Saturday, November 18, 2006

Trees, needles, and movie nights. But not all in one sitting.

Today turned out to be a rather uneventful day. Nothing much to write home about. My wife's parents dropped off an artificial tree they had. Very kind of them since we decided to not go the natural route anymore. We did it for two seasons and it was far more of a hassle than it was a delight. Oh sure the pine smell was great to come home to, but all the needles and constant watering wore that pretty thin. So we're back to the fake one. Sure it doesn't look natural, but to be honest, I'd rather have the natural one look natural in its natural home. Plus, I don't have to worry about piercing my feet with needles anymore.

Well, its movie night. Okay actually its "We need to watch the Netflick movies that have been sitting there for a month now." night. So until tomorrows posting...

Peace, take care, and bright blessings to everyone!



Friday, November 17, 2006

Even deader dog tired

So sleepy. Must get rest. Long day, long traffic, had to stop at friends house to help with computer issues. I just got home and I am beat. I haven't eaten anything at all today, so I'm going to finish this post and head upstairs and make myself a sandwich and hit the sheets. Hopefully this weekend will re-energize me. I need it.

Night everyone! Peace, take care, and bright blessings to everyone!


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Dead dog tired...

Ugh. This has been one helluva day let me tell you. Traffic coming home was horrible, bumper to bumper, then going straight to doing some grocery shopping was hectic to boot. People didn't seem to know whether they were coming or going in the aisles. And not to mention one poor father had to deal with his screaming son who was demanding at the top of his little youthful lungs that he preferred to walk. The look of embarrassment on his face spoke volumes. At least our three little ones where rather well behaved. Well the youngest thought it would be a laughing hoot to throw the frozen pizza's on the floor at every parent turn-away he could. And when you look at him, he would point to the ceiling with a sly look on his face. Dirty little booger.

But we just got home a short while ago, I'm beat and heading to bed. So this is an uber short post. Must... Make... My... Daily... NaBloPoMo post. *smiles through tired eyes*

Nighters everyone. Peace, take care, and bright blessings to everyone.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

She's coming to get you < insert name here >!

Another day another dollar, minus a chunk for the government and healthcare, so that leaves me with... what? 34 cents? Yay! Uber bucks! But seriously. Today turned out to be a bust somewhat. To start off, the fine trainer who I was suppose to work with today was absent. So I was told to just hang around and observe the processes and gather as much as I can from it. Which I did. I asked quite a few questions from the machine tech's and the 2nd shift supervisor who was on first shift for two weeks (as well as his people) for an upgrading on proceedures. But unfortunately for the tech's it wasn't a grand day for them. The printer (shown left) either kept creating solder shorts or wouldn't load the boards in properly. Not only that, it had some issues with board height, followed by additional printing issues. But after a good long while, things started to work its way through and everything was up and running. Even with all that going on I managed to collected a decent amount of notes to help with jobs ahead. Overall I was fairly pleased with the day, and hopefully my trainer will be there tomorrow, so I won't just be an observer for the day.

As for the SS card issue. Turns out that I'm going to have to send it through the mail and wait the traditional 2 weeks, or was it 10 days to get my newly reissued card. Note to self: Don't leave wallet where future puppy can attain it.

I decided to take a break today of music videos and thought I would introduce "How the movie should of been made." segment. Well actually I should call it "If it were made this way, I would pay to see it." So sit right back and enjoy the trailer to "Scary Mary".

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And now onto something completely different, and unexpected, I bring you 13 random pieces of...


1777 - The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, precursor to the U.S. Constitution.

1901 - Miller Reese patented an electrical hearing aid.

1920 - The League of Nations met for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland.

1926 - The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. The first network radio broadcast was a four-hour "spectacular."

1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

1940 - The first 75,000 men were called to Armed Forces duty under peacetime conscription.

1965 - The Soviet probe, Venera 3, was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On March 1, 1966, it became the first unmanned spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet when it crashed on Venus.

1966 - The flight of Gemini 12 ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean.

1969 - In Washington, DC, a quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the Vietnam War.

1992 - Richard Petty drove in the final race of his 35-year career.

1993 - A judge in Mineola, NY, sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher. Fisher was serving a prison sentence for shooting and wounding Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.

1999 - Representatives from China and the United States signed a major trade agreement that involved China's membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

2005 - In Amiens, France, Isabelle Dinoire became the first person to undergo a partial face transplant. She had been attacked by a dog earlier in the year

I know I've said it before, but thanks for stopping by! Feel free to comment and comment often even it is to just say "Hey!" Peace, take care, and bright blessings to everyone out there!



Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Let's do the milkshake, sellin' like a hotcake. Try some, buy some fee-fi-fo-fum.

Finished my second long day of work, and talk about getting a refreshing course on all the equipment. Well not totally a refresher since these machines weren't around five years ago. But the set-ups and programming is roughly the same. Just bigger hunks of metal putting tiny pieces of metal on small substrates, creating something useful. Interesting, huh? (Oh yeah, the pic of the big hunk of metal. That's what I work on.)

