Friday, September 30, 2005

Shed a Shade of Shyness

I almost didn't go to the Idlewild show last night. Franz Ferdinand was also playing at another venue, and I debated for a long time which to attend. Plus, I knew I was going to have a rough day at work today, and the show didn't even start until 9 PM. The option I chose was to take a long nap when I got home from work yesterday, and then head down to see Idlewild. Boy, I'm glad I did.
The venue was a little club in downtown Salt Lake called The Velvet Room. It was small, but there were only about 60 people there, so it didn't really matter. There were two opening acts. The first was a local band called The Washington Generals. They had a female singer and had a nice little rock sound. The second opener was Inara George. Besides having a voice as sweet as candy and being stunningly attractive, she spun some seriously catchy indie-rock tunes. So catchy, in fact, that I was persuaded to pick up her album after the show (which she even signed for me).

Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
Idlewild finally came out and played for just over an hour. They played selections from all four of their albums, which are all pretty different from each other. "Hope Is Important," their first, was kinda like "Bleach"-era Kurt Cobain meets "Pinkerton"-era Rivers Cuomo. Their second album, "100 Broken Windows," was like they added Michael Stipe to the mix. "The Remote Part" and "Warnings/Promises" were both all over the place, but definitely had their merrit.

Idlewild Again
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
Roddy Woomble had some funny between-song banter, and thanked us all especially for choosing them over their fellow Scotsmen, Franz Ferdinand. Just to make us all feel better, they played a short snippet of "Take Me Out."

Still Idlewild
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
I was hoping they'd play a little longer, especially from the first two records, but I was still thrilled to get to see them live. As an encore, they performed a cover of The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated." Have I mentioned how much I love live music?

Other than getting to see Idlewild, one of the highlights of the evening was a chance meeting with Jon and Heather Armstrong, the creators of Blurbomat and Dooce, respectively. I've been reading their sites for over two years, now, and it was great to put voices with their words. They were both very nice and not at all freaked out when I approached them. We had a nice conversation about Utah and the military and other random goings-on. I love meeting cool new people.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

I sound like such a chick.

When I went home in June, I gained about 12 pounds. Considering I couldn't really run and everyone was buying me lunch or dinner or midnight snacks over a three week period, I figure that's not too shabby. Well, this morning's daily weigh-in revealed I'm back to my pre-vacation weight. This is the lightest I've been since basic training. Boy, I could just float away at any moment.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Such a Lonely Word

I hate being deceived. I'm upset. I'm going to escape and go watch a movie.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Love Steals Us From Loneliness

This weekend has been really mellow. Friday night consisted of purchasing a new DVD player and a nice phone conversation with Paul. Saturday, after going for a run, I installed the DVD player, which, thanks to Ryan's extremely complicated home theatre system, took a VERY long time.
It's kinda weird how if I don't hang out with anyone for a while, I get a little down. And when I start to get down like that, I just want to be by myself, even though the only thing that can remedy it is social interaction. Johnny, a guy in my shop, had invited me to a party at his house last night, and I seriously considered not going. I think the deciding factor was when Aubrey, Johnny's wife, called and told me what time everything started, and that they had bought some vegetables to grill especially for me.
I know my personality, and I know I crave to be around people. My relationship with God is strong, and I know I'll never truly be by myself. I like to think of myself as a pretty strong person, but we all have our weaknesses. Some people have chemical dependencies. Others are deceitful or can't control their sexual urges. I guess my curse in this life is the weakness of loneliness.
By the way, I had a great time at the party last night.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Bombs Away

Green Day has been around for several years, but didn't really make it into the mainstream until 1994. I tried to resist, but the catchiness (and truthfulness) of "Longview" was just too persuasive. From then on, "Dookie" became a staple in my CD player (and it still is today). I was kinda worried when "Insomniac" didn't live up to expectations. Even more so when "Nimrod" and "Warning" pretty much reeked. Then, when Green Day released a greatest hits compilation, which is pretty much a tombstone for a punk band, I had all but dismissed them entirely.
Then, "American Idiot" came out.
Green Day got political and reminded us they still have the spunkiness of "Kerplunk" and the fun of "Dookie." They played the Delta Center in SLC last night, and Caleb and I had tickets on the floor.

