At the airport, waiting to leave.

OK So I’m sitting at the airport and it’s boring as hell. I’ve been here since 2:00pm, trying to burn up time until the plane departs at 3:46. There are mandatory shoe checks at the security checkpoints, which I find unbelievable — it takes a LONG time to take your shoes off and put them on, compared to putting your jacket in the bin. They also require that you pull your laptop out, run it through the xray shebang, and then turn it on to show them it’s real. Takes for fucking ever. One other thing. So I’m riding the escalator to Concourse B and I overhear this lady complaining that she flies all the time and she always gets the extenda-search. She was wondering if it is because she flies standby, because she knows someone who works for the airline, whatever, or maybe it’s just because she buys her tickets early. And that the terrorists buy their tickets close to the departure time so that they can avoid detection. I overheard this and turned around and asked “they do? Why would they do that instead of buying a ticket just like you and me?” She looked at me, stunned, and couldn’t answer. It’s a good question though … why draw extra attention by buying late, sneaking on, blah blah blah, when they can look just like every other traveler. John Gilmore brings up this point, and many other super great points, at his freedom oriented website, [L=http://www.papersplease.org/gilmore/]PapersPlease.org[/L]. Luckily, the plane just arrived and is deboarding. Another half hour and maybe I’ll be able to get on it, settle down with a book and try not to dance through the aisle like a monkey hopped up on meth. I forgot my camera, so no pictures, sorry. And I’m so freaking stoked it’s unbelievable.

2005-11-24 16:37:02 – Ryan
When I flew internationally (from DIA) we had the same problems, however I read the bajillion signs everywhere and was ready with my shoes lose (I mean, come on, everybody knows they do the shoe thing now) and laptop out. I breezed right through security(minus the wait in line, which moved pretty quick). Anywho, I think it sucks to, but their just doing their jobs, right? PS Japan is pretty neat.
2005-11-26 02:52:59 – keener2u
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2005-11-27 10:41:10 – Netheus
Favor please: I need everyone and their proverbial brother to call 719.896.0092 at some point in time today, tell my dad that I am fine, not to call me in as a missing person, I am not a Satanist, and to not call me again? Just leaving a message would be fine. I appreciate it!
2005-11-27 20:28:53 – The Disco Nova
Should I let him know that I am a Satanist and therefore know for sure that you are not one?
2005-12-01 19:01:20 – Netheus
Of course James! Schulzki is on paid leave for being a faculty sponsor for Palmer’s Gay Straight Alliance Club. "Finally this week, the two teacher sponsors of the GSA were placed on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons. History teacher Fran Lindau confirmed that she and Anton Schulzki, who until Wednesday was the chair of the social studies department, have been placed on paid leave, though she declined to comment pending the outcome." From the Independent. I’m sure Commrade is enjoying time off, but this is bull. The rest of the article is here: http://www.csindy.com/csindy/2005-12-01/publiceye.html And it is bull for a multitude of reasons, I am sure everyone of all political affiliations will find something abhorent about this.

