Thursday, July 21, 2005
What's great about this place #1
They let you bring your own food into the movie theaters without too much of a hassle. I'm not talking about a chinese 4 course dinner, but you could get away with close to that. Maybe only the main course, as long as it's not too stinky.
Spit out on Thursday, July 21, 2005 by bonnach
Monday, June 06, 2005
Big Saturday, small sunday
I'm not sure what to make of this
. Other than it's pretty cool. I guess if you just want to skip to the pictures I've featured here, this is as good a way as any. Here's my new theme song
I'm in the middle of a 3 day weekend. Since I have mondays off, I got Memorial Day holiday yesterday which I spent with my brother in Ventura. It's his big 4-0 birthday later this week, so I went down to take him out for dinner and spend the day commisserating with him. We went to his office so he could show me what he does. I am 458% more impressed with him now. He is really quite amazing. I'm so proud of him. He's also got a 25 year old super-babe for a g-friend. Damn him to hell! It was a really nice day.
We watched Big Wednesday
in high-def on his big, 50 inch tv, had fronch toast with strawberries for breakfast, went to a hilltop above Ventura to see guys flying remote controlled gliders and watched the huge swells rolling into the beach. Then it was off to a quaint little eatery called "Tacos and Beer". They had the best tacos I've ever eaten. Good luck getting a burrito there though. Tacos and beer is all that is on the menu. I offered to take him someplace fancier, but I'm sure the food anyplace else couldn't touch what we had. Then I drove back up the coast and home. A wonderful day from start to finé.
Today was boring beyond belief. The only excitement was going out to see "Cinderella Man" by myself. Though, I did get to see a guy driving an electric blue ferrarri with his trophy wife by his side. And, of course, listen to half a dozen women walking by bitich about the guy and his ostentatious display of wealth. All the while probably wishing they were his trophy wife...
Spit out on Monday, June 06, 2005 by bonnach
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
I finally got my car back from the garage, with a spanking new/reconditioned engine. And it only cost about what I owe still on the car... bastards! But it's nice that I don't have to drive my mom's tank/van to work anymore.
Apparently the wifey didn't do well in her interview or something. But she's still looking. Actually, I heard that there were several locals who were very qualified for that job, so I don't feel quite so bad. She sounded genuinely upset that she didn't get it. She's looking for a school librarian job now. And there will be a couple openings at my library soon. Unfortunately she doesn't want to be a childrens librarian. Why? I dunno. She just doesn't. Hopefully someone from within the system will get that job and she can try for the other opening... It's a reach, but it's all I can hope for at this point.
After 3 full weeks at work I still be lovin' it. I got to spend, in the last week, over 7 grand(!) on CDs, DVDs and books on CD. How cool is that? And I get first crack at all of 'em! Sa-weeet!! The only bad thing is that I have to buy stuff that is requested by other people too. People with no taste for the most part as far as I can tell. But there's enough leeway and leftover money to satisfy my lust for music and movies and books. You can picture me rolling around on my bed covered in all those things can't you? I've got to get some blinds.
Spit out on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 by bonnach
Friday, May 20, 2005
Man, how fast can a week and a half fly by? Whoooooosh! In spite of my wish not to jinx my life, I have never been happier. Even though I have no idea what I should be doing half the time I'm at work, I've got a smile plastered on to the point where some people may be wondering if I'm mentally stable. This new job just... completes me. And you know what? It's only getting better.
Last week my wife, who I make fun of far too much here, applied for a job opening in a nearby city. Yesterday she found out she got an interview for said job. This morning, talking to one of my supervisors at work, I found out that said supervisor is on the panel to interview her. Then she gave me a sly grin. I take that as a good sign. That job is far below her capabilities, but it still pays as much as mine (yes, I'm underpaid. but fuck if I care). Plus (!) they just broke ground on a new library there, so more opportunities would present themselves for her I'm sure.
It's really a small world around here. I had a conversation with a branch manager who lives up the street from where I grew up. We were talking about all our mutual friends/neighbors and we have never even met each other. She lives in the house that my babysitter (Lori) and childhood crush (Melanie) lived in (older and younger sisters) and next door to my orthodontist
. I think I was one of his first patients actually. I'm going to meet her tomorrow. She was doing my job for a while before I was hired. Small, small world indeed... Now if I can only find out what happened to Melanie Girard...
ps. what I mean by too weak is that I'm getting worn out from all this exciting stuff going on. My mind is going a million miles an hour trying to absorb new routines at work, meeting new people, etc. and I'm finding that I'm waking up a 3 am thinking of something I need to do that day. Then I have a hard time getting back to sleep. I don't know how I'm awake right now, but I'm going to bed. Seeya!
Spit out on Friday, May 20, 2005 by bonnach
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Sorry I haven't written in, like, 3 years, but I have actually been kinda busy. I'm not going to go into all the gory details of my trip to californy, but I will say that Ford builds crappy equipment.
