September 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 September 2011′s Random Thoughts.  Enjoy!

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Sept 1st: Man, it was busy for a few hours at the job.  Last day on this particular job though, they always try to squeeze the most out of you that they possibly can on that final day.

Sept 2nd: The Yankees have just moved into first place.  So let’s anagram that: First Place/ Crap Filets/ Splice Fart/ It’s Elf Crap.  Anagramming is always fun.  Yankees in first place, just ahead of Crap Filets is more fun.

Plus, it’s more fun to write about that than to write about the fact that America created exactly zero jobs last month.  Telling ya, these assholes don’t start hiring, they’re gonna have a full blown revolt on their hands.  And no not the government, the corporations.  They’re the assholes not hiring people, can’t blame government if the big gun employers would much rather work their current staffs to death than spend a few bucks and hire a few extra people, and make America and the economy stronger.

And yes, I just called the Boston Red Sox Crap Filets.  :)

Sept 3rd:  14,000,000 people are out of work.  The fed won’t help.  The corporations won’t hire, they’re afraid of bringing their money to the states where it will be taxed.  The President will give a speech meant to allay fears and bring hope to hopeful millions on Thursday.  I personally don’t think it’ll matter.  Not because he won’t say anything of worth, he will.  What I think is that those who have a vested interest in seeing him fail will get their voices heard just as much as he will, dulling any positive effect.

Sept 4th:  Nada

Sept 5th: My resume is updated, finally, it’s needed one for at least a few months now, which means that I can send out a fresh resume without having to worry about the yawning gap between jobs that existed there before.  I have a number of jobs I’m going to send resumes to now.  Maybe companies that ignored me before will take a second look at me now.

But first a sammich and some coffee.  I’m hungry and I just came back from a grueling 10 mile  hill run.  Need fuel before I get back to looking for a job.

P.S.  Sent 4 resumes, 2 to christie’s, 2 to other art houses.

Sept 6th:  Happy to get a phone call from Christie’s today.  Got an interview, on Thursday.  With any luck I will get this (freelance) art handler job, and the nation will have one less person on unemployment.  That’s how the unemployment issue gets resolved, one person at a time, and I’d be more than happy to remove myself from the list of those who require assistance to live in this clearly improperly functioning world.

Sept 7th:  Rain, rain, go away, come on back when the ground dries the hell out.  Srsly!  I think we’ve had about 2 and a half feet of rain, or some such insane number.  We really could use a friggin break from it.

Sept. 8th:  It looks like I got a job today, I won’t say I’ve got it til I receive an offer, but I am expecting it, was told it should arrive within a week. Again it is a temp job.  Again it is an on-call job.  And it may take about 3 weeks to get all the paperwork taken care of, but it’s a job.  I should really be happy though.  The money when I work should be pretty damned good.

I will, after all, be working at Christie’s.  :)

Pretty happy about that.  Wanted this, really wanted this.  Better to be a freelancer at a great place for good money, than being paid crap for crap work.  Works for me.  I just hope they expedite this as quickly as possible.  The money situation here is really getting bad.

Sept 9th:  The market tanked today, presumably because the rich bitches on Wall Street decided they don’t like paying their fair share like the president said, and pouted their way to a nearly 300 point loss.  Makes me want to Anagram:  Fucking Idiots/ Fuck It God, I Sin/ If Outing Dicks/ Dig Unfit Sicko/ Focusing It, Kid .

… OK it had to do with Eurozone crap as well.  I have an agenda, and I wanted to anagram.  Sue me.  :)

Sept 10th: Nada… OK Not quite Nada, Not like I didn’t have any random thoughts today, I just never got to writing them down.  Hey… wait a Minute… I just wrote that.  Guess nada is in fact wrong!  Go fig! That is awesomely awesome!  :P

Sept 11th:  Football, hockey and baseball as far as what I watched this day. Too damn many reminders of the events of 10 years ago out there for my liking.  Media seems to almost fetishize the events of 9/11.  Seems kinda creepy on their part.  STOP OBSESSING DAMN YOU. You’ll freak out the easily freaked out people all over the nation.  And we have a lot of those poor bastards now, leave ‘em be, they need a break.  Poor sods.

Plus, the hockey, the Traverse City prospects tourney, has been a boatload of fun to watch.   And the football was a big ball of WTF.  Nothing I thought would happen happened, and the guys I thought would suck ALL had great days.  Go fig.  And the Yankees finally zarking won a game!  LET’S GO YANKEES!

Sept 12th:  Tom Brady threw for 517 yards.  517 friggin yards, including a 99 yarder to Wes Welker.  I play in a league with my wife, Yahoo Fantasy football.  I was winning, but she had both Brady and Welker, and Gronkowski.  Going into Monday night, I was up by 30 or so points.  By the end of the Patriots game I had lost by over 30 points! She whupped my butt! OH NOES!  lulz.

And ya, there’s more going on than just fantasy sports.  Rick Perry and his lunacy about Soc. Sec., the Jobs bill, Syria is still a hairy mess.  I was just taken by how badly that one game did me in there.

Sept 13th:  My left knee is absolutely kicking my ass.  Damn thing keeps locking up on me, feels loose.  I haven’t had problems this bad with this knee in years.  This sucks.  But to my credit I was still able to, through eating painkillers and a little patience, manage to get 7.6 miles in running today.  Nice.

Sept 14th:  Angel food ministries, a place I get food from once a month from on-line, and have since 2009, will not be doing food distribution this month.  My wife did a little digging and it seems to be connected in some way to an investigation into improper use of funds on their part.  Apparently this charity is in financial trouble, despite paying the family that runs it tons of money, and there have prior accusations of financial impropriety on their part before.  Including firing people because there isn’t enough money coming in, and yet giving himself a raise.

Sept 15th:  I’ve been keeping my eyes on the lockout over at Sotheby’s, because those guys gave me my first taste of freedom on the work-front, real honest to J.R. “Bob” Dobbs good people who deserve a break.  And they aren’t getting it.  Breaks my heart to see these guys being locked out of their jobs for 7 weeks, with no end in sight.  I really hope things turn for these guys soon.

Sept. 16th:  I got my paperwork from Christie’s today.  I’ll be filling it out this weekend and getting it back to them just as soon as I can.  It’s a “freelance” job, meaning I work when they need me, and don’t work when they don’t.  But it’s busy season, so things should be jumping.  I should be working full time until mid December at the very least.  I hope.  Wish me luck.

