Friday, July 27, 2012

Weekly Update (4 of n)

Yes, I know. I said I was going to change the title of my blog this week. It's been one of those weeks. Even now I'm thinking about going to the bar and having a few drinks.

Last Friday I flew to Idaho. It was my first time in Idaho. Boise surprised me with it's plethora of cool bars with good micro-brews. In one city block I found twice the number of beer selections I can get anywhere in downtown Dallas. It made me sad.

In Boise I met one of my gal pal's friends from high school. I remember doing karaoke at some scary bar. But, they had a touch screen karaoke selection machine which I had never seen before. Apparently Boise karaoke is more technologically advanced.

On Saturday I met one of my gal pal's sisters in McCall. Actually, it was her sister's alter-ego. We lovingly called her Stacy. Or was that Stacey? That's only funny to me, but I wrote it anyway. The other person who reads this is going, "Huh?" I think I may have almost gotten in a fight with some strapping young man. I'm not sure of the details. I think Stacey may have shoved him for leering at her sister and/or to touch his pecs.

It's kind of funny I've been dating my gal pal for almost 2 years now and I've yet to use her name in my blog. I might have to come up with a nickname to make things more readable. It's become kind of a game.

On Sunday I went rafting. Durango would have been proud. Twelve miles of rafting down the Salmon River with nary a vapor attack. I enjoyed rafting a lot more than I thought I would. Now, the rafting and the beer are making me think I've been living in the wrong place all my life.

Sunday night I spent in the McCall emergency room. It would make this more funny if I said it was a vapor attack, but it wasn't. I was like the ambulance driver for someone else. She'll continue to be nameless. And it wasn't my fault. Really.

On Monday I met the gal pal's other sister. As far as I know she doesn't have an alter ego. Thanks for asking.

At some point a white tailed deer walked into the backyard. I've never witnessed anything like that before either. It was pretty awesome. I was video taping hoping it would attack and I could get some good video footage.

Monday night it dipped down below 40 degrees. Tuesday we hung out in a hippie hollow and drank moonshine by the tee-pee. It was surreal. I enjoyed it. Then we drove back to Boise so we could fly home.

Work is irritating me more than usual. I almost yelled at my boss when he asked how things were going. I've got a short fuse. I did find out I'll be going to Scotland first (Edinburgh) instead of England. I've heard it's a cool place. I'll be spending about a week there before going down into England. Wish me luck.

I can't think of anything funny to end with. Durango accused me of using too many cliches. I think it's funny because I can't even spell cliches. He also said something derogatory about ending sentences with prepositions. Silly boy, prepositions are for kids.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Weekly Update (3 of n)

Tomorrow I fly to Idaho. Well, I don't technically fly. I'll be riding in a jet which will be flying.

Therefore, this is my last chance to get my weekly update out of the way. I'm watching True Blood, packing, playing Secret World, and blogging. It's a crazy world.

My daughter helped me create a picture for my new blog design. I'll be rolling it out next week some time. I still can't decide what I will call it. I was going to go with the short, but sweet, "Gar's World".  Then Durango said something about "The Travails of a Texas Boy With Asperger's" and that had a ring to it as well, but slightly difficult to remember.

I could do something like, "Gar's Asperger's World", but I'm kind of afraid of offending anyone who might be actively suffering from the affliction. I"m pretty sure I've outgrown mine. Or at least figured out exactly how much alcohol it takes to make it manageable.

This week has been mostly uneventful. It's been very busy at work. I used to blog on my lunch break. I think I made my boss angry using company resources to do blogging so now I have to interrupt my game playing and TV watching time to write my blog from home. Anyway, he keeps me so busy now that I don't even have time to eat.

Sunday morning at a random barbecue joint I flirted with the waitress until she agreed to bring me a beer at 11:45 AM.  15 minutes before you're allowed to buy beer in Texas for some ungodly reason. I felt like such a rebel.

I'm out of time. Maybe when I get my blog layout changed with my new design I'll feel more inspired to write about how stupid texting and driving is, how stupid 4-way stops are, and/or how stupid people at 4-way stops are. I will continue to voice plenty of ignorant opinions because ignorance is bliss and opinions are like assholes. Have fun!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Weekly Update (2 of n) -- The Quickie

What's the correct spelling of quickie?

I'm a day late and a dollar short on this update. I was kind of trying to think of something to write about which would get more Googlers coming to my blog. I gave up.

