stormiestl: (Pict of Me)
2012-11-29 10:16 pm

Thankfulness

On Facebook, I did the 30 days of Thankful. I post them all here for anyone to read. Some were very painful to write and others I wrote eagerly and full of love. Perhaps you will learn more about me or something you did not know.

1. I am thankful for my sons. Both of them have tremendous hears and a huge capacity for love. They have strong beliefs and will stand up against tyranny every chance they get. They have grown up to be men who I am very proud of.

2. I am thankful for my 5 grandchildren for making me cry, laugh, smile and frown! Know that I love you all unconditionally! Never let anyone tell you differently. Your grandma bursts with smiles and pride when she talks about all of you!

3. I am Thankful for the Mothers of my grandchildren. Without you, they would not be here. While you may not be married to my sons any longer, know that we have a bond that cannot be broken because of your children. You hold a special place in my heart because you are their mother.

4. I am thankful for Gib and Jean for being my birth parents. I had a very rocky start in your care. Being born 2 months premature in 1957 had its own problems. It proved that I am strong and a survivor. Know that I forgave you long ago even though the abuse is not forgotten.

5. I am thankful for my Dad, William Ernest Leech! Your work ethics, unconditional love for a child that was not yours and your generosity to others were my life lessons from you.

6. I am thankful for my Uncle Lee. You were not tall in stature but there is no man that could ever be as tall as you in my book. You always made time for me! (even when you were in the middle of an important meeting at work.) You always showed me that life was worth living. You never knew this but you saved my life on more than one occasion. On a couple of those visits, I was coming to say goodbye and to see you one last time.

7. I am thankful for my Aunt Loretta. You tried to teach me how to take care of a house. I still think Saturdays are for cleaning the house and I feel guilty when I don't do it. I am waiting for you to crack the whip! You made me iron sheets and do dishes by hand. This taught me patience and gave me time to think. You taught me life lessons that I would not have ever had otherwise.

8. I am thankful for my best friend and chosen sister Diane and her family. You gave me a stable environment to learn about family values, how to deal with adversity between brothers and sisters, unconditional love and what it means to have a two parent family with parents that loved each other.

9. I am thankful for Annette because you were the surrogate mom when I had none and negotiator with Dad. I enjoyed our time together and I miss you lots. I still want to pick up the phone and call you!

10. I am thankful for my grandmother Grace. You taught me that no matter how old your children are, you are the Mom! You taught me that children respect their elders no matter the age. You taught me unconditional love when you defended your feelings for me to others in the family. You made me feel special and loved. You were my protector and you made no bones about being the Mama bear protecting her cubs no matter who hurt us. You also taught me that in the face of Cancer, you had courage, determination and you could still smile and have time up until the end for all of us. I thought many times about you during my own battle with Cancer. You are my shining star! You died 48 years ago today and I still miss you.

11. I am thankful for living to be 55. From the time I was born, many things have occurred in my life. I could have ended my existence and tried on many occasions prior to the age of 17. Something or someone always stopped me. Looking back, I would have missed out on a lot of my life now. The Ford family would have died out as no one else had boys to carry on the name. There is a grandson to carry it on now too. Hopefully he will not be the end. I would not have met many of the wonderful people that I have in my life. I have lived all over this country being a military wife. Looking back my life was not that bad. I have much to be thankful for. I am strong and I am a survivor of many things. I am a survivor of rape and incest. I am a survivor of Cancer. I am a mother. I am a grandmother. I own a gun. I am not afraid to use it. Mess with me and mine - this includes family and chosen family - you got some answering to do!

12. I am thankful for my bother Michael. Your life was short but full. You are the one who understood me more than anyone else and what I was going through. You showed me that through adversity were become stronger. You showed me that I was really ok.

13. I am thankful for Alice & Bob (Still miss you Bobby). I would never have made it through the first deployment without you Alice. Your family became my family during those years. You helped raise my boys when Ed and Bob were gone. You introduced me to Birds and hyper dogs! You are part of my Chosen family.

14. I am thankful for my Chosen Family. Chrissy, Kevin, Denise and Alan and their entire families. I have to giggle every time I think about when we met. Affinity! Such a strange world that was! We became fast friends. You were there for me when I got both of my divorces. You listened and did not take sides. You empathized with me and let me rant and rave. Thank you for being there for me. Thank you for reminding me that chosen family is extremely important. Thank you for introducing me to Blue Hair! We have had many ups and downs in our lives and we all have been there for each other. I am happy to say that I have two brothers and two sisters right here in St. Louis! I have Nieces that knew if I was called, they were in trouble! I am so proud of both of you Cara and Kelly! You both found men who love you and I could not ask for anything better for you. Harmony is the added bonus to the family! She is adorable and I love her a lot! I have Nephews that are growing up to be fine young men. Joseph and I discovered that our world got very small when we ended up at a convention together. Collin and Zach - I cannot wait to see what you two do with your lives! I love all of you!

