Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K.: June 2005

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Again.

Wow, two posts in one day, that hasn't happened in quite a while!

I just thought of a couple more things I wanted to mention.

I don't think I mentioned before, but I finished my Small Business Management course a month or so ago. I now have degrees and/or certification in Small Business Management, and Computer Electronics and Repair. You'd think I'd have a decent job. The reason I started the business course was because I some day wanted to open my own comic store, but I doubt now that's ever going to happen. Like so many things in my life, I get the idea and get really obsessed with it for a while, and spend lots of money on whatever it is, and then get bored of it really quickly. This happens to everything I get excited about in my life. I always obsess over something, and then get bored with it after a few weeks. The same thing happened with that electric guitar I bought a few months ago. I went out and spent about $250 on a guitar and supplies, and then hardly ever even touched the thing.

And also, not only did I finish the course, but I also finished paying for it at about the same time. Last month was my last monthly payment, so that's an extra $34 dollars a month that will remain in my pocket! If I had remembered about that, I would've renewed my playboy subscription when it ran out this month.


There's another thing I've been meaning to mention, but I never did because I expected people to notice it and make comments on it without me saying anything. The little picture I have up there in my little profile thing? It could be interpreted as meaning something sexual, and, in fact, the sexual meaning is what I had in mind when I chose that picture to represent myself. It represents something I really like to do.

A couple of great comics.

Here are a couple of webcomics I've been reading lately.

Goats - This webcomic is hilarious, and very long running too. It's been going since 1997! This is definitely in the top five of my favorite web comics.

A Lesson is Learned, But the Damage is Irreversible - Another great webcomic. There are only 29 comics so far, despite the fact that it's been running for a year now, but they are the most beautiful comics I've ever seen, both in the artwork, and in the writing. Very dream-like.


Oh, and some news about the job I forgot to mention the other day: I'm doing very well, everyone is very impressed with me. On my first day, the boss told me the store looked really good. The next day the guy who trained me, Dale, said, "I've been working here six years and he's only told me that once! And he tells you on your first day." The manager of the entire store also complimented me the second day I worked there. And there hasn't been a day gone by that Dale hasn't told me he's really impressed with me. To clarify things a little, there's Ben, who is the guy who hired me, and is the big boss of the distribution company that I work for. We just stock certain products in certain parts of the store. I work in the grocery store, but I don't actually work for the store, I work for this distribution company. Ben is my main boss, but I only see him once every few days. Dale is halfway between Ben, and a normal employee. Dale works with me almost every day, and he is the guy I answer to when he's there. He trained me, and he tells me and my other coworkers what we should do.

I don't like Dale, he's really loud and annoying. He also used to be addicted to heroin and other drugs. He's supposedly been clean for something like six months now, but I don't know whether to believe it or not. He is really starting to affect my enjoyment of my job. I like the job, but on the days that he works, I find myself dreading going to work, and watching the clock waiting for the day to end.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Insert Witty Title Here

Except my titles are never witty.

The next time some asshole is bugging me, I want to tell them "You better hurry along now, or you'll be late for your Goat Blowers Anonymous meeting."

So I started my new job almost two weeks ago. I haven't really had time to write since then, or when I have had free time, I usually want to spend it doing something more entertaining than this. My new job is cool. It's hard work and long hours, but I like it much, much more than working at Carl's Jr. I could go into details over what the last two weeks have been like, but there's not much point. Basically I get up at 3:00am, get to work at about 4:45, clock in at 5:00, take an hour break around 11:00, then get off work at 2:00, and then sit in my dad's office waiting for him to get off work at 3:00, then I get home about 3:45. Once home I usually do various things on the computer until around 9:30, when I go to bed.

I've also been spending a lot of time looking at porn the last couple of weeks. Boy oh boy, do I love porn. Yeah. Welcome to my sad plane of existence.

That makes me sound depressed though, which I'm not. In fact, I've been great since I started this new job. I think maybe it may just be that deep down in my subconscious, I'm so glad to be away from Carl's finally that it's producing all these changes in my mental state. Basically, I've been in a great mood, and haven't been having any problems with social anxiety or embarrassment, or anything like that, since I started this job. This job is also helping me get into shape. I've gotten off my diet, and have been eating large amounts of junk food the last couple of weeks, but I get so much exercise at work that I've still lost about ten pounds since I started the job. The constant lifting of boxes and pulling of jacks laden with pallets of several hundred pounds of merchandise is also making my arms stronger. Though they were already pretty strong.

