I’m scheduled to work all day tomorrow and I’m court ordered to take a class at like five. I asked if my man at the BBQ could cover my shift and he could not. Tomorrow I’m going to have to ask my p.o. if it’d be okay to skip the class this week. If he says no then I’ll have no choice but to miss a shift tomorrow. If this goddam probation shit ends up costing my job, directly or indirectly, I’ll be depressed as hell.
I was looking for an email from WNMC when I found an email from when I was in Portland back in September of 2016. For some context, I was doing something that day where I didn’t want to carry around my backpack so I hid it beneath some steps behind a business. I went back that night to retrieve it and it was gone. So I decided to contact the business to see if maybe they had it. It seems like I must’ve called or stopped in and left my email address. The exchange went like this:
I just spoke to you? Or at least someone using your e-mail address at 4am outside my business in Portland Oregon. When I look up your email address, I get Jake, the DJ in Traverse City WNMC 90.7 FM.
Are you the same person I just spoke to? Or was someone using your email address?
Yeah, that was me.
Did you find your bag? Because I did not find it.
Did you move here from Traverse City?
I didn’t find it. Thanks for looking. Yeahh, temporarily. I’m trying to find a couple of jobs to save for a trip somewhere overseas.
OK. I wish you the best!
I just think this is an interesting glimpse into my life back then. I guess I was more firm on traveling abroad than I now remember.
So, I looked for more emails from winter/fall/summer of 2016. It’s all kind of boring but it does give some small insight into my business back then.
In December there are some Spartan Foods gift cards from my mother and some emails regarding enrollment and student loans from Portland Community College. I never took any classes at PCC. I used about $300 in loans to buy a laptop from a campus store which was mugged like a week later. There are also some emails from EA customer support. I’m guessing that has to do with a PC game. There’s an email from Reddit, back when I used to lurk and rarely comment on some select degenerative subreddits. There’s a new sign-in on an iPhone 5c which I remember picking up at the post office downtown.
In November it looks like I made an account on Adult Friend Finder. I wonder how that would’ve worked out had I pursued it a little more? It looks like I inquired about a job at a Hallmark Store in Steamboat Springs but never followed through with that. I guess I had a Netflix account that I don’t remember. I also really don’t remember using Virgin Mobile, but actually, I do remember buying a shitty phone at the Lloyd Center mall, so I might’ve had some money on that thing. There’s an email from Atom Tickets, I remember they were doing a promotion where you could get a free ticket if you downloaded the app, I downloaded the app on my shitty phone and saw “Don’t Breathe”.
In October I created a throwaway Gmail account called starbucks9191994. Starbucks gives you a free drink on your birthday and I was trying to get as many as I could by creating new accounts with different birthdays. I’m not sure but I believe I gave up after just one or two because it really wasn’t worth the time. There’s a YouTube comment reply on the video for the song “The Water Wheel” by Polvo. Also a lot of student loan stuff.
In September there are some emails about Virgin Mobile. I guess my mother payed my phone bill. I don’t remember using Virgin. I guess I had a ZTE Paragon, what a piece of shit, I love it.
In August I signed up to be part of some new drug research for money. I didn’t follow through with it though. I got a mass email from aunt Kathy about her retirement and move to North Carolina. I got a friend request on Pornhub! A late email from KOTO Mountain Radio in Telluride regarding deejay training.
In July I printed something at FedEx. Don’t remember what that was but it was important at the time. I posted an ad on Craigslist offering to help with just about anything I could.
I’ve had the same Gmail account, firstname.lastname@example.org, since April, 2007. That’s 12 years and 13,032 emails! Gmail was only three years old when I made this address. I sent quite a few emails to Strongbad. I’m lucky my thirteen year old self chose to go with my name, Jake Kenney, anything close to it has long ago been taken.
I need a cigarette. I got my new phone case in the mail; a black Tech 21 evo. I like it a lot more than the gross rubber one from Apple.