I'm sitting here because I have to train people on how to use the system I support, and they plan to start testing today or tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have a massive case of Don't-Give-A-Fuck-itis, so I went to the hotel's free (poor quality) drinks thing last night. Then I came back to my hotel room and watched a movie. I have no idea what the name was (yes, I could google for it) but it was where Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy steal a gold car from a rich guy, played by this old guy from M*A*S*H. That time was meant to be spent on the computer doing work, but I did none.
Overall, I've decided in January to look for a new job. The market is pretty good right now, but I'm not wanting to start a new job around the holidays when I plan on goofing off and taking time off. The main problem is with the company that purchased mine. They have done some really stupid things as an organization, such as implementing a policy from HR to hire people at 60% of the market rate. You can imagine the quality they get as a result. Unfortunately, I have to work with this caliber of person, and it's proving to be a challenge. It's almost to the point that I need to explain what a keyboard and mouse are to system administrators.
I never realized how important schools are to where you live. I've been fairly happy with my house and where I live, until my daughter started kindergarten. Now that she's there, I'm faced with either moving or going back into consulting so I can put my kids in private school. We're still about a year or two off from my wife being able to work. Anyway, my daughter also has some of my problem with being bored at school, and I've been unofficially told that she's already reading at a 2nd grade level. Either way, a school where the bus a bunch of kids in from outside my neighborhood that require financial aid is not an ideal place for students that actually have their parents read with them and such.
My next door neighbor sold his house recently, and he was asking too high of a rate in the past. I don't know what the final price was, but I bet he either made no profit or a little profit, but didn't pay below what he paid for it. I'm thinking next spring may be a good time to put mine on the market. Unfortunately, I won't have enough money saved up to actually buy another house, so we would be renters for a while.
I just had my ten year anniversary. It's amazing how quickly time flies, but I'm glad that we are doing so well in the face of a tough couple of years. The toughness was all external, of course, but that can still cause problems.
I'm thinking of getting one.
I tried to stay out of it as much as possible, and those of you that have me on facebook saw a dearth of political posts from me. What allowed me to do this was mostly that I removed the majority of friends and family that are crazy from my news feed. It seems like the best way to calm yourself about things that infuriate you is to simply not pay attention to it, in situations like this. I know lots of people who are ignorant and proud of it. I simply have to accept that is who they are, and will remain so. I can choose to like or dislike them based on that and other factors, but I shouldn't try to focus on that.
Suffice to say, despite how disappointed I was with Obama's first four years, they really weren't terrible. I was happy to see him win as opposed to Romney. I'm not sure what else to say about that, because politics is still very frustrating, but it's nice to see that the majority of my fellow countrymen aren't that easily persuaded by nonsense.
I've struggled to openly discuss the fact that I think religion is basically unnecessary and little more than a coping mechanism that people should outgrow. The majority of my family, and a few friends, are extremely religious. I don't mean thinking religious people such as some of our folks around here like Lee or Ana, but I mean those who simply buy into whatever an authority figure tells them. My parents, for example, left their religious Christian cult years ago, but they still hold on to aspects of their beliefs. Overall, I do believe that people should be allowed to openly discuss their beliefs but the consequences of it are unknown to me. I suppose to some degree, it must be like coming out of the closet. Anyway, I've been thinking about it for a while now and wondering what I should say. It doesn't feel like simply saying, "I don't believe in anything, that's it" would be sufficient. Admitting atheism is basically going to have me labeled as a Satanist and people will honestly believe I'm going to hell and all that. Anyway, this has come back to mind more lately since a friend of mine has posted a lot of pictures from Atheist Meme Base and I've clicked like because some of them are pretty damn funny.
This is related to the above item. I celebrate the holidays because I enjoy the festivity of it, and my kids enjoy it immensely. I want them to have some of the same traditions and experiences that I had as a kid.
Anyway, I accidentally mentioned Krampus in the presence of my kids, and I explained him as the guy that gives coal to kids who are on the naughty list. Sure, this is probably cruel, but my kids are too young to do a Google Image search or find information on the "real" story about Krampus. Hopefully the belief in Krampus isn't what allowed German and Austrian children to grow up to become Nazis.
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