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16th January 2010
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23rd February 2009
It has been 41 weeks since my last post on LJ. Wow. I am such a shitty journal-keeper. The news of the year so far is that I still have a job even after two down-sizing events. I don't know if I will survive a third. We seem almost top-heavy now. Seems as though there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians. All I can do is keep doing my job and showing my value. I have a professional exam coming up on Thursday evening. Its the Occupational Health and Safety Technologist exam. Its the first of three I want to secure by Summer 2010. I'm also still taking classes. Next semester will be another Calculus class and a Statistics class. The Summer semester will be my PLA classes for my environmental/ safety experience. That one will be nothing buy paper-writing. The hardest will be the three classes I can't take through TESC. Environmental Chemistry, Ecology and Soil Science or Hydrology. Those will have to be done through Cardinal Stritch, Concordia or UW-Milwaukee. :
My younger brother, Soby, is going to be a Dad. He and his girlfriend got pregnant around New Years. A week after he found out, he got laid off from his job as an aerospace engineer. He's looking for local jobs around Minneapolis but will have to expand his search if he hasn't found any thing by May 1st. She's being a bit of a pain in the ass saying that she doesn't want to move but she should have thought about that before they got pregnant. He has to go where the money is. He is not going to go jobless for long. Not his style.
I'm still single. Seems I only attract married women now. I don't know which Karmic Gods I pissed off, but I'd like to make a peace offering.
I've been saving money toward buying a house but with the job situation being tenuous, I don't know if that is such a good idea. I will keep saving $1000 a month for a while and get an apartment later toward the Summer. I'm also looking at a new vehicle as my truck is 10 years old. I went to the Milwaukee Auto Show this past weekend and fell in love with the Ford Fusion Hybrid. I also fell in love with the Nissan GT-R, Nissan 370Z, and a few others. The Fusion Hybrid seems to be the most practical and in my immediate price range.
Well, that's about everything that is going on. I have to get back to work. I'm working a 12 hour day today. 12 noon to 12 midnight in order to conduct training for the 2nd and 3rd shifts. Behave!
Current Mood: mellow
21st January 2008
24th July 2007
13th July 2007
Tagged by the incomparable sexyjerika
THE RULES! Each player lists 8 facts or habits about themselves; at the end of the post the player then tags 8 people to post it in their journals. :
1. I'm a hopeless romantic searching for my Guenivere.
2. I was in the U.S. Coast Guard for nine years.
3. I'm the oldest of four brothers. I was 18 when the youngest was born.
4. I eat at Jimmy John's more than I should.
5. I only wear silver/ Stainless Steel/ or Titanium jewelry. I currently only wear my Stainless Steel Citizen Eco-Drive Skyhawk and my Titanium Fraternity ring.
6. I'm a tea snob. I only drink White or Red Teas and then it usually has to be done using whole leaf tea and an infuser.
7. I have political aspirations. But have decided to take the LSAT and do law school first. (Have to use my G.I. Bill for something.) Maybe go for a Judge-ship in the future.
8. I am a Freemason, the world's oldest and noblest Fraternity.
Current Mood: cheerful
10th June 2007
Today's Ride brought to you by the letters D, A, M, N and the number 3.
Did 12.5 brutal miles on the bike today. Tarik and I started off at the house and rode to the Finnessey's at Hogsback and Saint Augustine Roads. Then we continued on Saint Augustine to Elmwood Road where we had several wicked uphill climbs. Then we headed East on Elmwood to State Road 164. This long stretch had a hellishly brutal climb. About a half mile and at about 25 to 30 degree grade. At the top my legs felt like Jello. Once we got over that, there was a very nice straightaway to SR 164. Northbound on SR164 we had two short climbs with very nice downslopes. Very cool running. At the junction of SR 164 & SR 167 (Holy Hill Road) we headed West on Holy Hill. There was an immediate downslope that seemed to last forever. I just dropped my ass over the rear tire and cruised. At the bottom of that downslope was a steady uphill to a brutal "S" curve. I actually had to drop it down to the smallest chainring in highest gear. It was almost rubber leg street. At the top of the "S" curve there was a slight downslope and slight climb. At Saint Augustine Road, we made a left and had an immediate ball busting short climb. I managed to do it lowest gear on the middle chainring. Tarik got off and pushed his bike to the top. After series of stepped downslopes and climbs, we were back on Emerald and hauling ass on the downslopes the rest of the way back to the house. My legs are still burning. I think I ate a bug or three and I think one is still firmly lodged in my left nostril. Overall, I'm a bit wheezy and have coughed a little but it feels good. Time to shower.... :
Current Mood: Torched
9th November 2006
Santa Claus Raffle
Good Morning My Brothers! We are having our very first Santa Claus Raffle to benefit the Masonic Charities of Wisconsin. You do not have to be present to win however the food will be outstanding! If you're interested, please contact me at 504-621-9891 or 262-613-2799. Thank you for your support!
