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My 18th birthday is fast approaching. Actually its over seven months away, but I like to tell myself that it’s almost here. Turning 18 is a big step in ones life. It means, in Georgia at least, that I will be considered an “adult.” (legally anyway) I have compiled a short list of the things I will do (or will probably do) on my 18th birthday.

  1. Sleep. I find sleep to be a big waste of time, but it is a necessary evil (like war, driving cars, showering…).
  2. Eat. I love to eat, as most people can tell by my marshmallowy body.
  3. Work. My 18th birthday falls on a Tuesday (which is the most boring day of the week in my opinion.), so I will most likely be working.
  4. School. There is a 96.09% chance that I will have a class on my birthday, but I could always skip it.
  5. Buy a lottery ticket. I do not advocate the playing of the lottery, but as 18 is the legal starting age to play the lottery in Georgia, I see it as a coming of age sort of thing.
  6. Buy a pack of cigarettes. I in no way believe that smoking is good. I find it, in most cases, disgusting. I will not even open the cigarettes that I buy, it’s just another one of those coming of age things. If you smoke, hit me up on May 8th, 2012 for some free cigarettes. Unless you’re underage, then you should do it covertly.
  7. Write. I try to write everyday, but it usually doesn’t happen. But I have a goal to write a novel when I’m 18, so I will probably spend a good portion of the night of my 18th birthday, planning said novel.
  8. Spend time with my friends. I have very few friends, (something about the black hole I have in place of a heart seems to drive people away…) but the I love the friends I have.
  9. Watch The Avengers. Although The Avengers comes out on May 4th, and I will have already seen it at the midnight premier, I will see it again because if it is as good as the movies leading up to it, I will want to see it multiple times.
  10. Eat. ‘Nuff said.
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Halloween Costume Ideas

I know Halloween is still a ways off, but I have been thinking about costumes a lot lately. These are my top five favorite costume ideas in to particular order.

1. “Three Hole Punch Jim” from The Office. This is what I’ll go as, if the others fall through since it’s so simple.

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2. “Mr. Spock” from Star Trek. I already haw part of this costume, so it’s most likely what I’ll do.

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3. “Satan’s Robot” from Star Trek: Voyager. This is my favorite idea, but it’s also the most complicated.

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4. Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, Inc. This is just funny.

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5. “The 11th Doctor” from Doctor Who. This is probably the most expensive option, since the jacket alone goes for over $60 on eBay.

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The Ocean

I have found the ocean to be most inspiring. I have to watch myself (figuratively of course) to make sure I don’t just stare out into the deep blue depths for hours on end.

I imagine the pilgrims had a much different view of the ocean. On a ship the large the ocean is a wonderful place, even in a storm. But I’m sure the pilgrims found it more woeful than wonderful.

It’s hard to fathom how it would have been to be in such a tiny ship being tossed to and fro like toy. It must have been a very constricting feeling, knowing that, once they were out to sea, there would be no way off of the ship.

On a modern-day cruise ship, there are helicopters to rescue people in need, but back then, the only way off of the ship was to jump overboard and swim. But in the midst of the ocean, there wouldn’t be any place to swim.

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My Vacation, Part 2

I’ve had a very interesting time since last I posted.

Lightning struck a tree near our cabin last night and there were terrible storms for several hours.

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I took as much of a shower as I could this morning, considering that the sinks here have 15 times the water pressure of the showers. And I’m almost certain that the German man in the next shower over was smoking while he showered…

I went to the Kennedy Space Center this morning and went strait to the Star Trek exhibit.

They had all kinds of props and costumes and I even snuck over the railing and had my picture taken with Worf.

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I went on a space shuttle take off simulator that simulated what it would feel like to travel at 17,000 mph.

I then did the Star Trek Live show and bought a Tribble.

Finally, we took a tour bus over the the Saturn V Rocket Center where they had the command modules from several of the Apollo missions.

/p>They also had a full-sized replica of The Robot from Lost in Space. It had been my dream for years to built my own working replica of this robot, and now I am more eager than ever to do so.

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I came back to the campground and watched “The Trouble with Tribbles” with my Tribble, which I christened, “Gary.”

Even though the day is almost over, I still have a lot more in store in the next few days.

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The Truth About Emily Caine Prologue

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Prologue

Six months in the future…

 ”Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” A man in a black overcoat tossed a handful of dirt into the grave before him. A group of fifteen people stood, umbrellas in hand, around the grave as the rain fell. Several minutes passed, filled only by the sound of the rain in the trees. Finally, the man in the black coat said, “Rest in peace Emily Caine, amen.”

 Lightning flickered overhead and a tremendous clap of thunder sounded as the crowd disbursed. A lady in her early twenties walked to a car parked near the curb. As she was opening the door, the man in the black coat walked up.

 ”I’m deeply sorry for your loss miss…” He stopped as the wind blew the lady’s hood back to reveal her face. “I’m sorry,” he said, as she noticed the shocked look on his face, “it’s just that you look just like…”

 ”I know,” she responded, “quite bizarre isn’t it?”

 He nodded. “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name?”

 ”My name? I don’t suppose my name matters much anymore.” With that, she got into her car and drove away, leaving the man standing in the downpour…

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Kermit

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