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Time to knock all the cobwebs off... [Jan. 26th, 2008|09:13 am]
[Current Location |Home]
[Current Mood |frustratedfrustrated]

So, erm, it's been a while. Let's see if I can fit the majority of the things that have changed in the last year or so. First, I moved from NJ back to FL. I was in FL until Nov of 2007 and have since moved to Washington DC. I moved to another company and from a NOC(Network Operations Center) environment to a CSIRC(Computer Security Incident Response Center), which puts me squarely back in what I most enjoy about IT work, INFO-SEC. All in all, life is looking pretty damn good now.

I had an interesting realization today while riding the train home. I realized that I am probably never going to actually like any political candidate. It seems we're left with this choice of choosing whichever candidate is the least of the evils we have as options. Each one can be 75% awesome, and 25% terrible. Maybe I want too much from a politician in expecting them to actually be decent people, but I'd like to think I would actually want to carry a conversation with whoever is running the country I live in.

Another thing that hit me while looking around the train, is damn near everyone has something on their face that looks terribly wrong. I'm not talking about ugly/cute/beautiful/whatever. I'm talking about people looking either scared, lost, hurt or some other terrible emotion. Maybe this is what I get for riding the DC Metro at 11pm, but it really sends the point home that our world is a royally fucked up place right now.

I just hope there's something decent left for the poor bastards that take the place over when we're all gone.
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Paintball - Castle Keep IV [Nov. 9th, 2005|02:46 am]
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |..........................]

Where to start? The paintball game was a blast. I developed a pretty bad habit of loosing track of people, after about 5 minutes on the field. I think I saw Jill for a total of about 15 minutes while on the playing field, which made me feel like a jackass, but what can you do? As far as the outcome of the game, I'm not sure who won and who lost. I unfortunately had to leave quickly so I could make it to work on time, and didn't find out.

All of my gear held up pretty well, which is a relief. My Autococker tends to be bitchy sometimes, especially when it's running on CO2 and it's cold out (both were the case for this game). My tippman did pretty well in the cold too, but the response trigger was a little off after a few shots and I couldn't get either gun up to full speed.

The field was very nice, from the castle to the fields themselves, everything was setup in such a way that kept the fighting intense and fairly constant. I never got a very good look at the castle, as every time I looked over a barricade several people decided to shoot at me, which prompted me to put my head down. Hopefully I'll be able to get back out to the field sometime soon, even if it's for a day game or something.

I caught up with a friend of mine from FL, Wade, who I haven't spoken to in about a year. He's apparently doing rather well, and I'll hopefully have time to grab a few drinks with him on my upcoming trip to Florida.

Wow... my trip is only a week away! How exciting! It's going to be nice to get out of the data center for a week, and see the sun for once. Not to mention all the food. MMmmmmmm.... I'm going to have the pleasure of seeing three sets of grandparents this thanksgiving, so I should be able to take in enough food to last a week or two.
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Time off... [Oct. 27th, 2005|09:26 am]
[Current Mood |calmcalm]

Time for another suedo-weekend. I added some more pics, of my paintball gear and new Glock 22. Nothing really to say, just pictures.
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Paintball!! [Oct. 25th, 2005|05:38 am]
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |Fox 5 News (yay!)]

I'm finally getting around to playing paintball! I haven't been out since I moved to NJ, but that will be changed very soon. I've heard a lot about Skirmish Paintball, so it's time to pay the field a visit.

This weekend's game, is an 8hr scenario. I'd rather catch a longer game, but this is much better than staying home. This sounds like it will be an interesting game, it's made up of two primary teams (German and Russian), one neutral team (Gypsies), and there will be appearances by Dracula and The Angel of Death. This will also be Jill's first scenario game, so hopefully there will be another addict by the end of the weekend. I'll have pics posted either monday or tuesday, for those who are interested.

I'm going to try to make myself stop neglecting this journal.... really...
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Family and fun... [Aug. 26th, 2005|01:21 am]
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music | - Ambient]

My dad, and younger brother were able to come up for a visit last weekend. It was quite nice to see them, as it's been about six months since the last time. Unfortunately, they were only here for a short time but were able to check out a couple of the features of NYC before heading back.

We were able to visit the Statue of Liberty, and took a walk for a few miles around manhattan. The statue was a new thing for me as well, as I'dd seen it from across the water but never in person. We weren't able to actually go into the statue, as we didn't make it to the ticket counter before they ran out of time passes, but we did get to go out to the island.

