D E M E N T E D P E N G U I N . N E T

October 22, 2006

Well, I made it – mostly in one piece

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I started out on Saturday an hour late, much to no-one’s surprise. I figured I could easilly make up the time by going the standard 70-80mph most of the way. That kind of worked out but I didn’t account for the random stops for munchies and gas along the way. The first five hours were the hardest. I kept wanting to stop because I wasn’t in the road-trip grove yet. I was ancy and bored and just needed to relax and settle in for the ride.

For the first night the plan was to visit my Mom in San Francisco and spend the night there. I got 95% of the way and determined it was too late and I was too tired. I find myself a Motel6 about 30-40 minutes from S.F. at about 11:45. I can never just go right to bed so I stayed up until 2:30 before finally going to sleep. I got up on Sunday at 8:30 and left by 9:00 to go see my Mom. Unfortunately there was a snag in the plan, or the flow if you will, of the morning. I was walking down the stairs to the parking lot when I saw a bunch of glass on the ground next to the car – I knew *exactly* what that meant. Sure enough there was some smash-and-grab action done on my car that night and since none of the doors were opened the alarm didn’t go off. Fortunately all they got was my Classmates lunchbox which was filled with snickerdoodles that my wife made me for the trip, along with various other munchies. Well, hope they enjoyed them. I’m just glad they didn’t get into the trunk because ALL of my clothes were in there as well as my guitar, mixer, skateboard, TiVo, books, papers I need for my new job, and various other computer junk I brought. All-in-all it wasn’t a great experience but it could have been a helluva lot worse.

I spent a few hours with Mom having brunch and talking. She’s stressed about her new job and is back in the management game again after a long time of just being a regular employee. After telling me all about the devious things that had been done at the store while she has been a manager there she then, of course, takes me to meet them all. Hmm. I tried to find a glass repair shop near where she lived but they were all closed on Sunday. I drop my mom off back at work at the end of the visit and now I have five plus driving hours to look forward to with no window.

To make the best of the situation I decided to roll down all the windows and open the sunroof. It’s averaging around 84 degrees outside so it’s pretty nice. Then I hit the wall of traffic. We were inching along slowly until we finally came to a dead stop about 150 miles from L.A. I have to say, it was getting pretty hot and I was almost out of gas. Plus, I forgot my deodorant in Washington so it was getting a bit rank – :). That finally cleared up and we were on our way again but it was fast then slow then fast again almost the whole way until we got just outside of L.A. I’m going to really like driving here – it’s kind of like driving in Indy. Everyone is manuvering for possition and taking advantage of a 10′ gap between two cars here or half a median there to pass someone. I was pretty hopped up on adrenaline by the time I found my hotel.

Anyway, I’m here and look forward to starting my first day tomorrow. I’m sure there will be plenty of posts this week as I get used to my new surroundings.

October 18, 2006

You, me, the state-of-mind, Hayden, and ex-relationships

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You: Who the hell keeps “stealing” my blog?!?! I see you out there downloading it. What for?

Me: My new tagline – “Where am I? Who am I? What does it matter anyway?”

State-of-mind: Tonight marks the last …let’s-make-him-suffer-as-much-as-possible… production post I had to do for Classmates.com. I say “let’s-make-him-suffer-as-much-as-possible” because it wasn’t my turn to do the post although it’s, ironically, my last week here and it was suggested in jest and in passing by someone on the team that will remain unamed (JAY!!!). Isn’t hazing supposed to happen when someone STARTS something new?!?! This is almost five years of history being expressed in a final week at my job. I’m actually getting a bit…pissed…at what is being done and said at my expense. My boss has gone from a cool, yet foreboding, guy when I told him I was leaving to a sheer asshole today. He is dictating to me what I need to do and should focus on but he seems to think he has some kind of control over me. Sure, I’d like to have the last three days of pay from the company that supported me and my familly the last few years as well as leave in good standing but I dont NEED the shitty attitude. Whatever. If anything the last three days will provide some interesting posts for this blog I expect.

State-of-mind: In the off chance you happen to read chrisandnickey.com, I have some updates. After talking to Nickey about her somewhat depressing posts over the last week we have ascertained that it’s more about the exploration of the unknown and the disarray of “home” than it is about the ultimate move to SoCal. She is mostly excited but yet a little trepidatious – as am I. I believe that it’s just an adjustment period and it will work itself out in the end – something I made SURE Nickey felt as well and reaffirm every day. Up until the house sells we can always back out.

