green tea time (photos)

Craving a dose of my favorite iced tea right now..

[caption id="attachment_200" align="alignnone" width="167" caption="Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Lychee Green Tea"]Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Lychee Green Tea[/caption]

Unfortunately, that's not available to me, so I had to settle for a hot green tea that I keep stocked.

[caption id="attachment_199" align="alignnone" width="261" caption="celestial seasonings authentic green tea"]celestial seasonings authentic green tea[/caption]

Time to get some work done. Perhaps I'll play some Rift later. I just had to buy the collector's edition to contribute to my poverty.. might as well enjoy it! :) In case you were wondering, I play on server Greybriar.

"I seriously hate guys who wear makeup"

I don't wear makeup.. however, disallowing men from wearing makeup is somewhat sexist. A statement such as "I seriously hate guys who wear makeup" would justify me saying something along the line of "I seriously hate girls who aren't doing my laundry". How would you feel about that? Why do women feel the need to wear makeup anyway? Is it in an effort to be more visually appealing? Do men not have the same desires?

Food for thought. ♥

Creative Process [Pokemon Boxers]

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Item list: pokemon boxers, "wack-em" wacom intuos4 pen, broken droid phone, computer to be fixed, peanut butter, vitamins, green tea, floral couch

Is that your escort?

Amanda dragged me out to Indian Rocks beach today around 3pm. Always a good time when we go out. We took a long walk on the beach & then packed up to look for an ice cream shop while we waited for sunset. We found a candy shop on Gulf Blvd and 15th Ave, "Pinky's Ice Cream & Candy Shop". As we approached the shop, some guy walked out, looked at me and said "is that your escort?".    I looked at him thinking "What the hell? Did he really just call my girlfriend an escort?". The shop owner walked out seconds later and apparently she and Amanda knew exactly what the guy was talking about. He was a tow truck driver in the process of towing some poor person's Ford Escort.

[caption id="attachment_164" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="ford escort"]ford escort[/caption]

So, problem solved. It was, indeed,  not my escort being towed. We got ice cream & walked back to the beach to watch the sunset next to a couple of drunken, old people. Yay! Zeah was waiting for us back at my apartment.. she found a way to open the window.. what a ninja! :|

"you ARE a woman. You SHOULD be offering to do my dishes"

Text conversation with Amanda Mendez:

Amanda Mendez:  Then im bringin u some soupies!!  12:44 PM

Me:  lol how is soup going to help my heart? silly. wrong sickness :P  12:47 PM

Amanda Mendez:  Might help w ur dizzies, dont be a bum! Im guna shop a lil, then come steal u!  12:51 PM

Me:  i already did the dishes.. :)  12:52 PM

Amanda Mendez:  Um ok?! Good,lol!  12:53 PM

Me:  lol you said dizzies but it looked like "dishes"  12:58 PM

Me:  and i'm feeling a little bit better just moving around.. maybe we will go to the beach after all :)  12:58 PM

Amanda Mendez: better :D  1:00 PM

Amanda Mendez:  Aww yay, I wont be long at the mall then!!  1:02 PM

Me:  i mean, you ARE a woman. You SHOULD be offering to do my dishes.  1:02 PM

Amanda Mendez:  You need to shut that shit up real quick :p  1:03 PM

Me:  hehehe.  1:04 PM

Amanda Mendez:  Just cause ur cute doesnt mean you can get away w whatever u want :p  1:15 PM

Me:  that's exactly what it means ;D  1:18 PM

Amanda Mendez:  Youre not supposed to kno that thou D:  1:20 PM



Birthday weekend.. success! (with photos)

[caption id="attachment_143" align="alignnone" width="224" caption="friday night at czar"]joe jiko and ian lash at czar in ybor city, tampa[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_147" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="friday night at czar"]joe jiko, amanda mendez, london hoods at czar[/caption]

Friday: Czar with Amanda Mendez(@mandagoesrawr), Ian Lash (for his birthday) and his girlfriend Ashley. Was excited to see Mandi(@Jemapellemandie), Natalie Hayes, Bree(@Jemapellebree) :)

[caption id="attachment_142" align="alignnone" width="224" caption="saturday night at orpheum"]joe jiko and amanda mendez at orpheum[/caption]

Saturday: Orpheum with Amanda Mendez, Amy (@ameliarrrrrose), Jessica(@jeskasites), & Savanna(@savanna)

Monday (actual birthday): Dinner with Mom & Amanda. Thanks to all my facebook friends for blowing up my wall with "happy birthday" comments! 8-)

[caption id="attachment_144" align="aligncenter" width="40" caption="facebook birthday comments"]joe jiko facebook 2011 birthday comment[/caption]

Got my 'thinking cap' on :)

Before any work can be done, I have to get into the right gear.

[caption id="attachment_134" align="alignnone" width="409" caption="Thinking cap: On"]I've got my thinking cap on[/caption]

Okay. Now I'm ready to work! Oh wait. Am I forgetting something?

[caption id="attachment_136" align="alignnone" width="409" caption="brain food!"]eating some brain food[/caption]

Now I'm ready :3

Go Steelers! [Bumper sticker]

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I thought it appropriate to drag this out from the archives. It was one of my more thoughtful "gifts" I made for a friend of mine. He's a huge Steelers fan. I'm sure he's excited to see the Steelers make it to the superbowl yet again. Anybody been to  Pittsburgh  when the Steelers are playing? I've heard things.

