…and then some

Author Archive

My Custom Subwoofer Box

A friend of mine gave me a great deal on a Kenwood XR900-5 eXcelon 5 channel car amplifier and I’m having it installed soon.  It’ll be wired to current door speakers but I’m lacking a subwoofer and a box to put it in, so I thought I’d rectify that.

Another friend of mine, and also roommate, used SketchUp to work out the dimensions and details of the box.  I didn’t need anything fancy, but the resulting diagram we printed out gave us a great visual of what to expect.

We also worked out exactly what cuts we would need to make out of a 4’x4′ sheet of MDF (medium density fiberboard).  This way when we were ready to cut the pieces it would be super simple and less prone to mistakes.

Unfortunately, Home Depot didn’t have any 4’x4′ sheets of MDF so I had to settle for two 2’x4′ sheets, which mean re-thinking the cuts anyway.  Oh well.

Originally I didn’t want to use a sub box because our little 2018 Kia Soul doesn’t have a ton of cargo space as it is and I didn’t want to take up any more of it.  There is a round section on the side wall that is designed to hold an 8″ subwoofer (some models of this Kia come with a nice sound system already built in, but ours did not), and I figured I could just put one there.


However, after doing a bit of research I discovered a post by someone who put a small subwoofer box in the storage tray area below the floor board.  I thought this was a great idea and decided to do the same.  After a lot of brainstorming I decided we didn’t even need to use the storage tray and I’ll have much more room if I just use the entire spare tire cavity under the floor board.

Putting a box in the storage tray would only give me about 5.5″ of vertical space and I think about 11″ width.  By removing the tray and setting the box in the spare tire cavity, I’d have 12″ of vertical space… and tons more horizontal space.

I didn’t like the bare metal and other visually unappealing surfaces of the cavity so I got some semi-thick felt and covered it all.

It’s not perfect, but it serves its purpose.

Anyway, back to the box.  I brought the two 2’x4′ sheets of MDF home and made the cuts.  Oh, and I’m using .75″ thick wood.  Despite not being able to follow the SketchUp, all cuts came out quite nicely.

I started assembling the box…

The tricky part was going to be the circular hole.  I didn’t have any suitable tools for the job.  I have a buddy who does woodworking and he said he would cut it for me, but it was a bit more of drive than I was thrilled about.

I ended up just getting a really good open-box deal on a jigsaw at Harbor Freight, so I attempted to cut the hole myself.  At this point I had already ordered a 10″ subwoofer, and though it had not yet arrived, the spec sheet told me the mounting hole should be 9.2″ in diameter, IIRC.  I drew this out with a compass, drilled a starting hole, and took the jigsaw to it.

It’s worth noting this is the first time I had ever used a jigsaw.  In fact, I had to look up online how to attach the blade properly.

I’d say the hole came out okay for a first time jigsaw cut.  It’s certainly not perfect, but it didn’t have to be.  It just had to hold the speaker securely.  With the speaker hole cut and the all sides attached, the box was structurally complete.  Oh, and I also lined the inside edges with hot glue.  You can probably notice that more in later photos.

Recently I built a small shelf (you can partially see it in a couple of the above photos) and my wife and I went to home depot to get black paint for it.  I decided to use some of the paint for my box.  Since the box would be out of view and out of reach most of the time I didn’t see any reason to line the outside with carpet.  A layer of black paint would be just fine…

Well, black paint is what we asked for.  Gray is what they gave us.  Sigh.  It’s fine.  I’ll keep it like this.  As I said, it’ll be out of view anyway.

The speaker finally arrived.  I say “finally” but it took less than 48 hours.  Thanks, Amazon.

I’m not super familiar with BOSS but this speaker had a lot of great reviews and it was only 30 bucks.  Anyway I set the speaker into the hole but it was just a tiny bit too snug.  Totally fine, though.  I purposely did it this way just in case.  I can always sand/grind it out a bit more, and that’s exactly what I did.


Most speaker boxes are not designed to be opened.  Generally you use the speaker hole to do whatever you need to do inside and then attach the speaker.  This wasn’t really going to work for me so I designed the top to be easily removable.  I used metallic insert nuts so that the top screws can be repeatedly screwed on/off without excess wear and tear on MDF.

The removable top gives me easy access to everything inside the box, which will come in quite handy.  Also you may notice a small hole in the center of the bottom of the box.  I’ll explain that later.  First, let’s wire it all up.

I cut out a small hole on the back so I can use a wire terminal.  For some reason I had a lot of trouble cutting this hole, but I managed it.

This is a dual voice coil subwoofer so I had the choice of connecting the wiring in parallel for 2Ω or in series for 8Ω.  If you don’t know the difference, don’t feel bad.  I didn’t either.  I still don’t totally understand it, but I did know that I wanted to go parallel, and the handy dandy manual shows how to do that.

So it’s all wired up inside now.

Now I’ll explain the little hole on the bottom.

As I mentioned, the box is going into the spare tire cavity in the car.  This cavity is shaped to fit a tire and in the center is a threaded “hold down clamp bolt thing” that secures the tire in place.  I decided it would work quite nicely to also hold my box in place.

While this clamp does a great job holding the box in place, unlike a tire, the bottom of the box is perfectly flat, and because the center of the cavity rises up a bit, this means the box sorta “teeters” on the center.  Does that make sense?  Anyway, to provide a wider area of support, I got a foam pad and cut out the center so the box can rest on it.

The clamp will hold the box in place and the foam pad will prevent it from wobbling around.

Anyway, at this point I discovered something that triggered my OCD quite a bit.  Turns out that the spare tire clamp hole isn’t exactly centered between the left and right sides of the vehicle, which means that when I clamp the box down, it’s not centered…

It’s actually about an inch to the left.  This bothers me quite a bit more than it should, but seeing as it has absolutely no effect on the performance of the speaker or the box and is going to be hidden under the floor board most of the time anyway, I’m going to have to just let it go…. for now.  Maybe someday I’ll go back and patch up the hole in the bottom of the box and drill a new one about an inch over.

