Sheltons Organic Turkey

if I empty out all the unimportant stuff here, maybe there'll be more room in my head for important things

name: shelton brett
location: western u.s.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

states I've visited

Apparently I've visited 32 states. Funny, I don't remember them being red at the time. Hrumph, it felt like more than 62%.

found this from nice person, delara
create your own personalized map of the USA

Monday, August 22, 2005

procrastination quiz and goals

Wasn't sure how I'd do on a procrastination quiz, so I took one! Check it out here.
Not bad, a 30 out of 100. What does this score mean? "Your overall score on this test appears to be low. It appears that you don't procrastinate very often. This is great, as procrastination can be a major setback in reaching your goals. There is still room for improvement, however, so be conscious of the times that you do procrastinate and make an effort to stay on track." Of course, Ricky Williams would say that setting goals is a waste of time, becasue it takes away from living in the moment. Yeah, thanks Ricky. Zen-stoopid. I would laugh but I'm too busy being utterly disappointed. But I digress....

It was a bit of a strange quiz because it asked about everything from academic success to relationships, cleaning house and things like exercise. Not sure how they're all related, but apparently the folks at Psychology Today do.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

What book am I?

You're The Great Gatsby!

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Having grown up in immense wealth and privilege, the world is truly at
your doorstep. Instead of reveling in this life of luxury, however, you spend most of
your time mooning over a failed romance. The object of your affection is all but
worthless--a frivolous liar--but it matters not to you. You can paint any image of the
past you want and make it seem real. If you were a color of fishing boat light, you
would be green.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

fair fare

Oh man, last night we went to the county fair and spent the better part of 2 hours sampling the various cuisine. Started with the corn dog, then went to the BBQ hamburger. Followed up with 2 tacos (uno carne y uno pollo), a bag of mini doughnuts, a scone and cotton candy. Yeah, shocker that I don't feel all that good this morning. But it was worth it. The song from Templeton in Charlotte's Web says it all.

feast for the senses
people watching, veritible
smorgasboard --gasboard

Friday, August 05, 2005

my recurrent nightmares

So, what's the deal with nightmares? Not supposed to get them when you're an adult, right? Well, I admit that I rarely wake up "screaming" like I might have as a child, but I still get them. Often. Most of the ones I remember have to do with not being able to protect a loved one, or seeing a loved one being killed. Who gets killed varies from close relative to good friend, and normally I don't see it coming. As in, we're enjoying a nice afternoon snowskiing or something, and all of a sudden I see my best buddy go over a cliff. That sudden, like I didn't even know it was going to happen. The worst are when someone is getting hurt (like being attacked) and I'm trying to reach them, but can't run fast enough. That happens a lot.

But that's just one example of a nightmare that I get. Sometimes just scary things are happening. Sometimes everything's normal but just a little bit "off," if that makes any sense. Some people I know admit to having a nightmare every once in a while, but I don't think they have them regularly like I do. So here's the most recent theories people have offered: I watch too many scary movies; I eat too late at night; I go to bed too late; I go to bed too early; it's too hot in my bedroom; I'm too stressed out; I'm a control freak. The last two reasons sound a little too psychobabblish to me. Most of the dream research I've looked at is very unscientific and relies mostly on unproven theory. I just wish they'd stop.

For an interesting idea on how to quell the nightmares, check out this Straight Dope article from Cecil Adams.

Other suggested reading...

Can't remember where I was or who gave me this list of interesting reading, but I think it's a composite of a bunch of 'em:

Flatland -- Abbott
The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Numbers -- Wells
The Animal Family -- Jarrell
Robots Have No Tails -- Kuttner
Fantasia Mathematica - Fadiman
Titus Groan -- Peake
The Compleat Enchanter -- deCamp & Pratt

Of these books, I've only read Flatland. It was scrumtralescent.