FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, 2013
Turns out, Sagittarius and Gemini are zodiac opposites, and as they say, opposites attract (not all the time) between the Sag and the Gem. If I remember right, we both seek mental stimulation, like to move from one subject to another, have mental acumen and are very talkative and outgoing. We're the life of the party, we surround ourselves with a respectable amount of friends, and we are explorers and have a thrill in trying new things.
However, he gets bored faster than I do. Now I can keep my attention span going for movies and I expect to be doing something else, but.. if he gets bored faster than I do, it's going to be hard to keep up with him, although I still do like the thrill of change and exploration. I'm always the whole "let's see what happens" sort of guy, and I just go where the wind takes me most of the time (given my budget allows me). I've spoken to Mario several times before, and it has been hard to speak to him. Normally it's because I get nervous and my heart starts racing but sometimes he talks about things that I'm not well-versed in. I mean, sure it's a shame that I've never watched The Butterfly Effect or watched Breaking Bad, but I mean, there's other things that I think I'm pretty well in tune with that I could talk to him about. I just can't think of anything right now. But when you bring it up, I'm pretty much on fire. I guess I don't think of myself and what I'm experienced in very much. I don't know if I should blame my addiction to video games these past eight years for not knowing what it is I like or being knowledgeable in the things I enjoy, but as of right now (and probably later) I still won't know what it is I'm pretty good at.
Last week on Thursday I was working on some chemistry homework in one of the library cubicles so that I could work in a quiet space. I got a text from Mario (which is always a delight to receive) saying to call him. I called him immediately, wondering why he doesn't just call me, since I'm almost never busy. Now that I think about it, it's because I've never given him my schedule. I really should. But I'll give it to him next semester. Since our semester is almost over I might as well just give him my schedule that will be valid for the next few months, rather than give him the one I currently have that'll expire in about two to three weeks time.
The phone rung a few more times until he picked up.
"Hello?" he said.
"Hey, what's up?"
"Hey, I--um, I just wanted to ask you some questions."
"How much did your computer cost?" he asked.
I stopped for a split second to wonder how he knew I had a computer. I've only posted one picture of my computer on Instagram, and that was posted back when I first created my Instagram account, so either I've forgotten that I told him I had a computer or he's been looking through my Instagram.
"It was around $1,500, why?"
"Oh, so um, did you build that yourself?"
Either this guy gets nervous talking to me, or his mind moves faster than he can talk.
"Uhhhh, one of the people I met online whom I've been friends with for about a year now told me he had a dream rig that he's been hoping to get, and I asked him what all the parts were. I had the budget to build it, so I bought all the parts and now I basically have his dream computer sitting in my room." I said.
"I need some quick ideas on how to save up money, you got some tips?" he said.
"Uhhhhrrrrr..yeah, I do."
"Okay so what'd you do?"
"I had a last summer I had an internship at a hospital where they paid minimum wage for about three months. I managed to gather just about $800 dollars. Chances are if you get a job that pays more than that, then obviously you'd get more than what I made."
"Mhm, go on."
"I.. asked my parents to help me out a little bit to get the parts I wanted, so there's that."
"Okay, got anything else?"
"And I always worked a little bit at my high school. They offered me somewhere around a $200 stipend for working there."
"What's a stipend?"
So glad you asked, for once I don't feel too inferior around you.
"It's like a grand total of money you'll make while working for them. They usually tell you on their flyers, before you apply, or, if your school has a PA, they'll announce it."
"Oh alright, cool.. cool. So what are you doing?"
"I'm in the library working on some chemistry, you need me for something?"
I really can't remember what he said after this. But I do remember what we said to each other before he hung up.
"Alright, I love you," then proceeded to make a smooching sound. Twice.
"I love you too, bye." I said.
"No, you have to do the smooching sound too!" he retorted.
"Wha--do I have to?" I asked.
"Yeah, come on. Do it. Say I love you." he then did the double smooching sound.
