Wednesday, May 31, 2006

This Just In...

Every 15th and end of the month, I will post stuff that I wanted to post here, but it didn't seem like I have enough data to post a full entry about it, or is about something that is coming up in my life or anything that I just wanted to post and just forgot to post when I had the time but ended up forgetting... Hopefully you get the point.

- Of course I'm on MySpace!... But who are some of my friends? Well, if I know you personally and you have a MySpace account, there is a good chance that I have you down as one of my friends. But what about famous people? Well, here is my list:

- Gabriel Iglesias (comedian)
- Pablo Francisco (comedian)
- Darren Carter (comedian)
- Stephanie Monk (actress)
- Jon Lovitz (actor)
- The Handsome (musicians from Provo)
- Garth Brooks (musician)
- Dane Cook (comedian)

...At the moment, I am still waiting for a reply from The Postal Service (band) and Drew Carey (comedian).

- Do you realize, now that June is starting tomorrow, Christmas is already less than 6 months away?! CRAP!

- My friends Top 8 (on MySpace) is ranked by how many comments you have posted. The more you post, the higher your position goes. If the number of comments is a tie, then the person who posted the last comment first, is awarded the tie-breaker. Have fun and go start posting comments!!!

- Let the records state that this is probably the longest I have had Windows installed on the computer I am using now without reformatting my hard drive and reinstalling Windows. Four months!!! According to iTunes, the first song that was played after I re-installed iTunes was on January 31st. For those of you who don't know me that well, the longest I have ever had Windows installed was probably under 3 months! Well, let's see how long this can last...

- I was originally going to sign up to walk Snickers (my dog) in the Strut-Your-Mutt this year, but I guess that time of the half-year came around for her and we couldn't do it. They do not allow dogs that are in heat to get near. So, maybe next year.

- As of me posting this, I now have 800+ points since starting Yahoo! Answers on the 20th... Sweet! It's not just answering questions that gets you points. Every time you get a Best Answer, you get another 10. You can vote for best answer if one has not been decided after the question is now close (1 point). You can get 1 point if you also vote Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down on a Best Answer. 2 points if someone vote Thumbs Up on your Best Answer. And at the moment, I have answered 144+ questions, 16 of those have been picked as Best Answers.

- As I posted on the 15th, I was planning on traveling out to visit JoAnna in California during the late part of July. Well, that plan fell through because something better came up. She is coming out here for the Napoleon Dynamite Festival. SWEET!!! So from July 6th though probably the 8th or 9th, I will not be posting anything on those days. I will be up in Idaho. On the days that she is still here after the festival, I will just post some questions that you folks have asked me. It won't be until after she heads back home that I will take the time to sit down and write what adventures she and I had during that time. Also, the pictures I take will not be up for a few days after I post that entry... Oh, and JoAnna................ You need to tell me what days you are getting off so I can ask for those as well...

- Yes, the picture I used on the 27th of me in my Vote For Pedro shirt, I have used it before on this blog. But here is something you don't know: if you look closer, you can see hives starting to break out on my skin because I was starting to get really irritated with the way things were going at the time of the festival. Now, when ever you see that picture, you are probably going to be freaked out... Ah ha!

- Guess I have been doing okay in spelling and grammar on my blog entries. I haven't had anyone write me in the past few days.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

X

Ten years ago today, I believe the world lost an extraordinary and talented musician. Due to an addition he struggled to shake most of his later life, he finally lost his war with heroin. Bradley Nowell was a musician beyond what anyone could have imagine.

If you are wondering why I am writing about him, I too have struggled with drugs and alcohol. And I remember thinking near the end of me using, that I could possibly end up like him (get into other things much worse and parish), or slowly get my life back together.

Well, look where I am at today...

As a bonus for my MySpace profile, I've decorated it in tribute for today only...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

"I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends..." - The Beatles

I had a busy day yesterday!

