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Working in a coal mine (Devo) [Jul. 5th, 2009|08:55 pm]
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Today was spent putting in more volunteer hours at the Crucible. The first part of the day was spent painting signboards and the second part of the day was spent breaking up old iron pipes into potato chip size chunks for the fire and light festival. By the end of the day the two other volunteers and I had painted 15 to 20 signboards and produce about 750 lbs of iron ingots. It was a hard day, but a fun one too. There’s just something about breaking up stuff with a sledgehammer that makes you feel good all over.
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This summer at Glass Camp [Jun. 30th, 2009|08:01 pm]
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Here are some of the projects I did at glass camp last week. None of them are masterpieces by any stretch of the imagination, but I didn’t go there to make master works, I went there to learn the process. With time and practice I hope to get better. The class was great; I only wish that they would have let me spend more time at the torch each day.


many photos under the cut, you have been warnedCollapse )
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Glass camp [Jun. 29th, 2009|12:26 pm]
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Last week was the week that feed my soul. I took the week long intensive flameworking course at The Crucible, and the impression it made on me was profound. It is one thing to dabble in art; it is another thing all together to immerse yourself in the art of your choice for a week straight. The week went by too quickly, and the hours I spent behind a torch each day were too short. It was hard to return to my regular job today, after spending a week learning better glass crafting techniques. At the end of the week my instructor invited me to the glass studio of the head of the glass flameworking department, she needed to pick up some glass, and she wanted me to meet the man that trained her. The art displayed in his studio was awesome, and I was humbled by the experience. I hope to someday achieve to ability craft the works of art that populated this man’s studio. I know that this will takes years and years of hard work, dedication, and training, but I am ready to make that journey. I now know what I what to be when I grow up, it took me almost 44 years to figure it out, but now I know.
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(no subject) [May. 25th, 2009|05:45 pm]
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These are some of my first attempts at making glass pendants. I have a lot to learn, but I'm loving the journey.

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(no subject) [May. 14th, 2009|03:56 pm]
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I love many women in a platonic sort of way, and Will is taller then me. ;-)

Your results:
You are Will Riker
Will Riker
60%
Mr. Sulu
55%
Geordi LaForge
55%
Worf
55%
Deanna Troi
55%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
50%
Chekov
50%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
50%
Data
48%
Mr. Scott
45%
Jean-Luc Picard
45%
Beverly Crusher
45%
Spock
44%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
30%
Uhura
25%
At times you are self-centered
but you have many friends.
You love many women, but the right
woman could get you to settle down.


Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character am I?" quiz...

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Bad swine [Apr. 27th, 2009|03:09 pm]
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As some of you may know I work for a county health department, so guess what today is all about? If you guessed swine flu, you guessed right. Here’s hoping that this thing doesn’t mutate into a real nasty, because that would such on a lot of levels.
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(no subject) [Apr. 23rd, 2009|04:33 pm]
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Here are some pictures of things that caught our attention today. We went down by the wharf, which is where the pink pig with the hard hat lives, and then we went to the Fremont district, where you can find a troll, a rocket ship, and comrade Lenin. The Freemont district is a lot like Berkeley, but with fewer schizophrenics. Overall Seattle is like a younger grungier San Francisco. The folks in Seattle seem to be friendlier then people in some of the other large cities I have visited. People here tend to make eye contact with you, and will even hold the door open for you, it’s nice. Tomorrow we will go see a glass museum and two other museums that are in the Tacoma area.


Day One we go to visit Lenin and a TrollCollapse )
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Happy Birthday [Apr. 15th, 2009|08:21 am]
vitrarius
Happy Bithrday moira-ramsay
I hope it's a good one. :-)
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What Big Cat Are You? [Apr. 8th, 2009|12:11 pm]
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Just remember in Jungle Book I was one of the good guys. ;-)

You Are a Black Panther
You see through people. You understand others' motives and plans.
You have a knack for predicting the future. You just know what people are going to do.

People are attracted to you. You are naturally able to influence other people's thoughts.
You have the charisma to be a beloved guru or dictator. It's all about how you handle it.
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The long slow extraction [Mar. 24th, 2009|04:37 pm]
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About 6 to 8 months ago I started to have a change of attitude in regards to running programs and doing volunteer projects. At first I thought it was just a delayed case of burnout, so I just sucked it up, and soldiered on, but as time went by my feeling didn’t change. I looked at the stack of project around my house that always gets pushed aside because I have outstanding commitments, and I was depressed. I thought of the glass projects that I had hoped to accomplish, but once again time was not my friend.

I fully realize that the only person I can blame for this is myself. I do have the ability to say no when I am asked for help, or to just not raise my hand when someone asks for volunteers to coordinate a new project. The hard part of course it pulling your hand down before anyone notices, or saying no thank you when being asked to help out.

Like the title said my extraction process will be long and slow. I already have people in place to take over many of the SCA projects I am evolved in, and I thank them for doing so. I will not leave them twisting in the wind, and they will be fully onboard and trained by the time I step aside.

If you are my Protégé, or if I have made a commitment to help you with a project, don’t worry all of those obligations will be happy fulfilled. I try never turn my back on a friend or go back on a promise.

I have a bunch of my own projects to complete and dreams to chase, so please don’t give me anymore tasks for awhile, my dance card is full.
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