This is something my mother does to me when she's saying goodbye, but Mario's never done this before. At least not in the last four total phone calls we've had together.
I was sort of reluctant to do this since it was not in my nature to.. make.. s-s-smoOOching sounds. Yuck. Blegh, even the word makes me cringe. It's bad enough I'm throwing around the words "I love you". I only say it when I mean it. But for Mario, I do mean it. But.. why is this so hard to do? I managed to do it anyway, but in a very robotic fashion. Kind of like in elementary school where you stand up every time the principal walks into the class and you have to say "Good morning Mr./Mrs. [principal's last name]!" in a slow and boring way.
"I love you too, Mario." I made the smooching sounds. Jesus Christ that was weird.
I don't remember which one of us hung up first.
This past week I've been trying to make plans for this coming weekend, which happened to get moved to next weekend (during Thanksgiving break, which also includes Black Friday). I'll tell you why.
Around last Saturday and Sunday I asked Alex (the Albanian cynical), Luis (girl-crazy Mexican), Mark (the valedictorian), and Kevin (the loyal Asian) if they wanted to go to the mall this weekend, and everyone but Alex agreed on it. As much as going to the mall was fun the last time we went, Alex's father had just returned from his home country and Alex and his mother had to pick him up, so he would not be able to go to the mall this weekend. That left a slot open for someone to go. As if by instinct, I wondered if Mario would want to go. Mind you, this last weekend was the same weekend I read about horoscopes, and I didn't read up enough to know that Geminis like Mario did not really conform to schedules, they were a go-with-the-flow sort of people (and even I was as well, but I was trying to be convenient for my friends so that they could make some time to go somewhere). Last Sunday while I was FaceTiming with Luis, Mario happened to be there, which is where I asked if Mario was busy this coming weekend. He said he was busy. I was okay with that, and didn't actually become crestfallen when he told me he unable to go.
On Monday of this week that just passed I was in A&P and getting really fidgety and bipolar. I was in those states where I just wanted to roll around on the ground and scream as loud as I could because there was this slight agitated tightness in my chest (nothing medical, it was just an emotional sensation) and I just needed to scream. Kind of like when you yawn and you get that unexpected scream that goes with it. I did intend on falling asleep once my screaming fit was over. Lo and behold I did fall asleep during class, but that was besides the point as to why I'm telling you I was in A&P. On the verge of screaming into my backpack to release tension, Mario sent me a text. I shit you not, I instantly calmed down. No need to scream. I was calm again. Serene. Taylor (the smart, sarcastic girl with a military boyfriend) and Mark sat next to me in A&P, and I instantly told Taylor that I felt calm once Mario texted me. There's no real two-cents response you can give for telling someone that you instantly felt better after someone texted you, since all she gave me as a bored "wow" expression. Hell, I'd do the same thing since there's really nothing you can say to that statement.
Mario texted me asking "What did you want to do this weekend?" I was surprised. I felt electric. I shot him a text saying that I wanted to bring him and a few others to the mall on Saturday, and if he was free after his classes on Friday we could go together with Taylor to get her tattoo. Taylor wanted a tattoo that was special to her and her boyfriend, and she was hoping that she'd have somebody to go with her. Mario never texted back. Knowing Mario and that he's always busy locked up in his room (although not always working, I think), I didn't expect an answer right away. As the days went on up until today, Mario has told Luis and I that he had a swim meet on Saturday, and he might be busy on Friday after his classes and he doesn't know about Sunday.
Today I remembered that there is also a dance marathon going on at 6 pm today, and it lasts until Saturday at 6 am. I remembered signing up for this event back in October, but I was just asked Thursday night to babysit, so I won't be able to attend the dance marathon. I really did want to go to the dance marathon (as there might've been a slight chance that Mario would have gone, along with some of my friends as well), but I'm also perfectly fine with just staying home looking for more music to add to my phone so that I can exercise without getting bored of my music. I've been pretty well-read now since Monday about how Gemini's are like, and that they don't like scheduling. So I began to understand that it's pretty impossible to get Mario to stick to plans. Seeing as how Alex and Mario weren't going to the mall this weekend, I decided to cancel plans and push it to next weekend, which is during Thanksgiving break.
