New Year, New Adventures

Hello for the first time in 2014! Some big things are in store for me this year. You can bet that travel is at the top of the list.

For starters I was hired by Evolve Body Jewelry Company to hit the road as a traveling representative and drive around the country promoting the company to piercing/tattoo studios, and of course selling them the pretties as well. This job will land me in 22 states total. This is fantastic and I couldn’t be happier with an opportunity like this.

During my travels I hope to make at least one post a week about the places I have been, how business is going, and a review on something from my favorite city that week.  That’s a tall order for a person who has scarcely posted in the last year. It’s possible though.

I don’t really believe in new years resolutions, but I do have some goals I’d like to accomplish. Some of them are goals I have had in the past but never really did anything about. I really hope that I will be able to do so this year.

Here’s a list of the ones I’d like to see done.

1. Read five new books cover to cover.

2. Finally Create my own personal webpage. I have procrastinated way to long on this.

3. Make it back to Europe.

4. Go to Mexico, and potentially South America.

5. Expand my vocabulary.

 

Not all. But some. We’ll see what happens come 2015.

 

Sorry this post is sort of all over the place. Hopefully as the year progresses I will get better and think things out a bit more.

Next time I write I’ll be somewhere on the east coast!

To All Mechanics Out There

Bravo! I don’t understand how you can enjoy, or at the very least endure the mind numbing tasks of working on any type of motorized vehicle. It seems every single vehicle I have in my possession is full of problems.  Currently I own a 1985 Honda Shadow VT700. It’s pretty great, runs good and what not. Awesome considering I got it for free. Lately I’ve been suffering a cooling issue, well more or less an over heating problem.

Anyways, fixed a leak in the coolant line (just a bad O-Ring), and then another leak pops up. Then it disappears. And then suddenly it starts boiling over after short rides. Unsure why. So I switched out the coolant, same problem. Then I noticed the fan never turns on. So I take apart the thermostat housing and test the thermostat. It works, of course. So I try hooking direct power up to the fan, and that works. So somewhere in the wiring, my fan is not turning on when it’s supposed to. Not sure why. In the mean time I wired a manual switch to the fan so that I can turn it on at any point I desire. Put everything back together, add my coolant, and now that one leak that disappeared is back. I think I see where it’s coming from, but boy does that look like a difficult spot to access. So in the mean time I’m just going to test out everything, ride it, and hope that it doesn’t boil over anymore.

 

We’ll see.

 

Side rant. My phone broke, and it’s incredibly difficult to live in today’s world without a phone. I have friends coming into town today and no way to communicate with them, or know when they get into town. I don’t have a house phone for the to call either. My only means of communication at this point is through my Facebook account, which is normally at my fingers tips thanks to my phone.

 

And randomness. I’m putting in my two weeks notice tomorrow at work. I can’t really deal with all the bullshit anymore. I’m gonna head up to Cali, and hopefully find some work, if not oh well. I’ll be flying out to Germany around December or January I think, and scheduling some more tattoo work at Little Swastika’s Gallery.

 

A day in the life of Lucas.

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Shannon Larratt, a person who has touched millions, who has forever left his mark upon the world. I know that no matter what I say, how little or how much I write, it will never be enough.  He passed on the 15th of March, 2013. In his last blog post (which can be read here) he talks of the wonderful life he had, and said some very great things. One of the quotes that has been floating around is this….

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I encourage everyone to take the time and read through his entire post. If you know who he is, or even if you don’t. It’s very sad. I teared up while reading it.

Had it not been for this man, so many people that I call friends today would not be apart of my life. I probably would not have take the path I am currently on in life, I might not have ever learned to really accept myself. But because of everything he published and fought for, I don’t have those what-if’s in my life. And I am thankful for that.  Just last night I was saddened by the thought that I never wrote him an email telling him this, and never got the chance to explain how much he had influenced my life (although I started many messages and never clicked the send button).

Lastly, if you don’t know who he is. Please do a little bit of research, and find out. You will quickly find out he has more than likely had someone of an impact on your life as well. You have at the very least, seen with your own eyes things that maybe would not have ever been brought to the publics attention, had it not been for his writings, publishings, and push for acceptance of self expression.

 

Thank you. I will continue to be proud of who I am, and not be scared to express that however I like.  R.I.P.

Time Sure Is Flying

It seems like I just arrived in Vegas only a few short weeks ago, but it’s already been three and a half months since then. So wild. Anyways, just a quick update on everything with my job, and future plans with me. The job itself is going good, I finished training, was assigned two clients, made contact with the first and have started my basic skills sessions with this client. It started out slow, and is still going slow. I go over to his house five days a week and two hours each of those days to work with him on his behavior and anger mostly, there are some other issues that will be addressed as well, but everything seems to stem from anger and behavioral issues. I gotta say it’s not really easy work. We mostly talked, I should say I mostly talked for the length of each session, which is proving to be non-helpful because he can’t focus for that long and he’s heard it all before, and I’m pretty sure its as boring for him as it is for me. Since starting I have been doing a lot of research on how to keep the attention of my clients who have ADD/ADHD and other issues. On Friday I went to turn in my hours and also took a look at some books and was able to copy some worksheets out of them to address anger with my client. The worksheets were awesome, but as we were unable to have our session at his home, his mother and self suggested we sit at the park, I don’t think any progress was made because of all the distractions around us, and of course the desire to go and play. Next week I am planning to head out to the main office and do some more reading before I meet with this client, and gather some ideas for more activities we can do that might be fun, or at least engaging so we can start making some progress. Hopefully I can find some good stuff, cause I gotta say, it hit me hard when I started thinking about how serious my role is in this child’s life. If I don’t do my job right, it has a direct effect on his life and well being!

