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DUCKS! [Jun. 30th, 2007|01:42 pm]
cadavillac
[Current Location |Lake Mohawk, Booneville, MS]

There's a female Muscovy duck that shows up in our yard every once in a while that we feed. She started out with 13 babies several weeks ago, but now she's down to four.  I've taken a liking to this particular duck (and her clutch) because she's not shy in the least.  Whenever I'm feeding the geese she (and her ducklings) will cut straight through a crowd of the menacing Canadians and stand at your feet until she's fed.  Sometime when I'm in a grouchy mood I'll only feed the birds that will eat out of my hand... that said, the female Muscovy and a selected few of the Canadian geese will eat from my hand. Interestingly enough, it's usually the injured geese that feed out of your hand.

Anyway, here's a video of the ducks I took shortly after a brief rainstorm.

Wikipedia has an okay article on the species as well.  I don't agree with the methods of population control advocated in the article, however.  The article describes them as being aggressive, but in my experience they're not so much.  Tough, yes, aggressive... probably not.  Muscovies have no problem dishing back the grief they get from the Canadian geese here at the lake.

And somewhere along the way today I found this interesting FAQ about crows.

Good day.
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Geocaching stat bar [Jun. 29th, 2007|11:18 pm]
cadavillac
[Current Location |Lake Mohawk, Booneville, MS]

... I can't seem to get it to post on MySpace, so I'm trying it here. All it seems to do is post a ".." Any suggestions about MySpace?


Profile for Cadavillac


Here's one with Signal the Frog (Geocaching's mascot):

Profile for Cadavillac
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Upcoming posts. [Jun. 12th, 2007|02:39 pm]
cadavillac
[Current Location |Lake Mohawk, Booneville, MS]



I Heart Geocaching.

R.I.P. Boner Hole

Coon Dog Cemetery and Easy Going Sam

Why, they should call this place Horseshoe Bend!


and finally,

Bye Bye Redhead

Comment at will.
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(no subject) [May. 16th, 2007|04:27 pm]
cadavillac
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[Current Location |Lake Mohawk, Booneville, MS, US]

Since it's been so long since I've updated I'll put everything in one gigantic heap of a blog.

I went to North and South Carolina to see some friends of mine from online.  One of them I had met, the other two I hadn't yet seen in the flesh. I'll post pictures soon.  The trip was awesome.

In other news, one of my brothers that I don't get to see much ran into a coworker of mine that he knew from her waitressing days pre-nursing school.  They chatted a bit, and then my  brother said that he and I don't talk anymore and he was afraid that it's because I'm gay.  He said that everyone knew (I don't know if he meant Dad, too) and they were all okay with it.    That's not the reason we don't stay in touch very well, though.  It's just that we run in different circles and we both stay so busy...  I've got to work at keeping better in touch with my family.  But now there's the "So, Carrie said she ran into you..." thing to deal with.  I had always hoped we'd just all understand that I was gay without having to go through the discussion.  Alas, addressing it with my brothers will be the last people I'll have to tell.  I don't think I'll ever discuss it with my dad unless he brings it up first.

Also, I'm needing some advice.  I've been thinking about buying a GPS and start geocaching.  I'm almost set on this particular GPS unit, the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSX.   I've yet to find anyone who hates geocaching, 99.999853214578% of everything on the web about it is positive.  I think it would be fun, and even just in the local area there's 149 caches to be found.

I was all gee-haw about getting a GPS unit until my friend Jennifer brought her camera to work. It's a  Sony Cybershot N2... a 10MP camera with a 3" touch screen LCD on the back.  COOL AS HELL.  Now I'm wondering which I want more.  Would a GPS serve me better?  I do go riding four wheelers a lot and it would be handy to plot everywhere I go.  On the same ticket,  I don't actually need a camera.  I can always use Joy's, and the truth is, I don't take pictures that much anymore, but having a camera around is always handy.  I'm on the fence, but I'm leaning toward the GPS.  It's a big purchase either way, and I don't want to screw it up.

