Currently Reading.

In an effort to keep myself from falling asleep on my fresh piercings, here's what I'm reading ot keep my head upright. I've barely scratched the surface of these entries, so I won't give a description of either just yet. Just know what I'm wasting my time on when I'm not trying to catch a movie or Voyager on TV.

The Yiddish Policeman's Union: A Novel - Michael Chabon

The Irredeemable Ant-Man - Robert Kirkman & Phil Hester


New York friends, I'm down, but not out for the count...

It's looking less and less likely that I'm going to be able to make a trip to New York happen in August. Between getting an apartment and what my August work schedule is turning into, I can't afford to take anymore time off after my 5 days of Comic Con. I hate to break your hearts, babies. Let's think about 2008.

Thoughts on Grimlock, in modified Haiku form

There's no point for a
Dinosaur to turn into a robot,
Except that it's awesome.

-JeffX, last night.

Images courtesy of Unicron.us. Don't sue me.

The Pierced Ears Story:

I've been talking about getting my ears pierced for a while. I've been wanting to do it, but I've always been too chicken, or the timing hasn't been right. A month or so ago, I was hanging with a girl I've been hanging with lately, and she said she wanted to get her nose pierced. I said if she got her nose done that day, I'd get my ears pierced with her. My deal was that I felt I needed a little peer pressure to motivate me to get it done. We played this game of I'd ask her to go and she couldn't, she'd ask me to go & I couldn't, ad infinitum. Our schedules never lined up. I had time the week of Ryan's wedding, but I didn't want to in case there was a problem healing & they looked bad in the wedding pics.

This cat I work with got his ears pierced & they looked good, so I wanted to go to his place. He went to Tommy T's in Huntington Beach. I told myself this week that I'd go there on Wednesday, since I had the afternoon off from lessons and no real plans after work. I got to Tommy T's and it all was kind of a whirlwind. The sales guy was pretty cut & dry. "Hey man, how's it going? What can we do for you today?" I told him I wanted to get my ears pierced, and he asked if I wanted plugs. Well, I did. I'm not looking to stretch them out too much, but if for some reason I have the chance, I will. The plugs he directed me toward were plain black. I asked him at what size I'd start at, and he said "looks like 8 gauge." I've read online that gauged piercings start at 12, maybe 10. I was surprised to hear I'd be starting with an 8 gauge. That's where I wanted to get to, so it sounded good to just start there. He grabbed the plugs from the case, I checked them out & I said "lets go." $103.50 later, and my plugs were in a little autoclave bag, ready for sterilization.

I was amped when I first got there. Now I had to wait the 20 minutes for the autoclave & for the piercer to get the room ready. That's when my nerves started to set in. I tried to read, but the music was too loud. A girl getting pierced after me struck up a conversation, which helped a little with my nerves. The piercer, Lucy, called me in. Nice girl. Head full of metal. Her look was intimidating. Going through the motions of cleaning my earlobes, she tried to help me relax. Made me spit my gum out. I asked her how much it would hurt, and she said it depends. I asked her if I have to worry about bleeding, and she said that there may be some, but I shouldn't worry that much about it. That's when I turned & saw the 8ga needle (second from the left). I thought there's no fucking way that's going in my ear. She said I'd be fine. She marked target marks and clamped my right ear down.

I can only assume she was gentle, but that goddamn needle hurt like a bitch. I had heard from the guy I work with that it would feel like a pinch, then nothing. He must've had the 16ga needle. I told Lucy just how much it hurt, but that afterward, it wasn't that bad. She got the plug in & moved the clamp to the left ear. Now that I've done one ear, the other shouldn't be any issue, right? I relaxed, she pierced me, and the shit hurt 5x worse than the other ear. Once she got the jewelry in, she saw my right ear was bleeding and cleaned it up. It stopped right away. She explained the aftercare process to me, and I was on my way. I checked it out in the mirror, left a tip, and went on my way a happy boy.

