The First Day of the Rest of My Life

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Could someone be a doll and remind me about this sometime before October 16?

Monday, September 27, 2004

Suse did it, Teri did it, there's even a webring devoted to this meme. Now is my attempt to chronicle...

  1. My full first name is Gregory.
  2. My middle name was chosen out of a hat.
  3. I was born in 1978.
  4. My older brother was born nine year earlier.
  5. He died nine years ago in a single-car accident.
  6. The accident happened about 60 hours before I was to start driver's ed.
  7. I don't believe I've completely gotten over it.
  8. I was a military brat for the first 14 years of my life.
  9. The only foreign country I've lived in was Panama.
  10. During the time I was there, in 1984, Van Halen's "Panama" was released on their album, "1984."
  11. I've lived in California, Kansas and Texas, not necessarily in that order.
  12. I was never popular in school.
  13. I always wanted to be popular.
  14. I am a game show nut.
  15. My favorite game shows of all time: "The Price Is Right," "Press Your Luck," and "Double Dare."
  16. I was in the audience of "The Price Is Right" last May.
  17. I didn't get called to "come on down."
  18. I loved it anyway.
  19. I consider myself an excellent speller.
  20. I came in second place in spelling bees at my middle school.
  21. Both times, I lost to a kid named Michael Tran.
  22. I'm currently single.
  23. I hate being single.
  24. I have an online dating profile.
  25. I have yet to get a date from it.
  26. I've never approached a woman at a bar.
  27. The thought of such a thing scares the bejeezus out of me.
  28. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002.
  29. I entered the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.
  30. I graduated with a BA in American Studies.
  31. I entered as an electrical engineering major.
  32. During my freshman year, I joined a spirit group known as the Longhorn Hellraisers.
  33. During my sophomore year, I left the Hellraisers to join a fraternity known as Lambda Omega Alpha.
  34. It's a Catholic frat.
  35. While I was in the frat, I was probably the most Catholic I've ever been in my life.
  36. I've been playing catch-up ever since.
  37. While I was in the frat, I met a gal at a mixer with a Catholic sorority.
  38. We talked for a bit, then left to go dancing at a club.
  39. We then made out at my apartment.
  40. I ended up dating her on and off for about 3 years.
  41. She is now my parents' tenant.
  42. I've been on a traveling kick during the last three years.
  43. During that time, I've been to Dallas, Houston, Beaumont, Detroit, Montreal, New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
  44. I took on a job as a cab driver to pay for my trip to Montreal.
  45. I'm having a hard time coming up with 100 things.
  46. I drive a 1999 Honda Accord.
  47. Before that, I drove a 1990 Honda Accord.
  48. Before that, I drove a 1988 Honda Accord.
  49. I've never been in an accident while driving.
  50. I slept through a wreck in the back seat of a Nissan Maxima.
  51. I'm not registered to vote yet.
  52. In the last two presidential elections, I voted for Nader and Dole.
  53. Both were protest votes.
  54. was not the original address of this blog.
  55. I had to change it due to people at my workplace finding out about it.
  56. I am currently unemployed.
  57. My last employer ceased operations somewhat unexpectedly.
  58. I liked the people I worked with, though I didn't really enjoy my actual job all that much.
  59. My parents are still married.
  60. I have been to six weddings where friends of mine were married.
  61. All six couples are still married.
  62. I'd like to be married, but probably not anytime soon.
  63. At times, I consider myself a hopeless romantic.
  64. Other times, I consider myself hopeless.
  65. My ex-girlfriend had a dream about me proposing to her in her kitchen.
  66. This dream occurred about six months after we first met.
  67. I am right-handed.
  68. I develop crushes rather easily.
  69. I equate this to "spreading the table" in roulette. (i.e. putting enough chips on enough numbers so that something will hit)
  70. I am into photography.
  71. A dream job of mine would be photographer for Sports Illustrated.
  72. I've been taking pictures since I was in 5th grade.
  73. I still have a lot to learn about photography.
  74. I still have a lot to learn about life.
  75. At times, I feel inferior to people.
  76. I keep lots of memorabilia.
  77. I have the first letter that a girl ever sent me, back in 4th grade.
  78. I've had braces. Twice.
  79. It. Bugs. Me. When. People. Turn. Each. Word. Into. A. Sentence. For. Dramatic. Effect.
  80. I've always wanted to go to Australia.
  81. Mostly because I think Aussie women are hot.
  82. I have a bad habit of breaking women down into parts.
  83. That being said, I'm a butt man.
  84. I was a radio DJ at a college station for one semester.
  85. I would love to do it again.
  86. I play drums.
  87. I've played live a few times.
  88. I would love to do it again.
  89. I believe I am above average when it comes to cunnilingus.
  90. My last college class was a correspondence course in human sexuality.
  91. No, there is no correlation between #89 and #90.
  92. My turn-ons include long hair and the ability to speak a foreign language.
  93. I have kissed a guy once.
  94. It was on a dare.
  95. I have experienced panic attacks and mild depression.
  96. I don't think I've fully dealt with either issue in their entirety.
  97. I watch way too much TV.
  98. It's mostly an escape for me from all the things I don't want to deal with.
  99. I'm afraid of death.
  100. The reason probably has something to do with #5.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

So I stumbled upon this article about political blogging (via Instapundit) and see that Wonkette has a prominent role in the story. (Of course, by "prominent role," I mean 2 out of 3 pictures include her...)

