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Man, I've ignored this thing for a while.  Not quite sure why, as I usually read it a few times a day.  I guess it's mainly because there's really not much going on to report.  Just been working as usual, but haven't been going out too much as most of my free time has been hijacked by World of Warcraft.  In the long run, though, it's been saving money because I haven't been going out and drinking lately.  

I got my W-2, which rocks.  I did my taxes real quick at lunch yesterday and it turns out that I'm getting a good chunk of change back from the government.  Not sure what I'm going to do with the money, because before I even think about it I'm sure I'll have found something to spend the money on.  I could always put it towards getting a new TV for the living room.  I know that the prices for plasma and LCD TV's have dropped considerably in the past 6 months, and for some reason it just seems like playing some drinking baseball on an HDTV is a really good idea.

I recently joined the LJ channel abandonedplaces and it has rekindled my interest into urban exploration.  Quite a lot of the posts are from Russia, but good lord, there are some neat looking areas.  It'd be tough to do that where I am now in Florida since all the land down here has been built on.  Plus, this isn't really much of an area where there are a lot of old, abandoned warehouses and factories.  One day I'll still make it up to Centralia, PA.  That's the ultimate goal, isn't it?

Sorry about the text color change.  LJ and I don't work well together sometimes.

I need a vacation.  Not that anything bad is going on, but I just need some time off.  Maybe I'll take a long weekend in a few weeks.  It'd just be so nice to relax for a few extra days.  But for now, I should get back to work.  I guess.

Dec. 18th, 2006

Once tagged by this entry, the assignment is to write a journal entry with six random facts about yourself. Then, pick six of your friends and tag them; no tag backs. This explanation should be included.  (I probably won't tag anyone)

1.  In my senior year of high school, I was on a competition (AP) civics team, but I ended up dropping out because I couldn't keep up with the rest of the team.  I had a tendency to not do my work.  I found out later from the teacher (who ended up being just my regular civics class teacher) that, even though I was having a tough time, he thought I would've been an excellent team member and he really respected me for trying and he wished I would've stayed in.  I never got many compliments from teachers in high school but that one stuck with me.

2.  My very first car was an old Ford Escort.  It was dubbed "The Pony".  By the time that car died, it had approximately 200 stickers on it.  I used to work at a comic book store so I would take anything I could get my hands on and stick it on my car.

3.  When I worked in San Jose, I worked for a company called San Jose Sales & Distribution, and we were the largest wholesaler for sports cards and collectibles on the west coast.  Our company started dealing with Beanie Babies and you had never seen about 10 grown men go crazy for these things.  I personally own about 60 different ones, which I'll most likely never be able to get rid of.

4.  I'm not lying when I say that I used to have a girlfriend in Canada.  I had met a girl in an internet chat room and we would talk for hours at a time.  We sent a few snail-mail letters to one another, and I mentioned to her how cool it would be to drive up to see her.  After a few months of talking, my friend and I actually drove from the Bay Area in California up to Vancouver for about a week long vacation.  It was such an awesome trip and I ended up dating Cary for a little over a year, although we probably only saw each other for a total of a month and a half to two months.

5.  I used to be really big into swing dancing when I lived in California.  There was a little hole-in-the-wall club in San Francisco called the HiBall Lounge that I would go to about 4 or 5 times a week.  I would go for lessons and then stick around for a band.  I wasn't really good at it, but the problem would be that I would get pretty drunk and I would lose my focus.  I stopped going after I got real drunk and ended up headbutting some girl that I was dancing with.

6.  I know that it's really bad, but I haven't been to the dentist in about 15 years.  I have a deep-rooted fear of going and I just hate it.  Because of this, there is still a metal bar in my mouth behind the back of my bottom teeth.  It's a permanent retainer that my orthodontist put in my mouth after I got my braces off when I was 12.  The only other person that I know that has this is Little John.

Alright, that's six.  I'm not going to tag anyone, I just wanted to throw those out there.  I'll update with junk from the weekend later...

Dec. 11th, 2006

So this weekend could've been better.  Saturday I was feeling pretty shitty because of my cold, as I was coughing a lot and my throat was harshing my day.  Brandon was going out to Lake Worth with some friends to go get blowed out, which was fine, I just really wanted to stay home and relax and try to break this cold.  I played a lot of WoW and goofed around a lot on the Wii.  Although all through the day I was getting calls from this girl that I work with (whom I really don't like) telling me to meet up with her and my roommate out at the bars.  Apparently Brandon thought it would be funny if he gave her my number and she called me.  I got about two or three calls during the day from her and one from her friend, which really irritated me. 

