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Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
12:37 am
Otakon '08
I must say these were the longest five days of my life. I'm still not over the exhaustion. I think I did a pretty good job at my front desk station though. I handled their questions politely, even when they made me want to get violent. I also think I'll still be able to recite the Art Show General Info sheet when I'm old and senile.

"Registration opens at 10:00 am...no exceptions"

"We close at midnight." "We close at 10:00."

"Live Auction is Sunday at noon."

"Yes you need a credit card."

"No, you're looking for the Alley. We're Art Show."

"The penalty for stealing our pens is castration with a plastic teaspoon." Ok, so I made that one up. Seeing as we went through two boxes of pens though I think that one should be on there.

Why can't people read???

It was nice in general. They bent down to fill out the registration forms before me and I felt somewhat regal.

On another note, we had some really terrific artwork this year (including quality adult pieces). I was so impressed. I'm almost thinking about submitting something to the show next year. Yes! I actually have an incredible idea. I need to work on that for the next show.

Here's looking forward to next year. Despite the stupidity of a few, I actually liked working that station again this year.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
11:21 pm
she'll be coming 'round the mountain
Otakon approaches soon. I'm nervous and excited all at the same time.

Today I got in some writing. Not much, but I'll take any progress over looking at the screen with a dumbfounded blank expression.

I finished Katie's soaps and labelled them. I just need to remember to bring them to the convention.

Hopefully my henna package arrives before Thursday. I want to look purdy for the fanboys.

Need to shop for supplies.

Dogsitting sometime tomorrow. I wish the puppy would get bigger soon.

Back to my previously scheduled programming...
10:01 pm
10 Things You Wish You Could Say...
These are 10 things I wish I could say to different people. No names are provided. LJ friends and others.

1. I love you, but I wish you would stop making a mess of your life. There's so much potential for you, and so much you could accomplish if you would just apply yourself more. Yes, I know things have been bad in the past, but you need to stop worying about what you can't change and work on the things you can. And please start taking the advice of those wiser than you. The holes you've dug yourself in the past could have been avoided if you would have listened to those who love you and want what's best for you.

2. I've regarded you as a friend since before I can remember meeting you. You never fail to make me laugh. I wish your life could be a little better. You have a lot of creative potential and shouldn't be afraid to explore it. I hope your cynicism with the world doesn't interfere with your future happiness.

3. We've been friends for years but I've only just met you. You're so full of life, but I see in you the same problem I have about second-guessing ourselves. You're so very kind and generous to those around you. You'll make a terrific mother one day, I just know it. I'm honored to be among your friends.

4. You're quirky and have a bit of a dark side, but I love that about you. You're a very artistic person, and I hope big things come to you from that. I know your situation is a bit crazy, but I have faith that you'll pull through it all. There's a network of people who care for you very much. Things will be ok.

5. There's so much I feel like saying to you, but hold back for her sake. Nobody else can help you get over the issues you have, you have to do that on your own. You're a good friend, but you need to stop sabotaging yourself. She loves you, and you need to trust her or your insecurity will drive her and your other friends away. I love you and care about you. Please stop fretting over illusional wounds.

6. You're my best friend in the world, my soul mate in the truest sense of the phrase. I've seen you transform into something beautiful and wild, and I hope you're not afraid to embrace that. You're my sister spirit, and I care about you deeply. I can foresee you growing out of the shell you've constructed from your past and becoming a queen of your own destiny.

7. You're one of the most hilarious people I know. As someone older, let me give you some advice. The things you cling to as being so important now will not really matter much in the future. Friendship isn't about the number of people around you, but about which of those will stick with you through the tough times.

8. I miss you most of all, Scarecrow. We haven't talked in a long time, and the last time things had blown up all around. I miss the old days, when we had fun laughing and joking and things were more comfortable. Back before the drama kicked into gear. I hope maturity will teach you that you only need to be yourself. You have the potential for such brightness, don't abuse it.

9. You're maybe my strangest friend. We've talked for hours and days at a time, but there are times when I feel I don't know anything about you. You're always a surprise to me. I love you very much, and hope life takes you to wonderful places. I know you've had to deal with a lot from me, but still you're always there when I need you. I'm very grateful that we met.

