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Dream Vacations

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In these times of troubles, it is nice to dream about better times to help keep my mind off things.  One of the things I offten like to think about is dream vacations.  I don’t know when my next chance will be to take a real vacation, but I am already compiling a wish list for when that time should come.

Somewhere near the top of my list would definitely be a Caribbean cruise.  I took one with my family when I was a child, and it is still one of my favorite experiences of my life.  I would just love to escape to the warm air, the sun, the salty smell of the breeze coming in off the ocean.  I love the look of the Caribbean Sea and all the islands with there beautiful tropical plants and animals.  I love the way the stars over the Caribbean look at night, and I love the nightlife on board the ship.  I love the 24 hour pizza bar, the Cassino’s, the shows, and sitting by the pool side listening to a Caribbean band and looking at the girls.

Also on my list of dream vacations would be a road trip across the US.  I would love to go all up and down the east coast, visiting my friends and family along the way, starting with my Renaissance fair Friends and Navy friends in New England, while of course seeing all the sites in Salem and Boston.  I would visit my aunt and uncle in Williamsbug Virgina, and my family on Lake Norman in North Carolina.  I would like to go back to Savanna, and Hilton Head, as well as Atlanta, all on the way back to my old stomping grounds in Pensacola FL.  I would work my way down the panhandle along the gulf coast, stopping at Panama city, and then heading down to Miami, where I got my first tatoo.  I always wanted to see the everglades, and visit the florida keys too.  And that’s just my east coast road trip, I will perhaps save my west coast wish list for another post.

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Written by dgarman

January 28, 2009 at 7:10 pm

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Getting Out of the House

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I am trying to think of new hobbies or activities I can participating that will meet certain criteria.  I am looking for fun, inexpensive activities that will get me out of the house and enable me to meet new and interesting people.  I want an engaging social experience.  I want something to exercise me mentally or physically.  In short, I need a new hobby, or at least to rekindle an old one.

Some possible candidates are joining a bowling league, taking up golf, joining some kind of book club or writers workshop, joining a religious organization, joining a civic organization, or getting back into marshal arts.  I am sure I can come up with some other ideas as well.  Right now, expense, driving distance, and schedule are key considerations.

If anyone, especially anyone locally, has any interesting ideas, please do share.  It’s just that I have now been single and unemployed for a while, and cooped up around the house allot.  Most of the things I do to pass the time don’t get me out of the house or interacting with other people, nor do they enrich my life in any way.  I have been spending allot of time playing video games, which is what I really want to cut back on.  I have also spent time exercising, doing house work, and practicing guitar, which isn’t a total waste of time.  I have even started writing songs again.  I am trying to continue my trend of positive activities, it’s just that these are all solo activities, and don’t really get me out of the house.  I do have an offer from a friend to come and play guitar with me some time, and my room mate occasionally wants bass lessons from me, but even these things pretty much just involve a couple of guys just sitting around the house, and aren’t a great way to meet girls and such.

Like I said, let me know if you have any cool ideas I should look into, and I will keep you all posted on what I come up with.

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January 25, 2009 at 12:55 am

