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Does this mean I should start using the big words from my vocabumulary books? Heh, maybe I shouldn’t have checked this when my most recent post was about the muppets, but I’d actually prefer that y blog was readable and accessible instead of all scholarly and obtuse.

**I did the same survey for my photo blog and it came up as post-grad college level. Apparently you have to be edumecated to look at pictures.**


So, I’m at the gym treating myself to a post-workout smoothie (yummy!) when the TV in the lounge (because anywhere human beings are relaxing must have a TV, don’tcha know) has a little news flash about the end of the theater strike in New York.  For some reason, this triggers some dormant brain cell and the Muppet Show theme song starts playing in my head:

It’s time to play the music.
Its time to light the lights.
It’s time to meet the muppets
On the muppet show tonight!

It’s time to put on make up
It’s time to dress up right
It’s time to raise the curtain
On the muppet show tonight.

Why do we always come here
I guess we’ll never know
It’s like a kind of torture
To have to watch the show!

But now lets get things started
Why dont you get things started!?

To introduce our guest star
that’s what I’m here to do
so it really makes me happy
to introduce to you…….

It’s time to get things started on the most
This is what we call the muppet show!

The truly sad part of this is that I actually know all the words. The second sad part is that now it won’t go away! I’ve tried blasting it with heavy metal, distracting myself with pretty pictures, doing word games in my head….and still it plays. I’m about ready to drive a pointy stick through my eye.

This morning I went to the loan place to check out their offer. Strangely enough, the pre-approval letter they had sent me didn’t mention little things like the interest rate or repayment terms. When I got there, I wasn’t impressed. The place had a kinda ‘kid borrowing his big brother’s suit’ feel to it. I strongly suspect most of their business is done over the phone with people who just get the acceptance letter and use the convenient toll free number to get their check “as fast as possible”. The interest rate on the loan was high and the payment terms, though they generously offered no payments ’til 2008, prohibitive. Basically, I wouldn’t be saving any money, just switching who I sent the checks to. That’s not at all what I had in mind, so I decided to pass.

I’ve been squirming as much as I can, trying to avoid having to take yet another crap job just to make ends meet, but it just isn’t going to happen. Everything I’ve done in the past few years to try to advance myself has pretty much come to nothing. I’m back to (maybe) one step above ‘do you want fries with that’. Ohhh, I know, maybe I can work part time at a porn store…. No, wait….. Been there, done that.

I got one of those “pre-approved” loan offers in the mail on Saturday. It’s amazing the crap you get when you pay your bills regularly. It’s only worth mentioning because I’m actually considering accepting it. See, I only have two more unemployment payments until my benefits run out and no job prospects on the horizon. Just when you want to be taking out a loan, right? However, if I took the money, I could give myself a year’s breathing room on my regular bills with enough left over to carry my expenses for another couple of months. That would ease a hell of a lot of pressure, if only temporarily. Of course, then I’d have an additional loan payment on top of everything else.

So, that’s the questio0n. Take the loan and gamble that the temporary reprieve lets me find something worthwhile or play it safe and take the next dead end, minimum wage crap job that presents itself? Neither choice exactly fills me with joy.

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Check out The Devils Panties. It’s not Satanic porn, I promise.

My Father, Kendra, and I went back to the Lakota Wolf Preserve to see the wolves in their winter coats. It was definitely a good trip, though the light wasn’t so good for photography. I really wish I had a spare four hundred dollars for their half day photography session. I’d love to be able to get some close up pictures without the chain link fence in the way.

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I also took a video with the intent of recording the wolves howling. YouTube wouldn’t accept it, so I had to upload it to MySpace. Which means, unfortunately, I can’t embed it here, so follow this link to watch it…. and ignore the video itself, which is awful. Just listen to the wolves sing…..

All right, I’m feeling muuuch better now. I’m still sore, but I don’t have that totally drained, exhausted feeling anymore. I think getting out and being sociable last night helped me no end.

Last night was a Game night and my first time running a campaign in a very long while. It was mostly preliminaries such as making characters, introduction to the new game world and the city they’ll be playing in, then finishing up with a little teaser combat. I’ve got a very interesting group of characters running around, which is good for me as a moderator. It’s much easier to weave a decent plot if you’ve got something more to work with than “I am a generic fighter. I like to hit things with my sword”. This party is definitely unusual, from the half-Ogre barbarian to the Sun Elf wizard or the half-Drow druid to the Aasimar paladin. Out of seven party members, only one is playing a human, which makes for some interesting possibilities.

