Being broke sucks

I’m so broke I actually got my bank teller to transfer 40 cents from my savings account to my checking account so I could withdraw $1.25 for a Diet Coke and a pack of cheese crackers for lunch today.

On the other hand, I’m eagerly awaiting the end of an eBay auction I bid on for a schweet Bianchi frame & fork for my new fixed gear bike. I got the flip flop hub from Van Dessel Sports last week and I’m trying to find a decent frame for it. I already have a front wheel, stem, pedals, etc. for it. Hopefully the seller wont freak out when I can’t pay him until Friday. :)

Patrick and Gina asked why would you want a fixed gear bike: The truth it because it’s there. It sounds interesting and the fringe/cool factor isn’t bad either. Mostly because after reading a lot of Fixed Gear Rantings I’d like to see what all the hub-bub is about. :)

Someone wanted to see my current bike, here she is:

Picture of my Single Speed

I’ve been told it’s a 60s-ish Austro-Daimler Puch.
It’s got generic wheels, homebrew bullhorns, and a 5-speed freewheel being used as single-speed. It ain’t pretty, but it gets me there.

Buffy: The Chosen

Oh well, all’s well that ends very-ok. I thought the pacing of the finale was terribly rushed – it definately should have been a two hour episode. There was just too much to wrap up to do it effectively in one hour. BTW, did Joss always write such terrible dialogue for Faith?

“Why you straight trippin, yo?”

I was just waiting for her to call Principle Wood “Dawg.” and bust into a 50 Cent cover. “Yo, word up, wodie.” My eyes hurt after their scene from having been rolled so far into the back of my head for so long. Y’eard’me?

I guess I respect the decision to kill Anya and Spike, although I was expecting Giles to be one of the ones to go as well. I’m glad I was wrong! :) I was actually hoping Spike would have gotten killed off earlier in the season (not because I don’t like the character, but because I thought he and Buffy had played the cat and mouse game for too long – I REALLY just wanted that whole plot line to end.)

Overall a good episode, but definately not the best of the series, nor of the season for that matter – and definately not how I wanted the series to end. The Buff I’m-dead-again-no-I’m-not fake out was a cheap b-movie trick (rehashed on the bus with principle Woods at the end) plus I thought the dialogue was kind of cheesy at some points, and not in the good way that is typical on Buffy. “Where’s Caleb?” “He had to split.” Joss has written MUCH better.

Plus, I think it raised more questions that it answered…

In no particular order: How was it that after suffering a mortal wound, Buffy gets up, does back flips and jumps from rooftop to rooftop, then to the roof of a moving school bus?

If the sythe was so old, why did it look so Buck Rogersey?

What did Joyce mean when she told Dawn that when it came time, Buffy would not choose her? Did they just forget that whole episode?

Why, at the end of the previous episode, did they set up the notion that Spike and the first were in cahoots?

What was UP with the amulet thing? How did it just happen to surface when they needed it, and they explained it, or what it was, or where it came from, or anything. Real convienient. Marshall said it’s called a Deux ex machina, or:

“When somewhere, out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing whatsoever, something comes in to save the day and end the story miraculously. It’s popular with people who don’t create outlines and thus have no ending when they get to the appropriate place in the story. Faced with no idea of how to get the characters out of the situation, they employ the deux ex machina.” It translates from Latin as god out of machine. Early playwrights would have a god descend from the “heavens” on a platform (the machine used) and give the characters in the play the solution to end the play.

Plus, while I inderstand cross-marketing and exposure is a good thing, but it was very lame to have Angel show up for like, 3 minutes to do nothing.

Good comment from

Shortly after CWDP questions have been piling up (why did the First need Jonathan and Andrew to open the seal in the first place? Just how did Andrew ‘close’ it, even though it needed blood to open, and his ‘closing’ it didn’t stop the SIT’s blood from opening it again? Why was it so obsessed with Spike? Why was its entire plan an army of Ubervamps and nothing else, and why did we see it do practically NOTHING the entire season? Why did the First choose Caleb to be it’s right arm? Why did they want thy sythe? Why had no one heard about that old lady before? Why was everyone finally leaving Sunnydale even though we never saw anything going on? Why did Caleb let Buffy live the two times he could have easily killed her?) but it just brought up more gaping holes (why were these Ubervamps so easy to kill for the new Slayers even though it took Buffy TWO episodes to kill just ONE awhile back, and she almost died from it TWICE? Even if you buy that how come it was so easy for Anya/Giles/Wood/Xander/Dawn to kill a bunch of Ubervamps!? Just what was it that Angel brought to Buffy? What were the notes? What was the amulet? Why did it do what it did? Do they all realize that the whole plan was a total bust except for the part where that amulet killed all the Ubervamps and made the Hellmouth cave-in? Why have we been led to believe over 7 seasons that the Hellmouth was this foul place with all sorts of evil creatures in it, but here it seems to be a standard cave filled with Ubervamps and not much else? Why do they seem to think they’ve stopped the First when we know they haven’t killed it, just that they’ve stopped it’s Ubervamp army in Sunnydale? As far as Hellmouths go we know there are more of them, and we know that the First seems to have global powers – the Bringers got all over killing Watchers and SIT’s so…? Why, out of all the main characters, did Anya die so pointlessly? And why did no one even notice, except for a throwaway line from Xander? Oh, and what was the whole point of Buffy sending off Dawn and Xander when they were going to be back and have nothing to do ANYWAY? And where the hell did she get a stun gun!?)

