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Just because. [16 Jun 2005|01:36am]
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1. Reply with your name and I will write something about you.
2. I will then tell what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. If you were a fruit you'd be...
4. I will say something that only makes sense to you and me.
5. I will tell you my first memory of you.(or just a good one)
6. I will tell you what animal you remind me of.(or object)
7. I'll then tell you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. Put this in your journal

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The first post in years, and it's a damn survey. [05 May 2005|01:59pm]
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TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF - The Survey
Name:Mark Howell
Birthday:11/13/1981
Birthplace:Lakewood, WA
Current Location:Seattle, WA
Eye Color:Brown
Hair Color:Brown
Height:what is this, a DMV survey?
Right Handed or Left Handed:right
Your Heritage:Japanese, German, Irish, Native American
The Shoes You Wore Today:none, so far
Your Weakness:receding hairline
Your Fears:receding hairline
Your Perfect Pizza:meat lovers
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year:to NOT be stressed out about a certain girl
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger:yeah
Thoughts First Waking Up:"what is that smell?"
Your Best Physical Feature:other than the genitals, I'd say my washboard abs
Your Bedtime:around 3 or 4 every night/early morning
Your Most Missed Memory:5 months ago
Pepsi or Coke:Pepsi
MacDonalds or Burger King:Jack in the Box
Single or Group Dates:Single
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea:both make me pee
Chocolate or Vanilla:Chocolate
Cappuccino or Coffee:neither
Do you Smoke:no
Do you Swear:I'll avoid using a swear word in my reply, and just say yes
Do you Sing:Fuck yes. In front of people? no
Do you Shower Daily:every morning
Have you Been in Love:yeah
Do you want to go to College:I AM going.
Do you want to get Married:someday
Do you belive in yourself:in a lot of ways yes, but I have doubts too, as I'm sure most people do
Do you get Motion Sickness:no
Do you think you are Attractive:who doesn't?
Are you a Health Freak:not at all
Do you get along with your Parents:yes
Do you like Thunderstorms:yes
Do you play an Instrument:drums, bass, trumpet, guitar, skin flute
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol:yes
In the past month have you Smoked:no
In the past month have you been on Drugs:no
In the past month have you gone on a Date:no
In the past month have you gone to a Mall:yes
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos:maybe
In the past month have you eaten Sushi:no
In the past month have you been on Stage:no
In the past month have you been Dumped:no
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping:no
In the past month have you Stolen Anything:maybe
Ever been Drunk:close to, but not quite
Ever been called a Tease:right
Ever been Beaten up:no
Ever Shoplifted:maybe when I was 6 or so
How do you want to Die:by orgasming so hard it stops my heart
What do you want to be when you Grow Up:an all powerful movie director
What country would you most like to Visit:japan
In a Boy/Girl..
Favourite Eye Color:brown I gues
Favourite Hair Color:brunette I guess
Short or Long Hair:medium
Height:shorter than me
Weight:no one over 300
Best Clothing Style:what?
Number of Drugs I have taken:0, that I can remember
Number of CDs I own:over 900 (maybe over 1,000 now, I haven't counted in a while and these days it takes like an hour and is a pain in the ass)
Number of Piercings:0
Number of Tattoos:0
Number of things in my Past I Regret:69

