Monday, September 3, 2012

Sep 3

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That was a busy week. I had two days off. (Woo Hoo!!!) So, Saturday we got off to an early start and went to the movies. It had been a while. I hadn’t even seen any of the commercials or previews and didn’t recognize any of them. So, my wife chose the movie. Big mistake. She wanted to see Apparition. She said the previews looked good. As it turned out, it wasn’t. The story was sorely lacking. In the one scene you saw the ghost, it looked pretty good, but overall it sucked. Better luck next time. My daughter took my granddaughter to a cartoon movie and they liked it, so it wasn’t a total waste.
After the movie, my daughter stayed to work and we took my granddaughter to the Taste of Colorado. It is a yearly celebration where they close off all the main streets downtown and put up a carnival. There were rides, games, tons of things to eat and booths selling everything. There were a lot of radio stations and large companies that were giving away free stuff as well as having places to sign up for bigger prizes. My granddaughter got her face painted and a little butterfly airbrushed tattoo with sparkles and glitter. My wife got an anklet of magnetized stones that is supposed to help with circulation. We saw some real good artists and street performers. It was very fun but very crowded. It was my first time going even though I’ve lived here for like twenty years.
On the bad side, we saw two kids getting into a fight. One of the venders broke it up and started yelling for security. The two kids were all bloody and wanted to get back into it, but there was a pretty big crowd around and the vender was doing a good job of keeping them apart as he continually yelled for security. After the kids moved off in separate directions, two security guards came out of the crowd. They were watching and no one realized they were security. Also, while we were getting my wife’s anklet, we saw a man looking at the jewelry next to us. As soon as the lady took my credit card and turned around, he handed off a necklace to a woman next to him. He went one way and the woman went the other. We saw them a few minutes later looking at another booth. I felt like going over there and snatching the necklace back. It sucks when people like that ruin fun events like that. Then, the venders have to raise their prices to cover their losses and the public end up not being able to afford going to things like this.
On the lighter side, the Taste of Colorado began right next to my building. On Friday as everything was kicking off, (It was a four day event, Friday – Monday) a truck parks in the street right next to us and it was full of cases of potato chips. The company, Smart food, was giving away free chips to everyone that was exiting or walking past. So, one of our guys goes by and they give him four bags of chips. They were the big bags too, not the 99 cent ones. Upon his success, one of the other guys goes out and tells them he’s getting them for everyone. They give him four bags. So, the boss sends out the new guy to get some more. Instead of four bags, the new guy comes back with two cases of chips. Emboldened by his success, the boss goes down with one of the guys and talks them out of two cases each. So, we have six full cases and a bunch of loose bags of chips running around here. I had come in early and witnessed the whole thing. I thought that there would be chips for everyone all weekend. Nope, when those guys got off, they all took all the chips. That always happens, the graveyard guys and the weekend guys are always left out in the cold. And, that really upsets the guy I work with, so after the day guys left and before the chip guys left, he went down there. I was watching him and to me it looked like he was arguing with them. But, the guy jumps up on the truck and pulls down four cases. Then, they talk some more and he jumps back up on the truck and pulls down two more cases. When my fellow graveyarder came back, he only had three cases. He told me that the guy gave him all six cases, but he didn’t want to be as greed y as the day people. So, we each took a case and left the other one for the weekend people. But, the truck was going to be there all four days, so I’m sure the weekend people got their share.
Yesterday, my sister in-law called and offered us Rockies tickets. They were up on the third level, but they were still good seats. We were under the shade. By the time we made it down to the game, it was already the start of the fourth inning. In the third inning, the Rockies scored 7 runs. It sucked missing that, but the rest of the game was really good. We were neck and neck all the way to the end. In the ninth, we were up by two. The Padres scored one and there were two people on base before we made the third out. I was hoping for extra innings. But, I’ll take a win any day. We took two games from San Diego which was nice, but we lost today against Atlanta. So, we are back to 23 games under 500.
After the game, we went out to get a slice of pizza. It was just the two of us, so we didn’t want to get a whole pie. So, we went to this place in the Stapleton area. It used to be the airport, but they turned it into a rich community. At least the pizza isn’t that expensive. While we were there, a really tall guy came in and all of the pizza makers came out to get a look at him. They were falling all over him and giving him anything he wanted. I know I’ve seen him, and I know that there are several Denver Nugget basketball players that live in the Stapleton area. So, I think I saw someone famous, but I didn’t really recognize him and don’t know who it was.
All of the kids are doing well. Nothing really good or bad happened to them that I know of, so I don’t really have anything to report in that area. My wife started her new schedule today. She doesn’t like it as much as she liked her old place, but it’s not permanent. She’s still planning on doing the bartender thing. But, she also always doesn’t like new places until she’s been there for a while and then she ends up loving it. So, we’ll see.
I’m almost finished with Slider. I’m still setting my deadline as kickoff of the first Bronco game on Sunday. So, I better get cracking. Since the Police were at the Taste of Colorado, I’m putting them in the playlist for background listening tonight. See you next Monday.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Aug 27