I told Tristyn during our I/M session (around 2/3AM) to come over and wake me up at 10AM. So I got very little sleep I didn't get to bed until around 4AM, and then. However, we did get a lot on my To Do List done.

After getting ready and dressed, we first stopped off at the library to pick a CD I had reserved. Then we had to run and a refill my meds. Then stopped off at Target to get my glasses adjusted. I need to go back in to get them tightened now. Came home, ripped the CD into my computer and uploaded it onto my iPod.

Then, Tristyn called that placed (for me) that owned the truck that flicked the rock at my windshield. They still deny that they were even in Salt Lake and won't do anything about it. So, I am going to take the windshield into Techna Glass (where I got the windshield) tomorrow to see if they can do a rock chip repair. If it still looks bad, or they can't, I am going to Get Gephardt. If he can't do anything, then I am going to probably go to court for this. I hope it doesn't have to go that far.

After dealing with those idiots from that trucking company, we loaded up in the trunk of my car, the server, computer and monitor that was given to me that didn't work (I'll tell you what I did with these in just a second). We left the house again this time and first returned the CD I had just picked up, then headed over to Tristyn's house to pick up some stuff she had to return to the library downtown.

While we were heading downtown on I-15, around 13th South, the traffic really slowed down. I thought there was an accident up ahead. However, right before the 6th South exit, it started to ease up again. After getting off the off ramp, we noticed helicopters and a swarm of police near Little America. We didn't know what was going on. So, Tristyn called her mom and we found out that the president of Mexico was in town. So, we dropped off her things and continued on to do another thing on my list. Take a picture of this wall near the Gateway Plaza. I wanted to originally get in the picture, but since there were two guys (that probably worked near by) tossing a football back and forth during their break or lunch time, I couldn't. So, I just took the picture and got back in the car.




We then headed on up to Park City to a recycling place that actually recycles computers and computer products. We had to pay $5 as a drop off fee for the monitor, but it was worth it to just get it out of my room! After dropping that stuff off, we drove over to Main Street. We walked up and down the street before deciding to go eat at The Red Banjo (a pizza place). However, they were closed for remodeling. So, we decided to go and eat at Mt. Air Cafe. But they too were closed. Not for remodeling, but it looks like there was a fire that destroyed the building. I hope they rebuild it, because that was a really good place to eat. So, since there was no where else in Park City that sounded good to eat, we decided to head back to Salt Lake and go eat at Super Salad.

After lunch, came home and moved a lot of the boxes that were in my room, downstairs. That helped make room to move around a again and to also lay down for a nap. So we took a small nap before being woken up again. My mom said that they were going to try having Snickers mate again around 7PM. Apparently (since I found out from Tristyn, not my parents), they took her over to my aunts house to have her mate with a friends dog on Monday night. The dog couldn't get it in... So, they planned to meet again last night. So Tristyn and I took her over to the house and we let them do their thing. The other dog is smaller in size compared to Snickers, so I could see how it may not have got in. Well, he succeeded last night and she did not like that one bit. Let me tell you something for those of you who have not see this act. It's not like the movies where the dog just gets on, does his things and leaves... No! For some reason, the female dog's muscles tighten up and hold his "who-who" in until it lets it go. This is to ensure that she holds whatever in. Well, Snickers was wining like a dog who had it's foot stuck in bear trap. Oh, it was sad to me because she is my baby. And to know there is nothing you can do to help, you just have to help hold her and pet her and massage her on her head and back. Well, after more than 10 minutes, the muscles finally let go and we both went our separate ways. Boy, was she angry after getting in the car (lol). Can you imagine if this happened to people? Having sex would suck!

Well, we brought her back home and had to give her a bath. But to make sure, we are going to have them try again tonight. I won't be there because I will have to be at work.

After we gave her her bath, we ordered pizza and watched MST3K: The Movie. But Tristyn and I both ended up crashing after about half way through the movie.

...And that was my day...

(Updated on May 25, 2006 @ 12:05 MST)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I Hope You Now Understand Why...

