Saturday, August 28, 2010

 
This kid is awesome! I can't get past Medium playing this song on Guitar Hero!


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

 

Good Dog

I have to confess that I broke down and wept a bit when I read theis story. I got "misty" because I know how true this story probably is. I've been proud companion to three dogs in my life; Elmer, a Beagle when I was a child; Sophie, a Boxer that adopted me when she was about three years old and I was 35, and our current dog, Maggie, another Boxer that Jess and I got as a 10 week old puppy; she's now almost 2 years old. I tell you A Truth: There is no other creature on the face of the planet that will give it's heart to you like a dog will. And it's not just about instinct and food. A beaten dog will still come when it's called, to a point anyway, but treat the dog with kindness and respect and you will have a lifelong friend who's nearly single minded purpose in life is to please you.

Friday, March 07, 2008

 

So Very Tired

Well, I'm sure that by now, what small readership I had has dwindled down to nothing. I have ceased to be relevant. I am so tired now-days when I get home from work that I just don't want to do anything but have a drink and "veg" on the couch. My job with Banctec is actually quite stressful. There is a lot of pressure to complete a certain number of jobs per day. In my case, I'm supposed to complete four jobs per day. It doesn't sound difficult, but I cover an area that extends from Everett, WA to Olympia, over to the Eastside, Bellevue, Kirkland and all the way to Maple Valley. Also, there is the issue of parts. Where are they being delivered? When will they arrive? Finally, there is the issue of, do I know what the hell I'm doing? I have recieved hands-on training on some of the printers I service, but there are still quite a few printers where I have no fucking clue what I'm doing and I have to call the Banctec help desk to get walked through how to change out a given part. So any one job might take me a very long time. And printers aren't like computers. A desk top computer has very few moving parts, the majority of the machine is the motherboard and that's all electrical, no moving parts. Printers on the other hand are all moving parts. And complicated too! At any rate, a lot of circumstances conspire to prevent me from accomplishing the required number of jobs. Don't mind me, it's late, I'm tired, a little drunk, and on a rant.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

 

Naomi Wolf: Fascist America, in 10 easy steps | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

I don't think there's any comment I could make that would add to Ms. Wolf's eloquent essay on just how far gone our country is toward facism. Our Democracy is being taken from us, right under our noses, and we don't notice because we've stopped learning history. Just read the essay.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

 

Vacation Pics




So, Jessica, my mother and I went on vacation together for a week last week and we all had an excelent time. We spent three days on the Olympic Peninsula and two days at Ocean Shores, Washington. The Peninsula is really beautiful. We went to the Hoh Rainforest, which is the only temperate rainforest on the North American continent, and hiked around there for a whole day. It would seem that the term "lush" was invented to describe this place as there was moss growing everywhere. Everywhere one looks it looks soft enough to lay down and take a nap! On our last day on the peninsula, we went to some hot springs and just soaked and relaxed for a few hours.

Ocean Shores is very "touristie" but still cool. We rented a moped and had lots of fun cruising around on the beach. We also went to the Quinault Casino and spent way too much money, but it was fun. I never understood how people could get addicted to gambling, but now I do. When you're playing the slots, there is the feeling that the next push of the button could bring you big money. It never does, but there is that expectation. Anyhoo, here are some pictures........

Sunday, July 22, 2007

 

I'm Back!

So, I know its been a long time, and a month ago I said I would catch
everyone up on what's been going on with me, so here it is!

First, I have a new job. I work for a company called BancTec
doing contract warranty service on Dell laptops and desktops. I replace
hardware in the systems and then troubleshoot to make sure they work.
As with any job, there are good things and bad things. The good part is
the actual taking-it-apart-and-putting-it-together. I was so scared of
laptops at first because they are so small and intricate, and I have to
confess that in my first week, I actually did break a machine. I got it
apart and then couldn't get it back together. Even though I had passed
all my certification tests, I got so nervous I just couldn't make it
work! But after a while, it got easier and easier, to the point where
now I'm not scared of laptops anymore. They're kinda like puzzles and
now it's fun. Desktops are no big deal. Every once in a while I come
across a desktop system I haven't seen before, so I just have to treat
it the same way I treat laptops, it's a puzzle, I just have to take my
time and be methodical and everything works just fine.

Unfortunately, there are more bad parts to the job than good. The first bad thing is
all the driving. Anyone at all familiar with this blog knows how I feel
about cars and drivers. Now I spend half my day driving from job to job
and I hate it. I feel like a huge hypocrite. The other drag is I really
don't like any of the people that I work with, and I really hate my
boss' boss. Its not like I work side by side with anyone because that's
not the way it works. But there is another guy, Brian, who picks up
parts at the sameDHL that I do, whose area is the east side, Bellevue, Kirkland, all the way out to Snoqualmie. At any rate, there have been many occasions over the past several months when Brian has been sent to do other things, leaving me to cover
his area and my own. That's not the problem. The problem is that when
that happens its his responsibility to let me know that I need to cover
his area, but either he just doesn't let me know at all, or he doesn't
let me know until I'm at the DHL so I don't have any of his work orders
printed so I don't know what parts to pick up, or he lets me know 5
minutes before I'm walking out the door. Very inconvenient. And when
I'm covering his area, he expects me to just do work in his area,
leaving work to pile up in my own. This guy's not my boss but he acts
like he is.

Speaking of my boss, I really don't even know who
that is right now because the guy that originally hired me, Tom, just
quit last week because his boss is a "grade A"
asshole. Since Tom has been gone, his boss, Bob, has been in charge of
all us techs, and I can see why Tom quit. Bob just expects that
everyone lives to work, that we have nothing to do on the weekends and
won't mind at all giving up our days off to handle extra work. And
that's just not how I "roll." I don't live to work, I work to live.
Neither Jessica or I want to be rich, and we don't have any designs on
living in a big fancy house or having lots of exspensive toys. We do
what we need to do in order to do what we want to do. I guess it boils
down to the fact that when I'm on my death bed, about to breath my
last, I don't think I'm going to be thinking, 'Jeez, I wish I'd worked
more and made ass-loads of money.' I rather think I'll be thinking more
along the lines of, 'Jeez, I wish I'd spent more time with my friends
and the people I love.' At any rate, all that to say that Bob asked me
to work on this past Saturday and sounded positively offended when I
told him, 'No,' because it was Jessica's birthday and we had plans.

So
that's where things are with me for the moment as far as work is
concerned. Otherwise, my mother is coming to town the first week of
August and the three of us (my mom,jessica and myself) have plans to go
to the Olympic Peninsula for four days and then off to Ocean Shores for
three days and we're going to have a wonderful time.

I do plan to write more often, I know, I've said that before, but its true. I'll write more soon.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

 

Hey All

I know its been a very long time since my last post, and I'm sure sure
that all my loyal
readers are just waiting with anticipation to hear what is going on in my life. I promise I'll post soon and catch everyone up to date.

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