An Average Day For Me (sort of)

Today was interesting, in an annoying sort of way.
My mom and I drove around for about an hour or two looking for a branch of this one bank that has a cash deposit ATM or night drop box or SOMETHING. We found one on the third try thanks to the GPS woman that never shuts up. She pisses me off; I don’t normally talk, but when I do, I make an effort to, so I expect to be heard rather than just wasting a breath, but that damn thing never shuts up; turn left this and turn blah blah blah.
Speaking of technology, I saw this Lexus (?) commercial; did you know that cars are becoming so brilliant that they can drive themselves? I think it mentioned something about “alerting the driver if they doze off” and “automatically decreases speed if it detects the car in front is too close”. Am I the only one freaked out about this? If I am, then I suggest you seriously watch I-Robot (starring Will Smith), and then get back to me. I’m telling you the future is in plain sight, and what do we do? Continue to build artificial intelligence until we no long have to think.
I’m ashamed of humanity.
But anyway..what was I saying? oh yeah, so I’m pretty fed up with this new bank. They really seem to care (overwhelmingly) about customer satisfaction. Wait till they here from me. Those idiots and their inconvenient services! And no it’s not a major bank, but still. Better yet, I’ll mail them my complaint. I swear it seems like they are desperate for customers. That’s not a good sign; not at all.

I’m back to an Android at the moment. It’s a My Touch 4G HTC thing. It’s also brilliant. Damn these things and their conveniences. Besides Google not understanding my voice, it works pretty well. Very helpful…and yes, I must admit…cool.
I heard about the BlackBerry issue. At least I know it wasn’t just me having difficulty with emailing. That’s their best trait, and it goes down? NOT a good sign. I can only imagine how many customers they lost. I go back and forth because I still have a strange devotion to BlackBerry. Forever and always I guess.

This is just flowing now isn’t it?

Mom has been lighting candles all over the house lately. I’ve always been a bit edgy with candles ever since I was eight, when I watched this news special about this woman who’s house burned down (I forgot if she lived or not) after she fell asleep forgetting about the lit candles. So I’m hesitant, but they do smell good. Really good.

In the world of books, I’m currently reading An Off Year by Claire Zulkey. It’s right up my ally in certain situations and I’m enjoying it. That last book I read, I Never Loved Your Mind by Paul Zindel, was very odd. The ending and just about every part of the book was strange and very unpredictable. But it was still a good read.

I suppose I have been cyber stalking Johnny Depp, but how can I not when he’s been in the public eye just about everyday this week? Especially his second drunk stunt, and the press for his upcoming movie The Rum Diary (in theaters October 28, 2011).
That reminds me, I need to renew my Flickr subscription before the end of the year.

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”
Lemony Snicket

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A Little Bit of Everything Fun

I’ve been having a few technicalities lately. Once with my mobile phone, once with email, and once more specifically with Posterous.

I’m not going to get into the BlackBerry discussion again, but I will say there is a lot of discrimination against BlackBerry phones. There’s hardly an app for anything available to BlackBerry phones.

Occasionally I switch between BlackBerry and Android. I’ll get so used to the Android apps that by the time I switch back to my BlackBerry I have several wtf? moments. It’s a hard readjustment.

The latest technicality is with Posterous. Right now, my BlackBerry is giving me issues with sending and receiving emails, so it makes things extremely difficult when I’m away from my laptop and want to blog from my phone and publish it at the same time. Posterous mainly works through email, but they also have apps for the iPhone and Android. Of course. I had a brief mix up a few days ago when I realized I had changed my email with Posterous from Yahoo! to Windows Live. After I figured out my stupidity, I tried through the correct email. It worked, but if I want to attach anything (file, photo, etc.), I can’t. At least not online from my BlackBerry. You see how this can really piss off a person?

