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This is Memorial Day, a thank-you and tribute to all servicemen and women who fought and even died defending and fighting for our nation. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to do some of the things you do, and I won't pretend to understand what's going on by just grazing the latest headlines. Just know that you have my sincere thanks.

This is also my eldest son's birthday, who's turned 21 today. I still remember the nervous feeling I had waiting outside the hospital all those years ago as I waited for him, only for a c-section delivery. What a day. I can scarcely believe it was that long ago now.

We've had several days lately of cloud-covered pastel-grey skies. It should have rained a little more so far considering all the stormy-looking skies we've had. I really wouldn't mind if it just opened up with a long downpour. Maybe tonight. Maybe later this week. We'll see.

I was working at the mall when someone's car parked out in the lot caught fire. I could see billowing plumes of smoke through the window panes of the entryway. Could you imagine going shopping, having what-so-far is a pretty routine day, when you go outside to find your ride is in flames?

Headache

May. 17th, 2013 09:31 pm
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I'm doing okay, I guess. I just finished an eight-hour shift with a migraine headache... the kind of headache that comes with waves of slight nausea. Painkillers only took it part-way out by mid-afternoon. Lovely thing, dealing with that with a customer service job.

The record heat from a few days ago is a memory now as cloudy and rainy weather is returning. I actually don't mind gloomy and sunless weather so much, because this time of the year even a few minutes in the direct sun feels like a million tiny needles. I'd rather be my pale, pasty self than be a patchwork of skin cancer by my fiftieth birthday. Thank my Scandinavian ancestry for this one.

May Day

May. 1st, 2013 12:10 am
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Recent news: The death of George Jones, one of country music's legends. I wasn't a big country music fan in the 80's when he was still producing hits, but since then I have grown to appreciate this style of music with everything else I now listen to. Ironically, I have his EP called "The Classic Mercury Years" which is a collection of his biggest hits from early in his career. Rest in peace. George Jones gone at age 81.

May, as a month, just got started minutes ago, and last weekend's warm, almost summer-like temps have caved to the point it might actually snow again. I doubt it'll be cold enough to make any snow truly stick this time of the year, but some forecasts are calling for better than six inches of the stuff not far from here. Really? Yes. I've actaully seen ten inches of snow pile up overnight in early May in Minnesota. Bring it on. Maybe, like the piles of hot chili paste and sriracha sauce I put on my food occasionally, it's just one of those things that help me realize I'm still alive.

Star went to her great-aunt's funeral last Friday night and brought Rey with her. It wasn't a particularly eventful night for me, watching more of the "Heroes" series from Netflix, and then I went to bed a little earlier than usual. My arthritis bites a little harder when the workplace puts me through the ringer, and I need the extra sleep. Anyway, Star and Rey returned the following evening, and Rey had developed some sort of a skin rash. One allergy tablet, one oatmeal bath and a few anti-itch cream rubs later his rash seems to have gone completely away. It's his allergies to cats, just like me, his father. It's just that his newer, more sensitive skin manifests a rash, unlike me who just gets the plugged sinuses and watery eyes.
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I had mentioned last time I felt like it was a new chapter in my life. My oldest son just became a father, officially launching me into grandfatherdom. I can't wait to meet the little munch, of course. It's just that using the term "grandfather" to describe me just doesn't seem right. The word conjures up the stereotypical vision an old greying men shuffling around behind a cane or spending lazy afternoons in a rocker watching old Bob Barker Price-is-Right reruns. I guess it shows how useless stereotypes really are.

I digress, the son of my son was born today, during an April blizzard, when the tornado sirens wailed for a severe weather drill. I went outside with Rey after school, and those sirens were going off while we whipped snowballs at each other. April 18, 2013... definetely a unique day.
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Sometimes things happen in the world, and in my own personal life, that force me to remember life doesn't last forever and that time has implicit value. Take, for instance, the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon, where two bombs exploded in a crowded area. Consider the three who died. One moment, they have a decent shot at seeing maybe a few thousand more sunrises. The next moment, any hope of that is snuffed out. Furthermore, any children they might have had, won't now ever exist.

