the end

This year is only going to last a few more days before next year arrives. I am amazed at how quickly time passes now compared to when I was younger. In just a few months, I’m going to be a quarter of a century years old. In a few years, I’ll probably be engaged or married with children not far behind. And before I know it, I’ll be old. Well, I hope that I can take each moment that I am given and enjoy it as it comes.

There have been many people who have come and gone since I was born. But this year, while reading this article in the Houston Chronicle, I realized that something is different about those people who have passed on this year than those who died in previous years. I seem know of many more people who are on this list than before. This could amount to one of three things (probably more):

a. I know more people because I’m more aware because I’m older.
b. It’s like this every year and I just don’t pay attention
c. I was particularly quite familiar with many people who died.

Specifically, I didn’t know that Robert Stack of the infamous show Unsolved Mysteries died! When my mom got hooked on this show, obviously we watched it plenty as well. So it’s sorta strange to know he’s gone.

However, those people which I did know caught me off guard because of how many of them there were: Barry White, John Ritter, Fred Rogers, Michael Kamen, Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Adkins, and the list goes on. I don’t think these people really have much of a significant meaning to me but rather they are/were people who have just been around for a long time or I kept track of. I just don’t pay attention to people for very long before they’re gone already.

So do I have a point? Well, I guess just for myself at least. I hope I can figure out how to take advantage of life instead of taking it for granted. I have a lot that I hope I can accomplish and not much time in which I can do it. Because before I know it, I’ll be gone!

pbase

As a new fanatic to digital photography, I’d love to take a moment to give props to a very nice website that I like to browse every now and then. It’s called PBase.com and it’s dedicated to photography.

PBase.com is a database of photographs from photographers all over the world. It features digital photography from the inexpensive cameras to some of the best cameras money can buy. It’s a great place to spend time browsing for really pretty pictures for your enjoyment. I reference to it every now and then to get some different perspectives that maybe I would never think about.

Someday I hope I can implement my own photo database on this website (along with a million other things) but I first need to dedicate some time to rearranging and designing my website. I’ll also try to get some of my fabulous Boston and NYC pics up on my website soon. Trust me, the Boston downtown night shot… it came out amazing!

I’ll be off to Texarkana for Christmas and be back on Saturday. I hope anyone reads this has a Merry Christmas or holiday. Whichever it is for you

shopping… AAAAHH!

This weekend, I decided that it was time to get my Christmas shopping done. I couldn’t picked a better time . . . to immerse myself in hours of waiting in long lines with other desperate shoppers trying to fill the void of knowing they “owe” someone a present (that’s debatable).

The main waiting that I was forced to endure was in my car going to and from the parking lots of Baybrook Mall and vicinity. Going to that mall was like going back to a different mall because so much has changed. Yet, it also feels like going to high school because I spent more than a few occasions spending endless time hanging out. So I basically made one round getting presents and then getting the heck away from there.

Oh, how I love the burden of our materialistic Christmas. . . Nothing like putting off buying presents until the “last minute”.

bad present for Christmas

I would like to pass on a certain link to anyone who is shopping or has shopped for Christmas presents already. I hope it wasn’t a CD. A CD is bad for many reasons:

  • The RIAA gets all the money.
  • The artist gets no money.
  • It costs just a few more cents to buy the DVD equivelent.

It could go on and on. But rather than me sitting here typing all my reasons out, why don’t you just click on this link to a humorous website explaining the same exact thing I just stated. Because, hey, it’s time we all learned a little about how crappy the RIAA really is.

Oh yeah, you think you’re safe with the iTunes music store? Nope.

for real

This week marks a new beginning. I have formally started work with real estate and new business partners. I am going into rental properties with some friends of mine, who have formed a corporation. Finding a 9-5 job seems hopeless right now and the money seems to be in owning business rather than working for one.

We have huge ambitions such as owning rental houses up to financing businesses to opening larger businesses. This’ll probably take a lot of time and money but this seems like a better venture for me than trying to work a corporate job somewhere.

Our first problem to overcome, just as with any business, is finding money. I’ll most likely have to take a job that pays a steady income so that I can start affording to live and helping the business with whatever amount it needs. Hopefully in the near future we will be able to find some backers who can donate some money for us to use.

So I guess we’ll see what happens with this as time progresses. As with any business, it could go belly up in a year because of rising interest rates and depreciating house costs. However, I doubt that’ll be the reason for bad business. As long as we’re persistant and continue to fight any battles such as interest rates and depreciation, we should be fine.

snowy christmas

There will come a point in time when I’m going to make an extended stay to one of my favorite cities, New York City, during the month of December. I am also going to do the same during the fall foliage peak. There are so many photos that I’d just love to take, including the New England states and Maine during the same times. The more I learn about photography, the more interested I become. I should probably take some classes in the near future to better understand the technical terms that I don’t know.

