jcollie719: (Turtle Farm)
There wasn't a Toastmasters meeting today since Monday is Labor Day. I signed up to lead next week's meeting.

This month's C.S. Tweetup was held on a Thursday again, meaning it overlapped with the local Drinking Liberally meeting. I actually had poutine for the first time in my life at the Tweetup. A food truck outside the bar had Thai coconut curry poutine on its menu. A few week's earlier, an episode of "Bite This with Nadia G" featured an L.A. restaurant that offered chicken tikka poutine. I wouldn't mind trying that some day.
jcollie719: (Xmas Vigoda)
I woke up to snow on Thursday. I had read others' comments about the roads being slick during the morning, but they were mostly dry by the evening.

The C.S. Tweetup was held Thursday night. I hadn't been paying attention to the schedule, so I didn't know about it until Thursday afternoon. If I had known it would be held at Sparrow Hawk Cookware, I wouldn't have bought a couple of pans a few days earlier. I did buy a couple of items during the Tweetup: an ice cream scoop and a garlic chopper.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
Last week's calorie average: 1,956.4
Days above 2,000 calories: 3 (2250, 2060 and 2010)

Fursuit drama? I feel bad for you, son. I got 99 skritches, but a troll ain't one.

Fred Stoller... that's who I was thinking of. Earlier today, there was some Twitter drama regarding fursuiters' behavior (talking while in suit, ruining the magic, etc.) A year or two ago, similar complaining reminded me of a 1980s-era comedian, though I couldn't remember his name back then. I imagined him doing a bit about furries, including "I bought a fursuit without a moving jaw, and I talked while wearing it. I'm outta control. Then I walked all around the hotel with my fursuit head off. Yeah, that's right. Then I put on a pair of shorts over the suit, even though it didn't have an SPH. You can't stop me. Don't even try. I'll take you down with me."
jcollie719: (Toonces)
I was contacted by an employee of Sharp Marketing today. She asked me to come in Monday for an interview. I had been rejected by this company several months ago because the job required me to work Saturday afternoons, which clashed with my KRCC schedule. I don't know if they now have a weekday-only opening or if the company forgot about my previous interview. At least this time I won't arrive as early and will only put enough in the parking meter for 45 minutes. If I get rejected again, I can always go to the Starbucks or Subway down the street for brunch/lunch.

On Wednesday night, I created an "after dark" Twitter account. I initially planned for my furry account to occasionally serve that function, but some of my non-furry friends followed that as well. After creating the AD account, I had the same apprehension that I did with creating the furry account. Since it's named after my fetish fursona, I was afraid my friends with protected accounts wouldn't recognize it, so I added "jcollie719" to the profile description.
jcollie719: (Jcollie719)
I got an e-mail from Growly today asking if I'd like to stay in his hotel room for RMFC. I and 5-6 others shared his room last year. I accepted his offer. This will shave about $250 off of my trip budget.

According to UPS, my glow stick bracelet order left Oregon yesterday. I don't know how long it will take to reach me, but the shipping boxes I ordered should arrive in the next day or two.

I went to the monthly C.S. Tweetup at Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. last night. I haven't been to a Tweetup in a while due to money issues. Phantom Canyon has great food, including a chicken and wild rice soup with just the right amount of spice, chicken pot pie and an excellent bread pudding.
jcollie719: (Conan Whatchoo)
Threatening the President of the United States is a class D felony under United States Code Title 18, Section 871. It consists of knowingly and willfully mailing or otherwise making "any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States". (Text courtesy Wikipedia)

I had reported a particular Twitter user last week who has made repeated threats against the president's life. Below is the response from Twitter's so-called "Trust and Safety" official:

JuneClippers, May-09 03:58 pm (PDT):

While we understand your frustration at the posted content, the reported user is not in violation of our Terms of Service.

Thank you,
Twitter Trust and Safety

At least the Secret Service has a verified Twitter page now.
jcollie719: (Buster Sheep)
It's 2 AM and I'm having trouble sleeping. Venting online usually helps me relax and think straight.

