November 28, 2006

The Office

We'll I have really started my transition at work to my new team - more and more meetings at that building means less and less time with the current workload. If everything goes as plans, I will be moving over there this Friday (earlier than planned). Don't worry, since I am still technically reporting to my current boss until the 15th, Happy Hour is still on for the 15th - Yardhouse in Brea!!

For any of you out there that ever worked at the Merc, you know their "training" classes are boring but their is always something interesting that occurs...

Well, this was for "stellar customer service" and before the class began, a female in the class was chatting with the HR senior trainer. As they were discussing names they were almost named, the female (hispanic) says to the HR trainer (black) that her mom was into Shirley Temple and said "She almost named me Shirley after her and we are not even white". I looked at her, looked at the trainer and...... nothing - neither cared.

Now I personally really don't care, that statement means nothing to me, even kinda funny but where would I be if I had stated "they were gonna name me Jesus and were not even hispanic" or "they were gonna name me Javon and were not even black".... The HR person should have at least said something to her..... but..... this is the Merc.

Of course I and others break the rules all the time but with co-workers we know and trust and understand the joking, not in a formal training setting with people you do not know.

This same female also could not fold the a piece of paper a certain way without the trainer slowing down and when she wrote her name on her place card, did it in double colors and added a palm tree so.......

That is all


November 22, 2006

Turkey Lurkey

Just want to wish all my family and friends out there:

To "Your Mom" - make sure you fill out the Thanksgiving overalls

To "The Wrider" - Can you ship some of those potato candies?

To "The Hero" - I'm sure you are glad we are not killing your superhero compatriot Super Chicken

To "Audioslave" - Are you now required to have rice with Thanksgiving?

To "That Guy" - No double dipping and open up the blog again

To "Avman" - Have fun eating virtual turkey with your World of Warcraft battle mates!

To "Not the Doctor" - make the Duke of Fullerton get off his ass and cook while you sit back and drink

To "I'm the Mama" - Hope you return to blogging in the new year

Have a great
Tryptophan nap everyone!!!

November 18, 2006

The Song Remains the Same

Not much going to blog about but hearing an old song really got me thinking. What songs have affected my life - in any way for any reason and the song I heard is the number one song in affecting my life. That song is

Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols

Now I am not saying this is my favorite song of all time but I believe it had the most impact on me. Prior to this hearing this song, I was your usual kid into BMX, motocross and Queen. Then one day in 1981/1982 on the way home from school (7th grade) I heard this song the radio (someone had a little portable) and that was it. That song changed me forever in what kind of music I now wanted to hear. For me, it was the fastest, most powerful and kickass song I have ever heard. I remember being totally blown away. Within a year, the Queen records got pushed to the back and the Sex Pistols, Circle Jerks and more made they way to heavy rotation. But this was not the only way I believe it changed/affected me. I was always into the military as a kid and always swore I was going into the military but by the time high school came around - that was no longer an option or even a no small part due to the lyrics and new ideas that I would have normally ever heard (not at all baggin on the military - I was just a kid) Punk also led to skateboarding and both of which led to a befriending a new group of people I would probably have never hung out with otherwise (the skating and punk is what brought us together) The good side is I am still friends with many of these people.

oh yeah - this also led to smoking and drinking.. you can judge if that was good or bad. :-)

This really got me wondering about where I would be and what I would be doing had I not loved this song when I heard it and stayed listening to Queen, Boston and ELO..... different friends, different hobbies maybe even a star wars geek (NOT!!!)

I truly have no idea but I am not sure I would want that life. Things happen for a reason and many of those reason are still very important to me today. And you know how they say I wouldn't change a thing..... well maybe a few tiny things but overall I would not.

Another deep thought by THE BIRDMAN!!!!

November 13, 2006

Just Stuff

Nothing exciting going here unlike our friend The Wrider. Well, I take that back, the infamous "In-Laws" have come and got the rest of their crap out of my garage. YEAH!!!! I spent some time yesterday trying to get the garage in decent shape - we have so much space again. The "In-laws" found a townhouse out in Barstow (not to far from the base). We are not planning a visit any time soon that is for sure.

Took my girls bike riding at the park this weekend and as usual, we ride in the dirt (OK I make them....but it is so much more fun) and we rode down to some fun little mountain bike trails. There is a decent little hill that we go down and my youngest was all for going down it by herself which is very cool. As she starts down, a lady jogging comes next to me and watches - well about 15 feet into the descent, my DH takes her feet off the pedals (a bad idea) and I start to yell at her to put her feet back on the pedals - she doesn't and of course, she totally eats it. I start to go down the hill and I get the look of complete horror and disgust from this jogger lady which I promptly ignore. Apparently, kids are not allowed to eat it on their bikes these days - people like that really bother me. The DH was just fine and finished the rest of the ride - she is one tough cookie!

I have started to split my time now between my regular job duties her at work and my soon to be new team which is recreating our web presence from the ground up. I hate the split and I hate driving between the buildings. I am hoping to get a move date soon.

I had totally forgotten about continuing my list of:

"The Top 100 Things I'd Do If I Ever Become an Evil Overlord"
Here is 11-20:

11. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore, I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive to show they pose no threat.

12. one of my advisors will be an average 5 year old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.

13. All slain enemies will be cremated, or at least have several rounds of ammunition emptied into them, not left for dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration, will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

14. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or any other form of last request.

15. I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

16. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill you, there's just one thing I want to know.".

17. When I employ people as advisors, I will occassionaly listen to their advice.

18. I will not have a son. Although his laughably under-planned attempt to usurp power would easily fail, it would provide a fatal distraction at a crucial point in time.

19. I will not have a daughter. She would be as beautiful as she was evil, but one look at the hero's rugged countenance and she'd betray her own father.

20. Despite it's proven stress-relieving effect, I will not indulge in maniacal laughter. When so occupied, it's too easy to miss unexpected developments that a more attentive individual could adjust accordingly.

peace out!

November 07, 2006

I was sick and bored but ...

I have been under the weather the past few days and that means to much BAD TV!! In my efforts, I came across these two tidbits today:

1. On Dr. 90210 today, they were talking with a girl. She went out to the waiting room where her sister was and whaddya know - I know the sister. She is a former employee of the Merc - I went through my brief claims training class with her.

2. In watching a show about the 100 best TV characters (made it only to about 65) I realized two things: First, the Rev. Jim Ignatowski from Taxi should not be in the 60's (no pun intended) he is easily top 3 for me - one of the funniest F'ers ever. Second - the Bionic Woman - isn't kind of odd that even though she has bionic hearing, she has to move her hair away from her ear to hear......what the hell is that!!! Apparently, bionics could not overcome a thin layer of blond hair.
Did Steve Austin have to take off sunglasses????

Went and saw an old high school friend this weekend - have not seen him in about 18 years - he now has Lou Gehrig's Disease and it was really sad to see him like that. He is my age but he looks so much older. He was a cop down in San Diego with a wife livin the good life...... another one of life's reminders - you never know so have fun, love and be loved and let those you love know.

Back to the grind tomorrow.