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99 Personal Questions

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What is your full name?: Devin Jay Garman
Your birth date:: 18 Apr 1983
What color is your hair? Is it short, medium or long?: dark brown, short
What color are your eyes?: blue
How tall are you?: 5’10
Single or Taken?: taken
Do you have pets? If so, how many and what kind?: i have about a dozen fish
Who do you live with?: my family and my fiancee
What do you do for school and work?: I am in sales and marketing
Any kids? If not, do you want any?: no and probably not
What music do you listen to the most?: metal
Do you like to read? If so…favorite book(s)?: i read allot, hard to pick a favorite, maybe the first Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy
Virgin or not?: not
Name your 3 closest friends.: Steve Dutill, Joe & Cortney Rollinski, Rob & Carrie
Which one is your very best friend?: Steve
Your skin…is it fair, medium or dark?: fair
How often do you really “go out”?: a couple times a week
Have you ever lost anyone you loved?: yes
Ever been in love?: yes
On a scale of 1-5 how organized are you?: 3
Do you excercise regularly? If so, how often?: i just started working out again after a long period of laziness
Zodiac sign?: aries
Have any nick names? If so, what?: not any that I want to mention here
Name a couple of T.V. shows you watch a lot.: John Adams, The Sopranos, CSI, Stargate
Movie(s) you can watch over and over:: fight club, lord of war, star wars, lord of the rings
Do you have tattoos? If yes, how many and where are they?: one on each forarm and one on my right sholder
Any piercings? If yes, how many and where are they?: left nipple, the right one fell down the drain in the shower.
Wear glasses?: no
Have braces?: no
Do you have siblings? If so, how many?: 1
Are your parents still together?: yes
What is/was your worst subject in school?: math
Your best subject?: history
Do you currently play any sports? If so, what?: no
Do you like to dance?: sometimes
Sing?: sometimes
Favorite color?: black
Favorite Holiday?: haloween
Where, outside of the U.S. would you like to visit?: iceland
Do people tell you that you act older, younger, or your age?: they used to say older, not so much anymore
Ever have an imaginary friend as a child?: yes, his name was theodore
Ever been skinny dipping?: no
Did/Do you enjoy highschool for the most part?: no
Do any drugs? If yes, what?: not any more
Drink? If yes, how often?: yes, a few times a week
Smoke?: sometimes
Ever been in a physical fight? If yes how many and who were they with?: yes, two or three times, with some kids at summer camp
Have you ever cheated in a relationship?: yes, one time
What’s your definition of cheating?: intercourse
Do you wear pajamas to places other than at your house?: yes, all the time
Have you ever stolen anything from a store or from someone?: yes, cigarettes from giant
Ever cheated on a test?: no
Ever been in any legal trouble?: yes, a few times for minor things
Do you regret anything?: yes, my legal troubles, and some drugs i did in the past
Name 5 of the most important things in your life.: love,family, freinds, having fun, money
How many languages can you speak and what are they?: 2, english and only a little german
Are you a touchy feely person?: no
Do you take showers in the morning or at night more?: night
Do you trust easily?: yes
Any phobias?: sharks
Are you a heavy or light sleeper?: I have a hard time falling asleep, but ounce i get there i sleep heavy.
When did you make your wordpess blog?: i dont remember, not to long ago
Any disorders you’ve actually been diagnosed with (O.C.D., A.D.D…)?: OCD, ADD, Asthma
Are you a morning person?: no, but i try to be
Sunrise or sunset?: sunset
Ever had surgery?: no
Ever come close to death?: yes
Ever broken any bones?: no
When you die, would you rather be burried or cremated?: cremated or burried at sea
Play any instruments? If so, what?: guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, a little piano
Have you been told you can sing well more than once?: no
3 physical features you get complimented on a lot:: eyes, hair, pinky toe
Your least favorite feature:: my nose
Clothing store you shop at the most:: salvation army
What is/are your heritage(s)?: german, irish, english, polish, native american, and a bunch of other shit
What is your religion or do you not really have one?: no relegion, considering catholisism
Ever been cheated on?: yes
Ever had a one night stand? If so, how many and do you regret any of them?: probably around 5 or so, I don’t realy regret them
Current friend that you have known the longest:: Bernie Loughren
Name someone you can tell just about anything to.: Rachel, my fiancee
Sweet or Sour?: some of each, mostly sour
Where were you born?: St. Joes, Lancaster PA
Do any of your close friends have children?: yes, lots
Are any of them married?: yes, lots
Have you ever taken any antidepresants or anxiety medication?: no
Ever seen a therapist?: yes
Did/do you transfer schools a lot?: no
Favorite animal to have as a pet:: fish or dogs
How many floors does your home have? How many bedrooms and bathrooms?: 3 floors if u count the basement, and 3 and 1.5
Do you live in a neighborhood or in the middle of nowhere?: neighborhood
Favorite food:: Perogees or chineese
Do you like to shop?: no
How often do you go online?: all the time
How sexual are you on a scale of 1-10?: 9
Something or someone you miss the most from childhood:: family trips
Have you ever slept with somone 10 years or more older than you?: yes, older
Over 10 years younger?: no, that would put me in jail
Are you usually late, early or right on time?: early for work things, late for personal things
Are you happy with your life for the most part right now?: no, I am not happy with my financial situation

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May 19, 2008 at 3:26 am

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To whom it may concern, my 25th birthday is rapidly approaching. I asked off work for this day, which is April 18th.  I didn’t ask off because I am particularly excited about turning 25, but my birthday falls on a Friday, and I could use a long weekend to recuperate from the rigors inflicted upon me by my evil employer.

I will be spending the week following my birthday at my best friend Steve’s house, dog-sitting for him, while he and his fiancee are on a trip to meet her biological father.   This will serve as kind of a mini vacation for Rachel and I, A chance to have a whole house to ourselves for a few days, even though I will be working most of those evenings.

I have updated my About Mepage, and will periodically be adding items to my wish-list in the days leading up to my birthday.  Feel free to use that as a guideline for any gifts as you see fit, but by all means, do not feel obligated to purchase a gift for me, or even wish me a happy birthday, as I am not entirely sure I will want to be reminded.

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March 28, 2008 at 10:38 am

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My work week is finally over.  It is time for me to relax and enjoy my weekend.  This week also marks the end of a two week pay period, when our commissions and bonuses are calculated.  I feel like I did fairly well.  Hopefully my paycheck will reflect that feeling.

I am also sad to note the passing of Gary Gygax last week.  Gary Gygax was best known as the creator of the Dungeons & Dragons game, and an inspiration to players and dungeon masters everywhere.  He will be sorely missed by us all.

I am currently awaiting the release of the 4th edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook, scheduled for this May.  I have been playing 3rd edition since it’s release, and am anxious to see the new game.  I am curious as to how well it will fare in the market.  I hope that wizards has done a good job with this new edition, and achieves there goal of attracting a new generation of players without alienating there core fan base, and ruining the game.  I will post a review of each 4th edition core rule book shortly after they are released.

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March 16, 2008 at 3:35 am

Update

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It is good to be blogging again.  I had to give the lap top I had been using back to my uncle, so I have been unable to blog for the past few weeks.  I suppose I could have gone to the library or something, but I work nights, so I am never awake when the library is open, and I have to pay my fines before they will let me use the Internet.

I have just about completed training at my new job at Intermedia Marketing Solutions.  My training class is finally out of the training room on the phones.   This past week was my first full week on the phones.

My current sales conversion rate for this pay period is at 9% which is exactly where the night-shift group average is right now.  I have to meet or beet this average for 2 week pay period in order to receive my performance bonus for that pay period.

 I have also been taking advantage of some new incentive plans that have just begun at work, in order to earn some extra commissions for myself.  I will need every dime of it, as I still have an overdue traffic fine to pay off.  If I don’t pay it off soon they will suspend my drivers license.

In other news, Rachel and I moved out of her mothers apartment today after her mothers deteriorating mental condition finally reached a point to where we can no longer tolerate her company.  I can only hope, at this point, that she gets the help that she needs.  She has been to much of a financial and emotional burden on Rachel and I, and we no longer have the energy or resources to deal with it.  We are now staying at my parents house until other arrangements can be made.

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March 10, 2008 at 8:12 am

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