Monthly Archives: August 2005

Things are not clear

Good news. I picked up a new car on wednesday. I turned in my Grand Am and upgraded to a 2005 Grand Prix. It’s got all sorts of fun stuff like heated leather seats, remote start, heads-up display, dual-zone climate control, and a 9 speaker Monsoon speaker system with 6 disc CD changer. It’s a sweet ride. It costs a bit more per month than the Grand Am did, but my yearly insurance bill is about $700 less than it was with the Grand Am, so it will balance out somewhat.

Good news. My midnight shifts are over. It wasn’t a bad tour of duty for the most part, but it did seem that things always got pretty busy once Gregg left every night. It was like he pressed a button as he left that alerted everyone to call or put in tickets. Oh well. It’s looking like getting reacclimated to days might not be so tough this time around. I slept from about noon to 7pm yesterday, and then went back to sleep around midnight and slept until 6am. Hopefully the batteries are charged enough to keep me awake all day.

No-so-good news. My eye is still bothering me pretty regularly. I had a checkup the week before last, and Dr. Saxe said that things are still stable and not getting worse, but I’m noticing my inability to focus more and more each day it seems. It’s really been bothering me lately. All of the muscles connected to it just seemed to be strained, enough so that it gives me mild headaches on occasion. This might be caused by being at work for 13 days straight staring at computer screens though. I’m considering picking up some reading glasses to try to bring things into better focus, but who knows if it’ll work. Pretty soon I might remind you of that old person you know that has their display settings on their monitor set to 640×480 because they can’t see any finer resolution than that… Lets hope not.

Not-so-good news. It would seem that I’ve fucked up somehow. The girl I met at Annie’s wedding won’t return my calls. The thing is that I don’t know what I did (or didn’t do) to bring this about. She is quite attractive, and I was looking forward to getting to know her better, but now she won’t talk to me. I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’m cursed, and that I’m going to be single for the rest of my life. When I combine that with my eye difficulties, moving to Tibet and becoming a monk doesn’t seem like that bad of an idea…

Dumbest abuse letter EVER.

Dear Network administrator,

Recently, a [removed] customer suffered from an alleged behavior caused by a user on your network.

I would appreciate it if you would determine which user was using that address at that time and take the appropriate disciplinary action.

If I have addressed this to the wrong party, please forward this message to the appropriate contact.

Thank you.

I'll look right into that alleged behavior from the user on that address once I figure out what the alleged behavior is and why I should give a damn. Perhaps the user is a highly attractive female, and her alleged behavior is giving away money. I'd like to investigate that. Otherwise, I don't give a shit.

Best email subject EVER.

SPAM TERRORISTS have hijacked your network using SPAM-Zombies!

Oh nos! At least they're not using brain eating spam zombies!

Ohhh… so tired.

It would seem that I’ve been lax on my site updates again. It’s easy for me to tell that I need to update more when my mom tells me that I need to post something.

The past week has actually been somewhat eventful, unlike the weeks before it. Last wednesday the Gigantour came into town, bringing much sweet music our way. Three of my favorite bands were there – Fear Factory, Dream Theater, and Megadeth – plus a few others that I wanted to see. We arrived at the show at about three, and after a short time we found that we had missed Nevermore’s set due to a misinterpretation of the scheduling between the two stages. We were rather pissed, but we got over it I guess. Symphony X was pretty sweet, and all of the main stage bands were awesome except Dillinger Escape Plan. I thought they sounded like a steaming pile of dung. Matt says they’re a lot better on CD. I hope he’s right. They didn’t impress me at all live. Fear Factory was sweet, as usual. Dream Theater was awesome as well, but to me their mix was too loud before the amplification, and it was causing their sound to be overdriven a bit. Megadeth was totally on, and Dave Mustaine sounded great. In the previous Megadeth shows I’ve seen he’s always seemed to struggle with some of his more snarly vocals, but this time around he nailed them all. Excellent show all the way around.

