the rent’s due and green olives

Tonight, Mare reheated a calzone she brought home from work almost two weeks ago. It still tasted delicious. She also brought home a spinach artichoke dip and some bread which topped me off. I have yet to enjoy an ice cream sandwich I got from the grocery store on Sunday.

I also had a craving for pitted green olives stuffed with pimento which I also picked up at the store. The jar is already more than half-empty, and I blame the unique saltiness of this prepared fruit. I’m sure my sodium level is through the roof.

I am currently listening to Mineral, which I have to say, IMHO, was one of the best Austin bands to ever exist. Sure, they sound a bit like Sunny Day Real Estate, but they still rock. I guess you could say I’m a fan of heartfelt lyrics backed with screaming guitars. I’m gonna call out a few tracks you should get from Soulse… ahem.. somewhere and enjoy. You might dig them. Check out: Love Letter Typewriter, The Last Word Is Rejoice, Five, Eight and Ten, July and Parking Lot. Those are off the top of my head, but if you do end up really liking them, their two full-length releases are The Power of Failing and endserenading.

The rent is due on Wednesday, but they seem to be behind on mailing out the water/trash bill. This annoys me, because I’d rather just give it to them in one big check than have to make the effort of dropping off two.

Continue reading “the rent’s due and green olives”

the bones

Lately, Sig and I have gotten in to watching Bones, a Fox series that is essentially a fiction version of Forensic Files. The sets and props are amazing. There are computer interfaces designed for every specialty program that the characters use to solve the crimes. They even have a machine (fictitious of course) that displays holograms. The acting on the show is above average and its nice to see the team solve the case by the end of every episode.

Continue reading “the bones”

the free money

You might have read my previous post about finding the money in the ATM that some dimwit unknowingly left. My luck hit me again this past Thursday, not nearly as much of a score from the previous but worth mentioning.

I was taking an evening stroll on my break at work on Thursday. I was walking toward the main entrance through the parking lot to return. I could see that employees from the business next door were getting off work and occupying their vehicles to leave the premises. I glance down at the ground and notice a five-dollar bill. I pick up the slightly damp piece of paper and put it in my pocket.

In less than a week, I have effortlessly earned $45 for just being observant.

These findings made me think about the future and how cash and coinage will probably no longer be used. I think about how these opportunities will one day come to an end. I think about inflation and how coincidentally I find a five-dollar bill instead of a dollar or a quarter.

K$ helped Mare transport a table to the apartment that same night, so now we have a more deluxe table in the dining area. For his assistance, I used the damp five to buy him a twelve-pack of his favorite poison. It didn’t cost me a cent.

Continue reading “the free money”

the seventh installment

I don’t consider this blog a spoiler because if you were interested in reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , then you should have finished it by now.

On this past Monday after two years of waiting, I went out and purchased my copy of the seventh installment of the Harry Potter series. I wasted no time blazing through its pages. I finished it after approximately thirteen glorious hours. I am sorry to see that a book series that I have spent so much time on has finally come to its close. The book series totals to about three-thousand pages after everything is said and done.

I have loved each book very much and have read most of them multiple times. Despite all of this, I cannot help but feeling let down after Deathly Hallows. The book is very serious and seems to lack the humorous character interactions that the previous installments have included. The first hundred pages include many moments of nostalgia, when the characters reflect on happenings from the earlier books. This, in my opinion, was a big waste of space.

Rowling could have used those pages to better explain the hallows or the horcruxes. Rowling makes Voldemort out to be this genius supervillian, but all of his henchmen are morons. The Death Eaters continuously get in the way, making Harry’s triumphs seem more like luck than actual skill.

The book ends on a positive note with all major characters still in tact, and the mention that Dumbledore’s death at the hand of Snape was premeditated. The ending is very abrupt and all of the sudden the reader is transported to nineteen years into the future.

Can anyone spell sequel? The ending lets you down in a sense that there was no sacrifice made “for the greater good” of wizard kind. This is the fist time I have ever felt like I was reading a young adults book in the entire series. Continue reading “the seventh installment”

the two to choose from

Thursday has already arrived. I have plenty of tasks on my plate, and time just seems to tick fast when I want it to tick slow and vice versa.

My uncle wants to buy his son a notebook computer for a graduation present, and I’ve been elected to select the right one based on his son’s requests. I’ve run into the inevitable: two to choose from but which one to choose? I’m looking at a Turion 64 X2 notebook and a Core Duo notebook. They are both great candidates, but so many factors come into play when it comes to selecting one.

Bro, tell me which one to get. I’m calling you tomorrow about it anyway.

  • Intel Core Duo T2350(1.86GHz) 15.4″ Wide XGA 1GB 80GB DVD Super Multi Intel GMA950
  • AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-56(1.80GHz) 15.4″ Wide XGA 1GB DDR2 533 120GB DVD Super Multi ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 IGP

Intel seems to be the overall champion in the energy-efficient notebook processors, but AMD has a great left hook with pricing. The Turion has three main advantages: 64-bit processing, a bigger hard drive and a Radeon graphics processor. I’m tilting towards the one with the Turion, but the Core Duo has the 2MB cache. The Core Duo’s aesthetics are more pleasing than the Turion’s. This does take some thinking, and I’ve given it some time but know I need more. I should have a decision by tomorrow night, so I’ll be able to place the order.

Continue reading “the two to choose from”

the haircut

I finally woke up early enough to get my hair cut. It’s been months. I just had it trimmed, so nothing too dramatic.

I’m gonna try this new thing which I attempted at last week: waking up a few hours before work. I really enjoy the routine of staying up all night and waking up just in time to get ready for work, but having a few hours before work allows me to do things during store hours.

Tomorrow, I’m gonna see about replacing my prehistoric cell phone.

Other things that need doing also include: getting my windshield fixed and vacuuming my car, both of which need to be done while the sun’s still shining.

So we now embark into the last full week of July. I have just enough time right this second to pack my lunch, take a shower and dress for work. Peace out.