6.23.2004

...I think I will just go and eat worms

So it looks like pretty much nobody ever comes to my site. That kind of sucks. No comments, no friends, nobody loves my blog, everybody hates my blog, I guess my blog will just go and eat worms.... Whatevah. I didn't necessarily write this stuff just so that people would read it. It is a great way to vent a little bit. And if other people happen to see it and enjoy it, well then all the better.

"Farenheit 9/11" is annoying the crap out of me. Michael Moore in general can shampoo my crotch. He is nothing more than the documentary equivalent of a morning radio "shock jock". All he does is try to do more and more offensive things in order to get more publicity. Attention, attention, I want attention. Get a life and grow up, Mr. Moore. Not everything in life is about getting attention, no matter how good you might be at goading the media into shamelessly promoting your every crappy piece of film.

I cannot wait for Spiderman 2. I have liked the whole Spiderman story for a long time. Seeing it on the big screen, with blockbuster special effects treatment is very gratifying. Lately, I have been seeing various articles analyzing the whole thing. "Why does Spiderman appeal to teenage boys?" "Why do we like such a flawed and vulnerable hero?" Blah blah blah. We like Spidey for these very easy reasons. At some point, we have all wanted to be super-strong and heroic. We have all made the Spiderman hand gesture, and imagined shooting high-tensile-strength goo at people and things. And we share the feelings of Peter Parker. Guilt about things we coulda/shoulda/woulda done at some point, and a need to do what we can. Besides, Mary Jane has always been hot. :-D

So I got some online photo storage space, and I want to start posting some pictures in here. This will be my first attempt (other than the picture in my profile). These are a couple of pictures from my wedding. That was the best day ever.



6.17.2004

Counter

Since I rarely get any comments on my posts, I want to see if anyone other than me actually visits, so I am putting a counter on the site now. Ah, experimentation.

Exhaustion

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you are just completely worn out? I have. This week was just such an experience. Argh. I played a couple of softball games with the company team on Monday night, which were fine except the team we played was incredibly good. But when I was done with the games, I was tired, and I could feel the soreness coming on. After a night's rest, I was doing fine. But on Tuesday night, I had church softball team practice. Followed by an impromptu basketball game with a group of eight 12-to-13-year-olds. By the time I got home on Tuesday night, I was dying. I was totally worn out and sore. I am so out of shape it is embarrassing. But anyway, when I woke up on Wednesday, I was not a happy camper. I w3as very sore and very tired still. I came to work, and could only manage a half day. I took the other half day as sick time because I seriously was in pain. I went home and got to sleep a little more of the pain and exhaustion off. Luckily, things are less sore today, but I am still just dog tired. I am really going to have to pace myself if I am going to survive this new calling as Deacons' Quorum advisor.

But the good news is that I got to order a couple of things from my favorite online store, ThinkGeek. I love that store. They have the finest in apparel that will advertise your geekiness. I have several T-shirt purchases planned. Mwahahahahaha! I am not sure why I felt like a little maniacal laughter there, but it felt nice. Anyway, go to ThinkGeek and buy lots of stuff. In addition to their awesome clothing items, they have some of the coolest toys ever, for kids both young and old.

Also, I got a few things from Old Navy because they are having a killer sale right now. I love Old Navy.

Until next time, adieu.

6.10.2004

Searching

Is there anyting in this world more depressing than finances? I find myself looking into things like buying a house or a nice car, and it boggles the mind. How do people ever manage to do it? There are so many hoops to jump through and hurdles to jump over. It's insane. There is no reason why it should be that hard to buy a house. Although when I look through the listings and all of that, I see lots of different places that I would love to live, I always come back to the realization that Lisa and I are probably going to have to start out in a small, old, fixer type of house. This is something to which I am not looking forward. I don't want to have to compromise on something like a house. I don't have any problem doing the work and all of that, but there is a desire to not have to move which motivates most of what I do. I would REALLY love it if I only had to move once or twice more in my entire life. I just hate moving sooooo much. Otherwise, we would constantly be looking for a better deal than the place we live right now.

And buying a car.... Man. Why does it all have to be so hard? Granted, it will be easier to do that than to get a house, but still. I just wish it was easier and that people would trust us more. There is nothing quite so degrading as a credit check. Okay, maybe there are things more degrading than that, but it always frustrates me. Such is the life of someone with "less-than-perfect" credit.

