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You ever shoot a Russian unicorn?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Hot Pockets for 20 cents is a steal any day of the week. Not that Iíve had a Hot Pockets in a long time, maybe since I saw comedian Jim Gaffigan riffing on those things as pop tarts stuffed with nasty meat.


Itís just that Whoviangirl23 was on the verge of talking about glittery pink unicorns in her latest blog, and that sent my mind off on a Russian unicorn tangent, and gave me a pang, thinking of my dear friends Matt and Reneí, who claim this Bad Lip Reading version of a Michael Buble track as Ďtheir songí, because theyíre awesome like that.


If youíve got 4 and a half minutes to spare, go check this out right now, you wonít be sorry!


To swerve directions a bit, Iím marveling a little bit at my change in fortunes over the past month and change, from being unable to get barely any response to resumes sent to jobs offering modest wages, to getting this opportunity at making a very decent number. Tuesday night, I had dinner with fellow employees of the company I was hired by, including a couple of manager types. One of the latter mentioned how he was presented my name as the person being hired for the position, and having to ask who I was. I told him it was just as funny from my perspective, filling out an application for the company after having already signed an employment agreement.

Yeah, Iím lucky to have landed here, I know that. I feel, in some sense, undeserving. Actually, in a lot of senses. ButÖwhile Iím here, might as well make the best of the chance, right? Make an after the fact justification, or something like that, so to speak.

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SIRENSONGS 3/25/2013 11:07AM

    Don't be to hard on yourself! Of course you deserve your new job!

I'll have to make a note to watch that Russian unicorn video, but not the one about the hot pockets. Sadly, I still crave those sometimes...

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MARTY728 3/22/2013 12:16PM

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CLPURNELL 3/22/2013 3:12AM

    You do deserve it!! Awesome glad things have turned around!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/21/2013 5:40PM

    Ditto what you've already said . . . you deserve the opportunity! Good luck! HUGS

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WHOVIANGIRL23 3/21/2013 9:36AM

    I literally just burst out laughing when I read this. I can't help that sometimes I think about unicorns!

On the other side though, seriously, don't feel underserving! You are given a great opportunity, now look in the mirror, and tell yourself I DESERVE THIS.

And then ride off to work on your glittery pink Russian unicorn.

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PRIZM96 3/21/2013 9:28AM

    I'm distracted by Kal's profile pic................... ...................................

CRAP!! Oh yeah!! PARTHA~ YOU are sooooo deserving of this!! They saw something in you that they thought could benefit their company. Know what that was? YOU! emoticon

You got this!

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    Why do you feel undeserving? Someone saw your app and they clearly weren't thinking about glittery pink unicorns. They had foresight and they liked what they saw and believed in you. ABSOLUTELY you may as well make the best of the chance. No after the fact justification required. They hired YOU for YOU Partha! Pretty cool that of all the lull you to sleep resumes that someone in HR read, YOURS you witty, pithy guy caught their eye and you were hired on the spot without an application even. THAT is serendipity. Now you can shine like a glittery pink unicorn if you like as you show them your stuff! You earned it now OWN it! Oh and no hot pockets. They are really no bueno bad for you. We need to get you into a bento box style of clean eating for all of your weekday on the road trips and a waterproof bag to hold your workout gear including swim trunks that can pinch hit as volleyball shorts for that pickup game you find, and some cable/cord thingies for in the room workouts when you don't have a hotel gym. You'll carry all of this in your handy dandy gym bag that you pack at the ready for said road trips. Make sure you have a playlist at the ready too! Did I already say You've got this? emoticon emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 3/21/2013 7:31AM

    are you sure your getting enough sleep???? pink Russian unicorns!?!?!? emoticon

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I know youíre sad because itís winter, but I can promise you a spring

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Green Carnationís ďLullaby in WinterĒ providing the title of this missive, in honor of the first day of spring. Apparently, Mother Nature didnít get the memo, and the high temp where I am is supposed to be in the 20s, not the high 40s spring promises, and certainly not the 82 degrees Chicago experienced on the first day of spring in the year 2012. Honestly, I would be very amused if the high temp ended up being 28, the transposition of the digits acting as another sign of natureís warped sense of humor. But apparently, the temps will fall well short of that, topping out at 25.

Weigh in crept up another pound. Still below the mid January starting point of this blc round, but also up 6 lbs from the number I saw on the scale on February 17. In other words, not a good month. Still settling in to the new routine, not eating well, and not exercising consistently. That will improve. Question, as always, is ďwhenĒ? And yes, I know the answer is, ďwhen you decide to make it happen.Ē As routine helps make those decisions easier, hoping that translates to sooner rather than later.

