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Friday, March 16th, 2012
10:35 am
I've come to the realization that it's not the other people at work; it's actually me. I'm too good for this job and my talents are being wasted.

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Sunday, January 29th, 2012
7:43 pm - DC Universe Online
Anyone else play the PC version?

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Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
10:02 am - Just saying hi.
Hope everyone is doing well.

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Friday, October 9th, 2009
11:59 pm - A month since an update
Not much to report. I had a phone interview today for a Subrogation job at Nationwide. I don't think it went well. I'll probably know by Monday.

I went to the dentist today too. I haven't been in a while, partly because I had to find a new dentist. My old dentist's office stopped taking my insurance. I picked a private office close to my house because the other alternatives were strip mall dental offices. The dentist was Vietnamese Lady. She was kinda funny. In my 35 years though, I have my first cavity.

Time for fall cleanup this weekend and to put out some mums and pumpkins.

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
9:26 pm
My sister picked up a stray kitten today. Maybe 4-5 weeks old. I don't know what to say.

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Sunday, July 12th, 2009
11:15 pm - Citrus-glazed polenta cake
Shannon is really big on food blogs and I found this this one. The writer is a homo and approaches it from a very instructional POV. I was browsing some of the recipes he tried and found the one for the polenta cake. Mine took 45 minutes to bake. At 25 it wasn't baked at all (very jiggly. My cake did look better than the author's. However, I only made half the glaze amount as it was enough to cover the cake and coat the sides. The cake seemed very dry. I'm not sure that more glaze would have helped. Also didn't have as much citrus flavor as I would have. Probably won't make it again.

You can find the recipe here.

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Monday, July 6th, 2009
11:44 pm - Camping?
I'm from PA as most of you know, however I have never been camping. I never really understood the fascination with it all. When I met Keith Strickland, he talked of camping because, living in upstate NY, he would often come to PA camping. To be honest, it never really seemed like my cup of tea, just the whole idea of roughing it. At work, we've started handling RV claims which includes trailers and I've been exposed a bit more to it. I started doing some research. Most campgrounds don't really rough it; some have pools! My sister got a BH&G magazine, where it talked about a woman fixing up an old Airstream she found on craigslist for $500. It was gorgeous. Shannon saw the article too and seamed excited about it. I did some more looking. While Airstreams are really nice, they also come at a price, unlike a Coleman popup. It's just been something I've been kicking around in my mind, but a lot of gays seem to be into it nowadays. Anyone have any experiences they wish to share?

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Sunday, June 14th, 2009
11:31 pm - Not enough time
for all that I want to do. The weekends just seem to fly by. It doesn't help I spent 6 extra hours at work last week (no overtime though). Is there anyway to make it a 26 hour day?

I was thinking though that I may need to get a part time job again. If not now, maybe for the fall/winter. I haven't been hurting for money but it would definitely be nice for Christmas this year. I started thinking though what would happen if I don't get a raise next year. I hate to be a pessimist but I still need to think about the future. I don't know how I was able to balance a part time job in the past because now I can't imagine having a part time job again.

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Sunday, June 7th, 2009
9:41 pm - Star Trek
Finally saw it today. I think they did a good job of introducing each character and their personality with the exception of Uhura. Honestly, she was relegated to the role of superhero girlfriend. I think they came up with a good way to reboot the franchise and this gives them the ability to blaze some new territory. I hope they do just that.

I really did not know Wynona Rider was in the movie. Leonard Nimoy truly was one of my favorite parts of the movie. I'm ready for the next installment.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2009
11:20 pm - Baltimore
So last night, I went down to Baltimore with Shannon and my friend from college Shannon (I actually know 3 guys named Shannon). The B-52s played at Ram's Head Live with opening act The 88. I didn't know who they were until this song (imbedding disabled):

They only played about 5 tunes. The B52s took the stage. Since this was a club, we were up pretty close on the Cindy/Keith side. Cindy was awesome. They did about half greatest hits and song from Funplex. I always like when they pull out a rarity though and this time, Cindy sang "Give Me Back My Man." Friend-Shannon knows someone who asked Fred for some backstage passes. We were able to snag a few photos. This was my first time meeting them.

Cindy was elusive but we flagged down Keith and he stood and talked to us for a few minutes. What a sweetie!

Shannon and I headed to the Blue Moon Cafe this morning for some delicious breakfast. This places was featured on Diners, Drive-In's and Dives. I did not get the Cap'n Crunch French Toast, instead I had Huevos Rancheros with chorizo and green chile sauce. Yum! You can read my review on my

Yelp Page.

We went to Little Italy but somehow I lost the paper bf-Shannon had of places to go. :-( Anyway, we stopped by Trader Joe's on our way home. Ugh, back to work tomorrow for one more day.

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10:44 pm - Dex-Star

current mood: amused

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
11:56 pm - Update already?
I've been so lax. Haven't been doing too much baking recently and haven't really tried too much cooking either. Heroes' finale was a disappointment. So maybe I'll talk about something positive.

