Sunday, October 29, 2006

Bitch, bitch, bitch

Geez Roxi, you're so demanding. I'm starting to feel like I'm married again :P

Yes, we got a shit load of snow on Thursday. About 18 inches at my house. The wind was blowing so much that it created snow drifts that were 4-5 feet tall in places. One of the limbs on my big tree out front broke. That tree is looking kind of lop-sided now. There were limbs breaking all over town since the snow came so fast and was so heavy. It's just a few days later now and almost all of the snow has melted.

Things at work are as stressful as ever. I mentioned that I have a few jobs to fill. Well, I have hired a new guy. He seems very good although a couple of the guys that interviewed him with me do not recommend horing him. They have this grand idea of what this position should be and so intense qualifications that go along with it. Well, if we were to change our focus to what they want we wouldn't be able to fill the position for 6 months or so.

The resume of a guy I worked with a couple years ago dropped on my lap a couple weeks ago. I met him when I was doing some consulting work. He and I got along great. I am hoping to fill my other Denver position with him. He passed a phone screen with other guys, and is coming in this week for a face to face.

My Oakland position might be filled soon as well. It seems we missed out on a guy that was available a couple weeks ago, but we have a line on a lady that would be good. She is going to be reporting to me, but I have to interview her over the phone. I don't like that. I am hoping to be able to get out to the bay area to meet the person I hire sometime, but it seems so hard to get the time.

MS and I went to her best friends Halloween party Saturday night. She was in the Seattle area for the majority of the last 2 weeks so we had no time to come up with a costume. She got back to town around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. We had 18 hours to come up with a costume. She stopped by the house one our way to a costume shop in the early afternoon. On our way there she said she has an idea, but didn't want to say what it was in front of my kids.

Her idea was that we go as a couple that just got busted having sex. Our clothes and hair would be messed up. I would have lipstick marks here and there. As I kept driving we started brainstorming other ways of doing this couple costume. Here is what we came up with...

For me:
Seriously messed up hair
Light colored dress shirt with buttons misalligned
Lipstick on cheek and collar
Shirt tail not tucked in on one side with lipstick mark down there
Pants buttoned, but not zipped up, and belt not buckled
Shoes untied
A couple condoms hanging out of the shirt pocket

For her:
Hair mess up only in back
Lipstick smeared
Missing one earring
Blouse on inside out
Skirt not on straight w/one part of it in the back is tucked into the waste exposing her slip
... and the best part
Bright red thong stuck to the heal of her shoe

It was awesome!!!

We didn't win the costume contest, which I was not surprised. There were some great ones. The person that one the contest was a really tall burly guy dressed as a school girl. Wig, full make-up, and a school uniform. He shaved his legs and had white knee-high stockings with white bows at the top, and high heels. I personally thing the guy is a cross-dresser. He said he did the make-up himself, and was able to walk way too well in those shoes.

Second went to a woman dressed as an Oompa Loompa (original movie version). But I think the funniest, besides ours was a guy dressed in all red with a little kids bike handlebars strapped to his chest. He was a Menstrual Cycle.

Good fun!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

How many of me are there
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?


Ya, I stole it from DZER

* -- wasn't on original list of questions, added by DZER.

1.The phone rings. Who do you want it to be?

A woman with a sexy voice not trying to sell me something.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?
I do, to the corral. It became a pet peeve when my truck got slammed by a run away cart at the grocery store 3 months after I bought the truck.

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener?
Depends on if I like the people around. If I like I talk, or if there's a woman I want to get to know I'll talk. Otherwise I shut the hell up.

4. Do you take compliments well?
I guess I don't, or at least I have a hard time believe the sincerity

5. Are you an active person?
Depends on the day

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, do you survive?
Yes, if I know roughly where I am I could probably find a way to survive or get found

7. Do you like to ride horses?
I like to, but can't. Allergic :(

8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?
Yes, and as a counselor in high school

9. What was your favorite game as a kid?
Baseball or kickball

10. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was married would you?
Probably not, but who knows

11. Are you judgmental?
Usually no, but I have my days

12. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you?
I always do.

