This is an article about Julio Diaz, in New York, who was robbed at knife point and ended up taking the guy to dinner… and getting his wallet back. And the knife too. By asking nicely. Read it, it’s a good story.
I figured that I should post a positive blog for once. My blogs in general are few and far between… and they usually happen when I’m ranting. This one is no exception, but I’ll wait to bore ppl with that later 🙂
Hopefully if everything goes according to plan I’ll be moving to Beaverton this weekend. 5 minutes from Caitlin and both jobs will be awesome on many counts. Commuting half an hour per trip 7 days a week isn’t exactly good for my car or my wallet (or the environment from what pple say). Its a really nice apartment built in 2001ish, all pristine and shiny. 2bd, 2bth, decent sized kitchen, washer and dryer in unit, down Scholls Ferry Rd.west of 217. Yeah, I get my own bathroom; which gets shared with visitors. Not a bad gig. I’ll post again after the move to confirm how wonderful it is.
On to the other agenda, while at my phone support job I figure that with all my mindlessness that I can keep up with news and stuff on the side. Before that I would just pick up on random things that people ranted about, pick up my own opinions on various matters, then apathetically move on with my puny life. It’s funny that once I started actually educating myself on domestic and national events around me I suddenly started giving a damn. I’d find myself saying, “WTF? What are they thinking? What are we thinking!?” Just in time for the primary too. The most important thing that I came across was a video of a class called Constitution Class for Patriots of the USA Republic. Yeah, the guy is kind of radical and he kind of sounds like he’s pushing an agenda; but he does it for a reason. He wants people to stop being apathetic and to start paying attention to what our government is doing to us and to others. If you’re old enough to vote, the United States government is your responsibility. These aren’t his words. They’re the words of our founding fathers that setup this government in the Declaration of Independence and the united States Constitution. I think he does very well in describing the history and text of the document… I’ve only seen the first three and a half videos so far (it’s an eight our class), but I’ve stayed engaged all the way up to this point and I want to watch it all.
The first video is here, try to watch the first part. Tell me what you think. You can follow the links after that if you want. Video
Starting on a positive note, I fixed Caitlin’s toilet. At least I’m good for something right? Bah, so I was driving to work yesterday morning (Fri, 17th) when, about West Linn I noticed that my heater was only blowing cold air even though the temerature gauge said that the car was warm, I knew that was bad but what could I do? I’m driving to work. So I keep going while watching the that temperature gauge, it was fine for a while. When I happened to glance down while on that I-205 to I-5 curve the needle was on H and my water light was on. I immediatly pull over and pop the hood… but it’s 5:30am so there’s no light, I forgot about the hand crank flash light in the glove box but there was nothing I could besides conferming what I already knew. I was out of water. So I called work, let it sit for a few minutes started it up. *Good, the engine didn’t weld itself solid* I thought, even though my reasoning told my that would be impossible since I caught it so quickly. I just went up the gas station off the Tualatin-Sherwood exit and filled it with water to find where the water was coming from. The back, or side of the engine and I knew it wasn’t the heater core because I could see those hoses back there. It was probably the water pump.
So here I am the next morning at Caitlin’s, since her mom was kind enough to give me a ride from my doggy daycare job. Jessica, Caitlin’s long time friend, gave me a ride from Stream to doggy daycare. It looks like I had another option for fixing the car that I didn’t know about, a connection Caitlin’s mom knows who fixes cars. Turns out he knows my Aunt and Uncle, and has met my father before. He has a shop and, apon discussing my possibilities with me, it looks like I could have taken the car there to work on it myself with his coaching if need be. If only I had known before hand, I’ve fixed harder things on a car than a water pump; I just didn’t have the place or the jacks for the job. Now the shop I took it too already has the front end apart waiting for a belt tensioner of all things. We’re going to see if we can get it for cheaper, but the damage is done and it’ll cost more than I can comfortibly afford.
