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General purpose rules of engagement and intro post

December 31st, 2020 (10:00 pm)

  • If you've found my journal, hello! Pull up a virtual chair, put your feet up, have a cup of tea (or drink of your choice). You are very very welcome!

  • I was Friends-only for a while. I'm not any more, but quite a lot of my posts before about mid-2007 are still Friends-only. Generally speaking, unless I'm making posts that are really only for me (lists of things to do) or for specific friends ('phone number or "this is what I look like for when we meet up" posts), my posts tend to be public.

  • That said, I compensate for being rather shy and introverted IRL by being very eager to make new friends on line. If I've Friended you, it's unlikely to be entirely random - either we share a few interests, or some mutual LJ friends, or we know each other IRL, or I've noticed you commenting in a community or on an LJ friends' post and I think you seem interesting or worth knowing. Obviously, you don't have to Friend me back, but I'd certainly appreciate it. Who wouldn't?

  • If you decide to Friend me, please say "hi" by adding a comment to this post.

  • I can be a bit tactless myself, but I tend to start out from a position of trying to be nice and polite to everyone. If I inadvertantly manage to offend or upset you, please bear that in mind. Likewise, if you accidentally offend or upset me, I'll be more than ready to forgive and forget ('cos life's too short, frankly). But if you're deliberately unpleasant or rude or jerk me around...well, I might take exception to that.

  • There are a few things about me that you may consider it worth knowing before you decide to Friend me:

  • I'm married to a wonderful lady by the name of Sarah. We've been together since October 2004 and married in September 2009. Sarah can also be found here on LJ (her user name is huntingospray. Pop over and say "hi" to her - she doesn't bite.

  • We've recently (well, September 2010) moved into Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire. Still kind of finding our feet there, but we're happy there. We have some lovely neighbours.

  • I'm bisexual. That doesn't mean that I'm sexually promiscuous or anything like that - there are a few men that I think are rather attractive, and indeed a few women that I find rather attractive, but I'm entirely monogamous and utterly faithful to Sarah. If you have a problem with me being bisexual, Friending me may not be a terribly good idea.

  • I write and read slash fiction, both fanfic and original - again, if you have a problem with that, you may want to think twice about Friending me. Generally speaking, any fic I write (which is pretty infrequent, I've got to admit) is hidden underneath an LJ cut, so you don't have to read it if you don't want to. I try to tag my entries, but more of them are untagged than are tagged. That said, if you actually want to read my fiction, there is a tag for it, and also I tend to add it to my Memories. Also, I have a goal of wanting to write a novel.

  • Generally, I'm pretty pro-gay rights and pro-gay marriage, and all told a bit of a liberal. Indeed, I'm fairly left-leaning politically.

  • I'm also a Christian. Sarah and I have yet to properly settle at a church in Hemel, but we'll probably settle at the local Methodist church.

  • Anything else you need to know about me, you can probably get from my LJ User Info.

  • I'm not sure where my default Userpic came from. When I find out, I'll post a link.

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July 28th, 2015 (01:03 pm)

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July 27th, 2015 (02:42 pm)

Or, "isn't it high time I closed some of my Firefox tabs..?"

Exclusive: Bob Gale's never-before-seen first notes about the Back to the Future sequels.

Marriage Equality - what have Christians lost?

I love this joke:

A talking frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He sees right away from her window nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.

"Miss Whack, I would like to get a £30,000 loan in order to take a holiday," he says.

Patty looks at the frog in disbelief. In keeping with bank policy pertaining to customer relations, she asks the frog his name.

The frog says that his name is Kermit Jagger, adds the fact that his dad is Mick Jagger and that it is ok to give him the loan as he knows the bank manager personally.

Patty explains that he will have to secure the loan with some collateral. To which the frog replies, "sure, no problem, I have this" and produces a tiny porcelain elephant about half an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.

Very confused, Patty explains that she will have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into the back office. She finds the manager and says, "there's a frog at my window who says his name is Kermit Jagger, he claims to know you and says his dad is Mick Jagger...and he wants to use this as collateral." She holds up the tiny elephant. "I mean, what in the world is this thing???"

The bank manager looks back at her and says, "it's a knick knack, Patty Whack, give the frog a loan. His old man's a rolling stone."

10 game show contestants who failed so hard they won. (Very US-centric - doesn't have the old "name a bird with a long neck" one - but still, funny.)

Pastor's angry online rant encourages Christians to fight gay marriage ruling with guns. Just. Plain. Scary...

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June 29th, 2015 (01:03 pm)

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June 29th, 2015 (07:34 am)

My legs are killing me. That'll be marching through London on Saturday, I expect...

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June 29th, 2015 (07:31 am)

...I'm awake.

Right now, that's the best I feel capable of. Depression's hitting hard - the crash after two really good days, naturally. I should go to work. I don't really feel up to it (although I've surprised myself before), but I should. It doesn't help that "I'm depressed," or "I don't have the spoons for it," aren't generally seen as good reasons not to go in for the day. Which is going to take up more spoons - making a 'phone call to say I can't make it in (with possibly invented reason, such as "headache"), or driving in, sitting at the computer, and keeping myself busy? Probably the former, if I'm honest.

Graah. Can't cope.

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June 28th, 2015 (01:03 pm)

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June 28th, 2015 (09:05 am)

The last couple of days were absolutely amazing. Will blog properly about them later, but, yeah.

Right now, however, I'm feeling emotionally drained, physically exhausted, and horribly sleep-deprived. I probably haven't really had enough to eat, either.

For the time being I'm going to cure two of those problems - once I've ripped a couple of Big Finish Doctor Who CDs, I'm going to head back to bed...

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June 26th, 2015 (01:03 pm)

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