15. I am thankful for my cousins, Lee Ann, Mary Lou, Cheryl. I know early on in our lives we did not always get along because I was adopted and obnoxious at the same time. I am extremely thankful that we are friends now and want you all to know that I have always loved you and have always considered you my family.

16. I am thankful for my best friend Britt. He has been there when others couldn't and made me do serious reality checks on things that were happening around me. You have shown me the world of Gaelic sports, Independent Films, Detective shows, the Rosicrucian Order, and White Wolf. I may never forgive you for that last one!

17. I am thankful for Ed. I have known you since I was 12. We got married after I turned 21. Your family became mine. Regardless of your dad and my arguments I loved him. I love your mom still. You are the father of my boys and for that I will forever be thankful! Our marriage was not perfect but we grew apart during our military time. Other things happened beyond our control that ended our marriage. We share a new bond now with the grandchildren. I am so very happy that you found a wife that compliments your beliefs and that accepts my sons and the grandchildren as hers.

18. I am thankful for Don because you taught me that things are not always as they seem. 17 years is a long time to be with someone. I learned that my love is blind. I learned heartbreak and anguish. I also learned that I am stronger than I thought. It just took time to heal. I am glad we remained civil through it all. It could have been far different otherwise. Thank you for keeping an eye on my mother and getting her groceries. She needs that attention that I cannot give her.

19. I am thankful for my boss. He practices what he preaches and fights for all of us. He brought the afternoon shift officers Thanksgiving dinner last year and drove 2 hours each way to do it. He is a keeper in my book. I would work for him anywhere and anytime.

20.I am thankful for my coworkers for working as a team and making my job easier. (Most of the time) ;) You are all very dear to me and I worry about all of you when things are not going right in your life. Sandy hit home for one of you and I worried along with you about your family. That is how I am. I consider you all friends and I hope that we can all stay that way.

21. I am thankful for my sisters and my half-brothers (all 9 of you). All of you have taught me that blood is not thicker than water. You have shown me that you are all self centered, egotistical and not worth my time. We may have the same last name after all this time again, but I took it back to honor my heritage. None of you are worthy of that name. The Crawford Clan motto is "Tutum te robore reddam" which means "I will give you safety by strength". With 10 of us we had the strength of family but you chose to not have a full family. You chose to create the rift between all of us. The reason you claim is we do not have the same mother. Some are Dorothy's and Some are Jeans's. Not any of our faults. That would be Gibby's fault. So our family is now fractured by your actions and none of us are true family.

22. I am thankful for my Spiritual Beliefs because without them I would be lost. They have helped me through everything that has happened in my life.

23. I am thankful for my Mom. You took me from my real parents who abused me (your bother and sister-in-law) and raised me until you could not handle your reality any more. I learned that shock treatments make you forget the abuse you did. (I know it ran in the family). I also learned that depression, abuse and fear are horrible to children who do not understand. I learned that you are a bitter old woman who really is out of touch with reality and have been all your life. I have no real feelings left for you because you have destroyed every effort that I have made to be your daughter. Aside from that, I am thankful that you married William Leech. While I hated the last name, I loved him. He was both mother and father to me in a time when a non-blood relative did not get custody in a divorce. I am thankful for the lesson you and he taught me about divorce and that it can be amiable. I used that twice in my life time. I am thankful you love your grandchildren and spent countless hours and days playing house with them when they were small. They love you. They have no memory of what you did before they were born. I wish I could do that.

24. I am thankful for living in the United States and not some other country. I am thankful for the freedoms that I have and for those that died for my freedom. I am thankful for the Consitution of the United States that our country adopted in its infancy. I am an American and proud of it. I am We the People!

25. I am thankful for cancer research and the amzing breakthroughs that are happeming! With out the research I would not be here! Thank you to my wonderful doctor who is also my friend! I am thankful for allergy shots because otherwise I would not enjoy all the food that I do! Being born alergic to everything but goats milk is not fun. I will say that I do not like normal milk. It has to have a slight sweet taste for me to like it.