Well, Caitlin’s announced it and my sister is raving about it so I may as well put it out there for anyone who happens by my site. Last Monday (3-12-2007) just after getting in my car after work Caitlin called me to let me know that she just took a pregnancy test and it showed as positive. A lot seems to have happened in a week and a half. I’ve been ecstatic, worried, stressed, or all of these at once. I even cried in sheer relief and happiness at one point; and I haven’t cried since around 2002. It’s been pretty intense.
My strongest feeling toward the matter is happiness, believe it or not. I’m going to be a dad. Caitlin and I are creating this person who we’ll raise, nurture, mentor, and provide for. I can’t wait to meet them. I can’t think of a greater tangible reason for getting up and going to work, doing taxes, and finding another job. The motivation is wonderful.
I’m also stressed and lacking some sleep for the same reason. There are only a couple more things I can really accomplish before it’s just throwing resumes at job postings by the handful week after week. I’m pretty confidant that Comcast will call me back for the com tech job, which would be awesome. At least half again what I’m making now plus better bennies. But I have to assume the worst. Our baby isn’t going to wait for the perfect job, so I can’t either. If anyone sees anything entry level or computer related that pays above $15/hr throw me a line.
Hello world. I descided to write a blog about something. What should it be? I don’t know. I can’t talk about work, even though good stuff has been happening. I can say that it’s prompted a creative streak in me that seems to have lasted longer than other hobbylistic spells I’ve had. I’ve been teaching myself to notice features and mimic character drawings so I can start seeing what makes characters recodnizable. My main focus is to up my creative ability so I can make somewhat descent Flash animation. Who knows how long this intrest will last, I may never get around to producing the ideas I have. I can be rather flighty with this kind of thing; I think the only reason I’ve lasted so long with this is how multi-dementional and puzzeling paper drawing and object/vector modeling animation can be.
What else? I still have Caitlin, she’s on her bed reading LOTR for Tolkien class. I finished the Witch Hunter Robin anime yesterday, which I recomend. It’s one of the better drawn anime’s I’ve seen. Hmm… well dinner is about ready… thanks for reading!
Yesterday pretty much rocked. I went to an interview at 10:00 for NW IT Services. I met with the big boss, who was acompanied by my contact on the inside. It was an interview you’d expect from the kind of business it is. I think he tried to see if he could scare me because it’s ‘So much work’ and ‘there will be times when you don’t know the answer and the customer is going to be pissed at 2 o’clock am.’ Pretty much I’ll be on-call 24/7 in case certain companys have a server melt down. I’m like a super hero, lol!
Whiney office guy: “Tech guy! The sever crashed and our company opens in five hours!”
Me: “Have no fear, my friend. I’m on my way.”
HAXOR! POW!! CRACK! ZAP! DUCKT TAPE!!!
Whiney office guy: “You saved the day again Tech Guy! You’re the greatest!”
Me: “All in a day’s work… hey why are you here at 2am anyway? Get a life! noob!”
Or something… anyway, it’ll be a sweet deal. A real job that will make real money and give me a lot of really good experiance. The only way to go is up!
After that short little interview I went to help my brother-in-law put a clutch in his Geo Metro. Well… as far as we got was getting the transmission OUT of his car.
Note to self: front wheel drives are a pain in the @$ to work on. I’m still dirty from all that grease and crap.
First off, a continuation of my BnB blog post. It’s a girl! Old news though; we’ve known for over a month now. Soon after she was pinned with the name Lorelai Elizabeth Jeffery. Kinda rolls off the toung, I think. Another newer thing, you can sometimes feel her kicking Caitlin. It’s not much. Little love taps… or bored taps, what have you. Aparently she bobs around in there too. Bouncing from bottom to top, back again, then both at once while sicking an arm out to the side. Lastnight Caitlin said she was tap dancing with quick little jabs. How else would she keep entertained while trapped in a bubble? lol
In other news, I got a second job. I’ll be Mr. Boarding person for Central Bark; a doggy daycare. I’ll be working the night shifts cleaning up the play area and taking care of the dogs who are staying over night. I don’t get to have a dog, or any pet, yet so this will be a welcome experience. A little different from sitting on my butt answering phones. More importantly, extra money.