Enough about work though I do have a life. Finally I gave the courts a call in Illinois, ugh, never a fun call to make especially when you owe money. At least now I know when my payment is due, and how much it is. $404.00 is due by March 25th. Lovely. On top of this I also owe $155.00 on my cell phone bill. Thank goodness I got my taxes back so I can cough all of it up to bills and fines. And because I am just starting with my new job I do not have enough hours to cover these expenses just by my first two checks! So I’m really going to hurting for money this month, and into next month as well. This also means that I will not be able to escape the country to Europe in May like I was really hoping to do. This is a huge bummer, but it will allow me to save up money, get in shape, and start preparing for my next big adventure.

As far as eventually getting my own personal website/blog up and running with hopes to stop using Facebook. I am still unsure when this will happen, I”m still trying to figure out costs, and how much time this type of thing will take. I’m a pretty lazy person, so getting around to actually designing a website and all that good stuff is gonna take time, especially considering I haven’t really worked with web design in quite some time. Although I have been taking courses through Udacity to further my knowledge of this type of stuff, and to also get back in mindset of writing code and troubleshooting related issues.  I will keep updates on this every now and again.

Finally the last bit of news, maybe it’s already been covered. But I got my navel (belly button, for those of you who don’t know what a navel is) pierced. I’ve been wanting to do it for quite some time now and finally got around to just doing it! Shane Von Ranniger at the Piercing Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada did it for me and it was done very well. We put in some fancy bling bling made by Anatometal. With green gems (Princess Cut), and we also anodized the piece a s very  nice shade of blue that goes perfectly with the green. We didn’t take a picture of it when I was fresh because I was bleeding a little bit, so I’ll be sure to take a good picture once it has fully healed, it’s to fabulous not to! That’s pretty much it though!

Just Thinking

In the past I know that I have talked about doing this, many many many times, but finally I think that I am serious about it. The thought is purchasing a domain and having a personal website that I will keep updated much like my Facebook, but not at all. I have been wanting to do away with my Facebook for quite sometime now. I do not like it, or want much of anything to do with it. But it is so convenient as I am able to update my friends from all around the world on what I am doing and share pictures. I don’t post more here because I usually update daily on Facebook, which sort of just makes it seem pointless to write a full post here in detail of what is going on.

The idea will still include me using a word press blog, which will have all of the posts from this page transferred over. I will have a photo gallery, which will be easy for me to upload more pictures directly from the website, instead of having to go into the control panel of the website and manually upload everything, and then insert everything. But I don’t want to make it so that just anyone can upload anything they want, just me. It will probably be a password protected type of thing. Some kind of contact page, and a guestbook for people to write small messages.

I’m not really sure yet. All the ideas are floating around in my head. It’s going to be a serious project though, I haven’t really designed a website in quite a while. And I know nothing about HTML5 yet! But to help pass the time it could be a fun project. And now that I have a job, I will be able to afford purchasing a website and hosting. We’ll see. I’ll make an update if I end up doing something like this, which should maybe be in the next few weeks.

In other news, we now have the Insanity Work Out at my house. So I’m going to start doing that in a week or two, I’d really like to see some results and have a nice body by the time summer rolls around. I’ve said this before, but I always end up giving up. Hopefully that doesn’t happen this time.

Also, it has been 6 days since my tongue was split. It still hurts a little. Mostly because of the sutures, but it is feeling so much better! I can eat again, and talk much better. I think today I will have the sutures removed, maybe tomorrow. Gotta call up the guy and talk to him about it.  That’s all though.

New Job! New Tongue!

Yay! I got a job. Finally. After searching for months!!!!!! I haven’t started yet because I had to gather a few documents. All of them were pretty easy to get with the exception of my high school diploma, which is in California. My dad finally sent it out for me yesterday though, so hopefully I’ll have that on Wednesday and be able to schedule training on Thursday or Friday! What I’ll be doing is working with people (mostly kids it sounds like) with Mental Disabilities teaching them basic skills and maybe some behavioral help as well. I’m not totally sure of everything, but after training I’ll have a much better understanding. I am very excited to start though, it sounds like really good work, fun, and stressful at times, but honest. I’m glad it’s not sales, or retail or customer service type work again. The pay is really good as well.

