Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sony SignUp

Biggest Loser!! Aka... Me :/

So I participated with my company in the Biggest Loser / Sony promotion thing. Here's how it worked:

When someone called in to vote on the show The Biggest Loser, they would vote and then after they would hear a voice say something like, "Press 1 now to find out about how you can save on [Blu Ray player, Digital Camera or EBook]". Then the person pressed 1 and it rang and someone in my building answered. I was there from 6 till 11:30 after a full 8-5 shift... it was crazy. Unfortunately for me, they had some technical difficulties and my line was malfunctioning and when people called in I couldn't hear them; silent calls. So they had me log off after a while but didn't tell me to leave, so i hung around and talked to all the other reps and it became like a big party for me. It was okay. I got payed overtime and a $35 bonus, so all is well. It was fun.

Business as Usual
So it's Wednesday. That means that i have 2 more days of training and then on Monday, i "Hit the floor"... "Go live"... aka get in my cubicle and start taking calls and racking in the commission. This and last week have been intense systems training. I'm pretty confident that I'll be okay because I'm learning quick enough that the teacher is having me go around and help people. Makes me feel good.

Being Wednesday also means that i work at Albertson's from 6-11. That will most likely be my forever Wednesday deal. I can do that once a week, but i wouldn't do any more than that.

Building Inventory
So Circuit City is kaput. Sad them. I went there during their final week and bought myself a pack of blank DVD's and a medium sized DVD case. Last night Clark let us come over and finish watching the last Matrix with him and i burned all 5 Harry Potters and Transformers. I'm excited. I've already bought some movies, but i don't think I'll do that anymore :D

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Deeper and Deeper

So this is the second Tuesday of my training. Turns out that we're on the express training which has been cut down to 3 weeks instead of 5, which is good because i would go crazy. First week was pretty much an introduction to everything and now we're getting more into serious systems training. Sometimes it's frustrating because i can see the people in front of me, one in particular, browsing the Internet on various distractions and then when she decides to come back from her diversion, she'll instantly interrupt the teacher and say she's confused and lost and it's too complicated and demand to get caught up. I can already pick out a handful of people who I'm betting wont be successful here. Some people are just silly. I am catching on quite well. I'm still confident and excited to see how i do on the floor in a couple weeks.

Something exciting:The Biggest Loser show is having some event and has contracted DAC (Direct Alliance Corp.) to take the inbound sales calls. They made the announcement to all employees and anyone could sign up to participate. Of course i jumped all over the opportunity to get my feet wet. Its tonight from 6 till 11:30. I get paid overtime plus a $35 bonus. I still have training from 8 - 5, so it's a full day, but why not? I really don't have a reason not to. I'm very excited. I'll definitely blog about my experience.

Also... I have to choose my benefits plan. I only have a couple more weeks to do it. If any of you would like to help me do that please let me know and we'll schedule a time to meet up. I would appreciate that.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Autonomous Beginnings

So i've been job hunting pretty intensivly for quite some time now. Been to a couple interviews and got a lot of e-mail rejections. I figure i'm in an awkward spot. I'm a young adult; not young enough to do "teenager jobs" and not adult enough to do professional jobs. So there i am, right in the middle. I love albertsons but they hesitate to even give 30 hours and absolutly freak out if you take overtime so therefore it is not substancial.I had a day off on a wednesday after being quite busy, so i turned off my alarm and my phone. When i woke up midday i saw that i had a plethora of missed calls and messages. I checked them and turns out that the brother of eddie, the guy i'm living with, manages for a company that was having a job fair. I jumped out of bed and got all pretty and went down. I signed in when i got there, waited, applied online on their computers, waited, got interviewed, waited, got interviewed again by someone else, waited, took a computer test, & then waited. The woman who interviewed me first came out and told me they wanted to offer me the job and i didn't even have to think about it. The job is $11.57/hr base plus commissions. Minimum 40 hours a week. It's called Direct Alliance and other companies hire them as their call center. So my program will be taking all kinds of service and support calls from Charter and offering them what they need and upgrading pachages and selling whatever while they're talking to me, i'm not sure. Of course sales isn't the most desirable kind of job, but i'm confident i'll do when and i really don't care what i'm doing as long as i get the money i need to support myself and go to school in the fall.

I start my 5 week training course on december 1st, 8-5. It's going to be pretty crazy, but i'm way excited :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Job, House & ... Alcohol?

So I moved out! Go me.

No more school for now. Still doin' the Albertsons thing although I've been applying to a million places and I've had a couple interviews already. One tragic story is a story worth telling... So,I got an e-mail about a job fair/open house at an an auto loan claims call center so I applied for said company and went to their job fair. It was a 6 hour long open house and i got there 2 hours after it started. I signed in and waited in the lobby with a couple other people who were also applying. Then more and more people started filling up the lobby and i thought i was the big guy who signed in before all those schmucks. A woman came in and took us all into the building, thru the cubicles and into a conference room full with MORE people. So then I was a little disheartened, but i waited.Two and a half hours later and after making some friends i was called in for my interview, as they were going one at a time. I was lead into a cubicle where a man pulled up my file, took one look at my resume and said that all the level 1 positions had already been filled and they're only hiring people now who have 18+ months of experience. He then took 10 minutes of my time telling me about what the job would be like and encouraged me to come again in January. I thanked him and left. As i was leaving i was tempted to go into that conference room and warn the 50+ people who would wait another 2 1/2 hours to find out that they weren't even eligible for the remaining, unfilled positions unless they had 18+ months of experience because the people in charge felt fine about letting them sit there for hours with false hopes.