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Yes, I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated my blog, but I’ve been working a ton of overtime and haven’t had a chance. So, today let’s start off with some current events. The Rockies spanked the Dodgers 10-0. I know, we’re not doing great. We’re still 23 games under 500, but we’re slowly climbing out of the hole. We don’t have a shot at a post season, but at least we can be spoilers for other teams and get as close to 500 as possible. The Broncos are looking real good. We’re 1-2 in preseason, but it is preseason. Our starters look really good. All three of Manning’s drives scored this Sunday. It would have been nice to have him and the other starters play into the second half, but I would also not like to see them get hurt before the regular season, so it’s ok. We only have a week and a half before real football starts, the waiting game is on.

It looks like September is going to be as busy as August was concerning overtime. This week, I only have six hours, but you never know what’s coming. It would be nice if they put up the schedule more than a few days in advance, but what can you do?
Let’s see what’s going on with the rest of the family. My granddaughter started preschool today. She looked so cute in her little backpack and new school clothes. I don’t know how it went, but when she got there, she didn’t cry at all. My son said that she saw some other little girl crying and went up to her and told her that they only had to be there for a few hours and then they could go home. I think she’s going to make a lot of friends.
My eldest daughter came back from her two week obligation with the Army Reserves. She was in California desert and it was extremely hot. She’s back to work at Safeway now. She didn’t start college this term, but is expecting to next term.
My youngest daughter started college this term. She had a bunch of general education classes, like we expected. Most of them are ok, but I saw her doing one online the other day and I asked her which one it was. She said that it was (Public Speaking). I about fell out of my chair laughing. How could public speaking be an online course? I can just imagine coming in one day and finding her reading a speech to the computer. I’m all for online classes. They’re convenient and sometimes necessary, but public speaking? I always thought that a requirement for that class might be to speak in public, but I might be wrong. I think they could have chosen a different class to put online.
My wife has a new position in the company in a different building. She’ll start it at the beginning of next week. (I think that was what she said) I think she’ll like it. And, it will help regulate her. She doesn’t get much sleep when she works the overnight shifts and then changes to the day or evening. She is still going to go to bartending school, however. That will be evening hours, but it won’t be hours that jump around so drastically. The only thing we’re waiting for on that is her finishing up at the dentist. For some reason her dentist decided to go and have her baby before she could finish up on my wife’s teeth. But, maternity leave can’t be much longer. I’m pretty sure she has an appointment in the second week of September.
I have two brothers, the one two years younger than me likes his new job. Coincidentally, this month he is the bar manager. One of the first things that they told him is that all bartenders steal. His main job as supervising them is to limit the amount that they steal. He isn’t supposed to catch them and fire them. He is just supposed to try to keep the stealing down to a minimum. Probably because the next bartender they get in might steal more than the one they already have.
My youngest brother is still looking for a job. I’ve suggested he come to my company because they are desperate for people. We get a little bonus for referring people, but they need warm bodies so badly that they have more than tripled the amount that they give us. So, it works out good for both of us if he goes in.
I still haven’t talked to my sister. It’s been months and months. We’re not mad at each other or anything. It’s just that neither of us are good at calling. I keep telling myself that I’m going to email her, but whenever I get in front of that computer other things pop up and I forget.
I’m really cruising along on my latest book Slider. I’m on chapter 17 and that should be done today or tomorrow. I was going to try and have it completely done by September, but that’s not realistic. Now, I’m hoping to have it done by kickoff of our first regular season game. That gives me about two weeks. It’s not a long book, so I should make it by then.
And, speaking of books, I better get started. I’m wasting daylight. So, I’m putting Heart, BTO, Dire Straits, and Stray Cats in the playlist for background listening. Hopefully I’ll see you next week.

