Halloween Night

So Wed night I went out to West Hollywood for all the crazyness that was going on there. I was in a pretty annoyed mood about a lot of different stuff which I’ll go into later.

Const and I got to Steve’s place about 5 and then we had to wait around for him to get there. We (including Jason) walked over to Trader Joe’s and bought some stuff.

Steve finally showed up after a long time of us thinking he was dead. And then the crazyness started. They were having a party at the house and lots of people were there all dressed up crazy and what not.

Headed down the street to the huge fair. It was SOO packed you had to shove your way through. I have NEVER seen that many people in one place! Insanity. We walked around and took pics. Not the best night ever, but it was alright considering how pissy I was.

West Hollywood Halloween 2007 pics are here.

Sooo, about the reason I was so pissy…. Monday, Constantine bought a new Infinity G35 car. He’s been talking about it since I met him. I’ve always thought he was just joking cause he keeps saying he’s going too and then he says, “I’ll wait till my car gets to 100,000 miles” or “I’ll wait another year” or something like that. So I didn’t think he’d randomly go out and buy one on what seems like a whim.

I know it shouldn’t bother me. We’ve only been dating about 3 months now, it’s not my money, it’s his. The right thing to do would have been to just act happy and congratulate him about his purchase. However, as we all know, I don’t hide my emotions very well. As Jason says, I’m as easy to read as a children’s book. So he of course knew I was unhappy. Wed on the way to Steve’s he brought it up and we got into an argument over it.

Honestly, I’m over-reacting a lot. There was just so much going between that and some other stuff at the office and in my personal life that I just couldn’t let it go.

I have these very high expectations for my life and my future partner’s life. I want to eventually own a Maserati. I want to have a nice life, with a condo in Europe and a cottage in Montana and the house we live in day-to-day. I want to be able to pay for Kiera’s college, I want to be partially retired by the time I’m 40. And at this point in my life, I don’t think that spending $33k on a car is really needed, or a very wise financial thing to do.

Between now and next year (when he would have purchased the same car), it will cost him about $10,000 extra. In additional payments, insurance, gas, maint etc over the life of the car. To me, that’s not just $10,000 that’s $33,000 over 15 years, or over the next 50 years that’s $538,782!! Without making an additional contributions.

Honestly, if he had waited a year, I would have felt better about it, I would have voiced my opinion more. Or if he had just bought one that was a year or two old now that would have been fine as well.

I want to eventually lead a nice life and be able to buy a nice car without even having to think about it. But like I said, at this point I don’t think it’s the thing to do.

So anyways, I was annoyed about that, we got into it about that. Then during the party we are standing outside waiting for Jason and Steve to come out. I’m trying to lighten things up and I just say. “Hey, What’s up?”. It’s something I’ve been doing since the day I met him. I always do it jokingly and as a cute little thing. I thought between us it was one of those little couply cute things. But then replies with “Don’t say that to me, I don’t like it”. Which was just like punching me in the chest. Seriously, if he didn’t like it he should have said something about it 3 months ago and told me to stop.

AND to make the night even worse, I had bought him a present, this really cute white shirt. So I buy it and have the lady wrap it up and everything. When I gave it to him wed night, there’s this huge yellow stain on the sleeve! UGH!

Things appear better now, he came over last night and everything was good. However, I’m still going to be a little upset every time we talk about the car, ride in the car, etc. It’ll take me a little bit to get over it. Not just about buying the car, if we hadn’t gotten into it, I’m sure it’d be fine by this weekend, but now it’s going to be on my mind as our first fight for as long as we are together.

Yesterday, I bought our train tickets for Europe and I accidentally purchased return tickets from Vienna to Prague on 11/27. Our flight back to the US is on 11/26! Opps! We’ll have to figure that out, hopefully I can change the date on the tickets.

Trevor Hall and Other Stuff

So Thursday night I headed out of work about 2:30 and headed up to Santa Monica to meet Constantine up at the mall by his office. It took forever to get there, but traffic really wasn’t all that bad. Just a really long drive.

So I got there and we shopped around for a little bit. I bought one of the new flat apple keyboards there. I _love_ it! I would have liked to have the wireless one, but I don’t like how small it is. So I go the wired one. Which is ok, because it has 2 usb ports built in. So that’s good news. 🙂 I also love how soft the touch is.

From there we headed out to Cha Cha Cha’s It took us like an hour to go the 10 miles. lol. Damn LA traffic. Anyways, the place is really cool. They have this very funky decor. The food was good too and we got Sangria which was fun! I got Jerk Pulled Pork. It’s Fucking HOOOOTTTT! But it tastes good. I finished it for lunch Friday.

