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The Wisdom of Star Wars …

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1. Episode IV: Star Wars – A New Hope, Were we all that young once, 1977? I was 10 years old when Star Wars opened. I was in New Britian Connecticut and we saw the movie at the Twin City Theatre, across the street from Twin City, a department store that my mother worked at when I was a young person. I have memories of that time, for some strange reason. A lot of them.

I loved movies and I went to the movies every chance that I got. Along with music and reading, I had free access to go anywhere I wanted at a moments notice. Over the last forty years, we see certain movies come and go – we collect them like wisdom manuals for future reference.

Did we think then, that Star Wars would have such an effect on young people as it did then? I know adults who were in my life at that time, who did not take to the archetypal themes and wisdom as the young people did over the years – as the following films made their debut’s.

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2. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, came out in (1980) I was 13 years old.

and it had a huge effect on me. I remember sitting in the back of the theatre at “The Falls” in Miami when it came out. I was in junior high school. The Star Wars movies repeated throughout my life. We watched them like time markers at certain life intervals. To see how we had changed and evolved since the first time we watched them.

I was at Movie Land today and I was looking for something to watch on DVD, and I had picked up a couple movies, but then after wandering around, I ended up in the Science Fiction section and I was thumbing through the Star Wars movies. And brought Episodes IV, V and VI home.

I find myself watching them again, and I posted the Yoda sayings and I mused on the fact that for me, I have followed most of that advice over the years. That Star Wars did play a factor at the way I see the world around me and live my life. It may have been slow and coming and sometimes seemed to stop all together, but in the end, we find our selves here, discussing the spiritual teachings of The Archetypal figures from Star Wars and the value of the Star Wars wisdom.

You imagine, or I imagine, what the world would be like, if the adults of that time, took to the figures in the movie, would life have changed much or very little? If the world was in a different ‘place’ spiritually, economically and socially? I think those of us who grew up in the light of Jedi Wisdom benefitted more from it than perhaps our parents.

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3. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, came out in (1983) I was a junior in High School at age 16.

That was a very impressionable time in my life. A lot of personal and emotional upheaval. I lost my grandparents, and my parents were in self destruct mode, and let’s fuck up the children mode. So any escape out of reality was fantastic.

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4. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, came out in (1999) I was 32 years old.

I was amid one of the most painful periods of my life. Being far away from anything in the middle of no where did not help me. I was in slip-self destruct mode. I was living with evil incarnate, and I had that battle with the Dark Side that almost cost me my life. But somewhere in the universe there was the force, because it saved me from imminent death.

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5. Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, came out in (2002) I was 35 years old.

Ah, the light at the end of the tunnel had come. I was on my way to a new life in another country, sober and cleaned up. I was going to finally make something of my little life, which up until then had not gotten very far. Gay boys with HIV did not get very far in the united States, some have succeeded, but I did not. It was either a life of substandard poverty or a move to greener pastures. I was in Montreal by Spring 2002, I was on my way.

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6. Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, came out in (2005). I was 38 years old.

The watershed movie of the Summer, the final episode of the Star Wars Saga was coming. We would finally have the last installment of the six films – where we learn how Vader came to be and where Luke and Leia came from and where they grew up. The journey was coming to an end. I had lived 40 years to see the culmination of George Lucas’ dream come to fruition.

How did Star Wars affect you in your life? And what reflections do you have over the last 40 years, in regards to the way you live, and how certain films made an impact on you throughout your life!

We will discuss this topic in Comments:


Do or Do Not …

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NO!! Try Not …
DO, or DO NOT!! – There is no TRY!!

Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering. 

From The Jedi’s Apprentice 

If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.

A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.

The dark side is quicker, easier, more seductive.

Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.

Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.

Size matters not.

Your ally is the Force. A powerful ally it is.

Life creates it [the force], makes it grow. It’s energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we.

You must feel the Force around you.

Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future…the past. Old friends long gone.

You must learn control.

Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.

Only a fully trained Jedi Knight with the Force as his ally will conquer Vader and his Emperor.

If you choose the quick and easy path, you will become an agent of evil.

Strong is Vader. Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.

When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not. Hmm?

Vader. You must confront Vader. Then, only then, a Jedi will you be. And confront him you will.

Do not underestimate the powers of the Emperor


Medication Journal Entry #1

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Day 1 – Saturday June 30th 2007 – Medication Journal Entry #1

Night Dose:

Norvir (100 mg ) 1 pill twice a day
Prezista – Darunavir TMC 114 (300 mg) 2 pills twice a day
TMC 125 (100 mg) 1 pill twice a day
Integrase (100 mg) 2 pills twice a day

Time: 10:28 p.m.