Monday, July 30, 2012

July 30

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Ok, I don’t know why I’m still following them either, but the Rockies are now 26 games under 500. We lost all three games this weekend. One of them we even got seven runs. Unfortunately, the Reds got nine. We were totally shut out on Friday which really sucked. Sunday, we only made two runs to their seven. All in all, it was a bad weekend. Since the All Star break, we were winning one game out of each series. But, we couldn’t even manage that this time. We were off today, but we’re starting up with the Cardinals tomorrow then the Giants and the Dodgers. Our prospect for winning any of them doesn’t look good. The best thing I can say for the Rockies at the moment is that we aren’t last in the league. Houston still holds that honor, at least for now. They are 34 games under 500. (Man I can’t wait until football starts.)
My wife started her new schedule this week. She worked all graveyards. It was nice being home at the same time with her, but I don’t think it agreed with her very much. She’s not a night person and didn’t get very much sleep the entire week. This week she’s working the afternoon/evening shifts. I hope they work out better for her.
My son had an interview today with a moving company. He said it went well, but there were two other people interviewing for the same position. The other two guys had driver’s licenses so he thinks they might have a better shot at it. But, he’s eligible for his license in a few months and the job didn’t require one. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
My eldest daughter is in California with the Army. She’s in Palm Desert, but she said it wasn’t as hot as she expected. I hope that lasts. She left her car here and they bussed them all out there. She said it took 26 hours. That had to have sucked. As for her car, I felt it was my duty not to ignore it, so I’ve been driving it around here and there. It’s a really nice car, but it keeps yelling at me to put my seatbelt on. I also had to take the head rest off of the seat. It was angled forward and very annoying. I’m sure there was a way to tilt it back, but it was just easier to take it off.
We bought my youngest daughter her school supplies for college yesterday. She’s the first of my kids to go and we didn’t really know exactly what she would need, so we got a little of everything. So, she should be ok. When we got home afterwards, however, she said that she was already thinking about changing her major. I know most kids change it two or three times their freshman and sophomore years, but she hasn’t even started yet. I’m sure she’ll figure it out and will be all right.
My granddaughter has decided that cars should stop making glove compartments because no one wares gloves anymore unless it’s snowing and then they only wear them to play outside.
Since this might be our last weekend together for a while, (My job is going to have a bunch of overtime for the next two or three months) we decided to go out and enjoy ourselves. So, my daughter got us tickets to the movies. Total Recall and the new Bourne movie hadn’t started, so they dragged me to some new dance movie. Step up something. That’s the problem going to the movies with a bunch of girls. They thought it was good. There was even a preview for another dance movie and they were excited about going to see that one too. I’m going to have to go home and watch Die Hard or something just to get the dance movie out of my system.
Well, that about sums up my week. Slider is cranking on very nicely. I’m on chapter nine today. So, I’m going to put ELO, Rod Stewart, the Beach Boys, and Joan Jett in the playlist tonight for background listening.
See you next week.

Monday, July 23, 2012

July 23

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It must suck to be a new person at any job. We, of course, get the leftovers from every other company. Saturday morning when I was leaving work, the guy that took over was one of our latest new guys. He was trained for five days and he’s got about a month or so behind his belt now. As I was leaving, he picked up the 31 day folder and very seriously asked which slots today’s reports would be in. I could almost see where he would be confused if this were February, but it’s July. There are thirty one days in this month. Oh well, enough about new guys.

