MonthApril 2005

because you’re so sweet

Yah, so I haven’t been blogging lately. Not on purpose — I have just been short on time to sit and actually write something out. So, now that’s it been over a week …
LAST weekend, Matt and I went to visit Adam (and Trinity) in Phoenix for his housewarming party. Was an exciting time cuz it was our first trip together, and it was the first time I used my Continental flight benefits. Everything went totally smooth. We did a LOT of shopping while we were there and went to the zoo. (It wasn’t all that, but they had the cutest squirrel monkies (or spider monkies — I forget which) that would pee on people when you went in to look at them. Was precious!
The house warming party was delightful. I met several bloggers that I knew from Adam’s blog, including Trinity (who was so much fun). We ended up getting him a martini/wine glass set with a matching pitcher from Z Gallery. Totally cute. I’d show pictures online, but can’t seem to find anything for Z Gallery. Oh well, suffice it to say that they were really cool.
The rest of the week has been kind’a uneventful. Work. School. Work. School. Oh — and work, imagine that.
Last nite, however, my team from work had happy hour at this place called T’afias. Cutest little place with a really cool atmosphere, unique drinks, and fabulous little (FREE) snacky foods. We were there for like 3 hours or so, just chatting, drinking, eating — enjoying the delightful weather. Truly enjoyable experiece. I was blabbing on and on about Matt to my coworker Kim, and my phone rings — It was Matt.
I was like “Hi, baby — I was just talking you.” and he’s like “oh really? where are you?” I said, I”m at happy hour with my coworkers…” and he’s like “Oh … that’s tonite, isn’t it.” I’m like “yah, why?”
And it hit me — he was calling from my apartment! He came to surprise me, and I wasn’t there!! The boy who has no social life wasn’t there! Go figure. So I’m like “OMG, that’s so sweet! DON’T leave! I’m on my way!” So I got home at like 9:15. We only had like an hour together and he had to go cuz he had to work today. But how sweet is that? I had such a yukky day yesterday because I wasn’t feeling well — and he showed up to love on me! He is such an amazing guy. To drive an hour and a half to see me … just can’t beat that. I don’t think that I’ve ever been with someone who treats me better than him.

american to a fault

I am not a politician — I know very little about the political realm and its goings on. I can’t really tell you who is who and their position on such and such issue. Last year was the first year I even ever voted.
However, I am so confused by the issues being played with by our government. Let me see if I can sum up some of my confusion.
Firstly, the government seems to be awfully selective about what it can and cannot do. And I’m not going to hate on the Repulicans (much) because their views are extremist and illogical. I’m going to hate on the government for interfereing in areas where it should not be interfering.
David told me today how the House approved a bill today that would ban the adoption of children by gay couples. And not only that, but children who have been adopted by gay couples, or childre who are placed in foster homes of gay couples will be reversed and the children will be removed and placed in other homes (provided other homes can be found.)
Would someone please explain the logic in this? I mean, sure, I can understand that gays and lesbians are the most immoral, corruptable sinners in America (far below Repulicans, of course), whose sole agenda is to bring he eternal downfall of America’s youth to age by providing loving (gay) homes, with supportive (gay) parents, who specifically raise their children to be gay because they hate American, hate God, and want to do their part in keeping (Republicans) “breeders” from expanding their family tree, thus slowly destroying the work force and the economy. What the fuck ever.
I love how the government says “oh god, you can’t have the 10 commandments in a court house, that’s just not right, there has to be separation of church and state!” — yet, “marriage is a sacred entity given to us by god, for a man and woman, not two mo’s or dykes.”
Nice way to be selective about that whole church and state thing. This is fucking America. Land of the Free. Land of the Brave. Land of the Republican Majority. Why can’t the government put aside personal views and go by what the Constitution says? Why discrimination? Did we learn nothing in the 60s? And what about that whole emancipation thing?
It’s a shame I’m not a politician — but then again, I’d be known for slapping people and saying “are you high!?” Stupid bastards. Not all of them — there are a few good ones. And then there are the bevy of anti-christs with personal agendas (*cough* Tom Delay *cough*).

