The word on the street

I haven’t posted in a bit, but such is life.

Right now, I’m mostly trying to figure out how to ration my vacation days at work so I can do all the stuff I want to do this summer:

  • Visit Columbia (check)
  • D.C. trip with the Brit (working it out)
  • Gabe and Mary’s wedding (IP)
  • My wedding (duh)
  • New York (might have to wait)

Having a limited number of vacation days is the only thing I dislike about having a big kid job.  I can’t just pick up and leave whenever I want to.  After I’ve been there for a year, (which, who knows these days what with the layoffs they announced Tuesday) I’ll have 10 more vacation days, so that will be…AWESOME.  I say all of this because I’ve been extended invitations to attend various events, and I would love to go.  I just can’t, really. That is, unless I want to ditch my own wedding.

The bikers are cruising into town at the end of the week for various motorcycle festivals.  It’s my understanding that their presence turns parts of the city into a cesspool, so that will be interesting. It’s also my understanding that traffic will be terrible on the roads I have to use to get to work, so that sucks.  Luckily, I live fairly close to work.  Unluckily, there are really only two ways for me to get from my house to work, one of which takes me about 10 miles out of the way.  I’ll also feel a little lame scootering to work which all the hardcore bikers taking over the roads.  Thus is my life.

Other stuff: If you’re interested in coming out here for a few days this summer, put in your request now.  Space is limited, and time is running out!

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Footlongs! Nacho cheese fries! A heart attack!

Footlongs! Nacho cheese fries! A heart attack!

Two weeks later, and Dand I finally have our apartment to ourselves. Lacy came in for a few days, of course, and the boys (Matt, Rob, Pershing and Jake) crashed for a full week.

I had to work 8 days straight right after Lacy left, so I didn’t get to spend as much time with the boys as I would’ve liked to. Lucky for me, they saved all the really fun activities for when I could actually enjoy them. Some highlights:

  • Drinks
  • Smash bros.
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Ron Jon’s
  • Drinks
  • Ocean
  • Footlongs with chili, onions and coleslaw
  • Drinks
  • Medieval Times
  • Drinks
  • Ocean
  • More footlongs
  • Hibachi
  • Cigars
  • Drinks

And that about sums their trip up. It was a lot of fun and really great to have some friends around again. There were six of us occupying a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, but it wasn’t ever a problem. The ocean was pretty cold, but the weather itself was great. Our plan of attack was to run into the water, Baywatch style, splash around like little kids until we were too tired, then get out and bake in the sun for a little while. On their last night in town, we took them out to get some hibachi. We had the slowest bartender ever, but the food and chef were both great. While we were waiting to get a table, we wandered over to a tobacco shop and got some post-dinner cigars. After stuffing ourselves on seafood and rice, we went down to the beach for an evening smoke. It was an excellent end to a week good fun and great company.

In other news, one of the cats (I’m almost certain it was the new guy) ate my last pair of contacts and my prescription expired. Enter: vision insurance. I can get an eye exam for only $15! That’s insane. My parents don’t have vision insurance for whatever reason, and exams are usually $100 or so. I also get a discount on contacts, glasses and sunglasses. Anyway, that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow. Whoo!

I can feel the wind in my hair…it’s cold.

Dan and I got a scooter/moped/whatever you want to call it. It’s like a Vespa, and it’s yellow. We spent most of yesterday scooting around town and getting used to driving it. We took it to this restaurant called Panini 38, which is also a wine bar.

I don’t know if I mentioned this or not, but Dan got a job doing computer stuff for a care center place. Anyway, we went out and bought a scooter because our hours overlap so oddly that we needed a cheap, CHEAP second mode of transportation.  After going to pick it up and what have you, we spent the rest of the glorious day riding around by the beach in 70+ degree weather. That is, until the sun set.

Dan and I had agreed to try that new restaurant and splurge on a nice dinner to celebrate his new job.  While we were at dinner taking our time to savor our food, the weather became much, much colder.  By the time we finished dinner and hopped on the scooter to go home, the sun was down and it was about 45 degrees.  Add a winds of 35-40 mph and it gets pretty cold.

We were frozen by the time we got home.  But anyway, it was still fun.

Sunday, we went to go see “Be Kind Rewind.” I really, really enjoyed it. It ended up being a little more serious than I thought it was going to be, but still funny.  Michel Gondry’s use of camera tricks for the film is delightful.

Good weekend. It’s storming like mad out right now.