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WITH FAITH OR FLAMES GARAGE SALE!!!! [14 May 2005|03:10am]
Come support With Faith Or Flames by buying all of our old stuff!

TODAY! 5/14/05 7am-2pm

Clothes, Dishes, Records, Appliances, Holiday Items, Etc.

just use mapquest to find

923 Lower Mill Rd
Hixson, TN 37343

help us get out of debt!
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SHOW TONIGHT! [07 May 2005|03:21pm]



8PM $6

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the time has come... [01 Apr 2005|12:39am]
i got a new name. i won't be using this one anymore.


while i'm at it


add me on both of those because i'm a big dork.
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hey folks [27 Mar 2005|10:24pm]
rough times.

there are 2 things keeping me stable, and it seems like those 2 things are at war with each other.
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wow [21 Mar 2005|02:30am]
i'm actually in a good mood. i think everything is gonna be ok. but now that i know the whole story, the above sentiment definately stands. to the assbag out there who offended me so, you better not run into me anywhere. i hope you have a livejournal, and i seriously hope you read mine.
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you know, i try to be a nice guy... [20 Mar 2005|03:55pm]
[ mood | furious ]

i've made some personal enemies due to events that happened last night.

no offense to those not involved, but as far as things go with me helping out other bands from time to time, 2 local bands are blacklisted as far as i'm concerned. it sucks, because this scene is struggling enough as it is, but when you mess with me and mine, i have no sympathy. i'll change my mind when those bands ditch their offending members. i won't name names, because that's petty. the only reason i'm even saying anything on here is because i need to vent, and i would appreciate some perspective. it just pisses me off how people can pretend to be your friend when they are really out to do you in. oh well, i guess it's just a dose of how the real world works.


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hmmmmm [07 Mar 2005|03:02pm]
i'm thinking of trimming my pubes. it's getting to be quite the jungle down there.

but how should i do it? should i go fully shaved, or just shape them up. and if the 2nd one, what shape? the standard one, or maybe a nice heart or star or something. eh, the problems of life...
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[26 Feb 2005|12:49pm]
i really want to open a venue in chattanooga. there is so much empty space on market street and any of those buildings would do.

all that i need are some investors

and a partner, preferably with a degree in business.

i won't be quitting my day job to do this, so for now, if all we do is break even, that's still cool.

if anyone is interested in helping me out, just get in touch.
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hey everyone [15 Feb 2005|02:58pm]
so, kelli and i are making a movie list. if anyone has any ideas for additions, please share. if you were thinking of putting "donnie darko" or "the grudge" on that list, please refrain. if i have my way, i'll never watch those movies again.

i'm supposed to go running with collins tonight. it's time to become a hardass like i was when i hiked all the time. actually, it's time to start hiking all the time again. where are some good trails in this area? i really like the one that i know, but i've been on it so many times, the adventure of it seems lost.

after that, i think i'm gonna start packing stuff up in my room for the move, and while that's going on, i'll have the new Dawn Of The Dead going in the background. i'll admit, there isn't much to that movie, but what it does have, i like. kind of like AC/DC. either that, or i'll be listening to the Nightrage CD collins is supposed to let me borrow.

the buffalo wild wings downtown is hiring. i want some cool people to work with me.

i really like manowar. i mean, not just on a comical level. i really appreciate the fact that they are a band. i've also been digging on the newest Dream Evil CD. i'll admit, i only like maybe 3 songs off that album, but those songs are pretty good. based on that, and the fact that i have complete control over my lyrical content, don't be surprised if you see a WFOF concept album some day.

i believe that's all for now. i haven't updated like this in some time. wow...
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a show [06 Feb 2005|03:04am]
Feb 20th
Buffalo Wild Wings (Broad St.)
6 PM / $5 / all ages

With Faith Or Flames
This Day Will Burn
Betrayed By A Kiss
Stop Calling!
Until This Day

that's like.... a dollar a band!
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lyrics to the new song [06 Feb 2005|02:56am]
time will pass before us and before the sun is gone
we shall sing in victory as if this was our only song
for the wicked here are brewing and a dark day we shall name
as we blind ourselves in pleasure we subject ourselves to pain

the life of a sinner is a song you've yet to sing
but the tune is surely ringing in your ear
inside you admire what the world has come to be
a false security to numb your deepest fear

your hopeless bliss
your dreamless nightmare
their endless bliss
their perfect nightmare

a warrior i must become
if i'm to see the morning sun
some heartbeats fade, still mine beats on
and still i strive to be reborn

with the sword of belief at hand
i still endure this wicked sorrow
tempted by my quest for power
and by my own selfish remains

now the time is gone and i pray to be forgiven
i fear the day will come when my prayers will come too late

