The Last Man on Earth

Here’s something different.  Kind of.

A new show on FOX.  The Last Man On Earth.  I like the premise but I cant’ imagine how they will get a whole season out of it much less multiple seasons.  Should be interesting though for as long as it lasts.

But what if you actually were the last man on Earth?  I think I could get in to that. I already have a lot of experience being alone so the rest would be rather easy.  I would do as he did in the first episode and get an RV and travel the United States and South America.  Gasoline would not be a big problem.  I would use the generator in the RV to power the gas pumps wherever I go and fill up.   Food is everywhere in all the grocery stores.  Canned and preserved food will be available for years.  Perhaps a lifetime.

When I was ready to settle down, I would probably go to California for the weather.   I would find a nice house with solar panels and a well.   I would find myslef some chickens and maybe some other livestock. 

That would be pretty sweet.  Hmmm.  I like it.  Let’s release the virus now.  What do you say?

First week of work report

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Well, my first week of work is done.  It was long and short at the same time.  How does that work?

I spent the last two days doing some online training.  There were about 15 courses on various subjects including security, procedure, ethics, and sexual harrassment.  I had a hard time concentrating on the dry subject matter but was able to force my way through it.  Each course included a test that had to be passed.

I spent some of the rest of my time shadowing other employees in the IT department.  I am almost overwhelmed at the variety of bank specific software in use.  It is kind of freaking me out as I wonder how I am going to learn and remember so much.  At least I am not on my own here so I will have people to consult.  I am not expected to be an instant guru so that takes a lot of the pressure off.  I have so much to learn.

I’m taking notes and trying to make a brain database that I can refer to until I get the hang of everything.  Overall I am happy with my new job so far.  I feel that it is somewhere I can hang out for at least 5 years.  Maybe more.  Benefits are great.  The pay is great.  The atmosphere is fairly laid back.  

I like it.

Work


I just got back from my second day of work at the bank.  So far so good.  I think it will be a good fit for me.  It will be a lot different from my previous job that that’s a good thing.  It feels really weird but I guess that’s to be expected for a while.  

I spent most of today shadowing the girl who’s front line at the help desk.  It gave me a good idea of what kind of things to expect and how to deal with them.  There is a lot of unusual banking software to learn how to support.  So many acronyms, people, places, things.  It’s almost overwhealming but I know I have time to learn it and am not expected to know it all at once.  

The people are really nice.  Lunchtime is flexible though we have to clock in and out.  There’s no coming in late or leaving early unnoticed.  I can deal with that.  It is probably best to have discipline anyway.

The drive to and from work takes about 40 minutes to go 12 miles.  There is a lot of traffic but it’s not too annoying yet.  I will have to allow at least an hour to get to work because you never know when there will be an accident and Loop 410 is going nowhere.  I’m going to investigate all the alternate routes.

I am already feeling the loss of my free time.  Being off of work for 10 months was so wonderful.  Too bad I didn’t spend it well but then I knew I wouldn’t so no surprise there.  I’m not sure how I’m going to deal with it.  I just need to do my best to enjoy being at work and try not to think about it.  Thinking is bad.  I guess I’ll get into the groove soon and figure things out.  There are a lot of unknowns still.

The main point is that now I can buy stuff.  I plan on going on my spending spree next month when the cash starts rolling in.  In today’s society, stuff is what makes the world go around for those of us who don’t have love.   

The Walking Dead – What would you do?

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I’ve been watching The Walking Dead on AMC since the beginning.  After a few seasons they group is pretty much just wandering around with nowhere to go.  If it was me, I would find a really nice house in the woods that has solar power and set up life.  If you have comfort, friends, and food then what more could you want?

You know there are plenty of empty houses and surely at least one nearby might have solar panels and batteries.  If not, I would gather stuff together and make it work.

They have plenty of guns and weapons to protect themselves from the walkers and hunt for food.  The only fear would be from other people.  As long as the place is off the beaten path you could probably get by for quite some time without being found.

Of course that would make for a boring TV series but I would watch it.

Bluetooth keyboard

I just got a cheap $16.00 bluetooth keyboard from Tuesday Morning and wanted to test it out on my iPad.

Works great.  The keys feel a little loose but what do you expect for $16.00.  Now it might be a little more convenient to blog since my laptop died.  I’ll probably buy a new laptop next month.

Be careful what you ask for. You might get it.

bktowrkA new chapter in my life is about to begin.   After two awesome interviews at a local bank I was offered the job!   Woohoo!  (I think.)

I just got off the phone with the HR department.  They offered me more than I could have expected plus we get 4% year-end bonuses!  I’ve never gotten a bonus before.  Sweeet!  It’s not as much as I was making before but I did not expect that anyway.  I am more than satisfied.  It’s almost three times the amount I need to live on each month.

On the other hand, my sabbatical ends in three weeks.   Booo!  Oh well, that’s OK.
Had I been more confident that I would easily get a new job I could have spent it far more effectively.  Even though I knew it would not be a problem I still had the worry that held me back.  I still had a great time off.  I’m perfectly happy being at home anyway.

