March 3rd, 2004

Matt Leffler


So I created my Launch Radio Station. at User name Horizonmll. Its only 3 bucks a month and I get commercial free music based upon my ratings. Should help me also learn of new music that the computer thinks I'll like. Will take a few hundred songs for me to hear but after that it should be pretty accurate I think?:-)
AXA Advisors has called me 3 times....well the Divisional Vice President. So I am faced with the awesome prospect of becoming a financial advisor...they'll train me and get all my certifications. One thing on my side is I get to tell them that I have a really good job at Gateway that is paying me pretty if they want to continue there dialogue they'll need to beat the Gateway price for my time. :-)
Arty has a job!!!!!!!!!!! YAY! This is good for me too cause I've been on my own wit the bills...and I mean it hasnt slowed down my evenings at the bar...but once we get pay backs I could easily go on a vacation....I have a coupon for 25% my favorite Chicago hotel.....GAWD I LOVE THAT TOWN. I am a midwest kinda boy. West Coast seems to fake, East Coast seems to cold and unpersonal. me is grounded, and still able to reach for the party. :-) I am off work the next two I bedating a mini-trip to Cincy or Nashvegas. Nashville seems to be the easiest exhusband Brandon has been planning on me coming down for sometime. Interestingly enough my first boyfriend 1998-2000 Kevin lives in Cincy. Might be interesting seeing how he has devolped into his life out side of Central City, KY.
My move to fulltime and benefits is 100% complete. One of the parttimers was did he get fulltime? He has ben here the least amount of time. I was just like...well...I dont know. ( maybe its the quarter of a million in sales I have to my name in the short time i have worked there. Heck Feb. I was off for a week and still brought in more revenue than anyone else in computers. AND...this month we have started off well...12,000 thousand dollars in sales so far...I am truely in my element.
So gonna call Tristan today. He has been an absolute phenomenia to hang out with. Sunday we were sitting at this bar and it was obvious to our friends I think that there was a spark of desire. I feel realy comfortable with him, relaxed, and charmed. Charmed is the word. Not over-powered, ignored, or stalked...just under a happy spell. Bedroom habits he is a take charge kind of guy....which I am not used to being...and I must say its not all that bad at all. Put it this way...I felt relaxed enough to be standing in the door way to Steak and Shake in Indiana (hicks....oh so much more than KY) and didnt even think twice to kiss him. awesome it is to be that focused on a moment and forget the world. Enchanted .... yes. So wonder what will go wrong on
SO.....what can go better? Money: you have food and the ability to go out town if you can find the time. JOb: The junior employee is outselling every person there...some who have been there for 6 years! You are getting rewarded for it too. Roommate is stabilizing nicely and the home therefore is a strong foundation being formed. Relationship: You have found a guy whom you dont mind handing over control too...friends: as in every part of my life...remain my hopes and dreams.
And all this is brought on by....just being the person you want to be. No some may know I once had a little problem their...but I relaized that I was moving no where in life. Sure I was feeling fantastic at a party and meeting new people....but it was Tuesday night and the rest of the world was passing me by. I almost feel like in the past year and a half I have made up for the lost time...I have something to take pride in and I have people to rejoice with....and the chemical release in my head is a product of happiness. :-)
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Matt Leffler


b>The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Eigth Level of Hell - the Malebolge!</b>
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Moderate
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Moderate
Level 7 (Violent)Very High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Extreme
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)High

Take the Dante's Inferno Test
Matt Leffler

4:35 Reprint but insightful

Its so odd I think how humanity can be so unhuman sometimes in its clinging to tradition and social norms. The discrace of chrisitanity in my mind is its hypocracy to its original message. Over these thousands of years I feel that man has tampered with the orginial natural law of life that our supremem being felt for us...for that reason I have a strong contempt for religion. That isnt to say I am not spiritual...I just look at those who claim god is loving and those that preach self will...while on the otherhand stand in judgement against something they have never I look at them as children, afraid to question the way things are and ignorant of what the worlds joys are beyond their white bread breakfest nooks. Dont preach to me...I'll bitch slap you and say god told me to do it. :-)

ANY HOW...I've read this posting in multiple places here locally. It touches me just as a book I once read.."Prayers for Bobby." opened my eyes and life to attempting to be the one that made it. I have a strong christian background and of ignorance and evil hatred of so many of the things that makes life...worth living. So...beyond suggesting you someday buy that is the reprint.