Lots of work, Shopping, Shoes,Trip to ND

Lots of exciting things have been going on work. Lots and lots. New customers moving in, current customers adding to and changing their setups, just lots of hustle and bustle. It’s a good time, especially the new customers part — means I may get a raise πŸ˜‰ Janelle called me last … Wednesday. It was nice to hear from her again, and it was even better to hear that she is doing well for herself. None of the freaking out / self loathing / world spinning that I usually get to enjoy right after talking to her. Does that mean I’ve grown up and don’t live in the past anymore? [L=http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=balderdash]Balderdash[/L]. I went shopping this afternoon after the standard Sunday stretch of Hooters/Barnes&Noble/Best Buy. I spent money. Too much, I’m afraid, but I did come home with a ton of stuff from Old Navy … cargos, jeans, two thermal things, fleece pullover, and some pajama pants. Then we went on the hunt to find some shoes. I have a pair of Docs that I’ve had since my senior year in highschool. They died early on, but Dr. Marten’s shoe company replaced them for me free of charge. That was summer of 2000. Here it is, 5 years later, and they are just now getting to the point that I can’t justify wearing them to even semi-casual shindigs, like say … work. Because of that, I’ve been doing crazy things like polishing & buffing them to get them to last a little bit longer. Unfortunately, they just aren’t holding up anymore, so I’ve been on the lookout for a while. Now, you may think that being a boy and finding shoes is an easy proposition … not like women, where it turns out to be a $400, 10 hour searching and buying extravaganza. Well, when it comes to shoes, I’m a woman. I wear exactly one kind of not-tennis-shoe, and that is Dr Martens classic Gibson 5-eye, round tip, original sole, model # 8053ZBEN. They are generally impossible to find. We spent 2 hours searching the Chapel Hills Mall for these bad boys, and time and time again came up with the wrong shoe – a bull or strong-nosed tip , 5eye oxford, horizontal sole affair that [i]everybody[/i] carries. They look incredibly similar, but the toe & the sole are wrong – the sole I can live with, the fugly, pronounced toe? No way. Thus the search began. Foley’s. Dillard’s. Timberhome. Overland. The Buckle. Nothing. Until we hit Famous Footwear. GOLD MINE BABY! Not only did they have the exact shoe I crave, they have it in Greasy (shiney leather) AND Nappa (matte leather). So I chose the Greasy, as that’s what I prefer. Then I found out that it was buy one, get the next pair for 50% off! So I went back and got a pair of the Nappas. These things are so freaking hard to find that I -Had- to purchase two pairs. Total cost – $144. I won’t have to endure searching for another pair of these babies for 10 years. I can’t believe I’m excited about shoes, but I am. I’m going to North Dakota in a couple days. I’m so freaking stoked that I can’t describe it. I get to see Amanda. Fuck Yea. I get to meet Amanda’s friends. Awesome. I get to see her parents again, who are freakin cool. Righteous. I get to see the vast wilderness of North Dakota. *crickets* Ahhh, Amanda. I can’t wait. I want to jump for joy. But I can’t, new shoes and all. Gosh I sound like a twitterpated school boy. But I can’t wait. πŸ˜€ [b]Update @ 7:12pm[/b] – As some of you may know, Tony got into a wicked snowboarding accident and fucked up his chin/jaw pretty good. WOW++ is all I have to say … here is a pic of his stitched up chin: [L=http://rand0m.org/images/TonyWreck.jpg]Tony’s Chin[/L]. I have one question though — why can’t they attach an arm or someother prosthetic, like a sexy new chin, there? [b]Update #2 @ 7:17pm[/b] – I haven’t smoked in a while. I had one last Saturday that I bummed from YTCracker at Eden, and I couldn’t finish it. Before that … gosh, maybe 10 days? That means I’m going on 2 1/2 weeks of mostly cigarette free … I’ve never been hard at it, generally 2-3 a day, but none is just better. When I see other people smoking or smell cigarrette smoke my body and mind kind of convulse and urge for a puff. It’s hard, but for the better I guess. It’s cheaper too. πŸ˜‰

2005-11-22 23:28:09 – jrdn
LOL FIRST
2005-11-23 02:19:34 – rand0m
Took over two days, I’m sad. :-(
2005-11-28 10:54:55 – mark
"It’s cheaper too." I’ll say. I quit for 2 and a half years and bought a powerbook with my savings. Keep it up Randal.

Eden, Dreams, Sniagrab!

Matt, Paulie and I went out to [L=http://www.edennightlife.com]Eden[/L] last night and had a helluva time. There aren’t many places here in the springs where you get to see superhot women dancing on tables every time you turn around. Barring stripclubs of course. Eden has it all – incredible atmosphere(s), a higher class clientele, tons of hot women and super music. Speaking of, the great YTCracker spins at Eden on Friday and Saturday nights. It was good to see him and chat for a few minutes; he is an incredible DJ and blew everyone else away. All in all, a ridiculously good time. I’ve been having crazy dreams recently. One that was just random and crazy, and another that has reoccurred maybe 5 times now. The recurring dream goes like this. I’m sitting in a library at a table, and I have my closed laptop and a big, impressive-looking, leather/brown bound book, also closed. This guy walks in wearing an atheltic gray hoodie and a black canvas/dickies style coat. He walks up and looks at me from across the table for a short time, then picks up my laptop and walks away. I get up and begin following him, greatly concerned. I can’t seem to run or anything, and neither can he; we just kind of walk. Eventually he ends up in front of a door, opens it, steps through and closes it. I arrive at the same door a few seconds later and fling it open, only to find that I am looking out onto the sky, with whispy clouds below. Then it ends. Like I said, I’ve had this dream many times in the past two weeks, and I don’t sleep well when I have it. It’s very weird. Amanda is super duper. I was going to itemize some things here, but just trust me that she’s great. We went to Sniagrab (bargains), Gart Sports discount extravaganza, yesterday and I picked up a new [L=http://www.campmor.com/images/cloth/larger/50266_l.jpg]Columbia jacket[/L] because my last one gave up the ghost when I washed it. I also got some snazzy new gloves and a hat. Oh, and some nalgia-style bottles.

Product List $
Columbia Jacket 224.99 64.99
Snazzy Gloves 49.99 14.99
Hat 29.99 12.47
Bottles 19.99 7.99
324.96 100.44
Savings: 224.52

Yay Sniagrab for saving me tons of money.

