i’ve been slowly acquiring parts for my leader frame. i bought a crankset and chain off of my friend matt anderson. origin 8. had a headset, bottom bracket, and fork installed yesterday. so, it’s coming along nicely. now, i just need to get some wheels, seatpost, stem, bars, and straps. fun fun.
i went into macniven’s yesterday to learn that the gm is a former fridays gm and thinks very highly of fridays employees. apparently, fridays people with longevity get shuffled to the top of the application pile pretty quickly. so, this gives me hope. i really don’t want to serve any more, but this could be good for me. just a basic change of scenery. also, no more 100$ weeks.
also, i ran into a few of doug’s friends today who have started a parcel service. a bike messenger gig. they offered to let me do a few shifts of that, which i think is pretty rad. i could ride my bike around downtown for money lol. i may pick that up as a part-time gig. we’ll see.
also, i hear that angieslist.com is looking…
i picked up some accordion folders last week. this should help me organize my papers (taxes, legal, car, etc.). almost have the dining room ready to vacuum and shampoo.
i went to joe’s cycles today and put a leader 725tr on layaway! this is going to be so goddamned awesome. i can’t wait to get this puppy home and start putting parts on it. i ran the trek on craigslist yesterday and have already had a few people contact me about it.
i’m still on the fence about going fixed. part of me wants to say it’s a fad and to just stick with freewheel and brakes. but the fixed-gear community seems to have an awfully good time with their bikes lol.
basically, lakecia is a wretched asshole. i don’t really want to comment on the fight we had last week. let’s just say, it was stupid. and it would be completely tolerable, save for the fact that her and craig swapped departments again. so, she is now my direct manager. she sucks. the problem is, she is genuinely unhappy in life. so, she feels the need to bring down everyone else in her life who may have found some shred of happiness. that’s me. i’m happy. so, rather than give me guidance or MANAGEMENT when i may need it, she just tries to call me out and embarrass me. not any more. i’m going to angieslist.com this week to apply. so long fridays.
basically, my car being totalled was the best thing that could’ve happened at that exact moment lol. i was out on the town with the lady when a dude smashed into my car, completely totalling it. don’t get me wront, it COMPLETELY sucked at first. i had to learn the bus system. walked from the bus stop to work in -5 degree weather. no big whoop. but then magic happened. a friend/coworker, wes, overheard me telling the story of my car to another coworker and declared that he had been given a car by a friend of his who no longer needed it. so, being the kind soul that he is, he just gave me this extra car. so i ended up receiving a settlement from the guy’s insurance company, which i used to PAY OFF the uninsured accident. so, that’s all taken care of, finally. just another step. next up, CREDIT CARDS.
i started the big shit yesterday. i cleaned out the closet in the entry way. now, there should only be shoes and coats in there. i even mopped that bitch. the next step is to buy a vacuum cleaner. these carpets are damn near wrecked. i need to clean the couch too, but i’m not sure how. i’ll figure that out soon enough though. it’s coming together though.
i went on a late-night bike ride last night with josh baskerville and dave hoffman. that was a good time. we just pedalled around the city with no real destination. it felt pretty great. i feel like my fitness is improving slowly. i need to buy a scale, because i’m basically shooting in the dark right now.
eric woods contacted me today via facebook about maybe purchasing my bike. i’m thinking this would be a good move, considering it would be a good size for him. i’m still not sure what to charge him. it’s a great frame. nice wheels/tires. just paid to do a single-speed conversion on it. we’ll see how it goes.
i really, really want to learn c#. i’ve been slowly making my way through a book called “head first into c#”. it’s pretty fun, but i think it assumes that i already know a few things that i just don’t. i don’t really know the vocabulary that they use. not sure what a “class” is or a “namespace”. i’m sure that will all come eventually, but it would be nice to know these things going into it. i think i’m going to set a personal goal to complete one chapter per week in this book. i think that would serve me well. there are 15 chapters in the book, so a week per chapter should do just fine. then maybe, if i feel comfortable enough, i could move on and start learning xna. or at the very least, go through the book again. i’ll post updates as i make my way.
