Paying Off Debt

So I think I’m finally in a position to start making bigger payments on my two loans… one for my car, one for college.  I can’t wait to pay these things off and POCKET this money.  I plan on taking really good care of my car and running it into the ground, hoping that it’ll last at least 15 years.  I’ve had it for about 2 years, so that’ll take me into 2021.  I’ll be 38?  Also with my school loan, if I decided to just pay the minimum each month, I’d be 37 when it’s done.  I don’t even want to calculate how much interest I’d end up paying over that whole time period.

Rick Perry is an Idiot

Rick Perry has been quoted saying bombs have been going off in El Paso and bullets have been hitting City Hall… Where the hell does he read his news? El Paso is not the same place as Juarez and it sure as hell is a lot safer than the rest of the cities in this country… Only 2 murders in 2010 so far. 2! I can go to the Houston Chronicle and read about 2 murders today.


I’m sitting here at LAX waiting for a delayed flight home so I might as well blog from my phone.

After visiting New Zealand, I kinda feel a bit ignorant that I didn’t know how much of a big deal rugby is to the rest of the world. Pretty much the whole country of New Zealand is crazy about their All Blacks team the way we’re crazy about Texas Longhorn football. In fact, on the flight back here to the states, I watched the whole movie Invictus starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon which is about rugby and South Africa upsetting the badass New Zealand All Blacks. I was a little upset that I scheduled our return flight on the Saturday when New Zealand was playing Ireland just so I could give myself a day to recover before heading back to work.

I still don’t understand the scoring in rugby but I do know that it’s pretty damn hardcore since they don’t wear any pads. But I do think if the US started playing internationally, we could put some NFL guys in there and start kicking some international ass. I’m not sure why rugby hasn’t caught on here, but it should!


You know what sucks about Facebook and Twitter at the moment? There’s no easy way to go back and see any sort of archive of what your status was last month, last year, a couple years ago, etc… When I go to my Xanga and I want to re-live college, I totally can. I hope Facebook and Twitter are saving all this data even though I’m sure there are lots of people out there who would complain about this cuz of privacy reasons and crap.


If evolution plays out correctly, buttcheeks will be a way of the past. Dogs don’t have buttcheeks and don’t need to wip their butts. So therefore humans of the future will evolve to not have to wipe their butts.

Hey Carina… I’m Messing With Your Head.

I’ve been sending texts back and forth to this person who texted me by accident. The person still doesn’t know that i’m messing with her. She’s from El Paso due to the (915) area code.

Here’s the transcript of our texts so far… I wonder how long I can drag this out. Apparently we work at the same place.

Carina (Feb 20, 2010 1:20pm): Miner game 2pm. I’ll be at brew if u are in.

Carina (Feb 22, 2010 9:37pm): I just realized I never gave you my number. Now you ahve it, haha! This is Carina, btw.
Phantom(Feb 22, 2010 9:38pm): Carina…Who?
Carina (Feb 22, 2010 9:40pm): Oy. My heart pains me…
Carina (Feb 22, 2010 9:47pm): You were just kidding, right?
Phantom(Feb 22, 2010 9:48pm): Yeah… When did you get a new number?
Carina (Feb 22, 2010 9:49pm): I never got a new number… I just never gave it to you, haha.
Phantom(Feb 22, 2010 9:51pm): Sorry… I’m engulfed in Olympic coverage right now
Carina (Feb 22, 2010 9:52pm): Haha, okay.
Phantom(Feb 22, 2010 9:55pm): Game Wednesday?
Carina(Feb 22, 2010 10:00pm): Game wednesday? Huh? I’m so very confused at the moment.
Phantom(Feb 22, 2010 10:00pm): Basketball
Carina(Feb 22, 2010 10:04pm): This is Carina from design… I don’t play basketball…
Phantom(Feb 22, 2010 10:06pm): Miner Basketball!
Carina(Feb 22, 2010 10:15pm): Ohhh! See, i don’t keep up with school sports. I do not bleed orange 😀
Phantom(Feb 22, 2010 10:15pm): What color do you bleed, then?
Carina(Feb 22, 2010 10:20pm): I do not bleed for I am invincible!