Jimmy Eat World
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
But first thing's first. Jimmy Eat World opened. They were energetic, and they sounded good, too. Their music is tuneful and fun to sing along with. They played songs from their two most recent albums, which are probably their best. My only complaint is they only played for 30 minutes. Seven songs and they were done. A little disappointing.

Green Day
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
After that, there was a brief set change, and then a guy in a big pink bunny outfit came out and flirted with everyone for a few minutes. I guess this was their way of telling us the show was going to be interesting, to say the least.
Then the whole place went dark, and Billie Joe, Mike, and Tre exploded onto the stage, launching into "American Idiot," with plenty of lights and fire to spare. The set started out primarily with tracks from the "American Idiot" album, and at first, I thought they were going to play the album in its entirety. I've heard what a great show Green Day puts on, and they definitely lived up to my expectations. They worked the crowd amazingly well, and they were heavy on the pyrotechnics.

Billie Joe
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
You can see in this picture how close we were to the stage. I'm not one to hog space, so after I got a few pictures, I backed off a bit to let other people touch Billie Joe. Yeah, I'm just that considerate.
In the middle of their set, Billie Joe pulled up three random kids out of the crowd to play the band's instrumments, one of which was a female. He gave the girl his guitar and told her what chords to play, and she played just fine. The three of them performed like their own punk band. After the song, he gave the girl his guitar, and told the bassist to do a big stage dive. It was great.
Since Caleb and I were on the floor in a sea of people, we did what most normal people do at rock concerts - crowd surf. Well, apparently, at the fascist venue of the Delta Center, that's not acceptable behavior. I was wrestled to the floor by a big security guard and told that I would be thrown out if I did it again and to "stay the fuck off people." Oh, well. Every party needs a pooper, right?
Since Green Day have become so radio-friendly, it was understandable that there were lots of teeny-boppers there, and I can handle that. It's annoying, but I'll live. What surprised me were the amount of less-than-ten-year-olds there. Come on, parents! At least provide them with ear plugs!
Anyway, Green Day played for over two hours, which is impressive considering how hyper they were. And if a person can sing punk songs for that long, that means they've got some serious vocal chords. And they sounded GOOD, too, which is rare in punk shows. So, overall, this was definitely one of the most purely fun shows I've seen, and it was great to rock out with Caleb, too. If you get a chance to see Green Day, do it, but don't forget your ear plugs!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


I can't stand it when my friends are hurting. I want to help. I want to listen. I want to cry with you. You've helped me through so much, and I want to do the same for you.
It may be bad now,
and I don't know what to do,
but everything is going to be alright.
I promise.

Monday, September 19, 2005


When I was in Japan, the only video rental place was on base, and it was rather pathetic, to say the least. They rarely had any kind of decent movies, especially independent ones, and what they did get usually arrived months after it was actually released. So, I got in the habit of just purchasing anything I wanted to see online. Over time, I've acquired quite a collection of DVDs, but I've realised I don't really watch them very often. Therefore, last night, I joined the ranks of thousands of others and got a membership to Blockbuster. I hate supporting a corporation that has such a monopoly on movie rental, but there aren't any locally-owned video stores around here at all.
I'm always reluctant to sign up for anything requiring a "membership," especially for something as trivial as movie rental. I've spent several minutes reading all the terms and conditions outlined in my little membership brochure, and even went to their website, but there are so many details that seem really vague. I'm great about returning library books on time, and I doubt I'll have any trouble with DVDs, but somehow, someway, they're gonna screw me out of some money.

Sweets to the Sweet

So we were at Denny's on Friday night, and Eli, my Dad's riding buddy, ordered the fudge brownie a la mode for dessert at the same time we ordered our meal. We were waiting for our food, and our waitress brought out Eli's brownie before anything else. The three of us looked at each other quizzically.

Eli: So, they eat dessert first around here?
Waitress: Yeah, our manager says to bring it out first unless people say not to.
Dad: Really? Isn't that kind of strange?
Waitress: I dunno. He says we keep forgetting to bring people their desserts, so this is supposed to take care of it.
Eli, Dad, & Me (in unison): Hmmmmmmm.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Boys and Their Toys

Dad made it into town at about 10:30 Friday night. With him was his buddy Eli. Another guy, Mike, started out with them, but only made it as far as Cheyenne. Anyway, we grabbed some food at Denny's and then hit the sack.

