i loved halloween as a kid

i went ahead and ordered one of the lighters i was looking for. it’s the black and chrome vector pipeline lighter. (vector is made by lotus.) it looks/works like the oldboy and corona lighters, but is much cheaper. i went ahead and ordered a couple of lotus butane refills while i was at it. the lighter is interesting. i’m not sure if i like it or not as far as the functionality of the general design, but it’s a somewhat unique style and pretty cool.
this past week i was in training at work. i’m not sure exactly why they put me in, other than to perhaps try and get me more involved in the windows/exchange side of mailflow. i volunteered to start doing windows stuff (lcs/ocs, ad, exchange, pki, etc.) a while back, but nothing ever really came from it.
i upgraded my apple tv to the 3.0 software a few days ago. i like the redesign. i also really like that they have an interface for internet radio now. also, after the upgrade the device seems to be functioning properly. i’m not sure why, but i hope it lasts. i’ve even done some mucking around to try and get some content on it. (although i still have yet to buy or rent anything from itunes. why would i? the prices are too expensive, and i have access to netflix streaming via my blu-ray player.) they don’t have automatic support for boxee with 3.0 as of yet, although it appears some people have written a new version of launcher (3.2, was alpha, now beta) that works with 3.0 and there are some ways to get xbmc and boxee working. unfortunately, me using the atv-usb creator to install ssh and such always seems to somehow mess up the networking for some reason. which means i then have to do a factory restore (2.0.2 for me), then upgrade to the latest version again. not fun.
i think i ordered the last of the things the mechanic needed to be able to move forward with the new engine. i ordered an autogage 3-gauge cluster (water temperature, oil pressure, and voltage) and a set of spark plugs. since i knew he was waiting on these last things, i went ahead and had them shipped overnight. when i talked to him on friday he’d gotten this order, as well as everything else i’d ordered. he also said he’d already fixed the driver’s side seat. so maybe it’ll be done within the week or so.
saturday of course was halloween. i wore my normal clothes, but added a skull mask. i wore some reflective goggles underneath the mask, then my nanini cruiser goggles over the mask. i rode around like that. i went over to the potts for a few hours (where simcha was terrified of me), then went over to chris and mary’s for their halloween party. i never took my mask off at the party (except for a short time near the end), and didn’t talk much. i drank with a straw through the mask, and i even smoked my pipe through the mask. finally not long before i left i took my mask off for someone who asked because she was freaked out by me all night. (i’m pretty sure she wasn’t the only one.)
on the way home, which was around 2am (which then became 1am), there were a lot of people walking around in outfits along westheimer and shepherd. (someone in front of numbers took my picture.) a lot of the ladies were wearing the expected slutty outfits. what a fun way of being reminded i’m quite single right now.
today i wanted to ride around some since the weather was nice, so i decided to go to sylvia’s. i took the longish way, going down 59 to alt 90 and then up 6 to westheimer. but when i got there, they were closed. they’re not open on sundays. i’m not sure if i already new that or not, but the sign on the window said “new hours”. *sigh*
i’m still waiting to post that story related to going to the bank a couple of weeks ago. unfortunately, i’m not yet able to because i’m waiting on a loose end to take care of business. if they don’t take care of it soon, i’ll have to take care of it for them though.

7 comments on “i loved halloween as a kid”

  1. Is that the same skull mask that you’ve posted on here before? If not could you post a picture for those of us out of sight range? Are you going to wear that mask when you come to Taiwan?

  2. yes, it’s the same mask. i’ve only seen one photo so far. here’s a facebook link:
    i’d already taken off the mirrored goggles underneath the mask at this point, but i was able to go wide-eyed for the pic which is a nice effect too. and i’m holding my pipe. but i’d taken off one of my gloves to hold the pipe, so you can see my hand.
    note i think you have to have a facebook account to see pictures on it. if you are averse to creating an account but you still want to see the pic, let me know and i’ll get a copy to you another way.
    i’m not sure about wearing the mask to taiwan. what would the response be?

  3. Curious about going the Atv route myself. Is the networking problem common with people using the patchstick?
    I would really like to get some boxxee and perian support on the device.

  4. ryan — i haven’t seen a lot of other people complaining about having network problems after they install tools via the atv-usb patchstick. so i don’t know what exactly is causing my problems. i know people have problems that some usb thumbdrives just don’t work being used as a patchstick (no one seems to know exactly why), but the one i have does its job and shows up and loads and shows no errors. but then i have network problems (either wired or wireless).
    i think xmbc will provide the ability to play a lot of video formats not normally supported by the atv, so you might be able to just use that and not worry about perian. (i had to google perian to figure out what it is…i may have to install that on my other computers.:)

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