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!

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!

Job Inteview Attire

Job Inteview Attire

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!

Themes

Giving new themes a try. The last them that was being used on my blog had been active since the creation of this website. I felt it was time for a change, especially now that I am writing more, and more people seem to be visiting and actually reading what I write. :)

If anyone has any advice on creating a custom theme let me know! I’m very interested in doing so eventually. Especially since I am getting more and more into design and coding again (for those that don’t know, in my younger days I was very much into web development)  Also any feed back on the current theme I am using would be greatly appreciated! I personally like it very much, bright in contrast to the dull gray and black that I was using before. The colors go very good, and it’s easy on the eyes. I think it will encourage people to visit more frequently because it’s more inviting and friendly.

To quickly update on the status of my clients, I made contact with one of them, and I am scheduled to meet up with them the 28th which is next week. We will be discussing scheduling and the treatment plan. Looking forward to this meeting. In a couple hours I will make contact with my second client and hopefully schedule a meeting for the next couple days to discuss the same things.

Wow! Two posts in one day.

Finally Starting Work

It’s been three weeks since I was initially interviewed and hired, but finally, after 4 days and 12 hours of training I am starting! Yesterday was my final day of training and we mostly went over note taking. Today I went in and was assigned people to work for as a Basic Skills Trainer. I am honestly very excited to start, after training I am very confident this will be work that is very rewarding on a personal level, and will keep me happy and content with my life while I am not on the go.

In the next hour or so I need to call and schedule a meeting with my first client and do a meet and greet and discuss a schedule for me to come over and work, together on the goals lined up in the treatment plan. The hours are going to be some what limited because I have to work around the schedules of my clients. I don’t think I’ll be working more than 20 or 25 hours a week, which is two or three clients usually, depending on what my clients require. On the side the when I am not teaching Basic Skills, my friend Shane, who you may remember split my tongue about three weeks ago (which is doing fantastic I might add!), asked if i would be willing to help out around his shop as much as I could. He said he’d compensate a bit for my time and help which is awesome. So i’m looking very forward to that as well.

For the first time in a while I finally have a schedule building up! And paperwork, lots of paper work. But it feel pretty nice finally have responsibility again. We’ll see how long that lasts though, haha I have a bad case of Wanderlust, and while it may be managed right now, It’s sure to break out again before long.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more from me!  As you have noticed I am writing quite a bit more now.