F&AM Wisconsin - West Bend #138
3rd November 2006
An Email that Mrs. Melissa Hood sent me...
*20 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity.* :
1.* At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point
a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.
2.* Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't Disguise Your Voice.
3.* Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, Ask If They Want Fries
4.* Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label It "In."
5.* Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks. Once Everyone has Gotten
Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to Espresso.
6.* In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write "For Smuggling Diamonds"
7.* Finish All Your sentences with "In Accordance With The Prophecy."
8.* Do n't use any punctuation
9.* As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk
10.* Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.
11.* Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is "To Go."
12.* Sing Along At The Opera.
13.* Go To A Poetry Recital And Ask Why The Poems Don't Rhyme
14.* Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area And Play tropical
Sounds All Day.
15 *Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You Can't Attend Their Party
Because You're Not In The Mood.
16.* Have Your Co-workers Address You By Your Wrestling Name, Rock Bottom.
17.* When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream "I Won!, I Won!"
18.* When Leaving The Zoo, Start Running Towards The Parking lot,
Yelling "Run For Your Lives, They're Loose!!"
19.* Tell Your Children Over Dinner. "Due To The Economy, *We Are
Going To Have To Let One Of You Go." *
20 .* And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity.......
Send This E-mail To Someone To Make Them Smile.*
Its Called therapy*
1st November 2006
9th September 2006
On a lighter note, I've never seen a complete spanking like the one Charlie Weiss and the Irish are laying down on Joe Pa and the Nittany Lions. Jesus. They're making Penn State look like a bunch of Pop Warner kids... :
26th July 2006
Been hearing some squealing and grinding from the right side of my truck when I am coming up to speed and when finally stopping. I took the time this evening to check the rear drum brake. The brake shoes looked great as did the drum surface. A little dusty but nothing that bad. I closed everything up and took the truck out for a test ride. Same squealing and grinding coming from the right side. That leaves the front brakes. Which puzzles me as I just had the front brakes done by Meineke on October 18th, 2005. :
I'm going to call them first thing tomorrow morning and tell them whats up and schedule an appointment to have the brakes looked at. Brake failure in less than a year? I even paid for the good brake pads with the "lifetime" guarantee.
Today is Tarik's last day of football camp before Two-A-Days start in August. The coach likes his passing and the way he listens to what he wants. They also found out that Tarik is Taha's little brother. Taha rubbed a few of the guys and coaches wrong last year. I don't know why. Maybe it was because he was BETTER THAN the starting Guards, because he was graduating early or maybe because of his heritage. Tarik overheard a Feutz (Guard) telling another kid that "That kid (Taha or Tarik, not sure which) sucks." The other kid watched Tarik throwing the ball and told Feutz, "Throws a nice ball." I'll let Tarik fight his battles with the redneck assholes on the team, however, if the coaches start to do the same just because he's Taha's little brother or something more... racist. I will step in and those individuals will find themselves in the School District Athletic Director's office having to explain themselves because School Districts don't like the words... LAWSUIT.
18th July 2006
The heat and humidity has been fairly unbearable this week. I'm house/dog sitting at my parent's place and their central air decided that I didn't deserve to be comfortable. The ambient temperature was 82 degrees inside the house last night at 10PM. The humidity made it feel like 95. Sticky would not adequately describe the sensation. It almost felt like I was swimming in a warm mist. :
I ended up removing my little brother's playstation 2 from his room and setting up shop in the basement. Its at least 20 degrees cooler down there. I even took a cold shower yesterday evening to help cool my body. By the time I went to bed, the outside temperature had started to dip and the main floor was reasonably comfortable. The highlight of the evening was talking to Justina. She worked a 12 hour day and was headed home to bed. We got cut short talking because Taha had to call Kayla. It really sucks because both of my cell phones don't work at my parent's house.
Even though I said I would never live on the East Coast again, I still miss the Savannah, Georgia area, in particular, Tybee Island. I miss the gentle rolling surf. Drinks at Spanky's on the Beach. Playing beach volleyball in the powdery fine sand. The island lifestyle on Tybee is so sedate that you'd think it was comatose. Lazy days. The best part was sneaking up to the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse and looking out on the ocean at night. Back when I was stationed there, I was given the resposibility of keeping the light burning for inbound vessel traffic on the Savannah River. This meant I had a key to access the lighthouse. Many times, I would climb the 177 stairs to the ring landing and gaze out on the Atlantic Ocean. The smell of the sea is unmistakeable. If I close my eyes, I can see the moon reflecting off the waves and the running lights of freighters as they made their approach to the Savannah River. The wind blows through my hair and the taste of sea-salt is on my lips. My knuckles would be white gripping the safety railing on ring landing. Its peaceful. Serene. Calming. Sometimes I would only need a few minutes up there by myself and other times I'd be up there for hours. My own personal communion with God. I have had similar pseudo-religous experiences like that but none since being atop the Haleakala volcano on Maui.
