Hey gang I'm back!
Its been a long time since I really felt like sitting down and putting my feelings into words. That time has come once again as I am not doing so well these days. A large part of my problem is that I've been sick, colds suck I hate them.. I've been dealing with a lot of things but to sum up the past year since I stopped posting here.
I am still living in my mobile home and it is slowly being remodeled, the plan is to get the remodel done, sell it and get my first house. I am still a year away from this but its coming. I have 3 people living at my house whom I help out and keep an eye on, in may ways I consider them my "family" or my "children" in some cases lol. In October I started a new job working IT and QA work at Telestream, Inc. a software company. My new job is great and despite it being a longer drive I am doing well here. I made many trips over the past year, not all of them I can remember but I did make it up to Eureka, Ca on one trip, I did a 450 mile in one day drive from Nevada down to Mono Lake and back up home. I took part in Meg and Ray's wedding of course and also did the ceremony for some other friends. I've even made it to the dentist and started getting my dental work finally!
Things haven't been all good. My grandfather passed away last year and lately my Seasonal Affective Disorder has been bringing me down. Try as I might it finally got the better of me and I have no desire to do anything if I had my way I'd sleep. I am still single of course and for once I don't feel the need to be in a relationship, in fact I am so sick of most people and situations that all I want to do is sit in my room and just do nothing, just stare at the ceiling and pass the time.
I should probably get back to work, and I am certain I have missed things and I summed up the past year too fast.
Truth is I don't know what to say.. So to get around this, ask me things and I'll answer them!
If anyone still cares. :P
10 years agoferroequine
Hey gang I'm back!
11 years agoferroequine
Yeah I know I am last in posting that :P
So here's an update as to what I've been up to and I promise there is good news in here.
First up I am no longer homeless, I actually managed to luck out and was given a mobile home, so all I have to do is pay space rent which is super cheap. With a place like this I'll be able not only to get on my feet but be able to start saving for a house one day. The good thing is that I own the mobile so when that happens I'll be able to sell it for a down payment. The down side is that the previous inhabitant tore the place apart and I've had a lot of work on my hands trying to get the damn thing to be livable, there are still problems here and there but I am getting them straightened out. At the moment however I have no furniture or much of anything else but soon I will scour craigslist for free stuff. However it is nice to have a home again :)
Also as far as good news goes, I got a raise, so now I will have more money to live off of and save. Its not much but it is something and should put me right at the point where I am not always broke. :)
As for christmas I gave most of my family and friends prints of my photos I've taken on the road this year, all of them were loved. I gave my youngest sister a laptop since she didnt have a computer and Jen got a new camera because her camera was teh ghey..
What did I get?
I got the following: Socks, Scented Candles, A pack of the pirates game, Full Metal Alchemist collectors tin #3, Little Miss Sunshine on DVD and of course the Clerks 2 boxed set which I am eagerly awaiting its arrival. :)
I hope everyone had a good christmas I know I did.
11 years agoferroequine
I feel bad because I've been neglecting RvB for the past few months.. The sad fact of the matter is that I've been busy with life and trying to sort a lot of things out. As some of you know, I am homeless and sadly still homeless but thankfully not for much longer. In addition I've been pretty broke, and been busy with other things.
With what you ask?
Well I've been busy with the 2 things I love most in this world.
For the past few months Jen and I have been hitting the road on the weekends and exploring the countryside. We've camped at Mono Lake, visited Bodie, gone over Tioga, Sonora, Donner Beckworth, and Carson passes of the Sierras. We've gone to San Francisco, Medoncino, Fort Bragg, Bodega Bay and countless other coast towns. And along the way we've taken our cameras, seen what there was to see and returned home with memories that will last a lifetime. Believe it or not but its actually hard for me to write this.. I am not sure why. I've seen things that I still can't believe I've seen each of them something I've always wanted to do and the only thing that held me back was having the right person to do those things with.
I <3 My Jen.. I hope she knows that.
p.s. For those of you interested go to my deviantart page and look at some of the photos from these trips.
11 years agoferroequine
When I was younger and back in grade school, I really only had about 3 friends. By Jr. High one of those friends left town and I had the remaining 2, Blake and David around to hang out with. In those days we used to cause trouble all over the place. Eventually by the end of High School we all once again went our seperate ways and over the years I'd seen Blake around and kept in touch with him. A month ago Blake moved back to town and works downtown, I now see him often and I've gone over to his place to cause trouble like old times. For once my friends actually got to hear more of the stories I've told them, confirming that I wasn't making this stuff up.