So yeah. I moved out. I'm sure you weren't satisfied with that one line so I'll elaborate. My reasons for leaving are controversial, so don't ask me. I live with some friends at Val Vista and Southern-ish area. Very close to work. It's nice. The house is a fixer-upper so none of the bedrooms have carpet right now. It's all good. I'm enjoying the adventure. I've helped them lay laminate dark wood paneling in the living room / study area. It runs thru the hall and in the family room. It's a nice, 3 bedroom place with a massive backyard with a pool with a slide and a spa, also a playground with a jungle gym and swing set setup thing. Pretty awesome. I've only been here a few days so i can't really go all feelings and philosophical on you about how it feels to be out. It's fun and an adventure.Work is great too. I'm branching out. I work a lot more now. Almost 30 hours every week... woopty doo. I do cashiering all my shifts but one, maybe two a week when i am in the bakery. I close the bakery by my self often. It's fun. I like cashiering better because i find myself being really comfortable up there being very friendly with the customers and being very professional, knowing how to trouble-shoot problems and appease customers without having to wait for a manager to come bail me out.Today i did something i hadn't done before. I was called into the liquor department to help out there. I went into the alcohol "walk-in" and saw more liquor in one glance than i have ever seen in my entire life. It was sticky and smelt funny. I rearranged some stuff and then helped the guy-in-charge stock the shelves with wines and rums and merlots... whatever those are. I also returned some crates to the Dairy Freezer. Did you know that when you are grabbing milk out of the shelf in the grocery store that you are actually reaching into a massive room filled with people and crates and tables and shelves and forklifts and endless supplies of milk? Can you imagine what that room smells like? Well... i know. And it's not nice. My manager gets jealous when the other departments use me, so she got anxious and called me up to finish the last half hour of my shift at my till.

Okay, the end.

Monday, September 29, 2008

City of Heroes

This is what i do in the wee hours of the night when i should be sleeping. I was bored and made a slideshow. I didn't have a plan as to what i would do with it, but i figured i'd blog it. So basically, i use these self-designed characters to escape from reality and fight evil. I think it's fun.

You probably noticed that one is named after me and one is after Angela. If you could create your own superheroes wouldn't you make yourself and your girlfriend the most powerful?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Multi-Purpose Me

So I love my job. It may not be big bucks, but it's enough to keep me happy. Other than that I love doing it. First of all it has it's downsides. My knees and back kill after standing there for 6 - 8 hours, and about half an hour into my shift, my throat starts getting tired and i get pretty weak in the voice quickly, so i suck on menthol all day which helps a bit. I don't know why my voice gets tired so quickly, but it's always been that way. So those are the downsides, but they are very much outweighed by the good things. I love people. I get to chat with people all day. All types of people. Everybody needs groceries, so there are no restrictions on what i might see coming thru my check stand. And contrary to what you might thing, and what i thought, everyone is so nice. I think i'm pretty good at manipulating the mood for the couple of minutes or less that i spend with each person, but everyone is pleasant if not happy to be there. I have had only one person get upset with me and that was because of some noob thing that happened and was unavoidable. It didn't bother me, they just got impatient, etc. So the customers are nice. A lot of them make jokes and understand that the checker appreciates a lively customer. Another thing i like is the people i work with. They're cool people. There is one cashier who is... a little magoo, but even he is cool in his own unique way. Then in the afternoon the courtesy clerks come, aka the baggers. They are high school kids and are all full of life and drama. Pretty fun.Another thing i like about Albersons is the variety. For example, i can pick up hours in any department i like besides the pharmacy of course. So far, i've only spent time in the bakery and that's because Deanna, Angela's sister, is the manager there. I don't talk to many customers back there and just do my job while chatting and joking with my coworkers. So I can mix things up a bit between cashiering and working in the bakery. I'm pretty happy. So, multi-purpose me.

And now for something completely different:

I'm in calculus. I know! enough said... but no. i have a story.

My teacher is eccentric. She paces the room while she talks so watching the class from her perspective would probably look like we're watching a tennis match. She's a decent teacher though, but she talks a lot w/out explaining things in great depth, you know? I did most of the homework, but not all and i didn't study until the last minute and i had a cram session and didn't feel like i was absorbing much, so i started playing video games. I went to the test in the testing center and forgot my calculator, so i panicked and then found it in my car. I was way nervous for the test and was preparing to fail. I started the test and the first part seemed to be going well and then before i knew it, it was over. I was so shocked when i turned the page and there was nothing else. I looked back and checked the backs of the pages and sure enough, i had finished, so i checked my answers and with a big grin on my face, i turned it in. Go me! It was easy! I'm happy. Easy first test. Confidence builder for the more difficult ones to come, no doubt.That was longer than i thought it would be. Thanks for reading it all! Go you! And vote on my presidential poll on the right of my blog please. I'm curious :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Jam This

So you might be wondering what happened with Body Jam. Well, in short, I failed. I think i'm a decent dancer and a decent teacher, but combining dancing and instructing all in one is just not something my brain could pick up, so therefor i droped it like a hot potato. It's okay. I still love BodyJam. Fun was had by all and life goes on. Here are some related pictures:



I hope you had a good laugh :D Here are some more if you liked it: Fail Blog

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Currently Employed

"It's your store!"


It's MY store now! Muahaha!

