desert photography


Wow. This is some amazing stuff.
I love dry lakes…and dust devils!!!

Now if only I can convince to go with me!

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Best friend thingy


My Best Friend is
Our 35 common interests are: 420, badtz maru, camping, chai, chicken & waffles, coffee, curry, dancing, death valley, deep house, desert, eating ethernopians, fmg, friendster, garlic, geeks, geocaching, hiking, hippies, house music, indian buffets, kcrw, lsd, mark farina, moontribe, mushroom jazz, npr, outdoors, parker posey, st. germain, sushi, tattoos, this american life, tofu, yoga
Who is your best friend?
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also came in second with 17 common interests…

Interview with Mike, HealthyCheck, and curry


So my interview went really well, despite my inability to eat.
He seemed to be very impressed with what I’ve done and my attitude
towards users and importance of customer service.
I told him my goal of quitting by July 16.
He said I was basically hired, once I’m availalble to work.


He said initially there would be about 8 hours per week,
but that would ramp up quickly.

So I hustled over to the doctor’s office for my HealthyCheck appointment.
My results:

Height: 5’9″
Weight: 156
BMI: 23.0
Body Fat: 6.8% (I highly doubt the accuracy of their machine)
Pluse Points: 3+
Resting Heart Rate: 84
Blood Pressure: 110/80

Triglycerides: 67 (less than 150 is ideal)
Total Cholesterol: 128 (130-199 is normal)
Glucose: 86 (65-109 is normal)
HDL: 34 (higher than 40 is ideal)
LDL: 81 (lower than 130 is ideal)

The only thing that looked bad was my HDL.
Apparently I need to raise this by being more active (more biking), a good
diet, and moderate drinking (1-2 drinks per day).

Woohoo, an excuse to drink!

After all that, I walked over to India Cook House and consumed vast
quantities of foodage to celebrate the end of my fasting.



So I guess I should have read the information regarding my
doctor appointment sooner.

“Do not eat for 10 hours prior to your appointment. You may
drink water only (no tea, coffee, etc.).
Do not ingest alcohol for 24 hours prior.”

So I guess my lunch interview tomorrow will be kind of lame.
Not only can I not eat, but I will have to pass on the beer (Redondo Beach Brewing Company).

Oh well…It’s a good thing that I’m getting a full checkup.
I’ve never had full blood work done, so it’s probably a good idea.

I’m also excited about this interview. The guy contacted
me a few months ago about part time consulting work. At
the time I wasn’t really interested in part time work. I
emailed him a week or so ago to touch base with him since
part time consulting work is now what I’m looking for.

He still has an opening, so we’re meeting tomorrow as a
sort of informal interview.

My goal is now July 16…and if tomorrow goes well, I’ll
start counting my days!

On a side note…I finally defeated SMTP using TLS.
Man was that a bitch…I was so cranky and stressed.
I was afraid I’d have to postpone this project for BoRyan
another week.

Tomorrow morning I get my old stereo, amp, subwoofer, and
new speakers installed in the Subaru. Woohoo 😀

You know you’re from NJ when… (Swiped from <lj user=”ecotopian”>)


1. Go to Google
2. Type in “You know you’re from (fill in state here) when…” and search
3. Go to the first link available
4. Copy and paste here, bolding the information that is true for you.

You’ve been seriously injured at Action Park. No, but my Aunt was on that sled ride…too bad, it was fun!
You know that the only people who call it “Joisey” are from New York (usually The Bronx) or Texas.
You don’t think of citrus when people mention “The Oranges.”
You know that it’s called “Great Adventure,” not “Six Flags.”
You’ve ordered a hard roll with butter for breakfast.
You’ve known the way to Seaside Heights since you were seven.
You’ve eaten at a diner, when you were stoned or drunk, at 3 am.
Whenever you park, there’s a Camaro within three spots of you.

You remember that the “Two Guys” were from Harrison.
You know that the state isn’t one big oil refinery.
At least three people in your family still love Bruce Springsteen, and you know what town Jon Bon Jovi is from.
You know what a “jug handle” is.
You know that a WaWa is a convenience store.
You know that the state isn’t all farmland.
You know that there are no “beaches” in new Jersey – there’s “The Shore,” and you know that the road to the shore is “The Parkway” not “The Garden State Highway.”
You know that “Piney” isn’t referring to a tree.
Even your school cafeteria made good Italian subs, and, you call it a “sub” not a “submarine sandwich” or worse yet, a “hoagy” or a “hero.”

