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Jul. 10th, 2011

Back again

Haven't been doing much lately.  Either I have been driving 2 hours to/from work which makes for really long days or working 10-12 hour days working close to home.  My current project ends on Friday and I hope that there is another contract that starts up next week because where I'm at is on an air force base which means government money.  I'm currently making over $25/hr., but if I have to go to another jobsite then I go back down to my base pay which isn't bad, but not good either.

On the family front, I have one birdie almost out the door.  My oldest girl turned 18  a couple of weeks ago and she managed to get herself a job at McDonalds.  The down side to that job was that after about 2 weeks her boss told her that he had absolutely no intentions of working her any more that 4 hours a week.  Well, last Thursday she told her boss that she quit and they tried to tell her that she "legally cannot quit until 2 weeks after she gives her notice" and she said that was bullshit right to her bosses face.  I'm kinda proud of her for standing up for herself because when she was hired on they told here that she would be pretty much full time until school started back.  Down side was that she believed them.  Well, the day after she quit the golden arches I got home and she told me that she is now working at a local wine shop with a written promise of at least 20 hrs/wk. at almost a dollar more an hour (so far they're living up to their word).  And her new boss know the owners of a new restaurant that will be opening up right next door to the wine shop and those people have already hired her and she starts getting hours with them starting August 1 and she'll start working for them part time and help them get the restaurant set up.  So I'm a happy step-dad right now.  The boy also has a job working in a guitar store for a couple of months now and he seems to be happy with the arrangements.  He gets to fondle musical instruments so he's happy as a clam up there.  And my little munchkin..........still giving me gray hairs.

Busy,busy,busy......

Apr. 2nd, 2011

some of my work

I've actually been working on some leather projects lately.  What does everyone think?





A couple of bracelets that I made.  In a couple of weeks my wife will be selling whatever stuff I make and some bead work that she's made at a county wide yard sale that is set up on both sides of the highway between where I live and where my in-laws live.





While I was at it I made myself a new tool pouch for work as well as a simple holster for my screw gun and told my boss that if it doesn't fit in this pouch that I don't carry it on me all the time anymore and informed him that my doctor told me that over a year ago and that if he wanted I can have her call up and tell him what my weight restriction for my tools is.  I started using it this last week and my hips and knees are not screaming at me by lunch like they have been.

Let's see what I can show everyone in a couple more weeks.

Feb. 1st, 2011

Todays weather

Howdy all,

I got the day off due to the weather so I've been playing Eve (when their servers let me, they've been having problems today) and here in a bit I'm going to get my leather stuff and maybe make myself a new wallet.

Today's weather has caused things to happen that haven't happened in a long time.  First of all, D/FW international closed today to all incoming and outgoing flights.  Last time that happened was back in the winter of '80/81.  Also, the school district that I went to when I was growing up  closed today and that makes 3 time for them to close in the last 30 years.

But this is Texas.  I'll just wait 10 minutes and I'll be complaining about the heat.

Jan. 9th, 2011

A quote coined by a friend

An acquaintance of mine made this up between battles at an SCA event a few years back

"If I live, I will live gloriously, if I die, I will go to Valhalla. Either way, I win".

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Jan. 8th, 2011

Musings from my little one

My wife and older kids went on a weekend trip with their friends this weekend leaving my with my little Boo-bugs.  While driving around town last night getting dinner she was just chatting away and out of the blue she said that she sees wolves in the clouds and they look like that they're chasing the sunset.  I'm trying to figure out where she got that from.  While I'm not raising her to be a Heathen, I'm teaching her to learn about and respect all beliefs and then choose her own once she's old enough to make an informed decision.  I've told her some of the sagas but broken it down to a level she could understand, but I haven't told her about the sun and moon yet.  Where on Earth did she get that from?!?!

If she keeps this up I might go ahead and go mad the rest of the way.

They're coming to take me away, haha
They're coming to take me away, hoho
To the funny farm..........................

Dec. 14th, 2010

Hello all

Back from my vacation and ready to jump back into cyberspace.  Long story short as to my absence.  Life was ok, then it sucked, then started to look better but really wasn't then really sucked to the point of loosing everything, then wife got sick and has been for 2 months because no meds will even begin to work on her.   Now life just generally sucks but now we're getting by.

Hope everyone out there is doing good.

Oct. 4th, 2010

What a great weekend

This last weekend was the first, of hopefully many more to come, Cowtown Celtic Festival in Ft. Worth, and yes, my wife and I were handling communications again.  It was rather small with only about 18 bands including Behan, Threadneedle Street, Trinity River Whalers along with a new (to me) performer named Arvel Bird.  This year was nothing near the scale of NTIF being its first year, but I think it did great with as few sponsors and vendors as it had.

The biggest name I heard about all over the festival grounds after their first performance was Arvel Bird.  He's half Native American and half Scottish musician and he blends aspects of both cultures together.  I know it sounds like that it would be an incoherent mash of sound but he's pretty damn good, in fact he was most likely the most popular artist there. Here's a vid of one of the songs he played


I did bring my video camera with me and did get some of Arvels' performance as well as a good bit of Behans show.  I went to see Jiggernaut but I ended up walking out with several others because of how bad their show was.  I was there for only 3 songs and the first song sounded like it was African (not dissing Native African drummers because they're awesome too, but not at a Celtic music festival) and then it was pretty much either straight noise or popular songs (Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, etc.) with some bagpipes thrown in which ultimately made them sound trashy.  I don't thing that they could give their cds away to this crowd.

I'll post my youtube url again once I have my videos downloaded from my camera and put on the web.

Sep. 8th, 2010

Sucky-ass week

Well, it all started Thursday afternoon coming home from work and about a 5 minutes from home I got into a wreck in my truck. And to add insult to injury, it didn't total the truck out but between what the insurance company was offering and what the remaining cost of the damage is, we just can't afford to have it fixed.  So my wife and I ended up selling it for salvage and getting almost nothing for it while the salvage company can make a good 12 grand off it.  No one was hurt, thankfully.

I don't know how but the adjuster said that that's $8500 in just body damage alone.  And then they said the engine and transmission were totaled, and got into an argument with me about the engine not running.  So what did I do?  I got in it and started it up on the first crank and then informed them that while not steerable, it's still drivable because I ended up driving it off the road after everything was said and done.  They weren't to happy with my side of the argument.  I ended up getting myself a '05 Ford Taurus and my insurance rate only went up $15/mo.  I'm not going to argue with that.

Now that you know why I didn't go and do anything this weekend.  To make matters worse, because I'm still in my probation period at work, I'm not getting paid for Labor day, and on top of that I've been sent home from work yesterday and today due to rain from tropical storm Hermone and I was told that I might not be allowed to work tomorrow either.  If that's the case I'm filing for unemployment due to reduced work hours.  And because I couldn't go to work on Friday because I was getting another car, I've already lost 4 days of work.

I'm worried about the possibility of not getting a paycheck next week but as a whole I'm not too worried about the future.

Go fig.

Aug. 28th, 2010

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One of my sisters passed this link on to me and I thought I'd share.

www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php

Aug. 14th, 2010

The joys of being a man

Gotta type up a punchlist before bed for tomorrow at work because no one knows what the hell they're doing and as a result we have to work everyday until labor day weekend and we can't afford to fail another inspection. And then after I get home from work tomorrow I have to recharge the ac units in both my Caravan and my Expedition. The van won't be so hard but the truck is going to be a pain in the ass. But I'm saving almost $100 by doing it myself

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