Sept. 17th:  Dropped my cell phone while working yesterday.  Dropped it into a toilet.   A clean toilet, but a toilet nonetheless.

Joy! and other such statements.

It sat there for a while, unbeknownst to me, so the thing is probably toast.  Fortunately my wife and I have a few older phones around here we can use.  Tried one last night, and that phone was toast, and it took 45 minutes on the landline with sprint to figure it out.  Just spent over 50 minutes on the landline trying to get a second one activated.  The damn thing was so slow as to drive me AND the woman on the other end of the phone nuts.  She handed me to someone else, who hung up on me.

Wouldn’t life be easier if we didn’t have these damn things in the first place?

Sept. 18th: Nada.

Sept. 19th:  I took a drug test today, one that the company that wants to hire me as a temp asked me to take.  No worries, the only drug I do now is Ibuprofen, and even there I do it in moderation.  Sent a fax to them as well, with the signature on the pieces of paper that said I accepted the offer, and am allowing them to do a background check on me.  Dislike that last bit, but companies are filled with idiocy of that variety, so I take it with a grain of salt.   Getting closer and closer to working for good money again.

Still temp though, dammit.  Ah well.

Sept. 20th:  There is just not enough money in the bank.  Gonna end up paying something late this month, and with the way things are going, it looks like it will be rent.  Oh joy of joys.

I try dammit, I really do.  Try to get work, try to pay my bills on time, but the lack of work, and the small amount of money I get from unemployment makes that impossible.  I don’t blame anyone but myself though.  Got myself here(kinda), I’ll get myself out(I hope.)

Sept. 21st:  Yankees win, THEEEEEEEEEE YANKEES WIN! Swept two in a row from the Rays to claim the AL East crown.  Dammit that was nice.  At the beginning of the month the Red Sox were in first and people were talking about a Phillies/Red Sox world series.  Now the Crap Filets(read above to figure it out) are battling for the wild card, and if their pitching keep going the way it is, they won’t make it.  That gives me lulz.

Sept 22nd:  Got asked to come into work by the people over at Kravet, after the assignment ended, the second time they’ve done that.

This time I don’t know that I can. I have things to do today, but they can be put off.  The issue is, it will cost me money just to get in to do what they want me to do, but it’ll pay me less than sitting at home. It makes sense financially to sit home and get the extra days unemployment, it’ll pay more.  But I hate not working.  Hmmmmm….

They also want me in all of next week, and I am at this point waiting to hear back from the place that just hired me to freelance, that is paying more than 2x what Kravet is paying per hour, so I don’t want to commit to that either.

Decisions, decisions…

Sept 23rd: Had to decide against going to Kravet, as I am waiting on hearing from the other spot.  And I had other things to do.

Sept. 24th:  Just heard about some crap about some kids getting pepper sprayed at the occupy wall street thing.  So  watch the viddy. The cop that did it was apparently rogue, sprayed those kids for no reason, and got a cop as well.  What an asshole!  Someone’s gonna be doing desk duty for a while.

Sept 25th:  Spent a lazy day watching football and baseball , worrying about my finances,  and still not hearing about when to come in to my new job.  Dammit these people sure are taking their damn sweet time with this shit.  I want to go back to work.

I just have to be patient, just because I want and need something doesn’t mean they feel the same way about things.

Sept 26th:  This occupy wall street thing is amazing.  The more I see and hear about it the more I want to go.  Looks like fun, looks like these people could really use some help, especially after the cops were such raging assholes at them.  But they don’t need me, so I’ll sit here and make noise for’em.  Better’n nothin.  Might head out and go if I don’t hear from these idiots about work soon.

Anagram:  Occupy Wall Street/Elect A Slut, Wry Cop/Cruelty Claws Poet/A Costly Clue, Twerp/Cat Cell Towers?  Yup./Yet Couplet Crawls/We Spy Rectal Clout

Sept.  27th:  Nada from this job.  So I called them, to find out what gives.  Ends up the people in HR are dragging their feet, the boss man wants me in, but he can’t move until HR does.  FUCK.

And what gives with the Yankees?  I don’t mind making things hard for the Red Sox, but C’mon.  These last 2 efforts looked horrible.  They better put a better effort in tomorrow. Who wants to walk into the playoffs on a 4 game losing streak, especially with all 4 of those games being playoff contenders.  Doesn’t look good I tell ya.

Finally heard from the guys at Sotheby’s.  Kinda.  Got an invite to a rally for the locked out Sotheby’s workers, on October 3rd.  Might go if I’m not working by that point, and with the way these people are dragging their feet I might not be working next monday.

Sept. 28th:  Most amazing final day of the regular season for major league baseball in memory.  Red Sox, at the beginning  of the month were in first place.  Now? Out of the playoffs.  Nice.  Orioles made’em look horrible.  Carl Crawford gets the goat horns in the game, not catching the ball in the bottom of the ninth, but Francona lost control of that team long before Crawford fucked up.  lulz. Braves were almost as bad.

Sept. 29th:  I want to go to Occupy wall street, but I don’t think I’ll be able to.  Things to do.  I have to go buy clothes for the job I start on Monday.  Need black shirts it’s apparently the uni.  Black shirt, black pants, black shoes.  Fatass in black, that’ll be me.  :)

Sept. 30th:  Got into a twitter war with some jackass from bigjournalism, that bastion of conservative values (i.e. fuck the poor) today.  Whooped up on him.  Dumbass was not ready for someone on the left who is as clearly belligerent  as I am.  Belligerent and smarter.  He was just not ready for someone who could stand toe to toe with him and spar on an equal footing. I’ll try to get him again soon.  He’s an editor and story writer there. Note I didn’t say journalist.  They don’t have journalists there, just fabricators of propaganda.

He needed to enlist several friends to fight his battles for him, and I fought them off as well.  Easily I might add.

Enjoyed it.  Thoroughly.

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August 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 August 2011′s Random Thoughts.  Enjoy!

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On August 1st, I was busy.  The market was not good, but I was working, and it didn’t seem to matter.  I knew I only had a few days left in my temp assignment, but the work kept me focused on that, couldn’t afford to look at the market with any real concentration.

On August 2nd, I was busy.  The market was not good, but I was working, and I was too busy to take much interest in it.  The ax falls tomorrow, I thought, but I focused on the work, because that is the way it must be done, and thought about what happens after I am done with my last day of work on Wednesday.

