Sunday, February 29, 2004

giving up is easy...

Today was my last day at the stinky old pier. Every Sunday that I have worked there has been a fairly nice day weatherwise. Today was different. It rained on us the entire time that we unloaded the truck and unpacked furniture. I was completely drenched by the end of the shift, but it felt good. It felt good knowing that I would never have to do that again. I wanted to walk around to everyone there and say "Hey, guess what? I'm outta here. Yea, this is my last day. Sionara, suckers!" But that would be crass. I instead left the only way that felt natural. I walked out the door saying "See ya later." This is the way I always left. There was no reason to make a big deal out of it. I didn't work there for very long, and I certainly didn't fall in love with the job. In fact, I quit the job sort of on a whim. I knew it was killing me to have to go there at night during the week and waste a day of my precious weekend also, but I just didn't ever think that it bothered me that bad. Apparently most of my friends did. When I told them I was quitting, most of them seemed to feel more excited and relieved than I did. I think one of them was even counting down the days until I quit. That's crazy. But I still feel that it isn't that big of a deal. I guess I'll find out for sure once I have a few weeks away from that place.

I played some pool last night at The Green Room. Out of probably 10 games or so, I think Natalie and I won a total of one game against Posey and Eric. We were slaughtered. It's ok though, because we had a good time getting slaughtered and that's all that really matters. (Right, Natalie?)

I think the Oscars are on TV right now. I couldn't care less.

I got some new cartridge doo-dads for my glade plug-ins. They are "Fresh Linen" scented, so it smells like I'm doing laundry 24-7. It's wonderful. It's almost too good to be true. I hope they don't give me cancer.

Friday, February 27, 2004

half day of crap...

I got to leave work early today. I was so excited because it was so nice outside. The weather is starting to look like spring time. I don't know how long it will last though. Anyway, I decided to go get my oil changed and while I was at the mechanic's I thought I would get my air conditioning fixed. If you read my blog much last summer, you'd know just how much I hated arriving at places completely drenched in sweat. I didn't want this summer to be like that, so I thought I was being smart by getting the A/C fixed soon. Just as I was starting to get excited about having A/C in my truck this summer, the mechanic came out and said "I've got some bad news." Somehow this didn't surprise me at all. I found out that my A/C was in worse shape than I thought. It was going to cost me $900 to get it fixed. Well, for those of you who don't know what kind of vehicle I drive...let's just say it isn't even worth $900. Soooo...it looks like it's going to be another summer of sweat. Oh well. Let's go bowling.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

yo...

I just read that last post. Man, what a whiney loser that guy is.

I went to the Razorback Basketball game yesterday. It was really cool because I got the tickets from my boss, AND he gave me his parking pass. When I got to the game, I drove up to one of those lots that is guarded by the fearless man in the orange vest. You know, the one armed with the flashlight? It's one of those lots that, as a student, I stared at in disgust. Why should those old people get to park so close? Why are they so special? Well, I was one of those old people yesterday as the man in the orange vest waved me through. I felt like royalty with my little plastic pass hanging in my rearview mirror. It was so sweet! I parked right in front of the arena! Yes! I am so great! I think I feel a "BOO-YA!!!" coming on.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

i want to go home now...

This afternoon is dragging on, and I still have to go to my other job right after I leave here. I'm so tired. How will I ever make it? Poor me. Boo, hoo. Somebody call the waaambulance.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

no more name tags, hair nets, or aprons for me...

I put in my two weeks at Pier One. It isn't worth my time. It's wearing me out. Even the two or three days a week that I work there is completely exhausting. And it's really difficult to make it to Pier One on time, when I don't know for sure what time I'll be leaving my other job everyday. This is Mark's last week at the office too, which means pretty soon I'll have twice the work to do. If I have to start working a few Saturdays, well...there goes the weekend. So...I don't think I need a second job at this point. Besides, the money isn't that great and the government slams me with taxes. It's crap.

