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A Week in Denver and playing with Warships [26 Jul 2009|09:35am]
Well this past week I was out in Denver Colorado. It was a fun time to be had. I was out there for the Model Warship Nationals. There was a lot of sinking on my part with my ship all week long, but I did score my first Sink of another ship I can be responsible for. It was great. I was Rookie of the Year and the SMS Kron Prinz Wilhelm ( My ship ) was out on the water for every battle and it only sank one time of the First Sortie of each battle. Unfortunately she needs some work so when I get her back I will begin the reworking of her soon.
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LeMans 2009 [14 Jun 2009|09:38am]
Congrats to Johnny O'Connell ( Driver ) and Dan Binks ( Crew Chief ) for their Victory in the 63 Compuware Corvette C6R. First American Driver to win 4 times in any class at Le Mans is Johnny O'Connell. Dan Binks gets his first LeMans win and the GT1 C6R ends its history with a Victory. Bring on the GT2 C6R and Lets go Racing!
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Day off and No Car [10 Apr 2009|11:39am]
[ mood | anxious ]

Well I got the day off and I am loving it that I have time off. It got better cause I have dropped my Z06 off at Atlanta Performance and Fabrication. ( www.ATLPF.com ) They are installing the Long Tube Headers into her today. I will likely get the car back come Sunday with about an Extra 20 horse power and a much better sound. So now I am with out a car for a few days, but a good thing I got plenty to do about the house today and Got work the next seven.

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Things do not last [13 Feb 2009|06:26am]
[ mood | blah ]

Well I guess things really do not last.

First off I am looking to sell or Part out my Probe. I just can not see the desire to keep dealing with it when I have my new car. So soon I will be looking to be rid of things on it and then eventually junk off the remainder.

Second thing is that the LARP I had been playing for the last 2 months has suddenly had a stoppage to it. I can not blame the two ST's for their reasons to step away from the game, but it is that reason the game is stopping or just dieing off. Either way guess it means I got a lot of time back I did not have and well I will be getting a good nights rest again. The game is in need of a new Head ST and while I would not mind doing the job, I am not sure I could really put in the time others that play would want.

Oh well maybe I will get more done on my Model warships and get the Z06 cleaned up a bit better.

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Posting cause Someone Nudged me to. [29 Jan 2009|04:42pm]
Ok what to post. Well lets see here work is work and how I hate night shift which I get to do Friday night. Also I got the weekend off so Corvette fun will be had.
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Another year, Another Day [30 Dec 2008|07:46pm]
Well I guess tomorrow is the day I reflect on my last year of life and to think on what I should look forward to.

Well I turn 34 on DEC 31 and ya know that actually scares me. Geez I am getting old. Look I am not in Mid life yet, but I already got Grey Hair and Drive a Car that Screams Midlife Crisis.


Well Here is to turning a year older and to those who have made the last year of my life worth it.
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spoutting off on the run off that happens today [02 Dec 2008|07:40am]
[ mood | determined ]

Well I am going out to vote in the senate run off today between Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin. This morning a small discussion happened between myself and my roommate. at a point I spoke of socialistic plans that democrats may have an easier time enacting if they have this 60th seat and the roommate tells me he wishes I would quite using that Socialist term and goes on to tell me why. He claims the Republicans were the ones in power and responsible for the bail out that has happened which he deems as socialistic.

So lets go through what I know about which party is in control of what for the last two years.

Presidency: Republicans
Senate: Democrats have the Majority
Congress: Democrats again have the Majority.


From what I understand the President has power to change the economy only by signing or vetoing budget bill and other bills sent to him by the senate and Congress. While he can push all he wants for certain plans in the end all he can do is either agree or disagree with what Congress and the Senate want. The congress and the Senate are the two political bodies that really create all the laws in this country. Currently the bail out may have been something bush wanted as a way to help the countrys economy it was passed by both the congress and the senate with a resounding Majority. That means both sides were in support of it within Congress and the Senate.

I have read news lately on how both the Senate Majority leader and the congressional Majority leader are wanting to expand the current Bail out by yet another 800 billion. While I am not sure of all the facts on this I am pretty damned sure I do not want to see that happen. Why should our Government be the ones to pick and choose what business fail or succeed. I am more in favor of a Republican Congressman from Texas who has a plan I think will work better than what is currently happening.

This plan is pretty simple in nature and places the Economic Stimulus into the hands of the tax payers. His plan is instead of using the Remaining 350 billion in the current bail out by letting the Government choose who gets the money. We instead have a two month tax holiday on federal payroll taxes. This means no Social security taxes paid no federal withhold either. Basically for two months you get your entire paycheck with no federal taxes taken from it. Part of the plan is that the IRS can not back tax you for that period either. Now understand this plan is just that a plan. It is not a proposed bill in Congress or the Senate yet, but just an idea, but I am sure it will never get past a bill proposal for some reason or another.