On August 3rd, yesterday, I was busy.  The market was not good, but it being my last day at the temp assignment, I had to focus elsewhere.  The job ended, and I thought of what the future held for me, and I hoped things would be OK tomorrow.

On August 4th, today, I was not busy.  The DJIA dropped over 500 points, and the S&P lost over 4% on the day.  The first day I have no work, the first day I am back, in earnest, on the unemployment line, and the market falls apart.  Won’t call it a crash.  It isn’t one, but it’s a damn mess.  (8/4)

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And then the S&P decided just after the end of business Friday to downgrade America’s credit from AAA to AA+.   Joy.  This is going to create a mess.  People won’t see that it says things that everyone already knows, they’ll see AMERICAN CREDIT DOWNGRADE, and sell like crazy come Monday.  (8/5)

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And I was right.   Market dropped over 600 points on Monday after losing over 500 points on Thursday.  Almost 10% loss over 2 days of trading.  I think it is still a bit premature to call this a crash at this point, but I think we dinged a fender and busted a headlight at the very least.  And the S&P already took points off of our license.  Just friggin great.  (8/8)

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Anagram:  Happy Birthday to me/ Tomb Had Teary Hippy/ Thy Hippy Dreamboat/ Phat Mopey Birthday/ I Bet A-Rod?  Happy Myth/My Hippo Had Battery/Happy Daytime Throb/ Pity My Bad Path, Hero (8/9)

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44 years ago today, at 15 minutes after midnight, I was born.  This has caused a major amount of trouble throughout the world, including political instability, global climate change, and may have had a hand in the current economic crisis, and the Toronto Maple Leafs not winning the Stanley Cup since the day I was born.

When in danger or in doubt, BLAME ME:)  (8/10)

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Father was in the hospital for a few days.  He’s back out, doing better.  Does my heart good to be able to write that.  (8/12)

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I got blisters on my fingers!  Well, my hands at any rate.  Turning a screwdriver inexpertly yesterday, driving in 4 inch nails into 2×4′s’ll do that.  It was for a good cause though, so I won’t complain.  An aunt needed work done on her deck, and I said i’d do it.  The screw gun had no oomph to it, not enough of a charge i guess, so I had to screw’em in by hand.  Good workout, hard work in the noon day sun.  It was worth it that way, real gut-buster of a sweat.  My hands’ll be fine, so I ain’t concerned. It’ll take some adjusting to an altered grip on silverware and the like, at least for the few days before these things heal.  No worries.  (8/13)

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I’ve been running my ass off lately.  Makes sitting down on this very much un-cushioned chair a helluva chore, I’ll tell ya that.  Seriously though, this is about the best running distance wise that I’ve done since I started running back in 2002.  It’s quite possible that I could get in a second 200+ mile month running, which would be absolutely beautiful.  (8/14)

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Michelle Bachmann won the Ames straw poll in Iowa. Good for her.  T-Paw finished a distant third.  He has scheduled a conference call for tomorrow.  I want to listen to that conference call live tomorrow, maybe they’ll announce he’s stepping out of the race.  (8/14)

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I have quit using facebook, short term at least.  I decided that I’ve had enough of the game-play on there.  It’s all I went there for, and I was doing it a lot.  The best way to deal with it is just to walk away. I realized I needed to do this after getting ready to go to sleep yesterday.  I was about to go snooze, when I realized I had stuff going on my farm that needed to be worked on.  I went to turn on the computer to go work on my farmville crops.  I stopped right there and said “What the hell is this bullshit???  Am I gonna let some stupid fucking game control my life so much that it’ll pull me from bed to work on this crap?  SRSLY?”

Screw Facebook, screw Zynga, I don’t need that crap. (8/15)

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It took a while today, but I managed to find a few places to send resumes to.  Sent out five again today, after sending out five yesterday.  One of them was kind of questionable as far as my qualifications are concerned, I dunno if I can do live out housekeeping.  The rest of it I can do, the rest of it I am qualified for.  Now I wait for phone calls from them, and look more in the meanwhile. (8/16)

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I’ve been a busy guy the last few days, and things look to get busier in the short term.  After working on a number of projects over the last few days, I got a phone call today.  From the people I temped with over at Brunschwig and Fils.  They want me to come back and work for a bit more withe them, the amount of time this will last is uncertain, but It looks to be at least a few more weeks.  Consolidation of a showroom floor, moving a boatload of glassware and the like, apparently.  A lot of what they have is mirrors, chandeliers and other glasswork.  This isn’t gonna be easy, breakable stuff makes for hairy moments.  (8/19)

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The wife is out for the weekend here at Das Rhino Hacienda.  The agenda for the weekend?  Cleaning, running, and sleeping.  I am the least exciting person on earth, and I don’t mind.  (8/20)

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Anagram:  Rhinoceros/ Rich Sooner/ Or No Riches/ Nor Echo, Sir/ Hi Scorer On/ His Coroner/ I Scorn Hero/ Snore Choir (8/21)

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Easy day in comparison to what I was thinking I was going to run into at the temp gig at Brunschwig.  Just dealing with garbage and sorting and sifting through all the various detritus that builds up in an office after you’ve been there for the better part of half a century or some such.  No worries, just lots and lots of sweating and grunting.  (8/22)

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Where did the Month go?  It went thataway ——————>  (8/31)

May 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 May 2011′s Random Thoughts.  Enjoy!

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Donald Trump has decided in his mind (as opposed to…say.. deciding with his ass) to run for President.  God bless America!  That is great.  He and the President are proof positive that anyone can run this great and proud country.  President Obama, a socially liberal democrat from Hawaii (a suburb of Kenya according to the birthers) who came to the Presidency via a vast wave of populism, and Donald Trump, a formerly socially moderate billionaire who has become the darling of the socially conservative.  Trump has really hurt himself recently with his birther nuttiness. Good luck hairball, you’ll need it. (5/1)

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Osama Bin Laden is Dead.  Good riddance.  His death is something that we have been clamoring for, looking for, and waiting on for years and years.  It is late in coming, but better late than never.  I railed against Bush for his inability to get him, and was equally unhappy with Obama for not getting him, right until the moment he, and we, got him.  That murderous bastard is dead, and I’m damn happy about it.  (5/2)

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I’ve been listening to talk about Osama Bin Laden, about his focus on terrorism.  His view was seemingly based on the economic damage the attacks Al-Qaeda were able to bring to bear.  He said something in an interview with Al-Jazeera a month after the 9/11 attacks, and his focus was on how much damage had been done to the stock market, about how many billions of dollars were lost in the aftermath of the attacks, and about the long term damage it would do to the economy.  He also, not surprisingly, focused on the psychological damage done to the people.

