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Whoa!

Forget about my childhood being raped by movie remakes, my teenage-hood has been molested by its own self! ...Dir en grey re-recorded "Zan"!?!?! Musically it sounds pretty close to the original, but vocally... Oh my goodness *clutching my pearls*. I haven't really listened to anything new from Dir en grey since like 2005 or so, but I'd read that their sound became more metal and, yeah... That low guttural growl just doesn't really appeal to me. It's okay for maybe a couple words to emphasize something, but when it's the *whole* song? No thanks. By growling through most of the "singing" in this remake, the song has lost the frantic craziness that I liked so much in the original. I must say though, I'm impressed by the really, really deep sounding growly vocals. I was like "OMG no way that's Kyo!! O_O". It barely sounds human to me lol.



And the original, for comparison:
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    Zan by Dir en grey
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kitty tales...

My cat Max is terrified of children. He also likes to go for excursions outside on a leash. Today I decided to take him out for a bit after I got home from work. It was going great, he was having a good time, until he spotted my neighbor's kids about 10+ feet away. Oh, the freakout that ensued...His fur immediately bristled, and he ran—no, leapt through the air—all the way around the corner of the house where he then tried his best to scale the fence. I had to pry his paws off the chain link and rush him, wriggling and squirming, back inside the house. He must have been really treated badly by some kids in the past to invoke such terror...
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yaaaaawn...

Got woken up today by a phone call at 6:30AM from the morning receptionist asking me if I could come in at 8AM and do the morning shift (8AM-4PM), and she would do the evening shift (11:30AM-8PM). I didn't mind doing it (that used to be my old schedule anyway), but I just wish I could have known about it last night so I would have gone to bed earlier and gotten more than like, 5 hours of sleep *yawn*. And I wish this would have happened on Friday, so I could get out of work by 4PM and start my weekend~~ ...Instead, I'll have to be there til 8PM tomorrow :(
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War on Christmas?...HA!

A few days ago when I was working the phone at the reception desk, a woman came into the lobby to drop off a Christmas card for the administrator. I've seen the woman several of times before; I think she has a family member who is a patient.

A bit of back-story before I continue: The reception desk in the front lobby is wood with a sheet of glass covering the desktop. We have extension lists and other useful papers sandwiched between the glass and the desktop. One of the other receptionists (no idea who) has also put a small, playing card sized, laminated picture of Jesus under the glass. Now back to the story...

So, this woman came in and, I guess, noticed the picture for the first time. She reached over the phone to physically put her fingertip on the area of the glass with the Jesus picture underneath it and said "Oh, I like that picture!" I just smiled and said "Yeah..." Then she held out an envelope and said it was for the administrator. I took the envelope and before she turned to leave she got this kind of smug looking grin on her face and said "Merry Christmas—not 'Happy Holidays'. Merry Christmas!" I kept smiling and murmured back "Merry Christmas to you, too." Her smug smile got bigger; she nodded like she had succeeded in something, and practically bounced out of the reception office.

Every time I've encountered this woman, to me, she's always seemed to have this sort of...gleefully smug, condescending attitude. And this incident only served to make me even more acutely aware of that attitude.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against someone wanting to say "Merry Christmas", but I also have no problem with someone who prefers to say "Happy Holidays"—which this woman and many others clearly do have a problem with. Why, I have no clue. The whole "war on Christmas" thing seems ridiculous to me. We live in a multi-religion society, so it only makes sense that—especially on government grounds—we shouldn't favor or cater to one religion or religious holiday in particular. You can do whatever you want on private property, but government property shouldn't show favoritism to any one religion in specific. If a government-owned/run site puts up decorations for Christmas, they should have to put up decorations for all the other holidays (religious or not) that fall around the same time, so as to not be perceived as condoning or supporting one religion/holiday more than the other. But putting up decorations for every holiday or celebration that falls in December is simply not feasible, so more often than not you get decorations that reflect the majority (which typically means, at the very least, a Christmas tree). The easiest thing to do really would be to put no decorations at all—stay neutral.

More so than decorations, though, it seems to me that people who believe there is a "war on Christmas" have latched on to the phrase "Happy Holidays" as a sign that people are trying to stamp out Christmas. The thing I don't think they realize is that "Happy Holidays" is not an exclusion of Christmas, or Christ, or the Christian religion—it is an inclusion of other religions that also have holidays around the same time, as well as an inclusion of other non-religious holiday celebrations that happen in December. It's a catch-all. "Christmas" is included in the "Holidays" part of "Happy Holidays".

