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    Re: Journal Thread 2013

    When I read your references to the "air booty", cracks me up, the mind wanders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElmosToe View Post
    When I read your references to the "air booty", cracks me up, the mind wanders.
    No, sir, this would be the air booty of which you speak... /tongue in cheek laugh...



    Honey, there's more stir fry in that ass than that skillet's ever seen. OH!!!

    But this is an identical replica of my left foot's medical air boot. (Although the picture shows a right foot.)



    Personal log, Stardate 66922.1

    Tonight was good. Went to a straight bar across the street from my apartment complex. The noise and commotion was beneficial. It beat the cold, dead silence of my treehouse. And the boredom of my treehouse - all there is is video games, what few movies I own, and porn blogging. Going to finish my laundry tomorrow, so I can clear off my dining table.

    Execution notes for the foreseeable future...
    >> Laundry WILL be done by close of business tomorrow. No bullshit - it will be done. That's just how the world works.
    >> Monday - the $6.94 money order - go by Andy's bank and get it for free. Go by Brookhaven and get the online MML program for DMAT 98 - $107.00 plus tax. Foot doctor appointment Monday afternoon at 130pm.
    >> Tuesday - Lunch with Luis at Starbucks. If this turns out to be a repeat of last time, tell him to lose your number. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice - Bitch, I've got too much other stuff to do! Either shit or get off the pot - just sayin'... Reminder-text him, so he doesn't "forget" this time.

    100% Execution - every note, everyday! Work, work, work, push, push, push! The road to prosperity is not paved by your ass warming a chair or a couch! Onward and upward!


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    No, sir, this would be the air booty of which you speak... /tongue in cheek laugh...
    You're reading my thoughts, get out of my head!

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    Going to finish my laundry tomorrow, so I can clear off my dining table.
    Suppose eating honey nut cheerios on top of dirty underwear could qualify as a rare fetish...



    Quote Originally Posted by jdcnow View Post
    100% Execution - every note, everyday! Work, work, work, push, push, push! The road to prosperity is not paved by your ass warming a chair or a couch! Onward and upward!


    You are your own drill sergeant. (sexy!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElmosToe View Post


    You are your own drill sergeant. (sexy!)
    One of my jobs is that I'm an overnight cashier and supervisor in a 24-hour supermarket. Sometimes, even when I'm away from my store, the supervisor part shines through.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ElmosToe View Post
    Suppose eating honey nut cheerios on top of dirty underwear could qualify as a rare fetish...
    And it would actually be the clean laundry. Small one-bedroom apartment - I use my dining table as a folding table for the clean laundry once it's out of the dryer. Making do with what I have.


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    ^let me just tell you, not knocking your job or anything (Lord knows I am not one to talk),
    if you're working as a SUPERVISOR in a supermarket and can only afford a one-bedroom apartment, it may be time to switch careers...just sayin'. (unless you're doing it to save money...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElmosToe View Post
    ^let me just tell you, not knocking your job or anything (Lord knows I am not one to talk),
    if you're working as a SUPERVISOR in a supermarket and can only afford a one-bedroom apartment, it may be time to switch careers...just sayin'. (unless you're doing it to save money...)
    Check the Private Comment I just sent you - that should explain a lot right there!

    But yeah, as a supervisor, I make $9.20 an hour, and $0.50 cents of that is because it's the overnight shift. And I have 11+ years experience with almost 2 years member of management experience from Dollar Tree.

    It's sad what this industry - retail - pays, especially my company. But even with that, I always tell people why I stay...

    Two years ago, I came to Dallas with nothing but the clothes on my back and two friends to put me up in their place. Since then...

    >> This is the first job that came along, a month and a half after I moved in...

    >> With this job's paychecks, I have paid off several thousand dollars in previous medical debt, and am now debt free for the first time in about 5 years. And I actually have above average credit - like in the mid to upper 700s.

    >> With this job's paychecks, I was able to afford my first ever apartment, my first ever place of my own - a 3rd floor 1-bedroom (not an efficiency or a studio-size, but an actual 1-bedroom) including washer, dryer, and water for $529 a month.

    >> With this job's paychecks and health insurance (I'm a full-timer, so I get the good Aetna insurance), I have been able to afford the following medical needs...
    ----- Mental health counseling and therapy to deal with my mental health issues and psychiatric damage from the past.
    ----- Various doctor and ER visits that have come up.
    ----- This left foot that I just had a very much needed correction surgery on. I will actually need an additional surgery on my right foot, down the road a bit.

    >> With this job's paychecks, I have been fortunate enough to be able to afford my first ever college class. I can now proudly say at age 30 that I'm now a starving college kid. And now I have a clear pathway to living my ultimate dream of weather forecasting.

    >> With this job's paychecks, I was able to afford a very nice tattoo - something I've been wanting for myself for years, and was finally able to afford this last December as my 30th birthday present to myself.