Anyway, I tossed a few handfuls of polyfill into the box to help scatter the sound waves inside the box a bit.


Now to put the top back on…

I had some felt left over so I just laid it over the top of the box so that I wouldn’t have the wood of the box directly up against the plastic of the underside of the floor board…

And finally, this is all you see when you look in the back…

I still need to make a few adjustments.  You can’t tell in the above photo but the box is actually a tiny bit too high.  The clamp can push it down a bit more (I didn’t tighten it very much), but I think I *might* have to make a new box top out of .50″ MDF instead of the .75″ that I’m using now.

Anyway, the sub is all ready and now I just have to wait about a week for the amp to be installed.  And yes, I know I need to take the proper steps to break in the subwoofer before amping it up too high.  Don’t worry.  I got this. 👍

Quick Note

I appreciate the responses I’ve received to my blog posts so far.  They are encouraging and uplifting, and really mean a lot to me.  Thank you.

I know these entries have been real downers.  It’s not my intention for this entire blog to be garbage dump of negativity.  However, lately I’ve been dealing with more internal negativity than usual and I’m finding that this is becoming a very helpful and healthy outlet.  Thank you for taking time to read.

Invisible Demon

I have anxiety.  It isn’t rational.  It can’t always be explained.  It is real.

Yesterday my family met up with my aunt/uncle and cousins at a nice restaurant to celebrate some birthdays (mine included).  I sat there, mostly quiet, for what felt like hours, although it had only been a short time.  I should have been hungry, but I wasn’t.  I was under too much pressure to feel the need to eat.  Pressure from what?  I don’t know.  I just felt some kind of “social claustrophobia” and eventually I had to get out.  So that’s what I did.  I got up and went outside.  It was the only thing I knew to do.  Unfortunately, once I was away from the table the emotional stress only evolved into guilt for walking out.  I stayed outside until my wife eventually joined me and we left.

Earlier today I had lunch with my immediate family to celebrate my sister’s birthday.  During the meal, I thought I would do the mature thing and own up to abandoning everyone at the restaurant.  So, I apologized.  I said “I’m sorry about yesterday”.  I don’t know what I expected in response to this, but what I didn’t expect was completely silence.  Well, that’s what I got.  Not a word back.  Not so much as an acknowledgement that I’d said anything at all.  Nobody even looked at me.  I don’t know what anybody was thinking, but even though no words were uttered aloud I can tell you what I heard.  I heard stuff like “You embarrassed us all” and “we’re too ashamed of you to even think about it” and “we can’t believe you did such a thing”.  You see, this is the kind of thing anxiety does to a person to tear them apart from the inside.  Even though logically and reasonably I know my family wouldn’t say things like that about me, it’s how I felt, and once again, the stress and pressure started setting in.

To be honest I hesitated quite a bit while writing that last sentence.  Even as I sit here now, having had time to “sort it out” in my brain, I still don’t feel 100% convinced that my family wasn’t thinking some of those things.  Notice that I used the phrase “wouldn’t *say* things like that”.  I do believe they wouldn’t say those things… out loud.  I can’t be sure they wouldn’t think them.  I’m not sure how to handle that.

The ways in which anxiety plays tricks on the mind is compounded by the lack of understanding by others.  Anxiety is one of those things that can’t easily be explained to or understood by someone who hasn’t experienced it.  I’m so grateful that I have a wife who understands, and because of this at the very least I don’t feel completely alone.

After dinner I told my mom that I haven’t been doing well…. that I’ve been feeling anxious and depressed and angry.  Her one word reply “Why” told me right away there was no point in trying to explain.  Anxiety has no answer for “Why”.  It just is.

I have an amazing family that loves me and I’m incredibly blessed to have them, but all the love in the world isn’t going to help them understand what I’m going through.  I’m just going to have to hope they take me seriously and at least pray about it or something.

Also, yes.  I have been taking medication for this for a long time… and, for a long time, I’ve been doing just fine.  However the last couple of weeks have been pretty bad, and I’m not sure what’s changed.

Well, I think I got out what I wanted to get out.


I have a lot of pent-up anger inside of me.  Years of exasperation and indignation just pooling up.  I’m pretty good at holding it back… sealing it in to protect those around me from it.  However once in a while some of it leaks out, and I often feel that if I don’t let some of it out little bits at a time, like trying to open a shaken bottle of soda without making a huge mess, I might just explode.


Bad Mood

I’m in a pretty bad mood right now.  Not sure why, either.  It’s probably just a series of several small things adding up.

You know, I seem to have close friends who lean on me with their burdens and emotional baggage, but when I need support, I have nobody.  Somehow I’m just not surprised.

Few things surprise me any more.

How do I choose the right title?

So it looks like my last post was over a year and a half ago.  Yeah I’m probably not going to do some ‘episodic’ series of technical troubles, although those things really do seem to follow me around like… I dunno.  Mosquitoes, I suppose?  Yeah, mosquitoes… and as if I was bathed it sugar water.  Sounds about right.

I really do want to start blogging again, and for some reason, no matter how many times I say I’m going to… I just don’t.  I wonder why that is.  Maybe it’s laziness, or maybe it’s forgetfulness…  Perhaps it all boils down to an underlying lack of caring.

I’d like to make a good effort this time, though.  It would help if I got some type of feedback from my friends, too.  Doesn’t have to even be an actual comment or response.  Just some acknowledgement that the entry was read.  A “like” on Facebook would suffice, assuming these get posted there (they should).

That’s really all I have for right now, though. I’ll bring more later.