My well needs to be replenished. A vacation is in order. Somewhere on this orb exists a bubbling fountain of positive chi that calls to me. Soon...
11th July 2006
So I received an email yesterday about the House of Representatives passing HR4681 which is the Palestinian Anti-Terror Bill. I find it disturbing that the majority of our illustrious Congressional body has a such lack of foresight and creativity. To pass such a draconian Bill against the Democratically elected government of the Palestinian Authority is mindless. Before anyone gets all defensive... I understand that Hamas are not the best people to be in leadership of the Palestinians. But what can you expect when the U.S. supported Fatah faction is beaten in a democratic election because they were too corrupt for Middle Eastern standards? Hell, Hamas built hospitals and schools for the Palestinian people. All Fatah accomplished in the past few years is further alienation from Israel. Arien Sharon was in charge of Israel and Yasser Arafat was in charge of the Palestinian Authority. These men have been mortal enemies for 40 years and we casually think they are just going to shake hands and let bygones be bygones? Give me a break. Both of those men needed to be ousted long ago. More Moderate governments need to be put into place in order for a permanent peace to be had in Israel and Palestine. But I digress... :
Our government pushed and pushed for democratic elections within the Palestinian Authority. When a representative body is elected that our Administration doesn't agree with, we pack up and levy sanctions against the entire people? Okay you guys, we don't like your democratically elected leaders so we are taking our ball and going home. Who thought this one through? Did any one of our Congressmen think past what was going to be on the menu for lunch that day? By doing this, we have effectively produced the next Generation of Palestinian kids with no Hope. What does that leave for them? Martyrdom against the oppressors, the United States and Israel? Come on... Can we all please use our brains?
I have a solution. Its fairly simple.
1. Israel has to abide by the United Nations Resolutions and return lands confiscated in the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War and more recent seizures (settlements). Israel may maintain its "Wall" only if adequate compensation is given to affected parties. Disputes to be arbitrated by a United Nations panel.
2. Syria guarantees Israel's security and right to exist. Syria will stamp out all terror groups operating within its borders and Israel gives back the Golan Heights.
3. The Palestinians receive the West Bank and Gaza Strip with a secure means to access both. The Palestinians guarantee Israel's security and right to exist in the Palestinian Constitution. The Palestinian Constitution will be the basis of a secular government. Separation of Church/Mosque and State will figure prominently. Corruption and Inequity will be severly punished. Palestinian right of return is governed by the United Nations in order to prevent an overburdening of social systems.
4. The Palestinian militias will disband forever. No exceptions.
5. A Palestinian Self-Defense Force will be constituted with U.S. and Israeli aid. Officers and NCO's will be routinely swapped to build cooperation and foster friendship between the Palestinians and Israelis.
6. Borders between Israel and Palestine will be patrolled by a Border Police Force staffed by 50% Israelis and 50% Palestinians under the direction of the United Nations until such time as internal leadership is established.
7. Jerusalem will not be the capital city for Israel or Palestine. Instead, Jerusalem will become the world's First International City under the auspices of the United Nations. Governmental services will be made possible by taxes received from Israel and Palestine based off of GNP and supplemented by OPEC. United Nations Peacekeepers from non-Judeo/Christian/Islamic Nations will staff Jerusalem's police forces. Jerusalem will receive guarantees of protection from all United Nations members. Violators of Jerusalem's sovereignty will be dealt with harshly.
8. Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon will join NATO.
9. The United States will open Free Trade with Israel and Palestine. Investments in those countries will be encouraged.
Yeah, I think that will do it. No more tit for tat. The world is tired of the bullshit. FIX IT!!!!
Current Mood: Dead Serious
21st June 2006
So a F1 Tornado came through my town on Sunday. It did about 4 million dollars worth of damage to various business's and homes. Nothing really that bad but I missed it. I was at my parent's house helping my brothers clean the garage. :
There are two natural disasters/phenomena I have yet to experience. A tornado and a volcanic eruption. Some folks challenge this and come at me saying, "you've been through a tsunami?!" Yes. I've experienced what's known as "rogue" waves while in the Coast Guard. Though, not the ones portrayed in The Perfect Storm but, yes, I have experienced a higher than normal wave action. I was in an earthquake while attending training in California. I've been in several blizzards. I've been through several hurricanes while living on the East Coast. I've seen a waterspout, landslides, a sink-hole, massive lightning strikes, flash floods and droughts.
I just want to get within a mile or two of a tornado just to feel the raw power of it. I want to see a volcanic eruption of the Mount St. Helens magnitude. Before I die, I will get to see both of these things.
19th June 2006
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