13. Do you like to pursue or be pursued?
By jackals? The paparazzi? Police? A crazed mob? It's all about the situation. I left DZER's answer since it was perfect

14. Use three words to describe yourself:
Geek, anxiety, kisser

15. If you had to choose, would you rather be deaf or blind?
Deaf, then it doesn't matter if I don't answer the damn phone

16. Are you continuing your education?
I need to

17. Do you know how to shoot a gun?
Yes, and I have killed big furry critters

18. If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you tried to save?
My kids

19. How often do you read books?

20. Do you think more about the past, present or future?
Future probably

21. What is your favorite children's book?
"Ferdinand The Bull"

22. Have you kissed any of your MySpace friends?
Yes, a couple, but I wish for a couple more

23. How tall are you?
5'10" and shrinking

24. Where is your ideal house located?
On about an acre of land somewhere near where I am now

25. Boxers, briefs, thongs, panties, or grannies?
Boxer briefs

26. Last person you talked to?
A guy from work... woohoo

27. Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth?

28. When was the last time you were at Olive Garden?
About a month ago

29. What are your keys on your key chain for?
Car, truck, house, cabinet at work.

30. Where was the furthest place you traveled today?
To Best Buy, about 1 mile away. I worked from home.

31. Where is your current pain at?
Deep in my brain

32. Do you like mustard?

33. Do you prefer to sleep or eat?
Sleep. I wish I could cut back on the eating.

34. Do you look like your mom or dad?
Dad mostly, but some features from mom's family

35. How long does it take you in the shower?
10 minutes max

36. Can you do a split?
Only banana. Again, good one DZER

37. What movie do you want to see right now?
"The Departed."

38. Do you put lotion on your dog or cats?
Are you fucking kidding me?

39. What did you do for New Year's?
Stayed home. No fun

40. Do you think "The Grudge" was scary?
Didn't see it

41. What was the cause of your last accident?
Incontinence... just kidding. The very old lady that rear ended me because she thought she could see through her iced over windshield.

*42. How much money do you have on you right now?
$41 if you don't count the check from my girlfriend for $130

43. What are you drinking?
Diet Cherry Coke

44. Was your mom a cheerleader?

45. What's the last letter of your middle name?

46. Who did you vote for on American Idol?
Never watched a single show

47. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
Maybe 6

48. Do you like Carebears?
beheaded, yes

49. What do you buy at the movies?
Ticket, popcorn and a Diet Coke

50. Do you know how to play poker?
Yes, but DZER would clean me out

51. Do you wear your seat belt?

52. What do you wear to sleep?
See #25

53. Anything big ever happen in your hometown?

54. How many meals do you eat a day?
Usually two

55. Is your tongue pierced?
Hell no

56. Do you always read MySpace bulletins?

*57. What's you favorite NFL team?

58. Do you like funny or serious people better?

59. Ever been to Vegas?
Many times and want to go again soon

60. Did you eat a cookie today?
No, but almost made some

61. Do you use cuss words in other languages?

62. Do you steal or pay for your music downloads?
Once in a while I will download a song that has been recommended, but if I like it I'll go buy their CD.

63. Do you hate chocolate?
Only dark

64. What do you and your parents fight about the most?
When dad was around we would fight about his being such a dick. Mom and I never fight.

*65. Is anyone mad at or irritated with you right now?
I am sure a couple people at work, maybe one or 2 of you

*66. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? (apologies to those who don't celebrate Christmas)

*67. What's your favorite preparation for eggs?
Scrambled with a little cheese

68. If you could have any job (assuming you have the skills) what would it be?
Professional Powerball Winner

69. Are you easy to get along with?
Yes. Maybe I should be more of a dick

70. What is your favorite time of day?
Until starting this new job... right after getting out of work. Now it is right after I get home from my 75+ minute commute

71. Who was your best girlfriend/boyfriend?
Hard to say. Many have great qualities. MS is definitely the most like me

72. Who do you hate?
People who hurt others

73. Would ever date your first love again?
"Again" assumes that I dated her to begin with.

74. Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?
Yes, but not serious like we are talking marriage or anything

75. Current mood?

Sunday, October 15, 2006

So much to write, so little time

Work hasn't eased up much in the past couple weeks. Getting some of my priorities done just means I need to work on the next ones. This week should be interresting.

