Monday, February 21, 2005

Busy Week

Last week I left on Sunday for a conference in Ohio. It wasn't too bad I guess after all of the stress of planning and packing for the show. I really did not want to have to go for the 4 days it would require me to be gone but what can you do right? Driving down was boring and uneventful. Setup and wiring went pretty smooth, I really can't complain if compared to years prior. After setup, a co-worker and I went out to grab some dinner. It's funny because it was somewhat late on a Sunday night and it was hard to find something to do on a Sunday night in an unfamiliar city but we managed. We found an Irish Pub that sounded like it was hopping so we went in. The guy at the door asked for a $7 cover. We asked why and he stated that there was a buffet and salsa dance thing going on. Salsa? at an Irish Pub, who knew? After a little bartering we lowered the cover to $4 and went in. Too bad for our hungry appetites because the buffet consisted of Mash Potatoes (No gravy), buffalo wings, and chicken tenders. Some buffet! We proceed to grab what little we could and drink the rest of our dinner. After a few hours and a lot of drinks we headed in for the night. We were able to secure a suite at the hotel but since our company is on the cheap side we had to share the room. Since I am the younger of the two of us I opted to take the pull-out sofa bed and gave the queen size to my co-worker.

The next day we had a great show although standing on carpet with no padding underneath for 8 hours or more straight is not easy on the legs and feet. We were exhausted and decided to head back to the hotel which provides each patron with 3 free beverages every night. So we headed towards the beer line and grabbed our 3 free ones and sat down. We proceeded to hear about an open bar party that Cisco was providing at a local brewery and figured we would crash it. Again, drinking on someone elses tab we spent a few hours enjoying the free beverages and hanging out. We then sat down and had dinner at the brewery which was good. We went out and played pool and then went back to the hotel. Then next day was the same only this time it was an Apple provided open bar and that was pretty entertaining as well. Finally, on the last day it was slow, we were worn down from staying out late and just tired of standing. It really stunk because we couldn't pack up until late afternoon all the while the 4 hour drive home for me was lingering in the back of my head. I was dreading it and just wanted to be home, but instead we still had to wait. From 8:30am until 3:00pm I continued to look at my watch every 2 minutes hoping that more time had passed. It felt like forever and my legs and attitude were starting to feel it. Finally we started packing up and I had asked my co-worker to go to the truck to get the boxes for packing. He came back and said that he was sorry and had a distressed look on his face. He had broken the key to the master lock on the truck door off in the lock. Right then my blood started to boil. I contained my anger and just kindly asked him to find some bolt cutters and get to cutting. He found them but was unable to cut through the 1 inch lock. I gave it a whirl and found that I was actually breaking the bolt cutters instead of making progess with the lock. Luckily we were able after about 1 hour, to use needlenose pliers to turn the little of the key that remained stuck inside. I started to calm down only to realize that now we could not pull the truck up to the conference center because it was packed with other people loading their vehicles. So again we waited. This delayed my return by about 2 hours but all in all it was fine. I was just starting to feel under the weather so I think all of the combined factors caused me to be more pissed off at the situation than was really nessicary. It's kind of a boring story but that's what happened last week.

Anyways, my fiance and I close on our house tomorrow and if I could just explain the anxiety and impatientness that I have right now you would understand my melodramatic storytelling. Hopefully once all of this is done and I can just focus on moving out in the next 5 days, I can get into detail about the mortgage and the construction people and how I believe that neither of them can figure out how to wipe their own asses let alone close a deal.

Check back later this week.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005


Just FYI!

I added not only the ability for me to upload pictures but also for other people to comment back. So feel free to let me know what you like and don't like or just vent your frustrations. Thanks for reading.

My window to the world...

Outta Sight, Outta Mind

No that's not the title for this because it's something special, it's just because that is what I wanted to share. I cleaned my office on Thursday of last week. It was a very emotional event, or at least you may have thought that if you saw me. My eyes were watering up, my nose running, and my hands were dirty. Not because I was at all sad from getting all of that garbage out of my office but because the amount of dust surrounding and covering the stuff was outrageous. I am slightly allergic to dust and it was causing all kinds of problems for me. Anyways, too all of you who may have thought it was an emotional day... screw off because I really am going to miss those computer parts ;-)

Oh by the way, don't worry my window to the world is still up. I think since I have my digital camera I may include a picture this time.

Not among the smartest in the group

You know sometimes people that are so unique and intrigue people so much are put on display at the circus. Now I am not saying that this is nessecarily a good thing to have happen but it seems to entertain people, or they just walk by and say things that are good or bad about them. We have in this world plenty of awards to nominate people but we have no website or place to nominate someone for the circus. I elect that someone start as a place where people of today can elect people for display of either amazing acts or extreme looks just for fun and have them viewed and rated by other people.