Hayden: As far as the Hayden part of the title – I just have to, yet again, tout the praises of my son. He is becomming one helluva kick-ass kid. I think anyone would be proud to have him as their son. He has started to understand more about his surroundings as well as what he does and how it affects people. He has transitioned from being tired and CRABBY to being tired and still polite and rational. Not something we’ve seen in most other kids his age. He is so happy too. It delights me to no end that he is moderately interested in skateboards (as well as the standard ghosts, monsters, aliens, and what-not – mostly aliens though). Between the two of us we own six skateboards – five are mine 🙂 and one is his (a cute little SpongeBob skate). He also seems to thrive on Maroon5 as well as speed metal. Odd I know, but again, I am very pleased since those are also genres I thrive on. “Your Honor, I swear I did not coerce this child to like Death Metal and Skateboards”….and that is the truth, yet he does. I can’t help it, I love this kid like no one else. Who woulda thought that a ‘confirmed batchelor’ (check my posts from about 2 years ago) would have ended up as a husbend and a dad? Not me. No way in HELL was I getting hitched. Now I’m happilly married and with a kid that I can’t get enough of.

EX: just haveta get this one off my chest. About two months ago my wife went to a SLAH (Southern Living At Home) meeting at her sponsors home. Turns out she ends up sitting next to one of my ex-girlfriends who calls her out. “Do you know Chris xxxxxx?”. “Yeah, he’s my husband”. “I used to date him, he told me he’d never get married”. “Well, I guess he was wrong” – and it just went downhill from there. Fortunately my wife is strong enough to realize when some fun is to be had and eventually leaves the gathering with a “I’m going home to my HUSBAND now” within earshot of her. LMAO. I keep telling my wife that she won, no one else would do for me. A guy kinda knows when he found the one woman that is “the one” for him. Took me 35 years to find her but I’m so glad I waited. You can’t have her, she all mine 😉

October 9, 2006

Sentimentality

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Do you ever find yourself reminicing? Of course you do, it’s quite the human trait. I find myself reminicing about obscure things. I miss strange things like The Bob Newhart show, laying in the grass in my backyard when I was a kid, my dogs when I was growing up, my grandfather…oddly enough (only knew him for about 3 months), the music of my high school years, my condo, and my first car. Why? Who knows, all I know is what I miss, in a way, defines me. The only consolation is that where I’m at now is inevitably better than where I was at those moments. I’ve got one hell of a familly – a wife that takes care of everything and makes a wonderful home, a kid who I know is going to be bigger than life (he already is), and even the dogs have an impact on our future. I can’t explain….

I miss silly things like my first job, my baby sitter – Mrs. Putney, Mc DLT’s, 3am coffee from 7-11 (you’d have to know me to even remotely understand), skateboarding before I got my drivers license, watching Star Trek with my dad when I was 4 with the purple blanket, a book called Sinbad and Me when I was in elementary school, the snow storm of 1990 in Seattle,….on and on and on. I’m sure we all have tons of similar recollections. The thing I quandry is how to determine what will be a fond memory later in life as we are currently experiencing the so called phenomenon. Hmm. I guess that means we need to cherrish every moment, eh?

So what’s the point of this post? Dunno. Sentimentallity I guess and the rememberance of all that defines who we are. Maybe I need to pay homage to all that I’ve encountered in my life since they, in their own minute and unique way, have helped to define who I am.

All I know is that what I’m experiencing with this move to L.A. is going to be a memory in the future, I’m hoping it’s going to be a fond memory and will help to catapult our familly to better things and opportunities. I also hope that this experience will not eventually be the cause of Hayden going on Operah to talk about his family experience…we’re all just doing the best that we can.

October 5, 2006

I’m sorry to say, the system has failed

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I went down for the face-to-face with the other opportunity on Monday. Everything went really well – the first person I met with we talked for almost 2 hours. From what I understand all the people I met with gave me the “thumbs-up”, but unfortunately since I don’t have a degree they can’t hire me. Company policy or something. I’ve seen the “requirement” to have a BA but have never had it enforced until now. Too bad, I really liked that company and it seemed like we got along well. It turned out to not be such a great trip overall though because I lost my cell phone in the L.A. airport and I got food poisoning, which I’m still fending off. I think this is the first time I’ve gotten food poisoning….

SOOOO, what that means is that I’m back at LRN and will be starting on the 23rd. My last day in my current job is the 20th. That gives me 2 days to drive down and get situated, hopefully I can find a place to stay. I get relo with my hire package but there are some complications that won’t allow for temporary housing assistance. Something about the L.A. relo office and the San Diego home office aren’t getting along. Whatever. We’re moving ourselves down so really we’d be better off with the cash instead of the relo assistance.

We put an offer on a house and we’re on the second condition letter which I think will be accepted. I worry about Hayden growing up in a safe environment so hopefully this whole move thing isn’t a dumb move, and hopefully we’re moving to a good neighborhood. From what we know of it – the stats, schools, general neighborhood condition, it’s on a cul-de-sac, etc – it seems like a solid place. Only time will tell.

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