Anyway, after seeing said pictures (I don't have nearly the attention span needed to actually READ the article), one word came to mind:


Monday, September 20, 2004

So I'm going to TWO job fairs tomorrow. Hopefully this will improve my chances somewhat of getting a j-o-b...

Wish me luck.

Sunday, September 19, 2004


- Scoreboard watching.
- Weddings.
- The first step on a new path.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Some things I just need to get off my chest:

- Joss Stone is friggin' hot.
- I am unimpressed by "The Benefactor." Basically, it's a $1,000,000 game of "Simon Says." I was afraid that this would just be one man's attempt of making his own game show as he goes along, and that seems to be just how it is so far. Jenga as an elimination game? Come on... at least have a fist-fight at the end to eliminate someone. And don't get me started on the Watermelon Queen.
- Yes, in fact, I do have a new layout on this thing. Thanks for noticing. (Eric, if you still read this, can you drop your e-mail addy in a comment again?)
- Hey C.J. ... read this, THEN try telling me that 'Bama-Auburn is the biggest rivalry in the nation. How about Texas-Texas A&M, Texas-Oklahoma... even Army-Navy.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Okay, so along the lines of my promised follow-up to last night's post, check out this interview from

As far as the promised follow-up...

you'll have to wait. I've been in front of this damn box for WAY too long. It'll come, don't worry...

First off, feliz cumpleanos to everyone's favorite Ph.D. candidate. Kristi turned 24 on Friday.

Of course, reading that began some inevitable scoreboard-watching...
Kristi: Grad student, world traveler, sickeningly in love, and 24.
Quentin Griffin: Longhorn killer, star running back, sick fantasy numbers, and 23.
The Olsen twins: Stars of bad movies, co-owners of their own production company, multi-millionaires, and 18.
Me: Got my B.A. by the skin of my teeth, unemployed, and 26.

Now, no hatred toward any of the above combatants (except maybe Griffin, he did go to OU), but I look at where I am now and am almost disgusted with what happened. Granted, most of my situation is my doing. If I had maybe gave more than a passing interest to schoolwork, I'd have graduated in 2000 with an engineering degree and quite possibly be working for some big soul-less tech company. (Of course, I may have still been laid off if that happened, but that's besides the point...)

Another thing that brought up this bout of introspection was an article that was in the latest issue of a men's health magazine. (The article isn't online yet, so you'll have to drop $4 to see what I mean.) Written by "The Girl Next Door, " Nicole Beland talks about how today's women are empowered, and don't necessarily need a man, unless he can keep up. And this scares the bejeezus out of me.

I think I'll blog about the article in a more in-depth manner later, but suffice to say, I've got a LOT of catching up to do.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

So tonight was the first fight since the move. Apparently spending $20 a month on an ISP I don't use isn't kosher to my dad. I'm sure it'll go away with a night's sleep.

Last night, I started going through my closet to find some... well, very interesting items from my past: affirmation notes from the numerous retreats I went on during high school and college, old yearbooks and autograph pages from several last days of school, and numerous letters and cards sent from the many females I took a liking to (including my first bona-fide girlfriend).

Among the items, old papers journals that I kept for maybe a couple of weeks or so, then stopped writing in. (Sound familiar?)

In the postmodern spirit of the old becoming new again, I hereby begin a new series of posts: The Early Years of the Brown Boy. I'm sure someone somewhere will enjoy them, if for nothing than to see how an insecure 17-year-old kid can grow up to become an insecure 26-year-old man...

Friday, September 03, 2004

Yet another cool blog of note. This one to replace my token L.A. blog, since Laurgasm seems to no longer be in business (nor in L.A.).

Say hello to Saucy-drunk Suse!

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

A few weeks into the job search, and not a damn thing.

I haven't been the best at following up on things I find online or in the paper, partly due to moving but mostly due to laziness. Nevertheless, I am still as of yet unemployed.

Went to dinner Monday night with some friends to wish farewell to two co-workers of mine who are moving to San Diego. One of them got a job with a firm that does technology work for non-profits, the other's gonna try and get a job in law enforcement. I really hope they enjoy themselves out there and flourish. (I also hope they don't kill each other during the roadtrip from San Antonio to SoCal...)

Truth be told, I have no idea what I want to do next. Part of me wants to go further in this TV thing, either as an associate producer, or possibly continuing with the technical side of things. But other parts of me want to try different things. (Produce and sell my own show, get back into radio, etc.) My mom even pulled an ad from the paper to be an English teacher in Japan. (One more time: English teacher. In Japan.) Of course, after reading about one person's difficulty in finding a job, I guess I should take some solace in knowing that I'm not alone. (Either that, or start combing the London want ads.)