June 2001

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June 15:  Today is an interesting anniversary.  One year ago today, Justin came out to CA to visit me... and he never left!  Hehehe, this is his one year anniversary in CA!

Got a cool email from my brother Adam.  He sent along the words to a very cool song that I hadn't heard in a long time, but brings me way back to 1988 or there about's.  It was high school...

Led Zepplin

Hangman, hangman, hold it a little while 
I think I see my friends coming 
Ridin' many mile 
A-friends, d' you get some silver 
Did you get a little gold 
What did you bring me, my dear friends 
To keep me from the gallows pole 
What did you bring me to keep me from the gallows pole 

I couldn't get no silver, I couldn't get no gold 
You know that we're too damn poor 
To keep you from the gallows pole 

Hangman, hangman, hold it a little while 
I think I see my brother coming 
Ridin' many mile 
Brother, did you get me some silver 
Did you get a little gold 
A-what did you bring me, my brother 
T' keep me from the gallows pole 

Brother, I brought you some silver, yeah 
I brought a little gold 
I brought a little of everything 
To keep you from the gallows pole 
Yes, I brought you to keep me from the gallows pole 

Hangman, hangman, turn your head a while 
I think I see my sister coming 
Riding' many mile, mile, mile, mile 
Sister, I implore you, take him by the hand 
Take him to some shady palace 
Save me from the wrath of this man 
Please take him 
Save me from the wrath of this man, man 

Hangman, hangman, upon your face a smile 
Tell me that I'm free to ride 
Ride for many mile, mile, mile 

Oh, yes, you got a fine sister 
She warmed my blood from cold 
She warmed my blood to boiling hot 
To keep you from the gallows pole, pole, pole, pole, yeah, yeah 
Your brother brought me silver 
Your sister warmed my soul 
But now I laugh and pull so hard 
See you swinging on the gallows pole, yeah 
But now I laugh and pull so hard 
And see you swinging on the gallows pole, pole, pole 

Swingin' on the gallows pole 
Swingin' on the gallows pole 
Swingin' on the gallows pole 
Swingin' on the gallows pole, pole, pole, pole, pole, pole, pole, pole 

Ah ha ha, ah ha ha 
Ah ha ha, ah ha ha 
Ah ha ha ha, ah ha ha ha 
Ahh, ah ha ha ha 
Keep a-swinging 
Keep a-swinging 
A-keep a-swinging 
Keep oh oh oh oh oh 
Ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma 
Ooh yeah, ooh yeah 
Ah ha ha, ah ha ha 
Swingin' on the gallows, yeah 
Swingin' on the gallows pole 
Swingin' on the gallows pole 
Swingin' on the gallows, ha 
I've got to swing 

See-saw, knock on my door, gotta swing 
See-saw, knock on my door, I gotta swing 
Keep swingin', yeah 
Keep a-coolin', yeah 
Keep a-swingin', yeah 
Ahhhh, yeah"

Thanks for the flash back Skinny Daug :)

Got a call from Tom Doucette last night!  Talk about a blast from the past.  Tom is currently living in Naples, FL after FINALLY getting his skinny ass out of MA.  It's going to be another crazy adventure in this lads book.  Be interesting to see how it turns out.  Anybody see "The Untouchables"?  How about "The Godfather".... :) 

Well, it's hot out and I'm going for a swim in the pool.  Oh yeah, it's 10:00 pm at night :)



June 12, 2001:   Adam Arnold has updated his web site.  If you haven't visited it, check it out .

Heard from James Canders.  He's doing well out in NY, working his ass off at the airport.

Other than that, no too much else going on.

June 11, 2001: 

THE PICTURES FROM EUROPE ARE HERE!!!  Hehehe, the first round of pictures have been posted.  More are coming, but for now, go to: http://www.penz.com/contiki to check 'em out! 

Special thanks to my sister Gini for taking many of these as well as Alex for scanning them in.  Credit is also due to Porky for taking some cool shots w/his digital camera.

The above shot, left to right is me, Gini, Alex and Porky on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris France.  It was windy up there :-)

Porky's site has been updated with another new book of poems. Check it out.

