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I'm still standin'...

Sorry for my absense. Not only did work get significantly harder, it pretty much overtook my life. There's not a lot that I can do about it, but for what we are doing, it's worth it. I can't really talk much about it, but the company stands to save a significant amount of money. Thanks to those who asked where I was -- sorry again for the absense. As part of this, I had to drop some of my responsibilities in guess_that_show. =( Hopefully mizcrank will let me do things again when my workload lightens up.

So, here's some stuff for you to read, if you so choose...

1. Purchases
Between savings, tax refunds, and annual bonus, we;ve got a significant amount of fundage to which we decided to help the economy. So off we go to the auto shop. Jen is going to be getting a new car, and we're going to incur a little bit of debt. I was going to do the financing through Honda, since they had such a great rate when we started (2.9%). However, you couldn't pay off the loan in advance, so to heck with them. We're going through the credit union with a higher rate, but we're expecting to pay off the loan much sooner than our rate suggests.

2. Trading Spaces
Trading Spaces: Home Free... uhm... these little game they force the people to play, which fabrics and colors that people are FORCED to use, are really miserable. I guess that they had to do something different for this series, but ... well, it still sucks.
Trading Spaces: TOS ... uhm ... QUIT ADDING FRICKIN' DESIGNERS! Also, these double exposure clearing of the rooms is making me feel ill.

3. Star Trekkin'
Sam's Club had the entire Star Trek: TOS movie set, director's or special edition on widescreen DVD, for $64. I figured that I'd end up paying over $100 for those six movies, since each individual movie is normally about $25 per. Snatched that up quickly.

And SpikeTV is now rerunning ST: DS9. In my book, this is the best Trek series around, so I'm glad to see it finally get some exposure again. I'm not tuning in, though, since I already own the whole series on DVD. =) Jen is watching it now, and she just finished Season 1. Can't wait until she gets to Season 3...

4. Entering the frey on marriage
This was a letter to the editor in the local Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. I don't know that I could ever say it better, so I'm just going to reprint without permission of anyone.

Marriage amendment pure discrimination

So the real reason for passing an amendment stating that marriage is between a man and a woman is for upholding the sanctity of marriage?

If people are so concerned about the condition of marriage maybe we should outlaw annulments and make divorces more difficult to obtain, require marriage classes before getting a license.

How about a six-month waiting period after applying for a license?

There are more effective ways of cleaning up the mess if someone is truly interested in the sanctity of marriage.

But these other ways would affect the majority and it is always easier to take on a minority.

So we want to tell gays that they cannot legalize their committed relationships and convince people that somehow this will keep marriage sacred.

This amendment will not lower the divorce rate or stop people like Britney Spears from obtaining another 55-hour marriage. It will not improve marriage in this country at all.

So let’s at least be honest.

The reason for this amendment is simply discrimination against homosexuals. It is another way of spreading fear that they might infect us with whatever they have; that by allowing them to have equal rights will somehow make it unfair to the rest of us; that we have to protect our children from seeing people different from us.

This is the land of the free. This government should not discriminate against a group of its citizens. Religions have that right to discriminate if they want, not our government.

Rancho Cucamonga

5. MS Walk
On March 28, Jen and I volunteered at the MS Walk in our home town of Upland. There, we had over 1,400 people walking and raised over $101,000 for the National MS Society. Now it's my turn to walk!

I will be participating in the annual MS Walk in Redlands to support my mother, who has MS. You can support me in the fight against MS by making a pledge on my behalf. Funds raised in the MS Walk help fund top-rated MS research and life-enhancing programs for individuals with MS and their families. Join me -- together we can help end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. As a special incentive for you, Carl and Jen Knecht will be matching, dollar for dollar, all donations received before the walk, up to $300 total.

Helping me meet my fund raising goal and even surpassing it is easy! Just click the link at the bottom and you will be taken to my personal Web page. Check out the user-friendly features to make a pledge or join my team and register as an MS Walk participant. You can even leave me a note on my Web page and let me know you are rooting for me. Donations of every size are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.

This is going to be a great event and an even better one with your decision to support my efforts in the fight against MS!

Click on the link below to visit my web page:
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6. Movin' Out
Most of you have heard about Mama Mia, a Broadway musical based on the collected works of ABBA. Well, there is the same type of thing for the collected works of Billy Joel called Movin' Out. The touring company will be coming to San Diego in late June/early July. Jen and I have tickets for the Saturday night show, and we're going to make a weekend of it with a couple friend of ours. w00t!

As I was writing this, the new Get Fuzzy posted.


That's it for now. It's quite a lot for my typical writing style, but that's all I got right now. If I get a chance, I will attempt to catch up on everyone's life (or at least the last few entries that y'all made).

Oh, did I mention that I'm doing the MS Walk and collecting donations? Oh... yeah, I guess I had. Well, can't blame a guy for trying...


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 5th, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC)
I was worryin' about ya!
I had a whole 200 comment 'word ass'heh post like 3 weeks ago
without ya! *sniff* while it was a success,
it just wasn't the same. *double sniff*
re: #2--- I agree. I want the REGULAR designers, not some fancy schmancy new ones. Meh.

there are a lot of asteriks in this comment, eh?
Apr. 6th, 2004 04:38 am (UTC)
I like the clever little designer games. What I don't like is throwing plasma TVs at these rooms. A compost heap would look like a million bucks if we put a 42" TV next to it. Completely smacks of "Mo' Money Syndrome." (Though, I admit, I wouldn't be complaining if they'd tossed one my way.)

Heads-up re: Movin' Out: It's not a "musical" in the traditional sense. There's a Billy Joel soundalike band--a really good one--and a company of dancers "interpreting" the songs. It's sort of a musical for people who don't like musicals. But it's extremely well done.
Apr. 6th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
I wish I could do more, Carl. I really do. But with DeDe's current situation and all . . .

Apr. 14th, 2004 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'm doing the MS Walk as well. Mine is May 2nd in downtown detroit.
Apr. 17th, 2004 05:25 pm (UTC)
let em know when you're ready to do another round.
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