jtbrown

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from Hamilton, NJ

  • Activity

    • Anyone Still Here?

      7 years ago

      jtbrown

      So... hi.

      Haven't been on here in ages. Not entirely my fault though.

      Back at the end of May, we had a minor fire in our house. All in all, it could have been a whole lot worse... fire damage was contained to one room... water damage a little further in... smoke throughout. Everyone is safe (wife, all 7 cats, and myself), and the house is well on the way to being restored (and in many ways, improved... having homeowner's insurance is definitely a good thing).

      Life, though, has been a bit sideways for the last few months because of this. We've been living at my folks' place (except for one cat that is being boarded at our vet's... just not enough room at the house to deal with his special needs) and living on a minimum of our belongings... most of our things are in a storage unit. I've also been trying to exist using my father's PC (several years old, very quirky, and does not get along with this web site at all) but needed to do a few things tonight that required my box, so here I am.

      So... yeah. That sums up my summer... existing at my folks house, spending just about all my free time getting the house back in shape, plus surviving hurricanes that decide to come calling at the most inopportune time.

    • Life is Good

      9 years ago

      jtbrown

      So things are, in general, good right now. It's been quite a while since I've honestly felt this way since there's always been at least one or two things that could definitely have been better.

      *After some financially tight times, we've turned the corner and are getting back to a more comfortable place.

      *After a difficult year, businesswise, I received a decent annual review and, very unexpectedly, even got a small raise.

      *Speaking of work, after dealing for more than a few years with a supervisor generally regarded as inefficient, confrontational, and borderline incompetent, my department has been reorganized into a much better situation.

      *Icing on the work related cake - as an afterthought of the reorg, they finally have parted ways with said supervisor, thereby guaranteeing I won't get stuck dealing with her again.

      *Faire season is rolling around - one audition is in the books and I got the role that I really wanted. There's also going to be a new faire starting up this year... run by folks I know and like... located about 20 minutes from home!

    • Nevermore....

      9 years ago

      jtbrown

      For those of you with a penchant for literature, have a look and raise a glass today.

    • Margaritaville, Here I Come

      10 years ago

      jtbrown

      Though the weather outisde is... less than ideal, today is the start of a hopefully awesome long weekend.

      smiley9.gif Took off today, Friday and the following Monday, so no work to worry about.

      smiley9.gif NJRK opens this weekend, so I'm getting super-psyched up for that.

      smiley9.gif Tonight I journey down to the Sovereign Bank Center to take in a few hours of my idol and songwriting mentor, Jimmy Buffett.

      Never mind the rain clouds... summertime starts tonight!

    • I Need a Vacation...

      10 years ago

      jtbrown

      ... after the three day vacation weekend. My health has improved enough that I've gone back to 'full-time' duty with the NJ Ren Faire and Kingdom this year, which means that my holiday weekend was given over to doing lots of work for the faire. Memorial Day weekend is our biggest push for production work, so the majority of the construction that needs doing gets done that weekend. I got to put in full days of carpentry-related work on Saturday and Monday, while Sunday was filled with rehearsals.

      While it didn't make for a very relaxing long weekend, it was a good one. This is usually the point where I start getting particularly psyched for the coming season... I have all my scripts and I'm nearly 'off book' by now... the various shows are starting to round into the shape they'll be performed in... all the work of the past few months is nearly coming to a head.

      I'm having the extra fun of delving into a new character for this year. NJRK is an Arthurian themed faire (though our exact storylines at least partly diverge from the literature basis of the legends) , with a continuing storyline from year to year. For several years I portrayed King Lot of Orkney (see the current profile pic); Lot was a supporter of Arthur and Camelot in our canon, though he was a bit irreverent and unorthodox. I had a lot of fun wearing 'the pointy metal cap' during that time. This year, after being away from the show for a few years (I was back last year but in a much lighter duty than usual) I was recast into a new role - I'm now portraying Sir Kay, Arthur's foster brother and senechal of his household.

      It's denifitely a bit different; while I'm still a character that holds some authority, it's definitely a different mindset that I'm finding myself in. I'm enjoying the challenge of fleshing out a new persona, though. I was comfortable as Lot, so it's nice to challenge myself a bit again.

      So, if anyone finds out that they'll be within striking distance of Clinton, NJ during the last two weekends of June, come on out.

    • Finally Back

      10 years ago

      jtbrown

      After a few weeks of dealing with my wife's old PC (I would log on to check email and that's about it... miserable, slow, old box it is) my new system is here, up and running. One minor issue of not having any sound right now but that should be corrected soon enough.