Yeah, i got the job. I applied sometime last week and she called me on Monday while i was between classes and offered it to me. She started me at more than i thought she would and they said i need to keep it quiet from the other employees because none of the other cashiers start as high as i am. Deana, Angela's sister, said it was her doing, so this is my public "Thank you" for that. She is the bakery manager. Oh yeah. I'm a cashier.

So I've done my drug test and they will call me when they get the results. Probably today or tomorrow. Hopefully they wont be able to trace the bag of hash i had hidden in my... Anyway. I'm excited to start. I've had a lot of jobs that didn't last, so i plan to stay here as long as i can. Deana manages the bakery, goes to school and is a mom, so why not?

Never mind the goofy picture. I thought it was funny. I'm excited about my job and i'm sure i'll enjoy chatting with middle aged women all day :D

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

BodyJam!

So this is the big one! I spent last Friday, Saturday & Sunday training to be a Group Fitness Instructor. The company is Les Mills and they have a lot of group fitness programs such as weight lifting, cycling, yoga and combat types of work outs and a few more, but my favorite: BodyJam.

BodyJam is a dance inspired cardio group fitness workout. About a year ago, my friend Matt trained to be an instructor. He invited me and a bunch of people to come to his class and i loved it enough to get a gym membership and start taking the classes. I stopped after a while because i got a job and a girlfriend and then school started. So i spent my free time loafing and not going to the gym.

Then a couple of months ago, Matt came to me again and said that they were looking for more Jam instructors and he knew that i enjoyed the class and had some dance experience. I thought about it and decided that it was definitely for me, so I spent the past weekend training. Training was like getting a degree. It gave me the tools i needed and the certification to start practicing. My next step will be to film myself teaching a class by myself and send it into the big guys to be reviewed. I have three months to do it. Then i will be a certified BodyJam instructor and will be able to get a job teaching at any gym in the world that has the program.

I'm very excited and I'm just giving you all a heads up because when it comes time for me to make my video, I'm going to call on all of you to come and participate in my class. Look forward to it within the next three months.




You can practice here and get a free pass. If you do, let me know and i'd love to go with you. Enjoy!

4th of July - Show Low Style

For the fourth of July I went with Angela's family to Show Low because she has a sister that had recently moved up there. I didn't recognize the area as anywhere I had seen while going to our cabin, but it looked the same. It was very nice. Green and rural. I really do enjoy that area.

We went to the lake up there and just messed around untill the weather told us to leave. It got dark and windy. That's why my hair is so rediculus looking.
Then when we got home it rained. It was okay because everyone enjoyed playing in it.
On the night of the 4th, we went to a high school and watched fireworks. I have never seen a bigger display. Bigger than Disneyland. No joke. It was quite amazing. So long the kids fell asleep. Haha. It was fun.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Body Jam & Guitar

So... I have some time and I've been meaning to post about this, so here i go. Please do read my next post too :)

My Body Jam interview went well. I went into one of the workout rooms with the Group Fitness leader, Kelli, and she hooked up her iPod and i just had to bounce to show her I could keep a beat. Turns out that some people try out who can't, so that was pretty easy. Then I signed up for the training and participated in the class. I hope you're all getting excited about coming to my classes.

In other news, I've taken up the guitar. A lot of things inspired me. I've always liked the guitar and I've wanted to be "that guy." You know... So i went up to my dad a few weeks ago and asked if he could give me lessons. We've had our 3rd just yesterday and i can honestly say that I've learned a lot already. This is the type of guitar i'm learning on.

One Bill to Kill Us All

**Warning: I am about to ignorantly bash a political issue that hardly concerns me, so if you get offended or otherwise upset with me, please click the little red X on the top right hand side of your screen and do not post your comments here. If you politely and intelligently disagree with me or would like to inform me of something, then your comments are more than welcomed... if you make it to the end of this very long post.***

I've gone back and forth about if i wanted to post the whole article here or how i wanted to do this, but I've decided that you need to devote some time to this issue and read the whole article yourself and then you can read my blog and i wont have to explain myself. Click here to read the article. Please don't read the following without having read the actual article.

Now that you have read the article, I'm going to say some things that you were probably already thinking.

First off, i am glad that the article admitted in the first paragraph that this whole thing is a re-election scheme, and i am glad that Bush doesn't support it and plans on vetoing the bill.
Democrats and Republicans both eager to claim election-year credit for helping hard-pressed homeowners.
"Hard-pressed homeowners" are a large, desperate consumer audience full of people who made bad decisions or are out of luck and will vote for anyone who will help them out of their pickle despite its long term or large scale economical effects on those who planned ahead and bought what they could afford.
We need to demonstrate to people in this country that have lost an awful lot of faith in almost everything, but certainly in (Congress), that we can get something done, that we can put aside differences and make a difference in their lives.
That is just bad parenting. If people are suffering because they couldn't afford their homes then they need to suffer and do what they can to get into a home they can afford. What a novel concept, but it doesn't get votes.

Still, conservative Democrats known as "Blue Dogs" are concerned about how to pay for the measure, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus call it unacceptable, arguing it doesn’t do enough to address the needs of black Americans.
Is it only the conservative Democratic "Blue Dog" who is worried about how to pay? Geez, who isn't? And who are these Congressional Black Caucus leaches milking this "good deed" for all its worth, wanting their own, undeserved piece of the "freebie pie." Don't they know that their race cards are expired? These beggars also demand more than offered. Read it in the article.

