If you go to vote in Tennessee, you cannot wear anything with campaign slogans, logos, or names on it. This includes shirts, hats, buttons, stickers, jackets, or anything else with a political agenda. In fact, there are posted rules that say you can’t even talk about politics while waiting in line. Other states are enforcing similar restrictions.

Some voters are angry about this, saying this violates their rights. But personally, I think it’s a very good rule. When Rodney and I went to vote today, it was a peaceful experience. Every one in line was very quiet and respectful of each other. There was no controversy, no agendas. I really appreciated it.

I lived in North Carolina when I voted in 2004. I remember waiting in line and actually having local politicians come up to me and try to get me to vote for them. It was so offensive and invasive. I felt uncomfortable as they went to each person down the line and tried to carry on a conversation. Can’t I just vote in peace?

So when it comes to restrictions like this, I think it’s a good thing. As long as it’s enforced across the board, of course. It wouldn’t be fair if McCain supporters got away with it but Obama supporters didn’t, or vice versa. But as long as everyone is treated fairly, I think it’s a very good thing to keep a calm and neutral environment at the voting booth.


Jan 15, 2007 / Filed in Uncategorized / 4 Comments

I have taken many forms of the Myers Briggs personality tests, and they do vary just a bit. But overall, they pretty much fall under INFJ and sometimes ISFJ.

You Are An INFJ

The Protector

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.
Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision – no matter what it is.
You are an excellent listener, with almost infinite patience.
You have complex, deep feelings, and you take great care to express them.

You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

What’s Your Personality Type?

seth_video_tapeFriday, September 30, 2005; Posted: 9:53 a.m. EDT (13:53 GMT))

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (AP) — Seth Hammes was filming in the woods when his camcorder recorded the crack of gunshots, the 17-year-old’s screams and the voice of the alleged shooter, promising help that never came.

Authorities say they might never have learned what happened to Hammes, who later died in the woods.

“But right next to him was the videotape,” Monroe County Sheriff Pete Quirin said Thursday. “That’s when we knew we had a homicide on our hands.”

After viewing and listening to the tape, police tracked down 24-year-old Russell Schroeder, who now faces charges of reckless homicide and reckless injury. Schroeder was being held on $250,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 85 years in prison.

Family members said Hammes and two of his friends had gone bow-hunting Saturday morning in the woods near Little Falls, about 35 miles northeast of La Crosse.

Hammes put down his bow and picked up his camcorder that afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint, he was shot in the pelvis and then the heart. His camcorder fell to the ground but caught the sound of the shots and his own screams.

The tape shows a person Quirin identified as Schroeder in a nearby field, telling Hammes he would call for help on his cell phone. He then said he couldn’t find a signal but promised to go get help.

Instead, authorities say, Schroeder went to a birthday party, home to play video games and then to his job as a custodian at the Army’s Fort McCoy near Sparta

Schroeder didn’t call anyone because he was scared he would get in trouble, the complaint said. He told police he thought he was shooting at a squirrel until he heard Hammes scream.

After family and friends reported Hammes missing, police used bloodhounds to find his body in the woods that night.

Investigators initially believed he had just died in the woods — there was no blood to indicate foul play, and he had been shot with a .22-caliber rifle, which left only small wounds, Quirin said. Then authorities saw the camcorder tape.

Hammes’ family gathered at his grandparents’ home in La Crosse after Hammes’ funeral on Thursday.

Ed Hammes said his nephew loved to tinker with the family’s lawn mowers and research pyrotechnics. He hung out with the La Crosse Skyrockers fireworks club, which produces the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

“He was shy for the most part, but he’d go out of his way to help you,” Ed Hammes said.

Source: Netscape News

Here’s a beautiful wallpaper for your computer desktop.

This one is called “Fall in Tennessee”. Click the image for a larger version, or visit this page to pick out your own customized size.


Oh, shit, I’ve been tagged 🙂 Vince over at Welcome to My Truth asked me to participate in this interesting experiment.

