Break out the black arm

Break out the black arm bands, we’ve lost a friend. Last night I got word from Chip that the Newbury Comics on DWH in Nashua has closed its doors. The rumor is that NC wants to get into the clothing biz and that they’ll be opening two stores, one in Boston and one in Nashua. Yes, Newbury Comics, a wonderful store, always filled with music and, well, music. Lets face it, a store that sells new CDs for $10.88 and most regular CDs for under 12 bucks is an awesome thing. Seriously, places like Sam Goodie, Record Town, HMV and Strawberries have always jacked up their prices, charging sometimes $18 for a CD, but not Newburys. I can honestly say that that store is (was) the source of 95% of my CD collection. And now its gone. My friends, this is a dark day indeed. Thank goodness theres a NC in Manchester. Other than that we’d have to start making trips deep into Mass. in order to get some good music. Dang, well, after that crappy news, I’ve got to go to work, I’ll catch you guys… Later.

Current Mood: Wanting music…*sniffle* But generally happy

One down, one to go.

One down, one to go. Days that is… Well, word is in that Max Payne is pretty cool. To bad I can’t play it. Oh well… maybe if I get those upgrades… maybe I get those upgrades when I win the lotto… maybe I’ll play the lotto when I have time… whatever. Work was mildly interesting today. Lots of customers, the usually stuff. Gotta close tomorrow as well. At least then I get a few days off. Ok, sleepy time. Later.

Current Mood: Sleepy

Well, today begins another wonderful

Well, today begins another wonderful weekend at the store. I’m working 1-10 two days in a row. I don’t really mind, and I’m working with some good kids, it’s just that I don’t really care anymore. Its not like it’s a photography job where I’m interested and want to be there. Its retail. It should have a movie made about it. We could call it “Retail” and it could be somewhere between Clerks and Empire Records. It would be great. Maybe thats a project for another day. As for yesterday, after having Thai food with the family (which was really really goof btw) we decided to take a drive up the coast to Portsmouth. Portsmouth is a really cool place to hang out (which is probably why I go on occasion). There’s great little record stores, surf shops and coffee bars. We decided on this after I finally gave in to taking my photos on Sunday. I plan to drive up to Sugar Hill (deep in the mountains) and take some “mountain/farm/country-side” pictures. They don’t really excite me based on subject matter, but it’s an assignment. Anyway, I’ve got to get to work and put in some over time, maybe that way I can get those upgrades. Later.

Current Mood: tired and working (is that a mood?)

Well, the first real heat

Well, the first real heat of the summer has passed through, leaving the cool 60* Canadian air in it’s place. I’m honestly wearing my sweatshirt (hoddie) for the first time in months. My parents are planning on taking me out for lunch today. Best of all we’ll be going to the Thai resturant down the road. Its very good and is one of the only places around here that can satisfy my odd need for really spicy chicken and noodles. Other than that, not a lot is going on. This is my last day off this week, I’ll be working Friday and Saturday, so I plan to enjoy it. I’m feeling ok after some support from friends and my wonderful girlfriend. I didn’t really feel “bad” just “done”. Done with New England for the summer, done with jerks, done with customers at the store. You know what I mean. But, like I said, I’m feeling better. Cause if you walk with your head down, you miss all the good stuff in life, but if you look to far up, you just trip over things. A little Difranco wisdom for the morning. Ok, anyway, I’ve got to get into the shower so I can go have lunch. I think after that they wanted to go into Boston, but having no money, I don’t really feel like going. We’ll see… (…how much THEY will pay for). Hehehe. Later.

Current Mood: Better… and hungry

Well, another long day at

Well, another long day at work has past without insident. I suppose thats cause for celebration. Anyway, with todays release of “Max Payne” I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s now time to get serious about the upgrades to the ol’ battle rig. The way I see it, “Max Payne” is a thousand dollar game. Sure the retail price is $47.99 but it’ll cost me and half the PC owners on the planet a shit load of money in order to play it. It’s a good thing that I’m planning on upgrading this summer. Anyway, if it plays half as good as it looks, it’ll be bad ass. Ok, enough about a game I can’t play yet. Lets get to the stuff that will let me play it. I think I’ve narrowed down the CPU and Mobo of my choice. If I could afford it that is. I think I’m going with the 1.4 Ghz Athalon (about $150-200). Its got more power than a P4 at the same speed and it’s $200 less. To go with it, I’m thinking of either the Gigabyte GA-7DX ($130) or the Asus A7M266 ($170). The Asus has tested faster and is more compatible with AMDs own southbridge chips but the Gigabyte is what AMD uses in their own reference platforms and is cheaper. I don’t think it makes a difference on this one. Both are solid boards. Throw in a new power supply and a case fan or two and we come to somewhere between $300-400. Plus I have to pick up a new graphics card, mark that somewhere between $150 and $250. Now we’ve got a figure of $450. That’s cash I simply don’t have. I wish there was someway to swing this, I hope I can figure it out. Between this, the car (or lack there of), rent, school, and supplies I just don’t know how I’m going to do it. I guess maybe I just won’t. I can’t spend that $450. I need it for school this fall. Sorry computer. Looks like there won’t be a new gaming season this year. I guess I really screwed up by not finding a “good” job this summer. I’ve kind of let myself down. Whatever. Oh, before I go to bed, just thought the SCAD kids should know that I saw Justin today at the mall. He says “hi” and promises to come down this year. He’s been at UMA and is now looking to transfer to Emerson. And we all wish him luck. Ok, enough pondering over things I can’t afford. I’m going to bed now. And BTW, someone asked me to cover their shift on Friday, so now I’m working then as well. I need the extra money right about now. I guess that means that seeing Planet of the Apes is out. Sorry guys. I didn’t really feel like seeing it anyway, I guess I save a few bucks this way. Ok, now that I’ve depressed myself further, I’m going to bed. Later.

Current mood: Tired and broke