Mysterious Tech Troubles: S01E00: Pilot

Some of my friends already know this about me already.  I am afflicted by a strange curse.  This curse causes technology that I use to exhibit unusual, inexplicable, and nonsensical problems.  I’m just not talking about the typical problems people have such as low performance, limited storage capacities, or even virus issues.  I’m mostly talking about problems that really make no sense at all and show themselves spontaneously without any particular trigger or provocation.  I know what you’re probably thinking.  You’re probably thinking there’s obviously got to be some kind of logical cause and explanation for each problem that I encounter, and the practical, objective side of my brain would agree with you.  However, until someone can actually find those causes or explanations and share them with me, I’m calling it a curse.

I have finally decided to start logging each of these issues as they occur, or in this case, I’ll be blogging.

Even though this is just the pilot episode meant to introduce you to some of the details of this curse, I’ll tell you about a problem that happened to me only moments ago…

It was about 3:20am and I was diligently working my job. I had several windows open and was focused on a thought when I decided to unplug the cable from my mouse.  I have a Logitech G700s gaming mouse the functions both with or without the wire.  I plug it in to charge it.  It doesn’t really hold a charge as long as my previous mouse, so I tend to just leave it plugged in even when it isn’t necessary.  Tonight, however, I wanted to reduce the extra ‘drag’ caused by the wire and unplugged it.  Normally when I do this the mouse might stop for a second, but then it would go back to normal and it’d be like nothing happened.  Such wasn’t the case this time.

I unplugged the mouse from the cable, and as expected, it stopped moving for a brief moment and then I could move it again, but then something unexpected happened… I was no longer able to click on anything other than the application I was focused on when I unplugged the mouse.  No matter where I clicked or moved the mouse on the screen, there was no response or feedback whatsoever.  Couldn’t click anything.  Couldn’t even get apps to recognize the mouse at all… except just the one I was focused on previously.

I plugged the mouse back in.  Figured maybe if I just go back to the way it was a few minutes ago, I can continue my work.  Nope.  The problem persisted.  Already having completely lost my train of thought and now thoroughly frustrated with this ridiculous interruption, I decided to go grab Lisa’s much less fancy wireless mouse and use that for now.  I got the mouse, plugged in the receiver and… hmmm… why isn’t this working…. wait, the USB hub I plugged the receiver to isn’t working.  Why not?  Is it not plugged in?  Yeah, it’s plugged in.  I guess I’ll unplug it and plug it back in.  Okay now it’s working… now let’s plug the receiver in and use Lisa’s mouse so I can continue my work.


The problem persisted… even with a completely different mouse.  I realize that it’s not the physical mouse with the problem but rather something with the drivers/software that operates the mouse.  I guess I thought that using a different mouse would use a different generic mouse driver or something.  Maybe not, though.  Either way, I didn’t see any way to fix the problem… except to reboot the PC.

Rebooting the PC is quite a hassle… especially when it interrupts my work.  As mentioned before, I’ve got several windows open and I’m looking at certain lines of code within specific files and it’s just extra trouble to have to get it all back up again.  Plus, for some unknown reason, my Windows takes an incredibly long time to start up (which, by the way, is another mystery that I might talk about at some point).

Anyway, after the PC booted up again, the mouse worked normally again.  My displays, however… well, perhaps I’ll talk about that in another episode.

The Social Disconnect

I’ve been wanting to write about this for days, but I feel a bit intimidated by the amount of words I would have to type.  I decided I’ll just say what I want to say now and if we need a part 2 then we’ll do that.

Technology.  Technology and I have a truly hate/love relationship. I love how easy it makes some things and how much joy it brings me when it cooperates.  However, sometimes it does not cooperate and it brings only grief and madness.  Still, I keep it around and embrace it like little brother or something.  I know, it’s weird.

Technology is a jealous, conniving little beast, though.  It wants everybody for itself and doesn’t want to share.  I know this because technology is drawing everybody into itself and away from their friends and families.  These devices and networks that were initially designed to connect people is doing just the opposite.

This paragraph was initially going to be about Facebook (and social networking in general), but I’m going to save that for another day.  Instead, this paragraph will be about smartphones, and I might only touch the surface, but I wanted to at least do that.  Phones are devices that are meant to connect people.  People can communicate to each other over long distances instantly.  It’s an amazing technology.  However, phones are disconnecting people in a profound way.  Years ago, friends would gather together to enjoy each others’ company.  They’d watch movies, play games, or just sit around and chat.  This formula seems to have changed with the introduction of smartphones.  People still gather together, but rather than enjoying each other, they plant their faces in their phones, doing… who knows?  I couldn’t tell you how many times my personal social interaction with another person has been hijacked by a phone, or how many times I’ve been in a quiet room full of people playing with their wireless devices rather than enjoying each others’ company.

Well, that’s all I really have the energy for today.  Trust me, though, I have plenty more to say on the topic.

Thought Bucket

I have many thoughts and topics that I’d kinda like to write about in my blog.  I’m just not quite sure where to begin.  Among others, certain topics such as the pain in my hip, my thoughts on black Friday, getting sick and recovering, and why I think Facebook is an anti-social network… are all things I’d like to talk about in my blogs.  I’m just not sure if now’s the time for those.

One thing I suppose I’ll touch on is blogging itself.  Personal blogs are very difficult to get an audience for, especially compared to blogs that cover popular trends and news.  You see, personal blogs don’t really have much to offer the reader.  There isn’t really much the audience can take from a personal blog to apply somewhere else.  Personal blogs are primarily just for the author’s benefit… a way for someone to talk about stuff that interests them first and foremost.  So… what can be done about this?  Is there a way to maintain a personal blog while still be appealing (or even entertaining) to the reader?  Perhaps if we’re clever about the way we write things… or maybe we can throw in funny bits here and there.   I dunno.