I went to the SS office today to get myself a new card, only to take 15 minutes to get a parking place, then when I got one, entered the building only to be faced by 40 to 50 people sitting and waiting. As soon as I entered I literally utter aloud "Holy shit." Not so loud that everyone in the back could here me, but the guard who was by the door did. He politely asked what I was there for, at which I told him why. He proceeded to tell me that I will have a fairly long wait, and then continued on what I needed to do. Once he was finished I asked him politely as well how long was a fairly long wait. At which he said 'Roughly an hour to an hour and a half. Maybe an hour and 45 minutes. GADS! I didn't have that much time available. I thought it would of been an easy, go in, hand them my card, say I needed a new and 'BAM!' a new card. But no. So it looks like I will have to search on the net if can request a new card via the mail or if they have weekend hours. I certainly hope so.

Here's another classic hit from the 80's that just screams "80's!" Enjoy!

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Well that's it for today. I need to still take a shower and hit the hay. Thanks for stopping by! Peace, take care, and bright blessings to everyone!



Monday, November 13, 2006

Money talks!

Today was my first day of my new job and boy howdy let me tell you it was something old being something new to me. I actually enjoyed my first day, where I thought I was going to dread it as I drove in this morning. I listened to music to keep my mind off of what I have ahead of me. As I closed in, I could feel the butterflies starting to amass in my stomach (which I must add is not necessary a bad thing. I always got butterflies before a first date. It's pretty exciting). But I digress. As I pulled in and found a parking spot relatively quick and I sat observing people as they arrived seeing where they entered the building, just so I don't look lost trying to figure it all out, still listening to music. I threw up the volume on songs that put me in a good mood and got the jitters out of my system. I looked down at the time and realized that it was time to head on in.

As soon as I got to the door, it was locked. Great. Now I have to stand around looking like a newbie waiting to get in. But it wasn't long before a kind individual introduced themselves and directed me to the cafeteria where I was suppose to wait for the HR person to come and get me. I waited and waited, and waited. It was a few minutes past seven when in she strolled saying while chuckling "I knew I was forgetting something." Well that just made me feel, well, invisible. I hope the day goes much better than it had started. I went into her office were I proceeded to fill out all the info for taxes and contacts in case of emergency. After all that, I gave her my SS card, and drivers license, for her to make a photocopy. Only to have her come back to ask me what happened to my SS card. I explained that my dog as a puppy got a hold of my wallet and felt it necessary to go through the interior paper and have a chew-fest. Well that unfortunately included my SS card. The number was still visible, but the puppy had successfully chewed through my first name and part of my middle name. She then proceeds to tell me that I need to get a new card as soon as possible, even though the number is legible, my name wasn't and that by law is not acceptable. So tomorrow I need to go to the social security office and get a new one. Yay!

After all that, I then was taken to the factory for the tour of the place, really short tour. Just to meet my co-workers on my shift and get the grand layout of the place. Which was cool. Very small tight knit place. I like that. Very friendly. I was then brought to a section which I really never worked in before and told to work there for the day to familiarize myself with the procedures required of the establishment. Needless to say, that went really smooth and got a long with the set-up person working there, who turns out to be the 2nd shift set-up person who I'll be working with once I head onto 2nd shift. Sweet. She was really nice and very helpful. Awesome start.

The only thing that was a little rough for me was the isolation of being there during breaks. Seeing that I haven't really made any friendly associations with anyone, it made breaks rather lonely. Which is fine, cause I prefer to be myself during breaks and lunches. Though I preferred if I had reading material rather than just sitting there staring out the window for a half hour. Oy!

But all in all it was a great day and I look forward to tomorrow as I will be working on the line learning the trade that I had done years ago. Like falling off a log. Can't wait!

Being in a such a good mood, I thought I would go with the blog title theme again! But then again, when haven't my videos not been a blog title theme? Just an easier way to introduce a video! Enjoy!

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Thanks for stopping by and listening to the wonderful moment of typical boredom of my life. Peace, take care, and bright blessings to everyone! Yay! No more migraines! But now I have work to deal with... *grins*



Sunday, November 12, 2006

Remember Charlie. Remember Baker. Remember them all.

Freedom! The migraines have subsided, well, to a dull throb at least. A common headache to others, but a tolerable and annoying pain to me. Yay! At least now I know a couple of ibuprofen will clear that up. That and a good nights sleep. Not that I hadn't been doing that for the past three days now. And I seriously can't be more happier that it won't interfere with my first on the job tomorrow. Yep, orientation and lots of paperwork for the government to filled. Couldn't be more happier. This will make living in the Den much much more bearable and less stressful. Unfortunately it also means that I will see the wife and kids even less. That's going to be the hard part of it all. I'll only see the kids in the morning and the wife for about 30 minutes after she gets home, but as the saying goes 'you take the good, you take the bad. And there you have the facts of life...' Uh, okay, maybe not that saying.

I realize it is a day late and due to my migraine I really couldn't spend too much time at the computer yesterday, and I do apologize. But I would like to personally give a great many thanks to all those who served (and are still serving) to keep America free and helping those to free themselves from a tyrannical iron grip. I thought the following video appropriate today as it was yesterday. Thank you again. Thank you all.

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Thanks for stopping by. I wish everyone the very best. Peace, take care, and bright blessings to everyone!