I took my granddaughter swimming this weekend. We had a great time, but I forgot to put on some sun block. Yes, I’m a hurting puppy right now. My granddaughter barely got a tan, but I’m a lobster. It’s weird how you can have such a great time and not even realize that you’re cooking. I’m so burned that even the bald spot on the top of my head is red. I barely even wanted to move today. But, my granddaughter wanted to play today when she came over this evening so, what could I do? We just played inside.
The Rockies are still doing horrible. My brother and I went to the game on Tuesday. We had a great time, but the Rockies lost. They were playing the Pirates and if I remember correctly, we dropped two of the three games against them. We’re playing Arizona today. When I left it was like five to nothing or something like that. It was in the sixth, and I haven’t even looked up the final score yet. But, I’m sure it’s not good.
My wife finally decided she’d had enough at work this week. She requested a transfer and tomorrow will be her last day. I could give you a list of reasons, but the biggest was that she wasn’t appreciated. She does… or did… so much for them and all she ever heard were the negatives. It was time for her to go and do something else anyway. She’d been there for over five years and she’s has wanted to do something different for a while. Now is her perfect chance.
My girls have been talking about getting an apartment together. They were going to move into the basement, but I guess that idea is out. One of their cousins might move in with them. They’ve always been close and he graduated at the same time as my youngest.
My son has started talking about getting a job. He did odd jobs, but he was mostly a stay at home dad. But, now that my granddaughter is going to be going to school, there isn’t a need for him to stay at home. With two full time incomes, they will be able to afford to do a lot more.
I went to see Batman on Saturday. It was good, but I didn’t like the Bane character. I didn’t like the storyline very much. I did see a preview for the new Superman movie. Let’s hope it isn’t as gay as the last one. Maybe they’ll even include a fight scene in the new one. The movie that does look good is the new Total Recall. I can’t wait for that one. I think it comes out next week or something like that.
We spent the whole morning at the dentists on Saturday. I got off at six and my wife got off at seven. Her appointment was at seven thirty and we just made it. She was just supposed to get x-rays and a consultation on the work she needs. Instead, they started the process. Even though we were there for so long and I almost fell asleep in the waiting room, it was better that they started. That way my wife won’t be able to back out. And, the insurance paid for much more than they were going to last year. So, after she gets hers done, I’m going to go in and get mine done. Mine will be much more, because I don’t think the dentist has a procedure that I don’t need. Yes, I haven‘t been to a dentist for more years than I have fingers.
Well, on a happier note. I’m on chapter 7 in Slider. It is developing very well. I usually only work on it for about two hours a night, but lately I’ve been putting in an extra hour. So, I hope that continues. I’m putting Twisted Sister, Ratt, one Helix song (I’m sure you know which one. There was only one good one) and Motley Crew in the playlist tonight for background listening. So, I’ll see all of you next week.

Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16

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What a week, what a week. Let’s start off with the big news. My eldest daughter bought my granddaughter some goldfish. Then my wife and my daughter went in halfsies (Yeah, halfsies isn’t a real word, even if you stick a v in there instead of an f.) on a small tank. My granddaughter named them Rosie, Juliet, and Pretty Head. They told her to feed them every other day and take care of them. Well, she took that to heart. She usually stays over at our house on Friday’s so the kids can have some time to themselves and we can get in some quality granddaughter time. But, when she heard that her mom and dad were going to go out, she complained all evening about going home so that she could watch them and so they wouldn’t be lonely. So, we broke down and took her home. After she got there and found out that her parents weren’t going to leave her home alone to watch her fish, she started begging to come back.
I went to see the Spiderman movie today. I think I like the actor who plays Peter Parker much better than the old guy. They did a great job on the Lizard and the special effects. I’m looking forward to the next one. I’ll probably go see Batman next week. The previews looked really good. I also want to see the new Bourne movie, even though Jason Bourne isn’t going to be in it. (I don’t see how they can have a Bourne movie without Jason, but I’m not running things.) The action and effects look like it’s going to be really good. But, the best special effects I saw in the previews are the new Total Recall movie. It looks like it’s going to be great. I liked the old one a lot, but this one looks like it’s going to be great.
The Rockies started off with a bang after the All Star Break. They took apart the Phillies in that first game. They brought up a double A player (Rutledge) and he did really well. Then, after that big win, they lost the next two and dropped the series. Today, they’re taking on the Pirates. It was a close game all the way until the fifth. They scored one and we scored four. We held them off until the ninth. At that time, I had to take my granddaughter home, so I was listing to it on the radio. Of course, they go into a rain delay with one out and two people on base for the Pirates. I just checked the score before I started writing this blog and we’re tied 4-4. But, it’s the bottom of the ninth and we have one man on first with no outs. I got my fingers crossed. Tomorrow, I’m taking my brother to the game. One of the guys I work with came back from vacation in Mississippi, but he got in late, so I traded shifts with him. I worked this Saturday and he’s going to work for me tomorrow. So, I get to see the whole game. Well, looking at the game on the computer as I’m writing this, I see that the new guy, Rutledge just got out. I’ll keep you informed as the game and blog progresses.
My youngest daughter turned down a job at Subway. She had a great interview and they offered her a job. But, she decided not to take it. I’m actually glad about that. She’s starting college in August and working two jobs would be a little too much in my opinion. I would rather her focus on her studies so that she isn’t overwhelmed.
Speaking of August, my wife is organizing an end of summer barbeque. Wait a minute, Giambi singled to center sending Rosario to third. We have two runners and only one out. Anyway, it’s not going to be her family or my family, we’re going to put them both together and have an us against them kickball or volleyball game. It should be fun. Since we haven’t told anyone yet, if anyone is reading this from either family, this is your heads up. My wife is going to reserve a park and she’s already planning her menu. She told me that she wasn’t going to organize anything ever again after she helped do her dad’s side of the family’s family reunion last month. I guess that didn’t last.
On the subject of my wife, she finally got fed up with work and asked for a transfer. She was a little upset when I went to pick her up today. But, now that we talked it out and she really thought about it, it’s a good thing. They were really taking advantage of her and treating her badly. So, she’s going to take the transfer but start looking around at other options. I’m still voting for the bartender school. She’s a very personable person and she could make a killing in tips. I also mentioned bartending to my brother. When I take him to the game tomorrow, I’m going to mention it again. He’s having some problems now, and needs to find a job quickly. The Bartending School is only a week long and from the website I saw, they have an incredible placement record.
I know you’re on the end of your chairs wondering about the end of the game, so here goes. Dexter Fowler hit a sacrifice fly to score the winning RBI.
My wife just called. There was a horrible accident at my son’s house. One of my granddaughter’s goldfish died. She tried talking to my wife, but she was crying too loudly to be understood. It looks like we’re going to go to the pet store and pick up a new one.
Well, that’s about enough for today. I’m on chapter 6 of Slider, so I’m going to work on that tonight. I’m putting Stray Cats, U2, Reo Speedwagon, and 38 Special into the playlist for background music tonight.
See you next Monday

Monday, July 9, 2012

July 9

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It’s the All Star Break and we really need it. The Rockies are sitting at 33-52, not the score we wanted to see them at ending the first half of the season. I missed the Home Run Derby, but hopefully I have it recorded. Carlos Gonzales didn’t win. He was the only one from the team that was in it. He only hit 4 homers. But, that’s better than none.

