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Sunday, December 29th, 2013
11:37 pm
I spent some time tonight here on LiveJournal catching up a bit. It's been years since I have been on here. Over three years have passed since I last wrote something of my own. I know we all say it, but I have to reiterate that I really do miss the old days of LiveJournal. What happened to it? We all blame Facebook, but Facebook isn't quite the same. It isn't a blog, a place to write and share what is going on in your life, in detail. It's merely a quick synopsis of what you had for lunch, or how bored you are at work. It shows off your best moments in life, sharing only what makes your life seem fabulous in the eyes of others. Livejournal is so much more. I was going through old posts and was shocked to read some of the things I had written. I shared my darkest and lowest moments here, something I would never do on Facebook. I was shocked because I've gotten so used to sharing only the bright moments in life and, in return, reading only the bright moments in all my friends' lives as well. I thought to myself how much I miss the old LJ days, constantly hitting refresh to get a new update, knowing that every couple of minutes a new one WOULD be there. As I go through old posts on here by all of you, I see you asking the same question. So, if we all feel the same way, can't we just all pick up and start blogging again?

So much has happened since the last time I posted here. I mentioned Juven, which is a relationship that ended nearly as fast as it began. I'm now seeing a new guy named Nino. We've been together for nearly 3 years now. It's been a tough relationship because much of it has been long distance, but we've managed. When we started seeing each other he was living in Dubai, then he moved here to Houston, then when his immigration was going nowhere (he's Lebanese), we decided to open a bar in Paris. So that's where we are now. I've been in Paris for nearly a year now. It's not my ideal place to live, but I know that it's an opportunity that will be great in the long run. There's really nothing new besides living in Paris running a bar and struggling to learn French. I got a dog since I last posted. He's a golden retriever and I can't express the love I have for that dog. Unfortunately I haven't brought him over to Paris yet so he stays with my mom. She has also fallen in love with him and I am concerned she will never give him back!

This update was awfully vague, so please feel free to ask any questions you like in the comments. Also feel free to add me on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/michael.murphy.7967747
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
8:43 pm
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Saturday, December 20th, 2008
12:28 pm
Wrong Window!

Wrong Window!, originally uploaded by slkinnyc.

A woman ordering Chick-fil-a through her sunroof.

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
7:55 pm
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
3:28 pm
Pictures
These aren't my pictures, but below is a link to some pretty amazing pictures from Hurricane Ike. I'll get around to posting my pictures sometime this evening.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/09/the_short_but_eventful_life_of.html
Saturday, September 13th, 2008
10:53 am
Day after

Day after, originally uploaded by slkinnyc.

Friday, September 12th, 2008
11:37 pm
lights keep going off and on and the storm is getting crazy!! We're not even to the worst part yet.

I think electricity is officially gone now.
12:06 pm
Plywood

Plywood, originally uploaded by slkinnyc.

Uncle's sense of humor. One piece of plywood that says "to heck with it"

11:41 am
Hmm

Hmm, originally uploaded by slkinnyc.

My aunt's neighbor seems to think taping the car windows will help

11:00 am
Under water

Under water, originally uploaded by slkinnyc.

Hurricane isn't here yet and the surge is already coming in

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
4:55 pm
Memorial Day Weekend
Dustin and I have decided to go to San Francisco for Memorial Day weekend. We've both been wanting to go and my brother leaves Continental in 2 weeks, leaving that weekend my last weekend to travel for free.

Does anyone have hotels they recommend that aren't expensive and are in ok areas? I know squat about San Fran.
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
11:48 am
Here's an article I came across today that I thought I would share. HarperCollins is letting people read a few of their books online for free. One that caught my eye that I think others may also find interesting is, "The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President: Who the Candidates Are, Where They Come from, and How You Can Choose."
Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
12:09 pm
Has anyone every sold something over the internet? Last night I posted my Mac on Craigslist. There's someone who is interested in it and asked if I would be willing to do a combination of cash and paypal. Is this fishy or something that routinely happens? I don' know much about paypal to know. I've never bought or sold anything from a private party online before.
Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
2:51 pm
Stolen from a couple other journals...

I want to know what, if anything, you think of me. Comments aren't screened and they can be anonymous if you want. A lot of people have come and gone over the years and this might help me to better understand why. I'm sure I've pissed off a lot of people for a lot of different reasons. And on the flip side, I tend to take some things to heart more than I should. I'm not sure I can help/change either of those things, and not sure I ought to try.

Have at it...
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
4:04 pm
This is a longshot, but...
I bought a movie editing software for my mac earlier this week. It didn't even click in my head that it wouldn't be compatible with leopard. I didn't find out that it's not until I put the disk in. I bought the software at Fry's so I'm pretty sure they won't take it back because the box has been opened. I'd prefer to just return it, but in the chance that I can't, is there a patch that allows running software made for the previous OS System?
Friday, March 2nd, 2007
1:10 pm
Becoming Illegal: An actual letter from an Iowa resident and
sent to his Senator:

The Honorable Tom Harkin
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Phone (202) 224 3254

Dear Senator Harkin,

As a native Iowan and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to
determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out.

Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I'm excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This
would yield an excellent result for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider. Once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year.

Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications, as well as "in-state" tuition rates for many colleges throughout the United States for my son.

Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the
burden of renewing my driver's license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums. This is very important to me given that I still have college age children driving my car.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become
illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative.
Thank you for your assistance.

Your Loyal Constituent,

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