Public Office

Thursday, 30 November 2006

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.


Wednesday, 29 November 2006

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.


Tuesday, 28 November 2006

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.

Eyes Wide Suck

Monday, 27 November 2006

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.


Saturday, 25 November 2006

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.

Heralding Poem Books

House Hunting

Wednesday, 22 November 2006

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.

Titanium Spork

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

I am now the proud owner of a ti­ta­nium spork.