The concept: Find my 23rd post (or something close) and post the 5th sentence (or something close).
My 23rd post was called The Joy of Macs. And the 5th line is perfect — it’s exactly what I love to say!

“If you don’t own a Mac, I know you’ve thought about it.”

And next, I have to tag 5 other people to participate. He already picked 2 of my friends (Scott of Purple Twinkie and Sunshine) so here are my 5:

Scott (yet another Scott)
Cory (though I will be surprised if he does it because he’ll probably say “tagging is so gay”)
And these are the rules repeated from Vince’s post:

1. Delve into your blog archive.
2. Find you 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five people to do the same.

By the way, I want to note that my new blog design has not yet been tested on a piece of a crap Windows machine yet.

Microsoft thinks it’s cute to ignore all CSS and HTML standards, so I might be very sad when I see my site tomorrow on a PC. My apologies if this site looks awful on your computer.

Sidenote, isn’t it about time you switched to a Mac? I know you’ve thought about it 😉

Update: Just as suspected, IE ignored some of my CSS. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I anticipated. Looks fine on every other browser. Get with the times Microsoft.

Libra Power!

Sep 25, 2005 / Filed in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Google is fast on my blog (thank you Google).

On Thursday, I posted a very simple message saying ‘Happy Birthday’ to all the Libra’s I know.

Within 48 hours, I came up on Page 1 of the search results for “Libra” on their Blog Search. See for yourself.

I bet people who find me that way are expecting some insightful analysis of Libra’s.

Sorry guys, I don’t have the answers. This bitch here is a Scorpio *snaps tail*

PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) – Jane Scarola’s veterinarian thought the X-ray was a joke. He’s seen strange items get into the stomachs of dogs before, things like kebab skewers and small utensils. But a 13-inch serrated knife that somehow was swallowed by a 6-month-old puppy?

That was a new one.

“I was just flabbergasted,” the vet, Jon-Paul Carew of Imperial Point Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Elsie, a Saint Bernard puppy, apparently had the blade between her esophagus and stomach for about four days before it was removed earlier this week in a 2-hour operation.

The puppy has an 8-inch scar, but is fine and back with her family. And the knife is back in Scarola’s kitchen, albeit this time wrapped in a towel and placed in a cabinet atop the refrigerator.

“I’m going to frame it and give it to Dr. Carew,” Scarola said. “He should hang it. Everybody should know what puppies are capable of putting down their throats.”

Scarola used the knife to carve a turkey, and placed the blade on the counter – far from the edge.

She thinks one of her six other dogs – four Saint Bernards, a German shepherd and a Labrador – somehow got the knife, which eventually made its way to Elsie.

“She wants to eat everything and anything,” Scarola said.

Information from: South Florida Sun-Sentinel http://www.sun-sentinel.com

Libra Season

Sep 22, 2005 / Filed in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

libraWell folks, starting tomorrow it’s Libra season. I don’t know how it happened, but a lot of the blogs I frequent are written by Libra’s. And most of my friends outside the blogosphere are *also* Libra’s.

So a very Happy Birthday to all you boys born in September and October. On a good day, you’re warm, funny, witty, and charming. On a bad day…. well, you know how you can be 😉

Blog Addict

Sep 13, 2005 / Filed in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I think Blogging is like any other addiction or obession. I started in July every couple of days and by the end of August I was doing in on a daily basis. By September, I was sometimes posting multiple times in a day.

I reached a point where I was always thinking about it, and always looking for new information on other blogs too. I would come home from work and jump on the computer instead of eating dinner. Then I’d hang out on blogs until late at night, not get much sleep, then start again the next day. Pretty unhealthy.

But my friend Jackson told me I’d get over it, and he was right. I think I’m finally finding balance. Hmm… this was going to be a somewhat tongue in cheek post, comparing blogging to drugs. But the humor has passed. Oh well, at least I got it off my chest. Time for bed after one more post 😉

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