Sunday, February 25, 2007

Weekend With Crystal

.: I got to hang out with one of my old Wisconsin buddies, Crystal, this weekend. Good times... We went for a day hike around the Big Sur area. We hiked around a 8 mile loop, myself with a 47 lbs pack and Crystal with a daypack. I was shooting for a 55 lbs pack, but I didn't weigh it before I left. Crystal and I did the loop which had about two thousand feet of vertical over the eight mile course in about four and a half hours. I had a ton of leg left after the hike and enjoyed the beautiful coastal views. I'm excited to go hiking some more. Crystal was great company.

.: To bad I left my headlights on and my car was dead when i got back. Crystal and I scrambled around to find someone that could give us a jump before it started raining (we could see a front moving in as we were on the ridge.) Crystal managed to flag down some wonderful people who gave us a jump.

.: Today we went for a short bike ride to the harbor and then walked around downtown. It was nice to sit down with someone I knew and chat over coffee. Now it's time to get ready for the week and say goodbyes.. But alas, there is always the future..

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


.: I started my new job today at Sticky Inc. Well, not completely official, I'm a contract worker for a while, but itz a contract to hire kinda thing. The office is quite which bugs the hell out of me. And they have bear white walls.. Not the sort of environment I want to be in. However, they are good people and for the most part friendly. I haven't found anyone with design taste yet, though Sol was out of the office. We'll see, it seriously was my first day so I can't judge too quickly.

.: I spent the day designing logos for their product. Hurray non-disclosure agreements, so I can't say much about what I do. I'm familiar with the concept, just not the implementation of it. I'm excited to work downtown and be about a minute away from 3+ coffee shops.

.: So we'll see where this job leads me.. If nothing else, it will put money back into my checking account...

Saturday, February 17, 2007

West Cliff Ride

.: Yesterday was 68 and beautiful, so I decided to go for a bike ride through places I wasn't familiar with, much in the same way I used to do back in Oshkosh. It was a nice ride through a very pretty part of town, then a not so pretty part of town then to the boardwalk and beyond. I realized that I hadn't seen even a fraction of the city. I was seeing parts of town that I have no idea how to get to and parts that I never want to see again and paths that I want to take forever.

.: I ended up riding most of West Cliff, past the surfer museum. I watched a pack of surfers ride some small waves and some big waves. They all make it look so easy, but I know that if I went out there, I wouldn't be able to stand up. Heck I know I wouldn't be able to catch a wave. hehe

.: Further down I saw a huge peace sign carved into the sand.. It must have been 40 feet in diameter. Just freakin huge.. I was impressed at how well it was made. Got the point across as a ton of people stopped and took a picture, myself included.

.: I was told later that west cliff actually ends at a butterfly sanctuary. Next time I should make it down there. It's a great place to people watch and good exercise. The only problem is, I messed up my knee by changing the height of my seat on the way back. So today I'm hobbling around the house... Boooo to that..

Friday, February 16, 2007

Get the Led Out

.: My cousin is a music nut... He loves is music and sharing it with others.. Christmas 05, he came up to Medford where my parents were and re-exposed John, my bro, to Led Zeppelin. I didn't take much note. John played it on the way up to grandma's house this past christmas. I didn't take note. I came out here and he exposed me to it. Now I can't get enough of it. I've been listening to Led Zeppelin 1-4 almost every day! Wonderful stuff.. Everyone should get a hold of it. If you say you like classic rock but don't like Led, then you're crazy............

.: Also, if you want a great band to listen to and willing to go the extra step, Sigur Ros. They are a Icelandic rock band. Frickin crazy goodness I can't even express...

Road Trips...

.: Ever wonder "Where has Dan been the past six months?".. I made a little map showing my various road trips that I've taken. I've seen a lot of the country lately. I'm excited for the next couple. This summer I'm going to drive the span of Hwy 1 with Ethan. I also have to fly back to Oshkosh and pick all my stuff up and drive it out here to Santa Cruz so I get to add a couple more lines. Hurray!!


.: I heart the mornings here...

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

What a Frickin Wonderful Day

.: Besides the fact that it is the worst holiday known to single people, today was a frickin awesome day. I woke up and made some eggs and fake bacon. Got a flower from my aunt. Started researching some code again to make skin a flash component. That was kinda hard, but nice when it was done.

.: I realized that it was just a beautiful day outside so I went out and shot some basketball (I don't ever do that, but it sounded fun). Kinda got bored with it so I packed up and set out to ride my bike around town. Went down to the beach and watched some guy surf for a bit. Walked down the beach with the waves crashing over my feet. (Note the water what really frickin cold) It was nice. The sun setting in the distance, the sound of the waves and the lack of people on the beach made it just a wonderful moment.

.: Now I'm just chillin at the house. I should go out and get a bottle of wine. Maybe in a little bit.

