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No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white
Just our hands clasped so tight
Waiting for the hint of a spark
If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the no’s on their vacancy signs

-Death Cab for Cutie

5 Comments September 29, 2006


(21:45:27) aat1219: Im so mad at you
(21:45:27) JoMaMa010 [AUTO-REPLY] : out and about in toronto…
(21:45:39) aat1219: You moving away pretty much ruined my life

5 Comments September 28, 2006

What’s New Pussycat

Here what’s going on with me, circa Fall 2006.

  • In lieu of getting a part-time job someplace, I’ve actually been getting into some consulting projects, which *might* end up being an order of magnitude more lucritive than working for CompUSA.
  • I have some company coming to visit this weekend, and with the Wisconsin v. Wolverine game happening on Saturday it promises to be a fun couple of days.
  • My living situation has improved dramatically since this time last year. My current place is a one bedroom, near downtown Ann Arbor. It’s a short little walk to the bars, a six-minute commute to work, and is in a pretty quiet neighborhood. Oh, and I have a real bed this time too. Bam!
  • I’m going to Toronto next week for work which is really exciting, considering Toronto is such an incredible town. It’s only for three days, and not over the weekend, but I’m sure I’ll find a way to take in a few sites and have a little fun. I am lucky to have friends in all of the “big” cities in the Great Lakes region, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Toronto, Madison, Duluth at al, ensuring I’m never lonely when I have to travel for work.
  • I’ve been playing a lot of Company of Heroes of late. Seeings how it combines a few of my favorite things (video games and World War II) I’ve been pretty addicted.
  • Fall softball has been going really well. I’m such a streaky athlete — how I can go from being benched in a co-ed “classic” league to being one of the better players on an A-level men’s league is beyond me. I think the biggest thing for me is to not try and hit home runs (and ultimately fly out) and just try to get on base.

2 Comments September 20, 2006

Random Pat Lyrics

I’ve got to clear away the cobwebs
That completely cover me
Find a brand new way of living
And a change of scenery

I flipped a coin
Heads – I’ll become a conservative businessman
Go to school get my MBA
Be a CEO or a CPA
Buy a big house with a fence around it
Make so much money I can’t count it
Tails – I’ll become a hopeless dreamer
Guess which won?

All my friends have told me we’re incompatible
We should be practical and break up now
We’ve been very happy for a long, long time
What do my friends of mine know anyhow?

-Pat Mccurdy

September 17, 2006

No Job for You

In light of my recent finances, I had an interview earlier this evening with Compusa for a part-time job. Unfortunately I didn’t get it, which is probably a blessing in disguise, as the $8.15/hr they were offering would have been tough. On the other hand, their employee discount is ‘at cost’ merchandise which would have been pretty sweet, so maybe it wasn’t such a blessing after all.

8 Comments September 11, 2006

Remembering Steve Irwin

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A Avatar/Photoshop tribute to an extraordinary individual.

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10 Comments September 5, 2006

Minnesota Vacation: Friends, Family, and FUN

Being between leases from 16 August to 31 August 2006 I was left with two choices: live in a homeless shelter for two weeks, or go visit friends/family for two weeks back in Minnesota. I wisely chose the latter.

That said, here’s some notes from my time back in ‘Sota:

  • The first week was spent in northern Minnesota fishing (I caught a ton of fish too), reading, sleeping in, swimming, and generally relaxing with the fam.
  • The remainder of the time was spent hanging out with friends and family and doing stuff:
  • I saw Snakes on a Plane, which actually ended up being pretty good. People applauded at the end, including me.
  • TJ, Becca, and I went to Duluth on a Saturday. After pre-partying on the way up, we were so tired that we forgot to go out that evening, heh. We sort of made up for it on the way back. I had forgot to make reservations up there beforehand, and as it turned out every hotel except for one was sold out in a 40-mile radius. That one hotel ended up being slightly shady, and by slightly I mean extremely, but we took it anyway.
  • I went to see a Twins game with Jed, Adam, Alicia, and Zach. After pre-gaming at Prestons, we ran into a bum who proceeded to tell us he loved heroin and fancy coffins with gold inlay. I told him that that was very weird, and some girl yelled at me (“I work with homeless people”). Whatever lady.
  • A gentleman in front of us at the game was very unhappy that we were having fun. He got especially furious when we mentioned the aforementioned heroin, fancy coffins with gold inlay, as well as cigarettes and tobacco. Whatever dude.
  • Alicia’s boyfriend, whom I had never met, insists on introducing himself in the third person which I find a little bit disconcerting.
  • I got to see all of my little cousins who are now grown up, which was a bit of a shock.
  • Dustin and Jed have the ultimate bachelor pad — it puts 514 to shame. It features a 42″ Plasma tv, an X-Box 360, Rhapsody, a beer pong table (the closet door) which we put to good use (I lost in the first round), a laptop computer, gracious hosts, and is a few minutes from Uptown (The Drink).
  • Jed convinced me to get a job at Best Buy, which I’m going to do. In addition to being in dire need of additional cash, I could really put the 5% above cost Best Buy discount to good use.
  • Becca and I saw BodyWorlds at the Science Musuem. For the most part it was well done, although I did have some ethical/moral issues with some of the pieces.
  • We visited the Mystic Lake casino and I was able to walk out $120 ahead — my first time coming out ahead at a casino in probably years.
  • I was planning on visiting Michelle on my last night in MN, which fell through due to an early morning flight and extreme exhaustion. Seeings how I’ve known her since 1st grade and I haven’t seen her in a looong time, you can say I really dropped the ball there. I’ll have to find a way to make it up to her.

Upon getting back to Ann Arbor, I promptly moved into my new apartment, which is pretty nice. It’s a few blocks away from the stadium, so every Saturday I’ll be treated to 120,000 screaming fans, but whatev.

Of course, I took many pics from the trip, here:


3 Comments September 4, 2006


You’re not coming back for me, these things they will never be
I’m so used to being wrong, so put me where I belong

-Neverending White Lights

September 2, 2006

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