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So... [07 Aug 2008|09:12pm]
I haven't posted on this thing in forever.... nearly 2 years in fact.
I don't plan to make it a habit of posting on here again, but after logging on today and perusing some of my friends old posts I realized that I've missed a lot. I mean A LOT.

I catch people on IM occasionally and that's all well and good, but I'm usually at work when I find people and I tend to not be able to respond very quickly (often times not until they've long signed off)

Now, I don't expect everyone to fly out here to visit (though I do have a pretty big place with an actual guest room.. *ahem* *hint hint* *etc*) and to start with I'm going to try to find the time to read LJ a little more regularly... but I don't know. Somehow I find this sort of communicating into the void lacking. I miss actual conversations with you people. I'm going to try to pick up the phone and call people, maybe as early as this weekend. I don't know whose numbers I have off the top of my head, and it may take awhile to get in touch with everyone. So if you don't hear from me feel free to yell at me for this or even take matters into your own hands.

Anyhow, I really hope to speak to you guys soon. It just really sucks that I lost touch with so many awesome people.

- Dan
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Computer-Free in '03...errr 06? [17 Oct 2006|07:01am]
[ mood | tired ]

I've just successfully completed a little experiment whereby I refrained from computer usage for the entire weekend. Huzzah! Actually I'm seriously thinking about making it a rule. I tend to find too much of my free time eaten away by silly computer crap and I'd like to change that.

One of the first things I've noticed is that the day contains hours which seem to progress one AFTER the other (well until you hit 12 then things get a bit wonky). Until now I thought the various clocks decorating my apartment, work, banks and desktop where placed there for the delight of children.

I'll try and keep you posted as to any future findings of my research.

:: End Transmission ::

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Coming to a state near you! [17 Aug 2006|07:56am]
Ok kids, it's been... damn, over a year since I've written. I take a tiny bit of pride in that fact, though largely the lack of updates was born of indecisiveness. When I first out to the left coast I had so much going on and a ton to say that I just didn't know where to start. Also, the first few weeks we had no internet. I appreciate the condolences. I'm not sure how I survived either.

On to the gist of this post:
I'm coming to NY.. and soon. I've decided to take a two week vacation and head out to NY. One week of that will be for hanging around the homestead and catching up w/ family (oh yeah.. and there's a wedding). The other week I'll be renting a car and driving around NY in search of friends and fun. My travel times are pretty well set (September 3rd through the 9th) but my destinations and schedule are pretty wide open... so PLEASE comment here or email me so we can schedule some robust excitement... otherwise I'll be sitting in my rented car fiddling w/ the radio for six days, and that's really exactly as fun as it sounds.
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Seattle Livin' ...kinda [29 Apr 2005|06:45pm]
Well, we're all moved into our apartment in Seattle... kinda. We finally have a few pieces of furniture, but only the absolute essentials (desks w/ chairs, and a futon.) We've been working pretty furiously to get ourselves all settled in for the past 4 days and have been working ourselves to exhaustion every night w/o really having time to just relax or hang out yet. Today we decided to make sure we took time out to come to an internet cafe... which is why I get to pump out this little update.

So far I've accomplished:
Purchased some furniture
Signed up for internet access (though it doesn't start until next thursday... ugh)
Set up a bank account (so I'm not totally broke)
Got a new/local phone number (if you'd like this either email/ IM me or post a comment w/ and I'll drop you an email w/ it. I'd rather not just post this openly.)
Unpacked a little
Bought a few groceries

That's about it.

Oh and I just emailed a guy about a job... it was a vague posting so I sent him an equally vague email. I'm going to bust my ass this weekend to get my new site up as well as update my resume, build a clip reel, and maybe compose some sort of “music” to edit my reel to. We'll see if all that happens.

Anyhow that's really all I've got to write about right now.
V and I are going to try to catch Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy tonight if we can get some tickets to it (and if we ever get out of this internet cafe... we've been here over 2 hours now! yikes!)

So to review... drop me a line and I'll give you my new phone number/ address.
Oh, and I swear to get a new icons up REAL soon. And maybe some shots of the trip out here.

