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

May 29, 2007

I’m a very lucky guy

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I’ve got a great wife who takes very good care of me, sometimes too good. She cleans the house, does the dishes and laundry, makes our meals, and takes care of the gardening. The “too good” part is that she will not let me help which makes me feel a bit guilty sometimes. She also lets me buy toys, even though she knows they are usually frivolous. For example, this weekend I got my first ever BMX bike. We just stopped on a whim at a random bike shop in the Valley. I think that when she saw my excitement, coupled along with my constant complaining since I’ve known her that I never had a BMX bike when I was a kid, she said I could get one and it would be my fathers day present. ALL RIGHT – WOO-HOO!!! It wasn’t very expensive (all things considered) but it was frivolous – even though I plan to ride it a lot and have already in the three days I’ve owned it. The most recent “fun” purchase for her was when we went to Wally World (Walmart) yesterday and she got some planters and shade plants for around the outside of the house. I know it makes her happy but I still feel a little guilty whenever I buy my toys and she doesn’t seem to get “toy” toys. I guess it’s all perspective on what a person considers fun.

She is very good to Hayden and I, and we are lucky to have her.

May 11, 2007

The last day of resignation hell

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Finally, the day has come. Things eventually smoothed out from the first two days of resignation hell and I got far fewer inquisitions this past week – although, to be fair, I did call in sick Monday and Tuesday :). There was no ceremonious good-bye, as is how I wanted it, and we have all made the standard “keep in touch”, and “we’ll see you on IM, right?” type stuff. We’ll see. I’ve only been good at keeping in touch with some of the people from Classmates but that’s a little unusual for me – usually I’ve forgotten everyone’s name within only a few months after I’ve left a job/school/whatever. These guys were fun to work with though so who knows. Fortunately LRN seemingly “agreed” with my dispute of the relocation payback issue so I only have to pay back what I was able to use from the relo money. In the end it all turned out okay.

I wish I could have had a week off before starting my new job but it never seems to work out that way. I’m ready to start anyway so I guess it really doesn’t matter, it just would have been nice to have some time with the family.

May 5, 2007

Mythweb can eat my shorts

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I’ve been messing around with MythTV again over the last few days – what else am I going to do at work these days while I’m waiting for my release from prison? I haven’t done anything with Myth since around early 2005 so it’s been a while. I got the backend working and I could watch shows but I’ve been having issues with Mythweb. Mythweb allows me to view a list of recorded shows and schedule new recordings via web browser so it can be useful. For some reason I seem to be caught in a never ending loop with the installation of it though. After having some difficulties getting the authentication portion working I finally got past that, but now I’m running into version issues. It seems that mythweb is a newer version than mythtv-backend so mythweb isn’t working. I’ve tried to upgrade, update, and build mythtv-backend from source but I just can’t seem to get the correct version installed. So screw it – for now. I just won’t use the web interface I guess.

The wife an kid have been visiting family in Washington since Wednesday and will be back home tomorrow. It was nice in a sense to have a little time to myself so I could work on computer stuff and garage stuff (I’m rebuilding all the shelves in the garage) but I sure miss them. They’ll be back tomorrow afternoon so I can’t wait. I’m “calling in sick” on Monday and Tuesday so we’ll get to spend two full days together. I still need to clean up my mess and stuff before they get back. I had to clean out the garage to build the shelves and about half of the crap is still outside so I have to take care of that and also wire a second fan in the sun room before I leave to pick them up. Maybe I’ll have the pool ready so little man and I can go swimming when he gets home.

May 2, 2007

I’m in resignation Hell

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 4:14 pm

I accepted a job on Monday and gave my notice on Tuesday. I don’t think I’ve ever caused such a raucous at any job when giving notice. I had people tell me that they don’t believe the reason I gave for leaving, that I’m hiding something, and just tons of questions that border on uncomfortable from people that seem angry for some reason. What the hell? Get over it people. It’s like I’m breaking up with them or something.

Now I’m in this big battle with LRN because when I got hired on here my contract stated that I would get relocation money and a relocation co-ordination company would help with the move process. The relo company they referred to me told me they were based out of San Diego and couldn’t help me…but here are some local hotels until you find permanent housing, oh and good luck. There’s a lot of other little things that happened after that but ultimately LRN decided to give me the relo money in a paycheck form – even though I stressed that I’d much rather pay the bills up front and then expense them. Because they gave me the money the way they did I got heavily taxed and was able to use only a little over half the amount. My contract also stated that if I didn’t stay at LRN for at least 12 months that I’d have to pay back 100% of the relo money. At the time of my departure it will be just shy of seven months so they are expecting the whole amount to be paid back. Here’s my issue with this: LRN didn’t honor their side of the contract by fulfilling the relocation co-ordination obligation. Because of that the money that was to be used for relo expenses – untaxed – was ultimately taxed. Because it was taxed I didn’t get the full benefit. Since I didn’t get the full benefit, and LRN didn’t honor their obligation outlined in the contract, then why should I pay the full relo amount? All I should pay for, I feel, is the amount I was physically able to use. Am I wrong?

Now HR is “investigating” with accounting on what they should do. I’d be shocked if I got my way, but if I don’t then I might have to look at some options on fighting this further. I don’t think I should have to pay for, what I consider to be, their mistake. I wish they’d just let me go early and pay me for the rest of my time here. It’s not like I’m being productive anyway. Today I built a new MytTV box at home and am updating my blog while at work. I already cleared out my desk, cleaned up my computers, and am ready to go.

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