One year later…

Could I be any lazier?
life has been getting increasingly chaotic over the last 12 months. Fortunately my ability to cope has increased at the same time. A quick run down of events from the last 12 months:

  • Family moved from Oldtown, ID to Priest River, ID
  • Family moved from Priest River, ID to Laclede, ID
  • We’re expecting another baby boy in the next few months
  • I moved from Los Angeles, CA to Mountain View, CA
  • Left EarthLink for a much better job while allows me to see the sun (sometimes)

I’m sure much more has happened that I just can’t think of right now…
I did just return from a trip to Toronto. It’s very cold there, with at least a foot of snow almost everywhere I went. Contrary to popular belief, Canadians have several redeeming qualities:

  • The courts make SENSE; they stated clearly the P2P technology is not illegal even if it’s used to infringe on copyright, and last week ruled that “sex clubs” so no harm any of the consenting persons who frequesnt them and should be allowed. This completely throws out the notion of “social acceptable”, which IMNSHO is an out dated ideal anyway. Down with social rule, up with individal freedom!
  • The Canadians are a very friendly bunch, I had an absolute blast. They’re about as friendly as I’ve seen people, without being sickeningly jolly.
  • They say cool things like “It’s the fuzz! Cheese it!”

User Unfriendly

What the fuck happened in the last month?!
Everything has gone to hell. I’ve had to come back to LA twice! Not only that, but they upgraded the software on my DVR. Now it likes to enter “power saving mode” at random times. WTF?? If it misses a single recording as a result I’ll be seriously pissed off.
To top it off, EarthLink gave me a new phone/pager device, a Blackberry 7750. Nice device, but the keyboard number keys don’t have letters over them, so dialing “1-800-COMMUTE” is nearly impossible. I mean really, how fucking difficult would it have been to let you push the letters and have those translate back to numbers?!

Argh.

Flying back to LA sucks

After having been here for a week and a half, I don’t want to go back 🙁

I write this from the airport. Thank god I have wireless access here, or I might have gone over the edge.
Joseph had a great birthday. He got a free cake from Safeway to eat / sit in / play with. I got it all on tape and will upload it when I get home 🙂 I just wish I didn’t have to go there at all. I don’t know how kurt and ginger are going to take my request to work remotely. I want to wait until we have at least one more person in Pasadena before I raise the issue.And I’d like to try and get some amazing work under my belt too. Never hurts to suck up a little. We’ll see how it goes in a few months.

It’s gotten really cold in Idaho. It was snowing when we left the house this morning. I bought a wooly hat. If I get my hair tidied up I can probably leave it untied at a managable length. There’s a bigass low pressure zone over LA right now, and a bigass high pressure zone over Seattle. The flight down should be fun. It’s 68F down there, and 37F up here.

Bug’s first birthday

It’s been about a month since my last blog entry. Since then I’ve started working two extra jobs to try and help ends meet. It’s a lot of work, but I don’t mind it too much as we need the money right now.. too many expenses!

I’ve also been looking around for studio apartments in Burbank. Hopefuly I can find something nice near the airport for around $500 a month. That would be pretty nice.

Bug’s first birthday is this Saturday, I’ve taken all my vacation time so I can be here for the next week and a half. I’m concerned he’s forgetting who I am 🙁 I wish I could find some work up here, but it’s really difficult trying to do anything.
Brandy suggested that I work with Josh. Maybe I could do that, with the contract work I could make some money, but probably still much less than I make now, and probably not enough for us to live on. I guess we’ll see what happens 🙁

Busy body at work

We’re under going a pretty massive re-org at EarthLink. Things are all up in the air. Some people thinks it’s a great thing, and others are quite unhappy about it. it’s going to get very interesting in the next few weeks.

I’m trying to keep myself busy, find new cool things to do. Apparently I’m making a good impression. I hope that’s a good thing and not a bad thing.
There’s so much to do, and not a lot of time to do it. It feels like I’m going to get swampped in the next few weeks 🙁

Schindler’s List

I had not watched this movie through from start to end before tonight.
Having just done so, it is leaving me with troubled thoughts.

I cannot believe the world we live in has hardly changed for over 60 years. People are still murdered en masse by self-rightious butchers on a daily basis. The weak and ill still suffer at the hands of evil men, for no reason. Modern day Hilter’s still walk the planet without a care.
We’ve wrapped ourselves up in so much geopolitical bullshit, that removing dictators from power is measured in the body count of dead soldiers, not the body count of liberated people. Teachers teach our children that war is wrong, that we have no right in the affairs of other countries.

Bullshit again. As members of the human race, it is our solemn duty to protect each other from harm. It is not a right to be protected, but a requirement to protect.
If a person is walking through a door behind you, do you not hold the door open for them?
If the same person was being persecuted, why would you not defend them?

I was not the biggest fan of the US-led war in Iraq, but looking at the bigger picture I cannot help but support it. Every soldier who lays down his life, is doing so for the millions of others who now can be free. Every man and woman who leaves behind their family does so to protect the very essence of humanity, for the very essence of our existance.

Few things have moved me as much as the final scenes of Schindler’s List.
Oskar Schindler was a great man. May he and others like him, always be rememebered. And in their memory, may we continue to save the lives of those around us who cannot save themselves.

The simple life

I got back from Idaho last week. Kept meaning to write something here, but didn’t get around to it. I just know Joseph’s going to grow up an I’m going to miss it 🙁

I miss the simple life. I just have too much to do here, and I’m not getting anywhere. A character on a TV show was talking about the challenges of life and said:
“It should be hard. I like it when it’s hard. But it shouldn’t be this difficult.”
It sucks here.

That it all.

It’s been a bad day. Please don’t take a picture..

I love ignorance. It gives me something to vent my frustrations at. I spent a significant part of today arguing with a friend who has taken the view that everything American is bad. Unfortuantely it seems everything he knows is very biased.
I’m not quite sure what to do with that. I’m trying to open his eyes, but there’s only so far I can really go. I guess I’ll see what happens tomorrow. I did suggest he open his eyes a little more. Whether he does or not is up to him. We’ll see what happens 🙂

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