He’s dead and I am happy about it. (5/3)

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Amazing what drives some markets.  Been watching the oil prices with some interest, and find it amazing that people are panicked about it dropping… ALL THE WAY TO $100!!!  It was at $87 to begin the year, and THAT price was over-inflated, and yet a price $13 above that somehow is a bad thing.

Commodities have been overpriced for a while.  Example, there’s been talk of gold going over $2000 an ounce before the end of the year, and it sits well over $1500 an ounce now.  Wasn’t it around $1100 an ounce only a year ago or something? and in triple digits not too long before that?

They have been trying to call the current commodities prices a “new normal.”  A better name for it is  “Raging bullshit.” (5/5)

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Anagram:  Cinco De Mayo/ Acid Economy/ Coy Comedian/ Yo!  Manic Co-ed!/ A Coin Comedy/ Do My Cocaine/ I Am Con Decoy/ Die On My Coca  (5/5)

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I haven’t written here for 6 days, and not on the main page since last Friday.  I’ve been recharging my batteries.  For a while it felt like I was forcing things while I was writing, and I was really not writing very well, not up to snuff for me.  Sometimes I was in a fog, sometimes in a rush, and either one is a sure recipe for disaster as far as writing is concerned.

A few days off won’t kill me, and I’ll come back feeling better about my writing, it’ll help my writing, and that is really what I want, to be a more effective writer.  I won’t be gone much longer.  I’m feeling the itch to bark at people again.  (5/11)

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Anagram:  NHL Conference Finals/ Finch fallen onscreen/ Clefs For Channel Nine  (5/14)

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Man, today’s run beat the hell out of me.  Nearly 15 miles, almost 2 hours out on the paths.  Hamstrings feel like rubber bands, Quads are sore, Calves are hyper-sensitive.  Nice.  Gotta do this again, next week. (5/15)

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At this point in my day, I want to beat people with a crowbar.  My dad is in the hospital, was all day, and I could not get to see him, and didn’t know what was going on.  That irked the crap out of me, I was worried about the man.  Then on the way out the door from work, after I had punched out, that lil tyrant of an assistant manager decided it was time for a meeting, and pulled me away from going to visit my father to tell me she’d be really upset with everyone if this one job (which was nearly done) didn’t get done. I said OK, and went to leave.  She stopped me, again… there is more to this story, but it ended badly, and now I dunno if I’m gonna have a job come Tuesday or not. (5/16)

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I still have a job, they say I’m being re-assigned.  Gave me the day off with pay. That, to me, doesn’t sound good.  The ax falls tomorrow, perhaps? Dammit, I was just trying to go see my father at the hospital (he’s better now, btw, thank the lord.)  Why this stuff happens to me I have no friggin idea, but it does, and it isn’t easy to handle.  Dammit.(5/17)

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Great hockey news for real fans of the sport!  It is unofficial at this point, but word is that the Atlanta Thrashers are moving… TO WINNIPEG!!  That’s right folks!  Another Canadian team!  Now there has been some error filled reporting about it, such as the report that had Gary Bettman flying to Manitoba to finalize the deal while game 3 of the Eastern conference finals was going on… while he was at the game.  Silliness, but I think that is great news!

The American south loses a team they have only minimal interest in, and Canada, which LOVES this sport, gets another team.  (5/19)

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Harold Camping’s predictions for the end of the world, have, not surprisingly, not come true.  Guess I can go play the lottery now.  :)   (5/21)

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Odd way to leave a job.  Got into an argument with an assistant manager on Monday, got written up for it.  Then I was told I’d be re-assigned on Tuesday morning.  Then they gave me the rest of that day, and Wednesday off, with pay, and told me to come in Thursday.  Then on Thursday they tell me that they would re-assign me but there are no assignments open, so… since I’m only a temp, then I would simply be let go.

So when I go to tell the people over at unemployment what happened, I can tell them, because this is how it was put to me, that I am out of work because of lack of work on their part.  Despite the fact that on it’s face, that seems a falsehood.

And I am in the process of fighting this termination with them as well.  I have asked for, and have yet to receive, the form with which to put in an official complaint about the person who got me fired. The charges were trumped up, and the situation seems a cover-up of the facts on their part, and I want…if nothing else, my word on the record with these people, and best case scenario, I get my job back, and someone else loses theirs. (5/22)

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It sucks being out of work… again.  I’m thinking about taking the art handler training course at the Bronx council on the arts.  Only stumbling block is the commute, and it isn’t much of one, to be honest.   A 2+ hour commute, and a rare 2 fare commute each way.  Nothing major, but that is expensive, $45 + a week commuting, with no money coming in.  But the Bronx… that is… the boonies, all the way out there, almost upstate New York. We’ll see.   (5/24)

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Downloaded the latest windows update (about a month or two since i’ve done it.)  Seems that the version of IE9 that the system tried to give me comes up as malware.  A false positive, no doubt.  Saw that, and started up my anti-malware and anti-virus software to see what it reads, so far nothing.  Damned malware detected screen won’t go away though.  Pissing me off.  Might do a hard shutdown just to see what happens.  (5/25)

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Bummed about my right hamstring.  Damn thing seized up on me 4 minutes into today’s run.  Dunno if I’m gonna be able to run worth a damn at the race on Monday.  Gonna try to run, might be more of a controlled speed gimp, though.  lulz.  (5/26)

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I went out and got my race number today for the memorial day race.  650.  Walked the three miles to the place to get the number and back.  And ya know what else I got?  Sunburn!  Nice.  2 hours worth of walking in 80 degrees sunshine after not really enough sun to make a real difference since… well … early last September made that happening seem reeeeeeeeeeal easy.  I don’t mind.  Tested out the hamstring during the walk.  It’s still an issue, but I feel better about it now.  That makes a difference.  (5/27)

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Had fun at the family barbecue yesterday.  I played my role for the kids, that of human pinata.  They beat me, I just hung there and took it.  Tires them out, and doesn’t hurt me, so no big deal.  When it does hurt I’ll say something.  Enjoyed cooking for everyone.  Well, enjoyed setting the meat on fire at any rate, close enough to cooking for me.  Cooking’s super easy when there is no food prep necessary.  Fire + meat  = Joy, or some such equation.   Family was great, had a blast! (5/29)

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Anagram:  Memorial Day/  A Dreamy Limo/  I Am My Ordeal/ Ye Mild Aroma/ Roam My Ideal/ I’d Relay Ammo/ Moral May Die/ Aid My Morale/  Lo!  Media Army/ My Lame Radio/ Adore My Mail  (5/30)

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After sending in several resumes this morning, I decided that it was time to try to find some career testing.  Checking out what other people think my best option for a career is.  Silly sounding concept, but I bit on it.  After being told that I am best suited to be a writer, editor, publisher, Paralegal, religious instructor, translator, engineer, accountant, management consultant, economist, intellectual property attorney, judge, and  inventor, I just gave up.  Forer effect, in full effect!  (5/31)

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March 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 March 2011’s Random Thoughts.  Enjoy!

