Phone Problems

If you call me, always be sure to leave a message or I may not know that you called. I had called Melanie (the girl with the gorgeous house I hopefully may move in to) on Sunday and again yesterday to see if I could come out and meet her roommate and see if they were going to be okay living with a guy. I never heard anything back and assumed that they had decided they wanted a girl, but then i got a message last night from her and she said she had tried to call me on Sunday too and both calls had gone directly to voicemail. So if you want me to know you called, please leave a message. Thanks!

C’mon baby… Crash!

I have been watching the real estate market for several years now and I think it’s become a bubble and will pop soon. The subprime loans market has already plunged and if interest rates continue to rise, other sectors will collapse as well. This will lead to massive foreclosures, which will in turn create a supply glut and prices will drop. Which all would make me a happy man, because I will be able to buy my first home soon!

Does your dog love you?

I just read an interesting article in the NYTimes that tells you how to tell if you dog loves your or not by which direction his tail wags. If his tail wags right, he has positive feelings towards you and if it wags left he is uncomfortable/fearful.

Old party

No, this is not SNL.

I went to the party at the old frat guys house tonight with Fletch and saw a bunch of old guys I knew. It was one of the saddest and most frightening things I’ve ever seen. I am so glad that I escaped that culture when I did. I left feeling horrified and have had nothing to do with it since until tonight, when I went to the party. There was BW (the giant man I wrestled and who doesn’t like me anymore) and KZ and both of them were exactly as I remembered. They had huge, unsubstantiated egos that were just pathetic when you watched them think they were cool rejecting poor girls. All the reasons I left and never looked back came rushing to me.

After I was sufficiently depressed by all of those old guys, Fletch and I left. We went to Earl’s to get a nightcap and that was another enlightening experience. It was full of people that disgusted me and made me afraid for humanity itself.

I left as quickly as I could and went and got some shitty greasy food at New China and talked to Fletch about how fucked up life can be. Sometimes when you are in a situation you are unable to recognize how bad life can be. Now I do. I don’t want to ever go back.

“There’s no one beside you when you’re soul embarks, I’ll follow you into the dark. “

New Flicks

Fletch and I were working out today when he mentioned that the Seattle Public Library was having it’s annual book sale. Paperbacks are going for $.50, Hardbacks for a buck, VHS movies $2, DVDs $4…. all of which is extremely cheap, so I suggested we go and check it out. I bought a ton of new movies and now I’m going to have to buy a VHS player so i can actually watch them ;). Listen to this list of gems:

DVDs
-Bad Santa
-Sideways
-21 Grams
-Finding Forrester
-Munich
-Igby Goes Down
-Boiler Room
-About Schmidt

VHS
-The Graduate
-Aladdin
-Requiem for a Dream
-Good Will Hunting
-Army of Darkness
-Psycho
-Unfaithful
-The Princess Bride
-Citizen Kane
-Reservoir Dogs

I think I am going to start a book/movie library… I’ve never had one before and I think it would be a great asset to own.

Crazy Weekend Plans

I haven’t had such strange weekend plans in awhile:

-Tonight, I’m going to an old friend’s birthday party in Greenlake where I am probably going to see a bunch of guys I know from the fraternities… strange. I haven’t seen them in a very long time and it’ll be weird being at a virtual frat party. To top it all off, one of my coworkers, Victoria, will be there with her roommate and roommate’s sister. I don’t plan to stay long.
-I am going to meet my maybe biological father on Saturday evening or Sunday. My brother Jordan did some research today on this guy and found out some pretty incredible info: he owns at least three car dealerships, a farm, a $15k watch and beautiful classic cars along with associated racing teams. He also is the president of the Sioux Falls Film Festival, sits on the board of Porsche Club of America and races some of the best cars in the world for fun. His family name is also on the 23rd ranked CPA firm in the nation, based in Sioux Falls, but I’m not sure if he is a part of it. Now how in the hell am I going to have dinner with this guy? I am thinking about cancelling, because I don’t want him to think I am after his money. I just want a DNA test. I’m not sure what to do.
-Meeting with my potential future roommates in their gorgeous house. Somehow I have to convince them that it’s okay to live with me, a guy, instead of a girl. The house is perfect for me, if I can get it.
-Going to a shooting range with my neighbor, Ying on Saturday after I get done exercising. My old friend who came up with the idea can’t go anymore, so now it’ll just be me and this crazy girl. And she’ll be armed. Eek.
-My old friend, Justin, is having a big poker party for his birthday at 6pm in Puyallup and my other friends have been giving me crap about maybe not being able to go, so I’m going to see if I can make it.
-To top it all off, I may (or may not) be meeting with Becky to have a serious conversation at some point.

