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Ode to 2008 December 30, 2008

Posted by Q in Goals, Love and Hate.
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Since this will be my final post for the 2008 year I figured I would recap the year.  Most of you had no idea that I even continued posting to the blog.  Sorry about that.  99% of my posts were saved as drafts rather than being published.  Tonight I just published all 1 and a half years worth of posts.  I give my word that won’t happen next year.

As for a brief the year started out ok, was in a relationship with this young lady however due to her past actions which I could never get over it ended very bitter.  Not fully my fault but a combination of both of us equally.  I don’t even think I posted much on that.

Fast forward to the middle of the year where it was fairly obvious the job market was going to hell and I proactively decided to get the first of a series of Technology certifications in case I find myself out of work and in need of quickly becoming re-employed.  Well in a nutshell, things didn’t work so well with ChanD and heart was too broken to focus on it.

Then I through myself a party for my big 30, which was crazy and ended up in what I will call a rebound relationship with E-Rocka.

A couple months later after getting my head straight thanks to E-Rocka (seriously she wasn’t that bad a chick) I get my CCNA certification, the first of many to go over the next 2 years.  That test was a bitch by the way!

Then Hurricane Ike batters up Houston which creates a domino affect and messes up the gas supply across the whole Southeastern seaboard.  I normally try and avoid discussing Politics on this blog but I had some minor input to say to address my latent frustration.  But since gas is cheap now days, I’m and very happy!

Roughly around mid June I was converted to an employee at my job and my pay was cut severely, which caused me to unexpectedly tap into my stash.  The stash was created solely for unemployment rather than underemployment.  However around the same time my ARM started adjusting (and it still is) so I was left with little choice.  After it started dwindling rapidly, I decided to place myself in the job market to seek a better paying job as my lowered income prevented me from the ability to refinance out of my ARM.  After a few weeks into it I got a little down about it after a run in with a shoddy staffing instituion.  My skin still crawls thinking about it.  Luckily I so happened to be promoted to Management at my current job in preparation of a pending re-org, which I immediately pulled out of the job hunt.

Following all the good with my career me and E-Rocka start having trouble in Paradise, which nearly ended up being a Rumble in da Bronx.  Since this topic had many posts and will involve a lot of hyperlinking, I will just lead you over to Love and Hate section and you can read all about it.

Since then Obama has been elected the first black President of the United States, which I knew would happen all along.  Seriously 🙂  I am currently taking my very first vacation since October 2003 after my return home from Iraq, and trying my hardest to lay low from the women, but they just keep popping up at me…  Sometimes I wish I was a porch monkey.  And I was able to go home and spend Christmas with my family for the first time in 4 years.’

So on this last week of 2008 I will sit at home, relax a little, unwind and plan for all the great things to come in 2009.  One great thing I know will happen in 2009 is all my negative stuff remaining on my credit reports will fall off!  But most of all, if I can finally refinance out of my ARM it will be a lot accomplished for the year.

To all my readers, thank you for reading along and posting your comments and giving your support.  Happy New Year and I hope 2009 brings great things to us all!!

Back to the PS3!!

Q

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I got a raise! October 28, 2008

Posted by Q in Career development, Goals, Saving.
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A week ago I was informed I was getting a raise.  Talking about EXCITEMENT!  Only been 3 months and getting a raise!  Percentage wise, it was VERY Generous.  About 43% generous!  I just confirmed it today and noticed I was placed in a pay bracket which includes a promotion.  Was never told that, but I’ll take it too!

Now I need to put my financial face on and manage it wisely as we’re in tough times.

So this ends my job hunt and I will be removing resumes as last weeks debacle kinda turned me off from the job hunt anyway.

I am still trying to figure out of I ever told E-Rocka about it when I was informed last week.  Normal circumstances the girlfriend would be the first to know, but since the relationship is rapidly declining I have no idea.

I’m getting worn out October 5, 2008

Posted by Q in Goals, Love and Hate, Technology.
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Lately for the past few weeks I’ve been running more gigs than I can keep up with to make up for my pathetic pay at work so I can pay my ever increasing mortgage (2K this month).  This week is horrible.  Luckily tonight and tomorrow night I can rest and work on finishing my Ikea hack project.

