Thursday, August 25, 2016, 4:22 pm

Happy...

birthday, to my favourite of the girls who got away.

Had I had my shit together, we would have truly had something special. I’m just grateful to have had you in my life... to know that someone like you exists.

Happy birthday, baby.

What i'm listening to:
Heart of Stone If I Could Turn Back Time
Cher
Heart of Stone

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 3:51 pm

Chili & Cinnamon Rolls—Revisited

Finally tried the “grade school” special today at a local eatery.

I still don’t get it.

What i'm listening to:
Private Eyes Private Eyes
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Private Eyes

Friday, August 12, 2016, 2:39 pm

Governments: All your money are belong to us...

You know your local government is broke when they’re charging you fees to take your tax money.

Costs me five dollars to order a ten dollar title in this state, so fifteen total. Costs me three dollars to pay my eighty dollars in taxes.

So, I’m paying fees just for the privilege of giving them my money... which I'll be fined (with more fees) if I do not.

Will there ever be competence in government?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 6:41 pm

It is time...

“Maybe I’ll hold my breath and jump right in. Maybe I’ll hold my breath and jump right in.”

What i'm listening to:
Not Your Kind of People Control
Garbage
Not Your Kind of People

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 9:45 pm

Simple appreciation

Ever encounter someone with such perfect tits that you just know you’re going to think about her all day?

The way they hang perfectly with no support? The way they shape the loose sleeveless shirt around them, with an oh-so-subtle hint of sideboob?

Simply mesmerizing.

What i'm listening to:
X-Communicate X-Communicate
Kristin Kontrol
X-Communicate

Saturday, July 9, 2016, 7:35 pm

Serendipity...

That moment when you realize you just talked to the girl you’re going to marry.

If I believed in that sort of thing, that is...

What i'm listening to:
Strange Little Birds If I Lost You
Garbage
Strange Little Birds

Friday, July 8, 2016, 8:04 am

Road Warriors, beware!

I’d like to preface this commentary by stating that speeding through work zones is no joke. The people that are working mere inches away from your flying hunk of steel are trading time for money for things... just like you and I. Please don’t kill them.

I’m noticing a disturbing trend. Something that can only be explained as a decision made by some governmental entity.

This year, I’m noticing that the work zones are miles longer than the actual area worked on. Plus, the schedules are much longer. Plus, their putting out signs (especially speed limit signs) and cones on the side of the road weeks before you see any workers, or evidence of work being done.

Ugh, really?

This reeks of struggling local governments sticking their grubby li’l hands in the till of summer. It’s like someone had this brilliant idea:

How can we get our hands on more revenue?

The speed zones in construction areas always does well.

Great, Jones! How can we expand on that?

Well, the standard highway project runs at least three months. Why don’t we schedule it to actually run from April through November... after all, the weather IS always a factor in completing these on time, right? AND, we’ll leave the reduced speed limit through that entire window.

Excellent! But I don’t want to pay workers for seven months... how do we handle that?

How about this. We’ll set up for the work zone with a minimum complement of workers for the first six weeks. We’ll run surveys with existing staff, and we’ll finally be ready to ramp it up after we’ve had the barrels up for eight weeks.

Fantastic! That’s an inspired start, but there has to be something we’re missing...

Okay, how’s this sound. We’re always concerned about the safety of our workers. Let’s expand the work zone to have another mile or two buffer between normal highway speeds and where the work will actually begin. An added perk is: this will give more areas for patrol to sit safely and nab speeders.

That’s perfect! Make it so... and tell our neighboring states what we’ve done. We’ll all make budget yet!

Seriously... this conversation is not out of the realm of possibility these days. Watch your work zones, folks!

And no, I have not been ticketed in a speed zone. If you do get ticketed with the “double fine,” check your local laws or with a lawyer. Several states only allow the double fine when workers are present. Fight that bad boy in court!

What i'm listening to:
Play Hard Alive
Krewella
Play Hard

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 10:46 pm

The Gift

And sometimes, you just have to give her the gift of missing you...

What i'm listening to:
My One and Only Thrill Your Heart Is as Black as Night
Melody Gardot
My One and Only Thrill

Sunday, July 3, 2016, 3:57 pm

Just. Wow.

That moment when you show up at a “private” party you were invited to only to find several hundred people there.

As someone who’s barely socialized... well, I haven’t decided if I’m going back or not.

We’ll see. I’m supposed to constantly test and step outside of my comfort zone.

But this felt like falling 10,000 feet outside of my comfort zone.

A good opportunity to break out my “I hate everyone” t-shirt?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 4:57 pm

The Have-Not's and the Fine Art of Negotiation

I regularly visit a life coach, who is working to instill a mindset within me that I can do and have anything. And yes, many days he makes me believe it.

But I’m not there yet.

Why?

Well, I have another friend. Unlike the “life coach” types, everything in his life revolves around money. He’s miserly, he’s not friendly, he’s not the type I’m told “attracts success.”

Yet he’s a master negotiator. He knows how much to offer for the nice things he wants in his life and always gets a great deal.

By great deal, I mean getting a Lexus two-seater convertible for 20% off of the asking price.

I, on the other hand, have an uncanny knack of finding the listings from people who aren’t interested in negotiating... at. all.

Ten years ago, when I was house shopping, I found a cute little house that I thought would be perfect. I took into consideration its neighborhood, its condition, and what it needed, and made an offer that I and my agent thought was reasonable.

And, if memory serves, about 15-20% off the listing price. The seller was insulted. The seller took the house off the market immediately after my offer and decided to use it as a rental. My agent had never seen anything like that before... so I’m guessing it’s a rare occurrence. Yet, that’s what I seem to draw into my life... those rare occurrences.

Yet, I was inspired by my friend’s recent purchase. I’m currently looking for a new car myself. No, I’m not looking for a $15,000 auto, but something practical and reliable. Specifically, at this moment, I’m looking at a 2009 Hyundai Sonata.

I test drove the car, I noticed that it is a remarkably clean car—yet it does have a few dings plus some definite hail damage. Plus, arrived on site armed with the book values.

After I made my offer, I was educated about how the blue book values are not a true indicator of market value and that this car was aggressively priced and he was unable to match my offer.

I know I should always be prepared to walk away. I was, and I did. However, in this case, we both did. Time will tell if I'm going to end up in that car...

What the seller said made sense to me... and maybe that’s the problem. Plus, of course, Craigslist proved his point. A quick search of all the similar area listings revealed his and one other to be priced the same (at well over book), and the same car going for close to $10,000 still.

So, I get that the market really does drive the prices, and perhaps I need to consider purchasing a new car while I’m on my road trip next month through lower priced markets... but I’m also clearly not the master negotiator my friend is.

My life coach says I can have it all. I need to believe that fully.

Being a Have-Not is exhausting... it truly is time for change.

What i'm listening to:
Purple Rain The Beautiful Ones
Prince & the Revolution
Purple Rain
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