|This log represents the Life and Times of the Las Vegas Dude.|
12/09/2007 17:06:04jim Green hair, jacuzzis, and shopping
What a life! Too much too quick.
I can't begin to describe the feeling in my back.
But that's the bad things.
The good things that have happened so far.
We got moved in Friday, but everything was such a mess. We needed junk furniture.
But Seattle doesn't have any Walmarts. There's a KMart 6 miles away, which in Seattle Speak equals 1 hour.
The traffic is a killer here. I'm ready to learn the bus system at any time.
Why not be chauffeured around while I read the paper?
I hopped into the roof Jacuzzi yesterday morning at 6:30am,
and found a really cool cell phone. I called "Dad".
He told me daughter lives in my building and gave me her address. I tried, it was early, but eventually she called me.
I came up, and she answered the door in her T-Shirt and underwear (who does that?). I about fell over. Her eyes were a red as eyes can get, but she had a pretty smile, and said thank you.
Later, we went shopping at a Target.
It was 6 stories tall, with a parking level on each floor! When you want to go to the next floor with you card, you take the escullator. It has a cart escullator in the middle...very different.
Everybody we met was friendly, and more than willing to tell us everything they knew about Seattle.
That about says it, everybody in Seattle is very friendly.
Today, Becky went to the jacuzzi with me.
Her hair turned GREEN!!! Its a pretty color of green though.
We were supposed to get internet, phone and cable today, but nobody was here to let the cable guy into the electric room.
We'll have it by Wednesday.
12/06/2007 22:22:25sae .Pooped
Jimmy. Did you say you were pooped? Like this kind of "poop"? I hope not... http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/07/rhino.poop.ap/index.html
12/06/2007 22:22:25jim (Reply)Pooped
Another tough day!
Five hours of sleep. Had to get renters insurance, they wanted to rewrite my auto insurance and my house insurance for Seattle, which would take me days of effort to spring back from. sheesh.
We got our apartment.
So we had to move all our stuff downstairs, again, and pack up the truck. Its cold and wet out there.
I am so tired.
We will have moved the equivilent of 5 moves, and driven 52 hours, in 12 days.
We've been apartment hunting every day and every night.
And to top it all off, my credit card info was stolen from one of the places we used it at, enroute.
What a week I'm having!!!
12/03/2007 06:50:18Chez2199 .I am excited. Its my first day at work.
Good Luck. I'm sure you will make the best of it!
12/02/2007 15:02:43jim Just got back from Safeway.
I've got my patches and some food.
Life was good, until we got back to the truck.
We couldn't get in it. The people on both sides parked 2 inches away. It was mindless.
There were plenty of spots open in the parking lot.
I've noticed that a lot of people walk mindlessly straight at you on the sidewalks.
There's always plenty of room. It keeps happening everywhere. A lot of these people are sleep walking.
I didn't think driving to the store was tough at all.
Matter of fact, I like driving in Seattle, even downtown. You have to watch for pedestrians, bicycles, other cars, and one way streets. SO, you take your time, and slowly make your turns.
11/30/2007 17:40:29SAE .We finally got to Seattle
Make it work Jimmy. It is what you make it. Howl!!!! Just behave yourself and don't go skinny dipple in the company pool, like you like to do on your first day on the job.
11/30/2007 17:40:29Chez2199 (Reply).We finally got to Seattle
I'm glad you made it safely. Give it all a chance. it may be great this summer! but hurry up and get your ass back to Louisville!
11/30/2007 17:40:29jim (Reply)We finally got to Seattle
Aren't these buildings really something!
I feel like a Huckleberry Fin whose just seen an automobile for the first time.
This must be a pretty exciting city to live in. If I can just figure out how to navigate these streets, I'll be fine.
11/30/2007 10:33:16jim Trip-Washington
11/30/2007 09:03:28jim Trip-Idaho
11/29/2007 17:22:12jim Trip-Utah
11/29/2007 14:04:24jim Trip-Leaving Vegas
Leaving Vegas didn't at all seem sad. We'll be back. This trip and everything we've done for the last 5 months, is just an experiment in my life.