I’m going to sign off in a few minutes and get ready for bed, and while I’m doing so, I’ll be unable to help but wonder in the back of my mind if anybody is going to read this post… and if so, who?  What will he/she think about it?

[this is the part where I simply shrug and click the “Publish” button]

Diet Pepsi is a Real Blast

I was sleeping.  I heard a noise.  It was one of those noises you can tell came from the real world and not the dream world.  It came from somewhere in the house, and it was loud enough to wake me up.

Before I continue I should let you know that I already have troubles with apprehensions of loud noises occurring at night.  I suppose being a homeowner with no children and an incredibly docile cat that usually sleeps with us at night gives me the notion that any sound coming from somewhere else inside the house can’t be a good thing.

Anyway, I definitely heard something, and the cat was indeed with us so it wasn’t her.  I slipped out of bed and peeked out of the bedroom door.  I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary, nor did I hear any more sounds.  I grabbed the flashlight and slowly began walking around the house.  When I got to the kitchen I smelled something suspicious… something that didn’t belong… but I didn’t see anything of any consequence.  I went through the hall to the computer room and then to the living room and found nothing of concern.  I returned to the kitchen, again smelling the strange scent.  Then I saw it.  The freezer door was partially open.

When the light from my flashlight hit the freezer I immediately knew what had happened.  I saw a few Diet Pepsi cans haphazardly lodged between the freezer door and the freezer itself.  You see, I had friends over a while earlier and before they arrived I placed a few cans of soda in the freezer door to chill them quickly, foolishly telling myself “Eh, I won’t forget”.  Well, I forgot.

After turning on the kitchen light and getting a closer look without opening the freezer door more, I could see most of the damage.  At least one of the cans had split in half  and literally exploded all over the inside of the freezer.  This apparently happened with enough force to knock the door storage railing off of its ‘hook’ (you can see this railing in the photo, but I put it back together before taking the picture) and force the entire freezer door open enough for the cans to fall just enough to prevent the door from closing but not fall out onto the floor.

I’ve never actually experienced the effects of a can of soda literally exploding in a freezer.  In fact, I often thought of it as no more than an urban legend.  Guess I have my proof now.  Even still, I never would have expected it to burst with such force.





An Old Questionnaire Repost

Copied from one of my old Myspace blogs:


1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
– I sleep in the closet with my bedroom doors open

2. Do you ever take the shampoos and soaps from hotel rooms?
– Yes, and I usually sneak out with the furniture and carpet, too!

3. Have you ever ‘done it’ in a hotel room?
– You mean pee on the ceiling? Every time!

4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
– No but I’ve stolen a traffic signal light from a busy street.

5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
– They make create outfits

6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
– I usually use all the coupons I never cut out

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
– A swarm of big bears

9. Do you always smile for pictures?
– Only if they are pictures trees

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
– Global molecular dematerialization

11. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
– Both.. tuck in one end and out the other, haha

12. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
– Every time.  I’m currently on 35,285,190.  That’s a lot.

13. Have you ever peed in the woods?
– Daily, and that’s not all I do in the woods… so watch your step.

14. Do you ever jump up and down to make your privates bounce?
– Oh yes.  In fact, I’m going to do that as soon as I’m done with this.

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
– Mmm… yes I chew them very carefully so I do not choke.

16. Whats your favorite animal and why?
– My favorite animal is probably the meerkat.  No, it isn’t.  I lied.  I like water buffalo because they are great birds of prey and have no legs.

17. Do you like popcorn from those big tins?
– I like the big tins from that popcorn… stop making my hungry.  I’ll eat your children.

18. What is your “Song of the week”?
– My song of the week?  You wouldn’t know it… I don’t even know it.

19. Do you wear pink?
– it’s not pink… it’s salmon, and no I do not wear salmon.  I wear cod.

20. Do you still watch cartoons?
– My life is a artoon.  That’s “artoon” with a “c” in front of it.

21. What’s your favorite scary movie?
– The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl was pretty freaky

23. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
– I do have some hidden treasure, and it is buried, but it’s no place you can ever find.

24. What do you drink with dinner?
– Usually sheep’s blood, but sometimes I’ll have a glass of elephant puss if it’s a special occasion.

25. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
– I dip my chicken’s nuggets in hot oil.

26. What is your favorite food/cuisine?
– I can’t tell you that, because it’s not legal.

27. What movie could you watch over and over and still love?
– I don’t understand… this question is too confusing.  I hate you.

28. Last person you hugged?
– myself.  See, I’m the only person that is willing to touch me.

30. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
– What do you think I do for a living?  How do you think I pay the bills?

31. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone?
– I don’t know how to write… Oh wait, yes I do.  I thougth you meant something else.  The last time I wrote a letter to someone was… yes.

32. Can you change the oil on a car?
– Yeah but it probably won’t operate any more. *mwa ha ha*

33. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
– Nah… I didn’t even know tickets could drive, let alone speed.

34. Ran out of gas?
– I never run out of gas…I eat too much.  :)

35. Favorite kind of sandwich?
– That kind

36. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
– YOU!!!!

37. What’s your usual bedtime?
– I don’t have a usual bedtime, but I usually go to bed at some time, which is any time.

38. Are you lazy?
– Nahhh I’m not lazy… I just usually don’t feel like doing things so I don’t.

40. When you were a kid what did you dress up as for Halloween?
– YOU!!!  Got 1st prize for ugliest, too.

41. Do you read the newspaper?
– No, I pee on it

42. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
– Why?

43. Is Fabio ugly?
– He’s more than ugly… he’s fugly… it’s so fugly, he’s oogly.

44.whats better legos or lincon logs?
– Linkin park?

