This is the transcript from a chat with my friend Jim who lives in the DC area. I was too lazy to actually write a real entry.
7:50:21 PM Jim: hi Sleepy
7:50:27 PM Me: hey
7:50:39 PM Jim: how are you holding up?
7:51:49 PM Me: i was ok until today because i tried to actually get something done
7:52:15 PM Me: i tried to get my business license
7:52:18 PM Jim: aww....
7:52:25 PM Me: but i need a sellers permit first
7:52:40 PM Jim: I've been starting to infiltrate your blog
7:52:54 PM Me: but to get my seller's permit, i needed some information on my landlord that i didn't have on me
7:52:54 PM Jim: what is it that this business consists of?
7:53:14 PM Jim: sounds liek someone has had a bit of my "special" luck ;)
7:53:58 PM Me: and i had to put my personal bank account on it, so i thought i'd go open up a business one, but i have to file for a fictitious name thing first
7:54:13 PM Me: so i went to 3 places and got nil
7:55:21 PM Jim: lol
7:55:27 PM Jim: fictitious name thing?
7:55:34 PM Jim: you mean registering your company name?
7:55:39 PM Me: yeah
7:55:42 PM Jim: lol
7:55:48 PM Jim: well that isn't fictitious
7:55:58 PM Me: yeah, but that's what they call it
7:55:59 PM Jim: you have to come up with the name of your company
7:56:03 PM Me: i already have
7:56:12 PM Jim: they call it fictitious?
7:56:34 PM Jim: ....see I never had to deal with the paperwork personally
7:56:38 PM Jim: so....oh well
7:57:00 PM Me: but they call it a fictitious name thing until it's official, then it's a DBA because i'm a sole proprietorship or something
7:57:10 PM Jim: ah
7:57:12 PM Jim: okay
7:57:22 PM Me: plus if I want to be incorporated, or an LLC, i have to talk to a lawyer....
7:57:28 PM Me: ACK!!!!
7:57:37 PM Jim: that's what I kinda meant by what I said before
7:57:46 PM Jim: ACK? did you run out of cheez-its?
7:57:48 PM Jim: :P
7:59:25 PM Me: no...
7:59:40 PM Me: but all this stuff is making my hedd hurt like hell...
7:59:42 PM Me: head*
8:01:06 PM Jim: it tough to throw yourself into a process that you're not familiar with
8:01:22 PM Jim: but don't let it stress you out
8:01:37 PM Jim: you're trying to do a really great thing
8:01:47 PM Jim: so don't stress
8:02:00 PM Me: i vaguely remember what goes on and such when i went through my accounting classes and all that
8:02:02 PM Jim: look on the bright side!.....you'll only have to do it once!
8:02:05 PM Jim: in theory!
8:02:06 PM Me: i majored in business
8:02:14 PM Me: but i've never done it
8:02:45 PM Jim: practical experience is generally a far better teacher than theory
8:02:57 PM Me: seriously
8:03:14 PM Jim: seriously :)
8:03:21 PM Me: totally dude
8:03:53 PM Jim: like, shhhhyaaaah
8:04:10 PM Me: lol
8:04:12 PM Me: :)
8:04:30 PM Jim: lol
8:04:39 PM Jim: it's fun being "anonymous"
8:04:51 PM Me: yeah
8:05:28 PM Jim: because I realized...I can say whatever I want....and whoever reads it can think to themselves... "wow......who the fuck was THAT?"
8:05:29 PM Jim: lol
8:05:35 PM Me: lol
8:05:40 PM Me: that is so true
8:05:41 PM Jim: "and what on earth has he been drinking....at work..."
8:05:49 PM Me: or smoking!
8:05:55 PM Me: don't forget smoking!!
8:05:57 PM Jim: lol did you read my thing about the cheez-its?
8:06:06 PM Jim: smoking is bad :nono:
8:06:08 PM Jim: lol
8:06:20 PM Jim: ...i didn't inhale....
8:06:23 PM Me: not yet
8:06:26 PM Jim: lol
8:06:32 PM Jim: excellent!
8:06:58 PM Me: you r edgewalker?