    ^ None of the above would have ever happened with jobs I had back home in the country. I've mentioned to some jubbers in private what company I work for - I will never mention it out here on the forums explicitly. And yes, the company I work for does have a bad reputation for it's business and employee relations practices. Unforturnately, I have to say, most if not all of that reputation is actually completely justified. There is a lot of self-inflicted ammunition for the negative reputation and publicity my company gets.

    But for all the stress, mess, and BS I put up with at my job, why I've stayed, and will continue to stay, at least through college (August 31st will be my 2-year anniversary with this same company) is quite clear - none of the benefits I mentioned above would ever have happened in a million years with the jobs I had back home. This company has actually been very, very good to me. It ain't much, but I've actually built a life for myself, albeit humble. But I'm visibly working my way up and pushing forward in life.

    And sad, but true - back home where I'm originally from, out in the country, people would actually kill for a $9.20/hour job with full-time benefits - that's actually considered a good-paying jobs that's quite hard to find in the rural country area where I'm from.


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    ^ And I forgot to mention that with this foot surgery, my store actually sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the of the most expensive florists in Dallas. No other job I've worked for would have done that either. And it's the first time I've ever received flowers from anybody. So that was a very nice touch.


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    Personal log, Stardate 66942.9

    Another day at home. Updated my tumblr, hit 8,000 follows this afternoon (THANK YOU!!!!) and enjoyed a little stress relief ( ). Pork chops thawing in a Ziploc bag in the sink for dinner. Meh, I want to do chicken alfredo, but to just thaw and skillet-cook pork chops and steaks is easier - season to taste with soy sauce and spices, 8 minutes on each side, then boom. Cause I'm lazy like that.

    I need to cut my hair again, and to shave. Meh, I'll wait until tonight. I wanna read or play Mario again, but my body wants a nap. So aggravating. And I want to watch Will and Grace.

    My left foot is aggravating me with the pain again, a dull achiness in my heel. I have beta-tested walking without the boot, but I still need it. The pain in both my heel and in my callous area up by my left pinky toe is getting on my nerves. As crazy as it sounds, I've even tried masturbation and self-pleasure - directly and intentionally as a form of pain relief. It actually has helped to a great degree, although I think it's just helped to get my mind off of my left foot, and on to something that's pleasure-inducing and makes me feel good.

    The stitches come out tomorrow afternoon. Note to myself here - stop at a supermarket and get a pecan pie to take to the doctor's as a thank you.

    Also, this medical leave has been good for me in another aspect as well - I'm proud to say that I'm actually down another 15 pounds in weight since the first of the month!



    I'm gonna look so good when I go back.

    Cardio tonight at my apartment complex's gym after dinner.

    I'm gonna check out, now. My body's nagging me for sleep. But I don't wanna! /stubborn...


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    ^ so fucking cute.


    JDC, omg....

    While I understand this job has been good for you in many ways and it has helped you become your own man and allowed you to accomplish some of your goals in life etc.

    Dude, you're making $9.20/hr as a SUPERVISOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    In Dallas no less. I hope you do realize at some point, no matter how wonderful this company has treated you, that you are worth sooo much more, especially being in management....

    I am the same age as you, I have no degree and my previous job who was very loyal to me up until management changes were made the past couple years who decided to lay off half the staff and replace them all with temps (now the place is a sinking ship)....I was making $25-$30/hr. Now I am in transition working as a temp for a rival company of my last employer, only making $12/hr, doing the work of a monkey. I'm in the Midwest in a city of less than 500,000 people.


    Forgive me for the bitch slap....


    I am glad you are proud of what you have accomplished, I'm just going to hold out hope that you can and will find a much better paying job for a much more respectable company making at least twice what you are making now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElmosToe View Post
    ^ so fucking cute.


    JDC, omg....

    While I understand this job has been good for you in many ways and it has helped you become your own man and allowed you to accomplish some of your goals in life etc.

    Dude, you're making $9.20/hr as a SUPERVISOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    In Dallas no less. I hope you do realize at some point, no matter how wonderful this company has treated you, that you are worth sooo much more, especially being in management....

    I am the same age as you, I have no degree and my previous job who was very loyal to me up until management changes were made the past couple years who decided to lay off half the staff and replace them all with temps (now the place is a sinking ship)....I was making $25-$30/hr. Now I am in transition working as a temp for a rival company of my last employer, only making $12/hr, doing the work of a monkey. I'm in the Midwest in a city of less than 500,000 people.


    Forgive me for the bitch slap....


    I am glad you are proud of what you have accomplished, I'm just going to hold out hope that you can and will find a much better paying job for a much more respectable company making at least twice what you are making now.
    ^ No problem!

    But no, my current job is not my forever career...either of them.


    In addition to my overnight job, I'm also a salaried housekeeper for the straight couple friends I used to be roommates with up until Halloween of last year. I'm holding down two jobs, and going to school on top of it at one of the colleges just down the street from my overnight job. That, too is a little bit of extra income (about $250/month), to help pay bills and go to college on.