As some of you may know, I use the screen name jcollie719 on most furry sites. (I had started my LJ page a couple of years before I became a furry, hence the different account name.) My main Twitter account is jtr115 since I wanted it to be an "all-purpose" account (i.e. both furry and non-furry related.) Tuesday night, I decided to create a separate jcollie719 Twitter account for a few reasons:
(1) I felt somewhat reluctant to post about everything I did that was furry-related due to fear of rejection from others.
(2) I wanted to make it easier for people who know me as jcollie719 to find me.
(3) The new account would also function as an "after dark" account on the extremely rare occasions I discuss anything sexual (and also keep such discussions away from the eyes of potential employers.)

Not even two hours later, my mind started telling me I made a mistake. It tends to become paranoid whenever I even think of doing something new or different. Okay, mind, here are the main reasons you shouldn't worry:
(1) Everyone who knows me or wants to friend me online is welcome to do so at my "human" Twitter or my furry Twitter, or both or neither.
(2) I only call myself "John R." on my original Twitter. The new account merely identifies me as Jerzei Collie. It's like how most people in superhero tales don't know the ordinary human being behind the costume.
(3) My non-furry friends and co-workers who know I'm a furry are cool with it.
(4) Those who would unfollow me over something like this are either folks I don't know on a personal level or businesses/spambots who followed me just because I live in Colorado or used a word related to their businesses in my Tweets.

Whew! See, talking things out really does help put things in perspective.
jcollie719: (Jcollie license)
I hope this works. It's a map of my Twitter followers created with www.clustrmaps.com

Locations of visitors to this page

My Twitter page is http://twitter.com/jtr115

I used the coupon from my Monday trip to Souper Salad to dine there again today. This place has such a great selection of soups, salads and other items. It's amazing how such lightweight items can be so filling.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
From December 24th:
Taking a Twit on LJ )

Whenever I wake up in the middle of the night with stress or anxiety, I normally do one of two things: Toss and turn while trying to relax again, or get up and do something until I feel calm enough to go back to bed. My sleep-deprived brain convinced me to try something I did a few months ago: pretend to be a bear and stretch out on the living room floor for a bit. Oddly enough, it worked.

I've got two shifts today at KRCC. Payday was last Thursday instead of the end of the year due to the Payroll office being closed for the holidays. My next payday is January 14th because of this. Thankfully the winter membership drive will allow me to get more hours.
jcollie719: (Default)
Twitter's acting up again. Here's what I've been trying to enter for the past 30 minutes.

Total calories: 1,800. One person I called at work said I sounded like a Hindu. I guess that's better than sounding like a computer.
jcollie719: (Collie Puppet)
Today's calories: 1,687. Tuesday's total (which I forgot to post) was 2,095. Tonight's fortune cookie: "Stubbornness is not a good virtue."

Twitter Shitter Twitter is throwing one of its usual tantrums, so I'll post this here until it stops.
jcollie719: (Default)
KRCC's latest membership drive ended about two hours ago. If it had gone another day or two, I was going to see if the station needed additional phone answerers.

I finally put my latest two medical bill payments in the mail. Hooray for an extra large paycheck on the 15th!

And now, a few random Tweets from the past weeks ( http://twitter.com/jtr115 )

Fortune cookie today: "You will be successful in love." The fortune didn't specify if a partner would be involved.

A phone volunteer at KRCC noticed the large # of MMJ (medical marijuana dispensary) ads in a local weekly paper. I said they're popping up everywhere, just like Starbucks. If only we could combine the two! "I'll have a venti Purple Kush, please."

Using the Internet to escape drama is like drinking booze to escape alcoholism.

Watching the Geico ad taking place at a restaurant. So where did the gecko keep his cell phone and wallet? On second thought, never mind!
jcollie719: (Jackass Fish Slap)
Just a friendly note to telemarketers: Making insincere, self-deprecating remarks before you go into your sales pitch isn't cute and doesn't make people want to give. If anything, it annoys us more. It definitely doesn't appear to be genuine when it sounds like you're reading "ha ha ha ha" off of a script. If you're that bad at emoting while reading, maybe you should give up telemarketing and go into making porn films.

Hearing the telemarketers fake laugh reminded me of a comedy routine I saw a few years ago involving a novice door-to-door vacuum salesman. The salesman read from his sales script and laughed briefly at his jokes before emitting a deep sigh. My favorite exchange from that routine:

SALESMAN (reading sales script): What brand of vacuum do you own?
WOMAN: It's a Bissell.
SALESMAN (reading again): Bissell? Hey, I voted for him! HA-HA-Ha-ha-ha...ohhhhhh!

