April 2011 Random Thoughts

Once a month or so, I clear out some of the content on my Running Commentary, Random Thoughts, and 12 Notes pages and place them here on the main page to make room for fresh content on those pages.  This is the content from April 2011′s Random Thoughts.  Enjoy!

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Anagram:  April Fools Day/ Or Display Loaf/ I Spy Oaf, Dollar/ For A Solid Play/ Floods Airplay/ Sadly Frail Poo/ Royals Do Pilaf/ For Disloyal Pa  (4/1)

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I can’t pay the rent on time, not enough $$$$ in the bank.   Just got a job.  It’s a temp job, only making $13 an hour, but it’s a 40 hour a week job.  These two events happening nearly simultaneously do not seem like coincidence.  Always get some money, never seem to get enough to actually live a halfway decent life.  Go fig.  (4/1)

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It’s a little after 4 pm saturday afternoon.  Mid fifties temp-wise.  A little bit windy.  It is beautiful out, but I sit inside the apartment with my wife.  I am waiting for her to finish eating before we go out to do stuff.  After we get to that will I be able to go do the one thing I want to do.  Run.  But the wait is a good thing.  The park will be packed most of the day, so waiting until late to run on a day like today is not a bad thing, most of the people who would be out will be gone when I go run.  (4/2)

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First day on the new job wasn’t actually on the job.  Orientation, telling me things that I already know about subjects which are pure common sense.  But they paid me for a full days work to do it, so no big deal.  (4/4)

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First day actually on the job was actually pretty easy, except for this one program they have to run jobs.  Prisma sumthin or other.  Pain in the ass, but… let me put it like this, the other people there don’t really know how to work it either, so… no big deal.  (4/5)

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FYI:  I am 5 foot ten.  Barely.  5 foot 9 and a half would be closer to the truth. I say that to say this.  It just happens that I saw Ronnie Lott today.  He listed in his playing days as 6 foot tall.   Nope.  I looked him in the eye as we were walking by, and his eyes and mine were dead even.  He’s 5’10″ at best.  (4/6)

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The Borders at 57th and park is closing it’s doors next Saturday.  Everything is on sale.  Bookshelves included.  Bought two books that would have normally cost over 36 bucks, got’em for $6.  Nice.  Not much in the way of music selection though.  All the good stuff was already bought. (4/7)

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No government shutdown.  Good.  I’d would have had to put my foot in someone’s ass if that’d happened.  Too many people need help thanks to the great recession and it’s after-effects to just let services go because these damn republicans hate planned parenthood.  That was a sticking point with them, a rider they wanted in, no more planned parenthood funding.  Fuck them.  Planned Parenthood is more important to America than the Republican party is.  Seriously, fuck the Republicans, self centered assholes.  (4/8)

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RANGERS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS!    WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!  Now we get to play the Capitals the….best team in the east.  We’ve beaten them this year, we can do it again.  (4/9)

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Anagram:  Thank God It’s Monday/ And His Knotty Dogma/ Think Dogmata Synod/ Tom Thinks Add Agony/ Good Damn Stinky Hat/ Goddamn It, Thanks Yo! (4/11)

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I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention, dear world, to oil prices.  I have.  They’ve been higher than hell for a while and it looks like there is no relief in sight.  One guess as to why.  Oil speculators are driving the prices up.  Has to be, the issue with Libya is, while a major catastrophe, not a big issue as far as oil itself is concerned. There is no real reason, outside of speculators moving the market (that I can see) for the price to continue to be as high as it is.  $110 a barrel is FAR too high for oil as things currently sit. (4/13)

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Finally paid my Con Ed and my Cable/phone/internet bill, both late, one by a day, the other by too much time for me to willingly admit.  Hate doing things that way, but money issues popped up, and I had to deal with them, making paying even those important bills late necessary.  (4/14)

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Coolest thing ever.  A million jokes abound about Jon Kyl and his NOT INTENDED TO BE A FACTUAL STATEMENT stupidity.  Regardless of what this numbnuts does now, he’s gonna have this joke attached to him for a while.  This should be fun!  (4/15)

