Saturday, March 3, 2012

Is she out there?

Let’s be just friends?

How about let’s not.  I have enough “just friends” to last for the rest of this life and for a good part of another.

I want something much more.  I want a woman who I can trust, who I can laugh with, who I can cry with.  A woman who I can go to bed with every night and wake up with every morning.  A woman who can take me at my best and put up with me at my worst.  A woman who will understand me…who will know what I’m thinking just by looking at me.  A woman who will play in the rain during the summer, and cuddle on the couch to stay warm during the winter.

Is that so much to ask?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Round and Round We Go...

Do you ever have the feeling that your life is stuck in an endless loop.  The terrible feeling that you may be living the exact same day over and over.  Getting up at the same time.  Eating at the same time.  Going to work at the same time.  Doing the same thing as the day before and will be doing the same thing the next day.  Going home at the same time (mercifully...).  Go to bed at the same time.  Repeat.

Yeah, that's the feeling that I've been having for a while now.  Don't get me wrong, having a good job these days is quite an accomplishment, and I'm thankful for it, but let's just say that the monotony sometimes becomes overwhelming.

Five years ago, if someone had told me that this is where I'd be stuck, I would've told them that they're full of shit.  Back then everything was looking up, and the economy seemed to have nowhere to go but up.  A few years and a few layoffs later, here I am.  So it goes.  For now.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Machine

 This is a blog that I wrote a couple of years ago, in 2009, I believe, after I had already been laid off twice, and a couple of months before my third layoff.  I think the message still applies in 2012...


I have realized that if you work for a Corporation, no matter the size, that Corporation will inevitably attempt to control every aspect of your life.

For a year-and-a-half I worked for a major Corporation in the housing industry, where I loved all my co-workers, the family atmosphere, and the close-knit work environment. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to be around all day. When it came to the upper management, however, I quickly discovered that "the best and brightest" that the company had to offer had their heads so far up their rear ends that they could see their own tonsils.

The smaller Corporation that I'm at now isn't much better.

For the last 6 months there have been so many layoffs in the building and housing industry, and every time that it happened, management would send one of their "suits" give the "we're 'right-sized' for this market, now" speech. I think that this was little more than a [poor] tactic used to prevent morale from sinking too low, even though speaking from first-hand experience, I can tell you that morale did get very, very low. Even after their speech, they would come back two or three months later, and lay off even more people. Followed by the same speech again. And don't forget...they expect those that remain to do twice the work for no extra money. They better be glad they still have a job! Or so they would say.

You realize that these big companies do not care about the little guy who works long hours to keep the place running, and who relies on his comparatively meager paycheck to put food on the table, to pay bills, to buy the gas that he uses to get to work and to keep clothes on the backs of his family. The company is only looking out for the high-salaried Executives who are supposed to know how to properly manage a company to prevent such layoffs from happening in the first place. They have their BMW/Mercedes/Giant GMC truck paid for by the company, they take "business trips" on the company dime (which amount to little more than a company-sponsored fishing vacation). They don't really DO anything.

So, the point in all this is this:

Don't give a Corporation any more loyalty than they are going to give you...none. If a better offer comes along, snap it up...they would do the exact same thing. Keep your eyes open and keep your hook in the water. Look out for yourself.

Go well, my friends.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Back Then...

Remember when Punk was really Punk?

Johnny Rotten and The Sex Pistols -- when Punk was real
I swear to the non-existent holy deity of your choice...the next kid who tells me that Green Day or the freakin' Pixies are great Punk Rock going to get a broken nose!

Voting for What's Right

He is the only candidate who will turn this country in the right direction.  How?  By doing something truly revolutionary. By following the Constitution.

Dun dun dunnnn

I'm baaaaaack.