Back from the beach.

I just got back from a week at the beach. It was pretty damn awesome and here are some pictures.

Right now I’m unpacking from the beach and packing to head out to Indianapolis for the weekend.

Woo MotoGP.

It looks like weather is going to get both of my vacation trips. The tail end of Hannah made the beach pretty rough at the beach house (although the week was great after that), and Ike is going to make for a wet MotoGP race. Oh well.

Time for me to get my stuff together and head to the airport. More about the beach and MotoGP when I’m back on Monday.

Sick Again

Being sick can suck it. I’m beginning to think there is something wrong with me. I’ve been sick about 4 times so far this year. That’s just not right.

What the hell am I doing wrong?

Also, I’ve been watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on http://hulu.com

There is some relief in that. It makes me feel a bit better.

I got an awesome birthday card from my Grandma in Florida, that helps too.

Otherwise, nothing good to report right now.

Feeling like I could use another vacation.

A Change?

I think I need a change of pace. I should do something different for a while.

I’m thinking more Linux maybe? More teaching maybe?

Maybe I should move somewhere else to see what that’s like. Any suggestions?

Post CCIE

There was a party, it was awesome. Everyone was there.

Pirates vs Ninjas

Jason came down to visit with his girl Ashley. It was the best time I’ve had in a while. Interesting and memorable events unfolded as always.

Since the party I bought a GPS for my motorcycle and have been thinking about that *Touring NC* goal. It’s within reach. I am looking at buying a taller windscreen and a more comfy seat to hook my bike up for longer rides.

I also had an interesting realization about girls, or at least what I’m looking for.

I would not classify myself as a happy person. If left to my own devices by myself I would pursue interesting activities, and I would be immersed in them completely. I would have intense focus.

I would be content.

I realize I will fall for pretty much any girl who I smile around. This is my tell tale weakness. If I am involved in a conversation with a girl and there is laughing, smiling, and me being happy, I am pretty much done for. This satisfies almost all of my requirements. It is a completely different sort of contentment. The positive interaction with a person (especially of the opposite sex) fulfills something I didn’t even know I needed. Now going without is painful.

It is this social interaction and sharing that moves me from a content person to a happy person. There is a line that is crossed where I go from full, to overflowing

For now I will focus on non-people activities, but watch for me to smile.. You’ll be able to tell when something is up 😉

Fun Weekend

What a long and fun filled weekend.

There was drinking at East Village. We ordered 20 shots at one time.

Bathing suit competition on Friday.

There was Rum Runners on Friday night.

Beach on Saturday for more bathing suit competitions. I don’t know who won. I think in the end I was the real winner here….

Sunday dinner involved Garbage Plates.. awesomeness.

I have pictures of all of these things.. but they won’t be posted until tomorrow since I left my camera at Lauren’s.. whoops.

I’ll post them when I get a chance.

Wilmington

Last weekend was memorial weekend. It was an awesome time, and I had all three days of it off from work. Absolutely amazing.

Sarah, my favorite girl in Wilmington, decided that I should spend my Friday night in her town trying to get as drunk as possible with as many of my friends as I could bring.

I took the Z, so I only brought Brendan.

Traffic was ridiculous when we FINALLY made it out of the Cisco parking lot at 6PM on a Friday. We went 40MPH for the first part of the trip, and spent the rest of it trying to see how fast we could go with my windshield wipers on and working.

As it turns out, they do work at 120. The wipers on the Kia quit at 65.

I took my Camera so I have some pics, but the batteries need to be replaced in the thing. I think I’m just going to go buy a new one sometime soon. The summer is coming and I’m going to need all kinds of new stuff for all the drinking, partying, and picture taking, I have planned.

So we show up at Sarah’s and meet her dog Roxy. Kind of strange that my sister also has a small dog named Roxy. Anyway… Here’s Brendan being sorry for making us late.

We went out to RumRunners which is gigantic compared to the one in Raleigh. We decided that buckets of beer were clearly the classiest way to go. Brendan and I split one and let the girls fend for themselves. (not true, but a funny story right?)

Not sure what this shot was. Maybe a popsicle? I’m pretty sure she didn’t like it. This was the first shot of many.

Sarah and Melissa looked like they were having fun.

Brendan was being his usual self. Pretty funny. Much more innocent than it looks. But that’s Brendan.

This was a good one.

Unfortunately the pictures end here, but that’s where the fun started.

We ran into a bachelorette party at Rum Runners and decided they weren’t having enough fun. Just 8 girls sitting around a big ass table doing nothing much. To rectify this situation we had to buy two rounds of dollar jello shots for all of them.

I think they appreciated it. How could you not like free drinks?

After a beer bucket, shots, yuengling, and more shots I was drunk. This is when Brendan decided he was much too cool for Rum Runners. We then spent about 30 minutes outside, even though the bars were down the street from each other.

