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Thursday, March 13th, 2008
7:10 am - My dream of 1988 last night...
It's 1988 and as I imagine all the primative typewriters and paper files, Kitty Dukakis comes in to the store. She's picking up albuterol nebulizer solution in the dropper and asks me if we have prefilled nebulizer vials instead. I'm all: "I don't know. DId they have that back in 1988?" So, I check the shelf and, yes, at least in dream-1988, we have albuterol prefilled neb vials. So I finish ringing her up and she mentions she needs refills of some other drugs. Our file shows she already got them a few days before, but she claims she didn't. So, She and I along with like 20 secret service agents search her car and eventually find the drugs she thought she didn't get. End of dream.


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Sunday, March 9th, 2008
5:19 pm - Great Day
1) Spring has sprung. We emerged from the rainy season, so now we've got consistent highs in the 50's / 60's and lows in the upper 30's / 40's. The sun is shining. Watching the snowstorms in the midwest makes everyone feel so far away... kind of like the planet Hoth or something. Anyway, back here on Alderaan, we're having a great time.

2) Thanks to some new hires and transfers, I have the best crew of Pharmacy Techs I've ever had. They're all so mind-blowingly...competent!

3) We got new carpet at work and I've gotta tell ya, I've never realized how much a difference carpet makes.

4) Oregon's May 20th Democratic Primary will probably still matter. We'll actually see candidates!

5) Trips for this year:

ITALY 5/17 - 6/1/08
Iowa - Labor Day weekend
GERMANY 9/26- 10/5/08

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Monday, January 7th, 2008
8:16 am - Sweeney Todd
Mark: Why do you like this film so much?

Mark: The tunes are very catchy, the lyrics and story well written, the performances well acted, and the production well directed.

Mark: Can you be more specific?

Mark: Sondheim musical of an old English story. Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Cater, Alan Rickman, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Directed by Tim Burton.

Mark: Is that it?

Mark: No, there's something else.

Mark: The Humorous murder and canibalism?

Mark: Yes! It's delightfully Kill Bill... and of course the cockney accents!

Mark: Thank you for being with us.

Mark: My pleasure.

Mark: Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street in theaters since last month.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2007
6:18 am - California here we come
I'll be in LA for an extended weekend tonight through Tuesday afternoon. If anyone else is in town, drop me a comment and I'll e-mail you my cell number.

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Friday, October 26th, 2007
11:45 am - Italy v. Argentina
I was writing a reply to an old friend who lives in LA (She's okay btw, just annoyed by the news interruptions of local TV) when I realized I had the makings for an overdue LJ entry...

Portland has two seasons: Dry and moist. The summers are amazing...sunny, dry, not humid, mild temp (70-80 degrees high 60-70 low), the rest of the year, we have really light rain half the days and temps are in the 40's and 50's (Like Cincinnati in April). We just started the cool moist season last month, but still much better than the bitter, curse-your-ancestors-for-bringiing-you-to-the-midwest cold.

We're still planning our two week trip for next year. We're down to Italy v. Argentina. I'm leaning toward Italy because they have great ruins, incredible food, and a relaxed atmosphere. Also, Italy is a small country so it will be easy to travel without a car. Argentina has spectacular scenery, a huge waterfall in the Amazon (Iguazu), glaciers and penguins in patagonia, and a world class city (Buenos Aires), but it's huge and we'd have to fly between cities.

It's hard to decide where to go...I do like hiking through ruins...that was one of the best parts of Turkey. Anywhere you hike in Turkey even in the middle of a forest, you will find remnants of houses, aquaducts, and other neat old stuff; it's a real adventure! I think Italy would be the same way since it has been a center of civilization for so long as well.

So, what's your vote? Italy or Argentina?

-We only have 2 weeks
-We can easily afford either place
-We're not big on shopping
-We like to take 1 backpack per person and stay in hostels when we travel.

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Saturday, October 20th, 2007
9:56 pm - iUpdate
This is my first entry from my new MAC!!!! I've been spending a lot of time on facebook and a little on myspace. I think most of the problem is that I tell most things to my wife rather than typing them for the internet these days. By the time I've talked her ear off with my venting, raving, and random observations, everything I would write on LJ just seems boring.

Anyway, now that I've got Mac, I don't think I'll ever go back to Microshaft. I never thought I would appreciate graphics this much, but they really are outstanding. The software is more sensible, more simple.

Anyhow, I'm still alive. Happy belated Columbus Day!!

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
10:44 am - Jesus
Jesus: Teacher, Savior,...SHARK?

Captive shark had 'virgin birth'

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
6:15 pm - 2007 Milwaukee trip
Mrs. Z and I are headed to Milwaukee, WI Sat. 9/1/07 - Tues 9/4/07 (Labor Day Weekend).

-This marks the first time in Wisconsin since November, 2005.
-This marks the first summer trip to WI since 2001.

So far, the possibilities:

-Brewer game @ Miller Park w/ tailgating
-Miller Tour w/ beer
-Lower east side bar hopping

-Beach Time (Bradford, etc) w/ possible picnic
-Mongolian BBQ

Any suggestions?

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Friday, April 27th, 2007
4:43 pm - From Istanbul, not Constantinople
We fly back tomorrow. It's been a great two weeks. We are alive...I'll type more when I don't have a Turkish keyboard to contend with.