I still haven't heard from the new owner of our house. She hasn't been in contact with us at all, therefore I have no idea where to send the rent check. If she doesn't call me soon I'll have to call the previous owner and get the new owner's phone number or address from him. I just hope she isn't planning on knocking on our door on the first of the month and expecting someone to be there to hand her a check. From what I hear, she's new to this rent thing.

Valentine's day was nice. I took Natalie to a Razorback baseball game (yes, she likes baseball), and we had a great time. It was a little cold outside and the Hogs were dominating in the bottom of the seventh 19-1, so we left a little early. I think they ended up winning 22-2. Gosh, LA Tech sure does suck. Anyway... I cooked an authentic Italian meal that night: bruschetta with tomatoes and basil and fettucini carbonara. We also had some Ruffino chianti. It reminded me of when I was in Italy. We also had some cheesecake with chocolate on top, but I didn't make it. Everything tasted pretty good. I think the carbonara was a little bland, but it wasn't bad. Overall, I think I did a good job with everything.

Other than that stuff, life has been pretty boring. Come to think of it, life has been pretty boring even with all that stuff. BUT, life is good none the less.

Want to read the blog of a person with much more exciting things going on their life? Read Superlori. She's engaged. Congratulations!

Sunday, February 08, 2004

more bowling...

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Yea, I'm good! Oh, wait a second. Who's that score at the top? Oh, that's Eric with a whopping 210 points! The curve is working. He's found a groove. He's ready for the Busch League, the next round robin, the ship, the tourney, the semi's, the...nevermind, I think you get the point. That's me with the 155, and that's quickly becoming an average. We're ready for league play. Team Ramrod is in motion and is now recruiting. I wrote it down and everything. (Sorry to those who either hate The Big Lebowski, or don't know what I'm talking about. I know I use too many references.)

Team Ramrod Is Almost Ready To Ride!!!
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Monday, February 02, 2004

in the news...

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Today, my landlord brought over a new lease. Apparently, someone finally bought our house from him and bought our lease to go with it. We signed an updated lease, we now write the rent check to someone else, and that's that.
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April 17th is neighborhood clean-up day. They say there will be a walk-around trash pick up and shrub clipping around sidewalks. That's nice. Of course the city would first have to actually build a sidewalk on my street before we could trim the shrubs around it. They also say there will be two roll-off trash containers (i.e. big-ass dumpsters) for disposing of "larger items". In the past, I would have laughed at the fact that some people actually have trash in their yard that is larger than their trash can. Unfortunately, I am one of those people this time. As of April 17th of this year, our backyard will be "larger item" free.
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My architecture job seems to be going pretty well. I still have no idea what I'm doing, but nobody has noticed this yet. Mark, my friend that works with me and basically does my job much better than I'll probably ever be able to, just put in his two weeks. This means I'll have to pick up the pace a little bit and figure everything out in a big hurry. This also means I'll probably be working more overtime. That's ok, though. It's all a learning process...it's all a learning process. (stares at the floor, chanting and slapping self in head repeatedly)
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Saturdays have recently become "British Sport Saturdays". In the last few weeks, I've dabbled in a little bowling, billiards, and darts. What's next, cricket? No. You see, unlike cricket, these sports can all be played indoors and the players can sit down between turns. This makes them ideal sports for my Saturdays. I'm getting really good at bowling now. I only bowled two games this time and I got a 160. If I would have bowled a third game, I might could have broken my high score of 174. I guess I'll just have to wait until next Saturday.
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Today, I finally got to use my new computer at work. It's so fast and smooth. It isn't anything super-duper, but compared to the crude pile I was previously using, it is the most sophisticated piece of machinery every imagined by man. And for you CAD nerds, the refresh rate on a screen full of fills, gradients, and hatches is less than a second! Yea, dude!
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It was supposed to snow AGAIN last night and today, but it didn't happen this time. Instead, it decided to drop a small dusting of sleet and freezing rain. It was just enough to freeze the locks on my truck doors before I left work. One of these days, Weather...me and you...we're going round and round. I've had about enough of your tomfoolery.
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