The limit for these loans is projected somewhere between $625,000 and $730,000. Holey moley! If you bought a $700,000 house that you couldn't afford... you need to live on the streets for a little while and learn some valuable life lessons. Beans on toast, my friend: one can and two slices will feed your family dinner.

"We have been working closely with them to try to change the bill in a way that we think that it could be something that the president could sign," Perino said.
"Just word it differently guys... he might fall for it."

It would provide a $14.5 billion array of tax breaks, including a credit of up to $8,000 for first-time homebuyers who buy in the next year.
Another $14.5 billion? Where is this money coming from? Aren't we already in a deficit? Why are politicians running this country and not business men?

"They expect the federal government to turn their backs on responsible lenders and borrowers and renters waiting — waiting — to become first-time homeowners, and support those groups that have pushed our housing market into decline with bad loans and bad investments," said Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. "This bill is a federal government bailout."
I think that is a wise statement and it took me a minute to understand what he was talking about. There are those good lenders and borrowers who are getting squashed as the government forks out money to bail the irresponsible ones out of their own debt. This is bringing the value of the houses down for those who worked for what they have, and this bill represents the government trampling their needs under their feet.

There is so much more I'd like to say about this bill because it represents a lot of things which i despise about politics and society.
1) Re-election schemes
2) The archaic, and outdated, Robin Hood method of taking from those who earned it and giving it to those who squander.
3) Quick-Fixes to problems that "wont come back to bite us... the next guy will deal with is" attitude
4) Someone tries to do something nice and is taken advantage of (Congressional Black Caucus)

I've done a lot of bashing, so it's only fair that i present an alternative. Ever wonder about the practical worth of a typical academic education? What if with math, English, science, and history, a new, basic, and commonly required subject was Practical Economy or some other clever name where people learn how things work that they will have to deal with in their lives like credit and financing... mortgages and how to budget. These kinds of things that we have to learn from experience or from out parents. What if our parents bought loads of stuff they couldn't afford? We'd do it too because we wouldn't realize that it wasn't normal. I don't know why this has to be novel. This is basic stuff that i would have loved to know about.

Also, why don't we provide a way for these people to get into houses they can afford or encourage them to get what they need to have a better paying job... That way, everyone wins and no one has to drag these useless moochers around all the time.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Dance: Old & New

Old:

This is the extremly long video of my last dance performance. This happened in May. I think i blogged about it, but never posted it and that's because i just got this video from my friend and fellow dancer, Julie. So to recap this performance, i must say that i was happy to be in a smaller class this semester. The teacher was great. His name was Buddy. He was new and didn't know the program, so he taught us a whole bunch of little dances thru the semester and then the last couple classes were about putting it together into a big routine and it turned out great. There were some difficult steps and we spent a lot of time practicing backstage before the performance so that we got it down nicely and we had one of the ladies in the class standing infront keeping us on track, but i forgot she was there and didn't look at her once. I think i did pretty well concidering.

So I really like dancing. I even had thoughts of taking two dance classes next semester... but i wouldn't because that's irresponsible and i think i need to pass more acedemic classes before i have more fun classes.

New:
So, this is Body Jam. It's a Cardio Dance Workout Class that they provide at Fitness Works Gym. My friend Matt Wright started teaching the class quite a while ago and invited me to his first class and i loved it, so i signed up but stopped after a while for whatever reason; school, lazy, work, etc. i don't know. A couple weeks ago, Matt came to me again and told me that Fitness Works was looking for more Body Jam instructors and knew that i liked the class and had some dancing history. He called me up and gave me the information and i've contacted the people and i'm having my first interview tomorrow. I've decided that i really want to do it. It'll be a few months before i can teach a class, but i'll let you all know when and where for sure and you better come.

So that's my new venture. I'm pretty excited.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Cali Too

Another pic from the wedding. This one is awesome and worth posting before I move away from the subject altogether.

From left: David Wyatt, Chris Pittman, Chris Chapman, Chris Anthony.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Cali

So, i haven't written in a long while. I'll catch up slowly.

I went to California the end of last month to see my friend Chris Pittman get married. The weather was beautiful of course. Angela came with me and we had lots of fun.


The wedding was at the San Diego Temple and the reception at the Orange Stake Center. It was like i was home. It was a great feeling the whole time. Chris was all smiles and the old gang was talking and laughing the whole time. I was one of the groomsmen and they took a lot of fancy pics of us, so once i get my hands on them, i'll be sure to post the good ones.


Geoff, Jamie & Lucy joined Angela and I and we all went to Newport beach and made a sand castle so big that the other kids at the beach asked us how we did it. I told them, "A lot of digging." While making it, i got a pretty intense sunburn. Once we got home and i didn't have Angela there putting stuff on it everyday, it pealed off. Pretty sad.

Also, we went to Summer's birthday party, Josh's girl. She was scared of me as usual, so i didn't bother her, but what was funny was that while making my way over to Luke to ask him where Hunter was, i had to avoid this little kid running right in front of me. When i asked Luke, he pointed at the kid i almost ran over. I had to go right up to him and look him in the face before i recognized him. I couldn't believe that it was him. He's so big. Crazy how kids grow so fast.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Spiritual vs Monetary

I never really know what I'm going to write about, but i haven't written in a while.

So I had that last final. I did well. I still haven't gotten the video of my performance from Julie. I need to do that.

I saw the midnight showing of the new Narnia movie with Angela. It was pretty cool. Definitely worth seeing. Lots more action that the last movie.