45. Red wine or white wine?
– You whine

46. Are you stubborn?
– No way!  …and I’m NOT changing that.

47. Who is better…Leno or Letterman?
– Legos

48. Watch a soap opera?
– I like to listen to the shampoo sing

49. Afraid of heights?
– Yeah, no…. no yes…. maybe? Not at all.

50. Sing in the car?
– I sing in the car because I HATE YOU!  I mean… yes.

51. Dance in the shower?
– Baby, I don’t dance.  I PERFORM in the shower… it’s magical.

52. Dance in the car?
– Oh yes, it’s riverdance up in that ride, man.

53. Ever used a gun?
– I’m about to right now.

54. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
– last week… I had a portrait sitting on my desk and this guy with a camera just walked in and took it… bastard.

55. Are musicals cheesy?
– I love cheese

56. Is Christmas stressful?
– The question is “Is stress Christmasful?”  The answer is “bouancy”

57. Ever eat a pierogi?
– Yes I’ve eaten a pie and “rogi” is not my name… idiot.

58. Favorite type of fruit pie?
– Ohhhh the kind with fruit in it… that’s my favorite.

59. Occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?
– Well, when I was 3 I first wanted to be a gynocologist.  That changed when I turned 5 and realized I would make a great human cannonball for the traveling circus.  When I was 9 I was really into movies so I wanted to be a porn star.  Finally, I set aside these childish dreams and decided to have a career in world domination.

60. Do you believe in ghosts?
– I’m here, aren’t I?

61. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
– All the time, and it’s always the same damn thing.

62. Take a vitamin daily?
– Yeah… some preparation H for all the assholes I deal with and some Fukitol in the morning.

63. Wear slippers?
– Yup!  Well, they’re actually condoms with cotton glued to them but they work the same.

64. Wear a bath robe?
– I’m so hairy I don’t need a bath robe.. just a rope.

65. What do you wear to bed?
– My bath robe and slippers

66. First concert?
– I swear I saw Elvis… and the Beatles… and  that stuff.  Nevermind.

67. Wal-Mart, Target or K-Mart?
– Hometown Buffet

68. Nike or Adidas?
– I don’t know… maybe if I had a map, or some kind of barbecue sauce.

69. Fritos or Cheetos?
– I absolutely cannot stand that stupid purple dinosaur!

70. Corn nuts or sunflowers seeds?
– definitely hustlin’ corn nuts

71. Ever heard of “norpo?”
– Norp

72. Ever take dance lessons?
– Honey, I GIVE dance lessons… every tuesday and wednesday evening… in the shower.

73. Is there a profession that you want for your perfect future?
– Y’know that whole world domination thing I mentioned earlier?  Yeah, that.

74. Can you curl your tongue?
– Oh yes… just watch!

75. Ever won a spelling bee?
– Of course… I won a whole swarm of spelling bees… and a drive bee!

76. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
– I’m about to right now because this questionairre is so emotionally satisfying.

77. Own any record albums?
– I own my own record label!  So… make 7 up yours!

78. Own a record player?
– Every player I own is a record!

79. Regularly burn incense?
– Is this a multiple choice question?  Hmmm… “A”, final answer.

80. Ever been in love?
– Love is a four letters word.

81. Who would you like to see in concert?
– Everybody and their grandparents

82. Hot tea or iced tea?
– Iced tea, and then drop it like it’s hot

83. Tea or coffee?
– Milk

84. Favorite kind of cookie?
– you’re my favorite cookie, sweetie, haha

85. Can you swim well?
– Yes but I can sink even better!

86. Can you hold your breath w/o manually holding your nose?
– Oh that’s nothing… try holding your nose without manually holding your breath!  Now that’s talent!

87. Are you patient?
– No I’m orderly.

88. DJ or band, at a wedding?
– Neither!  I want a pantomime and a herd of buffalo!

89. Ever won a contest?
– What’s a contest?  I think i like chilidogs.

90. Ever have plastic surgery?
– No but I’ve had a rubber operation :)

91. Which are better black or green olives?
– French fries are the bomb!

92. Can you knit or crochet?
– I dont’ want to be kicked in the crotch :(

93. Best room for a fireplace?
– Question is: “Best place for a roomfire?”

94. Do you want to get married?
– I don’t even know you!  PFfftt!

A quick summary about phone updates

So earlier today I decided to update my phone to a more recent Android version. I wasn’t sure if it would work and I did have some problems along the way however, I did manage to end up with a working updated phone. Unfortunately, I did lose most of my data, and after all is said and done I probably didn’t really need to. One major benefit to the new update is that the voice to text features seem to be much much better. So far I’ve been able to speak this entire blog post without making any corrections. I haven’t even have to type the punctuation. I am rather impressed. Even though I did lose a lot of my data and I’m really disappointed about that it’s clear to me that there are some benefits to the update as well.

I’m not really going to go into all the details of what I went through. I mostly just wanted to test the voice to text stuff. I think it is working wonderfully. I only had to make one minor correction this entire time. I wonder if anybody can guess what the correction was…

Some Questions from Some Questionnaire

A friend posted these questions on Facebook so I decided I’d play along and answer them, but instead of posting the answers to Facebook I’m blogging them here.


1. Any scars?

2. Who do you like?
Everybody in the world minus the people I don’t like or have an opinion about.

3. Kissed anyone?
I’m married.  Do the math.

4. Coke or Pepsi?

5. Someone you hate?

6. Best friends?
Well, I suppose we’re friends but we’re not especially close or anything… I’d have to get to know you a lot better.

7. Dream job!?
I don’t really dream about my job much…

8. Ever been in love?
How generic ARE these questions, anyway?

9. Last time you cried?
Apparently, VERY generic.

10. Favorite color?

11. Height?

12. Birthday ?
Yes.  I have one of these.  I think most people do.

13: Eye color?
You do?  I color sometimes, too.

14. Hair color?
Black… and people care about this why?

15. What do you love?

16. Obsession?
…is key.

17. If you had one wish, what would it be?
I’d wish for a better questionnaire… or maybe the ability to shapeshift… or teleport… but most likely the questionnaire.

