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Saturday, February 25, 2006

2 minutes and counting

OK, I only have 2 minutes to write this update: I finally bought a camera to try out on my Sierra Summit trip. It's a Casio Exilim Z750. Check out the reviews on Amazon. I better not be disappointed....

OK, 1 minute left. I can't write about such thoughts that I have as I drive the distance between my house and my parents house, but let me tell you, after the reveries pass, I wonder: What the hell?

Anyway, another time, another blog. I'll see you guys on the other side of the mountain, hopefully, I'll be in one piece!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Free Agent: Rubber Gloves and Zombies

Day 2 of being a free agent has been quite mundane. Yesterday, I cleaned my house for a potential buyer to view later that day, thinking that I got everything in tip-top shape. I vacuumed, scrubbed, sanitized, only to discover today a little bit of “something” on a toilet seat. Grrrr. Well, hopefully nobody saw it. It’s gone now!

I had my car cleaned as well. I still had glass shards from when some punk decided to through a baseball-sized garden stone at my windshield. As I was about to leave yesterday, the kid next door asked, when the windshield was completely shattered, if I could see through it. Yeeeeaaaaaah, that kid is definitely gonna be one of our finest rocket scientists.

Today, I suffered the pain of paying bills. After the first two bills, I could only laugh at the math. I felt like zombies had gotten a hold of me and were starting to feed. First it tickles, then it’s so incredibly painful, one falls into a horrific state of blissful numbness. Is that how it goes? Well, let me know if any of you get attacked by zombies and survive as a human long enough to inform me. Thanks.

Speaking of being thankful, I must thank all of the people who’ve wished me well on my adventures as a free agent. Send me money: that would be more helpful. Ha, ha (just kidding…or am I? –smile-).

OK, well, I have a movie to watch, so I’ll take off, eh, and get to investigating about those digital cameras, so you can “see what I see”.

Monday, February 13, 2006

The cash ain't talkin'

The first offer for buying my house came in last Thursday night. It was a lame offer, but I countered the offer anyway, on advice of my real estate agent. And to no surprise, I haven't heard a thing back.

I'm up trying to create a goodbye CD for my department at work. The CD contains music that I learned about from fellow coworkers. For some reason, though, my computer has been acting funky. I've been on it all night trying to get the songs and getting the thing to record. Sigh.

One good thing, though, a fellow blogger is back online, writing more of his hilarious tales of embarrasment and woe. Check out his blog at www.missingted.blogspot.com.

Man, I'm tired. I go sleep now...after I get this CD to record!

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Is it me, or did I just quit my job?

I quit my job. That’s it. I just quit. I have no new job lined up, and I have not yet sold my house. So what has caused me to just suddenly quit a lucrative job at a little known company called IBM? Well, lots of things, really. In a nutshell, I realized it was time to move on. I could no longer ignore all of the signs. My inner sight saw another path for me, and that path continued past through the city central of IBM, and on to more verdant life experiences. I can’t say I explored all of IBM’s possibilities, but it was clear that IBM had no plans for investing in my future. I had lost interest in my job (not “passionate about the business”). I was physically unhealthy (carpel tunnel, gastritis, fat, and more). And I can plainly say that corporate business does not align with my values.

So, what’s next for me? I plan to sell my house and see the world! Of course, I have other plans, too, but as some people say, don’t count your chicks before the eggs hatch. So, all my plans are on hold until the money comes in from my house.

As a future gypsy and world sojourner, I plan to post many a photo and experience from this very blog. I hope you that all of you enjoy the ride and the trips before the actual trips. I also encourage anyone who has been to places I want to visit, to let me know where I should go and see. If you know anyone in the area, let me know so I can say “HI!” for you. Also, if you want me to mail you a postcard from a specific place, or a knick-knack, I will be happy to, depending on the timing and the cash on-hand.

Places in mind to see: New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Switzerland (and other parts of Europe), Greece, Turkey, India, China.

I’m currently being an armchair tourist. My current locations: New Zealand, Australia, Fijian Islands, depending on the night!

But my first location is Sierra Summit, California. My friends, it is time that I learn to snowboard! Try most things at least once, I say. Life is too short to stay at a job that allows me to only dream of a life that is very possible for me.

Just one thing, if you’re curious. Yes, I get flashes of fear, thinking, “What the hell am I doing? I have no job and a mortgage to pay.” Then I become sane again, and prepare to enjoy the future that we all share (but some are afraid to admit): the anything-can-happen future. Why worry when even the best-planned future can unexpectedly and rudely be interrupted? Preparation, instead of planning, is your best course.

I want to create a blog

So, I forgot all about this blog I have, and I’m looking around figuring out where I should blog, when lo and behold, I already have something set up. Wow, and to figure that I was gonna go to all this length to create a blog in another universe when I already had something. And, then, again, I realize, there’s a lot of useless, half-finished crap on the web….we need a internet garage sale, and everything that we do not want, we throw out. Who’s with me?