Goal-oriented

03.31.2004

I’ve felt very goal-oriented lately.

Sudden burst of maturity?
Spring Fever?

I recently registered for 70-218.
Took that yesterday and passed.
I’m now a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator.
Not that it means anything…just a silly certification.
I’ve passed 5 of the 7 exams required for MCSE (Engineer).
I plan on completing the remaining two sometime in April/May.

As of today, I no longer owe the IRS for 1999 taxes.
All caught up.
By the end of April, I’ll be all caught up for 2002.
And yes, 2003 will be paid in full on April 15.

One less debt to carry.
Now to pay off my car.

Bought plane tickets to see my grandparents.
This visit is long overdue.

Started contemplating an adventure I’d like to take.
I think that may be one of my motivations.
Before that can happen, I know there are things I need to take care of.
More on that adventure later…I need to change and head up to LA to visit Robin.

Samsung

03.31.2004

So I finally got around to calling Samsung tech support.

I bought this 17″ LCD monitor back in December that has
never worked properly. As in I have to disconnect the
VGA cable, wait for it to display “no signal” and reconnect
it. Otherwise, the display remains black.

I did some research online and found that there was an issue
with a component in some Samsung LCD monitors manufactured
last year, but saw no mention of my specific model.

Turns out, my monitor is affected by this same issue. There
is a chip (an inverter perhaps) that malfunctions causing
the monitor to not come out of sleep mode.

Assuming they have it in stock, I’ll receive a brand new
one by early next week.

Boy that was easy…and to think I’ve been putting up
with it for 3 months! I guess after dealing with computers
and users all day, I have *NO* patience to deal with my
own computer when it’s not working properly.

Turtles and chikpeas

03.23.2004

I had a really nice weekend.
Refreshing, relaxing, enjoyable.

I really dig being outdoors.
I need to make sure I do plenty of that this year.

The trip to Joshua Tree this weekend was fun
despite Danl’s car getting stuck and the lack of
bouldering.

I enjoyed exploring the old mining district just
north of Joshua Tree along a road that was a bit
more treacherous than I expected.

The picnic lunch and I
created was amazing and went over really well.
I had fun working with Danielle on that too.

The Chickpea salad came out well…I need to
experiment with it a bit more before burning man.
Maybe more salt, and maybe boiling them in spices
a bit to help them absorb some of the flavor.

Having her over on Friday during the day
somewhat reminded me of when we lived together.
I hope to live with her again someday, we had
a lot of fun. I very much enjoy “playing house”
with her :-)

Next weekend is tamales…woooooo

oh yeah…and I made a new friend this weekend…

penguinfish

03.08.2004

badtzmaru

Feeder Goldfish
Agility
8
| Strength
5
| Stamina
7

Battle Rating
20

Origins
badtzmaru was created by a scientific experiment gone wrong



Can your fishy beat badtzmaru ?

Full Worm Moon

03.08.2004

Moontribe was interesting.
Interesting is a good word to use.
I did have a good time overall.

I’m glad Anthony chose to come,
it’s been a long time since I’ve seen him.
It was great to see him, though it felt wierd.
Not sure why.
He seemed very distant, or maybe just drunk?
I miss hanging out with him, and look forward
to visiting him in SF.

I didn’t particluarly enjoy the food arrangement.
I don’t like having to be responsible for so many people.
Danielle and I usually work together when it comes to
planning food for Moontribe, and that typically works out.
Originally, I thought the plan was to camp together
and provide food and stuff for our immediate camp.
Perhaps I’m antisocial, but when it comes to camping
arrangements I prefer NOT to be part of a large group.

Breakfast was far too much of a production.
This is why I usually opt for food that doesn’t require much preparation or cooking.
I’m perfectly happy with eating oatmeal and fruit for
breakfast.
Too much responsibility, too much effort, too much feeling ‘trapped.’
Next time, things will be much simpler.

Danielle and I tried an unknown substance we’ve since agreed must have been 2cb.

I’ve often lemented the fact that I don’t have the crazy
hallucinogenic trips that other people do on LSD.

I don’t think I’ll ever express that thought again.

I am at a loss for explaining the experience.
But I was definitely overwhelmed by the visuals and thoughts.
I crawled into my tent for a while hoping to rest and wait
for the trip to settle down, but discovered the closed-eye
visuals were even more intense.
Everything was moving, I struggled to retain the sense of
my physical self.
I felt wet, like a pile of goo.
I felt as i had lost control of my bladder, but everytime I
checked, my boxers were still dry.
I thought I’d discovered the explanation of our existance,
of what our purpose was, the answer to everything…
but those thoughts disappeared when I opened my eyes
and noticed the entire tent was a swirl of colors.

I’d like to try it again someday…but not at a large gathering like that…
Not amongst people that I’m not terribly comfortable with…
DEFINITELY not while psychadelic trance is playing.
Most Psy sounds very dark to me, which is why I don’t typically like it so much.
I definitely did NOT like hearing it while I was tripping.
The music just made me feel so bad and disturbed and wierd.

I didn’t go find the geocache that was hidden there either.
Wish I had, but I forgot about it until morning…I would
have gone to look for it earlier in the evening, but I
wanted to wait for Danielle.

Bleh…so many mixed feelings about this weekend’s experience. It’d be nice to sit down with Danielle and
share our thoughts on it all…