Jun 26

Just so we’re clear.

There hasn’t been a Quiznos or a Starbucks at this location for YEARS now.


Way to stay on top of that.

May 26

I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend this year?

Me? I spent most of it over at Kylanath‘s place, packing boxes, and hauling stuff to the trash or to Goodwill. This morning I am a broken man (my everything hurts) and I’m about to head to work, which is a relatively quiet and peaceful place… well, maybe or maybe not.

Tomorrow, the movers deliver all of those boxes I boxed along with the rest of her stuff. Then we’ll be (at long last) moved into this place we’ve been renting for a month and a half already. Ah, my bachelor-life days are over!

Apr 23

It’s been a long month. Here, have some memes.

The move into the new apartment is (largely) over with (for me, not yet for Kyla) but I’m too worn out to go into great detail about much of anything. So, instead, please enjoy a couple of recent meme-type imagery I cranked out over the last month or so.

Wasn’t that fun? Thank you, and do come again.

Apr 06

Eleven Years Later

I alluded to this a bit in the last post, but now my anxiety levels are low enough to actually discuss the situation.

So, I’m moving. Story goes a bit like this: We receive letter from property management a week ago. Letter says, in effect, “it’s been nice paying a nice relatively-low rent for a three-bedroom place, close into downtown, hasn’t it? Ha ha, that’s over now, please enjoy this eight-hundred-dollar monthly rate increase!”

The verbal outbursts which greeted this letter are not fit for polite company.

Our options were simple: Suck it up and pay nearly three hundred bucks per person more per month. Uproot and try to find another place spacious enough to fit all of us and our stuff and their cats. Break up the band.

I decided on option 3. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problems with my roommates. They’re good, decent, smart, fun people. However, for some time now the house has really been theirs, and I’m the guy who has the master bedroom upstairs and generally stays out of the way. That’s not by edict, just, sort of how things ended up due to usages and temperaments. Hell, when I moved in here eleven years ago last month this was supposed to be a temporary stop along the way to something else, getting out of the house after the marriage ended.

Time flies when you’re… something or other.

At any rate, cue a week of sheer panic and dread. This is not the sort of situation I’m wired to handle very well. Luckily my roommates, friends, and coworkers have been good sports about this.

50% of my brain went into active adult-mode overdrive. I talked to the bank, I took care of putting my loan payments on hold for a couple of months (…ugh), I called apartment complexes and set up an appointment, I generally ran around Adulting like a professional. It was kind of weird, actually, but it got things done so I’m not complaining.

50% of my brain went into a depressive funk the likes of which I’ve not suffered in nine years, from back when I lost the radio gig. I was convinced, in that part of my brain, that 30 days wasn’t enough time for a loser like me to get his shit together and find a place and get moved and who could afford this anyway? I was going to be homeless and then dead shortly after month’s end.

Stupid? Yeah, but the brain weasels don’t specialize in rational thinking.

So, Kyla and I decided that hey, if we haven’t wrung one another’s neck after a decade of this relationship, maybe now’s the time to try actually living together again. (We did a stint when she first moved to Portland where there were four adults under this roof. It… didn’t go smoothly.) She and I went out to our preferred choice of apartment complexes out along 185th (next to the MAX, which is a requirement for us both) and saw the place and filled out the application and… settled down to wait.

Okay, we also spent yesterday going through my closet, filling giant trash bags for Goodwill and for the dump. Not a day’s gone by that I haven’t been doing something for the move. 24 days remain, as of this writing, after all.

Today, however, as of a phone call at 5pm… I can start breathing again. We got the place. I’ll be moving over the next couple of weeks, Kyla will join me during the month of May if all goes well.

To adventure!

Apr 01

Silver Lining Moment: The Air Conditioner

I always dread the approach of warmer weather because it means (at a particular average temperature threshold) mounting the A/C unit into the bedroom window overlooking the carpark area between the buildings in this apartment complex.

Well, thanks to recent events, that won’t be an issue. At least, it’s staggeringly unlikely that it’ll be an issue since most years I don’t have to put it in place until May, and by the time May rolls around it looks like I’ll be somewhere else.

If I’m really lucky, I’ll be in a new home of some sort, probably an apartment. If I’m not lucky… no telling where I’ll be. Hooboy.

Mar 20

If Skulls Were All

So, it started with a tweet from Jeph Jacques, webcomic demigod.

