Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lifestyle Change

Everyone is all excited or pissed off today about this iPad thing. I never heard about it before today. Is it like a tampon? I don't get it.

Well let me tell you what I'm excited about. No, it may not be the latest technology out there but I guarantee it's just as satisfying. Now I've never been a "slipper guy." I maybe had a pair as a kid but don't remember wearing them. However, I just received a pair of these bad boys and it is life changing!

No longer do I have to walk around the house in socks to protect my feet from the cold! Yes we can! No longer will that cold penetrate my socks! Yes we can! (SOTU tonight - just felt it...)

These bad boys are Haflinger Slippers straight from Germany. I highly recommend them!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

One Year?!

Exactly one year ago at this very moment (10:30am) as the world excitedly watched and waited for an eight year mistake to end with the inauguration of Barack Obama, I was sitting on the couch in my Dad's living room lost in complete shock. I had just been laid-off, downsized, become a victim of the economy, blah blah blah. I had my Dad read the papers they gave me which was basically what my severance package was going to look like. He said, "sign here."

I was then signed up for a 6-month paid vacation. Sweet. As upset and confused as I was, little did I know I'd have the most incredible year. I went to Colorado, Florida, Arizona and NY/NJ. I started riding this pedicab thing and I think we all know how awesome that turned out to be.

Being forced out of that job definitely led me to be a happier person. People once again enjoyed being around me (for the most part). Furthermore my hours were human again and that was a big part in helping me to maintain some sort of semblance of a social life. It felt real good.

Dudes - the road trip. I mean, stellar year.

So now I find myself sort of in the same place as last March. I'm sort of sitting around riding some pedicab here and there, but this time I got no paychecks coming my way and I'm sitting around at my parents house, not my own place.

I'm craving to get out. Not because living here sucks or I'm unhappy about it, I'm craving that independence. So long story short, I need a job. Preferably in DC. It doesn't have to be full-time necessarily because I want to ride the pedicab again this summer, make stupid money and stay fit.

Either way, I look forward to another awesome 365 days which will undoubtedly be different from the last 365. That's a good thing though because if every year is like the last, especially at this point in life, it's going to get boring.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Cross-Country Road Trip Video

I wanted to learn about video editing so I decided to make this video about my road trip. I hope it's not so long that you lose interest but I know how short my attention span is.

After uploading it to Youtube I got an email saying that some content in my video may be owned by Sony Music Entertainment. If they decide to take it down because of the sons I used I won't be too happy. (Smart Technology though) If it's not working please drop me a note. Enjoy.

Also - it did look better (quality wise) when I was making it on a full screen and doesn't translate that great in Youtube world.

Please let me know what you think!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I'm With Coco

The guy who did this is really good. I spent a bunch of time on site checking it out.

Friday, January 8, 2010

My Friday > Your Friday

Old people in South Florida like to complain. They have nothing to do outside of voting season and the temperatures have been cold by their standards. Those standards are: anything below 70 is simply unacceptable. However today it was as high as 75. I spent 2 and a half hours doing this:

Nice legs. I know. Sorry for the weird angle - the dog took the picture.

However, I did finish a book that I started a long time ago, thinking I'd finish it on my road trip. I was wrong because the tv show Lost entered my life. City of Thieves by David Benioff. Solid quick read - enjoyed it very much. Benioff wrote The 25th Hour and later the screenplay for the movie which was a "Spike Lee Joint" if that gives you any more clarity.

Either way - I'm back in DC and the cold tomorrow. Pedicabbing Sunday? Give me a shout if you're downtown.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Chinese Are Trying To Kill Us

Relax - you knew this. While I was on my trip I bought my friends Hannah and Ben a pair of "cute" mugs from San Francisco. I didn't get you anything, I know. That would be because I hate you, clearly. ANYWAYS, I bought them the gift in part as long overdue housewarming gift:

See, it's cute. They matched and all that shit that couples pretend to like because the happier you are, the less likey you're going to get stabbed in the face while sleeping. ANYWAYS, I thought I did well on this one until approximatley 45 seconds after I handed the goods over, Ben (pictured: right) read a label that was apparently on the bottom of the mug:

Oops. They said maybe they could use them to plant stuff in but a) they were probably just being nice and b) the plants would die of lead and cadmium poisoning.

I've taken this as a sign to never do anything nice for anyone ever again and you have China to thank for that one!