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In case you cared... [Nov. 19th, 2008|08:30 pm]
[mood |tiredtired]

New position at work is pretty good. Not as fun as working in the shop was but not soul sucking either. Doing a ton of driving for work. Probably over 1000 miles in the last month or so. Been away from home on business trips and training too. It's hard on me and the car and I'm not raking in much better money than I was before so I'm still constantly broke. I need to whittle away at bills and keep holiday spending to my usual minimum again this year. Hopefully come January or February I'll be in an acceptable place to get a new vehicle. I just hope the Audi holds out until then. I only have 1 or 2 more trips to Portland for training in December, thankfully. I'm stuck working all the holidays, though. Oh well. Wasn't planning on going anywhere anyhow.

Rat City got their asses handed to them at nationals. I'm disappointed to say that it doesn't surprise me too much. The months leading up were filled with injuries and drama. Things are changing a lot this off-season and hopefully it'll shake things up for the better and get the league back on track. Aside from that, I had a lot of fun. I was still bummed that I spent 3 days working the penalty box rather than floor reffing but I still enjoyed myself.

Things have been going well with Josie. It just hums along smoothly with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. We don't fight, we don't stress on each other, we just do what come naturally. It's nice.

Music's been going nowhere. I'm back in that bitter slump where I don't feel like putting any effort in because I don't feel appreciated. Plus it's fall and for some reason, come fall, I like listening to bands more than electronic music. I listened to a ton of Hip-Hop over the spring, Jazz over the summer, and now I'm listening to The End, oddly enough. Part of it is that I've been too broke to go out too much or even to buy my Beatport tracks. That's enough to keep me stimulated. I had started laying out a new CD but I fell off with it. Now it's aging. Once I pick up some tracks things might turn around a bit.

Saw both Tom and Kathleen in the last 10 days. That was cool and unusual. I need to get a hold of Rob and some other people. Haven't seen Verbal in quite some time either. Now that derby's off for a while I can hopefully sort out a night here and there to catch up with folks.
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my latest pissy/pleasant quick update [Sep. 22nd, 2008|11:08 pm]
[mood |crankycranky]


My trip to PA went well. We had a lot of fun skating with Philly's girls, even though they dealt us a sound defeat. Dad and Gail and I managed to get along without incident, albeit frequently enabled by alcohol. I had a lot of fun and saw many museums, historical landmarks, and even caves that I really enjoyed. To top it all off, I brought back another pair of nice guns from the safe. Season finals went well and were very exciting and they will be on Comcast OnDemand soon. The rest of the weekend went well. I saw Burn after reading, which I thought was very funny but may not sit so well with others as it was one of the Cohens' more subtle dark and quirky acts IMHO. First day back at work was good.


My car battery died. And only a month or two from trading in the car. I borrowed a battery from work and it was the wrong size. As I tried to put the old one back in, the shitty handles on it broke and the battery fell and busted all over the ground and Ian and I got a nice acid spray and a bullshit mess to try and clean up. Fuck.
Mom's bird died. That was the first thing I had to deal with when I got home from my trip. Her only companion in life right now and she had to put her down because she was suffering. It was Shawna losing Izzy all over again.
My dreams of doing something important in derby before the end of the year died. I've already beaten that to death in its own post.
My co-worker's uncle died in a fluke motorcycle accident. Doesn't look like he was run off the road or lost control. He just "went straight through a turn" and struck a fence post. Less than a year after recovering from being hit on his motorcycle my a drunk driver and breaking his back. Lame.
I pray to god nothing else decides to die. I'm not down to handle it right now.

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Why [Sep. 22nd, 2008|11:07 pm]
[mood |bitchybitchy]

...couldn't my car battery have held out just ONE more month. Story of my life.
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Really? [Sep. 22nd, 2008|10:50 pm]
[mood |aggravatedaggravated]

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to pursue referee positions in tournament play. I spend year after year busting ass to be the best in my league, in my region, in my sport. I get kudos from the home team, the local teams and the teams from other ends of the country. I push hard for the improvement and legitimazation of the sport of roller derby. Years go by and I constantly get looked over for positions in tournaments. This year, I fight tooth and nail to qualify and ensure that I go. I get the top score on the national exam for our league. I'm the first to respond to the calls for refs. I make sure my resume is top notch yet free of ego. I FINALLY get invites to both regionals and nationals... both for (important but frankly, shitty) non-skating positions like penalty timing. Meanwhile, refs with half the experience that I have (who are very talented, and many are part of my own crew, but nonetheless lower on the ladder than myself - I am the most senior acting ref in the Pac NW by an enormous stretch over anyone but Barry M. Later who is still "younger" than I) get presented with fucking skating positions. I feel like I'm beating my head against some kind of wall of politics that somehow I was instrumental in creating but don't even understand. Who else's ass do I really have to kiss? How many more forums do I have to post in? What other committees do I have to participate in to get the recognition I feel like I have earned at this point? I know this is a stereotypical capricorn rant but my soul is reaching it's limit of wearyness at the moment.
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DISTURBING! [Sep. 9th, 2008|06:53 pm]
[mood |contemplativeconcerned]

OMG. Cartoon Network is running very slick commercials for L. Ron Hubbard Books, passing them off as just another science fiction and adventure series... egads!
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Peace, we outta hea'! [Sep. 8th, 2008|06:06 pm]
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |Pendulum - Hold Your Colour]