On another note, I added the Glock 22 I was bitching about having a hard time buying to my collection. Thank God for personal firearm sales :). I'm taking it to a range Saturday morning, and going to put a few hundred rounds through it. This should offer some much needed relief for me, as shooting has been my primary form of self-therapy for years.

From what I can tell, this handgun is going to be around for a loooong time. Everything I've read about Glock's says they tend to last for hundreds of thousands of rounds. This is a tremendous improvement over the 2-3 thousand rounds I'm used to a high-powered rifle's barrel lasting. Hopefully this will offer many many enjoyable weekends of shooting.

I also have my girlfriend interested in shooting. She'll be at the range with me this weekend. I'm hoping she doesn't make a fool out of me too easily. I have probably got alot of bad habits to break before I can start to realize any true acuracy from a new gun, but we'll see how it turns out. I'll post target results sometime soon.
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Legal iritations..... [Aug. 1st, 2005|11:50 pm]
[Current Mood |annoyedannoyed]
[Current Music |DI - Vocal Trance]

Being a life-long Florida-boy, I've got to admit I ran into a big headache a couple of days ago when I tried to purchase another firearm. While I knew the gun control laws in NJ were far more strict than they are in FL, I wasn't exactly prepared for exactly how strict they are. In FL, to purchase a handgun requires you to be at least 21 years of age, not a felon, and to wait a 3-10 day 'cool-down' period depending on which county your in. Here in NJ, things are a bit different. In order to purchase ANY firearm, you have to first have a 'Firearms ID Card'. While I'm strongly against the idea of gun-registration (The last time a country required all firearms to be registered, had Hitler in charge at the time), I'm willing to cope with some constraints that seem sensible.

The cool-down period makes sense. I couldn't begin to count the number of times I've heard someone say 'I'm going to go buy a gun right now and shoot you!'. So a 3-10 day wait makes sense, as it gives someone enough time to change their mind. The application turn-around for a fire-arms ID card is 4-6 MONTHS! It doesn't end there either. With this ID in hand, your allowed to purchase long-guns (shotguns, rifles, etc) at will, but required to apply for a permit for a handgun each time you wish to buy one. The application time for this takes 4-6 MONTHS as well!

This leaves an 8-12 month delay on the purchase of a firearm! That also assumes you didn't miss a space on the form, or sign it backwards, or that the person reviewing it hasn't run out of prozac that day and rejects the app! I think this is absolutely nuts. I understand the need for controls and extra care taken to gun safety in densely populated areas like NJ, but this seems absurd to me. I could more quickly wait until I go home for christmas, and purchase a firearm at that time.

I find this unbelievable in an area where an illegal, unregistered MACHINE GUN could be purchased on the street for less money than a LEGAL, REGISTERED firearm can be purchased through a reputable dealer.
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My first entry [Jul. 24th, 2005|02:31 am]
[Current Mood |peacefulpeaceful]
[Current Music |The hum of servers]

This, is my very first entry at Live Journal. I suppose this is fairly obvious, but I felt obliged to post at least something. It's another quiet night in the data center. Maybe I'm posting this more for the entertainment value, than the obligation to post something.

I heard from a few old friends in Florida about an hour ago. I had my first instance of feeling old, when I found out that the kid I remember as being 12 now has a job and will be threatening the lives of other drivers in a few months. I caught myself thinking what I've heard my parents and grand-parents say so many times..."They sure grow up fast". After I thought about how long it's been since I'dd seen these people, I realized this shouldn't have been much of a surprise. It's been almost four years since I have heard from them. I guess I also had one of the first realizations that I was starting to let life slip by unnoticed.

These things are all fairly good realizations for me. I moved with the hope of expanding my horizons, and to break the rut I had allowed myself to fall into at my last job. With things here starting to stabilize, and things starting to actually happen I find myself feeling a new kind of inspiration, or motivation, or life, or whatever you want to call it.

I guess what I'm saying here, is that my future has begun to look far more interesting to me over the last couple of months. I've been able to get away from the stale feeling I have felt for the last year or more, and feel like I'm getting somewhere again. The posts that will follow this one, stand a very high likelyhood of being written in one of two moods. Either I'll be pissed because of some moron I had to deal with at work, or excited/happy about something new I got to do.
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