Now I know that this may sound unusually unkind but think about it. How many times do we as a nation / world sit in front of the TV, or walk around in the mall and see someone or something for that matter that is of questionable appearance or demeanor? I know myself that I sit and have watched american idol and just torn people to shreds about how I can't believe they even think they can sing, or I have saw a person in the mall and said, "Wow! I'm not sure what that is.?¿?" It may not be appropriate and I know that we are taught not to judge or else be judged, but let's face it everyone does and sometimes it's funny. I mean even if we don't judge someone will always be judging us which is why anyone worries about appearance. So anyways, it could be a pretty funny sight if someone started it.

The reason I brought it up is I think that my boss' wife is the most tight assed, well-to-do person in the world. I mean I understand the saying that you can get wealthy by pinching pennies and that you have to bargain shop but seriously. If this lady could find a way to cheat the post office it' d be done. I wouldn't be surprised if she attempts to bargain with the gas station clerks. You already know about the office heating and cooling problem based on her brilliant financial calculations of how it must be less expensive to heat this huge building with 10 space heaters instead of the normal heating/cooling system.

I need to go repent for the things that I have said in this blog today as I am being a judgemental person. Perhaps I just don't understand what it is like to be unable to understand simple things such as postage, inflation, heating/cooling cost benefits. I mean for a person who can't figure out after 15 years of computer usage how to minimize a window in MS Windows you would think I would be able to offer a small amount of sympathy.

NOPE! Take some of the money you SAVE everytime we have to travel on business and you make some of us room together like we are your fucking kids, AND LEARN HOW TO OPERATE A COMPUTER, or better yet pay the heating bill and warm it up a degree or two. FRANKLY, I don't care if you can ever use a computer for more than staring at the pretty different colors on the screen like a monkey.

Sorry if I offended anyone. I don't know what happened I blacked out for a second.

Yep fell off the wagon again!

So I'm back with full of stuff to complain about. Apparently, my wishful thinking of trying to keep everything positive and good is failing horribly. Anyways, again I am going to try to make the commitment to updating this more often than I have been so don't give up on my just yet.

Moving on to recent events, so I'm purchasing a house and let me tell you there is nothing more frustrating than waiting for something that you are buying for this much money. I hate the waiting! I loath it! It's causing a ridiculous amount of stress because with super shitty credit you get super shitty interest rates. But whatever, I have been busting my ass to clean it up and it has gotten significantly better.....but not that good. Anyways, so on top of this frustration I work.

I unfortunately had to call in on Friday of this past week due to Keratitis in my left eye. SUCK! It's an Eye Ulcer. Talk about a shitty way to have to take a sick day. I mean normally a Friday sick day is like an extended weekend blamed on a fake cough or belly ache from the night before. This however was not the case at all. My eye was swollen shut and hurt as if I was standing 200 feet away from that stupid eye chart that they make you read and attempting to read the bottom line through a foggy shower enclosure window. (You know the windows that have the distortions so that in your own personal bathroom no one will see through and catch you naked.) By the way, as for that stupid glass shit in the bathrooom.. what a crock... I mean who are you hiding from anyways? How many people let other people (Besides the loved ones that have already seen your bare ass.) in the bathroom while they are showering or whatever? Honestly now! Anyways, I'm jumping off track, so my eye... HURT! I scheduled a doctors appointment and the earliest they could get me in was at 11:15am. Well let me just say that if it weren't for our cheap ass employers stupid health insurance that makes me go to a doctor to get a recommendation to go to the opthomologist, I would have probably suffered way less. BUT NO, instead I had to wait and go the doctor for my eye instead of the eye specialist. So I go into the doctor (My fiance had to drive me because I couldn't see) and she says "Oh looks like a viral infection probably caused by an irritant. It should go away in a day or two so take some Advil for the aching and rest." WOW, what a diagnosis, I mean here's a hypothetical example of another one. "Well sir it appears to be an abnormal growth coming out of the side of your face, make sure to sleep on that side of your head tonight in order to put pressure on it and hopefully get it to even out. If not come back on Monday and we'll tell you what it really is and prehaps kick you on the other side of the head to even the look out." SERIOUSLY, You are a doctor, a professional, DIAGNOSE with some sort of educational reasoning. Needless to say I am a lucky guy and know a lot of people who do a lot of different things. For example, my good friend was coming home that night from the Michigan College of Optometry and after looking at my eye that night basically scheduled an emergency appointment for me at her father-in-laws. Guess what? He's an opthomologist and told me that it is Keratitis and it's a good thing we caught it in time because a day or two longer and it could have burst and swelled to the surface causing unbelieveable pain (which I can't imagine because it already hurt like a mother..) and possibly eye damage. So he gave me some strong ass eye drop stuff and sent me out saying that I was to report back on Tuesday night for a checkup. Whew! Got that outta the way.