    I work a hyper-rigorous schedule, trying to fasttrack this stuff as much as I can, to the point where I actually got into a little bit of trouble with my heart back in late April. Some who know me or have watched me, both here on JUB and out in the real world, have made the case to me that I'm trying to go so far so fast, that I'm actually running myself into the ground. Honestly, I wouldn't disagree with that assessment.

    But in order to get where I specifically need to go, I've got to push and push hard everyday, and not let up. If I'm ever going to get out of this dead-end profession that is storefront retail, and get into the profession and job of my dreams, I must act and move quickly. This is not lost on me. Being stuck for 28 years in the country with no way to get out and do better put me at a ***severe*** disadvantage. Just by chance, I was offered to help some friends move, which turned into a one-way ticket to Dallas. I'm very fortunate to even have made it here. And if that chance had never came, I'd still be in the country, still taking whatever menial work I could find. But for the career I want to get into specifically (check your private comments!) I know that I'm basically in a game of Beat The Clock, and it's ticking. I know that I MUST absolutely work like a dog to get where I'm going in the time I need to get there. I've been told that I'm burning my candle at both ends. No, that candle that's burning at both ends is actually a clock showing the amount of time I still have left to really pursue my career dream.


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    Personal log, Stardate 66951.5

    I'm so thrilled for the milestone on marriage equality today. Now, I can start looking for a man! (If you're in northern Dallas, PM me, please!)

    But no, I'm getting to that point in the day where my body is telling me, "Fuck You! I want sleep! Now!" I've gotta keep pushing myself further and further.

    I got maintenance to fix my bedroom ceiling fan light, they fixed behind my washer and dryer, and they even fixed my front door. Now, I've got to fold my clean laundry on my dining table, clean my bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom (including my desk).

    I've been walking on my left foot, trying to work out the soreness and pain. It's coming along nicely. I soaked my feet earlier this afternoon while playing Super Mario Galaxy. Might soak them again. I can wear my shoes, now, but I have to be very careful, as putting my left shoe on is still somewhat painful.

    I can't forget to get that shopping list together before the end of the night for tomorrow. Might enjoy some time, too!


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    Personal log, June 30th 2013 (Just like Captain Archer)



    It'll be good to get back to work, next week. I go back on July 8th, a week from tomorrow. And I'll ask the doctor Tuesday, as well as clear it with my boss, if it's OK if I come back next Sunday night, after Midnight - technically, it's Monday. I'm going to try to wheel and deal into getting any second of overtime I can get my greedy little mitts on.

    But it'll be good to see everybody again. I miss 'em. I wonder if they'll recognize me with the weight I've lost since I left!

    I need to stay after it and keep losing - the more I lose, the easier it'll be on my feet when the next surgery happens in early August. Getting my eyes fixed will have to wait until next year though, unfortunately - I never got the vision coverage on my health insurance - I'm already paying about $70 bucks a paycheck for what I've got, now! Ouch!

    I'm getting my clothes ready to go back home for a brief visit, in my dryer now. - That's if my housekeeping job's boss decides to go. IDK what he's got planned yet. But if he does go, I get to see my mom's Chihuahua again! I love that little dog! He's the cutest thing ever!

    And then, there's seeing my mom again...

    The last time I went down there, I know she had to have received my coming out letter that I sent her. But when I showed up in person, my older brother had confirmed what I'd seen for myself - she was sick and asleep in bed. I just let her be, but left her a note with my contact info, so if she ever wanted to reach me, she could. She hasn't. And it's been 4 weeks ago, at the first part of this month, a few days before my first surgery. /shrugs...

    But ya' know what?



    We're gonna move on.



    Once I get these surgeries under my belt, I'm actually looking at installing a chromakey wall in my apartment, and experiment with shooting YouTube videos. I've been chewing it over in my head, but not anything concrete yet.

    But trust and believe, we're going to move on!


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    Personal log, Stardate 66982.2

    Time to get back at it!

    I think I have about 4 separate medical bills, two of which are kinda steep - $800, and $1,400.

    But that's OK. I'm gonna push harder, and harder, and harder.

    Back to work tomorrow night. Tomorrow morning, business at the bank, at my college, and an 11am appointment at my foot doctor for physical therapy.

    Work tomorrow night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night, and Thursday night. School starts back Tuesday for me - my one online only class I have to take. And Thursday, counseling with the therapist at school.

    And also, I have to get some stuff from my housekeeping job's boss.

    Back to the grinding stone!

    And I can hardly wait when my coworkers at my supermarket see me again. Will they recognize me 20 pounds skinnier?


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    ^you forgot to pencil in some jack off time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElmosToe View Post
    ^you forgot to pencil in some jack off time.
    Actually, I took care of that last night.

    I should be good for a few days. But time to buckle down now.


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    Personal log, Stardate 67003.3

    I'll make this one quick, but some opportunities may be opening up for me. Some places are hiring in the immediate area of northern Dallas, where I live - Wells Fargo, Kroger, Aldi's, etc., and I do have applications out.

