Fri, Aug. 28th, 2009, 11:39 am
the Right Coast
So, haven't been surfing all that much this year due to the job thing and all that, but suddenly in July and August, typically slow months, Posiedon has just up and gone hog wild.
But this past weekend, we're talking overhead surf - say, 10 foot to 12 foot faces with occassional 15 to 20. Of course by me, the 15 to 20 just closed out.. Needed a slightly different swell direction to form up properly to hold at that size, but the mack daddied those sizes out in Montauk and a number of places.
And y'know.. Aside from anything, it's just the pure exhiliration of the drop and ride more than anything else.
And having the swell line up for the exact 5 days the wife and kids were away on a trip, well, if that ain't a sign, dunno what is.
Danny this weekend, though it'll have to be fit in around aforementioned soccer, dinner with the rents, and household chores (week 2 1/2 of lawn needing mowing... Oops!) Amount other things.
So, I got nuthin. Though, I suppose being employed full time, getting solar, kids going back to school, coaching soccer, potentially taking over Cub Scouts as Cubmaster, middle son on travel soccer, surfing hurricanes and still looking for a job I'll feel better settling down at.
Ok, so I suppose I got a lot going on.
Thu, Aug. 6th, 2009, 04:50 pm
the flip side
So, on the tail end of my dark, dire, self indulgent (I'm surprised I didn't mention my rapidly greying hair) post, all is not bleak doom and gloom looking forward.
To be sure, there is plenty of uncertainty, but life throws things your way in its karmatic gyrations and you just need to deal with it.
On the plus side, to even out my last post, I'm employed, the consulting company is picking me up full time, and my current gig is extending me.
Timing being what it is, murphy's bitch, of course means that I've had three interviews in the past month that remain in progress, four calls this week alone from both things I've put in for and out of the blue through friends alerting me to things where they work, and there has been a flurry of new job postings from some major institutions I'd be a good fit for.
Which, of course may leave me in an enviable yet somewhat sticky situation depending on how things go.
I'm not one to burn bridges or leave people in a bind, so given that I'm fulltiming it, if I get a wonderfully fabulous offer, I'd have to make that unwanted decision.
How's that for post to post contrast for ya?
Wed, Aug. 5th, 2009, 07:27 pm
Oh, look, it's HIM again.
Y'now, doing this from blackberry is somewhat, I dunno, just doesn't feel the same.
But, I have no work access to lj, and home life is busy and I might have tended to play Secondlife a little instead of updating here, but even then it's only a couple times a month because for some reason I'm busy.
The strangest thing, which I've mentioned before, is that when I was unemployed, you'd think I'd be an lj junkie, but nada.
After staring at website after website of job postings and typing why I was so fucking stellar I should be hired, well, I think it left me a bit spent.
I continuously said to myself to do the blog of the out of work guy and get tons of attention due to my insightful commentary, but at the end of the day, it was just fending off the depression.
That's the fucked thing... I consider myself someone who can control his emotions fairly well ( though the anger side is the tougher one). So, going into unemployment I knew depression was something I'd have to fight and I stole myself towards it.
But, at the end of the day, when things become bleak, I was fighting my own, making sure to reassure my wife there was hope and not really any problem, doing the same or more fore the kids (hey, 11, 9 and 7 year olds are very perceptive), plus managing my parents, friends, kids' friends' parents and all the while knowing that it was dire.
I don't wish this kind of stuff on many people. And even those I don't like - if they have a family, never.
But, back in the saddle, unlike many others out there. My life plan has been seriously interrupted, and I'm kinda out of sorts that I'm not really going to amount to much professionally and in a way to set up my family to be comfortable like I wanted, but, hey...
Kids, wife - healthy, happy. Making the mortgage and bills most of the time. Many people tons worse off than me.
So, gotta be humble and say I'm still spoiled and lucky.
Mon, Aug. 3rd, 2009, 07:51 am
Well, howdy do again.
Just managed to sleep past my ferry stop. How does one do that?
Anyway, surf has been great lately, and I'm closing in on a full time employment thing, so all good there.
Did I mention I'm getting solar power?
So, LJ tells me it's been 11 weeks without me. But, well, things have been going on. Plus I really do need to keep this on my bberry so I will update on the road.
If you asked me to update yesterday, it would have been a self pitying list of my job sucking dingleberry covered hairy balls to lamenting about me not having anything about me matter in terms of spending time on things I care about to a family life that is going through the paces.
Today, things are better, in that I'm not so self-involved and one of the items that has been nagging at me since March (being full time employed) has been fixed. Of a sort. Not the most optimal, but ok.
Family is good, everyone's healthy and happy, I'm putting solar power on my roof and sticking it to the electric company.
How YOU doin'?
Ok, so not once a week, but, hey, it's been only 2 weeks. Anyway, nothing much new. Though, it's stress time with my contract renewal coming up for this job. So either I have to find something new, get renewed or I'm out on the street again. Bah.
Otherwise, the pond is open again.. Fish are all happy. The kids are all good. They are getting big, though.. It really is amazing how they are as they approach teenage years.
Well, see ya'll soon. Heading up to the Poconos for the weekend.
Mon, Apr. 20th, 2009, 10:21 pm
My peeps! My people! How have you all been?
So, yes, you have figured with me being out of work for 4 months, I would have had the time to be on Livejournal every day, updating and delving into all the excitement. But, y'know, job searching is busy work. I would sit at the computer for about 5 hours straight, just going through job postings and applying and reworking the resume and replying and writing cover letters and so on and on.
And in the end, I end up getting a consulting gig through some random person I get connected to through another random meeting. Oh, sure I had interviews through applying online and calling and harrassing friends, but, just some random luck and there you go...
So, been working at a large international broker for the past 6 weeks, and I have to just say - this working thing is a real drag. I mean, c'mon! Busy busy busy, getting up and schlepping myself into the city, getting home late. And at the end of it all - I'm still just an independent consultant, so no job security.
But, ha - job security. Like anyone I know if feeling very secure with their permanent job at the moment. But, well, I have a steady, if not secure, paycheck coming in, and life in the household is chugging along.
And I've started regular job searching again, since after 5 weeks, I realized.. hey - I really need to have a fall back in case something happens. Not that I'm betting on it, because from what I see, the company needs me and actually values what I have. But, then, I sorta felt that way about my last gig.
So, wanted to check in, say hi, and promise to update a bit more now.. maybe not daily.. but maybe I'll commit to once a week.
Heh - I have to say, there's one guy at work that looks and acts just like Ben Affleck. Why do I emntion that? Because I want to say - How do you like THEM apples?!
Wed, Aug. 27th, 2008, 09:27 pm
OMG the HOTNESS
Jennifer Gardner and Jessica Alba SITTING TOGETHER at the Democratic National Convention.
I kept the TiVo paused on them for the half hour it took for the cache to catch up.