I was cruising along great across our great nation, actually nearly a day ahead of schedule and really enjoying the trip somehow, when my car's engine up and quit on me in New Mexico. I was towing a small U-haul trailer that wasn't really packed too full, but somehow my Escape managed to blow it's engine anyway. I was pretty fortunate that I was right at an exit/tourist trap and close to probably the most honest and helpful towing company in the country. If you ever need a tow in NM, call Charles at the Wagonwheel tow company for help. He diagnosed what was wrong with my car, towed me to Albuquerque (about an hour west of there), got me awesome rates for a small Uhaul truck and auto transporter (saving me at least $500), returned my other trailer to his own lot (saving me another $200 for not dropping it off at my destination in Calif.), hooked up the trailer to the truck AND
helped me transfer most of my stuff from the old trailer to the truck! A nicer guy I've never met. We really kinda hit it off. We talked like long lost friends from the moment we met. I need to find his email address and send him something for all he did for me.
If the rental truck I got didn't suck so bad, the rest of the trip wouldn't have been so bad. But the damn thing gulped gas like a sailor on shore leave, the mirrors kept folding up next to the windows at highway speeds not allowing me to see to change lanes, and the damn crosswinds from the time I hit the eastern Arizona border all the way to Bakersfield made me want to kill something. Oh, and I cut a corner a little tight at a motel in Kingman, Arizona and caved in the bumper on the auto transporter so bad that I had to get a mechanic to pull it off the wheel so I could drive. I finally made it to San Luis Obispo just before dark on Friday, May 6th. Just a couple hours after my mom got back from her trip to the Amazon and Machu Pichu. (more on that trip later maybe)
I must say that I have never seen the American Southwest so beautiful. It wasn't all dirt and tumbleweeds and dust storms like I've usually seen it. They have had a lot of rain this winter and from New Mexico to California the desert floor was covered in green grass, green bushes and lots of wildflowers. All that made the beautiful rock mesas and red rock mountains stand out even more colorfully against the deep blue skies with their puffy white clouds. I wish I had taken my camera with me. One particular sight that I will probably never forget, and my words will do it no justice, was shortly after I crossed from Texas into N.M. It was kind of overcast all morning, but when I looked off to the south at an ampitheater of multicolored mesas in the distance, the sun burst forth from the clouds and streamed down on a desert floor that was jam packed with yellow flowers. And when the light hit the flowers it was just overwhelmingly beautifully lit up. I wanted to get out and just sit on the side of the road for an hour and look at it.
Anyway, long story short, I made it only a few hours later than I had planned on, but now I'm looking at about 5 grand worth of engine repairs. Unless my insurance company comes through for me, which is doubtful. If anyone wants to send me some money, in unmarked bills, I'd be eternally grateful...
Also, I worked my second day at my new job today. It is just awesome here. And extremely busy. So don't expect a lot of updates. Though I will try to tell you about my first week of work, maybe on Sat. night. Maybe some observations about middle america that I experienced on my trip too. Lots of funny shit I gar-un-tee!
Spit out on Thursday, May 12, 2005 by bonnach
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Is there anything worse...
than packing up stuff to move? I don't think so. At least I'm getting rid of lots of clothes I never wear and stuff like that. I'm taking a break now before I lug 20 heavy boxes up from the basement. Nice workout. Someone should come over and help me...
Spit out on Thursday, April 28, 2005 by bonnach
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Sorry I haven't posted anything for 2 weeks. I've been very busy looking for boxes and packing my cds and DVDs for my trip west. The wifey seems to have come around nicely (as expected) on the move and has given me some lovin' as well. Bonus! All it took was our real estate agent explaining things to her a little better than I did, as well as me showing her the kind of house we could afford to live in out there.
I'm not sure about the father-in-law, though he will as well. He's such a nice guy. My Dad came up last weekend and we talked about it some more and I think he understands that we won't be living in cardboard boxes on the beach or anything. Though, he had to give me a dig saying that he didn't think he could take as much help as my Mom is giving us out of pride. What a fucking thing to say. Just because he hasn't given us a red cent in support over the years, and didn't help my little brother with his massive college loans like he was supposed to. Mom had to do contribute a lot more than she was supposed to. Aside from popping for some expensive dinners at restaurants, he hasn't done much for us from the get go. He did
say he'd try
to come up on Saturday to help me pack the trailer.
I'll try to add more this afternoon while I'm whiling my day away at the reference desk. Seeya!
I've already had to explain how to use the online catalog to 2 people in just 15 minutes. Either students are getting stupider, or this school's standards are non-existant. I've also found a couple interesting news stories while I've been watching this old guy with unfortunate fashion sense walking (actually, shuffling. REALLY!) back and forth in front of me. I'll break in if something exciting happens, like if the guy gets a static shock and needs an ambulance.
Ahh, the sweet hand of justice
Sorry NASA, I forgot to use a kleenex
Umm, yeah, whatever you moonbat
Please tell me this is a late April Fools Day joke
. Actually, on my way to work this morning, I heard the traffic guy say that there was a traffic jam in that area, which is unusual. He didn't say anything about Bison though. Too bad they didn't get on the Baltimore Beltway, I would have loved to have been able to see them since I go right past there.
