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|Thursday, September 6th, 2007|
Alright, all kinds of shit has happened. I'm back in Sioux Falls for now, glad to be off the waytoofuckingcrowded East Coast and back in the middle of nowhere for a while. Still day dreaming about California most of the time, but it's good to be getting a pay check again for a little while before I go back (hopefully) for good (yeah right.) As soon as I got here we had to go out to Denver to work for a couple weeks. Now Denver is a place I wouldn't mind living for a couple years if I decide I need to leave Cali again for a while. Brewpubs fucking everywhere man, lots of good bands from there and good bands always passing through, awesome mountains right outside the city, and there's decent weed out there as well. Basically it has most of the qualities I like in a place, not a bad way to spend a couple weeks really, especially considering we're leaving South Dakota to go there. We brought back like $200 worth of different beer as well, mostly IPA's, stouts, porters, pale ale's, the usual shit for me. We might be going back there next week or the week after as well, in which case I'll try out some more pubs and bring back some more different beer. Being gone, along with us getting ready to move into a different house this weekend, has not allowed me to be able to brew any beer since I got here. So spending this much money on all these different kinds of beer is entirely justified in my mind, you know, for research purposes mainly of course. Really though, I've been to a few dozen different brewpubs this year already, I really could see making a career in some aspect of the brewing/beer industry at some point, I love it.
Also, yesterday I had a HUGE cyst removed from the side of my neck. It also happened to be infected at the time so it hurt to touch it, which it usually didn't. So this procedure hurt like hell the whole time, cause he had to press on it a lot to work to get all the shit out of there. The anesthetic worked good on the skin, but not below it. Plus, it hurt just to get it anesthetized in the first place. However, they prescribed me some Tylenol with codeine in it so that was a plus. It helped me sleep last night, maybe a little too well. Glad I didn't have to work this morning.
I can't wait to move, one of my roommates is a total slob and we'll be rid of him. I can also start brewing and stop spending money on beer. It seems like I'm always on hold, in some transitional phase, I'm really curious to stay in California for a while when I get back and see what it's like to stay somewhere I really want to be for an extended period of time.
Also, you know what I spend at least an hour a day doing now? Playing chess. Chessmaniac.com if any of you are interested. I love it, I've been playing every day for months now. I've always played it for a while then forgot about it for a while, one of those things. Fuck that, constant chess is where it's at. Something to make me think for a while everyday, cause shit gets monotonous when you work and/or smoke this much.
I met a couple good people out here this year, things are definitely looking good right now. Except for that possible court date in Maryland that I actually need to check tomorrow. Other than that though, yeah. I hope you all are well. Current Mood: high
|Friday, May 25th, 2007|
I've been off the trail for a week now due to lack of funds. I've been just sitting at my dad's house playing online chess and sleeping a lot. I really have no motivation to do anything inside besides sit at the computer. I'm gonna end up going back to South Dakota in August to work for the rest of the year. It's not what I had planned, but it'll work. So I'm going to get a thousand bucks from my cousin and get back on the trail for another 3 weeks or so sometime next month, when everyone gets closer to Maryland. I might drive out to West Virginia and get on there. I really miss it, it was probably the best 2 months of my life, I wasn't ready for it to end. I met some good people out there, and I don't have contact information for very many of them. I'll get it when I go back out though, for sure.
Last weekend was the Trail Days festival in Damascus, Virginia, which is the fucking biggest hiker party of year. So naturally I got there on Monday and stayed there partying all week. It was cool to have almost everyone who I've met in the past two months there in one place. Also, I shroomed that Tuesday and on Saturday night I took acid for the first time (can you believe I hadn't done that before? cause I can't) which was very nice. A perfect end to that trip. My dad was like 5 hours away near Culpepper, Virginia at a Datsun 510 get together with some people. He came and got me and brought me back, which was a really long ride with all the shit we had in that little car, and I hadn't slept in almost 2 days.
