Ramblings

Cleveland Browns (Quarterback Controversy)??

The Cleveland Browns.  I’ve been a fan since I was a little “Kardiac Kid”.  Growing up in Cleveland, its hard not to be a fan.  Even with the perceived “curse” on the city with all of its sports franchises, you learn to back the teams.  Always live with hope…

They never fail to disappoint.

Obviously there is now a “Quarterback Controversy” and there will be countless polls on television.  The problem is that the quarterback position was always in flux and neither quarterback took any chances in fear that they would lose the job if/when they failed.  So they did exactly that – and failed.

It was pretty  obvious that Brady Quinn was going to be named starting QB this year.  Why spend all that money for him years ago and not use him.  He just couldn’t live up to all that hype. Derek Anderson didn’t have a chance.  Or did he?  Waiting for Brady to either 1) play it safe and not succeed or 2) get injured.

…and despite this, I am still a Brown’s fan.

Thursday report

A little sore from last nights hike.  We went a little off the trail and took a few extra laps around.  I think we did close to 6 miles – nothing too long, but we kept a fast pace.  I made a mistake and wore my running shoes – still not worn in.  So blisters in the a.m.

I got a lead this morning on some work out of town.  It is some cash-flow.

I have a telephone interview this afternoon.  Don’t know where this may lead, but its a step in the right direction.
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I realized what I need is a spec sheet with my abilities, not unlike a resume, but with specific stories that I can refer to to highlight themes such as *teamwork *mentoring *profitability etc.

I also realize just how much out of practice I am with talking about myself.  I don’t really like doing that – it doesn’t feel right.  Boastful?  whatever…

Monday Ramblings

Overcast morning.  Its been a morning of cleaning up the day’s paperwork – checking the job boards, paying bills, and getting yesterday’s newspaper into the recycling bin.  It rained overnight and it is really muggy right now.

Listening to Opie and Anthony on XM 202 as I prep for my day.

No definite leads on the job front today, but I’m still remaining positive.  I know something good is coming.  In the mean time, I am working on the prep work for Project #2 for Type B Creative Projects Group.

I really need to get motivated to get out and about today.  I need to pick up a can of auto paint to touch up the tub and some soda.  I found a can of auto touch up paint that matches the tub perfect.  It took 4 coats to cover and now I just need the gloss topcoat to put the shine on things.  So much better – and solid than previous.

I also picked up the mail – last (?) paycheck arrived in the mail.  Still unsure whether I’m getting the last of my vacation time paid.

Before I knew it – its baring down on 3:00 p.m.  Where did the day go?  I swear I got caught up in some hyper-time bubble and sped up through the day.

I also found a new theme for the website.  It’s called “retro” – any thoughts?

Sunday Ramblings

Today’s been a good day so far.  It was a bit chilly overnight, but that made for good sleeping weather.  That also means that autumn (and winter) aren’t too far away.

Sunday paper, spinach omelet, and black coffee while “Meet the Press” is how I spent the morning before checking my players for today’s fantasy football games.  The employment classifieds were all of two pages (longer than in the past) which made my stomach drop a little, but I know things will get better.  I got my job alerts from monster.com, yahoo, and careerbuilder this morning – but it was the same jobs; collections, insurance sales, and car sales – not exactly career leaps, but that’s what is out there.  I submitted my unemployment claim for the week and settled down to catch up on the weekly news.  I’ve gotten to reading the Sunday newspaper cover to cover.  The Toledo Blade is a bit biased, but I’m not giving up on the written word.

NFL pregame at Noon.  I’m waiting to see a Cleveland football game on Toledo television.  My 1:00pm choices Cincinnati vs. Green Bay OR Detroit vs. Minnesota.  Let’s hope for better choices at 4:00 pm.

4:00 pm and the Cincinnati game is still on.  It looks like the Bengals are going to win with 1:24 left in the 4thQ.  I’m pretty impressed with the Packers.  It was exciting all the way to the end.  While most games are pretty decisive well before the clock running out – it was down to the final minute.  Nice.

I’m prepping for a 5:30 Type B Creative Productions meet-up tonight.  It’s a Brainstorming Session.  I look forward to these meetings.

Just as I was walking out the doors for the meeting, the Browns game was on.  CLE up 3 over DEN.  As much as I hate to leave – I have to go.

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Back from the meetup.  I guess the Browns lost.  I am shocked. ::rolls eyes::

The meet-up tonight was VERY productive.  It wasn’t scheduled as a topic -related meeting, but we ended up working through some processes to create structure.  In the end, very good things are in development.

On the way home, I picked up my mail – I have my EZ Pass transponder and my mortgage bills.  Yea…

I wrapped up the night watching the Emmy’s, eating chicken soup, and working on a plan for Type B CPG Project #2.