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Broke my cell phone’s screen today.  While out in the rain, put it in my mouth (idiot that I am) to hold it while fumbling with groceries and an umbrella in my hands.  It wouldn’t turn off so I couldn’t put it in my pocket.  Kept butt dialing people, which is why I had to hold it where I did.  Must’ve bit down on it, cause the screen is a mess now.  I can still read texts and whatnot, but it IS a mess.  Dammit, this thing is new too.  (4/16)

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Anagram:  Let’s Go Rangers/ Stoner Gargles/ Ego Stranglers/ Regret Slogans/ Long Ass Regret/ Roger Sent Gals/ Rogers Tan Legs/ Err…Goals, Gents!  (4/17)

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Anagram: Long Time Gone/ Egg Tom Online/ Noggin Omelet/ No Legit Gnome/ Gin Let Me Go On/ No Melting Ego (4/27)

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I just finished watching the White House Correspondents dinner.  It was great.  Almost one hour of it was non stop Donald Trump/Birth Certificate/ Joe Biden jokes.  Best bit?  The Donald was there, and he looked pissed. Brother Donald got lit up like a Christmas tree, and he was none too happy about it.  Go check it out on YouTube or C-span.  It’s well worth the view.  Seth Meyers was funny as hell!  Better than Colbert on his famous stint a few years back. (4/30)

January 2011 Random Thoughts

Once a month or so, I clear out some of the pages and place them here on the blog to make room for fresh content on those pages.  This article contains all the content from the “Random Thoughts” page from the month of January 2011.  Enjoy!

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I hope everyone had a fun ringing in the New Year, and isn’t too hung over now.  I ate food, watched tv, and scratched my ass.  Felt bad for my wife, who took a few minutes out to celebrate new years with me, lil kiss, lil dance, but she had writing work to do, and worked until 5 a.m.  She had no fun, I tried to help, but don’t think it did much, what with all the tv watching and ass scratching and all.  Mike, yer a bad husband.  (1/1)

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Anagram:  Two Thousand Eleven/ Love Newest Handout/ So, Love The Unwanted ?/ Loath Duets, Even Now/ Even Newt’s a Holdout/ The Enslaved Won Out (1/1)

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Got a text from someone yesterday, a number I have seen and a person I have texted before. I responded, and they responded in kind.  Twas nice as far as that goes.  But, it has been so long since I have seen the number or texted this person, though, that I honestly do not remember who the hell it was that I was texting to!  Rhino’s first senior moment!  Nice!  (1/2)

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1:20 am, drinking coffee, eating chocolate, feet up, typing, C-span running in the background, the tv behind me.  I’m listening to their special about the Supreme court.  Bliss!  But alas, bliss must end.  More job hunting to do.  I’ll wait for a minute though, and revel in this.  (1/3)

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I am currently watching the nomination for Speaker of the House of Representatives. I love this inside baseball stuff.  Even though it is a fait accompli that John Boehner will win the nomination,  a nomination I oppose from a party I oppose, it is a beautiful thing to watch congress at it’s work.  30 votes in and already 3 people have voted present, meaning they didn’t like either John Boehner or Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats nominee for the seat.   Curiously, John Boehner was not there to vote for himself.  (1/5)

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 I applied for a dozen jobs today.  Including one to work at fedex, and another to be a bathroom installer.  Any port in a storm, ya know? (1/5)

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Out running today, down a hill near where I live, and I see a woman walking her dog.  I go to run past her.  For some reason, I run past her on the side of the sidewalk were the dog is sniffing for a good place to piss.  Had to stop  and pull the dogs leash to get by.  There might not have been much room on the other side of her (she did look something like a bowling ball wearing a jacket), but to try to run on that side was just plain stupid.  I can be a real idiot some days.  (1/7)

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Sent in a resume to the people over at goodtemps, in hopes they can get me some gainful employment.  A temp job is better than no job.  Still looking at craigslist, and I’m gonna call some agencies today.  I haven’t been making enough phone calls, I’m not pounding the damn pavement enough, gotta do something about that.  (1/7)

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Man, my picks for this weekend SUCKED!  Picked the Seahawks to lose, but cover,  They smacked the saints.  Made’em look silly.  Jets found a way, aaaaaaaand Peyton is old and losing his touch.  Picked the chiefs, because I think Joe Flacco sucks, but the Chiefs left Todd Heap uncovered in the first half, and he torched them, and they couldn’t cover ray rice as a dump off valve.  Then the refs made some atrocious calls, and the game turned, and… Matt Cassell sucked.  He was horrible. 