(if anyone can think of a good name for this, we might actually use it. for now, i'm at a loss.)
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new email [30 Jan 2005|03:47pm]

send me something so i can put you on my contact list. this goes for EVERYONE!!!
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get addicted to crack! [24 Jan 2005|02:08pm]
ideal game:

1 deck = 2-4 players
2 decks = 5-8 players

setting up the game:
after the cards have been shuffled and cut, the dealer deals out 3 cards to all players. these cards are not to be seen by anyone, including the player who holds them. each player should place those cards in a row, face down, in front of them. after that, the dealer deals out 6 cards to each player. each player then will place their 3 most valuable cards face up on top of the 3 face down cards (card value will be explained later on), leaving 3 cards in each player's hand. this set of 6 cards is known as your "crack" and the object of the game is to get rid of all of your crack.

playing the game:
the dealer will place the remaining deck of cards in the center of the table (this is known as the "draw pile"), and will turn over the top card to be seen. this card and any other cards in that pile are considered "in play". the game begins with the player to the left of the dealer. that player must "beat" the top card shown. to "beat" a card, you must play a card or cards of equal or higher value, or you must play a "wild" card. you can play doubles (2 of a kind), but not triples (3 of a kind), and 4 of a kind is wild. if that player cannot beat the top card, then all cards in play are added to that player's hand.

order of cards: 3-4-5-6-7-8-9-J-Q-K-A

wild cards: 2, 10, 4 of a kind. a 2 will "burn" all cards in play, ending the players turn. burning cards means to remove them from the game (also, if a 2 is played, the next player may play any card(s) he chooses since there is now no top card). a 10 will allow that player to play any additional card he likes, no matter the value. 4 of a kind works like a 10, except that cards played by other players count toward it, as long as they are all played in a row.

examples of play:
let's say eric deals, and dustin is sitting to the left of eric. the top card is a 5. if dustin's hand is...

4 5 5 - dustin can play either one or both fives
5 5 5 - dustin can play AT MOST two of the fives, but not all three
6 9 J - dustin can play any of the cards he likes
3 3 4 - dustin must pick up the 5
3 4 10 - dustin can play the 10, and then play either other card
3 3 10 - dustin can play the 10, and then play the pair of 3s
2 3 3 - dustin can play the 2, which will remove both the 2 and the 5 from the rest of the game

ending the turn:
once all possible cards have been played/picked up, the player must now count his remaining hand. if there is less than 3 cards in his hand, he must draw enough cards from the draw pile so that he now has 3 cards in his hand. if he has 3 or more, no cards are drawn. for the next example, we'll say that dustin's actual hand was 5, 6, 7, and he played the 5.

example of a 4 of a kind wild:
it's andrew's turn now, and in his hand, he has 3, 5, and 5. because there are now two 5s in play, he plays his pair, making 4 in a row. since 4 of a kind is wild, he can now play the 3. his turn ends, and since he has no cards in his hand, he draws 3 cards from the draw pile.

continuing the game:
eventually, the draw pile will run out. when there are no more cards to draw, the players must now try to play all of the cards in their hand. once a player has no cards, he must play one card (or more if there are wilds or pairs) from the face up part of his crack. from now on, i will refer to the face up crack as the top crack, and the face down crack as the bottom crack. if a player picks up more cards, he must play all of the cards in his hand before he can play any more cards from his crack. once the top crack is gone, the real fun begins, because at this point no one knows what's in the bottom crack. the player must pick one card at random to play. if that card is wild (excluding a 2), then he may play another card at random. if the card does not beat the top card in play, he must pick up the cards in play as well as the crack card he had chosen, and cannot play another bottom crack card until his hand is empty. the game is over once one player has played all cards in their crack and has no cards remaining in his hand.

