Monthly Archives: July 2002

Speedway to Nazareth

So yesterday was a huge day for me. So much happened. I went to the Doobie Brothers concert. It didn’t turn out to be anything like I planned. It was singly the most crowded concert I have ever been to. The people were so rowdy. Much more than I’m used to. I got to sniff second-hand dope, and breath second-hand smoke the whole evening. Not to mention the beach balls everyone in the crowd were throwing. I spent the night dodging them and protecting my friend Karen from them. She was extremely afraid of being hit. She’s very much the nervous type. The ticket stubs said that the concert was set for 7:30pm. At 8pm the opening act came out. It was a comedian who also happened to be a Detroit cop. He was crude and inappropriate, I certainly wouldn’t want a Detroit cop coming to rescue me! I was a little embarrassed.

He stopped at 9pm and then out came the Doobies. They were loud, and the crowd had grown impatient from all the waiting and boredom. Everyone was pushing, hitting, screaming, and making obscene gestures at each other by then. Again, I was embarrassed. My embarrassment only grew when people started dancing. Ew. Gross.

When I got home, my Dave called me. Some things were bothering me and I had much to discuss with him. Which wasn’t fun because I just wanted to visit and tell him about my night. We haven’t really gotten to “talk” or enjoy each other’s company much since the weekend ended. He put my heart at ease last night and gently pointed out some of my own wrongs. I felt better for seeing things in a new light. We prayed and then I went to bed. I slept pretty well.

I had to work today to make up for leaving for the concert early last night. I woke up tired and the day proved to be long. I am home now, just in time to celebrate my little brother’s 17th birthday. I bought him a neat clock.

I am thinking about washing my boy kitty. I am coming to Dave’s (our) house to stay for a week starting this weekend and I would like him (the CAT, not Dave. Dave is Dave.) to look nice. He hasn’t met Jerry and Elizabeth yet. I want them to be impressed by his glorious beauty and winning personality (Dave, if you smirk I’ll stomp your big toe). I am very excited about my visit. I plan on setting up my house and get it looking the way I’d like so that it will be home to me when I get back from my honeymoon. Speaking of which, Dave hasn’t even told me where we’re going. He’s doing an excellent job of keeping quiet. It’s exciting, I like being surprised.

I have to finish my shower thank-you’s today and possibly do some running around?? Maybe.

Oh, oh and Dave sent me a wedding announcement with our picture on it. It must have come from a local paper somewhere’s in Indiana. So coooooolll!!!!

As for the wedding invites, very few people on Dave’s side have responded. In fact, his friend Shay and Autonomous and 3 family members are the only ones. It is imperative that the response cards are returned to my home. I have to know how many people plan on coming so the hall knows how much food to prepare. And how much to charge me for it. So if anyone knows for sure whether they can (or can not) come PLEASE let me or Dave know as soon as conveniently possible. This is important.

Anyway, that’s enough rambling. Until tomorrow.

new toys (:

Got my new laptop for work:

Dell Latitude, 14.1 inch screen
1.2ghz P3
256meg ram
ATI Radeon Mobility w/16meg DDR
Integrated LAN/Modem

Lots of drool-a-bility. ::happy sigh::

latent ninja

So the collective dream is finally realized. What we’re actually going to do with this domain remains to be seen. Hopefully something cool.

Web comic? Information/code repository?

I think that the motto of latent ninjas everywhere should be “Important to relax and allow source code to speak to soul.”. Nothing says latent ninja more succinctly than that.

the ramblings of one not long for this whirled

So Jerry and I are 1 and 1 on our first bout of War3. Good game, perhaps? I’m still undecided. I’ve not yet played the single player though, so I’m not gonna pass judgement. We’re gonna play the deciding round here as soon as he’s off the phone. So we’ll see.

Today was monumentally unproductive at work. I was pulled in like 3 different directions. I couldn’t really go in any of them though, so I ended up going no where. He who hesitates is lost. Sometimes he who doesn’t hesitate is lost as well.

I’ve really been having troubles with this sugar thing lately. I suppose I should go see a Doctor about it. My old family doctor’s diagnosis was “that’s cool”. I’m not one to put huge weight into what a doctor says anyway. He’s just going off guesswork half the time, just like me. I realize his guesses are more informed than mine, but hey, it’s still a guess.

Auto insurance has been on my mind lately. I’m trying to do the responsible ‘adult’ thing and get my own, instead of continuing to mooch off my parents. Kinda time for that, since the wedding is 23 days away. It looks like it isn’t going to be too painful to pay for, so that is good.