Later that night, around 11:15, I'm playing Wii Sports and there's a knock at the door.  I look out the hole and I see it's Brandon's friend Mike, with two other guys I don't know.  I pop open the door and I'm wondering where Brandon is because the two of them were out drinking together.  He says he's on his way.  Brandon shows up about five minutes later with the girl I can't stand and two of her friends.  So now I'm completely pissed off, everyone's drunk, and half the people smell like pot.  I'm yelling at Brandon (who's piss-drunk, mind you) in front of everybody because I'm totally pissed off about it.  I'm not feeling well at all, and now I have to deal with all this shit?  His excuse was that we never entertain company.

I saw him for all of 30 minutes yesterday, and he apologized for doing that.  I guess I'm totally ready to get my own place.  I think the next place I move to I either live alone or with the person I'm going to marry.  I really don't want a roommate anymore.

EDIT:  Well, I found out that this dumbass girl Hope that was with all of them Saturday night, whom I also work with and just can't stand because of her lack of common sense and absolutely irritating personality, and they all went to the bar that Alexis works at.  Hope decides to get it through her little pea-sized brain to start riding Alexis about why she ruined my life and kept hassling her.  Now, I'm working on repairing things with Alexis, and this was something that was totally unwarranted.  I've never spoken about things like that to anyone at work, as I don't want these people knowing it.  But for her to go about saying shit like that makes me absolutely furious. 

Dec. 4th, 2006

So you're now looking at the proud father of a (now) 2-day old little baby Wii.  He's already worn me out.  Baseball, tennis and bowling have already made my arms a bit sore.  Zelda seems pretty neat but I haven't really gotten too far into it.  I picked up Red Steel as well, which is just alright.  I'm sure that I'll get into Zelda a bit more soon.  I haven't done a whole lot with it other than stop a goat and doing a bit of fishing.

I am upset that I can't get the wi-fi to work, though.  When I look for wireless networks, it's able to find the wireless router that we have set up in the apartment, but then it can't connect and I keep getting the same error code.  I'm going to have to do a little bit of research online to see if I can find anything to help me out.

Apart from all that, the weekend was pretty much a wash.  Still trying to figure out if what I heard on Friday night is true or not, about Alexis possibly dating some other dude when she knows that I'm working on trying to get back with her.  If that is the case, I'm going to be quite pissed off.  I don't even know why I'm *TRYING* to get back with her, is the thing.  Everyone knows that I'm crazy for trying to.  I just have to go out there and meet some new people, people who are mature and stable and don't do things that I hate.  I'll figure it out.  I love how I asked her about this guy late Friday night/Saturday morning, and within 5 minutes I get an e-mail response, a text message, and a phone call, but when I ask her to do something or ask her ANY question, I get no response.  That right there should totally prove that she's not interested.  Meh, oh well.  

Didn't sleep well at all this weekend and I am exhuasted.  It's time to get back to work, unfortunately.

For the second time.

I'm done. 

Why do I even bother?

Alright.

I'll be the first person to admit it.  I'm not ashamed.  Yes, I bought Dead or Alive Xtreme 2.  It's good!  I enjoyed playing the first one, and I'm going to enjoy playing the second one.  Plus, all the voices are in English, which is neat, and there's also the online play as well.  Yes, yes, I know, you probably want to ask me, "But Jason, what about Final Fantasy XII, Gears Of War, Bully, Okami, Enchanted Arms, Dead Rising, Condemned, Call Of Duty 3, and all of those other games you've purchased recently, not including City of Heroes/Villains and World Of Warcraft?"  I don't know.  I'm a game fiend.  It's horrible.  Some of them are just so much fun.

I've also discovered something recently that I would like to start doing, and that's urban exploration.  I've been checking out some websites about this, and it seems like a really neat thing to do.  Plus it'd also get that photography bug in me working again.  The problem is that I don't know the exact best way in getting started into something like that.  I guess the easiest thing to do would be to sneak into some local abandoned building and see how it's done.  I know that you should always go in a group and always bring along a heavy duty breathing mask since there is a lot of chemicals floating around, the most of which being asbestos.  There's a really awesome website at www.opacity.us that shows a lot of what it's like.  The guy who runs that site has done a really good job with it, and his photographs are amazing. 

On kind of a sour note, I don't think that I'm going to make it out to Colorado over the holidays.  It's just too damn expensive.  The plane ticket would cost around $600 and renting a car would be about $300-$400 more, and then add in all the other expenses such as food and booze, and the money would go away way too quickly.  It's not that I don't want to go, I really, really do, but I just can't afford to to just blow about one paycheck in 10 days, along with other expenses at home such as rent and my car and everything else.

And now, it's time for bed. 

Oct. 22nd, 2006

I tell you what, it feels so good to be sleeping on my own bed again.  Sleeping on that fold-a-bed at my parent's house just wasn't comfortable, especially since I always had to wake up early to take the dog out.  But they're back home and I'm back home and all is right with the world.

