July 21, 2008

We Wii

Starting week 2

Still working on a routine, but have one down for the most part.

Hotter then 3 hells last week, couldn't go out past 10am without instantly sweating.

Puppies enjoying me being home, they get a nice tiring out walk first thing in the morning.

Not a lot of jobs being posted, applied to 5 the entire week last week. Nothing new today. Of course if I could move out of state I would have a job already or if I wanted to commute 2 hours each way I would have a better shot at more postings or if I wanted to take a $10-15k hit.

This is depressing me out already, I am afraid I am going to be unemployed for awhile. I am not motivated much, trying to do some heavy cleaning, sorting and organizing but am moving slow at actually doing it.

The stress of being unemployed has thrown me into the arthritis flare-up from hell. Haven't had a flare-up this bad in a couple years, at least I can take the good drugs for the pain being that I am home.

There is nothing, and I mean nothing on daytime TV. Thursday I watched the original Planet of the Apes and part of Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

Mr Weenie likes having home cooked meals on the table when he walks in from work.

We got a Wii! Been looking for one but haven't been able to find one. Got a call from Sister Weenie last friday saying she found one at Target, did we want it. Hell yes was my answer, so I have that to keep me entertained now along with Sims and Sim City 4.

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July 11, 2008

Pissing Me Off As Long As Possible

Every other department here at work got rid of their contract people at 9am this morning.

The brillant minds that run my department is making us wait until 1pm.

Guess they want their money's worth out of us ...


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July 10, 2008

I Would Have Been Shot

We just had our Lockdown drill and I would have been shot, according to the coordinator for my area, I came pretty close to telling her to go f&*k herself and unless someone went postal in the next two days this drill was useless to me.

When they annouced the drill people literally ran into conference rooms, slammed the doors shut, pushed the table against the door and wouldn't let anyone else in. Within like 10 seconds everybody was in the rooms.

I tried 2 rooms and people would just giggle.

So I thought screw this and went and sat at my desk. There was no way in hell I was sitting under my desk for a drill with the way my joints feel.

I have been in similar situations and let me tell you, unless the postal person was close my priority would be to get out of the building not hide so they could find me and shoot me.

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July 08, 2008

Ford Expecting Trouble or Coincedence?

I wonder if Ford is expecting someone to go postal with the new cuts coming.

This week Ford is conducting, for the first time ever, Lockdown drills.

A Lockdown drill is

how to respond to a facility disruption due to a confirmed threat or act of violence

Ours is Thursday, I will be under my desk if you need me.

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On The Backs Of Workers

A three month strike by workers at American Axle ended in the workers taking a 50% cut in pay.

They were told by the CEO if they didn't take a 50% cut in pay the company would be forced into bankruptcy or they would have to move their jobs to Mexico.

They were told that a 50% cut in pay was necessary to compete with other axle companies.

So what happened after the strike ended and the workers took a 50% cut in pay?

American Axle & Manufacturing Chief Executive Officer Dick Dauch was paid an $8.5-million bonus, more than doubling his 2006 bonus, as a reward for Dauch's role in securing a concessionary contract with the UAW

The CEO was paid $8.5 MILLION dollars for getting the workers to take a 50% cut in their pay.

A nice fuck you from management to the workers.

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July 07, 2008

Vacation - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

In all, the vacation wasn't that bad but the weather sucked and the extra's that happened will put it in the not so great vacation folder.

The Good -

We left saturday night after dropping the puppers off at the kennel. Got into the Smokey Mtns sunday afternoon. Weather - rainy and cool.

Monday and Tuesday we explored the park, beautiful scenery. Loved it and could have spent days just sitting and looking out over the mountains. We did get to see bears, yes real live bears. They were on the walking path upto a waterfall. They eventually climbed up a tree and sat there while we run underneath them hoping they wouldn't fall on us.

Wednesday we departed and headed for the National Corvette Museum, pretty cool. Corvettes of every model was present. Couldn't go on the Corvette plant tour because GM was on shut-down.

We then decided to add a stop on our whirlwind tour and drove upto Louisville, KY and went to the Louisville Slugger Museum. They have a plant tour and we got to see them making major league players bats (Alex Rodriguez). That was pretty cool and the museum had a lot of cool interactive things to do.

We then headed upto Shipshewana, Indiana for our final stop. Amish country, great furniture and a huge flea market. Oh, and I can't forget the great food!

We got home friday afternoon but couldn't pick the puppers up until saturday morning (the kennel isn't open on holidays). The kennel was ok, there was some miscommunication about feeding them. They seperated them for feeding and the dogs were clearly in distress about being seperated (for an hour) and I called them pissed off about it (they had webcam viewing, so I seen everything). But they apologized and corrected the feeding situation and the puppers seemed to have a good time there.

The Bad -

See "It's Us Not You"

The Ugly -

Thursday evening I get a call from my sister and she said that my mom called her and said something horrible happened and to call her then she hung up without giving a phone number or any other information.

To say my mom loves to be dramatic is a huge understatement.

To spare you all the details and the hour spent in frantic horror ...

I found out that my Uncle killed himself. Now I don't mean to sound so callous about this but I have seen this Uncle 3 times in the last 30 years (they live in California). I didn't really know him at all (never really talked to him the 3 times I seen him) and to get a call like that from my mother over someone I don't really know, well ...

The information we got from my mother was 3rd hand and my mother tends to not only be overly dramatic but also embellishes quite a bit. So I don't know the real details.

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It's Us Not You

I got the call last monday.

Yes, the monday that I was on vacation.

The vacation that I was having a great time at until the call.

My last day of work is this Friday, I have been thrown in with the "recent salary cuts that Ford is making".

My contract firm made sure to tell me that Ford told her it was them and not my performance or anything like that.

It was so nice that they gave me 2 weeks notice, to bad one of those weeks was my vacation time.


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July 04, 2008

Happy Independance Day

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Independence Day in the U.S., is an annual holiday commemorating the formal adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia. Although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the Fourth of July holiday has been accepted as the official anniversary of U.S. independence and is celebrated in all states and territories of the U.S.

The history of Independance Day

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Happy Birthday Dad

Happy Birthday Dad, miss you bunches

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Who You'd Be Today by Kenny Chesney

Sunny days seem to hurt the most.
I wear the pain like a heavy coat.
I feel you everywhere I go.
I see your smile, I see your face,
I hear you laughin' in the rain.
I still can't believe you're gone.

It ain't fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell that I've been through,
Just knowin' no-one could take your place.
An' sometimes I wonder,
Who'd you be today?

Would you see the world? Would you chase your dreams?
Settle down with a family,
I wonder what would you name your babies?
Some days the sky's so blue,
I feel like I can talk to you,
An' I know it might sound crazy.

It ain't fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell that I've been through,
Just knowin' no-one could take your place.
An' sometimes I wonder,
Who you'd be today?

Today, today, today.
Today, today, today.

Sunny days seem to hurt the most.
I wear the pain like a heavy coat.
The only thing that gives me hope,
Is I know I'll see you again some day.

Some day, some day, some day.

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