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  • ShawnTX

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    May 05, 2008 6:48 AM GMT
    Houston was great, love the city, love the weather, hopefully my work visa comes through in about 2 weeks.

    Now...fill me in on all the goss...what's been happening here?
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    May 05, 2008 7:12 AM GMT
    oh no...we...missed you?...ummm...parade? sorry this is all I can do on short notice...let me call the presedent
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    May 05, 2008 7:23 AM GMT
    Did they really have no internet there and do texans really live in caves? icon_razz.gif
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    May 05, 2008 7:24 AM GMT
    Sedative saidDid they really have no internet there and do texans really live in caves? icon_razz.gif



    Be nice...there sensative about that. but yes its true.
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    May 05, 2008 7:54 AM GMT
    Lenne said

    Be nice...there sensative about that. but yes its true.


    Do they have pet mammoths? icon_wink.gif
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    May 05, 2008 12:36 PM GMT
    ShawnTO saidHouston was great, love the city, the love weather, hopefully my work visa comes through in about 2 weeks.

    Now...fill me in on all the goss...what's been happening here?


    What's been going on? Caslon has new pics. Sedative tried to raise an army and threatened to nuke people again. Other than that, not much.

    I would welcome you back, but I need to go look for pretty butterflies now. Coincidentally, I think y'all hunt those with buckshot down there in Texas. Hunting's a big thing since you can do it without electricity... icon_wink.gif
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    May 05, 2008 1:14 PM GMT
    I missed your tits like I did bfg1's armpits when he was on hiatus. Welcome homeicon_razz.gif
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    May 05, 2008 1:22 PM GMT
    Well, well the prodigal son of Toronto returns!icon_razz.gif

    Glad you liked Houston and the weather (the weather in Toronto the last week has been nothing to write home about).

    Do you start your job as soon as your work visa comes through?

    On RJ:

    Somebody started yet another thread about religion which of course is like sticking a hot poker up some people's bums. Don't read too closely in case you get scorched by all the "flaming" that is going on.

    There was a long thread on Madonna's new album. General consensus overall is that it is one of her better ones.

    The thread on "Are Americans Numb or Dumb" seems to be a close one with (I think) numb edging out dumb. I am concerned though that some Americans think both words apply. Maybe it is time I think about emigrating from Canada to a country far, far away!

    The usual threads about relationships, coming out, etc..

    A thread on what one listens to on one's IPod or car stereo.




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    May 05, 2008 1:59 PM GMT
    Sedative saidDid they really have no internet there and do texans really live in caves? icon_razz.gif


    now come on. Texas, can't be all that bad. they have a town named after one; Pattison.
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    May 05, 2008 2:00 PM GMT
    Oh Boy! You're back!

    You were missed...

    lolcats funny cat pictures

    Now, dont ever go away again....

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    May 05, 2008 2:23 PM GMT
    caslon saidOh Boy! You're back!




    Wow Caslon... that was over the top icon_smile.gif
    nice new pics btw.
    And welcome home, ShawnTO!
  • art_smass

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    May 05, 2008 2:25 PM GMT
    There was some speculation over your absence, but I mentioned that you had left Canada to become a mail-order bride, and everyone believed me.
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    May 05, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    I didn't get arrested at Jazzfest..... again..... in New Orleans. Major victory.
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    May 05, 2008 2:53 PM GMT
    Welcome back!

    Caslon's account was hidden/deleted for a day. Having his post count reset caused lots of us to lose sleep. Thankfully all went well.
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    May 05, 2008 3:23 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidWelcome back!

    Caslon's account was hidden/deleted for a day. Having his post count reset caused lots of us to lose sleep. Thankfully all went well.


    Oh yeah! I had repressed that memory. It was traumatic!!! .... icon_eek.gif .... I was sore afraid I would come back with 0 postings ...omFg!!!! ... icon_rolleyes.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    May 05, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    It's a good thing it didn't reset to 0, I'd have to drop you as co-president.

    I had such a wonderful time in Houston. As you all know, this all happened so last minute, so I landed in Houston not even believing I was there. The hotel my company put me up in was great, they're in the process of renovating the place. My suite looked like a well-designed apartment, very modern contemporary design. Because I was in a suite, I decided to get groceries instead of eating out the whole time, cause I knew I'd just end up eating crap.

    Ijumped into work right way, I was there within an hour of landing. That combined with living in what was virtually an apartment made the whole trip seem so normal. So I seemed to skip the whole excitement and amazement of being somewhere else.

    My trip home sucked though. My flight from Houston to Chicago was pleasant, but I had a bit of a freakout before we took off. The plane was a little MD 170, only 18 rows of seats. So I'm sitting in the plane and we pull away from the gate, then I had the most horrible feeling I've ever felt. My heart sunk in my chest, I went cold and started to shake, then my heart started to pound. I'm thinking, 'OMG, is this a sign? Are we going to crash? Should I freak out and demand they let me off the plane?'

    It was really weird, but obvously we were fine. When I got to Chicago I learned that my plane would be 2 hours late. It was coming in from Boston and earlier in the day I was watching CNN and they mentioned that Boston was full of delays and cancellations due to weather. So I didn't actually get into my apartment until 2:30am. I'm tired and I just want to veg out today, but I have so much stuff to do regarding my work visa. Blech! And I have to go grocery shopping. Sigh...

