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February 15th, 2010

Snow Day! @ 07:23 pm

Here's some shots I took out in the snow on Friday. We had about 3-5 inches of accumulation, and it's the first time in South Mississippi that I've seen it snow during the day. Usually, when it does snow, it happens at night and turns into rain as soon as the sun comes up, melting all of the snow. On Friday, it snowed all day long.

Bigger plus more, one being of me only in my boxers out in the snow...Collapse )

Don't blame me for shrinkage!

January 24th, 2010

(no subject) @ 04:33 pm

Well, I'm a year into my Crossfit/exercise/dieting lifestyle change, and the journey has been incredible! When they say you have to change your lifestyle when you get serious about losing weight and getting fit, you really do have to change your lifestyle. I used to be a TV junkie, and now I don't even have cable. I still cook a lot, but I'm cooking a lot healthier and am using fresher, tastier ingredients.

The fitness training has gotten me through the roughest parts of last year and remains an anchor during minor turbulence from week to week. I find I can play with my nieces and nephew much longer than any other adult. I'm meeting like-minded people as well. Going to Crossfit is a bit like going to recess. It's that 30 minutes of playing hard in between all of the boring adult commitments we have to do.

I'm glad I shot video throughout the past year. I hope you like this progress diary!

Crossfit: 1 Year Anniversary from Jon-Paul on Vimeo.


January 20th, 2010

(no subject) @ 02:54 pm

The more I think about my "Long Walk" idea, the more it seems like it's what I need to do. redpirk pointed me to this link that lists all of the long-distance trails in the US. Well... probably not ALL of them. But it's a really good start.

I'm looking at three trails:

All have their pros and cons, of course. Which I'll go more into later as I look closer at them.

My question, though -- and one the hive mind can help me with -- is, how do I get to the start of the trail and from the end of it? I assume I'll fly to the destinations, but how do I get from the airport to the trail head? And then, when I'm done, how do I get back to the airport?

Help me, dear readers and friends.

I have been keeping SUPER busy over the past two months. I've been working 80-90 hour weeks. Plus working out. Plus family time.

Last week and this week, I've been able to slow down a little bit. And I think all of the busy-ness has been hiding a bit of depression.

I've had to make hard decisions lately that I didn't want to make. Also, as my mom says, "It's just that time of year." Now that I've slowed down and can sleep, I can't get out of bed. My libido is nonexistent. Has been for months. I'm not feeling anything for anything, which is worse than feeling negatively about things.

Just thought you'd like to know.

Having said that about libido, I wanted to share something that I've found to be really super hot as of lately.

Yes, it does involve breasts. But a very specific part: Right above and in the middle of the breasts. Above the "valley" if you will. Where the skin kind of wrinkles. Look at this picture which I stole from a Self Portraits community. It illustrates what I'm talking about. Also the upper chest, especially if it is slightly freckly.

VERY sexy.

I've been getting emails from those I sent my video to. Thank you very much. You have NO CLUE how much your comments mean to me. More of you requested my video than any of my close friends or family. So, I really appreciate it.

January 17th, 2010

(no subject) @ 11:23 pm

After having bought another soundtrack album over the weekend -- (500) Days of Summer -- I have scanned through my music library for songs that repeat or are covered multiple times. After moving past the thousand versions of "Over the Rainbow" and "Hallelujah," two songs are repeated a few times in my library that I get a lot of pleasure.

One is a cover of Harry Nillson's "Think About Your Troubles." Look it up. It's a good song.

The other is a cover of The Smith's "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want."

Wow. What a great song. It was included twice in the "(500)" soundtrack. It was in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." It was also in one of my all-time favorite movies, "This Is England." This is actually a very good cover of it. Lots of emotion. It speaks to me, man. Take a listen:

"Beware thoughts that come in the night." --William Least-Heat Moon

I had one of those crazy thoughts telling me to do one of those crazy things that, when you do it, you were wondering what the hell you were thinking. But I feel I need to do it. I've been a blank slate for a couple of months now, and I need to get out.

I need to go on a great walk.

My first thought was to go on the Katy Trail. That's a good 225-mile walk. But I used to live in Missouri and would like to see another state.

Does anybody have any ideas about where I could go to do a similar-length walk? I would want to do it over 14-21 days. I'm thinking April or May-ish as a time.


I made some late-stage changes to my year-end video that I thought made it to the DVD burning process, but I discovered the other day that it did not. So, all of you who got a DVD... you got a slightly unfinished product. I hope you don't mind.

January 14th, 2010

(no subject) @ 12:10 pm

If you requested a video, I put it in the mail about 30 minutes ago! It's still not too late to request one!

January 8th, 2010

(no subject) @ 02:03 pm

Hey guys --
I'll try and be back on more this year. I had a lot of life straightening out to do.

Bla Bla Bla. You understand.

Anyway, I have a "My Life: 2009" video made. I finished it a little late this year, but I know some of you regulars like to watch it. Anybody can "order" one from me. Leave your name and address in the *screened* comment area and I'll get it in the mail to you with a little personal note handwritten by yours truly. I do this project every year for the sole purpose of sending them out for people to watch. So, don't be shy. I just ask that you actually watch it! :)

Here's a video trailer. Enjoy, and I hope to hear from you!

"My Life: 2009" Video Trailer from Jon-Paul on Vimeo.


October 9th, 2009

(no subject) @ 02:03 pm

1. At what age do you think it's appropriate for someone to get their driver's license?

Twenty-one, and after a very long and expensive training course. And I think a driver's license should be taken away after committing anything more serious than speeding. One can get their license back after repeating the long and expensive training course.

2. At what age do you think it's appropriate for someone to first drink alcohol?

If they are with their parents: At whatever age the parents deem appropriate.
If they are alone: 18.

3. At what age do you think it's appropriate for someone to become sexually active?

Whenever it naturally happens.

4. At what age do you think it's appropriate for someone to vote in elections affecting national and/or local government?

Eighteen seems about right, though not many 18 year-olds really vote. It's a shame, because there are more young adults than there are old ones, and young adults could decide every election if they just got out and vote. Actually, come to think of it... keep doing what you're doing.

5. At what age do you think it's appropriate for someone to be conscripted for military service?

Again, eighteen. Either mandatory domestic military service for a year, or two years of public service (hospital work, park service work, etc.). I realize this is probably not a popular opinion, but too many people are too used to taking from our society with no concept of paying anything back. The mandatory domestic military service would be exempt from going to war unless they volunteer for the professional military. They would also be paid fairly and given food and housing.

September 4th, 2009

(no subject) @ 04:31 pm

Video shot a month ago:

Progress Diary, Pt. 2 from Jon-Paul on Vimeo.

I still don't want to talk about things. I may never. I'm just focusing on the important things right now. We'll leave it at that.

August 1st, 2009

(no subject) @ 07:58 pm


If one more person tells me to "just pray about it" or "just think happy thoughts," I swear I am going to... I don't know.

When someone comes to you and tells you that they are in serious need, don't tell them either of those two things. Don't just ignore them, either.

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May 30th, 2009

What I Did On My Summer Vacation, pt. 1 @ 06:34 am

We flew in from Honolulu yesterday, and boy are my arms tired!

We had a freaking FANTASTIC trip, full of joy, and sweets, and joyness. If you don't remember, poxyfairydingle and I left on a jetplane and spent three days in San Francisco and seven days in Hawaii. Behind the cut is a rundown of the first leg of the trip along with some really fantastic pictures.

California's been good to me / I hope it don't fall into the sea.Collapse )

To Be Continued...

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