MLK day was Monday and I didn't write, thought about it but I think I ended up talking to a woman that ended up wanting me to write her about the time I was paid for sex. Well, she doesn't KNOW that was the ONE time I was paid for sex, but most people would probably assume, if I said I was paid for sex...since I'm male, and all.

Anyway on Friday the 22 I clocked into my office job at 7am, clocked out at 4pm and drove over to IHOP where I clocked in at 5pm (did some dicking around there, basically waiting for 4:55 when I can clock on as per our computers) and I clocked out there at 1am. 7am to 1am baby.

Was scheduled to work at 4pm today (okay, I was *ONLY* SCHEDULED to work at 9:30am tomorrow (Sunday) but my awesome general manager wrote me in for 3 more shifts (not sure where the disconnect between him and the woman who does the schedules is)) up from the 5pm the GM wrote me in for, the server I worked with Friday night is cool and we were both scheduled to be the 2 servers working Friday and Saturday night, so it was decided that I would close one night and her the other. I guess it was the manager on Friday night that decided we'd work the exact same hours on each day. Anyway, I seem to have rambled away from the good part of the story.

Got at call about 8am this morning that got me out of bed:

"Hey, Brian, can you come in and work today?"

"I work tonight..."

"I need you this morning."

"Yeah, it's just I worked last night, got out at 1am..."

"Oh, well then you can rest today..."

"No, I can come in, I just want you to know it will take me at least 45 minutes."

"So you can be here at 9?"

"I'll be there at 9."

And I was.

And I clocked out for an hour at some point during the afternoon and they made me just clock out and leave at 9pm, despite it being much busier than previous weekends.

I work at 9:30am tomorrow.

I am not a writer. Anyone who read this and wants me to be should think about maybe getting me a little tape recorder. I'm not a bad orator. And what's more, even if I was actually going to write it would be helpful. Because I had so much energy on the drive home. I'm starting to lose it now, though. Maybe it was that sandwich.

I was amazed on the drive home how not only was I not tired, but I wasn't hungry. I literally ate nothing today. Maybe those shots of lemonade are enough for a man who usually only ever drinks water.

People worry I'm not eating enough, people think I should spend more of my money on food and entertainment. Why when I can get this high off of just getting hammered (I'm beginning to see the magic of editing, I was reading back through my first draft and it's obvious here that anyone who doesn't know me might think I meant hammered as alcohol...I never drink, hammered is a service industry term for "busy, very busy") and making a bunch of money? The Black Guy (I thought since Hot Black Girl was a "character" that I should name Black Guy too...there are actually three black guys at IHOP that I can think of off the top of my head, but they aren't as cool as the server I'm talking about, so he gets the "title") was asking me how much I made last night when I told him about the 17 top. Ah, Breakfast Club, there is another story.

It IS so easy to get sidetracked and not keep things straight. But maybe these one drafts are enough to have the parts to put something else together. But I don't know how, you see, I'm not a writer.

THE POINT that I so frequently take my sweet ass (actually, I've lost a lot of weight and have been told my ass sags now...not enough IHOP running I guess) time to get to is that I told Black Guy I didn't know. I hadn't counted the money, I went home and went straight to bed. Glad I did too, got plenty of sleep and got that call from GM today!

I still don't know. No clue how much I made at my 11 hours today either. Doesn't matter. I can count later. But Mr. Positive keeps pushing to write. I get encouragement other places too. Except from a friend with a self proclaimed lack of psychological aptitude who tells me I'm no pro and I share too much. Probably he'll spend the next few days worrying about who he knows who will read this and figure out who I'm talking about, because obviously those were very private things he shared and blah blah blah. Or maybe I just thought it sounded funny, I frequently error on trying to sound funny. But not always.

"Can you get drinks for that table for me?"

Mighty Mouse Hostess: "You bet."

(time passes)

MMH: "I don't know how to make the specialty coffees, is each one just four pumps?"

"Yes, just four pumps....Hot Black Girl, don't even say anything."

HBG: "Yeah, I was just about to say," (laughs) "You always know where my mind is. Brian, is that all you can take....four pumps?"

Later I realized I should have just said, "I already told you, my fingers are the best part," referencing a conversation we had had while we were made to deep clean the OJ machine. But alas, improv is hard.

Another point in the day...

Me: "Hey, Black Guy, will you take this to the hot girl on 41?"

(later, after the task was completed)

Me: "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't tell you WHICH hot girl needed it..."

BG: "No, you didn't, and thank you."


