Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I turn 40 in a few weeks

And I’m not sure what to do about it.

Marci keeps asking what I want to do. Trouble is (big surprise), our money is better spent by not being spent. I mean, I know we wouldn’t do anything extravagant, but quite honestly, it’s been so long since we’ve done anything fun just for fun that I don’t know what to do.

What do you do on a 40th birthday? She mentioned something about friends but, I dunno, I have a hard time thinking people would be terribly excited about coming to my birthday party. I’d just as soon not have one, I guess.

I told her just being with her and the kids would be fine. We may go out of town for a day or so, but that costs $$$ and it’s just hard to get out of that mindset. Things are slowly getting better, but that doesn’t mean we can go out and spend $200 on a few days out.

I stupidly spent $50 a few weeks ago on parts I thought I needed for a computer I was trying to resurrect. They were used parts (RAM and a video card) but I ended up not needing them as the processor I used was incompatible with the board I had. Trouble is, the parts could only be returned for store credit only. Well, I’m keeping an eye out for used speakers for Marci, but that’s about it (the place where the credit is good for is a recycled parts shop).

Anyway, my point is I think just laying low and maybe doing something cheap with the family will be the way to go.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Music-y stuff

1. Recorded some bass tracks at London Bridge last week. Sean had some songs put together and he and Chris recorded guitar, drums and vocals. I had the roughs and of the 3 had only played one with them before. The other two were new and I had to work out some parts. Sean came up a week or so ago and sat with me and I thought I had some stuff that would work.

As it turns out, the night before recording, I sat down at about 11pm and played through the songs again. I came up with 2 new parts to the new songs and ended up using them in the recording. They turned out pretty well and Sean seemed pretty happy about them as well. With any luck, we should have a CD’s worth of material by the end of the year.

2. Got an email out of the blue from our old friend Scott of the Hard Way. His birthday is at the end of the month and he wants us to play with him at the 4th Ave in Olympia. We figured we would; we seem to draw well there. I’ve invited my work mates and, them being young and all, they may come out. At least that’s what some of them mentioned to me tonight. That would be cool, methinks.

3. And that’s it.

New friends like old friends

Had to say goodbye to a friend tonight, but not in a “he’s dead, Jim,” sort of way, thankfully. No, a guy I worked with at MS and only within the past 2 months got really close to has accepted an offer to go be an assistant store manager in Chicago.

When I started at MS, I knew Mike as a guy who ran the inventory room. He knew his stuff back and forth and was really good at it, but as I was a tech, we didn’t have a whole lot to talk about most times.

After a few months, he got promoted to a tech position and that was when we really started hitting it off. He came in knowing just a bit about the tech side of computers but was always willing to learn and pitch in. We had a good time in the back room, talking tech, and other things.

What I really liked was that he and I just clicked. I get along with pretty much everyone else but, for whatever reason, Mike and I seemed to get each other. I think the fact that he was just learning the tech thing and I was the greenest of the existing techs was what drew me to him. That, and he was just a good dude.

Well, just about a week or two ago, it came down that Mike had been offered a gig in Chicago (as mentioned above). He thought about it and, much to many of our dismays, he accepted the offer and is on the fast track out of here.

Tonight was the goodbye party for Mike (and another guy, Gilbert, who is pretty killer too) and it was my first foray into an after-hours type thing with my co-workers. And it was great. Got to chat with people and, though we did talk about work a lot, it was terribly fun to see people out and about.

As the elder statesman at work, I get ribbed about my age, my food, etc, and it’s great fun. Tonight, though, it felt appropriate to drop wisdom and advice as Mike is moving on and leaving us behind. It’s breaking his heart to leave such good friends and co-workers, but I told him to hold his head up and that he is going to kill it out there.

It’s funny how you just meet people sometimes and a bond is formed. Though I’ve only really known Mike for the past 2 months or so, it just seems like longer. The reality is, we’re just scratching the surface of things and I told him I wish I had known him for longer.

Despite it all, we’ll be able to keep in touch via IM at work and, well, I still have his Batman: Arkham City in my Xbox. I’ll have to get it back to him eventually.