So Friday, I tell you what, I should've picked up a lotto ticket.  I would've won.  I had my phone interview with Nakajima U.S.A., and as much as it is inside sales, it's an account executive position.  Which means that I would be receiving and placing orders for stores along the east coast.  From Florida to Georgia and the Carolinas up to New York and New Jersey.  I would be travel-ing constantly, which is good and bad for me.  The pay is considerably a lot more than what I'm making now, which is a bonus.  The girl I spoke with said she had a few more applicants and she would let me know.  I really, really, REALLY hope that I get this job.  I think that it would be such a great career move.

After the phone call I got all my stuff packed up at my parent's house and headed back to the apartment.  I got in and started playing some games, and Brandon walked in about an hour or so later.  Five minutes after he walked in, he gets a call from our friend Ed, who's still down at the bar.  He tells Brandon that the guys are talking about me planning on heading back to Denver sometime soon, and of course Alexis hears this.  Well, apparently she freaks out.  They ask her whatever happened between her and I, and I guess she said something along the lines that I just stopped caring.  Which I did because I had attempted to talk to her on multiple occassions and she refused to.  And then she started dating some other guy so I really wanted nothing to do with her.  But now that I have hand in this whole situation, I'm going to try something out in a week or two.

Anyhow, after some drinking baseball, I drunk dial Matt to see how he's doing . We chat on the phone for a little while and I tell him to say hey to everyone for me, and he says, "Crystle says hi, and she also says that she's really bad at e-mailing people back".  Which made me really happy because that means that she got my e-mail and she doesn't think I'm some totally creepy guy.  It just really makes me happy because I like this girl a lot, and even though I doubt really anything could happen because of the distance, I'm just glad that I have another friend that I get to see out there.

And that was all in a span of a few hours.  Angelos comes in this Friday, which is great.  We are going to have a ton of fun, even if all we do is get drunk and play video games.
It better not turn into one of those days.  I was stuck behind every damned slow driver in the world.  Three lanes and the left lane is clogged up with people BARELY doing the speed limit.  And of course every time I try to pass someone I get blocked in.  Add in the obligatory red light at every intersection, and that makes for an irritated Jason.

Phone interview today, which I'm fairly excited about.  It's for a company called Nakajima, U.S.A., and when I checked them out online, I saw that they appear to be the parent company for Sanrio/Hello Kitty.  I'd be doing inside sales, which means basically I'd be in a shirt and tie but I'd be at a desk trying to, as the Barenaked Ladies put it, Sell, Sell, Sell.  I'm interested to see what they have to say.  I guess they're opening a new sales office down here in Florida, so it could be a great change of pace.

Imogen Heap is my favorite singer right now.  Hands down. 

I picked up Bully for the PS2 a couple of days ago.  Couldn't resist it.  Not that I don't already have enough games for all my systems at the moment, but it was getting so much press and attention that I figured what the hell.  From the first thirty seconds that you walk inside the gates of Bullworth Academy, the bullies trip you and try to get you to start a fight.  I got about an hour into it, and the dialogue is hilarious.  There are some very funny parts that I saw and I have a feeling that it's only going to get better.  If you've got a PS2 and you like the GTA-style games, pick this up.  It's only $39.99.  It's just my little way of saying, "Fuck you, Jack Thompson.  You're a total douchebag."

Angelos gets out here next Friday, which I'm geeked about.  Not quite too sure exactly what the plan is going to be, but I'm sure that we'll hit up Delray Beach and the bars that are over there.  I forsee a lot of drinking and a lot of gaming.  Which is fine.  It's going to be a really good time.

On a different note, Sir Cronblack hasn't shown up in the backyard for a few weeks now, which kind of sucks.  I have a feeling that someone probably called a wildlife wrangler and had him picked up.  He was actually fairly docile, as there was more than one occassion when he'd be sitting on the bank of the stream and there would be someone fishing no more than fifteen feet away from him.  And he's a good 5-6 foot gator.  He might not be able to kill you, but he'd be able to do some major damage.  But he was part of the backyard and it sucks that he's not there anymore.

Anyhow, I should get back to work.  I'm just not in the mood to...

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So, following Robin's lead of a few days ago, and as how I haven't posted anything in a while, I'm going to do a recap of my trip to Colorado and then maybe one or two quick things about what's going on right now with me.  Not that you're all interested, no doubt, but there's just been some things I've been meaning to get into here that I've been really procrastinating on.  And now, without further ado...

