John Furie Zacharias
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Friday, November 14, 2003
Imajica Fast Forward File v.02

Patriotic Kid, Ft Myers, 2002

Have you ever noticed that when people find something interesting, hilarious, or disconcerting in their email inbox, they feel utterly compelled to pass it along to everyone they know?  The Imajica Fast Forward File is where I get to comment on the jokes, animated GIFs, virus alerts and the all-out general warnings about the sky falling that slip into .

F3 v.02

It seems to me that this little patriotic kid most likely embodies the personal reasons our servicemen and women are enduring the hardships in operation Iraqi Freedom.  The sheer number of reservists alone currently called up to active duty approaches that of the Korean war and is estimated at about a quarter of a million people.

Recently, someone FWDed me an email that basically informed me that I should shop at Sears.  Why?  Because it seems that the corporation is doing the right thing for our reservists that are called up, have to leave their homes and jobs at Sears and go fight the war on terrorism.

Supposedly, the federal law tells corporations to hold the positions and paygrades of employees that are guardsmen and reservists called up on active duty.  In my experience as a reservist, back when the dinosaurs roamed the continent, many companies failed to do this simple thing.  Many companies view federal laws as a nuisance, as many pesky federal labor laws are to them.

Why pay anyone minimum wage if you don't have to?  Why adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules and regulations if you can get away without doing so?  Federal Labor Laws are just suggestions to some companies -- not just mom and pop store fronts -- but large corporations with an office building full of attorneys.

Currently, the basic idea of the law regarding called-up reservists is that they shouldn't lose their job while doing our country's business.  Many labor laws are only applicable to corporations with 50 or more employees.  Some provisions of the law require that companies not only hold the job position for the reservist at the same salary, or rate of pay, but also pay the reservist the difference between the reservist's service pay and his or her normal pay at the company.

The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) maintains a list of the "good guys", companies that support our servicemen and women by making up the difference in their pay and just as importantly, benefits.  I encourage everyone to do business with these companies and similarly, avoid doing business with companies that are not fully supporting our troops.


Thursday, November 13, 2003
After two years

Everyone loves a balloon

So, it's a long time since I needed these guys.  Two years ago, I chose to take on the responsibility and commitment of taking care of my mother in her last days.  I left my house, my job, my friends, and my life.  I moved down to central Florida and stayed with my mother in her little winter vacation home.  I slept on the couch out in the porch.  Taking care of her was a 24/7 endeavor.  Even though there were obvious personal sacrifices, I have no regrets.  Sometimes, you just have to do the right thing.

It's a little difficult to go out on dates with women when you really can't leave the house.  It's difficult to have any kind of social life when you live on the couch out in the porch.  Things eventually change.

Life goes on, whether you like it or not.  I've met some attractive women over these past two years but could never follow up with any one of them, until now.  So, for all of you that may have wondered if my monkish celibacy would last until the sun fizzled out in a puff of smoke and the universe collapsed in upon itself (I know I wondered), all is well now.  'Nuff said.


Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Temple of the High Priestess

Some call me Maestro Sartori  My new friend, High Priestess, did a work up of Tarot cards for me based upon my birthday (aquarius).  These cards don't change as a shuffled deck tarot card reading might, but are constant based upon the numerology of one's specific birthday.  Here's how mine worked out:

Signifactor card

King of Swords
Ideas are very focused and directed, but at the expense of the heart. Denotes rational mind, linear thinking, great skill and intelligence with machines and computers. May represent a debater of the law, one extremely intellectual and strongly opinionated.

Soul card

Magician / Magus
You are completely powerful and can manifest your goals. You are experiencing magical strength and can actualize your desires through your own creativity and will.

Personality cards

(1)Wheel of Fortune
Doors will open and all things will be much better than you can possibly imagine. Prosperity will descend on you. You will evolve out of a situation that is getting you nowhere. Set your sights high, and jupiter will set them higher and deliver.

Success, prosperity, glory, clarity, and contentment. There is business achievement as well as success in all endeavors. The Sun shines brightly as you radiate strong energy.

Sunday, November 09, 2003
Blog Reloaded

Careful there, cowboy!

I woke up this morning at 4:30am.  I actually got some sleep after a week of insomnia where I had been getting only an hour or two each night.  The problem with insomnia is that since
you don't feel very rested and refreshed, you don't get a whole hell of a lot done with the 23 hours in the day that you're walking around like a zombie.

Since I was feeling so good, I thought I'd do a little
in-flight maintenance around here.

Thanks to the folks in the
mathematics department at UCSD, and BBaumer, who also runs 'I voted for Kodos', I've glommed some university bandwidth to add hyperlinks to some appropriate audio files for some of my blog entries already here -- and for future entries, of course ... until someone tells me to stop ... then I tell them, "No, I won't stop!!" ... and they file a cease and desist, or restraining order ... and then I put it in the stack of such legal actions that I'm using as a drop cloth when I do a little oil painting.  Oh, sorry! Nevermind.

What was I saying?  Where was I?  Oh, yeah.

So, anyway, you might get another laugh from
Shout out for TOP and a few other editted blogs around here.  I also started the arduous task of putting something worth looking at on the left side panel, other than my fugly mug.  Think of it as Blog Reloaded.


Friday, November 07, 2003
Like Hygelic, his pungent fish fragrance filled the room

Sucks to be Boris
I think root canal surgery on polar bears (ursus maritmus) is a growth industry.  According to Rhonda Savage, a dentist near Tacoma, polar bears kept in tiny circus cages around the world develope a nervous habit of rubbing their teeth on the metal bars and excess wear can occur.  I can empathize with this, as I grind my teeth at night.  Recently, one of these polar bears, a 19-year-old named Boris, went in for some dental work to take care of two problem teeth.

You'd think it would be tough performing two root canals on a 1,018-pound, meat-eating beast with 4-inch claws.  Not according to Boris' dentist, Edmund Kwan.  Not quoted as saying, "First, you just knock the bitch out like some fat, middle-aged teamster and then use a larger drill bit".

While Boris got two root canals done, it's known that his buddy, Kenneth will require five surgeries.  Dentists are salivating and rubbing their own teeth on cash registers at the prospect of a whole new growing demographic of clientele.

As many women have had their dentist fondle them while under anesthesia, Boris also had liberties taken.  With no prior consent, they drew blood and urine from him.  While this seems to be a gross violation of his privacy, Boris doesn't plan any litigation as he had no dental insurance to cover the financial cost of his procedures.

Although The News Tribune in Tacoma didn't specify if Boris was a Republican at the time of his root canal, my personal opinion is that Boris is more likely to be a Libertarian as he certainly would devour any donkey or elephant meat given to him like a free hot wing appetizer at Hooters.  Donkeys and Elephants can eat tons of grass every day but get all righteous if a couple of polar bears smoke any.

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