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Thursday, December 31st, 2020
11:19 am
Hi there. My new LJ is mrdankelly. Please stop by. You can also visit my Web site at http://www.mrdankelly.com.

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
10:14 pm
Wooooooo! I yam a ghost! Wooooooo!

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Sunday, October 27th, 2002
10:32 am
Okay, kids, mrdankelly is officially a paid account, so if you want to keep "friending" me, please add it to your Friends list. I'll keep the fatherdan account until it runs out, but I don't believe I'll be adding anything new here from this point on. The biggest pain in the ass will be downloading the entire fatherdan journal. This wasn't my best writing, but I'm an archivist. I have papers from first grade somewhere around here.

Kathy, Joe, Pat, and etc... While I'm thinking of it, let me know here or by e-mail if you'd like a code for a LiveJournal account. You've been faithful readers, and I don't want you to miss out on the "Friends Only" posts.

Talk soon,
Dan "fatherdan" Kelly

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Saturday, October 26th, 2002
6:42 pm
It sucks to die... but then, there ARE really cool ways to die. Admit it.

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3:57 pm
Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my ass!

Again? That trick never works.

This time for sure! Presto!

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Friday, October 25th, 2002
11:43 pm
I couldn't care less about baseball and the World Series, but I just love it when baseball players and commentators try to make the sport sound macho. It reminds me of George Carlin's comparison of baseball and football. "In football you wear a HELMET. In baseball, you wear a cap. In football, you play on a GRIDIRON. In baseball you play on a diamond." Yep, any sport where a three-year-old boy can be decimated by a runner is right up there with Shootfighting and Rollerball.

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11:00 pm
Whenever I talk myself into "cleaning up my act," "getting down to business," and similar self-ass-kicking cliches in my real journal, I often refer to myself as a knife or sword. I talk about "sharpening up," keeping myself 'razor-sharp," and "honing myself to a sword's edge." I've done this since before hapkido, which doesn't feature a lot of swordplay thus far, and I haven't been devouring Hagakure either, if you're wondering (I've been reading the Book of Five Rings though, but again, I've used the sword metaphor before even this). It's an obvious metaphor, but a fairly martial one for a peace-loving fellow like me.

Similarly, I used to say I wanted my writing to have the impact of a shotgun blast. Now I seem to strive for fast-firing pistol shot after pistol shot, cutting dead center each time. Again with the weapon imagery. What's up with that? Why can't I write like a well-baked loaf of rye?

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10:51 pm
Guess who I'm going to be for Halloween? No, I'm not the soul of the Republican party. Guess again.

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3:54 pm
Do. Not. Let. "Them." Hurt. Our. Country. Anymore.

From sueg, A list of the country's hottest Senate races. Feel free to donate money or express support for the Democrats. Vote Independent, Green, Bull Moose or whatever with a clear conscience next time, chums. The fact is that the extreme right is getting too strong in American government, and unless you want us to travel back to the 19th Century (or earlier), you better get their asses out of the Senate and governor seats November 5. Vote, goddammit, vote!

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3:05 pm
Please tell me they aren't this evil.. You know who I'm talking about.

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Thursday, October 24th, 2002
9:39 pm


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3:03 pm

I have a feeling I'll hear from jenandtonics about this.

Just because you don't live in Florida doesn't mean you can't contribute to Bill McBride's campaign or send him words of encouragement. Don't forget Election 2000. Hit the road Jeb and Katharine.

More rascals to throw out. Wheeee!

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11:49 am


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9:00 am
I'm on the front page of the Chicago Journal, kids! Find out where you can pick up a copy here: http://chicago-journal.com/locations.html

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2002
10:23 pm
Welcome to Salem, home of witchcraft and the grisly results of witchcraft hysteria. The Witch Museum's gift shop is a little dull, but the local police department makes up for it with a great logo design on several pieces of merchandise.

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5:26 pm
Throw the rascals out (or keep them out)!

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12:36 pm
Hmmm... I just spoke with Jake Austen, and apparently his poker book (see http://www.mrdankelly.com/updates.html ) is a bigger deal than I thought. I'll be sharing space with my Chicago buddies Dan Raeburn and Chris Ware as well as Chicago exile Neal Polack and Nick Tosches.

Huh, maybe this writing thing is going somewhere after all. I'll just be happy if I get free drinks and hors d'oeuvres out of the deal.

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12:07 pm
Makes me wish I wore patches!

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002
9:53 pm

I was trying make myself look ugly. Pretty ugly, but not ugly enough. I ended up looking more, I dunno, disgusted. Like someone handed me a piece of candy, and when I bit into it I found a roach staring back at me.

Post a picture of your ugliest expression here.

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9:16 pm

While I'm the first to say that the average American is intellectually lacking, and that zines and the Internet are largely composed of rehashings of the same old shit, I always give credit for creating something versus doing nothing. It also seems to me that most bloggers are simply taking advantage of the first chance the average shmo has had to express him or herself through an international medium (i.e., the Internet). We aren't all Einstein, Wittgenstein, or even H.L. Mencken, but people creatively come to terms with life in whatever words and media they have at their disposal.

That's why it's ticking me off to see curt dismissals of blogs by established pundits like Gary Trudeau and others; especially those who fall back on the common misconception that the younger generation is intellectually vapid and morally empty. What purpose does that serve? How do they expect young people to be inspired to social action when the kids think their elders are always looking down at them? Apparently, according to Gary, we bloggers are good for liberal votes but not personal commentary. Vote Democrat and shut up, you.

Trudeau's curious outrage at music piracy is also oddly overextended, and I wonder if he can honestly say he's never owned a single bootlegged LP in his lifetime.

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