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(no subject) [Sep. 13th, 2011|03:26 pm]
The sad of it is: I hate my job.

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For my beloved Zuul. [May. 11th, 2008|08:56 pm]
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Let me tell you a little about my dog, Zuul. She was a red miniature dachshund that Noelle and I got for our first Christmas after we got married. That was probably the longest night I ever had, not only was it the night at the end of Christmas but we also had a brand new 8 week old puppy with us in bed that night. So, as much as we wanted to sleep, we just weren't able to, and it never got any better. She loved curling up behind my legs while I was sleeping and, while it made it mildly uncomfortable sometimes, I loved that she loved being next to me.

That is the first of many loving memories I have of her. After we had had her for only a few weeks, I woke up from sleeping on the couch and couldn't find her anywhere. I was kinda worried especially since I could hear her whining from somewhere, and I was afraid she had gotten in the walls somehow. As it turns out, she was just behind the couch trapped in a blanket. hehe, when I lifted the blanket to see if she was in there, she just kinda rolled out.

Over the years her personality started to shine through and it was quickly realized that she was at ADHD as I am. She would be running after something and stop mid-stride to look at something that she just passed then run at that only to stop again and run back to the first object.

Granted, there were some problems with her. She was constantly licking everything including herself and me and the other dogs and Noelle and the furniture and the cat and the floor and the walls...everything. She would also run outside and bark at absolutely nothing and would never listen when we told her to stop and come back inside.

Of course there were good things about her to. She loved playing fetch with our bigger dog, Kaiju. We would throw the ball and they would both go running after it and Zuul would try to pick it up but it took a while because the ball was just big enough that it was almost too big for her to pick up, but that didn't stop her from trying.

Probably my favorite thing about her is that she would always greet me when I got home from work. She would run out to the gate and her whole body would be wiggling and as soon as I opened the gate she would dash up to the porch and wiggle until I reached down and greeted her.

Last Sunday, when we got home from family dinner, Zuul was limping. She was sitting halfway to her food and just looking back at us as though something were wrong. The next morning, he back legs and tail weren't moving at all. We took her to the vet and he said it was a slipped lumbar disk and gave us some anti-inflammatory meds to give her and told us to bring her back on Friday so he could x-ray her after the swelling went down and he could give us a better idea of what was going on. Well, over the next few days, Zuul seemed to be getting worse. She would just lie there and not do much. She would still eat if we held it in front of her, and would still lick my hand and enjoy getting a scratching. Friday afternoon...

We got home from work and Zuul was just laying there. She was aware enough to know we were there and to respond to us, but we knew there was something seriously wrong. The Vet was scheduled at four, but we called and moved it up to two. In the car on the way to the vet...my Zuul died in Noelle's arms.

At least she wasn't alone, we were there and she knew it.

Zuul Jones 2004 - 2008

I love you Zuul.
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(no subject) [Apr. 30th, 2008|08:43 pm]
you never fully appreciate the cover shoes provide until you are at the urinal wearing sandals
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Hoorah! [Sep. 30th, 2007|08:11 pm]

Holy crap!  Yes I am still alive.  Which I guess is a plus...:)

In case any of you were wondering, here is a quick update on my life since Feb.

I very quickly got sick of working Tech Support for Dell, partly due to the fact that I was long since done with Teleperformance in general.  If any of you ever get the opportunity to work for TP...DON'T!!

Well, I had a plan when I quit.  It wasn't a very good one but it was one.  I was working on getting into a certain company that I had been toying with the idea of joining for a couple of years.  I had my resume in and took an interview and everything.  In the meantime I had started helping out my friend doing house framing and instantly fell in love with that.  So then I shifted my focus to doing that when I get a call for a second interview at this first company.  Well, crap...now I'm not so sure that I want to work there because I love the framing...but I go anyway.  Then I get calling in for a third, and on the day of that interview...my water pump went out.  Oh goodie.  Well, in the process of my trying to fix it...I end up breaking my car completely so I had to junk it.  That was really sad...I love that car.

