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Yesterday I got off of work, got to the new place, and then (after a quick visit from eliteLouise) angry_wolfCarl and I proceeded to move a few items from the room's previous owner (Bobby) out to the garage and move my things into the room. After awhile we ordered a pizza and watched "A Fistful of Dollars". Bobby came home and helped set up the computer and removed the rest of his stuff, then after Carl left I did a bit more work on the room before websurfing for a long time and finally calling it a night.

Today I finished up the room... put posters up on walls, set up all electronic devices, and generally put things where they belonged. Now I have a few hours to kill before work so I will probably do some more websurfing and then head out. I am so happy to have a home again! Huge thanks to moonwhispersBrian for letting me stay with him and zackerysperdutoZack... I really appreciate it man.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention... the people I was staying with prior to this place managed to destroy a few of my things in their haste to stuff my things into bags and get them outside of their house. I keep repeating to myself that they're just things, but damn... not cool.
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Wow. The last time I posted in this damned thing was the end of March. I had just found a place in San Mateo, was still working at Calafia, there were still new eps of Lost to be seen, and MC Frontalot had yet to tour.

Five months later...

I lost my job at Calafia, but I found a new one at a KFC in Mountain View. I have been kicked out of the place in San Mateo because the person who owns the house found out that the guy I was renting from (who in turn was renting from the owner) had a total of six people in the house as opposed to the contractual five. The guy I was renting from had (eventually) given me a week to find a new place to live, then locked me out the next day and tossed my stuff outside the house. I started asking around and soon a coworker let me know about a guy he knew that owns a house in Mountain View that is walking distance from work (no more paying for monthly transit passes!) and a variety of places it's nice to be near such as Target and Rasputin. The rent is less expensive, I'll have cable with DVR, and a new working computer with internet access (Amy's laptop had died in the last five months)... all vast improvements over where I was a even few weeks ago. With help from friends and a coworker I moved my stuff from the old place to the new one's garage today after work. In one week I get to move in. I can't wait!
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Who: MC Frontalot
What: nerdcore hip-hop concert
Where: Cafe du Nord - 2170 Market Street - San Francisco, CA
When: Tuesday 4 May 2010 @ 8PM
Why: to showcase his latest album Zero Day

RSVP at the Facebook event page here!
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Yesterday, despite the guy in San Bruno not answering my call, I went down there with the hope that I could get a hold of him and see the room he had for rent. After stopping by moonwhispersBrian's place for a bit I headed over to the corner of Montgomery and Scott... but the guy never answered his phone. Ok... waste of my time. In any case I had plans to meet up with angry_wolfCarl to see "Shutter Island". This we did... except before the movie ended the projector's light and sound cut out and when they came back on we realized we'd missed some of the movie and decided to get our money back and leave. From there we headed to San Mateo, near where I used to live with O.J. Simpson's brother and saw a room there... whereupon I gave the guy a check and got the key! Now all I have to do is pack my stuff and get it over to the new place... Anyway, CJ and I got back to my current home and watched Caprica and Lost, both of which were probably the best eps of their respective seasons, and then we parted ways. Oh, and MC Frontalot emailed me asking that I be his Street Team Coordinator for his upcoming tour, to which I agreed. Today I am not feeling well, and I have called in sick
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Damn, it's been awhile...

Let's see... I have to move again due to my letting my temper get the best of me in regards to dealing with my impatient roommate. I had the room all situated, too... posters up, books on shelves etc. Still working at Calafia... getting about 30 hours a week, so that's good (though I'd still like more). I had a blast at djinnethGwynne's birthday party the other night (there's a pic below of angry_wolfCarl, davebydesignDave, and I). Looking very forward to Wondercon 2010 in a few weeks. Love MC Frontalot's new album Zero Day. Been enjoying my usual shows thanks to having cable. Oh, and there's this...

Here you are at last
To bring my cold lonely soul sweet release
From my weary past
Always searching, the one missing piece was you
And I beg you, come away with me
And together we will find a place to call our own
I can’t wait to see what I can do
With a laptop like you








So after not having a computer since before I had to move from San Bruno I finally have a laptop, courtesy of spdrwnAmy... thanks Amy! It's a shiny black and silver HP Pavilion dv2000 and it's already covered with my geekiest stickers. I heart it!

And here's the pic I mentioned above: )
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After 3 long, stressful months of homelessness, I finally found a room to call my own. It's in Redwood City on 5th Avenue. The room is a bit small, but it will work, and I can't beat the price to move in: one month's rent plus utilities. No security deposit, no last month's rent. Now I just need some help moving my stuff from San Mateo to the new place... can anyone help?

In other news I can't go to the Serenity at Google event because my job scheduled me that night at the last minute. Oh well... there's always CSTS in June!
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I have been emailing people via Craigslist ads regarding rooms for rent. I've looked at a few but I am apparently not getting one in Palo Alto that would have been perfect, however I am still looking. In fact, I have an appointment tomorrow in Burlingame to look at a room. I am working five days a week at Calafia, which is nice... I could use the extra hours. Meanwhile, I have been watching the following either live, streaming, or on DVD: Caprica, Lost (awesome start to this last season!), Spartacus: Blood & Sand, The Big Bang Theory (halfway through season 3), & Heroes (season finale next Monday). I am very much looking forward to a free screening of "Serenity" at Google on the 11th and the MC Frontalot concert on the 15th.
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Not a whole lot to say... well...

Still working at Calafia, getting more hours there than before but not enough to live on. Keeping my eyes out for an additional job. I've saved a ton of money over Eksmas and since, but I need more income on a monthly basis before I move into my own place again.