Least I got the Packers pick right!  (1/9)

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4 resumes sent in so far today, three  to document technologies, one to a place called administrative solutions.  Found them through printworkers.com.  Crossing my fingers something comes of this.  Still looking, and I’m searching for more agencies that handle office support to send stuff to, so I can meet up with them.  Phone calls when I get the numbers. E-mail when I don’t.  (1/10)

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Put in for 10 more jobs using careerbuilder.  Looking through craigslist as we speak. Nothing much on indeed.com.  Hotjobs has been a blank for me for months. I hate being unemployed.  It gives you too much time to think about your situation and not enough money to help yourself out of it.  It is maddening, I tell you.  It’s hard keeping a calm exterior through that. (1/11)

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Still haven’t heard from the people at goodtemps.  Still haven’t heard back from the people over at Legal services NYC about my bankruptcy.  I’ve sent in probably hundreds of resumes and no one is biting.  One wonders whether these people think I have a million years to find a job and get my debts in check.   (1/11)

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Anagram: Another Snowstorm/ Norm Owns Rheostat/ Norm Wants Hooters / Twat Honors Sermon/ Smartest Honor Own/ Shortest Roman Won/ Northwest Maroons/ Moron Trashes Town (1/11)

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I’m watching the coverage of the memorial service on C-span.  At the very beginning of this, some kids in the audience were yelling like it’s a concert. They apparently didn’t realize it isn’t a concert, it’s a memorial, meant to mourn the dead and pray for the living.  They’ve since relaxed.  Good kids, just got a bit excited, I guess. (1/12)

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I have an interview on Monday! It’s for a job running laser printers for a direct mail company on Staten Island, and it’s an on-call job, meaning if I get the job, I’d have to wait until they have work for me to do, and let me know it’s there before I would get to work.  Better than nothing.  $15 an hour isn’t bad though.  Beats hell out of no money and no work, ya know? (1/13)

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My In-laws were just here. It’s January 15th and we were just getting to celebrate something that resembles Christmas together.  I missed my older brothers son’s 8th(is it eighth already?) birthday to do this.  I wanted to go.  Still do.  If I had the means to get down there in anything resembling a short period of time I would, but I’d not get there until 7 o’clock or so, and I’m not sure anyone would still be around except for them, and I may well be bothering their dinner.  I haven’t seen them for Christmas either. 

Dammit, I am an asshole sometimes.  (1/15)

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Picked the Falcons, and the Packers won.  I picked the Seattle to cover, not to win, and the Bears covered.  I picked the Patriots, and the Jets won.  I picked the Steelers, and they won.  The name WILDLY INACCURATE that I use when making my picks has turned out to be pretty damn prophetic.  :)  (1/16)

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I got a job!  Only part time at night, on call, I explained the on call things a few paragraphs up▲↑ that a way.  $15 per hour, and there is training involved, training during the first shift.  It is good as an extra cash maker, but not so much, at least at the outset, for a regular job.  We’ll see how this goes, I am cautiously optimistic about this.   (1/18)

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Despite getting a job yesterday, I still find myself searching for work.  I just sent in 5 applications to a variety of different places, including Christie’s for an art handler position.  I would really, even though I am happy to have landed a job, be even happier if I could land an art handler job somewhere.  Time to redouble my efforts in that area. (1/19)

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Anagram:  Time Marches On/ Rhino, Meet Scam/ He Mimes Cantor/ He Airs Comment/ Hamster Income/ Other Mans Mice/ Tom Harms Niece/ More Hints Came (1/19)

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My older brother turns 45 today.  Think I’ll call him later and be a pain in his ass, call him an old man.  Maybe buy him a cane for his birthday.  Did I mention that I am only 19 months younger than him?  That I may well need that frigging cane myself?  lulz.  (1/19)

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!  The news I have been waiting ten months for, and which I had given up all hope of receiving has finally arrived!  The people over at NYC Bankruptcy Assistance Project have finally come through for me, and are going to help me with filing my Bankruptcy!  WOOOHOOOOOO!  A job and help with my bankruptcy all in one week, after waiting for so long for both.  Maybe I should go play the lottery… and maybe I shouldn’t press my luck, I’m not out of the woods yet, but it IS nice to finally see the road ahead clearing a little bit.  (1/20)