I bought the new Gorillaz album, Demon Days, last week, and listened to it about ten times in two days. I really like it. The only song I'd heard off of it before I bought it was "Feel Good INC.", which I really liked, but every track on the album is great. My favorites are "Last Living Souls," "Kids with Guns," "Dirty Harry," "Feel Good INC.," and "Fire Coming out of the Monkey's Head." That last one is really cool, even though it's not a song, really. Well, it's got like a chorus, but the rest is just a story, read by none other than King Koopa himself, Dennis Hopper. It's really great. I need to post the words to it sometime, but not right now.

Not only have I been looking at lots of porn, but I've also put ads on a couple of personals sites lately too. Haven't gotten any replies, but no surprise there. I don't expect to get any anyway, since I don't even have a picture on my ad. If I had one I might get a reply or two. Though they probably wouldn't be from people I'd want to have anything to do with. I've had people respond to a personal I had up a few years ago, and everyone who responded to it was someone I didn't want to talk to. This one site I put my ad on the other day found something like 225 women within 50 miles of me who had ads on that site, but probably 80% of them were over the age of 40. There were lots of mid-fourties to late-fifties. Then, out of the remaining 20%, people who were in the age range I wanted, most of them were either lesbians looking for another woman, or were part of a guy/girl couple, who were looking for another woman to join them for a threesome. And this wasn't even one of those dating sites the specialize in meeting people specifically for sex, though I thought about putting an ad up on one of those too.

Ok, well, it's about an hour until I have to go to bed, I'm gonna go do something now.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

(Good News) * 2 = Hooray!

Umm, yes. Three cheers for geeky post titles.

The first set of good news is that Jared is not dead, just like we suspected. Chris finally got in contact with Jared's parents, and they said that he is fine and has been doing well. Also good is that they also gave us Jared's phone number, so I need to call him sometime.

The second piece of (very) good news is... I finally got a better job! Even better, I didn't even have to talk to or meet anyone to do it, my father arranged it all. It's a job up at the grocery store my dad works at, but not in the meat market this time. I won't be working for him this time, he just talked to someone else there, and got me a job with this guy. Ok, let me explain that. The supermarket my dad works at is a large store up in a part of Oklahoma City that has one of the highest concentrations of Mexican immigrants of anywhere in the country, so the store tries to cater to that specific demographic, even more so in the last few years. In the last few years they've further expanded the range of Mexican products that they carry. One two aisle section of the store (and the aisles are really large in this store) is nothing but such products, and even though it's only two aisles, those two aisles count for 50% of the store's total sales. If I understand it correctly, the store has a contract with some kind of wholesaler of Mexican goods, or something like that, and this company kind of forms a symbiotic relationship with the grocery store. The company stores all the goods in the grocery store's back storage room, with all the rest of the store's merchandise, but this company has it's own employees that come and stock the shelves, and stack the palettes in the back. They have employees working at every store they supply. It's something like that anyway. I'm not even working for the store, I'm going to be working for this other company, AT the store. So that's what I'm going to be doing, I'm one of the people who stocks the shelves in those two aisles. My father said it's a really hard job, with lots of physical labor, because I'll have to use the jack thing, I forget what it's called, to bring the pallets from the back room, and lift boxes and stuff, and then stock the shelves, and those aisles are busy, so I'll be doing a lot of it too. I'll be making almost twice what I am now though. $10 an hour, 40 hours a week. At Carl's Jr., I only make $6.55 an hour, and I almost never get the full 40 hours a week. I think I will be in a Union with benefits also. I know the store employees all do, I think I will be also, I forget. Another good thing about the job, is that I can wear whatever the hell I want. I really like that idea. It's a good thing too, because with my being overweight, and all the bending and lifting I will be having to do, I will probably have to wear sweatpants, or something similar. At least until I lose some more weight. This job will help me get in shape and lose weight too. I've been on a diet for the past month or so anyway. I've lost around 15 pounds, but I haven't been exercising or anything, so I'm still out of shape.

