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    Daughter’s Parents Meeting for Soccer

    So yesterday, I went to a parents meeting for soccer (for my youngest daughter). Usually my wife goes to these things, but since she’s regained a job, time is a precious commodity. And she hates these things because they’re so long and all the information is re-communicated in an e-mail anyway. So this time, I went as a favor to her. I came to the realization that I hate them too, but for different reasons. And going made me realize why I never participated in sports or competitive things. When I came home, I felt triggered. I hate to sound like a “woke” bleeding-heart liberal, but I’m a sensitive boy.…

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    Some Bits about Feminism

    PART 1: Males Get Stereotyped For Their Gender Too (But It’s Not Nearly As Bad As What Women Get) Every time I make a post about a controversial subject, I get page views. So here’s one. A few videos and other recent events have me thinking about things. None of the thoughts really have a cohesive theme, so here’s just a list. • Whenever people talk about gender platitudes, they always talk about those that aren’t in the majority — non-straight, non-white, non-male. Females are known for suffering from “gender boxing”, but males do too. There are male stereotypes too, both positive and negative. • But the consequences aren’t NEARLY…

  • Things In My Life Right Now

    Oh, what’s going on in my life these days… BIOSHOCK 2 Playing Bioshock 2 in my video games, kinda gave up on Bully for a while because it was slower, older, and hard to control on a keyboard. It’s a storyline sequel, not one that improves or innovates much new stuff. A lot of people say that’s bad, but I don’t really care about that. If the story is different and there’s a few gameplay modifications, that’s all right in my book. Especially if it’s a story like Bioshock. But my problem is they didn’t take out a bad part of the game — the stupid morality choices. Everything’s still…

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    I’ve Been Sick

    Last Wednesday I went to the hospital for either aseptic meningitis or viral encephalitis (the tests aren’t back yet). I had been a constant headache all last week and was too nauseous to eat or drink. This dehydrated me. Once I got to the doctor’s office, my mental state started slipping. I couldn’t speak. I called my wife by my daughter’s name. I couldn’t understand what people were saying to me. I was admitted to the ER where they did all sorts of fun stuff to me — spinal taps, MRI, anti-virals, anti-bacterials, morphine, percoset, IVs full of yummy chemicals, and lots of machines that go *PING* that let me…

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    The Inability to Make Friends

    Warning: The article is going to be mostly whining about stuff that’s better suited for my Lisa Frank diary. You have been warned. I’m Eric, I’m 29 years old, and I have no friends. I’ve never had that many friends, but I’m not going to go back over my life history. I’m talking about making friends now. It is essentially impossible. Let’s look at my neighbors. None of them share my same interests. NONE of them. I go out biking in the neighborhood and I watch people playing in their garages. I look at the kind of t-shirts they wear, and I go, “none of those people is the same…

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    Bullies

    On Good Kids and Total Fucking Assholes by Kate Harding (starts halfway down the entry) Bitterness, bullying, and breaking the circle by Seanan McGuire Asperger son at school, part 1: What it takes to address bullying by Michelle Sagara Be Someone’s Hero by Diana Pharoah Francis Bullying by Jim C. Hines First, please read the above. They’re all short blog articles about the existence of bullying, personal experiences, and the upsurge in the anti-bullying movement. I’m liking this movement, because A) the previous tactics, as everyone says, don’t work. The victim ends up hurting no matter what. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”…

  • I May Hurt Someone

    Now that my personal friends know about my blog, it may be time to explain some things. I may say things that not everyone agrees with. I may say things that are politically incorrect. I may say things that are offensive to some people (I’ve already pissed off one magazine that I can’t ever submit to again). I am hardly a perfect person. But everything I say here is the truth, at least in my eyes. Some of the things I say are wrong. Some of them are right. Some are right and no one knows it. But it is my truth. The truth to me is opinion to everyone…

  • The Weight Loss Pledge

    I arrived from Seattle with a hurting foot from all the walking, various souvenirs, and about 43 pounds of overweightness (BMI 28.5). No, I didn’t gain 43 pounds just in Seattle, but I did eat a lot of fatty food. In fact, I’ve been eating a lot of food for some time, and not doing anything to change my habits. This results in a lethargic me, a surly me, and a me that’s not particularly fun to be around. When I get too much weight, it goes to my liver. And if my liver gets too big, my ribs start poking into it, and my side hurts if I sit…

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    The Renaissance Fair Write-Up, Part 2

    So I did eventually find some mead, and they were nice enough to give me some samples, since I was a first-timer. Now my friend Chris had told me it’s all about the Egyptian Mead. But they also had classic, cherry, and raspberry, so of course, I tried all those. I got about a free half-glass out of that. But it is all about the Egyptian mead. What I wanted was those cool glazed mugs people are carrying around. I was wondering how does that work? Do they fill it all the way to the top if you buy a tankard? Can I get a really big one? I should…