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Wildly Inaccurate is right! I missed on both of my picks for the championship round of the NFL playoffs.  I had the Jets and the Bears winning their respective games, and neither team won.  In fact, both teams looked really bad at times!  Nice!  (1/23)

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Anagram: Wildly Inaccurate / Uncritically Awed/ Radically Cute Win/ Weird Lacy Lunatic/ I Award Cult Nicely/ Await Duller Cynic/ Weary Adult Clinic (1/23)

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I’ve got a boatload of stuff to do in a relatively short amount of time on my bankruptcy.  I have to get my tax returns for last year, resend them, find 6 months worth of bank statements, get all of this year, and last years income info, my old 401k statements, even though I don’t have one anymore.  So why am I sitting on my ass typing this? I’ve got the tax return stuff ready,along with last years info, I know where I have the info on the old 401k, and even if I can’t find 6 months worth of bank statements, I know I can walk two blocks down the street and get them that way.  Cake. (1/24)

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My right calf is a mess.  The muscle pull that occurred in it during yesterday’s run is tremendously bad, about the worst muscle strain I’ve ever had.  It’s nearly 24 hours after I first got it, and after soaking it in warm water, taking NSAID’s, rubbing and wrapping it, resting  and elevating it, and a good nights sleep, I’m still walking like someone shot me in the friggin leg. That combo usually does the trick for me, and makes muscle strains better in less than 24 hours.  I just have to give it time.  (1/25)

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I wish these people from the part time job would call me so I could come down and start my work and training.  Lazy bastards. (1/25)

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Nothing going on.  (1/26)

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Still nothing going on.  The people at the place that was supposed to have me in this week to fill out paperwork so I can being to work haven’t contected me yet.  Gonna give them till friday, if they don’t call me this week, I’m calling them next week. (1/27)

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The snow sucks.  My wife was trying to get out yesterday to florida for a court date, to speak before  the court on behalf of Larry Wilcox (from the tv show chips) in his bid to avoid jail on a penny stock insider trading thingamabob.  Couldn’t make it because of the snow.  We were supposed to get 3-6 inches of snow, we got a foot and a half, and all flights down there were canceled by her carrier,  and they were the only carrier to do that.

Story has a happy ending.  The man got community service, and that’s it.  No worries.  Still a pain in my wife’s ass tho.  (1/28)

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I really enjoyed the NHL skills competition.  Giggled my ass off when Tim Thomas landed on his ass doing the goalie speed skate, a funny concept in and of itself.  Zdeno Chara was the man again in fastest shot, broke his own record again, 105.9 mph slapshot.  Loved it! (1/29)

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Watching Egypt burn.  Again. (1/30)

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Started working on my bankruptcy paperwork at 10:30 in the morning on my computer. I would have started earlier, but I scheduled a hard disk scan last night for the next start up, and that took almost 2 hours, had to wait til that was done to start things up.

I didn’t realize I had to go through some old piles of mail to get the paper work sorted out.  Several in fact.  I went through all the old mail I had sitting around, sorting it all out, putting it in piles making sure that I had all those documents in order, figuring out which ones were necessary to send to the people over at NYCBAP and which ones weren’t, putting them all together into in some semblance of order, scanning them into my computer as rtf files, and sending them out.

Then I realized that after I was about 2/3 of the way done,  with some of it already e-mailed, two vitally important things. One, I missed some of the mail, and had to re-sort, re-file, and re-pile, and that the process of scanning the docs as RTF files altered the digital images of the documents.  I had to rescan everything, and alter the file names and make them pdfs so it wouldn’t alter the original I scanned in, and after I went through that second pile of stuff the scan pile size almost doubled. 

Started at 10:30 am, finished at 2:30 pm, for what turned out to be 62 pages worth of document scanning, 35 of which I had to scan twice, and every page had to be done one page at a time, while sitting on the floor, so I could feed the documents to the machine like that, because it would pull several pages at a time if I ran too many at once. I used to get paid to do this shit in an office, now I do it for free, at home! YAY!  (1/31)

September Random Thoughts

Once a month or so, I clear out some of the pages and place them here on the blog to make room for fresh content on those pages.  This article contains all the content from the “Random Thoughts” page from the month of September.  Enjoy!

