Monday, October 30, 2006

Terribly Horrifying Freedom

"This message is being sent to confirm that all credit card information has been removed from the World of Warcraft account *******, effectively canceling its recurring subscription as of October 27, 2006 6:57 PM UTC. The account will not bill or renew any further unless new payment information (credit card or game card) is manually entered in."

It was a great two years but it's time to get back into things that actually matter. I made some good friends and I intend to be in touch with them as much as possible. (I shit you not when I say that I got two phone calls from people, one of whom I never gave my number, asking me not to quit.) Holy hell...another one is calling me now. The irony.

What it really came down to was the realization that, somehow, the relationships I had formed through a game had come to overshadow those of my "flesh and blood" friends. Perhaps it was easier when Rhys was living just down the hall, but when the call came for a Wednesday evening beer came, I went. Somehow the desire to excel at something that ultimately doesn't matter, something with no tangible final product, created a situation where our schedules didn't match up. That's just dumb.

Now it's time to get some shit done. Call it unassailable optimism or going 'round the bend, but I still feel as though I've come out ahead somehow. I now have Reason, Logic Express, and Ableton Live on my computer. I plan on dabbling in music again. Chances are that I won't get as involved with it as 3 years ago, but it's fun just to fiddle around sometimes (pun only slightly intended).

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Daylight-Savings Time 1 - Chuck 0

I forgot about that stupid thing...again...and got to work an entire hour early. If I were the grumpy type, I'd have been pissed. Don't believe Lunchie's lies. I'm really one of those cheerfully annoying and upbeat individuals in the morning. If I'm grouchy, it's probably because I just don't like you very much at that point in time anyway. My mood really doesn't depend on the amount of sleep I've had, although there is plenty of evidence to suggest that my sanity level does. But really, there's nothing you can really do about something like this but smile and let the night auditor get a good laugh at your expense. I also made it a point to run over to the kitchen and let them sink their teeth into this piece of comedy gold. If anyone deserves to laugh at the lazy cracker next door, it's those guys.

It's the little things, ya know.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sorry Rae Rae.

Yeah, I have been working. They've got me on a pretty consistent weekend schedule now. Last week we had the Chattanooga Head Race and the shop was under siege by Universities flavored Clemson, Duke, UTK, GA, and GA Tech. Oh, and their parents too. Amanda tells me that there was a line of 20 people at 7am before she even opened the door. When I got there at 8am she was ankle-deep in receipts. It was a really fun day. Seriously, I had a blast. This weekend is Dad's birthday and next weekend is an even bigger regatta.

Anyway, that's my excuse for not coming to Nashvegas to visit. Believe me, I want to but it's looking like it's going to be a while. Especially since Dad called me a couple nights ago to inform me that Aunt Blanche is going to die soon...very very soon. So there is going to be a memorial service in Ohio that will require my attendance...unless I'm working. No condolences, please. Members of my family tend to live as long as they like and die when it's the decent thing to do, so there's no need to be sad. Any excuse to get the family together is a good one.

I'll try to get up there as soon as possible and have something better for you next time I update.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Goings On

It's no coincidence that my lack of updating has to do, in large part, with the lack of significant events of late. Sadly, the only real achievements of mine in the last month or so has taken place in a virtual world, and I'm not going into that with you. I'll just say that things are dragging on as usual.

The new job and I are getting along quite well. I'm not getting enough hours but the entire point was to get me out of the house anyway, so I won't complain. Some of the people who work in the hotel, just a couple really, are not very pleasant. But I'm having fun and making a couple bucks so it's a great gig even though it is punctuated with brief moments of actual "work." I'm still no closer to figuring out the larger problem even though several people across the country have made efforts to nudge me in certain directions. But like most things I think the solution will reveal itself in time and forcing it isn't going to help much. If not, it's a good thing I like the smell of coffee...I may be doing it for a while.

You'll notice a couple new additions to the List-O-Peeps over there to the right. Don't take their sudden appearance to symbolize any spectacular events. It was never a snub that their names were absent for so long. At least I hope it hasn't been perceived as one. It dawned on me a couple days ago that there was no reason for them not to be there other than my own laziness. So there they are. I have righted a wrong, so quit yer gawkin. We're done for now anyway.