It’s That Time of Year

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 4th, 2001 by Дмитрий

I am planning a slight redesign of the site, but I probably won’t have it finished for a couple days, since many chores beckon tonight: Xmas tree. Xmas cards. Xmas shopping. Shopping for myself. More shopping for myself. Gritting my teeth at how little money I seem to have this time of year.

I’m falling WAY behind on my email. So if I owe you a reply, please give me a little while longer. I’m usually good at replying to all my email, even if it does take me several years to do so…

Site Maintenance

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 4th, 2001 by Дмитрий

The site is down whilst I prepare my new navigation and make sure everything is working. I’ll keep this page up to update on the progress, but nothing else will be accessible until Thursday.

In other news, I have acquired a sweet-smelling Xmas tree. The dogs next door are really getting on my nerves. I might have to go without snogging with David for 3 whole weeks. At least I’ll have my dirty videos to keep me company.

I managed to also videotape last night’s open-mic show. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with it yet. Feeling more Xmasish with every new day. Now if only my sinuses would start behaving…

Websites are the Evil

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 6th, 2001 by Дмитрий

What a couple days… Very busy at work, and very busy at home. I managed to get the tree decorated and in place. Hopefully it doesn’t make my apartment too messy over the next month. Got the Xmas cards out. I have a few left over - Let me know if you want to be on my A-list . j/k.

Obviously you’ve noticed the new site design. Hopefully it makes for a combination of better navigation, better aesthetics, and a little more mystique on my end. I think the photo is very ‘Cure: 17 Seconds’ esque. I have tried to check all the navigation, but there could still be a few bad links. If you find one, Please let me know .

You may also notice that the “Trips” page is not up. This is because I still have nothing really to put on it. I lost interest in having a site exclusively about diners, and figured I can devote my attention instead on the places I go to find the diners. I’ve already got a few road trips written up, it’s just a matter of html-ifying them. Stay tuned. All signs point to that particular section being fully up by the New Year.

The rest of the evening I will devote to meaningless web surfing, something my schedule has not allowed for almost 2 weeks, or at least since I started this big redesign. FYI: for those of you who don’t think my site is snazzy enough, considering how much time I spend on it - at least I can say I have built this site from the beginning in raw HTML. Some people don’t see this as a point of pride. Those people have cumbersome web sites that take forever to load. I hate them.

I should be back to my semi-responsible pace of email replies starting tonight as well. Sorry to those who have had their patience taxed. Lastly, I’ll extend a “Welcome to California” to Ma Gwynn - I hope I have a chance to meet her.

A Night at the Venue

Posted in A Life More Boring, Music on December 7th, 2001 by Дмитрий

I managed to record 3 sets at Fred’s tonight: Deadbillys, The Vultures & Cattie Ness. Such a great ensemble necessitates a great event: it was Kevin’s birthday (bassist for Cattie Ness). Great show, great recording, great video. The mixing and editing will be another project for this weekend.

Now I’m back home, trying to unwind before I pass out. I’m using my Dad’s old George Harrison vinyl to help me out. I’m glad I have it now. I guess I never mentioned my own reaction to the passing of Harrison: even though I was about 6 or 7 years too late to be of the generation which could properly appreciate them, I do recognise the genious and innovative influence of the Beatles and their derivative members. John will always be my favorite, but I have always preferred George as my #2. I always found Paul McCartney to be a rather useless member outside of the fold. I have not liked any of Paul’s solo work. Harrison has managed, on the contrary, to produce a sizable body of meritous solo material unseen among any member (though had he lived long enough I’m sure John would have outdone him).

So I guess my point is that the only two Beatles I actually thought were worth their worship are gone. I have been missing John since I first heard him. I miss George. There’s my eulogy. I wish it didn’t read so shallow and trite, since I meant it to be my only sincere tribute I plan to offer. O well…

And now why is it that I am lately in this mood where I feel I need to fuck everything that moves. I must have been spoiled at David’s last weekend, and now I lack an adequate outlet, combined with the fact that I’ll probably lack said outlet for another coupla weeks… Must find remedy…

Tired. Must pass out. Must not watch late night network TV. Must not beat off more than once…

Random #2534262.2

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 10th, 2001 by Дмитрий

I’m really liking Deadbillys right now. Something about the fusion of Goth and Rockabilly that just makes me squirm in enjoyment… Some very good news about my holiday family get-together schedule (it’s lighter) and some rather scary news from the work schedule (it’s getting heavier).

My site has been getting an intriguingly large number of hits on the front page the past couple weeks, but not many people are going further than that. And most of them are coming from David’s Journal links to me. Except a few people who are now coming from Superfluid’s site. Thanks, by the way, to Steve and Marcos for the link… I only wish I could do more for y’all…

I sent out a few resumes today. Not sure if anything will come of it, but at least I did it… Not much else to report today…

Funk 1.0

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 12th, 2001 by Дмитрий

A small haven from this horrible horrible week last night. New job prospects, a good night’s sleep, and a nice, benevolent dream about a wonderful boy. Der hyaena might be getting his teaching credentials. And he may even be teaching before he has them, as things are looking…

Now hopefully the evil teachers’ unions don’t keep me out of work for being overqualified. I’ve heard of it happening to some of my career-switcher peers. Hopefully there’s still a few non-union districts out there…

Also a kind call from Andrea which brought me back to the ole’ days. It was sweet and sarcastic and cynical. That’s why I like her. It’s almost like I’m having a conversation with myself… if everything goes as I want it to, I should be in far better spirits as I welcome in the new year…

