Friday, March 28, 2008

I should write somethin, shouldn't I?

Alright, getting further into this whole Utah move deal.

I am getting used to the new digs. The place is alright. Some things that are a bit messed up around here, but all in all for the price tag it is still pretty damn good.

The schools are damn nice here. And it looks like the boys are doing good so far.

And this week I went back to work. FUCK YEAH!!! I love this work shit. I used to talk about how great it would be to take of work for some undetermined amount. Now that I have spent a month sitting on my ass around the house without a job, I will say one thing. It SUCKS!

So what is this job, you might be asking? I am now testing software for a small company out here. First the pay is almost dead nuts what I was making out in California. I get to work from home. They gave me a kick ass Dell desktop with dual 24" monitors, my bosses are pretty mellow and I pretty well get to have full reign of my job. So long as I don't botch up, it looks like they will leave me be.

So now I get paid here soon. I gotta catch back up on my bills. But I am not swamped so that's a plus. And then I got to start saving up for a couple of things.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Three weeks in (Or therabouts)

OK, so I am big fat liar. It has been just about 2 1/2 weeks in.

So what have I observed about Utah in this period of time? Well, I wonder why they require mirrors on cars, when obviously no one uses them. Same goes for turn signals. I keep wondering if these mongoloids are stupid, or just don't give a shit.

But at least traffic is light. I can get on the freeway and lock it in at 80 and just go. So that is kinda nice.

Next week I start up at my new job. The commute will be hell. I will walk down to the basement and log in to the computer... Tough stuff. Well for the first three weeks I will be in three different places for training. And then they are going to let me go wild. What little they know. Hopefully I can stay motivated enough to keep myself out of trouble.

A couple of things I am trying to get used to though. The weather is fucked up. I mean seriously fucked up. Yesterday I was in a T-shirt. Today it has been raining, with some snow. WTF?!

And can a guy get some beer here that isn't watered down or cost a small fortune? I mean a 6 pack of non-thinned out beer is 12 bucks! 12 bucks, what the hell? I bought 5 bottles of wine for T at 5 bucks a pop, and a 6 pack of Negro Modelo for 11.80 something. It goes for 7 bucks back in Cali. Talk about a mark up. I mean bootleggers in Kentucky charged those kind of prices, and it was totally illegal there.

So the next time I am in Nevada or California, I am going to bring back enough beer to keep a frat house happy for a month.

And the bike scene here sucks ass so far. I have seen maybe 5-10 non-Harleys around here. There is a shit tonne of chrome travesty V-twins and of course a few of those beach ball, I got more money than good sense customs around. Seems like everyone is showing off to each other. Keeping up with the Smith's around here. I would use Jones' but I think there are more Smith's. It is Utah after all. And they say Californian's are bad about the whole image thing. These people have some serious self esteem issues here.

Otherwise it is not exactly a bad place. But it is definitely culture-shock. I am still trying to figure out the lay of the land. But so far there haven't been any deal breakers.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

I'm Here!

I here! And I am... In Utah??

Yes! Yes, I am!

It is cold, it is windy, it is... not California.

We spent Friday loading up the truck. By the time we were finished, we had the truck to the back door and packed up my car on the dolly to the top. The only thing we left behind was the Honda. The poor chopper keeps getting the redheaded step-child treatment. I keep leaving it behind whenever I move. But it shouldn't be too bad. I have it stored safely and the next time I am back in Cali, I will pick it up and get her home.

So once packed up we said goodbye to our old place.


It was late when we finished. And all of us were exhausted.
Rather than try and hit the road that night. And since we like the idea of sleeping in beds. The four of us spent the night at T's folks place. They are near the freeway so it made it easy to get on the road too.

By 4:30am, we were trucking along the 215 and making our way north. Uhaul trucks are not known to be fast, but we did our best to make it work for its supper. Though 75-80 was all any of us could get out of it.

By about 10 we had made it to Primm, NV. If you haven't been there, don't worry. You really aren't missing anything. It is just the first town to gamble on the way to Nevada. I am not a gambler by any stretch of the imagination so Nevada is not any place I really need to be. Those of you that dig the Vegas lifestyle, my hats off to you.

We kept trucking along through Nevada, on through a patch of Arizona, and then into Utah. We had traded spots a few times, but all of us were getting tired of the road. Bad food, indigestion, and a good dose of monkey butt.

But towards Nephi, only a couple of hours away, the skies decided to welcome us to Utah. As the wind picked up and the skies darkened. We were treated to a freezing rain, slushy snow, and then a good dusting of the white stuff.


I was driving point in the UHaul and had yet to take a nap. So the snow wind and exhaustion made me decide that slowing down was a good idea. around 6:30 we made it up to T's sister's place. She had some Domino's waiting for us. After stuffing our faces and going over some basics, we followed her over to our new place. I still haven't taken any pics of the front of the place. But needless to say, it is a new box house in a "master-planned" community. Not all bad. But I never thought I would ever live in one of these things.

But this makes up for it.


That is the view out our dining room window. Our kitchen window faces the same area. That kinda rocks.

After this I bet you expect me to say I went out and began looking over the area, right? Like hell I did. Nope I was just kicking this bug that was going around in Cali. Well sleep deprivation, too many road miles and my typically great personal healthcare habits meant that it came back with a vengeance. A vengeance, a few buddies and hung out and kicked my ass for three days. It is finally going away, but I have to say, if someone had dug me a hole in the ground, I would have crawled in and let them toss the dirt on top of me.

So what's next? I need a job. I have a couple of things lined up. But man I don't do well without some structure. I don't know what I will do when I retire. I think I will need some hobbies or something.