I’m digging this whole cable modem thing. It’s affordable, I’m thinking. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be, but it is, especially now that I own the modem. (yay $37 ebay modem.)

Sometimes it’s rough when you have a gripe about a good friend. There is no nice way to tell them they’re wrong (or at least that they’re not right). There isn’t even an easy way to get someone else to do it for you. I’m really having a hard time deciding if I should let it go, and give it to God to deal with, or if I’m supposed to confront them. Regardless, it’s God’s for now. ::sigh::

Enough of that though. It’s bed time for me. Sweet blissful sleep here I come. (:

Update: I ended up beating Jerry for the night, 3:1. Ah, I dig resource management. I suck at war3 thus far, but tis all good.

(ok, so one last thing. I’m psyched about the possibility of group Dark Age this fall. I think it could be a lot of fun. πŸ™‚

I’m a 21st Century Digital Boy!

Hehe, once again it has been awhile since my last post. This is due in no small part to my weekend with Dave, and also my preoccupation with Neverwinter Nights. I thought I’d better make another entry quick before ‘oh whiny one’ notices.

For my birthday Dave gave me an awesome new keyboard. I only just got around to plugging it in. But wow, it is so nice! The last one I had must have been a little bit smaller than the standard size keyboard (no, really) I would come home from work (where I type alot) and then not be used to typing on my own keyboard. Spaces between the keys were definitely different between the two keyboards. I’d never experienced that before then.

I love the way this new keyboard feels under my hands. Ah, bliss. Bliss. Thanks Dave!

Today is my day off. Tomorrow I’m planning on going to another concert. I’ma goin’ to see the Doobie Brothers!!!! Yay!!!

I only like classic rock. And I’ve been to a few concerts. Each concert I get under my belt literally feels like a new feather in my cap.

Concerts I’ve been to:

Eddie Money – (awful)
Three Dog Night – (awesome)
Mark Knopfler – (awesome)
Gordon Lightfoot – (awesome)
Michael Bolton – (awesome)
Chicago – (not bad)
Lifehouse – (so-so)
Turtles, Paul Revere, Grass Roots – (pretty cool)

Today I’ve GOT to clean my room, pay my bills, and do some phone calling stuff. This wedding stuff is finally getting wrapped up. Now all I really have to do is get the license. I also have to make dinner…I have to recycle the left-over beef brisquet we had last night. Hmmm. I guess I’m running a bit behind this morning. =) I got stuck watching TV. I watched Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for the 5th or 6th time. I love that movie. It makes me long for karate again.

For those who don’t know, I studied the martial art of Tang Soo Do for approx. 5-6 years. I really loved it, and did pretty well. I loved the tourneys, and the katas we would do. I used to be extremely proficient with the bo, knife, and even sword. I earned my 1st Gup Red belt (last color before black) a year or two before I had to quit. And missed several chances to be tested for black belt. That will always be one of the disappointments in my life, I think. It’s a shame to go so far and quit before reaching your goal. I will always feel badly about it.
I never wanted to quit, but I had just bought a car and needed to work on the karate days in order to afford it. Aww.

Boy, I’m just rambling and trotting down memory lane here. I guess I’ll wrap up. I’m starting to miss Neverwinter now.

Jerry bought me war3!

If he were a DnD character, his persuasion attempt would have succeeded! hehe. I’m stoked. I gotta find out if this is worthy to suck my resource/strategy game time away from StarCraft.

Anyway, somehow I lost track of time and it is now 12:30… I’m going to sleep!

(fun lamer neverwinter thingie: run out into the docks, pull about 15 bad guys, run for door guards, clean up loot. It falls into the ‘collect panties’ group of business plans. πŸ˜‰

syncopation == evil ?

So I’m back from my weekend out. I went up to Detroit-city for the weekend to be with Melissa. It was quite a nice visit. My legs are pretty tired from all the walking/etc we did, but it’s good to finally get some excercise. Overall, it was a wonderfully relaxing weekend. I got over 10 hours of sleep each night.

We ended up watching Shallow Hal Saturday night, due in no small part to the fact that we had a raincheck for a free rental. I would recommend watching it, if you’re in the mood for a movie to talk to someone during. It was good for that. I think if I had gone into it wanting to see a good movie, I would have been sorely disapointed. As it was though, Mel and I enjoyed it a lot. We ended up talking over everything from bulemia (sp?) in models to freaky lighting in the movie to who knows what. It was a conversation piece much more than it was a movie.