I can't believe the short-sightedness of shutting down Hubble, not to mention other long term NASA missions, like V-ger. I guess the Conservative Christians are afraid we'll find more and more evidence that their beliefs are invalid. Because that's how Christians think. They are so negative. You'd think that they would revel in the beauty of the universe and embrace the God that created it. But no, they reject it all because there is *horrors* science behind it all. Wouldn't a multi-trillion year old God be more impressive than a multi-millenium year old God? Conservatives, like, suck!
And the countdown to the TV movie
Well, you know... how does a fast food place run out of fries?
Someone should be made to pay.
I had an email conversation with Mr. Pants
a couple weeks ago about his fascination with Bigfoot and aliens and Google ads and such. He's funny. Check him out.
A little later -->
The guy with the unfortunate clothing has decided to talk to me a little in the last few minutes. I think he's brain damaged. Seriously. He talks like a little kid. He's lucky if he doesn't get his ass kicked by some of the guys in the room behind him on the computer. He was making some unfortunate remarks about Blacks and the university while he dabbed at the drool leaking from the side of his mouth.
Also, speaking of drool, a really hot babe came in here looking for a copy of one of those free city paper type rags. I mean, totally stunning. Picture a younger, lighter skinned Naomi Campbell. I told her where to get it... yeah, you can get it anytime baby. *gurgle*
Spit out on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 by bonnach
Friday, April 15, 2005
Last night I spent a good part of an hour trying to explain to my wife what equity
is. I still don't think she understands it. She also doesn't understand how we can be qualified for a mortgage loan for $500,000 when there would be no way we could afford to pay for a loan that big. I keep telling her that the loan companies just don't give a fuck if we can afford it or not, but that our credit scores are so good that they would trust us with that much. It's just not sinking in for her for some reason. She - and her father and brother and maybe my dad - also doesn't understand, or refuses to understand, that my mom is willing to sell a house she rents out to students and buy a house for us to live in. Then we would pay her a reasonable rent and keep the money we get from selling our house here for the kids college. We can also rent out that house from her for a cut rate price, which is the current short term plan until we find a better place. There are sooo many options for us out there as far as housing goes, and they will all be inexpensive. Nobody here seems to believe that I know what the fuck I'm talking about. It's very frustrating to have to deal with people who are so wrapped up in their emotions about moving (or having their daughter/sister/grand-daughters move) across country that they refuse to listen to reason.
All that aside, I'm leaving in a couple weeks. I'm driving alone and they will presumably follow in July sometime. Though, I've given J. the option of staying with the kids in the house until she's ready to come out, be that July or December or whenever she can mentally stand to move away. We want to keep S. in school until the school year ends, and then there is a weeklong vacation at the beach in N.C. planned for right after that. Then closing on the house in Baltimore sometime in July probably. At that point I would fly back, help pack up a truck and drive across country again. Hopefully the father-in-law will fly out with the kids, and J. and I will drive the truck together. But I'm willing to just drive it myself if I have to.
This is the route I will be following
(I LOVE GOOGLE MAPS!!). The only deviation will be that I will head straight across from Barstow
to San Luis Obispo
rather than dealing with driving through L.A. then up the coast. As much as that trip is going to be draining, I'm really looking forward to being by myself, in charge of my own world for a week. Thank god for cruise control!
Spit out on Friday, April 15, 2005 by bonnach
Thursday, April 14, 2005
After much drama about moving to California from the Mrs., I'm turning in my 2 weeks notice today. I really can't wait for my last day here! What a relief that will be. Just looking forward to my cross country drive. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Spit out on Thursday, April 14, 2005 by bonnach
Friday, April 08, 2005
Excuse me while I yaaaawwwnnn...
Good god! I wish I wasn't working here another hour, let alone 3 more weeks. Maybe I should go about randomly reorganizing the books in the stacks on the third floor. Or maybe I'll just bring in my Netflix videos to watch next week. Lord knows I don't get any time to watch them at home. Though, I did manage to watch Open Water
yesterday. If you like movies with realistic endings and realistic realism, that one is for you. I highly recommend it. ps. Blanchard Ryan
is hot and nekkid!
I still have 42 Up
and End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
to plow through. I'm sure I could get away with watching 42 Up
here at work. The Ramones might be a little too loud though. Speaking of loud music, I've been blasting my new CD copy (I also have it on vinyl) of the Flock of Seagulls
first album lately. It really takes me back to 1982. Graduating High School, going to college, having odd haircuts... I'll have to dig up a picture of my brother with his Flock of Seagulls hair style
. It has to be seen to be believed. Anyway, I remember sitting in my dorm room with my headphones on, blasting Telecommunication
at maximum decibels. That is my favorite song from this cd. But mainly I was listening to it to drown out the fucker in the room above me who played Styx's Mr. Roboto
about 500 times in a row. I resorted to loud music, my roommate resorted to pot and gallons of alcohol, but we never have forgiven that fucker upstairs.
Spit out on Friday, April 08, 2005 by bonnach