But, I don’t want to slam it completely.

I loved the part where they original four start bantering in the halls of Sunnydale High about what they’re going to do the next day. Aparently this was a homage to Season 1’s “The Harvest.” I don’t remember that one so I’ll have to borrow Julie’s DVDs and watch it again.

I LOVED the AD&D scene where you think Giles, Xander, Andrew and Amanda are planning the attack, until you see Rupert role dice and make mention that his character is a Level 1 troll, or something. Andrew’s “Step off girlfriend, who do you think you are?” was classic. I hope we see more from Andrew, maybe in Angel? The world needs more gay RPGing geeks on television. :)

It wasn’t great, but it was still Buffy and mediocre Buffy is still better than no Buffy at all – which is what we have now.

I think I’m gonna watch it again.

We’re off to see the wizard…

Let’s see, a quick recap of the past three days:

I was supposed to meet Julie at 6:30 to see Some Like It Hot at the Saenger Theater. (The Saenger is showing three classic movies this weekend; Some Like it Hot on Friday, The Wizard of Oz on Saturday and Gone With The Wind today.)

I was trying to decide whether or not I had time to rush home, take a shower, change clothes and make it back downtown in time to meet her. My decision was made for me when I went to the ATM to get money and realised I had left my ATM card at home. In my wallet. With my ID. Since I was going to be meeting Dan and Kasey at 360 after the movie, I’d need my ID to get in – oh yeah, I’d also be driving to Algiers that night to see Stanton Moore at Old Point Bar. To make a long story short (too late) I ended up driving through a Brake Tag Road Block and made it through the other side with two tickets. One of which for no brake tag, the other for driving without a license. It’s just so hard being me sometimes. :)

So anyway, after the movie (it was so funny! I forgot how much I like Jack Lemmon – even in drag.) Julie brought me home and I came back downtown just in time to leave from 360 to make our way across the ferry to Algiers.

Dan bailed on us because he had work Saturday morning.

So now Kasey, her friends Byron and Matthew and I all pile in my poor little CRX and truck our little selves on over to the ferry. It was pretty uneventful throughout the show. Stanton was awesome – a fun time was had by all. After the show we decided to cut through the neighborhood instead of following the levee all the way back to he car. As it turned out, this was a mistake. We wandered around Algiers pretty aimlessly until a nice policeman stopped us, asked us where we were going and promptly gave us a lift back to the car. He mentioned in passing that:

“This is a nice neighborhood, but there’s a dangerous element that comes out at night. One more block and y’all would have been in the belly of the beast.”

So that was the first time I had ever been in the back of a police car, and it was actually a welcome experience.

That was it for Friday. I’m sure there’s more but it’s all kind of foggy now. I have to stop mixing vodka with cider, it’s just not good for me.

I finally woke up for good at 2pm. I had made several failed attempts beforehand, but the vodka and cider wasn’t about to let me off that easy. I scrambled for phone calls throughout the day, trying to figure out who was going to Wizard of Oz, how I was getting there and who had my tickets. (Did I mention the tickets for these movies were only 75 cents? Cool, eh?)

The Wizard of Oz was much cooler on the big screen than on the TVs on which I had seen it in the past. It’s not every day I get the change to see the Lollypop Guild guys 4 feet tall and in all their freaky glory. It was also kind of cool to have an entire packed house cheer for Toto when he escaped Mrs. Gulch’s basket in the first half of the movie. Afterward the show we all went to Deja Vu for grub. I ate entirely too much and forgot my cell phone in the theater. Yay!

I’ve only been awake for an hour and a half – so I’ll have to get back to you on this. Dan and Kasey went to Gone With The Wind and I stayed home since I’ve seen it a few times already and I’m just too tired.