Left there and headed for The Derby to see Trevor Hall. The website said that he was supposed to start at 8 and some other guy was supposed to start at 7:30. So we get there at 7:30 and the doors are locked. So we go down the street to get Coffee Bean. Head back to the doors at 8 and they are just opening them. We get to the ticket lady and I had printed out the flyer that clearly said. “$8 W/flyer $12 without”. It didn’t say anything else about restrictions. So I hand it to her and say that I am paying for both of us. She then states that the flyer is only good for ONE PERSON. Excuse me? It doesn’t _SAY_ that anywhere! THEN! The flyer also clearly states “Free well drinks till 9pm”. So she hands us two coupons… Apparently “Free drinks” means. “One free drink”. UGH! What an annoying place.

Once we get in we find out that Trevor isn’t supposed to go on till 8:50 now. WTF? Why can’t they keep these things straight!

Anyways, the guys before him were ok. But Trevor was amazing. I enjoyed going.

Friday I worked and then came home, went to the gym for an hour to bike on a bike that I can’t crash. Then putzed around Torrance Toytota. Which had the EXACT Camery in stock that Cars Direct told me I would have to wait a month to get (If I could even get it at all, because I wanted navigation without leather). So I called Cars direct and bitched them out. And Torrance Toyota is still using the line. “Well hybrids are really hard to get your hands on.” LIARS! If you have 14 of them in stock, and Santa Monica Toyota has 50 in stock, that means they are NOT hard to get your hands on! So I walked out of there. Then today I get an email from them saying that they have a Red Prius, and they say they are willing to give me the exact price I wanted on Friday. Idiots!

Came home and did the dishes from the camping trip and then watched some TV.

Friday night we got some EXCELLENT thunderstorms and rain showers which was just great!

Saturday morning I got up and vacuumed and then got my hair cut. Constantine and I were supposed to go to the fair, but it was pooring down rain, so we went to Ikea and got lunch. Then out to one of his friends house to take pics. From there we went to The Getty. The views from there were AMAZING! You could see all the way past long beach! It was just breathtaking. You never get that clear of a day in LA!!!

Pics from the getty are here.

If every day in LA looked as pretty as it did on Saturday this place would be a lot nicer! That night we came back to my place, baked an Apple Pie and watched Fracture. It was a REALLY good movie.

Sunday we got up and made breakfast and then went to Barnes and Noble and got books about Vienna and Prague! YAY! After that we went to Home Depot and got stuff to make another giant painting! Went after that for a walk on the beach. LA was still very pretty and clear but not as nice as the day before.

Came back to my place after that and watched Shooter. Another EXCELLENT movie! Constantine left after that and I hung out at home the rest of the night.


This Site is Not Yet Rated!

So today I am working a very very long day. I only have about an hour left, so that’s good. I took a large chunk out of the middle of the day to drive to San Diego and back to check out a 1952 truck. The truck was VERY nice… But there were a few concerns:

1) he says it sat for about 40 years, but they aren’t sure if anything was done to the truck after that, rebuilt engine, etc. The truck sounds good, and rides good, but who knows about the gaskets, etc. I would think after that long they’d have to do something to get it running? (the odometer has 35,000 miles on it, but he’s not sure if it’s rolled over)

2) Between the header and the exhaust pipe you can feel hot air coming out. Probably just a missing gasket. There’s been an electric fan installed, but I think it was put in backwards.

3) Lots of little rubs/etc in the bed paint. You can tell that things had just been thrown in and out of there. But the truck is solid steel.

4) A few little bubble areas in the paint. Not sure if this is rust or what’s going on with it. But overall the paint job looks great! I couldn’t find any over spray or anything.

5) The wiring job for the new radio is pretty messy.

I posted to the Ford Truck Enthusiasts Site for help.

[private]Now, not to bad mouth these guys. Because they are giving me some GREAT info and tons of help and I don’t want to burn bridges this early, but there’s one person who posted something about being able to browse up a level to my other photos and there being “way to much information” there. Well I’m sorry that I didn’t know how to post images to the forum when I first did the post and that now that I _do_ know how I can’t go back and edit the post. Besides, they are the ones who click the “parent directory link” and then go through and look at those pics. I’m not forcing them to view anything. (I have however created an index page so that the directory listing can no longer be viewed). But overall they have been a HUGE help. Especially the guy with the 1951 Ford Panel truck and they have made me even more excited to get a truck![/private]

I had a meeting at 2 back in Irvine and didn’t get out of San Diego till 1 (it’s an 80 mile drive). The guy was just talking to much and I was enjoying chatting with him (old guys are so cool!). We were talking about trucks and raising kids and what not. Anyways, I drove about 85mph all the way back to Irvine. Got here at 2:10, only to find out that my meeting had been canceled at the last minute and moved to tomorrow from 12-4. Which means I’m working 4am-4pm again tomorrow! I’ll have to figure out a way to just do the meeting from home.

