One of These Days…

Posted October 4th, 2009 (6:22 pm) || Comments Off

… I’ll actually update this blog in some sort of regular fashion.

Maybe.

As it is, I just have so much to do I don’t seem to have the time to talk about it unless you happen to be right next to me when it happens. I did sell my calculator at any rate, and I found a job. I’m not so happy with the job, but it’s money until I find something else. I’m a salesman again. The part I hate the most is that I’m good at it, but I don’t like it. It makes me feel oily and slimy like one of those swindling snake-oil salesmen of old. Figures I had to go and get fired from a job I really like right in the middle of an economic depression where there isn’t a white-collar job to be found. At least not in my town.

Right now I’m playing Space Empires IV with DeAnna and Jacob. I think Jacob’s really getting into it. He’s designed his own empire, which is modeled a bit after the Neo-Canadians which came with an expansion pack. He’s given them ice planets as a default “cuz iz code up der ya know”. DeAnna’s playing her version of the Kassan people, who are based on an alien race in Aliens Unlimited (Palladium Books). I’m playing a unique race I made up with I found a cute anime/manga pic from somewhere. So far we’re still searching the galaxy for each other, but also so far none of us are at war with anyone worth mentioning.

The Onnanoko Imperium

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Long Time

Posted May 10th, 2009 (11:58 am) || Comments Off

It’s been awhile since my last post. I once said that I have found that I have most enjoyed life during the times when I blogged about it. As you can likely imagine, I have not been enjoying life lately. I lost my job in March and spent the remainder of that month and most of April looking for new work while trying to keep all the bills paid. Thanks to some extremely helpful and understanding friends all the bills have been paid, and I have also found a new job. I started training two weeks ago and so far all is good and it looks like this place will be a good fit for me. I could probably do better, but better seems to require either experience or a degree I don’t have. As my new employer provides over 5K/year tuition reimbursement I think it will do for now.

As I have been without a steady paycheck I have not been keeping my resolution to see movies. I saw eight films before losing my job, and only managed to blog about one (though I might go back and fix that). I did see Star Trek yesterday though, and I must say it was extremely good. They got all the good parts right, including the requisite phrases of “Kirk to Enterprise”, “Are you out of your Vulcan mind?”, and “I’m giving it all she’s got captain!” They even killed a red shirt. The only quibble I have with the film was their application of time travel (um… that’s not really a spoiler, it’s obvious from the beginning). The method is naturally pure rubber science, but they look at the long term effects from a point where the time stream can’t be fixed. That’s okay of course, but in every other instance of time travel in the other movies and episodes, the time-line had to be maintained for the continuity of the franchise. Star Trek (the movie) is unique in that it told the story from the point of view of those who’s future was being altered by actions taking place in their present, rather than from the point of view of those whose present was being altered by their meddling in the past. All in all it as an excellent show and well worth the watch for both the long time and new Star Trek fans alike.

As it is right now, it’s time for me to wrap this up. It’s Mother’s Day and even thought we really celebrated it yesterday (by seeing Star Trek), I should be giving Mom a hug, handing her the lovely give I got for her, and telling her that she is loved.

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Sleep

Posted September 27th, 2008 (6:55 am) || Comments Off

Well, I’m on 1st shift now and things are going well. I’m still adapting to the schedule though. Once I’m at work I get into the flow of things and I’m fine, but after getting home I’m just tired. I can’t really sleep, but I’m tired and feel like I could pass out at any minute… but for some reason I can’t. Very frustrating…

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Quality of Life

Posted September 19th, 2008 (4:41 pm) || Comments Off

Awhile back I posted about how my quality of life seemed better while I was actively blogging. I really nave no idea what it is, but since I have resumed my practice of bitching, venting and otherwise discussing my life with the open world, but the quality of my life has indeed improved. What amazes me is this is definitely not some skewed point of view or personal delusion, as I have tangible rewards as evidence. For one, I not only had been given a chance to move back to day shift at work if I improve my sales, I have managed to not only live up to the task, but have exceeded it. In fact, I have exceeded it to the extent I have been granted my shift change a few weeks early. I start next week.

Of course it doesn’t stop there. As a result of this one thing, I am also getting paid more (I do get commission on those sales), and I will now get to see my son EVERY DAY! Well, almost every day. He does stay at his mother’s every other week, but he comes to my place every school day. Christine usually doesn’t pick him up until after I would get home though, so I should still be seeing him. This has been my ultimate goal of course and it makes me thrilled I have achieved it. My mood is platinum.

Now I get to watch the snowball effect of goodness happen. I’ll be on first shift again, where sales are easier, and with my new-found skill/technique/whatever my sales should either increase, or at least maintain, which means a steady increased income. Due to the time I can spend with Jacob, I can become a more active father role in his life rather than the reclusive rule-monger I’ve been forced by circumstance to be, and he will do better in school and be happier as well. I’ll also get to spend more time with the rest of my family as I’ll be home when they’re awake. These in turn will have their own effects on other aspects on my life, and eventually it’ll all will avalanche into a huge pile of goodness… and I’ll die.

In the meantime though, I should pick up a lottery ticket. If this is all temporary luck, might as well use it while it lasts.

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The Party

Posted December 17th, 2007 (3:12 pm) || Comments Off

I attended the 2007 company holiday party Saturday. It was a lot funner than I’d expected it to be. Last year it was at a resort/hotel and had this disgusting tropical island theme. For one, no one in Arizona needs to be reminded of what the typical weather is like, especially during the one cold month we get out of the year. This year was much different. In stead of being inside a fake tropical environment, we were “outside” in the Chase Field ballpark. The top was closed so technically we were inside and there were heaters to keep us from getting too cold; I liked it. We had real entertainment as well. The Gin Blossoms performed for us. Yes, a real band. And that comedian who does the impersonations of George W. Bush also did his bit. All and all it was really awesome. Granted, when the boss started giving away money in denominations of $1000+ at random it really got people’s attention. I didn’t win anything unfortunately, but I did get some nice door prizes.

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