Monday, July 18, 2005

Summer time. . .

Bad news, the house lease fell through. Apparently, the family moving away was more excited about selling it than renting it to 3, 23 year olds. I have also been struggling with my bronco. I have a fuel leak with an attitude. I did take the top off for the summer so those Denver showers are a nice treat. I started playing some sports with a fellow from work and that has been a lot of fun. It has definitely picked up my social life. Everything is coed so there are plenty of ladies to meet and yet the competition is still acceptable. My sister just joined and we are playing kickball together on Sundays. Everyone should move to Denver just for the kickball, dodgeball, and softball leagues. What a blast! I've actually gone a few dates because of this new found "singles-r-us" website and they have gone ok. I don't see them going any farther and it's pretty much all my fault. In the words of Frank Sinatra, "Ain't love a kick in the head". This girl I know has completely kicked me in the head. It's wrong of me, but I pretty compare every girl to her. That's not even giving the nice girls going out with me a fair chance, but I can't help it. My buddy just got engaged and I'm already super excited about everything to follow concerning that. The bachelor party will be a long overdue reunion of a tight circle of high school buddies that always know how to have a smashing good time no matter where we are. Hopefully, my pal and his fiancee? will do things right and the reception will be a blast as well. I just saw Wedding Crashers and now I'm even more excited about attending his wedding. That's all I can think of now. My life in the real world moves pretty fast. It seems like just yesterday I was going to work the first day and now it's been almost 6 months. I'm sure I will be saying the same thing when I am 30. Oh well, that's life. I would also like to update you on the album I am trying to record. I only have 5 songs. That is, however, more than the 3 I had about 2 months ago. I just wish I could write something that didn't involve feelings. Girls make guys do strange things. The book and movie have also taken a backseat until I find more leisure time. Le Tour de France is almost over and I think Lance is en route to a 7th straight title. That man amazes me! I don't think I could ever tolerate as much pain as he does/did. Well, my break time is about over. Have a good one. Peace

Thursday, June 02, 2005

New Happenings

Sorry again for the delay in submissions of journal entries. What can I say, work just keeps me busy and I don't think about blogs when I am home after 8-9 hours of work, sorry. But I am glad to every once in awhile give anyone willing a brief update on my life. I just realized that if I made more frequent entries they wouldn't be as long. Unfortunately, it's been about 3 weeks and I have had a lot happen. Let's journey all the way back to May 13th when I thought my car was going to cost around $2600 was a big mistake. I dropped more like $3000. I can't complain. I have a whole new brake system, new front axle, new carburetor, new oil pan, and the satisfaction that it runs everyday. Next, I took a little trip to Hastings, for graduation. Whose you ask? Well technically mine. It's a long story that I can tell on a client by client basis. I had a pretty good time. It was nice to see some hold faces and hang with some old friends at the old spots. I realized that I would probably never return to Hastings, and wasn't that upset by it. Sure, there are still a few straggling individuals who would be fun to see, but the pros/cons of the trip have shifted dramatically(basically that means I'm getting old and don't know anybody anymore). I am now in the process of working on the songs I need to know for my moonlighting career as a wedding singer(insert joke here). I'm also in the process of getting a lease together to move in with some buddies into a really really nice house. And, for really really really cheap rent according to Denver standards. The house is 10 minutes from work, 3 floors, 4/5 bedrooms 3 baths and the best part is. The two soon to be roomies want me to have the master bedroom. Who am I to tell them no? Exactly. So, basically what that means is you should now visit Denver more often than ever because I finally have my own place and we can stay up late and drink whenever and we could even do dirty things if you really wanted to...I haven't mud wrestled in a long time. I think that's about it for now. I could give you some more Bronco updates but I'm sure that topic has worn its welcome right out the door. Peace

Friday, May 13, 2005

Buster update

This car is going to suck me dry. After failing to get it to run contiually by myself I finally broke down and took, correction, towed it to a mechanic. After a week of inspections and diagnoses, the mechanic(Earl) finally gave me some estimations. 1. New oilpan. $589. I knew that going in, seeing how I really screwed it up just changing the oil. 2. New carburetor. Now, this was on my list of immediate work to be done, but I figured it wasn't that immediate. I would also like to say that my old one could have been rebuilt for about $300 but when the new one is only $470, and I wanted a new one anyway, might as well be a big spender. 3. New brakes. We aren't talking just fix some leaks or tighten a cable. All completely new brakes. That would drums, hoses, cables, even the parking, $1100(steepest cost, but it's the brakes people!) 4. Valve cover gaskets. Gear heads skip ahead. Valve covers gaskets are needed to keep you engine from leaking oil and fuel all over the ground (and you guessed it, brakes parts). $129. 5. Wheel Bearings $220.84. I love when Earl calls and says, "Jay, I'm sorry but I have to replace the front wheel bearings. They aren't safe. However, I won't charge labor for those, just parts. 6. Front Locking Hubs $97.50. Also going bad when Earl called for the 4th time. Apparently when you do brakes, it just leads to more and more problems. Earl says, "Jay, your front locking hubs are getting really bad as well. Now, for everyday driving they would be ok, but, if you're going to do some off-roading, they could break and strand you somewhere." I say, "Come on Earl, it's a 1971 Ford Bronco. Do you expect me to not off-road? Slap some new lockers on there buddy, let's do it!" So, for those of you with the patience to read all of this and do math at the same time, expected cost to start the restoration of Buster - $2600 give or take a few bucks. A lifelong dream starting in motion - priceless.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Living Life