26. I am thankful for books! I am an avid reader and enjoy all types of books. I read every day and the authors that I enjoy make me live in another life for a time. I enjoy all kinds of books from romance, to mysteries to horror to pretty much anything out there. If an author cannot hook me in the first chapter, the book is not worth reading. I loved books so much that I worked at Border's as an assistant manager just so I could get a discount! I so miss that store!

27. I am thankful for Bobby Sherman, Davy Jones, David Cassidy, Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson. Your posters hung on my walls and your music played on my radio as a teen. I am thankful for the music of the 50s and 60s that my dad introduced me to. Johnny Cash, the Carter Family, Chubby Checker. There is movie of me doing the twist. I think I was 4. I loved to dance then and I still love to dance now. I am a rocker and I love music.

28. I am thankful for Science Fiction! I learned tolerance for others who are different from Star Trek. I learned that there is always good in people from Star Wars. (It might be hard to find). I learned that being a Browncoat was better from Firefly! I had new heroes! Captain Kirk, Luke Skywalker and Captain Malcolm Reynolds. I am thankful for all the actors and actresses who have made me laugh, cry, get mad and everything in between! You deserve a forever standing ovation for your creativity and you wonderful ability to create a world in which I can get lost for a time! I also can revisit that world now with the invention of the VCR, DVD and Blue Ray players.

29. I am thankful for inventors. Without them, I would not have radio, television, internet, telephones, microwaves, gas or electric stoves,ships, subs, cars, trains, planes, etc etc. The list is endless. They have made our lives easier! They have provided us with countless hours of entertainment.

30. I am thankful for Facebook Live Journal for keeping my family and friends in touch all over the world!
stormiestl: (Default)
2012-01-08 01:07 pm

Camarilla

Here are my thoughts regarding being back in the Cam.

I was hesitant to rejoin because of a lot of garbage that was going on throughout the entire Cam (along with my personal life) and decided that those who were my friends would still be my friends if I left. I did indeed find out who my friends were and who wasn't. It was an amazing experience to realize that I could have a life outside the Cam. It also amazed me at how many people left the Cam around the same time I did.

What I am seeing now is a lot of really OLD players coming back to the Cam including myself. The welcome I received at my first Cam/Anarch game was awesome! I was only going to play that venue. Then a sill person who shall remain nameless decided that I needed to play Requiem again. Trepidation and angst were part of my feelings. That was the venue where all the crap had happened. Not sure I wanted to head back into that realm again. But, I got dragged back into it kicking and screaming! (Ok not so much screaming but you get the idea). What I found when I got there was an amazing new group of people along with some of the old. I can honestly say that I am having a whole lot of fun!

Now I am taking control of what I want to do in the Cam. I am going to play Sabbat and Forsaken when our venue gets back up and running.

So here I sit contemplating a new character for Sabbat. Already have plans on characters when we do the hard reset next year.

So Thanks to two of my friends who dragged me back kicking and screaming - Thank you!
stormiestl: (Sanity)
2012-01-05 01:12 pm

Here it is 2012

I do not keep up regularly here but I think it is about time that I do. Since my last post, I am indeed divorced. Being single is ok I guess. Loved it when I was younger but now, it is just lonely. I miss human touch and hugs and the simple things that go on in a relationship. I do not miss the anger that was related to my marriage though. It is difficult when you find out your partner was cheating on you for 5 years and then find out it was the entire marriage.
I just do not want to become bitter like my mother did. She is a bitter old woman and I never want to be that.

I have a new granddaughter and she is adorable and I do not get to see enough of any of my grand kids because of distance mostly and the price of gasoline today.

I did in fact rejoin the Camarilla. So far it has been fun. Thanks to Don Slinkard for badgering me!!

I am working at a job that I like but does not pay enough to survive. So now I have to look for another job part time (too old for that crap of working 16 hour days) or get a room mate. Had one of those at my last house. That did not work out too well because of his obligations to his child support. I get that but, regardless you still have to pay the bills or you have no place to live. I just wish I could afford to live with the amount of money I get. $9.00 an hour for 40 hours only gives you $360 BEFORE taxes are taken out. Everyone has to have their piece of the pie. City, state and feds. I could get health insurance but if I do that, I give up eating or heat or electric. So no health care for me because I can't afford that bill either. If I had a crap load of kids I could get food stamps and medicaid. I obviously am not able to do that at all.

