gridlore: Doug with Kirsten, both in nice clothes for a wedding. (Me - with Kirsten)
Well, we're 26 years late for that, but should we ever renew our vows, I'd love to hear this.

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
Oh, so many choices! But this is a song that I loved even as a very little kid, and still love today.

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
I grew up in an amazing musical age.

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
RIP Dimebag.

gridlore: Doug with Kirsten, both in nice clothes for a wedding. (Me - with Kirsten)
Soldier Field, Chicago. July 9th, 1995. Jerry Garcia plays his last concert. This is the last song he ever performed. A month later he died of a heart attack in a drug/alcohol rehab clinic.

Thank you, Jerry.

gridlore: The word Giants over a baseball (Baseball - SF Giants)
Flashback to 2010. The Giants win the National League West on the last day of the season. Giants Nation goes nuts with the hope that this might finally be the year. The Giants came west in 1958, and in that time managed only three National League pennants, and no World Series wins. We were due.

Bay Area musician/producer Ashkon grabs a karaoke version of Journey's Don't Stop Believing and writes lyrics to celebrate that this might be the season.

It was. San Francisco Giants, your 2010 World Series Champions. Swing and miss, and that's it.

This still makes me very happy, as it takes me back to the excitement of that October, as we came closer and closer to the win. Fun note, of all the players mentioned, only Buster Posey is still with the Giants.

Black and Orange 'till I die.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
Yeah, I took a few weeks off. I'm disabled, I get to do that.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
True story: I first heard of Bill Kirchen, and his amazing take on Hot Rod Lincoln while I was still driving for PODS. I had been sent to drop a container in the Santa Cruz Mountains during a raging rainstorm. It would have been a hard drop on a sunny day, and I was doing it in running water up to my ankles.

Driving home, with my shoes on the floor of the passenger side of the cab, and my socks on the dash near the vents, driving my big truck on Highway 9 in a deluge, I was listening to KPIG, and they played this. I was hooked. We've seen him a couple of times, and every time he plays Hot Rod Lincoln it's different.

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)

gridlore: Photo: penguin chick with its wings outstretched, captioned "Yay!" (Penguin - Yay!)
What does summer mean? No school!

gridlore: Photo: penguin chick with its wings outstretched, captioned "Yay!" (Penguin - Yay!)
Iron Maiden - Two Minutes to Midnight.

We get to see them in ONE MONTH!!!!

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
Four names I go by:
1. Douglas
2. Sniper
3. Uncle Bullhorn
4. Traveller

Four places I have lived:
1. Los Gatos, CA
2. Fort Benning, GA
3. Schofield Barracks, HI
4. San Francisco, CA

Four things I love to watch on Tv
1. Baseball
2. Skill competitions like Top Chef or Ink Master
3. Science Fiction
4. Football

Four places I have visited:
1. Istanbul, Turkey
2. Montreal, Quebec
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Black Rock Playa, NV

Four things I love to eat:
1. Burritos
2. Spaghetti in meat sauce
3. Steak
4. Really sharp cheddar cheese

Four Things I love to drink
1. Coca-Cola
2. O'Douls NA Beer
3. Gatorade
4. Water

Four Things I Like For Breakfast
1. Scrambled eggs
2. French toast
3. Sausage
4. Orange Juice
(oddly, bacon is not a favorite of mine)