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Newt Gingrich is putting together an exploratory committee for a potential run for the White House in 2012.  The first big name republican candidate to do so.  Being a liberal, I like this.  The man is a magnet for controversy, and has proven in past to be quite polarizing on most subjects.  This’ll work against him.  He’ll have some conservatives with him, the ones that don’t like either Romney and Huckabee (when they join the fray in the next few months.) Which means he’ll be helping divide an already divided conservative party, splintering the right.  Go Newt!  (3/1)

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March is here, and…. I’m not impressed.  Still feels like February out there.  Cold, windy, really friggin stupid politics from the right, garbage never getting picked up on time, no money, no job, basically stuck at home.  March had better do some really nice stuff for me, or I’m gonna get really pissed!     (3/1)

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Almost punched some guy walking his dog in the face while running today. Trying to touch a lamp-post that I hit, just because I always do, that lamp-post marks the ½ way point on the trail, and this little guy, walking this rat of a dog, at the last second dove underneath and stood almost on top of the post.  Tried touching it anyway, while avoiding the rat walker, and almost punched him in the head.  Annoyed me then, amuses me now.    (3/2)

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YAY!  Oil is over $100 a barrel!!!! WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!  Oh wait.. that sucks.  Shit…  (3/2)

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YAY!!!!  The market is up over 160 points!  Why? Because!  Oil is down to $101 a barrel!!!!  WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!  Umm… wait a sec… haven’t we done this before?

This, despite it’s being silly on it’s face, is part of the reason given for the market surge in a bloomberg story this morning.  Apparently oil went up a whole dollar per barrel whilst I was sleeping, and must have just come down to 101 bucks per.   Or maybe the people at Bloomberg are high and out of their minds. 

Oil has jumped $17 a barrel since this whole middle east revolutionary saga began a little more than a month ago and has fluctuated wildly over the last few days.  The market surge has more to do with very impressive jobs numbers. (3/3)

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I have a job interview Monday at noon!  Not gonna say where or with who, don’t wanna jinx nothin, but it’s for an art handler position!  Nice!

I also have work tomorrow night, after not having any work all week.  At least I’ll get a few extra bucks in my pocket.  (3/3)

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I was expecting a full 8 hour day at work today.  Went in, and there wasn’t all that much work in house.  I milked it, and still only worked for 5 hours.  Nothing wrong wth working for 5 hours, but 8 would have been better.  (3/4)

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Had a job interview yesterday with the people over at Christie’s.  The more I think about it, the more I am simply not sure how well I did.  I am hoping at this point that that is simply me just being antsy about them not simply saying, “yes, you have Sotheby’s experience, please come work with us” immediately.  (3/8)

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I haven’t held a permanent full time job in almost exactly 2 years.  I think that is drastically affecting my viewpoint in this particular circumstance.  I am also coming up on one year since Sotheby’s brought me on to temp.  Lots of work related stuff has happened for me in March the past 2 years.  Hoping a permanent hire is in the works this March.  Working hard for it. (3/8)

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This story is silly.  This story is stupid.  This story is not a surprise.  This story is not a surprise eitherThis story is slanted, stupid bullshit. (3/9)

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Just saw a headline that made me giggle.  Some idiot at HP said something about saving his companies “soul”.  That gives me lulz. People do not have souls, not, at least, as far as I can tell.  Companies do not have souls, no way, no how.  You are a monkey that evolved to walk on two legs, that learned to talk, and occasionally think, and figured out how to not shit yourself too often.  Don’t get all looney tune with your “soul” bullshit there, go eat a banana and relax. (3/10)

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I like yesterday’s rant.  Short and to the point.  A bit over the top perhaps, not sure if it is or not,  but since when is over the top a problem?  The meek inherit early graves, just like the rest of us, so why be meek? Your foes can’t mistake meekness for weakness if you show them none. (3/10)

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I am on facebook entirely too damned much.  I am making a concerted effort to avoid using it at this point in my day.  I am finding that I really do want to go to facebook to see who is doing what, what kind of things are going on with the games that I play there, and see the latest bullshit meme, and find out who has been hit with Charlie Sheen malware. 

Fucking silly bullshit.  Facebook is nothing more than an exercise in Gamification.  Bastards. (3/12)

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From the ”Mikey needs to hire an editor” file.  When I put together last nights “12 notes” article, I made the mistake of taking a headline from an older “12 notes” and cutting and pasting it into the beginning of the article, with the intention of altering two things about it, the title and the lesson number.  I never changed the lesson number. 

Didn’t catch that until this morning.  And because I had just woken up when I caught it, I went to click on edit, missed, and clicked on the LIKE button instead.  I happen to think lesson 15 is about the worst put together lesson I’ve put out there, but it also happens to be the only one i’ve actually “Liked”.  Dammit! 

Senior moments already and I’m not even a senior.  Aw, Shit! (3/13)

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I have applied for 8 jobs today.  Not enough, but it is about as much as is out there.  Time to start contacting agencies again.  They didn’t work before, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work this time. (3/13)

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Applied for work at several agencies today.  Hopefully this makes the job search more fruitful. (3/14)

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I just received the following from the people I interviewed with:

At this point we are considering
another applicant for the Art Handler position. However, we will keep you in
mind for any other opportunities that may arise.

