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---Jokes/Strange Holidays (Alternating)---

By Ali

Irishman went to a pet shop and asked how many budgies were in stock.

"We have 99" replied the shop owner.

"Give us the lot" said the Irish man who then paid for them and left. He headed over to a tailors shop and had 99 pockets sewn into a jacket, thanked the tailor and left.

After putting a budgie in each pocket, he went up to the Post Office Tower and jumped off, hitting the ground with an almighty smack. As he lay there groaning his neighbor, Sean O'Murphy, came and asked him what had happened.

"I don't know sure" he replied "but that's the last time I try budgie jumping."




By Ali


3/1- Travis (Camelot Reborn); Anjinique (Dark Realities);
3/2- Cwayzeh (Dark Realities);
3/3- Anna (Dark Realities);
3/6- Leviticusthreed (Camelot Reborn); Sparky, Pudge2002 (Dark Realities);
3/8- Aramis (Havensite the Nexus); Sindaly, Allie (Dark Realities);
3/9- Lestatdelioncourt (Isle of Darkness);
3/10- Baeryne, Liam, Charming (Camelot Reborn); Piper, Nik, Tatyana, Roxie, Michael (Dark Realities); Priestess Sheena (Realm of Kaeltwn);
3/11- Adrastea, Ashley (Dark Realities);
3/12- Aresiel (Camelot Reborn); Desi (Dark Realities);
3/14- Liath (Dark Realities)
3/15- Dav0r (Dark Realities);
3/17- Thevoice (Havensite, the Nexus); Patty, Jade, Summerrain (Camelot Reborn); Mikky, Mouse, Getintostan14 (Dark Realities); Jasmynblack (Isle of Darkness); Summerrivenwynd (Realm of Kaeltwn);
3/18- Lillydark (Biohazard New York); Rudest (Camelot Reborn); Kissmel8atnight (Dark Realities)
3/19- Peyton (Havensite, the Nexus); Amerie, Demo (Camelot Reborn); Nick, War, Wrpo (Dark Realities);
3/22- Williamxavier (Isle of Darkness); Xaphan (Camelot Reborn); Deadeye, Serra, Darkthorne (Dark Realities);
3/23- Crystalann, Pengu (Dark Realities);
3/24- Faerieeva (Camelot Reborn);
3/25- Marco (Biohazard New York);
3/26- Freakk (Dark Realities);
3/27- Immortalized (Camelot Reborn); Iinfinity (Dark Realities);
3/29- Guru (Camelot Reborn);
3/30- Bekahe (Camelot Reborn);
3/31- Countvictoria (Realm of Kaeltwn);


<----STAR'S PIT---->

---Thoughts From The Pit---

By Star

First I want to say the readers out there that this article I found struck me as interesting and it was an article that has been more or less something I deal with on a daily basis. I just felt like it was something that some would find interesting as well. The below article is about anger, and learning how to control it before it controls you. Something I still am working on, it’s an everyday process unfortunately. This article I assume was written by Charles Speilberger, PHD, a psychologist who specializes in the study of anger and all credit goes to him.


Anger is "an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage," according to Charles Spielberger, PhD, a psychologist who specializes in the study of anger. Like other emotions, it is accompanied by physiological and biological changes; when you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up, as do the levels of your energy hormones, adrenaline, and noradrenaline.

Anger can be caused by both external and internal events. You could be angry at a specific person (Such as a coworker or supervisor) or event (a traffic jam, a canceled flight), or your anger could be caused by worrying or brooding about your personal problems. Memories of traumatic or enraging events can also trigger angry feelings.

<----Expressing Anger

The instinctive, natural way to express anger is to respond aggressively. Anger is a natural, adaptive response to threats; it inspires powerful, often aggressive, feelings and behaviors, which allow us to fight and to defend ourselves when we are attacked. A certain amount of anger, therefore, is necessary to our survival. On the other hand, we can't physically lash out at every person or object that irritates or annoys us; laws, social norms, and common sense place limits on how far our anger can take us.

