Further Down The Spiral

Let me tell you how we kicked it last night.

We kicked it at The Hurricane.
We saw The Sound and The Fury and they were just okay. Kinda generic (Tricia’s words). The type of stuff that 98.9 plays.
We saw Moire and they brought the mosh. My ears still hurt, bad. Screamy metal stuff. I guess the kids are calling this “hardcore”? Good stuff. Their guitarist and backup singer both had awesome dreds. One chick in a teeny skirt decided to crowd surf so everyone got a nice shot of her American flag underoos. And then she got kicked out.
We saw Mac Lethal (I think). Funny white guy rap. I think he was serious though. I especially liked the track “Fuck the Oak Park Mall”.
We saw some lame ass DJs.
And we saw Flee the Seen who I guess we had seen before I didn’t even realize. Tricia recognized the singer chick right away and eventually I did too. Good stuff.

PBR all night. Pizza at Kelly’s to bring us back down and in bed by 3am. Nice.

I got a Pitch Music Showcase compilation CD at some point and listened to it on the way home. Finally heard some onemilliontinyjesuses and they are awesome. I definitely want to see them now. Nice trancey stuff.

And oh man, I just bought our Coheed and Fuckin’ Cambria tickets for October. I am so excited about that show I could shit. It’s at Liberty Hall so hopefully we’ll actually be able to see the band this time. They played great last time but since the Beaumont is such a shitty club I couldn’t see, and I wanna see.

New Poll

We were just talking about vacation here at the office and Jono, Lake and I all agreed that we didn’t think we had ever taken a two (or more) week vacation all at once. The topic came up because our colleagues in the Netherlands for the project I am working on seem to take two week vacations every three weeks. So, the question:

Have you ever taken a two week (or more) vacation from work?

Respond in the comments or I’ll eat your soul.

Boringest Week EVAR

So all this week I’ve been staying in and watching movies. I’m broke as hell from all the insanity over the last two weeks so I’m just spending a week in exile. So far it’s been good. I’ve gotten lots of sleep, watched a bunch of movies (Amelie, The Count of Monte Cristo, Benny and Joon, The Court Jester, Garden State, Love Actually, bunch of Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and saved money. I actually haven’t spent a single dollar since Sunday night when I filled my gas tank.

On top of that, it’s made it easy to get back on my diet. This morning I was 208, which I believe is a first. For the last few months I have been holding around 209 which has been good. I’ve been eating healthy most of the time but not hesitating to pig out now and then and I was able to maintain. I’d still like to be under 200, so hopefully I can do that in the next few weeks and then maintain it there. I’d really like to be 180, but I don’t think I can do that without working out a lot more than I want to.

So that’s all good, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been bored out of my mind. I am a social creature. Much more so than I was a few years ago. Part of that just comes from the fact that I don’t have a game that is demanding all my attention. When I was playing EverQuest regularly I could easily spend a week without seeing another person in real life and not even notice. Now-a-days I start getting ansy after like 4 hours. Heh.

So I have one more night to go. Friday night is going to be a whole different story, perhaps. Once again I will have money and will be looking to friendly bartenders to take it away from me. Or maybe I’ll just stay home and watch movies again. I really am saving a lot of money…

And I need a damn truck.


Saw these two comments on Slashdot today and they made me laugh:
Comment: Listen fella, if you don’t come in on Saturday, don’t bother coming in on Sunday.
Response: Woo! Two day weekend!

Faster, At Least

This morning instead of taking Quivira all the way to work I hopped on I35 and tore ass down to 95th. 87th is still closed but I was in the mood for some speed this morning and 45 MPH on Quiviria wasn’t going to work. Man that car is fun. There was quite a bit of morning traffic but I still managed to cover about a mile at 100+. Good times!


I am well rested and awake for the first time in weeks.

