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Friday, January 23, 2004


Dr. Phil's Test

Here you go ... try this. Below is Dr. Phil's test.

(Dr. Phil scored 55 --he did this test on Oprah- she got a 38.) Some folks pay a lot of money to find this stuff out. Read on, this is very interesting! Don't be overly sensitive!

The following is pretty accurate and it only takes 2 minutes.

Don't peek but begin the test as you scroll down and answer. Answers are for who you are now...... not who you were in the past. Have pen or pencil and paper ready. This is a real test
given by the Human Relations Dept. at many of the major corporations today. It helps them get better insight concerning their employees and prospective employees.

It's only 10 simple questions, so......
grab a pencil and paper! keeping track of your letter answers. Make sure to change the subject of the e-mail to read YOUR total. When you are finished, forward this to everyone you know, and also send it to the person who sent this to you.


1. When do you feel your best?
a) in the morning
b) during the afternoon & and early evening
c) late at night

2. You usually walk...
a) fairly fast,with long steps
b) fairly fast, with little steps
c) less fast head up, looking the world in the face
d) less fast, head down
e) very slowly

3. When talking to people you...
a) stand with your arms folded
b) have your hands clasped
c) have one or both your hands on your hips
d) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
e) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair

4. When relaxing, you sit with...
a)your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
b)your legs crossed
c)your legs stretched out or straight
d) one leg curled under you

5. When something really amuses you, you react with...
a) big appreciated laugh
b) a laugh, but not a loud one
c) a quiet chuckle
d) a sheepish smile

6. When you go to a party or social gathering you...
a) make a loud entrance so everyone notices
b) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know
c) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed

7. You're working, concentrating hard, and you're interrupted, you......
a) welcome the break
b) feel extremely irritated
c) vary between these two extremes

8. Which of the following colors do you like most?
a) Red or orange
b) black
c) yellow or light blue
d) green
e) dark blue or purple
f) white
g) brown or gray

9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep...
a)stretched out on your back
b)stretched out face down on your stomach
c)on your side, slightly curled
d)with your head on one arm
e)with your head under the covers

10. You often dream that you are...
a) falling
b) fighting or struggling
c) searching for something or somebody
d) flying or floating
e) you usually have dreamless sleep
f) your dreams are always pleasant

1. (a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6
2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 7 (d) 2 (e) 1
3. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6
4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d) 1
5. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2
6. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 2
7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4
8. (a) 6 (b) 7 (c) 5 (d) 4 (e) 3 (f) 2(g) 1
9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d) 2 (e) 1
10. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f) 1

Now add up the total number of points.

OVER 60 POINTS: Others see you as someone they should "handle with care." You're seen as vain, self-centered, and who is extremely dominant. Others may admire you, wishing they could be more like you, but don't always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.

51 TO 60 POINTS: Others see you as an

exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality; a natural leader, who's quick to make decisions, though not always the right ones. They see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once; someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement you radiate.

41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.

31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see you as
sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a
person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who's extremely loyal to friends you
do make and who expect the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you realize it takes a
lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over if
that trust is ever broken.

21 TO 30 POINTS: Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy. They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder. It would really surprise them if you evern did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then, usually decide against it. They think this reaction is caused partly by your careful nature.

UNDER 21 POINTS: People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs looking
after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions & who doesn't want to get involved
with anyone or anything! They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don't exist. Some people
think you're boring. Only those who know you well know that you aren't.

By the by, I scored a 48....

Good News for the week

Not all victims of war are human....

Zimbabwe Animals Rescued After Farmers Flee


Made a major change in the blog. See the sidebar.

Foodwise, not good. I must have breakfast to avoid temptation.
Cardio workout today. Not good as well. The instructor has forgotten she's to instruct as well as lead the choreography. Plus it's getting way too crowded to exercise effectively. I'm giving serious thought of dropping the class for a while.

Oh! Forgot to mention. I gained weight in the latter part of last year. I'm currently 206 pounds. Not really bothered by the number but p.o.'d that some clothes--namely, pants--don't fit anymore. That's my gage that I've been slacken.

It's going to change. And I've been working on it since last week.

Naruto rules!

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Year of the Monkey

Happy New Year for all those born under this sign!

Wednesday, January 21, 2004


These look promising...and funny:

The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Clichés

The Grand List of Fantasy Cliches


The Not-So-Grand List of Overused Fantasy Cliches'


Currently taking a break from Naruto. Wow. What incredible anime. Ranks up there with Slayers (especially the second season) and Magic Knight Rayearth.

Busy, busy day. Network issued. Major probs with the telcos. Broadcasts and lots of them. New clients. Frayed a lot of people's nerves including my own. (Course, didn't help I was late to my regular meals today. So when that blood sugar drops, watch it....

However, we apparently had another record-breaking (read: money-making) session yesterday. I won't be surprised if we did well today.

Good news! My spouse has on-line access to work-related stuff. No more late nights and weekends up in the valley anymore. (Hmmm. Is this the good news of the week?)

Follow up on culling....