The other day I was able to get some time to watch This film is not yet rated.. GREAT movie if you haven’t seen it. I really think that the whole rating system should be open and more pubilc. Having a small group of people decide what is and is not allowed, and having people who have been on the board for so long is just not the right way to do it. Perhaps we should make these people run for office as well! hahah. Yeah right, that’d be a huge mess! But there def should be some way to control who is on there and for how long.

Also, on the long ass drive back from San Diego, I was listening to Dr Laura. You all know how much I love her! Anyways, this caller calls in because her husband has a “porn and masturbation” addiction. Really? Are you fucking kidding me. Dr Laura ultimately suggested that she DIVORCE the guy because his masturbation means that he’s unable to have a relationship with a real person! WHAT?! Are you fucking kidding me? Ok, first off. Was the wife even having sex with the husband or was she using sex as a tool to get what she wants? That would have been my first guess. Now if they WERE having sex and what not. Then maybe the wife needed to talk to him to find out WHY he’s jacking off and watching porn. Is she not doing what he’d like, does he have a fantasy he’d like fulfilled? Do they always do it missionary style and on Friday night?

I really don’t think you can be ADDICTED to porn. It’s a god damn movie! There’s no substance there altering your mind. I think that a guy should be able to watch porn and jack off whenever he damn well pleases, especially if the wife isn’t satisfying his sexual drive. Now if the guy has been going out and cheating, that’s a whole nother story. But PORN is not cheating! Perhaps the wife should watch with.

UGH, what is wrong with this country?

America’s Healthcare!

Oh my. It’s been a busy weekend for a boy is who broken!

So Friday I went into the office and worked. No surprises there! I got a lot of stuff done, but still feel like I have way to much to get caught up on. I must start learning our new product and learn it fast.

After work I went out with Dustin. We ate at The Veggie Grill again and then went and saw Sicko. Such a good film. I think it’s the best Michael Moore film so far! I was crying at the end of it and just sooo pissed off. After the movie we were talking to one of Dustin’s friends about it and he mentioned starting like a credit union for healthcare. That’d be a pretty cool idea! I wonder what it would take to do? I just can’t believe that healthcare is so bad here in the US. It made me want to move to the EU even more. JT? When I can I move?

We also had ice cream and saw some really gay Irvine boys. What a mess.

Came home after that and talked to Constantine for a short while. We made plans to hang out Saturday.

So Saturday I get up and head up to Santa Monica to meet him. I was just going to park my car at the office up there and then we were going to go to The Huntington. Well I got to the office and went to park… “Card not found”! WTF! The bastards canceled my parking card! 🙁 So now I can’t go up there at all! I wonder if I can still get into the office itself.

Anyways, so we went to the Huntington and had a great time. Lots of pretty flowers and what not. But it was ungodly hot and sweaty. After that we came back to my place and showered (separately) and then hung out here and talked and watched movies. We saw this one called Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Le. It was a very good movie. Although a little crazy and it had subtitles which we all know I hate! Apparently he says it’s famous? So if you haven’t seen it, go watch it!

Some random Asian guys came over about 8:30 and bought my camera off me. So Constantine and I went out to HTGrill to celebrate. Yay for getting money! 🙂

He left here about midnight and I went to bed. Got up Sunday at 8, laid down on the couch and then woke up again at noon! What’s wrong with me!!?

Sunday evening Dan came over and we hung out. We went to Good Stuff and then watched Romancing the Stone. I didn’t really like that movie very much.

Also, it took me three years, but my bed is NO LONGER sitting on the floor! How exciting is that!

I’ve also booked a camp site at San Simeon State Park for July 27-29. Let me know if you want to go. One of the days we will be going to Hearst Castle. Should be tons of fun. And the more people we get to go the better!!

I also found this hilarious convo on bash.org. Oh you crazy religious people!

And lastly, check out this amazing coordinated dance thing:

If only marching band were more like that! 🙂

Of course pictures from the weekend can be found on the photodump. Hopefully I will soon be adding more once Constantine get’s me his from his professional camera! Also, be sure to check out the other new galleries. Which include pictures of my ass, and the trucks I looked at.

A LONG Weekend!