Whenever someone ask me what I would like for my birthday or for Christmas (presents/gifts), I always tell them that "I do not need anything" because "I am fine". Then that person gets mad at me, like I am being a jerk to them. Well, here is why I say, "I do not need anything" in the first place.

First, view the picture on the right to see a much larger scale of what my room looks like right now. (And no, there is no Waldo to look for either)

Now, half of this stuff in this picture is either going to the D.I., on eBay or the recycling center (magazines, computer parts). Then, another quarter of this is going in boxes and being placed downstairs for the time being. The remaining quarter, is staying in the room.

Right now, as I write this, my bed is covered with stuff (and I have stuff beneath the bed too). So, I am sleeping on the floor... next to the door where the only space for me to sleep is available.

Since my birthday is coming up, please remember this blog entry and don't get me anything that will end up in this mess!!! If you want to get me something, I'll take cash because I always have bills!!! But, that is if you do get me anything.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Happy Birthday Jackie

Hey everyone, it's Jackie's birthday today! If you know or see her, be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday!!!

Sorry, I didn't post this earlier. I have been dealing with the DMV today...

Thursday, May 18, 2006

A Quick Note From Ryan

What I just wrote about me not going back to school, I wrote it so that you know that I am not going back to school, not to make you feel sorry, bad or responsible for me not going back. Since I still have the option to choose before the school year started, I chose family first, not school. You only get one family, but many chances to always go back to get an education.

So, if you are feeling like you "caused" this from happening, please, don't be. Know that I still have a good paying job and that I am still happy with the way things are going in my life. May be a little hectic, but I'm fine.

Oh, 2PM. Time to start getting ready for work...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

It's More Than Pretty Sweet...

Yesterday (5/16), I went into Best Buy to purchase the new Flippin' Sweet Collector's Set of Napoleon Dynamite. I skipped the main movie disc (disc 1), because I have seen the movie a couple of times (lol, yeah right...), and went straight to disc 2. It really is worth watching. It has so many bonus features of behind the scenes that they didn't include on the first DVD.

Monday, May 15, 2006

This Just In...

Every 15th and end of the month, I will post stuff that I wanted to post here, but it didn't seem like I have enough data to post a full entry about it, or is about something that is coming up in my life or anything that I just wanted to post and just forgot to post when I had the time but ended up forgetting... Hopefully you get the point.

- Oops! I should have just said, "Press it once" when I told you to press the Refresh button on the 1st... I had 5 hits/33 page views that day. Normally, it would have been, 5/5. Although I like those high numbers, I still wish I had just said "Press it once".

- I have submitted a few of my pictures of my old and new iPods to iLounge.com. Since they don't categorize each picture page by a single web address, they do it by Search results. So these are my pictures...

- Napoleon Dynamite
- Hole / Moab
- Snickers

... Come folks, vote and give these pictures a "5"! ... Oh, if you own an iPod and you submit/have submitted your own personal photo(s) to iLounge, let me know and I'll post a link to them from here.

- Did you know that it was once considered a BIG no-no to rip your CD's to put them on your computer, MP3 player or burn them...? It seems that NOW, we are finally allowed to start ripping our CD's.... (snickering).

- Brian sent me this URL, check this site out for deals on computer accessories: www.woot.com. What it is, is a web site that has products for sale, but they display them one item at a time, for every day.

- I maybe going out to California in July to visit JoAnna. It depends on whether or not she can get some time off from both jobs to hang out with me for a few days.

- My Napoleon Dynamite webpage finally passed the 3000 page view mark on May 11, 2006 at 8:41:02 PM. If you are wondering how I know the date and time, like this blog, I have a counter at the bottom of the page.

- I finally went and seen The Benchwarmers with Shannon (from work) not too long ago of me posting this. It was funny, but not as funny as I though it would be. Well, there will be other Jon Heder movies to come...

Sunday, May 14, 2006

I'm In

Yesterday (5/13), I received a letter in the mail from SLCC, and it said...