I'm at the end of day 2, and I've got another 4 weeks before I'm all healed up. I've shown off to Chris & Eric, and I got the thumbs up from those guys. I think my brother digs it, and my dad probably thinks I'm stupid. My mom hasn't seen it yet. My boss hasn't seen it yet, either. Tomorrow will be the first day I'll wear it to work. We'll see how it goes over at the Z. It shouldn't be a problem. I won't be the only guy with pierced ears.

So, loyal fans, what's the verdict?


Look what I did!

And yes, I did both of 'em.

Done with Fight Club.

Time to start The Yiddish Policeman's Union: A Novel

My Geek Cred just went through the roof with this post.

I'll be done with Fight Club by the time comics come out this week. Here's what I'm wasting my money on this week:

Hellboy Darkness Calls #3 (Of 6)
Countdown #44
Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Special #1
Superman Batman #37
Wonder Woman #10
Boys #8
She-Hulk 2 #19
Ultimate Fantastic Four #43
Ultimate X-Men #83
Wolverine Origins #15
X-Factor #20
Ant Man Vol 1 Digest TPB

Through the roof, I say.


I thought I had more expletives than that...

Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

* fuck (3x)
* shit (2x)
* dick (1x)

In other news:
78% GeekMingle2 - Free Online Dating

Yet another meme stolen from MySpace


1. Where is your brother right now?
In the next room.

2. Last time you went swimming?
In the pool at The Orleans, LV @ a bachelor party

3. Name five things you did today?
-1 Aikido practice
-2 Laundry
-3. Ate @ Wahoos
-4 Managed the hell outta my shift tonight
-5 Read.

4. Last person you text messaged?

5. Where's your cell phone?
On the desk, charging

6. Love your friends?

7. Who is the last person you took a road trip with?

8. What are you listening to?
Um, I'm reading.

9. What do you smell like?
Delicious beer.

10. Who called you last?

11. Have you ever done a Chinese fire drill?
Once or twice.

12. Do you believe in God?
To a certain extent, yes.

13. Have you consumed an alcoholic beverage today?
3, actually.

14. What are you doing tomorrow?
Teaching a lesson, then back to Z.

15. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

16. Does your boyfriend/girlfriends parents like you?

17. Do you know someone named Betsy?

18. Would you vote for George Bush if he could run again?
Emphatically 'no.'

19. Do you have a dog?
No dog. One cat, tho.

20. Do you remember singing any songs as a kid?
Yes! So many Beach Boys tunes!

21. A word that describes your #1?
Riker? (I'm so lame)

22. When was the last time you talked to one of your siblings?
About 3 minutes ago.

24. Do you play an instrument?
I play trombone. I've been known to play sitar, too.

25. Do you like fire?

26. Are you allergic to anything?
Fair Weather Associates

27. What color are your eyes?

28. Are you mad at your best friend right now?
Can't say I am.

29. Have you ever been to Mexico?

30. Who were you with last night?
No one.

32. Do you miss someone?

33. Do you think they miss you too?
I hope so. It'd be so lame, otherwise.

34. Have you ever seen your school counselor?
Not since I graduated. From college.

35. Have you ever wanted to be a teacher?
Yeah... I still want to be one. Maybe someday.

37. What's your favorite color?

38. Is anyone jealous of you?
If they are, they're lame.

39. Ever been stuck in an elevator?

40. What does your mom call you?
Jeffy (feel free, all.)

42. What does you hair look like right now?
Slightly disheveled.

44. Has anyone ever told you that you look like someone famous?
Since I got my glasses, I get told I look like Adam from 'Mythbusters.'

45. What have you eaten today?
A 1/2 steak 1/2 shrimp bowl @ Wahoos & a Crispy Salmon @ work.

48. Who was the last person you drove with?

49. What are you looking forward to?
Changing the address on my drivers license...

50. How are you today?
Kinda manic.

(What's up with the missing #s?! 31, 36, 41, 43, 46, 47)


Why did I get up at 830a on a Saturday?