And, at some point in the 6 hours since I scribbled out the thoughts above, Iíve been granted access to the system Iím going to work on. Time to get to work! Well, after I take the quiz that will grant me access to the software Iíll be working with, that is. Baby steps.

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MARTY728 3/22/2013 12:16PM


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1CRAZYDOG 3/20/2013 8:37PM

    The story of life . . . baby steps! Good luck!!!

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CLPURNELL 3/20/2013 7:49PM

    It's hard staying on track with the traveling have to figure out a schedule and just work it out!

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KING_SLAYER 3/20/2013 4:14PM

    Sometimes baby steps are all the we are able to take! Have fun with that software and play nice with others!

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PRIZM96 3/20/2013 3:09PM

    Yayyyyy! You're in! Now..... GET TO WORK! :-)

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TOPCAT93 3/20/2013 2:17PM

    I cant wait for spring and camping and hiking

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Instant Karma's gonna get you

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Saw an example of this at the airport Sunday afternoon, a guy in a line for higher status frequent fliers bullying his way past a guy who was first in line before an available Delta counter person, only for a tech to step in and shut down that particular station because the scale was misbehaving. The person he shoved aside, and one other person besides ended up getting served before the fuming bully boy finally got his bag checked in. I passed by that guy en route to my gate after getting through security, and if I read the info correctly, he still had a half hour to wait before boarding, so Iím not sure what his malfunction was (plumbing, perhaps?). But I enjoyed a little chuckle at his expense. That hasnít come back to bite me yet, but if it does, I suppose Iíll just accept that token of the universeís sense of humor and move on.

Listening this afternoon to the Fade to Bluegrass albums by a band called Iron Horse, who put a twangy twist on Metallica music. Amusing myself by trying to line up the music streaming via spotify to the Metallica tracks I have ripped to my computer. As I was expecting, it doesnít work perfectly because the bluegrassers are operating at a different tempo than the thrashers (most of the time). Besides that, Iím hopping up on caffeine in an attempt to stay awake going back over documents Iíve stared at before. Still donít have access to the system here, making me feel a bit useless. Hovering over teammatesí shoulders seems intrusive as they are struggling with a new system that was set up a) differently from the training material suggested it would be and b) before the help desk types knew what they were talking about. A little bit of the blind leading the blind going on. And then thereís me, with my hands tied behind my back (re: the lack of access).

The above was written about 1 PM, and now itís just past 4 pm, and slight movement has occurred, a little dodge affording me a glimpse of what Iíll get to play with eventually. So I feel less useless. I did also pop out for a spot of lunch in the intervening hours, which may also play some small role in chippering up the old outlook. That said, my brain is hurting a bit with trying to dredge up all the long past deposited knowledges and memories I used to know. Not in any physical, I have a headache sense, but more in a, ďdagnabit, I KNOW where it is, I used that setting often, why canít I remember where it lives?Ē with far more colorful, yet still silent language, as after all Iím still at the workplace. By now, Iíve gone back to the source, and am listening to Metallica proper (defined in my book as pre-black album material, though the self-titled effort is deemed acceptable). Back I go to dive into the system and play at teasing out the mighty thinks that once roamed my brainplains!

title inspiration from John Lennon: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3qvo

Iron Horse's version of my fave Metallica song, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"

And Metallica's original Sanitarium for comparison

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KING_SLAYER 3/20/2013 12:41AM

    With the problems you've outlined above I can't help to think that you're working for some government agency. Computer system not installed as folks were told it would be and no proper tech help yet because the system hasn't been set up properly yet. That all screams government inefficiency! Best of luck to in regards to accessing long since used information in the old gray matter (or grey matter, if you're into it that way!).

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CLPURNELL 3/19/2013 6:18PM

    Hope you get access soon and the memories flood back!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Probably not the greatest thing that one of the first things I did after getting to the hotel today was going back out for a snackage run. Sure, the items procured will be consumed over a space of 4 days, or even taken into work and shared out, but I feel a bit dumb, but decidedly not guilty, about having done it. Might be a tiny bit of defiance in there, even, which I fail to really understand, but there you have it.

Started Sunday at 176.6 lb, 4 lbs above the low figure of 172.6 recorded 17 days ago. It's not all due to road life, but the reduced exercise opportunities (available, or taken) have played a role, certainly. Need to make that a priority, or at the very least, mess around with the in room activities pointed out me to by some of you. They're not as fun as pickleball, that's part of the problem. So much easier to exercise when you actually enjoy what you're doing, you know? The sleeping in on the weekend, in attempt to catch up on sleep, took away the chance to play pickelball, as that is set up on Friday and Saturday mornings. I'll have to eschew sleep early on and take a nap later if I have to, in order to get there at the end of this week.

