Hey Idaho Furs! Join me in Nampa this Saturday (1/7) at 4pm for some drama-free furry get-together fun at the Flying M Coffee Garage
! Bring your sketch-books, fursuits, stories, plans, ideas, games, whatever you want, but especially bring your YOU, 'cause I really hope I get to see you there!
It makes sense that the fine arts building is way the heck in the back woods of campus, far away from anything (except that really good deli restaurant with the classical music and awesome espresso, but putting that next to the fine arts building also makes sense).
It makes sense that the fine arts building is dingy, concrete, semi-underground, and looks suspiciously like a bomb shelter.
It makes sense that the maths and sciences are taught in the science buildings in the center of campus, comfortably far from the fine arts building.
So WHY is my physics class in the fine arts building???
Hiya! Jari here just asking you to please not call or text me until I can get my phone fixed. I will not receive your voicemails, texts, or even any record that you called. I'll post another entry when this issue is resolved. Meanwhile the only way to get ahold of me is by email. Sorry for any inconvenience.
EDIT 5/16: All fixed! Thanks!
I just received a snail mail letter from Boise State University. It says that I still need to submit "the following documents" to be eligible to receive financial aid. One of them is that I should indicate some sort of interest in applying to BSU. I have not indicated any because I have no intention of EVER attending BSU.Elsewhere in the same letter, it says that if I would like to receive periodic useful information from BSU, I should click "reply to this email". Nowhere in this letter does it list an email address of any sort, I couldn't ifnd the reply button, and the header information (postmark) just says that it was mailed first class presorted yesterday from Boise, Idaho.
I've tried to keep this quiet until I had all the details ironed out, but it's all official and stuff now. I'm moving to Alaska in May (which is earlier than originally planned), and I will be staying up there for the foreseeable future (at the least until I finish school). I'll miss all the Idahofurs I'll be leaving behind, but I gotta do this now or I'll never get it done.
Thoughts? Questions? Sentiments? Suggestions?
I love you all!
PS. I'm gonna try my hardest to get to Rainfurrest this year!
So yesterday (well, Friday) in Super Advanced Math For Engineers was "intro to fractions" day, but the professor detoured slightly to review the super advanced math symbols: plus, minus, multiply, divide, approximately, and therefore. The he got to therefore (three dots in a triangle shape), he asked what it was, and someone in the back of the room said "triforce". :-3
It has come to my attention that there are some needy furs amongst us. Several don't know where there next meal will come from. Some are living out of their cars or don't know if they'll be able to find somewhere to sleep tonight. At least one is dying of a disease that could be cured by a round of antibiotics. Sound exaggerated? It's completely true. I could name names, but I'll let them keep the one ting they still have: a tiny scrap of dignity.
PLEASE DONATE. Food. Clothes. Somewhere to crash. Things most of us take for granted, but things that some of furs don't have at all. Any money donated will go to help these furs get on their paws again. We're all furry. We're all in this together, and we're here for each other. We could have been their first resort. Now we're they're last hope. Please donate.
There are at least four of them, and those are just the ones I know of. Each has a heartbreaking story, and each would give everything they have for any of us. They have bailed us out before when we were in trouble--if anything, we OWE them our help. Here's just one story:
Born with a life-threatening condition, this person has been able to lead a normal, unaffected life. They've always given their all to whatever they do, cared deeply and personally for everyone they could, and never hesitated to help out a person or animal in need. But there was always that condition looming, silently promising that their time was limited. And now it's nearly up. There's only one way to stop it: a medication. If they can fill their prescription it will reverse the damage that's already been done and put off life-threatening surgery perhaps forever. But even a few pills here and there will slow or stop further damage. PLEASE DONATE.
Wow! I just realized I haven't posted anything in AGES! Sorry everyone! Doubly sorry for leaving you all with such a nasty, icky post. Turns out my spleen was indeed depression-genic (if you can't think of the word, make one up!), caused mostly by a severe Vitamin D shortage (I'm already SAD-sensitive--working night shift was apparently too much for my system). So megadosing on Vit-D made me a happy cougar again! Yay!
Are you going to Rainfurrest (http://www.rainfurrest.com
)? I am! And I'll be terribly disappointed if you aren't... *big sad hopeful cougar kitty eyes*
*hugs and love*
I’ve given up on trying to sleep. I’m going to hate my life even more when I go to work in a few hours, but whatever. A pebble on a mountain.
