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Wednesday, October 11th, 2000
7:45 pm
Hello World,
Thoreau said something to the effect that "the majority of men lead lives of quiet despiration", which seems to describe most peoples lives fairly well, and mine at the moment. I am here at work this evening 1) doing inventory, 2) designing parts for the men to make in the morning, 3) fixing a couple of machines so that the guys can use them to make the parts, and 4) worrying about buisness stuff in general. So, as a rebellion of sorts I have decided to make one of my rare updates to this journal, even if it means that I will be here a bit longer. In truth, after a certian point in the evening it doesn't really matter when or if I go home.
Yesterday was remarkably unproductive. I was fixing a milling machine and had to order parts, then this computer started acting up, the Heat Treat Oven stopped working, and my little Nissan died. What a day. I can only assume that I have offended some spirit...
I have managed to fix the oven and and the box, but the new parts for the mill are the wrong size, and I don't really know if I want to fix the car, but it does get much better milage that the truck.
Old news: The ritual I did to bring rain and/or snow to the western states with the forest fires seems to have worked, but there were alot of us wishing for that. I was/am willing to have an early winter here if that would help there, and that seems to be the case, as it has been unseasonably cool for the last month. That's the problem with large spells, they often have unforseen/uncontrolable side effects.
The debate is on in the background, I don't know why I am listening, but maybe I am still undecided about either one. Nader is under my consideration also. Kind of wish I could mix them all together and pull out the bits I like, but we all would like that, and come up with different guys in the end. I won't go into this any further, one can't be a prophet and a politician.
Well, I had probably better get some stuff done. Hope you are all well, Bright Blessings, Orion
7:45 pm
Hello World,
Thoreau said something to the effect that "the majority of men lead lives of quiet despiration", which seems to describe most peoples lives fairly well, and mine at the moment. I am here at work this evening 1) doing inventory, 2) designing parts for the men to make in the morning, 3) fixing a couple of machines so that the guys can use them to make the parts, and 4) worrying about buisness stuff in general. So, as a rebellion of sorts I have decided to make one of my rare updates to this journal, even if it means that I will be here a bit longer. In truth, after a certian point in the evening it doesn't really matter when or if I go home.
Yesterday was remarkably unproductive. I was fixing a milling machine and had to order parts, then this computer started acting up, the Heat Treat Oven stopped working, and my little Nissan died. What a day. I can only assume that I have offended some spirit...
I have managed to fix the oven and and the box, but the new parts for the mill are the wrong size, and I don't really know if I want to fix the car, but it does get much better milage that the truck.
Old news: The ritual I did to bring rain and/or snow to the western states with the forest fires seems to have worked, but there were alot of us wishing for that. I was/am willing to have an early winter here if that would help there, and that seems to be the case, as it has been unseasonably cool for the last month. That's the problem with large spells, they often have unforseen/uncontrolable side effects.
The debate is on in the background, I don't know why I am listening, but maybe I am still undecided about either one. Nader is under my consideration also. Kind of wish I could mix them all together and pull out the bits I like, but we all would like that, and come up with different guys in the end. I won't go into this any further, one can't be a prophet and a politician.
Well, I had probably better get some stuff done. Hope you are all well, Bright Blessings, Orion
Friday, September 15th, 2000
6:06 pm
The Yew Tree
Hello World,
I am finally going to update this a bit, I find that life for me is a constant struggle between whim and responsibility, and it seems that responsibility is winning of late. Work is rapidly turning into a death march, this isn't all bad because we have a backlog for the first time in about 3 years. This has got to be good for somebody's pocketbook, maybe eventually mine. Time for whim is coming up short however, and updating this journal is way low on the list. Sorry faithful reader, I will try to do better.
I have found an interesting quote, which strikes me as a possible truism. "The wyrd of all living things: beauty and then death". So spoke a yew tree to Greywolf. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Wyrd is equivalent in this instance with fate. An interesting idea, I am trying out various unpopular creatures and such in my mind to see if I am in agreement with it. I guess I am, for all life is beautiful in it's miraculousness, and fated to pass from this realm eventually.
If you are curious about whom Greywolf is, or the wisdoms of trees, or Druidry in general, visit http://www.druidorder.demon.co.uk/Interview with a Yew Tree.htm. The link will take you to the article with the tree, of course, but you can find your way from there.
Well, it is Friday, other whims call. I hope your life is well, Bright Blessings, Orion
Monday, August 14th, 2000
6:27 pm
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
I'm older than an ogre,
Happy Birthday to me,

Well, actually yesterday was my birthday, but I was in Madison attending our Grove's Lughnassa ritual, so I couldn't update, not that I do alot of that now. Everyone else from the farm was in Ashland, so I was left to my own devices. Seemed like a good day for a road trip, so after chores I was off.
It was nice to see some of the others, I hadn't been down to Madison since Beltain, I was in Duluth for the Solstice. Usually there would have been more people there, but as Suil and Siobhan were moving into thier new house two weeks ago, it got put off. I was kind of hoping to see Rena there, I figured she could be kind of fun to be around on one'e birthday, but then she is fun to be around anytime, far as I can tell. She is a nice person, very nice, kind of warm and friendly and... well, you get the picture.
I don't really like cities or towns that much, I prefer being out in the country. But Madison is a nice place to go, I can usually stand being there for days at a time. Lots of interesting things, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, but no real bad/negative spots in town that I know of. Probably has to do with being built around 3 large lakes, they have a tendency to drain off the negativity.