all about hell, baby

I took this test that Rachel took on her site — here’s how I scored.
Says I’m violent. LOL. I hardly think so. LOL. Really amuses me, actually.
The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Seventh Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Level Score
Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Very Low
Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) High
Level 2 (Lustful) High
Level 3 (Gluttonous) Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) Low
Level 6 – The City of Dis (Heretics) Moderate
Level 7 (Violent) Very High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) Moderate
Level 9 – Cocytus (Treacherous) Low

Take the Dante’s Inferno Test

novo musica por voce

I’m a music snob. All my friends know this. I’m very picky about things, and if I like a song, I will usually add it to my music rotation and get to know it very well. As of late, I’ve been in need of a fix of new stuff. I have a fairly eclectic taste in music, and am always up to try something new. So, if you have someone you fancy that you think I might like, by all means, please leave a comment. Do NOT leave me trash like Britney Spears and child. I won’t even bother checking it out. I, in turn, am sharing three of my recent finds. I have another one that is in the mail, and will post it when I get it and can listen to the full cd. You can check out these bands on AllofMP3.com — except for the Verve cd. Maybe try Amazon.com for that.

Kate Melua: Call Off The Search. I actually downloaded this cd on accident. I wanted one song, and pushed the wrong button. (Smart, Michael.) Katie Melua kind’a sorta reminds of Nora Jones, but younger and more raw. Her voice could use a little work, perhaps, and some of her songs are a little insipid. But, for some reason, it started to grow on me, even after one listening. Perhaps it’s because she spaced out her good songs throughout the cd. So you suffer through some of the lesser and then hit something great. The best songs on this cd are Blame It On The Moon and Faraway Voice. I think the reason I like them both is because they are both a little musically unusual. Plus, I’m a sucker for good ballads. Overall, the cd isn’t that great, but you should definitely check out those two songs, and maybe watch for future releases by her.

The Dears: No Cities Left. This cd is a little more unusual for me to listen to. It’s a little along the lines of Belle & Sebastian (of whom I like selective songs) meets Elvis Costello. The opening song, “We Can Have It All,” is what convinced me to download the album. The remaining songs get kind’a lost in the mumbojumbo of the songs — except for the song “22 – The Death of All the Romans.” The title song is also fairly decent — the melody is repetitive, which gets it stuck in your head after a couple of listenings. Overall, it’s ok. I have some friends who have really gotten into them, so it’s worth a listen.

Verve 3: Remixed. I have Verve 1: Remixed and Verve 2: Remixed — and Verve 3 falls right in line with the others. They’re remixed versions of jazz, blues, and lounge classics. Most of them are pretty fun. Verve 3 is a nice collection of standards from Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and the likes. I, personally, however, can only take so much. 3 or 4 songs per cd is all I can handle before I have to put in something else. The songs from this cd that are outstanding are Little Girl Blue, Speak Low, and Lilac Wine. The rest are just “ok.” But still, the remixes are pretty good quality and do not take away from the song. Definitely worth a listen. You can get it on iTunes as well.

my cat, the freak

Most people who know me, know my cat. She’s so adorable, but she’s kind’a a shit. Very playful, and sometimes affectionate. She’s apparently very vain, however, as she is an over-groomer. This, of course results in the all-too frequent furball.
But, of course, it’s never just fur, is it. No. It’s fur and food. And it’s hot, and usually pretty damn slimey. So, i usually let it sit for a day so I don’t have to rub it into the carpet. But sometimes, she throws up multiple times a day. And seriously, it’s usually like 5-8 times a week. And that gets real old real fast.
SO – I’m trying a home remedy. It seems to be the hair in her stomach that irritates everything. So I wanted to lubricate it — and the best thign I could think of was Crisco. So every morning before I feed her, I put a little tiny bit of crisco on her nose and she licks and licks and licks.
And she hasn’t thrown up yet.
But now …. it seems my cat actually likes Crisco. She licks it off my finger. LOL. I’m not completely certain if this is really healthy for her. But it’s gotta be more healthy than her barfing all the time. And she likes it. How fucked up is that?