I left Detroit a tad earlier than is normal for me so that I could go to Josh’s birthday party in Indy. That’s a good haul from Detroit, probably 350 miles. But I made it in pretty good time. Thing is, for some reason I was apparently not supposed to go. When I got close, I could not get ahold of anyone for the directions I needed for the last few miles. I tried calling Jerry, but after letting it ring out a few times, I surmised (correctly it turns out) that he left his cell phone in his car. I also tried Elizabeth’s phone, to no avail. All this time I was driving around looking for a pay phone with a phone book in it. Seems it isn’t fashionable anymore to have a local phone book in the phone booth. I guess that forces people to use the directory information service. Which I did. But the only Strodtbeck with a listed number was apparently the wrong one. (don’t worry, I left Josh a message on H. Strodtbeck’s machine anyway. πŸ™‚

So all that took me about 30-40 minutes. Let me tell you, I was pretty pissed. I drove all that way for nothing! I realized that I was starved though (and shaking a lot to boot) so I went to Fuzoli’s for some dinner. While I was eating, I came to my senses and realized that it was pretty easy to forget your cell phone and that there was no reason to be mad. The thought actually crossed my mind, “What would Daniel do in this situation?”. That made me laugh a little at myself and calmed me down more. I tried Jerry’s cell again, to no avail, so I just headed home.

All in all, it wasn’t that bad. I left Detroit around 12:30 and got home around 8:30. So it only added 2.5 hours or so to the trip. It was worth it for the character building, right? (:

I finally got ahold of Jerry when I got home, so I was able to wish Josh a happy birthday. Sounds like he had a good party, so life is good. If anyone knows where I can buy a nice beer stein, let me know. I owe him a birtday present. (:

I’m gonna go play some video games before bed. I deserve that, right?


i’m looking forward to this weekend

I’m tired of work for this week. I’m definitely ready for a little break. As you could probably guess, I’m heading up to Detroit for the weekend. I’m looking forward to this visit even more than usual (which is a lot, let me tell you.) because we don’t have anything urgent weighing on us this time around. It’s a nice change.

Also on the books for this weekend, I’m hoping to go to Josh’s birthday party on Sunday. It should be a nice time. We’ll see though. It will certainly depend on my ability to obtain directions. (:

Maybe this trip north will give the road I would otherwise take home a chance to dry. The state highway department chipped and sealed it, which would not be a very nice thing to drive my car on. Yeck!

So take it easy y’all. Peace out.

if I had a million dollars

You know, if I had the talent to make a computer animated short, I would definitely consider this idea:

Picture the deathstar. Except it isn’t the deathstar. It’s an ovum!…

“That thing’s operational! (into comlink) Home One, this is Gold Leader.”

Of course, those ships wouldn’t look exactly like x-wings….

We end up talking about some weird stuff at dinner, let me tell you. (:

You Can Call Me Al

I just got home from work. First have of the shift is over! Yay. Now, I have to survive through the second half. I despise the second half. I start to get tired at this point. I also seem to have some sort of eye infection. Yesterday morning my left eye started hurting a little. It felt like someone was stabbing a small needle into my eye, and then it went away. Later, my dad and I got into an argument and he made me cry. My eye has been really puffy and sore ever since. At first I thought it might be conjunctivitis, but I’ve changed my mind. It’s definitely an injury of some sort. I wore my glasses today instead of my contacts. Don’t you feel enlightened now? I thought so.

I often think about the purpose for blogs. Obviously everyone gets something different out of it. And everyone expects something different as well. The purpose for mine is not to entertain the masses. Typing about the many inconsequential things that happen to me throughout the average day seems to take a lot of weight off my shoulders for some reason. It just makes me feel better and more free. The fact that ‘nobody really cares’ doesn’t detract from it because it does serve a purpose for me. And if it’s not morally wrong to blog, and if it serves to make my life a bit easier…then why not?

Lyrics of the Day:

A long time ago came a man on a track
Walking thirty miles with a sack on his back
And he put down his load where he thought it was the best
He made a home in the wilderness
He built a cabin and a winter store
And he ploughed up the ground by the cold lake shore
And the other travellers came riding down the track
And they never went further and they never went back
Then came the churches then came the schools
Then came the lawyers then came the rules
Then came the trains and the trucks with their loads
And the dirty old track was the telegraph road.