Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A replacement

When I got my HTC One last January, this first accessory that I ordered before it was even delivered was a case. Namely an Otter Box Defender, which was purchased from Worst Buy. It works well. I like the high-impact plastic case, the screen protector *and* the silicone outer skin all serve to keep my $600 phone damage and scratch free. I use the belt clip to keep the phone on my backpack’s should strap (mainly so when I’m playing music through my bluetooth, the signal doesn’t cut out.

It did it’s job well. Though through the months, it started to show its wear, mainly from me trying to take it off and put it back on too much. I started noticing that more than a couple of the latches were broken on it. So long story short, I had to replace it last week. But it’s better to replace a $30 casae than it is to replace a $600 phone. And yes, I did replace it with another Otter Box Defender.

This time, I’m not taking it off…

Monday, July 14, 2014

So I got my TV a week ago…

Well, a little bit more than a week ago. I still need to get the tv stand for it. You may ask, what kind of of TV did I get? I got a Sony WEGA. It is a projection type tv. So, it is a big screen tv, but it is also, well, big. But it is an HDTV, and an improvement over what I had before. Down the road this may prove to be poor judgement on my part. I maybe shouldn’t have done it.

But a deal is a deal. And I agreed to it. I may get buyer’s remorse, but I’ll still live up to my end. It’s all about responsibility….

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I’ve possibly used poor judgment of late…

No, I haven’t done anything criminal. Nor anything morally compromising. A couple of weeks ago, I got a text from a friend wanting to sell his TV. It is a 60-inch monster. Went to mutual friend, and after telling him about it, we proceeded to have fun mocking the first firend. And then I thought, that I could use an HD tv. And he’s willing to take payments. So I bought it. I had already aggreed to buy his printer, so this was added to the deal.

About the tv:

  • I don’t know much about it other than it’s a Sony 60 inch tv. And it’s coming with a stand. We have a 36 inch set in the living room so I know it’s going to be huge. To that end, I’ve spent most of my day cleaning my room (those of you who truly know me would know that this never happens. Today, I threw out a complete computer desk (which I bought from this same person back when I was working for him), and I threw out another tower (a pII tower that I had tried to turn onto a pIII tower, but I never was able to get working as such. In fact, I never got it work for what I had intended for it)…

And about the printer:

  • I got a Lexmark Impact S305. Run of mill multi-function printer. Similar to what I’ve always had (like my Canon MultiPass C755 [rip]and my Canon Pixma MP250). Except for the fact that it’s wireless. Once you’ve set it up on the Wi-Fi, all you need to do is literally plug it in, turn it on & and you can print. Which means I could probably have it out in the other room. But I’ll keep here in my room for now. And I really like the individual ink colors. I hate having to replace the enitre color cartridge just because I ran out of one color…My other printer, the Pixma MP250 still works. But I may retire it to in-the-closet spare status just for lack of space in my room. USB cables can only be so long…

Well, this may down the road prove to be poor judgement on my part. But then again, I was at Wally World pricing 60 inch TV’s and they were all over 4 figures. SO it may be a bargain. We will see. It arrives on Sunday…

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tempering Your Dreams With Reality...

As you might be able to surmise, I've had much to think about in recent times. I think it is an understatement to say that I have a very active imagination. Sometimes that can be a good thing. That is where creativity can spring forth from. It can also be not so good. One can get so caught up in it that one becomes delusional. It is a good thing to dream high, but you must also be aware of reality. As the recently passed Casey Kasem put it, keep your feet on the ground but keep reaching for the stars. It is good to follow your dreams (if we let the dream die, then what is the point of waking up?). But it is not good to let your dreams rule over you. I think everyone at one time or another has thought about having comic book superhero powers even just for one day. But in the end, you must face reality and realize that not every dream is feasible. If you keep holding on to the unrealistic dreams, then they become delusions. And when reality hits, it is all that more a severe blow. And it will. To dream is good. But you must also be realistic, and temper your dreams...

For the past few months, I have been trying to follow my dreams. And the reality is I'm getting nowhere. I tried to rationalize by saying that I had not been outright rejected yet, and so there was still hope. But one must realize the difference between clinging to hope, and fostering an obsessive delusion. Hope is a good thing. Sometimes an obsession can be, too. But delusions never are, especially when there is a potential to hurt someone. I can have hope, but I also have to aware of which way the wind is blowing and adjust my sails accordingly. I have yet to see, hear, or receive a response from her, and with that in mind, I’m going to step away from this for now. Maybe someday, I’ll try to reach out to her and regain the friend that I fear I may have lost over this.