8:07:02 PM Jim: lol
8:07:03 PM Jim: no
8:07:39 PM Me: ahh, i see it
8:07:47 PM Jim: even I am not that ...hmm...eccentric?
8:07:54 PM Jim: I'm Anonymous!
8:07:55 PM Me: lol
8:07:58 PM Jim: lo
8:07:58 PM Jim: l
8:08:00 PM Me: uh-huh
8:08:44 PM Jim: :P
8:08:50 PM Jim: mock me all you want
8:08:56 PM Me: i will!
8:09:01 PM Jim: it just rolls right off...I'm a comedic punching bag
8:09:23 PM Me: gateway snack?
8:09:27 PM Me: that's awesome
8:09:31 PM Jim: lol
8:10:12 PM Jim: I wanted my first official comment to be worth the bandwidth...and also contain as many pokes as possible.....without being blatantly obvious
8:10:14 PM Jim: lol
8:10:45 PM Me: PORN????
8:10:49 PM Me: c'mon!!!
8:11:17 PM Jim: well that was kinda in relation to the first comment from whoosiwhat'sit
8:12:33 PM Me: who the hell is edgewalker?
8:12:34 PM Jim: besides...you ARE in California.....stranger things have happened
8:12:40 PM Jim: I don't friggin know
8:12:45 PM Jim: I thought you knew him
8:13:00 PM Jim: he was already there when I showed up
8:14:23 PM Me: i don't know who he is, which only means one thing....
8:14:38 PM Me: I have readers I don't know!!!!
8:14:41 PM Me: which rules
8:14:49 PM Me: either that or he's a stalker
At this point I have to put in that I don't actually think that Edgewalker is a stalker, his blog looks semi-decent/normal, etc. But I don't know who he is, so the thought of someone I don't know reading my blog is very exciting to me...
8:14:57 PM Jim: hahaha
8:15:02 PM Me: which could be cool in a creepy kind of way
8:15:13 PM Jim: unlike most people....you see the silver lining...and try and find the cloud
8:15:15 PM Jim: lol
8:15:24 PM Jim: duuuude!
8:15:31 PM Jim: stalkers SUCK
8:16:15 PM Me: Well stalkers only stalk the really cool people, so if i have a stalker, it means i'm cool
8:16:17 PM Me: right?
8:16:33 PM Jim: wow...I must be cool too
8:16:35 PM Jim: hmmm
8:16:39 PM Me: so while the stalker him/herself sucks, having one is like a status symbol
8:16:39 PM Jim: I dunno about this theory
8:16:45 PM Jim: lol
8:16:49 PM Jim: like a merit badge?
8:16:53 PM Me: totally
8:16:55 PM Jim: lol
8:16:59 PM Me: rofl
8:17:03 PM Jim: I have more badges than you! :P
8:17:14 PM Jim: I sell my cookies better I guess
8:17:16 PM Jim: rofl
8:17:18 PM Me: dude, i maybe have one coolness merit badge
8:17:24 PM Me: i am sooooo uncool
8:17:26 PM Jim: lol
8:17:31 PM Me: i even have coolness demerits
8:17:36 PM Jim: why do you say stuff like that?
8:17:46 PM Me: because i am a total dork
8:17:57 PM Me: i used to play D&D
8:17:58 PM Jim: can I say something?...and not have it sound all gushy and stupid?
8:18:07 PM Me: yeah...
8:18:09 PM Me: go for it
8:18:52 PM Jim: I don't think you're "uncool"...if I did...i wouldn't jump online and say hi if I see you...or read your stuff
8:19:09 PM Me: lol
8:19:18 PM Me: no, of course you don't
8:19:28 PM Jim: hell the only reason you ever knew I existed...was because I made it a point to actually write you....randomly....because I thought your blog was cool
8:19:29 PM Me: that's not what i'm saying
8:19:55 PM Me: what i'm saying is i have never been, and will never be, "one of the cool kids"
8:20:00 PM Me: and you know what i mean by that
8:20:12 PM Jim: lemme tell you something about the cool kids.
8:20:27 PM Jim: they burned out by 20
8:20:30 PM Me: the kids who are so popular, everyone who looks at them wants to know them, they usually
8:20:31 PM Jim: for real
8:20:34 PM Me: probably
8:20:39 PM Jim: no probably
8:20:46 PM Me: but there emerges a new set for each stage in life
8:21:05 PM Me: in your 20s there's a new set, the wild party bunch
8:21:34 PM Jim: wanna buy a bridge?
