About me…hmmmm….abooooooouuuuuuut meeeee…….
Well, there’s not much to go on. I live in west Georgia with my parents. I have three cats, plus their four makes seven total. I help run a pet chat room on PhreikChat nightly. I enjoy watching TV, especially cartoons, CSI reruns on Spike TV, Law & Order SVU reruns on USA, and a few other shows. I like to read, mainly horror novels or humor. I’m into the paranormal (hence my name). I have done a few ghost hunts in the past, and would love to go again.
I spend a lot of time on the computer, both at work and at home. I participate in a couple of message boards here and there, one dealing with pets, one or two dealing with the paranormal, and I post comments on ICHC a good bit. Sometimes I might post parodies or satires on that one, especially if the pictures warrant a song parody or poem satire of sorts. I have posted one parody on my blog, and had to do a bit of searching for others. When I have time, I will post the other parodies.
My favorite foods are almost anything American, including Americanized Chinese and Italian. Being from the South, I love, love, LOVE barbecue. It’s pretty much a law down here: if you’re going to live down here, you have to eat what we eat down here. That includes barbecue, grits, okra, cornbread, Coca-Cola (NOT PEPSI!), among other wonderful things. Except chitlins. We understand if you won’t touch them. Some of us won’t either.
I mentioned I like to read humor books. Mainly what I’ve read is satire, and humorous commentary of Americana’s past. I have four books by James Lileks, a humor columnist from Minnesota. His quirks and comments about various old pictures from magazines or brochures cracks me up. As far as horror novels, I much prefer books detailing true ghost stories. This is what got me into the paranormal. One reason why I joined the one or two message boards I frequent is because a lot of the books I read all contain the same ten or twenty stories. I knew there had to be more. I searched the Internet, and lo, there were plenty. When I began reading ghost stories on the Internet, I read them through a couple of groups in Yahoo and MSN. That’s when I discovered the fascinating hobby of ghost hunting. I learned of a couple of small (one of them is now large) groups in my own state, and enjoyed every minute I spent with them in the cemetaries, graveyards, abandoned buildings, wherever we thought we would find paranormal activity.
Let’s see…pets, books, TV, computer, hobby…what else am I missing?
Oh yeah…my job. I work for a civil engineering firm based out of east Metro Atlanta. We have the “lion’s share” of all local and state road projects. We do the planning, design, land acquisition, environmental, consulting, etc. work for various counties in the state of Georgia, as well as the state itself. We designed the 17th Street bridge. We have a major interchange named after our CEO, a former D.O.T. commissioner. What do I do? I started off as the administrative assistant to the land acquisition department. I prepared documents for our acquisition agents, who presented them to property owners, telling them how much land the County they lived in or the State needed to acquire for a nearby road project, and how much they were offering. Sometimes the owners would tell us to f’off, and we’d reply with a condemnation, or as I sometimes put it, condamnation. I usually reserved that term for the more difficult owners. I was then offered a transferral to a location a bit closer to home, for a reduced pay, which I eagerly took. Before I had been driving about 80 miles one way after having moved to the other side of the state. When I first started working for the company, I only drove about 25 miles one way. After my grandmother passed away, my parents offered me her house, which I reluctantly accepted. I had travelled the 80 miles from late 2004 to mid-2006, when I was offered the new position.
Last April I moved in with my parents to help me get back on my feet. As I mentioned before, I still live with them. I’ve almost gotten a few debts cleared up 100%. I think one more payment on the one credit card is left, which will be closed out, and an outstanding debt that went to a collections agency is left. Once those are killed, I should be able to start saving up a hefty amount monthly. Maybe by 2009 or 2010 I can move back out. Maybe.
When I was younger, I used to love to draw. I had a stencil toy that allowed you to make cool, symmetrical designs. I have looked all over the place and have not found that toy. I found a program on the Internet you can download called Mandala Maker, which allows you to make similar designs or patterns. It’s $39, but from what I’ve seen of it so far, it’s pretty well worth it. I also used to enjoy drawing landscapes, mainly what I could think up, or from photographs. I haven’t done that in a while, so I might be a bit rusty. I need to buy me a sketch book, some colored pencils, and just sit down and reacquaint myself. I will post images later on.
My favorite kind of music is mainly classic rock. I like a bit of everything, but not exactly everything. My mp3 player has a wide variety of music, but it’s mostly classic rock: The Beatles, The Eagles, Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, The Steve Miller Band, just to name a few. I also have a handful of Alan Jackson tracks on there, as well as a few Spike Jones songs, some TMBG, and several other tracks.
My favorite movies include a lot of the classic Disney movies, a few horror movies, and comedy. The only kind of horror I like is the non-gory type. Movies like “The Others” and “The Sixth Sense” top my list. I’m very picky about my movies. I don’t go for the gross, teen-themed comedy like “American Pie”. I love the Marx Brothers.
Well, I think that about wraps it up. I may think of more as time passes. Be on the look-out for pictures of my art, as well as of my cats, among other things.