It's 10a. I've spent the last 90 minutes awake and in bed. MySpace is the bane of my productivity. I am listening to some music, though. I gotta call on apartments today. I gotta get my work shit together, too. Bleh.


I'm so very damn tired

The boiler basically burst at work last night, so I was stuck at work until 2a dealing with it. I got home around 230. At 3, I got a crazy text message from a friend who seemed to be in trouble. There was no trouble, but I ended up staying awake past dawn. Then I had work at 11. I was training someone today. Now I'm home, with no lessons tonight and no plans (yet). I've got comics. I've got beer. And I've got a bed. I intend to take advantage of them all this afternoon.

But before I go, there were a couple of things I wanted to hip you all to.

Tanqueray Rangpur Gin

I haven't been much of a gin drinker since I've started really drinking 6-7 years ago, but I bought a bottle of this stuff & brought it to Ryan's rehearsal dinner last Thursday. It's fantastic. It's Rangpur lime-infused gin. Now, I don't know what a Rangpur lime is, but I sure do like this gin. Gin, for me, needs more of a citrus kick. Like a lemon slice, instead of a twist, in a gin martini. This gin has that w/o the addition of extra fruit. I think I knocked down two strong gin and tonics that night, and if I wake up later, I might head out to buy another bottle for myself.

ALL CAPS - Madvillian

This video is why I like the man known as MF Doom.

New Avengers #31

Now, it's not the cover that's the big deal. It's the pages that follow. We nerds joke about comic book revelations/happenings that "crack the internet in half." This issue of Marvel Comics' New Avengers has all the nerds in heated debate, leaving most hardcore nerds with the feeling that the interweb has been split in two. I wasn't too into this title, but I've been buying it since the first issue. The story arcs have been from silly to serious, good to just plain terrible. This current arc has kept my attention, but this issue in particular left a crazy reveal that makes me want to go back and read this one from issue #1. That, to me is the sign of a great comic. When something happens to make you want to reread the whole thing, it's great. It's why I read the comics I do.


Orange 50/50

That's what I feel like right now. Kinda good/kinda not. It's 1a and I'm home, drinking beer, after a long (but awesome) weekend, a rough workout this morning, and just getting home from work half an hour ago.

There are good things shaping up right now. It looks like I might be (finally!) getting a place. More on that as I find things out. Something happened today at work that I'm very excited about. It's like watching a sinking ship that's caused nothing but misery drift to it's watery grave. Only, this sinking ship is trying to take me down with it. My foot is caught in the mooring line, and it's out of my hands to do anything about it. Either way, I'll blog about as much as I can when the situation is resolved completely.

As for the 'kinda not,' I've got the blues right about now. Big time. Came on Sunday afternoon, and it's still going strong. The work issues, the getting hit in the face this morning. The emotional riptide that's been pulling me in over the last few days. I need a break. A change of scenery. Or at least a good night's sleep. No work in the morning. Maybe I can get that tonight.


Late Nite Ramblings

It's been a long day. Not much sleep last night. Woke up early (for not getting much sleep) this morning. Work. Lessons. Then home to eat, followed by going out for a coworkers bday. Drank a little bit. Managed to get two free packs of cigarettes from a Camel rep. Not sure what I'm gonna to with 'em, but I've got 'em. I'm off tomorrow, until 430, which is the rehearsal for Ryan & Jessica's wedding, with the rehearsal dinner to follow. Exciting.


Because it's 215, and I had nothing better to do.

I made an Amazon wishlist. All you secret admirers, feel free to send a little love my way.

By the way, someone turns 27 in just over 2 months...


Here's a clip of the Sopranos. Should be safe for work.

Remembering our favorite family:

"Don't Stop."