Now for the bad parts about the job, other than it being hard work, that is. It's way up in OKC, about an hour's drive from here, and I will be working from 5:00am to 2:00pm, (nine hours, with a one hour lunch break), which, because of how long it takes to get there, means I will have to get up around 3:00am in order to get ready and get there in time. I'm riding with my dad though, so I will save money there, by not having to pay for gas, or the wear-and-tear on my car. Unfortunately, this means spending about two hours a day in a car with my dad, an idea I don't particularly like. Also, I get off around 2:00, but my dad doesn't get off until 3:00, or sometimes 3:30, which means I will just have to wait around an hour or so for him to get off work. Adding all this together, the hours, the wait, and the long drive, this job will be about 13 hours out of my day, five days a week. Actually, I work one day my dad doesn't, so I will have to drive one day a week, which will save me an hour or more on that day, but will also cost me about 1/4 tank of gas.

Oh yeah, I start Thursday, I don't remember if I mentioned that. My last day of work at Carl's is Tuesday. I don't know what they'll do without me. Seriously, I'm not just saying that. I'm one of the few employees that actually does anything. The new woman I've been training this last week seems like a really good employee though. I approve of her, which is an amazing compliment coming from me. Not only is it bad that I'm leaving because most of the other employees suck, but also because most of the other employees are leaving too. Alicia is going to school and only works two days a week now. One night crew guy quit the other night, another is on the verge of getting fired if he calls in one more time, and two more have put in their notice, and are quitting sometime next week.

I'm really excited. I know I'm probably not going to enjoy the job that much, but I'm looking forward to all the money. Compared to how little I make now, and the way I can barely pay my bills each month, I'll feel rich. I already have plans for what I'm going to do with the money. I'm not going to blow it all, because the job might not last, who knows. I'm going to try to save a lot of it, especially at first, to replace the $1300 I had to take out of my savings to pay for all the work I had done for the car. Then I'm going to start buying a few things. I really need some new clothes. I only have three pairs of long pants, and that's counting the black dress pants I wear as part of my Carl's uniform. I only have two pairs of pants I wear outside of work, two pairs of khakis, and they are two or three years old. I also need some new shirts. Especially some nice shirts, something besides all these funny t-shirts. Pretty much every shirt I own either comes from Hot Topic, or is a t-shirt I bought online. I'll be buying more of those too, but I want to buy some nicer things too. The clothes will mostly all have to wait until I lose some more weight, and can wear the things I want to buy. I have a hard time finding the shirts I want in XX-large, especially non-t-shirts. Then after the clothes, I will buy some things for my apartment, things to help organize it and make it look better, and some more furniture and stuff. I've been wanting a nightstand for over a year now, but never wanted to spend $35 - $45 dollars to buy one.

I bought a crappy-ass $20 digital camera the other day, something I've been wanting to do for a long time now. That's another thing I will do with my money, save up for a decent camera. This one sucks. In fact, it won't even work on my Mac, I have to take it over to my parents' house, and plug it into their computer, and email the pics to myself. The pics are pretty low quality too. Large dimensions, but small file sizes. The camera even runs on AAA batteries, and the batteries only last about 15 pictures, even though the camera's supposed to hold over 100 pictures at a time. And you can't replace the batteries when you have pictures on the camera, because if you take the batteries out, the pictures get deleted, because the camera has no power other than those batteries. Anyway, this means that I will occasionally be putting some pictures from my life on here. Maybe even a picture of myself. I've never put a picture of myself on here that I can remember. This isn't because I'm trying to keep my identity secret or anything, most of the people who read this site are people I know in real life, it's because I don't have any pictures of myself. Other than three or four that totally suck, because they are pictures I took of myself. I do have a picture of my rat, Freyja, I've been meaning to post, even if it does look crappy. That's about all I have right now, a couple pictures of her, a couple of my car, and a few of the inside of Carl's Jr. Just the inside of the store, not any of the employees or anything.

Ok, that's it for now. And remember kids: God hates you and wants you to fail.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Bad news, or maybe not...