18. Do you love someone?
Why do we keep going back to this?

19. Kiss or hug?
Kiss.  I’m not a fan of white chocolate.

20. Nicknames people call you?

21. Favorite song?
Oh!  I know this one…

22. Favorite band?
I listen to them all the time….?

23. Worst thing that ever happened to you?
Yeah, that sucked… big time.

24. Best thing that ever happened to you?
Oh that was awesome for sure!!

25. Something you would change about yourself?
Wait, was I supposed to be telling you what these things are?  …because I’ve just been imagining them and typing my responses…  I suppose I would change… how I’m answering these questions.

26. Ever dated someone?
No.  yes.  Well, yes, of course.  Wait… yes.

27. Worst mistake?
I don’t have a worst mistake… I have a best one, though… but you didn’t ask for that.

28. Watch a movie or read a book?
Maybe after I’m done answering these questions.

29. Ever had a heartbreak?
Ever had a nose break?  Yeah.  Keep asking these.

30. Favorite TV show?
Finally a question worth answering.  No, I lied.  I like anime a lot.  That’s my answer.

31. Best day of your life?
…hasn’t happened yet.

32. Special talents?
I have plenty.  Wanna see?

33. Do you ever wish you could start your life over?
I do it all the time… every day when I wake up.

34. Any bad habits?
Is being the only circle in a group of squares considered a bad habit?

35. Ever had a near death experience?
Yeah and it almost killed me.

36. Someone I can tell everything to?
You can’t tell anything to anyone.

37. Ever lost a loved one?
Yes.  It was awful.  I lost a few twos and threes also.  I loved those so much…

38. Do you believe in love?
Clearly a teenager wrote these questions.

39. Someone you miss?

40. How’s your heart feeling?
Warm, wet, and squishy, I’m sure.

41. Someone I want to hug right now?
How would I know who you want to hug?

42. Any sister or brother?
Oh brother…

43. Lefty or righty?

44. Favorite animal?

45. Favorite place?

46. Ever been cheated on?
What am I?  A math test?

47. Are you okay?

just some updates (voice to text)

disclaimer: I’m using voice to text to write this blog and will not be making corrections. results may be… peculiar.

its been a long time since I had an injury to my wordpress blog. I guess it’s just so easy to post something on Facebook I don’t really think about WordPress. anyway…  my family is going on a really nice vacation starting early tomorrow morning. we’re going on a cruise of the East Coast. I don’t get to go though… Lisa and I have to stay home. in fact we have to take care of the cats while they’re away. oh well. we’re planning on going on a cruise or something next year… for our 5 year anniversary.

Dodgers doing a lot better. in fact based on his behavior alone you would never even know he got hurt. he’s recovering very well and running around like a normal dog. the fence David help me put up is pretty much complete. although we do need to have a gate put in so that I can still get into the back when I need to.

I really thought that this blog would have more errors in it does. sometimes the speech to text works really well and sometimes the results are embarrassing. so far the only been a few mistakes this time around. you can probably figure out where they are.

a while back we got this game called munchkin. its your turn based game… that is… its a card based games that uses silly RPG elements. the rules are kind of hard to grasp because certain things just aren’t explain very well even though the rule sheet is pretty big. however once you get the hang of it it’s a lot of fun. there are also out on card packs that you can get to add more monsters and items and things to the game. I think it would be really cool to get some of those card packs.

I’ve been really getting into an anime lately called fairytale. well that’s not how you spell it but whatever. when I first started watching it I thought it was just ok… because I started to watch it more I thought it was pretty good… by now I’ve decided it’s probably one of the best animes ever seen. not really sure how to describe it. its not a really serious anime the story isn’t as raw or as deep as some of the other animes I have seen… but just as a really exciting vibe to it. in the lot of the underlying messages really encouraging the optimistic. there a lot of parts it really took it to heart strings too. 

I got my mister no back.  well that last sentence was awful… but I said no corrections so…nevermind.

I don’t really like that the voice to text makes nevermind one word when should be two words. sorry…

well a lot of what I said didn’t really come out the way I wanted. but whatever. I guess I’ll just publish this blog and then go back to watching more fairy tale… I so close by making a bunch of noises and seeing how is getting complicated to text…

I was there was no but I don’t want to meet up with them a lot a DD DD wouldn’t bother you but I need to do the weather in Miami.

Can’t do it

I had some confidence and motivation this morning. I sat down determined to build my resume today. Now that I’ve worked part way through it I realize what a farce it all was. I have no confidence. I know I can do things but I have no idea how to communicate that on a resume. I can’t even think of the words to describe my work experience. Seriously. I get ready to type and my brain just crashes. I cannot do this. I’m so depressed and disappointed in myself I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Summary of Major Updates

I wonder how many blogs posts I have that open with me referencing the fact that I’ve not posted in a while.  Probably a lot.

So as the title indicates, I’m going to summarize some of the major things that have happened in my life lately, as well as some minor things.  You discern which is which.

My parents and sister recently moved.  Same town, different home.  Better home.  Much better.   It all happened so fast, though.  Being the sentimental goof that I am, it’s a bit sad knowing that the home I grew up in and have always called “home” is no longer home and I’m no longer welcome there as I always have been.  Home is at another location now.  Still welcome, but not the same.

Work has been incredibly slow.  Lack of work means lack of income.  Of course that means to bills going unpaid and all of the financial woes that go along with that.  Stress, frustration, depression… it’s the grab bag of emotional crap and each day I reach in blindly and see what pathetic state I’ll find myself in next.

I normally stream on Twitch.tv almost daily, however this hasn’t been happening mostly due to the stuff mentioned in the previous paragraph.  I’ll get back into it.  It’s just hard to want to entertain others when I’m so bummed out.

That’s all for now.

Benadryl. Either it doesn’t work or it works too much.

