Of the electoral process and Skype

Vote or die!I’m sitting here right now at Carlos’ house calling people to remind them to vote as today is the general election for his City Council election. If he wins tonight, he’s officially the 4th Ward Concilman beginning in 2007.

Most people are using their cell phones to make the calls, but I don’t have free minutes until 9pm, and I don’t want to use up all my minutes calling everyone, so I’m using Skype to make the calls.

It’s awesome that I can make calls via Carlos’ WiFi connection in his house while surfing the web and blogging and such.

I love technology. 🙂



Carlos won… by a lot.


My mom made this chilli/nacho combination thing for dinner. ‘Twas good. So good I had a a second helping. And now I feel like I probably should have stopped at the first.


Happy Day after Halloween?

I wasn’t home last night until almost midnight, so no bloggings on October 31.

After work I came home, and passed out out for about a half hour and then showered and went to Carlos’ house. Me and Janelle and Carlos were hanging out there all night with other people coming and going at random times. At one point the house was quite full. We hung out on the front porch most of the night. We gave out some candies to the kids out for Halloween along with Bridge cards and invited them to come check us out. We also had hot chocolate or tea with cookies for the adults who were there with their kids.

It was pretty cool. A good handful of kids came around. Most of the night we just hung out with each other. I got Carlos’ computer antivirus updated and got him some spyware protection and cleaned up his system. I also got his iPod hooked back up. He has the original iPod Mini… though as compared to the new Nanos, it’s not really that “mini.”

In other news, I’m writing a teaching series on the cross that hopefully we will be able to use in 2007. I had the idea for the 4-part series while at Quick Check across from the Rahway Motor Vehicle building. I think it will be really cool. I have some ideas for approaching different areas and ideas associated with it that I think will be impactful. I’ll post more about this once the series is actually written and there is something to speak of.

In honor of last night, though, I leave you with a cartoon from HomestarRunner.com. They always have a great Halloween episode every year.

HomestarRunner: Happy Hallow-Day!

The end of an era

Acme as seen on Magie AveFor as long as I can remember, the Acme has always been sitting there on Magie Ave in Union as the neighborhood supermarket. We’re talking over 20 years of being the community store for groceries and the like. That all is about to change, however.

Twenty minutes ago, at 4pm EST on October 30, 2006, Acme closed its doors for good. They announced about a month ago that the store was shutting its doors and that it would thereafter become a CVS or Rite Aid or something.

Where'd all the Hot Sauce go?For the past month it has been a very depressing atmosphere in there. Slowly, the store’s stock has declined and the shelves became emptier and emptier. The store workers stopped smiling, and even though they continued to play the same old Musak, there was a somber atmosphere about the place.

No more chicken.  How sad.  :(Me and Michael went there about a half hour ago just to see what was going on during Acme’s last hurrah , and also to see if we can get any “Super Closeout Pricings.” Well, nothing was on sale, but it was even stranger in there today. The shelves were almost completely empty. There were about 2 employees there and one Acme Executive-type person.

And now, as the store has closed, they are packing up the remainder of the inventory and shipping it off elsewhere. Tomorrow the last traces of the old Acme will be gone forever, and the lot will become a construction site.

Here’s to you, Acme, and your years of service and sales to our neighborhood!

Farethee well, Acme