I am looking forward to the new experience with new people.  I plan to start with a fresh new attitude which I’ve already cultivated.  Attitude is everything!

Being a bank, I will get all the real holidays off.  I missed that for the last 18 years.  People like George Washington and Columbus got no respect at my old job.

They are hiring two people so I will have an immediate newbie buddy to learn with.  A little less pressure on me.

So there you have it.  I have three weeks to live it up big-time before I get strapped down again.  What do do?  What to do?   Damn.  I better make some plans and fast!

Hi out there

Hello to everyone out there and future me.

I haven’t been writing much in the blog lately.  Rest assured though.  All is well.  The new me isn’t as much as a complainer and critic as the old me was.  That’s a good thing.

I’ve been doing some job searching and last minute vacationing.  The weather was super nice on Tuesday so I took my mom and older sister out to a nearby state park for a little RV camping.  We walked around and enjoyed the park which we had mostly to ourselves being winter and all.  It was warm enough to wear shorts and enjoy being outside.  In the evening we had a campfire and attempted our first smores.   As expected, smores do not impress me.  Meh.  We had a great time.

Tonight I met with some high school classmates for our new monthly eat-out tradition.  I am so happy with myself to suddenly be becoming an outgoing guy.  Big change from the major introvert I used to be.  I have really changed and I like it.

I plan on going for another outing this coming Tuesday or Wednesday.  I’m going to spend a day at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.   The weather will be in the mid 70s.  Perfect!  I invited a friend to go along.  He will be getting back to me if he can get the day off.  Either way, I’m going.

I really do feel damn good overall.  Not sure if it is just the Lithium Orotate or I am truly a changed man.  I tend to lean toward the latter.  The Lithium was certainly a help though.  Even if it is just a placebo, I recommend trying it.  It was instrumental in the change of attitude either way.

Good wishes and happiness to all.

Successful Job Interview

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intrvwI just got back from a great job interview at the bank.  It looks like a good place to work.

I did some studying and wrote out some answers to common interview questions.  That helped me quite a bit.  They still have some more interviews to do but I think I wowed them pretty good.

I was calm, outgoing and friendly.  Almost like somebody else.  It’s the new me.
I answered their questions and asked some pretty good ones myself.  I feel that there is a good chance they will offer me the job soon.  If not, no biggie.  I’m not in a rush.  There are plenty of opportunities out there for me.

In the meantime.  I’m going to chill out big time.

Dead Laptop

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dedlptpAwww Hamburgers!

My old laptop finally kicked the bucket.  It served me well for many many years.  It was a Sony Vaio Core 2 Duo laptop that originally came with XP.  I eventually upgraded it to Windows 7,  Windows 8 and even ran Windows 10 on it.

I was in the process of upgrading the hard drive to a SSD.  It was almost ready.  I had booted with Windows PE to set the active partition and as I shut it down the speakers gave out a scream of pain.  I had to hold in the power button to shut it off and it never booted up again.

I took the SSD out and tried different things but when you hear the scream of death from electronics, you know they’re done.   The last time I heard that sound was when I drove a wood screw too far into an amplified speaker and right into the circuit board.

Oh well.  It is time for a new laptop anyway.  It worked nicely for so many years but was getting touchy.  If I bumped it too hard it would lock up.  It was old.

Looks like I know what I will buy buying myself first when I start the new job.

Turned down the job

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I decided that that job just wan’t what I was looking for so I turned it down.  Fortunately I can afford to be picky so why not.  If you are going to spend the majority of your waking life doing something for somebody else then it better be something you can live with.

Today I got a call from a bank at which I applied for an IT position a few weeks ago.  I already gave up on it.  I am set up for an interview on Thursday giving me a couple of days to psyche up.  A bank is a more professional environment.  I hope that is what I really want.  It’s hard when you don’t really know what you want.  It is also in a good location, closer to me and only a few miles from my Mom’s house.  Lots of restaurants in the area too including my favorite Thai place.  Sweet!

The bad part is actually going to work again.  Having to get up early, come home late completely missing the day and spending the evening recovering on the couch until bedtime. Living for the weekend when the masses are out clogging up the world doing the same thing you are.  It kind of sucks when you think about it.   Doesn’t it bother anybody that we are wasting our lives at work?  Shouldn’t something be done about that?

Nevertheless, when you live in The Man’s world, you have to play by his rules.  I did it before for 23 years so I guess I can manage for another 10-15.  I plan to play the game a little differently this time though.  I plan to be more friendly and outgoing at work.  I plan to be more friendly and outgoing with my friends and acquaintances.  I plan on watching less TV.  (That’s going to be hard.  I love TV more than anything else.)  I plan on going out and buying things and doing stuff in what little time I have left of each day for myself.

Now that I’ve gotten an interview that I like, I expect a ton of better offers to flood in and confuse the hell out of me.  I didn’t want to apply to so many places at once but when you don’t hear from anyone, you’re compelled to do more.     I kind of hope not to get any more after I accept a job so that I don’t have to feel bad about them.  I guess it’s just something regular people have to deal with.  What if…?

Oh well.  Go with the flow… It still works for me.

 

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