the ice cream melts

In order to keep the promise to myself to update this collection of writing at least once a month, here is June 2011’s installment of what’s going on in my life.

June has flown by fast like the previous five months of this year so far, and I key this in during the last few hours of the last day of this month. With hope of not spending too much time updating you to be able to get the few items on today’s checklist complete before I call it a night, I will again attempt to keep this post short.

Almost effortlessly, I had three job interviews this month, none of which got me better employment with another company therefore amounting to a waste of my time. The first interview was almost successful, but something occurred on the company’s end that prevented me from getting the position. I’ll just say the person I was replacing didn’t want to be replaced after all. The company claimed to make a difference in people’s lives, and they definitely made a difference in mine.

The second interview was a subpar phone interview. I didn’t have what it took to nail the interview, and the person conducting the interview was a condescending jerk that clearly didn’t understand my email reply about not having all of the experience necessary but possessed the passion to earn it.

I nailed the third interview which was a phone interview as well but still ended up not getting the job. I’m under the impression that my status of being currently employed had a big influence on their decision, since I’m sure they needed to fill the position immediately. I am also happy to admit that I was overqualified for the position but was going for it to bring change to my day job existence.

So much for keeping this post short.

I saw a dentist for the first time in years. I bet it’s been over five years, closer to six or seven. I had a toothache for a whole week that rendered me almost useless for a few days. I would just work my eight hours then rush home to suffer the excruciating pain. The dentist referred me to an oral surgeon that extracted the tooth, my first adult tooth I’ve had to lose. I still have all of my wisdom teeth, but those will hopefully be pulled some time next year before they cause me any serious problems.

My eight-hour workdays have recently turned into ten-hour workdays. Purgatory has extended my shift, because they need my mad skills. Ha. I can’t really complain about getting a fatter check and the boost in income that I was seeking with those interviews that fell into my lap.

M&I went to San Antonio this past weekend to visit one of my best friends and his wife. We ate at Timbo’s for lunch then checked out the zoo. For dinner, we went to Big Lou’s Pizza to feast on their 42″ pie. Our party of seven was unfortunately unable to finish it, but I was able to consume my share. The pizza is delicious, and I would go back but maybe not get such a big pie unless we promise to dominate it.

I did have the dream of conquering the Four Horsemen burger at Chunky’s but decided against it after reading reviews on Yelp, hearing about the horror stories involving vomit, the questionable cleanliness of the restaurant itself, and the fact you get a barf bucket, the option of wearing gloves, have to sign a waiver, and have to pay 17 bucks if you don’t finish it. Maybe I’ll have the courage one day but maybe not.

I attempted my fifth victory of the Pluckers Fire In The Hole challenge earlier in the month. The wings were enormous on our visit, and the 50-piece we split actually had 56 pieces. The drummies were almost the size of regular drumsticks. Our defeat was a result of the amount of food and not the heat. This was my first failure for the challenge, but I will get on the South Lamar Wall of Flame one of these days.

We also tried a new wing bar called Wingzup that has a Ghost pepper wing sauce. Unfortunately, it’s made with Ghost chili powder, not fresh peppers. It was decently fiery, but no Fire In The Hole. The service was excellent. The food quality and presentation was stellar. They have a neat gimmick of serving beer in plastic towers with a tap at the bottom. We may return if we’re in the area. They gave us discount coupons, so that makes it even more desirable to return.

I am so relieved that my toothache has been eliminated as you can tell with all of the food talk you just read. The experience of suffering a toothache diminished my spirit, but that is behind me now.

Summer television programming is slowly making its way back into our lives. I’ll be hanging on to my current job that isn’t so bad for a while longer. Life is treating me well, and I will update this again some time next month. Peace out.

the last of the 3hirty or the record high

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The challenge has been conquered. With a less than two hours left in the day, I am writing the thirtieth post for April.

I’m gonna try to keep this short, and I’m sure I will since I didn’t post too long ago. This month went by fast as expected.

I’m gonna wrap April up with a small list of this month’s highlights from my perspective:

  • K$ made the Pluckers Wall of Flame.
  • I purchased and received enough comics to probably last me ’til 2009. (But I ain’t stoppin’!)
  • I turned 26.
  • My sister gave me a Buddy Christ bobblehead.
  • My brother put together an excellent BBQ birthday party extravaganza equipped with burgers, bratwurst, and keg.
  • Two words: ROCK BAND.
  • The third and fourth volumes of Thrice’s The Alchemy Index was released.
  • Sleepercar’s debut album, West Texas, was released.
  • Alkaline Trio released their Agony and Irony EP with a catchy single, Help Me.
  • I told Pluckers about how awful one of their waiters was by filling out one of their comment cards, and they apologized by sending me a $25 gift card.
  • Uncle Sam gave me some of my hard-earned dollars back plus approved me for one of his bonus checks.
  • Two ‘Zas of the Week.
  • I was excused from jury duty and had a fantastic half-day off.
  • I saw these great bands in no particular order: Thrice, Dynamite Boy, Cruiserweight.
  • I experienced why I do not like performance art.
  • Two words: ROCK BAND. (listed twice intentionally ’cause it r0xx that hard!)
  • Rivers Cuomo stole the main riff from Portside Scout’s R2D2 song to use in his single, Pork and Beans.
  • Working where I work wasn’t so bad for the 21st month in a row.
  • I purchased a new machine, c0rey foldman, whose creation is strictly intended to contributing to the [email protected] project.
  • I spent way too much time in the MoSo WP CMS by challenging myself to write thirty posts this month and successfully pulled it off like the ├╝ber g33k that I am.

This is the most posts in one month on Modern Soapbox which matched last June. Maybe I’ll go for 31 in July. I’ll be taking it easy from this next month to concentrate on my other projects that matter more, but I won’t abandon y’all. I promise. Peace out.

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the tired and uninspired

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April has come and gone.

I’m hoping that May is more productive in my realm of creativity. I would like to do more writing that doesn’t involve spending more time on what you’re reading here than I should. Then again, I offered up the thirty-post challenge that I surely can’t allow to defeat me.

I’m hoping to be in the process of churning out something involving comics next month or at least be very close to making something happen. I also have a small video-like project that will be put together next month that you should be seeing posting here.

I’d also like to get caught up on my comic-reading, but it seems like I buy more than I should and create a huge backlog that will take me a very long time to work through. It’s the collector in me.

I haven’t been watching a whole lot of movies lately. Sleepytime involves putting on some classic cartoons and fading out to them. They bring back memories of my childhood. I thought I’d never get to see some of them, but fortunately the dollar DVD industry has picked them up and released a bunch of them.

Rock Band would definitely consume my time if it was here at the apartment.

Mare had a test that went on ’til 9PM, and Neil and the gang went to a Spurs game. Pluckers was canceled this week. I hope it resumes next week. We had that terrible waiter last time. He was so bad that I wrote a review about it (see: the pluckin’ good time 4/15). I also had the nerve to fill out their comment card online and refer the post to them. Surprisingly, the general manager of the location we went to responded and also hooked me up with a gift card. Bonus!

Work is going well. Our mainframe was upgraded and going faster than ever. This is helping production and making my job much easier. We also got a new director of operations, and he’s a cool guy. He listens and offers solutions. Our last boss seemed like he was going along for the ride and only lasted something like six months. Then again, that particular position seems to have a tremendous turnaround considering that it’s had the most people fill in the place since I’ve been there and it’ll only be two years this July.

I’ve done my rant for the night. Today’s the last day of the month. I have two posts left to go. Peace out.

the pluckin’ good time

This month has been good to me. Tonight was one of the two scheduled Pluckers nights. I went for five Fire in the Hole wings like I did the last time. Five is not so bad. Any more is death. They’re hott, but they’re tolerable in smaller increments.

The posse included K$, Neil, Gunner, Rhino, Mare & me. We made an awesome bone pile as we ate and made it more awesome when we finished.

The waiter tonight was terrible. He just wasn’t doing his job. You have to keep the glasses filled for people eating Fire in the Hole wings. He also missed putting in the order for our side of waffle fries. He just wasn’t paying enough attention to us and taking too long to get things done.

On top of the waiter’s bad service, he had the nerve to hit us with a 17% gratuity on the bill. I understand that parties over five are prone to this charge, but it is the choice of the server whether to hit us with a grat or not.

I’ve been to Pluckers on the corner of Research and Burnet multiple times, and this is the first time we’ve been hit with it when I was with the group. The other servers don’t do it, and they’re really nice to us. They actually do their jobs, and see around a 20% tip from us. I’m sure he knew he wasn’t doing his job, so he had to snake us for the tip rather than earn it.

Apart from the lack of good service, this was a good visit to Pluckers. The food is great, the environment is fun, and being in the company of friends is pure gold.

the wall of flame

K-Money succeeds at making the Wall of Flame at Pluckers on Research in Austin, Texas.

The group cheers him on as he consumes Fire in the Hole wing #25. Gunner is to his right with an iPhone capturing the moment as well. Neil is on his left very entertained.

Notice at 12 seconds in when K-Money raises his eyebrows signaling that victory was achieved. He must have been thinking, “No challenge.” We all agree the challenge will return when the poo flame cometh.

the 3hirty (aka the april post challenge)

Similar to what I did in February, I am challenging myself to do the same for the month of April. Will this be a bimonthly challenge? I don’t know but by the looks of it, quite possibly.

