work more -> play more

So, i was all set to order a set of rims next week… Kazera KZ-A’s, with Kumho rubber. They’re nice rims, OK weight (22lb for 18/8.5 on the front, 25lb for 18/9.5 on the rear). The silver finish is pretty good, polished lip. Overall, a pretty nice set of wheels, with the cheapest rubber i can live with, so my Z will look sexy for the summer. Here’s some visual aids:


Nice looking rims, right? Clean, simple look, quality reports have been good. And once i file my taxes next week, i should be able to afford them (almost – but only a month or two on the CC and they’d be legit). Or (heaven forbid) i could even wait the month or two and buy them with cash (huh? wha? i’m confused… how does that work?) Tirerack has them in stock, and they’d even mount and balance them for me (for free). So, what’s the problem??

This is the problem:

The SSR (Speed Star Racing) Professor SP-1

Just a moment while i wipe up the drool, before it ruins my keyboard.

I could get 18/8.5’s in the front, and 18/10’s in the back. (That’s hot.) They’re real 3-piece, so pretty much whatever offset i want (translation: huge sexy dish and they’ll still clear the brakes). They’re crazy light: about 18 lbs on the front, about 21 in the back. That’s on a 10″ wide 18 people! The hypersilver (also called super black chrome) finish pictured above is absolutely beautiful. If you recall the ADR’s i sold to Clint, you know the finish i’m talking about. Mile-deep shine. My mouth is watering again just thinking about it. They are hot, too hot. I drool over them. I lust after them.

They are $1000 more than the Kazera’s – literally twice the price.

SSR filed for bankruptcy protection this week. Although that means different things for a Japanese company than a US one (the govt will likely bail them out) it does shed some doubt on their future… ie: could i still get these rims in a year? Maybe not. No one sells them used. Apparently they take them to the grave, or something. I know i would.

Okay, so we’ve established that the SSR’s are the clear choice for the straight-pimpin, deep-dish-flashin, five-spoke-lovin brand whore such as yours truly. Where does that leave me? I either need to marry into money… or i need to make more myself. Which brings us to my topic (finally, i know). If i want to roll with the big boys this summer, i need a side job. Prostitution is not an option, as we all know i already troll north aurora on weekend nights trying to get picked up by strangers, and so far that has not made me rich (although it has left me with lots of funny stories and a few scary flashbacks). I currently work wed-thurs-fri-sat. They are 12 hour shifts, so moonlighting is out. I really think i need sundays off (plus sundays are autocross day ;). So that leaves monday and tuesday. Options…

1 – temp work. I’m going to talk with some agencies next week, but i’m not sure if they’ll have mon-tues-only gigs very often.

2 – contract work. Believe me, i’m bleeding this turnip as dry as i can, but everyone i know is gagging for tech work, so the referral mill is not really churning them out.

3 – part time job. Might be a good idea to do something that makes me money twice. That is, that saves me money on something i already buy, plus pays me. Like Starbucks. Or Schucks. I did the grocery store thing, but they always wanted me late at night, and that eventually ruined me for my day job. Plus the discount didn’t work on beer. Where else do i spend a lot of money?…. uh… Sno county PUD? Haha. Open to suggestions. Who hires people to only work mondays and tuesdays?

4 – scams and sleazy things. I’m talking the multilevel marketing, the “get rich at home licking envelopes”, the free-ipod (if you sign 10 of your friends up for a lifetime of spam)… I’m not sure there is any emperical evidence (unless you count that guy on tv with the suit covered in question marks) that there is money to be made here, unless i sold the free ipod. Which i think i’d have a hard time doing, cause if i actually did manage to betray enough friends’ privacy to get one, i’d want to keep it, since mine is all busted and stuff.

5 – sell something. I’m gonna do this anyway, but i don’t think it’s gonna make or break the deal. Anyone interested in a VG30DETT engine block? It’s only slightly used…

6 – sell myself. I mean figurately here: marketing research studies, medical experimentation… wasn’t there that ad in the paper in college where they’d pay you 200 dollars to walk on crutches for three weeks? You know, for science? I could do that. I mean, if it was for science… and 200 dollars. I wonder if i could test more than one thing at once, and come out ahead? Like video games and eyedrops? Or red wine and stain remover? Or espresso and toilet paper? Ok, we’ll just stop there.