Oh, well. Just needed to vent that. Back to house-searching.

6.09.2004

Taco del Mar, el Guapo.

Today at work, they were having a party for the last of the people who are being relocated. Some to San Antonio, some to Long Beach, CA, but all away from here. The office here in Auburn, WA will be, shall we say, desolate? It is already almost a graveyard. There are soooooo many empty cubicles up here. It's like there is a drought at the cube farm. Having narrowly avoided downsizing, I see the depressing results, while those who got the axe have moved on to other things. Just about everyone I was friends with was laid off in the first round of choppings. Since then, I have become slightly more gregarious toward other people here at the office. But I must admit, I have no desire whatsoever to try to make a bunch of friends here. I have all the friends I need, and none of them work with me. Anyway, the food that was brought in was from a restaurant here called Taco Del Mar. I am not sure if there are any Taco Del Mar locations outside of the Pacific Northwest, but it is one of my favorite restaurants, by far. The only thing better than Taco Del Mar is FREE Taco Del Mar.

Recently, Lisa and I started reading The Wheel Of Time series by Robert Jordan. It is Lisa's first time with the novels, and my second. They are so intricate and wonderful. The world created by RJ is just amazing. You can tell, just from the first book, that he must have spent years on just the backstory. The main story reveals bits and pieces of the backstory as you go along, and through it all, you cannot help but be amazed at the effort that went into all of this. It's truly mind-boggling sometimes. I can't wait until Lisa gets to find out the coolest things about the main characters.

I also watched Last Comic Standing 2 last night. Good times. There are a lot of comics on that show that I have never seen before, but there were a couple that I have seen, and REALLY enjoy. Pablo Francisco and John Heffron are two of the best up and coming comics I have heard lately. Visit their sites. They have some awesome material going.

One last thing. I am a self-admitted gadget junkie. I LOVE gadgets. I just wish I could afford all the ones I see and want. The one I am lusting after the most right now, though, is the Creative Zen Touch. Hold crud I want one of those. I could hold more than my entire music collection on one of those puppies. It would be wonderful. And it will start at only $269.99!!!! Must....start....saving........

6.03.2004

Laziness is a cancer

As evidenced by the lack of recent updates to this blog. You skip one day, and all of a sudden, two weeks has gone by with nothing to show for it all. Anyway, things have been interesting lately. Memorial Day Weekend in Seattle was a bust for the most part. The weather sucked almost all weekend. Good thing the campsite we wanted to go to was all booked up. We would have spent a very wet weekend up in the San Juan islands, and that would not have been fun at all. I am not one of those whimpy people who "camps" in a trailer. I am all about the tent camping. If you want all the comforts of home, stay home. But yeah, the weekend was kind of boring for that reason. But on the bright side, it was a very productive weekend since Lisa and I were stuck inside for so much of it. We got a bunch of cleaning done and we built a frame for my huge Dave Matthews poster. This is the second frame we have built, and we are getting pretty good at it.

The more we do stuff like that, though, the more we want to find an actual house and buy it. Granted, it is never just as easy as that, but you can dream, right? We would love to be able to buy a house. Even if it was one that we had to do a bunch of projects on, that would be fine. I have no problem doing stuff like that. I actually enjoy it quite a bit. We just might have to wait a little while before we do something like that, though. There are little things like the rest of my schooling that need to be taken care of, and that might delay the purchase of a house. We shall see. Just with the income that we have now, though, we could get a decent mortgage for a house that would fit us VERY well for the next five or ten years. We shall see.

Work is getting to be more and more of a chore, unfortunately. This is what happens when you have a job rather than a career. I come to work simply to pay the bills. That's it. I don't come out of any sense of personal satisfaction or enjoyment of my work. I am very much looking forward to the day when I will be able to look forward to going to work. Well, that might never happen, but I would settle for not dreading the sight of my office.

School starts up in just about a month, though, so I will finally be able to feel like I am doing something worthwhile that will help me to progress in my professional life. YAY! I hope that will be interesting. Once again, we shall see.

Anyway, I should run for now. Thanks for listening.