Four Genres of Music I Like
1. Thrash Metal
2. Punk
3. Grateful Dead
4. Classical
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
1. Are you named after someone? Almost every male in my paternal line is named Douglas.
2. When is the last time you cried? Couple of months ago.
3. Do you like your handwriting? No. All my writing is a horrid scrawl.
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Roast beef.
5. Do you have kids? Allegedly I have a son somewhere. He'd be 28 or so now.
7. Do you use sarcasm? In the same way I use oxygen.
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes.
9. Would you bungee jump? Not at this point.
10. What is your favorite kind of cereal? Cocoa Krispies.
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes.
12. Do you think you're strong? I have to be.
13. What is your favorite ice cream? Chocolate Fudge.
14. What is the first thing you notice about people? Facial structure.
15. Football or Baseball? Baseball!
16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? Physically, the damage done to me over the years. Mentally, my procrastination problem.
17. What color pants are you wearing right now? Faded blue.
18. What was the last thing you ate? A Fiber One brownie last night. (Breakfast after I fill this out.)
19. What are you listening to right now? Moxy Fruvous - King of Spain (live)
20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Flesh, just to piss people off.
21. Favorite smell? BBQ.
22. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? The Anti-coagulation clinic.
23. Favorite sport to watch? Baseball, with football a close second.
24. Hair color? Black, rapidly going gray.
25. Eye color? Brown/green.
27. Favorite food to eat? Pizza.
28. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings. Really not into scary movies.
29. Last movie you watched? In the theater, Doctor Strange, on TV, Aliens.
30. What color shirt are you wearing? Black, with orange hoodie.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
1. a song from the year you were born. The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
2. a song that reminds you of school. Y&T - Mean Steak
3. a song tied to a specific moment in your life. The Kinks - Low Budget
4. a song that is not sung in your native language. Rammstein - Sonne
5. a song over 5 minutes long. Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick (Part 1) 22:40
6. a song under 2 minutes long. Slayer - Necrophobic 1:40
7. an instrumental. Metallica - Orion
8. a classical piece. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
9. a song with no percussion. The Who - I Am The Sea
10. something you’ve heard performed live. John Philip Sousa - The Stars And Stripes Forever
11. something you’d give ANYTHING to hear performed live. Tool -Ænima
12. a song by an artist who’s from where you’re from (town/city/state/country). The Doobie Brothers - China Grove
13. a song made suddenly precious because of a special someone. Damn Yankees - High Enough
14. a song made suddenly awful because of a special someone. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Modern Day Romance
15. something to BELT SHAMELESSLY/do DIVA HANDS to. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - Oh What a Circus (from Evita)
16. something to SCREAM ALONG to. Metallica - Seek And Destroy
17. a song for raging. Pantera - Fucking Hostile
18. a song that demands lipsyncing into a makeshift microphone. The Rolling Stones - Shattered
19. the last song you had stuck in your head. Foo Fighters - Everlong
20. a song you’re dying to master all the words to. Foo Fighters - Everlong
21. a song that you could SLAY at karaoke. John Cage - 4'33"
22. a song you can’t help but dance to. Richard O'Brien - The Time Warp
23. a song that makes you want to dance on a table. The Slickee Bee - This Party Sucks
24. a song that makes you wanna STRIP. Beethoven - The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2
25. a song with a great music video Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory
26. a song that makes you act out the music video when you hear it. Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice
27. a song with counting. XTC - Senses Working Overtime
28. a song with spelling. Aerosmith - What It Takes
29. a song with lots of clapping. John Fogerty - Centerfield
30. a song 40 years older than you. Al Jolson - When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along
31. a song you wish your parents didn’t know the words to. No such song.
32. a song whose lyrics shocked you once you were old enough to understand them. No such song.
33. a song you have ZERO patience for. Irving Berlin - God Bless America
34. a song you’d like your favorite artist to cover. The Who - 905 (covered by Tool)
35. a great song you discovered thanks to a movie. Cheap Trick - Reach Out
36. a great song you discovered thanks to television. Anthrax & Public Enemy - Bring The Noise
37. a song you’re ashamed to have in your music library. Musical Youth - Pass the Dutchie
38. OK what’s the song you were too ashamed to even post for #37? Metallica - Invisible Kid
39. the most played song in your music library. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
40. favorite Disney song. Randy Newman - Friend Like Me (from Aladdin)
gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
01. Your Name:
02. Your age:
03. Male, Female, other, or not saying:
04. Favorite Film:
05. Favorite Song or Album:
06. Favorite Band/Artist:
07. Dirty or Clean:
08. Tattoos and/or Piercings:
09. Do we know each other outside of LJ?
10. What's your philosophy on life?
11. Is the bottle half-full or half-empty?
12. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?
13. What is your favourite memory of us?
14. What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
15. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
16. You can have three wishes:
17. If it were possible would you want to hang out with me sometime? (Pretty sure I just asked everyone on my LJ out on a date..)
18. Which country is your spiritual home?
19. What is your big weakness?
20. Do you think I'm a good person?
21. What was your best/favourite subject at school?
22. What kind of cologne or perfume do you wear?
23. If you could change anything about me, what would it be?
24. What do you wear to sleep?
25. Trousers or skirts?
26. Caffeine or nicotine?
27. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
28. Will you repost this so I can fill it out for you?
gridlore: One of the penguins from "Madagascar," captioned "It's all some kind of whacked-out conspiracy." (Penguin - Conspiracy)
I was just reading an article on the Black Dahlia murder, and thinking how great it would be to finally know the facts. Which leads me to this:

Congrats! That piece of crap you picked up at the thrift store has a genie in it! Unfortunately, he explains, he can't offer you any wishes due to cutbacks. But he can give the full story explaining any five mysteries you choose.

What do you want to learn about?

My choices?

  1. The Black Dahlia

  2. The Taman Shud case

  3. Shepherd’s Monument Inscription

  4. The Wow! signal

  5. The Valentich disappearance

Give your answers (with links so the rest of us can enjoy the mysteries), and repost if you feel like it.
gridlore: A Roman 20 sided die, made from green stone (Gaming - Roman d20)

Lawful Neutral Elf Sorcerer (7th Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 11
Dexterity- 13
Constitution- 10
Intelligence- 14
Wisdom- 13
Charisma- 14

Lawful Neutral- A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.

Elves are known for their poetry, song, and magical arts, but when danger threatens they show great skill with weapons and strategy. Elves can live to be over 700 years old and, by human standards, are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. Elves are slim and stand 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. They have no facial or body hair, prefer comfortable clothes, and possess unearthly grace. Many others races find them hauntingly beautiful.

Sorcerers- Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

Take the test.

Raw Data )
gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
Meme: Comment to this post and I will pick five things I would like you to talk about. They might make sense or be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

From  [personal profile] kath8562, I got:  

Wine Wine has actually been part of my life since childhood. My parents enjoyed good wines, and we were all taught at an early age how to properly sample a glass. I'm not really a connoisseur, but have learned enough to understand different varietals, viticulture regions, and the importance of the terroir on the final product. When drinking, I p[refer good reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir. I dislike overly sweet reds. Not a huge fan of white wines; when I do drink them I prefer extremely light, crisp wine like a good Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc. I do need to try to sample more local vintages from the Livermore and Santa Cruz Mountains AVAs

Army Ah, the best of times, the worst of times. I had a lot of fun in the Army, saw some amazing places and things, and grew quite a bit. Unfortuantly, my own demons caught up with me. I am still amused that the one job skill I came out of the service with is being an expert janitor.

Color I never really developed a good sense for color. I'm terrible at matching things, tend to wear black and darker colors simply because I know they match (mostly) and leave all more complicated matches to those with a more refined taste. My favorite colors are black, orange, and red.

Party It's funny, but I rarely really have a good time at a party unless I'm running it! Being in a group of people, many of whom I know only slightly or not at all, really sets off my antisocial tendencies. But, if I'm the one running around to make sure that everyone has a drink, and that the chip dip hasn't run out, I'm able to enjoy the party a little more. A big part of this is my utter inability to remember faces. I may have known you for years, and still not recognize you. I do miss the Traveller parties we used to throw at Baycon.

Monster For me there is only one monster: Reed–Sternberg cells. These are the monsters that lurked in my body for years, turning my own lymphatic system against me. The monster that turned my body from being me into being The Thing that I was locked in battle with. The monster that still plague my nightmares almost 20 years later.


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