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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!!



E-Rocka and Q fall out November 12, 2008

Posted by Q in Love and Hate.
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Well as most of you know it was long coming.  Although for a second after the talk everything seemed like it would be alright.   However after finding a recent pic of your girl sitting on another katz lap in a bar drinking to “insiders” filling me in on details I didn’t care to know, to getting an odd text message from her appologizing for something that I have no clue what she did, and still don’t care to know, I guess I had to part ways.  Besides most of my friends seemed to not like her as they got a bad vibe from her.  I can see how that was the case.

I’m slightly torn she gone as initially we had fun!  However I am not too affected.  At least nowhere NEAR as bad as the break off with ChanD.

The next serious relationship I think I will take things a bit slower and this one started like the Iraq Shock and Awe.

I think E-Rocka is about to crack November 4, 2008

Posted by Q in General.
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Per her blog (which I will let be anonymous as she reveals TOO much info to the internet) she says she been playing Tamia’s song “Questions” in her head recently and singing it too myself.  I know E-Rocka quite well.  Normally she NEVER plays a song in her head but rather disturbingly sings it out loud!  Although I am a DJ I’ve never heard this song but being that she is out of character I listened to it.

After listening to it, which its meaning was quite clear, I decided that our talk is LONG overdue.  I’ll see her tomorrow.  (it will be a suprise as well).

Am I about to make a mistake?? November 2, 2008

Posted by Q in Love and Hate, Rants!.
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Last night I called E-Rocka to tell her I would be running gigs for the Morehouse Homecoming tailgating party and after parties today.  Never got to mentioning that part as I woke her up as she had to work in the morning.  Ended the call telling her I was headed to drop some network equipment to a business partner and we hung up.   She called today while I was in between gigs and quickly scarfing my food down so I could head to the club to setup, but pissed me off, that I called a fill in to run the gig since her day gig was finished as she always wanted a break into the club scene.

Find out on the call today that she was up late last night, going to a movie tonight on top of having to work in the morning.

Am I thinking too hard about this???  I guess I need to put a hiatus on my personal advancement and holla at my girl before I make a mistake.

News at the current gig tomorrow AM October 29, 2008

Posted by Q in Career development.
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Was just contacted by one of my outgoing peers that I need to be on an 8:30 AM conference call tomorrow.  Judging by her tone it seemed as if she already knew what would be announced on the call.  I tried to game her out of some details however just as I nearly got her to crack I stopped her.  Since they have been having constant rounds of layoffs on Thursdays for the past several weeks I inquired if we were next.  Was told it was good news.

Good news to who?  If they gave me a promotion to match my new pay grade I would be pissed whereas she would think that be good news.

More on this later.

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.

Slight site housekeeping October 28, 2008

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WordPress seems to be adding alot of enhancements lately and tonight since I am bored out of my mind, I figured I would sample out a few of the add-ons.  So over the next few days I will be randomly making some mods.  Site design will remain the same as I luv the skyline drop.  Reminds me of what the view from my windows should look like rather than what I currently see.