Anyway though, I'm back here sitting on my ass just waiting to go back out. I really should be more active than I have been this week. We brewed beer last night though, which I've been wanting to get into for quite a while and am very excited about. I wanted my dad to get back into it too, because I know he enjoys it, but he hasn't really been able to do much of it since he moved to Maryland. Now that he's in this house though, it's back on. I'm going to make him do it at least 2 more times before I leave, I want to have a good idea of what I'm doing before I go to South Dakota. It's one of the most satisfying hobbies you can have in my opinion, I'm looking forward to doing it on my own when I leave here. Yay beer! Current Mood: high (what else?)
|Sunday, April 22nd, 2007|
I'm sitting here at an outfitter at Fonatana Dam, North Carolina. I'm about 160 miles in now, just about to enter Smokie Mountain National Park. I've been hanging out and partying way more than I had anticipated, but that's fine. The people on the trail that take it totally seriously are usually pretty boring in my opinion. My cousin is supposed to meet me at the other end of the Smokies on Friday, so I was supposed to leave today. The situation here is too much fun to leave just yet though, but I still might try later on this afternoon. Which will probably mean longer days this week, but that's alright. I've been feeling better and better, a couple small blisters are really the only injuries right now. So I'm movin on, later mothafuckas. Current Mood: high
|Thursday, April 5th, 2007|
|brief update from the trail
I've been on the Appalachian Trail for a week now. I've gone about 66 miles, with about 10 more to go until I'm out of Georgia and in North Carolina. It's been great so far, though a bit painful at times. It's cold right now, it was down in the 20's last night but I stayed warm in my sleeping bag. I'm at a hostel right now to get cleaned up and to resupply in town. I've been meeting lots of people, and overall everyone is pretty laid back and cool. I don't have time to go into many details right now, but here's one story thing worth mentioning. The other night on top of Blue Mountain I was staying in a shelter with a few 4 other people. A storm came through sometime after midnight and man, that was fucking crazy being up there for that. Lighting was flashing constantly and the thunder was rolling all through the mountains, really loud. That, and the wind was blowing so hard, it sounded like a train running by the shelter. The rain tunred to hail for a little while too. It was awesome to see. Of course the rain was also blowing up under the rafters and dripping all over us. We had to sleep with our rainflys from our tents over our bags. Good times. Anyway though, gotta go. Current Mood: hopeful
|Sunday, December 17th, 2006|
Priority number one when I get home is to meet new fucking people. Seriously. I'm only going to be there for a couple months, but you know what? That's my excuse everywhere I go so I need to get over it. Most of my friends I've known for a while now and it seems that there's not many of them who live similiar lives as me. That's fine, but I need more people like me I think. I hear a lot of big talk about going places but don't see much action. I'm not getting any younger waiting for anyone to get around to it, I have this restlessness that just will not go away. But goddamn, it sure does get lonely sometimes to be this apart from everyone else. I always wanted to go anyway, but without Lori it's that much harder because of the obvious sadness that comes with that thought, and also she was just that person that I talked to everyday, no matter where either of us were, about anything and everything. But now this lack of good conversation on a regular basis is getting very annoying. That and the lack of traveling folks I hang out with. So this is how it is at the moment. For the last month and a half I was in North Dakota for about 3 weeks of that, working on a job. Two of those weeks I was in Maryland helping my dad move. So I've only been in Sioux Falls for about a week of that, and I'm leaving for California on Friday. Three years of working here is finally over. I'm going to go home for a couple months, then head down to San Diego for a few days. Then I'm going to take a 2-3 week road trip across the South and end up in Maryland in early March. Then we're flying to Ireland for a couple weeks, then I'll be back in Maryland for about a week. At the very end of March I'll start hiking the Appalchian Trail solo. When I stop and seriously consider that it makes my heart race a little bit. Damn. I'm in over my head here, this should be a lot of fun. I can't wait to get back to California first though. I have a lot of hiking to do to get ready and also I have an ounce of shrooms waiting for me as well. The last couple experiences I had with them this summer were very promising. I should be in a very good place by mid February, when I have to leave. Current Mood: high
|Saturday, August 5th, 2006|
I haven't updated in months, since I left California in March I guess. Well, after being in Maryland and Ireland for about 5 weeks I came back out here to South Dakota for another season working for my cousin. It's been a long 5 months away, so I'm driving home today. I'll be there for about 5 weeks before returning to work. Costly? Yes. Worth it? You have no idea. I have no desire to be here at all, this is like serving a jail sentence/community service 1500 miles from home. Alright, so I do make pretty good money and have a really low cost of living, but I got over that if not the first year, then for sure last year. I've been living with my cousin and boss, Jim... and his wife and 3 little kids. Cheap or not, enough is enough. I can't wait to go home, supposed to go hiking in Yosemite next week for a few days. I have a few other camping trips planned throughout Northern California as well, and there's also quite a few good shows coming up while I'm home. Hopefully there's not too much drama waiting when I get there, this should be pretty relaxing. Hope ya'll are well. Current Mood: hopeful
|Tuesday, March 7th, 2006|
|I'm going the long way to Limon...
