sparr (sparr0) wrote,

State of the Sparr, December 2018

It has been far too long since I posted a general update of the state and progress of my life, and I am joining a number of new (and long-ignored) social networks so this seems like a way to catch up quickly.

Currently I am working at HotSchedules, a restaurant management SAAS platform. I am living in a space that I co-founded, called Loophole, in SF, with 8-11 other people and that is going decently so far. I am slowly getting out of the vehicle-owning business, aiming to keep just one big bus for road trips and parties. Some vehicles I have sold, some I have given away, some have seen unfortunate ends. Marriage is going well enough, we are making some progress on her immigration paperwork, and I will soon reap the tax benefits (~$7k?) for the first time. I am going to fewer regional burns and big kink events, more big public and private festivals / retreats / parties. I continue to make small steps towards starting projects of significant scale or scope, and then give up out of lack of motivation. That's about all for now; below are some highlights (and lowlights) for the last five years:

  • 2018
    • December
      • Another resolution to try moving some of my online interaction off Facebook, forcing myself to use ~6 other sites regularly to find a good fit
      • Gave away 1/4 of my board games to declutter
    • November
      • Friend's landlord gutted my last two 40ft buses, leaving them unusable
      • Gave away Morello (police prisoner transport van) and last short school bus to friends in need
      • Road trip to Lake Tahoe for a hotel party in Arthur (60ft bus)
      • Rejected job offer at startup so awesome that I expected them to be acquired before my equity vested
    • October
      • Started first "legacy" board game campaign with housemates
      • Applied to SF City College, because tuition is free and I might want to take some classes in 2019
      • Came up with the most fundamental and novel philosophy/ethical problem I ever have
    • September
      • My first time appearing in small claims court, leading to a relatively quick victory and 10 more years to collect
      • Designed, built, and installed a small climbing wall at Loophole
      • Bought a storage unit at auction for the first time
      • Discovered that bus borrowed by a friend of a friend for Burning Man suffered serious damage due to bad driving, bad decision making, and neglect
      • Folsom Street Fair party at Loophole, our first big event, and a big success
    • August
      • Registered Arthur (60ft bus) as a motorhome after much bureaucracy
      • Attended Burning Man for the 4th time
      • Ran a BM camp for the 1st time, along with Victoria, Buspatch BRC centered around my 60ft bus; it was a moderate success
    • July
      • Married Victoria
      • Right shoulder surgery, labrum repair same as the left four years prior, plus adhesive capsulitis
      • Third year attending Ephemerisle, second bringing Flatland (my mini barge), first bringing my cabin boat
      • Sold one of the short schoolbuses for more than I paid for the pair
    • June
      • Co-found Loophole, a live/art/event space in the SOMA neighborhood of SF
      • Passed the written tests for a CA CDL
      • Bought two cheap short schoolbuses
      • Camping retreat party with Victoria and a few hundred other people
    • May
      • Found new manager for Buspatch, started transitioning leadership
      • Filed a small claims lawsuit for the first time, against an ex-friend who borrowed $4000 and now refuses to talk to me
      • Seriously considered buying an alley in NYC to try converting into a tiny home
    • April
      • Received and responded to "Notice of Violation" from Oakland CA planning department regarding Buspatch, starting a possibly-years-long battle
      • Unrelated, announced my planned departure from Buspatch and beginning of a search for a new manager
    • March
      • Visited Europe for the first time, mostly with Victoria, 2 weeks to see Stockholm, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Rome
      • First encounter with US Customs, some civil disobedience, some detainment.
    • February
      • Victory in court over citations for deploying liferafts in city park in 2017
    • January
      • Got banned from the building containing my office for attracting the wrath of a fire inspector by reporting a locked fire exit after they refused to fix it repeatedly

  • 2017
    • Met and started dating Victoria
    • Kat broke up with me
    • Left Splunk, worked at LinkedIn for 3 months on a damaged-beyond-repair team, joined HotSchedules
    • Attended big private parties in Tahoe and north of SF, Frolicon, Priceless, Burning Man, Ephemerisle
    • Founded and lived at Buspatch, a vehicle dwelling community on a private parking lot in SOMA, SF, and later moved it to Oakland

  • 2016
    • Joined TechShop, got certified on a bunch of fabrication tools, did my first big welding projects
    • Bus got towed illegitimately, city of SF had to pay $4k tow+storage bill.
    • SFPD confused me with my father due to his suspended [right to get a] CA driver license
    • Attended Burning Man, Ephemerisle
    • Bought and lived in an Optima Opus transit bus
    • Sold my ambulance

  • 2015
    • Started working at Splunk
    • Fell in love with SF, decided to stay
    • Emma broke up with me
    • 3 months of travel, living in an ex-SWAT ex-ambulance, mostly with Emma
    • Left Chicago and SK Intertainment

  • 2014
    • Met and started dating Emma
    • Left Boston and Scholastic for Chicago where I accidentally got a new job
    • First time having sole responsibility for a major hardware and software system design and deployment

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