10. I've only met you in person once, but you're one of my best friends. It's a shame we don't talk much anymore. I admire your free spirit, and your way of bringing me out of my defenses. I'm glad things are falling into place for you, but I never doubted that they would. I miss talking to you, and maybe someday we'll meet in person again. Good luck and take care.
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
3:10 am
late night yoinking...political style
Would you do meth if it was legalized?
No. I've got anough problems on my own without turning my body into a chemistry lab.

Abortion: for or against?
I'm for a woman's right to choose. That's not to say I think abortion should be taken lightly though.

Would our country fall with a woman president?
I don't think being a woman would matter as much as her stance on political issues. If George W. Bush were a woman I'd be no less angry.

Do you believe in the death penalty?
Generally I'd say no, then you get some psychopath who likes to rape children or eat babies. I think it depends on the case.

Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
I don't really care, but I wish people for it would stop the whole "it doesn't damage the brain" line. It's psychologically addictive and the high that's felt is a chemical reaction in the brain. I don't care what other people do with their free time, but it isn't my cup of herbal tea.

Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
No. We deserve to be treated like second class citizens by stupid seperate-but-equal laws. We deserve not to be able to see loved ones in the hospital or make medical decisions for our partner when they're unable to. We deserve not to be able to refuse to testify against our partners in a court of law. All this is friggen sarcasm by the way.

Do you think its wrong that so many Hispanics are moving to the US?
This is a loaded question. I'm bothered by illegal anyones moving in the country, but to target all Hispanics as being of questionable citizenship is disgusting. And I'm really friggen tired of the morons who lump Puerto Ricans into this. They're from a US territory and are citizens. I think most of the anti-illegal movement needs to stop being born of racist tendencies.

A 12 year old girl has a baby... should she keep it?
That's between her, the father, and their parents.

Should the alcohol age be lowered to 18?
Yes. If an 18 year old can vote and join the armed forces they should be old enough to drink.

Should the war in Iraq be called off?
It should never have been started. Iraq was an illusional enemy from the beginning.

Assisted suicide is illegal..do you agree?
Yes.

Do you believe in spanking your children?
Yes.

Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
Yes. The quasi-religious worship of symbols does not equal patriotism. I love my country, and a great part of that love is born from the freedom of expressing my displeasure with it.

A mother is declared innocent after murdering her 5 children in a temporary insanity case..what do you think?
I'd have to know more about the case to make a judgement on it.

Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
Nope. It's nothing I wouldn't say to someone's face.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
9:32 pm
yoinked from ruby-sama
Post your answers in a comment please:

1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
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2) What was your dream growing up?
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3) What talent do you wish you had?
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4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
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5) Favorite vegetable?
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6) What was the last book you read?
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7) What zodiac sign are you?
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8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
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9) Worst Habit?
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10) If you saw me walking down the street, would you offer me a ride?
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11) What is your favorite sport?
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12) Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?
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13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
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14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
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15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
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16) Do you have any pets?
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17) What if i showed up at your house unexpectedly?
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18) What was your first impression of me?
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19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
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20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
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21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
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22) What color eyes do you have?
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23) Ever been arrested?
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24) Bottle or can soda?
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25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
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27) What's your favorite place to hang at?
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28) Do you believe in ghosts?
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29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
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30) Do you swear a lot?
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31) Biggest pet peeve?
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32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
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33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
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35) Do you believe in God?
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36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
12:07 am
sad day
My grandfather's funeral went ok. It's weird how nearly every funeral I've been to people say the same things: "he looks good" or "the service was nice" or complimenting the flowers. I even found myself muttering a "thanks for coming" or "good to see you" everytime I got a handshake or hug from both family and strangers. There were just no other words.

It was nice seeing the extended family again. It's just sad that the only time the remnents of the Gilmore clan get together seems to be over someone's death. My grandmother took it pretty well today. She placed an anniversary picture and a love letter in his casket. Yesterday at the viewing she nearly collapsed with grief. They were married for 53 years. I can't imagine that kind of loss.

