Monthly Archives: September 2008

The coming Crash?

From the home page, a prescient product description:

>All Tomorrow’s LAN Parties

>Boy, the aphids are bad this year. Look at these turnips. At this rate, we’ll be lucky if there’s any left for the Harvest Feast. Well, hand me that cottonseed oil. Let’s see if it’ll keep them away this time.

>What? Oh, yeah, sure, I remember the Crash. I was 14, 15 when it all went down: the oil running out, the oceans rising, the 2nd Civil War. I’ll never forget those Chinese peacekeeping troops rolling a tank right down the main corridor of the Oakwoods Galleria. I was at this place called GameZone, looking at these things called video games. Oh, you’ve heard about video games, huh? Yeah, us old-timers used to spend a lot of time talking about video games around the village fire.

>It sounds funny now, but I was going to be a professional video-game player. That very day, I’d scraped up some of the Old Dollars to buy a pair of Everglide S-500 Professional Headphones. See, wanna-be pro gamers like me would wear these things over our ears, so we could hear our game and not the guy’s next to us. So I was looking for a pair that would fit over my ears and shut everything out – something huge, like these Everglide S-500s. They sounded great for games, and had a decent frequency response for music, too. I bought them after I spent, like, days figuring out which headphones were going to help me make a living playing video games.

>It’s funny what people used to get paid to do, huh? And funny what people used to consider important.

>Ah, well. You could drive yourself crazy wrestling with memories of the old world. Look at old Barry Gomez, sitting at that bus stop on the town square like it’s going to rumble down the road any minute. No, those days are over. You missed it, kid. Now let’s get back to tending these turnips.

One Week Down

Hello Weblog! 

I’ve landed just fine at CenturyTel.  I’ve got a week under my belt and I’d have to say it’s sure nice to come to work and enjoy the stability and resources of a larger company.  I’m working with current generation gear and have a great group of people to support.

Day 1: On the Job

I made it through eight hours of work today, the first real work day in five weeks. It wasn’t super hard, but it was a fresh reminder of suckling a paycheck at the corporate teat. I’ve worked for maverick, startup-style companies for the last nine years and CenturyTel is definitely not a startup. They are well organized and efficient. They have the infrastructure to back up their sales force.

It’s only been one day, but things look good.


Mark on WordPress: “My wife Sarah and I were in Wal-Mart last night, when we saw someone walking around with a shirt that said ‘Girl’s go’in wild.’ We had a good chuckle over the atrocious and arbitrary punctuation. Then I thought ‘hey, this might make for a good blog.’

4 hours later, Wordsplosion was online. It’s pretty amazing that you can go from idea to execution in a matter of hours using WordPress. Wordsplosion showcases ‘the best of the worst of the wide world of words.’ It contains (and will continue to contain) all manner of grammatical errors, punctuation gaffes, misspellings, horrible typography, etc. It’s LOL cats for smart people.”

Starting over again

Tomorrow morning, I start a new job, start new relationships and start new professional development.  Tammy took time to get me a “new job” gift — a new photo of her for my desk.  I can’t think of a better gift and a better way to start my work days.

Thanks babe!

Is it Monday yet?

I start a new job on Monday and it’s finally staring to feel “real” for me. Earlier in the week, Tammy and I went through my clothes closet, putting together some outfits for work. This job is a little different in that I’m wearing a shirt and tie each day so while I’ve got plenty of both, it was important to make sure they actually work with each other.

We found some ties that just didn’t cut the style standard any more, so they were out. One tie had a run in the fabric that I hadn’t seen before so it’s in the trash. The rest were paired with the right shirts and pants and I’m set for the week. It feels like the first day of “school” where you have to make new friends and find your place in the social structure