you know it's bad

when you feel bad about spending $8 on a couple paperbacks. been frequenting the used book stores for a copy of Raymond Feist's Talon of the Silver Hawk, and finally one arrived. yay! had to buy it. they had the sequel (title escapes me at the moment) too, so i bought that too, while they were handy. don't know if the third installment in that series, Conclave of Shadows, is out yet, let alone in paperback (i rarely buy anything but paperbacks) but i'll be keeping my eyes peeled.

i happened to be in the vicinity of the used book store yesterday, when i made a side-trip on the way home from work to buy a new pair of sneakers- don't feel bad about those; shoes are a necessity. i've been needing a pair since the evening of Jan 7, when Chris and i attended the Disturbed concert, and (being slightly inebriated) i lost one of my pair in the crowd. someone was stepping on my foot when i got crowd-surfed. i guess the people in front of me didn't like me pushing them in the back all that much. go figure. however, the new pair i got will serve adequately for the time being, and they were cheaper than the last ones i bought. and they actually fit, compared to the slightly-too-big ones Chris gave me to wear in the interim....i wasn't planning on keeping 'em, but they've gotten pretty trashed since he handed them off to me, and i really doubt he'd want them back in the condition they're in. sorry, Chris.

i swear it gets harder to find good shoes every time i look. everyone makes a ton of crap, and decent shoes are generally as expensive as they are hard to find. i'll have to be more careful with this pair.

Loren had basketball practice last night; he's got one more scheduled, and his final game on Saturday night. should be fun. might have to break out the ACTUAL video camera for that one. he's done pretty well this season, and i've seen a definite improvement in his skills. he's got a lot more confidence on the court than he did when the season started, and has contributed solid minutes, for the most part, when he's been on the floor. i'm hoping he'll play baseball this year- it'd be great to see him pick that back up- but we'll see. he may be ready for a little break in the sports action. wonder if there are any spring soccer leagues forming...maybe an indoor league?

learned how to run the torch (somewhat) at work today; enough to run parts anyway. there's a propane tank, and an oxygen tank, and a CNC torch head we cut something called "link sliders" (also known as "triangles"- though they're not actually triangles) with. basically, you babysit this torch and load large sticks of steel flat bar, interspersed with monotonous grinding away of slag and tangs left in the corners by the torch. dirty, wet work; the parts and slag fall in a water table to cool them off so they can be handled in a reasonable amount of time. this is the last machine in the shop for me to learn to run. i anticipate being proficient at it quite soon, as it's not that complicated.

time to get cleaned up for the evening, and get some chores done while the opportunity presents itself.

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