Friday morning post (clean house)

Friday morning post.  It has been one week since I was laid off.  No calls yet from any prospective employers – all the phone calls are from magazine telemarketers asking if I want to renew my subscription to READER’S DIGEST (don’t ask).

I got a call yesterday from an old coworker, and he asked how I was doing.  The response – “Well, I haven’t got to the point where I’m sitting in my garage with the engine running.” Clearly a joke…

To help clear my head, today’s going to be a “clean house” day.  I need to clean this place top to bottom.  Everything is getting vacuumed, dusted, and scrubbed down.

Thursday report

Last night’s hike really made sleeping easy.  I didn’t have a problem falling asleep at all.  It’s slightly chilly this morning, and the cool crisp air is a welcome way to air out the house before I have to close it up for the winter.  Its sunny and a cloudless sky – beautiful day.  I should clean out the car this morning…

The obvious Opie and Anthony in the morning (XM202) while I go through and make a list of job postings for the day.

Laid off… 9-11-09

I was laid off this week.  The contractor I work for didn’t get the contract we were hoping to get, so cuts needed to be made.  Unfortunately I was in the line of fire.  I found out on 09-11-09.

I’m still in a bit of shock about things – thought I was going to survive a bit longer, but these things happen.  I got home Friday night, signed up for unemployment and brought up my resume for distribution.

I was lucky and made a series of networking connections over the last couple years onsite.  So Monday morning, I start sending out resumes and Thank You letters to get people thinking about me.

The hardest thing I need to overcome right now is the depression that I know will bubble up.  While I need to remain positive about things, that little negative voice in the back of my head will drone on about how I’m going to lose everything and end up living in a storage container by the docks (my version of living in a van down by the river).

I think the best thing is to get out and talk with people.  That’s the thing I didn’t do last time.  Every day I woke up and spent time alone with my thoughts – that was a BIG mistake.  I joined a couple of meetup.com groups to make new friends and get out of my place.

The Toledo New Friends/New in Town Group (http://newintown.meetup.com/645/)

Type B Creative Production Group (http://www.meetup.com/typebcpg/)

This (unfortunately?) also gives me a chance to get some of the DIY things around the condo done:

  • fix the bathtub.  There’s a crack on the floor of the tub.  Checking for structure, I found out that there is done.  When they installed the tub either they didn’t put any kind of structure underneath, or it has loosened since 1985.  There is a nice 6″ crack on the fiberglass.  I thought about replacing the tub but since it’s a spa tub, not in the budget.  So today I drilled a few holes in the bottom of the tub where I will inject spray foam to fill the void and give me some sort of backing.  Then I will get some fiberglass repair material and fix it properly.
  • DVD shelving.  It’s time to round the corner and get a full-sized shelving unit.  The “new” design should hold 500 cases.  I should be good for a while and it will free up some space in the other shelves.
  • Ceiling in great room.  Needs to be sanded, primed, and painted.  Easy enough – with a tall tall ladder it will be.
  • Second bedroom.  I haven’t done anything here other than scrape the ceiling of popcorn mess.  I need to paint the walls, trim, and ceiling.
  • Bunkbed Project.  I need to lightly sand and put another coat of poly but that should wrap up the prep.  I can then assemble it in the second bedroom.

I’m sure I will be writing a lot more.  I think getting all of this out in the open will stop “the hamsters” from running away with it in my head. =)

Ladies…

This one’s for the ladies out there.

If you find yourself not attracted to a potential suitor, could you do us (and by that, I mean me) a favor and tell him (me) .  Letting it drag out without knowing is more hurtful than telling him from the get-go.  Dropping comments such as “I’ll call you.” and then never calling or “We’ll talk soon.” gives false hope.  It only makes the eventual realization hurt that much more.

This has been a message from the “We just don’t get it” Society.  Thank you for your time.

P.S.  Also – the opposite is true as well.  If you like us – tell us.  Only good can come from it.

Billy Mays Dies

Billy Mays, 50, of OxyClean, Orange Glow, and Mighty Putty fame was found this morning dead by his family.

There were no signs of foul play but an autopsy will be performed on Monday.

He most recently was on an airplane which had both front tires fail on landing.  There were no reports of injuries at the time.

He can currently be seen on Discovery Channel’s PITCHMEN.

A sad day. =(

UPDATE: August 8, 2009

Autopsy reports that cocaine was present in Billy May’s body and he had used in in days leading to his death.