Once again, Texas weather has been confusing everyone. I feel sorry for the meteorologists.
Yesterday, we were teased by the possible chance of rain. Today it rained like hardly ever before. All day. That’s a really good thing for Texas locals. But I didn’t understand what the DJ was talking about yesterday when she said we were “hoping it will stay in the eighties”. She must be crazy. What person in their right mind wishes for 80°F weather? Especially here! Yes we have been roasting in 90°F+ weather for the longest, but 80°F is hardly any better!

I’m still working on my endless book lists. I’m currently reading I Never Loved Your Mind by Paul Zindel, my favorite author who unfortunately died back in 2003.
My mom and I shopped a bit at Walmart yesterday. We stayed on the book aisle for a long time, and finally walked out with like five or six books. One of which, was the Guinness World Records 2012 book I had totally forgotten about. I’m usually on top of stuff like that. How did it just slip right by without me noticing? Ah well; I must have been in my own little world again. It came with a good price too, about $13 when it’s worth $30. Awesome.

I have a longer-than-usual list of movies I keep meaning to rent from RedBox:

  • X-Men: First Class
  • Living Will (released October 11th)
  • Zoo Keeper (released October 11th)
  • Everyday (released October 18th)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (released October 25th)
  • HottieBoombaLottie (released October 25th)
  • The River Murders
  • Hannah
  • Submarine
  • Henry’s Crime
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Brothers
  • Rio

I’m kind of sick of X-Men by now. Why can’t they just end it and move on? Maybe the same reason Disney keeps re-releasing their classics in “better high definition quality..remastered..platinum edition..blah blah blah”; they’re out of ideas.
I didn’t know Bam Margera was in another movie. I didn’t know Ryan Dunn co-starred in it with him. Wow, what a blow. After everything that has happened and all, I can’t imagine what Bam must be going through. Probably depression followed by anger; an occasional drink and “fuck off! leave me alone” when anyone tries to bother him. I wish him peace.
I’m not so sure about Zoo Keeper. It actually looked pretty stupid and cliché, but it’s most likely right up my alley as my mother would say. I love comedies; the dumber, the better.
I was never really into Captain America but I’ve come this far with all the Marvel movies, so why not?
As for The River Murders, my mom is more thrilled than I am to see it. That’s right up her alley.
Hannah just seemed interesting in a way. I sort of hate thrillers and suspense movies because I jump at every damn thing, but I don’t mind wasting time on movies. I actually enjoy it.
I’m a fan of Keanu Reeves, and Henry’s Crime seemed a little interesting after the third time I watched the trailer.
I had actually been following the Transformers movies, but replacing Megan Fox was a little disturbing, even if she deserved it. It’s kind of like Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men; he’s perfect for the part, just unpleasant on set. Actually, he portrays his character so well because there’s hardly a difference between the two. You know what I mean. Ashton Kutcher is doing a good job though.
I’m unsure about Rio. It really didn’t seem worth watching, but there are a few funny parts I noticed. I’ll give it a shot. Besides, what do I have to lose? $1?

“Getting lost is just another way of saying ‘going exploring’.”
Justina Chen Headley (from the novel, North of Beautiful)

Why I Still Have A Blackberry

So, basically Blackberry got a good head start with its technology, but has been a little behind when it comes to upgrading and matching competitors new styles. 
Research In Motion (RIM)’s Blackberry doesn’t have rapid upgrades like their competitors in which each model is an improvement and introduction to something completely new, but when they do come out with something, it matches the rest for the time being.
Blackberry has always been about simplicity; they don’t care too much about showing off or competing with the latest, and I respect that.
I like simplicity.

