Friday, April 25, 2008

Intoxicated Jaywalkers

A couple weeks ago I was at Donna's mom's house. A guy got a flat tire in the road on the side of her house. I told him he could pull the truck into the yard and leave it until he was able to get back the next morning. He got stuck in the driveway whilst pulling in leaving him halfway out in the road still. I had tried to help him but really was of no use. It was getting darker and his girlfriend had not arrived as promised.

A sherrif's car drove by on the road in front of the house. I threw my hand into the air thinking that they would have resources to move this guy's truck. I had not noticed his erratic behavior before and what I had seen I chalked up to appropriate hysterics considering the situation. However, when the cop lady arrived I realized they were here to help but in a different way than I had imagined. Next thing I know, cop lady had the guy put his hands on the truck and was frisking him. He's apologizing for the whole thing and I'm trying to clarify to cop lady that all that had happened was that he had a flat tire.

Come to find out, she had been looking for him for nearly an hour driving all over that part of town. She had received so many calls complaining of a man veering on and off the road, into ditches people's yards. So, I realized he was a bit intoxicated and all the erratic behavior made a lot more sense. No wonder he was trying to remove his tire even though he didn't have a spare. Within 20 minutes, five cop cars arrived on the scene each with two cops each in tow. It ended up being just a bunch of dumb redneck law enforcers harrassing this guy and giving the neighborhood the free light show. A while after he was apprehended they shut him up in the back of the car. He was given two options: hospital to check his blood or jail. Apparently, he picked jail. Also, his license will be suspended for one year.

And thus concludes the story of how I got the drunk man off the road and saved Christmas!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

New David Bazan Tunes

 Dave just played a show in Austin recently, and he played 4 new songs. Three of them I have heard before in concert, but the fourth one was really new even for me. So check them out at the link here.

The new songs in case you don't know them are as follows : Weeds in The Wheat, Please Baby Please, The Stiches and When We Fell.

Also Harmless Sparks is new as well, although he goes into a song from the ep during it as well.  

Friday, April 11, 2008

He did a bad bad thing...

So, I went downtown tonight with some friends.  I ended up meeting an amazingly beautiful 30 year old named Heather. We made out like high schoolers.  Obviously I am not the most monogomous man on the planet it seems. Come to find out she is married, but it seems very unhappy. My head says no, but my other head says fuck yeah! Not really asking for advice here, just hoping I avoid doing something really stupid. But as someone once said....the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. If you saw this woman's flesh, you would totally understand why I am weak.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Out with the old....

So.... big news for me this week. I bought a PS3.

Now, to the average Joe, this might not seem like news, but if you know me, you know I love my video games. And for the last 2 1/2 years, I've been totally engrossed in a little machine called the Xbox 360. Microsoft did give me a nice run for awhile there, but the tide is turning this year. I list here my top five reasons for a buying a PS3.

1) BluRay - Not much to say here. Toshiba started shutting down there HD-DVD plants about a month ago, officially ending the new format war and screwing Microsoft in the process. It was a pretty pointless game, considering now that Toshiba is manufacturing parts for Sony's players, but in any case, for hi-def, BluRay is victor.

2) Failure Rate - If you've ever heard and Xbox running, you know what I'm talking about. The PS3's noise is akin to a baby's sigh. Every single one of my friends has had to send in their Xbox at least once for some type of service or replacement. Put simply, them suckers run HOT. Luckily, I have never needed a repair, but the PS3's 0.02% failure rate still makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

3) PlayStation Network - Not only are the PS3's online capabilities free (Xbox Live is $50/yr), there is also an internet browsing client included. For a system so focused with online interaction, it never occurred to me why the Xbox had not included this. I have also played a fair amount of COD4 on both systems now, and have had a more enjoyable experience on the PS3, which, did I mention was free?

4) Games - Exclusivity is the name of the game when it comes to pigeonholing the gaming market, and Microsoft certainly had their basket full for the last couple years. I know I bought my Xbox to play Halo 3, and so did everyone else. But this year shows much promise for the PS3, with some stellar exclusives like Killzone 2 and Resistance 2 and finally.....

5) LittleBigPlanet - If you haven't seen anything on this game, you must watch the video I posted below right now. All the levels will be created by users, uploaded, played, and voted on by the community. Everyone makes their own unique character and it's just the most fucking amazing game ever! You are literally only limited in this game by your imagination. It is the #1 reason I bought the PS3.

So there you have it. I have, as my Xbox loving friends say, "gone to the dark side." But in that case, I'm willing to bet Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is gonna look better on my system.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Jeff shouldn't be the only one venting.

I have a few issues of my own that I am not sure how to handle. I haven't been in the best of spirits this weekend. I am flat broke, and zero gas in my car. It's been a few weeks since I have worked, and the savings I did have are long gone due to rent, bills and various other shit. Freelance video isn't always steady, and with the economy in the shitter, no one is really beating down my door to get work.