Carina(Feb 23, 2010 1:00pm): Dude she is like super angry that you are not here!! J/k :)
Phantom(Feb 23, 2010 1:01pm): Tell her to calm down
Carina(Feb 23, 2010 1:02pm): I am! But she’s not calming down! I think she’s going to explode with anger!
Carina(Feb 23, 2010 1:11pm): The model didn’t show up…
Phantom(Feb 23, 2010 1:23pm): What?? What happened?
Carina(Feb 23, 2010 1:37pm): She got sick. And no class on thurs.


This is our dog Winston.. He’s spent a lot of time in San Antonio with my parents since we’ve been out of town so much. But I don’t think they mind taking care of him especially since Chase died in July. I don’t know how we’d be able to take care of this dog especially if my parents still lived in El Paso… Dogs are a much bigger responsibility than we think. At least we know that he’s probably happy out there because he has a huge yard to run around in instead of being cooped up in a 1300 sq ft condo.

The End of a Decade. Holy Crap.

Can any of you still feel the after effects of the Y2K bug? Because, honestly, it’s making my life a living hell.

All kidding aside, I can’t believe it’s the end of this decade. This is the decade I went through college and became an adult. This is the decade I met the person I’ll be spending the rest of my life with. I’ve made so many friends over the past 10 years. I upgraded from a Motorola Star-Tac to a Blackberry. I built my first computer 10 years ago in high school with an AMD processor and now I’m working for AMD. I had a crappy personal HTML blog in 2001, the moved to Xanga in 2003, and eventually made the switch over to Facebook around 2005 and stopped blogging around 2006ish maybe. It’s so important to keep a record of all the things I’ve done. I bought my first 1.3 megapixel digital camera in 2001 which was a huge freaking brick and luckily I’ve got all those pictures still on hand. I really want to go back and grab a bunch of pics and highlight the good times… Sounds like a lot of work, but it’d be awesome. So at first I was thinking I was gonna take it easy this New Year’s Eve, but it’s the end of a decade and the start of a new one, so I’m thinking I might go out with a bang. i can’t even begin to fathom what’s in store for the next 10 years.

Post-Christmas Update

Hm, about that “updating frequently” thing. I failed at that. Anyway, I’m halfway through Christmas break and it’s been rather relaxing. I had to work a little last week while I was still in Austin, but it was nothing big. It was a SOAP connection that was being erratic, but I figured it out. I might actually make a post about it cuz that’s what this blog was originally supposed to be for.

Christmas was good… I’ve been maintaining an Amazon wishlist and basically got the stuff I wanted! It makes it so much easier for people that need to buy gifts for me. We’re both happy. If you’re interested in making me happy, here’s the link: I got a camelback (water backpack) which will be great for snowboarding, a Canon backpack for all my camera stuff (beats the hell out of the other bag i’ve been using), wrenches, and a hand vacuum. All stuff I need.

I drove from San Antonio to Beaumont on Sunday and finally met Ramona and a few more of Kristine’s friends. It was a lot of fun hanging out with them until 4 in the morning, playing Apples to Apples, VC, speed, and a bunch of other random card games, lol. Oh yeah we went bowling for a bit too. Ramona’s gonna be one of Kristine’s bridesmaids so that brings our total to 7 on each side :-)

We’re here in New Orleans right now. We’re staying at a 4.5 star hotel called Le Pavillion It feels very New Orleans-like, service is awesome, except parking is $28 a day! It’s really not that far from the French Quarter, maybe a short 5 minute walk to cross Canal St. We’ve been eating a lot. We’ve basically done every restaurant that Adam has done on Man vs. Food. Mother’s, Cafe Dumonde, and Acme Oyster House. We went to Mother’s on a whim, but then Krisitne remembered that this was a place that he had gone to. Kristine picked the other two spots, which were absolutely awesome. We might just follow everywhere he goes in each city we’re visit. But yeah, the food in this city is no lie. Oh, we also went to Deanie’s Seafood for dinner, which actually put my stomach over the top. So full. We came back to the hotel, grabbed our free PB&J that the hotel provides at 10pm every night and got too lazy to head out again for drinks. Sign of getting old.

Okay, not sure what I’m still doing up, but I need to sleep. We’re finally making good progress on Dexter. We’re on Season 2 Episode 4. I’m not sure why I’d been watching the other garbage on television cuz Dexter is so superior to anything else on TV. Okay, good night.