Thursday, July 20, 2017

Day off got pulled out from under me

So, after getting fired two weeks ago, I do have a lot more free time than I used to. I am putting applications in left and right. I’ve put in some good applications this week, and so I was going to take today as a day off. And decided to bring my laptop up to Mrs. Fields so the store owner and I could Netflix and chill for a few. It didn’t happen that way. Long story short, I came in and got penciled in to work. I’m not complaining after all, I’m hourly. But everytime I bring my laptop in, I end up working….

On Mental Illness…

Mental Illness doesn’t care how much money or fame you have. You’re as sick as is if you had a physical illness, but there’s no out ward sign, so you end up stigmatized. With no apparent way to get help. But this is less about mental illness, and more about suicide. We lost Chris Cornell to it recently. He lost Kurt Cobain to it. And today we’ve the lead singer to Linkin Park. When the hurt and the pain get so bad that you feel your only option is to end it all. This is not right. The state of mental health care in America is a fucking joke. I can think of at least three recent mash shooting that could’ve been prevented if people had gotten the treatment that they needed. But no. While mental illness is just as real a diseases as pneumonia or measles, we still stigmatize it, and those who suffer from it. And that has to stop.

BTW, if you’re thinking about killing yourself, please call 1-800-273-8255. Help is out there. YOU’RE NOT ALONE!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

About the unfortunate events last week….

Ok, I think it’s time to discuss the Unfortunate Events last week:

Basically, I lost my job. Not the second job at Mrs. Fields, but my primary job. My full time job. I’m not going to go into the details about it, but it is not a pleasant thing to be called into the office and told to go clean out your locker. I’m not going to mention my (now former) employer nor am I going to say anything bad about the company. Hubris only makes it worse.

I am pulling a few hours at Mrs. Fields, enough to pay the rent. And I have updated my resume to the cloud. And reactivated my profile on Snagajob and Monster. We’ll see how it goes…

Monday, July 10, 2017

A day off…

Still not going to say anything about last week’s unfortunate events. But my last honest, do nothing day off was June 30. That’s going to change. I’m taking tonight off. And tomorrow to. It’s been a stressful week. And I need the rest. I could tell this from the fight I gave my alarm this morning. I need to take care of myself, before I can take care of anything else. I know there are other times when this would not be the case, but the world is not going to end tomorrow, and if it did, I don’t think 1 person would make a difference….


New Chair…

Christmas of 2001. My younger brother (current roommate) surpises me with a new computer desk and an office chair. No way near top of the line items, but they did the job (in fact, I still use the desk. This post is being written at it). The chair held up through the years. I took it apart when I moved out of Puyallup, and when I put it back together I didn’t put the armrests back on (they got in the way). But the chair continued to serve faithfully, holding my ass up during my misadventures on the internet. It worked through 4 towers, and 3 laptops. But it had lost its height. The air cylinder had lost it’s air. So, off to to the Worst Buy website and I ordered this one. And it is comfy. Headrest. Armrest. And I can lean back in it. I think I can now throw out the easy chair that I never really use anymore.

Having said that, I ordered it before last week’s Unfortunate Events. I wouldn’t dare order it now. Live and learn. I’m not ready to tell the tale of what happened last week. In due time, I will. But not now. Let’s just say that things are going to be a bit lean for a while…

EDIT: I can still use my easy chair. I just have to rotate my new chair around so I can watch my 55” TV. Which is good, since I can use my laptop in my easy chair…

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Things are looking up…

Things are looking better than Thursday. But it is still best that I not discuss them at this point….

Thursday, July 06, 2017

It hit the fan today.

I got some really bad news today. But it’s best if I don’t mention it here for the time being…

Saturday, July 01, 2017

The end of the weekend….

I had the day off today. It wasn’t really a weekend for me, I’ve had split days off more often than not since I transferred to this location. But I’m not complaining about that. That’s just the nature of business. But today was my last day off this week. And I’m working 6 days straight until my next day off.

But on my day off today, I did call upon my other employer Mrs. Fields Cookies (The Commons at Federal Way), and I bought some cookies for my co-workers at my main job. The owner was there, and he was going to hook me up, but ethically, the right thing was to pay the regular price for them. Which I did.

I’d always said I’d bring them cookies. Now if I really liked them, I’ll tell them which ones I didn’t spike….

Friday, June 30, 2017

Further applications of lessons learned…

After the fiasco of attempting to order a 4 tB hard drive for my laptop last (and my subsequent application of my new 4 tB back-up drive), I ordered a new hard drive with the right size (I hope, since the new drive is 7mm, and apparently my current drive is 9mm). But it’s easier to fit a smaller drive than it is to fit a drive that is too large. We’ll see.

I did make a point to check with the manual before I ordered a ram upgrade. And this time, I know I got it right. Hopefully, they’ll both arrive at the same time. I’m going to have to remove close to 30 screws to get to the innards, so I’m going to do all this at once.

Size does matter……

So I ordered a new 4 tB hard drive for my laptop last week. It arrived today. Took my laptop apart. Installed new drive. And I couldn’t put the laptop back together. This was a 1/2” hard drive, and my laptop uses a 7mm hard drive. And the size does matter.

This was a very expensive lesson that I learned. I’m not going to return the 4 tB hard drive. It isn’t defective, and I’m not going to go through the hassle of returning it if it’s my fault for not checking the size first.

But on the bright side, my usb hard drive adapter also supports laptop hard drives. So I now have a 4 tB back-up drive.

And I did order a 7mm hard drive upgrade. Only a 2 tB drive, but it’ll be enough room.