An Architecture graduate that has never made it into the profession. I'm way too interested in cars, art, electronics, photography, tools, bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles, models, movies, music, wood work, metal work, and shiny things to be tied down to a profession.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Damn/Wow

Well it seems that one of my more “stable” architecture buddies finally got hit with the Architect’s main ailment… Depression.
I think his funk is the being responsible for so much money, but never being able to enjoy what you do for yourself. His bosses never gave him vacation time, so he’s taking it by force. It sucks, because it’s really the first time he’s admitted to depression, so he doesn’t know what to do. Right now he’s receding going back to things he used to like to do, and he went to visit Family on the East coast. He says he can be a sales manager and make $100K a year.
The other whammy that was dealt to him was the “I’m tired of partying” thing that hits you when you get around 30. I got tired of beer and that’s saying something. What’s sad is that all I could do is tell him that Depression has probably been there a long long time, and it takes a while to get rid of it. I just hope he starts eating again- he’s been on liquids only for the last 2 weeks, and lost too much weight. He’s in bad shape. I just hope he can pull himself up.

I’m still amazed at how much the acupuncture and chiropractic work have helped me. It gives you a good base if you don’t have all those little annoying pains.
I hope to turn it into something great.

Some advice:
Use every bit of any insurance that is provided to you!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

damn titles!

Well, it’s been a while. I came in 3rd for the job, and the guy who got hired wasn’t from the City at all. He was from an architecture firm, and knew how to do beam and point load calcs, which I totally spaced on.
It sucked a lot.

I turned further to mopeds lately, and am now a sole proprietor of a moped repair shop. Once I price liability insurance I’ll start peppering the area with fliers and ads. Who knows what will turn up, but in a sure-fire way to get some money I’ll try and get tires and small parts for the local Vespa guys too.

The V8 for the Buick fell thru, so it’s back to plan A rev 28.

I finally got to dig and take stuff from the family flop house, so I now have a table router, a normal router and an attachment to make circles. Grabbed a pile of bits too.

The coolest thing I grabbed was a mini-lathe that my grandpa used for watch making. It’s a real useable lathe, the size of a normal sewing machine. I looked it up and it’s the best one that particular company put out…. In 1948! (the company closed for good in about 1951) It looks like it will work well for making tiny, tiny parts. It also takes common sized accessories for machines that small. It’s just the coolest damn thing I’ve ever seen.

Some things have been shitty lately, but really I haven’t found myself dwelling on them- that’s really cool.

I’m going for another job in a week- as an Erosion inspector. I think I can spot dirt, so that’ll be good.

Friday, July 15, 2005

My Brain hurts.

I just had a really bad test for my new job. It had a spelling portion- I'm dyslexic and regularly cause seizures in normal spell check programs.
There were also shear and moment diagrams on the test- When was the last time you did one of those? Yeah, 10 years for me too.
I don't think it went too bad- I just should have started studying earlier, like when I first found out about the job 2 months ago. I just never really thought I'd be asked to interview for it.

If I get it, I'll be at almost $20 an hour, with union benefits. That would really kick ass.

I've also decided to try live journal for a while... The blog may move over there, too, because it's got neat and easy searching and friend lists. http://www.livejournal.com/~mbartell/
Who knows
I want an Irish coffee.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Acupuncture!?!?!?!