On the other hand, I hadn't seen David in years, in fact it had been aboutt 7 years to be exact.
Lastnight I was down at the Pizza place were Blake works, using their WiFi to get my WoW on.. My friend Adam is watching over my shoulder and he's got someone standing next to him, I look back to see who it is and lo and behold its Dave himself! He said later that he was watching me wondering what kind of person would play WoW at a pizza place, when he realized it was me he said he should have known. I spent most of the time catching up with old friends last night. Much cheap beer was drunk, and when Dave and I went down to get more, we stopped at the bar and had some "insane" drink that the bartender (and Dave's friend) made specially for us to not "knock us on our asses". I am not 100% sure what was in it, but I know it had Malibu, Amaretto and something that tasted like bannanas.. I know I saw him pour like 7 seperate bottles into our glasses..
It also occured to me lastnight how funny it is how we've all changed over the years, and even then the stories and good times keep coming. So lastnight was like a reunion, it felt like the "old days" once again. Most of all I was glad to see my best friends and I together again.
On a side note.. My other friend that moved away was James. I also found out that he's back in town. Not only that, he owns one of the bookstores here in town that I go to a lot. The last time I was there I thought the guy working there looked familiar and I was going to say something, but I noticed he didn't recognize me so I said "eh". Strangely enough I NEVER expected him to own a bookstore. Its funny how things turn out.
11 years agoferroequine
I have a friend who works for an ISP here in town and he was telling me today about how they have a google search bar on thier homepage and how it also logs the whole thing, so every so often when he clears the logs, he gets a laugh out of the things people search for..
Here are some highlights:
"find professor ramachandran phd at the department of psychology university"
"some dirty dog put glue on my saddle"
"gameshark codes for pokemon ruby with 12 digits thats not for action"
"nuked russians" followed promptly by "naked russians"
"girls who take off their clothes for me"
"he likes to suck my diek"
"www.x rated cook books.com"
I am not sure what that last one is about but it sounds hilarious...
11 years agoferroequine
Reciently I got back a book that was lost a long while ago, and since its been 9 years since I'd seen it I decided to give it a read. All in all the book took me 3 hours to read but what I was amazed by was how when I was a kid I never really got how entertaining this book is. That book is called "A Tale of Two Cities and A Train".. Yes thats right its a railroad book, but its not a boring bunch of historical facts and documentary style writing, its based directly on newspaper reports from 1874 to 1943. Because of this there are tons of little tales in there which are entertaining or cute.
One of my favorites is as follows:
"A little dog that hung around the Colfax depot paid strict attention every time the Narrow Gauge conductor yelled "All Aboard!" amd rang the bell. One day in July, the dog decided he had the hang of the operation. As Asa Plank yelled "All Aboard!" the dog made a mad dash, jumped, caught the bell cord between his teeth, and rang the bell merrily. Since the dog seemed to delight in the performance, the conductors gave him the job."
This book is laden with little stories about life in the Grass Valley, Nevada City area and when it comes time to work on my book again, I'll have to dig through the newspapers of the day to see what other fascinating little tidbits I can muster up.
11 years agoferroequine
Yesterday was supposed to be a special day, I had been planning on heading out to Fort Bragg to finish up the rest of Highway 20 that I haven't driven. Apparently the world had other plans for me..
After getting Jen and Nikki, we started on our journey by going to Grass Valley and to stop and get lunch. I noticed the car seemed a little bumpy on the freeway offramp but figured it was just the fact that my tires suck. So we part at the wonderfully tasty Cousin Jack's Pasties in Grass Valley and as soon as we get out of the car a lady that was behind us yells out that I have a flat tire, so I look, sure enough, FLAT TIRE!
The problem was two fold.