Ok back to the original point of this posting and that is over the senate seat race here in Georgia. I am personally in favor of not allowing any one party have the Presidency and a super Majority in both Congress and the Senate. The reasoning is simple. If this ever happens that gives a two year point that what ever party is in that position to do exactly what the party wants. Most of the time this will cause the growth of Government, which has happened anyways,but do we want to see unrestrained policy making by one side or the other? I sure do not. I really do not want to see the Democrats get an opportunity to possibly do things like nationalized Medicine or for then for get the bill they are pushing to take away the private ballot vote when it comes to organizing Unions. The point of having the three branches of our Government was to place checks and balances on each area of the Government.

So go out today Georgia Voters and cast your vote on the Senate Runoff.

I am casting my vote in the way that will hopefully limit a single party control of our government.

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No fun in the sun and Leg Pain [21 Oct 2008|09:33pm]
[ mood | cynical ]

Well I have been trying to get to the bottom of a spot on my leg that has been about since about April of this year. So far a topical medicine was tried after a biopsy that was taken in two spots of the thing on my leg. Now that the topical did not work they took two more biopsy samples of it that were an inch deep now and about 1/4 diameter. So now I will defiantly have a scare on my leg. BTW yes my leg hurts like hell currently. I am now also on a Antibiotic that has an interesting warning.

"You should avoid prolonged or excessive exposure to direct and or artificial sunlight while taking this medication"

I guess this means that because my job has me in direct sunlight a lot, I should hole up and not work for two weeks? Actually the plan is to see what happens if I am not too sore after m,y last day off this week on wed. If I have to I will cover up and use a lot of sunscreen to prevent anything as the fine details basically say I will burn easy while on it. Well here comes the fun and I hope that when the Biopsy results come in this time they will have a way to rid me of the issue.

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The Past Weekend..... And The Rest of This week [30 Sep 2008|03:38pm]
Well I was off to Destin Florida last friday and just returned home. This was likely the best vacation I have had in a long time. Nothing like a Good Hotel, Family and Friends at the great beach like we all were at. Oh yeah and to top off the entire weekend my sister and Richie were married Sunday afternoon. Yes the entire trip was for their weeding but still it has started off a long vacation the right way. Now I am back home to being the Ritual of Petit Le Mans. The perfect end to this vacation would include a win for the #3 Corvette in the GT1 class. All they gotta do is beat their sister car. Go Ronnie, Johnny, and Jannie.
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What an Independance Day Weekend [07 Jul 2008|07:11am]
[ mood | satisfied ]

What can I say this has been one hell of a weekend. some work on Friday on the 4th and a nice relaxing evening watching fireworks with out having to shoot my own. Then a restless nights sleep as Sunday I got in a 94 Caviler with dad and drove the 7 something hours down to Orlando. Stayed Saturday with my Friends Marc and Heidi and got to eat some really good Pizza. Watched Mark play Blazing Angels on his Wii for a bit, but really love the Custom corvette hats the Heidi did for me and my dad on her new Embroidery machine. Sunday Morning wake up about 6 am and chat with Marc for a good while. Marc and Heidi get more hats done for orders they have and my Dad wakes up finally. We start watching a Japanese movie about the Yamato when I get a returned call from the night before I had been expecting. So a little trip is made to look at a car and then pay the gentleman money.

Now comes the fun part. 7 hours back home with a new car. Yes it is official I now own a new car. One very beautiful 2003 Electron Blue Corvette Z06.

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To be goofy amuseing. [16 Jun 2008|09:53pm]
BE HONEST! Answer the questions in a comment.

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36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
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Doctor Visits and health news [09 Jun 2008|03:12pm]
Well today I went to see my doctor and had a check up done. I have a few things concerning me and decided it was time to get some profession advise.

First on the list was some rough skin on my scalp. My Doctor says it is just some thicker skin there and could very well be the scare tissue from when I had stitches on head in that general area back when I was six. So no worries there anymore.

The Second thing was what was an Ingrown hair on my leg. This area had grown to a large red and bruised area, but the doctor again says no worries there as it appears to be healing good.

The last thing is the fact I have High Blood pressure. It was time to have it checked out. I did learn a few neat things. One is my blood pressure is different from each arm. This is said to be due to the slight case of Scoliosis that I have. As for the High blood pressure he thinks getting back to Excersiseing and going onto a diet called the DASH diet will do me some good. Yeah for me now still Blood Pressure meds. I really like the idea of natural ways to solve this issue.