So here is my issue: I live with 3 people. One of them being my girlfriend, and the other two being mutual friends. One sleeps on my couch, until he gets back on his feet and finds work. The other sleeps in the computer room. Now, my girlfriend is really good friends with one of the guys, thats how he came to live with us. He battled cancer, and had to take a leave of absence from school, so he lost his place. When he came back he asked if he could live with us for the remaining time he had in school. Anna asked me about it, and I said as long as he pays rent on time and is clean. Now in my mind.....on time means the 1st of the month. Not the next day, or a week later.

Well the first month, he didnt have money, so he only gave us $100. (His rent is $650, which includes utilities and internet) I assumed Anna would make sure he paid us the rest, but instead it seems we have covered his share.

The second roommate, is staying with us because he hd to have surgery, and he ended up losing his job, because of recovery time. So now he is looking for a chef job, and giving us what little money he can. But he cooks for us, and cleans things up, so it's not so bad. I know he is trying to get work, and it looks like it will happen.

Now, back to this other issue. This month has been tough on me. So rent time comes around, and Anna and I have to again cover rent because the other guy doesn't have his "big check". So I have to go broke, and on top of that my cell phone gets cut off. I have insurance due as well. Now, what I have neglected to mention is that this guy orders food from Pizza Hut EVERY SINGLE DAY! And they day he gets a check, he doesnt give us anything in rent, but has the audacity to ask me to take him to best buy so he can buy a video game. Knowing I am broke, with no cell phone, an barely any gas. This pisses me off to no end. Anna ends up taking him, not ever once telling him he should at least give us SOME money towards rent. Instead he spends close to $100 at best buy. I was livid, but didnt say a word. My other issues with this guy is that he never does shit. He stays in his room on the computer all day long. He is basically anti-social when we have parties. And on top of that..he never cleans anything. It's not that I dislike him as a person, he is really funny, and has good taste in movies. To me, he is taking advantage of our friendships to him.

My friends say I should just confront him, but there is one problem: Anna. Last time I said anything to her about it, she accused me of being mean, and I should be like that. That is fucking insane! Basically, I have no opinion in my own house. If I say anything, I am viewed as the asshole. So I don't know what to do right now. I just hate this situation I am in, and want out.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sorry Folks, Enough With The Gay Jokes

Hi, again. I'm sitting in Introduction to Social Work, and I have to tell you, it's not as entertaining as it sounds. I was really interested in taking this class at the beginning of the semester. By now, all excitement has ceased. Systematic Theology II is next at 9:30 AM. Always way more fun, but I tend to explore online the same amount of time.

Since my first post, lots of things have changed. Last week during my Spring Break, I went to see Chase and Donna in Nashville. It was fun. We went to Louisville, KY, which is, sadly, the farthest north I have ever been.

I watched "No Country For Bored Men" with Chase and Donna. You get it. It was not that great. Sorry guys.

The biggest thing in my life is that I am no longer dating the black non-Christian girl. Ironically, she taught me more about Christianity than some believers have, certainly more about life than some really good friends have. In the disgustingly long conversation we had last night, I learned that I tend to use women. This was shocking to me. I should have figured it out; I mean, we've all heard my whore-stories. Yet, I thought I acted differently in college than I do now. But, I've just been lying to myself. It's the same. I'm the same. 18 and nearly 28. A decade of deception. Whether I was scared of commitment or feared something else, I would bail on the relationship before it went anywhere. For what reason? I'm still not sure. But instead of explaining the situation and addressing my fear to that girl, I always blame it on extraneous circumstances. In this case, it was her non-belief and my Dad's prejudice nature. I guess the root of the problem lies in that I can't see spending my life with one person. I still haven't found one person that I want to wake up next to for the rest of my natural life. And I always want to know that info before we even date. Maybe that's possible, maybe it's not. I've seen tons of examples from both camps. I'm learning to accept being wrong. So maybe I should just date tons of women? Maybe I should just be a hetero-life-mate to some strapping lad who will tolerate my elitism. Oh, back to the topic. Then in all of my relationships, the physical stuff happens, and we become content in substituting our friendship/makeoutship for a real relationships. Either way, I actually think I still like this lady, but I know that will fade. It always does. I led her on, when she was ready to explore the possibility of us. I was never ready. Perhaps I'll never be ready, for her or anybody else. We're two different people. By the time I'm ready, she'll be way ahead of me. I'm only chasing safety anyway.

I guess that little chunk of self-revelation was all I had to say. It's funny: I'm up with a little more than an hour sleep. It's hard to keep my eyelids open. It's hard to stay focused. I'm easily distracted. And I can actually see clearly. Oh, so clearly.

Life is a bitch.