Category Archives: Misc

When Did I Graduate?

When people ask me, “When did you graduate high school?” I become uncomfortable. First, I don’t really know what year I graduated. I have a diploma around here somewhere. I could dig it up and see, if I felt like it.

Second, I didn’t graduate when I was supposed to. I dropped out of school a couple times, and went back, which resulted in me graduating much later than I was supposed to. Maybe if I had played school straight, I would have a concrete graduation year cemented in memory.

Graduating really wasn’t a big deal to me. My diploma is just some leather bond thing I come across every once in while when going through boxes of stuff.

Sometimes I worry that people will judge me if I tell them all this and I’ve often avoided the subject.

New Car

I just got home from Mom and Dad’s. Dad grilled ribs.

Shortly after I got there, Dad handed me this box and said he got it for me. At first, I thought it was a box of M&M’s, but then I opened it. Guess I’ve been talking a bit about my two new hobbies, collecting 1/24 scale diecast cars and watching NASCAR races.

It’s still not much of a collection yet, but now I have three cars to show. The new car is a Pontiac Grand Prix.


Maybe it was the return of NASCAR on Sunday. Yesterday I was very productive and today I’m pretty motivated. Things just feel more in place now. I always had an interest in racing, but never really followed the sport. I think that’s going to change, at least until baseball comes back.

I look forward to the next race.

Because I Want A Title

It was evening by the time I got gas for my mower yesterday and I was burned out. So, I thought I would finish the lawn today. No can do. It was sunny and dry yesterday, but today it’s raining like a bitch.

The Farmall clock is what I got my dad for his birthday, which was Sunday. The clock didn’t arrive until Tuesday and I gave it to him yesterday.

Yesterday, my dad and I measured to see how much I’ll need to get my patio back to it’s old size. So, hopefully we’ll be doing that soon. I’ve been wanting the patio back since I bought the house. The patio will be the first project I do on my property. I don’t want to do anything else until I get my patio back.

It’s really cool owning this joint now. There are a bunch of things I can do that I couldn’t do when I was the tenant. I have several ideas in mind. One idea is, I want to build a bar into this wall in my kitchen and have stools there, and get that little table out. I think it would make my kitchen roomier.

Someday, I might expand the kitchen and bathroom. I’ve had some thought about building a garage. And so on.

People have told me that homeownership isn’t all that great and renting is easier. I disagree. Homeownership is wonderful.


Remember last May when I hit a big rock with the lawnmower I’d had for about fifteen years. Since that mishap, there had been a hole in the deck of the mower. Whenever I mowed, shit would be flying at me. Several of my shirts have holes in them from this.I was going to buy a new mower, but my dad bought one for me. Today I started using it for the first time.

It’s a good mower, but I ran out of gas and my can is empty. So, now I gotta wait till someone can take me to get gas.


While a Tiger 2012 game is on in the background, I’m putting together my mom’s Mother’s Day gift. It’s not easy, given that there are some small parts that I have trouble seeing, but I’m getting it together.

Today is also my dad’s birthday.


I started collecting 1/24 scale diecast cars. So far, I have a 1964 Ford Mustang and a 1970 Buick GSX. My goal is to get diecast versions of real cars that I love and wish I owned. I’m going to get shelves under the big picture of Detroit that’s in my office and I’m going to fill the shelves with these diecast cars.