So I cut Barbara loose. I saw her at the hospital today and she was definitely acting weird so I asked her for a moment of her time and told her that it was totally cool for her to say that she had fun on thursday but that she wasn't feeling the situation and just wanted to be friends. She wheedled for a bit and then said, "Yeah, that's pretty much it". I told her it was understandable and that there was no sense in making things all weird in the workplace by ignoring the gorilla. I think she really appreciated the out because it was obviously not something she was comfortable in being the bad guy about. Things went ok from there. We chatted comfortably about our weekends and closed it on a high-five for the fun outing on thursday. I think that's about as good as it gets. Time to move on. Got a lot of shit to think about for the upcoming trip to Philly for derby and to see dad.

Weekend was good, overall. I did an impromptu 48 hour (well, 40 or 41) cranberry juice fast starting friday afternoon. I took a lot of shit when I went out with the guys to watch the UFC fights (Liddell WTF!). There were many pitchers of Blue Moon, one of my favorite beers, and I was sipping a large cranberry juice. LOL. I held out until mid-day sunday, when I broke down and made biscuits and gravy before we went out to the Mariners game, where I also pigged out. There were some seriously obnoxious Yankee fans at the game. I really dislike the Yankees and their fans. One dude wanted to start a fight with me for talking shit about Giambi. Whatever. Grow up. We actually won the game and that shut them up. That Seahawks game was painful. I only caught a bit before going to the M's game but it was horrific. All of our valuable first string players on the DL and Hasselback in a panic. Not the way to start the season... Oh well.

Started laying out my next CD. It's going to take a lot of work. The problem with glitch electro is that so much of it isn't mix friendly at all. I'm going to have to do a lot of custom edits and graft intros and outros onto the tracks I want to use in order to make it happen. I'm already stoked on the blueprint, though.
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Dating... FAIL! [Sep. 6th, 2008|06:20 pm]
[mood |disappointeddisappointed]

Had a date on thursday with a very rad girl. I was nervous but I was open and honest and I put everything out on the table and it felt good. Overall, it went awesome and ended with a kiss and a no-hesitation agreement to hang out after work on friday. Well, come friday I got a text about some forgotten coffee obligation and there was no meeting. I've left 2 messages and haven't heard a thing from her since so I guess it wasn't so awesome after all. I'll inevitably see her at the hospital on monday. It'll be interesting to see how that unfolds. Lame.
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One Day as a Lion [Sep. 2nd, 2008|11:46 pm]
[mood |satisfiedsatisfied]
[music |One Day As A Lion]

So I finally got my hands on a copy of the One Day As A Lion EP. I am such an unabashed Rage Against The Machine and Zach De La Rocha fan that you could put out a recording of Zach pooping in a paper cup and I'd probably own 2 copies of it. Having said that, it should come as no surprise that I like the new stuff. It's far more evolutionary that revolutionary but I'm ok with that. Wild International is still the cut but Last Letter sounds like it could be a solid new Nine Inch Nails single until you hear Zach's voice come in. In fact, both that track and Ocean view bring some real creative percussion. The theme, instrumentally, seems to be that each track either hinges on either abstract rythyms or that sick distorted bass guitar from Wild International and If You Fear Dying. The exception seems to be the title track, which seems to bear the most resemblance to early RATM and could easily be a track off of Bombtrack or Evil Empire. Cheers!
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(no subject) [Sep. 1st, 2008|02:12 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

Was looking forward to this 3 day weekend to get rested and for whatever reason, I've been sleeping like ass since friday. Crazy dreams and insomnia and the inability to get comfortable. It really sucks. The weekend has been altogether enjoyable, otherwise. I went to the Seahawks game on friday night and sat in a prime seat at ground level, for free. Saturday I accomplished a lot of little errands and stuff, then watched the Huskies/Ducks game with Dummy and some folks at his place.
Sunday I got up early, picked up Dummy and Skeletor and we met up with Donnie and Don to shoot in Sultan. We stuck around for about 4 hours and the weather treated us well. Came back, took about 2 hours to clean up all the hardware, tried to grab a short nap without much success then it was back to Dummy's for massive grilling madness. Another shitty night's sleep and then I got rooked into helping Dummy pick up and move some furniture from Crate and Barrel today in exchange for breakfast at Original Pancake House. That place is grub!
I need to call dad, who has gotten pushier than usual about emails lately, as my trip to PA gets ever closer. Funny, how awful his email etiquette is and now he's calling me leaving snippy messages like "Have you even bothered to check your email in the last 2 days???". No, dad. It's a fucking holiday weekend and I'm having fun so I haven't, thank you very much. Eesh. I know he's helping me out with the rental car and all but still. It's hard to look forward to visiting him when he's already being a jerk and laying a guilt trip on me.
I was going to run around and do more errands today and maybe test-drive some cars but now I'm not so sure. I'm feeling lazy. I think I'm gonna hang out with Baker and then call mom this evening.
I re-took my referee certification test last week and aced it this time around. That's a load off my mind. Now I have to get my ducks in a row to move up to tier 2. Hopefully I can get all the paperwork signed and skills assessments done to do that before year's-end.
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