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I talked to my sister for a while on the phone today. She's pretty much the greatest big sister ever. She's kind of trying to convince me to move to springfield to stay with her family (they have a few spare rooms that they sometimes rent to students involved in their ministry). I think it would do me good, and I seriously thought about it, last summer. If I didn't have a drummer, and my job at the post office, I would have certainly done it, at least in a temporary capacity. We talked about my epiphany, and it was really great just to get it all off my chest. I'm not sure whether to talk about it with other people, or get their opinions... I kind of want to talk to Erin about it, but she's so uninterested in my life. I think she'd have an interesting perspective on things, having dated me. I think it'd actually do good for her too, but how do I get her to talk to me? She'll rarely do more than text with me....if that. Telling her it's super important won't really have much effect. I don't know.

Projector Screen, Bulb

 Yesterday brad came home from work and told me that his friend Jason texted him about a projector screen (that sentence probably needs some commas). Apparently there was a seventy inch projector screen out with the trash. It didn't take me long to get in my car and leave. (This is actually borderline impressive for me. What many people don't know is that I can never do anything or ever leave right away. I always have to wait a few minutes or do something first. I used to live about 1.5 miles from my friend DJ, and always managed to get to his house about 25 minutes after I said I'd leave. It doesn't make any sense). 
On the way to Staples(where Jason works), I called DJ using my superflously purchased onstar phone minutes. As we approached the establishment, we talked about Fantasy hockey and my recent championship win. He suggested that I write a blog entry about my experience, but I probably won't. Considering my victory, I don't have many regrets. My only real regret is my failure to trash talk heavily. As I drove around staples to the dumpster, I saw the screen. It wasn't in plain view, or in the dumpster. It was somewhat hidden between the dumpster and building itself. I stopped my car and ran over to load the screen. I felt kind of like a criminal ha. Even as I loaded it, I was kind of bumbling as it was sliding around and shifting. I have the projector screen now, though.

The reason for the screen being discarded is that it appears to have a somewhat ripped screen. It's slightly ripped from the top, but it seems to be a fairly easy to manage it. It also doesn't go up very high, but eh. We normally just use our wall as our projection screen, but I had an idea the other day. I was thinking of having a pens party for one of the games. Here is where the screen comes in...
You may not know this, but I actually have two projectors. I have the original projector from when Ben was my roommate, and the projector we currently use. The lamp/bulb in the first projector blew out, after we put about a million hours on it. At the time, I couldn't find a cheap replacement bulb, and found a deal on a new projector. It was through Best Buy's Ebay outlet, and I got a new projector with a fresh bulb in it for only $350. Now that is still a lot of money, but it's a deal on a projector, and I had been unable to find a lamp for under $300. It's still way less than a quality HD TV of decent size. I recently put the old projector on EBay for sale as "Needs bulb" The interest was tepid, and I pulled it because I found the bulbs for cheap. $180 with shipping. Now I can sell it as a working projector with a fresh bulb, which will get me more money. My pens party can employ the dual projectors for this purpose: NHL '09 tournament before the game ha. There probably won't be enough time, actually, but using the screen we can set up a second XBOX to have multiple NHL games going on ha. It could be fun. Maybe I'll just find some other occasion for it. It could also come in handy for the futureJurassic Park Party, Brad and I plan on having.

My Fantasy Hockey League

Yup I won.

Fantasy hockey

I'm finally on top. I'm first place in my league with two days to go. If I can get one good game out of my capitols players and one good game from a goalie I should be secure in winning the league. I"m excited.

Using my laptop on top of my lap

I'm watching the Pens game(well it's post-game coverage now), downstairs, and I'm enjoying being able to "surf the web", while I do it. The Pens won and clinched a playoff Berth tonight, which is sweet. The Pirates got rocked, and probably are getting their first of 90+ wins this season.