CREATE YOUR OWN! - or - GET PAID TO TAKE SURVEYS!
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It takes the trots to laugh, It takes a train to fly. [08 Feb 2004|06:57pm]
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So, another few months have gone by. When was the last time I wrote in this? It's been at least a couple months I think, but I lack the initiative to go back and see. Livejournal is notorious for stupid ass glitches which causes entire entries to be lost, so I'm not even going to chance it. In fact, when I'm done writing all this, I'm going to copy it to a notepad just in case. I know some of you have had long entries lost before, so you feel my pain. The only evidence is the bitter (and much shorter) entry you leave to describe how you had spent time writing an entry, but then it was lost by some stupid ass "page has expired" or likewise maddening webpage bullshit. It's for the birds.
The last few months have been pretty uneventful overall, but that is never fully true. I went down to Idaho over christmas, for a few days. It was cool, and it felt like the first true christmas I'd had since before my mom and brother left, in 2000. I spent basically the whole time playing videogames with my younger brother, just like old times. He has a job now at Walmart, which boggles my mind. I can't think of my kid brother with a job, and not find it odd. Plus, HE'S 20! He'll be 21 in 4 months, what the hell is going on? We've never been what you'd call hugely close, but seeing him again after 3 years was a real reminder of how close family ties are. I don't think there's anything I wouldn't do for him, or any of my family. (well, except for my aunt Susan, who I despise with the fury of a thousand suns) Eventually they'll be moving back up here to Washington, so maybe it'll be like old times again. Until I move to California that is.
I hadn't been checking LJ that much recently, and when I did, (just today) I saw with sadness that Matthew's Grandfather had died. Needless to say, I'm sorry Matthew (and Pat), it sounds like you guys really cared about him. I say it that way because for me, I don't know any of my grandparents really, as many people do. I never met either of my grandmas, and both my grandpas I haven't seen for about 8 years or so. I guess it's just one of those things, some families are more close knit than others. In any case, I hope you guys get through this as well as is humanly possible.

It wouldn't truly be one of my entries if I didn't mention recent CD binges or interests etc...so here it is. I've been on a jazz trip for the last few weeks now, buying all kinds anywhere I can find them, cheap or otherwise. It's very unhealthy actually, considering how at times I've gone a week or more without food in the house, eating only at the teriyaki place near the video store, on my breaks from work. Add to that that I'm saving for the move we'll be making in a few months, and that's a lot of money spent that probably should still be in my account. But what the hell, when I'm 80, I'll have more music to listen to than I'll know what to do with.
I got a huge tax return, so that contributed to my reckless spending, and I just got a .50 cent raise, so ROCK and ROLL and I'll spend however much I want now that I think about it.
A few weeks ago, the 48 hour film we did for the nationwide college contest, won first place. In the nation. I was (and still am, to a degree) in shock. It beat schools from all across the country, most of which had actual film courses, whereas UW does not. Even though I don't go to UW, I was still very proud of how we did. Midgen and I have worked with the same group of people a few times now and it's just getting better each time.
This dream of making movies for a living sometimes seems like an impossible fantasy, something to be dreamed of but never realized. It is a very long shot that I'll ever have even mild success in films. It's depressing to think of it that way, so I try not to. I can't imagine anything making me half as happy, so I'm going to keep at it for as long as it takes. Or until I die a pathetic and horribly painful death, whilst in the act of failing miserably. (perhaps not that far)
I'm seeing Dream Theater (again) on March 2nd, then Metallica (again) on March 28. Needless to say I'm glad.
Right now, I'm in the process of writing what may turn out to be a full length movie. I was blocked for a long time, which let me tell you is the worst damn thing in the world (besides dysentery), but now I've finally broken through that hogwash and writing is going well. I'm hoping I'll be able to get the filming done by May at least.
Mikey has been dead for a couple months. Well, he's had what they thought was mono, and then they didn't think that. His hands and legs etc. were swelled up and he was really weak not to mention he had a fever and well let's just say he was really fucked up. He dropped his classes this quarter, and moved out of the house back to Oregon, for a few months. He's coming back he hopes in about a month, and he'll be back in school next quarter. I hope he does, because it hasn't been quite the same here without that little feller.
Other than all that is stated above, the only other thing of real note is that we're STILL remodeling the store. It's been 6 months now, DAMN THE OWNER KENT. He needs to finish this bitch up, because I'm tired of people asking me if we're moving. Every time they do I just want to say: "what the fuck do you think? We remodeled the entire store, and now we're going to move out? You piece of shit!"....But instead I say: "no, we're just remodeling." It's annoying, to put it mildly.
Anyway, I'm going to put an end to this, because it's by far the longest entry I've ever written I think.