I've left California. I'm in in Limon, Colorado with two kids I picked up outside of Battle Mountain, Nevada. Tomorrow I'll be in Maryland. Full update on that shit later. Current Mood: anxious
|Friday, December 16th, 2005|
I'm home, fuck yeah. Haven't done anything really so far, just been screwing around with some friends. I need to get to doing some things that need to get done soon though. I'll see if there's any pictures worth putting up from the drive home soon, I haven't put them on here yet. I didn't do much along the way, I was just in the mood to get home really. I don't really feel like doing or saying much right now, just that I'm home, yay! Current Mood: mellow
|Sunday, December 11th, 2005|
I was just leaving yesterday when I noticed my temperature gauge was on H. I had to get a thermostat and put that in before I left so I'm a few hours behind, but oh well. I'm in Aberdeen, S.D. right now, but I'm about to take off and start heading west. My laptop is out of commission at the moment though (goddammit!) so no posts from the road this trip. But I will take plenty of pictures and have hopefully have something worth mentioning when I get home. It's cold and my car is full, so I might not take as many detours as I would like, but any road through the mountains and across the desert is always very enjoyable. So until then, I hope you all are well, and be safe. Current Mood: chipper
|Monday, December 5th, 2005|
|Saturday is the day
I'm fucking out of here this weekend, back to warmer climates. Usually right before I'm going to move somewhere else for a while I start missing the place I'm still in before I'm even gone. That is not the case this time. I haven't wanted to be here this whole year and now that I'm leaving soon I don't miss it at all, I really do want to be gone. I don't like to sit and bad mouth people, especially when I believe they do mean well, so I won't say much. But I just can't be in this situation anymore, it's fucking suffocating man. Oh and did I mention the -20 to -30 wind chills we have going on? I like it colder than most do, the Bay Area with it's 30's to 60's winter weather is awesome, no need to get much warmer than that if you ask me, but goddamn it gets fucking cold out here.
In other news I got all the Terence McKenna books I ordered today, still waiting on some others, but my McKenna collection is as complete as it needs to be for now. A week and a half and then I'll have plenty of peace and quiet and no job so I can read all I want. No more work for a while, now that feels fucking great. Plus I have rediculous amounts of interesting, um, plants to play around with.
Road trip half way across the county in less than a week, outstanding. Just got to watch the weather to determine the route. I hope I can do something besides the usual I-80 drive, well see though. Current Mood: excited
|Saturday, November 26th, 2005|
|a message from the good people of Rock Rapids, Iowa
Driving through Iowa the other day, I saw a sign. It said:
I didn't agree with this statement, it seemed a bit arrogant. But I figured they meant well, so I let it go. Then they asked a question:
I feel like I am, but not in the way these people meant I'm sure. What exactly was the point of all this? Surely they were joking right? I mean, can anyone take this seriously:
Welcome to the Bible Belt y'all. Current Mood: high
|Sunday, November 20th, 2005|
Went to the liquor store today and holy shit, fucking winter beers are here. Fuck summerfest, fuck octoberfest, winter beers are where it's at. I've already been drinking the hell out of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and a couple others, but I didn't really expect much else being in South Dakota and all. There's this place here that has a decent selection though, easily the best in town, no wait, the best in the state. And tonight they reaffirmed that by having like 5 new winter beers, a couple by breweries that I havewn't had before, which is rare out here since I've had pretty much everything that you can possibly get in this state. The West Coast has tons of awesome microbreweries, the East Coast has a lot of good microbreweries, the midwest and the plains not so much. There are a few exceptions of course and I drink them regularly, but overall there's just not much out here. Tonight however I have way more new beers than I can handle, I am very drunk and had to give it up in favor of water an hour and a half ago or so in order to avoid the incredible hangover that winter beers can give me. I'm not sure how many people on my list will actually care about this so I won't bother naming all the different beers here, but I will have to say that the Anchor xmas beer is way over the top this year. What kind of spices are in this? It's like a pumpkin ale, though I'm sure that pumpkin is not what's in it. It's damn good though, I highly recommend it. Anyway, off to sleep I go, sweet drunken dreams everyone. Current Mood: drunk
|Thursday, November 17th, 2005|
Alright, it's time to get back to this. I've been working this summer, a lot. It was hot as hell and the days were long, making me very tired and annoyed at the end of the day and so I didn't feel like posting on here. But that shit's over, now the ground is covered with snow and it's cold as fuck. I love the cold, but damn, 10 degrees with 20-30 mph winds making it more like -6? It sucks to be out in that. But it won't matter for much longer though. In less than a month I'll be back in California and all will be well. The ocean, the mountains, my friendly green plants...San Francisco! Oh yes, a glorious day that will be. I've been so restless being here this year, all I've wanted to do is be back there. I have so much to do when I get home, I have a hard time sitting still just thinking about it. Last year was alright, but I was still trying to recover from my sisters death. I still am really, but I'm much better.