Me, Dad, and an F-4
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
Saturday morning, we had breakfast, and then I took Dad and Eli to the Hill Aerospace Museum, which is totally up Dad's alley. We walked around for several hours and saw tons of planes, including an F-4, which is the kind of plane my Dad primarily worked on when he was in the Air Force back in the 60s.
After that, we went down to Salt Lake because they wanted to visit the BMW Motorcycle dealership. I also gave them a drive-by tour of Temple Square.

Dad & Eli
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
After that, we went back up to Ogden for a late lunch, and then hiked Waterfall Canyon. It was a beautiful hike and we had a great time. By the way, one of the most embarrasing things ever is when you're Dad's friend asks you about your sex front of your Dad. Thanks, Eli!

Dad & Me
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.

After all that, we were pretty tired, so we headed back to the hotel and waited for Don and his son, Mark, to show up. They did the same ride as Dad and Eli, but they had to start a day later because of work.

Dad, Eli, Don, & Mark
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
This morning, we got up and had breakfast and then they all packed up their bikes. Dad and Eli are headed back to Kentucky, but Don and Mark are on their way to Oregon for business.
The added bonus is that my Mom made some cookies for me and sent them with Dad. Now, I know I'm probably going to get a lot of debate by saying this, but my Mom bakes the best cookies EVER. Don't argue with me. I know it's true, so just SHUT IT!

Saturday, September 17, 2005


All I have to say is, there are few things in this world better than making out.

Easy Rider

My Dad is coming into town tonight. He and four of his buddies are riding their motorcycles all the way from Kentucky to Utah IN ONE DAY! They're all members of this club called the Iron Butt Association. For this particular run, they're riding 1500 miles in a 24-hour period. They've also done a ride from coast to coast (Jacksonville, FL to San Diego, CA) in 50 hours (Dad did it in 47h 11m!). Needless to say, Dad sure likes riding his bike. They left at midnight last night, and they should be here around 10 PM tonight. I'm excited to see him, but I'm sure he's gonna want to sleep for a while. Oh, and they're leaving Sunday night to do the same thing on the way back home. Crazy old men.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Right In Time

Lucinda Williams
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
Lucinda Williams plays country music, but not that cheesy Shania-Garthy country. More like rootsy alt-country. Her music is rare, bare, and real. Her lyrics are raw and intimate, sometimes painful, and always authentic. She's such a perfectionist that she sometimes spends six years working on an album, but regardless, each one sounds effortless.
Lucinda played Kingsbury Hall last night, and the show was sensational. She played for nearly three hours and included plenty of ballads and new material. She was tender and emotional without being sappy, and her voice was perfectly imperfect, if that's possible. The crowd was older and included almost as many lesbians as the Tori Amos show, but you could tell how much everyone appreciated her set. Plus, I like to think she sang the song "Over Time" just for me.
So, even if you aren't a fan of country music (I'm not, either), go out and pick up one of her albums. You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Flatmate Farewell

Before Ryan came to Utah, he was already contacting people to ask if he could deploy as soon as possible. After his arrival, he was told that he wouldn't be going on this rotation, so he decided to take some leave. He drove separately to Vegas last weekend, and while Caleb and I came back to Utah, Ryan headed east. His intention was to drive from Arizona to Texas to Colorado to visit various friends and family. Well, no such luck. One of the guys scheduled to deploy was injured, so they called Ryan back off leave. He got back Sunday night, and he leaves tomorrow to spend four months in our old stomping grounds of Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. If you have to go to the desert, then Qatar is the place to go. It's really been built up since we were there over two years ago. It's practically a resort (dorms, Olympic size swimming pool, stadium seating movie theatre, Subway, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, etc.). Plus, it's about the safest place to be over there. Regardless, please keep him in your prayers.
As for me, I guess it's back to riding to work by myself and walking around the place naked.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Words to Sell

Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
Interpol has been one of my favourite bands for a couple years now, and last night was their show at Kingsbury Hall on the Universtity of Utah campus down in SLC. I've been anticipating this show for a while now, and it was definitely one of the highlights of all the shows I've seen since I've lived in Utah. Interpol's post-punk tunes are dark, yet somehow uplifting. Paul, the lead vocalist, has a range similar to mine, so I have no problem singing along in my truck. Plus, they all wear suits, and it definitely helps to be well dressed.
The opening band was called The Double. They were kind of experimental new rock, and they used lots of distortion, a moog synthesizer, and even an autoharp. Different, but good.
As for Interpol's set, I just stood there in awe for 90 minutes. It was that good. It was basically like putting both of their albums in the CD player and hitting 'shuffle,' though the first half concentrated on their second album. The crowd was full of little urban-hipster college students, and they were all as dazed as I was. The band presented such a dark, wonderful realm to present their music, and I was happy to be in attendance.


Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
This is just funny.

Monday, September 12, 2005

At Last

It's been mostly overcast all weekend, and it rained all morning. But a few minutes ago, the clouds parted to reveal...
on the mountains!
Ah, this is such a good sign.


Sarah, Me, Josh, Sam, & Caleb
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
Saturday night, there wasn't too much going on, so people came over here and we had pizza and beer and chatted for a while. Then we decided to play Twister, which was more fun than I remember it usually being.

Me, Tanya, Josh, Sarah, & Caleb
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.

Caleb & Me
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
Yes, this is actually a picture of Caleb biting my ass.

Sam, Josh, & Caleb
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
After Twister, we sat around and chatted for a while. Whenever the Wendt brother drink together, they usually start telling stories from their adventurous childhood. They started to demonstrate some kind of secret handshake, which ended up becoming a three way thumb wrestling match.
Sometimes, just having friends over and chilling out can be more fun than going out bar-hopping.

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Sometimes I wonder how long it will be before the whole September 11th thing loses its sting. I don't live in New York, nor did I know anyone who died in the attacks, but I still think about those nightmarish visions from that day. I can't imagine what it must feel like to have lost a mother or brother or best friend.
Though the circumstances surrounding the two are totally different, I wonder if the next generation will feel about 9/11 the way my generation feels about Pearl Harbour. It was a horrible loss of life, and even though I've seen footage and pictures from that day, it still doesn't have the same impact as a picture of the Pentagon with a big hole in the side. I'm curious what my grandparents, who have lived through both tragedies, think about it. Several people compare the two, but I've talked with Japanese people who are offended by that comparison. I guess I can see why.
Anyway, I guess my whole position is just to keep looking hopefully at the future, while not forgetting the past. History doesn't repeat itself, but we can learn from our mistakes. There's just too much suffering going on to not have any hope. Things may get worse before they get better. But they will get better.

When it rains, it pours.

I had another good first date today. Well, it wasn't really a date. Just afternoon coffee. Very casual, but the conversation was great. I love that feeling of just getting to know someone. So new and different and exciting. If you've ever heard the song "New" by No Doubt, that's how I'm feeling right now. I'm probably getting all excited over nothing, but it's just nice to have such nice conversation with someone on the same level. There will definitely be a second date.
In other news, it turned cold today. Not bitter cold, but it dropped several degrees. We had some rain last night, and I think that's what did it. It's about 58 degrees now, and tonights lows are supposed to drop into the 30s. I like it. I mean, I love the summer and all, but I think anytime a new season is starting to arrive, it's always a welcome change. There really isn't a season I don't like. They're all special in their own way, and they all have the tendency to spark up great memories.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

So you want to be entertained?

"The Woods"

I've been a pretty big Sleater-Kinney fan since 1997. I had read a lot about their album "Dig Me Out," and decided to buy it. I listened to it on repeat for pretty much my entire first drive from Kentucky to Vegas. Since then, I've purchased all seven of their albums and loved every one.
Their latest was released in May, and it represents a big departure for the trio. Previously, they rocked out riot-grrrl style with politically charged punk anthems. With this record, they're on a new label with a new producer, and it seems like they've been listening to a lot of old Zeppelin. You'd think going from punk to classic rock would be awkward, but Carrie, Corin, and Janet handle it with ease. So well, in fact, that it makes their previous albums sound dated. Every track is spectacular, though highlights include the rambunctious "What's Mine Is Yours" and "Rollercoaster." "The Woods" isn't an easy listen, but it's a rewarding one.