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Book Problems and Genuine Friends

I’ve been having some book problems lately. Something I never thought I’d here myself say.
Maybe I’m getting sick of the Young Adult genre, maybe I’ve been reading too much, or maybe I need to find more books. Maybe.
      My current stack:

  • Hate List by Jennifer Brown
    (The main character seems like a wannabe who is clueless when it comes to real teenage problems. This makes it difficult to read.)
  • The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti
    (I usually love her books, but once again, the main character seems clueless when it comes to real issues. Inexperienced I guess; I don’t know)
  • The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by D.C. Pierson
  • Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
  • The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
  • How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt
  • Feed by M.T. Anderson
I watched some movies with my mom last night:
Little Fockers was hilarious. I hope they make another one.
I Am Number Four surprised me. It was amazing. Not cliché at all.

I haven’t really been doing much else. I sleep, read, watch movies, daydream, cyber stalk Johnny Depp (really but not really), post to Twitter from my phone, and avoid Facebook as much as possible.
My Blackberry gives me issues every now and then, but it’s still more convenient than other phones. That’s why I still have it. But I really need Android’s apps. It’s still an ongoing debate; Blackberry vs. Android.
I like Twitter because it’s like I’m talking to myself, but it’s public so sometimes I get feedback from different people. Twitter isn’t necessarily about friends; Facebook is. I’ve never really been a social person, so I love Twitter. 
With Facebook, I always wonder who knocked me off their friends list this week and such. I see the happy lives of people from my past who I doubt are really friends to me. I have a few friends I have never met; those are the genuine ones, as far as I can see. 

World drama and My Few Dilemmas

Today is good so far.
It’s my bird’s 15th birthday. His name is Symba; he’s a sweet cockatiel.

I’m sick of the world’s drama. Between the Royal Wedding, and Obama‘s birth certificate, I just really don’t understand people.
Yes, I’m happy for Prince William and Kate (Katherine as she will soon be referred to), but seriously people. I’m pretty sure the United States has more coverage than England itself. It just seems a bit silly. Why don’t we just celebrate a little, then get back to our problems without anymore distractions? I’m not one of those people that is up for changing the world; that’s a tough job I’ll leave to someone with more experience. But I’d still like for people to pay attention to the problems in the job industry, the economy (a gallon of milk is almost $5, not to mention the gas prices nowadays), and also stop blowing off the global warming problem and such.

My Blackberry has moved to a full time job of giving me hell.
Not only does it hate going online, but it freezes constantly, and has more limitations than I remember. I’m giving it a second chance (and perhaps last chance). I gave Windows Live Hotmail a second chance, so I’ll be fair. As long as Twitter works, I’m okay, since I barely use my phone for anything else anyway. But I’m not going to deny it, my Blackberry is a piece of shit.

Yesterday I found out that today I will be six hours away from Johnny Depp, and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it.
Wow, just one state over. This is the closest he’s ever come to Texas. Supposedly he’s supposed to be in New Orleans, Louisiana filming a cameo for the new 21 Jumpstreet movie today.
Basically my dilemma is transportation. My mom and I share one car, and she’s working late tonight. Plus, it’s not like I have the guts (or street sense) to drive six hours into another state. So once again, my source of information will be from the internet. Excuse me while I go find a wall to bang my head against several times.

I’m still reading books like mad. I’m currently reading A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. I’m halfway through it, and so far I’ve determined that this is the most hilarious book about death I’ve ever read.

I found a new breakfast food I’m crazy about just as much as my Honey Nut Cheerios cereal; Aunt Jemima’s oatmeal, maple syrup flavored. It’s really good, so don’t let the Maple Syrup flavor turn you away. It’s much better than it sounds. Too bad it’s not that easy to find.

I guess I’ll be busy this year with converting VHS tapes to DVDs. I’m well over two hundred tapes; mostly Disney movies, but others also. I found something that might make the hard work a little bit easier; A DVD recorder from Amazon. I have a lot of movies I’d like to preserve from my childhood. Hopefully this thing will work. I guess I’ll have to stock up on blank DVDs.

Late Topics

It’s amazing how things don’t turn out as I expected; and it’s good a thing.