My grandfather was interred at Evergreen Memorial Gardens right beside his brother, and my grandmother's plot is next to his. It was really nice there, peaceful. The cherry blossoms there added a very nice touch to the ceremony. He met my grandmother while he was stationed over in Japan when he served in the army. We couldn't find his discharge papers in time to give him a military funeral, so we opted for a red white and blue flower scheme instead.

Even through all that, it's still a little hard to believe he's gone. I spent most of my free time with my grandparents when I was a kid. He used to drive me around to school, take me shopping, take me out to eat. I miss him a lot.
Thursday, April 17th, 2008
12:27 am
surreal
My grandfather passed away tonight at 9:45. We're all going to my grandmother's house tomorrow morning to make funeral arrangements and call the extended family. It hasn't hit me yet, but I think it will soon. It just doesn't feel real at all.
Saturday, April 12th, 2008
1:17 am
So much to do...
I looked over the survey results I posted, and one question seems to keep going over and over in my head. "Do you have any special talents or skills?" and my answer was "a great too many." I wasn't being boastful. It feels like sometimes I'm into too many things at once, and so many of my projects go unfinished because of it. Here I am 40 pages into a rewrite and other things keep popping into my head. I bought a wine-making starter kit a week ago, and next month I intend to homebrew some mead. I've also been wanting to get back into the mehndi, with the weather getting warmer and all. My sister is getting me back into the soapmaking and I've been doing that for the past three or four days now. My mind is nowhere near as focused on this rewrite as it should be.

I'd like to be able to have a finished manuscript in my hands. I'd like to be able to feel that all the creative energy and effort I put into this stuff was worth it. I'd like to have the satisfaction of saying "I wrote a novel", even if it stays unpublished forever, even if nobody reads it. This story has been driving me crazy for the past seven years. The first time was a mess, the second time drew from too many other things that had been influencing me, and now this time is going so very slow. Of what I have written of it, I can honestly say that I'm happy with it. The mythology is there, the characters are there, the story is there. I just want a steadier pace than seven pages one day and nothing for a month. It's just not coming out as easily as it did before.

It's getting late. I should probably head off to bed. Maybe my dreams will give me the motivation and inspiration I need.

Goodnight internet people.
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
10:21 pm
Survey Time
A-2-Z About Me Survey by bamachic49
{---Basics---}
Name: Richard
Nickname(s): Richie, Rich, Reverend
Age: 25
Birthday: June 8th 1982
Birthplace: Baltimore, MD
Current Location: Baltimore, MD
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Blue (brown by nature)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: no idea, I last weighed myself last year
Lefty or Righty: Lefty
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
What Do You Drive: Everyone crazy.
Screenname: DarknessLeopard
{---Favorites---}
Color: Purple
Number: 9
Band: The 69 Eyes
Music Genre: Rock
TV Show: America's Next Top Model
Movie: Shichinin no Samurai
Actor: Anthony Hopkins
Actress: Dame Judi Dench
Kind of Movie: Period Drama
Cartoon: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Sport: Baseball
Fast Food Restaurant: I don't really like any of them
Food: Sukiyaki
Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Cereal: Raisin Bran
Candy: Jelly Belly jellybeans
Drink: Tea
Alcoholic Beverage: Absinthe
Quote: "Fear cannot touch me, it can only taunt me..." Christopher Rice
{---Do You---}
Have any siblings: Yes. Two.
Have any pets: Yes. Three.
Have a job: Not currently.
Have a cellphone: No.
Have any special talents or skills: Oh yes. A great too many.
Have any fears: Yes, don't we all?
Have a bedtime: Nope.
Sing in the shower: Yes.
Want to go to college: Kinda.
Get along with your parents: Yes.
Have any piercings: Yes.
Have any tattoos: Not as of yet.
Swear: Always.
Smoke: Nope.
Drink: Sometimes.
Do Drugs: Nope.
{---Love & All That Crap---}
Ever been in love: Yes. Too often.
Ever cheated on a boyfriend/girlfriend: Nope.
Are you single: Yes.
Are you in a relationship: With my Goddess...otherwise no.
Do you have a crush on someone: Yes.
Ever been dumped: Yes.
Ever dumped someone: No.
{---This or That---}
Fruit or Vegetable: Fruit.
Black or White: Black.
Lights On or Lights Off: Lights off.
TV or Movie: Movie.
Car or Truck: Car.
Cash or Check: Cash.
Rock or Rap: Rock.
Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla.
French Toast or French Fries: French Toast.
Strawberries or Blueberries: Strawberries.
Cookies or Muffins: Cookies.
Winter Break or Spring Break: Winter Break.
Hugs or Kisses: Kisses.
{---Have You Ever---}
Danced in a public place: Yes, a lot.
Smiled for no reason: Yes, a lot.
Laughed so hard you cried: Yes.
Talked to someone you don't know: Yes.
Drank alcohol: Yes.
Done drugs: No.
Partied 'til the sun came up: Yes.
Gotten a ticket: No.
Been arrested: No.
Been convicted of a crime: No.
Been in a wreck: Yes.
Been out of the country: Yes, three times.
{---Random & Silly Junk---}
Are you a virgin: Yes.
Ever TP'd someone's house: No.
Ever egged someone's house: No.
How many languages do you speak: One fluently, and a little of three.
Who do you compare yourself to: Oscar Wilde, on a good day.
Ever regret anything: Yes.
Do you like being tickled: No, but I am very ticklish.
What are your goals: To be a sucessful writer and spiritual advisor.
Are your fingers tired: No, but my wrist is.
Are you tired of this survey: No.
Are you happy: For the most part, yes.
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Friday, February 15th, 2008
8:13 pm
Your move, holy man!
As of today, Feb 15th 2008, I have officially been ordained a Reverend of the Universal Life Church. Yay!

