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Thursday, December 31st, 2009
11:23 am
Well, 2.75 years since my last post. I considered waiting another few months to make it a solid 3 years. Not much to say here, I'm still on assignment at Merrill Lynch, although it's now the Merrill Lynch division of Bank of America or however they're going to end up calling it. I got engaged in October of 2008, I'm getting married in October of 2010. I moved out of Jersey City after about 3 years there. Helen and I have moved to Denville where we purchased a house. My commute is now about 2 hour door-to-door, but I have a netbook so the train ride goes by pretty easy for me. It gives me time to read books and play video games, so I actually like it more than my old commute. Although I don't like getting up around 5:15 in the morning to get ready for work, that part sucks. Time to go deal with a work problem, perhaps I will remember to post later.
Friday, March 2nd, 2007
7:40 pm
Well, it's been a long time.
So, what to say, so much for possibly tomorrow I guess. I've moved out of my parents house. About 2 months ago I moved to Jersey City. Helen is moving in with me in a month. I continue to work in NYC, now I am testing software for Merrill Lynch. I'll be stationed at ML for quite some time, end of this year at least. Recently, I've been thinking back on things I did in college my freshman year, people I used to know, things I did. I find myself wishing I could get back in touch with old friends, see them again. Catch up, that sort of thing. I was wondering if #ratmm is still in existence and if so, where is it these days?

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, August 10th, 2006
10:28 pm
Holy Crap! He's back!
Hello all, it's been a while. I've been off finishing up that whole crazy college thing. In addition, I've gotten a job since last we spoke. In March I was offered a job with a company called Real-Time Technology Solutions. I accepted that job and started on June 5th. I since went through 6 weeks of training and I now test software for a living. I work in downtown NYC and take the train into New York at 7 in the morning, this requires me to be up at 6. Which means I'm already past my bedtime.

After graduation, I went to South Dakota to visit my grandmother and all my relatives on that side of the family. I will have pictures and stuff to post here at a later point in time. I'm keeping this short for right now, but I wanted to let everyone know that I am indeed alive and well. More from me later, possibly tomorrow, maybe not though, don't want to give anyone a heart attack from two posts in a row.
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
12:17 am
So, I've got some time, which means it's time to write up another post in this thing. And I need to remember to post this.

September 2000 - August 2001

In September the community pool closed for the season and I found myself unemployed and not in school. It was time to start searching for a job. I applied and interviewed at 3 places before I finally got a job. Not bad really for finding a job at that time. I got turned down for a tech support kind of job because my resume had only outdoor jobs on it. On an interesting side note, I'm actually in competition with that business now, to a limited extent. I ended up employed at Radio Shack or Radio Shaft as we occasionally thought of it.

I ended up having to go to new employee orientation twice because they lost the paperwork the first time. They actually lost it the second time too, since they tried to make me go a third time, but I refused to sit through that meeting a third time. My second month at Radio Shack, the manager was fired. He was replaced by a black woman named Julia. Some of you may be wondering why I felt it necessary to specify that she was black, since that borders on being racist. The reason for this is that she happened to be racist against whites or at the very least, discriminatory against whites.

In October, I made the acquaintance of Helen, a woman who participated in a Monkees chat room that I had gone into while I was at Drexel. We started talking a lot online and by the end of the month began dating. We used Yahoo Messenger for voice chats to save on phone bills, she lives in Michigan, a practice that continued until just last year when Google Talk came out. Also in October, I went trick or treating with two friends from camp and the younger sister of one of them. We were taking the younger sister trick or treating, I was a Radio Shack Employee. People answered the door and I said "Welcome to Radio Shack." One guy said to me "Oh, Radio Shack, you don't get any candy." And a lady said to me "Now you see, this is why you need to finish college and get a good education. So you don't have to work at places like Radio Shack all your life." After that, I stopped saying it.

By the end of the year, I was getting quite fed up with working for Radio Shack and I wanted to leave the job. I put in my notice that I was quitting just after Christmas. However, since I didn't want my parents to know that I had quit a job, since they did not approve of such behavior, I told them I had been fired as part of a normal worker layoff after the Christmas season. About a week after I finished at Radio Shack, my mom went in and asked the manager about me being fired. The manager told her that I had quit and my parents went through the roof. I was given an ultimatum to return to Radio Shack or find a new place to live. Needless to say, I went back to work at Radio Shack. My parents were very disappointed and lost a great deal of trust in me since I had lied to them.

In February, Helen came out this way for a Duran Duran concert. We met up before the concert and spent a day together before she continued on to her friend's house where she was staying for the duration of the trip. This was our first in person meeting. I saw her again on the last day of her trip. It would be 11 months before we saw each other again.