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Saturday, April 14th, 2007
5:46 am - Turkey
Did I mention we're going to Turkey for 2 weeks?

Well, we're leaving for the airport about 30 minutes from now.

Have a great 2 weeks!

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
7:51 pm - Reasons for optimism
1) My pharmacy manager got engaged after dating a guy for just a few months; they are having one of those whirlwind romances like when I met Marcie and I'm really happy for him.

2) I've been listening to a podcast called "12 Byzantine Rulers". It is well narrated and very interesting; it's a well documented, but forgotten part of history. It features murder, intrigue, economics, wars, humor, and complex characters.

3) THE MARKET, omg, I've been waiting for a day like yesterday for months. I had thousands of fresh 2007 IRA money waiting in a money market for the right price. Yesterday the Dow lost 400 points, the single largest drop in 5 years! To long term investors like Marcie and I, this is the best news possible! So, we jumped in...let me say, the water is feeling great.

In 7 hours I recouped half of my brokerage fees as the market rebounded. Now, I've bought some funds I've been watching for a while and I'm ready for the ride back up. BUT, you'd say, 'Zomby, how do you know it won't keep going down'? In truth, we don't know that for sure, but it's extremely unlikely. Historically, stocks rally the day after a big drop unless there's some huge outside factor involved like a terrorist attack(2001) or the rampant borrowing to speculate on a ridiculously overpriced stock market(1929).

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Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
12:46 pm - Not to brag, but to show that I'm no stereotype
You know the Bible 100%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
Create MySpace Quizzes

Christian Mythology is one of my specialties.

"I love god, he's my favorite fictional character" -Homer Simpson

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Saturday, January 20th, 2007
7:17 pm
So, for various reasons, my store has now lost 2.5 Pharmacy Technicians.

Is anyone interested in working out here in Oregon for a month or two?

zodac, frogkiller I'm looking in your direction.

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Thursday, December 28th, 2006
10:20 pm - You ever wish you had a disease?
So, lab results I got today show that I don't have hypothyroidism.


I have cherished the dream of having low thyroid hormone levels for years. If you read about the symptoms of hypothyroidism they're quite vague and almost everyone has had some of them:
-Feeling tired often
-Feeling cold often
-hair loss
-many others I don't have, BUT...those first three held out hope.

The awesome thing about having hypothyroidism is that replacing your missing thyroid hormone with a tablet every day solves the problem, giving you energy, warmth, etc.

So, yeah, my thyroid is normal. This means that when I'm tired, it's because I havn't slept or eaten enough. It means that when I'm cold, it's actually cold in the room.

I'm just a normal healthy person.

Son of a bitch!

current mood: amused

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Friday, November 17th, 2006
7:51 pm - Opus Vanitas
In my job, I'm in charge during 3/4 of the hours I work.

I have to say: I love being one of the bosses.

Everyone listens when I talk.

When I suggest something, people do it.

I have no relationship with a time clock.

I no longer have to put up with crabby bosses.

current mood: smug

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
10:58 pm - Just to give myself credit
I voted too.

In Oregon, all elections are conducted completely through mail. It's awesome; I had weeks to fill out the ballot and they mailed us 2 thick books that had statements from all sides AND full text + summaries of all ballot measures. Even though it took me like 3 hours to vote, I feel more confident than I ever have with my choices.

Every state should have this system...seriously.

I mailed the ballot over a week ago. Straight Democratic Party line was the way it shaped up this time around...except I voted for the campaign finance reform measures that all the parties oppose.

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Saturday, October 14th, 2006
12:43 am - To Prescribers,
FACT: A Pharmacy needs a prescriber's DEA number to bill prescription insurance.

Tonight, I was for the millionth time chewed out by a physician because I asked for a DEA number.

Yes, I know that you don't have to give it to me.
Yes, I know that it should only be for narcotics.
Yes, I know it's terrible that insurance requires we identify you with it.

BUT, if we don't have it, your patient has to pay cash price for their medication. Medication is REALLY expensive sometimes.

So, if you're not going to give me your DEA number, maybe you can pay for your patient's medication.

That's the way it is...DEAL WITH IT.

And stop yelling at me for trying to get people their medications at a reasonable cost.

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
12:21 pm - I dare you to disagree with me
1) Getting a large tax refund means you are worse off than if your tax refund was small.

2) Preservative-free is not always best.

3) There is no government conspiracy.

4) Even the best sale prices still give the store more profit.

5) Getting mad is rarely if ever in your own best interest.

6) Paying it all up front is always less expensive than making payments.

7) The little things(expenses) do not add up.

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Monday, October 9th, 2006
6:43 am


How do all these people rioting in the middle east seem to have an endless supply of flags to burn?

Why do flag wholesalers keep selling these things?

-"FlagCo USA, this is Rhonda, how may I help you"?
-"Yes, my name is Abdullah Ali Omar and I would like to order 14 Danish flags, 40 American flags, and 1,090 Israeli flags"
-"Alrighty then, having a flag party this weekend"?

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
12:38 pm
My parents came to town last week and we had a great time. I don't think I've ever had a better time with them.

We went to the zoo and to the coastal aquarium in Newport, we took a tour of the Mt. Saint Helens area of Washington, we ate at all our favorite restaurants, talked, and played board games. My parents loved taking buses and trains everywhere.

Oregon is the most beautiful place I have ever lived.

Cases in point:

1) The Oregon Coast:

2) Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge:

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