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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.
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.
|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|
|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.|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.