I've been reading a book called Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I'm on page 292 of this massive 1168 page novel. If you're not familiar with Ayn Rand, she has a philosophy called Objectivism. This is an excerpt from the Ayn Rand Facebook group:
Ayn Rand was once asked if she could present the essence of Objectivism while standing on one foot. Her answer was:

Metaphysics: Objective Reality
Epistemology: Reason
Ethics: Self-interest
Politics: Capitalism

She then translated those terms into familiar language:

"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."
"You can't eat your cake and have it, too."
"Man is an end in himself."
"Give me liberty or give me death."


I'm not sure if i would call myself an "Objectivist" just yet, but i really respect her philosophy. In the novel, the conflicting ideas are 1) Industry and Self Interest/Capitalism & 2) Charity and Common Good/Welfare State. The novel favors number one. The examples of each are very extreme and i don't want to be like anyone in the book per say, but their examples do inspire me. I think that a lot of people find it to be immoral to worry too much about one's own personal gain and so we are uncomfortable with the kind of monetary success that is described in the book. I say we, but i use the characters in the book and myself for the basis of that assumption. I've realized that there has been a conflict in my head between two complex ideas.
***The first is the desire to be a good person; a moral person who people trust and respect. A sympathetic, sensitive man who would be an amazing husband and father. A man who felt the Spirit all the time and was revered as a great priesthood holder who helped people at all times.
***The second is the desire for worldly success. To be financially independent and secure with money to do whatever practical want i have. I want to be someone who loves his work and excels and whatever i try. I want to be someone who people see as successful. i want to wear fancy suits with pocket watches in the vest and drive a Corvette from my mansion home to my glass and marble office building to make hundreds of dollars an hour in some honorary profession, namely psychology.
It wasn't until recently that i realized there shouldn't be a conflict of ideas. I shouldn't feel guilty setting my sights on big houses and fancy cars while at the same time, wanting to excell spiritually. I'm a pretty lazy person and I'm too prideful to do well in general education, so I'm not sure where I'll end up... hmm.

Mark 10: 25
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

What do you think? You think that it means that it's almost impossible for rich people to go to heaven? I studied this verse and i'll try and site it later, i don't have time now, but i discovered that there is a caravan pass called the Eye of a Needle. Wether this is the name of a specific pass or this type of pass, i don't know. But there in the desert is where the camel caravans go. In order for the camels to pass thru this very small pass, the rider must get off and the walk beside his camel while the camel walks on his knees. Then the caravan procedes together, on the same level, equally estemed. No one is higher than others. Thus the rich man must pass thru this life. He can have his extensive load, but must not be estemed higher than others... I'm not defending rich people because i think i'm going to be one, but i'm more doing it to help me be motivated to do what it takes to reach a worthy goal like that.

Spiritual vs Monetary . . . Tie Game

Friday, May 2, 2008

Spawn

I know I've already posted and it's late and i should go to bed... but i was thinking. I don't think that many if any of my readers will appreciate this the way that i do, but this is the latest Spawn figure. Chris Pittman just showed it to me.

His name was Al Simmons. He was a CIA member who resigned because of corruption in the system. In his anger, he beat his wife. He was then assassinated by the CIA leader who he disagreed with and then was sent to hell where he makes a deal with "the devil" that he will be reborn as Hellspawn if he can see his wife once more. He is given the chance and thus he is reborn with all of hell's magic. He is still free to choose for himself and ends up being the champion of the downtrodden, spending his heroic days serving the bums and impoverish. The story goes on and on and gets pretty detailed, but the beginnings are the most important anyway. So, basically, he's a good guy empowerd by... the devil.I like Spawn a lot. So contradictory, yet he is such a simple person. Such an obviously evil and ominous presence, but he's still the champion of good... or sometimes bad. He's so imperfect, yet heroic.

p.s.
Those are all pictures of the same guy. His name is Spawn and he IS the good guy. That's the point.

Birthdays, Summer & Anniversaries

I'm not sure what I'm going to write about, but i haven't written in a while, so here i go.

School:

My birthday was the other day. The day of my birthday was pretty crappy actually because i had a pretty stressful final project due the next day. Oh well. That was my last day of school. Friday... i guess tonight... I have my dance performance at 7. I'm pretty nervous actually. We learned a dance at the beginning of the semester and then on the last day of class, the teacher pulls it out again and says that we're doing it in our performance... i'm quite nervous. I'm sure my nervs will calm for the performance though because i do know the dances pretty well and we're going to have a quick run thru before we go out there. I have my Anthropology final on wednesday at 2 and then I'm done with school for this semester. I'm not a good student and i didn't do well this semester, i must confess. I just let a lot of little things distract me.

Life goes on. I'm planning on working as much as i can this summer. If Gary, my boss, doesn't take me on full time, i'll try and get another part time job. Why not? i don't want to be sitting around all the time.

Birthday:

I got distracted. Back to my birthday. So, the saturday before my birthday i had a little party at my house. Someone brought Rock Band so that pretty much monopolized the party. We tried to go out and play volleyball with the new ball i bought, but it was too dark. And just for future reference, if you're ever over at my house and want to play volleyball, just let me know and i'll probably drop what i'm doing and go play. I like volleyball a lot. You probably didn't know that.