Zeah's middle name?

At work today, John Hathaway and I were reading about Border Collies during a lull in store traffic. We stumbled upon a website that described "border collie escape tactics". Coincidentally, hours later, we arrived at the apartment after work only to find Zeah missing in action. In the time I was at work, 11am-7pm, Zeah had smashed her way out of the living room window.

[caption id="attachment_123" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Zeah"]zeah on the bedroom floor with her head on a purple pillow[/caption]

Something I should say about Zeah, she's deathly afraid of storms and, yeah, it stormed today. It's also not the first time she's gotten "lost". As usual, somebody saw her wandering around. She's beautiful, so she always gets spoiled by strangers. The end of the story is that one of my neighbors harbored her. It was somebody upstairs, John & I heard a man open a door and tell Zeah to go outside. She came prancing down the steps as if nothing happened. Apparently he didn't want a confrontation because all the doors upstairs were closed when I went to investigate. So, to the shy neighbor above me: Thanks for saving me hours of walking around, posting signs, and calling animal shelters. :)

To answer the question asked in this post's title, Zeah's middle name is "Houdina".

Mechanical Bullshit

I called my mechanic yesterday, because it's the first day off I've had in awhile. She informed me that it's going to cost almost twice as much as she originally quoted me. Apparently, the engine I need is super popular suddenly & there aren't a big supply of them.

That's great. New plan. I'm going to buy a new Mazda 3.

Goals for this site

Update: @SpineDesign is now @CreativeSpine
Update 2: RIP stickam


I've been decidedly lax in posting on my blog. I could say I haven't had time to sit down and write, but we all know that's a lame excuse. I've actually started and abandoned several posts, which you might still see up one day. While laying in my bed a moment ago, I took a personal oath to post frequently from here on. My goal is to write something every day of the week that has the letter t in it. For those of you who can't recite the days of the week with t's, that would be Tuesday, Thursday, and SaTurday. If you're checking up on me, those would be the days to see updates.

Main website

I have the prototype / beta layout up now. It's still a beta layout because some of the links don't work, and I've only implemented minor graphical enhancements. I'm working on an AJAX chat so the people visiting my website can communicate with me. I'm not sure if I've ever written down my intent of moving away from social websites, but that has always been my goal. I want this website to be my home base of operations. I'll be moving towards that end over the next month. I'd like to see this website fully operational by October 1st. Coincidentally, it's a Thursday, which means I'll be able to post a blog entry about my progress and comply with my blog goals above.


I'm using twitter more and more often. If you use this service, I invite you to follow me @joejiko for personal updates and @spinedesign for web related links and my company updates. I noticed that stickam has a feature that embeds twitter chat into their webcam client. I thought it was interesting, maybe I can figure out how to include something like that in my upcoming AJAX chat or on the main site. I still haven't had time to go re-learn flash.


On a personal level, I've recently had ongoing problems with my car. It's now completely non operational, which means I need to find a new car. I hate car shopping.

That's all for now

If you have anything you'd like to see from me on this site, or just want to say "hello", feel free to fill out my contact form. I'd love to hear from you!


Tea vs Coffee

I never really was a big coffee drinker until I worked at Starbucks in 2008. I always thought it was gross and pointless. Stains your teeth, saps the calcium from your bones, etc. Well, the employees at Starbucks get all the drinks they can drink while on duty, a free pound of coffee every week, and a 30% discount. Needless to say, we drank a lot of coffee and espresso. While searching the internet it doesn't seem like the health nuts have anything real negative to say about coffee itself and health risks. The worst I found were tooth staining and cavities. However, there are plenty of people emphasizing the risks of caffeine on your body.

My aunt put a post on facebook saying she didn't have any non-dairy creamer for her coffee. I figured that most people drink coffee for the "wake me up" feeling it gives, due to caffeine content. I suggested she try black tea, which has the same percentage of caffeine as coffee and is much better for you. Actually, the caffeine in tea has a different effect on your body than that of coffee:

" The tannin in the Green Tea works alongside the caffeine, having a relaxing and stabilizing effect. This means the caffeine is absorbed more slowly and prevents that "caffeine shock" we all know too well from coffee." (link)

Anyway, here are some easy to read bullets:


Why should you drink tea?

  • Unlike coffee, tea helps your teeth.. tea has antioxidants that prevent cavities.

  • Tea helps speed up your metabolism, helping you burn fat and lose weight.

  • Tea helps prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's

  • Tea may also help keep bones strong to help fight against Osteoporosis.

  • Tea helps to relax your arteries and lowers your blood pressure.

  • Tea helps you prevent kidney stones

[caption id="attachment_79" align="alignnone" width="150" caption="Caffeine"]Caffeine[/caption]

Caffeine Percentages - I looked this up because I was curious:

Coffee- 0.05%
Black tea- 0.05%

(Types of Green teas)
Gyokuro- 0.02%
Sencha- 0.015%
Hoji cha- 0.008%
Genmai cha- 0.008%

Addional Reading/References

Personal quotes


  • I can't wait until they invent a way for me to virtually stab people.

  • Cute is a word for things that can't kill you.

  • It doesn't have to make sense.. I'm beautiful!

  • Cars are too slow, planes are too expensive, and people are spread apart like your mom's legs.