Neil Hester

All poems © Neil Hester unless otherwritten

Location: North Carolina, United States

Monday, August 27, 2007

Bringing MySpace To You

Doesn't sound like a very involving title, does it? Well, it's not. Starting school is always a hectic affair at the high school level (I've started my Junior year), so I've neither the time nor the will to put together something with thrust behind it. So...

MySpace. It's popular, and for good reason; it provides a great opportunity to share media and ideas, as well as keep in basic touch with friends. Sure, most bulletins have little meaning behind them, and alot of comments are frivolous, but hey~ I fill out a survey here and there for kicks; here's an example (Yes, I don't have anything better to post- do give it a chance, though, I think it's funny. Then again, I'm the one who wrote it.):


10 Things You May Not Know About Me (And Many More- Tune it at 13 o'clock for details!)

1: I am part Filipino.
2: I'm also part carbon.
3: I listen to lots of Broadway, Jazz, and Classical.
4: I have an inclination towards cute things.
5: My two favorite ice cream/sherbet flavors are Mocha Almond Fudge and Daiquiri Ice.
6: I don't just write Poetry; I write Wills. And Lisas. And Morgans.
7: There is no seven.
8: Miami Ink is one of my favorite shows.
9: I really like ballroom dancing (and dancing in general).
10: Alice in Wonderland is my favorite book. Oh, and I do actually enjoy books like The Red Badge of Courage and The Great Gatsby.

1. Frankly, I think you should coax it out of me. It would be far more entertaining.

1. Wit.
2. Whim.
3. Wist.
4. Will.
5. Lis... I mean, Wile.
6. Weasels.
7. There is no seven.

1. Annoying things.

1. Texas.
2. Melancholy.
3. Liquidity.
4. Oregon.
5. Origami.
6. Cran(kin)es(s). But not since I was seven.
7. There is no seven. It's true this time, because the subtitle actually says, "6 STATES I'VE VISITED". Clever.

1. Live.
2. 3
3. 6
4. 10
5. 15

1. Heights.
2. Death.
3. Sevens.
4. Oregon.

1. Drink.
2. Think.
3. Not rhyme.

1. Finish this survey.
2. Not finish this survey.

1. Somebody that has to do with moons and hares.

Hi, my name is: Dante.

When I'm nervous I: Nerve, er, vous, er, nervously vous nervily ous erv...

The last song I listened to: When Sunny Gets Blue (beautiful song)

If I were to get married right now my best man/woman would be: My twin brother, Sinbad.

By this time next year: The world will have revolved around the sun. I hope.

I have a hard time understanding: You. And nonpolygons (that's right, Eric!).

If I won an award, the first person I would tell: Me.

Take my advice: Be curious. Stay curious. Spell curius correctly.

Most recent thing I've bought myself: Sanity.

Most recent thing someone else bought me: Dignity.

My favorite hair style is: Pretty darn cool, I'd say.

My middle name is: Between my first and my last names.

In the morning I: Sing a morning song, then an evening song in case I'm too tired to sing it later that day.

Last night I was: Fencing with the Duke of Japan. Or the President of Iran. They're so similar!

If I was an animal I'd be a: Parrot or a rabbit. Actually, a rabbit. A talking rabbit. A talking, flying rabbit. A talking, flying, colorful rabbit. A parrot with large ears. A... a rabbit. Definitely the rabbit. The last one. With the feathers. And the talking and flying and falking and tlying. That one.

A better name for me would be: Neil. Unfortunately, my name is Dante.

Tomorrow I am: /will be one day older.

Tonight I am: Who I am.

My favorite color(s) is: Firstly, it should be "is/are", seeing as to how "My favorite colors is" is incorrect. Lastly, blue and black is my favorite color.

My heart is: a blood-circulating device approximately the size of my rather fitful fist.

Well, that was enlightening. I think I'll go eat some ice cream. Too bad it's not going to be Mocha Almond Fudge.


They're actually quite fun from time to time; Jeff should post one of his own as he also comes up with rather witty responses. Now, I'm off to sign about 50 papers to turn into school next day that confirm such momentous things as the fact that I am not going to be receiving discounted lunches. All right!

Take Care,

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Bits and... Painting Poem III

Firstly, I apologize for the lack of aptly wrought, focused blog pieces. I'm not exactly sure why I'm apologizing, since blogs are self-published, but I suppose I feel a certain obligation towards those who visit. I will put some work into the Philippines entry (despite that accursed summer reading project), and I actually do have a couple of ideas for more developed posts now. Anyhow...