Oh my god… This weekend, I DROVE… All over hell. Over 450 miles this weekend alone. What craziness.

So Friday, I got home from work and headed up to Santa Monica to hang out with this guy Dan. Who had an amazing DVD/CD collection. I went through all his DVD’s and that took about an hour. We ended up watching Vacation. I had a good time. I went home after that and went to bed.

Got up Saturday morning and went and washed my car. I’ve got this Astroturf in my bathroom under the cat litter. It’s been a while since I last cleaned it good, so I took it to the car wash with me and spent like 2 whole minutes trying to wash it out completely. I thought I got it pretty clean and then just threw it in my trunk and drove home. Took it out as soon as I got there and found out that there was a LOT more water left in it then I thought, so there was a ton of NASTY smelling water all over my trunk! I tried to clean it all up but my car smells SOOO bad now! 🙁 I took out all the carpeting and shit from the trunk Sunday night so that helped some.

After that disaster, I headed out on my road trip to check out some nice wonderful trucks…

The first one was a 1956 F250. It’s a good body and good looking truck, but needs a lot of interior work done to it. New handles, new carpet, work to the dash, needs a new bed, etc. Lots of over spray from a previous paint job that hadn’t been corrected. It also had a LOT of oil on the transmission, etc. Not sure how normal that is, but it was a little concerning. The guy selling it was HOT and I thought I was getting a little gay vibe from him. But probably not. I got a lot of great information out of him and I think no matter what truck I buy, he could be a good resource for the future.

Second was a 1954 Ford F100. Great looking truck. The guy said he hadn’t driven it in a year though. It had leaked basically all it’s transmission fluid, we got in and it started right up. Took it out on a test drive… We’re driving down the street and this truck pulls out in front of us. Slam on the breaks and they go straight to the floor.. THERE’S NO BRAKES! OMG! Grab the emergency break to stop it… SCARY! The truck has no rust, and it’s nice and complete truck. All new interior, etc. One issue is that the guy said the previous owners rebuilt the engine and then it sat for 6 years. So he’s not sure how many miles, are on the engine and since it sat so long the seals, etc could be a bit dry/etc. He said he’d take $1k off the price to get the brakes fixed (Probably just need to be bleed out)

The third was the same guy, it was a Studebaker. Nice looking yellow truck, but needs more work then I’d be willing to put into it.

The fourth was a 1956 F100. This one was a real POS. Needs TONS of work. I took one look at it and said no thanks! What a mess.

The last one is the best and of course the most expensive! A 1955 F100. Everything is all new, GREAT paint job (although not an original color which is a little annoying), great new interior (and also the only one with seat belts) and drove great. The only concern I had was that the steering was a little lose. He said it probably just needed to be adjusted. He’d already come down from $18k, so I’m not sure there’s much wiggle room for price.

Saturday night I stayed home and watched Can’t Hardly Wait. Very interesting movie with lots of hot boys!

Sunday I got up early and headed up to Hollywood to meet up with Ran and Enver. We went out on a short little 15 mile ride. It was really good to see them again since the Lifecycle ride. They’re very great people. The ride was very pretty. We went up into the valley and around Griffith park and WB studios.

Came home and showered real quick and then the neighbor and I headed up to Port Hueneme, CA. It was a great little town. The neighbor is looking at buying a house/condo up there so we looked at a few of those. I went up with her to check out one more truck this weekend. A 1956 F100 Panel Truck. This was by far one of the most interesting trucks I saw this weekend. The guy who owns it sounded like a real ass on the phone, but ended up being pretty nice. The engine is pretty much unknown to him, but it was his daily driver for many years so it’s probably about ready for a rebuild/etc. It would also need a lot of interior work. New side wall coverings, etc. It’s a VERY interesting truck though which is nice. And the guy is apparently desperate for cash. He was willing to take $3k off the price right there.

We headed up to Ventura after that and ate at this random place called “I Love Sushi”. And boy, do I love the sushi there. I highly suggest getting the “In & Out Roll” very good! So if you’re ever in Ventura, Ca. I highly suggest you go there.

Got home about 8, had just enough time to read my emails from the day and then went to bed. It was another morning of getting up at 3:30am and dealing with stupid people at the HD!

On the way into the office, I heard this song on the radio called “Dear Mr. President” by Pink. Apparently it was released forever ago. But I’ve never heard it before and if you haven’t. I suggest going and checking it out.

I also found this very interesting Wold Clock on digg the other day. This clock has stats collected from all over the world, showing population, prison growth, births, US illegal immigrations, divorces, species extinct, forests lost, barrels of oil, and LOADS more, including in depth death stats. Highly interesting.