30 January 2009

You could imagine that doing nothing in Midland would give me the time to update this more. Surprisingly, a lot of things have been happening that have taken all of my time. First off, and most importantly, I leave Texas for Australia this coming Sunday, Feb. 1. I don’t even know what to think at this point. I am really excited, and really happy to finally get to do something exciting like this. But, at the same time, I am terrified of leaving Texas. As much as I want to think I am educated, I don’t really know the ways of the world, and I’m afraid of not being accepted for who I am. I’ve already been told not to mention I am from Texas, but this is probably impossible as I obviously sound like a Texan. That, and I don’t think I will compromise who I am, even in a foreign culture.

My group is full of yankees for the most part. There are some that are from South Carolina, but even this is odd and foreign to me. I’ve talked to one from my group, an admitted vegetarian and environmentalist. I mean, you just don’t find that in Texas. I’m not saying that I disagree with her viewpoints, though I have to say my own viewpoints are much more enjoyable for me. It is my hope to eat all the native animals that I can, as food is a big part of my life. And the only environmental policy I have is “Don’t Mess With Texas”, so I don’t know if that matches up well enough. I’m mentioning this because it shocks me I am so different from yankees. These are people who are from my country. What could Australia be like? Maybe the people will think I’m ignorant and arrogant. I hope not.

My goal with this trip is to make friends and experience culture. I don’t want to compromise who I am in the process, though. But, I haven’t left, so I don’t even know what I’m getting into yet.

Otherwise, my stay in Midland has been full of work. I’ve been working full days typing entries into a big database. It’s sad and horrible, but now I am done. And, my boss gave me a big bonus for my work. I’m confident I’ll have a few dollars to blow on things I want to do, not just the bare essentials. Some of those things include the “Northwest Trip”, a ten-day camping trip throughout Northwest Australia. I am pretty excited to do that. Because of the currency difference, it’ll only be about 450 dollars. I think I can manage that.

Work was boring, of course, but it was good being back with the guys from ViaMedia. Josh, Benjamin, and Max are good guys, and I’m glad to have met them. We got together a few times and played poker. I lost twice, but I won everything on the last game we played. Poker has started to become an addictive thing. I’m playing it online all the time, albeit with fake money.

Hell. Yes. Bromance 4 Life.

I spent a weekend in San Antonio with the Trinity guys. I took a lot of photos, but it was basically a summary of my entire experience at Trinity. These guys are the friends I hope to have for the rest of my life. I’ll miss them when I graduate, and I’ll miss them when I’m in Australia. I hope all of the alcohol I bought them is proof enough of my friendship! God knows, they’ll be drunk for a semester on an amount that size.

Finally, I’ve been working out a ton before I leave. Partly because I found out I was 204 lbs. I used to be 145 lbs before I started college. Way too much beer and Jack in the Box, that’s certain. I’ve lost over twenty pounds, but I still need to do more. My goal is to really push myself in Australia, so that I can be 160 lbs of raw steel and sex appeal upon my return. We’ll see!

I guess I’ll update this next when I’m in Perth. I’ll miss Texas, but I’m ready to jump into something new!

14 August 2008

Josh putting on a funky face disguise

I’m home from work sick today. It’s not really a big deal, but I happened to get it from my coworker Josh. Currently, adding to my sickness, I have a bad sunburn from a shoot in Ft. Stockton on an oil rig that makes me look like a raccoon (because I was wearing glasses all day). Sort of embarassing.

Work is almost over. Next Wed. on the 20th I’ll be quitting work and moving back to San Antonio for another year. I also have the deviantART prospects finally coming through (or so it seems).

I found a very special girl recently. I think things will be good. I think about her all the time, pretty much nonstop.

6 August 2008

As of Tuesday at 5 AM I was assigned to be a cameraman for reality series pilot episode about ranchers in New Mexico.

As you can probably imagine, I’m trapped in New Mexico until either late tomorrow or Friday.

There’s little to no cell service (I have to be in a certain position in the room to use it) and the internet is more on par with a 28k; it drops out every 30 seconds to 2 minutes. (Also, I wish the toilets worked…)

Last night I went to bed at midnight getting home from a shoot, and then got up at 3AM just hours later to go back and start shooting more. I’m beyond tired.

5 October 2005

This was definitely my favorite movie as a kid.

Nothing is really new and that explains the lack of updates. ViaMedia has moved office building recently to some building off of Big Spring farther downtown. The only other thing is Bailey, our doberman. Since I was three years old, I’ve known this dog; it’s sad to think that the same little dog that used to look like a hot dog with legs and the young puppy that used to play tug-of-war with me is about to die. She had a stroke tonight — the second that we know of. I don’t think that she will last much longer, but it’s probably better that way. Time is almost abstract when I think about our life. I feel regret for not paying her more attention over the years because she’s always been a great dog. Think of the lab from Homeward Bound where the kid (Michael, I think) is growing up and not as devoted to the dog. But reality strikes and she is just a dog after all and I suppose it’s natural. Though Bailey is a part of my family and she is one of the few things that I think of with great fondness.

In other news, my driver-side car door will not open from the outside, which is moderately annoying. Shela is nearing her second anniversary with me; November 16th — I can still remember the day we met. We’ve had our ups and downs, but Shela has been a beautiful extension of my life. I really hope that Shela will be mine forever, but I know that relationships like this aren’t meant to last.

21 August 2005

I figured that I might as well make an August entry for the journal that no one reads. Well, I’ve become a senior member on DeviantART, I’ve placed an ad in a national publication, and I have a 4.0 GPA in college. How cute.

My life is the same it was last year. It’s just another lonely Sunday. Just another lonely week. Nothing depressing about it because that’s just life. I lost a friend, but hey, like I didn’t see that one coming.

The car is still running well. Shela is sexy as usual. I have a parking space roughly ten feet away from the exit of the parking lot at school and about 20 feet away from my 4th period class. It’s all looking good.

9 August 2004

I’m working. Well, the same film studio who hired me as an actor now uses me as a webmaster and a video converter (analog to digital and to various formats). I enjoy working there, because now I can say I’m an Assistant Producer instead of a Custodial Engineer (which I still do, and yes, that means janitor.)

I got my driver’s license today. Neat stuff, I suppose. Wish me luck that I don’t crash it or flip off of a 50 foot bridge into a hole full of pit vipers or something.

7 July 2004

I’d like to thank the publishing company, www.xirtz.com for being so cool. I mean, now I will have my dream T-shirts full of my ugly vectors. Awesome. Besides that, I think Jon and I are going to be doing a lot of work in the future. Jon, as in, from VIAMedia. He showed me the editing software and I could at least talk in technical terms (although I have no idea how to use it… it’s on a Mac), I showed him my vectors and he wants to use the format for stuff on TV maybe, and then he saw my photography (apparently, I see things in a three point form) and we may go driving around so I can take a picture of him as a way of showing his more “I’m a normal guy side”.

I actually just wanted to be Maverick.

Seems things are just going my way. I’ve also made up my mind on specifically what branch of the Armed Forces I want to join: The Navy. In fact, I’ve decided my entire course through education there already… More to come on that one. But, eh, plans change. I just hope this one won’t.

Anytime I mention those plans to a girl, they say no. They say it’s bad. They say I’m selling my soul. If I was doing it for the money, maybe I would be.