Tonight the cool server I mentioned (gonna call her OCD from now on) and I were swapping tables but she got sat a two top of women...at least one of which would fall into most men's hot range. I asked her if she needed me to pick it up. She was just confused and took the table. Later she wondered if she had been double sat. Where was Black Guy when I needed him? He would know why I wanted that table. Hell, HE would want that table.

As I pause briefly and think about what to write next I think of flirting with my guests, and I'll tell you what, maybe it's all in my head, but I think women are just getting more and more attracted to me. I'm losing weight. I'm working as much as I can. I'm motivated. I have passion. I'm fucking awesome with my fingers.

Okay, so they don't know that, and it doesn't even segue nicely into the story about when I was paid for sex, because she was one of those fuckers. I call some women I've been with fuckers because that is what they do. Oral and using their hands is just not their specialty. They're fuckers.

So, for those who don't know, I'm a huge gaming geek. I played Magic: The Gathering professionally. During the time my friends and I went to qualifier tournaments anywhere within 8 hours of Fort Collins I met a woman at a KC qualifier. Turns out she was a lawyer that lived in Denver. Turns out all I had to do was be the tiniest bit patient and I'd be over at her house fucking her on our first "date."

Am I vulgar, ladies? Okay, do me a favor. This can work for the guys too, but I always concern myself more with the ladies. If you think I'm vulgar, do me a favor and stick something up your ass. I don't care what it is, just stick it up your ass, will you? Then with it still in your ass, masturbate for me for at least a minute.

If you still think I'm vulgar after that, I'll take your advice under consideration. Until then, I'm not listening.

Okay, so I dated this lawyer. I was feeling monogamous, I suppose, because when she told me about this guy that was flying into Colorado from New York just to see her, not only did I know exactly why this guy would fly to Colorado to "see" her, but I didn't want it to happen. She ended up lying and told me she wouldn't see him. Then I asked her if she wanted to do something that night, and she said she thought she'd just stay in (was the dialog with quotations better?)

I took a nap, and when I woke up I just knew. People don't want to just stay in and be alone. I drove from Fort Collins down to Denver and knocked on her door until she answered (the guy was in her bedroom, haha) I gave her back a tape she had made me and told her I was done.

So I don't know how much time passes, but she wants to see me again, and I agree to meet her in Longmont, not only was it between the two towns we lived in, but I was seeing my parents there, who were at an RV park there for some reason.

Turns out she rents a hotel room and wants to "make up." I tell her if I'm going to be treated like a whore that I want to get paid like one. Turns out she'd rather just pay me $100 than argue with me (I can be really annoying to argue with).

So I THINK I satisfied two "writing assignments" with this daylog. I also think I should eat more and go to sleep. If you read this far, thanks.

What a lovely day after a full five days of rain. The air is super crisp and the sun is shining. The hills around us are all blanketed in fresh white snow. The birds seem to be happy to be back out. A beautiful red tailed hawk just flew by me as I sit here on my patio. I just got back from an hour walk along the wash. The water is still rushing down and everything smells so clean. It is so refreshing to see all the people out on the bike trail. A young son with his dad just went by and he is laughing. My walk was good. The air was cool in my lungs and my legs seemed light as feathers for most of the way. For awhile my heart was light. Upon my return the heaviness crept back in, but it is lighter then when I left.

I am still left with wonder of where I am to go. It is scary knowing that I could have no place to live in just a couple of weeks. Hayley and Aggie left today on their new adventure. They have already settled into their new home. I long to be settled. Long in the deepest sense. I am alone. Alone to figure this all out. I am not doing such a good job at it either. I know what I want and where I want to be. But am I wanted? That is the lingering question.

There is so much beauty in the world. So much to share and do. Time to take a deep breath and get out there again. Time to focus on that bit of light at the end of the tunnel. I will keep praying. Praying for my faith to return. Praying for my hearts desire to come true. There is still a glimmer of hope...that's got to count for something.

The road to hell and all that... I'd been meaning to participate in FitQuest once I'd recovered from Edinburgh's Hogmanay antics, but I made it to the gym precisely once in the first three weeks. I can only use my thesis writing as an excuse for so many things - I'd dropped my Norwegian class and not taken on any teaching commitments for the semester to reduce the number of distractions - so this week I decided to make the effort. Also, I'd finally found out where the rowing machines were.

Workout log for 18/i/10 to 24/i/10:

  • Monday: 1 hour of bouldering. (Indoor at the Pleasance; 6th session since paying for membership almost 3 months ago!)
  • Wednesday: 45 minutes of bouldering (Pleasance); 2 kilometres on Concept II rowing machine (damper setting 4).
  • Sunday: 45 minutes of bouldering (Pleasance); 2 kilometres on Concept II (damper setting 6).

