December 30th, 2003

i'm ready for my close up mr demille

has it really been a week?

Location: W. 42nd St, Manhattan

Wow, it's been a week since I've updated my journal. 'Tis the season.

Here's a recap:

Got home on Christmas Day and got together with my family the day after Christmas (siblings and cousins, and uncles, oh my!)... that was a fun, if long day....

On Saturday I helped my friend Robin move... and watched the Cats lose to a much more inferior Louisville team.... two years in a row

On Sunay I visited with my kiddos then headed east...

Which brings me to the fun news... with the plants and customers and what-not being closed this week as well... my backhaul from here in New Jersey doesn't have to be in Indiana until Friday.... which means I don't need to leave until Thursday which means... yup, I'm gonna spend New Year's in NYC... i was down in Time's Square ealier this afternoon, they already are setting up all the crap for the festivities down there....

...but that's not where i'll be....

I will be at a club called Southpaw in Brooklyn watching Northern State ring in the new year... i've already reserved my ticket... King Missile's playing an early show there that I may check out too....

woohoo... yeah I coulda gone home and spent new year's with friends and/or family.... but why do that?!?! muwahahah
i'm ready for my close up mr demille

new toy

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Christmas Day I bought myself a Christmas present on my way home. All of the truckstops have these perks programs in an attempt to build loyalty from their customers. When you purchase fuel, it is pretty much the industry standard to receive a free shower for a 50+ gallon fuel purchase plus, on top of that, you earn one penny for every gallon of fuel. This may sound like a paltry amount but when you consider that I easily purchase 400-500 gallons of fuel per week, well, you can do the math. I decided when I began driving that I would pick one of the truckstops and try to purchase most ofmy fuel from them. I chose Travel Centers of America 1) because there are a lot of them throughout the midwest and east coast, 2) my company uses them a lot in their "fueling network", and 3) several times a year they have "double points" months where you earn two cents per gallon.

In the past year I racked up $140 in these bonus bucks, which can be used toward the purchase of anything in their truckstops. Earlier this year I spent $40 on a pair of seat covers because my cat has a nasty habit of clawing at them, so I thought I should probably put a buffer between her and the upholstery.

So Christmas day I bought myself a new digital camera. It's nothing fancy but it is light years ahead of what I was using. It has a small screen for viewing, utilizes light better and can make small AVI movies. I've been playing with it all week, including here in NYC tonight. Sometime next week I'm going to get some GOOD space for hosting my pictures and get a bunch of this stuff online. I took a few little 30 second movies about the city as well as a ton of pictures that I wasn't able to with the other piece of shit I used to use. Night time shots in particular.

You have been warned. ;-)

Now I have a bus to catch if I want to make it back to the truck over in Jersey.
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