So will the world end this year? I have no clue! But I can tell you the world is changing rapidly. Unrest is all over the globe. Occupy (name the city or place) and you will find people angry with the bailouts and joblessness and foreclosures and the economy sucks all over. I do not personally see a way out of it. I am thankful I have a job with the meager paycheck.
stormiestl: (Default)
2009-11-25 07:52 pm

Things going on

Separated and getting a divorce. My oldest (David) is in Afghanistan. Got a promotion at work and I finally LOVE my job. I like going to work! I also have gotten back in touch with lots of friends I have missed for the last 5 years. Hugs to all of you!

Left the Camarilla and now may rejoin since we can do Old World of Darkness. But then again, a lot will be determined when I visit my local game and see how people act. Those that claim to be friends OBVIOUSLY were not.. So we shall see.

That is about it...




stormiestl: (Default)
2009-03-08 07:41 pm

It has been a long time

 It has been a very long time since I posted here. Not sure why really. My life has been a roller coaster ride to say the least. Working long hours and trying to spend time with family and friends is difficult. I seems to only have time for a quick Facebook or Myspace one line update on what I am doing. 

Since my last post, my oldest son David joined the Marines. That was a life changing experience for me. None of my kids or grandkids have ever been very far away from me.  He is currently stationed at 29 Palms California.  Never really felt the empty nest syndrome till he left. He is not always accessible now and it bothers me more than I ever thought possible.  His daughter and wife moved to Rolla to be near her family until we find out what is happening with David's deployment. So I do not get to see them very much either.

My other son, John and his family have moved in with us. It has been good for the most part. We have had a few moments but all in all it has been good. I have been able to spend quality time with his 3 kids. 

Things with Don have not really changed with the exception that he has proven in many ways that he loves me and that for now, will have to do. My expectations of our relationship have changed and maybe that is why it is working so far. We are human and it takes concessions on all parts to coexist peacefully with each other.

Life has been stressful to say the least between the work (political) garbage, friends and family losing jobs, and the economic situation this country and world are in. Unfortunately, I feel like I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. I have my associate's in Criminal Justice but now have a student loan and no job options. I still wok in Security, hence the long hours. but I wanted a more 9-5 job on the corporate end of things. Someday, maybe.   It is scary to try to change jobs now. I am thankful that I am working. I just hate the fact that I feel like I have no choice anymore. 




stormiestl: (Default)
2007-07-08 09:49 am

Confessions of an almost 50 year old woman

Why now? Why the story now? Because it is past time for it to be told. I think living almost half a century gives me the right to say what I want. For those of you that truly know me, none of this will be a surprise. For those of you that do not truly know me, open your eyes and ears. I am not a bad person. Contrary to what you may have heard or even believe. Am I a bitch? You betcha. But I am a mother, grandmother and wife. I live, love, laugh, cry and have a full range of emotions that encompass all of us. Do I follow the law of the land! You betcha. Does it irritate me more than anything that some people and some organizations think they are above the law. You betcha.

Things that most people do not know about me:

My biological mother broke my left arm by twisting it.
My biological mother burned me with cigarettes.
My biological mother tried to drown me.
I am adopted.
Since the adoption, I was raped by my grandfather at age 5, I was molested by an uncle at age 12-14, I was raped by a boyfriend at age 18, raped at knife point by an unknown perpetrator at age 35.

My adoptive parents were family. I always saw my brothers and sisters and my biological parents.

A bit about the Adoptive family:

Mom - was off her rocker most of the time and just as abusive as my biological mother. She went into the hospital several times and had shock treatments when I was younger. By the time she came out of the hospital for the last time, she had no idea that she did anything wrong to me. To this day, she has no memory of that and has replaced the memories with others.

Dad - never really paid attention to me much. When he did, he put me down to my face but to others he praised me. No one ever knew what I was going through at home. Talk about building self esteem. Oh wait, that was tearing it down. How was I supposed to know? It was all I knew.

Thankfully they divorced. I lived with mom for awhile but that ended badly. I finally went to live with my dad. It was better but we put each other through hell. Teenagers should be locked away until they are 30. I say that from experience of my own children.

My goals in life by the time I graduated high school, were to become a Neonatologist. I had a fully paid scholarship that was for eight full years of school. The hitch was, my father did not think that anyone had a right to know what money he made for a living. He refused to fill out the forms for the required financial aid paperwork. It was a huge setback for me; and one that I feel I never overcame.

I end up going to the local community college and received a Certificate of Health Care Assistant. By the time I was twenty-one, my goals changed drastically. I got married. I had a child within the first year and the second child two years later.