What’s on DVD tonight…

Star Wars original opening crawl – 1977


What's on DVD tonight…

Star Wars original opening crawl – 1977


Don’t force your man to go shopping with you

 

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Wal*Mart: Roswell, NM.

Seen over at: The Mouse House

This is why women should not take men shopping against their will.

DON’T TAKE ME IF I DON’T WANT TO GO………..

After Mr. and Mrs. Fenton retired, Mrs. Fenton insisted her
husband accompany her on her trips to Wal-Mart.

Unfortunately, Mr. Fenton was like most men–he found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out.

Equally unfortunately, Mrs. Fenton was like most women–she loved to browse. One day Mrs. Fenton received the following letter from her local Wal-Mart.

Dear Mrs. Fenton,
Over the past six months, your husband has been causing quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and may be forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against Mr. Fenton are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.

1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people’s carts when they weren’t looking.

2 . July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women’s restroom.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, “Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away.”

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&M’s on layaway.

6. September 14: Moved a “CAUTION – WET FLOOR” sign to a carpeted area.

7. September 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department.

8. September 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, “Why can’t you people just leave me alone?”

9. October 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10. November 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11. December 3: Darted around the store suspiciously whileloudly humming the ” Mission Impossible” theme.

12. December 6: In the auto department, he practiced his“Madonna look” by using different sizes of funnels.

13. December 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled “PICK ME! PICK ME!”

14. December 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed “OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!”

And last, but not least …

15. December 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, “Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here!”

Regards,
Walmart


Don't force your man to go shopping with you

 

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Wal*Mart: Roswell, NM.

Seen over at: The Mouse House

This is why women should not take men shopping against their will.

DON’T TAKE ME IF I DON’T WANT TO GO………..

After Mr. and Mrs. Fenton retired, Mrs. Fenton insisted her
husband accompany her on her trips to Wal-Mart.

Unfortunately, Mr. Fenton was like most men–he found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out.

Equally unfortunately, Mrs. Fenton was like most women–she loved to browse. One day Mrs. Fenton received the following letter from her local Wal-Mart.

Dear Mrs. Fenton,
Over the past six months, your husband has been causing quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and may be forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against Mr. Fenton are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.

1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people’s carts when they weren’t looking.

2 . July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women’s restroom.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, “Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away.”

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&M’s on layaway.

6. September 14: Moved a “CAUTION – WET FLOOR” sign to a carpeted area.

7. September 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department.

8. September 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, “Why can’t you people just leave me alone?”

9. October 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10. November 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11. December 3: Darted around the store suspiciously whileloudly humming the ” Mission Impossible” theme.

12. December 6: In the auto department, he practiced his“Madonna look” by using different sizes of funnels.

13. December 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled “PICK ME! PICK ME!”

14. December 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed “OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!”

And last, but not least …

15. December 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, “Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here!”

Regards,
Walmart


Ironies of life

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  1. Americans bitch that they don’t make enough money
  2. That they don’t have adequate health care
  3. They can’t pay for medications and eat together
  4. That they can’t pay astronomical hospital and doctor bills or maintain health insurance at the high rates they are at
  5. Seniors go without, people are homeless and on the street
  6. Some are poor and could not even afford to ponder the thought of buying an iphone
  7. That they don’t have everything that they need
  8. Houses are being foreclosed, credit debt is sky high
  9. And our children go without things they so desperately need
  10. Some kids go without meals, clothing and proper school supplies
  11. The need for the material has well eclipsed rationality and mindfulness of the difference between what is necessary and rational And what is extravagance and irrational
  12. Food prices are rising
  13. Housing costs are rising
  14. Not to mention insurance for cars, homes and persons
  15. Gas prices are through the roof and people are still driving cars that guzzle gas
  16. And they complain that they can’t afford to drive so much any more because of those rising prices all the way around

And now people have lined up to spend upwards of 559.98 to 659.98 PLUS the calling plans additional for a freaking cell phone, oh wait, and iPhone!!

What is wrong with this picture?

ATLANTA and CUPERTINO, California—June 26, 2007—AT&T Inc. and Apple® today announced three simple, affordable service plans for iPhone™ which start at just $59.99 per month. All three plans include unlimited data, Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, roll-over minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling. With everything else already included, iPhone customers can easily choose the plan that’s right for them based on the amount of voice minutes they plan to use each month. In addition, iPhone customers can choose from any of AT&T’s standard service plans.

iPhone goes on sale at 6:00 p.m. (local time) on Friday, June 29 and will be sold in the US through Apple’s retail and online stores and AT&T retail stores. iPhone will be available in a 4GB model for $499 (US) and an 8GB model for $599 (US), and will work with either a PC or Mac®. All iPhone monthly service plans are available for individuals and families and are based on a new two-year service agreement with AT&T. Individual plans are priced at $59.99 for 450 minutes, $79.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for 1,350 minutes. All plans include unlimited data (email and web), Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, roll over minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile and a one-time activation fee of $36. Family plans are also available.

