I guess I haven’t written in this blog since June so here you go.
I don’t really have a whole lot to talk about but that’s never exactly stopped me before.
In almost 5 days I’ll be turning 27. It makes my adult friends laugh when I say this, but I really don’t want to be this close to 30.
Adult friends? Jesus that makes it sound like I’m friends with porn stars or something.
No. Okay. You know what I meant.
Seriously though, it’s really pretty surreal to think about. I remember being in middle school going “I have such a long time until high school, I don’t have to worry about that grown up stuff like jobs and grades and whatever” so it’s pretty weird to think that I’m entering my late 20s.
I don’t feel almost 27, and in fact 95 percent of the time I’m mistaken for an 18 or 19 year old. I’m not complaining, quite the contrary actually. I find it pretty amusing, especially when I go to buy alcohol and the cashier asks me for my ID in that “there’s no way you’re old enough to buy this” tone of voice. Several years ago, a manager at a grocery store did something similar, I was buying like a wine cooler or something, and he walked past the cashier whose line I was in and went “Are you sure you’re old enough to buy that?” and I went “Pretty sure, sir, I’m 24”. I wanted to call him a douche but most of the time social anxiety keeps me from being rude to people for no reason.
Anyway, I got off track. You’ll have to forgive my loopiness today. And every other day. But especially right now.
Let’s see. Work has been… eh, work. But the manager did tell me he noticed my metrics had been better lately and told me good job, which would mark about twice that he’s actually given me any sort of decent praise. We’re into donation season, where we have to ask every customer if they want to donate to St. Judes, which is a reputable thing to donate to, but in previous years I’d just stop asking because nobody seemed to want to donate.
This year, I’m trying really hard to stay on that, and see if me getting better numbers may help me get a few more hours. I doubt it, but whatever. My moods have been better at work but I think that has more to do with me getting only three days a week than my attitude adjusting.
Let’s see. What else. Oh. I guess I haven’t mentioned that on November 5th, I’ll be making another bus trip to Minneapolis to attend another Thomas Dolby show. This time he’s touring with a short film he made, called The Invisible Lighthouse.
I feel a bit guilty about it because I make even less money now than last year when I went on my concert going spree, but the difference this time is, for people who bought the VIP package, there will be a meet and greet after the show.
Naturally I bought the VIP package in addition to the normal admission ticket. I also only bought a one way bus ticket to Minneapolis. WHICH MEANS I HAVE TO STAY THERE.
Actually I’ll wait until my next paycheck to buy a return ticket. Actually, I’ll probably wait until the next paycheck after that to buy the return ticket. Part of the reason for that being that I skipped a student loan payment in order to buy the VIP package.
Well, I didn’t so much skip a payment as I just decided to pay September and October’s student loan payments all in one go this month.
Which, yeah, doing that sort of thing isn’t advisable, but it’s kind of something I felt like I had to do. I’ve been dreaming of having a chance to meet this guy since I figured out who he was and how present his music (or at least, music he wrote) has been during some of my formative years.
As I did with Howard Jones, I want to bring along a couple of my drawings in the hopes that I can get him to autograph one and perhaps accept one as a gift from me. This is one of those weird childhood things I still do, giving people art, but in the case of a musician I feel like I should give something back if I can.
I don’t know, I’m weird that way.
Anyhoo. We’re currently in the middle of a thunderstorm of sorts. According to the radar we’re going be hit with some more rain but we’re closer to the edge of the giant cluster of weather than to the middle, so I think we’ll be fine.