Kids really should come with a manual. I loved both of my children while they were growing up. I went through a lot of emotional times with them and with myself. I love my children, but I am glad they are grown and with families of their own. Grandkids are much better. You can love them and send them home. ;)

I got a divorce in 1993 because my husband was doing the same thing to me that my own father did. I did not break the mold. I was still living in the down trodden self esteem hell. After 16 years, I finally decided that I needed someone in my life that could help me get on the road to living.

I got remarried to a man who I thought was my better half and the part of me that was always missing. My kids are "his" and my grandchildren are "his" too. Never tell him anything different. He would die to protect them and me. We have had some rough times and our goals are no longer the same. Whatever the future brings, I believe that we will figure out a way to make it work or at least remain friends.

You should all guess the odd jobs I have had over the years. I do not even think you would come close. Those included building desktop computers and working as a civilian for the Royal Australian Air Force in St. Louis. I have been in management and supervision of various retail establishments, offices, as well as in my current field of security. For five years I owned and operated my own company that installed and maintained Novell Networks systems. In 1995 I was fortunate enough to be hired into a law firm. They trained me to be a paralegal. While I enjoyed that work tremendously, many factors required me to change fields. Those included my health, the birth of my grandson, and the death of my father and the movement of my mother to St. Louis. I belong to an organization called Focused Attention, that caters to Gen Con media guests. I have enjoyed it and it has allowed me to meet many famous people over the years and to make many new friends.

Hobbies? I enjoy reading, sewing, science fiction, fantasy, live action role-playing, and gaming in general. We own five computers including two laptops. When I have time, I am playing online games such as World of Warcraft (WoW), City of Heroes (CoH), City of Villains (CoV).

My favorite thing to do is spending time with my two sons and their families. I have 4 beautiful grandchildren; two boys and two girls. The boys are in T-Ball and will be doing soccer in the fall. Time is passing so fast.

This past December, I decided to go back to school. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. I enrolled at University of Phoenix . I am graduating next June with a Criminal Justice Associates Degree. I currently plan on getting a Bachelors Degree in Psychology as well as a Certificate for Marriage and Family Counseling. I would like to specialize in helping victims of Child Sexual Abuse.

Have a I learned a lot over the last half century? You bet I have!

I am a survivor!
I am strong!
I am invincible! (and yes! I am woman! Hear me ROAR!)
I learned to forgive!
I learned that I can start a new career at any age.
I learned that going back to school at my age is fun!
I have learned who my friends truly are.
I have learned who I can trust and not trust.
I have learned to not worry what others think of me because what they think does not matter.
I have learned that what I think, does matter.
I have learned that I am ok.
I have learned to laugh. (Especially when you are being tickled by a grandchild)
More importantly, I have learned to live.

On November 11th, I intend to wear red and purple. I have earned it! Life is definately going to be more fun after 50!
stormiestl: (Default)
2007-07-08 08:58 am

Which Classic Leading Lady am I??


Your Score: Katharine Hepburn


You scored 99% grit, 99% wit, 99% flair, and 99% class!




You are the fabulously quirky and independent woman of character. You go your own way, follow your own drummer, take your own lead. You stand head and shoulders next to your partner, but you are perfectly willing and able to stand alone. Others might be more classically beautiful or conventionally woman-like, but you possess a more fundamental common sense and off-kilter charm, making interesting men fall at your feet. You can pick them up or leave them there as you see fit. You share the screen with the likes of Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant, thinking men who like strong women.


Find out what kind of classic leading man you'd make by taking the
Classic Leading Man Test.




Link: The Classic Dames Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test
stormiestl: (Default)
2007-05-26 10:36 am

DnD Test Results.

ALWAYS TRUST THE FORMER DM!


Your Score: Chaotic-Neutral


56% Good, 64% Chaotic




Plane of Existence: Limbo, "Plane of Ever-Changing Chaos". Description: An alien, anarchistic and unpredictable plane. Notable Inhabitants: Githzerai - human-like monks; Slaad - frog-like creatures.




Examples of Chaotic-Neutrals (Ethically Chaotic, Morally Neutral)




Barret Wallace (FFVII)

Yuffie Kisaragi (FFVII)

Tyler Durden

Dr. Frankenstein

Doctor Moreau

Tarzan

Peeves the Poltergeist

Fred & George Weasly

"Wild animals"




The almost totally unpredictable non-conformist loner. Will stand by and watch the white knight battle the black knight without feeling compelled to take sides.




