I'm alive and back at my (hopefully temporary) home in Chaska. It was slow going for a while from Fargo to around Alexandria, after that it opened up a little. After St. Cloud the roads were clear and dry. And as a little added bonus, I managed to just miss all the traffic in the cities. So I guess now its back to work, I hope they're not pissed, there wasn't a whole lot I could do when I-94 was closed. My poor car is a giant ice cube, totally coated in a quarter inch sheet of ice. That'll take a couple months to come off I imagine, at least it'll protect it from door dings. Now I have to square away my drivers license situation (ND license expired, they won't give me a MN license until I show them a birth certificate, waiting on birth certificate to be sent to me) and my license plate situation (bought the car w/o plates and they gave me a temporary tag while waiting for the plates to come in, which expired this weekend) and I'll be all set. Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday cards too, I appreciate it. Now if you'll excuse me I have to go kick my furnace that my slumlord so kindly fixed for me (by fixed I mean didn't do shit to).
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
Since last night the weather has actually gotten a whole lot worse, which makes me think that braving the icy dark abyss may have actually been a better option since it doesn't look like I'm going anywhere today. I think any of you that know me know that I'll drive through just about anything, but this is totally ridiculous. As of now, there is a quarter inch thick layer of rock hard ice over everything and the snow and wind started up this morning. I was watching the news and the little ticker on the bottom of the screen that shows closings ran for over 4 minutes solid, everything is closed anywhere near here. We'll see what happens later today or tomorrow morning I guess. I posted a screen shot of the current weather radar to give you an idea of the madness ensuing. Peace.
Posted by Justin Fox at 12:42 PM
I had a good thanksgiving, I got plenty fat and sassy so I left very satisfied. I started getting phone calls saturday afternoon asking me if I was leaving early because there was some big storm rollin through on Sunday. I checked it all out and didn't look like anything at all was happening so I brushed it off. So I woke up this morning and headed out, everything was going pretty smoothly until around 40 miles west of Fargo, and then it poured rain, which is a really bad thing when its like 23 degrees. It actually turned from a little drizzle to a full on downpour. It took me over 2 hours to drive that last 40 miles, total madness. There were so many crazy accidents. So, needless to say I'm stranded at the moment in Fargo. Its not really looking up at all either, I guess there is some big storm brewing thats moving in that may dump like 7 inches of snow on top of the ice. It sucks being the new guy at a job and having to call in stranded, but theres not really anything I can do about it. So, in celebration of me being stranded, I present some pictures of my friends kid Gus. We were havin a barbeque at my buddys house, and he was getting kinda fussy, which is weird since he's usually really chill. I noticed that he was always crawling up chairs trying to grab beer bottles (since we all had one, he wanted one too). So he got ahold of one and he was all smiles the rest of the day. He walked around for 2 hours solid, never setting this bottle down once. It was hilarious, especially when he started pretending to drink out of it (compounded with the fact he's got a lazy eye, and looks wasted). Check em out. Wish me luck driving tomorrow.
Posted by Justin Fox at 1:33 AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
I actually love thanksgiving. I'm not sure why but I have a feeling it has to do with my love of drinking, gorging myself on turkey and gravy and then passing out with my pants unbuttoned on whatever piece of furniture is available/closest. I haven't really been drinking much lately, so I think it'll be good to tie one on over the holiday. It's going to be weird not to get to see my family (since my folks moved to Tennessee) but I'll get to spend it with Sara and her family, and I know they'll have lots of food and booze, so that's a bonus. So I found out today that I have to take the freakin written drivers test in Minnesota to get a license, and my ND license expires on Sunday (my birthday), so I have to take it tomorrow. Man, I failed that sucker like 3 times before I got my license. I don't think there's any way I can actually pass it, but I'll try. Anyhow, I've included my thanksgiving masterpiece for your enjoyment. I think the words of Homer Simpson say it best..."Oh Margie you came and you found me a turkey, on my vacation awayyyy from worky." Happy holidays everyone
Posted by Justin Fox at 12:20 AM
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Just a little update. My karma's gotta suck man. I must have ran over someones grandma in a former life. It just got cold as hell here in Chaska and now my furnace doesn't work right. Its hovering just above 60 in here and not getting any warmer. I called my slumlord and he's going to "fix" it himself. Great. So this should make for a good story. I see a lawyer in my near future...... On a brighter note (well, I don't know how much brighter I guess), it rained and snowed here all day yesterday, so I got to put the Audi through its paces on the way to and from work today. That thing STICKS to the road man. I think it may be the ideal car for fun winter driving (besides a WRX). Those Germans know whats up. Hopefully I'm going to get some sweet all weather floor mats for it and get some Q-Towers so I can put my rack on. And then spray paint it yellow.