additional rules:
- if you can beat a card, you have to. in some cases, it would benefit a player to pick up, rather than play a winning card, especially towards the end of the game.
- if you accidentally look at part of your bottom crack early, then you either have to play the seen card if you can, or if you can't, the game is void and must be restarted. the whole point of the game is to keep the bottom crack random, and if you know what it is, it will definately effect the outcome of the game.
- if the last card in your hand matches a card in your top crack, you may play both as a pair. the same applies if you can make a wild.
- you cannot hide the number of cards in your hand.

basic tips:
- it is always a good idea to put 10s, 2s, and face cards (A, K, Q, J) in your top crack if you can.
- it is usually a good idea to save wilds until you need them. if you can beat a card without using a wild, save it until you need it later.
- as you play the game, you will learn more strategies. some will be when to play a pair or when to save the card for your next turn. you will also learn how to stick your opponents extra cards when it looks like they're about to win. it all comes down to paying attention to everyone's top crack and the number of cards in everyone's hand. it's usually easy to figure out what cards a person has by watching the flow of the game.

if you have any questions, or if i forgot anything, please respond. this is the most fun card game i've ever played, so i hope you all enjoy it as well.
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guess what? [02 Jan 2005|05:09pm]
tomorrow is my birthday.

i'll be 22.

everyone buy me sometime nice, or just give me money.
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christmas....ahhhhh [25 Dec 2004|03:24pm]
it took it getting here before i got in the spirit, but boy howdy, i'm jolly as a rancher right now. i even said "merry christmas" to the lady at the gas station.

i didn't get a lot of gifts this year, but that's okay. i've never been one to need material possessions to make me happy. it's the time spent during the holidays that makes me all giddy inside. i had a great day with kelli yesterday, and after she left, weatherford, miller, and david tyler came by. we watched a Dio DVD and then Cannibal: The Musical. good times.

of what i did get this year, kelli's gifts are superb. i got the 3 Inches Of Blood CD. man, oh man, that's good stuff there. she also got me "Portrait Of The Goddess" by Bleeding Though. it's much better than their newer one. i got her a Nightmare Before Christmas mesh shirt and Napoleon Dynamite on DVD. watch the deleted scenes, you won't regret it. i can't wait to see the commentary. that'll make that movie good again for me.

so to everyone, merry christmas! i'd say happy chanukah or happy kwanzaa, but i'm not apart of either of those religions. see ya.
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ATTN: Anonymous Posters [18 Nov 2004|03:10pm]
while playing around with my settings, i found out how to block anonymous posts.

but then i stumbled across something better. now if you post anonymously, it will show me your IP address. that means, not only can i find out who you are, but i can easily destroy your computer's ability to work properly.

you have been warned.
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opinions [16 Nov 2004|08:52am]
i think musical debates of "who's better?" are awesome.

first of all, you have to realize that there are 2 ways of looking at a musician. you can judge that person by either SONGWRITING ABILITY or PLAYING ABILITY. confusion between these 2 aspects can often turn a friendly debate into a gruesome argument. you will find that different people prefer different aspects accordingly, and very few people actually appreciate both.

SONGWRITING is what i call the talent of writing good songs...duh. a person with that particular talent is good at making tunes that tickle your ear just right. they know the proper chord progressions that have been used for centuries to make successfully catchy songs, and they are usually gifted lyricists. a debate in "who's the better songwriter" could take all day, because while i may think that the guys in Cannibal Corpse write the best songs, you think Dashboard Confessional does. so you see, this catagory of music is entirely a matter of opinion.

PLAYING ABILITY is NOT a matter of opinion. it is a cold, hard fact that some people are just better than others at playing their particular instruments. for example, i happen to suck really bad at playing guitar. eric weatherford, one of the guitarists in my band, does not. it is not a matter of opinion to say that he is better than me, it is the truth. but what happens when you are comparing two musically technical giants? this is difficult, because while both have advanced far in technical skill, it is likely that the two have focused on different aspects of playing, and while one is great at one thing, the other outshines in all the rest. it is important to note, however, that the most technically skilled musician in the world might not be able to write a good, catchy song if that person wanted to.

