Well, I don’t really know how to start this. This is a message for all my friends, or anyone who has ever been my friend, for that matter. I’ve come to a point where I need big things in my life. I finally found my true calling with the Navy, and other big things are in the works. I’m not trying to be vague; it’s simply that there are too many changes taking place, and at the same time, there’s really nothing to report on any of it.
I might as well cut straight to the real reason for this email/post/note/blog. There’s one more big change I intend to make. My social life needs a complete overhaul, a relaunch, if I can steal from the current Incredible Hulk hype and use that phrase.
This has nothing to do with anger or jealousy or rage or spite or anything else. I’m not drunk. It’s just time to burn the old pasture and start the trek across the new one. I need to wipe the slate completely clean and go from here.
Right, wrong, or otherwise, I’ve made a lot of choices in my time that have upset people. Likewise, I’ve had some of the best times of my life with people I don’t even speak to anymore. That’s life. Fact is, I just need a fresh start. There more going on in my past (and in my head) then I can deal with. Time to close that chapter.
Unfortunately, some of you will be lost in the process. I will no longer use LiveJournal or MySpace, and Facebook will be used very sparingly. The same goes for AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and any other messenger we’ve ever spoken on. Please do not take any of this as personal if you are someone that I choose to move on from. With the Navy ship date quickly approaching, as well as major financial and life path decisions to be made in the meantime, I think it best if I cut all previous ties that I deem not absolutely necessary to my sanity.
I hope that regardless of our relationship in recent days, you can all look back on our times together and smile.
Thank you for your friendship. May God bless each and every day of each and every one of your lives.
The Good News: My ship date got moved up, allowing me to begin my life in the Navy (and the money involved) sooner.
The Bad News: I ship out December 23, two days before Christmas.
Merry Christmas, now drop and give me twenty!
Leave your name and I will...
1. Tell you why I befriended you.
2. Associate you with something -random, a song, a colour, a photo, etc.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
6. Tell you my favourite user picture of yours.
7. In return, you must post this in your blog.
*Warning...I may not get to all of these before June 30th...but I'll do my best...
My goal for my entire life, and even more intensely in recent months, has always been to find a career that both contributes to the betterment of our society as a whole, as well as provides well for the family I hope to have. I believe I have found that path.
On June 2, 2008, I signed on to join the United States Navy. I will leave for Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois, in February 2009. After 9 weeks of personal discovery and self-discipline, I will leave for Charleston, South Carolina, where I will participate in training to become an Electronics Technician in the Nuclear Power Propulsion Division of the Navy. This is an advanced training program, and I am proud to say that this will place me among the top one and one half percent of the enlisted Navy. This training will last approximately 15 to 18 months, and after completion, I will be certified as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator. My next step will be to accept my first assignment onboard either a nuclear powered aircraft carrier or a nuclear powered submarine.
The time has come for me, as it has for so many before me, to serve my country. I believe that this is the greatest country on the face of our Earth, and it will always be the job of the young men and women of United States to defend not only our soil but our way of life. Now is my time.
I am a United States Sailor. I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I proudly serve my country’s Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment. I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.
So, I just got back from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. As a lifelong, deeply interested Indiana Jones fan, it's far better then most reviews I've heard. I think the problem is that people went in expecting something new and different from the rest of the series because of the 19 year span between films. However, they did exactly what they should have done. They followed the old formula that was successful three times, and they referenced the previous films where it was appropriate. If you legitimately like the first three films, you'll enjoy this one as well.
Shia LaBeouf plays an excellent sidekick as Mutt Williams. The back and forth between he and Ford is comedic gold.
Yes, Ford shows his age. But, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was set in 1938, whereas IJ and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is set in 1957, so shouldn't the character be 20 years older?
The re-introduction of Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, the original Indi girl, is seemless and perfectly written. The reasoning for her not appearing in Temple of Doom or Last Crusade is flawless, and the relationship between her and Ford is as entertaining and fun to watch as it was in 1981.
Like I said, if you liked the previous trilogy, I think you'll love this movie.
(Sidenote: If one more TV show/person/commercial references "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark," I'm going to flip out. The movie is titled "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and it was the birthplace of the character Indiana Jones. Look it up. The IJ name was not used as part of the title until 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom after the wild popularity of the character in 1981's Raiders.)
So, I know how much all of you loved and miss the Adventures in DillardsLand Series, so I've decided that it's time to jumpstart the new one. Now, I'm not sure whether to classify this as a spinoff, with me as the same character in a new setting (like when Frasier from Cheers moved to Seattle for Frasier) or if I'm the same actor in an entirely new series (like after Harrison Ford did Star Wars, took some time off, and did Indiana Jones.) Either way, it's a new series, and you can make up your own mind whether it's entirely original or simply a spinoff. In any case, I give you:
THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKLE BOY: EPISODE I
It's official. I'm getting old. Not like, "wow, I'm not in college anymore" old. Not even "I have to be a real adult and make money now" old. No, legitimately OLD. You know how I know? These words actually came out of my mouth yesterday after a coworker commented on the attractiveness of one of our female customers....
"Nah, she's too young for me."
I suppose the word has made its way around, but I realized I hadn't updated here about my meeting on Thursday. As of March 10, I will be the Assistant Store Manager at the Buckle in West Ridge Mall in Topeka, KS. In 12 to 18 months, if they like me, I can expect an offer to manage my own store. One more for the good guys.
The Bad News:
I'm still out of work. Missed 4 days now. Been sick for 5. It's been rough. I'll spare you the disgusting details.
The Good News:
I had my second interview last night with the Buckle. I took enough meds, gargled enough salt water, and thought enough about what was at stake to force myself through 45 minutes with the District Manager. It went pretty well. Today, they called and I'm meeting with them tomorrow afternoon to discuss my salary and benefits offers. Booyah.
So I have strep OR mono PLUS an ear infection. I'd rather be dead.
I officially have the death virus. Last night was the first time in two and a half years that I had a fever that I couldn't get to break. For any of you who know my sleeping habits, you know I usually sleep in as little as possible. Last night, I went to bed at like 9:00 wearing a tshirt, a long sleeved tshirt, a hoodie, boxers, sweats, and thick socks. I also piled under every blanket in my house. Yeah, I'm THAT sick.
Today the fever is mostly gone but my throat is swollen nearly shut, I get dizzy if I stand up too long, and my stomach hates me. Thanks God for parents and Dayquil and chicken noodle soup.
On a more positive note, my second interview with the Buckle has been moved up to Tuesday night. I think I have a really good shot at this job. It would mean more money, a more relaxed atmosphere, and I think just a generally happier me.
Ok, that's all. Off to avoid death some more.