The Camera Story

A couple weeks ago, I went to my first party with co-workers at the home of Brian, a guy in my shop, and, as usual, I took along my camera. I drank a little too much, and when I woke up the next morning (Don't worry. I didn't drive.), I realised I left my camera at the party. Brian has searched his entire house and can't find it anywhere. This is frustrating for two reasons: 1) I took some great pictures that night, and 2) this is the second camera I've lost this year.
I was hoping it would turn up before the Vegas trip, but unforunately, it didn't. There was no way I was going to spend a long weekend in Vegas without visual proof of all the fun we had, so, on the way down there, we stopped so I could buy a new one. I went with the Canon SD400, and I'm pretty happy with it. My original camera was a Canon. The second was a Nikon, and I have to say, I liked the Canon much better. Just personal preference. Ryan and Caleb kept making fun of me and wondering how long it will be before this one is gone. We'll see, fellas. We'll see.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Stretch Armstrong

After months and months of putting it off, I finally started going to yoga again a couple weeks ago. I think the main reason I hadn't gone is because I didn't know anybody there. Luckily, Stephanie, a girl in my squadron who happens to be on RST with me, mentioned she goes, so I asked if I could join her. I guess every yoga instructor has his or her own teaching style, so it took me a while to get used to the instructor here, but I still really enjoy it. I was a little sore after the first couple of sessions, but now I'm getting back to my old flexible self.

Old Ink / New Ink

Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
This is WAY overdue, but here's a picture of my new tat. (You can read the original post here.) The heart with my fraternity letters was the first tattoo I ever got back in May of '93. I didn't realise how much it had faded until I got the new one. When Ryan goes to get his finished, I'm gonna get mine touched up so it won't look so weird.

Strange Little Girl

Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
Tuesday night was the Tori Amos show. I've always heard she put on a good show, but what I saw was so much more than just "good." It was brilliant.
The Ditty Bops opened up, and they were pretty cool, too. I'd seen them before when they opened for Tegan and Sara (seen here). They seem to be having so much fun when they perform.
So Tori came out, and the only thing on the stage, besides her, was her piano and three organs. No band at all. She launched into her set, and I was absolutely awestruck. She moved back and forth between the piano and the organs, sometimes playing two at the same time. She caressed those keys so effortlessly and belted out those tunes with such power. In the middle of her set, she had a feature she called "Tori's Piano Bar." This consisted of playing a few covers suggested on her website, which changed with each performance. For us, she played a wonderful version of Bjork's "Hyperballad," which is one of my favourite Bjork songs. The second was a Tom Waits tune called "Time" which was gorgeous. I'd never seen a show that was so raw and so resonant at the same time. Her stage presence was undeniable, and she even had a funny story about how her daughter told her she should quit touring and get a job at the Safeway. She came back out for two encores, and seemed so grateful to be performing the whole time. If you ever get a chance to see Tori, go.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

No more tips on getting wrinkles out of your hot pants.

I know this is a pain in the butt, but I'm going to have to turn on the little comment verification thingy to keep all the comment spam from showing up and annoying everyone. Some of them are pretty humorous, but I think if it goes on long enough, it's going to get way out of control. Don't worry, though. You can still post anonymously, because I believe in free speech for people with actual heartbeats, but be warned: I don't look too kindly upon them.

This isn't exactly going to stay in Vegas.

Ryan & Caleb
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
At long last, here's the whole Vegas adventure. After a longer-than-usual drive, we arrived at our hotel around 8-ish. We didn't want to waste any time, so we cleaned up a little bit and headed down to the Crown & Anchor (which I'm sure you've heard me mention before) to toss back a few pints.

Caleb & me
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.

Melissa & Damien
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
The next day, we slept in, then picked up Melissa and her new baby, Damien. We all had a late lunch at this great Mexican restaurant, then shopped the rest of the afternoon.

Ryan & Caleb
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
You know the shopping in Vegas is great when the malls look like this:

Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
After shopping for several hours, we decided to hit up the Cheesecake Factory. We didn't really want dinner. Just cheesecake. I opted for the lemon raspberry cream cheesecake. Yeah, it's every bit as good as it sounds.

The Paris
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
The original intention was to go back to the hotel for a little nap and then hit up some clubs Saturday night. I don't think Ryan and Caleb realised just how tired shopping can make you, and we ended up sleeping all night. This is a shot out the window of our hotel room on the 30th floor.

Ryan & Caleb
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
We woke up Sunday morning and went down to the pool for a few hours. So nice and relaxing.

Ryan & Me
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.