So, lately I have been getting to bed way too late and sleeping until noon or later.  Unfortunately, this is a problem because in order for me to get enough work done for the day I should really start closer to 10am.  However, I’ve been having a hard time adjusting my sleep schedule because I’m just not getting sleepy early enough.

The night before last I decided to try some Benadryl.  I just took one.  I never really felt it “kick in”, but I went to bed and eventually fell asleep.  I woke up several times, had trouble getting back to sleep each of those times, and overall it didn’t really seem to help much.  I did get to bed a little earlier than usual, but I don’t think it had anything to do with the Benadryl.  I just chose to go to bed early.  The Benadryl was supposed to make the sleeping easier, which it didn’t seem to.  It wasn’t a very restful sleep.

Last night I decided to go with 2 Benadryl tablets.  This time I could feel it start to “kick in” shortly afterward, and I went to bed, where I fell asleep and had a very restful sleep.  I don’t think I woke up at all until morning when Lisa was getting ready for work, and even then I passed out again right away.  A couple hours later I woke up.  I looked at the clock and realized that I had enough sleep so I got up and walked around… but after a few minutes I realized I wasn’t ready.  I couldn’t function.  I had to get back in bed… so I did.  By the time I actually got up to stay I had slept for about 12 hours.  THAT’S TOO MUCH!  Not normally a big deal but in this case the whole purpose of making myself sleep earlier was so that I could get up at a decent time.  It doesn’t help for me to go to bed 2 hours earlier if I’m going to just sleep 4 hours more!   …or whatever.  That was just an example.

Anyway… that’s that.   I don’t think I can get in the number of hours of work today that I should have been able to.   Yeah I know I’m typing a blog when I should be working, but this really doesn’t take long.

Speaking of typing blogs, I need to try to get into the habit of posting blogs when I have stories to share rather than posting them as Facebook news posts.

Free Writing (15m) – Clouds

So today I get to write about clouds, although I’m not really sure what to say on this topic.  It’s a rather broad yet strangely concise subject.  Clouds… clouds… hmmmm… well I know there are many types of clouds, although I don’t really remember what they are.  I think there are cirrus clouds… and… uhm… other ‘c’ words.  Well, I am no meteorologist.  What do you expect.  I know clouds can take all kinds of shapes and sizes and densities.  I’ve seen many beautiful clouds in my time, and have photographed many as well.  I have seen beautiful displays of sunlight pouring out from behind thick clouds.  Clouds are like the God’s fingerpaints on his sky canvas.  It’s kinda neat to think of them that way.

I really love clouds.  My favorite kinds of days are cloudy days.  Many people wake up in the morning, pull away the shades, and hope are given joy by sunshine.  For me, the best kinds of days are the ones where I pull back the shades and everything is gray and grim.  To some people, too many clouds are depressing, but to me, they are wonderful.  I’m not sure what it is about clouds that makes me happy.  Maybe it’s the fact that my eyes tend to be a bit sensitive to bright light and the clouds ease that.  Or maybe I just like the fact that they provide some coolness in a typically hot climate.  Whatever it is, I like clouds.

Clouds aren’t always helpful, though.  Sometimes clouds can be an inconvenience.  For example, most photography shots are not so great when there is an overcast of clouds… or sometimes there are just times when you just need sunlight.  I’m not sure when that is, but hey… I’m being open here.  I happen love overcast days.

Clouds don’t always keep it cool, though.  I’ve experienced some pretty grueling heat on very cloudy days… and usually those kinds of days include a lot of humidity as well.

I’ll be honest.  I’m running out of things to say about clouds.  I’m starting to hit writer’s block on this topic, but I must keep going!  Clouds… clouds…

Hey, nobody said what kinds of clouds I could talk about.  How about digital storage clouds?  Those are becoming quite popular these days.  I know Xbox Live recently introduced cloud storage.  That’s a really nice feature because that means that your save data can be accessible anywhere an xbox can connect to the internet.  Steam uses a storage cloud for the same purpose.  I personally don’t use any of the storage clouds.  All of my data is saved locally.

Let’s go back to the topic of sky clouds.  I like thunder clouds. I don’t know if that’s really a thing, but I suppose we typically refer to the “heavier”, darker, denser clouds as being ‘thunder’ clouds… or maybe I’mthinking of something else entirely.  I’m really not sure.

I suppose one can say that the whole topic is a bit… cloudy… to me.

Cloud Strife is one of the most popular Final Fantasy characters of all time.

I think there’s a Fox McCloud or Fox Cloud or something, too… who is a video game character, or maybe a movie character…?  I don’t recall.  It sounds familiar.  I’d have to look it up, and I don’t think I can do that right now.

Clouds… clouds…  My wife and I noticed two dark clouds in the sky today.  It would be nice if there were more clouds.  As I said before, I love cloudy days.  The northern west coast states are particularly cloudy. Excessive cloudy weather can cause a lot of people to become depressed, which I believe is why Washington state has such a high suicide rate.  It’s all the clouds.  Clouds are the opposite of depressing for me, and I know I keep saying it over and over, but I like clouds.

There are some clouds I don’t like.  For example, clouds that aren’t near me.  Those clouds suck.  Clouds I can’t see are also bad.  Fifteen minutes to write about clouds is probably a bit excessive.

There are a lot of cartoons that portray characters walking and standing on clouds.  Such silliness.  That is not possible!  Clouds could never support that.

Kid Icarus is one of my favorite NES games, and it has lots of clouds in it.


Playing Games

Today I got my Xbox 360 controller wireless receiver for PC.  Now I can use any wireless Xbox 360 controller with my PC.  This is great.  The controller I’ve been using is absolute garbage.