Tonight's C.S. Tweetup took place at the Colorado Mountain Brewery near I-25 and Interquest. Looking over their menu online, I originally planned to order one of their burgers with a Boca (vegetarian) patty. When I got there, the restaurant had provided free cheese quesadillas and kettle chips with salsa, guacamole, hot wing sauce, ranch dressing and bleu cheese dressing. I had limited myself to just 470 calories during the morning and early afternoon. At the meeting, I ate the equivalent of one quesadilla (8 sections) and 3-4 servings of chips plus a few spoons of the salsa, hot sauce and ranch dressing. Using calorie estimates from online sites (and erring on the high side, as usual,) my total intake for the day was about 1,930 calories, including a protein shake an hour ago.

P.S.: I found the answer to a question that [livejournal.com profile] bucktowntiger  had asked on Tuesday. He and others were talking about how water in a toilet swirls in one direction in the Northern Hemisphere and the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere. We all pondered which direction the water would swirl if the toilet were exactly on the Equator. Many answers were given (I jokingly thought the water would attempt to go in both directions, making a heart-shaped wave in the bowl.) According to an experiment mentioned at this site, the water heads straight down.
jcollie719: (Birthday Cake)
To avoid flooding everyone's friends lists with my Twittinesis updates, I've moved them over to another blog which I haven't used yet. I may copy and paste the occasional update here if it's relevant to what I want to discuss. That way, it might encourage me to make regular LJ posts more often.

My counselor from Vocational Rehab called me today to schedule another appointment.  I've gone through a job seeker's training course and reformatted my resume, so I hope a new job isn't too far away.

In other events,
Happy Birthday, [info]texywolf!
jcollie719: (Buster Sheep)
As the last two days' posts have shown, I signed up for Twittenesis.com since LoudTwitter is apparently no longer active.

My mind is still on vacation this week. On Monday, I lost track of time and forgot about my Overeaters Anonymous meeting. On Wednesday, I drove to a restaurant for a gathering which actually takes place next Wednesday. Today, I didn't hear my cell phone's alarm reminding me about a therapist's appointment because I was in the shower. The therapist's receptionist called me a few minutes later asking if I was coming down. It was raining a little when I left home, but that developed into a huge downpour when I reached the doctor's office. Thankfully, the rain stopped before the end of the appointment.

I was assigned the "humorist" role at this Friday's Toastmasters meeting. I've bookmarked a few sites which contain clean but funny jokes and stories to use whenever I have to do this. I'll give my second speech next Friday on preparing for a cruise. I just have a rough outline of it so far.
jcollie719: (I Farted)
As of this morning, the number of Tweets made on my Twitter account surpassed the number of posts on my LiveJournal account.

Yesterday's Tweets... )

My improv friends who are heading to the Chicago Improv Festival held a farewell party last night at a club.  The invitation said the party would start at 9 PM.  I arrived around 9:15 to find less than a dozen people there and the DJ was just getting set up.  Since the improv group is called "Those One Guys," the bar had a drink special called "That One Drink," made with vodka and one or two other random ingredients.  The drinks I got appeared to contain vodka, pineapple juice (or pineapple-flavored vodka) and Sprite.  I joined the others on the patio around 10:40 when the rest of the improv group finally showed up.

I saw the person who was looking to hire Colorado Springs actors/improvisers for a soon-to-open dinner theater.  He said the theater is tentatively scheduled to open in July or August.

