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!

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Home?

I am currently sitting in the living room of the house I was raised in Los Molinos, California. It no longer feels like home, after the separation of my parents, and all the time I have been away doing my own thing.

The first week of October 2013 I quit my job, yet again to go on a journey and hopefully make a bit of coin before trekking out on a big trip again. But that didn’t quite all happen. My fortune never came, but the travels did. Once again my bank account was nearly drained while I traveled at a fast past never looking back. I had a blast. Did a little bit of work which makes me feel a bit better about everything. I was able to go and see friends I hadn’t seen in quite some time which is incredibly awesome. And my mind and body was refreshed after spending a bit of time on the road again. I feel great.

I rode my Motorcycle all the way to Los Molinos, CA from Las Vegas Nevada. After kicking around the 530 for a few weeks I decided to take a trip up to Seattle via trains and give my friends Brad and Brien a visit, which turned out to be very successful. And then after a few days in Seattle I took off south again towards Oakland to make it to an awesome Show where I got to see F.I.D. and Magrudergrind, Slight Slappers, Transient, Despise You, and many other awesome bands. It was well worth the money to go and check out these bands.

 

And now here I am sitting in my “home”.  I wanted to make a small post though, update on some things in my life.  Here is what is new.

 

Currently I am in the middle of figuring things out. The plan is to head off back to Vegas next week, work for a about two months, and head to Germany in Mid January for a minute to get tattooed, as well as revisit old friends I don’t get the chance to see very much.

 

That’s really as far as I have things planned. Who know how much of that will work out. Things always work out for me though.

Hopefully I will be able to write a bit more when I get back to vegas, and share some pictures as well.

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.

Just A Rant

As anyone who reads what I post knows, I recently started working a new job, which I enjoy very  much. However lately I have been having some problems, and it has nothing to do with the work itself. It actually has to do with my sexuality. I consider myself and out of the closet gay man, however I’m not one to go flaunting it and telling every person I meet. I am no different from any straight man, most people tell me they are usually surprised to find out I’m gay. However if I am confronted with the serious and honest question of whether or not I am gay, I am honest about it. Even in the work place. My problem with my current job involves sarcastic comments which includes offensive homophobic slurs that seem to never end in the 10 to 13 hour work days. The very first time the word faggot was direct towards me (even in a joking manner) I instantly stopped in my tracks and made it clear I didn’t want that word said around me again, especially directed at me even in general.

It continued as you might have guess. Along with numerous homosexual jokes such as sucking dicks, taking it in the ass, and being the “woman” in a relationship; basically anything else you can think of as well. On a few different occasions I have brought up that I don’t mind joking around, however the level of offense that has been reached, the repetition, and being singled out exclusively is where the problem is. It still continues.

I haven’t addressed my sexuality with my coworkers, as I haven’t felt it necessary, but I am getting very close to letting that cat out of the bag. Maybe I should first start dropping some racist comments around my coworkers of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, because in my eyes racist comments and homophobic comments are one in the same. it’s discrimination on a particular person for something he or she can not control. In my case it its no painfully obvious, but with a black/Mexican/Asian/etc person their differences are displayed on their skin right before your eyes and instantly the greater majority of people this day in age completely avoid verbalizing any type of slur while these people different from themselves are present. And that is all that I ask for myself as well. Since being anything within the letters of LGBTQ is not always painfully obvious, as a decent human being you should respect everyone equally and not throw out the types of slurs around people you barely know such as coworkers, or friends of friends.

That’s all I’m going to say, it feels as if I have began to ramble. If anyone has some input on the situation I am faced with, please let me know in the comment section. :) Thanks

Changes

It’s getting harder and harder to update now that I have a new job. I quit my other job, sort of. It’s complicated to be completly honest, it did not go the way I had hoped it would. But it is what it is. Now I work full time out at the Dunes. Work has been very good, I am working anywhere from 40 to 60 hour weeks which is great! Making lots of money in wages and in tips as well. But I gotta say it really is wearing me out. There is less free time in life. However things are looking up. I will be moving in with one of my friends in the next couple of days. This may effect me a little bit, obviously I will have monthly bills again, but even more serious I will more than likely be forfeiting the vehicle my sister has so graciously let me use to commute for work. There is even a positive in this though as I will no longer have to pay for gas, and whats even better is that I would be able to commute on my bike to and from work every day. It is only a 10 mile ride, hopefully not uphill though. This is not to far though, and the way I ride I should be able to make it fairly quickly. Before I took off while I was still working with Staples I commuted only by bicycle and got around fantastically. So I’m not all that worried about it.