      It's nice to have a seemingly reliable new machine again... I just need to get used to Vista.

    • New Paperweight

      10 years ago

      jtbrown

      So, I've been tossing around the idea of getting a new PC - my current box is over four years old at this point and I'm just about capped out in what I can expand to keep it able to run the newest things. The mobo limits me to AGP cards so I'm definitely behind the the curve on video cards and I've topped out the memory I can put into it. I've also been getting some odd sounds coming from it recently... my best guesses were that either the HD, power supply or a cooling fan were getting close to crapping out.

      Needless to say, I made sure to back up anything irreplacable and started some preliminary legwork on what to do... splurge on a new system, build a whole new system from scratch or just see about a major upgrade. I think my old box knew what I was doing, though, and took it personally. For the first time in over 15 years of owning PCs I managed to foul up and get a couple of nasty viruses on board... I managed to find and clean up most of the malware but there was enough that was going to be stubborn enough that I decided to just do a full wipe of the HD and start fresh. Now remember that odd sound I mentioned earlier? It seems that one of my guesses was correct; apparently the strain of doing a full wipe was too much and Mr. Hard Drive doesn't seem to want to spin up anymore. So now, instead of a PC, I have a large, expensive-looking paperweight sitting next to my desk.

      Good thing I had started looking into alternatives, yes?

      End result is that I'm just going to buy a whole new box. While I could probably save a few bucks by just doing a major refurb or a self build, I just don't get all that much pleasure out of doing computer rebuilds. At some point in the future I'll probably look into reviving my old box for use as a server (or maybe an entertainment center PC... one of my co-workers had some ideas in that direction).

    • More Advances in Bacon

      10 years ago

      jtbrown

      Move over ketchup... you've got some competetion for being the King of Condiments

    • Bacon Explosion

      10 years ago

      jtbrown

      I like bacon.

      I'm sure lots of you love bacon too.

      But, for those whose love of bacon goes beyond that of mortal man, are you up to trying...

      The Bacon Explosion!

      If anyone tries this I'd love to hear about the experience.

    • For Those With Someone In The Armed Svcs

      10 years ago

      jtbrown

      ITS CHRISTMAS DAY ALL IS SECURE

      'Twas The Night Before Christmas
      He Lived All Alone
      In A One Bedroom House Made Of Plaster And Stone
      I Had Come Down The Chimney With Presents To Give
      And To See Just Who In This Home Did Live

      I Looked All About A Strange Sight I Did See
      No Tinsel No Presents Not Even A Tree
      No Stocking By The Mantle Just Boots Filled With Sand
      On The Wall Hung Pictures Of Far Distant Lands
      With Medals And Badges Awards Of All Kinds
      A Sober Thought Came Through My Mind

      For This House Was Different It Was Dark And Dreary
      I Found The Home Of A Soldier Once I Could See Clearly
      The Soldier Lay Sleeping Silent Alone
      Curled Up On The Floor In This One Bedroom Home

      The Face Was So Gentle The Room In Such Disorder
      Not How I Pictured A Lone British Soldier
      Was This The Hero Of Whom I'd Just Read
      Curled Up On A Poncho The Floor For A Bed

      I Realised The Families That I Saw This Night
      Owed Their Lives To These Soldiers Who Were Willing To Fight
      Soon Round The World The Children Would Play
      And Grownups Would Celebrate A Bright Christmas Day

      They All Enjoy Freedom Each Month Of The Year
      Because Of The Soldiers Like The One Lying Here
      I Couldn't Help Wonder How Many Alone
      On A Cold Christmas Eve In A Land Far From Home

      The Very Though Brought A Tear To My Eye
      I Dropped To My Knees And Started To Cry
      The Soldier Awakened And I Heard A Rough Voice
      'Santa Don't Cry This Life Is My Choice
      I Fight For Freedom I Don't Ask For More
      My Life Is My God, My Country. My Corps'

      The Soldier Rolled Over And Drifted To Sleep
      I Couldn't Control It I Continued To Weep

      I Kept Watch For Hours So Silent And Still
      And We Both Sat And Shivered From The Cold Nights Chill
      I Didn't Want To Leave On That Cold Dark Night
      This Guardian Of Honour So Willing To Fight

      Then The Soldier Rolled Over With A Voice Soft And Pure
      Whispered 'Carry On Santa Its Christmas Day All Is Secure'
      One Look At My Watch And I Knew He Was Right
      'Merry Christmas My Friend And To All A Good Night'

      This Poem Was Written By A Peace Keeping Soldier Stationed Overseas
      The Following Is His Request I Think It Is Reasonable.

