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

August 3, 2008

Back from Vegas to start the new job

Filed under: driving in LA,general topics,Las Vegas — Tags: , , — admin @ 11:35 am

We made the drive out to Vegas for the Turning Point retreat without incident this time – last year we blew out a tire in the Mojave and I had to change it in almost 110 degree heat. Hayden’s grandma and grandpa came to town to take care of him while we were gone, it was good to have a trip with just Nickey and myself for a change. Since moving to Los Angeles it has been unbelievably hard to find reliable baby sitters for some reason, so we don’t make it out very often by ourselves. We had a great time in Vegas, and only managed to lose $43 all together. We went through a bunch of casino’s, walked the strip, had some great food, and had to go to the Harley Cafe since I had just bought my motorcycle. The food there was better than I expected – I thought it would be more like Hooters but it turned out to be pretty good. We were going to see a show on Tuesday evening but we decided to head home early.

I started my new job on Thursday and after two days of being there I know I made the right decision to take this job. I had almost forgotten what it was like to work at a sane company. It’s not that my last job was so bad, it’s just that the company was so dysfunctional. Most people came to work every day knowing that it could always be their last day there for whatever reason. I’m glad to not have that kind of stress anymore.

Well, I’m off to do a little practice on the motorcycle. I’m still at the point that it’s a bit scary to take it out on the road but the more I do it the better, and more comfortable, I’ll get so it must be done. Once I get the initial starting from a stop down, then I’ll be a lot more comfortable.

July 25, 2008

If I’m going to buy a motorcycle, why not do it right?

Filed under: general topics,Las Vegas,Turning Point — Tags: , — admin @ 11:44 pm

Today was a banner day – I was escorted out of work at 1:30 for my last *physical* day at work (I’ll explain later), I took – and passed – my written motorcycle test, and then bought a brand new 2008 Harley Dyna Glide Low Rider as my first ever motorcycle. Hell, I’ve never even driven a motorcycle and end up buying a 1600cc motorcycle. What was I thinking?! My main motivation was to get a motorcycle that I would most likely never have to upgrade from, and secondly, I wanted an American made motorcycle. I have NEVER owned anything but American made street legal vehicles. Never. I get the motorcycle delivered tomorrow and I can’t wait to start riding it. I take my riding classes at the end of August.

Why was I escorted out of work today? Honestly, I don’t know for sure. I gave my notice about a week and a half ago and today was to be my last physical day in the office. Monday through Wednesday I’m still employed by the company but I’m on vacation. I left work to take my motorcycle test and when I got back my laptop had been wiped and all of the system passwords had been changed. It was like a hit – and it was like I was fired. Sheesh – I’ve been there for over a week since my notice, if I was going to do anything destructive or malicious then I would have done it by now. I’m not complaining since I got to leave waaaay early, but it was just the manner that they did the whole thing that bothers me. It was very slimy. Anyway – I guess I don’t need to worry about taking any calls from them through Wednesday since even if there was a problem that they needed my help with I wouldn’t be able to log in and fix anything (I was the only Systems Administrator). I find myself wondering why they didn’t just end my employment today. I’m headed to Vegas on Sunday so I’m not going to concern myself with any of it. This is the closest thing I’ve had to a real vacation in a long time so I’m not going to distract myself with trying to figure out their motives.

Nickey’s mom is coming in to town tomorrow night to watch Hayden while we’re gone. I can only imagine how spoiled he’s going to be when we get back. Hopefully I’ll have lot’s to report when we get back, but it won’t be for a few days (mom!).

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