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A little over five years ago, I posted a note where I admitted that I had done someone very wrong. I had hoped at the time that I would be able to at least explain what I had done and maybe make amends. In no way did I expect forgiveness, I just wanted that person to listen and try to understand what had happened from my perspective.

Five years later, things still aren’t where I’d like them to be, but at least I had the opportunity to contact the person in question. There was a very illuminating conversation – that sometimes you “need some sort of closure”, but “people rarely get that in life. We do things, we make mistakes or we do them right or we just do them and never know whether it’s good or bad. That’s life. You’re just supposed to take the times when you realize your mistakes and try not to do it again.”

While I feel that I received whatever closure to that chapter of my life that God was allowing me to receive, I also feel that there’s a friendship still buried there that could be revisited. I hate to think that whatever I am, I’m not “cho very yokunai” (loosely translated – “really not very nice”). There’s a lot of mileage in the last decade or so, and I’d be interested in sharing. Besides, I still want to hear about the four years spent in Japan, a place I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit.

So, if you’re out there, I’m talking to you. Even if you finally ended up considering the incident as yurukunai, I ask you this – what do you have to lose by reopening dialogue?

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Out here in my part of the Valley of the Sun, someone could EASILY make a mint if they would only:
a) open a Filibertos franchise -OR-
b) open a fish-n-chips franchise.

The closest Filibertos to Queen Creek is 8 miles north of the town limits. The closest fish-n-chips to Queen Creek is 8 miles SOUTH of the town limits. (Yes, I’m referring to the Pirates Fish-n-Chips in Johnson Ranch, and no Johnson Ranch is not a part of Queen Creek town limits despite the QC zip code. For all three of you that read this and live there: deal with it.)

I find this ironic because the only other places that serve fish-n-chips is Long John Silvers/Taco Bell, which no one goes to specifically for Long John Silvers food, unless it’s Lent and then it’s because the other option – the local Catholic church – doesn’t have a drive-thru for their fish fry.

Also ironic are the four Mexican restaurants (Taco Bell does NOT count) in the town limits, 3 of which are located within the same one mile radius of each other, and NONE of which are open 7 days a week, and none of them are “inexpensive”. If I want Super Nachos, for example, on a Sunday evening for dinner, I have to drive to Filibertos in Mesa.

Either way, that’s not cool, and I really hope someone figures it out soon so I can save my gas and my time.

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A tamale, some rice, and orange juice actually makes a pretty good breakfast.

Of course, natives to the southwest are saying “well, duh!” but the thing is that, even though I’ve been eating tamales since I was at least 2 or 3, I’ve never had them for breakfast. Usually they end up as lunch or dinner. But since I wasn’t in the mood for cereal or oatmeal this morning, I decided to try it. After all, I used to eat pizza for breakfast (back in college).

So, yeah, a red beef tamale, some rice, and a glass of orange juice. I’ll have to keep that one in mind.

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I’ve been really busy lately, enough to warrant a couple of days away from the blog. Ah, but being the gentle soul that I am, I remembered to keep handy all the topics I wanted to talk about in my little notebook… which I seem to have left elsewhere.

Well, let’s just take a shotgun approach and see where that gets us.

The Phoenix Suns: Coach D’Antoni is on his way out – it was a given considering that D’Antoni refuses to teach/preach defense and for the past three years his teams won because they simply spread the floor and out-shot the opponent. However, with the dynamics of the Western Conference changing this year, the loss of big-man coach Marc Iavaroni to the Grizzlies, and the fact that the Suns really couldn’t spread the floor like in years past (Raja Bell being the only real three-point threat), the Suns could’ve used a more defensive presence. They also could’ve taken the time to develop their young draft picks and players more, and gosh darn it maybe played their bench more. All of this becomes the downfall of D’Antoni. He’s looking at “opportunities” in Chicago and New York (neither of which is very palatable – the Knicks have virtually no roster outside of Nate Robinson, and Chicago is a mess no matter what happens), but he could literally end up back at the helm of the Suns as a lame-duck coach because there’s no way that Robert Sarver eats $9m for two years for a guy to do nothing.