Then on Sunday night, the family gathered at Geoff and Jamie's and we had my favorite dinner. Roast, cooked carrots, mashed potatoes and red jello. Angela was there and some other family i didn't know. Stefanie got me some very nice facial cleansers. She knew i wanted some. It's nice to have the Mary Kay connection. And Geoff and Jamie got me a super-nice BB gun. Mom says that i can't shoot it in our backyard, but what she doesn't know, can't hurt her. Angela gave me a posh MP3 player with a rediculous about of media capability and Clark helped me with putting movies on it. Fun times. And mom got a Wii. haha... I'm spoiled rotten.Angela:

To me it's late Thursday night, but technically, it's friday the 2nd which is mine and Angela's 6 month anniversary. Go us :)

Bank:

I changed to Chase Bank after Wells Fargo failed misserably at handling my fraud case. I like Chase a lot sofar. It's a very user friendly bank. Very simple and comforting. Everything i've experience sofar has been very clean and smooth... and not cluttered. It feels good. Like the bank isn't doing much else other than managing my money. And that's the whole point of having a bank. To me it always felt like Wells Fargo was cluttred like a really old computer that has all these files on it that you know you used once, but aren't really sure what they're for now and are affraid to delete it, so all of a sudden you're getting error mesages saying that you're running out of room... Oh yeah, that's my computer.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Martha and the Hallway

So Martha had her 177,777th birthday yesterday. Quite a lucky birthday. Martha is the name of my car. She's quite beautiful for her age except she has a little pigmentation disorder on her nose and scalp, but I still love her very much. She does her job very well dispite the funny noises. I can't blame her for making embarrassing noises in her old age; it happens to the best of us.
Happy Birthday Martha :)


I told you about the hallway. Here it is. Take a look and imagine walking down that on the way to an interview or your first day of work. It's very... ominous? There are no doors on the right untill the very end: that's my door. And on the left there are the bathrooms and a couple, widly spaced doors. Quite exciting. Thought I'd share.

First Day...

...Was good. I have my own office with two screens!, but spent most of my time standing by the copy machine scanning things :)It's okay. I enjoyed myself. People in the office are nice. It's a nice looking place too. The hallway leading to the office is a bit daunting. I'll take a picture and blog all about that later. Sofar, I'm making digital records of all the hard copy reports and assorted papers and i'll be writing and editing excel programs for dad. I'm quite excited for that. I like that kind of thing. I didn't start Residential Appraisal yet. Dad said I'll probably start that once Gary gets swamped with it.

Whatever I do, I'm happy. I'm just glad to have a job :)

Monday, March 31, 2008

New Job

I got a new job!
*does a little dance*

So dad's boss, Gary, decided that they needed someone and dad told mom and mom told me and I called dad and then Gary called me. I went in to see him, Gary, this morning at 11 and sat down in his office. He started out with some small talk about school and then got right into it. He told me that I'd be involved in residential appraisal and helping out the comercial appraisers by managing the storage of their reports and I guess whatever other odd jobs they want me to do. I'll work five days a week for 4 or 5 hours at $12/hr. I'm pretty stoked. I start on the 15th of April because my position is new so they have to set stuff up and get me a computer etc., so after that date, I'm sure I'll bolg again on this and let you all know how it goes :)

Oh yeah. And after the "interview" which lasted about 4 minutes, he said, "I know this was short, but I know John, so it's okay."

Thanks Dad!I'm looking forward to being part of the office.


***Update!***

Dad just called me and said that I can start tomorrow! So I guess I'm starting tomorrow! :)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Superficial Individuality

The dictionary had a plethora of definitions, so to serve my purpose I chose a couple that I liked.

in•di•vid•u•al•i•ty
1.
the particular character, or aggregate of qualities, that distinguishes one person or thing from others; sole and personal nature: a person of marked individuality.
2. state or quality of being individual; existence as a distinct individual.
3. the interests of the individual as distinguished from the interests of the community.

As inspired by my friend and fellow blogger Lady Di, and because I tend to stay up way too late, I have decided to blog on a topic that will be eternally discussed between two people who don't, nor want to, think the same way.

I don't consider myself a very unique guy or this extraordinarily individual-minded person, but I do empathies with those who do. I have done small things like dying my hair black or a patch of blue or bleaching it blond in whole or in part, and who can forget my shoulder-length mess. I've worn trendy clothes, ties with t-shirts, and I had my whole black clothing phase. I can't think of many other styles I’ve sported outside the norm. If you can, please remind me.

Because of the nature of the conversation being that the "normal" person will usually initiate the conversation by asking someone why they do some "abnormal" thing that they do and the "unique" person having to explain and/or defend their views, the "normal" person will often get the impression that the "unique" person feels that their way is correct or otherwise superior to that of the person who chooses to "follow the crowd." This is not the case, but please note I only speak for myself and what I have found to be common. This vibe is only felt because of the defensive nature of the conversation. No way is better or correct. Truth like this is relative to the individual. For some people, being superficially individual or unique is healthy or necessary. For other extreme cases it is pride or vanity or somewhere in between.


It comes to mind now to explore what makes someone "different". I'm going to use a common local high school scenario for an example. There is a common cliche lovingly known as Emo. You know you love it. So... a group of boys walk the halls in their tight girl's pants and wearing their dark-rocker clothing with their dark hair in their face. Some decorate themselves with multicolored hair, lip rings, and yes, eyeliner. Are these boys different from the rest of the student body or are they the same as everyone else in their cliche. . . Both! They want to stand out and be different, so they costume up to fit in with everyone else who wants to be different. I'm speaking cynically, because I don't like high school kids at all anyway. No one is really "them self" in high school. Puberty is still taking its toll on their emotional physiologies.