In April, I turned in my application to work at the local community pool again. In May, I started working both at the community pool and at Radio Shack. I put in my two weeks notice, which greatly aggravated my parents, but at least I was honest with them this time. I left Radio Shack and spent the summer working for the community pool. In April, I had also been in contact with the Camp Director for Sabattis, he was trying to negotiate with me to come back to camp staff, offering me other positions, but I would not take the risk of working with that Aquatics Director again in any capacity.

I applied to County College of Morris in May and got accepted. In July, I opened a checking account so that I could pay my tuition bills. I went to orientation and registerd for classes. I was heading back to college after having taken a year off. On Labor day, that community pool closed and the next day, I went off to start college anew.
Saturday, February 25th, 2006
11:41 pm
Looking back on life AKA Retrospecticus
The question is where to start. I figure that probably the best place to start for me is the end of high school. This is going to be a lot of posts to get through to the present day.

June 1999 - September 2000
In June I graduated from High School and everything changed. I know that sounds cliche, but it's true. From that point forward, I was in a whole new world.

The day after I graduated, I boarded a bus at 7 in the morning and left for Sabattis Adventure Camp. I was working as a camp counselor and lifeguard. It was to be my first summer as a lifeguard. I had originally not wanted to be a lifeguard since my older brother had been one and I did not want to follow in his footsteps.

I had found out during my previous year at camp that the waterfront was the most fun department to work at. So, that's why I decided to become a lifeguard. I worked at the waterfront throughout July and then when I came home after camp ended, I got a job at the local community pool.

I worked at the community pool until Labor Day and then went off to college at Drexel. At Drexel I was a Computer Science major. However, I got stuck with a bastard of a roommate who made my life hell for the 8 months that I was there. I failed Calculus my first term, passed it the second but failed another class. The 3rd term, Drexel has a quartersystem, I was failing everything and realized that I no longer wanted to be a programmer. I had a bit of a breakdown and it was towards the end of it that I came to that realization. It was at this point that I withdrew from college.

I came home from college and returned to work at the community pool. I worked pre-season getting the place ready to open on Memorial Day. In June, the pre-season work continued getting everything ready for the full season that started once the schools closed. After the schools closed for the summer, I left for camp again. In 2000, I was the Assistant Aquatics Director for camp.

Camp did not go so well. I got stuck with a terrible Aquatics Director that year. She started off by letting me and the rest of the staff know that she didn't consider the Assistant Aquatics Director to be an applied for job, rather an appointed one. She said that she did not consider me to be the Assistant. The two lifeguards we had did not like her at all and were ready for open revolt after a couple of days. A state of affairs that I could not allow. I managed to maintain the peace between the director and the rest of the staff for the duration of the camp season. I would have taken the problem up a level to the Program Director so that the situation could have been worked out, but the Aquatics Director was engaged to the Program Director and I did not believe that the Program Director could keep his work and personal life seperate in this case.

At the end of the camp season, I received the worst evaluation I have ever received in my life. I got a number of terrible ratings on my performance as well as some comments that were particularly bad. The one I remember the most is "Made a scout cry." When I asked when this had happened, since I had been unaware of it. My director told me that it had happened the first week of camp. Apparently a scout in one of my classes thought I had been unfair and started crying, went to his scoutmaster, who then went to my director. She waited 4 weeks before mentioning it to me. It only came up because she put it in my eval, which I received about 2 hours before I left camp. I would not return to camp.

I went back to the community pool. I spent the next month at the pool, until we closed on Labor Day. Then began the job hunt.

So, there we have the first year and summer after I graduated high school. I'll post more later as I compose my thoughts on the years leading up to where I am now.
Monday, February 6th, 2006
3:46 pm
Something big must have happened or Tom wouldn't have posted
So, what's happened since my last post? Since I don't have access to the net as I write this, I'll just start from January 1st.

January 1st, much sleeping, blessed sleeping. This is due in part to me getting sick.

January 4th, Career Fair at Rutgers, I talk to 19 different companies. Some of them look good, others don't. A couple don't have a position open that I would come close to fitting, but take my resume anyway. One company is looking for people in my field but doesn't feel I'm quite what they need, returns my resume to me! They got removed from my list.

Later that day, Helen arrives for a visit. We get to spend a wonderful week together. We exchange presents, I got a Nintendo DS.

January 12th, Helen has to leave, much sadness.

January 17th, classes start. I learn that my Info Vis class is not learning Flash this semester and that my World War 2 teacher is a real stickler for attendance. Continue with dull drudgery of school for the next few months.

January 27th, waiting to hear back from Nintendo on a tech support issue. One of the companies from the job fair calls me, RTTS, and does a phone interview. At the end of the phone interview they schedule a time for me to come in and do an in-person interview.

February 1st, go into New York City to do a test run of where I'm going for my job interview, then I start my new hours at the YMCA, working 12-8 on Wednesday. I'm now being supervised on Wednesday evening by a high schooler. This high schooler happens to be one of the people I've been supervising on Sundays for the last year. So, that's a little weird, but as long as he leaves me be, there won't be a problem.

