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Thoughts, Part 2

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

1: Realized that I took the elevator this morning, first time I hadn’t climbed the stairs up to the 5th floor. I owe myself 76 steps somewhere.

2: This edition’s title refers to the Spock’s Beard song of that name, which occurred to me to use due to the fact that I’m taking a first listen to that band’s new album, “Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep”. This is their first album to feature Ted Leonard as frontman, and Jimmy Keegan as an official member of the band on drums. Really liking what I hear!

3: Speaking of exciting new music, the new Queensr˙che song, Redemption, was debuted the other day. Now, when I talk about Queensr˙che, I’m speaking of the Wilton/Rockenfeld/Jackson band fronted by Todd La Tourre, rather than the Geoff Tate and the hired guns version. Pretty much every time Tate opens his mouth, I go further into the other camp.


Although, I thought I’d revisit the last Queensr˙che album, Dedicated to Chaos, and, uh, it’s not as outright horrible as I thought it was a couple of years ago. The new La Tourre fronted song is what I want from Queensr˙che, and I’m absolutely on board with that version keeping the name and continuing the great work that band has done over the first half of its career. But…maybe I will listen to what Tate has to offer…and that thought is a huge step forward from where I have been over the past 6 months.

4: When did it get to 4 PM, anyway? When I got back from lunch at 12:30ish, I was thinking the afternoon would be interminable. And now its terminus is in sight. Another couple hours of poking around, and back to the hotel where I suspect sleep will be near. Well, near, after the end of the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier. Let’s see if we can get any sort of result in a competitive match at Azteca.

5: Mucking around, scaring up a couple of errors, remembering how to do/find/set a few things in the system. A decent feeling, that.

6: Rounding up from 5:45 PM, if there are no objections? Going to try and make a point of doing some semblance of exercise tonight. Though tiredness may rule the head right now, maybe food will make some difference. Maybe I’ll use the fitness room while the soccer game is on, there’s a thought.

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MARTY728 3/27/2013 10:54AM

    I stopped watching the game in the second half.....I was sleepy and went to bed! I enjoyed the blog!

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CLPURNELL 3/27/2013 6:29AM

    Hope you enjoyed the game!

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/26/2013 9:25PM

    It's hard to get a good grip on the day when you start out in such a rough way. I think a small workout might make you feel accomplished. Though it you are still really tired, you might want to rest more to avoid a repeat of this morning. Just be sure to listen to your body and go with what is best for you.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/26/2013 8:53PM


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ROSCOEKR 3/26/2013 6:51PM

    Your lucky you can do stairs, bad knee's do as little stairs as possible.

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Thought an hour style part 1

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

9: late start today, nasty headache on waking. Not sure why. Thought I’d sleep another hour, slept right through that second alarm for an extra hour on top. Got to work at 9, rather than the 7 I’ve been doing. Had to park in the other parking lot, the horror!

10: One way to wake up: Chile Limon Dinamita doritos…spicy! Eating them with chopsticks, since, um, I have a pair available. Makes for a challenge, and also limits how many I’m gonna eat (4), since it’s a pain to be able to grab those rolled tortilla chips out of the bag. Last week, I did this with Whoppers. That was fun.

if you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about when I say “rolled tortilla chips”. The review is pretty negative, but I’m a fan of this item, in controlled doses.

11: On hold with tech support. I think I prefer generic elevator muzak to this relentlessly cheery hype job (advertisement) for the hospital group I’m working for. “On hold” and “happy” are mutually exclusive concepts.

12: Need lunch. Oddly feel guilty for stepping out to grab something a mere three hours after arriving. Thinking back to previous employment, where I routinely used to arrive 9ish, and eat at 1130ish. Never felt guilty then. Well, almost never.

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CLPURNELL 3/27/2013 6:15AM

    lol some days i would roll in at 10:30.... I am not an early bird. 3 hours to lunch is about average so not so. bad. i also have took to eating chips and the likes with chop sticks. it forces you to eat slower and your fingers don't get messy.

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MARTY728 3/26/2013 5:32PM


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KING_SLAYER 3/26/2013 5:13PM

    Dude, if you can roll into work 2 hours later than you usually arrive and no one breaks your balls, you have a good job! Don't sweat taking off after 3 hours to get some food, they obviously don't care that you didn't show up until 9, I doubt they'll care that you're breaking for lunch at noon!

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The fan was excrementally assaulted

Monday, March 25, 2013

Not in my world, mind you, it's just a phrase I used in responding to another sparker's blog, and I thought it was a cool euphemism (figure it out) so I thought I'd share.

Had a good day today, despite not still having access to everything I need. Am getting a new work laptop, because there's something amiss with the one I received last week making it impossible to use the main piece of software I need to use.

Dragging a bit towards the end of the day, tired from making the call to go see Novembers Doom and Anneke van Giersbergen in concert last night. Don't regret that a bit, they put on a fantastic acoustic show. Novembers Doom, as a (bet you didn't see this coming) doom metal band already had a few slower pieces in their arsenal, and did a good job toning down others of their songs for the acoustic setting.

Anneke...well, let me put it this way. You know how a lot of us have that one actor or musician or whatever that we kinda sorta have a crush on? She was it for me back in the late 90s, anyway. I hadn't listened to much of her work in the past decade, but seeing her 10-12 feet away, speaking in that Dutch accent, singing with that incredible voice, interacting so darn adorably with the crowd, it was like I was 20 years old again, looking for any scrap of info I could find about her on the internet. So, yeah, that was awesome.

Highlights of the evening included Novembers Doom doing Twilight Innocence with the inspiration for the song, vocalist Paul Kuhr's daughter, hanging out at her father's elbow,

Paul and Larry joining Anneke for a moving version of What Could Have Been

And she even went back to her The Gathering days for a take on Locked Away.

The first couple are the original songs, the last one is Anneke solo, from a different show. Sadly, my phone's battery gave out too early in the evening to capture any video. There were definitely a bunch cell phones out, taping songs, so I'm hoping some of that shows up on youtube soon.

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/26/2013 7:54AM

    It can be so frustrating when you don't have the tools you need to do your job. You'd think they would be better prepared. But hopefully it will be resolved soon.

It sounds like it was a great concert. She has a great voice and I really like how well their voices blend in What Could Have Been. I love the music links you always post. I'm always on the lookout for new music and will listen to something from just about any genre.

Thanks for the comments on my blogs and for the music links there as well. I was really amused at the Metallica - Broken, Beat & Scarred. It's actually a great song to add to my workout playlist...with the irony being that Metallica is the ex's favorite band.

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CLPURNELL 3/25/2013 10:50PM

    Awesome music. I am really enjoying the local bands here in Honolulu some very talented people!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/25/2013 9:18PM


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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 I’ve 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.


It’s 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 Rene’, who claim this Bad Lip Reading version of a Michael Buble track as ‘their song’, because they’re awesome like that.


If you’ve got 4 and a half minutes to spare, go check this out right now, you won’t be sorry!


To swerve directions a bit, I’m 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, I’m lucky to have landed here, I know that. I feel, in some sense, undeserving. Actually, in a lot of senses. But…while I’m 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

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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 you’re sad because it’s winter, but I can promise you a spring

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Green Carnation’s “Lullaby in Winter” providing the title of this missive, in honor of the first day of spring. Apparently, Mother Nature didn’t 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 nature’s 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 “when”? And yes, I know the answer is, “when you decide to make it happen.” 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, I’ve been granted access to the system I’m going to work on. Time to get to work! Well, after I take the quiz that will grant me access to the software I’ll be working with, that is. Baby steps.

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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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