JephJacquesLoveSkullsAnd I thought to myself, “Self? How many song titles could we mangle like this?” I opened up MediaMonkey and, after some arguing with its search settings so that only titles appeared in the rankings, I found myself looking at a list of 182 songs which include “love” in the title. Now, that’s not precisely what Mr. Jacques instructed; he’s talking about lyrics. I don’t have a lyrics library to search, however, so we’ll have to make do with song titles. And because it’s been that kind of week and I need something to amuse myself during lunch, here’s a list of the highlights out of that search result, skulls-ified for your pleasure.

Note that I’m leaving out duplicates, remixes, and entries where the word replacement just doesn’t scan very well at all. (Which is to say: It didn’t make me laugh, so I chucked it.)

  • All My Skulls – Led Zeppelin
  • Almost Like Skulls – Yes
  • Baby Really Skulls Me – Dada
  • Big Skulls – Robert Plant
  • Break For Skulls – Pet Shop Boys
  • Can’t Refuse Your Skulls – The Sighs
  • Can’t Stop Skulls – Two-Mix
  • Chains Of Skulls – Erasure
  • Church of Logic, Sin and Skulls – The Men
  • City of Skulls – Yes
  • Crazy Skulls Vol II – Paul Simon
  • Digital Skulls – Daft Punk
  • Do You Skulls? – Natalie Imbruglia
  • Don’t Take Your Skulls Away – VAST
  • First Skulls – Cellarful of Noise
  • From Rusholme With Skulls – Mint Royale
  • Get Down, Make Skulls – NIN (Queen cover)
  • Higher Skulls – Depeche Mode
  • I Am In Skulls With You – Imogen Heap
  • I Don’t Believe In Skulls – Queensrÿche
  • I Don’t Want Your Skulls – Duran Duran
  • Interstate Skulls Song – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Skulls Can Kill You – BT
  • Skulls Comes Again – Tiësto
  • Skulls etc – Pet Shop Boys
  • Skulls Is A Battlefield – Pat Benetar
  • Skulls Is Stronger Than Justice – Sting
  • Skulls On Haight Street – BT
  • Skulls Rescue Me – U2
  • Skulls Siren – The Men
  • Skulls Slave – UNDER17
  • Skulls To Blame – Apoptygma Berserk
  • Skulls Voodoo – Duran Duran
  • Skulls Will Find A Way – Yes
  • Skullstown – Peter Gabriel (yes, this one was a reach, I don’t care)
  • Luminous Times (Hold On To Skulls) – U2
  • Make Skulls – Daft Punk
  • Nothing But Skulls – Seabound (also the name of a Jan Hammer track from Beyond The Mind’s Eye)
  • One Year Of Skulls – Queen
  • Only Skulls – Way Out West
  • Outbreak of Skulls – Midnight Oil
  • Power Of Skulls (The Tao Of Skulls) – Rick Springfield
  • Prayer For Skulls – Dolce Triade
  • Pride (In The Name Of Skulls) – U2
  • Prisoner Of Skulls – Tin Machine
  • Real Skulls – Yes
  • Rhythm Of Skulls – Yes
  • Send A Little Skulls – Dream
  • Shine Your Skulls – The Breeze
  • Sign Of Skulls – Immi
  • SOS (Anything But Skulls) – Apocalyptica
  • Soul Skulls – David Bowie
  • Spacy Spicy Skulls – Mejale Pirates (Voice artists from the Vandread anime)
  • Stadium Skulls – Metric
  • Tainted Skulls – Nikolaj Steen (that’s the cover version I have in the library, anyway)
  • The Dumbing Down Of Skulls – Frou Frou
  • The Game Of Skulls – Daft Punk
  • The Skulls Thieves – Depeche Mode
  • The Meaning Of Skulls – Depeche Mode
  • The Night I Fell In Skulls – Pet Shop Boys
  • The Speed Of Skulls – Rush
  • This Is Skulls – Tony Banks (the judges would also have accepted the different song of the same name by The Space Brothers)
  • This Is Not Skulls – Jethro Tull
  • This Must Be Skulls – Phil Collins (thus completing the trilogy…?)
  • True Skulls – Wang Chung
  • When It’s Skulls – Van Halen
  • When Skulls Comes To Town – U2
  • When You Give Your Skulls To Me – Kevin Gilbert
  • Whole Lotta Skulls – Led Zeppelin
  • Wreckless Skulls – Robert Plant
  • You Can’t Hurry Skulls – Phil Collins

We now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast day.

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