Removed several blogs from the sidebar. Now on the lookout for non-writing stuff. Again, this is your fault, Greg (LOL)! Looking for interesting (and updated!) blogs discussing fitness, comic books, and role-playing games (rpgs). If you know any, post in the Comments after this entry.

More culling, new blogs, and manly men....

As anyone has noticed, I read my favorite blogs daily. I'm debating about making more cuts and possibly adding more non-writing-related sites*.

I've noticed several folks have multiple blogs for different subjects (e.g., writing, fitness, life in general, sexual techniques, etc.) I've always thought the practice to be silly and time-consuming but am reconsidering the issue. For those who have such an arrangement, why did you do it?**

"Manly men."This topic emerged from a posting over at Forward Motion over writing characters. What are the "traits" to write a convincing man? A woman? Sometimes I feel the topic is like art (or porn): you'll recognize it when you see it or, in this case, read it.
But I know it's possible. What's your opinion? I'll be writing a more extensive entry later.

*This is your fault, Greg! :)
**The multiple blogs, that is, not the subject matters....

Tuesday, January 20, 2004


You've got to be kidding (see below).

After much debating throughout the day, I attended a cardio class (step) last night after work. Yikes! Fortunately I knew the routine. Unfortunately, the instructor jacked up the intensity and length of the class. I stopped several times to catch my breath. I hate having been sick!

Still shifting my eating habits. Virtually no carbs after 1800 last night. All were "wet" carbs: Gatorade and Silk chocolate soy drink. Both were fluids and were cold. I actually developed one of those "cold" headaches I sometimes would get when I used to eat ice cream.

After workout I did some light food shopping and picked up prescriptions at the pharmacy. Watched Naruto for the rest of the evening. Damn that anime is good!

Monday, January 19, 2004

For the well-stocked villain...

Oh, cool!

VillainSupply.com. Your On-line Source for everything EVIL(tm).

LoCarb shopping places


Cool. Thanks, Kent!

In Orange County:*


19142 Beach Blvd., Suite Z
Huntington Beach 92648
(714) 964-9010

Frank's Low-Carb Marketplace

27001 Moulton Parkway, Suite 116
Laguna Hills 92656
(949) 831-3663

*NOTE: Orange County residents don't call their county "the O.C.", by the by.

For Los Angeles County folks:

Carb Cops Low Carb Superstore

2739 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Redondo Beach, 90278
(310) 297-9292

Heavenly Low Carb

4621 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, 91403
(818) 325-8087

Lo Carb-U

5770 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, 90038
(323) 460-6222

Pure Foods

1820 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica 90403
(310) 828-0030

The LoCarb Life

10655 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles 90064
(310) 470-2263


By the by, my mom's back home and she's fine. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and well-wishes. I'll be calling her tonight and later in the week to scream at her again....

Today so far...

Schedule writing sessions this week. Though plotting is not done, I've got the intro of all the main characters (MC) and their plots complete. I'm trying to schedule time to work on the body and conclusion in later sessions. Hmmm. Before or after the daily wordcount?

I've gained weight. Pants I bought after my major weight loss a few years ago are now too tight. Not good. I wanted to hit cardio starting today but I'm debating since I still have a lingering cough. DEFINITELY no weight-lifting until the cough is gone. (You really don't want to be benching pressing or doing squats and sudden break into frenzied coughing.) I'll make the decision tonight.

I have LOTS of stuff to do this week. Here's a partial list (primarily for me as a reminder):

Check PO box.
Review all mail still in car.
Pay bills.
Clothes to drycleaners.
Toss out trash.
Finalize gifts for family.
Open another checking account.
Food shop.
Pick up antibiotics and asthma meds.
Check oil for cars.
Reply to party invites.
Review books for Vision (due February).
Write articles for Vision (due February).
Pick up comic books.
Notify bank wanting to split home loan and pay twice a month.
Install new Quickbooks Pro.


Saturday I woke around 11:00 A.M.. R. was on-call Friday night and wasn't able to get any true sleep until 7:00 A.M. Saturday morn. I surfed the Internet, read, surfed the Internet, etc. in that order as I waited for the coffee to jumpstart my brain.

The only real noteworthy events that day was driving up to Game Castle and purchasing a few new rpg supps. Gehenna, especially, was good. When R. got home, we watched Naruto. That's also when we received the call from my dad about my mom. After the call, we ate at one of our favorite restaurant (which was packed due to Monday's holiday), then came home and fell asleep.

Sunday we woke late. Watched more Naruto (can you tell what's our current favorite activity for the evenings?) then headed out to see the play, Pagent. Hmmm. What can I say except it was light fluff and "Ms" Deep South won it. Dinner at Cafe' D'toile followed by more episodes of Naruto. Oh! Call from my sister that mom was staying one more night at the hospital for more tests.

Good morning!

Added Plodding to my side bar this morn.

Ugh. Short entry since I just woke and am waiting for the coffee to hit. New work hours start today. Will be interesting to see how it pans out.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

To be expanded

Major events today were seeing the play, Pagent, and watching more of the anime, Naruto. Details to follow.

Oh! Mother had to go to the hospital over the weekend. She's stable but they're keeping her to run some tests.

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