Last night I was looking up Del Marquis from the Scissor Sisters. I was shocked to find that he was releasing solo material. I'm shocked because he was usually the quiet one in the Scissor Sisters. He wasn't a singer or a songwriter. Now he's doing both for himself. I found that he did two EP's as opposed to 1 album, but it appears each EP has a different sound. Del has a really nice voice, clear with good tone and a decent range. The songs are interesting too, with varied subject matter. Character Assassination makes me think a bit of Morrissey while Untitled sounds like it has a Tori Amos influence. Can I say I think I like Del better than the Scissor Sisters? So anyway, you can download Del's songs from itunes and you can preview there or on his website

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Monday, April 13th, 2009
11:43 pm - Heroes - 1961
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Friday, April 10th, 2009
2:56 pm - Forget Saint Walker
There's a new Blue Lantern in town.

current mood: amused

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
1:46 am - Dinner
Since my journal has been lacking in contact, I think I am going to continue posting more about food, and sorta make it like a food blog that Shannon enjoys so much.

Tonight for dinner I made spaghetti with sausage and peas. This actually my attempt to recreate a dish from a local restaurant, but people everywhere have probably had some iteration or interpretation. This was what I had on hand tonight.

1 lb Italian sausage (bulk or you can use links with casings removed)
1 tsp red pepper flake
1/2 a medium onion, chopped finely
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup white wine
1 28oz can plain crushed tomatoes
1 T oregano
a few handfuls frozen peas
1 cup ricotta
1 box whole wheat spaghetti
kosher salt
freshly grated parmegiano reggiano

For the sauce I usually start my sausage with a bit of olive oil but you might be able to get away without it. Cook the sausage a few minutes then add the onion and cook until it starts to become translucent. Add garlic and cook a minute or two. Add the white wine and let it cook down a minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, then taking a hint from Anne Burrell, I take the can over to the sink and add some water to get all the tomatoes from the can. I fill about half full and dump that in too. Add in the oregano and salt; let it become bubble for a few minutes.

I start the water on the burner when I start the sausage cooking. Add plenty of salt to the eater then the pasta. When pasta is just shy of al dente, drain and add to the sauce and let it absorb some of the sauce. Add the peas in at this time too. Let it work for a few minutes then stir in the ricotta, making sure it is well combined. Serve with your grated parm.

A few notes: the red pepper flake is optional if using hot sausage. I had sweet sausage on hand. I've found that adding the water helps keep the sauce and pasta a bit looser. I use ricotta instead of cream in my sauce and the ricotta tightens it up a bit. I might go overboard on garlic and oregano but that is my taste. During the summer when I grow my own basil and rosemary, I may add some to the sauce and adjust seasonings more. My cooking wine is always Sauvignon Blanc. I use whole wheat pasta a lot and now prefer it. The boxes are just shy of a pound. I've tried rigatoni with this but I think I would actually prefer linguine or fettucine.

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1:03 am - Red Velvet Cake
I made my first red velvet cake last week but wanted to comment on the process as I think I've found the best recipe. I've been on a mission to recreate my mother's recipe which she refuses to share. I think I've come pretty close. This is the recipe I've found with a few slight modifications
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Let me first say that I don't understand how chefs on the food network get by on using butter to grease their pans. I should have stuck with what my grandmother always used: crisco. I cut the recipe down by a third to make 2 9-inch cakes. To make it easy, the flour goes to 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons; sugar to 1 1/2 cups and cocoa powder I made 3 T. I did not use cake flour but used all purpose flour. I did not do the suggested substitutions for using AP instead of cake flour. My cake was a bit more crumby than your everyday cakes. I also subbed 1/2 cut of oil for 1/2 cup butter, to make a moister cake.

My mother made a flour icing for hers. Mine did not turn out the first time at all and the 2nd time it was ok, seemed a little greasy. I don't like sicknening sweet frostings so the quest will continue for that.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
9:03 am - First attempt at flour icing

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Sunday, March 8th, 2009
7:35 pm - Watchmen
So today I saw the movie. I was quite pleased with the movie overall. I read a few reviews/critiques/rants of the movie but kept an open mind. It's been a few years since I sat and the read the novel.
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Thursday, March 5th, 2009
12:22 am - This was my mood today at work.

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
10:23 pm - This is the reason that I am not getting a raise this year
Nationwide CEO to Get $24 Million as Customers Pay Merger Tab
November 21, 2008

William ``Jerry'' Jurgensen, chief executive officer of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., is in line for a $23.5 million payout when his firm buys out shareholders of its retirement-savings subsidiary.

Nationwide's customers, who own the company, are picking up the tab.

The nation's fourth-biggest home insurer agreed in August to pay almost $2.5 billion, or $52.25 a share, for the 34 percent of the Nationwide Financial Services Inc. unit that it doesn't own. Jimmy Bhullar, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. analyst, calls the price ``excessive.''

The higher the price, the more the 57-year-old Jurgensen gets, because he is CEO of both companies and holds almost 1 million stock options in Nationwide Financial that convert to cash if a merger goes through.
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And just a few days ago...
Nationwide CEO Jerry Jurgensen Steps down
Posted on 19 February 2009

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. released a statement Thursday announcing that Jerry Jurgensen has stepped down as chief executive under a mutual agreement with the insurance and financial services company. He had served as Nationwide’s CEO since 2000.

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