Public Service Announcement: Etiquette

November 25, 2003 9:39pm
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Just a brief note – if you’re going to even bother saying excuse me, it helps if you say it loud enough so that the person you’ve just inconvenienced can actually hear you. Just murmuring it under your breath in passing is not enough.

Busy like a bee…a very, very lazy bee…

November 23, 2003 8:38pm
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I think I’m just trying to do too much.

I’ve been attempting in vain for the past several weeks to get caught up with everything, being the magazine, my own personal columns, and so forth, but it seems like I’m always about three steps behind where I would like to be and unfortunately, I still can’t see myself finding the horizon anytime soon. I had everything laid out to bring myself up to speed last week, but somehow I ended up sleeping through most of my free time. This week I’m working about 20 hours over my normal schedule, so I guess I should just be happy to make it through the week! I don’t want to drop anything, especially the magazine because it’s just come too far already, but I don’t like missing deadlines continuously and constantly leaving everyone wondering what’s going on. I’m also trying to avoid going on hiatus to “catch up” because that never seems to work anyways, so here I am, stuck between a rock and a hard place.

In other news, Kim left on her cruise this morning, which was kinda sad, but I know she’s going to have a great time and it gives me a week to make plans for the best birthday she’s ever had! I bought Final Fantasy X last night at Target for $15, although I don’t think I’m going to even try to start playing it this week. Along with the contemplation of Christmas gift selection coming up soon and how I’m going to get myself out of this hole over the next six days so that I can feel free to enjoy Sunday and all that it will entail, it’s safe to say that I’ve just got too much on my mind! Anyone want to go have a drink???

“…it’s not for you…”

November 18, 2003 12:41am
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I think that, just like those car commercials on the radio that involve honking horns and whatnot, any commercial on television during which a cell phone rings, thus making the rest of us think that our own phones are ringing, should be banned.

Did that sentence make any sense at all???

I scream, you scream…

November 16, 2003 11:24pm
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Riddle me this:

Why don’t you people use ice cream freezer bags down here?! I went to purchase a carton of ice cream this evening and, remembering that the last carton was damn near already a liquid by the time I had gotten home, I asked the cashier to put it in a separate bag. She looked at me like I was out of my mind…because apparently they just don’t do that here. It’s something like forty degrees colder up in Michigan right now and I’d bet you a dollar that every single carton of ice cream that comes out of the store gets its own bag, so why hasn’t this technology made it to the south yet?

Needless to say, I had to drive straight home, ignoring all traffic lights, just to avoid ice cream soup – color me befuddled.

…nail on the head…

November 14, 2003 12:52am


Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride of oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

( What does your month say about you? )
Post your list and strike what you feel doesn’t apply to you…


November 14, 2003 12:39am

I take a brief hiatus from the Internet and now I apparently get something like sixty or seventy e-mails a day…and they’re all SPAM.

Can somebody please remind me why I even bother with this thing???

Oi vey…

November 10, 2003 5:46pm
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I was informed earlier that I’ve been neglecting my blog here lately, even though with all due respect I’ve technically been neglecting just about everything that I do online for the past several weeks. I’ve certainly been a little distracted from the online community recently, although not at all in a bad way, but I do think that I need to find a way to balance the two. It might involve my doing a little less online than I normally do, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I can’t honestly make that decision until I’m actually caught up…so maybe this week???

Anywho, last weekend in particular was pretty cool. I spent some time in Orlando, doing the whole tourist thing, which is actually pretty easy to do when the main mouse himself is right next door! We ended up spending a good portion of the afternoon experiencing the Festival of Masters at Downtown Disney, which was a lot of fun. It was the first time I’ve been on Disney property since I got here, so it was good to rekindle the magic, if you will! By far, the coolest place in the area is the Lego Imagination Station, which has officially surfaced my passion for those little interlocking blocks from my childhood – let’s just say that I’ll be posting my new wishlist for Christmas here shortly…

That little visit was also a nice little opportunity to check out the inside of Pleasure Island without actually having to be subjected to all of the dancing within, so that was kind of nice! Didn’t get my gumbo at the House of Blues, but maybe next time. The rest of the evening was pretty much spent challenging the Wachowski bros to completely bore the hell out of me and I must say that they did exactly that with marvelous results! Ok, I won’t ruin it with spoilers for the rest of you who haven’t seen this debocile yet, primarily because I would first have to be able to identify the plot before I was able to spoil it, but let me just say this, kiddies – there are a lot of things in this world that $8 can buy you – a couple of drinks at your favorite bar, two or three boxes of Frosted Flakes, and even one of those DVDs out of the bargin bin at your favorite super store…and I guarantee you that whatever you choose, it will no doubt be infinitely more entertaining than Matrix: Revolutions was. Mind you, I didn’t like the second one, either, and thought that the story was pretty well told after the first installment, but if you go to see this movie and can seriously walk out saying that you enjoyed the show, I can no longer be friends with you.

So hopefully The Return of the King will end up being a better movie – I don’t honestly see how it couldn’t, but you never know! I’ve enjoyed watching the last two each year at Christmas and it’s been interesting to see how Peter Jackson has interpreted the story onto the silver screen thus far, so as long as he keeps doing what he’s doing and doesn’t push too hard to out-do himself on the last one, I think it should turn out pretty good. Of course, this doesn’t give him the go-ahead to go crazy/wild with his next adventure in filmmaking, but is there really anything that we could do to stop him?

Oh yeah, and if you haven’t been able to put two and two together thus far, I met a girl, too. A real one that doesn’t even need to be inflated this time – can you imagine?! It can only go downhill from here…


Bullet points for all!