Chillin On the Beach

.: The last couple days it has been awesome here! Sunny and 60's.. You can't ask for more.. Oh wait, if you're by the ocean, you can... You can ask to be by the beach.. So I got on my bike and road down the hill and landed there.. Went around the lighthouse and then walked the beach.. So nice.. the water is frickin cold but after a while it goes away.. hehe

.: Oh did I mention that I was there as the sun was setting.. yeah.. frickin sweet

Monday, February 12, 2007

First Screw Up

.: Till today I had aced every interview I had ever had. Pamida, Farmer's Exchange Bank, MIO, Byte Studios, Appleton Sign, Sleepless Media.. But today, interviewing for Sticky Inc, I screwed up. I didn't get an on the spot job offer, and I'm pretty sure I just sucked.. I was under-qualified and in the wrong spot.. I just didn't have the answers I needed and I lost eye contact to many times.. I'm better than that.. I can do interviews.. but this one I couldn't...

.: After that I came home I looked at the job search sites that I subscribe to, and there weren't any jobs to apply to today.. I looked at the dream job list and there weren't any there.. So I crashed.. I just felt really really down and that really brings us up to now.. :( I'm so missing my friends.. I just want a hug from someone other than family... sad times...

Update: Ok, so I thought I f'ed that interview up.. Guess not.. They called me back for a second interview and they are interested in me. They have "a lot of graphic work" for me to do. They sent me a project already. Although it's kinda rookie work, got to start somewhere. So things are looking up! :)

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Things You Notice When You Leave

.: This really is just a list of things that I came up with on the fly.. but I've been thinking about it for a while.. I seem to have a lot of time to do that..

1) People in Wisconsin actually use there turn signals, unlike people in California
2) Pacific Ocean sunsets are awesome
3) Wisconsin thunderstorms are AMAZING things
4) Family bonds are amazing and wonderful
5) It's hard to start over
6) It's lame to not leave
7) Everywhere you go you'll find idiots
8) People aren't joking about it costing a ton to live in California
9) You have some true friends, and you need to keep them close
10) Meet the locals, they will give you the most authentic experience
11) You find out what really matters to you and what doesn't

Monday, February 5, 2007

"Somebody More Like You"

I didn't hear you say you're sorry
The fault must be mine
I wish you all the best of luck
At finding somebody more like you

You said you'd love me always, truly
I must have changed
Cause you don't need me like you used to
I hope you find somebody more like you

I hope you finally find someone
Someone that you trust
And give him everything
I hope you meet someone your height
So you can see eye-to-eye
With someone as small as you

You came out of nowhere, made me smile
Then tore me in two
Saying, "We're very different people"
So dear, I hope you find somebody more like you

I hope you find somebody more like you

--Nickel Creek

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Reflections on Mistakes

"Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not." -Friedrich Nietzche

.: Although I find it funny that I'm using a quote from a post-modern scholar, I think Nietzche has a point here. How many times can you pick out problems in your friends' relationships, but then can't see HUGE fuck-ups in your own. Guys, and I'm speaking in broad generalities, think about situations logically and tend to over-analyze them. Girls, once again with generalities, tend to react to how they feel about things and don't bother to look at things holistically. Both ways just cause incredibly to much frustration in relationships. Maybe I'm over-analyzing this, as I am a guy, so that is entirely possible. In all my relationships that I've had, it's when I've been truly infatuated with the other person, when "the shit hits the fan". I stop seeing things as they are, and see them only as I want them to be. Those are the relationships that it really hurts when you split up. You're left with wondering why or what did I do wrong, or what's wrong with me. These are questions you pose only if you aren't actually see what's going on. Are you really actually even in a relationship at all? Or is it all just an act that you both are unknowingly putting on.

.: I thought about everything I've learned, been put through, and put others through and I smile. I'm not in love anymore, so I can actually see things the way they are. It's a very relaxing feeling. The relationships that just ended make more sense. What I DID do wrong is clear, but what THEY did wrong makes me feel comfortable in the fact that it's not always my fault.

Friday, February 2, 2007

"Night Train"

Goodbye to me and you.
Goodbye to the life we knew.
One last long embrace.
Let go and walk on through.

I'm leaving everything behind for a peace that I can't find.
The ghosts that roam this house
like winter air right through our souls.
And it feels like dying.
It just feels like time to go.

Goin down south to dream another dream.
Maybe check out Memphis, Tennessee.
Take the night train and an extra pair of jeans.
Can't think of anything else I really need.
And all my experiences ride with me.

This town is dead to me.
And I can't stop chasing my dreams.
I love you more than anything,
but what you want I could never be.
I love you more than anything,
but only alone can we both be free.

Goodbye to me and you.
Goodbye to the life we knew.
Wipe the tears from your eyes.
Let go and walk on through.

--The Bouncing Souls