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On the good side, I just broke the two hundred post mark here on my WordPress blog and yesterday was my best day ever with 132 page views, so many thanks to everyone who’s reading my ramblings and extra thanks to those of you who have taken the time to comment. it feels good to know people are enjoying what I’m writing. Looking at my statistics, it seems the Friday Funnies are the most popular reading (go figure) and the top searches to find my blog are “funny comics, Gothic mansion, Gothic homes”. Strange, I’d think that “boobs” would be in there somewhere because I see an awful lot of searches for that in my daily stats. As long as I’m spouting out little tidbits that no one really cares about, it seems my most popular post is “Friday funny; Healthy Living” with 878 views to it’s credit.

On the bad side, I’m feeling stupid and ignorant at the moment and it’s all the fault of a large chain of pet stores. See, they’re advertising for a General Manager at one of the local stores. I like animals and I have retail management experience, so I was feeling fairly enthusiastic (For a change) as I started their online application process. I filled out all the information they wanted (For the millionth time, why do I bother even having a resume, anyway?) and started on the inevitable “Evaluation test”. I’ve ranted about these things before. Page after page of questions that only prove you’re not stupid enough to actually tell them you’d like to punch customers in the face. This one was one hundred twenty questions long. The first fifty were the standard type questions, “Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I would enjoy punching customers in the face“. Blah, blah, blah. Then they start getting a bit different and start asking math questions, “What’s the next logical number in the sequence: 1, 6, 36, __” or “If you have a 720 ML container of paint with the following colors in the following proportions….“. I’ve mentioned I hate math, right? I just don’t have a math mind. I’ve tried, but numbers are pointy and make my brain hurt.

Right, so I struggle through increasingly difficult math questions, growling and bitching the entire way, then we get to this lovely little item: “Picture a square table with eight seats placed evenly around it. Bob, Stan, Marty, and Greg are seated one to each side of the table. Alice, Tracy, Rick, and Frank come in. Alice sits between and next to Bob and Frank….“. You get the idea. Basically, you have to diagram the whole thing out and answer questions about where each person would be sitting and such. Sheesh! At this point I wondering if they realize that they’re a freakin’ pet store, for crying out loud! What the hell does ANY of this have to do with retail, or taking care of animals, or anything I’d actually be doing at the store? If it were just a few of these types of questions, that’s be one thing, but we’re talking seventy freakin’ questions! Over half of the evaluation! WTF?!?!

I think I’ll go apply to MIT now. Maybe they’ll ask me about gerbils and puppies on the application.


Heheheh, isn’t it a cute Cthulhu Kitty? I totally stole it from Shannon’s blog ’cause I loved it so much. Isn’t him a horrible Old One? Yes, Him is! Ahhhh, I can feel the insanity doing it’s work.

Annnyway, where was I? Oh yes, so I decided to use my Xanga page as a photo blog. I originally joined Xanga years ago just to be able to comment on Kendra‘s blog. Of course she, being fickle, no longer uses it and I never did much with mine, but now I’m visiting regularly to read Shannon’s stuff, so I figured why not get some use out of it? My goal is to post a picture a day (every day, damn it!) and I’ve joined a couple of photography blog rings , so we’ll see how that works out.

As you can probably tell, I’m in a much better mood lately. The new workout routine seems to be doing me wonders. I don’t know if it’s a testosterone boost or just feeling like I’m actually making progress with something that’s doing it, but as long as I’m feeling this good, I’m not inclined to question it. I’ll just ride the wave as long as I can. Maybe the renewed focus will help with the job search….

… one can hope

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“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” -Henri Bergson

My apologies to those I’ve concerned with my absence. I’ve been taking a break from my online routine, partly in the futile hope that breaking one pattern would lead to change in others and partly from a severe lack of inspiration. Since my blog is mostly about my life, and my life has been fairly static lately, there just hasn’t been much to say. I feel like I’m stagnating, doing the same things over and over again on a daily basis, beating my head against the unyielding wall of unemployment, working out, eating, sleeping. My days all just blend together and I honestly didn’t realize exactly how long it’s been since I updated.