Posted by Justin Fox at 11:42 PM
Monday, November 14, 2005
Oh jesus, the baker is at it again, already. So I talked to him 'bout the alarm clock Shania Twain deal and he was really cool about it. I'm thinkin i'm in the clear. I go home for the weekend to see Sara and get back later sunday night and go to bed. 4:45 rolls around and apparently he gets up this early on his days off too, cause he started into listening to some sort of new age sermon business on cd or somthing (he's going to be a minister i guess) really loud. Holy shit. I just don't get it. Do you think normal people get up at 4:45? Do you think that I'm not going to be sleeping? It's not like its 2:30 on a saturday afternoon. They're up laughin and yelling at each other from other rooms in the house while some dude with an exceptionally deep voice (thats rattling my wall) is layin out some hellfire and brimstone 2 hours before the sun even comes up. So now I gotta be the asshole again, cause I'm up and pissed. Its not like I've really even adjusted to getting up at 6:30 yet, so I sure as hell don't need some 20 year old kids waking me up and hour and half before that. Did I mention that these two have a chihuaua? Oh and that she's like 8 months pregnant? So in a month or so i'm goin to have a newborn over there to contend with too, along with the taco bell dog. Regardless, instead of pounding the holy hell out of the wall, I just got up, took a shower, wrote him a note that was firm but still pretty polite, stuck it on his door and went to work. I then drank a million or so gallons of coffee to try and stay alert all day. I think if I ever see the slum lord that owns this place again I'm going to punch her in the mouth and tell her to buy me a burrito.
Posted by Justin Fox at 9:28 PM
Monday, November 07, 2005
So, I decided to go out and have some beers last night with some buddies that live in Carver (just south of here). I try not to drink when I have to work the next day (the aforementioned rising and shining at 6:30am) but I figured why not. So I call it early at like 11:45 and decide I needed to probably just go home and go to bed. I do so, and am sleeping off my buzz nicely when promply at 3:15 am I am woken up. Just a little background, my neighbors that I share said paper thin wall with are good kids, they're young but nice people none the less. One of them is a baker here and goes to work at like 4:30am or some unholy time like that. So, at 3:15am I shoot straight up to the sounds of Shania Twain POUNDING through my thin-assed wall. I mean like the radio was next to my head loud. I was still 1/4-1/2 in the bag at this point so I was seriously confused. After about 15 minutes of this wretched wake up call, I realized that it was coming from my neighbors bedroom on the other side of my wall. I'm a relatively laid back person but when I've got to get up at 6:30, this is totally unsatisfactory. I finally got out of bed and was winding up to put my fist through the wall when it stopped, mid swing. So now I'm WIDE awake and pissed off. You know when you get so mad theres no possible way your going to go back to sleep? If it happens again I'm going to return the favor with a much larger stereo and some Slayer and see what they think. So thank you Ms. Twain for making me almost fall asleep 35 times at work today.
Posted by Justin Fox at 5:10 PM
Sunday, November 06, 2005
So, taking into account the unspoken rule that when you do get a "real" job you must spend your whole first years salary (before you actually get it of course) on a car, I went out and finally bought my own piece of German engineering. Its a 2005 Audi A4, 1.8 Turbo Quattro, 6 speed manual. I really had my heart set on a black one, but I found this Cambridge Green Pearl A4 for a good price with pretty much all the options you can get. I woke up bright and early yesterday (Its gotta be somthing big to get me out of bed early on a Saturday) and picked it up. I spent the remainder of the day tearing up greater Carver County. I've been drivin jeeps for the last 6 or 7 years, so this is quite a change, and I'm pretty happy with it so far. I'm thinking that the morning drive to the office will be alot more enjoyable now.
Posted by Justin Fox at 4:42 PM
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Being prompted by such illustrious peeps like Brain (see pic at left) and Simmons creating their own blogs, I figured I had probably jump on the band wagon. I'm not entirely sure what I really have to say that is at all substantial but I'm gonna lay it down as best I can.
So about a month ago, I decided to leave my job as a bike mechanic in Grand Forks, ND and work as an Associate Systems Administrator for Rosemount, Inc in Minneapolis. I figured the perfectly happy life I had was nothing compared to the promise of moving to a town where I had no friends, no family, no place to live, a job doing somthing I'm "trained" to do but have never actually done in any kind of real world application. After working in bike shops for 1o years (where there was probably a maximum of 11 employees at once at any given time) I have to support somthing ridiculous like 2000 people who use our network. It was a little much for a while, no furniture, dumpy house, getting up at 6:30am (Yes, as a member of the real world apparently I'm no longer afforded the luxury of waking up at the crack of noon) the job itself was ok but not having furniture makes for a long night after work. BTW, I would also like to thank Heineken for helping me shorten those nights a little. I'm two weeks in now, and its actually pretty alright. It's sort of like Office Space, but the people in my department are cool at least. Um, what else....Oh, I was late my second day, thats always a good one at a new job. So, in conclusion, I really miss my 'ol lady, my friends and my house, but I'm startin to get settled in. Peace.
Posted by Justin Fox at 6:41 PM