Will keep their word if in their best interest

May attack an unarmed foe

May use poison

May help those in need

Prefers to work alone

Responds poorly to higher authority

Distrustful of organizations

Self preservation is strong but will not go to the same extent as Neutral-Evils.

They can generally be swayed easily.



Chaotic Neutral "Pure Chaos"

"Free Spirit"




A chaotic neutral [person] follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn't strive to protect others' freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. A chaotic neutral [person] does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others), evil (and a desire to make others suffer), or be lawful neutral. A chaotic neutral [person] may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it.



Chaotic neutral is freedom from both society's restrictions and a do-gooder's zeal.



Other Alignments and Tendencies (Tendenices are what you would more often sway towards; esp. for Neutrals):

0-39% Good, 0-39% Chaotic: Lawful-Evil

0-39% Good, 40-60% Chaotic: Neutral-Evil

0-39% Good, 61-100% Chaotic: Chaotic-Evil

40-60% Good, 0-39% Chaotic: Lawful-Neutral

40-60% Good, 40-60% Chaotic: True Neutral

61-100% Good, 0-39% Chaotic: Lawful-Good

61-100% Good, 40-60% Chaotic: Neutral-Good

61-100% Good, 61-100% Chaotic: Chaotic-Good











































Link: The Alignment Test written by xan81 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
stormiestl: (ANGRY)
2007-05-26 09:40 am

I thought I had seen everything - Designer Vaginas and Virginity Restoration

I know I have not written here in a long time but I found something to rant about!

I still do not understand breast implants and why they even exist. Breast reduction I understand. There are health issues there. So this has me completely off guard. I never expected to see this subjected discussed.

http://www.channel4.com/health/microsites/0-9/4health/body/sur_designer.html Designer vaginas. Why in the world is it needed? Now I can understand if a woman has been raped or child birth has truly distorted the area so much and surgery is needed to repair the area. But come on already! They are getting it just for shits and giggles. If you cannot live with what you were born with and the cards dealt, then might I suggest kegel exercises? (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kegel_exercise ) It sure helped me and millions of women get the vagina back into shape after having kids! No offense but I have been told that I have a very tight one thank you very much!

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=070524230339.aha5xr5x&show_article=1 Some doctors are saying that this is not a good idea! Hmmm a slip of the knife and kiss your orgasms goodbye and Urinary tract infections. Those suck wind. They are painful and annoying! They can be the devil to get rid of too!

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=72552 NOW they want to have their virginity back! The Muslim women are going to France to have their virginity restored! Maybe we all should have that done too! Then we can all have our cherry popped again! I don't know about you but, that was painful experience for me. I do not want to repeat it! Now again, if you are raped, go for it, if that is what you want.

This country is so enthraled with the idea that a woman has to have the perfect body and the perfect clothes and shoes and life. Get a clue people! LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT! If a man does not want you for who you are tell him to shove off! He is not worth your time of day. If anyone tells you that you need surgery to look better.. ask them who they need to look better for! Get a backbone! This subject irritates me so much I cannot even see straight! Being anorexic looking is NOT healthy. Being extremely overweight has health issues too. But dammit, I am me and I will be damned if I will ever cowtow to a society that puts airheaded skinny plaistic women on a pedestal.
stormiestl: (Default)
2007-04-18 11:04 pm

American Idol

Finaly there is a God of some sort out there! Sanjaya is finally gone. So shove it Howard! America is smarter than you are!
stormiestl: (Sleeping Garfield)
2007-04-05 11:01 am
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Government Intelligence is still an Oxymoron. Baking Soda bill HB1189

This article is an absolute prime example of government thinking. I have seen some stupid things in my time but this so far takes the cake. Please write to the Missouri legislature and tell them to quit wasting our tax payers money on frivilous stupidity!

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/6373F4AA466B0DBF862572B400104D48?OpenDocument

Missouri bill calls for crackdown on sale of ... baking soda
By Derek Kravitz
POST-DISPATCH JEFFERSON CITY BUREAU
04/05/2007

JEFFERSON CITY — First, the state said you must make a special trip to the pharmacy counter to buy certain cold medicines. That was to curb production of methamphetamine.

Now, a St. Louis legislator wants you to do the same thing to buy an even more common household item — baking soda — because it's used to make crack cocaine.

Sales of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine, such as Sudafed, are strictly regulated in Missouri. Customers must show a photo ID when they buy the medicine. Pharmacists must log the names and addresses of buyers, including how much they buy. People under 18 may not buy the medicines.