P.S. Matthew we need to hang out.
P.S.S. Kay we need to hang out.
P.S.S.S. Everyone we need to hang out.
P.S.S.S.S. Here is a mad lib Walker did (his words are in all caps):

MAD LIBS DRIVING TIPS

Driving a car can be fun if you follow this HOT advice:
1. When approaching a POOP on the right, always blow your COCK.
2. Before making a BLOODY turn, always stick your ANUS out of the window.
3. Every 2,000 miles, have your NIPPLE inspected and your CUNT checked.
4. When approaching a school, watch out for LUBED TITS.
5. Above all, drive SEXUALLY. The WIND PIPE you save may be your own!


P.S.S.S.S.S. If you thought that was witty and insightful, here's one I did. (same all caps rule in affect):

MAD LIBS A PAGE FROM A GIRL'S DIARY

This is a SLIPPERY entry in NANCY'S diary.

Deary Diary: Today I saw him again. When he looks at me with those PUNGENT eyes, it makes my MIDGET go pitter-pat, and I feel as if I have BALLS in my stomach. I think he likes me because he asked me for the COCK when I was standing next to him in the PUSSY. I just had to hear his DONKEY again, so I called his FIST FUCKING machine and left a HORNY message. I hope he doesn't recognize my CLITOROUS. He is such an ERECT MANCHICKEN, dear diary. His name is MIKEY, and I live in hope that someday he will realize how BEASTLIKE I would be for him, and that I am the COCKRING he has always been looking for.

And that's the end.

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Rock and roll pumpkin. (say it again) [15 Jan 2004|12:03pm]
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music
Good. You know your music. You should be able to
work at Championship Vinyl with Rob, Dick and
Barry


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So much for frequent posts. [06 Nov 2003|02:16am]
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Matrix Revolutions, for me, placed this trilogy very highly among all time trilogies. The second one was awesome, but admittedly there was something missing. There wasn't a ton of suspense, just cool fight scenes and action set pieces. The threat wasn't quite so immediate though, and that's what was a little bit of a letdown. As I watched Revolutions, that suspense was completely back. Neo isn't god in this movie, he's vulnerable like everyone else. I loved it.

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Sometimes a man just has to sow his own seeds.......if you follow me. [26 Sep 2003|02:19am]
Well, as I was going about my usual pussyfootin' around tonight after Matthew and Kay went home, I decided to look at some of my old posts in LJ. It was surreal, to read some of the earliest posts. The ones from before I had a job for instance, when I referred to Island Video and Scarecrow together both as possibilities. I can't believe it's been almost a year and a half already since I moved up here. In some ways, it feels like no time at all, but in other ways it might as well have been ten years ago, because that's how far away it seems.
It's been a great year and change, and I hope it continues on and on like that. (who wouldn't?)
I'm going to post more often I've decided, because a year from now when I look back, I'd like to know what the hell happened between the month or 2 month gaps between posts. THAT IS ALL.

P.S. Updates:
-I got a bass guitar, which I'm slowly learning to not demean through utter mediocrity on my part.
-We filmed a short on 16mm, and it went very well and we will hopefully edit it and get it transferred soon. The main point being we filmed on actual film, and it will look beautiful.
-Dumb and Dumberer is the worst fucking movie in the world, and almost makes Master of Disguise look good.
-It was a long, hot, summer....but I worked most of it in an air conditioned video store while I watched movies, so I can make no complaints really.
-I'm going to read then go to bed.

GOOD DAY.
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Burgled. [24 Aug 2003|04:02pm]
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Freddy Vs. Jason. [16 Aug 2003|12:40am]
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Holy shit, now THAT was a badass movie. If you have liked any one of the Jason or Freddy movies, you will cream your pants over this. I've never been that huge a Jason fan, but he RULES in this movie. Freddy is great too, and their fight (or fights) kick all sorts of ass. I'm going to see it again, soon.

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METALLICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [07 Aug 2003|11:11pm]
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Metallica rocked my ass tonight. Arena tour next spring, and the countdown begins......