I had the best night in a long while last Tuesday. I hate church groups, but this one was different. This one was normal. It was…fun. I found a new board game I like, Apples to Apples. I’m more of a classic board game person, but it was enjoyable.

My Facebook number of friends is bouncing around again. Right when I start to build up my friend list, someone has to go and delete their account. Ugh.
I was curious for the definition of half-brother, because I do have a half-brother through my dad’s side. Facebook doesn’t have an option for half. But the definition means brother related through one parent only. So I selected him as my brother on Facebook.

I don’t know why I still bother with writing letters to Johnny Depp. I guess because I don’t want to be thought an idiot based on my previous letters. So I update them. I don’t expect much of anything, I just enjoy writing letters and everything to do with mail in general.

I’ve been reading non-stop. It’s wonderful to take a break from reality. So I’ve been stocking up at the library, and documenting everything on GoodReads. Currently I’m reading Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. It reminds me of the TV show The Office and the movie Office Space.

Every day I’m more convinced that I need an Android. Really just for the useful apps, but that’s all I use my phone for anyway. My Blackberry has been letting me down lately. I love my Blackberry, but I need it to work properly. In five months I’m going to get the My Touch 3G Slide.

Yesterday was interesting. For once since forever, I got a great night sleep before the morning of my interview. I woke up not tired at all, and calm. I was fine until 30 minutes before my interview my anxiety started kicking in. Overall things went well, though I doubt I got the job. It was funny because one of the questions the interviewee asked me was one I’d heard several times before, and still all the time. What do you do? After my long pause, I figured the truth is always best. I told her I read. She smiled at that.
It was hot as hell yesterday. I swear I hate Texas. I brought a change of clothes for after the interview, but even in shorts, it felt like an oven. It was 79 degrees, but it felt like 90.
I learned once again the hard way about candy. You would think at my age, I should know the after effects of candy. That didn’t stop me from eating Sour Punch Straws. I suffered all day yesterday. I had to pick up some Sensodyne. Hopefully it won’t take two weeks.

I also discovered my favorite snack is Hot Peanuts. It’s funny, because they’re made by FritoLay, the same company that makes fritos. I hate fritos. I always have. I can tolerate them in frito pie though.

Last night I watched Confessions of a Shopaholic with my mom. It was very entertaining. Plus, the cute guy (Hugh Dancy) made it even more enjoyable.

Plenty of Time and Thoughts

Lately I’ve had a problem with reading books in moderation.
I read one book in about a day; then I started a new one, and now I’m almost finished with it. Plus, I have five books on hold for me at the library. Most of my latest book obsessions come from GoodReads. Awesome website.
There is one particular book I would like to read, but can’t find. About two years ago, I wrote it down, but now I can’t remember. All I know is that there is a boy swimming in a pool on the cover. But I’m only 95% sure about that. I could just be thinking about Spencer Elden. It’s so frustrating. I don’t remember the title, or the author, which makes this book impossible to find. I really do have a terrible memory.

I sent off some more complaint letters to companies: Twitter, and Redbox. I doubt they care.
I recently added McDonald’s to the list (the size of their milks is ridiculous), AT&T, Google, and Viacom are next.
In case you’re wondering, yes, I enjoy having nothing better to do with my time.
I also started back on my novel I’ve been working on for the past five years. I’m never satisfied, but this is good so far.

My mom is concerned about my lack of friends. This is not news. My grandmother is concerned as well.
I found a PenPal, but otherwise none of that really bothers me.
The number of my Facebook friends went back and forth between 97-99 a few days ago. It’s at at a 98 now, but who knows how long that will last. It was mostly people deleting their Facebook pages, but there were also the few that just got sick of me I guess. I’m just amazed at the determination they had of deleting me, when they have 300+ friends. Oh well.

My Blackberry Curve 8520 is starting to really give me doubt about keeping it. I love Blackberry, but in September I’m switching to the My Touch 3G Slide. I need an Android.

I’m beginning to think I think too much..