Sarah spent some time on the phone with the fiance, and Brendan spent some quality time hitting on a married chick with an “open” relationship. Not sure how he runs into things like this.

After that trip we went into the Liquid Room for some dancing / drinking.

Sarah and Melissa couldn’t be talked into dancing. The only reason I thought this was a good idea is because rounds of shots just kept magically appearing.

Lo and behold… we see the whole bachelorette party at the bar we’re at. There was a Cisco / Bride sandwich at one point, and a ridiculously cute brunette. After some time spent dancing and some time spent time traveling, it was time to go home.. or out for food. Same thing really.

We head downstairs to find more alcohol first. There was a round of shots and then Brendan met the love of his life again. Apparently this girl Jen was from Rochester. Apparently she was hot, and fun, and decided to leave Brendan a #. w00t.

Pizza ensued. It was awesome.

We walked around aimlessly wondering how we would get home for a while. We sat on some steps. Someone lost shoes. Good times.

Apparently between the cab ride and the apartment Brendan lost his wallet. Suck. So I picked up the tab for the rest of his weekend 😛

The morning had in store “The Golden Egg”. A breakfast place that served you wearing short skirts, and bursting shirts. A lucky coincidence that we got a side of breasts to go with our eggs in the morning.

The ride home was perfect convertible weather. I think I spent the rest of the day napping, or doing something random.

That was my trip to Wilmington. Thanks to Sarah for letting Brendan stay in her apartment. I always appreciate having a place to sleep.

There will have to be more trips to Wilmington to explore the place at night.

DC

I completely forgot to mention that I went to DC a few weekends back to visit Heather.

It was awesome. I don’t have any pictures unfortunately.

Let’s sum up the trip:

Heather got us completely lost, and can never give me directions again 😉

We went out and did Saki bombs. Then we went and did Irish Car bombs. Brendan and I walked through this ridiculously packed club/bar/house. There was pizza involved. There was drinking. At some point someone was dancing.

At another point I was drunk on the metro.

There was cider (not the best idea).

Brendan and I passed out in Heather’s apartment. Woke up hungover, went to breakfast, and went to Ikea.

Ikea was crazy. Brendan spent tons of money and bought all kinds of good stuff. Unfortunately I was on my phone on a conference call throughout the entire shopping trip, but I still had a good time picking out random stuff. It’s good to help someone spend their money.

Old Pictures

Ok, because I know you all love pictures, I’m gonna post some old ones that I had kicking around.

First, take a look at New Years pictures.

Now I know you’ve seen all of these, so whatever.

What you haven’t seen are the pictures of when I was up in NY for Jason’s Birthday.

Here are the highlights of the night.

I wore a cowboy hat for 3 seconds:

Thanksgiving

I spent this thanksgiving in Florida. It was one of the better thanksgivings in a while. Last thanksgiving was miserable, depressing, and awful. The time with the family was ok, but there were some other things going on a year ago that would have been better had they worked out some other way.

I’m not sure what that way would be, so I’ll just shut up about it. Here I am, and I have pictures from this thanksgiving.

A lot has changed in a year. I have a Masters Degree, a new car, and a full time job.

In buying the new car I had to leave my old car in Florida. I caught a flight down to FL for thanksgiving and drove the Kia back home.

When I got to FL I was surprised to see that my little bro had a pitching machine and batting cage in the backyard. How fucking cool is that?

My mom also has a new dog. Ernie is the coolest German Shorthaired Pointer ever. These are my favorite dogs.

On thanksgiving we all got together and my sister came up with a wacky game. Guess that foot:

Is it Mom? Cody? Jennifer?

I went out with Jen on some such night.. I forget which night it actually was. We had a really good time going back and forth between bars. We stopped at this one bathroom about 5 times on our way between bars. I don’t really remember why we were walking around so much, so it must have been a fun night.

After that we went for a family Harley ride. I got to take out my Mom’s 1200 sportster, Mom had her own 1200 custom, jen was on her buell, and my stepfather was on his screaming eagle. It’s too bad cody isn’t old enough to ride. We had a great time crusing around in the 70 degree weather.

Speaking of cody and driving. I took the kid out for driving lessons in the Kia. It was pretty funy. He’s getting huge, but I don’t think he’s ever driven a car before. I remember when I first got to drive. I had cody drive around the blocks by his house and we had a pretty fun time. We didn’t even hit anything 😉 But seriously, he did a good job.

After much time spent with the Family I tok the 9 hour drive back to NC in the Kia. It was a horribly long drive because traffic was jammed up all the way from GA to SC. Something about coming home on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Who knows.

I spent the week at work recovering from all of the pumpkin Pie, and on Friday I got to ditch work and go pick up Heather at the airport.. but that’s for another post.