2005-11-13 10:05:20 – realbighead
wurd up to that.
2005-11-14 08:34:45 – Master Ha-reed
Superhot women dancing on tables? The religious nutcases are sure to put an end to that soon. That or declare downtown full of devil worshippers like Manitou and the Westside, and never set foot in it again.
2005-11-14 10:07:59 – rand0m
There are too many churches downtown for that to happen. Besides, Eden itself is a remodeled church (next to the Post Office) … blasphemy at it’s best.
2005-11-14 18:38:15 – Voodoo Queen
Analysis of the key aspects of your dream all point toward auspicious events and/or decisions. Pay attention to the weather outside, there inlies the answer, young grasshopper.
2005-11-16 16:16:19 – Netheus
Do you want a real interpretation of your dream? if you do, and not some silly shit like ^ that, call me/ e-mail me/ msn messenger me (netheus@hotmail.com) I don’t ever check that e-mail though. Hit me @disinfo.net if you want to e-mail me. Where is this Eden? I think I would like to hear Cracker spin. Wanna go with me? Not this weekend, next weekend is Thanks giving, but maybe the one after that or something?
2005-11-17 19:11:00 – Disco Nova
Yeah, whoever "Voodoo Queen" is sucks ass. She doesn’t know what she is talking about, and she prolly likes awesome men like random [sic]. I can’t be sure, but empirical evidence seems to suggest it.
2005-11-17 22:24:00 – Disco Nova
I see our facist mod hath edited me.
2005-11-17 22:43:50 – realbighead
It’s not really fascism when it’s his sandbox to begin with.
2005-12-01 22:38:34 – Matt
do you know who is picture on that Eden website’s main page (after the intro)?

Site update & archives, Thanksgiving, Trip to Denver

OK So the site has a new look that is actually an old look. The previos white/teal/red/blue had been around since April 2003, so a change was in order. I went through all the db entries and tried to find any missing posts … I restored the news posts [L=http://rand0m.org/comments.php?NewsID=258]#258[/L] and [L=http://rand0m.org/comments.php?NewsID=259]#259[/L] … had to get them from archive.org, as I had deleted them. Man, we were full of all kinds of piss and vinegar back then. I also found that posts [L=http://rand0m.org/comments.php?NewsID=28]#28[/L] & [L=http://rand0m.org/comments.php?NewsID=29]#29[/L] are missing; no amount of googling/archive searching can find them … they’re from April 2001, though, so I don’t really expect much. I kinda wish I knew what they were, but I am pretty certain they were removed with good reason. I am flying out to ND to visit Amanda for Thanksgiving, the 23rd to the 28th. I’m stoked. I just really like being around her. I also can’t wait to meet her hick friends *ducks* … This flight, alongside the NYE cruise, should give me a bunch of miles with United. Well, not enough to mean a damn. Oh well. At least I get to see the woman relatively soon, and not have to wait 9 weeks like this last (unpleasant) go around. Yay! I spent the night in Denver on Monday so I could make a noon meeting with a Denver client without issue. It sure was good to see Steve again, and it was really good to have some real talk. My presentation to the client went very smoothly … probably couldn’t have gone much better. I even got the accolade “Of all the times I’ve paid for a consultant to come in, you were by far the best investment.” I guess these years of labor finally have some value to somebody πŸ˜‰ Also, this is supposedly post #500. That’s a lot. It’s numbered 500, but it’s actually the 446th post in the database. Some general stats: 500/446 News Posts 5097/5113 News Comments 1302/1645 Photo Comments 779.6KB of posts 1.54MB of comments 928.9KB of Photo Comments 19885 – Unique visitors in Oct05 303742 – Pages served in Oct05 1.041M – Hits served in Oct05 240.1GB – Bandwidth consumed – 7.74GB/day=.71mbps sustained … Looks like the glory days of this place have passed πŸ˜‰

2005-11-04 00:24:10 – pinky
holy shit, i forgot that time you came to boulder…haha. and, damn, i was mean…hehehe. i’m tempted to start from the beginning of the archives, except i don’t want to relive high school.
2005-11-04 19:57:18 – Netheus
Good Luck and Goodnight came out today…. all of you to the movie theatre NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
2005-11-04 22:29:17 – jrdn
.71mbps sustained just in oct05? Thats ummm… a fuckload
2005-11-04 23:10:21 – rand0m
Yea, it’s a decent amount of traffic … but not compared to a year ago when it was doing ~23-24GB/day.
2005-11-05 08:38:02 – realbighead
yes, but didn’t that number include bimmer chick?
2005-11-05 11:18:32 – rand0m
both include the pron. I should dig up the non-pron stats so that I can cry in shame.
2005-11-06 22:46:51 – Master Ha-reed
Jack Shafer of Slate tore "Good Night and Good Luck" [L=http://www.slate.com/id/2127595/]apart[/L]. Worth checking out before spending $8+.