    After being back in my store a week from medical leave, it's a train wreck. The lower worker-bee ranks would stage a mass walk-out if they could. Management in-fighting with other management. Again. Favoritism. On top of them jipping me out of my full-time status since January, and me not knowing it until my dental insurance was rejected. And our newest overnight assistant manager on my shift, turns out, was demoted and reassigned here from one of the supercenter-class stores. After meeting and interacting with the guy myself, I see why the general consensus on him is a prominent thumbs down, putting it nicely. So basically, my store got stuck with someone else's problem child.

    Oh, boy! I need to get the soap opera and the negativity out of my life.

    The Aldi about a mile from where I live is having a job fair tomorrow. All positions including management are up for grabs. Hourly pay is between $11-$21/hour, with full timers getting about 30 hours a week! Plus, their cashiers get to sit down - better working conditions. So guess where I'm going when I get off work in the morning... /fingers crossed...

    One of the smartest bits of advice I've ever heard - "I'd rather shoot for the moon and get only half way there, than to shoot for absolutely nothing and get all of that."


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    Once I get these surgeries under my belt, I'm actually looking at installing a chromakey wall in my apartment, and experiment with shooting YouTube videos. I've been chewing it over in my head, but not anything concrete yet.




    We're you thinking of painting one wall? Hanging a sheet?
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    I'm thinking a sheet of fabric, Kelly green. Idk for sure, but I think my lease says I can't paint. Plus, I have a bunch of outlets that would physically get in the way of just painting. A sheet of fabric would be in front of the outlets, is portable and isn't permanent like paint.


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    Good luck with the job apps, Joe-Joe!
    Recently I heard a 'wise guy' story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It's an interesting story, but I don't know twenty-five men I'd want to invite to a party. ~Joan Crawford

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    ^ Thanks, LilBit!

    Well, I've been presented with a very interesting choice with one of my job applications - stay at Walmart, at my Neighborhood Market supermarket on the overnight shift at $9.20/hr as a supervisor. Or go overnight at Walgreens for $8.50/hr.

    It would be full time with benefits, and their work schedule is a week on, a week off. But, the way the manager explained it over the phone, I'd be working only two weeks a month, but be paid for the 4 weeks. Odd, that's the first time I've heard of that. Curious.

    I could walk the half mile each way to and from work, and get the exercise. And I can say Addios to $80 bucks a month in bus pass.

    I know what I get if I do stay with WMT.

    I want this job though. I feel the need to move on...


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    Personal Log, Stardate 67024.2

    Well, I've chosen to leave the Walmart Neighborhood Market supermarket where I'm an overnight cashier, and accept an overnight position at a 24hr Walgreen's a city block (about 3/4 of a mile) from my apartment. Finally, I get to leave all the stress of Walmart behind. This company's been good to me. Really good. I've gotten to meet some very nice people, and this company has done a lot for me that no other job I've ever had has. But it's time to move onward and upward.

    With this new job, I'll be able to walk to work instead of riding the bus. I'm insanely happy about that. The bus is fun, if you have a friendly driver. But the service has been slacking.

    I'll write more later, but my ass is tired. And I still have stuff to do, and places to go to. /facepalm!!!!!!!


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    Personal log, Stardate 67025.6

    I'm on the bus headed into work, typing this on my Android. So to elaborate a bit from this morning, I went to go take my pre-employment drug test for Walgreens - a formality in my case, since I've never touched drugs. The strongest things in my system are Tylenol and caffeine from the coffee I've been drinking. So I'm waiting for the store manager to call me back at the end of this week.

    But once this goes through and I'm in, no more riding the lousy bus, and I'll be getting more time off.

    I'll work a 7 or 8 day rotation then be off for the next week. Then come back the next Tuesday night. Finally, I, too get to have a life outside my jobs, and I'll get exercise from walking to and from work, which will help me lose more weight and look better, etc.

    Once I do start looking better, I'll have the time to actually start looking for a boyfriend, etc. Plus, I'll have more time to handle my personal affairs too.

    Plus, I'll get to sleep like the human I am, and not the unread zombie I feeling like.

    The job pays $8.50 an hour on the overnight shift. So it is a cut in pay from the $9.20/hr I make now. But since I'm not wasting $80 bucks a month on a bus pass, I figure it'll even out.

    But I'm excited about all of this.


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    Congrats on slaying the Ogres that were pillaging the village of your life!!! Sounds like things are well on their way for the better!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by borg69unimatrix View Post
    Congrats on slaying the Ogres that were pillaging the village of your life!!! Sounds like things are well on their way for the better!!!
    Thanks. Yup, ogres is right, too!


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    DEAR JOURNAL,

    It is scientifically impossible for me to be happy. I should just accept it. I'd throw in the towel and start taking anti-depressants, but I'm far too afraid of being controlled by them.

    There's been yet another instance of me falling for someone out of my league. This guy has a million things going for him unlike me, who has nothing at all to offer. He's always so kinda and sweet to me and yet I know he'd probably be disgusted at the idea of actually being with me in any serious way.