Well this means no more fast food for me and well get to also trim out a lot of the sugary drinks in my life. Oh well I want to get back into shape and fit again. What a better reason to do this than to combat my high Blood pressure.
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Update for once [26 May 2008|09:22am]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Well here I am up on Memorial Day and yet another day off. Kinda fun to sit back and enjoy things I want to do for once.

Went Car shopping the last two days and got some sun, but I am starting to think I may have to pass on my desired car as I need to find an 02 or newer car and getting a Corvette at that year for $25,000 is going to be really difficult.

Plans for today involve a bit of yard work. some work on Model Warships and maybe pull out the sewing Machine and attempt to make a simple outfit for my BJD.


Well to all my friends out there enjoy this day of Remembrance. Think on those who gave their lives for the country and on those who are currently serving our Country.

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My newest item to my house. [22 May 2008|07:42pm]
Well a few months ago I decided that I would invest into a Dollfie. After a couple of moths wait she finally came in.


Meet my doll from Dollzone, Wensicia


http://www.flickr.com/photos/ragresen/sets/72157605198860222/
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A fun weekend in Savanah [13 Apr 2008|08:05pm]
Well it is what I call a fun weekend in Savannah actually. This weekend was the first time in about 3 weeks I had a weekend off. I enjoyed the heck out of it, because it was a planned weekend off to make a trip off to Savannah Georgia.
A weekend of playing with model Radio Control Warships. Yes they really sink. My Poor USS Des Moines got sank on Sunday and had some teething problems yet again, but now I got more time to sort out the issues I am having with her. Also this is a trip I took with my Dad and let him run my ship one sortie and he had such a good time that we shall soon begin to build him a ship along side my current build as well.

Well here is a link to the Pictures my Dad and Myself took.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ragresen/sets/72157604525393555/

Enjoy.
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Time for a new car [03 Apr 2008|07:54am]
Well after two or more years of working on my car and doing stuff to it that had kept it off the road till recently, I have decided it may well be time to park the Probe GT and get a new car that I can drive on a daily basis. Since I have a Company car I will only drive the car on time off which means I will not put a whole lot of miles on her unless I travel. My hobbies require that I can carry some stuff in the trunk, but I am really wishing I could get a 1998 to 2000 Corvette Convertible.

So I ask me friends who all know me to maybe recommend a car to me. I have preferences, but they need not be completely adhere to, but consider them please. I prefer Manual Transmissions and I would love some that is not Front Wheel Drive.
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Car almost set to drive legally again [23 Feb 2008|01:56pm]
I got the Car to pass emissions today. So now to get insurance and plates for her again and I will back to having a car. This is the best I have felt about the car in a few years now.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays [24 Dec 2007|07:10am]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Well This is my last day of work before Christmas day off. I thought it a good time to wish all my friends out there and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. It is now seven days till I officially age to 33. My god I have not realized I am getting as old as I am. Well again everyone enjoy time with their family and friends this Holiday Season.

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Saturday the 22nd fun [22 Dec 2007|06:06pm]
Since I am tight on my money I spent this Saturday doing things about my house I would not have done other wise. Got a few projects started with the Warship hobby, but the best news is that I took the Probe off the Jeckstands for the first time in over a year. I am getting her ready to go get the welding work needed to the exhaust, but to do that I needed to get a small test of the temperory exhaust stuff to be sure she will survive the road trip to the shop. Well good news is that the temp stuff stayed where it was supposed to. I just can not run over any road debris some of the exhaust hangs as low to the road as 2 inches from the road. The bad news is I found my power stearing fluid was way low. I still have a leak on the power stearing somewhere and really need to get that solved. But I am most happy as I can feel it getting closer to getting my car back on the road now.
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Events in my Life to Come [30 Oct 2007|09:02am]
Well I got two things to be looking forward to this year yet besides my Birthday. The first of them is this coming weekend. I will be going to drive The Tail of The Dragon with the Corvette Club this weekend. Last time there I had a blast and this year Promises to be just as much fun. For those intrested in what exactly The Tail of the Dragon is you can go and read on this web site.

http://www.tailofthedragon.com/

And a neat map of the Tail with all the Corner names.

http://www.tailofthedragon.com/maps_dragon_road.html


Ok now to the other event I am so looking forward to. Come November 16,17, and 18 I will be going down to Sanford Florida to do a new hobby I am into, Model Warship Combat. I wll be hopefully getting the sea trails of my ship done on the weekend, but will not battle it as she is not fully ready. Thanks to friends in the hobby though I will get to battle a loaned ship. Well for more information of Modle Warship Combat here is the site to the club I have joined with.

http://www.mwci.org/


Well till I find something revelant to post about again.
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