I've been playing Batman: Arkham Asylum on moonwhispersBrian's PS3 and I've been loving it. Have watched some movies with angry_wolfCarl recently that include "Book of Eli" (liked it) and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (loved it). Looking forward to the MC Frontalot concert on 15 February and Wondercon 2010 at the beginning of April, not to mention the returns of Lost, V, and the premier of Caprica. Also, I've decided that I need to get out more with friends and DO stuff. I need more of a life than what I've got going on now. For instance, I really liked a recent dinner at spideyjKanane's house, where I met some funny and cool people plus learned of the awesomeness that is The Big Bang Theory. I have enjoyed my Wednesday night comic book store geekout sessions with a friend/former coworker and the regular customers I know from having worked there. I have not, however, been enjoying the rain and cold as walking in or waiting for the bus in said elements are of teh suck. I did like what I saw yesterday after the rain:

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Who: MC Frontalot (with Brandon Patton)

What: a nerdcore hip-hop concert which will most likely include songs from his forthcoming album Zero Day

Where: Cafe du Nord in San Francisco, CA

When: 15 February 2010 @ 8PM

Why: because MC Frontalot is "the world's 579th greatest rapper"

Tickets are only $10! You can get them here or at the door.
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Please join us on Wednesday January 20, 2010 to celebrate Calafia Cafe's One Year Anniversary. In appreciation of the support we have received this past year we will be taking 20% off your bill* (*Alcohol and Market Sales Excluded).
Calafia will match the 20% discounted amount and donate it to one of the following charities of your choice below.

Adolescent Counseling Services

The Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula

Health Trust of the Silicon Valley Meals on Wheels

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Palo Alto

Calafia will be raffling off a gift basket full of Calafia goodies, some of the prizes include: 100.00 Gift Certificate which can be used in either the market or cafe or both! A signed copy of Chef Charlie's Food 2.0, and various other surprise surprises!! Proceeds will go to one of the four charities of the gift basket winners choosing!

Thank you Palo Alto! Let's Celebrate!
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This is my last post of 2009. This past year has been full of ups and downs, as usual, but mostly downs. Losing two jobs and becoming homeless in the same year was quite the humbling experience. I really hope 2010 is better. By this time next year I hope to be employed full time, have my own apartment again, and be thinner/healthier. A new girlfriend might be nice, too...
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Iron Man 2 trailer under the cut... )
brandeks: (movies)
Kick-Ass videos under the cut... )

If those clips don't make you want to see this movie I don't know what will...
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Been a couple weeks since I posted. Not much is going on other than working my two jobs (Macy's and Calafia). Between the two I get plenty of hours... in fact I am working the next ten days in a row. I get Eksmas eve, day, and the day after off to recuperate.

For my birthday (on the 7th) I got two t-shirts from my longtime friend Kathryn and an Amazon.com e-giftcard from spdrwnAmy. Thanks ladies! I also had a nice birthday dinner with friends: angry_wolfCarl, moonwhispersBrian , davebydesignDave, spideyjKanane, and zackerysperdutoZack. We went to Chili's, and lo there is a picture below...

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I've been working at Calafia and Macy's, and that's going well. I've been managing to get a few hours extra here and there. Should be getting my first paychecks from both places at the end of this week. I am so very glad to be working again!

Looking forward to seeing "The Road" later today. If it's anywhere as good as "No Country For Old Men" I'll be happy. Last night I saw my first Buster Keaton movie, "The General". Even though it was made in the 1920's it looked like it was made yesterday which is no real surprise as Carl and I watched it on Blu-Ray. And he was right as usual... I loved it.

I don't have anything planned for Thanksgiving, which is fine. I don't really see the point of making a big deal of a holiday where the primary focus is eating until your stomach explodes and you fall into a deep food coma. Yay tryptophan! I know the real focus is family, but I don't have any living close enough. Wake me when it's Eksmas!
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It is almost 6 AM as I type this on a bus stop bench in San Bruno. I am awake this early so I can get to Palo Alto by 9, though I may be able to start at 8 instead. I worked yesterday at Calafia (at 7 AM believe it or not) and then had training at Macy's. I have orientation at the latter tomorrow evening, then I start truly working on Monday. I love that I can access my shifts online, even able to trade shifts if necessary.

Meh... that's it for now.
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So I talked to Charlie Ayers on Friday, and have become re-employed at Calafia. I will be doing odds and ends, helping out where needed, at my last rate of pay. I did indeed have my interview at Macy's also on Friday, and apparently the young woman who interviewed me liked me enough that she had me interview with someone else today, and... I fill out paperwork tomorrow afternoon! Yes, I got two jobs within a few days of each other. I am quite happy with this. As far as a place to sleep, I talked with some InnVision staff on Friday at Charlie's behest, but then after staying a few days at Brian's I am (at least for now) staying with Carl and his family. I am going to keep looking for something more permanent, but at least I am off the streets.

Oh, and last night it was great to hang out with friends, eat a super tasty dinner and dessert, and play probably my favorite game Apples to Apples. Today I got to watch Stargate Universe and later tonight I will watch Heroes. I will try hard not to think about the fact that "Star Trek" is being released on DVD tomorrow and that the Target version has a model of the Enterprise that comes with it.
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In the last seven weeks I have become homeless... )

Things begin to look up a bit... )
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To celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I decided to share a few pirate related songs...

Enjoy, mateys!

Perhaps I'll watch the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy today (I am looking forward to the fourth film in the franchise)... even though there are many pirate movies to choose from.
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Having lost my jobs I wasn't able to pay rent this month. Since the first I have been evading my landlord, assuming that if he knew I had no job and no money for rent that he'd kick me out immediately. Recently, when in my room in the dark, he knocked on my door... and I pretended I wasn't in my room. He left a note saying I should call, but I didn't. I felt badly about all this, but like I said I was afraid of what would happen once I told him what was up. Of course I knew I'd have to talk to him eventually... )

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