Well, so now I'm screwed, no car and no job.  crap.  I did a litle bit of scrapping with the guy who lives in the RV on the property my house is on but that was miniscule money at best so I needed to find a real job.  Well, there really isn't much around my house and the few places weren't hiring or needed more experience.  So I ended up having to go work with my neighbor doing excavation.  It's not a horrible job now that I am operating a Roller, but I still hate it.  I hate it so very very much.  To the point I am considering running over my legs with my roller just so I don't have to work.

Luckily, we were finally able to get a car and now I am back in the process of finding a new job.  Which is hard when I work ten hours a day...hmm

Well, that's about all that's been going on with me.  I know it's not much and all centered around work, but that's been about all that's happened for the past several months.  Good times.

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A quick update. [Feb. 19th, 2007|02:39 pm]

Well, two weeks later and I am now A+ certified.  yay!

and let me tell you, that was a harsh two weeks.  They crammed 6 months worth of teaching into two weeks.  Oh well, I passed the tests and I am happy.

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My company hates me. [Feb. 12th, 2007|08:38 pm]

I swear, I don't know why I am still here. Let me fill you in on the situation.

I have been here for about 3½ years and for the past 3 years of that I have been doing recruiting for our offices in The Phillipines. Ever since I started that position I have been having the hardest time having this company even remember I am here.

Here's a list of the things that I have put up with:
1- I have had my desk forcibly removed by other projects due to them not knowing I was sitting there at LEAST 20 times.
2- I have had computer problems many times that take forever to fix because the night IT guy doesn't care and no one during the day seems to ever see my ticket.
3- It is, apparently, physically impossible for me to take a paid vacation.  I tried once, they deducted my saved hours, but never paid me for it.
4- I am, technically, a part of recruiting and since I started there has been at least 8 Recruiting Managers, only 3 of which knew of my existance.
5- Of those three, none of them seemed interested in helping me with any of my problems.
6- The Manila recruiting manager has hated me since the day she started the job for no reason and has made it her life's goal to get rid of me.(more on that later)
7- I have been here for well over three years and have yet to receive a raise.  They did finally review me for one in December, I was denied for reasons of End of quarter budget being low and they didn't want to spend any more money.

There are a few more, but I'm sure you get the picture.

Anyway, let's take a look back at #6.   The girl over there is retarded.  I am honestly surprised that she hasn't run that department into the ground...while on fire...upside-down.  She makes the worst decisions, like randomly passing people through without following all the steps of the process.  Or making no less than 8 people come in and get paid for 4-6 hours on a Saturday to sit there and wait for one applicant who may or may not actually show up.

Once again, anyway...

She finally succeeded in getting rid of me.  I have been replaced by a Voice-Recognition software that, from what I hear, doesn't actually work.  It passes the bad apps and fails the good apps, and that's when it's working.  It is a web based program and their internet goes down at least 15 times a day.  So yeah, good choice Narda.  Oh, and get this...I was just told that after they pass the Voice Rec part, they then talk to someone to test their English.   HA!  That was what I was doing!  Holy crap, Narda!!  Were your parents siblings?!

So, now I am still in the same company, even though they didn't make the right decision and give me a semi-lateral transfer to recruiting, or supervisor or anything like that.  They bumped me down to agent.  That sucks.   So right now I am in training for Dell Tech Support.  I am sorta ok with this, but at the same time...the whole reason I first took the recruiting job was so I wouldn't have to actually talk to a customer.  But, I get my A+ certification(assuming I pass) and I don't have to pay for it, that's a plus and they are paying me more than I was making before which is really good. :)

I was originally supposed to go over to the X-box Tech but their call volume wasn't nearly as much as they were expecting so they had to cancel the class, in fact I just found out that they are probably going to cancel the project as a whole.  hmm...maybe it's a good thing I didn't get that one.  heh.

So, here I am training for Dell...whee...   I just took my first A+ test and passed it!  yay!   I have been stressed all week, because we had one week to learn what normally takes 6 months, or so.  Somehow I managed to scrape by, and now I just have one more A+ test to take this Friday and then it's just the Dell procedures and whatnot to learn after that, which is cake.

Ok, that's a good enough update for now.  

I'm still getting used to being up with the Daystar...it's weird.


