Sporadic Ruminations

Sporadic Ruminations

Thank God that “Good Luck Suck” (aka Good Luck Chuck) is coming out on DVD next week (January 15th). Now, everyone can see how horrendously bland and disappointing this movie actually is. Oh yeah, it sucks – believe you me it sucks. I still haven’t determined which movie is worse: Good Luck Suck or SHitman. One of these days I’ll spend a few hours trying to determine exactly which one wasted more of my life. But don’t take my biased and objective word for it, waste your own money and wish you had spent it in more appropriate and satisfying places.

I’ve been noticing lately that I’ve been spending more time writing on the job that actually WORKING on the job. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not…I want to maybe look into scriptwriting or some kind of side gig that will actually pay me for wasting my company’s time. I don’t know how seriously I want to pursue this writing interest of mine, but it’s an itch that at the very least needs to be scratched, or I fear it’ll keep festering in my mind.

An associate of mine met a bi-sexual couple (two girls) that was into him. Crazy, crazy stuff! The two girls are Asian and Indian…and he’s black – and they’re into him. I’m not saying that that isn’t possible – but usually Asians and Brown folks are a little perturbed by black folks. Maybe this is an olive branch, a truce if you must, being offered by the Asians and Indians to the African-Americans. I know one thing – if his menage a trois goes through, he’ll probably be just a teensy, weensy bit more open-minded about the fwied wice and curry. Regardless, big ups to this man because he desperately needs it (hopefully they weren’t just jerking his chain – no pun intended).

While I’m here, in my quaint cube, typing away and wasting precious manpower, time, and money – my sister and her husband are straight chilling on the beautiful beaches of Belize. I might as well legally change my name to J.O.S.E (Jealous Ones Still Envy).

What is up with all these inaccurate polls? Tuesday afternoon, there were widespread forecasts that Obama would win New Hampshire – they had him up by double digits in the afternoon. But, sure enough, by the conclusion of the evening, Clinton had won by a couple of points. What the hell exactly happened? I never trust the polls. Either way, both races, democrat and republican, seem like they will go down to the wire. They’ve been fairly close in Iowa and New Hampshire – so it seems like we are in for an exciting and suspenseful couple of months in determining who will represent both parties in the 2008 elections. I reviewed both major Democratic candidates (Obama and Clinton) and they seem to have the same stand on similar issues. It is very hard to discern the two. I guess the major thing going for Clinton and against Obama is the experience factor. Right now, it hasn’t seem to hurt Obama as much as I thought it would – maybe people really are desperately in favor of “change you can believe in”.

I have ZERO idea as to what this New Year will bring. I know that I am going to start looking for other career related opportunities (other jobs, graduate school, etc.). I am planning on taking the GREs before the summer rolls around and I will start updating my resume immediately. Two years into this job and I still have no clear cut resolution or ambition. I’m kind of just fluttering in the wind, swaying with the winter breeze – going wherever it takes me. That used to bother me more than it does now. But, I think it will be a good year. Last year was a good year – I got more experience at work, got a car, moved out, and had a blast at my sister’s wedding. I’ll tell you this, ending the New Year with family and friends at the wedding and then the Fox Theatre was definitely the way to do it. Definitely. It was the best possible way to ring in the new year.

I think that, in general, I am relatively insatiable. When will I truly be satisfied? Will I ever have that moment of clarity? I think so – but right now, I’m just leaning back in my car, one hand on the steering wheel, ambient music emanating from my factory speakers, and just chilling – enjoying the ride. I try not to let life get too complicated – because after all, the simple subtleties in life are what invigorate me. I made a decision a long time ago to not get lost in the shuffle of my own life.

I’m drawn to drama like a fat man is drawn to a salad – which is to say not. Let’s hope that this year is like last year – mostly drama free. I’m all about the preservation of serenity and leisure. I want to live my life in peace and have a good time while I’m at it.

I’d like to get more into volunteering in the community. I want to look into it – I did a lot of it in high school and want to get back into it. I at least want to give it a shot and see if it leaves an indelible impression on me. But, like always, talk is cheap and we’ll actually see if I pursue this ambition or not – I hope I do.

I gotta pick up my electric guitar and start playing it again – I was on point for a few months and then put the guitar down to study for my Fundamentals of Engineering test – and haven’t really picked it back up since. I gotta spend at least a few hours a week getting back in the habit of learning, and more importantly, practicing. We’ll see how that goes – I’m kind of skeptical as to how committed I will be, but hey, ya never know.

I got to get my brother ready for his driver’s license road test. He will be turning 16 this year and I haven’t been able to give him any lessons for a few months now. I think as soon as this football season is over, I’ll try to make regular appearances at the crib on Sundays and give him driving lessons. But like I always say, in order for me to help him, he has to want me to help him. I’m getting tired of forcing him to do the right things.

I know one thing, I won’t be grocery shopping for a minute and a half. Last week, I found out that I would be doing two-week stints in Chester, VA throughout the course of the next few months. Needless to say, I am not too happy about this. You will NOT find me jumping for joy and yelling in jubilation. I didn’t sign up for this and feel a little shortchanged – as though I’m being taken advantage of. This will only accelerate the process of me updating my resume and seeing what else is out there. So, I’m going to have to pack up this weekend and get ready for a 14-days consecutive work schedule. I don’t really know if this is a good thing or bad thing, but I’m kind of getting used to this. But, we have already signed a 6-month lease on an apartment there, so we should be moved in by next week. So, at least I can bid adieu to staying in a hotel. Having to travel back and forth between the A and Chester really puts an inconvenient cramp in my personal life. In between working in the A and in Chester, I’m going to have to squeeze in a weekend visit to my sister on the Left Coast (San Francisco). I’ve been saying that I would go out there for months, but this whole Chester thing has given me little time to freelance and proliferate my travel desires. But, looking on the bright side, my Asian persuasion co-worker will be working in Chester next week too – so, at least I will have someone to chill with.

I’m just glad they finally opened a Panera Bread in Chester. The more the options, the better.

I got a metal business card holder as a New Year’s gift from the bossman’s old lady. Good stuff. I’m excited about that. Now I’m going to start giving out my business cards to any and everybody – from the hobos on the street to our clients. To take a line from Goodie Mob’s “Black Ice” song, my business cards will “circulate like a Sunday paper”.

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