Anyway, after the gathering I went down to State Street and picked up a couple of things that I needed, and a couple that I wanted, then I had a Gyro, which is high on my favorite foods list, probably because you can't get a decent one withing 100 miles of where I live. There are a couple of asian type restaurants that have them, sort of, but they just don't get it. My only real chance to get one around here is when St. Elias holds it's annual festival, lots of good things there, most of which I can't pronounce correctly, let alone spell. They are the local Eastern Orthidox church, and man, do those Syrian and Greek grandma's know how to cook. Plus, they have belly dancers and other fun stuff. Unfortunatly, it only happens once a year, and it seem's to always happen when something else is going on. (Sigh) Maybe next year.
It's hot and sticky here today, hasn't really been hot this summer. I am trying to send some rain (not lightning) to the fires out west. I assume that many others are also, perhaps thier luck will change. My sorrows for those of you caught up in that mess.
Well, Bright Blessings, Orion
6:27 pm
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
I'm older than an ogre,
Happy Birthday to me,

Well, actually yesterday was my birthday, but I was in Madison attending our Grove's Lughnassa ritual, so I couldn't update, not that I do alot of that now. Everyone else from the farm was in Ashland, so I was left to my own devices. Seemed like a good day for a road trip, so after chores I was off.
It was nice to see some of the others, I hadn't been down to Madison since Beltain, I was in Duluth for the Solstice. Usually there would have been more people there, but as Suil and Siobhan were moving into thier new house two weeks ago, it got put off. I was kind of hoping to see Rena there, I figured she could be kind of fun to be around on one'e birthday, but then she is fun to be around anytime, far as I can tell. She is a nice person, very nice, kind of warm and friendly and... well, you get the picture.
I don't really like cities or towns that much, I prefer being out in the country. But Madison is a nice place to go, I can usually stand being there for days at a time. Lots of interesting things, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, but no real bad/negative spots in town that I know of. Probably has to do with being built around 3 large lakes, they have a tendency to drain off the negativity.
Anyway, after the gathering I went down to State Street and picked up a couple of things that I needed, and a couple that I wanted, then I had a Gyro, which is high on my favorite foods list, probably because you can't get a decent one withing 100 miles of where I live. There are a couple of asian type restaurants that have them, sort of, but they just don't get it. My only real chance to get one around here is when St. Elias holds it's annual festival, lots of good things there, most of which I can't pronounce correctly, let alone spell. They are the local Eastern Orthidox church, and man, do those Syrian and Greek grandma's know how to cook. Plus, they have belly dancers and other fun stuff. Unfortunatly, it only happens once a year, and it seem's to always happen when something else is going on. (Sigh) Maybe next year.
It's hot and sticky here today, hasn't really been hot this summer. I am trying to send some rain (not lightning) to the fires out west. I assume that many others are also, perhaps thier luck will change. My sorrows for those of you caught up in that mess.
Well, Bright Blessings, Orion
Monday, August 7th, 2000
7:33 pm
Hello,
Havn't forgotten about this, just yet. Hard for me to keep up with this in the summer, so much needs doing. The weather for the fair was excellent. The goats did well, all blues, Grand and Reserve Champion, way to go D and K. A good time was had by all.
Work is overwork right now, I am an engineer in the mundane world. It pays the bills, but exacts a heavy spiritual toll at times. We never seem to work on anything that is of lasting value to humanity, just more consumer trash that mucks up the environment or wastes valuable resources. Soul less items. Sigh...
We have turned into a throwaway society (no real news there), we buy things because we are bored, then when the newness wears off or they break we toss them. And alot of people can't even seem to find the garbage, leaving it all for someone to pick up along the roadside.
This could easily turn into a long rant, but fortunatly I have to leave for a 4-H meeting. Just maybe, could some of you start using the ashtray in your car, instead of tossing them out the window? The world is not your ashtray, and sometimes you start really big fires.
Rant off. I hope your day is going better than mine, Love and Light, Orion
Tuesday, July 18th, 2000
12:42 pm
Getting Ready for Fair
Just dropped by the Fairgrounds this morning to leave off some things on my way to work, and "Could you just fix this outlet for me" and "While your at it, we need one for the Pepsi cooler" and "Help me spread this blacktop, it will just take a minute". ;) Oh well, I don't really mind, it is good to be of use. Just wanted you to get a feel of what the people who help out at your local fair do.
Fairs are cool, it's one of the few places people gather and socialize, at least ours is. One of the different things about this one is it doesn't have a beer tent, which is kind of corny, but definitly nice. No alchohol, dry fair. Safe, no fights, if you meet someone you like you know it isn't because your zonked to the gills.
I might have overdone it with the weather, it was 50 this morning. Should warm into the 70's, nice weather for fair, really. Last year it was 90 and climbing every day, had to worry about animals dying and such. Not fun.
I should state for the record that I am not responsible for the weather, I only put in a request with the Gods, who seem to be favoring us.
Well, enough for now, maybe more later. Bright Blessings, Orion
Saturday, July 15th, 2000
12:43 pm
Brief Beginning
Hello and welcome to my journal, such as it is. I don't know how often I can update this, or if it will even be worth reading/writing, this is kind of an experiment for me. Also, as summer is my busy season, so to speak, I may not have alot of entries until fall, when things slow down and such.
As this is a public journal, and most of you havn't the faintest idea of who I am, a brief intoduction is in order. I am a Wizard who lives in Wisconsin, and goes by the name Orion, or sometimes NorthOrion (on crowded lists and aol and such). I use the term Wizard in a broad sense, meaning one who does magick, conjuring if you will, and also one who is learned in many things. Please understand that I do not mean this in conjunction with some role playing game character or something, while the do look like they could be fun, I have never had time to learn any of them. I do occasionally play Magic the Gathering with one of my young friends, but right now I am teaching him Chess.
Well, this is enough for now, I have to shop for a birthday present, and also try to see if I can do something about this weather. There is a full moon tomorrow and we could use cooler dryer weather for fair, this hot and humid stuff is hard on the animals. We'll see. TTFN, Orion
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