Dreamblog – Demons in the room

I haven’t been blogging my dreams lately or even blogging in general. I’ve been having tons of dreams but it hasn’t been convenient for me with the new job and the loss of my beloved laptop.  I’ll get a new one soon.

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I was in a dark room.  My small flashlight was dying like flashlights ALWAYS do when you really need them.  Just beyond the dim cone of light scurried a small animal about the size of a rat.  As the beam grew dimmer, the rat inched closer.   Suddenly the light in the room burst to life trapping the rat in the open.  I grabbed him and he turned into a fluffy cat.

I held him tight and petted him.  He was hating every minute of it and told me that he was a demon and as soon as the light went out he was going to eat me.   I didn’t care and continued to stroke him thinking that he would soon get to like me and not eat me.
In the doorway appeared a large demon with glowing red eyes.   I asked him where Alissa was and he said she was not here today.  (I have no idea who Alissa is.)

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I’m not making this stuff up.  Well, I guess technically I am but I’m not awake when I do it.  I’ve spent time reading other people’s dream blogs and they are all about banal stuff like their families, spouses and girl/boy friends, shopping.  Mine are totally non-related to my life.  It’s like somebody is beaming dreams into my head.

I hear there are “government” agents who are supposed to be electronically harassing people by beaming voices into their heads.  I wonder if something like that is happening to me as part of an experiment.  If so, I wish they would contact me because I would happily participate and write out my dreams in greater detail for them.  If I could get paid and make that my full-time job it would be totally awesome.  Say $2K per month after tax?  That’s a great deal!

Walking after work?

  When I was retired, I walked around the neighborhood every morning.   It wasn’t a lot but at least a mile to get the blood moving.  Now that I am working again, when am I supposed to get any exercise?  The only time is afterwards.  I had planned on doing it today even though I am dead-tired after being at work all day.  I finally talked myself into it but couldn’t find my earbuds.  I can’t walk without my podcasts so I guess I can’t walk.

So much for that. I think I’ll watch TV instead.

First Paycheck

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Buy ALL the things!!!

I just got my first paycheck from my new job.  My direct deposit isn’t set up yet so I got an old fashioned paper check.

I have to tell you that there is a lot more satisfaction in receiving, opening and viewing your paycheck on paper.  When you get direct deposit it’s like, Meh.  Actually feeling it physically is far better.  We should go back to paper if we didn’t have to go physically deposit it in the bank.  Lot of trouble.

Anyway…  Money!!!    The next step has been achieved.  Time to “Buy all the things!”  Yeah, stuff may not be the actual meaning of happiness but I’ve learned that it certainly contributes a rather significant percent to your overall happiness.  I’ve denied myself the happiness of stuff for so many years.  Now it’s time to indulge.

I think I’m going to start by buying some things for the car.  Some fancy new projector headlights with angel eyes and some fog lights that were optional on my car.  A fancy new stereo system with navigation and a really loud 18-wheeler horn.  Should go well on a Prius.

Next month I’ll get the Apple Watch.  After that, who knows.  The sky’s the limit.  Let’s see if money can buy happiness….

Apple Watch – Flip or Flop?



Today Apple announced that the Apple Watch goes on sale near the end of April.  There has been so much hype over the last few months of people trying to guess what it will be like and whether it’s sales will flop. 

Personally, I think people will flip over it.  There are already android watches on the market but there has been very little talk bout them.  I know they exist and I’ve seen them at Best Buy.  I’ve even played with them at the store but they don’t do anything.  I can see why there is no hype for them.  Total Meh.

But here’s the Apple Watch.  It will work extremely well with my iPhone and will do amazing things.  How could you not want one?  I am going to get one just for the hell of it.  I haven’t worn a watch in over 20 years but now I want to again.

Some of the nay-sayers complain about stupid things like battery life.  Only a day.  I might have to charge it every night while I am sleeping.  How horrible. (Sarcasm.)

They also think that nobody NEEDS an apple watch.   Well, of course.  Nobody NEEDS an Apple watch.  They WANT an apple watch!

Yes it is expensive starting at $349.00 but people pay far more than that for fancy watches that don’t do anything but tell the time.  I would much rather have an Apple Watch than a Rolex.  What good is that a Rolex?

I like the convenience of not having to dig my phone out of my pocket for simple functions.  I think people are going to love it and it will be all that.  I’m predicting that it will be an extremely popular item.

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!

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