I have another post that I will be writing tonight, and this will be the April kick-off post.

What’s going on this month?

I turn another year not this Friday but next.

Uncle Sam & friends get to keep the piece of what they borrowed from my paycheck and hopefully I’ll get some of it back. These past few years haven’t been too nice to me in regards to tax returns.

My mother’s birthday is this month. To be exact, it’s on Earth Day.

That same day, Sleepercar’s debut album, West Texas, will officially be released. I’ve gotten the chance to listen to it already, and I enjoy it. I hope they return to Austin soon, because I will definitely attend.

The following day, Thrice will be rocking out Stubb’s. I’m excited about this show. I really hope that they play To Awake and Avenge the Dead, but that may be unlikely with the direction they’ve taken their music. I can hope though, right?

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Thrice: If you somehow found yourself reading this, please play To Awake and Avenge the Dead at your Austin show in April. We miss that song, and we were disappointed when you didn’t play it at your last show. NOFX played The Decline in its entirety, and I never thought I’d get to witness that live. Is playing one of your most loved songs by some of your most loyal fans too hard to fulfill?

I know you have to promote The Alchemy Index, but To Awake… doesn’t even clock in at three minutes so I’m sure it’ll leave plenty of space to play all those songs. I probably sound like I’m begging at this point (which I am ’cause I’m on my knees typing this… j/k), but I’m sure Ian would lose more faith in you if you don’t play that song.

Ian, High Priest of the Church of Ianism, represents the status quo of your fanbase. He’s loved you guys since The Illusion of Safety and has attended every show you’ve played in Austin since. So have I, and this is our only request: Please play To Awake and Avenge the Dead at the Austin show. I know you guys listen to your fans ’cause you guys aren’t some artificial formation cooked up in a major label’s lab.

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OK… enough of that. I think those are the main highlights of April. Well, today is technically April Fool’s Day. I’m sure my workmates, who can be very dimwitted at times, are going to want to play an office prank or two on me or each other at work later today. They actually tried to pull the ol’ “keep the optical mouse from functioning correctly” prank, and I debunked that sucker in less than two seconds. WEAK!

Lesser highlights this month will include my two visits to Pluckers, one of which is tomorrow. Their food is delicious, and with Tuesday being fifty-cent wing night and two-dollar Shiners, my experience is improved that much more. K$ is claiming to get on the Wall of Flame eventually and had mentioned that he was going to conquer some Fire in the Hole wings tomorrow. I’m not sure if he remembered, but we’ll see.

This is the kick-off post for the April Post Challenge. Wish me luck. Peace out.

the buffiends vs. the mother pluckers

This title of this post is irrelevant to what you’re about to read. I had it saved as a draft but never got around to writing it. We’re probably gonna hit up the Chinese buffet this weekend, and we will be attending Pluckers this upcoming Tuesday, so maybe I can feel inspired to write the relevant post.

Work has been miserable since last week until today. I’ve been flooded with so much work, but I finally had a peaceful day today where I was being hounded by someone needing some sort of assistance. I was able to live in my personal bubble and do my tasks to get things done. I’d like to thank my bro again for writing up some volatile batch files to get the work done much much quicker.

Unfortunately, I will have to be in bed decently early tonight. I have to be at work at 9am for a meeting tomorrow. I am not looking forward to this, because I normally do not function at that hour. I also worked an hour over on Monday and two hours over on Tuesday. I felt so overworked that I wanted to minimalize the amount of time I spent in front of the computer hence the lack of posts lately.

Tomorrow is Thursday, TGTF Day. I hope to leave as early as possible tomorrow. If I have to be at work at nine, then I should be able to leave at five. I will probably leave at four, because I don’t want the overtime. I will probably leave at six on Friday, since I will still have accrued two hours overtime. I would rather not be at work knowing that I’ve done my tasks and done my time than be on the clock longer than I should.

Friday is payday. w00t! The few days after pay day usually signal eating out rather than the eating in routine which I plan on doing some Chinese buffet this weekend and Pluckers on Tuesday. I know I already wrote that, but I’m excited. I may not have too much meat on my bones, but I looove food. Hell, who doesn’t?

My car hasn’t been well lately. It leaks oil, and I am going to try to repair it DIY-style for minimal cost (JB Weld, baby!). The car is over eleven years old, and by default, cars that age seem to fall apart slowly but surely.

Mare & I are supposed to make our Za of the Week tonite, but I am not sure since I have to be awake so early tomorrow. She isn’t off work yet, and it’s already half past ten. Maybe we’ll do it on Thursday and if not, then Saturday. We’ll see. Peace out.