How not to build a deck

Today was deck building day. Huray! The process of building a deck involves many things. Among them: hammers, nails, wood, sweat, physical injury and profanity… in that order. Ok, so it’s not the end of the world, but hitting your thumb with a hammer hurts like you would not believe, unless of course you’ve done it before, in which case you can more than understand the profanity. My belief is, that if you hit yourself with a hammer and you don’t utter some form of explative… you’ve got anger issues. Regardless, work was done on the deck. A few days and it should be done. Whether I’m there for it’s completion is of course, up in the air. Adecco, those tits, have yet to call me back. It’s not for lack of trying however, I’ve called them three times a day for three days.

So, now I’m home, sweaty, dirty and smelling like sawdust. At least my tan is improving I suppose. If you can call “bright red” a tan that is.

Less than interesting…

What a basically useless day. I was on the phone with Adecco who told me to “just sit tight” and that they’d get back to me. I’m sorry, I thought this was only my livelyhood we were talking about. Silly me, I appologize for not wanting to be BROKE! (deep breath matt)

Somehow undaunted I went to the gym to “relax.” I’m not sure why, I didn’t actually think that physical activity would make me relax in any sort of way but I went just the same. I pounded out 30 minutes on the eliptical trainer (half bike/half treadmill) and another 30 on various weight-type equipment.

So, after sweating more than I thought humanly possible I returned home to the brilliance that is air conditioning. I love this stuff. It makes my life complete. I feel sorry for everyone that doesn’t get to enjoy the splender that an indoor temperature controlled enviroment can bring.

So, post shower and pre dinner I decide to hope on this towering piece of computer goodness and see if I have any email. I didn’t, unless you count the 3 pieces of unnaturally aggrivating SPAM. “No, I don’t want to enlarge my penis, enter a pyramid scheme or refinance my home, go away.” At this point I figured I’d poke around at Style XP again. I really do enjoy the program and was 99% ready to pay the $20 to have it nice and legal when all of a sudden it decided to act up. At first it just wasn’t loading themes correctly, then not at all. So, a week or two ago I decided to uninstall it. Today I go to reinstall it and try again and I get some obscure error from the install program and my system locks up. So, I wrote an email to TGTSoft tech support asking about the problem. If they’re going to get my $20 then this program had better work correctly. I’ve yet to hear back. We’ll see.

My brother also got off the phone with my parents and apparently we’re going “out” for dinner. Usually “going out” involves having pizza delivered but I think they’re actually considering leaving the house this time. I’m really in the mood for some chicken marsala so I’m hoping to convince them that Italian is the way to go.

Other than that, it’s been a completely unproductive day. What fun.


I’m starting to think that knows me a little to well. My “recommendations” page today contained the following:

Warcraft 3 for the PC
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly on DVD
On the Road by Jack Kerouac (book)
Northern Exposure by John Digweed (CD)

and possibly the best recommendation ever…

the childrens book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Now, that’s creepy. I knew I’m a kid at heart… I just didn’t think Amazon was going to affirm my suspicions. Hehehe.


Well, I was checking out SurfSation as I tend to and happened apon and interesting Canadian photographer by the name of Scott Pommier. His work is really pretty good. He mainly does “skate photo” which is a whole huge sub-genre of photography in and of itself. Anyway, I got to reading his info a little bit and he apparently uses (or used) nothing but used equipment. So, that got me thinking. I started checking the used section of B&H and to my surprise, some of this equipment is going for huge discounts. There’s a perticular Leica M6 that I’m drooling over and it’s going for only $1500 (about half it’s normal cost). There’s also a Nikon F4E (nearly my dream camera: the F5) that comes with a new rangefinder and a motor drive for only $799. I nearly wet my pants at that one. Then of course… there’s the motherload. A fully loaded Mamiya RZ-67 with lens and 120 roll film back for $2k. Anyone want to load me two grand? Anyone? Didn’t think so. *sniffle*

That’s ok, I’ll just save up for it.

And now, your moment of Zen

A Zen Buddhist walks up to a hot dog vendor and says, “Make me one with everything.”

The hot dog vendor gives the Zen Buddhist the hot dog, and then the Zen Buddhist gives the hot dog vendor a five dollar bill. The hot dog vendor pockets the five and goes about his business.

After a few seconds, the Zen Buddhist speaks up: “Hey, what about my change?”

The hot dog vendor cooly replies, “Change comes from within.”