Peas out!
- D
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Seattle Bound! [25 Apr 2005|10:39am]
Well after looking at a map, it looks as though we may be making the final trip into Seattle today! Wish us luck!
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Driving a bunch. [24 Apr 2005|11:39pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Alright, so here I though I'd be posting like a Bajillion updates (or at least one a day) and I've sadly fallen far short by not really posting anything about this trip. Each day I had some fun stuff to say about the places we'd seen and about traveling in general... but now it's mostly gone.

So, I'll just jump into today:

Due to not checking out the times listed for our continental breakfast we had to venture out into the world and find food at a local diner which put us back both in time and money. Although, eggs covered w/ a green chile sauce and served w/ a side of tortilla and butter is surprisingly good, if not a bit messy.

One of the biggest surprises of the day was Utah. Utah is gorgeous. I'll look through my camera and see if any of the pics I snapped while driving look like anything more than a blurry mess... but I'm not holding out too much hope. I took some real photos (on film and everything!) when we stopped in tiny tiny town by the name of Echo. If they turn out the way I hope I'll scan them in once I'm all settled in the new apartment. I'd try to explain what the landscape was like but I don't think I have the language adequate to describe it. From my limited landscape vocabulary it was hilly and green w/ sharply contrasting red cliffs and rock formations. We drive through this narrow crevice of a valley, which we were informed was Wever Valley. The town of Echo was something else. First off the gas price was higher than we'd seen anywhere weighing in at a hefty $2.49 9/10 for regular unleaded. Though the service was almost worth the extra cost. When we pulled up to this ancient looking gas station we noticed a sign in the window stating that for gas we needed to go to the Echo Cafe. The cafe was a few hundred feet down the road so we walked it and stepped into a little diner which was occupied by one old man in a paper diner hat reading a magazine. After using the bathroom we asked him about getting gas. He told us to head on over and that he'd close up the restaurant and meet us there. When we got there I took a few pictures and then noticed him all bundled up riding his bike over to the station. The whole situation was a little odd, and I felt like we'd stepped out of time, but he was a nice old man so we just rolled w/ it.

Alright, I've just noticed that this is turning into a big rambling story so I think I'm just gonna stop here and say we drove through Utah and up to Boise, Idaho tonight. From the looks of it we should be able to make it to Seattle sometime on Tuesday. I'm getting pretty excited by it! Hopefully I can get in touch w/ my building manager and get him to let us in right away. I found a strange message on my voicemail when I checked into the hotel tonight that makes me think that we might not be able to check in until Wednesday... which would suck.

Anyhow. That's some of what's been going on. Wish us luck and come visit us out here on the West Coast once we get moved in!

- D

I've really gotta work on some new icons... this are getting pretty damned old.

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The BIG MOVE [22 Apr 2005|10:15pm]
There will be updates soon.
This is the first time I've had internet access so I have a few days worth of stuff to write about. Hopefully I will remember them before we leave this hotel in the morning. For now we're off to a jazz bar for some food, beer, and jazz.

To whet your appetite, we are now in Lincoln, Nebraska and my car runs on corn!

- D
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No subject for today.... [06 Apr 2005|08:37am]
[ mood | half awake ]

Alright, so I've been pretty lax in my updating. I was hoping to document the whole process of disentangling myself from my life here as well as the entire move. Sorry to say that doesn't seem to be happening. I'm not sure it's even entirely feasible right now. But I'm really not too worried.

So I really just started to notice this morning how much of me is leaving this bedroom. I've been giving/throwing away so much stuff, storing lots of other stuff at relatives homes, and doing my best to cram the rest into my little car. (Oh and I've 5 big boxes of clothes and books that I'm planning to ship.) Looking around my room it feels like I'm disappearing. Though it sounds sad I actually do mean it mainly in a good way. With each item that gets relocated the more I feel like I'm moving on and the more real this all seems.

As of March 26th I am no longer a salaried employee of m360°. I had taken the week following off to move into a motel. This did not happen. Long story short I decided that paying $16.16/night to stay in my apartment and not have to worry about where to put our rats was better than dropping nearly $70/night on a motel. What's really extra cool about this is that my bosses are giving me $1000 living expenses and now I'll not even be using 1/3 of that. Wee!

Well this was supposed to be only a few lines long and yet again I've ended up writing far more than I needed to. I should be doing something productive now...

- D

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The vitamins of the gods… [22 Mar 2005|09:51am]
A month or so back Vanessa brought me a container of man-vites that was she got from her old job. She actually got them for herself since they were going to be tossed or were a free trial or something but upon deciding they were too yucky she passed them along to me.