The sponsor of the baking soda bill, Rep. Talibdin El-Amin, D-St. Louis, said the same approach was needed for baking soda because crack cocaine is often produced by dissolving powdered cocaine in a mixture of water and baking soda. "We have crack cocaine running rampant in our neighborhoods," he said. "Don't get me wrong, meth needs to be tackled. But anything that calls attention and brings the crack cocaine problem to the forefront is a positive step."

Don't expect a change any time soon, though. The bill, filed late last month, has yet to reach committee consideration and likely won't reach the House floor for debate this year.

Critics say such a law would be impossible to enforce because baking soda, which is used as a deodorant, as a cleaning agent and in antacid, among other things, is so common.

"To put it behind the counter and create a log that a zillion people would have to use, the law would be completely useless," said David Overfelt, president of the Missouri Retailers Association.

Baking soda could also be replaced in making crack cocaine with drain cleaner or ammonia, others say.

"With these drugs, there are so many different chemicals that can be used — batteries, coffee filters, anything," said Ron Leone, executive director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. "It's like MacGyver. Everything's possible."

Drug enforcement experts say the differences between regulating the sale of pseudoephedrine and the sale of baking soda are sizable.

"When you generate a list of people who use baking soda, it pretty much includes everyone. It's a common household item," said Tom Murphy, a special agent with the St. Louis division of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

But Murphy said cocaine, in all of its forms, should be seen as a real problem.

"Cocaine is still the primary drug of concern in St. Louis and East St. Louis, Ill.," he said. "It's second behind meth in the rural areas. It's still around."

The baking soda bill is HB1189.
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2007-04-01 08:03 am

Song of the South by Disney

I have just read and signed the online petition:

  "Release Walt Disney's Song of the South"

hosted on the web by PetitionOnline.com, the free online petition
service, at:

  http://www.PetitionOnline.com/sots1946/

I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might
agree, too.  If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider
signing yourself.
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2007-01-17 12:26 pm

Slavery In America

Here is an axcerpt of an article
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http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/01/16/politics/main2365138.shtml Slavery Remarks Spark Outrage

(AP) A Virginia state legislator is sparking outrage over remarks made arguing against a proposed apology by the state to the descendants of slaves.
Republican delegate Frank D. Hargrove, in comments published Tuesday in The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Va., said slavery ended nearly 140 years ago with the Civil War and added: "I personally think that our black citizens should get over it."
The newspaper also quoted the 79-year-old lawmaker as saying: "Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?"

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Frankly, I agree with the man. None of us living today had anything to do with slavery. Even if our anscestors did, WE did not. I agree. Get over it. But they all need to consider this: If you were not brought here to begin with, where would you be now? You would be sitting somewhere in Africa maybe in South Africa or drinking some monkey blood or hey you could be catching Ebola or Aids. Perhaps you would be tring to get to some other country so you would have the chance to be someone's servant or you could be living in a hut in the middle of nowhere without your chance for an education, without electricity, without the freedoms and the rights you have now. The US did not start slavery. The tribal chiefs and other countries started slavery long before we did. So now I suppose they will want a WORLD appology. GET OVER IT! We are all afforded the same education and the same opportunity to do with our lives what we want. I am tired of hearing the poor me attitude. We are all a part of this country, black, white, red, yellow and every other color under the rainbow. This country is a melting pot. There are many races and nationalities that make up this country and more want to live here and die trying to get here. This is the United States of America and you live here. Act like you belong to this country. Men died to make sure this stayed a free country. Men and Women are still dying for that freedom. A freedom that we all enjoy! I would not want to live in any other country in the world. I like what I have here. I may struggle with my bills and making sure there is food on the table. But damn it all, I am in a free country where I can and do say what I want about the government without fear of reprisals. When everyone can stand up and say "I am a citizen of the United States of America and I thank that I am living in a free country" and MEAN IT only then will we all be free. In the meantime, Get over it.
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2006-11-11 10:13 am

On this day that I was born the following things occurred

On This Day:
Saturday November 11, 2006

This is the 315th day of the year, with 50 days remaining in 2006.

Fact of the Day: Rome

Rome was the first city in the world to reach a population of more thanone million people in 133 BC. The city of Rome is built on, or around,a series of seven hills. As legend has it, the twins Romulus and Remusbegan building a city at the foot of the Palatine hill where theshe-wolf found them. Interestingly, the city of Jerusalem is also builton seven hills, and there is some scholastic disagreement about whetherthe reference in Revelation 17 is to one or the other.