I'm watching Breaking Bad. I enjoy it. I like to just pretend he's actually Malcom[in the middle]'s dad.

some kind of trainwreck

I can't stop watching Metallica's "Some Kind of Monster" It's so insane. They are so idiotic and out of touch. It's just so entrancing and hillarious. It's so easy to make fun of them. I get addicted.......
I'm also enjoying my computer in it's laptop application of being on top of my lap. It's nice.

Also this is pathetic, but I'm so incredibly stressed and into my fantasy hockey league. I got so sick of fantasy football, but somehow I got absolutely hooked on fantasy hockey. I'd never played it before, and I only researched it for about five minutes before drafting. My draft had some major flaws, and i started out on the bottom for the first month or so, but I've slowly risen through the standings thanks to some blockbuster trades and savy waiver wire watching. Now I'm second place with like 3 games to. You get a certain number of games to start a player at each position and I have more left than Keith, in first place, and it's possible/likely that he'll run out of games and with my last like three games I'll take the lead on the very last day. I know it's kind of dorky but I'm excited....and stressed ha I don't want to screw up and start the wrong guys... ha...ha

gotta go to bed no more metallica

by the way

my computer came last friday. I'm enjoying it. I just got Stephen Foster and the Awesomes onto the bill to open for The Ataris next month....but then my drummer said he just got a job doesn't know if he can take off, so now I think we won't play...it would have been fun. I'm going to try and get at least like 4 tracks ready for the public now that I have the computer.
On tuesday, my printer came. On wednesday, my external hard drive came. Today, RAM upgrades, a video adapter, and a radiohead CD came ha. Tomorrow should be the actual computer. I'm excited. I'm so tired of using Brad's even though I'm getting pretty much the same computer. Mine will be black though and have more memory and more processing power. Brad's computer sometimes will get super slow for no apparent reason and it really is annoying.

Also my left eye is really red and irritated. I took out my contacts, and it's much better, but now I can't see. I need to get to the eyeglass place tomorrow and get an exam and some glasses. EyeGlass world is supposed to have same day service on the glasses, so that'll be good. I'll need to be able to see to go to work on saturday. My contacts are super old and probably won't go back in my eyes ha, and they were my last pair. Hopefully I can get my brother to drive me or something, as I probably shouldn't be driving with my current blurry vision.


So I decided the macbook pro was a little out of my budget, especially considering the peripherals I'd need anyways, so I got a regular Macbook. It's black, so it doesn't look like brad's ha. I ordered it and I'm waiting for it to arrive sometime this week, as well as a new wireless printer(for which I'll get a 100 rebate), some RAM upgrades, and an external harddrive(for my audio, when I record). I also will pick up an Alesis audio interface, as soon as Brad's friend pays me for a 4X12 Cab I'm selling him. At this point I should be all set to record without using my obnoxious Korg unit. I'll likely post in here more, upon getting a new computer, though I've obviously tired of this medium to an extent.

Tax refund

Ok, so I got my refund. It's been directly deposited into my PNC bank account. Now I'm starting to be tempted by all of the other things I could use the money on like guitars....amps.... I think I'll make this a picture entry

I really want a fender Jaguar or Jazzmaster.

I could also get a new amp,

Ok those pictures are probably too big.......

I can't decide whether to get a regular white macbook or the more pricey macbook pro. I'm going to get one through the refurbished section of the apple.com store. If I get the cheaper computer, I can use the $ difference to get some of the additional items that I will require such as a good external hard drive, the recording interface I need, and the RAM upgrade. It makes sense to get the cheaper laptop and get the other stuff with it, but I don't want the white macbook. It's partly because brad has it and I'm tired of it. I could get one of the Aluminum macbooks, but they don't have a firewire port, which I need for my recording interface. They only have two USB 2.0 ports. With the Macbook Pro, I'll have two USB 2.0 and two Firewire ports, at least with the one I was looking at. I'll also have a larger screen, and it won't be the annoying white. I'll order on Friday when my paycheck clears, and I'll also factor in availability to my decision, depending on what laptops are in the refurbished section at the time. I'll spend the week pondering this decision.