Friday the 29th:  Got into Denver and rented a brand new Saturn Aura.  It was really nice and it made me realize that I'm now going to get a 4-door as my next car.  It only had 1600 miles when I got it and it rode quite smoothly.  After the airport/car rental place, headed into Broomfield where I met up with Little John and Dan at Wendy's for some lunch, and then made my way up to Fort Collins to Matt's place.  Talked for a bit, got some beer for later, and then met his roommates Crystle and Greg.  Headed down to Boulder once we were all set to go eat dinner at the Sink and we met up with Bobby and Matt's old roommate Dan there, and then we made our way over to the Boulder campus to go see Me Llamo Rosa, who put on a great show.  It was good to see all the guys in the band again.  After the show we made our way up to the Fort again where we all played drinking games and ended up getting drunk.  I spent the night with Crystle in her room and it was nice sleeping next to someone again. 

Saturday the 30th:  Woke up and gave Crystle a good-bye kiss since she was leaving to go to work.  She's so sweet and we had a really good time with one another, although she is only 20...  Anyhow.  I'm trying to remember what we all did during the day and I'm having a tough time remembering.  Around 5ish we all got together again and I drove to Denver to Double Daughters, since that's where Matt and Amber always talk about going, and it really was an awesome little bar.  It was myself, Matt, Big John, Dan, Little John, Ben, Chance, Angelos, Amber, Amber's friends Anthony and Noah, and then Greg met up with us a bit later.  Holy cow what a time.  Lots of booze was drank there, and then we made our way over to the Samba Room for plenty of Mojitos.  I was driving so I only had about half of one, but everyone else was living it up.  I ended up buying some cigars for myself and some of the boys, and a good time was had by all, although Angelos played a mean trick on his wife, which in turn made it so that he and Big John don't get fresh baked cookies anymore.

Sunday the 1st:  Woke up and went to Noodles and Co. with Matt, and then headed on over to Little John's parents where we watched some football for a little while.  I love that kid's folks.  They're such great people.  Ryan showed up after a little while and we all watched the games for a bit, since they have Sunday Ticket.  Got back up to Fort Collins around 9ish, where I hung out with Matt and them for a little bit just watching TV.  Crystle came home and everyone started filtering off to bed since they all had school the next day, and Crystle stayed upstairs and slept with me on the futon that night since she didn't have to be up until around 10 or so.  

Monday the 2nd:  Drove to Broomfield after kissing Crystle good-bye to meet up with Angelos and Katie and Danae.  They seriously are a beautiful family.  Danae's almost eight months old now, and she actually played with me and sat on my lap and smiled.  I spent a few hours talking with them and Angelos and I were able to book a flight for him at the end of the month to come out here, which is seriously the most awesome thing ever.  We're going to have such a blast.  Around 6ish I left back to the Fort and met up with Matt.  I ended up going to Old Chicago's with Matt, Dan, Crystle and two other people I just met that night, Rakki and Gooding.  They are two of the most kind-hearted people I've ever met.  I like knowing that my friends surround themselves with good people.  

I left on the 3rd and that was a really hard day for me.  I realized that Colorado is my home and I miss my friends dearly.  I was tearing up a bit when I gave Matt a hug good-bye, and once everyone there left, I took off to the airport.  Even when I was driving I was choking up, just remembering everything that happened within those past few days.  It was a great time and I really appreciated everything that my friends did for me while I was out there.

Since then, I've been tinkering with my resume, trying to get things in order so that I can start sending it to some companies back in Colorado.  One of the vendors that I deal with here is looking for an account executive (outside sales) at their location in Longmont, which would be AWESOME.  Angelos mentioned that his mom's house is still up for sale, which sucks, but I'm just hoping that if the stars are aligned and that someone up there truly loves me, that I'll get this job and be able to buy his mom's place.  Now THAT would be the best thing to happen for me.  Not to say that I'm not going to apply at a bunch of different places, because I am, but I am definitely more interested in trying to buy a place instead of renting.  It's costing me too much money to rent a place.

And that's about it.  I don't mind being back but I don't really want to.  Everyone out here knows that I am looking to get back to Colorado, which is good.  It was hard telling my folks and Brandon about it.  They understand why I want to, though.  We'll see.  Our lease is up here at the end of the year.  I need to get crackin' on the job hunt...

Ugh

Well.  Back in Florida.  And it's the last place that I want to be.

It was an excellent weekend out in Colorado.  I felt the love coming from old friends and new.  

I don't want to be in Florida any longer.  This is not my home.  This was and still is a temporary stop for me.  I need to get into action and attempt to get a job by the beginning of next year.  

I will update with tales of the vacation when I am feeling more upbeat.  Yesterday felt like the longest day ever, having to drive the rental from Fort Collins to the airport, and then the plane ride back here.  I felt myself tearing up more than I wanted to knowing that my friends mean the world to me.

::sigh::