You Do the Math!!!


Photo Essay #2: When the Moon is in the 7th House …

And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars…

The Moon was Full over Montreal, and I sat on my Lanai and took pictures for over an hour. This is my second photo essay of the night. These photos are colorized and just some hue and saturation adjustments to bring out the clouds in the sky were made. They aren’t the best photos – but I think they are good for a novice. It was quite a meditation as one waited for the clouds to pass by to get the right shot. Amazing… Enjoy!!!

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Photo Essay #1 – Storm

Angela lent me this digital camera (Fujifilm) Fine Pix S5200. I was playing with it earlier and got some practice in. This evening I was sitting here and the wind began to blow and the windows were rattling in their frames. I jumped up with the camera and took these shots from my balcony of an advancing storm moving from NW to SE from behind the mountain towards the South Shore. So here they are – I was particularly tying to get the images of the cloud bottoms as they moved across the sky.

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This is the Old Forum, The now, AMC Movie Theatre, 17 stories down and 3 blocks away with the telephoto lens. Very Sweet indeed!!!

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It’s All About Me !!! Episode 1

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This episode is brought to you by the Motion Picture: Trick

 

Thank God it’s Friday. The weather is beautiful outside, there is a light breeze and the temperature is sitting at a comfy 22c. It was a busy day today. I had to go to the clinic and drop labs, that is always fun. I had to fill out a questionnaire for the TMC 125 drug that I am taking now for the study. The common list of symptomatology and emotional status in the last four weeks.

 

I love those questionnaires because I leave little obnoxious comments on the page along with my answer like:

 

1. Do you feel good about yourself? Why of course, I am always slap dash happy!

2. Have you thought about killing anyone lately? No! But now that you mention it!!

3. Have you been depressed in the last four weeks? No, not really, but if you really want my sob story for the month I can tell you about it. And this one really made me laugh,

4. You are “Somewhat sick” — WTF? Are you kidding? This must be a trick question! I’ve got HIV, is that somewhat sick? Does that make me somewhat sick?
5. Have you thought about hurting yourself in the last four weeks? Um, Not really!!
6. Do you have any complaints (medically, sexually, emotionally)??? Well, now that you ask!!

 

I will have to fill out this questionnaire every time I go into the clinic to follow my progress with the new medications. They are serious questions, I was just in that kind of mood this morning to be catty! Someone at the other end will get a good laugh out of me at least.

 

After I finished at the hospital I headed over to the village to look see the goings ons, since I needed to get out of the house for a while. I went over to the new “North Bound Leather and Fetish shop, since I had not seen the renovated store. It is quite beautiful. With state of the art display cases with the trinkets and jewelry, and they painted the walls which brightened up the space a great deal.

Then it was off to Priape for a little impulse shopping. And to see the boys – Pride is gearing up quite nicely. Ste Catherine’s street is blocked off in the village and there are terraces in front of all the bars and restaurants for outdoor dining.

 

The village is hosting an art show right now. I did my shopping and headed home. The trains were PACKED because the Montreal Jazz Festival is in town until the 11th of July. So there are a bunch of festivals going on at the same time, really, you could leave home in the morning and be occupied all day and night. Here is the list as it goes:

  • The LotoQuebec Fireworks Festival
  • The Montreal Jazz Festival
  • The Village Art Show
  • Pride will be in a few weeks

I had to pick up the rest of my meds at the pharmacy on the way in. To give you an idea about the cost of HIV meds here – This was my bill today:

 

  1. Prezista  – Darunavir (300mg)  Insured: $23.65  Uninsured: $862.78
  2. Norvir  (1oomg)  Insured: $0.00  Uninsured: $93.42
  3. Incidental Medications Insured: $30.57  Uninsured: $75.79
  4. TMC 125-C214 (Clinic Distribution) I don’t have these costs yet.
  5. Integrase (Clinic Distribution) I don’t have these costs yet.

GrandTotals: Insured: $54.22  (What I pay p/month) — Uninsured: $1031.99

 

 

Thank God I live in Canada…

PODCASTING!!
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Would you like to see “All About Me on Video?” Since traffic here has spiked over the last few weeks, I thought about putting up some pod casts. So send us your questions, concerns and pecadillos and we will start posting those videos for you very soon.