Toledo Blade: Autopsy Report on Billy Mays

Name:
Age:
Occupation:
-Best pick up line
-Favorite love song
-Never would i ever…
-When I get a day off work, I…
-In High School I was voted most likely to…

please email your answers to

6 month review 06/02/09

A Tuesday morning at work.  It’s raining outside and I’m waiting on trucks to be processed so I can get them shipped offsite.  The demolitions projects looks to be going well.  Large chunks of what used to be the building are now in piles of twisted metal and concrete on the ground.  The large shear is tearing them apart making smaller pieces for loading and transport to a scrap metal disposal facility in Ravenna, OH.

I have found myself to have more of a creative streak than normal.  And the different ways I found to expressed these thoughts have been surprising to me.  In the past, I wrote.  Whether it was short stories, scripts, or comic book tales – writing was my primary means of getting the thoughts out of my head.

Recently I have taken up drawing and to a lesser extend painting.  I found an old sketch book from 10 years ago and picked up a pencil.  I let my mind wander as I sketched out various things.  A few of them (more to come) ended up as bases for some paintings I did.  I picked up some thin plywood at the lumber yard, cut it to size, and sanded one side.  Right now this works as a good base to paint on.  The paint covers well, and when finished a few coats of stain and poly and the piece looks good (to me).

I’ve also taken up woodworking.  I don’t know if it’s an extension of my work leaking into my home life, but I’ve started thinking of ways to build things rather than buy.    So far my greatest accomplishments have been a bed (which needs an update), enough DVD shelving to store 1800+ cases, a bar unit, and an entertainment center (in need of a redesign).  I have sketches for some bedroom storage as well as a couch. My next project will be a new addition to the DVD shelving (yeah, its full) which changes from a 36″wx48″h unit to a 36″wx84″h unit which should hold a little over 600 cases.  This should take me a while to fill.  Then the entertainment center rehab.

Right around my birthday, I always find myself very contemplative.  I think about where I have been in the last year and where I want to be in the future.  I don’t think it’s all that weird to plan out events to come up with a plan, but being in the middle of it right now – just seems odd.

  • Health and weight loss.  Earlier this year, I decided to embark on a weight loss plan.  Since then, I have lost 43#.  The plan was a no-carb protein and vegetable meal plan introduced to me by my sister a dietitian.  Since the weight loss, I have felt a lot better, my knees don’t hurt as much as they did previously and I sleep a lot more soundly.  I took a couple weeks off of the plan to plateau and to maintain the weight loss.  Next week I’m back on the plan to try and lose more.
  • Social Life.  Still an enigma wrapped in a question covered in sausage gravy.  I thought I had something or at least the potential for something really cool going on, but with conflicting schedules and 100 miles of logistics – it doesn’t look like anything is going to come of it.  I’m bummed out about it because there’s a certain feeling of lost time (months) that can’t be made up, as well as a fondness for events which I am sure are due to rose-colored goggles.
  • Dunder Mifflin Infinity: DMI Toledo was an online social networking site I signed up for and was a member for two years.  I bailed on the site in the spring of this year because it was no longer fun.  There were weekly tasks for points and a rough organization of offices vs one another.  Towards the end of my tenure there, I got the feeling that there was animosity towards the fans from NBC.  That’s when I left.
  • Facebook vs. Myspace.  I just about abandoned my myspace account early this year.  It got a little buggy and…eh.  I’m on board with facebook catching up with old friends and making new ones.  I found the easiest way to stay the line was to only accept “friends” from people I have actually met.  It keeps my numbers low, but they are legitimate numbers.

Work Life.  Working as a contractor at NASA is awesome.  I have learned a lot in the last year and feel more comfortable doing some of the things I am doing.  I have met some amazing people as well as characters who will become the basis for future villains in some short stories.  Do I want to do this?  Short-term, long-term, or am I just in a holding pattern until things in the outside world turn around?

  • Home Life.  Still own the condo in Toledo.  I’m not there as much as I would like.  I have every room except for one repainted.  I still have some ceiling work to finish up in the main living room and a bedroom.  The carpeting is an inexpensive “contractor” carpet that was installed prior to me moving in and is dissolving with every visit from the vacuum cleaner.  I would like to replace it all with hardwood flooring, but that’s not in the budget right now.
  • DVD Storage.  I have roughly 2000 DVD titles right now that I needed to find storage space for.  I came up with a plan and built shelving units for the movies upstairs in the loft.  I dismantled the “bar” that was upstairs that went unused.  After building and filling the 5 units I have to turn the corner and move to the adjoining wall.
  • Bar.  I dismantled the old bar that I built upstairs that was more traditional and replaced it with a piece of furniture that more resembled a bookcase.  The new bar offers better storage and is more utilitarian that its earlier counterpart.

That’s the story I have 6 months into 2009.  I’m turning 37 tomorrow. 7:09 a.m.

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