adobe buys macromedia

Holy shit. I think that’s about all I can say. $3.4 billion transaction. I have to admit, I’m a little worried about what will happen to Macromedia’s product line. Dreamweaver and Flash are great tools (be it, Flash is a little hard to work with, but that’s expected given the breadth of the product.)
But I wonder now if DW will be dropped for GoLive — or if GoLive will be dropped (which would be preferred), or if they’ll combine the two. And I fear for Flash.
However, Adobe has good quality products — Photoshop and Illustrator can’t be beat. However, it took a lot of work to get there, and I wonder what will happen when they get their hands on Macromedia. GUIs will change, I’m sure, to match Adobe’s style. I like DW’s GUI.
*Sigh* Everyone channel good thoughts to Adobe. I think overall, this is a good thing tho. Just a lot has the potential to go wrong.

assholism

Ya know, I dunno why people have to be such assholes. I read this today via /. and it really just makes me thoroughly irritated.
I understand that not all blogs are personal journals; some are very helpful in annotating technology, trends, porn, and other various things. But a lot of people blog who know relatively nothing about a computer, and use it as a way to chronicle their lives. And now people gotta go and fuck it all up. All for the sake of being vindictive. And that just pisses me off. Makes me wanna slap people.
*sigh*
In other news — I started my 15th class at University of Phoenix Online yesterday: Intro to Unix. Looks much better than my last class, if you read previously, the class gave me shingles. Was the most boring topic with the most amount of work I’ve had thus far. And I did the absolute minimum to get by — something I’ve not done before at UoP. But — what can ya do? I’m tired of school. Glad I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
So yesterday was an incredibly frustrating day for me. I’ve been working on this animated route map at work, and they’ve requested some new functionality built into the existing map. Well, the map wasn’t built with the intent of what I wanted it to do, and I tried to wrap my brain around the concept — and people — I’m so not a programmer. I can understand basic concepts and can do enough to edit previously written scripts, and even maybe write a simple function to do something basic — not write a damn content management system (not that was what I was doing in Flash — although — a flash driven CMS would be pretty fuckin’ sweet — *thinks about that*.)
Anyway, happy tax day. Glad I did my taxes the day I got my W2s.
I’m going to try to do better about blogging more frequently, haven’t been very good about that — but, in my defense, I’ve been busy. 🙂

working in the big city

So I’m a big Houston boy now. I’ve never worked downtown Downtown before– and now I’m on the 17th floor of a 50-something floor building. I’m not use to this at all. I’ve always been off to the side in some small place — except when I worked off Westheimer, but that wasn’t Downtown.
And now, I go to lunch every day with David to some new place. We walked to the other side of Downtown today and had lunch at this lovely little Italian place called Mia Bella. I had the lunch Pasta special which was a sorta build-your-own pasta thing. I had chicken-prociutto fettucini alfredo. Was good … but I’m stuffed and want to take a nap. We probably walked two miles round trip – which I probably need greatly. However, it’s kind’a hot out now. So I’m sweaty now and smell like outside.
But how nice is it to have the city of Houston as my backdrop for lunch? What a selection to choose from. And I’m not far at all from the Angelika Theatre — so I can stop off on my way to work and catch a flick.
Working here is great so far. It’s all project-based and I love it. Its so much more enthralling and progressive than other jobs I’ve been involved with. Everyone is so nice — and my team is awesome. And how cool is it that I’m working with David again. Lunch partner, gossip partner, work partner, business partner … you’d think we’d get tired of each other. Thankfully, we don’t. (Speaking of which — Rachel, David brought me some Windex to help me clean my cube. Look what kind it is! — It’s not purple … it’s LAVANDA!)

