Friday, March 27, 2009

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

We signed a stack of papers that was probably 3 inches high today.  My hand hurts, but we are inches away from owning our own home!  Wooo!  Soon, very soon.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

New York, c.2009 (winter)

Last week, Mandy and I got to go out to New York for a few days. Mandy was officially on Tony Hawk business, I was on holiday. This was my first trip out to New York, so most of the photos are of me at tourist landmarks. We had a blast hanging out w/ Kurt and Heidi, they were amazingly generous to share their apartment with us. Plus, they're just fun to hang out with. Kurt was freelance at the time, so it worked out great for me that we got to hang out all day and he could show me around the city. Here they are (this must have been from a night they were hanging out with Mandy before I got there, because I don't remember having Pizza with them...):
I took the red-eye from Long Beach to JFK on Wednesday night and got to the apartment around 5am. Mandy had to go out inspiration shopping, so Kurt showed me around Manhattan. We walked all over the place. Here I am w/ Lady Liberty:

Times Square. It really exists, I've been there. It was a sensory overload.
That night, Kurt and I went downstairs to the Boxcar, a small local bar that was totally awesome. I got to meet most of the Theology Pub guys. I had a great time and am now well on my way to appriciating the art of sipping whiskey w/ beer. Afterwards, we met up with the girls for NY 'authentic' burrittos. They were good.... California burrittos are better... Here I am with my new friend, Todd:
Friday, Mandy didn't have to go shopping, so she came along with Kurt and I. Here I am in Grand Central Station. This was probably one of my favorite sites of the city. I can't believe they almost tore it all down. It was pretty marvelous.
Kurt and I at 30 Rock. It was layed out different than I imagined. I don't know how they fit that giant Christmas Tree there, too:
Besides Grand Central Station, I was also blown away by Central Park. Mandy and Kurt said it wasn't in a very pretty state this time of year, but I thought it was awesome. It was really cool to be in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world, and then suddenly feel like you're taking a hike through the countryside. What a beautiful place.

Last summer I read "The Devil In the White City" by Erik Larson. It's mostly about Chicago and the World's Columbian Exposition at the turn of the Century and the serial killer, Holmes. One of the main men involved in the creation of the fair was Frederick Law Olmsted. He was the landscape architect that also designed Central Park. After reading all about him and his vision for creating public parks in urban settings, it was very cool to be able to visit his legacy.

Kurt bought us some tasty nuts from a vender in the park. Here he is checking the GPS on his iphone:
Mandy slept most of Saturday, she wasn't feeling too hot. The good news was that she got to cuddle with the dogs. This is Cash, he's a French Bulldog. I'm sure we'll have one of our own in the near future...

While Mandy was chillin' with the dogs and getting her hair done by Heidi, Kurt and I were working on his Vespa. There was a lot of electrical and cable work to be done, so we took advantage of the warm weather, rolled the Vespa out into the street and worked on it in front of the apartment. The weather was so good on Saturday (in the 60's!) that we were in short sleeved shirts most of the day. Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of us working on the scooter, my hands were too dirty and I was too in-the-zone. Although throughout the day, about a dozen people took our picture while they were walking by. I guess we looked pretty manly working on that scooter, all covered in grease. It was really a blast, it's been a while since I got to work on an automobile like that. Our hands and arms were really beat up by the end of the day, altlhough the Vespa now has a brand-new wiring harness. We also adjusted the clutch and gear cables.
To celebrate our last night in NY, we went out to sushi:
I had a great time! Can't wait to see those two again in April. Neat city, great friends, sketchy subways (actually, they weren't that bad, just a little inconsistent in reliability). And I don't know why New Yorkers complain so much about the winter weather, in the 40s-60s. Not that bad...    ;)

Alex's Emoticon-tattoo (emotittoo?)

Alex's first tattoo. Hopefully he'll let me do some more...
In the process.

He's so smiley. Another forearm job. None of that sissy stuff, practicing in places that can be easily hidden. Alex is brave.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Toothbrush Timer: Buy my iphone app

My friend Ryan and I submitted our iPhone app to Apple last week and it's just been published. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, go to itunes and buy our app (Toothbrush Timer). Don't be fooled by imitations. It'll help you get your teeth hella clean. Make sure it looks like this one: http://www.ryannewsome.com/toothbrush/

Don't forget to write a positive review (4 stars). ;)

It was a very fun process and I think we'll work on a new one once we come up with the proper idea. When we started the project, there was only one other rival app, now there's three (not counting our own). The internet moves fast. We'll see what kind of reactions we get to this one.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Home sweet home?

Pending the bank saying yes, we're planning on purchasing this little gem in about a month.  Cross your fingers!