Tomorrow (Saturday) I'll be heading over to campus as soon as I finish babysitting in the morning, and going with Taylor to get her tattoo. Maybe before we leave for the tattoo shop I can check and see if Mario would want to go with us to get her tattoo. He's a go-with-the-flow sort of guy, right? So I guess it'd be okay to tap into his (and mine) explorative, spontaneous side and bring him along at the last minute.
Yesterday (Thursday) after my class I went with Jackie to another mall (not the one I had planned on taking the crew to this Thanksgiving break) with her friend Sabrina and Andrew. There was a small discrepancy since it seemed that I was an unexpected guest, but they did have room for one more, so it must've been okay for me to go. We visited Urban Outfitters and one other ridiculously expensive store. All I got was a lengthy scarf that I happen to really like (maybe not as much as the one sitting in the Express store or the red/grey sweater in American Eagle), and that was just about enough. The four of us also ate a P.F. Chang's. Most of us got meals that cost the same (I think it was sesame chicken with broccoli, red peppers and onions with white rice and egg drop soup). At most Asian restaurants they give fortune cookies at the end of the meal, and when I opened mine, I was pretty damned. It was a serious double whammy too. The fortune said:
The one you love is closer than you think.It also taught me how to say the month of May in Chinese.
First of all, come on. Really? "The one you love is closer than you think?" I begin to verbally react at the table, saying things like "oh come on, really?" and "I don't need this right now". I showed the rest of the table what I got, Andrew going all "ooooh" and Jackie mentioning the whole "see? this is fate". I mean I love to read this fortune but I honestly question why I'm told this. I like the fortune I got, but.. I don't know. With Mario and I just don't see he and I have truly advanced toward a stronger friendship. We just talk a lot more together, that's about it. We call each other at least once a week rather than never. Either way, I'm always happy to have a talk with Mario and I'm really looking forward to going to Taylor to get her tattoo, with or without Mario. Then again I'm always up for a little chat with anybody, anytime.
I can safely say that I am below 220 pounds. I am currently 215 pounds now, down from 250 pounds. I feel great, and I can also say that I am capable of running two miles straight. I can't wait to be able to join my college's cross-country team and be able to run a 5K. I'm so happy that running is something I enjoy. I hope to reach 170 pounds during my years in college and finally have what it is I want. I feel as though once I feel lithe, flexible, and lean, nothing in the world can stop me.
THIS JUST IN:
I just got off the phone with Mario who called me and opened up by asking me "if we're still sexting". I honestly don't know what that's supposed to mean but I'll go with that he's just joking around. I think he just says that when he's around people and in public just to be a shocker. We had a little chat for about seven minutes talking about this weekend's plans and how I wouldn't be able to go to the dance marathon tonight. He gave no hint of going, so I think I might've dodged a bullet by not going. He was asking me how I was doing and I told him that I was able to casually run two miles and I feel alright, and then I kept telling and forgetting that I was going with Taylor to get her tattoo and that Mario has a swim meet that same day. I kept falling back on the idea that Mario needs constant, active conversation to keep him from hanging up, so I brought up how he was handling the process of getting a computer. He said that one of his friends mentioned that he should get a pre-built computer (which is what I did) and then work on building off of it. I told Mario that I agreed with his friend on that idea, and then he asked me what I should start upgrading off of in order to get a better computer. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I did tell him that he should upgrade from his graphics card to his power supply, and ensure that he has enough RAM and memory to hold all of his data. Then go from processor to motherboard. I also told him to upgrade based on what his games demand from him, so if his games require a better graphics card, then upgrade the graphics card and accommodate whatever parts need to be upgraded to support his new graphics card.
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