Saturday morning around 7:00am Courtney, Keaton, Charles, JoLynn and I left my place for Tahlequah, Oklahoma for a weekend of floating and camping. We were supposed to have a lot more people but they were all lame and bailed. And by they, of course, I mean you.

Anyway, it turned out to be a good group. We made our way south and started off with some pizza at Sam & Ella’s (get it? GET IT?), hit Walmart for some last millisecond supplies and then found our camp site at War Eagle on the river. The camping area was kind of crowded, it was around 2:15pm by time we got there, but we found a really nice spot with a picnic table and some trees for shade. The Men quickly and efficiently set up camp while the ladies talked about bunnies and squirrels or something. Who knows what the hell they were doing. Not helping, I know that.
We had three tents. Keaton’s, Charles’ and mine. Keaton’s was this monster behemoth thing that sleeps 60, has full gas and water services, hot tub, sauna and heated pool in the basement. Charles’ was smaller but with many of the same amenities. Mine was $25 and it came from Walmart, so no hot tub. It’s blue though, so that’s cool.
Time for floating to happen so we headed up to the front and met up with Emily who had just gotten off work. We loaded up the short bus with another group and hit the road.

I’ve never been on an “organized” float trip before. I used to float all the time with my parents and friends back in New Jersey (or PA, or DE) and we would just take truck inner tubes, fill them up and hop in the river. So, I was a little concerned about this whole raft thing sucking. I thought it would be cramped and lame. Not so! We got a good size raft and it fit our group of 6 and our monster cooler of Bud Light just fine. It was a little roomier than it could have been probably since I spent about 99% of the float in the river. Me like swimmy.

The float itself was pretty uneventful, but very fun and very relaxing. Lots of drunk people. Lots of party people. Lots of redneck people. We had to carry our raft a few times, and I provided engine services for much of the trip

Lake just walked past and I think we’re wearing the same shirt today. Lame.

So anyway, the float was great. JoLynn, Emily and I got pretty lit up and by the end it was all rather quiet. The last maybe mile or so I stuck a life jacket under my ass and just let the raft pull me in the water. I think I even slept a little. Very peaceful. And a baby water moccasin tried to swallow our good ship.

We rolled back in to camp and played a little Frisbee while things got sorted out. Eventually it was time to head to town for some dinner, a beer run and to pick up Megan who was going to camp with us. Oklahoma has this weird thing where they can’t sell cold beer with 5% alcohol, only 3.2% and it has to be skunked or something. I don’t know. There’s all these weird rules. Anyway, the best we could do was warm 5% “Lost Lake” beer which was pretty awful but not much more awful than the Bud Light I had been drinking all day. Charles got 5 (5!) bottles of Boones and Keaton got a little bottle of The Green Devil. Dinner was at Charlie’s Chicken and was super yum. They had these chicken chunks things which were basically massive chicken tenders and very good.

Camping was just like camping, except with more humidity. Keaton and I got a decent little fire going and there was S’mores and drinking and carousing. Boones was passed around. When we finally hit the sack the heat wasn’t bad at all, but the humidity was awful. I woke up a few times in the night and the entire inside of my tent was filled with drops of condensation. If I bumped the walls it all came raining down. Apparently Keaton’s tent is designed to make sure that doesn’t happen and he said it worked, so that’s something to think about before the next time I camp in 100% humidity.

And that was that. We drove back to civilization, tired and worn out but happy. I spent the rest of Sunday collecting my dog, cleaning, doing laundry, shopping for the week and sleeping. I resolved to go back to my real diet starting today and I started last night with a turkey sammich dinner. I laid down at like 6:30pm last night cause my laundry was mostly done and I was bored and I slept till 7am this morning which is the reason for the first line of this post.

This week, and the next few look pretty boring according to the calendar. Boring might be just the thing though. The last month has been pretty wild and maybe it’s time to calm down a little. I’m going to diet, go to the gym, lose weight and start going back to the tanning salon. Next time I go camping, which should be soon, I intend to absorb and not reflect.