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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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Anyway, because I've been a bad lizard and haven't been helping out in LJ Support enough, I'm going to lose my Paid Account in about three days. I'm deciding whether or not I have the spare funds- but more importantly, the spare excuses as to why "Danga Interactive/LiveJournal" (and now probably Six Apart) appears on my credit card statements. (My parents read my mail, and my father insists on tracking my finances.) So while I probably have the money to spare (heck with it, I'll buy a year of a Paid Account if I do it at all), I'll need to figure out how to explain to my parents this time why I've made yet another payment to a blog company when they have forbidden me from keeping one myself. (Privacy concerns.)

But if I don't extend my Paid Account, I'll drop down to three userpics. I'm not going to change my present default icon, but I have to decide which two of the remaining ten to use. I've got my own opinions, but I'm not completely sure what I'd prefer; I'd like general input. Note that this poll is purely advisory and I reserve the right to completely ignore y'all, of course.

Please select only two, as that's how many I get to keep...

Full listing of my userpics is at http://www.livejournal.com/allpics.bml?user=kistaro ; they're listed here mostly by primary keyword, although I've added author credit to all of them. (They're in the picture comment of the userpic list.)

Poll #464270 Impending Lack of Userpics

Pick 2: Which userpics other than Orion's should I keep?

dragon (by Layra)
0(0.0%)
smiley (by Layra)
0(0.0%)
ambigram
0(0.0%)
big red X
0(0.0%)
hey you totally forgot
0(0.0%)
dragon head (by Inuki)
0(0.0%)
airbrushed (by Inuki)
0(0.0%)
8 fewer years
0(0.0%)
a look of abject horror (by Cerulean-, ceruleanst)
0(0.0%)
flipped (by Inuki)
0(0.0%)

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When I got my account for the first time, I just sent $5.00 in the mail. Yes, sending cash in the mail isn't the best method ever, but it is untraceable. You could also get a cashier's check and mail that in, if Danga/Six Apart takes those.

Hehe, I admit total bias here... ;)

Aye, I thought I noticed something of a pattern. *grin*

You might want to check the FAQ because I was under the impression that if you once had a paid account and let it drop down to free, as long as you didn't upload any new icons, the old ones (3+) remained. Although I'm not sure if they remain as usable once one goes down to free. They might just keep them uploaded in case you decide to go back up, but not let you use them in the meantime.

They're not usable, and you can't select which ones remain availible; it's related to which ones you used most frequently. If I want to use a particular three, I'll have to remove the others if it doesn't work out.

I've noted exactly which image has which keywords, so if I do later get a Paid Account and re-upload the images, I'll upload them with the old keywords, which does put them back on the entries and comments.

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I'm 18. I'm also being held under financial control by my parents, as my parents control my college fund, my loans are in their names, and my mother's name is on my bank account. They have threatened to drain all of the above. All of the above were started when I was a minor- student loans and checking account (it's a check card, not a credit card) when I started going to this college, and I was about two weeks past 17 then.

At the time, my mother promised she'd remove her name from my bank account the day I turned 18. The day after I turned 18, I asked her to do so. She refused to keep her promise, because "it shouldn't matter anyway". And yes, she still threatens to close it (something that, because I was a minor when the account was started, only she can do- she actually has less restricted access to my account than I do) if I step out of line.

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It's all a game of balance for me. I have to weigh the cost of continued total lack of freedom for just two more years- really a very short time- versus not getting a college education. This college education is a great experience for me, I'm enjoying myself, and I'm learning things that I never thought I could. I can see all these things that, less than two years ago, I thought were beyond me, I thought were out of reach- they're right there. All I have to do is reach out for them, and I'm just that close...

I've decided that it's worth the trouble. That doesn't keep me from disliking it.

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