Monday, September 12, 2011

I'm With You

Due to some random youtubing, I found myself watching Avril Lavigne's new music video for "Wish You Were Here." That video was a part of an automatic playlist and the next video that started playing was from her Live AOL sessions.

I never thought Avril Lavigne was able to sing that well live, but I was really impressed with her during these videos. So much so that I pulled out my sketchbook. I found a picture that I liked and sketched it out, and while the final outcome doesn't look too much like Avril, I think the resemblance is there.  The more draw and the more practice I get, the more my portraits will look like they are intended to look. So, looks like more practice for me!

And here are a couple of those videos from her AOL Sessions that inspired my Avril mood.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thank you Chris Moore.

Yesterday I became the pround owner of a brand new (used) car! When I started my car hunt, the first car I saw online that interested me was a bright blue Aveo. I went to test drive it, and at the dealership Chris Moore told me about this lonely Elantra that's been sitting next to the blue Aveo for quite some time. He was telling me how its original owner was an older woman who stopped driving it as soon as her husband passed and started using his car. It sat in her garage for a while before she finally sold it. I've always heard that you should aim to get and ex-old person's car since they take great care of them. I decided to take it for a spin and I really really liked it. You can't stop at your first crush though, you need to keep looking to see if its the one. I looked at a few other cars including some Ford Focuses and a couple other fuel efficient cars.

Let me tell you about one experience with a Ford Focus I found. Well, first warning sign, it was a 2010 with about 35-40 thousand miles that only cost $9000. Then when my dad and I got to where it was located (Star Auto Group in Melvindale) we walked around the tiny lot and found the car. We were looking through its windows when the owner of the lot came walking out towards us speaking Arabic into his phone and taking breaks in between is long winding Arabic convo to answer some questions. Warning sign number 2? He barely spoke English. We'll test drive it though. What if this is a hidden gem? It wasn't. As we pulled off the lot the low gas light lit up. Guess we can't drive it too much. Then I look up and notice the dome light looked odd. I push up on it to test the lights and it fell out of the ceiling! Danger sign 3: the car is falling apart from the inside out. After the brief attempt at a test drive, we walk into the building and find Chatty Cathy. He tells us about how the car is in such great shape, etc, and when I ask for a car history report, he ignores my request and hands me the title of the car and says its like brand new, never been in an accident, yadda yadda. We finally get the car history report and what does it say? Structural damage which could lead to frame instability. Goodbye Cathy.

Then I checked out Quincy and her Fiesta, which, as you know, I did not care for.

It all led me back to the Elantra.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Smells like fall.

Today was my last day of freedom. And clearly Mother Nature wanted to make damn sure I knew summer is over, so she turned down her thermostat and made me pull out a hoodie and jeans. She also swapped the pleasant summer smell for that crisp autumn air freshener. It sucks to admit summer is gone, but the smell in the air makes the anticipation for cider mills and Halloween bubble up. Listen to me whining about the "cold" weather when its probably going to be in the upper 80s later this week. I can't help it. I'm a summer baby.

I am continuing my hunt for a car, which I am starting to think is harder than hunting for Grumps. I went out to Birmingham today to test drive a Ford Fiesta, which I am surprised I wasn't crazy about. It drove a little clunky, and it was missing my beloved cruise control (and my even more beloved USB port). The owner brought her giant horse of a dog with her for "safety". The dog was big (being a Russian Terrier) but the pony tail in her hair definitely slammed the brakes on the intimidation factor. In all honesty though, I was more interested in Quincy than I was the Fiesta.

One of the best things about Nate's house in Royal Oak is the emphasis put on desert. It's thought of before dinner even enters the foyer of the mind. Today, the wondrous idea of homemade ice cream cookies came about. Nate and Pat made some kind of wonderful oatmeal raisin chocolate coconut giant cookies and we then put a block of butter pecan ice cream in between two cookies and enveloped our taste buds in something that would make the Norse Gods think mead tasted like merde pies.

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Lets get this blog off the floor, shall we?

I'm going to try and get back into the groove of things and get back to my blog.
I've made some pretty neat art that I want to post, and I hope to continue to make and post more art.

I don't know what direction this blog will go in, nor do I think I ever knew. It was always sort of random, and thats just how my brain works.

So you'll see some art, some of the things I like (and dislike), some tales (maybe tall?) from adventures and my ventures in life.

Stay tuned.