The Adventures of Squicken... Week OneMy name is Cameron Michael but all my friends call me "Squicken". It's a mixture of "Squid" (what Mommy calls my Dad) and "Chicken" (what Daddy calls my Mommy). I was born last Tuesday the 18th, and have learned SO MUCH that I asked Dad if I could write about it here in his journal.
Dad gave me permission so here goes my first attempt at writing. Don't judge me too harshly because I'm only a week old and I've got my hands full trying to learn stuff. For instance, eyes!!! Wow, eyes are tough to control! It's hard to focus them and move them all around. I can't really see all that well yet but I think I recognize Mom and Dad and I CERTAINLY recognize a fine nipple, which makes Dad proud. Of course, I don't have much experience with other nipples but, I have time to fix that.
I spent a few days in ICU (Mom, Dad, and I called it "jail") at the hospital because Mom ran a fever during birth and the docs said they found some indication of infection in the blood samples they took from me
Squicken - due September 26th...or soMy Hang glider pilot friends called me "Pelican" and it has been my "handle" for many years but my girlfriend (of almost 4 years now) calls me "Squid". I call her "Chicken". So, it seems only reasonable that our offspring should be named "Squicken". He is due September 26th or whenever he chooses to come out and play. On his birth certificate, he will be "Cameron Michael" but he's gonna be stuck with Squicken...so be it.Squicken - due September 26th...or so2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some of the joys of pregnancy are all the stupid classes one feels compelled to attend. Of course, it isn't fair in the least to refer to these wonderfully instructional forums as "stupid" because there truly is a copious amount of information disseminated during the eons of hours you sit through. Videos, lectures, illustrated instructions, and hands on practice doing all sorts of things one rarely finds palatable. Well, by "one", I mean my girlfriend and me.
What astounds me is how excited everyone in our classes is...well...everyone except the two of us. W
Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11Time is certainly displaced. We're not really suffering jet lag but it's obvious our bodies are weirded out by being here.Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/113 years ago in Personal More Like This
My girlfriend and I traveled today to Atsugi, about an hour train ride from Tokyo. We had some business to take care of there. It was a bit frustrating because we couldn't get everything done we needed to, but the traveling to and from was delightful.
I was amazed, looking out the train window, there was not ONE piece of litter. I think we traveled 20 miles or more before I saw so much as a tissue paper beside the tracks. The Japanese, even in the less affluent areas, are incredibly tidy.
During the morning commute, the subway trains are packed so full there are literally uniformed individuals called "pushers" whose job it is to shove people into the cars as tightly as possible. As the doors slide shut they get very aggressive and carry out their job of sardine commuter packing very seriously and they do it with smiles and white gloves and a charm that everyo
Everything is Beautiful...NOT!In the 1960s, Ray Stevens wrote a song titled "Everything Is Beautiful" and it won him a grammy. Perhaps it was the idealism of those times or maybe a personal philosophy that gave birth to this song. It starts out with children singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children", a song I remember singing in church when I was a child.Everything is Beautiful...NOT!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world"
Like Disney's "It's a Small World", this song has a worm like infectious tune that rolls around in your brain like a marble in a barrel. A child, once he has learned this song, will hum it, whistle it, and sing it until adult ears bleed. Not only is the tune contagious, the lyrics are ideal and Pollyanna to the point of near myopic blindness.
After one chorus of "Jesus Loves the Little Children", Mr. Stevens' song moves into his "Everything Is Beautiful, in It's Own Way" mantra.
The notion he pu
I Love YouThere are three simple wordsI Love You5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
That have the power to leave me
Those words can produce beauty,
Deception, war, or more.
They can overturn cars
Slice open wrists
Saw through secrets.
The can shatter hearts, like
Crystal vases thrown against walls.
They lead you to dream of a smiling future
Rich with technicolor.
They tear off clothes and explore
Every inch of skin
Every moan that they create.
They can be
whispered into your ear
pondered inside your head
shouted up to the sky
or whimpered at times of need.
They are an exquis
A little bit of loveSome words, thought and things about deviantArtA little bit of love2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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The Voices In My HeadThere are three people living in my mind. And they control my every move.The Voices In My Head7 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
First, let me introduce Mimi. Short, plump, her dark hair in a bob-cut, she favours the colour red and rarely has time to clean her glasses. Not that she cares.
I guess you could say that she's the misunderstood of the three. Her main drive is to keep me alive, healthy, and pain-free. She's the one who sends reports to Valerie, telling her what's being said, whether or not there's pain, everything. Every bit of information goes through Mimi.
Even though she couldn't care less about the health of others, this doesn't make her selfish or evil. No, she is simply doing a job and that's her only job.
In my mind, there is a large storeroom full of shelves. And on these shelves are boxes and boxes, each crudely labeled, none of it in any sensible order .Some are dusty and rarely perused-through while others can't even keep their lids on.
In charge of this room is Valerie. All day, every day, Valerie runs thro
Japan Trip....more daysNote to self: Getting up early does not mix well with late night drinking. The good news is, I think I'm on track for setting a new personal record for consecutive days with a hang over wait is that good news? It's amazing to me that you can buy beer in vending machines everywhere here. Ugh it's 6:30AM, I'll pass on the beer .for now.Japan Trip....more days3 years ago in Personal More Like This
My legs are sore from walking about 2,000 miles yesterday and my feet already hurt. I love it.
