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Sunday, October 15th, 2006
2:20 am
I would like to make enough money that I could run my heater constantly and keep my living space nice and toasty all winter. I would like to not have to budget out exactly what I am going to eat for the week, and figure out exactly how much I am allowed to drive to use the least amount of gasoline. I would like to not have to plan out my seasonal clothes purchases months in advance so I can afford them. I would like to live in a place where I felt safe enough that I could keep my belongings there. That would be a start.

Current Mood: tired
Friday, October 13th, 2006
8:58 pm
I finally got a new front door for my apartment. The only problem is the door they put in is slightly smaller then the frame, so there is a half-inch gap all around. The guy said he was going to put weatherstripping down in the bottom and make the frame thicker on the latch side next week, so hopefully that will make things better. I had to stuff some old t-shirts in the gaps to stop a breeze of arctic air from permeating my room. I guess for now I can pretend I'm in some House of Leaves-style horror novel.

Thursday I was able to hit 200 pounds on my set of deadlifts, which was my orginal goal. Now I'm hoping I can hit 250# in the next 5 or 6 weeks. Deadlifts are now my favorite exercise ever because they make you feel like the Hulk.

Quantum chemistry midterm next Thursday. I've kept up with the studying and the homework, so I think as long as I don't slack off this weekend I should be good to go. The heat trasnfer midterm the week after that though, ugh.

Current Mood: stressed
Monday, October 2nd, 2006
12:13 am
I moved out most of the stuff today that I'd be worried about getting stolen if my apartment got broken into, and I finally got everything arranged. There are some pictures of the apartment below the lj-cut minus all the stuff that has put me in debt over the last couple of years. It actually feels kind of nice.

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Current Mood: Kill me for listening to Gackt
Sunday, October 1st, 2006
3:08 pm
Yesterday I went to go clean out the old apartment for the final time, and when I get back I was greeted with this:

Someone had tried to break open my door with a pry bar. I think they ran out of leverage room, because they didn't get through, but the door frame is bent to hell. I'm going to store all my music gear at my parent's house for now. I can't wait until I can afford to not live in a craphole.
Saturday, September 16th, 2006
5:49 pm
The guy from the cable company came to hook up the cable modem at my new place today. Unfortunately, the wires are so old and decrepid that they have to entirely replace them before they can hook up my internet. So it looks like I won't have internet for a week. Fuck. I think I'm addicted to the internet.

Current Mood: disconnected
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
5:42 am
Started moving stuff into the new apartment the other day. The cable modem should be hooked up Saturday, which is all I'm waiting for to fully move in there.

The other night I came back from the store and a huge section of the parking lot in front of my apartment was police taped off and there were a couple police cars sitting there. Emily said there was a police helicopter too earlier. Then the next day I saw a news van outside, so I looked on the local news websites and found out there had been a driveby shooting at a car in the parking lot. The day after they found the car that was being shot at in a farm field just up the road with 2 dead bodies in it. Just another wonderful example of how this place has turned into a craphole over the past two years.

Snog is playing at the Outland next month! I have to catch this show. I haven't been this excited for a show in a while.

Current Mood: sore
Monday, September 11th, 2006
12:23 am
Notes from the Industrial Club
If you have a gut that makes you look pregnant and man boobs, the ultra-super-tight shirt and dress goth look is probably not going to work for you.

If you take enough care to make sure all your clothes are black, spring an extra 3 bucks for some black socks. They're right next to the white socks in the store. And if you don't, stay away from the blacklight.
Monday, September 4th, 2006
1:53 am
It was overcast and in the mid 60's today and felt like fall was here, so I spent the afternoon downtown today because I love this weather. Downtown on Sunday afternoons is great because it is practically deserted. It feels like you are wandering through a ghost town, like in the beginning of 28 Days Later. I get a little nervous about getting mugged though with it like that. I got a bunch of pictures, but nothing came out very good. A few of the all right ones below the cut...

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Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
4:34 am
I was out driving around today and stopped by my parents house since I was in the neighborhood. I had the stereo on in my car pretty loud, and when I pulled into the driveway and turned the engine off I heard this loud high pitched sound coming from all directions. The tornado sirens were going off. Back when I used to live in St. Louis we used to get these bad storms all the time. Every time a tornado is near it is dead still. There is no wind, no rain, no sound, just an eerie silence and the sirens going off in it. The sky gets a weird tint to it. I remember one time when I was a little kid I stood out on our back porch and saw the sky turn a complete lime green color that tinted everything. I drove back to my apartment at a pretty decent pace. As I traveled up the streets, everyone was outside on their lawns just staring at the sky like the four horsemen were about to descend, unmoving in the stillness. The sirens would go off every couple of minutes, and sometimes there would be all kinds of weird beeps or someone would come on the speakers to tell everyone to get inside. The whole thing is very surreal, and I miss living out nearer to tornado alley. If I could freeze a moment of time to live in, it would be in the moments before a tornado hits.

And on a completely unrelated note, look who came back to the apartment.