Workout log for January 18, 2010 – January 24, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010: Listened to a Skeptic's Guide to the Universe podcast while working out.
Pushups: 15 reps, 5 sets
Crunches: 20 reps, 5 sets
20lb Curls: 15 reps, 5 sets
1 minute Planks: 5 sets
1 minute Tree Pose: 5 sets each leg

Tuesday, January 19, 2010: Dance Dance Revolution. 40 minutes on the clock, 30 minutes game time, 273 Calories burned (calculated).

Wednesday, January 20, 2010: Worked late today, took the night off.

Thursday, January 21, 2010: Ordinarily I take my bowling night off, but since my middle name isn't exactly "Dedication", I did Wednesday's DDR routine to get into better habits. 40 minutes clock time, 30 minutes game time, 239 Calories burned (calculated).
Incidentally, I bowled a 173, a 191, and a 149. My current average is 159.

Friday, January 22, 2010: Watched the last two episodes of The Ghost Busters 1975 live-action TV show from NetFlix while working out.
Pushups: 15 reps, 5 sets
Crunches: 20 reps, 5 sets
It's probably time to increase my reps on this.
20lb Curls: 15 reps, 5 sets
1 minute Planks: 5 sets
1 minute Tree Pose: 5 sets each leg

Saturday, January 23, 2010: 5 hours digging and foundation work at Habitat for Humanity.

Sunday, January 24, 2010: Jogged 3 miles in 30 minutes while listening to a How Stuff Works podcast on the US economy and its dependence on the automobile.

First daylog from this humble user. Time to make an utter fool of myself.

Yesterday, I finished writing a song. It's the first of a series called, of all things, Tooth Mountain. Funny story behind it, too. Gather 'round, kiddies, while I grab my book.

Tooth Mountain: The Making of
Based on, not entirely mirroring, a true story

Once upon a time, there was a humble jack-of-some-trades named...uh...well, his screenname is TheCommander315. Out of boredom, he was doing some goofy photo-editing on a picture of, of all things, his purposely goofy and disconcerting grin.

"Hmm," said TC315. "'Map to Polar Coordinates'. I wonder what would happen if..."

So he opened the effect, fiddled with the parameters, and hit OK.

This is the result, with clumsy cleaning-up and filling-in jobs and corny typeface.

Epochs later, TC315 finished writing a thrash metal song after some inspiration hit him when he was fiddling on the keyboard. (Thank the heavens for the developer of the guitar soundfont he used.) He had no clue what to name it, until he ran into the Tooth Mountain PNGs he had saved epochs ago in the hope that he would use them in an album (in retrospect, what incredible foresight).

And that how Tooth Mountain came to be.

Or, rather, is coming to be. Stay tuned for the next parts of the saga (TM, I mean, not this Making Of).

THE END.

The first song's here, under the name "TC315- TM1: Accursed Peak". It was supposed to be "The Accursed Peak", but...



At server time, this was posted at 00:19 on 25 Jan, but I think since it's 19:19 here it belongs in the previous day's log. Retrotimecraziness ahoy.

Workout log for January 18, 2010 through January 24, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010: This was a good run at the gym - 4.5 miles on the track in about 50 minutes. I find that I am probably fueled mostly by my unholy fury at people who cannot walk in the walk lanes despite multiple signs indicating that they should do just that. I think it is amazing that I consider this to be a fairly low-impact workout at this point in my life.

Thursday, January 21, 2010: Back to the track for a 60 minute run. I made it 5.5 miles, with no hard breathing until the last 4 laps. I picked it up to a 10 minute mile pace, which is something I apparently cannot sustain now. It felt pretty good though, and I am mostly just impressed with the rate at which I can zone out and block the world in order to finish an unpleasant task - 5.5 miles is 44 laps.

Saturday, January 23, 2010: Did a long run with a group of girls that are doing the race. There were six of us, and three immediately peeled off and were out of sight before we made our first real turn. We ran all over Athens' East Side - through neighborhoods, up roads, past parking lots and shopping centers and fast food places. It was a really nice run, and the other 3 of us were fairly leisurely and 2/3 of us did not have to stop. I actually chatted with my other running partner the entire time, and felt great. I will hopefully pace her during the real race, if she does not get too competitive. We ran 8.5 miles in about 1 hour 40 minutes, including traffic stoplight time.

Side Notes: Things are finally back on track. I am always surprised by what sort of hell I have to go through to learn something new about my body but I am starting to pick up on more subtle cues more easily so we will see if that helps. The race is two weekends away and if I can stop talking, I think I will either be able to pick up my pace or finish the whole thing - definitely not both.

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