I’ve been really messed up this summer. I haven’t been able to figure out what it is, either. Haven’t been able to, anyway. My blood sugar’s been all over the place with no rhyme or reason. At first I thought it was a dietary problem. I even thought it was hypoglycemia. But the clinic so no, shut up and go back to work. In about as many words.
I’ve played a lot of scenarios back at myself, and I think it’s depression. I really do. It makes sense, and explains the horrible knots I feel inside me. And also why I feel so desperately like I NEED to get off of night shift. I don’t have any friends here. On night shift, I mean. There’s the ferret, and the fox, and the wolf. And maybe even the panda. But…they all work on day shift. Wolf and fox wanna spend all their time together. And that’s fine. But whenever I wanna hang out with them, even when I make time for it, they’ve always got something to do, somewhere to be. And it’s mostly because we’re trying to coordinate three totally different work schedules. Mine is the one that breaks it, though. Ferret hangs out a lot at night with me. But it’s never with me, it’s back in the office. And either way I’m at work, I can’t interact with them. Especially with the Troll there breathing down my neck all night long. I’m lonely. So lonely it physically hurts. And I don’t see any way out of it. Except to move to another department.
Which leads right into my second problem. I’m in debt. A lot. It seems like no matter what I do, I just go further in debt. I had a get-out-of-debt-quick plan all set up for this summer, but I’ve blown all my money on doctors. And I’ve been out of work sick enough to count as a whole ‘nother paycheck gone. I can’t afford to switch departments. The pay cut would seal the lid on my coffin. My solution up until now has been to keep putting off going back to school. Work just a little longer. All that’s managed to do is keep me at my current level. And I can’t do that anymore—my student loans are due if I don’t go back to school this year. But I can’t afford to until I get out of debt. It’s a horrible, vicious cycle and I can’t see any way out of it.
The more I look at myself, the more I see how dark I’ve become. I was this depressed once before. I turned dark and evil and I was a horrible person to be around, and I hated myself. It was awful. And it’s happening all over again. I’m failing my family and my boss and my coworkers and myself and most of all, my friends. It’s pri a good thing I’m not the suicidal type, eh? Though if my nose doesn’t stop bleeding soon, it may not matter. Stupid nose. I’ve lost a couple pints in as many days. But getting THAT fixed is over $1000 plus ambulance costs (I don’t have a car, so it’s the only way to the hospital), and there’s no way I could ever afford that. Oh well, it’s only about a pint and a half a week--my body can replace it as fast as I’m losing it.
I’m sorry, all of you.
Okey dokey! Everything's official and in place now. This cougar is being relocated to The Middle of Nowhere for the summer. In Alaska. Because apparently cougars used to be there once. Once. :-3
Anyhow, here's the schedule:
Days 1-4: Montana by way of Amsterdam, Manchester, Manhattan, Regina, and Bedford Falls.f
Days 5-6 (Apr 28-29): Lethbridge, Alberta <--do you live nearby? Maybe we can hang out!
Day 7: Into the West (by way of Arlington and Des Moines)
Day 8 (May 1): Parade of Species with Sparky & Shiny! Come visit us in Bellingham, Washington!
Day 9-10: Big long swim--to Alaska!
Day 11-17 (May 4-May10): Anchorage, Alaska! Come visit meeeeee!
Day 18: The Final Destination: Curry, Alaska (by way of Montana and Huston) <-- Talkeetna! I's coming for YOOOOOOOOOOU!
If you live in any of these places, PLEASE let me know! Hopefully we can bounce around together! I'll bring the Noodles!
So, it's 1 am and I'm wide awake. I've got to be up for work in three hours. I hate insomnia. So, ummm, I figured I'd visit my disused and much-neglected livejournal! I'm sorry for abandoning you, LJ! But not so sorry as to come back, because you're still boring. Like your author… :-3
I applied to a local community college this fall. It hurt to renounce my Alaska residency, but I had to in order to be eligible . I got a letter from them today say I'd been denied because I was not a resident. It took a lot of looking to find the loophole I fell through, but I'll go in an appeal tomorrow. Maybe they'll let me stay. Maybe they won't. Either way, it's a crossroads for me. I will not try for Idaho residency again if they won't let me in.
Enough of my drama, how are you all? I'm so sorry I'm never around anymore…working tons of hours to save up like crazy for college. :-S I'd like to say I'll be better, but I know me well enough to know that I won't. So, ummm, email or IM me sometime! It's about the only way to get a hold of me...
