Archive for September, 2006

Dogs Everywhere!
 

The relatives have arrived, 5 little terriers running around the house. Here is a quick video of four of them out back earlier. Oh this is going to be a fun week, and I don’t see myself getting much work done.

Dustin

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The "Ask Dustin" Answers
 

No I didn’t forget ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are the answers to the questions a few of you asked. If anyone has anything else to ask, just respond to this post, I’ll try and answer them.

HelloKitty Asked:
Okay I have a question which I hope is not too private for you, When did you first know you were gay?

Dustin Answers:
Looking back, I ALWAYS knew something was different about me. As a small child all my friends were girls, this continues to this day. I would rather hang out with the girls than the boys, I got along with them better. During my tween and teen years I did actually end up with a good bit of guy friends, but nowadays I’d rather just have girlfriends ๐Ÿ™‚ When you are little you don’t think about things in terms of sex, so once you hit puberty you realize just who you are attracted to. But looking back, yeah I always knew something was different I just didn’t know what.

625 Asked:
Question: How many classes do you teach at the University? Do you like teaching? When/why did you become interested in anthropology?

Dustin Answers:
Right now none. I really enjoy teaching, but teaching is so much work. I need to get done with the PhD, I don’t need anymore distractions ๐Ÿ™‚ I had always loved archaeology. I grew up in Northern Va outside of DC, so I went to the museums like the Smithsonian all the time. I fell in love with the mummies there, which by the way are no longer on display. From there I read books on Egypt, then I went through an Aztec, Maya and Inca phase. By time I got to undergrad I had to pick a major. It was then I found out archaeology was a subdiscipline of anthropology in the US. Everywhere else they are separate though. Anthropology is the study of human cultures, past and present. Anthropology covers cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology and biological or physical anthropology.

Karen Asked:
What I plan on doing after I get the PhD.

Dustin Answers:
Right now I just want to get the damn thing ๐Ÿ™‚

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Call Me Now Babies, I
 

I’m sure ALL of you recognize this lady. Yes my babies, it is Miss Cleo. Call her now to learn your future! Actually don’t, she isn’t working through the 1-900 numbers anymore because of lawsuits.

However she is in the news again. The Advocate has a story about Miss Cleo, who has come out. Yes, Miss Cleo is a lesbian. Did you see this coming babies?

I actually miss Miss Cleo. When I had insomnia problems I would often watch her infomercials. If she wasn’t on talking about her service and amazing radio DJs then I could always watch an infomercial of some Ron Popeil products. Of course we can’t talk about infomercials without mentioning the king of them, the great “Amazing Discoveries” infomercial which featured all sorts of things like DiDi7 knockoffs, as well as amazing solvents that would allow you to easily wipe paint off of furniture. No more scraping!

Dustin

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Thank God Harry Got A Haircut!
 

Fellow muggles should head over to The Harry Potter Fan Zone to see several images from the upcoming “Order of the Phoenix” film!

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Tivo Will Get Lots Of Use This Year!
 

Well that’s assuming everything I’m liking doesn’t get canceled, which is often the case. Tonight I tuned into the season premier of “Desperate Housewives.” Loved it! I hate that Kitty woman, or whatever Tom’s one night stands name is. She drives me bonkers, I feel so bad for Lynette. Orson is just gross, but I loved Bree going to the doctor because she had the big O. I also loved seeing Jackie from “Rosanne” as the new nosey neighbor. As for Susan, that English guy is up to no good, it’s so obvious. Mike better wake up soon!

After DH was this new show “Brothers and Sisters” which stars Sally Fields and Calista Flockhart. It was so damn good. Probably one of the best new shows I’ve seen in a long time. If you missed it head to ABC.com to watch it again for free. Seriously it was that good. I hope it doesn’t get canceled, which is probably what will happen. There were so many story lines and issues going on I don’t even know how to sum it up. Basically a family runs a food product company, which is secretly having financial problems. Calista has come home after two years of not speaking to her mother, she’s a conservative radio show host and at odds with half her family over her politics, the other half agree. Tons of marital problems. Throw in the gay brother and the vet brother and that sums it up.

In other news, I slammed my head into a beam in the attic today, I have a nice red welt on it. Then I smashed the side of it into something else, I think a door, I can’t even remember at this point. I’ll look lovely by time my relatives get here!

Dustin

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Here Come The Relatives!
 

So I opted not to go back to Jersey this weekend and stayed in Virginia. To hang out with my friends tonight I would have had to travel today and travel back tomorrow, thereby wasting a lot of hours both days. Those are hours I could spend doing work. Given my aunt and uncle come into town this week, I figure I may need all the working time this weekend I can get. I don’t know how much I’ll get done with them in town.

I spent most of today doing school work, I got a good bit of writing done so I’m happy. I am trying to debate whether to keep on working, but it’s late and I’m thinking of relaxing the rest of the night. If I do anything else it will be editing and revising only.