The other day a friend I met while traveling passed through town, I was happy to be able to invite him to stay for a couple of nights, cook him food, and show him a good time while he was here. We gambled a bit, went hiking and swimming, saw the Hoover Dam, and shared stories. It was a grand-ole time. :D

I haven’t much of anything else to really talk about. Work has consumed my life, and I haven’t really had time to have any fun outside of my awesome job.

I hope to change of seasons is treating everyone as good as it is me!

What A Ride

You know, lately I have been kind of speechless and had much of nothing to say. However the last couple days have given me a few things to write about. First on the list would be that I did get a new job. Finally a job that I wanted, that I enjoy, and that I wake up each morning excited about driving to. I started on Saturday working out in the Dunes of the Desert outside Las Vegas. When I finish training I will be a dune buggy tour guide! It’s pretty awesome. Some really hard physical work, but that’s a lot of the reason I like it aside from this being a totally fun job that anyone would be lucky to have. I am currently struggling this week, as I was scheduled to work out in the dunes Monday and then again on Thursday. I have to shake loose my other job with the Mental Health agency, which is a bit difficult to do. But I have so far opened up my weekends, and made it possible to work from as early as the desert calls in the morning, to as late as  3pm. When I was hired over the phone, my new boss did say he would be understanding and didn’t want me to burn any bridges. My hopes is that he remains this way the next couple weeks while I try and get rid of my job with Majestic.

Let’s see. For a small rant. I hate Morning Radio. Now that I am up around 5am every day or earlier for this job, I listen to music to keep me awake and alert while driving. But for some reason public radio stations assume everyone wants to listen to a stupid talk show in the mornings. Every single station had some kind of talk show on and would maybe play one song every half hour! That’s not what I wanted to hear, that is boring and annoying. Your talk shows suck Las Vegas! Since I don’t have an iPod, or any music on my computer to burn to CD’s I can’t even fix my problem unless I go out and spend money I don’t really have for that type of entertainment. End Rant. :D

Yesterday I met up with some cool Aussie guys that are out travelling the world. They first made contact with me through Couchsurfing.org and I have followed them since then. The last couple days they have been in Vegas and a shot them a message hoping to take them out into the desert and show them some other attractions most tourists miss out on in their drunken madness for the length of the their visit. So I picked up em at Hooters Hotel on Topicana, and headed out past the old mining town of Nelson and made out way to the river. Jumped off some cliffs despite the weather not being ideal for swimming, and the water being much cooler than refreshing. And then we all hopped back in car after making a detour hike around the mountain, and checked out Hoover Dam for a quick visit and photo opportunity. Cool guys they were, hope to meet them at another time in another place! Check out their facebook.

And that would be all that is going on in my life. Sorry for the lack of writing, but nothing all that special has been going on up until the last week. Cheers! Hope April is going good for everyone.

Work, Work, Work!

Hard to believe that only a few short months ago I was that guy with a pack on my back, flying a sign at on a street corner or freeway off-ramp begging for spare change. Now I’m a working man, and still looking for a better job. Currently working with Majestic Mental Health, which is going good, it’s just lots of work outside of dealing with clients, driving, and going to monthly meetings. I can’t complain to much though, the wage is good, and there is a lot of freedom and flexibility.  Is it really all that great? I’m not willing to sacrifice this job for another job that would not be worth me time though.

For instance, the other day I got a call while I was at dinner with the family. It was the manager from a local Puma store asking to have me for an interview on Tuesday (today). Of course I accepted the offer. I got all dressed up, went into the interview and answered all of the generic questions such as “describe a time when you gave excellent customer service.” It wasn’t until the end of the interview that I was told that they were only looking for part time associates, and the location I would be working if hired was 60 miles outside of town! Right then and there I decided it was not worth my time.

As much as not having to write my own schedule, not off the clock work,  and only going to the same place to work really do appeal me. Driving that much just isn’t what I want to do. The gas alone would take up the majority of my wages! At least in my current position I am making enough to cover my gas, and still have left over money to live somewhat comfortable and have a little bit to save.

So I’ll continue working my health job until something better comes along. To be completely honest though, with as lazy as I am, I probably won’t be looking for work very hard. There is enough on my plate right now, and my time is valuable! The weather is warming up and it’s time to have some fun!

Yesterday I set up the rail out in the street in front of the house and started practicing the grinds and slides I used to be able to do on my skateboard. Soon I’m sure I’ll be able to do everything I used to be able to do. Along with skateboarding I’m looking forward to the heat rolling in so that I can head down to the water and start swimming and jumping off some cliffs again! And I’d also like to start learning how to boulder and rock climb this year. I know that there are some people who go out weekly in a group formed on CouchSurfing. I see some fun times ahead though.

That’s all I’ve got now. Rants and rambles! Toodles!

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