Dammit.  God DAMMITWHAT am I doing wrong? (3/14)
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Minor AssholeMajor Asshole. (3/15)

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Anagram:  Nuclear Reactor/Clear Raconteur/ Roar Reluctance/ Cruel Arcane Rot/ Real Cancer Rout/ Our Clear Trance  (3/16)

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Haven’t written here in a while.  Not by design or anything, just been busy with life, trying to find work without success, trying to help my wife feel better who has been nothing but feeling like crap for the last month, feeling like the world is about to collapse on me because I never have enough money, the unemployment is about to run out, and the bankruptcy hearing is coming up.  It isn’t a wonderful life, George Bailey.  Sometimes, it sucks. 🙂   (3/22)

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I just found a post written by an asshole.  Read it here.  (3/26)

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August 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 August.  Enjoy!

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I started a blog on hubpages today.  And as you may have guessed, my name there is the same there as it is here.  Mike The Rhino.  I have written two pages worth of stuff already.  It’s fun and easy, and since I write shorter stuff there than I do here, it takes only a few minutes. Nice. (8/2)

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FACT: Drug Cartels have not taken over any ranches in Laredo, Texas.  There was some story out on the right about this today.  The people of Laredo, when notified of this, looked around, kinda confused, and said… “Ummm…. no problems here.  Who told you this crap?” or some such.  It seems that the Right wing fear machine is trying to gin up fear of Mexicans and other brown skinned peoples by just making shit up.  Breitbart ran with it.  Malkin ran with it. 

The Right wing assholes think they can say anything and get us to buy it.  The acronym is a well known one: NFL, aka Not Fucking Likely.

AAAAAAAAnd the crime rates are down across the southwest.  Stop trying to bullshit us, ya bunch of douchebags. (8/2)

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News on several fronts.  I am about to call NYPIRG back, got a bite from them, we’ll see what happens there.  Hopefully something that pays well enough.  Not sure what that would be, but i’ll worry about that when I get to it.  I’ve set in about 5 or 6 other resumes today as well.

And A-Rod hit his 600th home run today.  Nice!  Got a laugh out of an update from the Onion that said ”Hero Pigeon Shits on A-Rods face as he takes 600th Home run trot.”  Hella funny stuff.    (8/4)

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Had a nice B-day party, a few days early, at my brothers house.  Had a great time, burned my bald head in the sun, and enjoyed it.  The party was a boatload of fun.  Got nice stuff, and at least  a buck three eighty in monies!  Nices!  Srsly, I cannot thank them enough for their generosity to the jobless guy.  Brother John still has the arm, just needs to get that ankle healed. (8/8)

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Sent in 5 resumes today, called one place, asking about a park police job.  I got the wrong number and never got to them in time last week.  Called the right number today, and told me I needed to register by last Friday.  There will be more opportunities out there.  I will get a good job, and I will do it as soon as they decide to hire me.  I’m there, where are they with the jobs? I can only apply to get them if they offer them… well, I do send unsolicited resumes too. (8/9)

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Anagram:  Forty Three Years Old/ Fry lottery sorehead/ Royalty freed others/ Theory; yodelers fart/ Yeast for the orderly (8/9)

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Today is my 43rd Birthday!  Yay for me! I’m happy just to have survived to see this day.  Beats hell out of the alternative, tell ya that! I celebrated by sleeping in today.  And that is the lone celebration so far. Gonna run, just like I normally do, gonna write a lot, just like I normally do, gonna take out the garbage, just like I do every Tuesday night.  There will be cake, I helped make it, and a special dinner one presumes.  I need little else to make me happy.  Enough of that though, time to go look for a job.  Until I have one of those, no day can be so special that I can take it off completely.  (8/10)

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Anagram: Get a job you bum/ Jumbo yoga tube/ Bayou gumbo jet/ Jog to obey a bum (8/10)

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The stock market is down big( -250, after hitting session lows of -280), but volume is light, and it looks like things will even out, at least as far as the people I am hearing from on my end, namely the business pros on bloomberg TV.  A lot of talk about the mid term elections having a big effect going into next year.  I’ve heard the Bush tax cuts expiring will do bad things to the market.  I dunno about that.  Democrats can move the market positively, that much has been proven.  (8/11)

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Aw crap.  Seems that wordpress is having issues with videos.  None of the damn things show up, you just get a black box where the video should be.  Bunch of crap, I tell ya.  I’m hoping it’s a server issue, and I hope it’s cleared up by tomorrow, or I’m gonna be PISSED.  There are several hundred videos on The Rhino report, some that date back nearly two years.  I don’t want to lose my viddys! (8/12)

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Good News.  I called Sotheby’s today to see if they wanted me to come back and do the second half of my six months stint as a temp there.  They said yes, I start up again September 7th.  Nice.  It’ll actually cost me more early on, bit if there is as much chance for overtime this time as there was last time, I could actually save a few bucks.  (8/12)

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Really enjoying the cooler weather.  The running is easier, and I don’t have to use the damned air conditioners all the damned time. (8/13)

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3 home runs for A-Rod and the Yankees hit 5 home runs in one game against the royals.  That is not surprising.  The next day they could only manage two hits against that same royals team.  Again, not surprising.  Anyone who has watched baseball for any length of time knows that usually that a team that hits that well one game generally, can’t hit worth a damn the next.  Next time you see one of those 13(to pick a number at random) run barrages by a team, any team, watch their next game.  It’s rare for a team after that kind of performance to score a lot of runs, and they never, EVER, equal the previous nights home run or run total. (8/15) 

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Just spoke to the people at the NYSDOL (New York State Department of Labor)  They had withheld last weeks payment.  I called to find out why.  Told them they had sent a letter to me stating an issue with Sotheby’s claiming they had never even heard of me, and that I had sent them copies of pay stubs as proof of work.  They released the payments to my account, should be there in a few days.  Nice. (8/16)

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Thursday I was travelling, yesterday I was relaxing, slept in, watched tv and such, today I am doing more of the same, Tomorrow travelling again.  Vacations are nice. (8/21)

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Anagram: Take the long way home/ Weak Theology Anthem/ The Whole Magnet, Okay? (8/22)

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Stock market fell like a stone this morning on horribly bad home sales numbers.  Sales fell 27%, twice as much as forecasters were predicting, and sales are expected to be soft for at least the next two months. Dammit. (8/24)

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It’s official, I begin the second part of my gig at Sotheby’s starting September 7th.  It’s only 13.25 an hour, but it’s work.  Seeing how there isn’t a whole helluva lot out there job wise, a crappy paying temp job is better than no job at all.  And there is still the ultra slim possibility that I can land their permanent. 

