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!

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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.

California Love (Old Draft a few weeks ago)

I am here in San Diego, California currently. Spent the last two days here, and am leaving for Vegas again tomorrow. It’s been a brief but pleasant visit. Great city, great weather, can’t ask for much more, but I did get more! I met up with my friend Pat yesterday evening at the airport to see him off today before he left on his Semester at Sea. Seeing him was great, I just wish we could have had another day together since it has been so long since we have had a chance to actually hang out.

In addition to seeing his pretty face I met up with another friend Rachel who I know from Boston as well, and my other friend that I also met out in Boston. For the most part I have been pretty occupied and time has flown. I’m already looking forward to being back in Vegas and continuing my job hunt. Although I think I may have the hook up with a Temp Agency, but I have to apply and get processed into the system for. I’ll know by next week if anything is going to happen with that, and I will be sure to write about that.

On a side note Hopefully my writings will start to become more frequent now that I have my laptop again. I do remember saying this before though, so I’m not making any promises to myself, and anyone who might be mildly entertained by what I write about.

When I do finally land my self a job and a regular pay check saving is going to be priority number one! Pat’s Semester at Sea ends in Spain in Early May, so I am hoping to make enough money to fly out to Barcelona and meet up with him to travel Europe together, and of course get tattooed again ;). After taking a peak at airline prices and comparing them against numerous other airline venders I am confident I will be able to do this. From what I saw a round trip flight shouldn’t be much more than 900 Dollars. That’s as of now of course, I won’t have the money for at least a month and a half, so this could change drastically, but I’m hoping not.

Here’s some pictures

 

Also here is a video of the sunset.

 

Much to write.

Whewwww. What a long time it’s been since I was last on a computer, I swear I am so not used to it that it felt weird using the touch pad on my laptop! But it is nice to have it back for the time being. My Dad was nice enough to ship it out to me.
Currently I am sitting here in the Starbucks at Harvard Square in Cambridge. I hang out here all the time.  I’m still jobless, and still homeless. So That’s nice. I went camping once in New Hampshire with friend, visited the Bronx Zoo in New York, and been on multiple job interviews with no luck.  What a journey it has been. But here I am.

I’ll just attach a few pictures for anyone’s enjoyment, and I will make a very nice long detailed post tomorrow or the next day, because I don’t think I have been on here since I was in California back in June!

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!!

 

Screw Promises To People Who Don’t Care

Am I right? I promised my current employer that I would stay with the company for a year if they took me on again (mind you, I have been with them for 2.5 years, they just wanted me to stay at their store). I said sure, no problem. Since I have made that choice, I have become depressed at times, angry, and just longing to travel more than ever. I feel like a caged animal unable to explore the world around me. I hitch hike to keep the travel bug at bay when I have the time, mainly on my weekends. But it’s to much now, my position is being changed, someone I don’t like a work, with much less experience than me is being put in my current position, and I am being put as the main guy behind the counter. Same pay rate, so it’s not all bad. But the numbers they will be expecting is outrageous, and my assistant manager is even worried about these expected changes, saying, and I quote “I am going to be updating my resume and cover letters real soon”. He is just as nervous about all this as I am. He knows it won’t happen the way the big wigs see it happening. He knows two thousand dollar sale increases a week do not just happen over night, or with a position change. He even told me if a better opportunity came along, he would probably take it at this point, which to me says he cares about as much as I do about this job. It’s just a pay until we can do what we actually want to do.

That kind of leads me into this next bit.  On Tuesday I am flying out to Boston, MA to check out the East Coast and just hang out. The last two weeks I have been contemplating just not getting back on my flight to California to just stay over there. What’s better is a guy on Couchsurfing.org was talking about hitch hiking from NY to CA around the same time. The way the gears in my head are turning, is that I should just stay, kick it for a while, and then do a cross country hitch hiking trip, which is what I have been dreaming of since I got back from Europe. The only thing holding me back in my lame job that doesn’t seem to care about me or anything I do. To drop a few quotes from one of my favourite songs and bands :

So today I’m gonna rise up with sun, complete the goals I’ve set and move on to the next. I’m so young there’s no reason to run. But everyday, this nine to five destroys all my thoughts. This lake I’ve been swimming in is stagnant. I’m fishing for disaster, and I’m the fucking bait. My hard work means nothing to them, my efforts gone to waste. And I’m so sick, you should be too; Our blood and our sweat means more than this paycheck” -Set It Straight, Hourglass

I’m not going to bother giving my interpretation of this, I think it speaks for itself, and it is exactly how I feel.

That’s basically what’s up with me lately, aside from moving into a new place finally, it’s much better, I’m not on the lease, so leaving is not an issue either here, but I would pay up a couple month’s rent before I left. I’m not an asshole like that, especially to my friends.

This last weekend a friend of mine, Matt, hitch hiked with me. It was his first time, and my first time hitch hiking with a friend, a very new and exciting experience. He met up with me in a chico and together we tramped on up to Grass Valley. After being stuck in Oroville and singing our favorite songs to the dark sky of the night together for quite a while, we finally got picked up and taken to Grass Valley. In the morning we hit the skatepark and eventually decided to go to Reno, NV. What a blast, my first time hitching outside of California (aside from Europe). The trip was pretty smooth and easy. My sister picked us up. I met up with my older brother for the first time in like 6 or 7 years in addition to that, I met his daughters, my nieces for the first time!! They are really cute. It was a good reunion. Now that I know how easy it is to get there, I’ll probably visit a few times a year. If I’m around that is.  That’s pretty much. Good times. Here’s a few pictures.

Beautiful Weather

It really is a beautiful day today. The sun is shining, it’s not windy, no clouds in the sky, about 75 degrees out. Just perfect, feels like a spring day, and it’s still the first week of March. This type of weather I could live with forever. Today I woke up and went into work for about an hour. After words I took off on a 20 mile bike ride around town just enjoying the fresh air. I was hoping to find a friend to go with, but as usual I went alone. The ride was still now, but company would have been preferred.

Last week I purchased my plane ticket to head to Boston. I will be flying with United, and in Boston April 17th – April 24th. I full week of fun. I’m looking forward to it very much, it sure will be nice to see something new, meet new people, and just not have to work for a week. It’s the change of pace I need.

When I get back I need to start planning hard core if I wish to go back to Germany this year. I know I can afford the plane ticket, but i need money so that I can get tattooed as well, which is really the main reason I want to go back this year.

The other day I my old room mate had me come into her class as a guest speaker for her sociology project about body modification. I think it went rather well actually. She covered some good topics, and I was able to answer a bunch of questions and talk about my experiences, which seemed to frighten everyone in the class. The teacher seemed to enjoy what I had to say though which i was happy about.

Going up to Sacramento this weekend to fix my Grandma’s computer. I hope it’s quick and easy, I hate using my days off to do computer work. But I’ve been putting this off for a couple months now, so it’s about time.

 

That’s all for now.