My friend Annie got married this weekend as well. Unlike last year, where I lost nearly a dozen close friends to marriage, this wedding season has been rather tame, which is good. It makes me feel old when people my age bow out of the game. Anyways, I’m normally somewhat bummed when I go to weddings, because it seems like I’m always one of the slim minority of single people. Everybody is always so happy at weddings, but it always seems to remind me that I’m single, and have been single for a loooong time. Well, this wedding turned out different! I’m not going to go into detail here, because it involed me dancing, and nobody should ever hear a detailed description of said events. It’s just too traumatic. Regardless, I had a *great* time, and who knows, there may be more great times in the future!

I’ve been on the midnight shift this week, which is never fun. I think the only good thing about this shift is that I don’t have to wake up to an alarm clock. Oh well. I volunteered for it to help a buddy in a bind, so I have nobody to blame but myself. I’m dragging ass right now because I went out to the Peanut Barrel with Kate before work and had a few beers. Mental note: Drinking before a night shift is bad. You tend to want to sleep, and that can’t really happen at work.

I’m busy being busy

I guess it's been a while since I've posted something meaningful. I've recieved some questions on the nature of the last post, but if I haven't told you, you're not destined to know. Let it rest. I was pretty much drunk when I posted it, but that doesn't take away from the meaning.

I guess I've been keeping myself busy for the most part. I've been slowly infiltrating my new residence. My room is mostly squared away, and it's quite different for me not to have a computer in my room. There's been a computer of some form in my bedroom for like, 8 years now. It's actually quiet and cool in my bedroom now. It's rather hard to believe. Who knows… now that I've forced the computers out of my room, a female might enter! Well, with my luck, probably not. But I guess I can hope. I've got a few more boxes worth of stuff to make homes for, but it's mostly stuff like spare bedding, so it's nothing critical at this point.

Last weekend was the annual LaRouche-land canoe trip up on the Rifle River. As usual, it was a great time. There was a much smaller contingent of people there this year, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There were a lot less of the peripheral folk that come up with the family, which is good in my eyes. Some of the people that came up in the past were no good. Most of the crew was there – Jon + Michelle, Chris + Lana, Andre, Thomann, Guy + Ana… The Phils were strong in attendance. We all got pretty ripped the first night, Andre and Jonny T. especially. They didn't sleep at all, and kept most of the camp up all night. I slept in the van, so I didn't hear a thing, but there was quite a lot of negative feelings towards those two when I woke up. It passed, and everybody had a good time canoeing. The weather couldn't have been better, but the river could have been a little warmer. We didn't really do much of anything except pass out from exhaustion after the trip down the river. All in all, it was a good time.

I put together a decent-sized list of things to get done this weekend, and I made a pretty good dent in them. I've still gotta get out to the Pontiac dealership sometime this week. There are a couple dealerships in my parents area that are offering pull-aheads on any GMAC lease, so I can get out of my current lease without any penalty if I get a new lease. This is quite good, since I've got around 500 miles left on my current lease, and it expires in February. The math isn't too good on that one. I'll definitely be taking advantage of that offer and get myself into a new ride. I'm looking pretty hard at a G6, perhaps a G6 GT(P) if I can afford it. We'll see within the next week or two, after I take a test drive or two.

Maybe I’ll think of a title later

I guess I should have known… my instincts told me, but my head refused to listen…

In other, and less cryptic, news, my eye seems to be going backwards again. I don't think it will ever end. Nothing ends. It just acts like it's ending, then slaps you right in the face and laughs.

Concept albums rule

I was checking out the RSS feed for Metal Underground today, and I saw two stories that caught my attention. First, Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth said that work on the Something Wicked concept album has been scheduled, and that it will most likely be a two disc set. He wants to create a defining work, something like Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” or Queensryche’s “Operation: Mindcrime.” Iced Earth has already established themselves pretty well, so if they succeed in topping their previous efforts, the work will be nothing short of spectacular.

Speaking of Queensryche and Mindcrime, the other post I read this morning related to a new album that continues the Mindcrome story and ties up some of the loose ends left in the story. This should be quite cool as well. I don’t know if they needed to do this album though. I’m a big fan of their music, but it seems as though this might be an attempt to try to get themselves back into the spotlight. I guess we’ll see sometime in early 2006.