    So another bout of longing that I'll simply have to wait out until the feelings go away. And (more importantly) another incident of me not having the confidence or worth to compete in a world where I simply will never measure up.

    I honestly hope I get hit by a truck today. I have no real reason to live anyway.

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    DEAR JOURNAL,

    It is scientifically impossible for me to be happy. I should just accept it. I'd throw in the towel and start taking anti-depressants, but I'm far too afraid of being controlled by them.

    There's been yet another instance of me falling for someone out of my league. This guy has a million things going for him unlike me, who has nothing at all to offer. He's always so kinda and sweet to me and yet I know he'd probably be disgusted at the idea of actually being with me in any serious way.

    So another bout of longing that I'll simply have to wait out until the feelings go away. And (more importantly) another incident of me not having the confidence or worth to compete in a world where I simply will never measure up.

    I honestly hope I get hit by a truck today. I have no real reason to live anyway.

    -NA
    First off...


    Do you know how much "in the same boat" you and I actually are. I'm 30 and still have my v card, but through hard work and counseling, I can hold my head up high, knowing that I have overcome so much pain. I have triumphed over the massive mental and emotional damage of my past. I was once literally so emotionally and socially crippled that, outside of my retail job, I would never even look up at people I didn't know, let alone speak to anybody. Now, I'm learning to come out of my shell, and that there's a whole world out there of beautiful, interesting people in all forms.

    Through busting my ass, I've built a modest life for myself here in Dallas out of damn near nothing. I started out living in a friend's living room, sleeping on their couch. Now, I have a place of my own, I'm in college getting my education, and once and for all moving my life forward, and healing from the extensive damage of the past.

    Do I have anything to offer a potential boyfriend? Yup - a "refuse to quit" spirit, a strong work ethic that I've used to overcome my personal demons, and a good heart.

    You claim you have nothing to offer - Pardon me if I call bullshit. You're a beautiful, compassionate, caring, decent guy. You'd make quite a catch for anybody.

    Do not sell yourself short. Do not take No for an answer, even from yourself. Because I didn't. And I'm proud to say, look where it got me - a place of my own, college, goals, dreams, even the tattoo I always wanted.


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    Thanks, man. You really are an amazing guy.

    Sometimes, when I get really frustrated, I just don't want to go through with life. But I usually calm down. Feeling much better today. Thanks again.

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    You really are an amazing guy.
    ^This



    That was beautiful JD.
    And I am sooo happy to hear you are in a better situation with your job, even though it is a pay cut.

    I am also facing the same, similar situation, trying to find the right job that pays decent, closer to home so I can just walk to work, saving almost $300-$400/month on gas, vehicle maintenance, parking etc.

    So what happened with the Aldi job?

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    ^This



    That was beautiful JD.
    And I am sooo happy to hear you are in a better situation with your job, even though it is a pay cut.

    I am also facing the same, similar situation, trying to find the right job that pays decent, closer to home so I can just walk to work, saving almost $300-$400/month on gas, vehicle maintenance, parking etc.

    So what happened with the Aldi job?
    Aldi's job fair had a preliminary "pre-interview" - they asked people 3 question, Reliable Transportation? Convicted of a Felony? and your time availability for the job? I answered all 3 rightly, so I go into the list of people they would call for an interview (vs the ones who will not get considered). But Aldi has since not called back.

    But Walgreens did. I aced the interview, got the job, and went for the drug test. (I know it'll come back clean - I don't do drugs. ) So once the store manager gets the green light from the drug test people, I'm in. I could start today if needed.


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    Personal Log, Stardate 67034.2

    Well, I've got a lot going on. My store manager from Walgreens called, and although, he'll confirm it Monday, Tuesday looks to be the hire date for the new job.

    Definitely looking forward to starting the next phase of my life. This store is in the parking lot of a Kroger supermarket shopping center. And once my health insurance kicks in, I can take advantage of the new dentist that's moving in at the shopping center. I got a mailer, and one of the specials I'm going to try to land, if I can get the health/dental insurance started in time, after my first 30 days - With a paid for cleaning, exam, and x-rays, you get free their professional teeth whitening service for life. Free. For life. Bargain doesn't even begin to describe it.

    I'm looking forward to the exercise everyday, too - about a 45-minute to hour walk one way, everyday. So I can start dropping a few pounds, and start working towards the porn star body I've always dreamed of.

    One thing my mom did get right was naming me Joseph - as in The Dreamer! It's been my long-standing philosophy to go for broke when it comes to goals and dreams. I'd rather shoot for the moon and get only halfway there, than to shoot for absolutely nothing and get 100% of that.

    And finally, some income to help pay down these doctor bills! That's needed very much.

    Midterm exam in my algebra class in the morning, homework due Tuesday night by 11.59pm.

    We're movin' on... Progress, dear, progress!


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    Personal log, Stardate 67050.1

    While the gears of time and events happening may not be turning as fast as I'd like them to, they ARE turning, thankfully. I start at Walgreen's tomorrow morning at 9am. Maybe I can get some income here, and get things rolling again.

