Tuesday, January 31, 2006

200 is a helluva start!

God Bless Sarah and O'Kellys! We've got our first sponsor for my second photo exhibition! Below are some of the digitized photos of the exhibition, I'll fill ya'll in more soon (ya'll is relative, I'm sure but you know what I mean!), much love!

Aunt's Brushes

Cement Peace

NY Books

Drug Free Van #1

Central Park Romance

Aunt's Palette


Aunt's Palette

San Juan Chandelier

San Juan Entrance

Metal Face

BW Palms

Your Taxes Kill People

Spare Change

Someone Else's Flower

San Juan Pond #2

3 Chinese Balls

San Juan Pond #1

Ask Questions

San Juan Bell

Cops, San Francisco

Dirty Heart

Colorful Clothes

Monday, January 30, 2006

Postponing the Myth

It's finished! A book I wrote from summer 2001 to spring 2002 is finished. I hadn't really thought about it once in the past three and a half years and in the space of two weeks, I edited all 39 chapters and put them into one "word" document. It is 314 pages long and I think it's good. There are definitely some parts of philosophy or inner turmoil that perhaps did not come out as well as I had hoped and maybe I didn't take it far enough, in terms of what a character with two years left to live would do but I think the story is complete and it's there. Tomorrow I have two important appointments. At 4.30pm I'm meeting with Sarah at O'Kellys about sponsoring some of the photo exhibition and directly before/after that going to the copy shop next door and asking for 8 or 12 copies of my book to be printed out. The problem is I wonder if the type will be too small but it should be okay. I'll see if she can print out the first page, put it onto fours (meaning four pages displayed onto one) and see how it looks. I would really prefer not to make it much bigger because that will add another 50 pages at least.

Putting my goals into smaller increments seems to be manageable for me. I may even work on Using Toonies this week because it's already been edited and therefore much easier to move through quickly. I also had the idea of having a "book" party once I am done with Selling to the Norwegians. It will be about 150 pages I would think and I will get 50 copies made at least and then have all of my other books printed up, maybe 20 copies of each for purchase at the party. That's a great idea too, eh?

It's dinnertime, we'll be in touch.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

my disappointment

well, I didn't get the job with the company out in Kollnau, mfers! They wanted to pay less than I said I would do it for, and also they knew that I was going to South America all summer and didn't want to have an interruption in instruction so I can understand but I guess I'm a bit disappointed. The crazy thing is this: if this is my disappointment in life at this time, 31.5 years old, life is good. I didn't NEED that job to get by, it would have just been icing on a beautiful cake. Now I'll need to figure out how to save the 200bucks I need for Assiyeah's anniversary present I wanted to get her. I won't say what it is here just in case she actually looks at this website but it would have been for South America. Who knows, maybe I can still make the money I need for her gift, we'll see.

Anyway, it's dinner time, and then I'm going to edit chapters 11-13 of Postponing the Myth, my third book. I figured out it will cost me 230euro to print out 8 copies of each of my 4 books and another book of my short stories. I'll write off those costs though, because I'm going to try and sell the books.


Sunday, January 22, 2006

me and my lady in my parent's backyard, new years.

mexican food

my job was to buy tortillas and two bottles of white wine. another english teacher is picking me up at 6:20pm and then we're driving about 7 minutes to another teacher's house, my buddy with the crazy chile fetish. dude has 45 chile plants on his balcony. he's making a mole (mo-leh), a kind of mexican food and i'm super stoked to eat it.

the nfl conference championships are on tonight, starting at 9pm. life is good. i just wanted to add a picture of assiyeah and me in my parent's backyard around new year's eve. i also have some stuff to update you but i'm not ready until i hear back from a company i interviewed with.

much love!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

I'm gonna be an uncle!

Well, sort of...I don't have any brothers or sisters legally so I'm sure that someone could dispute my claim but my oldest friend (not by age, but length of friendship), Amy is pregnant! I'm super stoked for her, this is huge, she's been married for about a year and a half with a guy who is super cool and laid back, they're gonna be great parents and it's great because Amy's mom lives about 3 miles and Eric's folks about an hour away so there is the foundation of a great support system needed for any child in this world to grow up somewhat well-adjusted! I just can't believe it, this is so cool!

