Greetings my friends! It's been forever since I've written and I have so much to tell you. I'll start by mentioning that this post is coming to you (or at least I'm starting it from) Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville via my new laptop. That's right, since our last discussion, my motherboard burnt out. Bit the dust. Went kaput! So I got a laptop that allows me to come to you from more remote locations. One of the things I have learnt about myself (and especially more so since I've gotten the laptop) is that I don't get any work done if I'm at home. And now that I finally have realized my dream of having a laptop (ok, it's not a portable gaming and video editing rig, but it suffices) now I can get out of the house and write instead of scribbling chicken tracks that I can't read and having to then type that up, thus doing double work.
So where to begin? I'm working for Steak Out now and have had some problems with the junior management that I'm working through with the GM. Speaking of work, I got a job offer to become a software tester. I didn't get the position, but got an email back from the guy who interviewed me saying "I just thought you might want to know that though we filled the position, I was very impressed with you and wondered if you'd like to apply for an open position in Tech Support." I told him absolutely! Here is my planned response email:
Greetings from Chattanooga! Finally got free from work long enough to say 'thanks' for the interview. It felt like I was reminiscing with old friends instead of applying for a job. Hope to work with you soon.
Speaking of jobs, I finally decided to run by The Huntsville Times and see about becoming a columnist or a freelance writer. Of course, I did this off the cuff, so over the weekend I'm going to have to get my resume and writing samples together. He said that they don't do a whole lot of freelancing, but I'm hopeful. I did tell him about working for the Exponent, so I'm gonna find the juicy articles I wrote for them. I might even submit a blog entry or two, so if you guys have some favorites I should include in my list, please send me the links.
For those of you more astute readers, you might have noticed in my "email" that I spoke of writing from Chattanooga and talked about the weekend.
My plan for the weekend
Sleep in Saturday, but not too late (though I won't set the alarm, so what's the point?) get up, go to Nocolula Falls in Gadsden (where I went two weekends ago for the first time) and then drive up to Chattanooga which, by my calculations, should be two hours or less from the Falls. I'll spend the night there in town and have a few drinks, hopefully in the bar at the hotel if I can find such a beast. Then, I'll get up Sunday debate going back to Rock City (I would like to go, but I think I'll save my second trip to Rock City for going with that special someone out there in the audience) most likely go to the aquarium and then end up at Point Park before I return home Sunday night. Since Chattanooga is an hour ahead of me, I'll gain an hour coming home and, if all works out, I can finally talk to my special someone again. YAY!
I got a new neighbor. I don't know how long this mother fucker has been there, but all I know is when he smokes pot, he uses so much of it that shit stinks up my room. For the first few nights I thought it was the cigar smell coming out of the walls, but that doesn't make any sense because I haven't smoked a cigar in months, a plight I hope to remedy whilst on my trip. I might also go swimming, something that hasn't happened in ten years or so.
Speaking of rare events in the life of Tomas, I watched my rip of The Fountain sometime last week and tears streamed down my face in the middle of the movie. I hope this happens in subsequent viewings because as you know, I have no tear ducts. Street date for the DVD is May 5th. I have my list of people I need to get a copy: ehowton, Heidi and M.
M is the person at the bank who has saved my dumb ass too many times since I've been in town that it's time I give something back. I told her what I wanted to do since I wasn't for sure if it would be ethical or get her into trouble with the bank and she said it wouldn't. Of course, I will buy myself a copy at midnight so that my family may enjoy it the first evening it is out.
While on the topic of movies, I purchased Ridley Scott's A Good Year after renting it. It was a better movie then I remembered it being, despite the dismal box office returns. I always like special features on Rid's movies because they're fun, educational and come from one of the Masters.
In other news…
From fabrizzo's blog: What happens when you write user-written functions based upon user-written functions based upon a stupid company's functions based upon the actual processor's/languages functions? My response: Proprietary code.
I think I'll work on cross-posting this over the weekend to schpydurx as soon as I get it looking like my Xanga site.
Until next time, this has been a Professor Tom update.
P.S. If anyone can tell me how to get this view on my comment page I'll do something really special for them.