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  • Comments (155)

    • Japan_books

      8 years ago

      You sir, are fantastic, with your secret gold star giftage!

    • Elnea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      I love Eats, Shoots and Leaves! It's a great book; it taught me how to properly use semicolons. I like it, Alot!
      smiley8.gif

    • Paris

      9 years ago

      Very nice!

    • Paris

      9 years ago

      Merry Christmas!

    • Paris

      9 years ago

      John Gosselin is the father of a set of twins and a set of sextuplets. He and his wife were on a show called John and Kat plus 8, but when he ran off with a younger woman, the network cut him out of the show. Now that he's off the show, he's accusing the network of abusing his children.

      Levi Johnston impregnated Sarah Pailin's daughter, so he got an agent and thinks the women of America now want to see his junk in Playgirl.

    • Japan_books

      9 years ago

      Ugg boots have the practical side of things down though. So long as they don't get wet to the point of saturation, your feet won't get cold. Even then, being shearling, they'll stay warmer than most boots. Before they became a "fashion" item, they were made for winter surfers in Australia (cold, but not snowy, wet, and nasty, so suede uppers are okay...) and because they were so toasty (keeps your feet warm and dry well into the negatives,) they made the "snow sole" too, though you never see anyone wearing those. I don't count Uggs as a fashion item, although unlike Crocs, they don't come in quite as crazy of a rainbow, and thus, don't burn my retinas as much. In all honesty, being from Michigan, I wouldn't mind owning a pair with the snow sole, because let's face it, Michigan gets f-ing cold sometimes.

      Also, moccasins are awesome sauce. I bought my first pair when I was 13, and still love them, bought another pair of custom moccasins here two years ago (ruby red!!) which I adore.

    • Japan_books

      9 years ago

      Acoustic, but it's not mine. I just like to look at it. So very pretty in the display window.

    • tirade

      9 years ago

      The Hi-Point is steel and polymer, which, AFAIK, is just like a Smith & Wesson or a Glock. Still, I'd rather one day afford a Glock. They have earned a reputation for durability.
      -edit-
      Also, the Hi-Point's defining characteristic is its low price. It's nowhere near as popular as other brands. I was able to buy the gun, but the store didn't even stock extra magazines for it, (while they've got cases and cases of different Glock mags) said I'd have to order them.

      Post edited 8/16/09 6:25AM

    • Japan_books

      9 years ago

      That's me for Splash Mountain. Not only did the sound track play continuously, about half way through the recording broke and started playing at double the speed it was supposed to. Suffered, I have.

    • Japan_books

      9 years ago

      thank you sir!!!

    • even_red

      9 years ago

      That part of book seven could have been give a bit more action, maybe some discoveries or new spells or a glimpse into what was happening in the rest of the wizarding world.. It was a slow start.

    • steph

      9 years ago

      It is, thank you! It was a good day.

    • verykari

      10 years ago

      Thank you so much for your input on the car situation!

      The car was on the street in front of my house, must have happened in either the early morning hours or in broad daylight, as I work nights. Besides making a mess, all they took were the jack and lug nut key. I'm getting new lug nuts (needed to do that anyway, as the old ones are stripped). I agree that alarms are ignored, and the nuisance of having it go off is exactly why I didn't have one. However, this is my 3rd vandalism, and I'm fed up!

      The idea to remember is that a determined thief who wants your car will get it, so you want to put enough delays in place to make most thieves go find an easier target.

      DITTO

      Your quirky slightly older car has a lot of value for it's individual parts.

      I know. smiley2.gif

      I really appreciate the advice! smiley13.gifsmiley13.gifsmiley13.gif

    • Japan_books

      10 years ago

      I enjoy oxymoronic jewelry

    • tirade

      10 years ago

      Does that nVidia card use an AGP slot? If so, I've got a PO Box you can send it to.

    • Paris

      10 years ago

      Thankfully it will only be about two weeks. I plan to sleep while he's at work.

    • fnbitch

      10 years ago

      Bow chicka wow why?!?!?


      That was worth at least a +20! smiley0.gif Alas, I can only give you +1. smiley2.gif

    • Paris

      10 years ago

      I have to block out the light for my migraines. I need to put up some curtain tie-backs though.

    • tirade

      10 years ago

      The Frank Miller Charlie Brown probably lets Lucy yank the football away through some kind of masochistic expression of his secret love for her.