People use a variety of both conscious and unconscious processes to deal with their angry feelings. The three main approaches are expressing, suppressing, and calming. Expressing your angry feelings in an assertive—not aggressive—manner is the healthiest way to express anger. To do this, you have to learn how to make clear what your needs are, and how to get them met, without hurting others. Being assertive doesn't mean being pushy or demanding; it means being respectful of yourself and others.

Anger can be suppressed, and then converted or redirected. This happens when you hold in your anger, stop thinking about it, and focus on something positive. The aim is to inhibit or suppress your anger and convert it into more constructive behavior. The danger in this type of response is that if it isn't allowed outward expression, your anger can turn inward—on yourself. Anger turned inward may cause hypertension, high blood pressure, or depression.

Unexpressed anger can create other problems. It can lead to pathological expressions of anger, such as passive-aggressive behavior (getting back at people indirectly, without telling them why, rather than confronting them head-on) or a personality that seems perpetually cynical and hostile. People who are constantly putting others down, criticizing everything, and making cynical comments haven't learned how to constructively express their anger. Not surprisingly, they aren't likely to have many successful relationships.

Finally, you can calm down inside. This means not just controlling your outward behavior, but also controlling your internal responses, taking steps to lower your heart rate, calm yourself down, and let the feelings subside. As Dr. Spielberger notes, "when none of these three techniques work, that's when someone—or something—is going to get hurt."

<----Why Are Some People Angrier Than Others?

According to Jerry Deffenbacher, PhD, a psychologist who specializes in anger management, some people really are more "hotheaded" than others are; they get angry more easily and more intensely than the average person does. There are also those who don't show their anger in loud spectacular ways but are chronically irritable and grumpy. Easily angered people don't always curse and throw things; sometimes they withdraw socially, sulk, or get physically ill.

People who are easily angered generally have what some psychologists call a low tolerance for frustration, meaning simply that they feel that they should not have to be subjected to frustration, inconvenience, or annoyance. They can't take things in stride, and they're particularly infuriated if the situation seems somehow unjust: for example, being corrected for a minor mistake.

What makes these people this way? A number of things; one cause may be genetic or physiological: There is evidence that some children are born irritable, touchy, and easily angered, and that these signs are present from a very early age. Another may be sociocultural. Anger is often regarded as negative; we're taught that it's all right to express anxiety, depression, or other emotions but not to express anger. As a result, we don't learn how to handle it or channel it constructively.

Research has also found that family background plays a role. Typically, people who are easily angered come from families that are disruptive, chaotic, and not skilled at emotional communications.

<----Is It Good To "Let it All Hang Out?"

Psychologists now say that this is a dangerous myth. Some people use this theory as a license to hurt others. Research has found that "letting it rip" with anger actually escalates anger and aggression and does nothing to help you (or the person you're angry with) resolve the situation.

It's best to find out what it is that triggers your anger, and then to develop strategies to keep those triggers from tipping you over the edge.



By McCormick

An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible.

Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth.

Our problems are mostly behind us. What we have to do now is fight the solutions.

If it happens, it must be possible.

The only really decent thing to do behind a person's back is pat it.

One way to stop a runaway horse is to bet on him.

Delay is the deadliest form of denial. -- Parkinson

A slave is one who waits for someone else to set him free. -- R. Brown

Like most wildly ambitious people, I am driven almost exclusively by fear of failure. -- Scott Turow

Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.


<----THE DEEP END---->


Death and Dying

Quite a few years ago I took a course on Death and Dying. It was by far a very interesting and eye opening course. It covers the usual stages of death and dying, but it also covers many of the rituals that go with it. The only thing I have to say though is that the course though eye opening as it was. It truly does not prepare one for the sight and dealing with death, though I will try to keep to the funnier sides of death.

The first thing that I will note is that death and dying is not pretty, nor is there any dignity to it. It is so rare that I have come across someone who has just passed in their sleep. It does happen. It does happen that someone dies how they wish or very happy. I will not deign that. Now with that said on to the stories.

I mean the old gentleman who lived next door to me as a kid. He and my father were talking about it while building the garage, and he said he wanted to die in his recliner drinking a beer. Damned if that is not the way that he went. He and his wife were going to go out for dinner and he had just finished one beer, and told his wife that it was pretty good and he wanted another before they left. She brought him his beer he took a sip of it and had a massive heart attack. He died there in his recliner with his beer in his hand.