I’ve been playing some more Sonic Generations with a good controller now, and it really is more fun.  Plus the game started saving my data, which is great, too.  I’ve started to record some of my gameplay, and I’ve been considering starting a dedicated YouTube channel to upload those videos.  I’m not sure if I will.  Do you think I should?

Here’s one of my first videos:

I saw a video online of someone getting a score of 1220.2 or something like that.  I haven’t seen anybody do any better than my 1220.7 so if you can find a video of someone doing better (without any cheating), then I’d love to see it.

A Beautiful Day For a Neighbor?

No.  I’m not awake because I want to be.  I’m awake because one of the neighbor dogs got into our yard again and the one that stayed on the other side proceeded to yap and yap at the one that came over.  While I watched through the window, I did see the dog return to his own yard under the fence, but I am NOT going out into the rain to block the gap again.  It’s not my responsibility.  My neighbors have always been very nice, but I’m very sick and tired of living next to them.  Between the cigarette smoke, the dogs, and a few other things, I feel like I have no sanctuary.

Sonic Generations Fail

Recently Chris bought Sonic Generations on Steam.  I thought it looked pretty cool and wanted to play it so he gifted me a copy as well.  After all, it was on sale for a really great price at the time.  I think it was Cyber Monday.

The game is great.  From what I can tell it seems to be among the better of the post Sonic Adventure titles, although I can’t say I’ve played them all.  It just seems a lot of people are saying it.  All that said, though, I have played SG and it is a great game, but there is fail involved, as suggested in this blog’s title.

Sonic_Generations_LogoAside from the occasional wall-clipping glitch, I haven’t really had any major issues with the single player.  Online mode is where the trouble starts.  Technically, this is also single player, so I’m not really sure why I used that term.  I should have said “story mode”.  Anyway, Online Mode offers some ranking game play in which you play levels, usually as fast as possible, and can then compare your best times to the best times of others.  One mode is called “30 second trial”, and it gives you 30 seconds to play a level and get as far as you can.  At the end of the 30 seconds, a goalpost with your picture is placed in the level and your friends that play this level in this mode will have the challenge of getting farther than that.

Well, as much as I love this idea, it isn’t working for me.  The reason it isn’t working is because the game isn’t saving my scores.  At least, not 99% of the time.  I play the levels but no matter what I do, when it’s all said and done and I come back to the level select and stats screen later, my scores and times are not there.  It’s quite frustrating and disappointing.

I’ve currently got a support ticket in with Sega about this and I’m really hoping they’ll be able to solve the issue for me.  In the meantime, I can still enjoy the story mode since my progress is all saved when I play that.  I just can’t compete with Chris for best times and scores.  At least, not officially.

Oh Yeah… The Tree.

Sometimes when I sit down and prepare to write a blog, I think of all the things I want to share but when it gets down to it I feel too lazy to get into every detail.  I’ll use a semi-summarized version.

Soooooo…. yesterday Lisa and I went out to see my friend Lisa K.  After that we went to Costco.  I wanted to stop by Costco since it was on the way and we needed some more plastic drinking cups.  On our way to Costco we first stopped at a Christmas Tree… place.  I’m not sure what you’d call it.  We looked around at some of the trees and checked some of the prices.  Lisa wanted a real tree this year, and I am more than okay with that.  Unfortunately, I really didn’t want to stick around too long because I had to pee something awful and I didn’t see any restrooms there.  We headed back over to Costco.  Also it was raining… a little.

For the record, we only wanted a small tree.  At that place, a small douglas fir was about $20 and I don’t think that includes a stand.  I saw that the medium/smallish sized stands were almost just as much.  The noble fir was more expensive, which I think is normal.

Anyway, moving on…  So we went to Costco and I finally got to pee.  YES!  We then casually pushed a cart around.

(skipping more details)

I stop in the aisle so Lisa can go look at something and while standing there a woman ten feet away was announcing the fact that they had real Oregon Christmas trees.  I asked about them and they were selling Oregon-grown noble firs WITH the stands… for $22.

Sooooo…. we bought one and brought it home and now it’s in our living room.  The end!  Perhaps I’ll post a photo once it’s decorated a bit.  We’re going to keep it simple.

Best. Dinner. EVAR. Sorta.

Well, compared to my other options, this was the best.

Costco makes some of the best hot dogs ever.  I finally got my own Costco membership this summer and ever since then I’ve wanted to bring home a package of their legendary hot dogs.  Tonight, I did.

Have you ever had a particular food that you love but you haven’t had it for so long that you don’t really remember what it was like?  All you can remember was that it was great… and that’s it.  That’s pretty much what happened here.  I heat up one of these hot dogs and in one juicy bite the delicious memories all came flowing back through my system.  It was euphoric.   Just talking about it now makes me want to go back to the kitchen for another.  Absolutely heavenly… especially compared to the cheaper crap we usually buy.

To top it all off, I got to finish my wonderful little meal with a Frugo’s frozen yogurt.  Massive nums.  I’ve been craving Frugo’s for a very, very long time.  We’ve got some Frugo’s coupons stuck to our fridge, so I have to see it all the time.  Well, the coupons expired literally over a year ago but nonetheless I got my yummies.

It was all fine dining as far as I’m concerned.

I don’t think I’m going to be able to go to sleep without having another one of those amazing hot dogs.  Sigh.

A Late Start

I actually slept in until about 11am today.  For some people that may not be any big deal, but for me it’s nearly unheard of.

I didn’t sleep well at all, though, so there’s that.  I woke up quite frequently, either for a trip to the bathroom or just because my body didn’t feel like giving me rest.

This might interfere with today’s plans slightly.  I made plans to go visit my friend Lisa K today.  I don’t get to go see her very often.  This time my wife is going with me so we’ll all be able to hang out for a bit.  I would have liked Chris to come with us but he seemed to want to stay home when we invited him.  I’ll see if I can persuade him with a cheesecake.

Well, I suppose I’d better go get ready for the day.