Const is in Houston!

Road trip to Houston!!!

This past week I have been on a road trip to Houston! Constantine has moved there for the next 6 months! 🙁

So Tuesday was not a very good day for me. I had a 4 hour meeting I had to prepare for, and I had to prepare to be out of the office for the next week and a half (I am in training this week). So I email all my clients and tell them that I will be gone, most of them were like. “Ok whatever”. Well one of them emailed me back and was all bitchy and was like. “I was expecting things to be done this week! blah blah blah. So I had to come pu with a way that I could work while traveling. I installed Windows 2003 on my external drive so that I could use Parallels, then installed MsSQL so that I had the DB. Then I had y 4 hour meeting which ended up only lasting 2 hours. Got done with that and it was noon and I wanted to go home. But As soon as I got back to my desk I had three clients IMing me wanting help with shit! UGH! Very annoying. I ended up getting out of the office at 2:30. Rushed home because Const said he’d be there in about 2 hours (when I talked to him at 2).

Get home and shower and pack real quick and what not… And then ended up sitting around till 6 when he finally got there. We went out to dinner with Sirin to Hennessey’s for burgers.

Got home that night and just hung out at the house and watched TV. Got up at 8 on Wed and had breakfast at this new Crepe place in Redondo Beach. We had a HOT french/russian/vietnamese waiter. He was really ncie too, we talked to him for a while and what not. The food was excellent! I would highly suggest going there and checking it out. It’s on the corner of Ave I and Catalina.

Got in the car and headed out after that. I plugged in my external drive (one of those portable ones that’s powered off USB) and worked away for a few hours. About the time I was finishing up, the hard drive suddenly says it’s been disconnected…. IT was still connected to me!!! So I unplug it and plug it back in… “Please initialize this drive”!

WTF! So I freak out because this drive has ALL my windows installations that I use for work, and training and playing and testing and everything else! PLUS It has ALL THE INFORMATION I need to be able to do work on this trip! VERY ANNNOYING!

The rest of the drive wasn’t too bad. 530 miles that day. Some VERY pretty wild flowers and stuff along the way. Got to the hotel and it was amazing. It was basically a HUGE apartment. Hung out there for a couple minutes and then went to dinner at an Asian place.

Thursday we got up at 8:30 again and we were on the road by 10. 550 miles that day. Lots of VERY VERY boring flat lands. Const spent hours calling all the apartments. I am SOOO jealous of these Texas apartments. 2 bedrooms with granite and hard wood floors and all this sweeeeet shit for WAY LESS then what I pay for a crappy 1 bedroom! Some of the places even have FREE starbucks coffee and fluff and fold service! UGH! That night we watched a comedian called Daniel Tosh. He’s very very funny. You should all go check it out.

Friday, 1610 miles later we MADE IT! 🙂 We got here and ate dinner at this very yummy Steak house called Smith & Wollensky got to the hotel and figured out plans for Saturday and then watched Americal Idol!

Satrday we got up at 8 and headed out to this place called Le Peep for breakfast. I got the blueberry pancakes which were not that good. But Const got bannana nut waffles which were delicious! After that we started looking at apartments. I think we went to like 10 different places. The second place we saw SMELLED soooooo fucking bad! GROSS! I wanted to puke when we walked into the stairwell to the apartment! The 4th place was just amazing! Very industrial with concrete floors and exposed duct work and what not. HUGE tub. It was SO CUTE! All the other places were really nice as well. At the end of the day we headed back to place number 4 to put down the money and what not. We get there and some guy is putting the deposit down on the apartment Const wanted. :'( So we went back to the third place which was also very nice and he got that one. I sure hope he will like it.

Saturday night we went out to a bar called “South Beach” which was tons of fun! Dancing and drinking and what not.

Sunday we slept in and then went shopping for stuff for his apartment. Got some really cute plates and what not from Pier 1. I think once I am back to LA I will go buy 2 more sets so that when he gets back we’ll have a 4some! haha. We went and saw the movie “Jumper” which was pretty good. After that we went back to the hotel and laid in the bed for a couple hours before my flight. I wanted to just bawl, but I held it back… I just realized that I forgot to get one last picture of us together there in Houston! Awwww. Anyways, we left the hotel and tried finding food on the way to the airport. That was one crazy adventure. We ended up in some GHETTO Popeye’s and got chicken. Seriously. I mean GHETTO! Got to the airport and it was very sad, but I held it together. I can’t wait to see him again.

It’s the Rejection!

So… My oil needed changing, so I found a new place to take it in my new area. I found this “Chevron OilStop” and they were having a sale, it was only $19.99! From the normal $29.99. So I figure why not give it a shot.

I pull in and the guy greets me at my car. I say, “How long will it be, I’d like to just drop it off and go get my hair cut.” He says. “You have to stay with your car.”