11/28/2007 07:38:39jim To whom may concern...I apologize
Two moves in one week is a lot of action.
I've had to push myself to the limit, I haven't been feeling well, I'm tired and confused.
But none of these are an excuse for a bad attitude.
So, if I've been distant, or obtuse, please accept my sincere apology.
I meant to accomplish so much when we got here.
But, Monday, I had to get that insurance, talk to my CPA and get prescriptions written.
Tuesday, I picked up prescriptions, did some shopping, and tried to relax.
I didn't visit like I'd planned too.
After driving 32 hours straight, driving around town is the last thing I want to do.
Driving around town with everything I own in the back of the truck is scary too.
I love you all. I'm just exhausted.
11/27/2007 04:27:23jim Petroglyphs - those silly Anasazis
I looked at the Petroglyph's on the canyon walls of Nevada. They seem to be everywhere!
I thought, wow, these Anasazi guys recorded their life here, 2,000 years ago.
Now their tribes are gone.
All that is left are drawings of them hunting, hanging around campfires, enjoying the sun, and having a great time
At least, thats what I see when I look at them.
They were, in a way, more insightful than we are.
They drew on rocks during the Roman civilization.
Their drawings may out live the United States.
It is pure genius. It would be hard to destroy their work and it is readable.
The Anasazi petroglyphs have stood the test of time.
It goes far past John Doe owned this piece of property in County Records.
We aren't our names. We are just characters in a story. Life is much bigger than us.
Anyway, I would like to immortalize this life.
I would like to create something that will last 1,000s of years.
These logs are just the start.
I intend to create something much greater in the next 10 years.
I owe this inspiration to my friend, Rob, who passed away a couple of years ago.
His death inspired me to create these logs.
I didn't want his life to pass unnoticed. I saw myself as being him, dying, having a funeral...and being forgotten.
11/27/2007 04:06:17jim Its so good to be alive!
If I didn't keep these blogs and take pictures everywhere I go, I'd lose the flavor of life as the years go by.
There is a big difference between saying, "I saw fall in Kentucky" and showing a beautiful picture of it.
I suppose thats why I do this...to remember the specter of life.
I look at these blogs and I can see, smell, taste, and feel the words and pictures.
In my mind, I can hear the voices of the people that make entries here.
I can fly back in time and all that has happened revives itself in holographic style.
Its kind of like putting rock hard bread into the microwave! It gets good again.
What I am saying is, I will never forget love, life and happiness.
It's just too precious.
My friends and I will live in these logs, long after we are gone.
This is my pyramid, my Taj Mahal.
11/27/2007 02:07:13jim Robert brought Amy over
They are looking really good.
He moved in with Emily.
Joy (Amy's mother), is still living in the old apartment.
I think Tony still lives with Joy.
Robert was saying Emily is wonderful!
She's clean. She really identifies with Amy. She's smart.
Michelle came over today too.
She's always interesting.
Talked to Rico, the next door neighbor.
He said Cory, our other neighbor, lost his house.
Rico got him a better job at the Venetian
and I guess it just went to Cory's head.
He had dual pane windows installed,
he bought a new AC unit and a new truck.
All that spending, and he lost that little house.
I don't even think Cory does drugs...hmmm.
11/27/2007 01:54:06jim Replaced a toilet, sadly
Sonny's toilet leaked, so he's been using our toilet.
I guess I got irritated about this and said,
"Alright, lets just get another toilet! It should only take an hour to install and it will look better."
We picked up an American Standard Toilet at Lowes for $100.
We hooked it up. And it didn't flush. We reseated it, swapped out the float, reamed the jets. It didn't flush.
That thing, just barely flushes no matter what you do. I think there's something stopping up the jets.
Last thing Sonny did was swap out the bowl. I don't know where he ended up on it, but I know the toiilet isn't working.
So, I caused tonight to be waisted. sheesh!
We should have gotten a Kohler!