The Arizona Diamondbacks: Ouch, Max Scherzer gets hit hard in his first majors’ start. In his defense though, he only gave up two earned runs in four innings, and three Phillies runs in the 2nd inning were the direct result of an error by shortstop Stephen Drew. HOWEVER, Edgar Gonzalez yet again allows another four earned runs in three innings, meaning that the last two games pitched by this clod have allowed D-backs opponents to score _10_ runs in a total of 5 and 2/3 innings!!! The D-backs need to designate him for assignment and recall Yusmeiro Petit already.

Guitar Hero III: I completed this game this past weekend. I especially liked the end boss duel, which was an updated rendition of the Charlie Daniels’ Band’s The Devil Went Down to Georgia. One of the songs in there was Eric Johnson’s Cliffs of Dover, which I absolutely love. I re-played that song at least 10 times. Of course, then I went on a hugely insane tangent and looked up Eric Johnson on Wikipedia, which led me to Joe Satriani (another fav of mine), which led me to go find the latest Satriani album. Nice… one thing though, the Wikipedia trivia section neglects to mention that Satriani’s song Always With Me, Always With You was a staple on the series Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (which is what drew me to Satriani in the first place, hearing that song on PLCL). So now, I have begun The Quest for the Parker Lewis Can’t Lose DVDs. :)

Anime: Finished True Tears (4 stars), Candy Boy (3 stars), and classic FLCL (4.5 stars). I watched also a couple of episodes of Elfen Lied (2 stars – couldn’t really finish it, couldn’t really stand it, follow it, want to watch it, etc. Not recommended). I have started series Amatsuki, Mnemosyne, and am about halfway through classic series Nadia Secret of Blue Water.

Manga: I picked up Akira vol. 2 this weekend as well. Yes, it’s classic, but it’s goooooooood. :) Plus there’s talk of turning it into TWO live action movies (to be released in 2010 and 2011). On the same topic, the Robotech franchise will also see itself in a live-action movie in 2009 or 2010. All this talk leads me to…

Movies: Iron Man debuted this weekend – I wanna see!! And the announcement that The Hobbit will be released in 2009 and another ORIGINAL story to bridge the gap between the events in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is slated for 2010. And I’m probably going to have to see Kung-Fu Panda and Wall-E as well. :)

Tech: Ok, so I’ve got an old Compaq Presario with an 800 MHz Athlon CPU (Slot A – yes, that IS how old it is… go check Wikipedia for “AMD Slot A” and you’ll see), and it WAS running Windows 2000 (ooooh, another moldy oldie), but I’ve decided that this tower PC will get an upgrade. No, not to Windows XP, nor will Vista ever touch it. Rather, I’m going to just drop Fedora 9 on it. Wait, hear me out – I wanted to put Fedora 6 on it because I had nothing but praise for that version, and Fedora 8 was such a piece of crap that I wiped it from my server and reinstalled CentOS instead. But Fedora 9 includes the latest KDE desktop (KDE 4! drool…) and most of the latest packages out there that I really needed a place to play. ADD that this tower PC is destined for my son’s use, and I needed something that wouldn’t be such a pain in the ass to boot and run things like a word processor. Now, granted, I also wanted to move to Slackware 12.1, but in the end, Slack 12.1 is running KDE 3.5.9 and doesn’t include OpenOffice 2.0 (rather, it includes KOffice, which is servicable, but I’d rather go with OpenOffice), so that’s the deal-breaker. I’ll probably reinstall my second server with Slack 12.1 though because it’s a headless server and not a desktop PC.

Politics: Oh, geez, would someone win the Democratic nomination already so we can have an actual presidential race? Otherwise it’s going to be John McCain vs. a very broken and fractured Democratic Party nominee. And unfortunately, I really hate to admit this, but Barack Obama might end up winning the Dem ticket, which means that McCain will probably end up as President. Now, the LAST time this happened in the Democratic Party, the winner was some Republican ACTOR named Reagan. And even though I’m a registered Dem, I would vote for McCain over Obama. However, if Clinton won, I would vote Clinton over McCain. Obama just doesn’t have ANY experience, period. No way, no how. He’s just a bunch of rhetoric set to a popular background theme. McCain – well, he’s a good Commander-in-Chief, but I question how well he’d do on domestic issues. Clinton – the exact opposite of McCain, excellent on domestic policies, I worry about overseas. But then again, the crisis RIGHT NOW is here on our own soil, not across the water, so … my vote would go to her, if it got that far. And, it still might, if the Florida and Michigan votes are counted – for once, let’s hear it for the LAWYERS!!!

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