8:21:38 PM Jim: sell a bridge?
8:21:38 PM Me: there's 2 different sets in your 30s, the married, perfect life, perfect kids set, and the still unmarried, but not freaking out about it set
8:21:39 PM Jim: trade?
8:21:47 PM Jim: lol
8:21:51 PM Me: you KNOW i'm right
8:21:52 PM Jim: dude
8:21:56 PM Jim: I'm older than you!
8:22:01 PM Jim: AND I'm single
8:22:09 PM Jim: don't tell me about my 30's!
8:22:14 PM Jim: : plugs ears :
8:22:20 PM Me: rofl!!
8:22:25 PM Jim: oh shit that won't work :covers eyes:
8:22:31 PM Me: lol!
8:22:45 PM Jim: .......*whispers*
8:22:49 PM Jim: ...not liiiisteniiiing
8:22:54 PM Jim: I mean reeeeading
8:23:12 PM Jim: ....actualyl I guess to be fair I haven't been single for all that long
8:23:19 PM Jim: ...probably shoulda been
8:24:05 PM Jim: : shrugs : I don't get the way other people end up "dating"
8:24:16 PM Jim: I've never like...walked up to a total stranger...and asked them out
8:24:18 PM Jim: ever
8:24:39 PM Me: :)
8:24:41 PM Me: why not?
8:24:48 PM Jim: but this is all besides the point....unless you were the president of the D&D club in high school...i don't see how you qualify as uncool
8:24:53 PM Me: you might have wound up with saner chicks
8:25:00 PM Jim: well...i haven't been single for more than a month in what?
8:25:02 PM Me: theater club
8:25:03 PM Jim: 8 years?
8:25:06 PM Me: did my homework
8:25:07 PM Jim: theater is awesome
8:25:15 PM Me: awesome, but not 'cool'
8:25:20 PM Me: football was cool
8:25:24 PM Jim: depends on what you do with it ;)
8:25:25 PM Me: cheerleading was cool
8:25:39 PM Jim: when you're funny....everyone knows you
8:26:23 PM Jim: I had a group of friends...but we were so far ahead of the curve on being wiseguys that we never ran into that much of the snotty clicky B.S.
8:26:35 PM Jim: I used to call it being a universal
8:26:46 PM Me: mmm
8:26:56 PM Me: well, i was never that funny
8:26:58 PM Me: not in HS
8:27:02 PM Me: not really in college
8:27:14 PM Jim: I totally don't buy that
8:27:27 PM Jim: you're one of those people who's funniest when they aren't even trying
8:27:30 PM Jim: so you don't notice
8:27:39 PM Jim: see me?...i work at it ;)
8:27:45 PM Jim: :)
8:28:01 PM Me: riiiight
8:28:08 PM Me: well, because i'm not outright funny
8:28:17 PM Me: i don't go around making wisecracks
8:28:45 PM Me: people wouldn't give me the time to be 'inadvertently funny'
8:29:08 PM Jim: um...you remember the whole name thing?...and that um..."rebellious streak" thing?
8:29:36 PM Jim: that kinda helps too...but I always did my homework...never got bad grades...never drank or smoked or any of that
8:30:17 PM Me: the name thing?
8:30:26 PM Jim: yeah...you broke down my name for me :)
8:30:33 PM Me: oh, right
8:30:35 PM Jim: you broek me into little bits
8:30:39 PM Me: sorry
8:30:41 PM Jim: picked me apart
8:30:45 PM Me: tired & headachy
8:30:51 PM Jim: ....oh you were totally right about 99% of it
8:30:55 PM Jim: aww...
8:31:06 PM Jim: see?...That's why I don't call :P
8:31:09 PM Jim: lol
8:32:34 PM Jim: oh man! I just had a great idea! i usually find myself doodling on a pad when I'm on the phone with clients at work......i am going to draw up an "I have internet stalkers" badge and have our office manager scan it
8:32:45 PM Jim: then you can paster it in your profile like a sash
8:32:48 PM Jim: ;)
8:35:09 PM Me: lol
8:35:14 PM Me: yeah right
8:35:54 PM Jim: are you...testing me?
