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!

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!

Sprechen

I’ve been told recently, by a few people, that I get sort of verbose when I talk. I run on, I can’t convey stuff concisely, and that I can even get pretty boring. I actually was never aware of that until recently, and I still don’t completely believe it, but there you go.

It’s especially interesting, because I tend to be extremely concise when I write. My essays tend to be shorter than most people’s. I can’t blog for paragraphs upon paragraphs. Ironically, I start to lose interest in whatever I’m saying if I go on for too long.

But yeah, has anyone else noticed that about me? Is that something I should be working to fix? I think I’ll be more aware of it in the future, but right now, like I said, I don’t know exactly what my problem is, if any. It’s been suggested by my mom that I try to join Toastmasters International and see if that helps.

Huh, well there you go.

I need work

Man, so I thought I had a job offer but it turns out that if I do, it’s not starting until late May. I can’t wait another month for a job. I subscribe to the appropriate feeds on craigslist, but it’s pretty difficult because I have a schedule limitation. I’m still going to Israel. I still expect to get an internship there in a few months. So I can only look for freelance/contract/temporary work.

I’m not sure what else I should be doing. I’m part of a temp agency, I’m sending out resumes… what am I missing?

Santiago

I am on vacation with my dad and sister in San Diego! We woke up real early this morning and flew shortly afterward, checking into our snazzy hotel room quite early and enjoying the pool for a few hours. I haven’t been swimming in almost two years, and come to think of it, I think the last time was with Shiranne at Water World USA. ‘Course, all I did today was just let go of my breath and sink to the bottom for a while and lounge around in the hot tub, but it was still intensely relaxing.

We went to San Diego with barely any plans in mind – we know we’re going for Sea World and the Zoo, but besides that I’ve just been consulting Yelp for a few good botanical gardens and museums and earlier we raided the hotel’s brochure rack. We might go kayaking in the San Diego caves. Fun!

The only thing I’ve done when was in San Diego was attend Comic-Con twice and walk around downtown trying to find cheap food. I also saw Jack Black walking around. But that’s about it. Anyone out there in Inter-Land have San Diego Suggestions?

Movin'

I am planning on moving from Seattle to San Rafael!

So here’s my deal. I am flying twice to California this month. Once for Betty’s funeral (next weekend), and once for spring break (on the 19th). Both times I expect to fill two suitcases with ITEMS. That might take care of something like half of my possessions.

But I don’t know about the actual time for me to move down. There are a few things, like my computer, printer, monitors, and a few other things that shouldn’t go on a plane. So I have to think about driving down…

So I’m trying to think of the most economical way to do this. Budget is $200 for a one-way 10′ truck rental from Seattle to San Rafael, not including gas money (around another $200). But I don’t know if I’ll really need an entire moving van; especially with my two plane trips I’ll probably only need a car.

Car rental places do rent cars to people under 25, for a small fee. But I’m having trouble finding one that lets you drop the car off in another state. Enterprise does only in-state for a select few states. I don’t know about any other ones.

Or is there another option I’m missing? Anyone in Seattle going down to California soon that wants to take all my stuff? Anything else? Bleeeh, I just need advice as usual.

Tans

So fake tans have been all the rage for a while but I’m starting to see a new trend: FAKE fake tans. Where the person is so Oompa-Loompa that they look like they’ve come off of a rotisserie. Not just on those crazy New Jersey guys, but on girls, too.

I just want to ask before the craze gets even crazier: does anyone find that even remotely attractive or interesting? I personally would have trouble having anything to do with anyone like that, even (especially?) for casual dating. But I mean, there has to be SOME logical reason behind the action and attraction. Anyone?