1. I didn't have enough money to get a new tire
2. It was Sunday and very few things were going to be open.
So I decided we eat first, then worry about tires. After a tasty lunch I hauled out all the gear I need to change my tire only to find out that my jack was missing. Thankfully an auto parts store was down the road so we limped down the road so I could buy a new jack. After changing to the every so lovable donut, we tried to find a place to get my old tire patched but the place we found wouldnt do it because the tire was so old. By this time, Fort Bragg was cancelled :( Instead we decided to cruise around the Nevada City area since we could drive on the donut but not really hit the freeway. I decided we'd head up to North Bloomfield, I hadn't been there yet and it might be neat. So off we went, the drive was nice until we crossed the Yuba river and the road immediately became rocks and dirt.. Because I just don't care I decided to proceed anyway, besides North Bloomfield wasn't that far away! Turns out, when you're driving 5-10mph on a dirt road, 5 miles is a long way and to make things strange there were patches of pavement all over the place. Eventually we got to North Bloomfield and passed through the Malakoff Diggings on the way there. The town of North Bloomfield was cool, boasting a mindblowing population of "8-12" just barely up the road we checked out a neat lake called "The Blair" or "Blair Lake" it was more like a large pond. Jen and Nikki spotted some fish and named one "Bluey". After stretching the legs we decided to head back to civilization and we passed through what was once a town called "Lake City" but was now just some nifty metal flower sculpture and headed to North Columbia. Some of you might remember that name, thats where the Ditty Bops performed months ago, so it was neat to pass by in the day time.
We drove for a while stopping in North San Juan and I decided we were going to Downieville. We enjoyed a nice stroll in Downieville taking photos of things all the while laughing and joking. At one point something happened that Jen had only ever joked about, we came face to face with deer! The reason this is important is because seeing deer is one thing when you're driving but seeing them up close is another. Its not like I had never been face to face with deer before, but it was because Jen hadn't. After snapping photos and tending to Jen we headed back to the car and back on the road. A few miles down the road we came to the turn off to Goodyear's Bar which sounded neat but more importantly the road went to the town of Allegheney which I had been told was a wild place to check out. With nothing better to do we headed down the road and once again wound up in the dirt and gravel.. We were now 14 miles from Alleghany and I figured the dirt couldn't be that long... Well I was close, we only had to drive on dirt roads for 8 miles of the whole 14.. WOO HOO! This was slow and boring, both Nikki and Jen tried to take a nap while I pressed on, eventually we got to a fork in the road and pavement! However the fork in the road wasn't marked so I had to check out the map on the sign there, thankfully a truck pulled up and turns out, Jen and I aren't the only ones that just go on drives for no reason, this other couple was doing the same thing! However they had just been to Alleghany and wanted to know where the roads went.. I explained the road we took and where it went and we figured that the other road went to Forest City, being glad to help out fellow travellers we took the road to Alleghany and headed off as the sun was setting. By the time we reached
Alleghany the sun was nearly completely gone and we only got a brief feel for the town, roads didnt make any logical sense, buildings were ancient and mines were all over the place.. We definately need to check it out in the day time.
So we turned around and started our trip back home and somewhere between Allegheny and Highway 49 a deer jumped out in front of me, no we didn't hit the deer thanks to my mad driving skills (seriously) but it did scare the shit out of all of us. No more than 10 minutes down the road and finally on highway 49 we were cruising along and getting our spirits back up from the deer thing when an Owl flew into the side of my car right above my window. Yes thats right.. a damn owl! This of course made me jump scared Jen and Nikki again, this time poor Jen was bothered more so than before.. I drove nice and easy for a while so everyone could calm down and another 10 minutes down the road my headlights cut out.
At this point, I pulled over to the side of the road and decided it best to take a break from travelling for a few.
Once I felt sane again, we started driving again and made it all the way to Grass Valley without problems, had dinner and then headed home.
Its strange that I drive all the time and occasionally something bad might happen or something scary, but without a doubt yesterday had the most things thrown at me yet!
Despite the insanity, it was still a good trip and much fun. :)
11 years agoferroequine
Went well, they were impressed with my computer experience and said that I will definately give me a call back after they go through all the applicants. Suprisingly I think they were shocked that I know video formats and other odds and ins relating to what they do.
So I am hoping that I get this job, it will be nice to move on to something with better pay. :)
Things I am: Intelligent, kind, funny, and an asshole(at times)
Things I am not: cool or exciting
The above statements are probably exaggerated for your pleasure. ;)
I have about a billion hobbies and interests, and I talk too much and from time to time I've been told that I know too much.
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