8:35:56 PM Me: I need a logo
8:36:01 PM Jim: ye of such little faith!
8:36:09 PM Me: you want to design a logo for me?
8:36:19 PM Jim: did you learn nothing about magic in your D&D travels!?!
8:36:26 PM Me: :)
8:36:26 PM Jim: I can do that too
8:36:42 PM Me: coolness
8:36:47 PM Jim: but seeing as I have no idea what you are doing...or what your company name is
8:36:53 PM Me: ahh, i figured out how to do the name thingie
8:36:54 PM Jim: I'll draw Garfield instead
8:36:55 PM Me: http://www.lavote.net/CLERK/Business_Name.cfm
8:36:56 PM Jim: :)
8:37:10 PM Me: big surprise:
8:37:15 PM Jim: ?
8:37:21 PM Me: it's called 'The Random Oasis'
8:37:32 PM Jim: lol
8:37:55 PM Me: I'm going to start off doing clothing & jewelry, maybe eventually go into other random stuff
8:39:00 PM Jim: Magic Cards
8:39:02 PM Jim: lol
8:39:09 PM Me: you suck
8:39:09 PM Jim: Easy Bake Ovens
8:39:14 PM Jim: Lava Lamps
8:39:14 PM Me: YES!
8:39:29 PM Me: they have easy bake ovens at costco right now
8:39:33 PM Me: and i totally want one
8:39:40 PM Me: i'm a dork
8:39:55 PM Jim: so you can sit for a whole week to eat one cookie burned by a light bulb!
8:39:59 PM Jim: WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!
8:40:00 PM Jim: lol
8:40:23 PM Jim: I should open a T-shirt shop
8:40:24 PM Jim: lol
8:40:55 PM Jim: I made one specifically for a party I went to ....that was just black with white letters?
8:40:56 PM Me: :)
8:41:05 PM Me: yeah?
8:41:11 PM Jim: "Adorable Asshole" with a halo over the A's
8:41:12 PM Jim: lol
8:41:16 PM Me: nice
8:41:20 PM Me: i love it
8:41:21 PM Jim: it wasn't for me ;)
8:41:27 PM Jim: though it shoulda been
8:41:29 PM Jim: lol
8:41:41 PM Jim: hmmm
8:41:45 PM Jim: random......oasis.....
8:42:07 PM Jim: it needs to be simple...... so it can be reproduced at varying scales
8:43:36 PM Me: and favicons
8:44:08 PM Jim: favicons?
8:44:29 PM Me: i was thinking of desert oases, but with a christmas tree, but that's too seasonal
8:44:41 PM Jim: nah
8:45:01 PM Jim: I was thinking something more graphic, less literal
8:45:06 PM Me: a favicon is that little thingie in the upper corner that websites give you, if you look un your bookmarks
8:45:18 PM Jim: like random shapes that overlay into a palm tree and a little lagoon
8:45:31 PM Me: there's tiny icons by each bookmark
8:45:35 PM Me: those are favicons
8:45:46 PM Jim: lol...made up words are funny
8:46:04 PM Me: i like that, and i'm not sure how i get stuck with palm trees all the time
8:46:13 PM Me: i guess i should just bow to it
8:46:21 PM Jim: because that's what grows around an oasis
8:46:26 PM Me: i know...
8:46:33 PM Jim: it's either that or you really make it random
8:46:38 PM Jim: something that rotates
8:47:00 PM Jim: like one day it's a tree......next it's a little sumo dude with it on his belly
8:47:02 PM Jim: lol
8:47:18 PM Jim: A horse in clown shoes
8:47:24 PM Jim: etc etc
8:47:25 PM Jim: rofl
8:47:42 PM Jim: I could go on but your head already hurts
8:48:30 PM Me: lol
8:48:39 PM Me: no, then it'd be totally unrecognizeable
8:48:52 PM Me: iit could be the same shape, but it changes colors
8:49:12 PM Me: like it's always a palm tree with a pond, but sometimes it's purple
8:49:23 PM Me: sometimes there's a seal in the pond
8:49:46 PM Me: sometimes it's all mosaic like stained glass
8:50:18 PM Me: that way we're always random, and we're always an oasis
Jim disconnected (8:51:26 PM)
Jim connected (9:01:45 PM)
Away Message: whatever..... (9:01:45 PM)
Jim came back (9:02:03 PM)
9:02:23 PM Jim: stupid internets
9:02:31 PM Me: ??