Lastnight was fun.  My neighbor slid through the spot celebrating something and he quickly usher some ladies and brought them into the booth.  Normally I don’t allow anyone in the booth with me period!  Even my security stands outside of it.  But since he was a benefactor at one point in time I let him and the 3 chicks in.  One of them, I looked at her and my chin hit the floor.  She saw that as an opportunity whereas I thought she was Rain.  Anyway after she made too many advances at me I told them they had to leave and I would meet up with them later.

When my run was over and the last spot DJ came online I met up with them and we all stepped out.  Since the club is in the building I live in, we just jumped on the elevator and went to my neighbors place since I had Ikea hack project all over my place and the smell of fresh stain was in the air.  At least that was my excuse.

This look alike by this time had too much to drink and damn near fell doing something and I caught her.  At this point she was like the room is spinning, take me to your place so I can lay down and yadda yadda yadda.  Everybody lookin at me like, Q, what ya gonna do with that?

So I picked her up and carried her off to bed like a good little boy.  She fell asleep as I carried her so she probably didn’t realize we never left my neighbors place and she was in his bed til she woke up.  Then I left, came home and went to my bed and passed out.  I had too much to drink too and had to be at work 3 hours later.

Sigh…  Coulda cheated but as anyone that know me knows, not my thing while involved.

Ikea Hack October 5, 2008

Posted by Q in Goals, Love and Hate, Technology.
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You can google that term to find out what that means, but in simple terms, its when you get cheap Ikea stuff and convert it into something it was never intended to be.

For my project, which I am doing to keep myself off my computers for a while and keep my mind from idling too much over E-Rocka I am hacking a base Ikea kitchen cabinet into a technology rack.  All my development equipment is becoming an eye sore in my closet and this should make it appear more, well not obviously there.  I will post pics of the progress as its comes along and the before and after of my closet.

Normally do these projects with my girl when I have one, but I can’t seem to get E-Rocka to much of anything.  No cooking, cleaning (I wouldn’t let her clean my place anyway, just don’t feel right), or removing food I bought for us out of the sack.  So I will be doing this one solo, which may take nearly the entire month especially the staining part which takes days to dry and requires a couple coats.

Job market is going down, time to get certified. June 3, 2008

Posted by Q in Career development, Goals, Love and Hate, Technology.
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Since I will be taking time from school for a minute to try and get another job and enjoy quality time with ChanD, I might as well get certified.  Last time I was certified I waited after I lost my job due to turbulent economic conditions.  Since I’m involved I had to run it by ChanD.  She was ok with it as expected since she hasn’t a clue about my field of work although highly interested.

So off I go to study for this thing and hopefully be done well before Birthday Bash.

FICO Scores for 2007 January 8, 2007

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Man, its been a hot second since I last pulled my FICO scores. So I waited til all my reports updated and fed the monster to get my scores. There they are below:

TU – 719

EQ – 656
EX – 674

Not much better than December 2005 before NCO put their dookie stains on my reports, but its good to be back going up.  Unfortunately I did not meet my FICO goal for 2006 to get two reports in the 700s.  Now to pay down some of my balances!!

Now I’ve made some resolutions January 7, 2007

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In an earlier post I mentioned I had yet to make any New Years Resolutions.  Well to follow the “tradition,” I’ve decided to make a couple.  Check these out!

1.  Start asking for input of others before making a final decision – All my life (including childhood) I’ve never listed to anyone, unless they made me do something not so desirable and I gave in so they can leave me alone.  Good example of that would be a drill seargent and making me get the Thrift Savings Plan and Savings Bonds (I wish I could thank him now as at 17 y/o I didn’t understand.   So this year I will try and accept input from others and see where it gets me.  For some reason I highly doubt this resolution will survive the entire year.

2.  Sculpt my body – No one is complaining to me, just want a 6 pack and make my bounce capable chest a little bigger.  This goal is pending as everyone will be filling the gyms in the beginning of the year.

3.  Have fun – I haven’t done this in years.  I think I deserve to live life a little this year.  Last year with the serial dating was not what I consider fun.  Could have saved all that dayum money and made it more productive.  Now I gotta figure out how to get off the night shift.

Thats it.  Out of all those, I may pull off 1 of them.