In my previous post I touched upon respecting her privacy, and with that in mind, this will most likely be the last that I mention her here. I kept her identity in pectore, and I will keep it as such. I’ve spoken (or written) my peace on the matter, and any more would be beating a dead horse, causing more harm than good. Having said that, I really don’t have any regrets about posting what I’ve posted. I couldn’t hold it in any longer.

And I had to at least try….

Monday, June 23, 2014

To Name Or Not To Name?

Recently, I was having a conversation with someone, and the topic turned to this blog and the particular subject of various posts of late. Specifically I was asked who was this person that I'm writing about. And that led me to think. Who an I writing about? When I first started writing on this matter, I said that I'd be keeping her identity in pectore, and I'm going to keep that way. I started writing this as a way to get my thoughts and feelings out. To get things off my chest that have been there for far too long. Naming this person, or providing any more details could serve to cause her embarrassment, so I won't. Yes, there are feelings for her, and they are quite strong. But there is also respect for her and her her privacy. So the only descriptor that I will give for her is that she is. Nothing more. Nothing less. I'll leave it to you to file in the mindless speculation and conjecture...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Life is more about the journey…

Life is in the journey, not the destination. I started out with an attraction to a certain woman (I’ve previously blogged about it. See the blog archives if you want to read about it). Today was my day off, and I started out on a journey up north. It was a journey with no particular destination. I was seeking answers. A yes, or a no. Acceptance or rejection. Today, I met and reconnected with a couple of past friends. But I did not get the answer I was looking for (as for the question to which I was seeking the answer, I may reveal it in due time. But for now, I’ll keep it to myself). But I realized that in seeking my answer, there were 4 friends that I’ve linked up with, that I wasn’t really intending to meet. Maybe I shouldn’t be seeking the final answer to my question. Maybe I shouldn’t be seeking her. But then again, I’ve met friends that I otherwise wouldn’t have. While I may not succeed in my journey, failing in my goal, one must realize the good that can come out of it. I may strike out completely in my quest, but I’m going to make the best of what’s around. I’ve seen the good resulting from my quest for answers, especially today.

Maybe some day I’ll get my answer. Even if it’s no, I’ll still be able to sleep with the just, knowing that I tried. If it’s yes, then oh happy day. But either way, I owe to myself to make the best of what’s around. This is the hand that I’ve been dealt with, and I’m going to play it. As the Gambler sang, Every hand’s a winner, and every hand’s a loser. I just I know when to hold’em, fold ‘em, walk away, and/or run…

I’m going to keep trying, but perhaps I wasn’t meant to have an answer. And I’m beginning to make peace with that. It’s not always the destination. Sometimes it’s all about just getting there…

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Forgiveness is always better than revenge...

My former boss may not like this post, since this is being written about him, but I fell that I have to write this. And there is wisdom to be learned. Like the subject of certain posts of late, who he is & the company in question will remain in pectore, though in due time, you may figure it out (especially if you follow me on Facebook). But for now, I'm not naming names...

After I was fired, my first priority was to put out a resume, apply everywhere I could find & basically find another job. I was still hot under the collar about the way I'd been treated, and I was going for revenge, as documented here. I was out for revenge. Almost at all costs. I avoided his store, and I made sure everybody knew why I left. I was right (after all, I had the documentation & I had prevailed in my unemployment claim. And L&I had sided with me as well). And the final piece in my plan was to simply take his ass to court. And to convince my (now former) co-workers to go in with me (even in small claims court you can get up to $5000 per head, which would've been easy for me, as I have documentation and proof of retaliation). But I couldn't. At first I just decided to walk away from it. I'd found another job, was making better money. I'd received a couple of text messages from my former employers, and I just silently deleted them.

But through the months, I realized that I was getting even more bitter over this. Whenever I saw mutual friends, all I could say was how he was a jerk/thief & that he should be shunned. In the end, I was looking more like a bitter, disgruntled former employee. So, I refriended my former employer on Facebook, and started talking to them again. One of the things I've learned in the movies is that hubris will be one's downfall, and I'm not looking to become another Darth Vader (you know, the whole getting your limbs cut off, and left to burn in lava just isn't my thing)... Eventually, I worked up the courage to go back to the store and talk to him in person. Long story short, that hatchet has been buried, and I'm back to working for him on occasion. I'm not going to cut ties with my current employer (after all, I'm making more money here than I was for him, and he just doesn't the payroll anymore). I may not agree with him, but I don't need to argue the point, nor do I need to prevail with him. I know I'm right, and that's the only person I need to convince.  You don't have to prevail in every argument. A friend is better than an enemy. Forgiveness is better than revenge.