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Hello All.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to make a public post, but since I took a 3 month absence from the "public" eye and have returned with a list cut in tow, I felt at least a brief explanation is required.

I have essentially been "hiding" from most of the LJ world by using a filter for both posting and viewing LJ entries. I had been uncomfortable with the LJ world for some time. A lot of negative drama happened last year in LJ amoung my friends and that had a profound effect on me. It made me very unhappy. I didn't know how to handle what had happened and the aftermath so I did what I felt was right for me at the time. I closed myself off from all but a few I was still comfortable with. I thought a filter would help circumnavigate the drama a defriending naturally seems to bring, at least until I was ready to cope.

Since either method manages to generate drama, it's time to make the cut and move on. I'm at a point in my life right now where I am not comfortable with sharing my life with everyone out there. Perhaps, sometime in the future, this will change. For now, I'm just doing what I need to in order to feel comfortable in my own space again.
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I'm finishing up my marketing paper and require some pony pics. What I'm looking for is a picture of the original 6 G1 ponies and the first set of G2 ponies. Preferrably, I'd like brochure pics or something but I'll take anything that you've got :). Much thanks if you can help me out :).
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WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 40 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug and one-in-six takes at least three, the government reported Thursday.

"Americans are taking medicines that lower cholesterol and reduce the threat of heart disease, that help lift people out of debilitating depressions, and that keep diabetes in check," Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said in a statement.

The annual report on Americans' health found that just over 44 percent of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, and 16.5 percent take at least three.

Those rates were up from 39 percent and 12 percent between 1988 and 1994, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

The report, "Health, United States 2004," presents the latest data collected by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics and dozens of other Federal health agencies, academic and professional health associations, and international health organizations.

Americans' life expectancy increased to 77.3 years in 2002, a record. And deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke - the nation's three leading killers - are all down 1 percent to 3 percent, the analysis said.

The study also found that spending on health climbed 9.3 percent in 2002 to $1.6 trillion.

Prescription drugs, which make up about one-tenth of the total medical bill, were the fastest growing expenditure. The price of drugs rose 5 percent, but wider use of medicines pushed total expenditures up 15.3 percent in 2002. Drug expenditures have risen at least 15 percent every year since 1998.

The report said prescription drug use was increasing among people of all ages, and use increases with age.

Nearly half of all women were taking prescription drugs - 49 percent - compared to 39 percent of men.

Usage peaked at 84 percent for people aged 65 and over, with the top rate at 89 percent for black women over 65.

Even for people under age 18, however, nearly one-fourth - 24.1 percent - were taking at least one prescription medication. The rate rose to 34.7 percent between age 18 and 44; for those ages 45 to 64, it was 62.1 percent.
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Happy Turkey Day!!!

Eat lots of turkey.
Drink much booze.
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*choir sings*

Horray for the 4 day weekend :).

Kyle is home so we're going out tonight. Probably going to go shopping, maybe catch National Treasure. He refuses to take me to see Spongebob. LOL!

The turkey is happily defrosting away. I'm ready for Turkey day! Imagine though, by this Saturday, my Xmas tree will be up and many presents wrapped :). Where did the year go?

Oh! Law and Order SVU! Who watched? Did you vote??

Poll #391162 L&O SVU, did you vote??
Open to: Friends, detailed results viewable to: Friends, participants: 3

So.....

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GUILTY!
0 (0.0%)
Not Guilty!
2 (66.7%)
I don't know! *flails*
1 (33.3%)
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Your Boobies' Names Are: The Blind Melons


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I need an easy to make recipe for Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Cranberry Sauce. :) All suggestions welcome.

Keep in mind that I have no experience making either items :P. So, it's gotta be an "idiot's guide" type of recipe ;).
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Who has it, who likes it, who doesnt?

I was going to buy this set but I'm hearing lots of complaints about it like cut episodes and sucky covers. Who has bought it and is with worth $50?
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Well, it's that time of year again ;). In less than 2 weeks I have to buy my Turkey for my Turkey Party. It looks like I'm going with a 20-22 pounder this year. While I'm at it I'm going to shop for a new turkey platter. I want something bigger and fancier to serve it on.

In the mean time, looking for a new side dish idea to try out this year. The baked macaroni and cheese two years before was a disaster, lol. I went with the more familiar Chinese Chicken salad last year...which I might bring back this year. Candied yams, creamed corn, and italian squash with mushrooms are always must haves. I want to see what else I might want to try...so....


Poll #381039 Side Dish ideas...
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12

What is your favorite Turkey side dish...besides stuffing :P

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Heehee.

This weekend was split between studying in daylight hours and playing the world preview of guild wars during the evenings. Woot!

Election...run and hide!!
I voted early by electronic poll on Friday. I waited in line for 1.5 hours to vote. Yes, there was a LINE. It was like Disneyland without the ride. The poll workers were saying it's going to be very similar everywhere on election day. 10% of all voters will be first time voters. They say people who haven't voted in 10-15 years are crawling out of the woodwork to vote.

It's going to be quite an interesting week.


Cut cause there's a huge rant, much cursing, here about a rabbit-related issueCollapse )

Guild Wars
There were some things I liked a lot and some things that I didn't like.

Likes:
1. Graphics are awesome. Beautifully detailed characters and scenes. Even then, experienced very little lag over the weekend.
2. Common outposts between missions where people can gather to form a group for the mission. It's great. You can easily find a group within minutes.
3. Isolated, instanced missions. Once you get a group together, you start your own instance of the mission. It's just your group and the NPCs and mobs. No teenage troll can come in and interrupt your play.
4. Clothing can be customized with various "dyes" that can be picked up or bought in the game. Best of all, the colors can be mixed to form even more different colors to use.
5. "Assigned" loot. Loot that falls out of a killed mob is automatically assigned to a member of the group by the computer. No worries about loot hogs. Clear an area then go back and collect goodies at your leisure.

Dislikes:
1. I'd like to see more customization. More hairstyles, facial features. I'd love to be able to customize the look of a piece of armor, beyond just color.
2. Instanced missions are great, but because of this if a group member drops out of whatever reason, they can't rejoin and you can't recruit new members.
3. No easy way to find your friends. Each area in the game exists in several parallel instances. They're referred to as "Districts". Each district is the same as the next but containing different characters. You are randomly dropped into a district that isn't too full of characters. This cuts down on having too large a crowd occupying an area resulting in lag. However, this can make friends harder to find as there's no way to tell where your friends are in the world.
4. Items difficult to craft. Most of the upgrade items must be "crafted" from raw materials that you pick up during the game. During the entire weekend I only managed to craft a pair of boots :P. But I suppose, if I had more time to play, it wouldn't have mattered as much. Also, there were some materials that I NEVER saw during the game, like cotton and runes.

Things I didn't have time to try:
1. Guilds - sounds cool. If you form your own guild, you get this bib thing with your guild color and symbols on it. You also get your own resting area where your guild can gather and eventually there are other goodies. I hope they change the bib thing though...it covered the top half of your body...ick.

2. PvP - there were two arenas for PvP play and I didn't get to try either. From other reviews though, sounded fun :).

Conclusion:
I liked it and will miss playing it while waiting for the official release. I will very likely go out and buy the preorder which gives me access to one beta weekend per month prior to release in February. The first of these betas will happen this weekend ;).
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