New York Again

I’m slowly starting to plan things for my week off. Things on the menu so far are seeing Sam and probably Dub and Ian for some lunch or something, and going to a number of performances or exhibits or whatevers with Hannah.

I am also probably going to spend some time with family but I’m always way too lazy to contact them and tell them that I’m coming (like right now).

Besides that, I need suggestions!

Comfortable

Coming up I gots a trip to Yosemite this weekend with my mom and sister. We’re heading out on Sunday and coming back on Wednesday. After that, there’s the week-long New York trip in July where I’m chilling with relatives and Hannah and Ian probably. After that… not much? Perhaps a visit to Seattle for PAX with Paolo in August? And within the next year I need to take advantage of that international ticket credit I have…

I’m in a weird state right now because for the first time in my life, I don’t plan on the situation changing unless it changes without my doing. That is, I’m at a point where I’m out of college, out of grad school, and I don’t plan on going anywhere. I’m staying in Marin until this job ends, and who knows when it will. I don’t plan on moving after three months, or starting classes again, or changing my lifestyle in the future. As long as I’m working here, I’m in San Rafael, getting comfortable, and starting to develop a routine.

It’s the strangest feeling. Take, for example, the car I’ll be buying within the next few weeks. I’m getting a Prius with the assumption that I’ll continue to live in an area that necessitates a car for a long time. Like, years. And how about my social situation? James and Paolo and Steve are still here and I’m hanging out with them now. I’m hanging out with some SF Bay goons, and they’re cool too. But these are people I might be seeing on a regular basis for years. That’s foreign to me.

Eventually I’m going to have to move out of my dad’s house – that’s one reason I’m not decorating my room to my liking, as someone who’s settled down would do. I hope that that moving out coincides with my job ending (if that’s within, say, a year). Otherwise, I’ll probably move somewhere else in Marin and continue working at Diabetes Health. But it’s not like my dad has a problem with me being around – once Lily’s gone, it’ll just be him and me. I’m thinking more about how my social situation would probably improve if I get my own place. If my job does end, I’ll probably try finding one in San Francisco or elsewhere in the more accessible Bay Area. But there’s no time limit on my current situation and who knows what things will be like when all this actually does happen.

I was eating dinner at Crepevine in SR today after coming back from the gym, sitting on the sidewalk of 4th Street, watching locals come and go. I realized, I’m a guy in his 20’s who hasn’t really left his hometown, but should take advantage of what it has to offer anyway. For the first time in 5 years, it’s my first home. I should be partaking in the local culture and establishing myself as best as someone can in a suburban city. But I think it will take time simply because of my mindset which is so set on things being temporary.

Gettin things done

I done canceled my ticket to Israel. Got a hefty fee but hey that’s international travel. Now it’s on to deciding where exactly I’m going within the next year. A few ideas on the table are:

  • Paris since I haven’t been there for almost a decade and to visit Hannah
  • Japan some time early next year because it is Japan but I would have to find certain people with whom to go
  • London because I kind of have to go through there anyway since I have credit with British Airways?

Despite having canceled my JFK-TLV ticket, there’s still the whole JFK thing. I COULD just not go to JFK because missing work for even a day is enough to make up for the amount that I won’t be getting back, or I could decide about when to book a returning flight and spend something like a week in New York with family and Hannah and other friends. I think I deserve a vacation, anyway. Anyone around the area want to hang out some time after July 6?

I am also getting big repairs done on the car I’m currently driving – my late stepmom’s Jaguar X-Type. Gosh I don’t like driving it because it’s big and gets 19MPG but I gotta spruce it up to sell it – because I’m going to buy a Prius!

Heck yes I have put down a deposit for a Prius which will be arriving within 3-6 weeks. Looking to get the #2 package (which has cute things like keyless entry and aux audio input and a reverse camera), and looking to get it in a bright color, preferably white (for safety reasons – most visible on the road). Now for a dude, a white Prius isn’t especially a fashion statement. But heck I don’t care, I’d really rather get 45MPG instead of 19MPG (with premium fuel). Sure, almost every other car you see in Marin is a Prius. That’s a good thing.

‘Sides that, I’m meeting cool new people and going cool new places. I’m probably sticking around in Marin for longer than I expected mostly because I like the job I’m at a whole lot. I’m making enough money that transportation shouldn’t be a barrier for me, in my mid-20’s, to be a social dude. And despite my plans to get a car, I’m looking to take the bus as much as possible as well. I took GG Transit into SF the other day and it worked like a charm. I also got to catch up on my video podcasts on the bus.

Back to work. Hooray!

