Archive for December, 2007
You’re browsing racks of clothes, trying to find just the right outfit for an upcoming event. You wade through aisle after aisle, amassing a good selection to choose from. Then you haul it all into the dressing room and start trying it on for size. This one’s too big. That one is too tight up top. The other needs to come in a few inches in the waist. And with some luck you’ll eventually emerge with a piece that fits just right.
We can use that as a metaphor to better understand how I test out ideas, behaviors, and attitudes. I like to try them on, view them from different angles, and walk around in them a little (privately) before making a decision. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t, adjusting from there to find the perfect fit. Once in a while, I’ll let someone inside my dressing room to provide a second opinion. Woe be it unto them.
Often I don’t give warning. When wrestling with an issue, I’ll just throw concepts out there to seek feedback and study reactions. Those poor people closest to me have trouble at times figuring out whether I’m simply trying something on, or if I bought it. And bless them for trying. Maybe some day I’ll be able to slow the flurry of thoughts enough to first let people know when I’m headed into the dressing room.
December 19th, 2007
You know, it’s not even Christmas, and already I feel spoiled. I’ve been able to put together a new bicycle thanks in part to a number of great (and early) gifts. I couldn’t possibly ask for more, but before I lost my original velocipede in the accident, my wish list looked like this…
This Week’s Topic: Ten Things I Want For Christmas
Apple MacBook Pro 15″ & Adobe CS3 Design Premium • Nintendo Wii & Super Mario Galaxy • Aliph Jawbone in Red • Polar F55 Womens HRM in Red • Valentino Side Bow Satchel • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T200 in Red • Dior “Lovely” Ruched Hobo • and a Pegoretti Responsorium CiavetÃ©
And while we’re at it, a few of my dreams on four wheels…
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 • Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Versace Edition • Koenigsegg CCXR Special Edition • Aston Martin V12 DBS • Peugeot 307CC • Audi A1 Metroproject • Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
December 11th, 2007
Heaven knows I can’t be without a bike for two seconds before I start jonesing for a spin, so I began rebuilding immediately after the crash. Coincidentally, cycling legend Eddy Merckx was coming to town, and since I’d had my eye on one of his frames, that’s where I began.
My new CHM arrived in the same package as the bike Eddy would ride, and Stan and his crew filmed me unwrapping both frames. Although I wasn’t able to ride with Mr. Merckx on December 1st, Jordan took part in a four-man breakaway that proved Eddy still has what it takes to turn the screws. Then, before he left, the Cannibal signed my frame.
Not a bad start for a new bike. The frame isn’t top of the line, but it’s a good value for European carbon at around 2 pounds. So far I’ve built it with Campagnolo Record, Salsa Poco carbon bars, flashy white pedals, those new Fulcrum RS cranks, and Nokon cables for extra bling.
Replacement of the red hot Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels I received for my birthday may need to wait until the property damage settlement, but they’re gonna look pretty flippin’ sweet. Not sure if I’ll need to swap out the Deda carbon stem and seatpost for better fitting items from Thomson, but I’ll post pictures when it’s all done… Almost there!
December 10th, 2007
It doesn’t take much to get me into the holiday spirit. The first sign of red and green gets me smiling, even if it’s while strolling the aisles at Target in October. So, it came as no surprise that last night’s theatrical event threw me over the top, and into full-on yuletide zeal.
My best friend on earth (Whom I just happen to be dating. Did I forget to mention it before? Interesting. Maybe I’ll share the story some day.) is a private banker, and his firm bought out the seats for last night’s performance of “A Christmas Carol” by South Coast Repertory.
I’m no theater buff, but I can see how people get into seeing shows on a regular basis. It was oddly relaxing and thoroughly entertaining. You can kind-of lose yourself in the drama, and there’s an interactive quality that could be addicting, especially when you have great seats.
Not only was the show fantastic, but it was a hoot getting to wear a pretty new cocktail dress and spending the evening on the arm of a very dapper gentleman. Even the obligatory schmoozing with clients and co-workers was unusually tolerable. Last night was such a treat!
December 7th, 2007
Though I’m nearly a week late, it’s been a while since I did one of these weekly “Top Tens” and this one made me smile, so here you go:
This Week’s Topic: Ten Best Games
1. TETRIS – Nearly wore out the buttons on my Motorola SLVR because of this game. My high scores would blow your mind. As an unexpected bonus, mad Tetris skillz have a real-life application: You can pack and move all your household belongings into storage in under five hours.
2. KINGDOM OF LOATHING – If you’ve ever played an online text-based RPG you’ll love this game. The NPC concepts and combat messages are hilarious, and some of the quests could drive you to drink, but that’s ok because drinking earns you extra turns each day. Trust me and try it.
3. MONOPOLY – Though most people probably burn out on this one after a few tries, there’s a special breed of people who don’t tire of this classic board game. I’m one of them. These days the game goes much faster thanks to computers taking care of tedious manual tasks.
4. SETTLERS OF CATAN – Not your usual board game, simple to pick up and fun to master, this game puts your mind to work. With a little bit of luck and a decent strategy your colony will claim victory.
5. APPLES TO APPLES – An interactive card game, mostly for kids, which is more about how well you know the people you’re playing with than anything else. This game gave me and the step kids so many laughs.
6. SUPER MARIO BROS – There’s a good reason why this is the best selling video game of all time: It’s fun! My mom withstood my begging and pleading for a video gaming console until the NES came out, but after that I spent a large chunk of my childhood playing this game.
7. CHEZ GEEK – I have to thank PJ for this one. He brought it with him on his visit from Canada and I liked this card game so much that I got my own deck after he left. Now I just need to find a geek to play with.
8. MAJOR MUD – It may not be as widely known as World of Warcraft, but I must pay homage to a precursor to that modern-day classic. Though I’ve made so many good friends playing MajorMUD, please take my advice and never marry anyone you met in an RPG.
9. CAESAR & CLEOPATRA – Not many people know of this card game, but it won awards when it came out in 1998. Game play and strategy are fun and simple, and I like the elegant shape and design of the cards.
10. MINDTRAP – This is another game that most of you probably haven’t heard of, but I really like it. It involves solving logical riddles, and some of them are so difficult, they’ll really get your gears turning.
BONUS: Don’t forget the ARCADE GAMES here at Atomic Bombshell. Choose from Pac Man, Asteroids, Tetris, Space Invaders, Hexxagon, Simon, Snake, and Tic-Tac-Toe. Always here and ready for you to play.
December 3rd, 2007