Denver is really starting to liven up for me. Granted, there are still other places I think about living, but for now, Denver is doing the job just fine. The big attraction for me in Denver is all the cool concerts I've been missing out on in life living in Hastings, NE and Amarillo, TX. I will get to see two very cool concerts within days of each other. If you want more info, just ask. The book I proposed in a previous blog is slow going, but it is in the works and I am actually taking it somewhat seriously. Hopefully everyone I know will buy a copy when and if it gets published. Hopefully, I will get to do some talk shows and have lots of women yell at me. That sounds like a lot of fun to me. On that same note, I've found that being nice to everyone is one really big hassle. I'm going to have to pick and choose my battles, but being an ass is definitely called for on occasion. And so it begins, Jay the jerk. The battle here is to stay nice enough often enough so when described to people I don't know, I still appear to be a good guy. I've tried this before and didn't have very good luck, but, with new motivation, and a lot more knowledge about how to do it correctly, the experiment should prove to be a positive thing. May I also suggest everyone who visits drag me to the Rio for strawberry frozen margaritas, scrumdiddlyumptious. Peace

Thursday, April 14, 2005

It just makes me laugh

Looking back at the recent history in my life, I am forced to just laugh and shake my head. Some of the decision I made in the past really make me ask myself, "Jay, what in the hell were you thinking." Moments of complete and utter regret and also moments of relief and comical humor. For instance, I'm reminded of the time a couch was "stolen" out of Taylor Hall. A rational person would be regretful and apologetic, but I say, hey you know what-does it really matter that much? Is it so important that you have to turn it into that big of a deal? The answer is no. It was a practical joke. Did you get the couch back? Yes. Did we have a fun time acting all covert and slick like. Of course! For some unexplainable reason we all felt like more of a man after our devious plan was so successful. "Why did you ever date that girl? All she did was treat like crap before you dated. There was no reason to continue to like her. Why couldn't I pick up this?" Those are the moments of regret. In the moment you can't explain it just feels right. I say, "In the moment, deep down inside you know it's wrong, but you are too stubborn to make the right decision because some things feel so much better." I say, any girl who treats me badly or wrongs me in any way is out the door. Accidents happen and I can live with those. I can not live with ignorance, or bitchiness. I wish I would have made this rule a long time ago. It definitely would have saved me some troubles. I think I am going to write a book. The title you ask....."Stupid Things Women do to Piss Off Men". I can see it now, New York bestseller list, no worries about money. The comedy movie loosely based from my completely accurate and somewhat satirical book. Shoot, maybe I could even have a role in the film. All I know is I've known for a long time what upsets me, unfortunately, I am just realizing that I have to stand up for myself and call people out when they do it. I'm turning over a new leaf blah blah blah, but it starts today. Peace

Sunday, April 03, 2005

None

Sorry for the delay in the posting, I assume there are only about 3 people, maybe 2 that read this anyway. It's been a busy time for me lately with the cubicle move and all that good stuff. Plus, I am moving "departments" almost all together. I think I will almost completely lose my Pcard duties and completely take over the T&E. It will definately be interesting. Since my last entry a whole lot hasn't happened. I went to Amarillo once and had a great time with my buddy Ryan. Training for my triathlon officially starts tomorrow and I'm excited and dreading it all at once. Hopefully the training and the race itself will get me in wonderful shape for the summer. So I can start taking my shirt off all the time and show off my sweet body. Otherwise, I just take it off and show off my not so sweet body. I went skiing yesterday and my face got completely burnt. I'm talking beet red worst burn in the world burnt. My upper lip and cheeks are blistering and I'm pretty sure they are going to burst and start peeling. Sucky it's on my face but oh well, it's my own fault. Well, I think I've been pretty random for a long enough time. Peace

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

HUMP day

Today was quite possibly one of the best HUMP days ever! I went to work, there was a new email from my friend Sarah. Then, get this, we proceeded to email each other all day. She ended up emailing 4 times throughout the day. And, then I saw my new basketball shoes were delivered. Granted, I'm not sure if they were made right, but they are still sweet and It's not worth my time to send them back, I wouldn't have any shoes for the upcoming basketball season. I also think I am going to have to get some new socks. This league is getting more and more expensive. Well, I think I will end it there, and Sarah, if your reading this, don't get too big of a head! Peace