    My rent and utilities are paid for the month, except the electricity - for some odd reason, TXU bills from mid-month to mid-month, and after the 15th of the second month, you have until the end of that second month to pay it. I know, it's awkward. But I'm current on all the roof-over-my-head bills. After everything gets settled, I can start to save up and kill some of the medical bills. I know that I'm doing the best I can with the cards handed to me for right now, but I just get so impatient, because I know what's coming, and what the end result will be. It's just that I get tired of waiting - day after day, week after week, month after month. It gets old, and it gets old fast.

    Finally, I'll be rid of my DMAT 98 algebra class after next week - OMFG.


    The 1-month, fast-tracked mini-semester will be over with!

    I can confirm that my high school robbed me of a decent education, because some of this stuff that should actually have been learned in high school... I can tell you that I have completely and totally heard of none of this shit ever!

    Speaking of Doctor Who, I have been absolutely geeking out on DW! I've got a fan-written fiction story in my head, that's literally giving me a headache, because it wants to get out. It's like the damn Adipose, it's just going to keep giving me a headache until I let it out. Might post it here, as it does get a little racy/x-rated at times. But that's all I'm going to say. No more.

    I'm tired. Might consider a quick nap.


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    Absolutely incredible, dude. You have my respect, admiration, whatever. If i wasn't married i'd find my way to N. Dallas in 2 seconds.Your are a man every mother would love their son to marry. When i was a little kid the weather man fascinated me and it was something i always wanted to do. To this day i regret that i never followed those dreams. I've always wanted to say, "there's a troft aloft" and have it mean something.

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    Absolutely incredible, dude. You have my respect, admiration, whatever. If i wasn't married i'd find my way to N. Dallas in 2 seconds.Your are a man every mother would love their son to marry. When i was a little kid the weather man fascinated me and it was something i always wanted to do. To this day i regret that i never followed those dreams. I've always wanted to say, "there's a troft aloft" and have it mean something.

    Robt
    Well thank you kindly!

    What got me interested in the weather originally was ever since I was a kid, watching an old and very-long-serving weather forecaster, for the local ABC station in Dallas-Fort Worth. The gentleman, Troy Dungan, has since retired, back in 2007 after serving 31 years as WFAA-TV's chief meteorologist. Although he never received a college degree in meteorology, he did receive formal weather forecasting training from a science engineering company he used to work for way back when, down in Houston. Posted below is the latenight local news broadcast from WFAA-TV for January 29th, 1985. Skip to the 4:50 mark and you can watch Troy do the weather as no one else could. Even in the worst of situations - like the terrible cold snap forecasted for the next day in the video - he was always very calm and never oversold or overhyped how bad the weather was, unless the situation truly warranted it. His style was very enjoyable to watch - if you pay close attention to his body language and the somewhat whimsical tone of voice he speaks with, he almost resembles the 10th Doctor from Doctor Who.



    I was a kid back in 1992, when Andrew happened. Even though I lived here in northern Texas, the news coverage made the situation very real to me. And then I ran into some of the news coverage from WTVJ, the NBC station down in Miami in the run up to Andrew making landfall. I remember the first time watching the station's then-weather chief, Bryan Norcross not mincing his words about how bad Andrew would be, and when things started to get bad, he almost ran the station himself. I really admired that.



    And then May 3rd, 1999 happened, etc. So I've always been fascinated by the weather and atmospheric mechanics that make the weather happen the way that it does. And I've always understood the need for people who can clearly communicate weather information, like myself, clearly and concisely, without overselling and overhyping.

    So yes, I've known ever since I was little that this is what I've wanted to do. Thank you very much for the kind words.


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    Personal log, Stardate 67065.3

    My first rotation at my new store, and I must say, for the cut in pay I took with this job, it's well worth it. The other staff are so nice, both day shift and nights. My overnight supervisor boss that I'll be working under most nights is cool as shit - a very laid-back older gentleman with a good work ethic, and a fun-to-be-around personality. The girls on day shift are all so welcoming and so nice. There's none of this day shift vs night shift, like there was/is at Walmart. And even the clientele are much nicer.

    And the store's assistant manager...how do I put this kosherly? Um, I know how to be professional on a job, and put my personal feelings aside. But at the same time, I'm a not-dead-yet, living, breathing, testosterone-filled male who is sexually attracted to other men. And this assistant manager guy is basically a porn star. A fucking huge, 6ft 5 gorgeous hunk of bull male. Clean-cut, trimmed beard, bigger framed than me, dreamy voice, and just WOW!! Basically Men At Play material.


    Just yeah...


    Basically, think of a younger Adam Killian as a brunette (medium brown hair), who's hella tall, big framed, soft-spoken, and just...
    DAYUM!!!

    Meanwhile, last two days of algebra - all the work due tonight by Midnight, and finals tomorrow. Y'all don't even know how much I want the bloodbath that is my algebra course to be over. until it bleeds...