Speaking of working out, I started back with weight training this week, a bit earlier than I had planned. A strictly cardiovascular workout routine just wasn’t doing it for me. I need the intensity of lifting to feel like I’m making progress, I’ve decided to try to change things up with a three day cycle. I’ll do weight training one day, cardio the next, then have a day of rest instead of trying to work out six days straight with one day of recovery. I’m hoping that will give me better results and I’ll be able to stick to the routine. After all, it’s consistency that is the key.

That’s pretty much all that’s been going on. With any luck, there will be some changes soon.

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I know, I know, I’m a bad blogger for not posting more often. I just haven’t had a whole lot to talk about. There’s not much going on in my life at the moment. The job search continues to be fruitless, which is frustrating, but doesn’t give me a whole lot of blog material. Absence of job also means a minimum of social interaction, so that doesn’t give me a whole lot of blog fodder.

Heh, I suppose I should be grateful that things are so routine. I may be bored, but that’s better than bouncing from crisis to crisis…. Right? I’m actually perversely proud of myself for maintaining this level of bland. I’ve never handled boredom well and the old pattern was to run out and do something stupid and self-destructive to get the thrill back in my life. So far, I’ve managed to fight down any urges in that direction. Does that mean I’ve matured or that I’m getting old? Is there a difference?

Hopefully, once I get a job, my life will get more interesting without increased drama. I can deal with bland…. for now.

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Well, the killer ice has arrived in New Jersey. It’s sleeting pretty heavily, but hasn’t really done much yet. However, I did grab my camera for some quick pictures. I figure I can use these for comparison shots later in the day.

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Like I said, these aren’t much. If you want to see some really beautiful ice pictures, check out this blog. The woman is highly talented.

Speaking of photoblogs, I’m considering moving mine from Diaryland. I’d either start one here on WordPress or over at Blogger. Diaryland just doesn’t have many features or get much traffic and it’s actually something I have to pay for. I want more exposure for my photography, so I think the move is a good idea.

While we’re on the subject of photography (I am the master of the segue!), I did get some good news in the mail recently. I got my official certificate for making the finals in the Photographer’s Forum Magazine contest. Woot!!

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The 2007 Annual will be coming out at the end of the month and my picture will be in it. That will make my first ever published photograph, so I’m very excited about that. I really want to enter more contests, but I haven’t had the cash for entry fees. Once I get a new job though, that’s high on the list of priorities.

There’s a meme going around for people to show a snapshot of their desktop. Since the blog I saw it on actually gave instructions on how to get said snapshot, I decided to go ahead and do it:

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The two figures in the lower center are Sugar and Spice, a pair of deskmates that run around the desktop and do stuff for the twisted entertainment of the computer owner.


In other news, there has been an upsurge of views on the ol’ blog in the past couple of days. Seems that when you  update regularly, people actually come read your blog. Whodathunkit?  I should probably come up with some interesting things to talk about then, eh?

So, after the recent drama with my brother in law, I decided to start a second blog here on WordPress. I had already been toying with the idea of starting a second blog just for my pictures and now I felt like I had to censor myself whenever I added an entry, which took all the fun out of it for me. So, in the interest of keeping peace in the family, this is where I’ll be writing about my life and my feelings and my other blog will be where I post various and sundry pictures. I can already see several things I like better about WordPress than about Diaryland, so this should work out very well and I won’t have to worry about hurting anyone’s feelings or treading on their egos. The only pain is that I can’t post the new site on my old blog or the problem will just follow me here. So, if you’re a regular reader of my other blog, I hope you’ve commented recently so that you get an e-mail about the move. Either that, or you’ll have to find me again through one of the various blog exchanges. Of course, you can also be reading this on my Myspace blog, which will be a cut and pasted combination of the two blogs. Is that confusing enough for everybody?