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Anagram: September Anagram/ Rampant Beer Games/ Grab Manatee Sperm/ Preterm Ameba Sang/ Beer Game Traps Man (9/1)

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The ISM manufacturing index rose more than expected today, and that did the Stock market plenty of good today.  So far the market is up over 230 points.  Nice.  Less nice is the fact that this is not expected to last, and that the indicators show that there may well be a drop in manufacturing numbers next month.  Damn.  Still nice to see the market react positively.  Not expecting it to keep moving in that direction with jobless claims numbers coming out tomorrow.  Maybe with Ben Bernanke speaking tomorrow, his words will soothe the market somewhat, and keep it from a having a very bad day.  One can hope.  (9/1)

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Ben Bernanke said that conditions are in place for an increase in growth in the private sector in 2011 yesterday.  The jobs numbers went up more than expected, and the July numbers were revised upwards as well.  The jobs numbers aren’t growing at the rate necessary to combat the great recession, yet.  But it looks like things are getting better.  Nice.  (9/3)

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10 degrees cooler than it has been this time of day all week.  Nice.  Soon enough I’ll be able to take those damnable air conditioners out of the windows.  It’s September, the time when ones heart turns to thought of football, Hockey, Playoff baseball, and breaking out the Christmas Tree!   (9/3)

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Uncle Bill died this afternoon.  I heard the news only a few minutes after it happened.  I can’t put into words what I feel right now.  He was a great guy, the best.  I remember him as a force of nature, strong, sure, smart.  He was funny, witty, generous of spirit, a good guy.  We’re gonna miss ya, Uncle Bill.  God rest his soul.  (9/4)

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Wrote in an on-line condolence book today for Uncle Bill.  I ended with the line “May god bless and keep you”.  I hope people don’t think that is too stupid sounding.  I hope they understand what it means.  Because I looked at it for a second and went “Oh crap, that sounds idiotic.”  (9/5)

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Uncle Bill was cremated today. Goodbye, we all loved you.  (9/7)

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Long first day at work temping at Sotheby’s.  Lots of wall moving and grunt work today, and that felt really good.  I like that hard manual labor, I’m strange like that. (9/8)

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Anagram: Rosh Hashanah/ Hash has a horn/ Ass horn! Ha Hah! (9/9)

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September 11th is here.  I have no wish to watch the ceremonies, no need to turn on msnbc and watch the towers fall again.  2 people I knew died that day, well one really, the second was an acquaintance I knew through my brother.  That still counts though, at least to me, at least here in this circumstance.  I try my best to honor those who died that day, and those that lived, by simply being as strong as possible. 

I’ve been very busy today.  Did food shopping, that took a few hours walking back and forth, did the laundry, that killed a few hours.  Ran for an hour and a half, on a hill.   That was fun, if you enjoy knee and hamstring pain.  I went out of my way to keep busy today, to actually live life instead of focusing so intently on a past that hurts to remember. Even if I didn’t have to work tomorrow I would have done it the same today.  All the ill will the right is projecting, the anti-muslim fervor, the hate and stupidity of them all,  is taking something away from me here, and I don’t like it.  Or them.    (9/11)

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It’s been a week since I have written seriously about much of anything.  I’ve written a few posts here, but nothing worth a damn.  Gonna fix that today, if I have the time.  Not sure I will though, but i’ll get in some writing, whether i have the time to put something together worth reading is a horse of another colour altogether.  (9/18)

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Anagram:  Strong Aroma/ A Groom Rants/ A Mortar Song/ Orgasmatron/ Art or mangos?/ Go snort a ram.  (9/18)

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It’s 9:30 on a Tuesday night, and after an hour 40 commute to my temp job, going to the laundromat only to find out that the the people there gave my work uni to someone else, calling the dep. of labor to figure out if I had to take a day off of (temp)work to look for (perm)work, working a long day of standing exhibition, aka alleged security guard/Art handler, and moving furniture and a bunch of other crap for 8 hours, finally getting the clothes I needed, 7 hours late, when I finally see the guy who got my uni by accident, traveling the hour forty back home, running 5.8 miles (that felt good), making dinner and taking out the garbage and feeding the cats, I am ready for a quick workout and a few hours sleep before doing it all again tomorrow. 