October 31, 2003 11:30pm
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So much to write about, so little time…

  • I had a chance to play with one of Sprint’s new Vision phones at work during the week and well, let’s just say that somebody’s got a new toy on his Christmas list already! I never thought that the camera features and colored screens would be very cool until I tried them out for myself, but now I’m sold – the images actually don’t come out too bad, easily as good as most webcams I’ve seen, and the screen is bigger than most phones I’ve used so far. It might be a tough bite to initially cover both the cost of the new phone and the cancellation fee with AllTel, but I think it’d be worth it. Maybe next year…
  • I don’t care how good the people around me claim it to be, pickled bolognajust sounds disgusting to me.
  • Two days in a row this week we were let out early, meaning that my 45 minute commute became a 20 minute commute – sweetness, indeed!
  • I finally started on Order of the Phoenix after only what, four or five months? It’s a slow start, but with any luck, I should have this one done just in time to pick up the next installment!
  • Work was very good again this week and it’s hard to believe that we’ve only got two weeks of training left. It’s actually going to be kinda sad because my instructor doesn’t actually work for the same company and will be leaving in another week, but I did learn the other day that there’s a pretty good chance that myself and a few others in the class could be getting promotions by the end of this, so that’s certainly something to look forward to!
  • Friday is quite possibly the most excellent of days in my book. It’s the end of the week, I’ve gotten paid by then, but most importantly of all – live music in the park during lunch! Nothing helps to reinforce the scenery like a soothing array of cover tunes featuring Jimmy Buffett, Van Morrison and UB40 – pizza and hot dogs have never tasted this good.
  • I think I may take up walking at night again. It certainly won’t be the same without Brandi’s company, but it was fairly good exercise and it’s actually something that I don’t really mind doing. The area seems pretty quiet and safe at night, so we’ll see…
  • I understand the purpose of the receipt checker who stands at the door of your local Wal-Mart or what-have-you, and I’ve never had a problem with these people in the past, but one just really pissed me off tonight. Nobody is in the store and I came from the closest checkout to the door – she watched me the entire time, and yet waited for me to get out the door before yelling at me to come back so she could check my purchases. I had exactly $22.50 worth of merchandise, comprising of celery, shampoo, and a few various office supplies, and she insisted on comparing the UPCs on every single fucking thing I bought.Don’t worry, folks – I pay for my celery…
  • And while we’re on the subject, I don’t think that people should be allowed to wear Halloween costumes to work, or at least not those in service and retail industries. If a woman two floors down from me wants to dress up as Xena: Warrior Princess and strut around during lunch, I can and will fully support that, but it’s a different case when I’m doing my grocery shopping at night and you’re dripping blood all over the floor because your whole dracula / stockboyidea didn’t work out quite as well as you had predicted.
  • But most importantly of all, I need furniture – bad! I cleaned up my living room this evening so now it’s just an open room again, so I think it’s about time to find something to fill it with. Plus, I’m getting tired of sitting on the floor to watch television and the whole inflatable bed thing is getting old, too. Of course, I also need patio furniture as well, but at this point I’d settle for the couch and bed!

Ack! Eeek, even…

October 31, 2003 6:50am

Help! My ice machine won’t stop making ice!!! Ever since sometime late last night, that beast has been churning out ice like it’s nobody’s business – I’ve tried moving the arm every which way, but it won’t stop! My freezer is damn near all ice at this point. No single man needs this much ice…I may need to throw some sort of party or something just to whittle down the reserves – bring your own warm beverages.

Although I don’t have the evidence to back it up yet, I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that Arnold is behind all of this…“Rise of the Machines was just a movie, my ass!” Either him or Jerry Falwell…

…back in the day when music was listenable…

October 30, 2003 12:42am
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I WILL get my inbox cleaned out before I retire to bed tonight, but…

…my music selection right now is absolutely horrible! My MP3 collection is sitting quietly in a computer that I can’t use until my router gets here, so I have a grand total of nine songs on this computer and as good as they are, I’ve listened to them all approximately three million times and they’re starting to get a little old!

Also, I’ve tried not to let anything get to me since I arrived here in Florida – kind of a self-improvement deal, if you will – but today as I was leaving work, I had an increasingly bad headache and somebody finally just pushed my buttons in the wrong way…

ELEVATOR ETIQUETTEam I the only one who understands this?! Obviously we’re all going to the same place, yet apparently the people already waiting for the elevators to show up are just in the way because as soon as that tone is heard, everyone and her** brother shoves their way from the back to get in first. Cramming to fit in so they can get stuck in traffic before anybody else, these people will step on your toes and elbow you out of the way, all with a friendly “Excuse me!” and yet once they’re finally on the elevator, they look at you like you’re some kind of asshole for finding a spot yourself! Twelve people are crammed onto an elevator, practically sitting on each others laps, and the second I get on because there was a little extra standing room (and hey, I was standing directly in front of the door prior to my trampling), I’m the jerk because I bumped someone on the way down.

Tensions rise, people scream, “Hello? 3500 pounds?! Don’t touch my elbow!” True, it was the same elbow that shoved me out of the way in the first place, but I suppose that was different. I always thought it was polite to wait in line and take your turn as it came, but after two weeks of watching six or seven elevators leave before I had the chance because people are rude, I decided to just say “Fuck it” and go with the flow. As if a forty-five minute commute home isn’t bad enough already, we just don’t need this kind of shit building up ontop of it…

** I say her because from my previous experience, the women are typically worse than anybody else at this. She may look hot when you see her walking down the hall, but you can’t truly judge a woman until you’ve observed how she acts in an elevator…

Maybe Kurt wasn’t as crazy as I thought with taking the stairs and all! Oh well, tomorrow is another day, another victory at rummy, and who knows what else is in store for our hero? Tune in next time…

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