It sounds like I'll be doing some travelling in the future. Now that we've been "acquired" there is talk of some of the work I have done has been noticed and needs to be done with other projects in our "division". I certainly didn't expect this job to get even more crazy. Hopefully these projects won't need my attention until I get some of our local issues dealt with.

I've been shot down on taking my kids to Michigan with me for Christmas. This is a major bummer for me. I have never been without them at Christmas. She is kind of upset about it because the kids knew before she did. She doesn't like being put in a bad light if she says no. Unfortunately my mom let it slip on a phone call a while back, so when they talked to her next the issue started to boil. I was upset with my mom for saying anything. I tend to forgive her because of her age. I haven't gotten a flight reservation yet. I am waiting to know if my brother is coming. If he is but can't afford to fly we may drive it together. If he doesn't make a decision soon I will get a ticket and let him fend for himself.

I let my ex know that we may be going to Connecticut next yet. She has more than a year to prepare herself for the fact that she will not have her kids for Christmas. Too bad, it's only fair.

Thursday was Erik's birthday. The boys were with my ex, but she invited me and MS to go to dinner with them at Texas Roadhouse. I wasn't sure how MS would feel about it, but she did want to go. It was a good evening, but one funny thing did occur. We were sitting there waiting for our food when in walks a neighbor, her boyfriend, and her girls.

I don't like this neighbor because I was good friends with her ex. He is a great guy. I have not talked to her for about 6 years. She lives right across the street, and not a word. She knew that Irene and I had split of course. The whole neighborhood knew what happened. It's kind of hard to live in a neighborhood that knows that your wife slept with one of the other neighbors.

Anyway, she saw us there... all 6 of us. She had this "WHAT THE FUCK!?" look on her face.

For some reason that felt good. She is one of those crazy bitches that has to freak out on whomever she is breaking up with. She did it to Joe (her ex), which ended with her getting carted off to jail for a night. That was fun to watch. I've also witnessed other breakups with other guys since. I guess the concept of being civil with an ex just doesn't seem to fit in her twisted sense of reality. I guess to someone like that the only way to end things is to blow a gasket.

I had a great weekend with the boys. Saturday morning was of course bowling league. Unfortunately, this meant not sleeping in. I gave Erik a new bowling ball for his birthday, but unfortunately it wasn't drilled yet. They both got awards from the previous week. That was pretty cool.

Afterwards we had to rush home and get cleaned up for Erik's party. We weren't having the party at my house. We just needed to get our stuff together. The ex and I had a party for him at a laser tag place here in town. The kids always enjoy that. I did very well compared to previous outing. I was ranked 10th of 25 for the first game, and 7th of 25 for the second. I think all that PC war gaming paid off on my tactics :D Mike's son is a freakazoid in laser tag. He was 2nd both games. That little shit. My friends Mike and Irma finally got to meet MS. I took a load of shit for not taking her out to their house yet. MS's kids were their too.

Afterwards I invited MS and her kids to come over for dinner. Unfortunately, her daughter had to work, but MS came with her son. Our kids get along fairly well. Her daughter is 17, so she doesn't hang out with us too much, but once in a while she does and she is a lot of fun. Her son is 14, and should never eat sugar. It's like giving a crack pipe to a junkie. He can be hard to take at times. I try to be patient.

Her kids are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Her daughter is a straight A student. She is hoping to get in to MIT next year. She has a good shot. Her son on the other hand will be lucky to graduate. At least one F on his report card is the norm it seems. He was this way before the divorce, so you can't blame that. He is not stupid. I think he just lacks the ability to absorb much information. He joined the ROTC program at the high school. I would bet that he'll be joining the Air Force after high school.