    • Japan_books

      10 years ago

      No worries about chipping in to my fund. Honestly, I wasn't expecting it to have as good of a result as I've had so far. I really appreciate what you donated!

    • even_red

      10 years ago

      It is hard to avoid walking. I sprained my driving ankle too, so even driving puts stress on it. I also live on the second floor so stairs are an issue.

    • even_red

      10 years ago

      I sprained my ankle while out shopping. I slipped and fell at Target. It's kind of a long story, but the paramedics thought it was broken so I ended up at the hospital. It's just a sprain (thankfully!). It happened about a week and half ago so I'm still hobbling around.

    • tirade

      10 years ago

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    • verykari

      10 years ago

      Haha... I think they brought back the birthday menu. I saw a sign today, and you're the second to share birthday meal memories!

    • jtbrown

      10 years ago

      In reply to Paris, #-1:

      There's nothing sad about it... you will never be 'done with' the house as long as you're there. There's always something else that needs to be done. It's the nature of owning a home.

    • Paris

      10 years ago

      Sadly, things won't really be done until the spring. Some of our windows are covered in towels since we don't have money for more curtains this month, and we can't paint the windows until it gets warmer.

    • fnbitch

      10 years ago

      She'd probably rather swap raspberry in place of the strawberry, though.


      That's exactly what I was thinking! smiley0.gif

    • tirade

      10 years ago

      I'm playing CoD4 on my Xbox360, of course!

    • tirade

      10 years ago

      I'm happy to report that good, thoughtful, analytical writing is not extinct. It is just crowded out by the explosion of trivialities in the "information" age. The website with the article I linked to has plenty of original content that's just as thoughtful. Some of it's even in video. Browse the media section at mises.org and you'll get one heck of an education :)

    • Paris

      10 years ago

      The holes were all from water damage. The previous owners made no effort with the house whatsoever.

    • Paris

      10 years ago

      It's electric.

      Everything is super cheap in Indiana. The houses we love that we wouldn't have to do anything to are only $80k and we could talk them down from there.

    • Paris

      10 years ago

      We're saving $80 a month by switching from Verizon to Vonage.

    • Cheshire_Cat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Registration Team Lead

      10 years ago

      yeah I debated between the red and yellow options that the case had..at first I leaned toward red, then I thought red is such an angry color I don't need that when I am gaming... then I watched Transformers and saw Bumble Bee again.. and yellow it was. :)

    • Paris

      10 years ago

      I point the finger of shame at your cat.

    • Cheshire_Cat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Registration Team Lead

      10 years ago

      a Happy Cat indeed! :)

    • Kritzia8

      10 years ago

      ..and that is just it, If you are going to track Clintons personal marriage in, then hoochie teenagers are fair game too.

      I am a girl with 2 sisters. My parents raised us with enough self respect to KNOW how you get pregnent, and how to best avoid it.

      Abstanance.

      Oh yea, mom did not even have the Christian thing going for her teachings. so....

    • monopoly_j

      10 years ago

      I find it interesting to see all these comments (and others from other sources) that are bashing Palin for her lack of personal judgement and such but they seem to be quite fond of our philandering ex-president Clinton.


      I was thinking the same thing!

    • Japan_books

      10 years ago

      Right now it's the only weekend for Holly that looks doable for me anyway. And I really want to go!

    • Japan_books

      10 years ago

      I don't have cable. Just whatever my mom's rabbit ears can catch.

    • even_red

      10 years ago

      It was a dachshund.

    • Japan_books

      10 years ago

      Really? It would be awesome to meet you.

      My sewing machine it toast. It was murdered by an Italian gown made out of a fabric that was too ambitious. I was promised a good sewing machiene for a graduation present, but as that was about a year ago, I'm guessing I'm never going to get it.

    • AaDlRs

      11 years ago

      I'm starting Monday! we can keep an accountability of everyone!

    • tirade

      11 years ago

      Which prediction of Nostradamus were you referring to?

    • jousha

      11 years ago

      Hiya back!

    • tirade

      11 years ago

      Yeah, we felt the quake here in northern IN. They were talking about it on the radio all morning.

    • Paris

      11 years ago

      Cheshire would be the Almighty Tallest, because she wears heels.

    • Elnea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago

      Ah I only have a 37% chance of surviving Zombie Apocalypse! Ah well. Let's hope I start out as Zombie Prime so I won't have to worry about it. You will all be my minions!!!

    • crazycamels

      11 years ago

      dude u play world of warcraft alot???

    • Paris

      11 years ago

      I hadn't realized how dependent I'd become on him for my sanity and focus.

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