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Holy moley. [09 Jul 2003|08:22pm]
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Ok, Gary Payton just signed with the Lakers. This might not mean a whole lot to people who don't follow sports, but it is HUGE news. Now they have 3 all stars in their starting lineup, each of whom could be arguably called the best at his position. This is insane. Oh, and Karl Malone is probably going to sign with the Lakers as well. Which means they'll have Payton at point, Kobe at shooting guard, Karl Malone at power forward, and Shaq at Center. Holy shit.

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Son. [29 Jun 2003|04:17pm]
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I was too lazy, so I just deleted the ones that I have NOT seen. So consider these all in bold.

Godfather, The (1972)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)
Schindler's List (1993)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Star Wars (1977)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Memento (2000)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Rear Window (1954)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Usual Suspects, The (1995)
Amelie (2001)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
North by Northwest (1959)
Psycho (1960)
Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
12 Angry Men (1957)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Goodfellas (1990)
American Beauty (1999)
Vertigo (1958)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Matrix, The (1999)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Third Man, The (1949)
Fight Club (1999)
Boot, Das (1981)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Chinatown (1974)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
M (1931)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Raging Bull (1980)
Se7en (1995)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Vita e bella, La (1997)
American History X (1998)
Sting, The (1973)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Alien (1979)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Rashomon (1950)
Leon (1994)
Annie Hall (1977)
Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Sixth Sense, The (1999)
Jaws (1975)
Amadeus (1984)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Ran (1985)
Braveheart (1995)
High Noon (1952)
Fargo (1996)
Blade Runner (1982)
Apartment, The (1960)
Aliens (1986)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Shining, The (1980)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Princess Bride, The (1987)
Run Lola Run (1998)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Notorious (1946)
Manhattan (1979)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Graduate, The (1967)

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St. Bloody Anger [03 Jun 2003|06:12pm]
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A miracle: I found the entire album and downloaded it and burned it and am now listening to it. Perfect CD quality, and all of this happened in the course of 45 minutes.
After listening to it twice so far I have to say is this is the best Metallica has sounded in YEARS. Probably their best stuff since ...And Justice For All.
Jesus it rules. Now I can't wait until it comes out Thursday, so I can actually own it, rather than listening to a burned version (no matter how perfect).
KILL!! KILL!!! KILL!! KILL!! KILL!!!

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A QF. [21 May 2003|01:49am]
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Well, the festival turned out pretty awesome. I Am God, the one in which I'm the main guy, won second place. I was pretty surprised (pleasantly to say the least). It was a great night as far as that is concerned.

Also, I got my 11 new cd's in the mail. ROCK.

And I counted my cd's again for shits and whatnot. 556.

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Invisible Kid [17 May 2003|12:37pm]
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This Tuesday (may 20) is the UW film festival. We have 3 movies represented in it this year, which is crazy. Come one, come all.

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What he got, was a soul sister. [16 May 2003|01:08am]
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Well, a little has happened since the last time I posted. Dream Theater is playing at the Paramount theater on August 2nd, which is five days before we see Metallica at Seahawk's stadium. I'm going to explode in all the right places for the entirety of those five days. My two favorite bands live within days of each other..........crazy.
Also, I finished the rough cut of my movie. Now all I need to do is finish little audio touches and do the music, and I'm set.
I lost my mind tonight and bought 10 cd's at Overstock.com. I spent $102, but I had the money so why not. I'll just try not to let this happen all the time.
Anyway, other than the Laker's losing, that's it. GOOD DAY.


Oh, we watched Bringing Down The House, which I didn't think was nearly as bad as critics made it out to be. Also, we saw the Matrix Reloaded which I LOVED, but it doesn't seem to be getting that great a reaction from people. They can lick my balls. The end.

