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Busy day, busy day...

First of all, we now own two houses. Well, *technically* my name is only on the new one, but in the grand scheme of things that really doesn't matter. Anyway, yeah, made it through the closing (I'd say that was worse than buying a car). Tomorrow will be spent making sure TDS has their act together ("oh, no, your DSL modem won't work there, you'll need a different one") and putting in some working phone jacks (scratches head).

Second of all, it looks like we won't be owning two houses for long. Some people came through last Saturday, and then again on Monday. And today they put in an offer, which Amy has since accepted. Not quite as much as we wanted, but here's the kicker - they want it "as-is". That is to say, if a project isn't finished, I don't have to finish it. As much as I'd like to wrap certain things up around here, it will be nice to not have to worry about them.

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Speaking of Racine, I should really pay more attention to things happening there:
Park wins the W.I.A.A. semi-final football playoff game over Mequon Homestead by a score of 20-13 to advance to the State Championship game at University of Wisconsin - Camp Randall Stadium on Friday, November 18th at 4:00 p.m. Park will be playing against Wisconsin Rapids who won by a score of 41-21 over Bay Port.
Not quite the same as girls' BB going to state, but nevertheless...

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Our wacky legislature is at it again. This time, it's abstinence:
2005 SENATE BILL 286

1. Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to all sexual activity for unmarried pupils.
2. Devote more attention to abstinence from sexual activity than to any other behavior.
3. Emphasize that abstinence from sexual activity before marriage is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
Because you know, teens just don't know what abstinence is:
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), said Wisconsin teens don't get the abstinence message in classrooms enough, because of a focus on using condoms and birth control instead. "Abstinence isn't taught out there, or isn't emphasized," Lazich told the Assembly Education Committee.
Maybe the Racine Unified School District just wasn't the norm, or maybe I just paid attention to certain things more than other kids, but from my experience, that's bull. The message always seemed pretty clear to me - you can ruin your life by having sex, either because of unwanted kids or horrible diseases we'll show you in graphic detail (not to mention various emotional impacts), and the best way to prevent all of that is to not do it. But if you are going to be stupid, at least use a little sense and put on a condom.

Fellow former Racine (and all of WI) students, what say you?


After reading this again, I really need to add some more comments.

- The bill mentions "unmarried pupils". Aren't just about all "pupils" unmarried?

- The third section states "abstinence from sexual activity before marriage is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases". If the "unmarried pupils" section doesn't try and dictate to adults how they should live their lives, this certainly seems to. Besides, isn't abstinence *during* marriage just as effective? Interestingly enough, there doesn't seem to be mention of extra-marital activities.

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Lots more photos up, including some more recent ones. Take a look.

The kids are making out again. You'd think they would get tired of that after a while.

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Is it just me, or did the Packers actually look good today? Not that I've been paying much attention the rest of the season...

So, I entered the world of Doc Martens today. Not that I was specifically trying to - that happened to be what seemed nice for work type shoes at the Shoe Box today. I guess I got lucky - my pair is a "timeless design" that makes it "one of the most versatile additions to [my] wardrobe." Hopefully my khakis and polo shirts will be proud.

Today I actually got around to uploading some photos. I've got quite a few more to go, but this is a start. Enjoy.

Speaking of photos, I see Nikon has come out with yet another new digital SLR. Damn tempting (this one will meter with non-AF lenses), but a tad on the pricey side right now. That is, of course, unless you want to buy a house. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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Yes, it's that time of year again. You know the one. The "what the hell did I do with the liner for my winter coat?" time of year.

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DOB 2/16/79. I'm a web developer at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. I like lots of old music, including The Who. I spend a lot of time working with computers. And my favorite TV show (when I actually decide to watch TV, that is), obviously, is The Simpsons.

In May 2002 I officially graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in computer science. In 1997 (man that seems like a long time ago) I graduated from Washington Park HS. Yes, I know, that site isn't very impressive, and no, I haven't touched it for several years.

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One of the best experiences I have ever had was on a trip called Western Field Studies. This is a 33 day adventure throughout the western United States. Students travel on a school bus to national parks, monuments, forests, and places of historical interest and camp out (in tents or under the stars). I was a part of trip 25, which took place in the summer of 1996. A first for WFS was we took along a laptop computer and kept up a web site. That link will take you to the 1996 site, where there is a link to the current site.