My kids are on their Fall Break from school. They were off all last week with my ex, and they are off all this week with me. My ex took the entire week off. I can't do that for obvious reason, but I did get clearance to work from home Tuesday and Wednesday. I am wanting to talk to my boss about working from home one day a week, but I can't justify it withthe amount of turmoil there is. Hopefully soon. One of the guys that reports to me put in his 2 week notice last week. Can I send this dish back, there just isn't enough stress on it. Thank you very much.

I now have 3 open jobs to fill, one of them being in Oakland, CA. I just hope the other guy in my department doesn't decide to leave. I would be screwed.

My friend Michelle from Arizona contacted me. Remember her? She asked me to send her the newspapers from here and in Denver. I guess things have devolved there to the point where she is ready for a location change. Why does that give me butterflies in my stomach? She knows I am seeing someone and I know she would never do anything to cause any problems.

Here's an odd note...

I have a friendship with a woman here that started out as dating, but we both ended it after just a couple weeks because of various incompatibilities on our lives. We remained friends and talk to each other about everything. She is a hair stylist and cuts my hair. I would not say we're close because I only see her about once a month (mostly only when I need a haircut), but we talk on a regular basis. To be honest, now that I know her better I am sooooo glad we ended a romantic relationship before it ever got off the ground.

I still enjoy spending time with her once in a while. She cuts my hair, we go to dinner and talk. But lately she's been demanding more time. She needs help with this and that, blah blah blah. I have not been there for her on these occasions because I am afraid that she'll get used to leaning on me for things. I do feel guilty about not being there for her. To be honest, if it was a guy friend I wouldn't have hesitated to help.

MS knows all about her. I was up front about my female friends I have here. MS doesn't seem to mind, but I certainly am not going to put MS aside if a female friend "needs" something. MS isn't the jealous type, but what does that say about the friendships I have made with these women? Am I a bad friend? I know that part of my hesitation is because I am worried that these women may get re-attached to me and I would have to break off even the friendship. So I keep them at a safe distance.

Why do I feel so depressed?

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Finally, a minute to write...

First of all, thanks to all of you for your well wishes. Its' been a rough month or so, and it is probably going to continue for many weeks to come. I am thinking I might get a break around Christmas. UGH!

I have had some great successes in the past few weeks. I have changed how software development is proceeding with this company. Previously they had a very limited ability to work on multiple software releases at once. They could not easily work on the software from multiple sites, now that is almost possible. Should be working this next week.

There are plenty more challenges for me to overcome, but I am knocking them off one by one.

The kids have really been great lately. They are a little frustrated with me bringing work home, but at least I can sit in the family room with them and interact while I work.

I have been pretty consistant with them as far as their school work goes. It has really paid off for Kevin this year. Kevin has As and Bs, and he is really motivated. I hope we can keep this up. I think the threat to not let him go snowboarding with the high school ski/board group if his grades drop helped too. Yes, he's still in middle school, but they allow a few in his grade to go with the high school kids.

I bought myself some skis a few weeks ago. I bought boots last year because I was having a hard time finding rentals that were comfortable around my big calves. I knew I was buying skis this year, I was just hoping that I would have a job before THE big ski sale started. So now I am totally outfitted.

Then Kevin was asking about checking out snowboards. He won a couple mall credit cards when he did some things with my ex's boyfriend last summer. He had $100 to spend. I bought the cards from him and took him to the ski sale a week later and got him set up as well.

Yesterday after bowling leagues I took the kids to get Erik rental skis for the season and to pick up mine and Kevin's equipment from getting mounted and tuned. We are ready for the snow. I have not been this excited about winter in many years.

Did you guys all watch Heroes last week? I thought it was pretty cool and has great potential. I was a little freaked out about seeing Ashley on the TV again. I don't know if anyone noticed, but she has some paralasis in her face. I can never remember the condition she has. I am glad she is working though. This Monday's tag line for the episode " A stranger in a strange land, an evil about to unfold"

My PC gaming friends are now wanting to play some different games. Luckily the first choice is a racing game that I found on-line cheap (~$15). Could be fun, but I am still waiting for Battlefield 2142.