February 3rd, job interview time. I take a 25 question exam, then have the ~45 minute interview, and fill out a job application. I thought the interview went okay, but could probably have gone better, I should have really prepared for it. It's my first interview though, so not bad for a first try. I learned this evening that NJTransit was running a Student Free Transit week, I could have saved 24 dollars on train tickets had I known.

February 4th, go to NYC again, with my friends Whitney and Jing. We go to the MoMA and see the Pixar exhibit. Afterwards we go back to Whit's house and watch Toy Story 2, which he had not seen.

February 5th, go to work from noon to 6. The high schooler from Wednesday is in subbing for one of my regular Sunday afternoon guards. As usual, he causes me some trouble, not fun working with him. He warns me that he can make things difficult for me on Wednesday evenings. This was a really bad move on his part. I made it clear to him, I hope, that if he tries anything with me on Wednesdays, I can make things a lot more difficult for him the rest of the week. With luck, this will not come up again.

February 6th, on my way to school and my phone rings. It's RTTS calling me and asking me to come in for a final interview with the President of the company. Holy crap, these guys move fast. I had been told at the end of the interview that it would probably be 2-3 weeks before they contacted me, it was 3 days. I arranged with them for me to come in on February 15th for that interview. I'm really excited right now. While I don't want to get my hopes up, it looks like I could have a job for after college pretty soon.
Sunday, November 20th, 2005
1:41 pm
You scored as SG-1 (from Stargate). You are versatile and diverse in your thinking. You have an open mind to that which seems highly unlikely and accept it with a bit of humor. Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.


Coming on December 1, 2005:

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? The Sequel

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SG-1 (from Stargate)

75%

Nebuchadnezzar (from The Matrix)

75%

Serenity (from Firefly)

75%

Moya (from Farscape)

69%

Enterprise D (from Star Trek)

50%

Millennium Falcon (from Star Wars)

50%

Galactica (from Battlestar: Galactica)

50%

Bebop (from Cowboy Bebop)

31%

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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Saturday, November 19th, 2005
9:18 pm
Talking Emoticons - A Fair Warning
Has anyone else seen the ads for talking emoticons?  The ones that yell at you as you mouse over them?  If anyone ever used one of those on me in the course of a conversation, I'd simply have to kill them.  Those things are obnoxious and there is no good reason for them.  Although, I'm thinking it's going to be in the pre-teen crowd using them.
Thursday, November 10th, 2005
6:54 pm
College Class Ring
So, I graduate in May.  I received a mailing about the Josten's rep being on campus this week for class rings.  My mom wanted me to go and order a class ring.  I finally get around to dealing with it today, for the record I'm kind of apathetic on the whole thing, don't wear rings and don't care that much.  Now, I forgot where in the Student Center it was being done, so I ask the lady at the Information Desk.  She rudely informs me that the lady has left.  I ask if she will be on campus tomorrow, I'm informed that no she won't (never checked incidentally).  I go back to the atrium and sit down and start messing with my laptop.  Now here's what I don't get it, for something that I don't really care about and not sure if I would really wear.  Why am I depressed that I missed the rep entirely and almost feel like I'm going to cry?  What the hell is up with that?  Is it bad when I don't understand me?

Current Mood: confused
Friday, November 4th, 2005
8:12 pm
Hail to the King!
Sid Meier's Civilization IV is out and I have it.  This game is so beautiful.  I will now proceed to immerse myself in out fully.  But first, I want to say how happy I am that they finally have a closed border option.  Finally, I can truly deny access to my territory.
Thursday, October 6th, 2005
11:56 am
New User Icon
Just wanted to post about my user icon.  If anyone wants a copy of this, or the original file I used to create it, they can see it here at www.sunsetcomputing.com/background/ This also holds the background I made as well.  The original is the all blue one. 
Thursday, September 29th, 2005
12:42 pm
National Guard
So, I'm sitting here in my Sociology of Gender class.  There's an ad on the bulletin board in here for the National Guard.  I find it interesting that the National Guard ad is apparently offering 3 free iTunes songs if you sign up.  Who's really going to sign up for the National Guard because you get 3 free songs?  And do you want the people that would convince in the National Guard in the first place?
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
2:14 pm
This is me being bored
Political QuizCollapse )

So, Democrat apparently.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
3:16 pm
NPCP
Yesterday I finished up my 7th and final season as a lifeguard at the New Providence Community Pool.  Said my goodbyes to my coworkers and friends, promised that at the very least, I'd be back to visit them next season.  The only way I return to the NPCP next season is if I get a job as a manager.  My butt will not be in that guard chair next summer.  The closeup was the usual total mess.  Steve decided that every chair must be scrubbed down before it gets stored away, even though every chair will be scrubbed down next May when they get pulled out.  I learned that one of our end-of-season maintenance guys is totally horrible with all things mechanical.  He turned taking out the lane lines into a long complex task that I ended up taking away from him and finishing in a few minutes.