Although I have to tell you, I think tomorrow will be busier.  Kewl.  (9/21)

July Random Thoughts

Once a month or so, I clear out some of the pages and place them here on the blog to make room for fresh content on those pages.  This article contains all the content from the “Random Thoughts” page from the month of July.  Enjoy!

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Found an old blog that I haven’t used since I started writing here.  Shouldn’t say found, more like re-discovered.  I’ve posted there twice, It is going to be for all the stuff I am not sure I want to say here. I won’t give the URL here just yet though, I want to make sure I am happy with what I am writing there, make sure it isn’t pure unadulterated crap before I start planting links to it here.  I’ve begun writing fiction there, and I am not sure I like it. (7/1)

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Anagram: June Random Thoughts / John mugs donut hater. 

I like my anagrams, and any anagram that involves a mugging is alright by me.  :-)  (7/1)

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I am pushing back, for a few hours, my job hunting so I can get some food shopping done.  Cats need food, and the wife and I need a few things.  Seeing how the only calls I get are from debt collectors, I don’t think waiting at the phone for a call that will not come makes much sense.  And I can send resumes whenever, it being Friday, and the calls I have to make, I have to make before 5 pm, so I have a few hours to play with, it being quarter after eleven in the morning now.  (7/2)

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Happy Independence day!  Show some Independent thought today dammit, that’s what freedom is all about!  And also…don’t go blow your arm off celebrating, that would suck.  Don’t go blowing shit up unless you have a degree in blowshitupology or sumthin!!      (7/4)

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Anagram: Patriotic American/ Top Maniac Criteria (7/4)

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It’s 98 degrees On Staten Island right now, at 2 pm, and it’s expected to go up to 100 tomorrow.  Both numbers either tie or exceed record temperatures.  Both are 15 degrees above normal, and those kind of numbers were around yesterday and the day before and the heat wave is expected to last until at least Wednesday.  Ooof.  I wonder how much the people who were laughing at global warming because it snowed in winter, not because it was actually colder than normal (it wasn’t), are laughing now.  Just curious.  (7/5)

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Ron Paul and Barney Frank are calling for cuts in Military spending!  YAY!   We are the world’s policeman, and we have been since before I was born.  The military industrial complex runs the Pentagon, and has it’s claws deep in the White House and the rest of the civilian government.  With all the talk of cutting wasteful government spending. it makes sense to cut the pentagon’s budget, the military’s budget, especially if we want to fight terrorism and not break the bank.  How many nuclear subs do we need to fight terrorists? How many nuclear armed carriers? (7/6)

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For those who pay attention to these things, I added a widget to the sidebar here on The Rhino Report, it’s for a thing called socialvibe, and it helps raise money for a variety of different charities, and the one I chose is the leukemia and lymphoma society.  I know all you rhino heads out there are more than willing to click and help people in need, and if you could find it in your heart to donate, well, that would be about the best thing you could do for these kind people.  Any help is greatly appreciated. (7/7)

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I really don’t care where Lebron James and his really annoying pre-game show are going to go….

That said (this subject being on everyone lips today, I have to write a lil bit about it), why the hell would he go to a shit organization like the Knicks?  He wants to WIN, and the Knicks haven’t had a winning season since 2000-2001.  Hell, even I, Mister Optimistic sports fan, who roots for the New York Rangers, and has hope they’ll go deep into the Playoffs, EVERY YEAR, despite the fact that that douchebag Dolan and that shithead Sather keep scuttling the teams chances by simple Being attached to the organization, gave up on the New York Bricks, years ago.  No way Lebron goes to the Knicks.

He’s sticking with the Cavs.  That’s my bullshit story and I’m sticking to it.  (7/8)

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Anagram:  LeBron James/ Men Jab Loser (7/8)

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Ya, know, the more I read about Sharron Angle, the more I think she is Bozo the Clown.  A slush fund, Mrs. Angle, are you serious? I especially like when she says “the caller and I should not have used the term slush fund, that was incorrect”.  Like the caller made her use the term.  He used it, yes, she could have used a different one, but she didn’t. 

She thinks money put aside for those hurt by the disaster in the gulf is a slush fund. We all know what a slush fund is, right? The textbook definition of a slush fund is:  A fund raised by a group for corrupt practices, such as bribery or graft. So, Mrs Angle, the $20,000,000,000 put aside to pay for the damage done by biggest environmental disaster in human history is a slush fund?  Paying for what you have done is corrupt, Mrs Angle? Is that Bribery, Mrs. Angle?, or Graft, Mrs. Angle?  Really?

