I did my clothes shopping last night, and the bane of my clothes shopping existence continues. It is impossible to find pants in my size, especially when I’m looking for a certain style. The guy at Dillard’s told me that I should drink more beer until I have a 40-inch waistline, because then I can shop in the Big and Tall section. I just want 34×34 flat-front pants without cuffs, one or two pairs in wool and one or two pairs with a slight pattern. A herringbone would be excellent. Two pairs black, one charcoal, one dark brown.
I did manage to snag a pair of dark blue pants at The Gap for $20 that were in my size, but I refuse to drop $98 for one pair of pants at Express Men, no matter how awesome they are. I picked up 3 more MX shirts from there, they were on sale and those shirts fit me perfectly. I finally got some nice black dress shoes as well. They were expensive, but if I’m going to be wearing them 40 hours a week I want them to be as comfortable as possible, and these are more comfortable than my Spezials.
I start my new job on Monday. I met another county employee last night who gave me her card because she wants some work done to her site, and people keep asking me if I’m going to improve the Auditor or Recorder sites. God knows they need it, but those sites are of the few that my division doesn’t have a hand in. People keep directing me to the Summit County site, which has GIS and MIS tools in addition to other great database leverage to serve county residents. I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time looking at how other places around the country do their sites in order to get some ideas on usability and implementation.
I love the fact that I’m in a position where I can bring the average person’s ideas to the table and maybe implement them if all works out. Even though I’ve not even officially started yet. Even though I wasn’t elected, I’m still holding a public office, and a respect for service to the public was probably unknowingly instilled in my by my grandpa. That’s some good motivation.
I like cruising down the dirt roads of the internet to see what pops up. Dead sites, deleted threads, random things from the Internet Archive and somehow by doing this I ended up on a zed-list celebrity gossip site that had paparazzi pictures of Britney Spears no-no spot. In an interesting bifurcation of thought I clicked on the link. I didn’t really want to see it, but I was interested in what all the fuss was about. It looked like any other no-no spot. What was more interesting to me was the c-section scar.
In any case, there is this prevalent fascination with what certain celebrities look like with the wrinkly bits visible. Almost as if, since they have celebrity, their junk must look or somehow be better than someone elses. It is self-consciously chuckle-dumb. Everybody has the same bits, more or less, so paying attention to personality, focus and wisdom should be the main swing of things. Except it’s easier to let the lizard hind-brain do the thinking, especially when teh internets are involved.
I finally have to wear adult clothes to work, and alas, I don’t really know where to go to get them. Recommendations have included outlet shopping [which I’ll probably hit this weekend] and a variety of places that are too expensive for my taste. Although The Gap sounds like it might hold possibilities and there is one 2 miles from here. Maybe I’ll go there first instead of driving to Lodi.
I watched the classic Christmas movie Eyes Wide Shut while wrapping gifts last night. Man does that movie suck. It was the only film left in my Stanley Kubrick Collection that I hadn’t made it all the way through. I’d usually get about ten minutes in and then glaze over. I did get most of my wrapping done, and now I have only a few more things to buy to finish up. Certain people have been especially difficult to buy for this year. I also have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I bought a tiny Norfolk pine, too small even for an ornament. Instead of putting presents under it, I’ve had to put the tree on top of them. I’m using red wrapping paper and green ribbon as this year’s theme. I got 100 yards of ribbon for $6 at Pat Catan’s the other day. I’m sure I’ll be using it for the next 20 years.
My ribs hurt. I feel like I was sacked by a Samoan a few times this weekend. Maybe Andy was using me as a blocking dummy when I wasn’t looking.
I liberated this idea and made little books of my shorter poems. I didn’t want to invest too much time into it, and since I’ve been going through another Eric Gill phase I thought to make it a limited edition. It is a limited edition of 25 +1 and I’m going to sell them at $1 apiece tonight at the C-Space benefit with the proceeds going to C-Space.
One of my next projects will be to create a somewhat useful poetry page on my site, with audio samples, and a way to get these lazy limited editions if there are leftovers. I’ve been feeling crafty lately.
I can now certainly afford a house in Cleveland. Whether I can afford a house in Tremont is another matter. I’ve done some research in the past [1, 2] and the prognosis wasn’t good. There is an upcoming Tremont-wide open house that might be a good chance for me to find something, but it still looks like most of the places are more than I can afford. I don’t want to spend over $80k for a home or $110 for a duplex, but most of what I’ve seen on the market is going for twice that.
Even the tiniest of houses in the trendy part of Tremont are selling for $85k. This one looks much more promising, although the crime in that part of Tremont is pretty bad. There is a duplex on W.10th, right around the corner from where I live that I’d like to look at, but I can’t find the listing for it anywhere. There are plenty of options actually, but with prices so inflated in this area, I wonder what the catch is. Nonetheless I can look and learn all I want.
Here are some that I’ve found in just brief bouts of looking:
• 1054 Holmden
• 2603 W. 15th. [More than I want to spend on a single family, but I could afford it.]
• 2481 Thurman Ave. [Might have some possibilities, but many houses on Thurman are completely bombed out, and this price for a 2-family makes me think it might be.].
• 2165 Columbus [I can’t decide if proximity to the VTR is a good or bad thing.]
I tried to navigate the Howard-Hanna Smythe-Cramer site, but it is completely useless in terms of searching. I polled my neighbors for recommendations for a good realtor and will also look in to the FSBO places. One of my neighbors also offered to help draw up the contract if I find a FSBO that suits me.
Sure I want to have my cake and eat it too, but mainly I want a good price on a solid house that isn’t going to require massive amounts of rehabilitating. The house that I looked at across the street from where I currently live was on the market for $40k had no furnace or ductwork, exposed wiring and lathing and rotten siding and ceilings. The guy who bought it probably put that much if not more into it to make it livable again. That’s what I want to avoid.
I am now the proud owner of a titanium spork.
DO NOT MOCK ME!