You remember the song from the Palisades Park commercials.
You know how to properly negotiate a Circle.
You knew that the last question had to do with driving.
You know that “Acme” is an actual store, not just a Warner Bros creation.
You know that this is the only “New…” state that doesn’t require “New” to identify it (like, try …Mexico, …York, …Hampshire (doesn’t work, does it?).
You know how to translate this conversation: “Jeet yet?” “No, Jew?”
You only go to New York City for day trips, and you only call it “The City.”
You know that a “White Castle” is the name of BOTH a fast food chain AND a fast food sandwich.

You consider a corned beef sandwich with lettuce and mayo a sacrilege.
In the 80’s you wore your hair REALLY high.
You don’t think “What exit” (do you live near?) is very funny.
You know that the real first “strip shopping center” in the country is Route 22.
You know that people from 609 area code are “a little different.” (Hey…I grew up in the 609!!)
You know that no respectable New Jerseyan goes to Princeton – that’s for out-of-staters.

The Jets-Giants game has started fights at your school or local bar.
You live within 20 minutes of at least three different malls.
You can see the Manhattan skyline from some part of your town.
You refer to all highways and interstates by their numbers.
Every year, you had at least one kid in your class named Tony.

You know where every “clip” shown in the Sopranos opening credits is.
You’ve gotten on the wrong highway trying to get out of Willowbrook Mall.
You’ve eaten a Boardwalk cheesesteak with vinegar fries.
You have a favorite Atlantic City casino.
You start planning for Memorial Day weekend in February.
And finally…
You’ve never pumped your own gas.

Stroll and Savor


So despite and Ashley canceling on me tonight,
I had a splendid time sampling some tasty foodage at the Stroll and Savor
street festival on 2nd Street in Belmont Shores.

I rode my bike down to Danl’s, shared a pre-dinner bowl, and walked down
to 2nd Street. Spent $10 on 12 tickets, and I ate the following:

1 Chimichanga from some Mexican place (can’t remember)
4 Apple Fritters from Shenandoah Cafe
1 Smoothie from Jamba Juice
1 Falafel, 1 piece of chicken from Open Sesame (must come back there for dinner..mmmm)
1 Fish taco from Taco Surf
Saag, Vegetable Korma, and rice from Natraj
Hazelnut gelato from an Italian cafe

All for ten bucks! 😀

Walked back to Danl’s and watched the first episode of Dead Like Me.
If I had Showtime, I’d tivo that shit.

Rode my bike home, stopped at 711 for a Dr. Pepper…
Probably canceled out any calories I burned 😛

But yeah…I had a good time :-)

Sad Trees


So while scouting for the “perfect spot” for Forest Bump this weekend with ,
we saw a lot of evidence of the National Forest Service’s new fire prevention
policies (thanks to the Bush administration).

Almost everywhere we went, there were stacks of logs or stumps left where
trees once stood. Sure, they’re thinning the forest to prevent uncontrollable
fires. But I thought the point was to clear out under growth, not cut down
the towering pines, many of which are (were) several feet in diameter.

Got Gmail?


So I’ve got one invite left…anyone that wants a account
that hasn’t already been invited by someone else, let me know 😉

Morning Ride


Since today is my late day of the week (I go in around 10 or 11),
I opted for a morning ride combined with breakfast.

Total distance was about 11 miles…invigorating!
I need to hook up the computer soon so I can track time, speed, and distance.

Overall a good experience, and I should do it more often.
After all, I spent good money on that bike and it’s been underused.
I suspect I’ll be pedaling around town more often once I leave
The Irvine Company, especially since I discovered that my laptop
fits nicely inside my hydrapak.

A few things to keep in mind though:

Such a ride should not be done on an empty stomach.
Gu is not substantial enough to remedy the above.
Three pancakes, two eggs, and a coffee are not good breakfast
items to eat before pedaling the 5 miles back home.

My stomach still feels a bit odd. Oh well.
Next time I bike and eat breakfast I ought to go to The Bagelry.

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