Sunday, November 19, 2006


I came back home this weekend to play a show with my friends from my old band, The Legionnaires (the dirty country jam band). It was a really good time, I haven't got to be on stage for almost a year, so needless to say I was a little nervous (as my chops had almost completely dissapeared). It was really good though. Me and Pat opened with an acoustic set and finished the set with a killer "Dead or Alive" that went well. We had like 9 or 10 people on stage by the end of the night and it was amazing how coherent it was considering the amount of instruments up there. Good times. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who came out and to my buddies from the Legionnaires, Wallevand, Aaron, and everyone else there. Good times.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


I got offered the job and accepted yesterday. So, on November 27th (my birthday conicdently) I start my new position in the Network Services group. They held up their end of the deal, so I decided to go for it. Even if it sucks, at the very least I can get some experience and have some more buzzwords to put on a resume.

Monday, November 13, 2006


I thought I lost my lighter in my chair, so I started digging. No lighter but I DID find: 3 guitar picks (one of which came with my second guitar ever, around 16-17 years ago, and one of which sat in Brian's shop apron for most of the 6 years we worked together, which he finally gave me) and $2.52 in loose change. I must add the change is pretty gross, but it is definately not going to stop me from buying coffee with it tomorrow morning.

Ok so I can't sleep, so I'll blawg a little more. The job thing has been interesting. So they want to give me that job in Network Services. They post it and basically write up the AR specifically for me. Only issue is that the title is the same, but I would move up two pay scale levels (from an 8 to a 10, which is totally irrelevant to you at this point, but it will come into play). Ok, so now I'm cornfused. Here is where it gets tricky; I'm a level 8 Associate Systems Administrator now. The new job is posted as an Associate Systems Admin at a level 10. Sounds great right? What's shitty is that these are salary "ranges" so the bottom of the 10 isn't a whole lot more than I make now. So I'm pretty pissed at this point cause I thought the title was for network systems admin, and they could potentially move me almost completely laterally (more work, same money type of deal). So I "express my concern" to my potential new boss and he says "yea thats weird, I thought so to" so he calls HR and changes the job title on the AR. Sweet, I'm in. HR calls and says "you can't do that shit mang". Apparently the network systems admin's job description requires that you be compensated at a level 11, which I don't qualify for.

So on and so forth. So I finally just lay it out for the hiring supervisor that I'm concerned they're going to screw me if I jump on it. We hashed it out and I'm fairly confident that it will be a good deal. I'll get a fairly decent raise for now and at the end of the next fiscal year, I'll get the title and bump to net systems admin. Its tough because my current boss is one of the coolest guys you could work for in history, but I have to think about whats best for me right now. And on yet another note, did I hear correctly that crazy dutch bastard VanLeuven is moving out here? If someone can put me on contact with that guy, it would be boss.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

A vacationing penguin is driving through Arizona...

and notices his oil pressure light is on. He gets out to look
and sees oil dripping out of the motor. He drives to the
nearest town and he pulls into the first gas station.

After dropping the car off, the penguin goes for a walk
around town. He sees an ice cream shop and being a penguin
in Arizona decides that something cold could really hit the
spot.He gets a big dish of vanilla ice cream and sits down
to eat. Having no hands, he makes a real mess trying to
eat with his little flippers.

After finishing his ice cream , he goes back to the gas
station and asks the mechanic if he found the problem.
The mechanic looks up and says, "it looks like you blew a seal."
"No no", exclaims the penguin. "its just ice cream."

Thursday, November 09, 2006

In honor of Brittney Spears Divorce, I bring you.....