Oh who am I kidding, they claimed they couldn’t keep me on due to the economy before, they sure as hell won’t bring me in permanent now, when the economy looks worse than it did a scant few months ago.  Dammit.  (8/24)

(note: I had written of this two weeks earlier, but this is here because I actually spoke to the people at sotheby’s this day and got the OK, whereas on the 12th, I had gotten a message from them saying come back, but call us first. Took this long, 12 days, playing phone tag with them just to get it straightened out.  Bad timing on my part I guess.)

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Sometimes I do funny things. One of them is to take how many miles I’ve run for the year, and see where in the world I would end up if I ran it all at once.  Curious but fun, at least to boring ol’ Mikey.  So far this year i’ve run 920.46 miles.  Now, using google maps I have, by guessing and moving the little plot points around, figured out what town, state and or country is that many miles from my home, where I’d end up. 

If I ran due west, I’d be in the heart of Peoria, Illinois.  If I ran south, I’d be just north of Jacksonville international airport, in a place called Pecan park. If I went northeast, I’d be in a place called Auld’s Cove, at Port Hawkesbury in Nova Scotia, Canada.  I’ll be in Cape Breton tomorrow.  All while running in circles in a park.  Nice!  (8/25)

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Ya know, I thought, when it first popped up here on wordpress, that if I voted for myself at the top of the page, that like button, that it would do something for me, get me more hits, give me more of a chance at being more widely read. But it really had no effect at all.  So if you look around this blog and see posts where there is one like, and then go to the bottom of the page, and it’s me, that’s just me trying, vainly, to drive more traffic here.  (8/26)

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Didn’t do nearly enough job search stuff this week.  Bad Mikey.  (8/27)

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Anagram: Let’s Go Giants/ Egotist Slang/ Setting Goals/ Goats Glisten/ Go Ingest Salt/ Nag Ogles Tits  (8/28)

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ARGH!  The Giants SUCKED yesterday.  They were absolutely horrible, but then again it is pre-season, and I turned to watch the Cowboys on CBS, and they got their asses handed to them as well.  So I don’t feel so bad now.  (8/29)

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I love reading politically slanted news, especially when they get it wrong.  Just read a story on Bloomberg about how the Obama administration is blowing off 3 billion potential billionaires by not immediately naming an ASEAN Ambassador.  ASEAN, for those not in the know, is a business/political partnership between the Philippines, Indonesia, and 8 smaller southeast Asian countries.  The disingenuousness here comes from claiming not immediately naming an ASEAN ambassador cuts us off from 3,000,000,000 potential billionaires.

I’m sure all the rice farmers and muay thai fighters in the area are happy that this guy has confidence that ALL of them can someday become billionaires.  5 TIMES OVER.  The total population of the area in question is less than 1/5th the number he speaks of.  

Wonder if he has as much confidence in EVERY AMERICAN becoming a billionaire 5 times over.  Wonder when he’s going to write about the 1.6 billion potential billionaires the AMERICAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY is bypassing by not hiring anyone, the lazy bastards. (8/30)

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The President nailed it during his speech tonight, absolutely nailed it.  The right amount of solemnity for such an occasion.  The proper focus on not just why the war in Iraq happened, but on how America fixed things after Bush was out of the White House.  A tip of the hat to former President Bush, and a look at what this war hath wrought because of Bush’s gross incompetence in getting us in that useless war in the first place.   (8/31)

Eighty Six Percent

The mark of a moderate man
is freedom from his own ideas.
Tolerant like the sky,
all-pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,
he has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life happens to bring his way.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, as translated by Stephen Mitchell

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Viddy of the day:  Paul Krugman and George Will talking about the economy, the GDP, the Stimulus and unemployment.

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Sunday’s links:

Alan Greenspan warns that US could be heading for double dip recession

Greenspan says home price drop may spur new recession

As spending by wealthy weakens, so does economy

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Even though the other stories are very good journalism, I like that last link best … kinda.  It gives me lulz.  But not haha funny lulz, more like the  “these idiots have got to be kidding me” lulz.  70% of the spending in this economy is done by the middle class, and as that class goes, so goes the economy, and yet the final article makes the point that because the richest 5% of the nation make up 14% of the spending, and they aren’t spending as much as before, that is the reason the economy is sputtering, and they were the only reason the economy got off of it’s back, after the crippling effects of  the recession that started several years ago.

Would it not make more sense to say that they are having a negative impact in certain niche markets within the vast American economy?  The article says that we should think of the rich as the engine that drives the economy.  Bullshit.  It also says that because  the DJIA has fallen 10% over the last few months, that the rich are spending less.  Perhaps, maybe not.  I don’t know enough rich people to ask them myself. But, notice though that they don’t say how much the other 95% of the spenders(who make up 86% of the total spent in this economy) in this economy spent, what effect they had on the economy. 

And a side note, would not that 86% number make EVERYONE ELSE BUT THE RICH the engine that drives the economy, spending $86 out of every $100 spent in America?

Think of that Associated press piece as propaganda written by someone with an agenda, rather than an actual news story.  Because it isn’t news when you make commentary like that.  I am surprised and unhappy with the AP here. That “story”is commentary, not journalism.  Besides giving facts, it hands you an opinion and expects you to stand by that opinion as if it is truth, and that is the definition of commentary.

News should be about getting facts out there alone, not devoid of context, but not leading the reader by the nose to a point you want them to read.  News is about investigating and showing the facts and letting the reader judge for themselves what those facts represent, not leading them down the garden path and handing ideas to readers like they are the only truth, as if the only reasonable context is the one provided. 

I do commentary, many others do as well, the AP should leave us to do commentary, and they, being a news agency, should report the news.  It’d be nice, wouldn’t it?

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A man of true science… uses but few hard words, and those only when none other will answer his purpose; whereas the smatterer in science… thinks, that by mouthing hard words, he proves that he understands hard things.

Herman Melville, White Jacket

 

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I am flat broke and I don’t care… Well, I do.  As a matter of fact I care so much that it hurts to think how much I cannot do.  But it is all my fault.  I’m the one who got fired all those months ago, March of last year…. good lord, has it been that long? 

Regardless of why, and everyone I tell the story to tells me I got screwed, it’s still my fault.  I put myself in a position to get what I got. Suck though that does it is the truth.  I have spent a great deal of resources, capital of both mind and body, all kinds, to try to get back on my feet.