This is the same clown who called for the privatization of Social Security and Medicare. And she backtracked on that, too. 

Honk your nose for us, Bozo! (7/9)

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Anagram: Responsible Thinking / Bleeping Rhino Stinks (7/10)

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After a few days writing articles here, and roaming the wild green yonder, and looking for work, I am a wee bit tired.  The job thing still is not working out, but I am only just beginning to send in applications for writing jobs.  I’ve sent in one for a sports writing job, one for a blogging gig on Examiner, and one for a temporary research assistant over at media matters.  The Media matters job looks pretty good, but it might be tough, because they would want me in office there once a week, and their offices are in Washington D.C.  I think I can handle it though. (7/16)

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Bosradio.com.  Hang with Das Rhino.  Tis  a good place with good people and good music.  (7/19)

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My wife just won a contest from XM/Sirius.  We have been invited to the Hard rock Cafe on Wednesday at noon to hang out with, among other people, Maurice Jones-Drew and Jeremy Roenick.  Nice!  Gonna go call Roenick a shithead.  ROFL!  (7/19)

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Never went to the thing at the hard rock.  Ah well.  I was looking forward to annoying Jeremy Roenick.    (7/20)

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Anagram:  Andrew Breitbart/ write barbed rant / A bent drab writer/ retard want bribe/ ten rabbit reward (7/21)

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It is only a matter of time before I get a job.  I have been sending in, on average 3 resumes a day, and making phone calls when the opportunity avails itself.  I am using the department of labor resources available to me, and every other source I can get my mits on.  The only real problem is that there really isn’t all that damned much out there that I am qualified for.  My old job, copy machine operator, seems as a class, to have almost completely dried up.  There just isn’t any more copy work out there.  I still put in for it when and where I can.  I’m pushing hard, and I am optimistic, long term, but there just isn’t a lot out there right now. (7/22)

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There is a lyric in the song  Territorial pissings : “Just because you’re paranoid, don’t mean they’re not after you“   Odd lyric, but it feels at least somewhat fitting today.  I just got a letter from the department of labor in New york saying that my former employer Sotheby’s was challenging my claim for unemployment, due to the fact that I never worked there. 

Curious… I have vivid memories of being at Sotheby’s, at 1334 York Avenue, filing out paperwork, including a w-4, working for several months, and getting paid for it.  I have the pay stubs to prove it.  The NYSDOL asked for copies of pay stubs, so I sent them 4 of the nine I could immediately find, (the other 4 are around here somewhere) one from each month I worked there.  Let them argue with the paystubs. (7/24)

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Been going through my old baseball card collection, to see what I can sell and just what the going price on some of the cards I have is.  I was pleasantly surprised by a few, and saw price drops from the prices I paid 20 years ago on others.  Best?  My 1959 Ernie Banks has more than doubled in value, and I paid $60 when I got it.  I have a fair number of cards that are worth over $50, some as high as $125 -$150.   The Jerry Rice rookie cards are worth a fair bit, as is the 1964 Hank Aaron.  Nice. 

Selling them all.  Want something? Drop me a line! (7/25)

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Sent in 9 resumes so far today.  That is pretty damn good!  I haven’t found that many potential job openings, that many job opportunities in one day in a very long time.  Been sending resumes for 3 solid hours.  Lately the trail for job leads goes cold after about 3 sends, which takes about an hour to dig up and find.  Not finished yet either.  Will run when done.  Nice.  I love feeling like I’m doing something to move myself forward.  Feels good.  (7/26)

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I’ve sent in 3 or four resumes since i wrote that last bit on Monday.  Not because i haven’t been trying to find work though, I just haven’t seen all that much out there since Monday. But I have contacted xerox, a place I used to work at, and dropped a resume on Kelly services.  Maybe getting a staffing agency involved will help.  It hasn’t before, but that doesn’t mean it won’t this time. (7/28)

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Anagram: Tea Party Patriots/Tasty Ape Portrait (7/28)

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Anagram:  Copy Operator/ Or A Poetry Cop/ YO Trap Cooper/Poor Actor? Yep. / Coy Rapper, Too/ A rectory poop  (7/29)