Dear Ryan:

Congratulations! You have been admitted to Salt Lake Community College for enrollment in the Fall Semester 2006 beginning August 23, 2006 as a student with a major of Continuing Education.



...The remainder of the letter explains what I need to do finish getting enrolled.

Well, this is it... No turning back now.

Happy Mother's Day

I just wanted to wish all the mom's out there, Happy Mother's Day.

As for the picture, luckily I never had to go through with this horror event as a child. I was lucky enough to get my hair cut from a professional. It wasn't until I was older (age 20+) that I started shaving my head by myself (or with the help from others, at random times).

Sunday, May 7, 2006

There Is Always A First To Everything

Right before my work closed Saturday night (not too long ago), I had two ladies come through my line. However, I could tell that they were not from the US because one of them showed me her passport when she used her credit card to pay for her stuff. Plus, they had accents and couldn't combine perfect English sentences. Plus, they were speaking to each other in their native tongue.

Anyways, I don't know why the older lady of the two did this, but she purchased coffee creamer. Now, when someone buys something, you never ask what they are going to do with it. You just know they are buying because they need it and are going to hopefully use that product in the right way.

While the other lady was packing her groceries, the one that purchased the creamer removed the seal from the creamer, and started to drink it straight. (Yeah, I know...) I didn't say anything because, A) I didn't want to refund it, and B) I thought it was funny as hell, because you don't know what could possibly happen if you drink that stuff without mixing it with coffee. Well, she will find out soon if it does anything.

If you are thinking that I made this up... Know this. I am not one to make things up... I don't have a mind that is that creative.

Updated on May 7, 2006 @ 10:04 MST

Saturday, May 6, 2006

The Secret Word of the Day Is...

Remember how I told you that when the power went out, I tried to write the entry in a notebook? Well, on the page behind the one I wrote on, I found something I wrote down nearly 5 years ago. It was a bunch of words that JoAnna had made up and that I know she still uses! I have to admit, I have used some, and some I will use every once in a while...

I have asked her for her permission to post this as an entry, and she said I could. So, while I was telling her a few of the words I had written down, she told me some more that she uses... So, I will be posting those here as well. But sorry JoAnna, I try to keep this blog as friendly and clean as possible (except when I am mad), so I will not be posting any of the bad or offensive ones... Ready? Try to guess what the word posted below is suppose to mean.

5 Years Ago
Sasamify
Brr-Freezing
Trity
Prettiful
Dag-Nab-It
Womanizer
Nummiful
Kool-a-ma-Laid
Fridge-a-ma-latter
Ketchalup
Trick-a-ma-treaters
Smucking Fart
Osstifer
Fervert
Yonder
Death Couch
Feel-Bads
Romantical
Pretty Peas
Disgustible
Hostiples
Abulences
Angrified


New Words
Brr, ah my freezing
Ah, my gomach...
We huuuungy
bellyton
trittyful
flutterby
goss
whatever ever for whatever loser
alicious
otay
geedue (thank you)
asay
hot gog
glaucius
deer nada
sponsitilities


Then, while I was watching season 3, disc 2 of That '70s Show, I found something that (I guess) relates to this entry... Enjoy!!



Updated on May 6, 2006 @ 13:09 MST

Friday, May 5, 2006

Happy Anniversary

I would just like to wish my parents a Happy Anniversary. Let's see, it is their.... (I'm 25, going on 26....) 27th wedding anniversary!

Thursday, May 4, 2006

I... I Can't Breathe!

I just read on NapoleonStuff.com, that a special two disc set of Napoleon Dynamite, entitled, "Napoleon Dynamite - Like, the Best Special Edition Ever!" is planned to be release on May 16.

However, before I came very close to making a purchase on Amazon.com for this video, I quickly looked at Best Buy's website...

Anyone want to guess what comes along with the video if you purchase it there??

...2 Head Knockers (Napoleon and Kip Dynamite Head Knocker) and a set of 5 exclusive iPod skins (5 brand new designs) for the Nano (3) and Mini (1) and the 20/40 GB (1). Dang it! I want one for mine!!!

