For whatever reason, everyone in my house is either sick or recovering from a cold. My wife and I were the last to be hit, so while the kids are all feeling better we are struggling a little more to stay focused and do what we need to do. Plus, we had a power outage last night that was preceded by a loud explosion, so suffice to say we didn't sleep well last night. So I called in today, although I've had to VPN in for a few things anyway.
The major project that I had been spending the past year on finally went live two weeks ago. We had some issues, but everything seems to be pretty smooth right now, with one major issue that isn't my problem but does impact the system I work with. Apparently, using all management as guinea pigs for your virtual machine desktop replacement project is a bad idea. Anyway, now it's just working on minor support issues and enhancements. I hope to work on a few other pet projects that will go in line with this, and start looking at the job possibilities out there.
Last year I applied to a job and probably could have gotten it as they wanted to fly me up to the Seattle area for an interview. I changed my mind, partially because I am not sure I want to live in Seattle, and there were a few red flags that came up during discussions with their current staff. Since then I've applied to a few other "dream job" type of places, but haven't had anything decent come back yet. Part of the problem as I see it is that in California in particular, there are too many I.T. people who are willing to accept a shitty salary just so they can live in California. If I didn't have a family, I'd probably do it too. However, I'm not some F.O.B. single guy hoping for a green card sponsor and willing to eat ramen noodles every day. I'm also not interested in being a consultant again, although I am constantly bombarded by consulting firms trying to get me to talk to them. It's gotten so bad that companies mail me gifts to my current workplace, and one consultant my company brought in to help in another area came and talked to me on behalf of his company. It's just odd this disconnect of almost no full time jobs and a flood of contract work.
I just got around to seeing Don't Tempt Me, a Spanish movie that was a little bit of a dark comedy, but nothing as messed up as Pedro Almodovar movie. Some of the notable stars are Penelope Cruz, Demian Bichir, and Gael Garcia Bernal. The plot is basically that a boxer is going to die and the forces of heaven and hell send an angel from each side to try to get him to go toward their direction. It was entertaining and the translations on Netflix weren't terrible, although there were still a few things that only made sense in Spanish.
I also saw Red Dawn for the first time last night. I couldn't breathe well so I stayed up and put it on. Probably everyone else has seen it, but if not it's sort of a Republican conspiracy theory type of movie from the 80's. It has Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen as brothers who lead a band of high school kids as a band of renegades against invading communists from Russia and Latin America. Basically, they wrapped up every nonsensical paranoid conspiracy theory the right came up with in the 80's and threw it together -- nuclear war, illegal immigrants being part of an invading force, politicians acting as traitors, and the very first person to be killed is, of course, a black guy. It was a bad movie for the most part, as there is no character development, just a bunch of apparently pissed off teenagers who cry and somehow magically have the training to blow up tanks and massacre heavily armed military caravans. Still, it was worth seeing just to help round out my understanding of where Republicans get their world view from, since it seems to be completely based on Hollywood nonsense (e.g. 24, Red Dawn, etc.)
Executive Summary of Life
So, I haven't posted here for a while, and while this should probably go at the top I thought I'd just put it here for those that read all the way through. I don't recall if I posted that I am up to three kids now, but we've shut down the factory so there won't be any more. After my wife's father was killed last year my mother in law lived with us for several months, but she is taking care of some other stuff now to get her green card and will be possibly relocating to...well I have no idea where she will end up.
My employer is being acquired by another company that I may not want to work for, but I wanted to finish the implementation that I just did so I could have that on my resume. I was the project manager, technical lead, B.A., and several other roles which actually went better than I expected as it wasn't a total failure. Still, the urge to move on is way too strong right now. The main thing keeping me around is the fact that I have a mortgage. Buying a house was probably the biggest financial mistake I've ever made, and I doubt I would do so again unless it was somewhere I wanted to actually live forever.
Not much else to say right now. I guess health-wise I plan to put some focus on getting into better shape. I have made a lot of progress weight-wise over the past six years or so but last year having all the stuff that happened, diet and exercise were hardly a priority. I haven't gotten too fat, I had to go back to size 34 waist jeans rather than the 32's I was down to, but no 38 or higher again. I also will start doing some basic exercises at home while I have time in the mornings once I start eating completely right again.
Oh, I work in a shopping mall. My employer moved into a building formerly owned by a financial company that was a ponzi scheme, who left all their nice stuff in the building for us when we moved in. It's really a cool experience to be able to walk down from your desk and have a huge indoor area with people walking around and stuff to do. I wish there was a little more variety in the stores, and I was disappointed when Border's went out of business, but it's still nice to walk around at lunch. It's also cool when my family comes to visit me for lunch and it's easy for them to do things other than just eat. There are stores, an indoor playground, ice skating, etc. so they usually stay after I go back to work. When I leave that whether it's staying with my current job which will be moving downtown, or moving on to another company, it will be one of the main things I miss.
Anyway, I don't really have much else of interest to say, so I'll end it here. Hopefully next time I won't go this long between posts.
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