I have been going to Acupuncture treatments for 3 weeks now. I have to say it is kind of weird. It’s really not that bad, but depending what is going on you does feel it.
I am a huge wuss when it comes to needles and knives when they are used on me by someone else. I can probably remove my own spleen with a pair of pliers, but oh god if someone pokes me with a needle!
My goals for this treatment are:
1 Get rid of my creativity block
2 Quit being so damn paranoid / anxious
3 settle my stomach
4 get rid of the ringing in my ears.
The first treatments were cleansing. Apparently it is bad for you to wash your hands with carb cleaner after giving a proctology exam to a VW Beetle. This kind of stuff has built up in my system for a long time. I guess I spend a lot of time with an arm up some vehicle’s ass. It also helped clear out some of my negative energy. It really made me tired, but restless. So far it has made me less anxious about being anxious. Less worrying about worrying for no reason. I have decided to take a path with my life, even if it is moped repair, and making fairy wings for my girlfriend’s co-workers.
The coolest thing is that I officially had my stomach settled. Like it was normal poo for the first time in a really long time. You have no idea how much better that feels.
The ringing in my ears will probably take a long time to get rid of. Apparently being in 4 car wrecks and having 3 concussions (besides the car wrecks) takes its toll. I’m kind of worried because I think I’m loosing hearing in my right ear. The other thing is that I have no idea how long my ears have rung. I don’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t hear it.

In other news…
I put the new clutch in the bug, and it hasn’t silenced the damn thing. It still makes weird noises that seem to come form the transaxle. I still need to get money together for brakes. I have decided to just go with a small block v8 for the Buick. Why fight it? If I need a challenge it’s going to be for something better than an engine that I probably won’t be happy with. 300 HP sounds damn good too.

I did get a $0.61 an hour raise, so that will help out in the money problems, I hope. Just got to keep paying the credit cards and not use them.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Now, that’s customer service!

I just got the best call ever. I’m used to wrong numbers on my cell phone because my number is very close to a local medical clinic. I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize, and was just about to tell them that their test results came back bad, when they asked for me.
It was Personnel Source…. An employment agency that I registered with in August. I haven’t heard from them since I filled out the forms. Matter of fact I’ve had 3 different jobs turned down 2 others and been working at my municipal job for 6 months, since I heard from them. They wanted to know if I wanted to work for 3 days around the 4th of July weekend. I was tempted to let them do the whole schpeel, and keep telling them that I was busy from 8 to 5 every day. NOW THAT’S QUALITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE ALL ROLLED INTO ONE!

I have decided to open my own moped repair business. I’m going to print up rave-sized flyers and blanket the trendy parts of the city with them. I’ve also put out ads looking for mopeds and parts, and actually turned up a $20 moped! That’s the least I’ve ever paid for one, except the Honda express that was a total piece of shit (free- you get what you pay for)
It’s a Batavus starflite, but I think it’s a European model- the speedo is in KPH, and there are no brake lights or kill switch. I haven’t had time to check it out, it was quite the redneck adventure to get it- at the cost of 2 cars, walking 8 miles, and leaving a car with P I E written on it in a church parking lot.

I’ll just say June 21, 2005 was indeed the longest day of the year.

Monday, June 13, 2005

annother one off the list

I got the wiring all done on the moped!
now I shoud get it some fresh gas- the stuff in it is about a year old, but it starts on the first kick when warm.

The bug demanded a new clutch, at the tune of $107 so there goes any "extra" money I had.
I'm doing overtime at work to fill in my debt hole, going to re-finance my student loan before July 3, and apply for a higher paying job. I just hope it works out.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

You know why? WHAP! That's why.

Oh, damn the stuff people try to pull. If you have ever wondered why in Architecture school, critiques are so hard, it's because you need to get used to people telling you what you did wrong. I have resigned myself to work for the anti-architect for a while. I'm the one who gets your building permit and tells you that you can't build over utility lines, that retaining walls need to be "engineered" and that you need to make sure you don't get the wastewater and stormwater lines confused.

Yup I'm one of the official reasons that design sucks. That constant reminder that you do indeed need to think about everything because if you don't it's $80 an hour for me to remind you and tell you again.

And I'm just one of several...

so, a word to architects out there:
DON'T TRY TO PULL STUPID CRAP, IT WILL COST YOU AND YOUR CLIENT EVERY TIME YOU SCREW UP!

And this experience won't help me get a job anywhere because I don't have a fucking portfolio to show "what I do"