    Naptime, now.


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    Personal log, Stardate 67089.7

    Same song, next verse, and this tune is getting more off-key by the day.

    I'm just getting so impatient and antsy. Friday is going to be a tough day. Payday, bill paying, grocery shopping, going to my college and registering for the next couple of classes and hashing out the financial aid situation, and of course my housekeeping responsibility. If only I could manufacture more time like DC prints more money. There's just gotta be a way to squeeze more than 24hrs into a day.

    My feet and I aren't speaking. I need my Heath insurance to kick in quick, because I need to get in to see my doc fast. Thepain is so bad in my left foot that I'm eating Tylenols like candy just to get through the workday sometimes. It's agonizing. I'm now to a point where I hate my left foot.

    But I can't afford to stop or even slow down - too much shit to do, deadlines to meet, and not nearly enough time. /exhausted ...


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    Personal log, Stardate 67124.1

    Well, things are going well...reasonably well. Fall is just THE wrong time to do anything serious, when you work in retail, because the fall months - September through December - are the holiday season. So I'm going to have to put the second surgery on my feet off until after New Years - the dead of winter, I know, , and I have chronic cold feet.

    But I can rest from the runaway schedule I've had this year, and I'm also taking a one-semester break from school too. The Pell Grant I'd receive mandates that I take two classes. Because I live in 75287, the one City Of Dallas zipcode technically not in Dallas County, out of county = out of district = DOUBLE the in-district tuition. Tuition for one class is $290 bucks, times 2, and you're looking at just under $600 bucks - not counting books. The Pell Grant will only cover about 2/3rds of that cost, leaving me to have to cough up the rest, and I just don't have it right now - not with trying to pay off the medical bill debt racked up this year, and plus trying to work on my apartment (I'm working on little by little turning part of my apartment into a studio where I can shoot videos at least semi-professionally. The flat-screen I ran into at a dumpster recently actually made this a hell of a lot easier - I can use it as an over-the-shoulder monitor for graphics and video, etc.) But I can pile up cash for when school starts back in January.

    Payday is tomorrow night at Midnight!

    I've got to look up electrostimulators as I need something to where I can do physical therapy at home, rather than rack up a $400+ bill at my foot doctor's.

    I'm moving right along...


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    That sucks that you have to take the semester off. I hope you find other ways to be productive this fall.
    Recently I heard a 'wise guy' story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It's an interesting story, but I don't know twenty-five men I'd want to invite to a party. ~Joan Crawford

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    ^ Oh, yeah, I will be. I'm also using the time freed up from not being in school and having to deal with homework, etc. to also work on my body. I really wanna try to shoot for a "look good naked" body - slim down a little more, start working on my arms, etc. A huge turn-on for me is nice arms actually. I love guys with nice, thick arms... ...That just breaks the wow-meter for me, so yeah, I'm going to go for broke on working on my body.


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    Wouldn't have thought algebra was your thing Joe, is it a requirement for another course or a degree or are you needing to do it for a specific occupation or....? Will you be taking another full year of classes or is there an end in sight? With all the hours you work, you could do with relaxing more my friend.

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    ^ Um, yeah, one of the requirements of weather forecasting is actually that you be proficient in math. One of the requirements is that you use mathematical equations to forecast geographically on a map necessarily where a weather system (cold front, dry line, high pressure ridge, etc.) will be at any given point in time. You also use math to calculate forecasted temperatures, as well as heat indexes (summer) and wind chill factors (winter).

    Those who are like hyper-excellent in math, and who closely monitor how weather patterns usually happen can at least do a half decent job of forecasting weather patterns up to two week ahead of time, with actually better accuracy than your farmer's almanac. And the farmer's almanac has actually proven to be quite good and somewhat sharply accurate.

    So believe it or not, meteorology/weather forecasting is actually one of those professions on the level of say, bank teller/accountant, income tax preparer, etc., where you actually need to be really good in math. Whether it be in radio, TV or media, or for airports, or private businesses that rely in part on weather forecasting, the people who actually forecast the weather, for the most part, aren't just pretty faces. They're actually super-smart math whizzes.

    Thanks for the post, and good to hear from you!


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    ^ Oh, yeah, I will be. I'm also using the time freed up from not being in school and having to deal with homework, etc. to also work on my body. I really wanna try to shoot for a "look good naked" body - slim down a little more, start working on my arms, etc. A huge turn-on for me is nice arms actually. I love guys with nice, thick arms... ...That just breaks the wow-meter for me, so yeah, I'm going to go for broke on working on my body.
    Sounds like a plan. Hope it goes well!
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    Personal Log, Stardate 67159.2

    All is going well, although to get my studio set up, I'm having to fight every step of the way to get things done. Amazon contacted me - the 25ft HDMI cable I'd ordered, the seller is out of, so they're refunding me my $6 bucks I paid for it - that happened late this afternoon. While I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason, I still can't say I'm too pleased about it. As long as the refund goes through and doesn't take forever, I'll be fine.

