11/20/06 - Chiefs Raiders 2006

As I mentioned in my last update, I spent a majority of the weekend in Kansas City attending the annual Chiefs-Raiders game at Arrowhead. This year was without a doubt our best year ever. As I believe I had mentioned previously, we were able to get tickets from Greg Wesley through his mom, through Chris's wife. Regardless of how we got them, they were incredible. We sat 50 yard line, 7 rows back. On top of that, we had family/friend passes that got us access to the family/friend room where we enjoyed free hot dogs (which were possibly the best hot dogs we've ever had). Then, after the game, we had access to the player's exit where we got to meet Greg Wesley who might be my favorite player now. I don't have access to my pictures right now, but I'll put those up when I get a chance. From the player's exit, I got a picture of Randy Moss (who is now one of my least favorite players), I was too slow to get a picture of Robert Gallery and I got Chris Morris' autograph. I think one of the more exciting moments though was when I saw the legend himself, Al Davis. After the way Mr. Davis looks in the picture I took, I truly believe that they are pulling a Weekend at Bernie's with him, because he has looked deceased for many years now. I hate to even mention it, because he was such a jerk, in fact, I won't mention his name, but I got an autograph from the Chiefs primary running back.

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11/16/06 - Why am I an idiot?

Once again, I let my previous employer get to me. I don't know why I thought things could be different. Monday, I received a call from a previous customer who said that I had been given the green light to work on a program. Well, I wasn't about to work on it until an agreement was made in regards to money. It's a good thing, because I just returned a phone call to my previous employer (asking for support) when I asked about the situation. I then find out that they are already doing the support. I never got an email response, a phone call, or anything. Frankly, that upsets me. So, because of that, I will not be providing support at all to anyone through my previous employer, even if it is for internal support. I thought about providing the support and then billing them for it, but let's be honest, I would never see a penny of that. That's all i've got about that.

This weekend is the KC vs Oakland game. I'm looking forward to that. I might go buy a new pair of basketball shoes this afternoon for the game pickup games tonight. I don't want to type anymore.

Update: I feel much better after speaking with several good friends. Thanks guys.

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11/8/06 - Work, W00t, and Flagr

Wow, what a lot of stuff going on. To keep with the topic of conversation in the most recent update at hi2u. How 'bout them Hawgs!!!. As some people may or may not know, this coming Saturday in Fayetteville, the U of A will be hosting College Game Day for the first time. That's awesome to me because it's almost as if Arkansas is getting a little bit of recognition. Granted, it's been a while since we've had a power house, but with McFadden getting talked mentioned in the same sentence as the Heisman, game day in fayetteville, the razorbacks ranked near the top 10...what more can a hog fan ask for? (besides an sec title, a bcs bowl game and a national championship as a long shot).

Work couldn't really be better right now. I got here at 7:00 on Monday and again today which means that I get to leave at 4:00 in the afternoon. That's a huge bonus from my previous job where even if I got to work at 4 in the morning, I worked til 5:30 or 6:00. Of course, I left at 5:30 or 6:00 even if I got there at 10:00, so there was no reason for me to get to work early. Apparently, they don't need me anymore as they changed the password on my computer so I no longer have remote access to provide support. I have no idea what that's all about, but I was excited to be able to stay on and help them on a contracting basis.

Recently, I came across an interesting site W00t.com. Today they have an interesting item, a 6gb flash drive for only $50 plus shipping, but I've never heard of the name of it, so I'm not sure if it would be a good idea to get it or not. Besides that, I currently don't have a use for a 6gb flash drive and definitely don't want to pay the money for something I don't need.

The wife has a busy schedule this week. She mistakenly scheduled herself for 52 hours or so which is great for the pocket book, but bad for the social life (me) and sleep habits.

This afternoon I'm going to be going to Home Depot and getting me a mini-fridge. I'm pretty excited about it because even though I like to eat out as much as the next guy, it's a lot cheaper and easier in many situations to be able to turn around and pull a sandwich out of the fridge. We've got a shared fridge in the break room, but I've lost to many drinks and lunches at previous jobs to shy away from that situation.

Finally, along the same lines as lunch and eating, I started a new flagr (yes, that's spelled correctly) map that shows the places that I've eaten since starting work here at Midland. I've also labeled a few other places with the Midland tag and am going to try to get some of the other guys to start contributing. The site is pretty easy to use and I've found it very interesting at times. I'm also hoping it becomes useful to at least someone because for me, I was looking for something similar so I would know the best places to eat in the area. The map for the places to eat can be found here and another map I created can be found here. Also, by doing a tag search of Midland, you can find the other places I've tagged related to my new job.

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11/2/06 - More about the job +

So it's Thursday of my first week at the new job and things are still awesome. Well, most things are awesome. The drive is crazy. I'm hoping that once I can get used to leaving my house by 6:30, things will get better, but as of now, it takes about an hour to get to work. I left at 8:30 this morning to get a feel for the traffic at a later time, and wouldn't you know it there was a wreck somewhere between Conway and Mayflower. Even with that wreck though, I made it to work in about 35 minutes.

I also found out that they've got things locked down even to the point of no access to online radio stations like launchcast or pandora or any radio station. One of the guys here at worked has shared his music folder with me so I can have some tunes until I get my music collection up here. Speaking of my music collection, my desktop died on me the other night. I have no idea what's going on, but it beeps three times and then doesn't do anything. All the lights are lit up, but nothing happens after that. I'm hoping it's the motherboard, and not the hard drive. I don't remember for sure, but I'm thinking that it's less than a year old, so everything should still be under warranty. We'll see though.

Tomorrow is a work Fun Day. What is a Fun Day you might ask? well, this fun day we will close the office at 2:00 and go bowling. Company paid and everything. We have been grouped into teams and i guess there will be prizes for different things. Food will be provided and I don't know if it could get any better than that.

I can't think of anything else that I wanted to mention other than I think I'm going to try to setup a messaging system on my website since I have access to that website (for now). That way, I'll be able to communicate with some of the guys at work, maybe my parents and maybe even Dan.

For some reason, I made the mistake of starting to drink coffee again. I had 3 cups yesterday spread out over the course of the day. Oh, another thing, we bought a treadmill over the weekend, so we've got it set up in the office and it is working out for us great so far. We've got a TV setup right across the room and it is back in a corner in such a way that it doesn't really get in the way of anything else. The crazy thing about when we got it is that they had a treadmill that was the version 15.0 on clearance which we were excited about because it lowered the price by about $120. So we asked the guy if they had any back in the back, and he said that the only ones they had were the ones on display. Well, normally, I don't have a problem with that, that's how I got my last TV. The display models are A TON cheaper, and the only thing wrong with them (typically) is that they have been out of the box for a few months. Anyways, the problem with the display models at Walmart is that I guess for safety reasons, they cut the power cord off. I'm talking about cutting it off flush with the base unit which means that to get it working, one would have to take the whole thing apart and no a little about electrical stuff to get it working. Needless to say, we paid the extra money to get one that works.

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