I..... I have to sit down. This is all too much for me. The room is spinning...

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Whoo-Hoo! Four Day Weekend!

I recently had the past four days off of work. It was nice, but I wish I did a lot more than what I did. However, since I did some fun stuff, I thought I might share it with you.

Friday, I was originally going to take my car in to have the windshield replaced, but since they were booked up, I was only able to schedule an appointment for Monday. I was also going to go visit SLCC about schooling, but that never happened. Mowed the lawn, shipped a package to JoAnna, checked out some stuff at the library, bought my new iPod and hung out with Tristyn... that's pretty much all I can remember about Friday.

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On Saturday, since Tristyn's cousin is now home from Iraq, his family held a Welcome Home party at Riverside Park near my work. Tristyn invited me to go sometime last week, so I couldn't say no to that. It was free food man! No, jk! That's not the real reason why. For someone who serves your country (when I personally can't... meds), you go! Well, we were at that for about an hour and a half, then Tristyn and I left the party and headed up to Preston to get lottery tickets.

After arriving in Preston, we tried to take pictures, but the scenery of where I wanted to take the pictures didn't look that pleasing. Plus, trying to get to the spot where I wanted to get to was a joke. The road was so damaged, it was sad. You can see the comparison on the right. The picture on the left was taken on August 4th, and the one on the right was taken Saturday. It wasn't just that little hill there, it was the entire dirt road that you have to drive on to get to that hill. (NOTE: With new glasses, Idaho is even more awesome to visit!)

However, after finally getting off of that road, we went over and took pictures of the llamas. If I overheard right last year at the Napoleon Dynamite Festival, they couldn't get Dolly (the llama that played "Tina" in ND) to be part of the event because she was pregnant. Well, if she was, she had her baby. They were not shy and came right over to the fence. I had to keep warning Tristyn to not get so close because llama's do spit (...But to make sure that she really had a baby, I'll ask the next time I go up).

We went and had dinner at Big J's. Then tried to go bowling (I don't know about Tristyn, but I was exhausted for some reason), but was only able to bowl 2 games. Stopped at La Tienda for the lottery tickets and then finally stopped at Big J's in Richmond for fresh Strawberry shakes, then headed home.

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On Sunday, I guess I was still exhausted that I just caught up on my sleep. All I really did was watch The Simpsons, King of the Hill and Family Guy... Oh, and I worked on converting videos for my iPod. At the moment, I have American Graffiti, Napoleon Dynamite, two MST3K videos, and a whole bunch of other random stuff. I would have more, but it takes anywhere from an hour and a half to 4 hours to convert a DVD to the right format (if it is successful in doing so). I tried to convert Star Wars Episode IV, but it just wouldn't work (no matter how many different ways I tried to do it). So I have decided against trying the other 5 movies...

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Since I caught up with my sleep on Sunday (and going back to bed around 11PM that night), I woke up at 3AM (on Monday) and was up for most of the day. So, around 11AM, I had to get ready to take my car in to have the windshield replaced. Took it in, but I took Snickers with me. While they were working on it, I took her to Creekside Park. I watched a lot of people play disc golf (aka: frolf). That is something that looks fun, but it is something I could never play. I can't even throw a Frisbee right (lol). Well, after 30 minutes, we started walking back and paid for the windshield. Stopped in at CompUSA for a bit to visit... I mean, bug, Tristyn. Came home and was able to talk to JoAnna for a bit. It's always nice to talk to her (Sorry JoAnna, for not calling you later like you said I should have...).

Well, after talking with her, I went down to the library again to get a DVD I requested. I was copying the DVD, but soon fell asleep. Shortly after (around 5/6), I had to go pick up a family member at work. After that, my family and I went to my grandparents for a spaghetti dinner (that was the reason I took today off). Came home and just crashed. Then the dog woke me up not too long ago, so I thought I would post my entries for the day... and about my day(s).