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Jan. 2nd, 2012 @ 09:07 pm Life is good
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Life is good. That is all. . . for now.
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Fools! I will destroy you ALL
Oct. 25th, 2010 @ 09:48 am New Chapter
Current Mood: restlessrestless
I was raised with the work-ethic that, if you worked diligently and intelligently, applied yourself 100% and produced the highest quality work with the fewest mistakes, success in the work-place was inevitable. I have since learned that this is not actually the case. Sure, your direct manager and all the people that you make look good will think highly of you, but as for actual, material remuneration and job-security, a total fantasy.

In light of this epiphanic revelation, I accepted an offer to transfer out of the shadows of my present job into the lime-light of a very high-profile client team. I know all of the people on my new team and think them capable and competent folk, seemingly very pleasant to work with from an out-sider's perspective.

Being a "data-guy" by nature, this new job does not play to my strengths, per se, but I have been told that I have a annoyingly steep learning curve, so I feel pretty comfortable moving. My main issue is that I am not really one for actually talking with clients.

This transfer is happening on the back of my college career re-launch tonight.
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Jul. 5th, 2009 @ 07:21 pm Gadget Hovel sucks
An elderly but surly woman forced my hapless co-worker to hook up each and every one of the clock radios in turn today. She kept insisting that we find the local classical station and test the radio/alarm functions. They were playing a rather long piece by Vivaldi during this rigorous examination period.

With each one, she would listing for a while and then haughtily announce "it doesn't speak to me", and, with a dismissive and curt motion, she would strike it from further consideration and demand to hear the next one.

I became unhappily involved when the co-worker could not figure out the settings on a Sony DreamMachine. She banished the radio, looked down her nose at me and announced "it doesn't speak to me", to which I replied in utter dead-pan "Of course not, ma'am, this is an instrumental piece". To say that she was less than amused would be a dramatic understatment.
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Fools! I will destroy you ALL
Apr. 16th, 2009 @ 08:24 pm Death and taxes, well, taxes, anyway.
Work is fun, but scary at the moment.

I hate doing 1099 tax files for people, they are never happy to learn that they have to actually pay taxes on the $40K they earned in addition to their already handsome salaries and always seem to want to see if there is a way that I can "sweep it under the carpet" for them... which, I believe, would amount to criminal charges against me, and heavy fines against my employer, so, no, I won't be "helpin' a brotha' out" on this one, sorry.
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Sep. 4th, 2008 @ 08:08 am Job interviews suck
Current Mood: bleak
I had an interview yesterday with Radio Shack: in short, it sucked.

The manager seems like his role model while growing up might have been Heinrich Himmler.

I should hear from them in the next few days about my application disposition.

I have an odd feeling about it all. When I left the last time, there were some strange things going on in the store, I am now getting concerned that they just pinned it all on me since I left.
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Jun. 19th, 2008 @ 11:55 am the weekend
I received several phone calls this morning, one from my brother-in-law, to whom I have not spoken in half a year or more (he wants help cleaning up his new place which happens to be a shit-hole), another from my friend with whom T and I are going to Chicago next weekend (he bought the contents and fixtures of another shop in his area and needs help moving a substantial amount of heavy stuff). Not that I mind helping, I really don't, but I would like to have a bit of time to rest and enjoy the weekend.
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Mar. 2nd, 2008 @ 11:49 am Adventures in Rodentia (or, "Rats, not just for Plagues and Verminous Infestations anymore") Part 1
As with many things in my life, the seemingly simple act of acquiring pets turned into an epic quest frought with tribulations, amusements, and madcap mis-adventures, and I wouldn't have it any other way. It all started with the Year of the Rat... this fanned into an inferno, the gently-smoldering urge in my lovely bride's psyche to acquire 2 rats to keep as pets. After weeks of seeking ideal enclosures and fawning over the rats at a nearby national chain pet-store, through the power of the internet, the stars aligned (as they usually do) to offer both a very reasonably priced second-hand enclosure and 2 seven week old female rat siblings whose upbringing was not over-shadowed by ominous rumors about animal treatment at said national chain pet-store.

The rats were ~300 miles away. The rat-keepers offered to meet us half-way, but it had to be on Saturday, due to a population over-run of their rat-keeping facilities. Unfortunately, we still lacked a suitable enclosure. Tails found a lady who had recently upgraded to a larger cage, and was willing to part with her old one for cheap, as these things go.

P, was scheduled to sell cookies at a local Schnucks Market from 10am to 12pm, the lady with the cage was occupied until roughly 1pm, and the rat-ladies would not be at the half-way point for our rendezvous until 5pm... a tricky, but not impossible schedule.

Stay tuned for Part 2: The Long Short-Cut (or "You can't get there from here")
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Feb. 8th, 2008 @ 09:26 am (no subject)
Ok... weird year so far.

The Kirkwood massacre took the life of one of my coworkers... she was getting ready to run for mayor, and now she is dead... it is going to be really weird walking past her empty office everyday.

I have to get back to work now... even saying that seems a bit surreal.
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Jan. 9th, 2008 @ 02:15 am You know you are living in 2008 when...
1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your mobile phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7 Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8. Leaving the house without your mobile phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile.
: )

12 You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. You are too busy to notice there was no Number 9 on this list.

Happy New Year to All! mV,^_^
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Gir Dance
Nov. 27th, 2007 @ 06:40 pm Relief!
I have been plagued with a novella that I could never complete... I have had an idea in my head for years without ever being able to realize it into a finished work, no matter how hard I tried... and I can't write anything until it is out of my head. Now I find out that someone has turned the exact idea that I had (the parts that I have written down were in the movie preview, almost exactly the way I envisioned and wrote them!) I am so excited, because now I can just go and watch the movie and be done with it, rather than suffer through another NaNoWriMo with all my started works morphing into this one.
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Gir Dance