Ticket cancel

Cancelling my ticket now. (Might be waiting on a hotline with Girl From Ipanema playing for a long time…)

Shiranne blogged real nice yesterday and it’s public so I might as well link it.

I think I need some time to recover… but man according to the lewd gestures and allusions to oysters and clams by my coworkers, I’m a single dude in the Bay Area now. (WHAT THE HELL DO I DO)

In other news, I’m not cancelling my flight to JFK (which would have acted as a transferring flight to London Heathrow then Tel Aviv). I’ll be in New York on July 6 and I might

Shit SHIT SHIT

SHIIIT

The flight is totally non-refundable and is only transferable under my name for a year. AAAAAAAA WHY :[

That means either I don’t cancel my flight and let the $1500 (less than $1300 now with booking fees) just walk on by or I go somewhere else within the next year for a while (through London Heathrow due to booking with British Airways) or I actually DO go to Israel for some reason. :[

Man this throws a fucking wrench into things.

If I Go to Israel

If I go to Israel, I’m quitting the best job I’ve ever had.
If I go to Israel, I’m putting friendships on hold.
If I go to Israel, I’m leaving my Mom and Dad alone.
If I go to Israel, I’m putting my plans for future apartments, cars, and other possessions on hold.

If I go to Israel, I’m spending $1500 on a plane ticket.
If I go to Israel, I’m working for months with no pay.
If I go to Israel, I’m working at a job that would not benefit me in the long run.
If I go to Israel, I risk paying extravagant amounts for rent, or living in a shithole of a dorm.
If I go to Israel, I don’t know how I’ll get around if public transit fails me.

If I go to Israel, I will need to find things to do.
If I go to Israel, I need to make new friends.
If I go to Israel, I will need to overcome a language barrier.
If I go to Israel, I will be seen as an outsider.
If I go to Israel, everything I work toward will be temporary.

If I go to Israel, I’m seeing a girl who I know I will have to leave within a few months.
If I go to Israel, I’m seeing a girl who I’ve only seen for a few months within the past two years.
If I go to Israel, I’m seeing a girl whose family, work, and social problems have tended to bring me down.
If I go to Israel, I’m seeing a girl who I’ve learned I cannot trust.
If I go to Israel, I’m seeing a girl who breaks promises.
If I go to Israel, I’m seeing a girl with the knowledge that she has cheated on me.
If I go to Israel, I’m seeing a girl who I once loved but can no longer say I do.

Why would I go to Israel?

Fanime???

This was probably the best year at Fanime so far. (2006 holds special significance, and in fact today signals the 2nd anniversary of me and Shiranne becoming a couple!)

The best part about Fanime is seeing so many freaking people I haven’t seen in a while. People from Marin, from many different groups within UCSC, people from the Bemani scene, even a guest appearance from Florida’s very own Doctor Nick – I mean, I think there were more people I’ve made friends with throughout my life at Fanime than those who didn’t make it. That in itself is reason to go. Reason to even stand the worst of memes, smells, and BMI’s.

Events include hacking the hotel TV to re-enable the disabled input button, Paolo’s first stand-up routine, a bomb-ass dance on Sunday night, and mad fine eats all throughout. The experience was quite a good one and it’s too bad that it only happens once a year. I’m sure to make it again next year.

Flight booked

I just booked my flight to Israel. JFK to TLV, July 8.

I don’t know how much I talked about this but yeah, this summer I’m leavin’ America for a while and spending time with Shiranne in Israel, while taking part in a professional internship program. A lot of it is for evaluation purposes – what it’s like to live for a long period of time outside of America, working in another country, spending a lot of time with Shiranne (finally!), etc.

Now don’t worry because it’s a round trip flight – I have an arbitrary return date of November 16, but that doesn’t mean much – at this point I don’t know how long my internship will go, so it could be months before or after. But I do plan on heading back to California and workin’ in the Bay Area. For now, at least.

By the way, I’m having a great time at my current job. I’m in the process of implementing a forum, after having successfully implemented an internet TV section and adding a whole bunch of improvements, etc. etc. It’s fun, but the only problem is that the job’s in Marin – and eventually I want to move out of Marin. And of course, first I’ll be moving out of America for a bit.

That’s what’s going on! Back to work and then off to Fanime.

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I am going to Fanime too guys woo woo but I am so removed from the entire Bay Area group at this point that I don’t think anyone will especially benefit from the knowledge that I will be there!

Wow that sounded kind of depressing. Not supposed to be! I am going to have a load of fun, and alcohol!

Damn it that still sounds depressing!

By the way here is my number in sexatrigesimal because other people are doing it in clever ways and maybe if I do it clever-style then more people will want to take it down even though they can get it on my Facebook whenever: 1WOUD98

One would ninety-eight, indeed!