I'm going to be getting my official title later on. I'm thinking "Oracle" has a nice ring to it.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
12:40 am
politix
83% John Edwards
82% Hillary Clinton
82% Barack Obama
82% Bill Richardson
81% Chris Dodd
76% Joe Biden
76% Mike Gravel
69% Dennis Kucinich
43% Rudy Giuliani
40% Tom Tancredo
38% John McCain
32% Mitt Romney
32% Mike Huckabee
25% Ron Paul
23% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
Friday, December 7th, 2007
12:45 am
Friday, November 16th, 2007
12:58 am
yoinked from people
Someone gives you money and sends you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items. You can only pick one thing from the following departments...what is it?

1. Produce: Pineapple.
2. Bakery: Asiago bread.
3. Meat: Beef tenderloin.
4. Frozen: Ice cream.
5. Dry goods: Tea.

Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So, what's in your bag?

1. Jeans.
2. Shirt.
3. Jacket. (In case where we're going is cold)

If I was to listen in on one of your conversations throughout the day, what 5 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?

1. Thanks.
2. Wow.
3. I'm hungry.
4. I miss meat.
5. Fierce!

So, what 3 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn't get to do, you probably wouldn't be in the best mood?

1. Reading.
2. Eating.
3. Meditating.

You're driving down the road, and suddenly you're hit with this sense of road rage. What 3 factors probably contributed to it?

1. Not having a license.
2. People are crazy and/or stupid.
3. People are in such a hurry to get to where they're going that they're willing to risk their own lives and the lives of others with the insane way they drive.

Sweet, you just scored a whole afternoon to yourself. We're talking a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?

1. Reading a book.
2. Watching a movie.
3. Reading something online.
4. Tai chi.
5. Meditating.

We're going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it'll have to be a quick visit. What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?

1. Leopards.
2. Polar bears.
3. Tigers.

You just scored tickets to the taping of any show that comes on t.v. of your choice. You can pick between 4, so what are you deciding between?

1. Heroes.
2. C.S.I.
3. Ugly Betty.
4. Bones.


You're hungry for ice cream. I'll give you a triple dipper ice cream cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?

1. Pumpkin.
2. Strawberry cheesecake.
3. White chocolate.

Somebody stole your purse/wallet…in order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside to claim it. So, what's in there?

1. Money.
2. Debit card.
3. Business card from the "Mothers of Kamakura" restaurant in Japan.
4. Medical card from Johns Hopkins.
5. An expired fishing license.

You are at a job fair, and asked what areas you are interested in pursuing a career in. Let's pretend you have every talent and ability to be whatever you wanted, so what 4 careers would be fun for you?

