While zombies shuffled around outside the middle age guy (I'll call him Sam) showed us around his house. Apparently he was an antiques collector and had a wall of antique jewelry. I was particularly drawn to this very large, oddly shaped necklace that had hieroglyphs on it so I grabbed it and put it on. Everyone started freaking out because they could no longer see me. I was invisible.
One of the other people, a frumpy, middle aged woman, asked if she could see the necklace to try it on. For some reason I agreed but when she put it on nothing happened for her. Sam said that the necklace must've been intended for me.
Other people looking at the jewelry on the wall were drawn to other pieces and when they tried them on they also got different powers. Unfortunately I can't remember what they were.
Eventually Sam revealed he had an escape plan. His house was behind a river and he had a barge all set up with supplies. We all got on the boat but I had a strange feeling that two bad things were going to happen to the people with us. One was going to try to take the boat on his own and the other (a kid) got infected with the zombie virus by drinking water from the river and was slowly turning.
Sam told the infected kid that was a bad idea because we had bottled water but the infected kid didn't know and he was just really thirsty. We had to get rid of the infected kid unfortunately and the one who wanted to take the boat got to stay but was heavily guarded.
We headed down the river and managed to make it to Atlantic City (I don't know how geography works or if there's already a river there, this is just what I dreamed). Apparently things were still up and running in a few high rise motels. The hotel staff promised a zombie free night and had guards who stayed up in shifts and killed zombies as they came close. Not sure what the price to stay at one of those hotels was but comments were made on people still trying to make a quick buck despite an apocalypse. Not that money was really needed anymore so it might've been barter or something.
And then I woke up.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.
Yanked from canadiandiamond, who gave me D! Apparently I'm on a vampire kick so most of these will be vampires. Either that or people love to name vampires using the letter "D."
1. Danica Talos (Blade Trinity)- One of the main bad guys. I found her to be refreshing compared to most female vampires. She doesn't really fit the overly sexualized stereotype (though having Parker Posey in the role ensures that she doesn't since she is the embodiment of quirky indie characters). She's just delightfully evil and definitely fits into her role as 'the boss' quite well. Parker Posey gives her a lot of gravitas. Now Dracula on the other hand...
2. Dracula (Blade Trinity)-What fresh hell is this? I did not like Blade Trinity's portrayal of Dracula at all. To me Dracula is supposed to be this sleek predator and they made him the jock you see in high school grunting and cursing and having pissing contests with the main character. He's supposed to be wise and cunning and the progenitor of the race, never had to evolve, blah blah blah. I just don't see it. He's Dracula in title only. He could be just your standard old vampire. There are others that incited more fear in the Blade series such as...
3. Deacon Frost (Blade)- Deacon Frost. He doesn't give a shit. Cavalier, determined, and entitled, Deacon Frost is one of the better examples of vampire in the Blade series. I could see people being truly afraid of him. He's a predator. He knows how to get things done through pawns or just doing it himself. His attempt to attain power was pretty clever. He had a driving force to get what he wanted. If there was a model to base Dracula off of it should've been him. A similar type of personality trait is used for...
4. Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)- Vampires in love. Ah. Damon is an asshole and he knows it and, like Deacon he doesn't give a shit. Or at least he used to. But then he found love and etc. so he's trying to redeem himself and blah blah. All annoyances to his character aside I find Damon to be an interesting character nonetheless at least on the surface. He's a monster because his brother made him a monster because he didn't want to be alone so he embraced that dark side. He has little remorse and is often the voice of blunt logic in most situations, saying what most won't and are afraid to say. The main problem I have with the character is how other people react to him. He has murdered DOZENS of people and the human character ignores that. It'd be one thing if he showed remorse but he doesn't. He keeps doing it and she acts indignant for half the episode and then forgets it ever happened. I realize he's a main character and they're trying to keep him around but it drives me nuts.
The final character is not vampire but kills them to the sweet melodies of Classic Rock...
5. Dean Winchester (Supernatural )- I find Dean Winchester to be a wonderful character, though I think he wouldn't be half as well written had it not been for Jensen Ackles' performance (there are a few clunkers of episodes). Dean is one of my favorite characters due to his complexity. He's an older brother, a hunter, a savior, and a human being. He's incredibly well rounded for a fictional character stuck in the middle of monster central. I'm not a fan of the last few seasons but the first 3 or 4 were great: just two brothers, in a car, fighting monsters.
