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Expensive pleasures

So, I’ve been on travel most of the year so far, which reduces numbers of opportunities to spend money, and increases amount of money to spend. And I haven’t bought music in months. And I accidentally ended up in a Wherehouse Music (used/new CD store) with lots of spare time today (okay, I hoped it would happen). And so I ended up spending $150 on CDs. Here they are, in the order in which I took them out of the bag:
Beulah: The Coast is Never Clear. I started listening to this band because I searched for “Beulah” on Napster (back when Napster was cool and free and illegal), and found out I liked the band. Since then, I’ve seen them live once in LA, and they’ve broken up.
Smashing Pumpkins: Adore. The Smashing Pumpkins are just awesome, so no wonder why I bought this. I didn’t have it.
Butch Walker: Letters. Formerly of Floyd’s Funk Revival, Butch is the kind of quirky cynic with whom I can identify. I’ve already listened to this CD, and while it’s not as upbeat and obnoxiously cheerfully pessimistic as his others, I still like it.
My Chemical Romance: Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. I’ve never really listened to them, but it was a good price and I’ve heard they’re good. I’m listening to them now. Not genuinely impressed, but also not put off. That probably means I’ll come to like it more after listening to it a few times.
Weezer: Maladroit. Weezer’s pretty cool, although they seem to be getting lamer. However, I actually own this CD. Considering how many I bought and how many I own (130+ before today), I’m surprised it didn’t happen more than once. I can’t remember all the ones I own.
Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine. I like Trent Reznor, and Nine Inch Nails, and I didn’t know this album well. So I got it.
Ben Folds Five: Ben Folds Five. I’ve liked the Ben Folds I’ve heard so far.
Suicide Machines: A Match and Some Gasoline. KrisDi got me into them. We saw them once. I got my band knowledge smacked down by a pre-teen.
Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger. I like Soundgarden, and know some of the songs on this album, but not all of them. So I got it.
Ataris: So Long, Astoria. Another album where I know a lot of the songs but not all of them. They’re silly. I don’t know if I like their newer stuff, though.
Local H: Whatever Happened to PJ Soles?. They have a few songs I really like, and their CDs are generally cheap since they’re relatively unknown.
Local H: As Good as Dead. See above.
Barenaked Ladies: Everything to Everyone. KrisDi and previous roommates got me into them.
Sublime: 40 Oz to Freedom. Sublime was one of the first albums I ever bought, and I still love it, so I thought I’d probably like this one, too.
Start: Shakedown. KrisDi and I saw them open for Goldfinger (another cool band).
NOFX: Liberal Animation. I’ve listened to a live album of theirs a few times and thought the music was good, even though I didn’t like the recordings (I don’t usually like live recordings).
Ben Folds Five: Whatever and Ever Amen. See above.
Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense. The Talking Heads are WAY cooler than you think. David Byrne is, too.

Now that WordPress has fought me every step of the way, writing that short little thing above has taken me a couple hours. First it deleted everything I wrote, then it screwed up every link after I re-wrote it, so I had to fix each one individually. And there’s lots of links up there. But it’s time for me to press on.

I finally finished (finally, I only started it a little while ago) There Will Be Dragons by John Ringo. This one doesn’t classify as “Space Opera”, like Deathstalker. The setting is utopia. In the year four thousand something or other, no one is required to work, no one gets sick or injured or has to think, and then suddenly the technology which supports such a “lotus-eating” life style collapses beneath them. “Re-enactors”, people who re-enact the past by learning how to do things like smithing and farming and whatnot as a hobby, suddenly become the salvation of humanity, as the only people who know how to do anything without technology. I think Andi would love the elf character Bast. Overall, it was thoughtful and interesting. Not a great book, but good and interesting. Very detailed. Again, I have Monocular Ben to thank for it this one, since he lent it to me.

My hotel room is very strange here. Check out the key. Check out the rest of the room.

I had a nice time before this portion of the trip started. As probably most of you know, I was in Virginia last week, and then flew straight here. However, I had a couple days off, so I got to visit Monocular Ben and the Pope of Djibouti (and Mrs. Pope). All at once! I had a great time with them. Ben had to run off to play Legends of the Five Rings. However, Mr. and Mrs. Pope were kind enough to allow me to come to their house and chat (as well as watch their small furry critters [guinea pigs, not ferrets or weasels or anything]). The Pope gave me some Glenkinchie, which is quite tasty.

After all that, I went to Mom’s, where I discovered that the computer I had worked so hard to get running for Mom’s charity case was broken. The heat sink had fallen off in shipping, and when it got turned on, the processor just heated up and burned. And it’s old enough that it seems impossible to find a replacement (AMD Athlon XP 1600+ 133 or something within a few models would be great, if you feel like donating or cheaply selling a functional one). So that was a bummer.

And that’s it for tonight. I’m sure it’s way more than any of you wanted to read. Sorry. But that’s what happens when I drink beer and listen to music in front of a computer.

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Ted Hair

I need a haircut. Consequently, I decided to make my hair look like Ted’s. Ted’s the guy in the office who knows everything (not like a snotty know-it-all, more like an indispensable resource). But he’s had the same hair for thirteen years. And tonight, I had it too. I used a humongous amount of gel. KrisDi had to help. I ran a brush through my hair for the first time in around seven years. Ted’s catch phrase is, “REPORT!” for whatever reason. I think KrisDi snapped that photo right when I was pronouncing the P. So that’s that. In or around the same place is a picture of my whiskey collection (well, the Johnny Walker portion of it anyway), and some Hot Beef Salad, first introduced to me in Illinois as “Hot Beefy Death”, a spice Thai salad with beef in it. Very tasty. Very glad KrisDi can cook it.