I also have to:
-Build a website
-Clean my apartment
-Prepare to move
-Talk to my newly recruited workers and educate them on what to do.

Seems almost overwhelming. But you know what? I love the challenge. It’ll let me know I’m still alive.

I think I found a house to live in!

A few days back, I saw this ad on Craigslist:

One bedroom of three available in perfect Wallingford home. Current occupants are two mid 20’s female professionals: fun people who like to hang out, but are still independent. Large house and yard, one block from bus line (great for UW or downtown commute) in great neighborhood.

$525 Great Wallingford house with two fun girls!

Looking for another NON-smoker, 20-something female who is considerate, grounded and somewhat clean. No pets allowed.

Currently $525 on a month-to-month lease–must pay about $75 in utilities (depending on the month), includes wireless internet and cable. Looking for someone to move in around the end of April/beginning of May.

We’d love to hear from you =)

I responded with my standard email I send to all the potential places:

I am interested in coming and checking out your place.

About me: I’m 23, just graduated from UW with a business degree. I love being around people and just generally having a good time. Lately I have been trying to become a better chef and so far can cook a pretty mean pasta, a solid steak and good scallops.

I am a great roommate and have lived closely with others my whole life; 4 little brothers, roommates throughout college (and I’m actually still close friends with most of them). I am friendly, but will respect your space.

I am currently working as a business analyst at a downtown Seattle technology firm and also starting my own business on the side. I always am looking for new challenges, whether they be in the business world or for fun. I climbed Mt. Adams last summer and am thinking about climbing Mt. Ranier or something similar this summer. I love sports (especially football) as well as outdoor activities, such as hiking, canoeing, sailing, running and so on. Sometimes it is nice just to relax and watch a movie or read a book to though.

Hope to hear from you soon! Contact me back at XXXXX@gmail.com or call XXX-XXX-XXXX.

Joel

I didn’t really expect a response because she had specifically said that they were looking for a female. To my surprise, she emailed me back and asked me a few questions and I answered them and she responded by asking if I wanted to come check it out. So yesterday I got the address (in Wallingford, a few blocks east of I-5) and went over and looked at it.

The house is gorgeous and enormous. The room I would have is in the daylight basement and is much larger than my current room. I would also have a huge storage/living space throughout the rest of the lower floor. Upstairs, they have a nice living room fully furnished with pretty decent stuff. There is a nice backyard with a view for BBQs during the summer (they have a charcoal and gas grill). I have been hunting for an apartment for a while and I just fell in love with the place. I met one of the girls who would be my roommate and she was really nice and is a professional working at Boeing. She seems like a classy, fun All-American type of girl and I think it would be a really good situation. She told me about the other girl (works as a law clerk for a judge) and she sounded cool too.

However, this may be too good to be true: Melanie (the girl I met) said that they had specifically been looking for a girl, but thought I was a cool guy from my response and wanted to meet me. My guess is that there is tons of other girls who are very interested in moving in, so I’m at a disadvantage. I am supposed to go meet the second roommate on Sunday, so hopefully I’ll be able to make a good enough impression to overcome the fact that I’m a guy. I’ll be continuing to search for places to live until then, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

The Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church is an interesting group. The group is almost entirely made up of one family; about 75 people including men women and children. Fox News and CNN and others have done reports on them recently. The church believes that God hates homosexuals and they actively spread this image. They believe that America has been doomed by God for tolerating the gay lifestyle. Lots of their actions are highly controversial, such as attending soldiers’ funerals and protesting saying the US military is full of fags that deserved to die. How they have survived so far is a mystery to me. They are the most hate-filled group I ever seen, but as a ex-pastor’s son, I can say that they actually are closer to following actual Biblical teachings than many other Christian groups. The Bible actually says that God hates homosexuality and sodomy and blah blah blah and that they are going to hell. However, they have left out the New Testament side of God’s forgiveness.

I just watched an interesting documentary done by a man who was allowed into their cult, I really recommend that you watch it too. It’s actually really sad to watch these little kids get indoctrinated with their ridiculous bullshit. The person I felt worst for was a 21 year old girl attending law school. She seemed intelligent, but she was so brain-washed into it that she firmly believed that she would never be able to get married because there was no true Christians left out there.

I would not be surprised to see the whole clan meet with a violent end. Protesting at soldiers funerals is a really bad idea. There are many returning soldiers who have severe post-traumatic stress syndrome and are trained and experienced in the use of violence to solve their problems. The Phelps have a compound with a ten foot fence, but that won’t slow an angry ex-soldier. I hope that nobody does anything to them and that they are able to recognize the inconsistencies in their own beliefs.