Last week I went to Canyon to see my father. He's doing well. But man, that's a long boring road trip. We took my daughter's car. She gets almost 40 miles per gallon in her little Toyota Corolla. I was quite impressed. It's nice driving all the way from here to Canyon and only putting 10 gallons of gas in the tank.

I did absolutely nothing on the fourth of July. Sad, I know. I was helping a guy in England with some problems at work. He sent several emails to my work email address. I have an application on my Android called K-9 which allows me to get all kinds of email (including work email) downloaded to my phone. It's quite handy. This is how I knew he was sending lots of emails on July 4th.

I finally felt sorry for him and sent him an email letting him know that he caught us on holiday, but would make sure someone looked into it on Thursday, July 5th.

He replied back with, "Oh yeah you guys have a holiday today. I forget; what is it you are celebrating?" It was funny. It made my Independence Day memorable. Damn British.

As a reward of sorts, I was told today that I'll spend two weeks touring England in August. I've never really spent any time in England. I might have had a 12 hour layover or something, but nothing long enough to see the country side. This trip, I will be going to 2 different sites in England to help with installs. I think it'll be fun as long as the bozo's from corporate don't think they have to put in 16 hour days. I wonder if they have beer vending machines like they did in Germany. Since my 5% pay cut and no raises for the last 3 years I'm down to 7 hour days at best.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Weekly Update (1 of n)

As we discussed last week, I'm running out of gumption to write down my thoughts.

From this point forward, all posts shall occur every 7 days and shall be titled, "Weekly Update". Or not.

I spent Saturday morning with my freshly graduated daughter. I was happily impressed with her sudden onslaught of maturity. She doesn't get that from me. I'm pretty sure I have the maturity of a 12 year old.

On Sunday, my gal pal and I watched "Apocalypse Now". I think it may have been my second or third time to watch it. I like the Wagner/Helicopter scene the best. My most impressive discovery this time? Nicholas Cage is Francis Ford Coppola's nephew. I had no idea.

I had an inspirational discussion with my sister-n-law who recommended I change my blog title to "Gar's World". I'm thinking that this has mega-potential and it's easier to remember than "The Readerless Random Ramblings of a Fool and His Blog". This title might also allow me to be more opinionated since it would be my world. Durango doesn't like that I'm opinionated. He thinks I should be more informed or less opinionated. Or maybe it was to be informed rather than just opinionated. I don't remember exactly. I think it might be that maturity thing again.

Of course, the title, Gar's World, caused a native uprising. I thought maybe Gar's World was a little over used (not the Gar part, but the world part). How many blog's are titled, "Bill's World", or "Bob's World"? My brother thought maybe I should change it to "Gar's Plot", which, as you may see, has two meanings. Both of which lend themselves to being freely opinionated without the informed anchor.

I pre-ordered "The Secret World" and they opened up the servers on Friday. I played a bit Friday evening, then let my daughter (the younger one) play it all weekend so I have nothing to report except she seemed to enjoy it. I don't know where my pre-order gifts are. As soon as I find out I'll blog about it since I spent 2 hours today doing Internet searches for "The Secret World" and "pre-order" items and received no useful information.

I spent way too long investigating gauges. My daughter (who played The Secret World) wants to "gauge her ears", but she "won't go bigger than 0"! That's wonderful! I am investigating infusion sets for my insulin pump and the plastic cannulas seem to range from 25 gauge to 27 gauge. What's the difference between 25 and 27? Is the larger gauge really that much more comfortable? I finally found this link. The bigger the gauge the smaller the diameter. 0 gauge is 8.2 mm in diameter. I wouldn't want a hole that big in my lobe. I've already got one in my ear and I use it to hear.

And that my friends is your first or second step into Gar's World. Or maybe Gar's Plot. I don't know. I invite you to take off running through my plot of the world or maybe my world's plot. I'd like to leave you with something that made me horribly nauseous. It's the Preamble for the 2012 Texas Republican Party Platform. Ed made me read it. I'll give you a minute to gather your barf bags. Read at your own risk. I'm not sure what's more nauseating: the hypocrisy or the brain chilling narrowness. Republican I am not.

We STILL hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The embodiment of the conservative dream in America is Texas. Throughout the world people dare to dream of freedom and opportunity. The Republican Party of Texas unequivocally defends that dream. We strive to preserve the freedom given to us by God, implemented by our Founding Fathers, and embodied in the Constitution. We recognize that the traditional family is the strength of our nation. It is our solemn duty to protect life and develop responsible citizens. We understand that our economic success depends upon free market principles. If we fail to maintain our sovereignty, we risk losing the freedom to live these ideals.