Public Office

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 34x34 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.

Eyes Wide Suck

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.

Heralding Poem Books

House Hunting

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.