The Gull Reef Club

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9/17/2019 · 2:03 am· Trouble · Good Bye Blue Sky
sometimes waiting and watching is all you can do. The weather has been oscillating quite a bit this... | Read More

9/1/2019 · 1:30 pm· Jaime · Good Bye Blue Sky
It's summer. We don't adventure much in the summer. It's too hot & buggy. We hibernate and wait... | Read More

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Did you know?

Filed under: — Jaime @ 3:20 pm

I learned something interesting last night during the 4 hours our cable and cable modem were out. If you leave your TV on for an extended period of time while it receives no signal, it will automatically turn itself off. When this first happened, on our upstairs TV, Mike and I were a bit perplexed. We confirmed this must be a normal occurrence when it happened three times on our newer, nicer, downstairs TV. Who knew?


More meme fun…

Filed under: — Jaime @ 3:05 pm

I haven’t had much to say lately so these memes are good filler until I do. I got the following off of Cyan/Wertz/Eeyore and just about everyone else I know at livejournal…


~What year was it?

~What were your three favorite bands?
They Might Be Giants, Violent Femmes, & The Smiths

~What was your favorite outfit?
I have no clue. The general style was one third-goth, one third-intellectual/prep, and one third-whatever I picked up from the thrift store.

~What was up with your hair?
I thought it was 1939? Very short & curly.

~Who were your best friends?
Mandi, Janet & Sherri

~What did you do after school?
Went to Mandi’s & watched movies.

~Did you take the bus?
Not my senior year. I did drive our family van, though, and that was nearly the size of a bus – at least a short bus.

~Who did you have a crush on?
The Swede. His first name was Jerry, I think… I don’t remember his last name at all but I know it was Swedish, which is why we girls code named him The Swede.

~Did you fight with your parents?
Hardly. They were too busy fighting with each other.

~Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?
Michael J. Fox. I’ve adored him since Family Ties.

~Did you smoke cigarettes?
I had the occasional clove. Part of the one-third goth thing.

~Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack all day because you were too nervous to find your locker?
Nervous? No. But I was stuck to lug most of my books around. My school was WAY too big/overpopulated and the students moved like cattle being herded through the halls. My locker was in an obscure upstairs corner of the building and all my classes were downstairs. I got screwed.

~Did you have a ‘clique’?
That is such a hollywood term. It seems so exclusive and competitive. My circle of friends were neither.

~Did you have “The Max” like Zach Kelly and Slater?
Ok, I admit I googled this. The Max, apparently, is a regular hangout. In this case, The Max was a restaurant. We went to Taco Bell a lot. Does that count?

~Admit it, were you popular?
That wouldn’t be an admission. It would a lie.

~Who did you want to be just like?
I had no ambitions. I just wanted to get the hell out of my parents’ house.

~What did you want to be when you grew up?
A college professor or a librarian.

~Where did you think you’d be at the age you are now?
Working at some college or archive, chin high in old musty books. I hadn’t anticipated how much influence the internet would have on me in subsequent years.

When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school
It’s a wonder I can think at all -Paul Simon



Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:03 am

Thanks to Eeyore for this fun little quiz:

Are you Addicted to the Internet?


Hardcore Junkie (61% – 80%)
While you do get a bit of sleep every night and sometimes leave the house, you spend as much time as you can online. You usually have a browser, chat clients, server consoles, and your email on auto check open at all times. Phone? What’s that? You plan your social events by contacting your friends online. Just be careful you don’t get a repetitive wrist injury…

The Are you Addicted to the Internet? Quiz at Quiz Me!

Hi. My name is Jaime and I am addicted to the internet.



Filed under: — Jaime @ 8:51 pm

If I have linked to you and you would like a better description for your site, please let me know. Otherwise, I’ve pretty much ripped the description off from your site, if you had one.

Jerry Garcia Power Co.