Oh, and the cool thing about the particular GPS unit I'm looking at is it has a built in compass, barometer, and altimeter.
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*sigh* I don't wanna go back! [Mar. 20th, 2007|10:30 am]
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[Current Location |Lake Mohawk, Booneville, MS]

For the past four days I've been on a pretty productive little break from work.  The stars must've aligned or my boss must have accidentally doubled up on her Lexapro for a couple of weeks, but I was off Friday night, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  I'm really feeling like crap now that I have to go back tonight.

Friday night I bought a head unit for the Town Car and some Alpine speakers, but not before hitting a dog on my way to BestBuy.  It was the first dog I had ever hit, and I was completely sick over it.  The owner pulled out of his driveway (carrying a horse trailer, no less) right in front of me and his dog was chasing the truck.  I would've seen the dog in daylight but it was nighttime. I stopped, and two of the guy's hired hands who heard the screech/bump called the guy.  He was so concerned for the dog's wellbeing he kept on a-goin'.  The impact took quite a bit of paint off my bumper.  Yay.  As though maiming Fido wasn't enough, my service at BestBuy was equally nauseating. However, dead-set on buying a CD player and speakers, I dropped more money than I care to add up.  The results, though, are quite impressive.

Saturday I spent having the audio equipment installed (yes, I'm afraid of tampering with car electronics, you may ridicule me now), and then I met my friend Jeff-who-stole-my-wallet and his mother for dinner.  Normally I try to stay away from Jeff's mother, but since he works in Memphis now and stays there most of the time, when he comes home it's Mom Time.  For the last several weeks we'll make plans and when he throws in "yeah, mom wants to go, too" I'll bail.  She's a really entertaining person, but although she says she "loves" and "accepts" me and Jeff, she makes no bones about the fact that she believes we could "turn straight" immediately at our own decision.  For that I have a hard time coming to terms with even speaking to her.  As long as that topic doesn't come up, though, we're fine.  Of course, we all went out and ate Chinese and had a great time.  Then we went home and watched The Prestige (my 5th time). I don't think Jeff or his mom enjoyed it as much as I did, but at least I got them to see it.  Getting them to watch anything deeper than Legally Blond 2 is a quite a feat.

Sunday I can't really remember what I did other than laying around reading some books.  Right now I'm reading Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like a Skank and We're Just Like You, Only Prettier (both by Celia Rivenbark), as well as You Suck by Christopher Moore, and I Am the Central Park Jogger by Trisha Meili.  Anyone who knows me knows that my pretend OCD won't let me start one book before finishing the one before it, but all these books are so good I want to ration them out so they'll last longer.

Monday I washed/clay barred/waxed Mom's Grand Cherokee and Joy's Sebring.  After finishing the Sebring I took it for a top-down spin last night.  I enjoyed it, but it doesn't coddle me like the Town Car does.  I need to face it.  I'm getting old.  After all the car  care I read some more.

Today I'm going to read some, too, just before I go to work.

That's it!
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Open water diving, revisited. [Mar. 14th, 2007|09:57 am]
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[Current Location |Lake Mohawk, Booneville, MS]
[music |Korn - Twisted Transistor]

A few nights ago at the hospital I saw a man that I had originally met while getting open water dive certified.  He, unlike myself, actively goes diving.  I got the certification and haven't been in the water since.  Chiefly due to my lack of finances and time, I gave up on diving.  My dive buddy, Chris, found bigger and better things to do, and I, having loaned my equipment (to Chris) or lost it (to the Tenn-Tom Waterway), gave up on returning to the hobby. 

Every time I see Jackie, though, I want to get back into diving.  He's progressed quite well in the three years since we got certified together.  He has a full range of equipment, his son has become certified, he owns a boat.  Me?  I bought a diver tag for the front of my car.  Of course, that was really all I could afford to do.  Now that school's over and I've paid off a few nagging bills I can afford to start over.  That is, since dumping money in my hearse has become a pipe dream.  I simply cannot find anyone who is willing to work on it.

I think the only SCUBA equipment I still have are the booties that are worn underneath the fins, and possibly the fins themselves.

The first step to returning to the water is finding a refresher course.  My PADI certification never expires but I've forgotten most (if not all) that I learned.  I just called Southeastern Divers, Inc. and their refresher course is $75.  I need to bring my mask (lost in the Tenn-Tom Waterway), snorkel (same fate) and fins. I may still have my fins, but the rest is lost forever.  I propositioned my friend Chris about going to the refresher course. I'd pay for everything, he only needs to attend.  He accepted the invitation.  We haven't gotten to spend much time together in the last year or two, so this should be fun.