For the past month they've been sitting on the shelf taunting me. I mean I already had an open bottle of vitamins so I didn't really need to bust this one out. Aside from that something else was nagging me... I mean I'm already pretty masculine to begin with could it possibly be possible that these could somehow make me MORE manly. I scoff at such an idea. Feeling particularly brave (due me my manlyness) I reached for the bottle this morning. I read the label to see the dosage that was to transform me from a god into...well, a GOD (note the capitalization!)

Serving Size: 4 Capsules!

Ye Gods! That is manly! So after struggling with the cap for nigh on 10 minutes I released the glorious 4 from their bottle shaped prison. So as to not loose my nerve I quickly knocked them back one at a time, pausing between each for a drink of french vanilla tea (a many brew indeed!) So while I await the biceps, quads, glutes, and various other muscles to sprout I'm left with 2 impressions.

1. They are indeed yucky
2. I now have a manly stomach ache

- D
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Boredboredboredboredbored [18 Mar 2005|11:46am]
[ mood | ecstatic...ok not really. ]

I was just watching the progress bar of a download (because my job is just that exciting) and for a moment the bar started going in the other direction. This leads me to believe that either:

• Time got confused or bored and started going in the other direction for a bit
• The website decided not to give up the application w/o a fight

- D

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Well Happy Snake Bannishin' day to all! [17 Mar 2005|06:03pm]
While I'm not sure if I'll head out to drink it up w/ all my fellow Irish-pretendin' brethren I plan on doing SOME sort of drinking tonight. I was gonna go out and buy some nice Irish beer, but as it is I have way too much liquor around the apartment that I need to polish off before I move. So I'll have to make due w/ this silly looking strawberry margarita mix I got on sale. Sadly I no longer have the requisite glasses as I had V take them home when we polished off the real margarita mix. I'm also at a loss as to whether you salt the rim of the glass for this kind of margarita.

Who knows, perhaps I'll head out for a real beer at one of the local Irish Pubs once I knock back my sissy drink. :D

Enjoy your Catholic, green, drinkin' holiday!

I wonder if my hearty, Irish, Veggie Meatballs are done?
- D
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I feel like crap. [15 Mar 2005|09:35am]
I feel like crap.
I wouldn't feel right taking the day off during these last days of work.
Maybe a shower will make me feel better.

OH! Quick note: I am now officially sticking around until April 16th. My boss made me a decent offer yesterday. That extra money will definitely come in handy!
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APARTMENT!!!!!! WOOOO! [11 Mar 2005|06:40pm]
[ mood | relieved/ecstatic ]

I just got off the phone w/ the building manager of the apartment in Seattle I've been looking at and


If you want to see images of the place, I don't have the energy to shrink down the pics to post them here, but you can check them out at:

Well I need a sandwich then it's off to visit w/ saturna for the weekend!


- D

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FINALLY [09 Mar 2005|03:38pm]
[ mood | relieved ]

Alright, so the Big Freakout™ has subsided (for now) I just got confirmation from the building manager that he did indeed receive the various forms and deposits I sent on Monday. *phew* - D

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Webbernet Blues [09 Mar 2005|12:49pm]
[ mood | monkey ]

For all the interconnectednessocityification of things why do I feel I still can't get in touch w/ anyone in a timely manner? I barely ever find anyone on aim anymore, the guy still hasn't sent me an email regarding the apartment, and... well I'm sure there are other things that I can't think of right now.

It just feels like I'm in on some sort of secret ban list of people not to talk to.

*checks breath*

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Almost a week… [09 Mar 2005|10:35am]
[ mood | anxious ]

So, I've gone nearly a week w/ no post. Whoops. Not that I've been logging anything of note lately, I just like to at least keep up w/ my promise to post as often as I can in hopes that it will better organize my thoughts and perhaps eventually become somewhat enjoyable to read, if only in a voyeuristic sense.

So I've been holding my breath since Saturday, when I finally received pictures of an apartment Vanessa and I found a listing for. The place sounds great, the interior has a stove and matching countertops out of the 70s, the bedroom has some bleach stains on the carpet, and the ceilings are only 8ft (I was hoping for at least 10ft ceilings) but the place has some very good qualities. First off, at 900 sqft, the place is pretty damn huge. Also, and this is a BIG plus, it has a balcony. So after a lot of emailings, phone calls, scrambling to the office to fax the initial application paperwork, and sending out 2 separate expressmail packages w/ checks and hardcopies of the paperwork (to the tune of nearly $30) to rush things along…now I wait.