Filed under: — Jaime @ 7:43 pm

It has been sometime since I have been able to recall any dreams. This is actually a bit frustrating for me because I enjoy the surreal lucidity dreams provide.

This dream involved Mike, me and one of our cats, Jerry Garcia. Mike had figured out a way to harness energy through him. It involved us attaching two, brown, rectangular shaped patches to his front underarms. Everytime he moved, he created energy that was harnessed in boxes scattered throughout the house. We could then plug in and power low wattage appliances through the boxes. That’s all I recall.

I subjected Mike to my recalling that dream. Instead of his usual eyeroll and polite ‘uh-huh’ he sent me this article Invention Sees through Walls,

The Angel Light—Hurtubise (the inventor) claims the concept came to him in a recurring dream—can reportedly see through walls, as if there was no barrier at all.

“I had a dream about a year and a half ago as I do for most of my innovations, just a dream, and I saw it, saw the whole casing and everything, and I saw what it could do,” Hurtubise said.

“I had the same dream about that three times and by the third time I had it in my head and I started to build it.”

I think I may be onto something…


God Save the King

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:05 pm

In one breath Bush took his oath to uphold the Constitution. And only a few later he was promising to breach that oath in his coronation, er, inauguaration speech. Barely into the speech, the third paragraph, in fact, Bush is telling us:

For a half century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders.

Huh? Wha? So what? As if this were our only option. We would still have freedom had we kept out of everyone’s business. But we all know what this is. He is setting himself up for the bigger mission:

The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

Holy flurking schnit. He really said that. Fifth paragraph in. He’s not wasting any time now, is he?

Bush’s statement should scare the living daylights out of you. It’s so damned transparent now. We all get it. We will be invading more countries before his reign is done. I wish he would just come out and say it already. He needs to just speak plainly and tell us that he is taking a big fat dump on the Constitution and threatening the lives, fortunes and sacred honor of millions of people in order to advance a very few. Why must he drag freedom’s good name into this?

Anyone know any attorneys in Belize that need a paralegal?


Moving In

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:03 pm

Well, here we are. Welcome to the new home for the Gull Reef Club. The place looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Mucho gracias to Mike for all his help (seeing as he did most of the work setting it up). There are a few cosmetic changes I have yet to implement, but nothing that is holding me back from welcoming you in.

I’m not really sure what I’m doing here with this new software. If you notice anything weird, let me know. Also, if you could please leave a comment that will help me know if I have it working properly or not.

Kick back, relax and enjoy the new digs.


Ayuda! No comprende…

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:07 pm

As your typical Amero-centric citizen, I speak only one language fluently – and yes, it’s English, despite what you may think :P

In high school and college I took German language classes but never put enough effort into becoming fluent. Plus, this was before I had regular access to the ‘net and I couldn’t afford immersion learning so I was restricted to the school provided materials. Nicht Spaß.

I also have dabbled with learning Spanish on my own for years. Growing up near Chicago, I was exposed to a lot of Spanish speaking families. Sadly, many of their children (my friends) were embarrassed by their parents speaking Spanish, so I never picked up much from them. I did learn to count to 20 from Sesame Street. I can also string you together enough words to sing you a very cheesy love song. This is because I sometimes listen to salsa music at work and then run words I hear through babelfish.

For all practical purposes, knowing Spanish in America is far more useful than German. I want to work toward picking up the language better. I found this site Destinos: Introduction to Spanish. It is run by PBS and it provides a full year’s worth of free Spanish lessons online. This seems like a much more formal start than I’ve been able to find elsewhere at the same cost.

Mike has also expressed some interest in this too. He took Spanish in high school but also never became fluent. I think it would help me a lot if he were taking these lessons with me. I figure if I put my desire to learn Spanish out here, I’m forcing myself to live up to it. It’s one thing to make promises in your head and another to make them in front of witnesses.

If any of you want to try and learn along with me, let me know. It could be very helpful to encourage each other.


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