So, I hope you all are well, I sure as hell am. A bit anxious and restless, but doing good. I'll leave you all with a picture of our awesome husky, who has been rediculously energetic since it's gotten colder and started snowing. He hates the heat, but he loves this shit. Current Mood: hopeful
|Wednesday, October 5th, 2005|
|about fucking time
I'm driving back to California today. I should've left Sunday, but I got talked into doing this crappy silt fence job that "had to get done this week." So it rained all day yesterday and the mud was up over my boots, but it's done now. I'm tired as fuck though, but I don't have time for that, got to go. I'll be there for just a week and a half or so, but still. Flying back wasn't the same, though it was still great to be there. This drive is always an experience, I love it. The prairie, the mountains, the desert... My patience for this place is running out, but only 2 more months once I get back and then I'm back to the Bay again. So yeah, good times await. Current Mood: hopeful
|Friday, August 19th, 2005|
|Wednesday, August 10th, 2005|
|hey man, killer idea
Alright, check this out... has anyone here ever really looked at a corn field up close? Everyone's seen them of course, but have ever really see one man? I was outside smoking, and I walked over to this field next to the yard here. I studied these corn stalks for like 15 minutes and I realized that I'd never stopped and really looked at the details of a corn stalk before. And I was thinking of movies with people running through corn felds so I tried to walk into this one a little bit, and you know what? A corn field would be one of the collest places to play and hide and seek in. Seriously. When no one else is around one day I'm going to smoke a blunt and try and walk all the way thru this field. I bet that would be hard trying to go straight across, I hope I get disoriented and lost for a while. I bet almost no one else would think this is fun. Current Mood: high
|Sunday, July 3rd, 2005|
So who here is going to be at the Templars Of Doom festival in Indianapolis next weekend? Check it out: http://www.templarsofdoom.com/
it was fucking awesome last year and it will be awesome this year. Thorns of the Carrion, Las Cruces, The Gates Of Slumber... I can't wait. I'm heading to Bloomington the night before to see Nicole, then off to Indy for the weekend of doom! Jesse, I'll see you there at least. Anyone else?
And in other news I went to a death metal show in Sioux Falls last night. Pathetic and Her Seduction played at this little coffee shop, and it was surprisingly good. There's hardly ever anything playing in South Dakota worth going to, but this was pretty cool. Grind and death in the Dakotas, fuck yeah! Too bad most of the good shit plays in North Dakota for some reason, but anyway. Yeah, it was rockin. Current Mood: drunk
|Monday, June 27th, 2005|
I've been in South Dakota for a couple months now working for my cousin again. I'm going to be here until early December again, but I don't think I'm going to do this again next year. Financially I could be set for life staying with this, but I don't really care. I haven't seriously lived in California for more than a few months for over 3 years now and I feel like going home. I'll travel just the same, but I'm going to live where I feel like being. I'm not really sure the details of this are worth mentioning or not, maybe not all at once. But the situation here is just not what I want, my reasons for coming here in the first place are no longer valid and it seems more like a chore than an adventure anymore. 5 more months here, I should make the most of them. So I'll be back on here, and hopefully it won't just be lazy mundain bullshit. I have a digital camera now, so pictures will be used as well. I'll post a bunch of them from Ireland (which I havedn't really talked about yet) coming up as well. Anyway, not sure that anyone cares, but these are trying times here. Sorry for my absence.
|Sunday, April 17th, 2005|
Just can't seem to get in the mood to update. Anyway, it's time to head back to South Dakota for work, I'll update when I get there I'm sure (there's not much else to do in SD) so I'll see ya'll later this week then. Current Mood: annoyed
|Wednesday, March 30th, 2005|
I'm home, and I've been awake for far too long. Too much news hitting me at once, way too tired to handle it. I'll try this again tomorrow. Current Mood: exhausted