Free at last, free at last!

Friday five baby!

What was your biggest accomplishment this year?
Getting my current job after being laid off for a couple of months, with a substantial increase in pay… 🙂

What was your biggest disappointment?:
Not being able to see the twin towers from my window anymore…

Will you be making any New Year’s resolutions?
Yes I will, paying off all of my debts in the next few year so I can start saving for a house.

Where do you wish you were celebrating?
Australia…. 🙂

What do you plan to do for New Year’s Eve?
Don’t know yet… Find a good party and get trashed perhaps?? I’d love to have a dinner party again though.

Wow! Only once in a while am I completely blown away by a web journal. If you get a chance check out Dawn’s journal. It’s quite a simple yet absolutely elegant design and I love her writing style, but what really does it for me is that she actually knows how to code and damn well too! Wow!

Anywayz, I still have nothing to do for New Year’s. The good thing is that my boss is away this week which leaves me as the master of this domain. It’s also a fairly light week work-wise and the traffic in the morning is sooo much nicer… My 30 minute commute actually takes 30 minutes, yay! Because of the lighter work week I’ve been tweaking this site around making things go a little bit faster database wise and it seems to be helping. I think for the rest of the work day and the weekend I am going to work on getting my CD mixes list up here. Then I’ll enable public posting of your CD mixes which I think will be a cool thing… Do you?

And some big bear hug thank you’s to Dara and Candi for their guestbook entries and an even BIGGER lift-off-the-floor bear hug thank you to Vic and Jennifer for linking me… Wooo!

Jingle bells, batman smells…

As I was helping one of our company’s sales reps install a new printer on her laptop this past Wednesday, we were bullshitting the time passing by with idle chit chat. Most of my friends can attest that I am a very open guy willing to answer just about anything you ask, so she started asking me a whole slew of questions and then she asked something which led to like an hour long chat.

Since I am a stone’s throw (and a 2 minute, 90 cent bus ride, or 6 dollar, 1.5 minute car ride) away from New York City, she proceeded to ask me about how everything is here concerning September’s events. Granted it was a very nice sentiment, I am starting to get really sick of people not from this area asking me “how everything is.” Everything here is just as it is expected to be given the circumstances. I don’t know if it’s the fast-paced, dog-eat-dog nature around here, but things have moved on rather well considering the situation we have all been placed in. For the first few weeks people put flags everywhere and nowadays you see them on just a few cars. People were much more humane to each other and now it’s almost back to the same abrupt personalities we have all grown accustomed to in the city. Security’s still very tight, but it feels much more lax than it was just a couple of months ago. Does that mean we don’t care anymore, hell no! I just tend to believe that we’re not dwelling as much about those horrible events as let’s say the media and their blood-lust frenzy. Right now, I think we’re all just concentrating on the future and trying to get things back to the way it used to be (which of course will never happen, but it’s a goal at the very least). We of course still mourn the tragic losses and try to rebuild but that’s NYC’s greatest strength. It’s the ability to take whatever comes our way and get stronger from it.

Yesterday could have been a good day if it wasn’t for the nice $200 speeding ticket I got while zooming up to work. On top of the $$$ I’m sure I’ll get my first few points on my driver’s license and join the rest of the state in higher insurance… 🙁 Am I mad I got caught? Yeah sort of, but only because I was following the flow of traffic and the cop just happened to have a hard-on for my little Corolla. It’s a 50 mph limit on the Palisade’s Interstate Parkway and I was doing 90 until I saw him and he somehow clocked me at 70. I fully admit I am a total speed demon, so if anything, it’s about time I got caught… That whole karma thing I guess. Oh my virginal license….

I also took my new guitar to the Guitar Center in East Brunswick to get two new sets of pickups put in and treat myself to a nice Christmas gift. I also got to hang out with some really funny sales guys in there, so it made the long wait worthwhile. If any of you are ever looking for a great music shop with sweet service go to the Guitar Center in East Brunswick. All of the guys know their shit and you can definitely have a great deal fun in there. I got my blue Strat (Asia), my brother’s Xmas gift (black Strat Squier pack), 2 Crates and 1 Roland amp, and my new ESP (Sung Hi) fixed up there and in every instance, it was a great experience.

I found this while surfing today so I’d figured I’d give in… She’s got a really sweet site too!

1. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Alligator fritters, which taste like chicken except it has a funky aftertaste.
2. Name one (material) thing you can’t live without? My car
3. Name something you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have time for? Finish college
4. What outrageous thing do you wish you had the nerve to do? Have sex in front of a lot of people (I know my ass would be put in jail way too fast though)
5. How do you plan to spend your weekend? Xmas shopping and going to the Meadowlands Computer show. Yeah, I know, I’m a geek.

I also got this from a few people over the last couple of days, so I figured what the hey, I’ll indulge in this one too:

    5 basic things about me:

  • I’m 26
  • My birthday is February 16th
  • I’m a network administrator
  • I’m happily taken
  • I’m a clean freak
    5 other things about me:

  • I was baptized a Mormon
  • Now I’m more of a mix between agnostic and spiritual (organized religions = silly)
  • I have a weird fear of shellfish (alive and in water, not cooked and in my tummy)
  • I used to run an advice column and was invited to be on Oprah because of it
  • I have never seen Silence of the Lambs in it’s entirety because somehow I always manage to have sex during it
    5 things about my family:

  • I have one younger brother
  • I have one younger sister
  • My siblings and I were born in thr USA but our parents are Honduran
  • My parents are still happily married after 26 years
  • My dad’s an upholster (fixes furniture for those of you without a dictionary)
    5 things about my significant other:

  • Her name is Devina
  • We were friends for 2 years before we got together
  • She takes karate (Yes she can thoroughly kick my ass)
  • She’s an amazing cook
  • Up until last night we had no official anniversary date. (March 22nd)
    5 things about my pet(s):

  • Up until this past October we had two cats, Tony and Cindy
  • Cindy was put to sleep in October
  • Tony still likes to sleep with me
  • Tony is around 15 years old and Cindy was around 14
  • Tony killed a mouse just last month (the old man still got it!)…
    5 things about my website:

  • This server is sitting in my old basement along with my Linux box
  • I live 30 miles away from this server now
  • The code took me 2 weeks to create and the simple design took me roughly 3 weeks!
  • I own about 7 domains at last count
  • I use SpeakEasy.net for my sDSL line