So far that effort has failed.  But I have recently come to the conclusion that I have failed in other ways as well.  I have not given enough in trying to  retrain myself, to find new horizons to expand to, not taken advantage of all the resources at my disposal.  Methinks that must change or I may be stuck here, unemployed, longer than I should be. 

Wait. 

Let me rephrase that.  Longer than anyone should have to tolerate.  That does not guarantee that I will succeed, but I must put myself in as good a position as I can, and if I leave resources unattended, (and I will remain vague about those “resources”, such is my prerogative) than who do I damage but myself?

My wife.

My parents.

My family extended.

Every person I have ever known, and everyone else.

My failure weakens the world, and the world is full of weaklings as it is, it has no need of another.

It’s time for me to get to work.

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Go to sleep America, May the morning bring you success.  Watch a viddy before you go.  Moby Dick.

June 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 is June’s random thoughts.  Enjoy!

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Reading a book I’ve never read before, and so far the thing is zarking brilliant.  It’s No Logo, by Naomi Klein.  Good stuff.  The kinda book that a guy who normally thinks of advertisers as evil like me can really wrap his head around. (6/9)

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Coffee…. Mmmmmmmm. (6/9)

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BLACKHAWKS WIN!!!!! YAY!!!  I could not be happier.  As a long-suffering New York Rangers fan, I know a little something about Stanley cup droughts,  I’ve seen one cup in 42 years, and I may have to wait 54 years between cups again, the way Dolan is ruining my fine franchise.  Enjoy this Blackhawks fans, you deserve it.

Plus, You beat the Flyers! That makes this one sweet for me!  THANK YOU BLACKHAWKS!!! (6/10)

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I’m going to the Staten Ireland fair in a little while, to bake my brain in the sun, relax with my wife and be Irish at people who are just as, if not more Irish than I am.  Hope it isn’t too expensive, I don’t have a lot of money.  (6/12)

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I just realized I like Ethan Hawke.  A quote to explain why ” “You know, it’s easy to get people’s attention with tits and guns. It’s harder to get their attention with ideas. The thing is, I’ve always liked tits and guns,” he said.”

Pinpointed exactly where America and it’s culture is right now, didn’t he?    America, Land of tits and guns!  THERE’S a marketing slogan for the good old U.S. of A!  (6/12)

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The president says he’d like to see up to 90% of the spill in the gulf cleaned up by month’s end.  Sounds good to me.  100% would be even better, but if 90% is what we can get, then let’s get after it.  The only problem here is BP.  If they fuck up, that number goes out the window.  And with their current track record, you can almost count on a less than 90% containment by end of June.  BP sucks. (6/16)

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I haven’t run since Thursday, I haven’t worked out in a dogs age.  Been sitting on my ass too damn long.  But I did need a bit of a rest.  And it looks like I won’t get a real good long hard run in until Wednesday.  I’ll try to run tonight, but no guarantee that i’ll be able to, and here it is time to start running hills in the insanely blistering summer heat too, in preparation for the Pepper Martin on July 4th.

Sounds like fun.  (6/21)

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China signaled it will relax the yuan’s fixed rate to the dollar.  The futures markets are soaring right now, the DJIA is up 131 points at 6:15 am on Monday.  One hopes they can sustain a rally of some kind here, push the market back over 11,000 points, maybe even push the S&P over 1200 at some point soon.

Not counting on it though, too much instability in the market, in particular in Europe.  We’ll see. (6/21)

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Broke the arm on my glasses yesterday.  The damn things got caught in my shirt as I was taking it off, and landed on the arm and broke it off completely.  Snapped it in a hard place to fix as well.  I’m wearing an older set of glasses.  Hope it doesn’t give me too much of a damned headache. (6/22)

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Today is my last day on the job as a temp at sotheby’s.  If you have a line on any job opportunities, drop me a line.   (6/22)

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Futures are down almost 50 points as we near 6:30 am.  When I got up this morning, they were up.  Let’s see … guessing … There it is.  The story about the Euro losing appeal.  And there is an FOMC meeting today. Figures. (6/22)

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It is so damn easy to fall back into old patterns of behavior.  Laid off for two days and already I am in front of the computer, paying attention to my fantasy baseball teams, Drinking more than a pot of coffee, looking for work, running when the hell ever I want, and watching C-span, and reading hockey news. Almost like the last 3 months didn’t happen. (6/25)

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BP said they would have 90% containment on the well by the end of June.  Wonder how that’s going…. Hmmm…. (6/25)

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Been awake since before 8:00 am, had half a pot of coffee, pacing the house with nothing to do. I should have run earlier but didn’t, dammit, and I can’t run now because I have a few things to do relatively soon.  I have a phone call to make to get one of these things done, but I can’t, for reasons I will not go into here, make it yet.  Sore as hell but I think I may work out anyway, just to do something.  (6/26)

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I could have written an article yesterday.  Didn’t.  Why?  Because I was relaxing with my wife, and watching the Documentary “Beyond the Lighted Stage” about the Band Rush.  A most excellent piece of work, one that, once I knew It was on, I was not going to miss. Plus, the batteries need a recharge.  I’ve beaten the hell out of myself the last few days, and haven’t had much left for …well … anything.  (6/27)

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Looking for work again on a Monday morning for the first time in 3 months.  reworked the resumé, with the help of my wife.  Thanks honey!  There doesn’t see to be much out there … the more things change the more they stay the same or some such statement. 6/28)

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Hey!  Glenn Beck wrote a book!  It’s fiction, but he is calling it “faction” completely fictional, yet  based on “facts”.  It’s still fiction though, Becky.   He actually predicted his critics will be fierce and unforgiving.  Dude.  That’s what critics do.  Especially when you write a stinker, like you apparently did.  The reviews are in, and they say it’s a shitty book, not for its viewpoint or its politics, but for its shitty writing.

Advice from one shitty writer to another, Glenn. Stop trying to cover yer ass, bro, it looks bad. (6/28)

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Sent a resumé to someone on Craigslist ”A major general contractor” looking for painters and carpenters.  How much experience do I have at either, outside of what you would normally have living in a house and having to do minor repairs?  None.  Told’em as much as well. Told’em I am a quick study, and that I’m willing to work, and asked him to give me a shot.  What’s the worst that happens, he giggles, says “Hell no!”, and deletes it? No sweat off my ass.  If that’s the worst that can happen, I’m OK with it. (6/29)