Pride + Ninah = Shopalicious

Pride went much differently this year.  Instead of the long nights full of drinking, dancing and partying, it was long days full of running around San Francisco with friends, shopping and eating out.

Ninah came into the city today to hang out with Ryan and I.  We met at Dósa, a mostly vegetarian, restaurant specializing in Southern Indian cuisine.  Think the namesake (Dósa) and samosas and the like.

We found the restaurant on Yelp!, as we find most of the places we dine when out on the town and not in Columbia.  Yelp!, if you don’t know, is a social network built upon user reviews of restaurants, hotels, bars, doctors and pretty much anything service oriented.  It really should be your first stop, if not one stop shop, for getting around a new city.

The food was fantastic, if not a little spicier than we had anticipated.  I don’t see how any even mildly affluent person in India could possibly be dehydrated.  I think  I drank half a gallon of water.  But oh, it was worth it.  If you’re vegetarian, there were at least two other vegetarian restaurants just next door or down a block from Dosa in the Mission.

After Dósa we headed to the second largest shopping centre in America.  We hit all the usual spots, picked up a few things at Express, at H&M, Fredrick’s of Hollywood and a few others, then headed to the Apple store to have my laptop looked at.  The battery has been giving me trouble (turns out it was user error).  While I played at Apple, Ninah and Ryan went to Armani Exchange and then we headed to the hotel for a well deserved rest.

We found a sushi joint that looked good and headed up to the Tenderloin.  Ninah and I shared a few sushi dishes while Ryan went totally vegetarian.  Once again our meal was a little spicier than we had expected so much so that I couldn’t handle the seaweed salad sushi.

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We used the heat from our sushi as an excuse to pop into a 24/hour donut joint for dessert.  We each only had one donut, wow were they good!

We walked up the block to the hole in the wall Seth and I used to frequent called The Cinch, donuts in tow.

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It was the hot tranny mess that I remembered.  Fabulously messy.  There was a drag show on that night, even better.

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We hung around for one number and then decided to check out of there and get Ninah to her lesbian-mobile (aka Suburu).

Ninah brought us back here and now it’s time for bed.  Goodnight!

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Am I Really That Busy?

It’s weird. I have had so many people comment to me about why we haven’t hung out this summer very much or at all, and almost everyone has claimed that it was I who was too busy that caused the problem.

I don’t believe they are just trying to pass on blame to me, I feel they really do think that I am busy all the time, but honestly, I’m not. I’m only getting 11-15 hours of work a week and that’s pretty much all there is with me. I have been waking up early, 6:46am this morning, and going out to run errands, making up errands just to get my mind off the fact that I have nothing to do.

I had all of these great plans and they all seem to be falling through. New York to do photography never went far, my contact never made contact… Monaco is still on hold waiting for the photographer there and the landlord to figure out if it will work out for me to do it.

My days have been pretty darn productive, dentist appointments, getting two quotes to get my car fixed, set up my new apartment’s phone service, DSL service, electricity and gas… I have taken trips to Booneville a few times, to Jefferson City and to the Lake since school was released… Pretty soon I leave for Austin and Houston. I will be getting Lasik (hopefully) and moving my stuff down here to my new apartment.

I will be officially in my new apartment on the 17th of June and then I will be gone June 22-25 in Indianapolis. Then I get back in town and… back to the airport for my trip to Washington DC where I will be hanging out from June 27 to July 9. I hope to pick up some shifts at Starbucks while I am out there, make some money. Then I’m in Columbia setting up my apartment until late July and until early August visiting California for my birthday.

I am going to be just incredibly busy travelling but my time here in Columbia is pretty mundane and lonely. So if anyone wants to hang out, give me a call cause… life sucks when you are alone.

I have had a few fun times in the past week. Just the other day I went out to Jefferson City and hung out at my friend Scott’s house. We just sat around, talked, had a good time. His friend Amy was over, I love her! She is hilarious. They were doing work around his house before I got there, doing some beautiful landscaping. He showed me the before and after pics of his place, looks just amazing.

We made dinner… well actually, they made dinner and I watched. It was very tasty, chicken wrapped in bacon and around cream cheese with green beans and roasted potatoes. I had a few, strong, vanilla vodka’s and diet, awesome, maybe a new favorite of mine! Then we all cuddled up on the couches and watched National Lampoon’s Family Vacation.