Although the United States and the rest of the world scored big by catching Saddam, I feel sorry for the media. Why feel so sorry? Well, my first thought after hearing the news concerned one of my favorite TV shows. I’m sure that the next morning when the actors at Saturday Night Live woke up, they were just heartbroken that they won’t be back on the air until January! It’s these kinds of stories that make shows like SNL that much better in my opinion. Then the publications such as news magazines and papers couldn’t print anything big until the next cycle whether that be a day or week.

Here’s to hoping that we discover some life threatening WMD as well as Osama

no job yet

I still don’t have a job. I am (not technically) unemployed. Since leaving college 7 months ago, I have not been able to find a full-time job. I have applied to many places but no shows yet.

Have you heard of the show “The Simple Life”? Not too many reality shows can catch my attention or peak my interest. However, hearing about this sex video scandal and knowing her fortune, something about Paris Hilton but the whole filthy rich in the spotlight sex scandal hot child thing caught my attention. And there’s Nicole Richie, the drunken wild Lionel Richie child who can’t stay away from drugs. By the way, is she white? How? Anywho, it’s interesting to watch these pre-celebrities stumble and fall in the midst of daily tasks for the hicks of Arkansas. And the fact that Paris didn’t know what Wal-mart was, hilarious! Yeah, I’m serious, she thought they sold walls!

Now, for those people who are video game fans, I have received a certain video from two friends already since two weeks ago. If you thought you were good at the Nintendo games, you might be wrong. It was footage of someone defeating Super Mario Bros. 3 in only 11 minutes. Coming up in a video game household, all I can say is amazing.

I’m sure by now just about everyone who reads this website semi-often has heard of or seen the star wars kid in action. If not, go here to see a really funny video that humiliates a kid. Well, I’m sure you have never seen this website, but this already infamous video has cloned… it has cloned into not 10, not 20 but 106 videos and counting. How do I know this? I visited www.jedimaster.net and saw all assortments of videos. I don’t mean to promote this video as funny as it is. Be sure to check out the other links on the page including the CBS video that explains the tales of what has happened to this kid. It’s pretty sad.

long hours, no sleep

Monday. Who wants to go to work right after a nice, relaxing weekend? Well, I should have known better. Monday afternoon, after a relatively uneventful Monday, the network at the clinic decided to take a nose dive. Such a nosedive required hours of trial and error to get the network back up and running. To be precise, about 16 hours on Monday and 6 hours on Tuesday. Yup, I went to bed at 2:30am and woke up at 6:15am. Back to work at 7:00am bright and early. All because the network wasn’t working correctly.

So, come Tuesday afternoon when things relatively calmed down, I took a nice 5 hours nap. All in all, those many hours sucked. Now it’s a matter of putting in many more hours over the next 7 days to recover and get things back to the way they were. As well, trying to catch up and figure everything out so that there isn’t a whole lot of work to miss over Christmas.

And all of this is just my part time job! I can’t imagine having a full time job and having another network crash. I hope I get lucky with work!!

too much monday

I woke up at 8:30am. I went to work at 9am. I finished working at 1:30am.

This………was……..a…….loooooooooooooooooooooonng….day….

*tucks myself in bed to sleep*

my week off

After a nice Thanksgiving holiday, I decided I should extend this time off while I can. So, I took all of this past week off just relaxing. It was a very nice time to do nothing. I would love to extend it but I shall be responsible and continue to earn my living.

Christmas is here. Well, almost here. I’m not ready for it to be here but it’s here. I have no shopping done, I don’t really want to go shopping, and I’d love to just skip Christmas this year and fast-forward to the time in my life when I’m happier and have something of a job or purpose. The holidays become meaningless when there’s not as much to look forward to. Sure, I enjoy being with family and friends and that’s enough for me. But this holiday I still don’t have a job, or I still don’t know my purpose for waking up every morning. I don’t want a full-time, 8-5 job. But I would love income that didn’t take as much effort.

I applied for a job recently. Surprisingly, even to myself, I applied for an assistant youth director position. I don’t know if this is for me, but I had to see what they said and see if I liked what I saw. It is a really nice position but my main concern is being able to afford to take the job. I would have to move out near the church but the salary I’d be paid is nowhere near enough for me to live because of all the expenses I already have with student loans. Arg, darn these stupid loans.

I was working on my computer the other day when the mail came. Supposedly, I have a subscription to FHM. Why does this matter? Because I now have a ton of free subscriptions including Maxim, Stuff, and Blender. This excludes a few others but I’m pretty much subscribed to some pretty nice Men’s magazines. I didn’t realize I had signed up for FHM but I welcome the stories. They’re nice toilet articles!

Word for the year: Postmodern