The Plain Brown Rapper by carl brown

originally printed in LEO Weekly,

My son killed himself, I just learned, with a .357 magnum. Jeff was separated from his wife of 12 years. Overcome by despair, he took a gun to her office and threatened to kill himself if she didn’t come back to him. Instead, Jeff went home. And put a hole through his chest the size of a fist. A .357 magnum can do that. The coroner said Jeff never heard the shot that took his spirit into the void. Jeff was the son of my wife, a marriage that died 20 years ago. The law deemed him my stepson. My heart deemed him my son. The memories he gave me will last my lifetime. It aches writing this. But I must. For Jeff.

Let the simple words that follow erect a monument in print that will outlast this writer’s life.

Jeff stood tall and lean, a handsome young man of 18 some 21 years ago when we first met. My union with Sarah brought with it bouquets of blessings — the greatest being her three children.

My children. Jeff was my only son, my first son.

Blonde-haired, blueeyed with that wisp of a young man’s moustache, Jeff walked forward that day of our first meeting and shook my hand, hard, man to man. He looked me right in the eye, unaffected that he was meeting an elected
official and the Republican nominee for Congress. Jeff was showing me something, some inner masculine strength that shouted with unspoken whispers: “I don’t care about your station, your ambitions, your aspirations, Carl Brown. You are just a man, an older version of me. You are now my father. I can deal with that. Can you deal with me? As a man? As your son?”

Deep beneath the outward show of strength stood before me a young man who also yearned silently for his want to be wanted, need to be needed, love to be loved.

Jeff would deflect overt signs of tenderness from his mother, from me, with his wry wit, splendid sense of irony and shy smile. He could stop you dead with a joke he just heard. His infectious laughter could ignite a roomful of strangers. As he chauffeured me on the campaign trail, Jeff’s piercing intellect often gave me pause during that blistering hot campaign summer of 1982, pause to think about the observations of this young man who was barely old enough to vote. Jeff personified and voiced the idealism of youth hard tempered by the tough road he trod to maturity.

Jeff’s mother called me from California, racked with Catholic fear and guilt. “But, Carl, Jeff killed himself. He’s lost entrance to heaven. Suicide is the ultimate victory of despair, one of the seven mortal sins. He can’t even be buried in a Catholic grave ...”

“Sarah, stop right there,” I said across 3,000 miles. “Some old, white medieval Catholic men at the Vatican put imprimatur on the socalled seven mortal sins, offenses against the almighty that send to hell those who break them. You know, I think there might be nine mortal sins. Maybe even 12.” I continued sardonically, trying to hammer with reducto ad adsurdum (reduce to absurdity) reasoning. The patriarchal Catholics just got it wrong. Lame theology.

“Sarah,” I said, “let me give you this mystic Christian’s take on suicide. Mine is a God of compassion. He loves us, really loves us, so much so he offered up his only son as a sacrifice for the raw sins of humanity for all time. “Don’t you know God looked down and saw the torture chamber pain that racked Jeff and understood it was too much for your son, our son, to bear? God just let Jeff come home early.” May God enjoy the excellent company of my son, Jeff, for the balance of eternity. Jeff was loved here and will be missed with the intensity of blue flame. It just looks like God gave Jeff a pass from pain, an early trip to some celestial mansion built for him, one of God’s children. Jeff, I miss you like the son you were. But I must release you to your true Father. He just needed you to come home.