Watts (chipotle) wrote,
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One Box Dammit

It’s been another long time since I’ve updated, at least in a relative sense. I’m not consciously trying to stay under the radar; I suppose I’ve been busy enough that I haven’t had my typical time for leisurely navel-gazing.

Work continues apace. A deadline is coming up in two days—yes, Friday the 13th—and another one follows two weeks after that. The previously-mentioned office move sounds like it’s set for mid-November. I suspect as a sanity measure, I’m going to put off thoughts of any personal moves until the new year.

My Acura RSX is now five years old and has 125,000 miles on it—yes, I do drive a lot, why do you ask?—and, as of last month, was completely paid off. I’m expecting to take this sucker to 200,000 miles, because dammit, I want several years with no car payments.

This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop putting money into it, of course, even discounting repairs: I just bought a new car stereo. I know, I know. But I listen to XM radio more than I listen to FM and listen to my iPod more than XM, and my current setup is a hodgepodge of cables and low-power FM transmitters. The new system I’m buying, a Pioneer DEH-4800MP, comes with an (optional) iPod controller and (optional) XM receiver so everything will go through Just One Box Dammit. The sound quality from both XM and iPod should improve noticeably, and no more fumbling around with the iPod control wheel while driving. (Instead I can just fumble with the deck’s control wheel.) They get installed tomorrow at a Best Buy about a mile from the office, so tomorrow morning I get to see if I can actually walk the path between here and there. (There does seem to be a sidewalk the whole way, at least.)

I’d like to say that I’ve been creative and productive and all that, but outside of work, that hasn’t been the case. There’s nothing particularly angstful implied there, though. It’s not that I feel that all my energy has been sapped away by work (the opposite, to some degree). It may be simple writer’s block, possibly caused by too many things that I want to work on and not enough patience to prioritize them.

Anyway, it’s about time to shut down here—despite the brevity of this update—and head out to meet friends for dinner.

Tags: money, tech, work
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