Back in Athens
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Today, I made the trip back to Athens. I told my little sister that she'd have to come up and visit me this semester, and she responded that it would be her last chance. I already knew that my time here in Athens at the University of Georgia is coming to an end, and I've been frazzled about it--but hearing my little sister say that, well, it drove it home that soon I'll be moving on. Although, we never know what life has in store for us, but if all goes as planned!

The drive up wasn't bad. Ike was good. He sat in the backseat for a while, before climbing up to the front seat. He's a great dog for long drives. He behaves well in the car. I actually think that he gets a little bit car sick. The ride must have tired him out, because he's curled up now next to me on the love seat asleep.

The weather people are predicting a chance of snow tomorrow with a mix of rain, and overnight they're saying that there's a good chance of more snow. Last year, we had the crazy snow day blow in, in March. I wouldn't mind so much if we got another snow day like that, but I'm hoping that we won't lose power--since I don't have gas.

AVATAR
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I saw AVATAR over the weekend, and I liked it well enough. It wasn't the best movie ever, but it wasn't the worst movie ever either. Overall, it had a decent enough story that was propped up with great effects. It's not all that it's cracked up to be, but it is definitely an improvement when compared to some other lackluster blockbusters in the past couple of years.
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New Year
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It's not only another year but a new decade. The last decade I lived in Oklahoma, and the world was knee-deep in the Y2K scare. We didn't party like it was 1999, but I was only 14. This year, I didn't party it up either--even though I'm 24. But I did go outside and stood on my front porch and howled at the blue moon (second full moon in a month) with my littlest sister and girlfriend. It reminded me of Where the Wild Things Are.

Last year, I watched Gone With the Wind. I thought that it might become a yearly tradition but it hasn't. It is after all a long, long movie. However, my family did eat our traditional New Year's Day meal: cabbage, black-eyed peas and hog's jowl. Cabbage is supposed to bring fortune, black-eyed peas to bring luck and hog's jowl to bring health.

My New Year's resolution is to read the Bible in its entirety. Biblegateway.com has a daily reading, and the site keeps you on track to finish in 365 days if you keep up. Finished my first reading today.

Also, I've made up a list of a few books I want to read this year. I got The Alchemist as a stocking stuffer, so I've started it. But I'm planning on reading White Fang later in the year and Ethan Frome, and there's whatever else suits my fancy.

Here's hoping 2010 is a good one!

Update
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I've been home for Christmas the past week. It's been good to be back and see everyone. Dad flew in from Turkey, where he had been for the past few weeks working.

Christmas itself was good. I made out like a bandit. PS3 games accumulated, and I've already played Marvel's Ultimate Alliance 2 all the way through one scenario. Also, I got the Ghostbusters game and the Call of Duty 4. I haven't played the latter yet, but I've played some of Ghostbusters. Mostly, I've been glued to Marvel Alliance.

A New Year is just around the corner, and I've been making up a reading list for the following year. I haven't thought of any New Year's resolutions as of yet. I rarely even make them or do those, but this year I may try and come up with one.

Not much else going on to date.

It's Not So Much a Wonderful Life. Huh, Mr. Bailey?
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It's that time of season, and I've been festive. I watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey. Also, I caught It's a Wonderful Life on television. I used to like that movie and George Bailey. I don't like it as much now as I did. All George Bailey did was complain about his life, which I didn't think was too bad to begin with.

Lets review, George Bailey had money enough to go to college, money enough later to go to Europe but didn't. He could have, but he chose not to. He was self-employed, had a loving wife, a nice restored historical home, beautiful kids and a community that loved him. Yet somehow that wasn't enough for him, he always wanted more--something better, but something always held him back. I don't buy this.

If George Bailey wanted to leave Bedford Falls, he could have done so but he never had the balls to leave. It wasn't until some ruddy nosed angel showed him the error of his ways that our dour Mr. Bailey sees how much of a schmuck he has been.

Besides my complaints with George Bailey, the whole movie smacks of socialism. The good enterprising capitalist, Mr. Potter, is demonized.

Being Bald--Make it So
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Here's a clip of Patrick Stewart on BBC, as he's interviewed. Mr. Stewart addresses his baldness and the role it has had in his life:


Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
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Here's my Christmas tree, and the Snoopy Christmas decoration I put in one of my windows.


Last Couple of Days
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Dad is in Turkey, and yesterday I went and saw some friend's do their performance of belly dancing for the class that they've been taking. How odd is that?

My friend James visited the last two days, and we spent much the night being ridiculous and playing Xbox360. Together, him and I are invincible when paired up in a Warthog vehicle, so long as he's the driver and I'm gunning.

James has been introducing me to Warhammer 40k. I got slaughtered today, when we played with 1000 pt. armies. But I felt confident that I learned a lot, and I think overall that I held my own well enough. He left a small collection of Imperial Guard models here of his to paint, which I look forward to doing.

I made some BBQ sauce that was off the chain yesterday, for some ribs that we cooked up that were delicious. I think I'm finally mastering my own homemade BBQ sauce.

We took some pictures of Ike last night, while we were playing Xbox.

Mindless Television
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Monday happens to be my favorite TV night. I get to watch Two and a Half Men and the Big Bang Theory back to back. My little sister also introduced me to Castle. I'm not a big fan of crime dramas, but this one usually tends to be funny and not so morbid as the others. Usually, I'm not too much into television, but seems to be that they've got Mondays figured out.

Lazy Sunday
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It's a lazy Sunday. I woke up this morning, feeling that wintry chill. We're well into December now. What better day is there to make some chili? So the crockpot is filled with all the necessary ingredients, and I've got the T.V. turned on the Falcons/Eagles game.
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