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Do you prefer to live in an urban or rural environment? Why?

My ideal would be to live in an area where I'm only 30 or less minutes from a city, but be in a home with a more rural view. I grew up in the country, so I appreciate the sights, but I really yearn for more opportunities and more open minded people than the "real" country provides.

This week...

My inner 3 year old is throwing a tantrum. Not terribly unusual, it happens every few months. I'm trying to ignore it.

I made blueberry pancakes and blueberry syrup this weekend. NUM! Okay, for the syrup I did this:

Blueberry Syrup

1/2 C Blueberry Acai Juice
1 C Light Corn Syrup
1/2 C Wild Blueberries
1 C White Sugar

Blend blueberries and juice in a blender. Put in medium saucepan and bring to a boil on medium high heat. Add Corn Syrup and Sugar. Boil 3 minutes, stirring often and making sure it doesn't boil over. You may need to reduce the heat! Let cool and put in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator. You will probably want to warm it up a little before serving. I put it in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes on very low power.

For the pancakes, I just used Krusteaz pancake mix, used milk instead of water and added some vanilla and about 1/2 C of blueberries to the mix. (I made enough batter for 4 people.)
After reading about the McGangBang on The Consumerist (Linky), I was motivated to find and revisit this piece of metaquoteness:

[info]zhilbar gets a church and a holiday for this.

Me: *Struts into a Burger King, knowing he is going to commit a crime against God and Man*
Rest of the place: *A subtle hush washes over the packed crowd, a hush of FEAR*
Me: *Finally gets up to the counter* Yeah, I'll have a Quad Stacker with the four all-beef patties, American funky cheese, and bacon on top... And make the bun out of two Tendercrisp chicken patties.
Rest of the place: *Suddenly, you could hear a pin drop*
Register Slave: *Voice quavering* S-Sir, I don't know if we can do tha-
Me: *Slaps down a twenty* Make it so.

After some chaffering with the manager, they did indeed make it so, after it was made absolutely clear to them that I was committing this illicit act with three barnyard animals in full view of what might happen to my immortal soul. I sat down, I bit in...

And it was bliss.

It tasted like Original Sin. It was the flavor of supermodels making out. It was a forbidden delight, and though I may burn for it for the next thousand thousand years, I shall not regret my act. - http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/6986883.html

Writer's Block: School Daze

What was your worst experience in middle school or high school? Did it have a lasting effect on you? Do you think you learned anything positive from it?

I'm still recovering from my entire K-12 school years in my mid 40s. I was in a very very small school and there weren't enough kids for there to be cliques that everyone could fit into. I was a loner by elimination, not choice. Extremely isolated, I withdrew into books and food. I probably would have made a decent teacher, but there was no way I would ever consider it because I hated school that much. I remember having nightmares in the 2-4 weeks leading up to going back to school, which I believe now were caused by the anxiety of not wanting to be there. I can't think of anything positive I learned from it.

Writer's Block: Young and driven

What is the legal drinking age where you live? Do you think it should be higher, lower, or remain the same, and why?

We trust 18 year olds to help run and defend our country. They are legally responsible to enter into contracts and fully understand the consequences of their actions. There really isn't a reasonable argument for not setting the drinking age there. Although, if we were to remove the aforementioned rights and responsibilities and gave them to every one at a higher age(such as 21), that would also be a valid way to make it more sensible.

Your Karma for Sunday, April 25 [ ] Your Sign: Cancer
Overview: Worry about the big picture later — you need to drill down and focus on the tiniest details of your work today. It’s a good time to break down projects into their components and rearrange as needed.
 Past events may have left you convinced that you’re better off alone, expect a breakthrough today. Its impact should be memorable, but it also shapes the next few days with its exciting energy.

 The issues going on around the home are nothing a bit of money can’t smooth over. Unfortunately, you don’t have it. You’ll have to ride out this rocky patch. Resist all impulses to reach for your wallet. It will only be a costly and temporary fix.
Mood: Exploratory
Compatibility: Sagittarius (View Friends)
Lucky Color: Red
Lucky Number: 17
Lucky Time of Day: 2PM
Dominant Trait: Imaginative

Writer's Block: I can walk under ladders

Do you believe in luck? Do you think some people are luckier than others? Do actions cause reactions or are there intervening forces beyond our control that govern our destinies?
My mom says I'm the unluckiest person she knows. Soooo.... yeah, I think so.

Writer's Block: Categorically speaking ...

If the interior discussion in your head were indexed by category, what would the five most recurring subjects be?

Stupid crap I did in my past.
Stupid crap I did recently.
How badly I might be messing up as a parent.
Fantasizing about having lots of money.
What I have to do.