I also got a haircut today, which I badly needed. Unfortunately almost the last bit of my last dye job is gone, and I can see just how grey I am. I also can remember why, aside from the grey, I started coloring my hair. It’s a drab dirty dark blond/kinda brown color. Blech!

As I said my relatives are coming into town, bringing all their dogs. My aunt has two westies as well as a silkie terrier, the breed I couldn’t recall the other day. I’m going to give my two doggies a bath tomorrow so they are nice a clean to meet their cousins. I’m sure they will be filtly in a matter of days. Five dogs running around my mother’s back yard is going to be fun to watch. I’ll try and get some YouTube movies ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow I’m also meeting Keith, one of my cruise friends, for lunch. Can’t wait to go on the next cruise!

Dustin

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From One Horror Movie To The Next?
 

Releasing in select theaters at the end of this month is “Jesus Camp The Movie.” The movie follows three kids who attend the “Kids on Fire” camp in North Dakota. Here is the official synopsis of the film . . .

A growing number of Evangelical Christians believe there is a revival underway in America that requires Christian youth to assume leadership roles in advocating the causes of their religious movement.

JESUS CAMP, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors of the critically acclaimed The Boys of Baraka, follows Levi, Rachael, and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer’s “Kids on Fire” summer camp in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years-old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in “God’s army.” The film follows these children at camp as they hone their “prophetic gifts” and are schooled in how to “take back America for Christ.” The film is a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America’s political future.

I’m sure the movie will be opening in Philadelphia, but I don’t know if I can make myself see it. I want to, but I’m afraid. I know this is one film that will anger me, as having religion pushed on me angers me enough as is. We have freedom of religion in this country, which also includes the freedom to have no religion if you choose. By the looks of this film it is showcasing the viewpoints of those who feel we need to have freedom of select religions.

You can watch the trailer at JesusCampTheMovie.com. I enjoy the contrast of the happy music and images with some of the words coming out of the people’s mouths. Hellfire and damnation? Thank you but no.

Dustin

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Ghostly Television and Disturbing Movies
 

I tuned into “Ghost Whisperer” tonight. I only watched off and on last season, missing the whole finale. My mom filled me in. Tonight’s episode was good though! I’ll be tunning in every week from now on, as if I need more shows to watch. However it doesn’t help that Melinda’s hubby is hubaliscious.

Last night I watched “Hard Candy” which was probably one of the, if not the most disturbing film I have ever seen. However it’s like a car wreck, it pulls you in and you can’t not help but watch.

The film is about a 14 year old named Haley who meets a 30 something year old Jeff on online. They agree too meet at a coffee shop, which turns into them going back to his place. He breaks out some alcohol, then it turns into a “fashion shoot.” You think you know where this is going . . . but then Haley turns the tables on Jeff. Haley knew who Jeff was all the time, what he’s up to and what he’s done . . . .

Probably one of the most interesting things about the whole movie is that while Jeff is no doubt a bad guy, Haley is not exactly a heroine and clearly not a victim. To reveal what happens in the film would give far too much away. Needless to say, you will squirm in your chair. There is no real gore, it’s all psychological and sounds, which is usually worse than gore.

It’s also one of those films that a lot of plot twists happen, you won’t truly understand everything till the end, and still then you are left with questions.

This film is not for everyone, the topic is an emotionally charged one and you have to wonder what went on in the mind of the writer. However it is one emotional roller coaster of a ride.

Dustin

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It
 

My PC crashed this morning . . . . and Firefox wiped out all my bookmarks! I’m so peeved right now. My head was already hurting before this!

Grrrrrrr

Dustin

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The New Television Season and Change of Plans
 

So the new television season has begun. What are you watching or looking forward to? Last night I tried to watch that “Jericho” show, but it didn’t hold my interest. Tonight I tuned into “Grey’s Anatomy,” I so want Meredith to choose the vet (whose name I forget, begins with an F I think). Afterwards I watched this show “Six Degrees,” only because I was too lazy to put a DVD in. I really enjoyed it, I’ll be tuning in next week. You can watch it for free on ABC.com if you missed the premier. The one show I’m really looking forward to is NBC’s “Heroes.” Oh and for fellow “Medium” fans, NBC has made the grave error of not bringing it on till next year during the winter! Grrr!

Meanwhile I was supposed to go home on Saturday, I had tentative plans with friends that night up home, but now I don’t know what I’m going to do. My aunt and uncle come in next week with all their doggies. I wanted to see them and wanted them to finally meet my dogs. My aunt is who got me attached to terriers. They have 2 westies and another terrier, the type I can’t think of to save my life right now. It’s related to a yorkie but only a little bigger. Anyways, they are coming in on Tuesday! I had it in my head they’d be in next weekend, I can’t believe September is almost over. I have to solidify what I’m supposed to be doing with my friends and come up with a game plan. It’s either going to be a movie night at my place (scary movies) followed by the corn maze and more movies . . . . or movie night, corn maze and then go out dancing. I’m all for dancing!

Dustin

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