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The Autobiography of Russell
Life from a different perspective
Pre-Gay; Waking Thoughts; Losing Co-workers; Failing Computer; Security Return; Craigslist Roommate;
I sometimes wonder what it would have been like if I had considered myself straight before coming out as gay. Many gay people seem to have some of their best friends from before they came out. The fact that I was never too close to anyone precludes that possibility, though.

This morning I woke up around 4:15 or so. I should have just gone back to bed but somehow I got the idea into my head to create a database model code generator. I was up for about 45 minutes doing that before I finally went back to bed until just before my alarm went off at 5:45am.

On June 19th my job let a bunch of people go. Two of them were developers that I went to lunch with on a regular basis. One more was a member of my group that I was fairly close to (and the other only gay person I knew of at work). Last Friday another member of my team put in his two week notice. Today they moved a developer from another group to mine to replace the one who was let go. Now they're going to have to move another or hire someone else to replace the one leaving.

My desktop gaming rig is still down. I'm being very slow about getting it back up, but then at every turn I have to buy more parts. I've almost replaced the entire thing and I originally bought it 7 months ago and used it maybe 2 or 3 of those. Stupid power supply starting a failure cascade. Currently it looks like the GPU or CPU is bad. When I turn it on it starts power cycling every 2 to 3 seconds. I pulled the internal speaker from my old computer (whoever designed the new case apparently didn't think an internal speaker was important... not) and hooked it up to see if it the POST was giving any errors anything, but no. If I take the video card out it will emit some 'video card error' sounds, but beyond that nothing. Eventually I'll get my butt over to Fry's for a cheap PCI or PCI-E card to try again, but if that fails I'll probably be looking into a new CPU or fan. Ugh.

I need to remember to call the rental management group of my last place and find out what the status of my security deposit is.

I think it's time to turn to Craigslist for a roommate. Maybe. Unless someone talks me out of it. I can afford to live by myself but it eats an unsightly amount of my income. It would be nice to have around 2/5 of that back toward savings. It would certainly make saving up for a better car easier.

At lunch today I ran several errands. I deposited the refund check from my gas bill at the last place (somehow I overpaid? *shrug* Oh, wait, they applied my security deposit to the bill after a year), paid rent (one of these days I'll set up automatic payment for that), and dropped my electric bill in the night deposit (no way was I sitting in the drive-through line for half an hour; I was already late getting back).

I think that's enough for now. My mind has gone blank anyway.

Current Mood: lazy lazy
Current Music: "If Heaven Were To Fall" by E-Type

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halogencycle From: halogencycle Date: July 1st, 2008 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
How big is your place? Would a roommate be a huge inconvenience?
zimzat From: zimzat Date: July 1st, 2008 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
It is approximately 1500 square feet. The secondary bedroom is 11' x 10'. The rest of the house is fairly sizable and there's a small loft area.

It wouldn't be too big of a problem. Mostly it would just mean I would have to remember to put something on whenever I leave my room. :-P It would only be a problem if they were obnoxious about loud music, disturbing me at odd hours, or late night parties.

There are a number of potential perks, too. I would have an excuse to cook more often and someone to talk to outside of work. Then there's not paying the entire rent by myself (pretty big).
sisyphus238 From: sisyphus238 Date: July 1st, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why not try Roomates.com instead. Craigslist can be rather sketchy as you no doubt know.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: July 1st, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm leery of sites that require a paid subscription to post or view content. I don't like that they require the people you contact to pay 6 dollars for 3 days or 20 dollars for 30 days. That is a bit steep. I'm curious if they even get many hits.

I've often pondered how a subscription site could avoid alienating their users while still making money for their service. The answer is quite simple really: Allow free members to contact paid members and vice versa. While there is the concern that spammers would have golden access to people who pay for the service, this isn't necessarily true if they use a good human verification system (I can think of a few that don't involve words or words in pictures).
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