It's time to grow up, sort of. I have been telling Amy for more than two years that she better come and visit me before she gets pregnant but they were all hollow threats. I just wanted them to come and visit me before the "real" responsibility of marriage kicked in but to be honest, this is a beautiful thing, and exactly what their family needs. Amy's family has a few youngsters in it but the youngest is now 3-4 and so it's time for another baby to come into the picture to give everyone else the eternal youth that babies bring. So, I just wanted to fill you guys in on some big news.

For me, well, my weekend is here, except for my Italian course tonight. I also had a meeting yesterday about me working at a company directly that could mean a lot of money for me (remember South America) but I'm not that optimistic I'm going to get it. I told him that for every 90 minutes of class, he would have to pay me about $70US. I know he's had cheaper offers but I hope that maybe I caught his attention but it was hard having a serious business interview in German when most of my German influence in life is girls in their twenties speaking a completely different German, ya know what I'm saying?

Anyway, I'll fill ya'll in on more this weekend, I'll do some more writing, maybe some painting, hopefully get rid of some of my clothes, and reduce the possessions in my life. It's hard to explain but I have too much stuff and I want to get rid of some of it before it weighs me down. If I haven't seen it or used it in a year, maybe I don't need it, right?


Sunday, January 08, 2006

The books I bought while in California

Now going home is always a Ben Franklin-type adventure, where I have a large bag of clothes, papers, photos and other things that I want to bring to California and then, in turn, bring a lot of other things back, namely books. This Xmas was a good example of how much I've been reading lately and how sort of books interest me at this point in my life so here is the list of books I bought while home:

A History of the Popes - Charles Coulombe (just as it says, broken down pope by pope)
Salt - Mark Kurlansky (great writer who wrote 1968)
Spice: A History of Temptation - Jack Turner (never thought about spice in this way)
The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson (about 1893 World's Fair in Chicago)
The Measure of All Things - Ken Alder (about 2 French journeys to determine Earths' diameter)
Nazi Hunter - Alan Levy (about the guy who hunted Nazis for 30 years after WWII)
The Great Bridge - David McCullough (about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge)
The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire - Alan Palmer
Duh! The Stupid History of the Human Race - Bob Fenster (stupid things we have done)
The Darwin Awards - Wendy Northcutt (dumb ways people have died)
How to Overthrow the Government - Arianna Huffman (about what's wrong with US govt.)
Useful Idiots - Mona Charen (about how Liberals keep blaming America first)
It's Still the Economy, Stupid - Paul Begala (how Bush ruined big budget surplus)
2004 World Almanac
Dresden 1945 - Alaexander McKee (about bombing of Dresden at end of WWII)
The Main Enemy - Milt Bearden (about 1980's CIA vs. KGB in Moscow, Afghanistan, DC)

have you read any of these?

Saturday, January 07, 2006

slept 13 hours!

okay jetlag, am I getting old or what? The last 2-3 times I've flown to/from Europe, I"ve really noticed the jetlag more than I ever have before. I didn't really sleep on the plane yesterday (or was it the day before) and last night we went to bed before 1am and our roommate woke us up at 2pm. She didn't want to be rude, she said, but thought that 2pm was late enough! haha, was she right! Now all my well-laid plans for getting stuff done today is pretty much shot. I haven't actually accomplished one of the 20 things I wanted to do this weekend but "updating blog" was one of them so here this is. I'm going to make a list of all of the books I bought while home but I'll do that later. I have a mess all over our room and a friend is coming over momentarily. Anyway, I'm back in Germany, have tonight and tomorrow night and then Monday work starts up again. Next weekend will be exactly 3 years since I moved to Germany and I think I'll do a bit of a retrospective on that time.

Much love folks, ciao!


Tuesday, January 03, 2006

South America or bust!

good morning kiddies! Well, actually, no one knows about this website yet but they will soon enough. I just wanted to fill you in on some stuff, namely that yesterday we bought our plane tickets to South America! We're flying from Basel, Switzerland to Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 27th and returning on September 21st from Lima, Peru. That means we will have almost 8 weeks to travel 2000 miles, kick ass!

We finally have good weather again after rain the past couple of days and Assiyeah and I are going back to Germany on Thursday. There's a lot to do there, including the following:

*grade the poems one class wrote
*grade the newspaper articles another class wrote
*grade a presentation a few students gave
*finish making tests for two of my schools
*prepare for my meeting with the boss of a company about teaching there
*plan my lessons for the next week
*figure out what to do with all of my new books, of which I'll list once I get them there safely
*start my diet! haha...

I'm still alive, oh oh I, I'm still alive!