The paperwork and checks should have arrived yesterday morning. So I dropped the manager an email yesterday afternoon asking him to let me know if he received everything. It's now been 15 hours since I've written and almost 34 hours since I've seen any email from him. I know he's probably just working on other stuff now that he has our holding deposit and just letting the application take it's course, but man it makes me a tad nervous. In part I'm afraid that my landlady will fuck this up, you know, cause she's crazy. Eh we'll see.

Anyhow other things of note, while the lovely saturna was visiting this weekend we decided we needed to leave the apartment and actually DO something. I quickly got on the horn w/ allnerdreview and we set our course for todai. While a bit on the pricey side Todai boasts a really kick-ass all-you-can-eat sushi bar. I've never eaten so much raw fish in my life. It was quite amazing. For a sampling of what entered our gullets head over and check out allnerdreview's journal. His recall of what we consumed is amazing. To me it was all a big blur of fish and deserts, briefly interrupted by a hand delivered half lobster. Aside from the astronomical bill this place was amazing.

Alright, I think pretty well wraps up the events... I'm sure I worked or something this week, but well, it's been three days and my brain is still set to sushi.

- D

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Posting cause I can. [03 Mar 2005|01:19pm]
[ mood | Not Bad ]

Well I'm not entirely sure of what to write about today, but seeing as this is the first time since monday that I've attempted to log in and NOT gotten the dreaded "You're journal is in Read-Only mode... so if you want to post anything you can go fuck yourself" error message. I swear that's about the dozenth time that's happened to me in the last 2 weeks. Ugh... I really try to update regularly, I swear!


My Jamie (my sister) and Rah (my former iguana) seem to be hitting it off rather well. Jamie's feeding him and everything! I was really sad to see him go, but moving him and finding new living quarters out in Seattle was looking rough. I just couldn't bear to put him in his tiny mesh cage again (his current cage is 5' x 3' x 2'... aka BIG) It's also much better everyone involved for me to only have one other species of animal to care for.

In other news I may be sticking around slightly longer than I'd expected. My boss wants to offer me enough money to "make it worth my while" to stay on through April 15th. I'm not definitely taking it, but if he makes good on his promise I could definitely use a bunch of money. I won't really have any more information until Monday... once they get their budget we'll see how much they offer me. I made sure to check w/ saturna as we're both pretty antsy to get out of NY and she was amazingly cool about it. :)

Alright, I guess I should get back to work now... not that there's much for me to do today.

- D

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Well... I did it. [28 Feb 2005|04:34pm]
I just told my bosses that I'll be leaving for Seattle at the end of March.

Things went surprisingly well. We all just kinda sat around discussing what I'll be doing when I get out there and stuff of that nature. It was rather nice to see them seem a little nervous when they realized that amount of stuff I do for them that, they feel, will be hard to replace. They even seemed to warm to the idea of sending me work once I move. Hopefully they'll really take me up on that offer.. man, that would help my financial a huge amount! Think about it: Getting paid NY freelance wages but paying a Seattle cost of living? That could be a very nice situation. Honestly I think it'll only be one or two projects, but a few hundred bucks here and there would be nice.

Alright, back to work.


(hmm, I really need new LJ icons)
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Morning Fears... [28 Feb 2005|09:39am]
[ mood | nervous ]

Well I just returne the rental van and have a few minutes before rushing off to work and figured a real quick update was in order.

The weekend was really rather busy and fun. I'll try to write about that sometime tonight. But for now I'm freaking out a little bit. Today is the day I need to tell my bosses I'm leaving at the end of March. I'm looking at a calendar and I think I need to make my last day of work the 25th. This should give me most of a week to clean up the apartment to my landlady's strict requirments as well as maybe allow time for one trip home to drop off anything that I can't fit in my car, sell, give away, or throw out.

I really don't know how or when I'm going to broach the topic.

Man, I wish I still did yoga... I could use some of those cleansing breaths about now.

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One more thing... [25 Feb 2005|09:08am]
I've just noticed that I've already posted more entries in this month alone than in all of 2004.

We'll see how long this lasts. :)
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