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RPG Class Test, What Class are You!

Posted on May 30, 2006 by under Games.    

Ranger
70% Combativeness, 53% Sneakiness, 29% Intellect, 75% Spirituality
Combative, stealthy, and spiritual; you are a Ranger!
Rangers are the warriors of the woodlands. Stealthy, skilled in combat, and capable of casting spells, they are fearsome opponents and skilled hunters. Rangers are usually accompanied by an animal companion and have a tendency to either use a bow, or to wield a melee weapon in each hand.
Sneaky, aggressive, and faithful, though not overly inclined towards that “book learning,” you’re probably a pretty dangerous person when you want to be. You may be a staunch defender of the forests, but I don’t trust you.
My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 72% on Combativeness
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You scored higher than 77% on Sneakiness
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You scored higher than 1% on Intellect
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You scored higher than 97% on Spirituality

 

This was a pretty accurate test for me. I play a Hunter in World of Warcraft. It is the same as a Ranger in D&D.

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Personal Goals Statement

Posted on May 29, 2006 by under School.    

I just finished writing my Personal Goals Statement.  Although it took less than an hour to write, I don’t plan to re-write it so I sure hope that it is good enough.  I’m actually waiting for Brian to finish playing WOW (or at least stop long enough) so that he can proof-read my essay. I figured there will be some typos and misspelled words and such.  I anticipate some minor corrections will need to be made, but I’m not writing a whole new essay altogether.  No way, Jose.

If it’s crappy, then that’s the price that I have to pay for procrastinating.  I can’t really be expected draft anything spectacular in this short of a time frame (the admission deadline for fall semester is June 1).  Besides, I have met people who can’t even put together a good, grammatically-sound paragraph who have been admitted to grad school so it shouldn’t be that hard, right?  In any case, my co-worker Mo is currently in the WSU MBA program says he doesn’t think they actually read these things.  I’m sure they do but geez, I’d need at least thousand words to tell my story.  How am I to express my goal of world domination in five hundred words or less?  It’s not happening.

Kidding aside, this is my attempt at rationalizing my lackluster admissions essay.  If I don’t get accepted, you can all tell me I told you so.  =P

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Free Land in Kansas

Posted on May 29, 2006 by under Life.    

Did you know that you can still get free land in Kansas?  It’s true.  I was totally surprised myself.  I thought that ended in the early 1900s.  You can go to KansasFreeLand.com for additional information.  Free residential land is available in the following towns: Atwood, Plainville, Wilson, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Holyrood, Argonia, Mankato, Washington, Minneapolis, Kanopolis, Metropolis, Marquette, Peabody, Eureka, Coffeyville, Parsons and Chetopa.

They’re giving away free land because in the last few years Kansas small towns have seen their population decline.  Residents have been migrating to cities and larger towns so these smaller towns are dying.  They figured that by giving people free land, people will start moving to their towns and rejuvenate the economy.  Speaking of rejuvenating the economy, free commercial land is available as well.  Free commercial land is available in these areas: Washington, Stockton, Lincoln and Abilene.

I have always wanted to live in a small town.  Small town living appeals to me so Brian and I are actually putting some serious thought into this.  We are hoping to move to a place like Peabody, which is less than 40 miles away from Wichita.  It’s not too far, but far enough away that we can be left alone.

Brian wants to start a small business.  Maybe like a little pizza place or something.  It’s going to be challenging with school.  I’m kind of spoiled in that I only live a couple of minutes away from WSU.  I don’t think I would be able to handle going to school if we lived in Peabody so we’re actually thinking of waiting a few years, until after I’m done with grad school.  That and we need to save some money for capital.  You can’t start a business without funding, you know?  You can help us start our new life by making a small donation (hint, hint). 

Kidding aside, I seriously don’t know if the land in Peabody will still be available a few years from now.  I’m hoping it will be.  I’d love to start a new life in a small town.  Anyway, I just found out about this yesterday and I figured I would share the information with you all.  Please feel free to spread the word so we can help rejuvenate Kansas economy.

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Our New Joeys

Posted on May 28, 2006 by under Babies.    

 

Star and Her Joeys

It’s official. We have joeys. Over the last couple of weeks Brian and I have been anxiously and curiously awaiting their debut.

I checked on the gliders a while ago and couldn’t help but scream with panic. Ginger’s belly was deflated and her pouch opening looked like an outie. Star’s belly was lopsided with only one side being full and the other side seemed empty. Since this is our first litter, I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought Ginger had lost her joeys and so I called out for Brian to help me.

With his help we inspected the tunnel and the sleeping pouch. Both of Ginger’s joeys were in the sleeping pouch. One of Star’s joeys was in the tunnel. We are marking today, May 28, on our calendar are the out of pouch date for three out of four joeys. We are hoping that the other one will emerge not too long after.

Brian and I both have to resist the urge to handle the newborn suggies. It’s not recommended that they be handled until they’ve been out of pouch for at least a week. Even then strict rules have to be followed.

Here’s an excerpt from an article in Glider University:

At 7-10 days out of pouch, the eyes will open and fur will begin to develop on the belly. The joeys may now be handled. The following guidelines should be followed:

1. It is best that one person be chosen to consistently handle the gliders until they are more mature.

2. Joeys should only be handled for 5 minutes at a time, building up as time progresses.

3. Joeys should be handled in a quiet, warm, dark place free from drafts.

4. It is best that the joeys be handled with mother present.

In the next two weeks (14-28 days out of pouch), joeys will open their eyes, develop their sense of hearing, and may even try to jump. They will mimic parents and try what they see their parents do. It is vital that both sugar glider parents be with the joeys at this time, as the father’s role is extremely important in the care and teaching of the joeys. Here, a father looks on as his three week old joey tries to jump:

At 28-42 days out of pouch, the markings are becoming more prominent now, and they are beginning to become even more adventurous and confident. At this time the joeys will also begin sampling some of their parents’ food. There is no need to provide any special food for the captive joey, as mother’s milk provides all the nutrition the joey needs. Thus, it is vital that the joey be with his mother at this time! When the timing is right, the joey will begin to eat foods along with his parents and older siblings.

At 42-70 days out of pouch, the joey’s tail will “fluff out”, and the joeys will learn to urinate and defecate on their own. The joeys will become independent, and will eat solid foods along with their parents.

Based on this information, the joeys have another two to three months before they are ready to be separated from their mommies. Brian and I are both really excited to watch them develop and are doing our best to stay out of their way so as not to hinder the process. As soon as it is safe to take photos of the joeys, we’ll be sure to share them everyone. Stay tuned.

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X-MEN: The Last Stand

Posted on May 28, 2006 by under Movies.    

 

X-Men:  The Last Stand (Original Motion Picture) So we went to see X3 this afternoon. It was great! The movie was better than I expected and it’s the best one of the series. The makers of the movie never fail to surpass my expectations. Brian and I both thought X1 was awesome. X2 was even better. X3 is by far the best!

Of course, you have to watch both X1 and X2 before watching X3 so that the movie will make more sense. They do a good job of filling the viewers in some, though.

Brian is an expert when it comes to X-MEN trivia so knows all the different characters and what their background stories are. He could name all of the mutants they included in the movie. We both agreed that if they had a way to work Gambit in the story it would’ve been cooler.

Anyway, I won’t say any more. Let’s wait a couple weeks before we discuss the movie details. I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone. 😉

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