Holidays

Feast day of St. Martin of Tours (Martinmas), St. Bartholomew ofGrottaferata, St. Mannas of Egypt, and St. Theodore the Studite.
Angola: Independence Day.
Australia, Canada, Bermuda, United Kingdom: Remembrance Day.
Belgium, France: Armistice Day.
United States: Veterans' Day, formerly Armistice Day.
Poland: Independence Day.
Sweden: Saint Martin's Day.
Switzerland: Martinmas Goose/Martinigians

Events

1620 - The Pilgrims on the Mayflower anchored in Provincetown Harbor of Massachusetts and drafted and signed the Mayflower Compact.The text of the Compact called for the establishment of a "Civil BodyPolitick" to enact "just and equal laws" for the governance of thefirst English colony in New England.
1889 - Washington became the 42nd state.
1918 - World War I (then called the Great War) came to an end with the signing of an Armistice between the Allies and Germany.In all, there were nine million soldiers dead, 21 million wounded, andseven million taken prisoner or missing in action. In addition, somesix million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.
1921 - President Warren Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Tomb of the Unknowns) at Arlington National Cemetery.
1921 - The British Legion held its first Poppy Day for wounded World War I veterans.
1939 - Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on the radio.
1940 - The Willys-Overland Company came out with a four-wheel drive vehicle for the U.S. Army, named "jeep" after GP, or "(general purpose."
1952 - The first video recorder was demonstrated in California, by its inventors John Mullin and Wayne Johnson.
1965 - Rhodesia declared its independence from Britain.
1966 - Gemini 12 launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida, with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin aboard.
1975 - Angola gained independence from Portugal.
1987 - An unidentified person bought Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Irises" from the estate of Joan Whitney Payson for $53.9 million at Sotheby's in New York.
1992 - The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.
1993 - A bronze sculpture was dedicated in Washington, D.C. to the 11,500 U.S. women who served in the Vietnam War.
2000 - A cable car full of skiers and snowboarders caught fire in an Alpine tunnel in Austria, killing 155 people.

Births

1729 - Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French navigator.
1744 - Abigail Smith Adams, First Lady of 2nd President of the United States of America, John Adams.
1821 - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian political revolutionary, author.
1885 - George Patton, World War I and World War II American Army General.
1922 - Kurt Vonnegut, American novelist.
1925 - Jonathan Winters, American comic actor.
1928 - Carlos Fuentes, Mexican writer.
1947 - Rodney Marsh, Australian cricketer, nicknamed Iron Gloves.
1974 - Leonardo DiCaprio, American actor.

Deaths

1831 - Nat Turner, black American leader of bloody slave revolt, hanged.
1880 - Ned Kelly, famous Australian outlaw.
1976 - Alexander Calder, also known as Sandy Calder, an American sculptor and artist.
2004 - Yasser Arafat, Palestinian president.
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2006-11-11 08:45 am

Thank you

Thank you to all the American Veterans that are out there. Thank youf or allowing me to live in the free country that I am in. Thank you for defending our right for that freedom.

Thanks to all our soldiers overseas. We will keep the homefires burning for you!
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2006-10-21 09:04 am

Independent Film!

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2006-10-14 11:36 am
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2006-10-13 11:38 am
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World of Warcraft

For those of you looking for me on the various servers I am on, I thought I would post where you might find me.......

Warsong - I have 2 characters there both HORDE Undead and troll
Skywall - I have one silly gnome
Malygos - 1 Tauren 1 human 2 Dark Elves
Doomhammer - All but one is ALLIANCE (not sure how that one happened)
Cenariuan Circle - Mostly HORDE 2 ALLIANCE
Blackhand - 2 ALLIANCE
Anvilmar - 1 ALLIANCE 1 HORDE

So there ya have it.. I just wish that you could chat with anyone like you can on CoV and CoH. They use your log in to chat.. Most frustrating when I can not remember names because I have not made you a friend.

If I had just stuck to one server and one character, I would be level 60 by now.. but hey it is all about the fun.
stormiestl: (Default)
2006-10-09 05:59 am

Today's fun

hmmmm Pirates and Irish.... http://www.snorgtees.com/kissmeimpirish-p-245.html

South Park Meets World of Warcraft http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsHQ4E_VhaU

Whose Line Is It Anyway Gag Real I Uncensored http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5MLei_npm0



FOR ALL YOU CAMMIES - EIDETIC MEMORY????? http://drawn.ca/2006/10/03/the-human-camera/