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Dec. 30th, 2011

10:54 pm - Bonyak Jewelry

I haven't touched this LJ in a while, and I'm not really planning on picking it back up. I just wanted to drop a note in case anybody still subscribes to this to plug my wife's new jewelry business, Bonyak Jewelry.

She's very talented. Everything is made from precious metal sheet and wire. All pieces are original designs. So far, the three most popular items are easily her pink pearl daisy ring, amazonite filigree trefoil earrings, and sleeping beauty turquoise granulated pendant. But that doesn't mean the rest of what she's making isn't great -- it is.

Check it out if you get a chance. Thanks.

Apr. 11th, 2011

09:37 pm - Bricklin For Sale (For Real)

Well, the Bricklin is officially listed for sale: here she be.

It's the end of an era!

Jan. 8th, 2011

07:51 pm - Disturbing

It says a lot that so many people reacted immediately by blaming Sarah Palin for what happened today.

Nov. 26th, 2010

08:25 am - LJ

I don't really use LiveJournal anymore. There are two of you who post mostly friends-only whom I like to keep up with, but other than that, I don't really have much reason to keep this journal alive. I log in periodically to check on you guys.

I will keep it, until you two no longer give me reason to.

Otherwise, I mostly just share links on Google Reader with brief comments. I've thought about keeping a real blog where I write about the books I'm reading, but I don't want to make the time commitment.

Nov. 22nd, 2010

10:39 pm - This Sounds Real

TSA Agents Took My Son. The actual write-up makes it quite believable.

And I know women I could see reacting exactly as this woman did, etc.

But me, I think I'd react in a way that would get me arrested.

Nov. 21st, 2010

02:42 pm - My Latest Airport Security Experience

After getting naked pictures taken of me in Hawaii, and still getting groped, I decided that when I was flying back from New Orleans, I would not be caught off guard. I was prepared to rent a car and drive myself back, if necessary -- my plan was to opt out of the naked picture machine, consent to a pat-down, but refuse to consent to them sticking their hands where they don't belong.

Fortunately, it was not an issue.

Oh, they had a backscatter machine set up.

Screening split into three lines. Of the unusually large number of TSA agents present, none were telling anybody which line to get into. It was plain as day that the middle line had a big backscatter machine (and there were signs plainly marked), while the other two had x-ray machines. The middle line was literally empty, while the other two were very long, until an agent pointed out to us that the backscatter machine wasn't actually being used, but had been roped off. They were just redirecting people from that line to a different x-ray machine.

Sounds like good news to me, at least for that one airport during that one period.

The real question is, what, if anything, are they really looking for? Why are folks right on up to Pres. Obama himself doubling down on something that has enraged the public against them in a way rarely seen in this country?

Anyway, I avoided that nightmare. We've made plans to drive for the rest of our long-distance trips until this ends. In the meantime... Well, I made the mistake of eating some locally-harvested raw oysters in New Orleans, and I've been very ill ever since. I should have known better, and now I'm paying the price for my carelessness in not asking where they were from.

Sep. 16th, 2010

05:34 pm - Nothing Amazes Me These Days

Tea Party comes to Australia. Don't they think it's a weird name?

Sep. 15th, 2010

11:11 am - E-Mail Spam

I went through a massive collection of e-mails and clicked the "Unsubscribe" text at the bottom of one mailing from each list I've found my way onto over the years. I've never tried cleaning up all the spam, so I have no idea how effective this will be, but it's about time I get this all under control. I don't want to have to make too many filters in GMail if I can avoid it.

Sep. 8th, 2010

01:47 pm - One Year

Annie was murdered a year ago today. I don't have a whole lot to say about it, to be honest. It was a hellish period a year ago, traveling constantly, not eating or sleeping, not knowing where she was, being chased by media, etc. If I'd ever had a shred of doubt about God's existence, personhood, and loving concern for man, some of the events surrounding that experience quelled them for good. I may write of that later, but for now I'd just rather note the day and get back to doing nothing with it.

I've taken the day off from work. I miss that girl, and I knew I wouldn't be able to think of much else all day, so I'm home.

Sep. 6th, 2010

11:04 pm - Bricklin SV-1 For Sale

I'm getting ready to put my heavily-modified 1975 Bricklin SV-1 up for sale. This is a ridiculously over-powered car, with a lot of the original's kinks worked out (including a redone pneumatic door system). I'm going to do some minor work to clean it up over the next few weeks, pull together all of the documentation I have on what's in it, etc, and then throw it up for sale. I'm looking for five figures, based on recent sales of lesser-quality specimens, but I'm of course open to negotiation (and will consider interesting trades). If anybody I know expresses an interest, I'd rather negotiate a sale that way, otherwise it'll probably end up on eBay Motors or some similar service.

This car took bronze a few years ago at the national Bricklin show, with an award signed off by Malcolm Bricklin himself.

I'll post again with the full sales pitch when I'm ready to sell, but this is a heads-up that it's coming soon, if anyone is interested.

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