I don't have the heart to knock his web down again. I guess it's back to ducking out my doorway. It bums me out he never catches anything. Maybe I should catch a moth and toss it in his web.

I got approved for the studio apartment right next to my work. I should be moving in there early next month before the next school quarter starts. It's tiny, but I can't wait to get my own place. People around all the time just bugs me after a while.

Guess that's all I have to write right now.

Current Mood: optimistic
Sunday, August 20th, 2006
9:56 pm
My apartment complex is engulfed by spiders this time of year. Every night there is a spider that builds a web over the outside of my apartment's door frame. During the day he is gone, but as soon as the sun sets he is always hanging out on his web. I always felt bad for him because he never catches anything in his web which he obviously spent a lot of time building, so I was careful not to bust it. Last night I found out his web was now engulfing a quarter of the door frame and I had to literally duck under it to not bring a sticky spider covered mass crashing down onto my head. I tore his web down today, and I am pretty sure I am going to be jumped by angry spiders next time I venture out my door. I can feel their beady little eyes staring at me through the window.
Thursday, August 17th, 2006
1:31 pm
I have officially sold out to "the man."

Current Mood: hungry
Friday, August 11th, 2006
6:27 am
Today I got my package from Sweden from Nemoulette from the SA forums (that's a lot of freaking froms)! Pics below the cut.

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Current Mood: dorky
Saturday, July 29th, 2006
3:35 am
I have had to switch my sleeping schedule to staying up all night and morning and sleeping in the afternoon, and it is absolute hell. Not being able to lay down and go to bed while the sun is still away is an absolutely horrible feeling.

In my sleep deprived state, I blew a big load of cash this week. I'm excited about what I've ordered though, and will post some pics as soon as the packages arrive!

Current Mood: tired
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
5:41 pm
If one day I became unimaginably rich, I would construct a zeppelin. Not just a normal zeppelin, but a massive colossus of steel and hydrogen or Hindenburgian proportions. I would float across the country, stopping to slowly circle above the cities for no reason at all. I would stand outside on a deck clothed as a 1920's ship captain and laugh maniacally all day as the little ant people below scurried around. Life would be great floating around in the sky.

3:06 am
I headed over to the High Five tonight to see Cyanotic. They were supposed to play at 8:00, but I guess they were waiting for more people to show up because it was just me and two Mexican dudes at the bar plus a couple of people sitting at a booth. 11:00 rolled around and they were finally going through their sound check, but I had already sobered up and was feeling like shit, so I just said fuck it and left. On the way home I picked up one of those new Burger King stackers. I think the owners of that company have some sort of running bet on how much unhealthy crap they can squeeze between two buns before people will just refuse to eat it.

Current Mood: head pain
Friday, July 14th, 2006
3:41 am
I came home from work last night about 3 a.m., and as soon as I step out of my car I hear some barking. I look over and a pit bull is charging me across the parking lot. I started walking towards my apartment, and the thing kept following right behind me barking. I looked at it once and it started growling. It didn't follow me up the stairs, and I was able to make it inside without getting mauled. I love my apartment complex.

Oh yeah, a couple weeks ago I watched some guy dressed like Mr. T sell some other guys some drugs in my parking lot. Man this place has gone downhill.
Sunday, July 9th, 2006
4:37 am
I remember reading somewhere that the loud sudden bursts of ringing that quickly fade away that you get in your ears sometimes is one of your tiny ear follicles dying off and emitting one last loud burst of sound. The past few days I've been getting a lot of those bursts. It may be all in my head, but I think my tinnitus is a little better now. Maybe some of my damaged ear follcles are dying off and not ringing anymore. Or maybe I'm just getting more used to it. Or maybe they're just as bad as before. It doesn't bug me too much, but it would be absolute bliss to be able to sit in a quiet room and hear nothing. Oh well, I guess we pay for our stupidity.

Current Mood: ring
Monday, June 26th, 2006
8:34 pm
I think I got the last good thing to come from aging, my car insurance took the big drop from hitting 25. I guess the next thing I have to look forward to is being cynical about growing up in the 90's to kids whenever they start doing the 90's retro thing.
Sunday, June 11th, 2006
2:47 am
I almost drove off the road tonight on a late night run to Taco Bell while trying to figure out in my head what kind of cymbals a band I was listening to on my stereo was using. I probably shouldn't be driving.

Current Mood: tired
Saturday, June 3rd, 2006
3:56 am
I was watching Equilibrium the other day, and after that part where Christian Bale listens to the beginning of Beethoven's ninth symphony it got stuck in my head. It was still there tonight at work, and it got me thinking about how amazing it is that a human being created something that beautiful. That led to the thought that the vast majority of us will never write a song anywhere near as good as that, or come up with e=mc^2, or paint something on the level of the Sistine chapel, or unlock the secrets of black holes. We'll sit around turning food into shit and enjoy these things while waiting for the next hero of humanity to come forth. We all suck at life compared to Beethoven.

Current Mood: dumb
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