11/26/2007 19:18:43jim Getting things done in Vegas
Emptied the truck. Becky washed clothes. I got a $1m insurance policy for $320 a year.
Becky and I saw a nurse to get some Albuterol and some antibiotics.
By the time we were done, the Albuterol cost $100 a bottle.
Becky and I usually get shipped in from India for $10 a bottle (without a prescription).
We had to say we were having trouble breathing this week.
The nurse couldn't write a prescription or Albuterol, or Chantix (quit smoking drug) without having an emergency symptom.
It was interesting that the nurse suggested OTC - Muscenex.
We just discovered Muscenex last week.
I think it works as just as well as Albuterol, its cheap, and its non-prescription.
11/26/2007 09:09:32Chez2199 upload a pic
I can't upload a pic on here. am i being stupid or am i not allowed?
11/26/2007 05:40:44jim We finally got back to Vegas
We packed up everything in the apartment. Then we drove 32 hours across the country.
We got to Vegas with a truckload of stuff that we're going to have to throw away.
We had to bring the apartment stuff when we left.
The garbage was blocked up at the apartments when we left. That seems to happen a lot in high rises.
The truck was the only place we could put our junk.
Every room in this house is already full.
The room I wanted to use is now occupied.
So now, we have a truck load of stuff, and no place to sort it out.
During this next to sleepless week, I just didn't consider that.
I guess I kind of freaked out when I got here.
The master bathroom is out of commission, the heat wasn't working, and the car was dirty.
Sonny thought we wouldn't be coming until next week, so the place was a mess.
I would have warned him again,
but our cell phones couldn't find service anywhere on the trip.
I have been in EMERGENCY MODE!!!
We only have a couple of days, and they are full days!
I got hired Tuesday. This is the first Monday after Thanksgiving.
My credit card was denied access from over activity.
We leave Thursday morning for another 20 hour drive.
I'm tired, so tired, and I just got over the flu.
Today, I guess I have to do business.
I have to unpack the truck, throw away half of it,
and find what I need for the next few days out of it.
And on top of that, I'm going to have to throw stuff away from this house too.
I need to get a $1,000,000 general liability policy
or not even go to Seattle.
Then I need to talk to my accountant,
and get all the papers I need to run a corp from a hotel room.
This all seems like too much.
But if I have to sacrifice my sleep and sanity,
I'll do it, just to get through this week.
I just have to be methodical and organized.
I will get through this.
I guess the moral of this story is.
Be careful what you wish for, you just might just get it.
I wanted a full and exciting life, and I've got it.
11/24/2007 00:47:07jim Today was quite an exceptional day.
We saw Preacher Scott at the parade.
He's also our security guard at the door of Kentucky Towers.
There was a chemistry between Scott, Peter, and Susan.
One that I may never understand. They are so different, and so alike.
Becky and I have just hovered around these three, being part of them as they mixed with people coming in and out of the building. It was so incredible.
Peter's gone now. He's in Michigan.
We're leaving tommorrow. We'll be in Seattle by Friday.
Preacher Scott will be leaving soon. His education will be complete.
The group has broken up.
But for a time, there was something so incredibly powerful, and wonderful about being part of this group.
It is something that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Hopefully, some of these times come through, from the pictures I took.
I can only hope, that documenting these times was the part I was supposed to play.
For all times to come.
BTW - If you guys read this, feel free to reply to it (if you can figure out my coding style).
11/22/2007 01:35:52Chez2199 .The hardest word to say is goodbye
I Like to say See Ya Later. It's not so final. It may be another 10 years but i will see you again!
11/20/2007 19:18:05Chez2199 .I got the job!!!
Great news For you and Becky!! sad news for me. The Family is heading to Minnesota tonight when Resse gets off Work. Visit the family for the Holiday weekend. We will be getting back Sunday late. WE need to get together at least one night before ya leave.
11/11/2007 00:00:00Jim Veterans Day
Veterans Day is an American holiday honoring military veterans. Both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states, it is celebrated on the same day as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.
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