9:02:35 PM Me: you popped
9:04:58 PM Jim: :P I know
9:05:09 PM Jim: I didn't do it
9:05:29 PM Jim: the wireless had a hiccup
9:06:36 PM Me: :(
9:06:43 PM Jim: oh please
9:06:46 PM Jim: you loved it
9:06:48 PM Jim: lol
9:06:56 PM Jim: "yes! he shuttup!"
9:06:58 PM Jim: lol
9:07:01 PM Jim: :P:P:P:P
9:07:08 PM Me: i was talkinga bout my logo, it looked like you were going to say something, and then you popped
9:10:03 PM Jim: I forgot what I was gonna say :(
9:14:56 PM Me: :(
9:15:07 PM Me: I was talking about randomizing my logo....
9:15:10 PM Me: if that helps
9:20:51 PM Me: :-p
Jim became active (9:25:51 PM)
9:25:51 PM Jim: lol
9:26:05 PM Jim: I was being overly random as I recall
9:26:34 PM Jim: but then again it's 12:26am....so it's to be expected
9:27:22 PM Me: :)
9:27:24 PM Me: ok
9:27:26 PM Me: sure
9:28:32 PM Jim: :P
9:28:48 PM Jim: I better get to sleep...I'm starting to nod off
9:28:57 PM Jim: I'll think of something
9:29:05 PM Jim: I'll run it by you...
9:29:12 PM Jim: besides...you should be sleeping too
9:29:28 PM Me: probably
9:29:41 PM Me: but i started my nap at 4:30 and didn't wake up until 7:30
9:29:54 PM Me: so i already slept for 3 hours this afternoon
9:30:12 PM Me: :)
9:30:26 PM Me: but at least my head doesn't hurt as much....
9:31:20 PM Jim: wish I could say the same
9:31:22 PM Jim: brb
9:32:05 PM Me: k
9:35:48 PM Me: http://randomoasis.com/
9:35:53 PM Me: i have a webpage!
9:35:57 PM Me: yay!!!
9:36:03 PM Jim: lol
9:36:07 PM Me: :-p
9:39:45 PM Jim: if anyone else had that web address I would hav ebeen VERY upset
9:39:47 PM Jim: lol
9:40:19 PM Me: lol
9:40:29 PM Me: yeah, well, i'm a little more creative than that
9:40:48 PM Jim: randomoasis.............dot ORG
9:40:49 PM Me: i may REALLY like my screen name, but it's more original than most
9:41:15 PM Me: all the .net, .org, .biz are all available too, buti'm not going to register those yet
9:41:26 PM Jim: sorry for the delay...I couldn't find my PJ's
9:41:34 PM Me: i'll be anal about those if i actually start getting business
9:41:35 PM Me: lol
9:42:05 PM Jim: so what exactly are you selling?
9:42:16 PM Jim: where is it coming from?
9:43:32 PM Me: i'm going to be buying solid color sweatshirts & such & using dyes to 'randomize' them
9:43:40 PM Me: then i'll also be doing jewelry
9:43:46 PM Me: and other random cool stuff
9:44:26 PM Jim: schweet
9:44:41 PM Me: yeah, i'm excited
9:44:49 PM Me: i'm actually doing this
9:45:02 PM Me: in some spare time that i seem to think that i have
9:45:47 PM Jim: lol
9:45:56 PM Jim: you found it with a microscope
9:46:04 PM Jim: ok
9:46:13 PM Me: yeah right...
9:46:16 PM Jim: I think I'm about ready to pass out
9:46:18 PM Jim: lol
9:46:20 PM Me: on thursday...
9:46:23 PM Me: ok
9:46:25 PM Me: night
9:46:41 PM Jim: g'night Sleepy!
Question of the Day: If you could run your own business, what would you sell/do?