I consider myself fortunate that I've even lived this long. I turn 41 this June. Some would call this the statistical mid-life of today's average lifespan, but as I alluded to earlier, it's called "average" for a reason. The long-lived centenarians get lumped together with the tragic teenage car accident victims and everyone else.

I also have a loving family, both close and extended, and three sons of my own. I'd like to think that I have another 41 years here, but above all I should be thankful that I've made it this long and have what I have. It's been proven many times over none of this is a given.

I'm starting this journal because it feels like a new chapter, of sorts, in my life. If it's not a new chapter of its own accord, the changes are necessary for me to make happen. I'm not exactly where I want to be in life, but that's a topic for another post.
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This has been passed down from my GreatestJournal account (now expired) and has since been much expanded on. HTML is rather useful to know, so this makes a good reference:

In all cases, replace [ and ] with < and >.


[img src="yourimagepostedhere.jpg"] = Posts your JPG or other picture file from your computer.

[img src="http: //anothersite.jpg] = Posts picture image from another site.

[lj user="wolfmoon72"] = [personal profile] wolfmoon72

[lj comm="news"] = [site community profile] dw_news

[font face="verdana"]verdana font[/font] = verdana font
[font face="times"]times font[/font] = times font
[font face="ariel"]ariel font[/font] = ariel font

[b]bold[/b] = bold

[em]emphasis[/em] = emphasis
[i]italics[/i] = italics

[u]underline[/u] = underline

[s]strikethrough[/s] = strikethrough

[marquee]scrolling text[/marquee] = scrolling text

[font size="8"]The size of your font is 8.[/font] = The size of your font is 8.

[a href="http://www.myspace.com/frznghost"]Jonathan's MySpace.[/a] =
Jonathan's MySpace.

[a href="mailto:frznghost@yahoo.com"]E-mail Jonathan![/A] =
E-mail Jonathan!

[lj-cut text="Click me!"]Why did you click me, anyway?[/lj-cut] =
Click me! )

Here's some more html crap. Simply remove the spaces after the "&" symbol to get the stated effect.