As an added bonus to all of this, once i’ve paid for my completely sexy new wheels, i can use the extra money i make working the off-days to pay off bills, travel, or just hang out with all the new friends i’ll make rolling around with SSR’s. Really, the only downside is i won’t have as much time at home to play Gran Turismo 4 when it comes out in 19 more days… but just thinking about 10″ wide SSR’s gives me a warm fuzzy feeling that a video game cannot compare to.

Only 44 more shopping days!

I was at Ikea yesterday, looking for a dishwasher brush for the new place (haven’t needed one of those in a long time – a purchase i’m happy to make) . No, i haven’t moved in yet, but i like to be prepared. I might want to use the dishwasher my first day! Anyway, in addition to the usual baubles and trinkets that always catch my eye as i traverse the unfinished-wood maze that is Ikea, i couldn’t help but dawdle in the newly-furbished Christmas decoration section. All sorts of shiny things and fuzzy stuff, some things that burn and some that flash, some things in plastic, or metal, or wood, or glass… all for prices that keep you merry thru the new year. With arms already full of coat hangers and bbq brushes in addition to the requisite dishwasher implement (all things i desperately needed, i assure you – those who laugh must never have been to Ikea and undergone the Scandanavian forces of persuasion) i paused to marvel at the low-low prices and make mental note to acquire a cart (or at least, a big yellow bag) at the store entrance on my next trip, so as not to limit my wanton consumerism to only that which i could physically carry. I may not be spending much time this holiday season at home (either here in Seattle or home-home, in Montana) so i will likely allow myself to spend extra money to compensate with an overly mirth-laden abode. Plus, i love this time of year more than any other, especially in the city, even despite the increasingly hectic and hair-tearing-out whirlwind it usually is. A chance to visit family, to share quality time with friends, to send gifts and/or warm words to those i care about… to eat more varieties of pie and in greater quantities than is possible during any other period of festivity. Who could not love that?

In case you haven’t already seen it, memorized it, and rescheduled your life around it, my Christmas wishlist is available and constantly updated for your shopping ease. I’ve tried to fill it with things that are fun to buy as well as to receive, nothing too practical or boring, and varied enough in price to satisfy any budget while still being realistic. There are of course a few dream items, should any of you win the lottery before i have a chance to, and feel the need to spoil me this Christmas outside of the normal parameters of casual gift-giving. If you really want to surprise me with something extravagant, tho, you might wish to venture beyond the boundaries of the list. For example, my Z would love you as much as i if you indulged us both in a set of Professor SP-1’s by japanese wheel-maker SSR. I need 18×9’s in the front, and 18×10’s in the back, in the black chrome finish. No idea which offset is correct – if you can figure that out you’re better at math than me. Feel free to choose the center caps you prefer, in order to further personalize your generous bestowal. Here’s a nice preview picture i put together using gimp today at work, showing just how freakishly awesome that would look. In addition to being increasingly stylish and sexy, these wheels would also make my car faster, as they’re lighter (less than 20 lbs each without tires!). Really, it’s a win-win situation for everyone. I don’t know what’s left to hold you back.

Danielle is also in the Christmas mood today, calling to invite me over for dinner and an evening of pretending-it’s-almost-Christmas with pot roast and gingerbread cookies. Since it never really looks like winter here (other than a few days ago when it was really foggy, and reminded me of what a snowstorm looks like) the line between fall and winter is kind of blurry and easily adjusted to fit your mood. For example, if it’s a crisp, sunny day and you want to drive your car around town with the t-tops off (this is just a random example, of course) then you can tell yourself it’s fall. However if, like Danielle is today, you’re in the mood for cookies that have eyes and the liberal use of sprinkles, then you can proclaim winter to be upon us, and indulge in the appropriate festivities. So, in the spirit of the latter, don’t hestiate to keep tabs on my wishlist and check back often for new and cool items!