it's like having a back-up journal that's a glimpse into my daily moves. :)

Sorry for not getting back to you about that. Travis said Stanhope said he was sore, but I guess if he was performing Sunday night, he's okay.

Turns out he was doped up, but not driving. He had a driver. I guess that makes it a little easier to pity him.

J mentioned that he looked sickly. Now that I think about it, he did look pretty ragged.. even before the coke and wreck.

Heh, I had actually checked-out both the Go Bananas website and the venue in Michigan where he's playing tomorrow night to see if any shows were canceled and couldn't find any, so I was taking that as a good sign.

Know what's funny? I know exactly where you could unload some thermite and magnesium (without causing great harm to others, which probably defeats your purpose), and some excellent fun to have with them too.

I presume smailtronic could find a useful science experiment/demonstration for it?

Man, I go away for one evening and you not only post but you got 34872948 comments, too!

Actually, it was MONDAY we saw Janie and Brian. Sunday we went to your parents' house and Lexington to pick up dressers. Get it right, dude. :^P

That's 'cause I didn't have you on IM to distract me! The only reason I have a zillion comments is because Rob doesn't have a girlfriend. See? We guys can get SO much more accomplished when we don't have a girlfriend in the way. ;-)

But then, if I didn't have a girlfriend I wouldn't have someone to correct my errant memory of time frames.

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I'm sure the trainee karma will right itself and my next guy will be a good ol' boy who talks about NASCAR and country music all the time.

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Why would I train for a company that I wouldn't recommend? Why would I still be working for them after nearly 6 years? Granted it sucks, but an employer does have the right to do whatever they want with an employee's wages. It's up to the employee to decide if they want to continue working for a company and whether or not they feel valued. If a company practices poor employee handling as a general rule, they'll have trouble recruiting and maintaining employees, especially in an industry as competitive as trucking. If they can't keep employees, they'll ultimately fail as a company.

I don't understand how another driver "found out" what he was making anyway. Even if he hadn't logged out, he'd still need his employee number to access his payroll information.... unless he was being careless about not erasing messages from the Qualcomm, in which case, why would you leave payroll information lying around in a shared truck?

Sorry if I don't seem sympathetic, but it's been my experience that truck drivers are the biggest bunch of bellyaching employees in the world. The American worker in general has a sense of entitlement when it comes to employment but with truckers it's just off the charts. You can't sit in a truck stop for more than 5 minutes without listening to sob stories about dispatchers and every bad company anyone has ever worked for. They all can't be right and they all can't be wrong. Just because one person has a poor experience with a company doesn't make it a bad company to work for.

Wow. Good to hear the rumors of your death were greatly exaggerated. Otherwise, that would have made your singing the other night very creepy. Although, it would have been an interesting new twist on the Weekend at Bernie's thing.

I will sing at your funeral... from the grave.

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