I'll have to grab that lost and found scale again this week. Curious as to what that sucker will have to say to me this week.

Oh, and one more random thing: the whole getting a rental car each week thing might as well become a extended test drive for whenever it comes time to replace my now ten year old Civic. This week's candidate, a Chevy Cruze. Sucker's got heated leather seats. And the coolest thing about it? The switchblade key! Never seen one of those before, where the key portion can be tucked into the head portion, and unleashed by clicking on a button. Ok, so I'm pretty easily amused.

Edit: forgot to explain the blog title: one of the snackages grabbed was Chili lime Doritos Dinomite, basically Doritos in rolled up form, and with a nice kick. A Mexican thing, I'm guessing from the flavor. It's good stuff, but I cracked it open just to try out one or two 'chips', and I went from verging towards sleep to being relatively awake. A couple of swigs of water, and scribbling out this blog, and I'm drifting again. Might do well to turn off this Lamb of God album if I want that sleep thing to occur soonish, as needs to happen, what with the 5:30 alarm looming.

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CLPURNELL 3/18/2013 11:26PM

    Probably a lot of water weight I retain a lot of water when traveling. try drinking a lot of water and maybe it will level out the weight some.

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QUEENREAP12409 3/18/2013 11:00AM

    I didn't know my car had butt warmers for like a year. The car salesman never mentioned it. I just accidentally brushed the button one morning and felt my seat getting warm. It took me 5 minutes to figure out what happened. Now I can't imagine living without them.

I personally like the Ford Focus. Fully loaded of course.

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ADARKARA 3/18/2013 8:35AM

    I know what you mean about some exercise being more fun than others!!! I prefer anything outdoors to watching a DVD, but it's just too darn cold right now.

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WHOVIANGIRL23 3/18/2013 1:27AM

    Come buy a car in Tucson during the summer time, all the leather seats come heated hahaha

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Kind of liberating, if you ask me

Sunday, March 17, 2013

This whole having missed a day artificially, and having actually missed a day blogging, it's nice, now I won't bother worrying about whether I have anything to say, or report, and just check in if I feel like it. I feel like it now, obviously, even though it's 1:40 AM eastern time, and I'm back to Chicago tomorrow for work, there I have to wake up at 5:30 central time on Monday. I totally haven't figured the sleep thing out yet, and I'm pretty sure I haven't helped things by trying to catch up on the sleep deficit by sleeping in way too late these past two days. Being back in Michigan for the weekend wasn't particularly odd, but I am ruing not taking care of some things around the house when I had a chance to address them over the past three months.

Finally got back to my gym today, and put in a couple miles of wogging in 28 minutes, splits of 14:44 and 13:16, about half running half walking. I tried running upon getting to teh gym, but my knees and hips were pretty stiff, so I quit after a couple laps, stretched out more, rode the stationary bike for a good chunk of the first half of the Michigan State-Ohio State game, and then went back on the track. Didn't feel comfortable until towards the end of the first mile, and by then, I was just intent on finishing out the two, rather than making any attempt at running the rest of the way. Don't think I would have made if had I tried.

Anyway, the eyelids are declaring that sleep is nigh, so I think I'll heed their advice. A Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all, enjoy whatever corned beef or cabbage or green beer you choose to indulge in!

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HEALTHY-SPARK 3/17/2013 10:48AM

    Have a great day!

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GARDENCHRIS 3/17/2013 10:42AM

    I don't have the time or energy to blog everyday..... I'm in awe of folks who do!

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SIRENSONGS 3/17/2013 10:02AM

    I don't know how you manage to blog nearly every day and I can never keep up! I'm lucky if I get one in a month now (miraculously I did manage to get a rather long one in last week!)

I am totally sympathetic to your sleep schedule woes. Even though I've had the same work schedule for several years now, I still haven't figured out how to time everything right so that I get optimal amounts of sleep. I'm always trying to "catch up" on weekends too, even though I know it doesn't work!

Kudos on getting all that exercise in, even with your stiff hips and knees. Oh, and Happy St. Patty's Day to you as well! emoticon

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ANDY_54 3/17/2013 8:55AM

    Happy St. Pat's Day to you, too. emoticon And thank goodness, I'm not the only one who has cranky hips and knees--it usually takes me the first mile to 'warm-up' and then I'm okay. Keep on keepin' on has become my mantra, lol. Take it easy and have a geat Sunday!

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