So I go back into the thrift store to see about the red schwin they've had for about 3 months now. And out of the corner of my eye I see an old looking gold bike.
It was a Nishiki kokusia, from the 1970's. And it's complete wheel to wheel original. After a little haggling (yes, I haggled at the thrift store), it's mine. The frame is slightly smaller than my road bike, but this should be good for learn to get on and off a fixed gear.
The only problem is that it's pretty nice for a 1970's bike. I pulled out my CO2 tank and filled up the tires.. and with the exception of need new brake pads (I think these are orginals) it rides pretty nice.