Hiya Idafurs! Jari here! I hope everyone’s been having an awesome new year so far!
I just got done talking to the staff of All Fur Fun, Spokane’s furry convention (it’s the nearest con to Idaho!), and they’ve decided NOT to have an All Fur Fun 2010 because they were unable to get a (decent) hotel thanks to the Olympics and Paralympics trials, both of which are in town and have every hotel booked for most of the year. However, they will be having a smaller, one-day event in May with a raffle and an art auction (would anyone like to donate art?), then they’re gonna march in the community parade that evening. More on that later.
They’re also looking for a webmaster to help them get their website up and running so everyone knows what’s going on. They’re trying to expand it so that it can host pictures as well as handle the billing and registration system. It’s a full staff position with all the benefits (free registration, tickets to the GoH dinner, etc.), so if you or someone you know would like to volunteer to be AFF’s webmaster, please let me know!
Hope you all have a great week, and a fantastic 2010!
*cougar hugs and lottsa love*
-Jari, the Patron Cougar of Hugging
I've been really busy for a while now, always scurrying around worrying about the here and now, totally caught up in the frantic and hecticness of life. Blind--completely blind to the beauty and wonder all around me. Only now, on Christmas Eve, have I finally slowed down enough even to realize how much I've been neglecting my loved ones, how, well, callous and caught up in myself I've been. I'm sorry.
It's late, I know, but...I hope you had and continue to have a beautiful year, and an even better one next year. May the days ahead bring you peace, happiness, and cuddly things. And may there be a cougar in them, too.
*hugs tight* I love you. Merry Christmas!
I just gave my life to Jesus. I've been a Christian for a while, if by "Christian" you mean someone who goes to church and does all the right motions and calls himself a Christian without really comitting to anything or letting Christ into my personal life (taking it in vain, by definition), but it's all been an act--little-to-no substance. Perhaps I should say I've comitted to give my life to Jesus, because I suriously doubt it'll be an overnight process. Please do not bear with me. Please smack me upside the head if I even start to backslide a little. And ask me questions--there's so much I didn't know I didn't know. o.0
*spam* Hilo! Crazy cougar here, just letting you know that All Fur Fun (Spokane's Furry Convention) is undergoing a pretty comprehensive overhaul in an effort to make it a bigger, better, nicer convention for everyone. Part of that is clearing a little bit of debt so they can file for non-profit status. Mursa kindly donated some origional paintings, which are being auctioned off! AFF is awesome, by far my favorite furry convention anywhere, so bid on this:http://www.furbid.ws/cgi-bin/auction/item.pl?item=232354095
supershort, typing on handhld (jari+stylus=faail)...my friend sometimes gets inexplicably sullen. i always think its omething i didd though its prolly not--hard to tell because any attepts to communicate ge angry monosyllabic answers and/or storming off. in short im afraid to talk to him. i bring it up cause maybe you know someone like this.? what should i do? how i tell him i care, its okay to confide in me, or if rather not, i happy to help in whatever way? even moving boxes or delivering meals…
Hilo! This is just a friendly announcement saying that I'm moving in two weeks (dunno where to yet!), so anything sent in my general direction on or after today (9/2/09) will not reach me before The End. Email still works, but please try to refrain from sending me fan mail, letters of undying love, gifts of adoration, and/or early Christmas presents by snail mail until I get situated wherever I'm headed. :-3
On a completely unrelated side note, hugs are totally emailable. :-3
*hugs and love yah*
When I first saw this meme going around a while ago, I think they had something a bit different in mind, but still, I couldn't pass this up...
10 Things I Wish I Could Say to 10 People
1. What? No! This isn't possible! I am invincible! This...can't...be....oh, okey, there we go! Much better! Problem solved!
2. First I want to say that I am both honored and humbled that you have elected me to -- oh forget this--bow to your new supreme emperor, peasants!
3. Oooooh! So THAT'S why they told me never to push the big red button!
4. Nine-One-One, please state the nature of your emergency? Actually, could you hold on a minute? Pinkie Pie is about so save Dream Castle....
5. Could we get a cleanup crew to Aisle 4 for a wet spill? Oh, and bring a plunger. And a Geiger counter.
6. Hah! That's hilarious! I thought people only did stuff like that in movies! You're so totally fired for that, but thanks for the laugh! I'll take your badge now.