i know i know, i was super jazzed on the trek when i first got it. don’t get me wrong, it is a SWEET ride. but the truth is, the frame is just too damn small. i’m 6’2”. i need at least a 58cm frame. that trek is 48cm, MAYBE 50. it is just too damned uncomfortable to ride. i hit downtown with josh baskerville and dave tonight and was pretty cramped the whole time. it sucked, for sure. i think the plan is just to put some stuff on layaway at joe’s in fountain square and pay it off as i go. that should do me just fine. nice little single speed. NOT a fixie. although, i’m thinking about it…
no need in making this a priority any more, as google basically does all the work for you.
i got a trek 8700 PRO today. full carbon fiber and aluminum frame. badass in every way. i did about 7 laps around the block today and my legs feel like they’re gonna fall off. but hey, it’s a step. i’m particularly digging the hot pink forks. it adds to the classiness of the overall bike.
i’m learning a lot of spanish at friday’s from the cooks. mostly Mario. they call me “Mojado”, which means “wet”. i’m learning slowly.
this was really just a way to show her how this site works, but i guess i wouldn’t mind hanging out more.
straight a’s are a tough thing to accomplish. i mean, it would be nice, but so would climbing to the summit of mount goddamn everest. i’m pretty smart. no, not smart. clever. that is a more accurate description of how my brain works. and let me tell you, friends, stephen hawking’s explanation of black holes and anti-matter have NOTHING to do with cleverness. i’ve clever-ly duped everyone around me into believing that i’m a smart guy. but dude, this shit is tough.
let me backtrack a little. i guess i am somewhat smart. i don’t lick windows. i’ve never tried to hunt pumas with a hammer. i’m at least smart enough to know that a puma could spill my guts before me and gash me about the head and shoulders before i could get in one good blow with that hammer.
but i digress. straight a’s is gonna be tough. i don’t see it happening this semester, either. i dropped my sociology class today because every time i’d sit down to do my project, my brain would tell me to watch funny youtube videos instead. and my brain controls my body, so how do i argue with that. in fights between me and my brain, brain wins. think about it. if i want to do my project, but my brain wants me to check out the paris hilton sex tape, how do i beat that? are they giving out a’s to people who can recite the “drink your milkshake” scene word-for-word? if they are, i’m in like flint. if not, i guess i’ll write again next semester. sorry
that one measly little speeding ticket, as it turns out, is the least of my worries. i’ll just leave it at that.
i guess it’s pretty safe to say that the ball is rolling and picking up speed as it rolls. i’ve now completed one semester of college and i’m working on the second. this stuff is pretty hard. but, i went ahead and enrolled in a creative writing class led by judith laforest. she’s pretty inspiring, one of those types who likes to tell you that you can do whatever you want as long as you “put your mind to it”. that’s great and all, but i’ve put my mind to lots of things and learned that it doesn’t always work out like that. but i digress.
on a more positive note, i purchased strunk and white’s “Elements of Style”. it is a very good read (about as good as it could be considering that it’s a goddamn grammar book). it was kind of interesting how i came about that one. i had heard from one of my colleagues in creative writing that stephen king’s “On Writing” is one of the best books for aspiring writers and is definitely a good read. when i asked judith laforest her opinion on the work, she agreed and suggested “elements of style”. well, i found myself killing time in a used book store that week and saw a good-as-new copy of king’s book and purchased it. as i started to read, i found it amusing that king made it a point to boldly illustrate how short the actual book is. in his writing, he said that books on writing are typically full of bullshit (which i have found to be true). anyway, he name dropped “elements of style” in the foreword of HIS book on writing, so i went ahead and picked that one up too.
i guess i’m rambling. you may call it rambling, at least. i think it’s a pretty amusing story. about as amusing as a story about buying grammar books could be!
i guess i’ll go ahead and call it a blog. i’d hate to think that i would keep writing about bullshit and someone out there would actually stumble on this blog and read the damn thing hoping for substance. go somewhere else. you’re not gonna get it here.
i think i’ll start putting my name on my blogs.