It’s also nice to have the creative juices flowing again. I took a break from moderating to get my real life in order (and hasn’t that worked out so well?), but gaming was my first creative outlet and it feels good to get back to it. Not to mention, after the way this week has been, a little fantasy and social contact was just what I needed. I’ve been doing too much of the ‘sitting in my cave’ thing. I need to get out there.

So, after all that, I called the unemployment office this morning and they processed my claim. No muss, no fuss.  Apparently there had been some “glitches” on Monday, but there was no problem with my claim. So sorry, have a nice day. GrrrRR….. Ah well, at least I’ll get my money on Friday.

I seriously need a (real) job. That way, instead of dealing with unemployment crap, I can be dealing with job crap. Not to mention I’m down to less than a month’s worth of benefits at this point. We’re officially hitting the “anything that pays me a buck” phase of the job search. Yeah, looking forward to that.

Oh yeah, this is just one of those weeks where the various gods decide to see how bad they can fuck with me. For one, my workouts have been absolutely horrible. I have no freakin’ energy whatsoever and it’s only through sheer willpower that I’m getting into the gym and doing what I’m supposed to. Not to mention the fact that I’ve been in a totally foul mood and it’s usually a good bout of exercise that pulls me out of it, but with how things are going, it’s just getting worse and worse.

For two, I got my renewal for my car insurance and my frigging rates are going up to the tune of sixty bucks a month. Sixty extra dollars I don’t have, mind you. I mean, what the hell?! I’ve been driving all kinds of legal, no tickets, no accidents. Why are my rates going up?! Oh, and my registration is due to be renewed, so there’s another forty five dollars I have to spend for the privilege of driving in this gods-be-damned state.

Fore the manure icing on my steaming pile of shit cake, when I went to file my claim for my unemployment benefits on Monday, their website was down. I waited until a little after one o’clock for them to fix it, but of course, no joy. So, I used the phone claim option instead, only to be told by the oh-so helpful recording that I’d have to speak to a counselor before my claim could be processed. Monday being a holiday, there were no counselors available, so I called today as soon as I got back form the gym only to be informed, again by a helpful recording, that my day to claim benefits was Monday and I’d have to wait for my alternate day of Wednesday to talk to anyone. AAARRRRRGH!!! That means, assuming that whatever the problem is, is simple and gets resolved Wednesday so my claim is processed that day, I won’t get my money until Friday. I have two dollars in my wallet, seven dollars in the bank, and a day and a half’s worth of food in my refrigerator. Yeah, waiting for Friday to get paid sounds like a real good idea.

That cracking sound you hear? That would be me.

Unabashedly stolen from Kathy to offset the gloominess of my last post.

1.What’s in your wallet? Driver’s license, debit card, Social Security card, two dollars, and a picture of kendra

2.What’s under your bed? The floor.

3.What’s on that way top shelf or in the very far back of your closet? Vitamins

4.What’s in your underwear drawer? One would need a dresser to have an underwear drawer. My clean undies are in a bag in my closet

5.What’s in the trunk of your car? Windsheild washing fluid, my camera’s tripod, and thing I’m supposed to put over my cars roof when I have it down.

6. What colour is the under ware your wearing at this moment? Black

7. Do you have a super-secret hiding place and what’s in it? I have a lockable cabinet in my room. Anything not for public consumption goes there

8.Do you feel guilty about something right now, if yes what? I’ve been living guilt free lately.

9.What is the most embarrassing thing in your room right now? Yes, that’s right, I’m going to publish the most embarrasing thing I own for the whole world to see. (Hint: It’s made of latex)

10.Have you done something recently you hope no one finds out about? Nope, my life is boring

11.What is your last thought before you fall asleep? It varies, but it’s probably sex related

12.How long have those leftovers been in the fridge? 2 days.

13.If I confiscated your computer and took a look around….what would I find? A lot of pictures

14.Do you sleep with anything? Don’t I wish

15.What is your midnight snack weakness? Peanut butter.

16.Have you ever you shop lifted? Yep, back in my misspent youth.

17.Have you ever vandalized anything? Does drawing on my desk at school count?

18.Ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? Danced, fought, loved, and played Parcheesi (the devil cheats, btw).

19.What do you wait until no one is looking to do? Bite my nails.

20. When did you lose your virginity? I didn’t lose it, I know exactly where it went.