Tuesday, June 28, 2005

bush + addressing the 'nation'[wonkette] = mission reaccomplished?

I could have live-blogged the speach tonight, but I decided that wouldn't work out too well... it would be all 'AAAARGH' and 'PULLING HAIR NOW'. Since I was watching the sox at the time I figured there was enough of that already. Wonkette on the other hand did a good job so I'll just link her here. Let me just say that if bush didn't say "this is what's going to happen now, a, b, c, d, etc. etc." then he failed his mission. Setting it up at Fort Bragg... pretty lame and disgusting in my book. Note to Dan Bartlett and Karl: Stop using our troops as props and photo ops, they deserve better. That's all I got to say about that, so go read the Wonkette article.

jobby job job job

So I'm in the "running" for a really great temp-permanent job at a law firm here in D.C. So let's all keep our fingers crossed. No I won't tell you who it is and no I won't say anything more than this. There is such a thing as jinx and he's been on my case lately for some reason. I also heard back from the HR director over at NCB. They passed on me, but she has been nice enough to continue looking into a temp position for me there. Other than that there is no new job news. Unlike some other types of news where no news is good news, no news in the job department can mean bad news. KEEP YOUR FINGERS AND TOES CROSSED PEOPLE! I wanna see y'all walkin funny for several weeks.

Monday, June 27, 2005

2nd pic of myrtle...

More on the way hopefully. This is Erica doin the "ROCK" symbol, below is Jen showing off one of her more popular parts, as I had promised.

1st pic of myrtle

Sunday, June 26, 2005

So many miles...

So I'm back from Myrtle and Rochester. Pictures will be coming soon (be forwarned; lots of them are of Jen and Erica's more popular parts). On saturday morning we started out for Myrtle beach. It was a good, long trip. We stopped at Chic-fil-a and had lunch in North Carolina. I switched off driving with Erica and on the way out of the parking lot we got pulled over. I had been driving a total of 30 seconds when this happened... such is my luck. Erica has forgotten her drink on top of the car. As we pulled out it went flying to the ground. As Erica turned the wipers on a NC State Trooper pulled up behind us. Luckily there was no ticket, only a polite "could you please go pick that up." Once under way again there was little excitement. "THE CREECH!"

The first night there we hunkered down around a pizza and alcohol after running several errands to get food and booze. Halfway through our drunken pizza eating we were evacuated due to a fire in another room. We romped on the beach, scaring the other travelers for about an hour or so. Several people were pushed in the water. After we got back inside we drank a little more, changed our wet clothes and went out. Let me state right now that if you ever have the chance to drink grain alcohol, champagne and beer, all in the same night... go for it, but make sure you have some really great friends (thanks chris, jen and erica for understanding). "Chris fell down..." "AAAWE...I pee'd myself!" "WREEEETCH"

The next morning came early and we headed out to the beach. I must say now... lying on a beach = fun... lying on a beach for more than 3 minutes = BORING. "Sorry, oops". Jen captivated us with her reading of a coupon book. It appears that if you're willing to drop a dollar or two you can get all sorts of free fudge, hermit crabs (named hermie), sand dollars, bibles, and the such. It's a veritbale free gift store down there. Good luck to anyone who engages in a sandball fight (a la snowball).

To spare you most of the details I'll inform you of how the rest of the week went up till monday...drinking drinking drinking swimming drinking sun burn drinking swimming drinking card games drinking drinking drinking swimming.

Monday was Brandon and Erica's birthday. We went out to the bar area and had dinner. I thought it would be fun to dress them up in Cowboy and Indian costumes and watch them run around the place. They however, decided that they would just stand there as we all sung happy birthday to them. Then we went off to feed some gross carp. Erica led us to this rockin piano bar where we sang along to thousands of songs and pumped our fists in the air. The night was capped off with a boring dance club and a creepy cab ride home.

The rest of the week went in a similar fashion to the beginning. On wednesday we cleaned up and headed out for D.C. Jen was busy communicating with other cars via notepad "Nice shoes..." "Who has two thumbs and..."

After an endless journey back to D.C. and a discussion of next years trip we went out again and had a quick dinner at wrap works... I love that place. Then we hiked down to a bar and watched the Sox win.

The Next morning Jen took off for Boston (a sad departure) and we piled back in the cars for Rochester.

Rochester was as always a fine time spent with the parents and each other. I had an opportunity to go see my grandparents (as I do on every trip home). I also went to my grandparents house for the first time in about 2 years. It was weird but still felt comfortable. I have also become something I never thought I would be. My grandfather was a member of the NRA and had many antique guns and rifles. When he passed away he left them behind obviously and they have now been divied up between the grandsons. I am now a gun owner. The guy finally got to me :-). I'll tell you something else, I'll give up that gun when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.

Erica and I drove home to D.C. today after having a nice lunch with Pete and Amogh at Applebees. The drive home is always quicker and today was no exception. After 30 seconds (in exaggerated time) we arrived home and unpacked my 3 tons of stuff.