    In hanging my TV on the wall in the specific spot I want it in, I'm going with the idea of a T-brace first. I'm going to get the 2x6's Friday, when I get paid. Also, I need to call Joann Fabrics and see if they do fabric hemming, as I need the edges of my sheet of chromakey green screen fabric hemmed, so that it looks good. Might be willing to pay to have it done instead of doing it myself.

    But I'm proud to say that I'm getting this studio off the ground myself, only funding it with the income from my two jobs. So I can hold my head up high and say, "I did it myself!"

    I can't wait to shoot, edit, and post my first video.


    Two years ago, I came to Dallas from a small, nothing town, with only the clothes on my back and big dreams, and although it's been a ridiculously long road to hoe, both physically and emotionally, sometimes I just think wow, I really came from that? To here? A place of my own, two steady jobs, medical treatment and mental health counseling, physical fitness goals I'm working towards, an ongoing college education, and now getting to build my own in-home studio for practicing weather forecasting. I'm thankful to have so much going for me.

    I am living proof that you can come from absolutely nothing, and, if you're willing to work hard and bust your butt, you too can make it!



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    I'm anxious to see your forecasts!

    You probably don't need this- and maybe I've already shown it to you???
    http://www.mediacollege.com/video/sp.../green-screen/

    This might help with any details that might have been over looked.
    http://www.justusboys.com/forum/signaturepics/sigpic216959_1.gif

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    ^ Thanks! I don't think I've seen that, and I do appreciate it!



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    Congrats, Joe-Joe! It's always exciting to see dreams come true, whether suddenly or gradually. I'm really proud of you for sticking with it despite all the obstacles.
    Recently I heard a 'wise guy' story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It's an interesting story, but I don't know twenty-five men I'd want to invite to a party. ~Joan Crawford

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilBit View Post
    Congrats, Joe-Joe! It's always exciting to see dreams come true, whether suddenly or gradually. I'm really proud of you for sticking with it despite all the obstacles.
    Thanks, LilBit. It hasn't been easy, but I am getting where I want to go.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdcnow View Post

    I am living proof that you can come from absolutely nothing, and, if you're willing to work hard and bust your butt, you too can make it!
    Never forget it.

    I have a copy of America, America I'll send you if you'll watch it. It is very hard to get since Turner put it into the vault. It is a story you will find inspiring about persevering as a Greek immigrant told it.

    Congratulations indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dejavudoo View Post
    Never forget it.

    I have a copy of America, America I'll send you if you'll watch it. It is very hard to get since Turner put it into the vault. It is a story you will find inspiring about persevering as a Greek immigrant told it.

    Congratulations indeed.
    Thanks. Check your private comments. /exhausted...


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    Personal log, Stardate 67184.3

    OK, so those of you who have watched my posts on here know that I am...somewhat gifted...in visual graphics. (See my avatar or siggie. )

    Those of you out there who are artists, who work in the fine arts, whether it be music, or poetry/writing, or drawing (either by hand, or like me - digital graphic design)... You folks, most of all will completely understand where I'm coming from with this. And those of you artists who are also freelancers - yes, while this is what pays the rent and what puts food on the table, you don't do this for the money nearly as much as you do this because you love being an artist and creating your art (whatever it may be) for people to enjoy.

    If you remember back when I won the Tshirt design contest a while back (thank you ButchQueen - I still have that shirt and wear it frequently! ), I told people then, and meant every word, that I really just wanted people to buy and enjoy the shirt, and I don't really care who makes the money. The fact that that is my creation, my original design, and that people are enjoying it - no one can ever take that away from me, that's what I really get out of it.

    Due to my severely limited free time, I don't dabble nearly a much in visual graphics as I used to, but when the need arises, I will put my artist hat on, and go to work.

    Well, it just so happens that one of our assistant managers is moving to Colorado with his girlfriend. Today was his last day at my store. He's still staying in the company, just moving to CO. So I whipped up an image design in photo form for a top of a cake, like I do with the birthday cakes I always make for myself. (I can't post it here due to copyright, as it contains one of our store logos I recreated. I even had to give the supermarket written permission from my store's salaried assistant for them to accept my design, because of copyright.) Kind of a greeting card and a farewell cake all together. I originally did this out of my own pocket, as my farewell gift to the manager (I personally liked him, and he was funny as hell).

    So I pick up this cake (a special order cake with my image creation on the top) from the supermarket behind my store. I carry it over, and sit it in the manager's office, where I find my store manager.

    Honestly, I wasn't expecting a thank you or anything. The reaction I got out of the store manager was that he liked my cake design so much that not only did he reimburse me the cost of the cake, ($23 bucks), but he also offered me to do our future cakes for when we have our employee birthday cakes once a month.

    To an artist, regardless of the specific art form, there is no higher compliment than, "Wow, we like your work so much that would you be interested in doing something similar for us?



    I love my job. I work for some really nice people. Because, that...just wow... /speechless...



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