On Bad Luck, courtesy of Jess, since she undoubtedly possesses it. To Jess: You got a really crummy deal; my sympathy goes out to you. On a lighter note, happy b-day in a couple, and, if you want a movie to cheer you up (and enjoy children-oriented movies), I heavily suggest My Neighbor Totoro; it's utterly benign and quite pleasing.

From Anthony, a sonnet-based post. It contains a really nice sonnet by Dan Schneider, as well as a reasonably good piece by Peter Van Toorn.

For the 16th of August- Happy Birthday to myself, Madonna, Charles Bukowski (reluctantly), T.E. Lawrence, and the moon, among others. If anyone else is curious about who was born on their birthday, finding out is as simply as looking up the date on Wikipedia. It's quite interesting, really.

LAEvaside: Elvis died on August 16th, 1977. [/laevaside]

...My, this is a rather spare post, isn't it? I suppose a poem is due- let's go with another painting poem in my JSS series (painting first):


Garden Study of the Vickers Children
               ~John Singer Sargent

Stem-tall, pretty in white
And black, they take hold
Of green. Things that fill eyes
Of earth, ever heaven-inclined,
Reach softly throughout
The eyes that hold them,
Still growing. They look about
To other lovely things, or down,
Enraptured. Beneath,
Life spans boundlessly.


Take care 'til next,


Monday, August 13, 2007

Bits and Bits and Bits

Something about blogger's block... I certainly might be experiencing such a thing, since I post infrequently and have nothing to go into great detail about. That said, let's just hit some bits (and bits [and bits]) instead (Anthony published a similarly-titled post):

What Personality Are Your Pets? Jess ventures the question and proceeds to describe each of her cats. In relation to the Jung - Meyer-Briggs Typology test (quite an interesting test), I retested today. I tested INTJ several months ago, but this time I went the way of INTP.

I recently thought up a policy that I'll implement when I eventually become a parent (which I fully intend on doing). My children will be allowed to say anything to me that I say to them. If I tell them to shut up, they can tell me to shut up. If I curse at them (as unlikely as that may be), they can do the same to me; it's only fair. While it is important for parents to discipline their children, many forget to discipline themselves, which is just as important. After all, children take after their parents.

About a week ago, I took a break from speaking and didn't utter a single word for 26 hours (including 8 hours of sleep). Communication became less specific and more difficult. Being mute was a bit hard the first few hours, but after settling, it was quite pleasant. I got a lot of thinking done in that time. However, actually being mute would be very rough; the communication barriers are immense. I've also considered going blind or deaf for a while, but those present greater difficulties (especially the blindness; most with vision rely desperately on their eyes).

I suppose I'll give a couple last words about Harry Potter, since the series provokes several times more feedback than average books (in a variety of ways): firstly, many people label J.K. Rowling as "greedy". It's not her fault her books are successful. In fact, I've always found her to be quite pleasant in interviews and whatnot. Secondly, I should have mentioned in my essay that more adult themes do present themselves in books 5-7, but the series is still primarily for children and teenagers.

For previous friends and visitors, I'm sure you noticed the changed Blog Title. I'll probably shuffle the title around some (I'm tired of my old one, Evanesce is more of a message board handle) in the next few months. If you have me linked, don't bother changing it, I'm still Neil Hester and this blog is still "LAEvanescent", so to speak.

Love is good.

Take Care,

LAEvaside: Yes, I'm no longer signing my blogs as "LAEvanesce". But hey, I'll still make "LAEvasides", 'cause "Neilaside" sounds far less cool, doncha think? ~_^ [/laevaside]

Monday, August 06, 2007


Ah, the final entry in the Month series, August! I am a bit tired of doing these, but this is the last one, as the series began with September. And now, some trivia:

  • August begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Leo and ends in the sign of Virgo.
  • August was originally named Sextilis in Latin, but was renamed in honor of Augustus in 8 BC because several of the most significant events in his rise to power, including the fall of Alexandria, land on this month.
  • August is Women's Small Business Month.
  • The Philippines celebrates National Heroes Day on the last Sunday in August in commemoration of the First Cry of the Philippine Revolution on August 23, 1896.
  • August's birthstone is the peridot, sardonyx, or sapphire.
  • In Irish, August is known as Lúnasa, a modern rendition of Lughnasadh, from the god Lugh.
  • My birthday is August the 16th, a date I share with an important person.

And now, the final couplet:


A Gusto

August breezes in soft from July
With gusto to match a lullaby.


Mm, not too good, but hey, writing these couplets isn't exactly a momumental poetic endeavor. This concludes the Month series; take care 'til next, folks~