Another fellow that a medic I know picked up one that proved to be interesting. Well they showed on scene and the police and fire were on scene all in the front yard chuckling. Told the medic I knew where the person was, and low and behold upstairs they find the man in his bed, wearing pink female panties, and his penis in hand. The porn flick he was watching was still running in the VCR.

I have in my time worked for companies that will haul the body of an individual from the site of death to the morgue, or from one morgue to another. One time, and not in band camp, I was sent on such a call. We arrived on scene to pick up the body, and I looked at my partner who was still new to the job and told him. “You are going to have to ride with the body. It is a basic style call and as such the basic need to take the call and check on the body.” I told him he would have to check the body to see if it moved, and you never knew they might still be alive. All the time I was telling him this he was getting paler and shaking his head saying he did not want to ride in the back, and everything else. Well we finally loaded the body and I got him to just about climb into the back before I laughed and told him that I was full of shit. I then told him to get in the front of the truck.

Yes if you cannot guess I have a sick sense of humor at times. Many of the medics I know and have known do. It is what gets us through the job, and live with the harsher views of death we see, so on that note and as a sober reminder. These things I have noted have and are the exceptions. I have seen a few others, but there have been too many where I know people either were not told the whole truth of what to expect, or just listened to the flowery words and missed the thorns that are there as well. .

In the end the hardest part in death and dying is not the actual death. It is for those left behind and the mourning and loss that will be felt. You have to in the end let them go. It does not mean by any means that you are forgetting them. You are letting them know that you can live without them and that they can pass on into a better world. .

I had once heard this comparison and found it really does fit this. In life you live as a caterpillar. In an ugly body that crawls along the ground. It is a hard and harsh life, but one that does have its rewards. For once your body dies it is like the caterpillar, they form a cocoon about themselves and when they emerge, like when you emerge on the other side as a beautiful butterfly. You will be in a form a body that will not feel the pains you did before, and are free to fly with your spirit free. .

There is a better place beyond just remember that and that those that must go are not leaving you. They will be there with you in your heart forever. They just get to do so in so much less pain and suffering when they get there. It is a hard long road to there, and it will hurt to get there and once you are there, but remember for them. It is a better place to be than here toiling as we do. .


<----FIGHT TACTICS 101---->

By Mourningstar



1) The combat is initialized when both parties acknowledge each other. No fighting can take place if either combatant is afk or brb. This would be the same as killing a Man in His sleep.

2) It must be stated what weapon you are using in your initial post.

3) One person takes offense or attacks, the other takes defense.

4) In rare cases of an *honor battle* only the two combatants may participate. This would be equivalent to a duel of Honor. There should be an impartial judge watching the fight to make sure that everything is kept legal.

5) During the course of battle, in single weapon combat, the offense gets one move. This attack should be directed at a vital and lethal area of the body. After which the Person on defense has the opportunity to block the attack and counterstrike.

In example:

A-Offense strikes
B-Defense blocks and counterstrikes
C-Offense blocks and counterstrikes etc. etc.

This continues until a block is missed and a hit landed. Three non-lethal strikes are considered a kill due to blood loss. And of course a lethal blow is instantaneously a kill.

6) No Leading posts will be used. A leading post is one where you state exactly where the strike landed and the outcome of the strike. This does not allow your opponent to defend. I will give an example of both leading and legal post.

<---Leading- John Doe brings His blade across John Doe #2's throat removing His head, watching it fall to the floor, stating, Bill is dead.
<---Legal- John Doe rushes in, swinging His sword horizontal toward John Doe #2’s throat.

7) All moves must be anatomically possible. If the human body can move as you have described then it is legal.

8) No flooding posts. This means allow your opponent time to respond.

9) It is recommended to get your entire move into one post. Using more than one post can be considered "flooding".

There are other forms of Combat that are able to be used in turn based fighting, those being hand to hand and freestyle. If you enjoy sparring on a regular basis it would be wise to practice all three styles of sparring. 1. Hand to hand, 2. Melee, 3. Both Hand to Hand and Melee combined.