In other news, Phoenix and his Missus are buying a house, which is pretty exciting. I’m hoping at some point they’ll send pictures, or put them up somewhere, or something similar, because I’d like to know what it looks like. As I understand it, it’s a three bedroom; one for sleeping, one for Kittilix’s arts and crafts or some such, and one for a BDSM dungeon. Speaking of Kittilix, she got the job she wanted, which is awesome.

Mom has taken up blogging, believe it or not. The sad thing is she knows more about web design than I do. That’s why her blog looks like she has a personality. Which she does. As you know if you’ve met her. She gave KrisDi a labcoat for an apron.

Well, that’s all for now. Sooner or later, I’ll think of a topic, and write an opinion or something, instead of just a list of things that are happening. Until then, you’ll have to keep dealing with whatever drivel I happen to type.

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Where the hell am I?

So, I’ve finally succeeded in making Wilmbo post. Andi, of course, still has not. My only friend who regularly posts is Dakashy, who posts like a madwoman. So, first prize goes to Dakashy for posting lots, second to Wilmbo for posting, and third to Andi, for disappointing me. Not really, but that’s what I felt like doing.

I’m not going to remember all the stuff that I’ve done since I posted about stuff that I’ve done. But I do have a lot of stuff I want to write about. So this is going to be a long post. I’ll stick some intermissions in there somewhere.

So, today I watched The Matador. I’m not usually a Pierce Brosnan fan, but this movie was funny. I was LOLling multiple times. I recommend you watch it. If you’re unfamiliar with the movie, it’s about an assassin and his only friend. Plus I recognized every whiskey shown in the movie (that being two that I noticed — Bushmill’s and Maker’s Mark). So go watch it.

If you don’t like whiskey, don’t read this paragraph. I’ve never tried Bushmill’s. Maker’s Mark is pretty good; it’s got a little bit of an apple-y taste to it. Anyway, the whiskey brings my to my next point: the Johnnie Walker Odyssey I undertook the other night. I drank a shot of Red Label, Black Label, Green Label, Gold Label, and Blue Label. Thanks to Northwood for completing my collection with the Gold Label. I bought the Blue Label in Japan, KrisDi got me the Green in Spain. Black and Red are easy to find. Black is yummy and easy to drink. The other ones are also yummy and easy to drink, and do have slightly different flavors. Probably much more subtle differences than my blunt pallette will ever detect, which is why I don’t really plan on ever buying any of them again.

So I’ve been traveling a lot. And will continue to do so. I got to start out the year on a 17 day trip with my girlfriend and roommate, KrisDi and Oleo, who have been mentioned are pictured in various places on this site. That was fun. My favorite part, besides leaving that depressingly frustrating trip, was going to see Reel Big Fish with Goldfinger (and Zebrahead, who I’ve heard of but never cared for [plus a couple bands I’d never heard of and don’t remember now]). I loved Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish. Reel Big Fish especially. That’s definitely one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, even though I did have to watch some guy eat a Snicker’s bar out of Goldfinger’s drummer’s ass. I got to drink lots of beer on this trip, and meet some of Oleo’s old college friends, who were amusing.

While I was home, I tried to convince Dad to send home about 40 pounds of old photos with me, so I could start scanning them. The poor fool decided to take it upon himself to scan them on his own, and then send me a CD. Which was pretty awesome of him. I’m in the process of going through and touching them up, removing dust and scratches, trying to remove the blue fade that seems to afflict old photos. I’ll be putting them up here year by year. In fact, here’s 1981 and 1982. They’ll get better as I get older, but the drool will always remain.

KrisDi gave me Lego Mindstorms for Christmas, and I made a little robotty guy that would go forward until it hit a wall, back up a bit and turn, go forward until it hit the wall, back up and turn, and then do the same once more before giving up entirely. That’s what I did while she and her family were watching the Bears stroll into the playoffs. They’re pretty awesome. The Mindstorms. I guess the Bears are okay, too.

Intermission! Read this, this, and this. Don’t worry, it’s just one comic strip apiece. I picked them myself.

I bought a car, as you would know if you looked through all the pics I linked before. However, I’m now more comfortable driving rental cars than my own car. Which is kind of strange. But not altogether surprising. I also tried to make the last payment on my student loan a week ago, but it hasn’t gone through yet, so I don’t know what the status is on that. But I’m pretty damn excited. My goal for the car is to have it paid off this year. I think I can do it.

Let’s see…I know there’s more. I think I’m going to very shortly be given my promotion. I’m starting to seriously look forward to August, when three years are up and I’m vested and I plan to start looking for a new job. Phoenix is planning on visiting me toward the end of next month. Speaking of which, I need him to firm up the dates so I can tell my boss when I’m not going to be on travel. Hopefully after the paperwork for my promotion is already in. *L*

I finished A Feast for Crows. It was good, but not as good as the first three. But, it was only half a book, I suppose. And it’s still better than the Wheel of Time, which I’m still obligated to read at some point.

Well, that’s all I can think of right now. It’s almost midnight, and I’m going to bed. Tomorrow will be the first time this year that I’ve gotten to sleep in late.

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Lotta Pictures

Basically, this is just for the buttload of pictures I uploaded. I’m not even going to link to each date separately. They’re all in December 05, so check it out here. If you want more explanation on any of the pictures, drop a comment and I’ll answer.

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