I wish Lake Mohawk would be interesting to dive, but alas, I'm sure it's not.  It's man-made, and only about 50 years old.  Chasing carp underwater might be fun though.
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R. I. P. Anna Nicole Smith. [Feb. 8th, 2007|04:54 pm]
cadavillac
[Current Location |Lake Mohawk, Booneville, MS]

Anna Nicole Smith dies after collapsing in a Florida hotel.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070208/ap_en_tv/anna_nicole_smith
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This is why I will not be travel nursing this year. [Jan. 29th, 2007|06:56 am]
cadavillac
[Current Location |Lake Mohawk, Booneville, MS]

Every once in a while during winter there's a morning that reminds you what the summer will bring every day.  Although it's a bitter cold outside (especially with pajamas on) the landscape took on a spring morning look... and I took a picture.  Unfortunately the picture doesn't exactly convey how beautiful a morning it was, but you get the idea.

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Trading up. [Jan. 4th, 2007|09:35 pm]
cadavillac
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[Current Location |Lake Mohawk, Booneville, MS]
[mood |boredbored]
[music |Tool - Vicarious]

December 30th I traded in the '89 New Yorker for a 2001 Town Car.  The New Yorker had become needy for parts, with something major happening about every month.  Although it was a very nice car, the eighteen year old parts were starting to fail, especially being driven daily as opposed to the infrequent driving it incurred with its previous owner, as evidenced by being just a tick over 100k miles when I took possession of the car. Last month it was the radiator. The month before it was front struts, and front tires/ alignment the month before that.  This month it was going to be CV joints and brakes, and next month, valve cover gaskets.  The front is already needing to be aligned again after just routine use.   In early spring the AC was going to have to be fixed and some time down the road the dry-rotted rear air shocks were needing to be addressed.  Most of this stuff (save for the AC) became readily apparent a few weeks/months after I bought the car and began driving it daily.

The Town Car seems to be trouble free (don't they all, at first?) and hopefully finding things it needs won't be as frustrating as it was for the Chrysler.  Here's to hoping I won't need to for a while.  I originally fell in love with the Lincoln Town Car when my brother owned a '93 about ten years ago.  Its was large and luxurious and and I loved sitting in the big back seat.  These days, Town Cars are a bit smaller, I'm a bit larger, but the magic remains :)

Tomorrow I go for a license plate and inspection sticker. I'm not sure whether to get a personalized tag or not.  Mississippi has a pretty snazzy "Nurses Touch Lives" tag  or I might just get MATT RN or something like LANKIN just for shits and giggles. I have until tomorrow to decide!  Actually, the dealership was supposed to give me an inspection sticker (the original owner lived in Tennessee, where the stupid things aren't required) but I really don't feel like going back to the dealership, and spending the $5 for one somewhere else doesn't bother me.

As far as future mods, go, this isn't really a car people do that sort of thing to... tastefully.  I love the wheels as they are and don't want to detract from the buttery smooth ride and the exhaust is just loud enough as-is.  I'll consult my friend and resident 4.6 modular expert Brad for further instruction.  The car is, however, in dire need of a CD player and new speakers.



In front of a small portion of Lake Mohawk.




The back seat with requisite fire extinguisher.
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On travel nursing way up north... [Dec. 9th, 2006|03:53 pm]
cadavillac
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[Current Location |Lake Mohawk, Booneville, MS]

Okay, so a respiratory therapist and another nurse I work with juuuust about had me talked into traveling to Alaska in the beginning of 2008 (it's always been something I wanted to do). The respiratory therapist showed me pictures from her last trip and the scenery was beautiful, which made me even more ready to be there. Absolutely stunning. We talked for a good long time and I was ready to pack my bags...

That is, until the temperature here dropped to 11ºF. I realize that Alaska gets a lot colder for a lot longer and I'm suddenly I have some pretty cold feet about going long term. Of course, travel nursing gigs are usually 13 weeks long and I can handle anything for 13 weeks, right?
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