Apparently, typing the word "game" in my 21:38 Tweet triggered a spammer's auto-reply to me.  The message said I "just lost the game" and included a link to his Facebook page (which is also based on the phrase "You just lost the game.")  His Twitter account is nothing but that message sent to various people.  A similar thing happened a few months ago when I typed the word "fart" in a Tweet.  That message was re-Tweeted with the added phrase "FART ROBOT APPROVES!"
jcollie719: (Default)
Get ready to Twitter the stars...as we play the star-studded, big-money Twitter Game PM!
  • 09:41 I hate when I choke on saliva while I'm asleep. It takes me forever to get back to sleep and my throat still feels weird. #
  • 10:44 Watching some long-form improv videos to prepare for tonight's reunion show. I can't believe it's that day already! #
  • 17:55 Okay. I'm at the Bovine. Where is everyone? The show's tonight, right? #
  • 18:15 Whew! The show is tonight. I'm just early. #
  • 18:25 Well, maybe there isn't a show (with the reunion group, anyway.) We'll see. #
  • 18:49 A few more from the group showed up. The show's on! 7:30 at the @BovineMetro, 1527 Champa in downtown Denver. #
  • 21:13 Ding! Improv show is done. That was a blast! #
  • 00:40 The reunion show for "I've Got Your Improv Right Here, Pal!" was fantastic. I actually jumped into more scenes as a secondary character. #
  • 00:59 After the show, one of the other performers told me about a soon-to-open dinner theater in Colorado Springs seeking actors. #
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The performer who organized the reunion show said he would try to be at the theater between 5:30 and 6 PM.  I got to the theater around 5:45 and discovered I was the only group member there.  The two staff members I spoke with said they hadn't heard about the reunion show, and the theater's web site listed three other acts for the show that night.  The staff members started talking about the performer "thinking out loud on Facebook," which got me worried that there wouldn't be a reunion show.  Thankfully, four other group members showed up.  Another group member wasn't able to make it.

I checked the web site today.  Another performer's line about my character was given a mention on the show's Facebook page:

Improv Hootenanny HOOT LINE OF THE NIGHT: "Even maple syrup guy can stay on beat."

After the show, folks from all three groups went to the Rialto Cafe two blocks from the theater.  Their garlic truffle fries are awesome!  Someone from another group (with whom I previously worked at Metro Networks) told me about someone who owns dinner theaters in a few cities.  He said the owner was opening a Colorado Springs location and was looking for actors/improvisers for the shows.  I'll definitely check that out!
jcollie719: (Default)
Get ready to Twitter the stars...as we play the star-studded, big-money Twitter Game PM!
  • 09:13 I didn't realize my cell ringtone was changed when I switched the screen saver. I was awakened by the "waterfall" tone, which sounds... #
  • 09:14 ...more like electronic feedback. I've switched it back to my normal ringtone ("For The Love Of Money" by The O'Jays.) #
  • 11:22 I haven't seen police on horseback in a long time. #
  • 13:58 Good news: GSN is passing on a proposed game show featuring the Octomom. #
  • 14:18 I might grab a late lunch in an hour or so. #
  • 17:53 Arlington, TX. ETA in Colorado Springs: ~15 hours. #
  • 20:27 About to leave Wichita Falls. ETA 12h 25m. #
  • 22:38 Childress, TX. It's snowing! ETA 10h 15m (plus any weather delays.) #
  • 01:09 I feel like I just walked into an "In Living Color" skit. Someone just cussed at the food server for taking too long with his order. #
  • 01:10 I'm surprised he didn't call 911 to complain. #
  • 02:06 Still in Amarillo. The bus hasn't returned yet. #
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Furry Fiesta was a blast, but getting to and from there on Greyhound was less than pleasant at times.  Most of the people on the bus were kind and considerate toward the driver and passengers.  Unfortunately,  one person constantly played music on his cell phone and cursed (despite the driver asking everyone not to do both.)

The bus was supposed to arrive in Amarillo at 1:10 AM and leave at 2:25, but a snowstorm caused a delay of over 50 minutes.  While I was ordering a cup of coffee, some guy walked into the restaurant asking why his motherfucking order was taking so motherfucking long.  It seems his motherfucking bus was about to motherfucking leave, and it shouldn't take so motherfucking long to cook a motherfucking hot dog and put it in a motherfucking bun with some motherfucking chili.  He finally asked for his motherfucking money back after the server asked him to stop cursing. (This reminded me so much of the rental car counter scene from "Planes, Trains and Automobiles.")
jcollie719: (Jcollie license)
Just finishing up on the computer while I pack for the trip back home. I'm hoping to make it to next year's Furry Fiesta. Maybe I'll actually be able to drive or fly in. In the meantime, here's the Sunday Twitter list! )

The first entry was a response to a post made Saturday night involving my kigurumi and a slight scent of body odor. LadyGrainne suggested using vodka in a spray bottle to get rid of the smell.
jcollie719: (Default)

Get ready to Twitter the stars...as we play the star-studded, big-money Twitter Game PM!
Saturday, what a day... )

Currently digesting brunch with a little help from Speedy Alka-Seltzer.

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