-Close to Park
-Plenty of Space, Room/Kitchen Cabinet wise
-Built in bookcase
-Close to work
-Central Heat and Air
The Landlords are TERRIBLE
There has been a family of skunks under the property for seven months. I have called, emailed, texted, and come by the office to ask them to take care of it. They put out traps, seven months ago. A cat was caught instead of a skunk so I let it out (it was in August during 3 months of consecutive 100-Degree weather). I wasn't sure how to reset the traps so I asked them to do it. They never did. The traps are still there 7 months later. They have not boarded up the hole the skunks are getting under.
Windows are original to the place (1940s).
They all have condensation. The wood on the window panes is crumbling. There are cracks in the glass. During winter in the living room it gets so cold even with the heater on that I cannot feel my hands and feet. They are also painted shut so I can't open them in case of fire.
The plumbing backs up every six months, causing the toilets to overflow and sewer water to seep into the bathtub. A plumber has to come out and use a snake to clean out the pipes every six months, making me have to take off for work to be there for at least 2 hours. The problem is the pipes in the ground having a 'belly' which causes sewage to get clogged up, causing it to backup. It is fixable but it would cost $2000, or the plumbers can come out for $100 every months and clean out the pipes. Which one do you think my landlords went with? :)
The last time the plumbing backed up it also screwed up my kitchen plumbing and made water leak into the floor, resulting in them having to replace the pipes in the kitchen.
Right on Busy Street
With the windows being so thin I can hear the traffic and people going by constantly. I can also hear people talking as they walk by.
Doors Won't Close
The bedroom and bathroom doors won't close. I have had to install a latch to lock me in the bedroom/bathrooms.
Potential New Place
-Kitchen layout very nice, lots of space
-Bathroom layout very nice, about an equal amount of space to the current place, sans a medicine cabinet.
-2 minutes from my work verses 7 minutes from my current place.
-Windows newer than my current place, they also open
-Insulation very good. Place one block away from busy street but can barely hear traffic.
-Rent $25 cheaper plus they pay water, resulting in a potential $65.00 savings
-They take pets and no pet deposit.
-Glass door in front of front door so I can open the door if I want to and bugs won't be let in.
-All tile floors
Gas smell in apartment
Called landlords told them about it. They said they'd take care of it and the pilot light might be out in the stove. They said if need be they'd have the gas company come out to fix it.
Doors won't close to bedroom/bathroom
Landlords said they'd take care of it.
Window Unit in Bedroom/Heater in Living Room
No central heat and air but I'm hoping it'll just make my energy bills more efficient verses my current place where the cold/hot air was seeping out the windows before.
One Closet verses Two Closets
I've been meaning to downsize anyway and have been thinking about how I currently utilize my space and I haven't been using it effectively.
No Covered Parking
That sucks. But it's only about 10 steps to my door.
Neighbors are "Odd Looking"
The landlord's daughter told me that. I work with artists so my perception of weird and her perception of weird are probably different. But as long as they leave me alone and don't try to hurt me I think we'd get along.
Awkward Living Room Layout
The living room is an L-Shape and I have too much furniture so I'd have to downsize on living room furniture and have the couch's back to the door.
-When I put in my 30 day notice that means I have to be out. This means if this current place falls through I still have to be out, which would mean a frantic search for a new place.
-Security Deposit + Prorated Rent for Current Place. The deposit is $400.00, which I could pay but I don't have enough to probably pay for prorated rent + utilities on my current place for the 10 days that it would run over into the next month. I suppose I would ask for a loan from family.
I'm not a big fan of change but I'm hoping this is for the best. Do people have experience with window units in the bedroom feeding the living room as well?
I'm running a test to see who's reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!
ACTA in a Nutshell –
What is ACTA? ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.
Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”
What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.
Essential ACTA Resources -
- Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
- Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
- Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
- Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
- Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
- Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video
Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.Via Tumblr
When I was in high school we would have school assemblies and concerts with the band. I played trumpet. Among the usual songs played (silent night, etc) we were also taught Feliz Navidad (the song I just linked).
During the Christmas concert my freshman year we played Feliz Navidad and the crowd went nuts. Everyone started singing. It was such a big hit they called for an encore--three or four more times. Eventually, people started singing and dancing down the aisles. Pretty soon the entire audience of about 100 people were singing and dancing and clapping their hands.
It was so incredibly fun. The band director directed the band with a lively and happy step and wave of his arms and our merry band of trumpets moved back and forth in unison. We were a full band, clarinets, flutes, drums, etc, and it became this energetic party. Everyone had a blast.
Now every time I think of that song I remember that concert and it makes me want to dance.