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06 January 2008 @ 11:07 pm
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the spring semester. I, however, will not be in class, but at work. Both works, actually. Yet another semester of only Tuesday/Thursday classes.

Somehow, despite a good three weeks off, I still manage to feel...off. Worn down? Might be a better descriptor. Not ready for another semester, that's for damn sure. Fall semesters always seem to take a lot out of me. Yet I always find myself excited for the fall, probably due to mountain bike season.

Speaking of bikes, I've been weak-willed in that department, and havn't ridden at all yet this year. I really just want to go dirt jump, but that won't help me go faster. I need to buckle down and make some sort of half-assed training effort. It was a new years resolution sort of thing.

And on the topic of new years resolution things, I've been doing pretty well. My efforts towards fiscal responsibility have been going pretty well. Stayed inside my weekly budget this week (barely), and the cash only thing is a good call. It's remarkable how easy it is to just blow money on shit with a debit card. Hopefully I'll be able to safe up enough cash to get a downhill bike by this coming fall. I could always finance it, and I probably will, if I can have between one third and one half of the cost in cash, and disposable. It'll be hard though, with the upgrades I'm making with my dirt jump bike. But that's why I have two jobs, and instituted this budget. I had to go headfirst into such a damn expensive hobby...

Also on the new years resolution-esque front, I've been cooking more. And eating more veggies. I completely cut beef out of my diet, and have been trying to use more fresh vegetables as opposed to canned, and have been eating salad and such. It's definitely more comforting, I feel like I'm eating a real meal, like back at my parents house.

And now time to throw my clothes in the dryer and get to bed, so I'll wake up on time and can make lunch before work tomorrow.
Current Music: Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
13 December 2007 @ 01:27 pm
Today is December 13th. As I left my first Final today, around 11:45, I rode over to my local coffee shop for my caffeine fix. I'm wearing shorts and a tshirt. And sweating. Mid december, and it's 80 degrees in sunny Gainesville. Welcome to north central Florida.

Now, around this time tomorrow, I'll be on my way to Jacksonville, to get on a plane to Kansas City, where the high temp for tomorrow is, according to the weather channel, 30 degrees. Though, by the time we get in tomorrow around 10 pm, it will likely be approaching the low, which is 21.
On Saturday, we're planning on pre-riding the course. High of 26, 70 percent chance of snow showers. On Sunday, when my race starts at 10 am, I highly doubt we'll be anywhere near the forecasted high of 32. It's going to be the most bonkers race I think I've ever participated in. It should be fun, in that 'this is completely insane but I'm still going to do it' kind of way. Yea, cyclocross!

Talk about some drastic temperature changes. At least it'll be nice when we get back to Florida. a cold front is coming through, so highs will be in the 60's. Finally, a cold snap.

Almost done with school, one more exam tonight at 5:30, and that's it.
Current Music: Fugazi
26 November 2007 @ 09:09 pm
hot dog.

that just opened this entry. or post. what-have-you.
so things are things. Thanksgiving was busy, but nice. seeing family is always great, the grub was amazing, and it was the first time i'd been home since sometime in the summer. school is hectic this week, one final on thursday and two papers are due as well. cyclocross race in tally on saturday. should be fun. one of my best friends is coming back into town for the weekend, which should promise to be entertaining, in the least, if not down right raucous. things will get rowdy, of this i have no doubt.

I've got my flights arranged for cyclocross nats, so kansas city, here i come. for a weekend, hah. there from dec 14th through the 16th. shit should be bonkers. (will you be in town then leslie?)

working a bunch, i really like working at chain. except, i hate dealing with customers. i'm not a good salesman, and i feel awkward talking about anything but mountain bikes, and even then, i don't feel all that familiar with what i'm trying to get this person to buy. i guess i just need to go over the product lines and marketing speech.

i'm getting a headache from the computer screen. time to get cracking on some schoolwork, after some food and tea. mmmm.
Current Music: aggrolites
20 July 2007 @ 12:44 am

9.21.07 Jinx Savannah, GA
9.22.07 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA

probably the atlanta gig. hey justin (or anyone else living in/near A-town) any chance of seeing you there?
16 May 2007 @ 11:00 pm
word up livejournal land

it's been a while.
so here's a smattering of things that have occured in the last few months.

