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Category: buffalo

10/13/07 07:05 - 55ºF - ID#41630

10/12 October Storm Anniversary

Snow starts to fall:

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And fall and fall and fall:

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And so it went:

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Category: religion

10/12/07 12:06 - 46ºF - ID#41612

Hate the Religion, not the Religionist?

I really hate dislike certain aspects of religion. I am sort of a Buddhist, and on again off again go to the local Zen group for their services. The meditation is really useful, I tend to be sort of high strung or on edge and it helps balance me out. But the chanting and whatnot gets to be too much and so I tend to not go.

It just all seems made up and arbitrary, and anyone who claims that something special has been revealed to them I tend to think is misguided or confusing a psychological process for an external communication.

Zen is the closest that I would come to participating in religion as a devotee, and actually I spent a couple months in a lay-monastic situation when I was younger, which was very intense and useful. Most other religions are too externally imposive for my tastes. I just lump all that together with other things that don't make sense unless you're in a self-referential system. It's 'Sit and figure it out for yourself' vs 'THIS IS HOLY WRIT'.

Even Zen fails me on certain key points, such as claiming to be the 'Front Gate' to enlightenment. Ugh, ugh, ugh. That statement is the one that really kills it for me whenever I go. I seriously promise to attend the first Religious/Spiritual group that does not make these sorts of claims. I am totally serious, if you can show me a religion that is not self-aggrandizing, I will sign right up. Except the Unitarians, they don't count.

Just like certain political and patriotic beliefs make sense if you're in a closed system, Religion can seam like a true thing, but it doesn't admit to change without hypocrisy. Changes in revelation seems to be a fashionable accompaniment to changes in human society, not the other way around.

I get like that with politics too, and unfortunately have been pushed into being a strident Democrat the last few years via subconscious need to cling together for safety against certain geopolitical trends. But I look forward to a more even two-party rule consisting of mostly grid-lock wherein my Independent/Libertarian/Green streaks can distract me from my current party affiliation.


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Category: demographics

10/11/07 11:17 - 59ºF - ID#41605

Generation X+1?

I was born in 1979, which technically is the last year of Generation X. Or, sometimes, I'm under the 'MTV Generation' classification or even say I'm one of the earliest in Generation Y. I don't feel like I belong to any of those. My cohort is adrift in time and popular conception.

This is surely a troubling issue, does anyone know any demographically inclined therapists who could help me navigate through this distress?
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Category: estrip

10/11/07 05:11 - 59ºF - ID#41602

E:Strip Dinner

Thank you all for coming!! 17 People I believe.

Sorry about the group shots, the red ceiling sort of screwed up my attempts with the flash :( I should have double checked the camera before I stopped taking photos.

Tried to doctor up the group shots a bit:

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And (e:james) was being himself:

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Category: estrip

10/10/07 11:47 - 51ºF - ID#41585

Reign of Terror

To celebrate my new title, I've picked out an appropriate song.



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Category: estrip

10/10/07 04:28 - 57ºF - ID#41577

Estrip Pizza and Wings Night!

Tonight is the night!

There's room for last minute stragglers if you're suddenly available.

Check out the details here.

JJ's Casa-di-Pizza on Elmwood at 7pm.

See you there!
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Category: life

10/09/07 05:46 - 69ºF - ID#41563

Vacation

I took my first day off in forever on Monday. I think it might have been the first day in 6 months that I didn't do any work. It was really nice, so thank you James, Paul, Matt, and Terry!
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Category: estrip

10/07/07 07:45 - 72ºF - ID#41544

E:Strip Dinner

Welcome to my daily reminder to sign up for the (e:strip) dinner, to be held on Wednesday, October 10th, at 7pm. Click this link to find out more or to sign up if you're interested.
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Category: photos

10/07/07 12:43 - 61ºF - ID#41532

Photo Booth


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Category: buffalo

10/07/07 11:37 - 61ºF - ID#41529

Marcella's Underwear Contest

The contestants:
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Who I voted for:
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These two won, a tie, and they went and danced on a pole together afterwards.
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I tried to wipe the lens of the camera phone off, but it must have still been a little dirty.
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