So what is different? I really don't know. I don't think that that word does justice to what these people want. I'm going to include myself in this and speak from the heart even though I don't qualify as an extreme example. What I want, and I think what everyone needs is a self awareness. The realization of self is the major difference between us and chimps, oddly enough. I learned that in my Biological Anthropology (Evolution) class. We all need that and everyone accomplishes this when they're children and they realize that it is them self in the mirror, but this goes a bit deeper when we get older and we have to find out who we really are which is the basis for many popular stories in books and movies, etc.

Batman said that it's not what's underneath, but what I do that defines me. I thought that was so true. As we grow, we start by following mom and dad or whoever takes their place. We are taught by them and our environment collectively what is right and wrong and what is socially acceptable and we acquire all our skills thru this process as well. When someone starts to become really self aware and has the desire to define them self, a common scenario would be that they look back at all the places they've been guided to; all the decisions they've been encouraged to make; all the norms they've been placed in, and in all this they might wonder what they have done. What has been accomplished by "Me." There might have been great things accomplished. Or maybe nothing accomplished. Either way, if they aren't felt to be autonomous descisions or accomplishments, they might not suffice. Many roads can be taken at any of these stages, but we'll follow them downt he path of the "individual-minded" person.

At this point there is a very easy path to follow which makes it common, and that is the path of rebellion. Doesn't seen relevant, does it? Well, this path will accomplish a lot as a quick fix to the "I haven't accomplished a lot of my own accord" problem. One might change their appearance to be totally unlike what they've been raised to become. They might change their political or religious views. They might do "bad" things. VoilĂ ! I'm different. I’m individual. I've done this myself. I am who I’ve decided to be. I am not a "product of my environment."
*I am accomplished*


Right? Wrong? I don't know. Does a green mohawk make one truley unique? Does it dammage society or cause harm to others? Does a suit and tie move us all to become a happier people? I think the template of these questions are imortal because there is no answer. The only absolute is that we all need to be self-aware to be content, psychological beings. How we accomplish this is extremly... individual.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hair & California


So here it is. My new hair. I like it a lot. What do you think? And I'm going to California with Angela the last weekend of the month and she keeps telling me how excited she is. I'm really looking forward to this. I'm glad i can go down and help Stef and cellibrate the Wyatt-California heretage.



Thanks Stef & Clark for letting us come down!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Snow & Bugs

So, the Juke sucks. It has horrible picture capabilities and not very user friendly interface, not to mention its tiny keypad which i thought i was going to get used to. So i'm returning it and getting my old phone back.


I'm getting my hair done tomorrow. I've showed Amanda this picture and she told me to bring it to the appt. and that's what we're going to do. I'm excited. We'll see what it ends up being like because my hair isn't as straight or as dark as his. I've done something similar before, so I'm confident it will look good.


*So... Updates:

I went do the snow with Angela and her family. It was really fun. I'm glad i went. We made a huge snowman whome we called Lum after one of the old people that Angela takes care of at the assisted living place. Someone on the hill with us gave us this strange strip of what i would guess was roofing where one side was slick tar and the other side was gritty. It was long and rectangular and great for sliding down the hill. And of course we couldn't leave without having a decent snowball fight.

I got a call from RM Jobs while i was at school and they interviewed me for the job i "applied" for. I didn't remember applying for it and i told mom when i got home and she told me that she had applied for me. I was a bit upset, but... they like me (of course) and i took the job. It's a summer thing, so training will start soon and then off i go, knocking doors selling pest controll. I know, i know. Door to door sales. I'm perfectly aware, but it pays well and i've learned to appreciate money.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

New: Header, Phone & $$

Do you like my header? I made it myself :)

& I got the $2,200 back that was fraudulantly taken from me. That makes me happy. I just need to go to the bank now and fight to get my 12 overdraft charges taken off. The bank lady told me that that would be easy to go because the bank accknowledges that it was fraud. I'm happy.

Monday is the day that Verizon bribes us to keep our contract with them by giving us $100 credit towards a new phone. I'm pretty excited. I think i have 3 options.

1) The Juke
*Small
*Trendy
*Great for Music

All qualities i really like. but it has a crapy camera and i don't think it has external speekers decent for music; which i'm going to have to really think about.

2) The enV
*Big screen
*Better Camera that I have now
*Decent for music
*Keypay (which i'm not so fond of)

But this thing is huge. Roughly 5x2x1. Yuck. Immagine that in my pocket. Iiiiii'm going to have to think about that.

3) LG VX8300 (Keep the one i have)
*Decent screen
*Decent Camera
*Decent for music

But... i've had it for a long time... and... i really want the Juke.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Plunder & Pillage

I feel like sharing my experience with thievery. It is quite an exciting story really.

So... it was very late at night... early in the morning December 10th and Angela and I were leaving her parents to go home. We each had our separate cars parked in the neighborhood parking lot. It was cold and rainy, so to say our goodbyes we got into the backseat of my car and wrapped up in the blanket i had in my car that i used to move a table into her new place. She was cold and wet and tired, so we were just laying there all cuddly. If we were making out, i would say so. I'm not ashamed. Although you can think what you want :P

So, there we were: Lying in the car when i heard a noise and then some voices so i turned to see people and flashlights IN my car. In was intensely angry and violated, so i roared at them with intense vigor and launched myself into the front seat after them as they grabbed what they could and fled my car. I quickly discovered that they had taken stuff, said a few choice words and took off thru the parking lot after them.