I drove up to Beaumont on Friday nite to see Matt. Always good to see him … He just smiles so big and I love just being with him. Alex rode with me and we (Matt, me, Alex, and Matt’s roommate Lionel) met Matt’s friends Brad and David out at Jonny Carino’s. The food’s not all that — but the company was fantastic, very enjoyable. And we laughed and laughed. Alex did her teeth trick for us again (just to refresh you minds … )

And, of course, as most conversation end, we talked about cat shit and how it’s sticky and very difficult to get off – then about shalacking (how the hell do you spell that?) it and using it as jewelry. Lovely dinner conversation. Matt had to work the next day, so we went on our way. I had a migraine (that’s the 2nd one in as many months … not sure what’s going on.) and driving was a bit of a bitch for the first part. But the Aleve kicked in and I was ok.
Speaking of migraines … I’ve decided to go back on my Lamictal (have to get my refill today). Being that they are caused by mild epilepsy, the Lamictal seems to keep me from having them — and since I’m having an increase as of late, I think it best I start again. I’ve been off for 6 months, but I obviously need it. So — here’s to being dependent …
I finished my class at UoP … it sucked so hard. I had no interest in the topic what so ever and really did the absolute minimum (and maybe even a little less) than was required. I also got the lowest grade I’ve received thus far. LOL. BUT. The good news is — it’s over and the rest of my classes are cool. I had been dreading stupid networking and telecommunications courses. I have no interest in it whatsoever. If I need help with that stuff, I’ll call Kevin or figure it out on my own. I’m not going to be designing networks with my job, so I don’t really care about that stuff. So as lazy as my team/teacher probably think i was — that wasn’t it — I was just bored with the subject and wanted it over with as quickly as possible.
My next class is Intro to Unix — so I’m happy for that. Should be much better. So if any of my classmates read this — don’t think i’m shitty. It was UoP’s fault for making me take a retarded class.
/justify.

fly with pride

My first day at Continental. I woke up this morning feeling very tired, unrested. I woke up, showered, and got eady to go to work. I had picked up my clothes from the cleaners the day before so I could wear some fancy fresh clothes on my first day. I go to put on my pants, pull them apart (from the starch), and there’s a spot the size of a nickel on my ass. 🙁 No idea what it is — looks like gum. So that threw my morning off. Driving in, the construction on 610 changed YET AGAIN and I totally missed the 45 North exit — took 45 South instead — which meant I had to circle around — which put me right in the middle of traffic and tacked on an extra 15 minutes to my drive.
I get here, do my paper work, and make the rounds with my boss — meeting smiling face after smiling face. Welcome. Welcome. Nice to meet you. Newbie, huh? /shake hands. /shake hands. /shake hands.
Thankfully, David is here to keep me sane and show me around. I have no computer yet — well sorta. I have one (i’m on it now), but I have no *real* cube yet. LOL. So I’m homeless for the time being (prolly till Friday or Monday).
I KNOW I made the right choice in leaving UTMB. I would have died there working on that goddamned Geriatric website. No regrets at all.
And you know what rocks? I found out that as a Continental Employee — I get a 25% discount on my Sprint bill. YES! That is SOOO awesome. (That, in and of itself, almost makes the job change so worth it.)
And now, only 2.5 more hours to go of sitting here and trying to look busy.
Glad to be back with David. 🙂

the last day of the world

Well today’s the day: my last day at UTMB. I’ve been off work since Wednesday afternoon and had a lovely time off. Intermitent outings with Matt, shopping, cleaning, personal projets, Everquest 2. Basically was time to catch up on stuff. And now I’m back. I arrived today to a going away party for me — omg, so much food!!! SOOO much food.
Matt came with me (which was so sweet of him to do), so everyone got to meet the mysterious Mr. Matthew (or Matt-choo, as some call him). After the feast of breakfast foods, (which left me stuffed), Matt and I took most of my office belongings to my car, and came back up to go to lunch. Yes, lunch. My last lunch — the last supper, if you will. Now, I am so stuffed, I have the hiccups. And I’m miserable. But I did it to myself, so I can’t complain at all, now can I.
I feel kind’a bittersweet about this whole leaving thing. I made some good friends here at UTMB — sad to not see them every day now. But I really couldn’t stand some of the projects I was working on … and I really felt I wasn’g growing in areas I wanted to grow.
And now I’m off to Continental Airlines. But I snapped some pictures today …

While I was at lunch with Alex and Matt, Alex showed us this freaky face she makes. It stunned one of the ladies at the table next to us. I, unfortunately, missed her expression. But Matt fell out laughing. I did, however, capture Alex on my phone. So here is Alex at lunch.

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