We had a family reunion on my wife’s father’s side. It was a two day event, but I only went to the second day. On Saturday, one of the guys didn’t show up for work and wouldn’t answer his phone, so I had to stay until eleven. So, my wife went by herself while I slept. The second day of the reunion was more fun anyway. We had a barbeque at the park. It was a very cloudy day, but it didn’t rain. My wife was one of the three organizers, so I helped bring tables, chairs, and most of the food. A couple hundred people showed up. I recognized some of them, but I mostly didn’t know anyone. Luckily, there was a volley ball net. We got a game together and it was pretty fun. There were way too many people on each side, but it just made for a better game. After a while, three quarters of them went to challenge another section of the family to a game of kickball. I was going to go, but I was having too much fun with the volley ball. We ended up staying all day. My wife had to get up in front of everyone and talk over the microphone about her side of the family. She was pretty embarrassed and kept it quick. Her dad had a great time with his relatives. My wife said that she was never going to volunteer to be part of the organizers again, but towards the end they said that they were going to have another reunion in two years. Yep, she’s one of the organizers. At least she has two years to recover from this one.
The bad news of the week is that my brother lost his job. He has five kids and can’t afford to be out of work. He applied at Safeway, but his wife is trying to get him hired at her company. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. The whole thing happened at the worst time. He called me asking if he could borrow some money for rent. But, I had just put all of our savings into a down payment for my daughter’s car last month. So, I couldn’t help. But, I called him over the weekend and he thinks he can scrape together at least enough to pay the landlord. That just means he needs to find a job right away and squeeze his belt for this month.
One of his boys and one of my nieces had a birthday this week. I’m not sure what my brother did for his son’s birthday, but from the posts on Facebook, it sounds like my niece went gambling to celebrate. There was a post that said my nephew was up four hundred bucks in Roulette.
More bad news, my son and daughter in-law aren’t pregnant. I was all ready for a new baby. So, I guess they just have to keep practicing.
I’m still on chapter four of Slider. I should finish that up today or tomorrow and start of chapter five. It’s still looking like a fun book. So, I guess I better get started. That means that it’s a wrap for last week’s events. I’m putting Eddie Money, Meatloaf, and the Eagles in the playlist for tonight’s background music.

Monday, July 2, 2012

July 2

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Ok, since we did good news last time, let’s get the bad news out of the way this time. The Rockies lost again tonight. We only took one game from San Diego over the weekend and now we lost the first game to the Cardinals tonight. We’re 19 games under five hundred and if we lose tomorrow and San Diego wins, which they did today, we’ll slip into last place in our division. The only good thing that happened today was that Carlos Gonzales was picked to go to the All Star game in Kansas City and will participate in the home run derby. I like the derby and I hope he does well. And, hopefully we can come back from the All Star Break and turn our season around.
My brother starts his new job tomorrow. He was so excited they’re going out and buying a new car. He told me what kind it was, but I don’t remember car stuff. So, all I can tell you is it is a hybrid.
The kids still haven’t given me a finite answer if they are expecting or not. I’m still going with a yes.
My eldest daughter’s first car payment booklet came in the mail today. There were so many pages in the thing it took two little booklets. Her first payment is on the 12th. Then, it’s just a million more to go. Welcome to the adult world of bills.
My youngest daughter is going down to the college campus tomorrow to pick up her book list and student ID. I hope the books aren’t too much. They won’t let her get them on a Kindle or IPad which I think is stupid. More and more colleges and high schools are going to them. She should be able to choose if she wants to or not. And, we have that Kindle just lying around. It would make things so much easier.
Something strange happened today when I looked at the schedule. Somehow, I have another week with two days off. That hasn’t happened in I don’t know how long. I still have some overtime, but it is only a couple hours in the morning. So, instead of getting off at 6am I get off at 8am. Let’s see how long that’s going to last.
We had a mandatory meeting this Saturday. It was only for three hours, but it was right in the middle of the day. So, my wife dropped me off so that she could have the car. My daughter was going to take her and her friend out to the movies. When I got out of my meeting, I was supposed to walk over and meet them in the lobby of the theater. So, I brought my book and sat down on the little bench. I had to wait for about an hour and found that I couldn’t concentrate on my book. The movie theater is located on the 16th street mall, so there are always a few strange people in any of the stores. But, for some reason, every time the door opened, very flamboyantly gay men started pouring in. Where I was sitting, I could hear all of their conversations as they stood in line and bought tickets. They were all aflutter about going to see a movie called Magic Mike. I’d never heard of the movie, but when I asked my wife about it. She told me it was about male strippers and there was quite a bit of nudity in it. She’d already seen it a couple of times. I told my mom this little story, so now she’s going to go see the movie. She’ll probably run into my wife who wants to see it again.
I didn’t get to see a movie this week, so I’ll make sure to go to Spiderman this coming up week. It comes out tomorrow. So, that’s about it this week. Next week we have a family reunion on my wife’s side of the family. I’ll let you know how that goes.
I’m on chapter 4 of Slider. It’s coming along nicely. So, I’ll work on that tonight. I’m putting ELO, April Wine, and Ratt in the playlist tonight for background music. So, I’ll see you next Monday night.