I ran thru the rainy parking lot in my socks screaming who knows what kind of angry nonsense at these two hoodlums, and just as i was closing in, the farther ahead of the two calls frantically back the other and says, "Shoot him!" Over and over, "Just shoot him!" It didn't register at once what was going on, but when the one closest to me stopped running away and turned to face me with the other one telling him over and over to "Just shoot him," it clicked and i stopped running and put my hands up. I told them i had nothing, letting them know i couldn't defend myself and i started backing away when they began to peruse me back to my car. I didn't look back, but got back into my car as fast as i could, having to pull the blanket back in which i had trailed out the door as i ran. I finally got the doors locked, but i was just so frantic and shaky that i couldn't get a hold of the keys to get them into the ignition. I looked around and the guys were outside the car, still a distance away, obviously trying to decide weather to come after me or make a break for it. It didn't take them long to choose the latter.

Once they were leaving, i assessed what had been taken. Once i told Angela that they had taken her purse, phone, and wallet, she lost it and wanted to go after them. Luckily the door where she was didn't work properly and she couldn't open it. Plus, she had me holding her back telling her that they threatened to shoot me. Weather or not they actually had a gun is debatable, but nevertheless, i wasn't going to risk my life and especially not my girlfriends life for any kind of material possession.

They also got my wallet and at the time i thought they got my phone, but it turns out that they dropped my phone and my keys as they were escaping, which made me feel very badly that Angela lost everything and i only lost my wallet.


We did all the canceling of cards and calling of police etc... The End.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Word of Warning

So, if you get robbed, you need to change banks. Not just cancel the card and open a new one. I'll tell you why:

You probably know that i got robbed. Perhaps i'll post the story later, it's quite exciting. They just started taking my money. They wrote 3 checks as if they were from a 3rd party written to me and they cashed them using my ID, so a grand total of $2200 has been taken from me. The bank is working on it. In the meantime, i can't access my money, so i have about $12 to my name. Suck a lot. So, with my ID, they can find my money anywhere. So once this is resolved, i'm changing banks.

School is good. I'm sad there was no class on Mondays because that is the only day i have my dance class.

Still no job. I'm not sure what i want/can have as long as a job anyway. I'll find something.

And girlfriend's birthdays are hard to shop for. Amen.

Monday, January 14, 2008

More or Less than Stagnant

Is movement more or less than stagnant? I couldn't decide. Anyway...

So, i'm registered for school. In fact, today is my first day at school and it's been interesting. I have four classes:
  • Anthropology: Bones, Stones & Evolution
  • Psychology: Reserch Methods
  • Finite Math
  • English
  • Dance: Hip Hop

Okay, so I said four. I haven't signed up for the dance class yet, but there is a reason. I'm currently signed up for about 26 credit hours because of whatever, i don't know, moving on. I'll end up with 15 by the end of today. I took the dance class last semester and it was amazing fun. I would always talk about it and my family and girlfriend's family came to see me perform when it was all done and my dad got so excited that he signed up for it. Yes, John Wyatt is in a college Hip Hop dance class. I didn't think i could take the class because of my schedule, but it all got rearranged just this morning and i had time. So... i grabbed my gym bag and plan to surprise my dad by showing up to and signing up for his dance class. I think he'll really like that.

*I have my performance on video on my home computer and on my facebook. I'll see if i can upload it later.

So my anthropology class is a lab science which means it goes from 1 - 3:30, but today was the first day, so we just went over the syllabus and left, which left me a plethera of time untill my next class at 4:45. I wondered around, went to the institute, did my english homework (online class), ate, and whent to my 4:45 Psychology Research class where i met the department heads who were there to tell me my teacher was sick and they'll let us know if wednesday is canceled as well. So here i am blogging... Waiting for dance at 7. So, basically, i had a 45 minute class at 1 and i've been in limbo ever sence. Interesting day.

School [Check]

Job [Anyone have any leads?]

I could probably get one myself, but... I'm really not motivated to work retail or whatever jobs people have in highschool, although i'm not too pridefull to comply if that's my only option.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Christmas Bonus

Crazy Christmas indeed. So, i get a call on the 27th from my boss explaining to me that there is no more work. The shop was bought out and we all got layed off. Turns out that the term "Family Business" doesn't mean much these days and everyone is looking to make a buck. So i'm out of a job. Merry Christmas. I was relying on that job to help me move out in January and now, those planns are shot and my school plans for next semester are frustrated untill i figure out my work situation. Basically, my life will be stagnant for a while...


On a lighter note: Happy New Year! I celebrated by going to the Tempe Block Party with Angela and some friends. The main attraction and reason we went was for the Bare Naked Ladies, who performed awesomly. Some lady tried to crowd surff over my head and ended up bludgering my ear with her heal, so Angela's huge brother-in-law ended up lobbing her into the isle. Right on her rump. Then she was escorted out by security. Quite funny.


So, the first thing i did this year was kiss Angela right on the mouth. It was my first time kissing someone at midnight, and truthfully, i hope she's there for all the rest of my New Years. I'm not going to get all sappy, so enough said.



So, it's a new year. What now, hu? I was thinking on the way home in the car today about what my resolution was going to be. I thought about being more healthy and i remembered something Geoff said about not drinking soda and then i remembered how much i liked soda and discarded that option.


I decided that my new year's resolution was to make sure that i did what made me happy. I've been around and thru enough to know the difference between what brings temporary pleasures and what brings lasting happiness and so i'm going to trust myself from now on. I'm going to go with what my gutt tells me and stop trying to be a people pleaser. I'm a very stubborn 22 and it's about time i put my piece where it fits in the puzzle.

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