It was a good time. I hope to hang out with Scott a lot more.

In other news, check out my old apartment in San Francisco now apart of Google Maps Street View!

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I lived there!!!  Lord how I miss that apartment and Seth.

Do I Even Have the Thyme for This?

I really want to get back into cooking all of my meals, they taste so much better, it is relaxing and fun, helps increase brain power and problem solving (yeppers) but most of all, it is cheap and a great way to make friends. Alas I don’t have a kitchen enough to make large dinners, not like my old place where we had all the appliances, much less my the kitchen I was used to back home (Tulsa, Houston) where I don’t believe anything was missing… I don’t even have dried herbs here, no vinegar, no quality meats and cheeses… My refridgerator looks like it belongs to some college kid, and that is disgusting. Of course I am a college kid, one who battles an inability to purchase food for himself for fear of consuming it all… Yeah, I realize it will be consumed over a long period of time, the initial purchase is daunting… Anyways.

It is high time I updated.

Look at this right? I was helping my dad in the living room and out of my throw dropped this ginormous spider.

This thing was as large as he was fast. As Seth would spout, “This is sooooo not ok!”.

Seth… he is vulnerable… just remembered his, well anyways, back to posting.

I have to leave for class in thirty minutes, yikes! Still have to shower haha.

I have health insurance again! Yay, so now I can go to the doctor with my chest pains and breathing trouble. Sounds like a good idea.

Love my camera phone. Wish it handled color better, especially red, something even film has trouble with.

Love = Death? I think I agree. It is love and the loss of love that has made me most upset. Suicidal or wishing for some sort of end was common for me after the great breakup of 2004. Holy hell, it really has been that long. I wish I could totally get over it, I think deep down I am but sometimes, scratch my soft surface and it will come out.

There is this thought riot going on here soon entitled just that, I plan on attending.

Started a new class last night, criminal law class. Not sure if I will fit in, most of the people in the class as in police academy, but the teacher is a lawyer and since I want to be a lawyer… he said it was a good class to take.

There is this one guy in the class, incredibly smart, but kind of freaky. He smells such a familar smell. Ever notice how there is always that faint cigerette smell in airports? He smells like that. Just like an airport. He also wrote down my full name on his note pad, my name alone. Uh….

Originally I was going to rant about Dell‘s awful customer service but things quickly turned around and now I am going to rant about their awesome service haha.

I broke my laptop’s monitor sensor (turns off the screen when you close the laptop) using my iPod shuffle, freak accident right? It is this tiny peice of cheap grey plastic, just a stick really, about 1/8″ long…

I asked if Dell coudl send it to me, they said no. Instead they are giving me an entirely new monitor and they are sending a technician to my house to do it up style. How crazy is that? I guess I have that special warranty, though I coudl swear I opted out of it. Nevermindthat, so glad I have a Dell, dude, get one! (Or a mac, they are so cute and fun!)

My dad drove to me my old car from high school, my Honda Accord. At first I was totally bummed not having my beautiful Mazda, but now I am remembering how much I love Honda’s. Yay!

I am not going to be in Columbia this weekend because the minors at work, well not all of them but most, never turned in their work permits (well they have now but it is too late) and I have to work through my five day vacation! I am so ticked off, it was almost enough for me to just quit then and there. How can a company approve time off and fifteen minutes later take it back? I turned in the request some two-three weeks early!

So I have now acquired $108 million. Something like $20,000 a month in interest alone! I am so happy.

Actually, that is what I want. So if anyone wants to send it my way, I could really put it to some good use!

Did you read how president Bush asked Condi Rice for a potty break at a conference? haha, fabulous.

Remember me writing about the adorable English fellow a few weeks back? I saw him again yesterday, with a bunch of guys. He smiled at me, he made a gesture to site down, he also lost his british accent completely?! What the hell was that. I say no to drugs and posers, I took my smoothie elsewhere.

I am such a freak for thin emo guys… especially if they are red-heads, but I am very particular about my redheads so not all need to even attempt to apply!

I have been chatting with Jim more lately and talked to Jenny a good while last night, it was so nice! My nearly entire population of friends (Mike) is/are going to Las Vegas today, whatever am I going to do?!

Oh, and some people still don’t know that I don’t live in Columbia anymore… how whack is that? Oh well.

realized that I am not afraid of dying, I am afraid of not leaving an empact on this earth as much as it has left on me.

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