Also in the news, on Sunday, Justin and I got a cat!  Heheheh, his name is Simon.  After visiting the local animal shelter (and realizing that we just couldn't get a dog no matter how bad we wanted one), we adopted a 1.5 year old orange tiger cat.  He's pretty damn cool.  He's also housebroken (which is good!).  He also has all of his claws (which is...bad :), but he's settling in just fine :)


June 8, 2001:  Kevin Barnes is still having a killer time out on Kwajelain.  Check out a few of his latest pictures from his vacation out to the Rock Islands.  Can anyone say PARADISE!?! 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 .

The pictures from Europe are coming along nicely!  Should have 'em up here by Monday night.  Alex is scanning them in for me.

More in a bit....

June 6, 2001:  First off, I'd like to once again thank everyone who has written me over the past week.  Your kind thoughts and prayers have been much appreciated.  It's amazing to see just how many people have been 'keeping tabs on me' via my journal.  Pretty cool :)

So, with that said, let me bring you up to speed on some current events.

Well, to start off, Justin and I mutually decided to give our relationship as boyfriends another shot.  We're going to continue to build on the wonderful friendship that we have created over the past year and a half and see if we can learn from our past mistakes.  So far, it's been a very healthy first week together and I'm hoping it only continues to get better.  He has moved into my apartment with me, so once again, we're roommates!

Justin's pretty psyched because this week he became the proud owner of a 1995 Honda Del Sol Si.  This is the single overhead cam VTECH model and has 71K miles on it and is in great condition.  He is totally psyched, since this is really HIS first car that's totally his.  I'll have some pictures up here shortly of him and it.

On the work front, things are going along at warp 3.  All I can say right now is that I have a job, there's lots to do, and I'm looking forward to the challenges that Avaya has in store for me.  We'll see if their idea of fun and work are in synch with mine :)

I'd like everyone to take a look at this section of my web site.  It is a collection of poems and songs by Timothy Ian Watkins aka Porky to his close friends.  He is one of my closest friends of whom I love dearly, and he has decided to share some of the inner works of his mind, soul and heart with us. If you like, take a look and venture inside...

And so, the big question... how the hell was your trip to Europe!?!?  Well, in a nutshell, it was fucking awesome!  I'd had an amazing time traveling with my sister Gini, Alex and Porky.  We had so many wonderful adventures together overseas that I'll be sure to remember this trip for the rest of my life.  I'd also like to say hello to Mr. Scott Smith and Drew out in VA.  You guys are freakin' awesome!  Also, a big hello to the whole Australia crew!  Hey Sam!  Hey Paul!  What's up Tiger!?!?!  Hehehehe, and hello to our friends up in Northern Canada (what's up Rick!?!?).  Hehehehe, yeah, I've got a whole list of folks that I'm going to say hi to plus I've got a lot to tell about the trip.  All that will be coming over the next few days as I make the time for it.  I've got a few pictures that will be up here tomorrow night and more are on the way.

So, with that said, I bid you an 'until later' for now.  More to come shortly.

All the best,

June 1, 2001:

"And when my journey takes me to the end of the road of life,
beyond time's hidden bend,
I hope my fellow travelers can say with truthful hearts-
a good man passed this way"

and with a truthful heart, I can say that one did.

In loving memory of my father, Rodney Lowell Penziner. 
February 13, 1942 - May 10, 2001

Death is Nothing At All
by Canon Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all 
I have only slipped away into the next room. 

I am I, and you are you; 

Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. 

Call me by my old familiar name, 

Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. 

Put no difference in your tone, 

wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. 

Laugh as we always laughed 

At the little jokes we enjoy together. 

Pray smile, think of me, pray for me. 

Let my name be ever the household word it always was, 

Let it be spoken without effect 

Without the trace of a shadow upon it. 

Life means all that it ever was, 

There is an unbroken continuity. 

What is death but a negligible accident? 

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? 

I am waiting for you for an interval, somewhere very near, 

Just around the corner. 

All is well. 

And with that said, an update on my absolutely wonderful trip to Europe will follow in a few days, along with some pictures and an overview of the trip.  Until then, be well :-)



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