my friend KT likes to say that Jeff Beck is the greatest guitar player ever, while i think it is very likely that some 16 year old kid from Tampa in the band "Vicious Brutal Torture" can play everything that Mr. Beck can play, and a ton more. granted, this kid has had greater influences in shorter time than Beck had, but that is only speaking relatively. the cold, hard truth is that the kid IS a better guitar player. but it just so happens that Jeff Beck writes his guitar parts in just the way that KT likes to hear them, so to KT, Jeff Beck is a much better SONGWRITER. get me here?

in the response area of one of my posts below, i've been in a debate over the comment that i made about Ozzy being overrated, and how i'd rather just listen to Dio. this is speaking from the PLAYING ABILITY standpoint. while you make think "crazy train" is a better song than "holy diver", that is completely a matter of your opinion, and you're welcome to it. however, to call Ozzy a singing god is a vast overstatement. Dio has more range, control, a smoother voice, and not only does he write ALL of his lyrics (unlike ozzy...there was even an episode of The Osbournes when he had Sharon draft them), he usually writes the music for his songs as well.

ozzy isn't BAD, but dio is BETTER. and to call me a douche because you have a different opinion is just silly. just silly indeed.
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eh.... [15 Nov 2004|11:45am]
no updates in a long time.

i don't know what to do with my day off. i know i have to go get new tires, but other than that, i don't just want to sit on my buttocks all day.

we might have a big announcement coming soon from the band. if not, then no biggie. keep your ear to the ground.

i finally sat through all of The Godfather this weekend, thanks to Kelli, and i have to say that it's not so boring when you have someone to discuss the movie with. i once tried to watch it by myself and i couldn't stay awake through the Italy scene. but i can see now why that movie is considered a classic. not bad, coppola, not bad at all.

on another note, i've successfully stayed vegan for over 2 weeks now, and i have to say, i'm starting to get tired of eating the same things over and over again. if any of you vegans out there could help me (easy recipes, dining out options, little known vegan foods, etc.) i would greatly appreciate it.

well, i'm off to accomplish something productive today...
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[05 Nov 2004|09:44am]
it's early.

i feel empty inside. i know why, but i can't explain it. all i'll say is that dread and fear have taken hold...and it has nothing to do with the President.

i wish i had some Dio to listen to.

fuck Ozzy. overrated old ass.
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America...Fuck Yeah! [02 Nov 2004|09:36am]
before i head off to work, i'd like to leave a message to all the people who still haven't voted. if you are "uninformed" and simply voting because you feel pressured by TV and society, then don't vote. someone who is voting for someone for any other reason than "believing in what THAT candidate stands for" is dangerous. voting isn't something we should take lightly, and it isn't something you should do just because you can. so if you really aren't that interested in politics, then don't waste your time picking the trendy choice.

on that note, i'd like to recite the lyrics to a song:

America...FUCK YEAH!
Comin' again to save the motherfuckin day, yeah!
America...FUCK YEAH!
Freedom is the only way, yeah!

Terrorists, your game is through, 'cause now you have to answer to...

America...FUCK YEAH!
So lick my butt and suck on my balls.
-merica...FUCK YEAH!
Whatcha gonna do when we come for you now?

It's the dream that we all share.
It's the hope of tomorrow...FUCK YEAH!

The Ghettos...FUCK YEAH!
Wal-mart...FUCK YEAH!
The Gap...FUCK YEAH!
Baseball...FUCK YEAH!
Rock and Roll...FUCK YEAH!
The Internet...FUCK YEAH!
Slavery...FUCK YEAH!

Starbucks...FUCK YEAH!
Disney World...FUCK YEAH!
Porno...FUCK YEAH!
Valium..FUCK YEAH!
Reeboks...FUCK YEAH!
Fake Tits...FUCK YEAH!
Sushi...FUCK YEAH!
Taco Bell...FUCK YEAH!
Rodeos...FUCK YEAH!
Bed Bath and Beyond...fuck yeah...fuck yeah!

Liberty...FUCK YEAH!
White Slips...FUCK YEAH!
The Alamo...FUCK YEAH!
Band-aids...FUCK YEAH!
Las Vegas...FUCK YEAH!
Christmas...FUCK YEAH!
Immigrants...FUCK YEAH!
Popeye...FUCK YEAH!
Democrats...FUCK YEAH!
Republicans...fuck yeah...fuck yeah!
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