1. Novelist.
2. Spiritual advisor.
3. Soapmaker.
4. Interior decorator.

If you could go back and talk to the old you, when you were in high school, and inform yourself of 4 things, what would you say?

1. Apply yourself more academically.
2. Don't care about what others think of you.
3. Catholicism is definitely not right for you.
4. Accept who you are.
Sunday, October 14th, 2007
12:06 am
long time
I know, it's been forever since I last updated. So much has been going on and, yet, not so much at the same time. Summer flew by faster than I hoped. Otakon was a wonderful experience, and I hope to be a part of it again in the future. It's now the middle of October, and the weather is just starting to reflect the season. (Note to self: I need clothes and shoes) My writing has atrophied a bit, and maybe it's just part of my growing pessimism regarding it. It just seems so amateur when I reread it. I can't seem to find much inspiration anyway. The Raven rewrite is the most frustrating, because I know the plotline, but the details are eluding me. I started over from the beginning, adding more in the way of environmental detail, and purging the old influences that drove a stake into the heart of the original drafts. I just can't seem to get the characters to go where they need to go though. I'm still going to work on it, despite all this, but slowly, a page at a time.

The weight loss hit a snag over the summer, but I'm back on it with a fierce passion now. I need to get my dad to fix the exercise equipment in my room. We brought it up here from the basement during the great move back in February, and it's still in pieces. I hope to reach my goal by next summer. (Note to self: I need a small notebook to keep track of my daily calories)

I need to finish the last minute plans for the Hawaiian-themed birthday party in November. This is the first real party I've planned and financed, and I want it to go smoothly. I just need to get the snacks and liquor, and then all will be set. We have the costumes, leis, and decorations already.

Well, that's about all for now. I'll update again soon.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
3:47 pm
Friday, June 8th, 2007
2:59 pm
yay!
It's officially the Fourth Anniversary of My 21st Birthday!
Sunday, May 20th, 2007
10:54 pm
stuff going on....
Last weekend my grandfather went to the hospital, being treated for a fall (his third major fall since Thanksgiving). There wasn't any serious head trauma, and he was released...but. My dad said he was a bit incoherent, not seeing things right in front of him, or thinking someone was talking to him when the radio was on. Things over the past week have gotten worse. He thinks people call him on the phone when they don't, and he woke up from a nap and thought it was the day before. And now my mom said he's had a lengthy verbal conversation with his long-dead father. His doctors are thinking alzheimer's, but aren't certain. My dad's looking into places for him, because he can't be taken care of in his current living situation.

So yeah...stuff's been going on.
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
8:37 am
Fire Soul!
You scored as Sailor Mars. You are a Shinto Priestess. You have fun by teasing others, meditating and fortune-telling. You enjoy fire.

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Sailor Saturn

83%

Sailor Mars

83%

Sailor Pluto

83%

Sailor Jupiter

83%

Sailor Mercury

75%

Sailor Uranus.

58%

Sailor Venus

42%

Sailor Chibi Moon

42%

Sailor Moon

42%

Sailor Neptune

25%

Which Sailor Moon character are you?
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Monday, April 23rd, 2007
6:05 pm
finally...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18274639/

MADISON, Wis. - The Wiccan pentacle has been added to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on government-issued headstones of fallen soldiers, according to a settlement announced Monday.

A settlement between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Wiccans adds the five-pointed star to the list of "emblems of belief" allowed on VA grave markers.

Eleven families nationwide are waiting for grave markers with the pentacle, said Selena Fox, a Wiccan high priestess with Circle Sanctuary in Barneveld, Wis., a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

The settlement calls for the pentacle, whose five points represent earth, air, fire, water and spirit, to be placed on grave markers within 14 days for those who have pending requests with the VA...
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
12:59 am
Neptune!


You Are From Neptune



You are dreamy and mystical, with a natural psychic ability.

You love music, poetry, dance, and (most of all) the open sea.

Your soul is filled with possibilities, and your heart overflows with compassion.

You can be in a room full of friendly people and feel all alone.

If you don't get carried away with one idea, your spiritual nature will see you through anything.

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