Dragged about 75-80% of the picnic equipment around before the guards finally came over to help me, just in time for the easy part.  From what I was able to follow after 13.5 hours at the pool, I don't think we actually finished and one of the managers is there today finishing stuff up.  I'm really not sure, I was badly out of it from exhaustion by this point. 

Today, I realized that on the evaluation I received from Rutgers concerning graduation, they had my graduation date as October of 2005, which would mean that I'm actually done with classes.  This is of course, a mistake.  Then after I got to Rutgers, parked my car, got out, locked my keys in the car.  This is not a good start to my week.  Got the RU Police to come and break into my car.  The rest of my day seems to be going okay at the moment.
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
11:24 pm
Beware of Ninja
a Ninja
You scored 10 Honor, 6 Justice, 5 Adventure, and 2 Individuality!

You are a soldier of the night. You rely on no more than your cunning
and your repuation to strike fear in the hearts of lord and peasant
alike. You've a sense of honor, but one that comes from within, not
imposed from outside.

Black clothes and shuriken for you. You're gonna do just fine.




My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 84% on Ninjinuity
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You scored higher than 69% on Knightlyness
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 21% on Cowboiosity
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You scored higher than 3% on Piratical Bent
Link: The Cowboy-Ninja-Pirate-Knight Test written by fluffy71 on Ok Cupid
Monday, August 22nd, 2005
8:51 pm
Fun little addendum
The 2 blown capacitors in the old power supply that I mentioned.  I forgot to mention, they were not only blown, but they were blown clear off the circuit board of the power supply.  Which was quite impressive.
11:31 am
Computer Update
I went out and bought a new power supply at CompUSA this morning.  A new 500 watt power supply in place of the 460 I used to have.  Plugged everything back in, the computer started up fine.  Nothing was fried other than the power supply.  Opened the old power supply just to have a look.  Found 2 blown out capacitors rattling around inside it.  I'm happy that this only cost me 100 dollars to fix.
3:14 am
The coolest most terrible thing just happened
Actually, it's not cool at all.  I was sound asleep and having some dream when suddenly, there was a loud pop in my dream, a balloon burst, and I was awake.  I'm lying there in bed, wondering why I woke up, when I notice that the reassuring hum of my computer is missing.  The reassuring hum is actually the power supply chugging away and not the actual computer, or so I believe.  I take off the headset I fell asleep wearing and listen again, still nothing.  As I start to move to figure out why I can't hear my computer, because I know it's not that silent.  There's a second loud pop, a flash of smoke, and now the acrid smell of burnt out electronics.  Seeing as how I sleep in a small room and that took place right next to my feet, you can bet I got up really fast.  As near as I can determine, it looks like only the computer's power supply fried, but since that's plugged into every major item on the computer, I won't know the full extent of the damage until the morning when I can replace the power supply.  Well, all my adrenaline is wearing off from flying out of bed, so I'm going to try to get back to sleep.  Hopefully by the time I get up in the morning, the burnt smell will be out of my room, since I opened a window.

Current Mood: distressed
12:42 am
Long Time No Post
So, what's up with me? My last post was right at the end of May, so we'll take this thing month by month.

June
Worked at New Providence Community Pool doing maintenance and guarding. Worked at Summit Area YMCA as a Lifeguard Supervisor. Worked in Township of Maplewood for Rutgers providing tech support for township.

July
Worked at NPCP as a lifeguard. Went on vacation from July 4-11 to Michigan. Helen and I went on a nice road trip to Mackinac Island. We were going to visit Canada, but there was some concern about getting back into the US without a passport. After my nice vacation, I had that "vacation afterglow" totally ruined the day after I got back when I was pulled over by a cop for driving through the yellow bulging line thing behind a left hand turn lane at an intersection, in order to get to said left hand turn. That is apparently illegal, counts as passing in a no passing zone, and is a 4 point violation. I get to go to court for that on Tuesday. Returned to work at NPCP and continued to be my usual crabby, yelling at kids self.

August
More of the crabby yelling at kids bit. On Tuesday, in addition to going to court, I get to start handling the managing of the pool. I'm getting off the guard stand, something that will brighten my mood considerably, I despise actual guarding. The sheer boredom of it irritates me greatly.

September and beyond
Going back to start my final year of college. I'm getting my bachelor's, finally.  I'm looking forward to being out of college. 

It's late, I'm tired, more at some other time, it is bed time.

Current Mood: exhausted
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
11:19 pm
A question for those out there. What's with 80's characters and hooking up with a chick in every episode? Macgyver, Knight Rider, and the A-Team had that in just about every episode.
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