    So, three weeks and counting...plenty of time to figure out how to decorate my cave in Texas and decide what type of gun I want to buy.
  • Thirdbeach

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    May 05, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    I take it you didn't get lucky while in Houston?


    Or are you too embarrassed to tell us?

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    May 05, 2008 4:47 PM GMT
    I'm sorry, and you are...?



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    May 05, 2008 5:05 PM GMT
    My trip home sucked though. My flight from Houston to Chicago was pleasant, but I had a bit of a freakout before we took off. The plane was a little MD 170, only 18 rows of seats. So I'm sitting in the plane and we pull away from the gate, then I had the most horrible feeling I've ever felt. My heart sunk in my chest, I went cold and started to shake, then my heart started to pound. I'm thinking, 'OMG, is this a sign? Are we going to crash? Should I freak out and demand they let me off the plane?'

    I used to dismiss these sort of feelings until I went through the same thing in October 2006 before taking off for Venice.

    On the flight from Amsterdam to Venice we had to make an emergency landing in Frankfurt due to the plane losing stability from a malfunctioning fuel system.

    Then two days later I found out my Dad was in intensive care and might not last the night. Had to fly back at a moments notice so I could be there when he died.

    Glad your back safely and are contributing to RJ, this site needs smart (and smart-assed) Canucks like you and I to keep these Americans on their toes!

    BTW did you get an apartment, and is it cheaper than Toronto (that would not be hard)?
  • ShawnTX

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    May 05, 2008 5:19 PM GMT
    Flying always makes me a bit anxious. I'm always nervous during take-off, it takes me about 20 mintues or so to settle in for the flight. I've never flown so much as I have these past few months, about 12 flights, so I'm getting better about it, so that feeling I had was so out of the blue and very disconcerting.

    I found a great place near work. It's in a fairly large complex that has 4 pools, 2 tennis courts and a 2-floor gym. It's a 1 bedroom about 100 sqft. larger than what I have now for $700 a month. I pay $1210 for the apartment I'm in now. So with that and the fact that I'll be making almost twice as much as what I'm making now, I'll be living comfortably again. It's a good feeling.
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    May 05, 2008 5:25 PM GMT
    ShawnTO saidFlying always makes me a bit anxious. I'm always nervous during take-off, it takes me about 20 mintues or so to settle in for the flight. I've never flown so much as I have these past few months, about 12 flights, so I'm getting better about it, so that feeling I had was so out of the blue and very disconcerting.

    I found a great place near work. It's in a fairly large complex that has 4 pools, 2 tennis courts and a 2-floor gym. It's a 1 bedroom about 100 sqft. larger than what I have now for $700 a month. I pay $1210 for the apartment I'm in now. So with that and the fact that I'll be making almost twice as much as what I'm making now, I'll be living comfortably again. It's a good feeling.


    $700 a month? OMG I only paid that low an amount in the 1980's, you will be rolling in dough! And the place sounds gorgeous, I love swimming.

    As for flying, I love it especially the take-off, I don't know why I got anxious on the trip to Italy. I hope I am not developing a sixth sense or anything, sometimes it is better not to suspect what is going to happen in the future.
  • auryn

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    May 05, 2008 5:35 PM GMT
    Welcome back Nipples!

    You missed zdrew hurting himself and caslon's promotion for group masterbation. (yes, caslon, I signed the petition so now i can poke fun.) icon_lol.gif
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    May 05, 2008 5:40 PM GMT
    ShawnTO saidFlying always makes me a bit anxious. I'm always nervous during take-off, it takes me about 20 mintues or so to settle in for the flight. I've never flown so much as I have these past few months, about 12 flights, so I'm getting better about it, so that feeling I had was so out of the blue and very disconcerting.

    I found a great place near work. It's in a fairly large complex that has 4 pools, 2 tennis courts and a 2-floor gym. It's a 1 bedroom about 100 sqft. larger than what I have now for $700 a month. I pay $1210 for the apartment I'm in now. So with that and the fact that I'll be making almost twice as much as what I'm making now, I'll be living comfortably again. It's a good feeling.


    That's Houston for ya! But you must not be living in the Galleria area then. I am going to guess in the medical center area or downtown.

    Have fun with that nasty weather! And be ready to evacuate the city if a hurricane heads in that directions. The majority of that city is on a flood plain...and it floods very quickly (even after short heavy downpours). And I hope you are prepared for the mosquitoes and humidity. Ohhhhh the worst is yet to come.

    But overall, Houston is trying to make a move.
  • MattyC0709

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    May 05, 2008 5:59 PM GMT
    Welcome Back! Let's throw a party! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    May 05, 2008 7:11 PM GMT
    Yeah, that humidity is going to be killer. When I lived in Ottawa it would get SO humid it felt like walking through water, so I'm used to it, but thankfully there it was brief. When I stepped off the plane in Houston it was so hot and stuffy on the gangway I wondered why they had the heat on...and then I realized...ugh. One thing I learned: walking around in a black suit is NOT smart, hehe.

    The apartment I found sits between the Galleria and Highland park, so it's a fairly nice area, within walking distance, which is what I was hoping for. Once I'm down there and get to know the city better, I'll be able to spend more time looking and perhaps after a year find an even better place if I wanted. But for now it'll do just fine.

    The flooding was something I discovered reading apartment reviews online. I found many apartment complexes that had lots of complaints from past tenants about their 1st floor units flooding during heavy rains. Thankfully I'll be on the top floor.