Today I was talking to Chris in instant messages, and he told me that one of our friends from High School had died in a motorcycle wreck. Then after a while he said that it actually may not have been him. His name is Jared Vaughn, but there are a lot of Vaughns around here, and in fact there's another Jared Vaughn in another town nearby. We still didn't know which it was. Chris hadn't seen the article, because he doesn't live here and get our paper, but his mom had called and told him. I got a paper and read it for myself, and now we're certain it wasn't him, because this person's name is spelled Jarod, instead of Jared, which could just be the paper getting it wrong, but also, it said this guy was 27, Jared is only 25 or 26.

We're both pretty relieved. Jared was a pretty good friend back in High School. Neither of us have heard from him in years though. We don't even know where he is or what he's doing now. Last we heard, he was in college, but that was a couple of years ago. He went off to college and just pretty much disappeared. Even his family didn't know where he was or what he was doing for a while. He would email me occasionally, mostly to send me some of his latest stories, but he hasn't even done that in a couple of years now. He doesn't even know what my email address is now, and I don't know what his is now, either.

Jared was part of the inner circle of our group of friends. What I mean by that is, out of the big group that we were in, there were a few of us that were good friends, and made up the core of the group, and then there were several other people that always hung out with us, but that we didn't really like all that much. Jared was part of the core group. He always wrote the best stories. I've mentioned his stories on here before. He wrote the weirdest stories ever, like The Adventures of Wonder Kevin, in which I was the world's fattest Superhero, and Chris was my sidekick. The second Wonder Kevin story was the best, it featured Ronald Reagan in his true form of Obi Ron Kenobi (who wielded the Ronald Ray Gun), helping us prevent Martha Stewart from taking over the universe, with the help of Scott, one of the guys that hung out with us that we didn't like.

After he left for college, he kept occasionally emailing me his latest writings, of which some started actually being fairly serious things, instead of just crazy humor. Jared is pretty much the reason I started writing in the first place.

Me and Chris really wish he'd make contact with us sometime. Maybe he will google his name or something, and find this post and get in contact with me. If he isn't dead, that is. Which we are pretty much certain he isn't.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

What's your pirate name?

Your pirate name is:
Mad Davy Rackham

Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!

Get your pirate name here.

Crap, I like it better as Rack-ham.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Former FBI official says he was 'Deep Throat' - 05/31/05

I meant to post this days ago, but forgot. Oh well, here it is anyway, even though everyone's probably heard about it already.

Former FBI official says he was 'Deep Throat' - 05/31/05

"SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- A former FBI official claims he was "Deep Throat," the long-anonymous source who leaked secrets about President Nixon's Watergate coverup to The Washington Post, his family said Tuesday."

(Click the above link to read more)

Restaurant Serves Food in Toilet Bowls - Yahoo! News

Restaurant Serves Food in Toilet Bowls - Yahoo! News

"KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan - Taiwanese restaurateur Eric Wang has given new meaning to the traditional revelers' cry of bottoms up. His eatery in the southern city of Kaohsiung delivers its food not on conventional plates and dishes, but in miniaturized Western and Asian style toilets, both the flush and non-flush variety.

"For anyone missing the point, diners are encouraged to stir up mushy, earth-colored offerings like curry chicken rice and chocolate ice cream to conjure up — well, the real thing."

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German Restorers Find Hidden Munch Work - Yahoo! News

German Restorers Find Hidden Munch Work - Yahoo! News

"BERLIN - An unknown painting by Edvard Munch has been found after restorers discovered it hidden behind another canvas."

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Bodies of Four Infants Found in Austria - Yahoo! News

Bodies of Four Infants Found in Austria - Yahoo! News

"VIENNA, Austria - It was a balmy spring day, and the man thought he'd fetch some ice cream from the freezer he shared with other tenants in his apartment complex. But when he lifted the lid, he recoiled in horror at the gruesome sight of a frozen infant wrapped in plastic.

"What happened next has held usually tranquil Austria spellbound: The discovery of another baby's body in the chest freezer and of two others entombed in concrete-filled pails at the complex in the city of Graz."

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Grrrr...

God dammit.

Right now I fucking hate everyone and everything.



I'm gonna go for a drive or something.