 

This concludes All About Me Episode #1

 


It's All About Me !!! Episode 1

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This episode is brought to you by the Motion Picture: Trick

 

Thank God it’s Friday. The weather is beautiful outside, there is a light breeze and the temperature is sitting at a comfy 22c. It was a busy day today. I had to go to the clinic and drop labs, that is always fun. I had to fill out a questionnaire for the TMC 125 drug that I am taking now for the study. The common list of symptomatology and emotional status in the last four weeks.

 

I love those questionnaires because I leave little obnoxious comments on the page along with my answer like:

 

1. Do you feel good about yourself? Why of course, I am always slap dash happy!

2. Have you thought about killing anyone lately? No! But now that you mention it!!

3. Have you been depressed in the last four weeks? No, not really, but if you really want my sob story for the month I can tell you about it. And this one really made me laugh,

4. You are “Somewhat sick” — WTF? Are you kidding? This must be a trick question! I’ve got HIV, is that somewhat sick? Does that make me somewhat sick?
5. Have you thought about hurting yourself in the last four weeks? Um, Not really!!
6. Do you have any complaints (medically, sexually, emotionally)??? Well, now that you ask!!

 

I will have to fill out this questionnaire every time I go into the clinic to follow my progress with the new medications. They are serious questions, I was just in that kind of mood this morning to be catty! Someone at the other end will get a good laugh out of me at least.

 

After I finished at the hospital I headed over to the village to look see the goings ons, since I needed to get out of the house for a while. I went over to the new “North Bound Leather and Fetish shop, since I had not seen the renovated store. It is quite beautiful. With state of the art display cases with the trinkets and jewelry, and they painted the walls which brightened up the space a great deal.

Then it was off to Priape for a little impulse shopping. And to see the boys – Pride is gearing up quite nicely. Ste Catherine’s street is blocked off in the village and there are terraces in front of all the bars and restaurants for outdoor dining.

 

The village is hosting an art show right now. I did my shopping and headed home. The trains were PACKED because the Montreal Jazz Festival is in town until the 11th of July. So there are a bunch of festivals going on at the same time, really, you could leave home in the morning and be occupied all day and night. Here is the list as it goes:

  • The LotoQuebec Fireworks Festival
  • The Montreal Jazz Festival
  • The Village Art Show
  • Pride will be in a few weeks

I had to pick up the rest of my meds at the pharmacy on the way in. To give you an idea about the cost of HIV meds here – This was my bill today:

 

  1. Prezista  – Darunavir (300mg)  Insured: $23.65  Uninsured: $862.78
  2. Norvir  (1oomg)  Insured: $0.00  Uninsured: $93.42
  3. Incidental Medications Insured: $30.57  Uninsured: $75.79
  4. TMC 125-C214 (Clinic Distribution) I don’t have these costs yet.
  5. Integrase (Clinic Distribution) I don’t have these costs yet.

GrandTotals: Insured: $54.22  (What I pay p/month) — Uninsured: $1031.99

 

 

Thank God I live in Canada…

PODCASTING!!
***************************

 

Would you like to see “All About Me on Video?” Since traffic here has spiked over the last few weeks, I thought about putting up some pod casts. So send us your questions, concerns and pecadillos and we will start posting those videos for you very soon.

 

This concludes All About Me Episode #1

 


Make your own kind of music …

Beautiful Thing

Love is a beautiful thing

A Must See – A Beautiful Thing.


SAFE – So You Think You Can Dance

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Dominic and Sabra !!!!!!!

YAY !!


It’s raining – It’s Pouring …

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Montreal 28 June 2007 – 3:06 a.m.
Current Conditions: Temp: 20c / Humidex: 27 / Humidity: 96%
Winds: SSE – 4kmh Severe humidity and heat warning, Torrential Rain overnight and massive lightening strikes all over the city. Rain is coming down in sheets like bands of a hurricane. We haven’t seen rain like this in a many months.

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It’s raining, it’s pouring
My lovelife is boring me to tears, after all these years

No sunshine, no moonlight, no stardust, no sign of romance
We don’t stand a chance

I always dreamed I’d found the perfect lover
But he turned out to be like every other man
I’ve loved,
I’ve loved

Raining (raining)
Pouring (pouring)
There’s nothing left for us here
And we won’t waste another tear

If you’ve had enough, don’t put up with his stuff, don’t you doit

If you’ve had your fill, get the check pay the bill, you can doit

Tell him to just get out,

Nothing left to talk about

Pack his raincoat show him out

Just look him in the eye and simply shout:
Enough is enough
I can’t go on, I can’t go on no more no
Enough is enough
I want him out, I want him out that door now

Enough is enough
Enough is enough
That’s enough