7. Sir, I'm going to take my lunch break now. I might be gone a while. Oh, and there's a Mr. Laden here to see you....
8. Actually, it's kinda funny, ma'am...now that you mention it, I really DON'T care about your problems.
9. We have, your honor. We the jury find the defendant guilty on all counts and further recommend that they be burned at the stake forthwith. BURN THEM! BURN THEM ALL!
10. You want to talk to my manager? Well sure I could arrange that, but first, would you please sign this waiver and make sure your emergency medical contact information is current? Do you have your will up to date? Would you like to call your spouse one last time? You may use my phone....
Good job, cougar. You've gone and done something stupid again. You know better. Dog and cats, eh? Even a kitten knows that much....
*sigh* So I've gone and hurt someone I really care about. At least, I think I have. The person in question hides it well, but...well, I'd be hurt, if our positions were reversed. Quiet, pensive, refusing to think of certain things, trying to pretend things are different. Trying to live a lie. That's what's happening. That's what my dear friend is doing. That's what I've driven them to.
Rubs your cheek and claws your face.
I guess I'm still me. At the end of the day, after all the scenes have been acted out and all the moves made, all the plans laid and the promises broken, I'm still just Jari. The Flitter. I thought I knew things. I thought things could be different. I thought that maybe, just this once. But, well, through ignorance we mistake, through mistakes we learn. And then we can say we should have known better.
The biggest lie is trust. It teases your guard down, and then....
|/stream of conscious|
In summary (read: English): to a very dear and wonderful friend. More than that, to one of my family: I'm very sorry that things couldn't be different. I'm sorry that what could have been, what might have been, what we might have liked to have been, perhaps even what should have been, couldn't actually be. I'm sorry.
But it's not the end. It's never the end. No, It's only begun.
My roommate's been really depressed-acting the last few days. I think it's partially sheer furstration with work--being yelled at all day long is not an easy job--but he refuses to talk about it. So I'm not sure if I'm not just picking up on things that aren't really there, or what. And, of course, I must assume it's my fault because of his hesitence to talk about it (the universe revolves around me, after all). I'm just really worried for him--I want him to have a great time in Alaska, but, well, I'm always at work. I'm not a very good roommate, I guess. :(
All Fur Fun was a fantastic convent?on! I got to meet all kindsa furs t?at I?ve always been meaning to. I fully
expected attend?nce to be down because we changed hotels and dates (by a full month) this year (and also because of
the economic climate) but I was totally wrong, All Fur fun seems to be holding a steady percentage growth rate wit?
(aprox) 200 attendees this year. We had around 50 fursuits (25% fursuits is an insa?ely good rate for a furry
convention of any size), which meant I was running around ?ike a crazy cougar taking pictures of everything with my
brand new camer?.
Proudly, I was part of the AFF staff this year, which has totally been a life goal for me (and a random side note:
As a direct result of this convention I recieved a personal apology form my very favoritest author for postpon?ng
another my life goal of mine). I got to see a side of fu?ry conventions I?ve never seen before, the behind the
scenes chaos side (I call it th? underwater side), so my opinion of how things went is biased too much towards both
?it was amazing? and ?it was a comedy o? disasters?. What did you think? How?d it go? What should we do for next
year? I?ve already got a gazillion ideas for how to make next year even more amazing, but I?m always open to m?re!
Highlights from AFF 2009 included (but were by no means limited to) Michael J Fox going for an impromtu swim an?
dozens of helpful con-goers trying to hide Wolffur and myself from hotel staff as we glued the exit sign ?ack to the
Sorry this is short, choppy, and likely mispelled. I?m stranded in the middle of nowhere, Alaska, without int?rnet. I?m posting this message via smoke signals relayed (hopefully) to so?eone who has internet access. I?ll post my pictu?es and maybe post again once I can juryrig internet access from my den. Email is sti?l the best way to get ahold of me unless you?re much better at smoke sig?als than I am.
Hiya kids! Your local crazy camera cougar Jari here! Spokane's furry convention, All Fur Fun
, are you going? *hopes to see ALL of you*
You'll pri see me and my camera there, but not until it's too late! *ninja flash, innocent grin* Howdy at me if you see me, m'kay? And poke me 'till I answer. :-3
PS. It's pronounced Jar-ee, and if you yell it loud enough, I'll either come running or (more likely) look around in confusion until you find me. :-3