Monthly Archives: May 2008

Let the second-guessing begin

In spite of my (ridiculous and unfounded, yes I know) fear of talking to strangers, I finally stopped into Tribal Rites on Tuesday to speak with Greg about my next tattoo. At no point did he laugh at me or in any way make me feel inadequate. Good start. Also, he’s already done at least one tattoo in a style similar to what I’m looking for. Bonus. He had some excellent suggestions regarding the sketch I brought in. We talked time-in-chair (“Probably an hour, depending on how you take it.” “Well, I’m not going to be laughing through it.”), we talked pricing, we talked line thickness. We did not talk Vicodin, only because I forgot to ask. We talked simultaneous appointment with his Padawan, Dean, for Nova, who will have a little work done at the same time. BFF and all. I can check her placement, and she can check mine. Whoever finishes first will crack open the whiskey for her suffering pal. Now, we just have to do it. On Tuesday night.



Off topic: I know that it’s a cliché to fall in love with any Jason Mraz song, but I heard the line “I tried to be chill but you’re so hot that I melted” on the radio one April evening, and was completely taken. The whole song is ridiculously happy. Damn him and his pop sensibility!

Well you done done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill but you’re so hot that I melted
I fell right through the cracks
and now I’m trying to get back
Before the cool done run out
I’ll be giving it my bestest
Nothing’s going to stop me but divine intervention
I reckon it’s again my turn to win some or learn some

I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I’m yours

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find love love love
Listen to the music of the moment maybe sing with me
A lá peaceful melody
It’s your God-forsaken right to be loved love loved love loved

So I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I’m sure
There’s no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I’m yours

I’ve been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror
And bending over backwards just to try to see it clearer
My breath fogged up the glass
And so I drew a new face and laughed
I guess what i’m-a saying is there ain’t no better reason
To rid yourself of vanity and just go with the seasons
It’s what we aim to do
Our name is our virtue

I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I’m sure
No need to complicate
Our time is short
It cannot wait, I’m yours

Well no no, well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find love love love love
Listen to the music of the moment come and dance with me
A lá one big family (2nd time: A lá happy family; 3rd time: A lá peaceful melody)
It’s your God-forsaken right to be loved love love love

I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I’m sure
There’s no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I’m yours

No please, don’t complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I’m yours



Filed under friends, tattoo

Colorado fair season

GoodGuys Colorado Nationals (Loveland): May 30th – June 1st

Automezzi (Lakewood): June 1st

50th Anniversary Hot Rod Happenin’ (Morrison): June 8th

Old Town Car Show (Ft. Collins): June 14

Wild West Auto Roundup (Golden): June 14

Adams County Fair: July 30th – August 3rd (Demolition Derby on August 2nd)

Boulder County Fair: August 1st – 9th (Demolition Derby on August 1st)

Hotrod Ho-Down (Colorado Springs): August 9th

Carnation Festival Car Show (Wheat Ridge): August 16th

Colorado State Fair: Aug 22nd – Sept 1st (Demolition Derby on August 30th)

Wild West Auto Fest (Littleton): Sept 13th

Do you smell funnel cakes? I swear, I smell funnel cakes.


Filed under cars

of things that bloom

Springtime along the Front Range is never less than amusing, although this year didn’t seem to have quite the same kick as usual. Yes, we had an 80-degree day followed immediately by snow, but we only had one of those. And where is my rainy season, when it rains every single afternoon from 3:00 to 3:15?

My narcissi came up a month or so ago, followed in short order by my tulips. They’re not spreading as rapidly (or at all) as I would have hoped, but the few flowers that peek up bring me great joy. There should be irises (iri?) in there as well, but nothing is happening along that front so far this year.

And then there’s the peony. I have always loved peonies. Near my last apartment in Boulder, there was a gentleman who carefully tended a yard full of different varieties of peonies. I commented on them once as I strolled by, and he was so pleased that I even recognized them. I guess they’re not as common out here as they are in New Jersey. When Chris bought his little house in north Denver, I immediately planted two peonies to flank the front walkway. I never saw them grow to full force, though he told me they were pretty amazing in time. When I bought my own place in 2003, I planted a peony in a little garden bed I made by the front stoop. Though it had buds on it when I planted it, the shock of replanting, and so late in the season, pretty much took care of stunting its growth that year. The following year, its first in its new location, the plant did not bloom. This is not unusual for a peony. When spring rolled around again, I had a small, raised bed built around the plot I had originally planted. The peony came up, but again, no blooms. Curious. In the fall, I planted bulbs. Spring of 2006 brought me bulbed flowers and peony leaves, but once again, no buds. I did some research online and decided that the raised bed meant that the peony was now planted too deeply in the soil. However, digging it up meant disturbing the bulbs. I decided to leave things be while I figured out how best to handle it. Which meant, for me, not really handling it at all. 2007 brought me peony leaves once more, but now they taunted me, begging me to get off my lazy ass and do something about raising the plant. I still didn’t do it. 2008 came and with it the aforementioned narcissi and tulips, and also the peony leaves once more. I was happy to see them, but also grimaced at the thought of neglecting the problem yet again.

And then…

I noticed…

A bud! A tiny, round, peony flower bud! In time, it has grown larger, though still tightly packed with the petals that will (hopefully) blossom into a beautiful, extravagant bloom. Ants, as per tradition, have also discovered the bud, and are having a grand time marching around it and performing their pollination-for-food dealio. It’s only one bud, on a plant that should support many more, but still, I am overjoyed.


Filed under gardening, springtime

Frequent Flier Miles

First, a thank-you to the surprising number of peeps who poked around my blog during this past week, even though I wasn’t writing anything. I had a friend in town, and set blogging by the wayside in favor of late-night talks and far too little coffee. ACTUAL reality, folks. It’s the wave of the future.

Back to our regularly scheduled program:

I have a bunch of frequent flier miles. Some here, some there, some with airlines I don’t even fly. United, Frontier, Continental, Midwest, Northwest, whoever Hilton is hooked up with, and wherever I can transfer AmEx points. Not enough to fly to a friend’s wedding in Mexico, but enough to visit a different friend in Minneapolis. That is, I could redeem the miles if the dates I wanted to travel (a weekend in the middle of July) weren’t blacked out. I have been gathering miles for years, because I can’t actually use them. Is there a trick to it?

Okay, okay, I didn’t mean to leave you all in the dark. Back to the beginning: My pal Nick was visiting, and we went to a car show where we met the guy who owns a Cadillac known as Batmobile with which I am familiar, played mini-golf (see above), watched a DVD, and hung out with friends. We ate some, we drank some, we drove around some. I introduced Nick to egg creams at brunch one morning. That right there means I did a good job as hostess.


Filed under friends, vacation

Let’s Get Ready To Rum-bowl!

The Saints and Pinners kicked off our new bowling season tonight, and although we tried to bowl poorly enough to score ourselves some nice, high handicaps… we all did pretty well. Surprisingly well, considering that none of us have lifted a ball in probably three months. Of course, we still have room for improvement. It’s my goal to get my average up around 150 this season (yeah, I know that “real” bowlers scoff at that, but I started bowling this time last year around a 92, so I had a ways to go). I think I averaged around a 112 tonight. [Ed. Note: Turned out to be a 118] I’m not sure what the handicap will bring me up to; I’ll find out next week when all of our rankings are tallied.

Saints and Pinners: We will all suck together.

That’s a team, man. ;)


Filed under bowling