I just finished the series finale of The Sopranos. Without spoiling, I can say that at first watch, I wasn't into the last scene. Now that I've had 10 or so minutes to mill it over, read other peoples' perspectives, and reanalyze, I'm enjoying it more. I'm sorry to see it go, but it was time. The Sopranos ended with grace. That's all I hoped for.



We had some shitty guests in last night. They were so disappointed in their experience, that they emailed about their bad experience right away. In that email, I was personally attacked and insulted. I've felt a little like shit because of it. Not because I didn't do a good job, but because the couple in question were so petty in their words. I have no recourse, since I want to keep my job. And in the reply email, my boss did very little to defend me. Well, maybe it's petty of me, but I want revenge. I have their email address. I'm signing them up for all the spam I can find. And I'll spend the better part of the week doing it. Maybe it'll be obvious that it's in retaliation to their rudeness. I don't care. At least I feel somewhat vindicated.


It's 10p on Friday night, and I am home.

I feel lame for being home, but at least I can pin it on this little throat infection I've got. I went to see my favorite doc today. One of my trombone students is a semi-retired ear/nose/throat doc, and he's nice enough to see me whenever I'm having an issue with any of those areas. He said I'm on the mend, and if this were ancient (pre-medicine) times, I'd have no issue healing on my own. I have the energy to go out, drink, and socialize, but the last thing I want to do is fuck up my meds. My 1000mg of antibiotics I have to take 2x daily. Or to be out in the cold, and fuck up my throat for another week. Ryan's wedding is next Saturday, and I gotta be in good shape for that. At least I have SNES & ice cream tonight.

Tired, but not really.

It's 3a. I'm not asleep yet. I guess thats what I get for being lazy all day, and for sleeping for a few minutes here & there between 7 & 11. We'll see if another beer and Disc 2 of Venture Bros has any effect. Wish me luck.

Where are all my freakin' games?!

Jon dug out the SNES when he moved back in. He said he was gonna throw it away. I said "Noooooo!!1!1" He then gave it to me. I finally hooked it up today. It's awesome, but I thought I had more games. Where's my goddamn Chrono Trigger & Super Metroid?! Time to hit up eBay. I could use a new controller or two, too. I found a great place to put it, tho.

(Jonny hates that I did this)


Tonight's Agenda:

I've got a sore throat. It's been building for the last week or so, and it kinda hit me hard tonight. As bored as I am, I'm staying in tonight to recoup. I've got super Naked Juice, a gallon of Cran-Grape, a candy bar, and a whole bag of the new Doritos X-13D chips. And if all that fails, I bought a case of beer too. The chips are fucking good, btw.

And on the list of things to do:


Go Anaheim!

Ducks just won the Stanley Cup & the Angels are in first! Woo!

Now all we need is a basketball team.

Whale Watching

I never knew this happened. Click for the story + 2 more pics.

That's a 40+ ton humpback, btw.


Of course I'm Magneto...

You are Magneto

Dr. Doom
Lex Luthor
Dark Phoenix
Mr. Freeze
The Joker
Poison Ivy
Green Goblin
You fear the persecution of those that are different or underprivileged so much that you are willing to fight and hurt others for your cause.

Click here to take the Supervillain Personality Quiz


In a Nutshell: Last week

Saturday night close manage.
Sunday morning open manage.
Sunday night, goodbye to Paolo.
Then to local bar to shoot pool.
Then to TGIFridays, get tanked w/ coworkers.
Go home.
Monday night close manage.
Tuesday morning Aikido.
Tuesday lunch eat pho at Sensei's
Tuesday night close manage.
Wednesday morning server train.
Trainee was a no show.
Wednesday night lessons.
Thursday off until lessons.
Then out with Chris & Eric.
Friday morning Aikido.
Then to lunch for bun bo xao.
Friday night serve.
Then to Tumbleweeds, goodbye to Dave for a couple months.
Saw Mike (old Tyrants drummer) and talked about renting a room from him.
Saturday morning errands.
Saturday night close manage.
Today, poker & TV ALL DAY!