This morning, after crashing a little after 2AM, we got up at 6:30AM to catch the bullet train to Osaka. The train stops several times, so it doesn't always get up to the incredible speeds other ones do. We'll be on one this Sunday that tops out at about 180MPH! It's hard to describe the funny experiences one has on the subways and trains. The crazy visuals of passing another train going the opposite direction when you are only a foot or so apart. Ah these Japanese are so precise. The trains displace so much air that when we
Watchers of the Week! #1Basically, the first 10 people to comment on this journal will get a journal feature here from me.Watchers of the Week! #11 year ago in Personal Journal More Like This
These will probably go fast, so hurry and comment!
I will call this "Watchers of the week" because this offer is only for my watchers!
Pandora's Box Contest Entry by azuriinAnnabeth von Bouthe Page Doll by azuriin
Tonight, you DIE by BurloroThings get better by Burloro
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You can now choose what you want to be featured instead of me featuring it.
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Architectural by SnailPropulsionLabsFilm - XXIV - no color needed by Picture-Bandit
Winter Water by Mystery-Kitty
Japan Trip... dazed and confusedToday we are back on the bullet train heading for Akita. Funny thing about bullet trains they don't turn around but rather go to a destination the go backwards over the same tracks. As a result of this, all the seats rotate 180 degrees so passengers can always be facing forward. But it's odd to look for your seat and notice the numbers going up sometimes and down sometimes depending on which way you are headed.Japan Trip... dazed and confused3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We had a nice breakfast in Sendai. My girlfriend went ahead to our room to pack while I took a few photos. I went to the restroom in the lobby and as I sat there communing with nature and enjoying the wonderfully heated toilet seat, I noticed a narrow door in front of me. Out of curiosity, I opened it. A mop with gloves fell out of it and scared the crap out of me! Curiosity will be the death of me. As I left the restroom, I realized I couldn't remember what room we were in, I didn't have the key, and I most assuredly didn't speak Japanese. Fortunately
Birthday Giveaway! 500-2000 Points!EDIT :I extended the giveaway by a few days due to work, but I also added more points in since you have to wait a few more days. I hope that's fair. We now have 500+ people so the winner will receive 1700 points. If 1000+ people participate, the prize will be 2500 points.Birthday Giveaway! 500-2000 Points!5 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
My birthday is tomorrow (May 6th) and I'll be turning 25. I decided to celebrate on DA with a contest, and the winner gets 500 points! Yep, you heard me, 500 points. But, if over 200 people participate I'll double the prize to 1000 points. If we get 500 people participating, the prize will be 1500 points. If somehow 1000+ people participate, the prize will be 2000 points.
RULES:It's really easy to participate in. All you have to do is be one of my watchers and fav this journal. You can also earn up to 4 more entries by leaving comments on my artwork. One comment equals an extra entry. Just let me know by leaving a comment on this journ
Let's Face Iti wish i could taste the clouds andLet's Face It5 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
i wish the sun would melt so that
droplets of citrus would fall down
and maybe i could catch them on
i wish that i never had to say
goodbye and that no one ever had
to live in carboard boxes
i wish that every human and creature
could have a fair chance and i also
wish that my bedroom walls were
painted white but they arent.
my walls are painted black and let's
face it- no one has a fair chance
today. lots of homeless people
live in cardboard boxes and, even
worse, in the rain
and sooner or later we all have to
say goodbye and it is impossible to
taste citrus droplets from the sun
because it never melts
if the clouds were tasteable they
would probably be horrid because
this world is not fantasy
it is hard and dreams are
only made of plastic
Six feet UnderNothing is what it seemsSix feet Under5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
six feet under.
I keep catching flies
with an open mouth
and wonder why
voices speak of me from a distance.
and break the daffodils
perched precariously over my head
and the sky feels so blue
it hurts my eyes.
I can hear the secrets
that make the grass go green
and birds' twitter sounds like
little old ladies
playing gin rummy
and cursing under their breath
over the gossip they're missing.
But the worst part is
I smell the reek of winter
seeping through dirt
in dry roots
pushing up dead daisies
some lazy relative left
as an after-thought
and know a sickening truth
lonely has become
my new best friend
and no tears
will ever keep me company
Crossing the LineAlmost 99.9999% of the comments I get on DA are very nice and complimentary. For this I am grateful and appreciative. I also appreciate the occasional criticism that suggests I try a different crop, color, or lens choice. Even after 35 years I feel it is vital to listen to all the input I get because there are occasional jewels of ideas that come from learned professionals and beginning amateurs alike. Sometimes I even like it more when someone who is new to photography makes suggestions because they aren't stifled by the "rules" we all learn when we start out.Crossing the Line3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Recently, I've had a few people say some interesting and absurd things. These comments are related to my having taken down my gallery of nudes. First of all, let me say, my motive for this action was simply time management. I run a business so I don't have time to respond to all the comments or even read them all.
The suggestion has been made that by me removing the nudes, by responding to horrid comments then hiding and blockin
100 point giveaway WINNER100 point giveaway WINNER1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Thanks for the response to this guys! I plan on hosting 100 point giveaways every week! (I plan on doing something special on the holidays)
But what you've all been waiting for.
The winner of the giveaway is...
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