If they really want to be able to say "Merry Christmas" wherever they want, whenever they want—if they want to see signs up everywhere proclaiming "Merry Christmas", or advertisements and commercials accosting us about "Christmas sales"—Christmas would need to completely lose any religious ties that it has. It would have to become a completely secular holiday. If Christmas was solely about Santa Clause and capitalism and gingerbread cookies, with no religious ties whatsoever, then there could be no argument from non-Christians who object to the display of religious imagery associated with Christmas. There could be no one complaining that there religion isn't also being represented. There could be no complaints from any of the non-religious who might object to a display, acknowledgment, or condoning of religion.

So that solves it. All they have to do to end the "war on Christmas" is take the "Christ" out of "Christmas". Oh wait—
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    Nalgae Complex by Mr.mimi
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UGH My day...

Today was such a crappy day. Spilled a full glass of ginger ale on the carpet this morning before I'd even started breakfast. That set the tone for my downward spiral into a gloomy mood. Next I discovered a hole in the underarm of the shirt I was going to wear to work (wore it anyway, screw it). Was nearly late, and then immediately bombarded with calls and visitors. To top it off I've felt ridiculously tired and annoyed at everything.

I'M SO HAPPY TO BE HOME!!!

I hope tomorrow is better.
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Thanks Mom

This morning my mom got me a carved wooden box at a flea market. I've seen loads of boxes like this before, except this one has 2 stickers on the bottom. One says "Bear Rosenthal" and the other says "Good Shepherd Pet Services". Now my first thought was, "Maybe Bear Rosenthal is the person who carved it? But then what's Good Shepherd Pet Services?". My mind quickly made the leap to "OH MY GOD! Is this something you put pet remains in?! And 'Bear' Rosenthal was the pet?!?!" ......I did a Google search and sure enough...

http://www.goodshepherdpet.com/details.php?id=6
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    crickets
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Ahoy maties!

Here be a wee chantey fer ye t'enjoy. Happy International Speak Like a Pirate Day! ...Arrrgh. XD ♥ (it's the only pirate themed song I know lol).


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    Gay Pirates by Cosmo Jarvis
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What the what?! (blindsided by...racism?)

My dad collects antique/vintage bottles. Today we were at a flea market and this elderly man who was selling stuff pointed to another vendor a few isles over (who we've bought stuff from before; he's from like, Massachusetts, or Connecticut, or somewhere in that area) and told my dad that the guy had a large bottle with an unusual shape. When we eventually got over to the guy he had all his items covered with a large blue tarp (it had sprinkled a little tiny bit earlier, but wasn't at the time). My dad explained what the old man had told him and the guy basically said he didn't know if he had a bottle or not, and wasn't sure what all was under his tarp (What? How can he not know what he's selling??). My dad jokingly asked "Someone else unpacks it and you just sell it, huh?". The guy just kinda shrugged it off with a "Yeah". My dad turned around to me and said "Looks like we were steered in the wrong direction". We had half turned around to walk away when the guy said "Well, it coulda been worse. I coulda been an African-American and you'd have to talk to me". ...You know sometimes when you hear something that just catches you so off guard it takes a while for you to really register what was said? Yeah, that's what happened. We took a few steps away before what he said actually hit me. I turned to my dad and was like "What did he mean by that??" and repeated what he'd said. I think it didn't register for my dad until I repeated it to him. We both shared this confused look; we were puzzled. Too much time had gone by to turn back around and ask what he'd meant by it, so I'm left to assume that either he's racist or, for whatever reason, he assumed my dad was racist and would somehow agree with and/or approve of what he said. Either way... WTF?!?!
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    television and rain
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Today was...unusual.

Long time no update! This is just a quick, brief little something...

Today was...unusual. When I was leaving for my lunch break 2 guys came into the lobby dressed in white button up shirts with ties, black pants, and carrying backpacks. They were either Mormon or Jehovah's Witness missionaries, neither of which I've ever seen in real life.

There were also rumors flying around that the head of my department quit (she wasn't there today), which was just shocking. I know not everyone had nice things to say about her but she has always been nice to me and I enjoy working with her :(.


Now 3 days off!~
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    TV and someone mowing outside
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Monoral?!?... No, just Foo Fighters

I've been hearing the Foo Fighters song "Walk" a lot lately on my way to work in the mornings and every single time my immediate thought is "Is that...Monoral?!?!" lol. Then I remember, no, it's Foo Fighters. But there is just something about that song—the music? the singing style?—that reminds me sooooo much of the band Monoral.

Speaking of Monoral, I wonder what they've been up to lately? I mean, the last album they released was in, what...2008?? *checks* Yep, 2008. I know they went touring after the album was released, but what since then?? Hmmmm...
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    I am I am by Monoral