In only another 223 hours I should be pinned under the wonderful boy from my dream. If this week ever ends, I have a feeling next week will be just as hard…

Funk 1.1

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 12th, 2001 by Дмитрий

I really wish Carrot Top would just go away. I used to be rather fond of AT&T. Now I am seriously considering changing my service provider, just because of their horribly annoying marketing campaign…

Coffee with Amy tonight. The job hunt continues tomorrow. 217 hours left…

Funk 1.2

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 13th, 2001 by Дмитрий

Amy is a good pal for putting things in perspective. I think I do abuse it, though, and tend to rattle off about what’s going on my end without being as good a listener as she. I’ll start trying harder…

This coming weekend is going to suck. Saturday is already to be consumed by two odious family events. I may try to hook up with some neglected friends tomorrow night. If I’m up to it, I might finally try to fit in my much-delayed trek to the north end of the west side (Kerman - Firebaugh - Mendota).

So many things to procrastinate over… Hopefully my mood improves as 21 Dec gets closer…

Funk 1.3

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 13th, 2001 by Дмитрий

Bracing for a potential shitstorm at work tomorrow. Luckily, I might be getting a care package from David to take my mind off work once I’m home… Have I mentioned how much I like him lately? Well, I do - a lot.

Long overdue dinner with Paul tonight, and my motivation to relocate my employment is stronger than ever. I should be getting a good night’s sleep before judgement day begins… So I’ll refrain from replying to David’s wonderful suggestive emails tonight, and save it for tomorrow - you know, when I’m in a worse mood…

And if I’m still alive Sunday, I plan to finally open a limited version of the Trips section. More to come…

Funk 1.4

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 14th, 2001 by Дмитрий

Well, quite possibly the worst day of work in months is finally over. My fellow office co-worker gave his two-week, and I got crunched in my own job search… Luckily, I may still see myself in a new job by February without much of a hitch. I’ll prolly stay on where I’m at til Feb, however, just so I earn my next round of vacation pay. It’s gonna be hell, though…

But I managed to get home, nab the package sent from David and make quick use of it… You’d only understand if you knew how cute David is.

I will be spending this Friday evening at home, for the first time in a long while. I will be enjoying that fact… Then I’ll continue perfecting my iTunes lineup, in hopes that I’ll be getting an iPod for Xmas…

Now to tackle that email…

Funk 1.5

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 15th, 2001 by Дмитрий

I am enjoying my morning immensely, after an evening mercifully alone with nothing to do but relax and play with iBook. And with myself. David’s right: Vons’ store brand waffles aren’t as good as Eggo.

Considering what I went through yesterday, I feel increadibly centered right now. But then, in about 4 hours the first of two family Xmas events begins. They should both be over by 9 tonight or so, and I can guarantee you I’ll be needing a drink afterwards… Luckily tomorrow should be fairly non-threatening.

Putting 1000 songs into iTunes sure does take a freakin’ long time. I’ve been working on it for a week, now, and I’m still only just over 700. I’ll prolly be back with an update tonight hopefully.

Funk 1.6

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 16th, 2001 by Дмитрий

Thanks to Murray for the late-night hang-out. I’m glad I made it out last night. A very interesting and amusing sketch comedy show at Tokyo Garden, followed by cocktails and Saturday Night Live at Murray’s.

I felt like spontaneously changing my priorities today, and spent too much time cleaning house and other chores to devote too much time to the planned update.

I actually might be done with my whole iTunes input job by tomorrow…

Funk 1.7

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 16th, 2001 by Дмитрий

I finished the iTunes ripping, and tried my first hand at writing a dirty story. Not sure whether I’ll post it on the site or elsewhere yet, though.

I just know that anticipating Friday is driving me crazy…

Funk 1.8

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 17th, 2001 by Дмитрий

I’ve decided to start counting it in minutes, since it’s fallen under 100 hours now. Thank gawd. Only 5,912 minutes left as of this update. For those of you tiring of the topic, I assure you that I don’t intend to let such a long gap occur between snoggs again in the foreseeable future.

Open Mic tonight, where I will unveil my rant on the holiday seasons - specifically that Xmas Should be More Commercial . No, I won’t be reading my dirty story. You’ll have to do that yourself…

Now I’m trying to decide whether to make a habit of writing dirty stories. The first one was kinda fun, but I’m not sure whether any future ones will just rehash the same stuff. We’ll see. Or not.

It sure is nice how fast this day went. And even this update soaked up a cool 4 minutes. Only 5,908 minutes left, now…

I’ve gotta stop this…

Funk 1.9

Posted in A Life More Boring on December 18th, 2001 by Дмитрий

Some Good News/Bad News:

Good News:

  • Only 4,808 minutes left til David is here.
  • I’m getting my substitute teaching certificate tomorrow, and can be on the call list as soon as 3 January.
  • I’m getting a raise and a bonus tomorrow.
  • Several notes from readers tell me that I’m actually rather good at writing dirty stories.
  • My cooker works. For the first time in over a year, I can boil water at home.
  • Open Mic went increadibly well, and I’m rather proud of myself.
  • It’s foggy and chilly in Fresno and that puts me in a good mood.

Bad News:

  • It’s foggy and chilly in Fresno, and thus my nose is runny and my health failing.
  • My oven is still not functioning properly.
  • I’m incredibly lacking in inspiration to write more dirty stories.
  • My raise and bonus will be going straight to my credit cards.
  • I won’t be able to be on the substitute call list until mid- to late January, since I want to give Papa adequate notice before I leave.
  • There’s still 4,798 fucking minutes left until David is here.