I've been trying to post for a few days, but my site hasn't been working. Luckily the computer gnomes magically fixed it tonight. Anyway, one of the reasons that I've been so busy lately is because I am moving!
I've been wanting to post about this for a while, but I've been waiting to make sure it's a sure thing. Between offers going back and forth and inspections, you never know what will happen in the end.
Anyway, a friend and I bought a condo right in downtown Austin. It's right next to one of my favorite clubs, The Foundation, and only a couple blocks away from some of my other favorite places like Halcyon, Alamo Drafthouse, Whole Foods (YES!), and even my work.
Best of all, it's one of the penthouses, so we actually have our own part of the roof. We're going to put a hot tub up there, and there's a rooftop pool a short walk away. The previous owners planted a garden with a fountain, so that's cool too.
I'm seriously looking forward to living downtown. My house right now is really cool, but is very far away from downtown. When I bought it I had no sense of direction so I just sat in the real estate agent's car and looked at all the houses she brought me to. I bought the one I liked the best, and then slowly came to realize that it was 15-20 minutes from downtown. That doesn't sound like a lot, but it is for Austin.
Now I'm working on selling my house, which may be a bit of a challenge. I took the liberty of tearing out the closet in one room, installing stadium seating and a 10 foot screen and making it into a movie theater. Another room has a hole in the ceiling for all of the cables to go into the 8' server rack that controls the house and theater. I set up a robotic lawnmower, and had to chop off the bottom quarter of a fence so that it could get to the front yard. These are all cool things, but they make selling it a little strange. I think at least hte rack will have to go.
When I move downtown in the next couple weeks I'm going to get a bike, jlaix style. I want to get a 60s Schwinn with tons of chrome. There are also these awesome bikes called "art deco bikes", but they're too expensive. I also want to get either a segway or a vintage Vespa. I can't really decide which would be cooler, but I do know that if I got a segway I would have to put spinners on it so that people wouldn't think it's nerdy.
I leave you with some pictures of the new place:
"What other inaccuracies are there in the book?"
There are a bunch, that's why he had his compiled posts removed from mASF.
According to Style's "Lost" collection of posts, before the first workshop with Mystery, he was already having success with women, getting make outs and phone numbers, etc. But in The Game he makes it sound like he didn't even know what kino was, when he did.
And also, as much as he hated on Speed Seduction for being creepy in manipulative, most of his posts refer to him using trance words and patterns and other SS lingo, before AND after the Mystery workshop.
This isn't really the place to discuss them so I'll stop with that, but after finding all of this out, along with the Annihilation Method fiasco, it really makes me look at Style in a different light.
The idea of the bicycle or a vespa is really quite appealing. It says, "I'm not trying to be cool, by having a motorcycle, I just need to get around" Whenever I find out a guy has a motorcycle, I stay clear.
I just finished reading the Game - the bit at the end says "Herbal lives with his wallaby, Shaniqua, in the house he owns there"
What other inaccuracies are there in the book?
At over $1,000 each, I probably would've lost faith in the concept after the first 2 mowers broke down.
Hawt - I never got the wallaby. I put down a deposit on her, but then backed out after taking care of Katya's dog for a week. It was too much work. Now i have fish that I love to pieces. I have the best auto feeder you can get (8 micro feeds per day) and the lights are hooked into my home automation system so that they are bright from sunrise-sunset and have blue moonlight at night.
Matt - The robotic mower is by a company called "friendly robotics". I have four of them because they keep breaking.
So, as I mentioned before, I'm have moved downtown. I was looking forward to moving, but didn't really know what to expect. I've been here now for almost a month so I'm officially qualified to write about it.
Let's cut to the chase: living downtown is sweet. The best part, that I hadn't fully considered, is that it's now convenient for everyone to come visit me. When I lived in my house 20 minutes North of town, I had a visitor maybe once or twice a week. Usually we'd meet at a restaurant or something closer to downtown, so I always had to drive. Now I live in such a convenient location that everyone comes to visit me. Often they're doing something else a block away, so it's really easy to come say hi.
Another cool side effect of this is that different social circles I'm in are starting to mingle because they often stop by at the same time. I don't think I've gone 24 hours without someone visiting.
About the time I turned 40, I realized that the dream of retirement was just that. I would not be able to putter around my house, filling my days with chores and projects that I had designated years before as something I'd do when I "retired".
Circumstances and choices of both my own doing and not; have created a future for me that will undoubtedly require I continue working in some way, shape or form for the rest of my days.
Truth be told, I never planned to really retire anyway. I have too many hobbies and interests that replaced the more traditional lists of chores and projects designated for the coveted some day of "when I retire".
At the core of my being, I'm an entrepreneur. I love the process of creation and problem solving. Which caused me to run a business years ago. I'm also a Martial Artist. As far back as I can remember into my childhood, I have been infatuated, enamored, obsessed (choose any or all of those words) with the Martial Arts. Black Belt theater was my Saturday Afternoon companion. Commercial breaks were my opportunity to practice flying kicks down the hall or kip ups on the carpet.
So, back when I turned 40 (not that long ago), I realized I needed to build something now, that I could do into and through those encroaching "golden years". Something that I was passionate about; something I would never tire of or think was a "chore" put off for retirement.