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They're BACK. [07 May 2003|01:55am]
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Tonight, Metallica played one new song on MTVIcon. They had many tributes played for them (including Avril Lavigne, which was just funny to think about), but of course when they took the stage......you know....
Anyway, they played a new song. "Frantic". It was cut off after 2 minutes, but........oh my god. This is the heaviest song from them in seriously 14 years. The entire "St. Anger" album is supposed to be in the same vein, which makes me want to cream all the pants on earth.
This band I have loved above all others for 12 years, since I was in THIRD FUCKING GRADE, and that I'm going to see in person on August 7th...well, words can't even describe. So just imagine me making various grunting noises and then screaming in pure joy, and you'll have an idea of the emotions running through me every time I hear the clip (which I downloaded).

June 10th........they're back.

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X2 [01 May 2003|04:20am]
X-Men 2 rocks my world. Even better than the first. I can't wait for 3.
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I need a mop. [30 Apr 2003|12:30am]
I went to the Graceland tonight to see Opeth live. Opening act Yakuza were alright, but had a very short set (about a half hour). Lacuna Coil were up next and were alright as well. They were similar to Evanescence except with an additional male vocalist and a drummer that annoyed the hell out of me by playing like he was in Poison circa 1988 or something. (drum stick twirling etc.)
Opeth came on last and blew my anus out. They played and sounded perfectly and the crowd was extremely into the whole set. They played for about an hour and half, which in Opeth song length equals 8 songs. Demon of The Fall was the encore closer. I must say, this stands as one of my two favorite concerts I've ever been to. Incredible.
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Destroy, Erase, Improve. [27 Apr 2003|03:28am]
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This is how it went:

Today Walker, Midgen, and I got up at 7:30AM and drove to Island Video. We filmed until about 10:00AM, they went home and I stuck around and opened the store at 11:00AM. I worked until 5PM then was driven home by Walker (we needed to bring home a ladder for filming). Then, until about 6PM I cleared the garage completely, which included taking my drum set apart AGAIN and moving it out of the room. At about 6:15PM we started filming again, this time with Reid, and Annie, two other actors. We filmed constantly until 2AM with one short break for food. Now it is 3:32AM and I'm waiting for my friend Dirk to get back here from dropping friends off at various houses. This is his last night here before he ships off to Iraq (he'll be on a sub, so I'm not too worried, but still....).
I have to get up early again tomorrow for my stepmom, mom, and brother who are all coming up to Seattle to hang out for a few hours before we all go down to Sumner and spend more time together at my dad's house before they go back to Idaho on a bus that leaves at 1AM early Monday. Noon Monday I hope to be back in Seattle, and ready to film the rest of my movie. It's 85% done, maybe more. This is my first completely solo movie, so I'm excited to see how it turns out. Filming has been fun, if a little more business than usual mostly because of my budget concerns (buying DV tapes which are hella expensive), which are amplified by the fact that I have like $40 in the bank as we speak. All in all, I'm a tired boy right now. A great, long, long day though.

THAT IS ALL.

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I'm going to spray in my pants. [04 Apr 2003|01:26am]
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Ok, it's obvious that I'm excited for the new Metallica album on June 10. Well, I just read an early review (from a reporter who heard the first 5 songs) which makes me want to kill small children, if only to make the time go by faster. That's not all though, we're seeing them live on August 8, which will be the second time I've seen them, and the first time seeing a full set. Holy shit. But wait, there's more. Just tonight I'm scanning my usual music sites and I see that OPETH is going on a US tour starting April 29, IN SEATTLE. They did a 2 week tour of the states a few months back, but came nowhere near Washington. I creamed my pants. After a quick clean up I bought tickets online and now Walker, Midgen, and myself are going to the show. Words have no proper description for this.

In summation: I'm seeing one of my absolute favorite bands live in a few weeks. (in a venue with only about 200 capacity, meaning close quarters with the gods themselves)
Then, Metallica is releasing their new album after almost 6 years without a new original studio album. Two months later almost to the day, we see them live.
I'm going to die of pure sweet bliss after all of this. That is all.




Oh, and Dream Theater, my other favorite band, is in the studio right now recording their new album. Soilwork, Lamb of God, and Sepultura, all have new albums on the way. Not to mention the almighty Anthrax. I sware, they are all doing this to please me.

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