I hope everyone had a great time, I know I did. Can't wait till next years vacation.

Friday, June 17, 2005

The wait is over, the time is near!

NO MORE COUNTDOWNS!! No, I haven't gotten a job yet... I'm on my way to Myrtle beach in way less then 24 hours to blow all kinds of money I do not have. But that's all right. Sitting on a beach surrounded by beautiful women who will not ever talk to me, what could be better than that? Oh yeah and my friends are going too. Jen get's in from Boston in 5 hours 45 minutes. Pete, Chris and Broken hand Brandon get in to town in about 10 hours. AAAAND in about 17 hours we will be hittin the open roads for destination south! I'm all packed, I have a swimsuit, I have a blender, I have all sorts of stuff to bring with. I got up at 9:30 this morning, not because my alarm went off, but because I could not sleep. It's like christmas in july... only it's june. So I shall see you all on the other side of Myrtle, or Fairport. We head back to Rochester on thursday, I think just to remind ourselves how lucky we were. But then I'll be back in D.C. on Sunday... maybe, either that or I'll be in Connecticut for a week. But then I'll definitely be back in D.C. Unless something else comes up... But regardless, at some point in 2005 I shall be returning to D.C. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Awesome advice

For those of us who are single and inept I give you: http://www.tremble.com/scribblins/000539.html

looking for a funny snow man story? I give you: http://www.fussy.org/2005_06_01_archive.html#111826844427522615

Enjoy the reading material and my thanks to Dooce for compiling the list

Big news day...

So yesterday-ish (thursday) I single handedly propelled the NCB softball team, aptly named the NCBeers, into the playoffs. I hear that the MLB is debating a golden glove for my center field performance.

Today-ish (friday), I went to a temp job not far from here. The company (name of company deleted) is a Republican polling firm. It went fine despite being outed as a raging libby within the first hour of my temp employment. Everyone was very nice (not surprised so don't draw inferences from that). The only thing was that I was extremely bored. I sat around until noon when my job actually started. Their phone system was not very appealing either. It was a not so bad experience though, and I enjoyed getting out and doing something for a day.

For those of you who don't know it, D.C. is VERY hot and humid right now and I'm trying to get used to it. This means bringing a hand towel with me wherever I go because I sweat more than a normal human should.

Also for those of you keeping track, it is one week till we leave for Myrtle beach. I cannot, repeat cannot, WAIT for this. It will be a much needed break from the dissapointments in my job search.

update on the job search: I haven't heard back from the NCB HR department yet. They told me that it would in fact be some time next week that I'll know for sure what my fate will be. Keep your fingers crossed. That's all for now. go back to your boring lives.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

pre-Hump Day post

So it's recently come to my attention that I do in fact have readers... not many of them, but I'm damned sure not gonna lose them with inactivity. I also can no longer use the "I have no readers! waaaaaa" line, so in that sense I am much like Conan O'Brien... only he's always saying that no one's watching... and he's funny.

I also realized that I like to read blogs. I'm a "fan" you might say, and when a blog hasn't posted recently (say like in the last 12 hours), I got irritable like a crack fiend lookin for a fix. So I thought I'd post some nonsense up here for those of you who are like me. I'll read just about anything people post. They could talk about their poop, such as they do on Dooce, or they could even be talking about Hillary's supposed lesbianism. I'm up for anything. As long as it has nothing to do with watching CNN, MSNBC or anything else that just repeats itself over and over and over and over and freakin over again...DAMN.

So in honor of not repeating myself I'll mention some stuff. There was an awesome thunderstorm last night that lasted for several hours and culminated in what can only be described as a combination of typhoon and a tsunami. I went outside around 12:30 just to stand in it for a little while. There's something very comforting about thunderstorms.

Today we got our new fridge. IT'S AWESOME. it's not some uber-techy fridge or anything of the sort. For the most part I'm easy when it comes to appliances (except for coffee makers, they must have all sorts of gadgets on them and be capable of relaying launch codes if needed). Our fridge makes ice... ICE!! not in a 'put your glass up to the door and push a button way', but the old fashioned way with ice trays. Amazing you say? YES I respond. Our old fridge could never make ice... or keep ice for that matter.

So all in all it has been a not so crappy day. Let's see what hump day has to offer us.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

end of the story?

So my job search may be at an end. On January 3rd I was officially done with my work in Congressman Gerald Kleczka's office. He had retired and we were all out of jobs. Fastforward through 3 compressed seasons of Ed, countless hours of Halo2 (which has subsequently left me a dangerous man, when a controler is placed in my hands), several un-noteworthy job interviews and disappointments, 3 seperate seasons (winter, spring, summer) and you will get to where I am now. My career in politics will be placed on hold for the time being. NCB (National Cooperative Bank) will hopefully be offering me a job on monday morning. I'll be sure to post as soon as I hear.