After my interview on Tuesday the 29th, January 2013 I came home to find out my name had been drawn in a sweepstakes I entered a couple weeks prior at the Bass Pro Shop. The prize is a two thousand dollar travel package to anywhere in the USA. All I have to do is go to a seminar and take a tour of some place, where they will probably try and sell me something. My sister and brother-in-law think it’s not real and a scam and aren’t will to help me go. For some reason they want a single female, or a couple to attend and pick up my travel package. So I need to find a friend willing to go with me, because even if it turns out to be a scam, at least I can say I tried!

And finally, more exciting news! I finally got my tongue split! After years of waiting! I still remember the first time I saw a split tongue, I was about 10 years old watching the discovery chanel with my family, and there was a segment about Eric Sprague aka The Lizard Man, and how he had his tongue split. I was so intrigued, but agreed when my family had said it was gross. And now 11 years later, I finally have joined thousands of other people who have went under the knife and had their tounges split. To be completely honest, it hurt pretty bad to get done, especially since i had it sutured as well. The the worst part of it is trying to heal it! Yuck. Hell, everysingle day. It’s still only the 4th day and I’m still in pain, still can’t talk for shit, my breath smells like a corpse, and eating is pretty difficult. It does feel a lot better today than it has in the last couple days. Artist Credit goes to Shane Von Ranniger, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s a couple pictures. But first, a video I took yesterday (day 3) of me talking. Enjoy, and laugh a little!

East Coast Life

As I said last time, I am enjoying myself quite a bit. The east coast is quite a bit different, especially the police. I’ll get to that later though. I finished up my time in Boston. My friend Pat and I went to New York City for the weekend, we took the Fung Wah bus from Boston to NYC. It was 30 bucks round trip for each of us, not to bad. We arrived in NYC Friday morning about 2am, it was a bit cold, and we had no where to go. So we started walking around the city trying to figure out exactly where we were. Around 5:45am we found a Starbucks in Times Square that was open, got our coffee on, and some how ended up at the Good Morning America set, so we waited around for about 2 hours and got on TV together, that was pretty cool. I called my mom at 6:30am, or 3:30am California time to tell her she should watch. She was pretty excited about that.

After we got our fifteen seconds of fame we headed off to Central Park and took a really nice nap together. It’s amazing how much warmer it was in the park than it as in the city, and not windy at all!! those high rise buildings create a nasty draft, lol.  I’m not sure how long we slept, but when we woke up, things got a little steamy between, us, haha, dangerously steamy. What evers though. We walked around the city a bit more, checked out some shops, got some cool pictures and enjoyed some good food. Then I called up a friend who invited us to hang out with him at a shop he worked at. It was so strange, because it turned out to be one of the shops Brian Decker worked out of, which is who we were going to see the following day. Strange, but we enjoyed it and got some good relaxation time in. A few hours later we took off, and got some Chipotle for dinner. We ended up taking a train and a bus out to the Airport. We had no where to go, so we just crashed in the baggage claim area, no one bothered us. It was a bit cold, but way more comfortable than sleeping out in the streets.

The next day was a big day for me, we woke up, grabbed some breakfast at a place in the airport and took a train into Brooklyn. That’s a funny place, a lot dirtier looking than NYC, and full of hipsters, especially in Williamsburg. They were everywhere, i couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Fast forward a bit though, and it’s 4pm!! We walked over to Pure Body Arts to meet Brian for my appointment.

When we got there he was still finishing up with another client. Around 5pm he was done, washed up and called me in. He prepared all of his tools, and luckily had a spare piece of jewelry laying around, because the piece I had ordered was entirely to short.  I laid down, he marked me up, cleaned my face, and we started. I’m not going to bother explain the procedure, but it was not to most pleasant experience pain wise, and I did scream and moan a bit, which is normal for me. It wasn’t as bad as i made it sound, that’s just how I deal with pain. After about two or three minutes though, the jewelry was inserted, and I had a 7/1ths inch oval labret!!! Very exciting, and life changing.Pictures below.

We headed straight for the bus station after that, because again, we did not have a place to stay, so we figured we’d head back to Boston and stay at his house for the night. We got back to boston around 11pm, and thankfully his dad could pick us up, because we missed the train. No biggy. We slept so good, and stayed in bed all day te following day, lol. we were pooped from all that walking the days before. I left his house for Boston sunday night, slept in the Airport again, and took off for Baltimore Monday morning. To make things short and simple, because I’m getting sleepy and tired of typing at this point, it took me 24 hours to hitch hike from Boston to Baltimore. it wouldn’t have taken me that much time to go 400ish miles on the west coast. I nearly got arrested three times just for hitch hiking, once in Twice in Rhode island, and once in Conneticut. I finished up my time hitch hiking at truck stops and was able to make it to a town about 20 miles away from Baltimore. The trucker was nice, but an idiot, he dropped me off along the interstate so i had to walk back off of it. I was just going to take a bus or train from that town, but the next ones left hours and hours later!!! So i raised my thumb and in a few minutes I had a ride straight to Baltimore where I met up with my friend from Iam.bmezine.com, Dale. And we’ve been kicking it since. I’ll be taking off for North Carolina on Sunday, because I was talking into waiting to see a show here in Maryland on Saturday night.

Enjoy the pictures so far!!