Name Code; Number Code; Glyph Description
& lsquo; ‘ left single quote
& rsquo; ’ right single quote
& sbquo; ‚ single low-9 quote
& ldquo; “ left double quote
& rdquo; ” right double quote
& bdquo; „ double low-9 quote
& dagger; † dagger
& Dagger; ‡ double dagger
& permil; ‰ per mill sign
& lsaquo; ‹ single left-pointing angle quote
& rsaquo; › single right-pointing angle quote
& spades; ♠ black spade suit
& clubs; ♣ black club suit
& hearts; ♥ black heart suit
& diams; ♦ black diamond suit
& oline; ‾ overline, = spacing overscore
& larr; ← leftward arrow
& uarr; ↑ upward arrow
& rarr; → rightward arrow
& darr; ↓ downward arrow
& trade; ™ trademark sign
& quot; " " double quotation mark
& amp; & & ampersand
& lt; < < less-than sign
& gt; > > greater-than sign
& ndash; – – en dash
& mdash; — — em dash
& nbsp; nonbreaking space
& iexcl; ¡ ¡ inverted exclamation
& cent; ¢ ¢ cent sign
& pound; £ £ pound sterling
& curren; ¤ ¤ general currency sign
& yen; ¥ ¥ yen sign
& brvbar; or & brkbar; ¦ ¦ broken vertical bar
& sect; § § section sign
& uml; or & die; ¨ ¨ umlaut
& copy; © © copyright
& ordf; ª ª feminine ordinal
& laquo; « « left angle quote
& not; ¬ ¬ not sign
& shy; ­ ­ soft hyphen
& reg; ® ® registered trademark
& macr; or & hibar; ¯ ¯ macron accent
& deg; ° ° degree sign
& plusmn; ± ± plus or minus
& sup2; ² ² superscript two
& sup3; ³ ³ superscript three
& acute; ´ ´ acute accent
& micro; µ µ micro sign
& para; ¶ ¶ paragraph sign
& middot; · · middle dot
& cedil; ¸ ¸ cedilla
& sup1; ¹ ¹ superscript one
& ordm; º º masculine ordinal
& raquo; » » right angle quote
& frac14; ¼ ¼ one-fourth
& frac12; ½ ½ one-half
& frac34; ¾ ¾ three-fourths
& iquest; ¿ ¿ inverted question mark
& Agrave; À À uppercase A, grave accent
& Aacute; Á Á uppercase A, acute accent
& Acirc; Â Â uppercase A, circumflex accent
& Atilde; Ã Ã uppercase A, tilde
& Auml; Ä Ä uppercase A, umlaut
& Aring; Å Å uppercase A, ring
& AElig; Æ Æ uppercase AE
& Ccedil; Ç Ç uppercase C, cedilla
& Egrave; È È uppercase E, grave accent
& Eacute; É É uppercase E, acute accent
& Ecirc; Ê Ê uppercase E, circumflex accent
& Euml; Ë Ë uppercase E, umlaut
& Igrave; Ì Ì uppercase I, grave accent
& Iacute; Í Í uppercase I, acute accent
& Icirc; Î Î uppercase I, circumflex accent
& Iuml; Ï Ï uppercase I, umlaut
& ETH; Ð Ð uppercase Eth, Icelandic
& Ntilde; Ñ Ñ uppercase N, tilde
& Ograve; Ò Ò uppercase O, grave accent
& Oacute; Ó Ó uppercase O, acute accent
& Ocirc; Ô Ô uppercase O, circumflex accent
& Otilde; Õ Õ uppercase O, tilde
& Ouml; Ö Ö uppercase O, umlaut
& times; × × multiplication sign
& Oslash; Ø Ø uppercase O, slash
& Ugrave; Ù Ù uppercase U, grave accent
& Uacute; Ú Ú uppercase U, acute accent
& Ucirc; Û Û uppercase U, circumflex accent
& Uuml; Ü Ü uppercase U, umlaut
& Yacute; Ý Ý uppercase Y, acute accent
& THORN; Þ Þ uppercase THORN, Icelandic
& szlig; ß ß lowercase sharps, German
& agrave; à à lowercase a, grave accent
& aacute; á á lowercase a, acute accent
& acirc; â â lowercase a, circumflex accent
& atilde; ã ã lowercase a, tilde
& auml; ä ä lowercase a, umlaut
& aring; å å lowercase a, ring
& aelig; æ æ lowercase ae
& ccedil; ç ç lowercase c, cedilla
& egrave; è è lowercase e, grave accent
& eacute; é é lowercase e, acute accent
& ecirc; ê ê lowercase e, circumflex accent
& euml; ë ë lowercase e, umlaut
& igrave; ì ì lowercase i, grave accent
& iacute; í í lowercase i, acute accent
& icirc; î î lowercase i, circumflex accent
& iuml; ï ï lowercase i, umlaut
& eth; ð ð lowercase eth, Icelandic
& ntilde; ñ ñ lowercase n, tilde
& ograve; ò ò lowercase o, grave accent
& oacute; ó ó lowercase o, acute accent
& ocirc; ô ô lowercase o, circumflex accent
& otilde; õ õ lowercase o, tilde
& ouml; ö ö lowercase o, umlaut
& divide; ÷ ÷ division sign
& oslash; ø ø lowercase o, slash
& ugrave; ù ù lowercase u, grave accent
& uacute; ú ú lowercase u, acute accent
& ucirc; û û lowercase u, circumflex accent
& uuml; ü ü lowercase u, umlaut
& yacute; ý ý lowercase y, acute accent
& thorn; þ þ lowercase thorn, Icelandic
& yuml; ÿ ÿ lowercase y, umlaut

If I find more html references, I'll add them here.

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