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Christmas toys! yay! [Dec. 27th, 2006|07:30 pm]

Well, Christmas has come and gone once again.  Man, this year went by pretty quickly.   I am happy with this year's Christmas.  I got a lot of good stuff.  Granted, I didn't get everything I wanted, but I'm ok with that.  The stuff that I did get was awesome enough that I didn't feel that minor after-Christmas disappointment that is so common. 

A list!!

ALF season 1 DVD!
Dig Dug DS game
Castlevania PoR DS game
Children of Mana DS game
A fun little book and pillow detailing the history behind Sinterklaas
Some expansions for HeroScape
Guitar Hero 2
A portable DVD player so as to watch ALF at work.  hehe
An awesome new hoodie with a dragon on the front.
some new pans(I needed those)
an electronic Sudoku game
Gift cards.  heh

I do believe that that is it.  I always hate listing off my list 'o gifts because I always feel like I am missing one and that makes me worry that I will upset the person that I forgot.

On that list or not, I truly enjoy each and every one of my gifts this year.


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(no subject) [Dec. 22nd, 2006|09:02 pm]
In recent years the American populace has decided that the Christmas season isn't about Christmas anymore.  Everyone gets all up in arms whenever you wish someone a 'Merry Christmas' because *gasp*  They might not celebrate it!  So now the PC thing to do is to wish everyone a 'Happy Holidays' because it will then include everyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas and wish they did, or those who only celebrate it when no one is around.  I would go more into this and how it shows how we, as a country, are retarded.  *Political correctness still offends me*  But, it's the Christmas Season so I have decided, for once, to be totally PC and go the way of the general public.


There...No one can get upset over that.
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Nintendo's broken. [Nov. 28th, 2006|09:40 pm]
The NintendoDS(Dual Screen)is a relatively new portable gaming system.

When it first was announced I was really happy about it. It was a hand-held that featured TWO SCREENS! For those of you who have EVER played a game like Metroid or Castlevania, or pretty much any RPG you can imagine the possibilities of this. For Metroid/Castlevania it could have a permanent map in the top screen so I wouldn't have to re-open it ever 16.4 seconds(which I do) and for RPGs it could have my character info on one screen without filling up the action screen. This was awesome.

Then I heard that the second sreen was going to be a touch screen. Oh, Nintendo...why? Over the past 20-ish years you should have realized that your gimmicky peripherals have never ever been successfull. Seriously, name me ONE game that actually used the Powerglove that didn't suck. Even the Light Pistol(their best peripheral) was useful for about 3 games that anyone had ever heard of. Now they introduce this system whose entire control scheme was a gimmicky peripheral(Don't even get me started on the Wii). What the crap?!

All this would mean is that game developers would be struggling to create a game that revolved around this cumbersome control scheme, and that's exactly what happened. For the first year or so of this system's life all it had to offer was crappy titles that handled like crap and were so bizarre that no one really wanted to play them(Kirby Canvas, anyone?) Even the seemingly normal titles had some sort of crappy extra in it to make use of the touch screen(Who wants to re-fight a boss just because you didn't trace the complex pattern!?). Not to mention the extremely elevated chance of damage to this screen. Believe me, I've seen the testers at GameStop and Wal-Mart, you can barely see the lower screen.

The NintendoDS is one of the most flawed systems on the market today and I want nothing to do with it.

I bought a NintendoDS today.

I know! Who would'a thought. Now, don't get me wrong. I still think it's a horribly flawed system, that's why it took me this long to break down and buy it. But I was looking at the game selection for it, and the amount of playable games has reached a point where the system is actually worth it. Luckily, developers have finally realized that they don't have to make full use of the stupid touch screen. They have started making normal games that make use of the dual screen and, with most of them, pretty much ignore the touch screen. Granted, they do usually have some sort of use for the touch screen, but at most it's just for convenience(click on a place to move to instead of walking there with the D-pad or navigating menus).

So yeah, after a year of complaining about everything about this system, I have one.

/me sellout.
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P-chan's Random Thought of the Day. [Nov. 21st, 2006|12:44 am]
The beep is the singly most heard sound in the world. Every day and everywhere we go we hear dozens of them from just about every thing in our lives to the point where we don't even realize it anymore. It's just another part of our lives that's always been there.

100 years ago, the beep didn't exist.

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