Paris Fountain
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
After swimming all morning, we got pretty hungry, so we decided to walk down the Strip in search of food. Here are a few exterior shots of our hotel and Caesar's Palace.

Hotel / Pool
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.

Tower Over the Pool
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.

Eiffel Tower
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.

Caleb & Ryan at Caesar's Palace
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.

Me at Caesar's
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.

Ryan & Caleb
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
While shopping in the mall, we went into a children's store. Ryan and Caleb fit right in.

Blue Man & RHCs
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
Sunday night, we went to the Blue Man Group performance. I'd seen it back when I lived in Vegas, but it was still every bit as amazing as I remember. This is a shot of some random hot chicks with one of the Blue Men. Those guys are SO COOL!

Caleb & Ryan
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
After Blue Man Group, we went to eat at this place called the Rum Jungle, which is a really exclusive restaurant at Mandalay Bay. After that, we met my friend Jason and Caleb's friend Will and headed to the new club at the Wynn Casino called La Bete, which is even more exclusive than the Rum Jungle. It was one of the coolest clubs I've ever been to. Ryan, Caleb, and Will left around 1, but Jason and I stayed until 2. Jason had to work the next day, so he left, and I went up to the casino to gamble for a bit. It was the first time I'd gambled in a really long time, and, thanks to the numbers Paul and Trish told me to bet on, I won $225 on roulette. I figured I'd quit while I was ahead, and went back to our hotel, but I still wasn't tired, so, at 3 AM, I walked down the Strip to another club called Krave, which was still kickin'. I danced for a couple hours, and then headed back to the room. While walking through the hotel, I decided to throw a few bucks in a slot machine, and ended up winning another $90. It was definitely a lucky weekend.
Sunday, we checked out, and then had a late lunch with Melissa, Andy, Nicole, and Jim, then headed back to Utah. It was another longer-than-usual drive, so it was pretty late when we got back. I think next weekend, I'm going to lay low and recuperate.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


I know I promised a post last night; however, we had a late lunch in Vegas with Jim and Nicole, and traffic on I-15 was less than swift in several areas. Therefore, I didn't get home until way after 10, and I was pretty desperate to hit the sack. Tonight is the Tori Amos show, so it's doubtful I'll be able to post the Vegas trip details/pictures any earlier than tomorrow evening. I'm sorry. I know how much every aspect of your lives hinges upon each word I type.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Time Delay

Since The Paris Hotel & Casino charges a ridiculous amount of money for internet use, I'm going to delay posting on here until I return home Monday evening. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Vegas, Day 1 -or- What's Your Flavor?

Ryan & Caleb
Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
Yesterday, Caleb, Ryan, and I made the six-hour trek down to Vegas. Actually, it took a little longer because I had to stop and buy a new camera (long story) and we were held up by TWO traffic jams in the Salt Lake area. Regardless, we got here around 9 PM last night, checked into our hotel, and then went to the Crown & Anchor to toss back a few ales. After working and driving and stuff, we were pretty tired and only stayed out until 1. Today is going to be lots of shopping and eating and seeing friends and gambling and dancing and whatever else that peaks our interest! I LOVE this town!

Friday, September 02, 2005

After Hours

It's after 7 PM, and I'm still at work. I'm pulling RST duty again this week, and, until today, it's been pretty slow. There are five of us stuck here in the readiness office just waiting for exercise players to return from the processing line. There's nothing to do except watch any of the various news channels available here, all of which are showing continuous coverage of Hurricane Katrina. I feel really bad for the people down there, but staring at it for hours on end is kind of causing it to lose its impact.
Anyway, I'm basically just killing time, so I thought I'd post. Tomorrow will consist of coming in to take a hazardous materials test at 9 AM, and then I'm done. After some quick packing, Caleb, Ryan, Andrew, and I will be on our way to VEGAS!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

One is the Loneliest Number

As evidenced by yesterday's post, I've been thinking a lot recently about why I haven't been in a serious relationship in over seven years. In 1998, when the last one ended, I think I was going through a weird phase, and since then, I've kinda realised how incapable I was of maintaining a solid relationship. I was difficult and selfish and stubborn and not easy to live with. I know I've grown a lot since then, but I still see all those qualities in myself. I've never been one to stress about being alone because I know, when the time is right, the Lord will bring the right person into my life. I just wonder if there's something I need to change about myself before He's willing to act.