I think to myself, that’s strange. Most places won’t let you anywhere NEAR your car while they are working on it. Liability and all that. So I’m like whatever, and just go for it. He starts talking and is like. “We’re not paid commission or to upsell you, we’re only here to offer you products that will help your car last longer, blah blah blah.” I start to think this was a bad idea, but I go for it anyways. So he starts his thing. First thing he does of course is say that my car is due for an “Oil Cleaner, it’ll only take an extra 3 minutes and will cost $12.95 more”. I’m like, “No thanks.” Then he goes on and starts his “38 point inspection.” Pulls out the air filter and comes back to me. “Excuse me sir, your air filter is due for replacement”. I tell him I had just done that. Cause I did. He goes back to work.

After a bit he comes back to me and starts to tell me that the oil plug is the wrong kind, and that they can sell me the “right” one for only $4.95! What a deal! I say, “That one has worked for 100,000 miles, I’m sure it’ll work a few more.” Then he goes, “Well it’s recommended you replace the seal every oil change, it’s only $1.99!”. No THANKS! Then he says… “Your car is due for a coolant and transmission flush it’s recommended every 60,000 miles”. UGH!

So I’m getting really pissy with this guy. He has NO IDEA what my car needs or does not need. I came in for a fucking Oil change, NOTHING ELSE! Stop trying to upsell me shit that I don’t need. I just got all this stuff done at 90,000 miles. My car is NO WHERE NEAR the 60,000 mile “recommended service” interval for these things. I could at least see him suggesting all this stuff if he had ASKED me when I last had service done. But he didn’t ask a single question.

I feel sorry for people who go in there not knowing anything and do everything this guy suggests. They’d be going in for a $30 oil change and walking out of there paying over $100!

In short, Never going back there again! 🙂

My scope today says this: Venus, planet of love, is going through sensitive Cancer, the sign of changing moods. Emotionally, this can make us long for deep connections … but moodiness can make love feel like a moving target. Luckily, Cancer bears a warm, mushy heart beneath its tough shell … so when you finally do break through, it’s sweet rewards.

Damn things, why can’t they ever be right! Ugh.

Anyways, yesterday after work I went to lunch with Robert, that was enjoyable. Did the oil change, then got my hair cut. I was wanting to have it bleached out to the color of my blonde spot. But I went to SuperCuts and apparently they can’t do that? Strange since they do highlighting! It’s the samn damn thing basically! Anyways. Maybe next time I’ll do it. I got it cut uber short again. Now Carlito can’t pull on it. Came home and hung out for a while. Waited for someone to call to see if they wanted to go on a bike ride, but they didn’t by 6, so I just went on my own. Did about 15 miles, pretty hard core too, got out a lot of anger. 🙂

Got home from that, showered and then finished MTM. Now I’ve got to go buy the Season 4 DVD’s. Where the hell is my Amazon Giftcard!? It should have been here days ago! Ugh.

After that I went to bed… I got a txt little after midnight that woke me up. It was someone telling me: “I just saw your boy.” I asked him what boy and where, but he never replied. It kinda pissed me off, I’m sure it was just Carlito, which who cares. But whatever.

Speaking of the boy situation. I’m still pissy about it all. It’s all about the rejection of the situtation, more then anything. I hate it. I’m sick of being rejected by the guys that _I_ actually like. And for stupid reasons always! And then when I try and grow and learn from it, I can’t get a good response out of them to figure out what it is that _I_ need to do to make myself a better person.

Screw them all though. I’m an amazing boyfriend, they are the ones missing out. I just need to deal with the rejection part better and keep going. There’s less then 6 months left for my quest to prove fruitful! haha.

I got moved into my new NB office yesterday. It’s bigger then the last, but I think the view is lacking (I get the airport instead of the mountians) and it’s not as bright (the sun comes up on the other side of the building). Also, it’s closer to the bull pin, so I can hear everything that goes on in there and I have to keep my music softer now. But I’m only going to be here one day a week, so I think I can survive. 🙂

I’ve found a VERY strange thing with my new MacBook.. Whenever I play the song “Birdland”, about half way through my speakers just stop… They make this high pitched sqeal and then nothing. Not a sound from ANY applications. I have to quit iTunes, and then everything works fine again. It’s the WIERDEST thing ever!

The guy is going to give me a check on Thursday for my old laptop. I’m going to by 2Gig’s of RAM and a 120 Gig HD for the MacBook. I’ve been using parallels a lot lately, and it’s a great application, but 1Gig of RAM is just NOT enough. You can hear it swapping SO MUCH whenever I have parallels open. And I’m down to 10gigs of free space on the 80Gig Drive that’s in here now. 🙁 Those two things will cost about $350, so I dunno what I want to do with the rest of it. I’m debating between:

1 – Saving it

2 – Getting my tat

3 – Building my clock

4 – Building my bed frame

5 – Going back to Iowa with it

6 – A crazy shopping spree!

What do you think I should do!?

Ok, seriously this was going to be a short entry about the damn OilStop, now look at it!