-withdrew from all my classes this semester. i was working too much, and my grades had dropped severely, and looking at grad schools, i still need another .2 or so to add onto the current 3.4. 2 d's, one c, and a b would not have accomplished that.
-because of this, i now get an extra fall semester. which is kind of cool.
-i'm 21 now. nothings changed, except now i can go into the store and pick it out myself.
-bought a new bike.
-doing plenty of rock climbing, while managing to continuously maintain the slightly injured state of my right hand.
-it's finally summer in n. central florida, after weeks of indecision where it would randomly be 67 degrees for a few days then warm up only to do it all again. the beach and the springs will hopefully be frequent visits.
-i just read fast food nation. i'm angry. i also suggest that everyone pick up a copy, or grab it from the local library, and read it. downright disturbing.
-my brother, steve, graduates from high school this saturday, and in the fall he's going up to georgia tech. it's hard to compete when you're a history/anthropology major who just withdrew from classes, and your brother is going to ga. tech to be an engineer. oh well, can't win 'em all

i guess thats it. i dunno
how's everybody doing?
15 December 2006 @ 11:23 pm
so, since i'm a dumbtard, i have recently bought a pair of climbing shoes that are a bit too small for me.

Montrail Karma, sized 40.5
only wore them once, for maybe 7 bouldering routes? one scuff on the montrail logo. like you weren't going to do that soon anyways.

they were retail 110, i got them on clearance (thus non-returnable) for 80.
anyone interested?
make me an offer?
13 October 2006 @ 02:46 am
collegiate mountain bike nationals again! and i get to go!
approximately via this route:

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Total Est. Time: 34 hours, 34 minutes Total Est. Distance: 2175.24 miles

And that's only one way.....

from Gainesville FL, to Angel Fire, New Mexico, by way of Tallahassee and Johnson City, Tn, to catch a ride with the guys from Eastern Tenn. State (they get free gas in the van, jam)
23+ of those hours is the tennessee to new mexico drive.

oh, collegiate mountain biking, how i love thee.
Current Mood: excited
Current Music: Ol' Dirty Bastard - Brooklyn Zoo
12 September 2006 @ 11:07 pm
I got run over by a van on sunday.

That's the short story. A little more in depth version:
We'd just finished up the MTB race weekend in Conyers, GA, and are loading up to go home. The guys from ETSU were rolling out of the parking lot to head out, and I ran over to their van to say bye (note: I was running perpendicular to the van, not head on). Then I hit the muddy spot in the gravel parking lot, and slip, fall, and wind up sliding baseball style directly under the passenger side front tire.

So the aftermath - only my right leg got run over. After 2 mg of Dilaudids and 7.5 hours in the Rockdale Medical Center it was determined I had no fractures and was given a half assed cleaning and wrapping. Road rash all up the outside of my right leg from a few inches below the knee to mid thigh, a real big, deep chunk ripped out of my knee, a couple other deep cuts on the outside of the knee. Minor scrapes and road rash on the left knee and foot.

Now I'm getting it cleaned and the dressings changed daily at the infirmary, and its gettign alot better much quicker than I expected, atleast on the exterior. It's swollen up pretty good.
Once the swelling goes down and the cuts and abrasions start getting better, they'll start checking for damage to ligaments/tendons/whatever other soft tissues that may have gotten tore up.

For having gotten run over by a 15 passenger van full of people towing a trailer full of bikes, I'm feeling pretty good. That may be the percoset talking, but regardless, I feel pretty lucky to not have any fractures.

So that really all that is new. Thus ends my '06 mountain bike season, as well as my work schedule for the next week or so.
I'll try and take pictures tomorrow when the dressings come off.
Current Music: lucero - watch it burn
05 August 2006 @ 05:49 pm
so i will again have high speed internet on the 8th.
back to civilization.
01 August 2006 @ 06:55 pm
i have no internet.
thus i am online on campus again.
til the 7th, when i move into my new house (!)

so call me if you need to get ahold of me.