Back in the Black (Maxima)

Boy, that last post was a little loopy, wasn’t it? I was smoking something cheap that day… Actually, i suppose it was the nitrous wearing off. The kind you breathe, that is, not the kind you have a tank of in the car. 🙂

Had a great weekend, spend saturday working on my car with Jason, Patrick, Forrest and John down at Jason’s parents’ house in northern oregon. Okay, it’s just the extreme south end of puyallup, but still pretty far down there. I didn’t have a lot of work to do on my car, since i don’t have a lot of extra parts money right now (okay, none. zip. zero. zilch.) so i just painted some brackets, and rewired some lights, and misc stuff like that. I kinda ran around and watched Patrick and John paint their brake calipers, but mostly just carried tools around and cracked jokes. Go with what you’re good at, right? Oh, and i finally figured out how to get to my other three spark plugs 🙂 (thanks, Jason!) and pulled them, and they look just as ok as the first 3. Which is good, cause that means my engine is ok, too. To match my more-than-ok new rear bumper, which looks great! And the guy even finally broke down and actually paid for the repair, since his son was at fault and everything, i didn’t think that was such an incredible demand. Long story short, it’s fixed, i’m happy, and it didn’t cost me a dime. And Cameron at sonic collision is a hero on the scale of Spiderman. Okay, maybe not Spiderman (cause i think Cameron still has to walk to get places) but at least maybe the Green Lantern. Um, yeah. So anyway, finishing out the weekend… sunday Patrick and i cruised the seattle auto show downtown, drooling over all the beautiful new four-wheeled things and laughing at some of the really hideous ones (like the pt cruiser with woodgrain panels – augh!). Btw, if you’ve been looking for car pics in the photos section and can’t find them, it’s cause i moved them. Yes, just to confuse you (bwah ha ha ha!). Check out for any maxima-related stuff. For now, it’s just a separate photo gallery, but eventually i’ll get a full-blown maxima site up there. I already have the soundtrack picked out, but that’s about as far as i’ve gotten on the design work… 😀 It is still linked off the site, but look under “features” for the link.

Oh, and this is the 5th week in a row that i haven’t won the mega millions lottery, although i did fail to purchase a ticket one of those weeks. So far, my investment strategy isn’t paying off. But i do get a fleeting moment of hope every week when i get that text message on my phone with the winning numbers in it. Cause one of these times, it could be me. And that brief ray of hope, no matter how ridiculous it may be, is worth the buck.

Just a quick late-nite update. I finished uploading the photos of the car show. They’re ready for your viewing pleasure. I was kind of goofy when i wrote some of the captions…

Turns out soup tastes awful through a straw – who knew?

Just sitting here enjoying the view of I-90 and the fall foilage in south bellevue from my 4th floor office, while sipping water thru a straw, a process made possible by pinching my lips around the straw with my fingers. Yes, that’s right, i went to the dentist this morning. And now i’ve got a rubber face and a tendency to drool down my right cheek. Could i be more sexy?

It’s odd the things that cross your mind – and even stranger the parts of that you remember – when you’re doped up on nitrous oxide, lying flat on your back. I had so many interesting things i wanted to jot down while i was drifting in and out of dreamland this morning, so many remarkably profound thoughts and grand new epiphanies. Sadly, all i truly remember now that i’ve crossed back thru the mirror and left wonderland, is just that; i thought of some neat things and wished i could write them down. Don’t know what they were, just know i wanted to remember them. Kind of like tying a string around your finger so you won’t forget something, and then forgetting what the string was supposed to remind you of. I’ve actually done that – not with a string, per-se. But i’ve set something out for myself, usually in a half-awake stupor: “i’ll leave this pen on top of the alarm clock, so i remember to turn the oven off.” And then the next morning, i’m like “why is there a pen balanced so oddly on my alarm clock? Oh! I was supposed to remember to do something. What was is supposed to do? Huh. Oh, well.” Or something like that. Anyway, i guess you’re just going to have to do without my mush-faced musings today, as i can’t seem to remember anything provocative or witty or even an amusing anecdote. And why is there a pen balanced so oddly on my computer keyboard???

In other news, the Max is finally in the shop today (after several annoying delays), and i have my dark green maxima loaner. I should have my car back by thursday, friday at the latest, with a shiny new rear bumper. So no more parallel parking downtown… and i’m still not officially an employee at the bellevue club, but i hear thru the grapevine that they’re figuring they’re staffing out and will hopefully get back to me this week. In the meantime, i’m having ramen for lunch. What do you think – beef flavor today? That should be nice thru a straw…

Well, universe? What’s it gonna be?

What is with the universe lately, anyway? I think it’s trying to tell me something… that i need to win the lottery.

So my car was rear-ended today, not too serious, but enough to make me think taking the bus to work might not be such a bad idea. Surrounding my car with bumper-car-style rubber guards also crossed my mind. Anyway, I already have an estimate for about 1400, and the kid’s dad called me and wants to pay the body shop directly and get me a rental car. Which is cool, i guess.

So then i get home tonight, and i’m flipping thru tv, and i see frasier get in a car accident and miss his flight. But then on that 70’s show, they went to chicago and went disco dancing. Not sure what that’s supposed to tell me. I think the universe might have it’s signals mixed… In any case, i bought a mega-millions lottery ticket with the last dollar in my wallet. Drawing is friday nite. So i could either have a really great weekend, or just a weekend. We’ll let the universe make that call, eh?

My first brand new car is no longer brand new

OOOHHH, where do i start? Let’s just jump right in here. Wrecked the Maxima on tuesday. Was late for my second day of work. It was a very not-good day. No one was hurt, and i’ll get the Max back on wednesday, restored to working order thanks to safeco and my parents’ generousity. The very-depressing pics are up here. So that was, and continues to be, completely lame. I have a rented chevy blazer this week that, thankfully, is also paid for by safeco (otherwise i’d be taking the metro, and then i’d really be late for work). It’s no Maxima, though, that’s for sure. I really miss my car.

On a less horrific and devastating subject, my new job is going super well. My colleagues are great, and i can see already that i’m going to learn a great deal from them. I think hard all day, and run around trying to solve problems and help people work with their computers. So far it’s a very relaxed, rewarding place to work, yet still a busy and challenging one where my days fly by very quickly. I think it’s something i’ll be able to enjoy doing for a while, and i’m super appreciative to be given the chance at it, as well as to be recommended so highly (thanks, Caleb!). As Martha Stewart would say, it’s a good thing.

On a personal front, i’m going completely crazy. This is related mostly to item one, being Maxima-less. I’m seriously going through withdrawals, and the lumbering blazer is not quenching the thirst. I’ve tried playing driving games, and exercising myself into exhaustion, and dreaming up projects to occupy my time, and running errands and buying things, and i’ve watched The Fast and the Furious multiple times this weekend (which i think has actually made things worse), but to no avail. I’m still going schizo, running around my apartment about 4 feet up the wall like a cat on bath day. I’m unable to sleep more than a few hours, so much so that i pretty much gave up on the idea yesterday and have just started staying up until i fall over. I have no appetite, i can’t stay focused on any one thing for more than a few minutes, and some other stuff, too, but i forget. Actually, i’ve been trying to write this entry for the last, oh, 2 hours – a testament to my mush-brained condition. I found myself physically hopping up and down and flailing like a schoolgirl who lost her spot in line for the swings in a moment of frustration earlier today. I just need to drive, and i need it now. I need horsepower and torque and engine revs and g forces and i’m just not getting them sitting around here! But there’s nothing i can do about it until wednesday, and it’s making me crazy!