I survived. I don't know how, but I did.
Sears was a zoo. We had a line of people wrapped around the building! All of them were trying to be one of the first 200 people in the store for the free gift cards. FOX 6 was there the whole morning, covering the festivities, with Kris Van Cleave reporting from the store nearly every 30 minutes! Where was 10 News? Where was NBC 7/39? Your guess is as good as mine. But I'm not bitter. No, not at all.
Most of my calls have been placed. I'm watching football right now. Soon I'll get showered and dressed up. Food will be had later at a friend's parents' house. Life is pretty good.
Bright and early tomorrow I'll be at Sears for the Day After Thanksgiving Sale. Hopefully I'll be able to score some great deals for myself and pick up some great Christmas gifts for others. After all that excitement, the only thing left is to grind away at my homework. There's a take-home exam for my math class, with a paper and autobiography due for my ASL class. Saturday promises to be almost as busy. It'll be Sears in the morning to late afternoon, followed by more homework.
I booked my flight to Florida this morning for over winter break. I'll be there from a couple days before Christmas to a couple days before New Years. I really wanted to get out there a bit earlier before Christmas, as that's the period of time I most enjoy, but my manager at Sears asked me to push the departure date back a couple days. It was either that or risk losing my job. Right now I'm just not willing to burn that bridge.
Hope everyone out there is enjoying their Thanksgiving in their own way. As with any holiday, not everyone will be doing the same thing, but the meaning of the day should not be lost. Take time to feel and express your appreciation for the people who hold meaning to you.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Let me first say that right now my internet connection is slowing to a crawl. I think everyone has banded together in an effort to get Cox to disconnect me. And they'd be right to do so.
Where do I even begin. A phone call right before seeing it from Steve Selman, self-proclaimed Harry Potter fan, who tells me he hated it. Steve loved the first three, but definitely didn't like this one. You know what I think? Harry is getting a little too old, a little too muscular, and a little too into girls for his tastes. No, not really. But I was rather shocked he didn't like it. Yes, Harry is changing and growing into a young man. And honestly, that may be where some of the fan base is lost.
"What did Chaz think?" you so bravely ask. I tend to put movies into 4 categories. Amazing, very good, good, and just OK. To say a movie was aweful or that I hated it would be a rare event. This movie was very good. True, it wasn't as simple or as character-driven as the other three movies. But hell, everyone already knows who these characters are. Everyone's seen the first 3 movies. Unless your name is Brad McLellan, and you slept though 137 minutes of the first movie, and never even saw the 2nd or 3rd. Brad says to me one day, "How old is Harry Potter? You know, in real life?"
The Harry Potter movie series has some genuine excitement about it. The stories are quality. Look how many books have been sold. The computer graphics are quite good. I consider myself to have a harsh eye for those. No complaints here. And the actors are very good. Maggie Smith anyone?
I'd recommend to anyone who hasn't seen this movie yet that they go out and see it while it's still in the theaters. Don't wait for it to come out on DVD, cause you'll miss a lot of the visuals that this series is known for.
Let me launch right out of the gate bitching. Work is killing me. Seriously!
So as many people already know, I left Exair Communications. Well, more like the board of directors decided to slap the Exair logo on a racecar. Instead of paying people. It's the kind of thing that happens to a shell company. Whatever.
In any event, I work for a realty and mortgage company now as their IS Director. Fancy speak for running their servers and driving their information systems technology. Also fancy speak for getting all the machines to do their bidding. Our bidding.
Since I started there I've gone absolutely mad with all the work they've thrown my way. I'm the IT guy, the Web guy, the IS guy, and the Marketing guy - helping people login, designing mailing flyers, and creating web sites. Like a tight pair of fruit of the looms, I'm there to keep things together. The only problem is that there really needs to be one person for each of these tasks. Needless to say, there is a LOT to do. I'm not sure if I should be happy that I'm in such demand, or scared for my job. Things end up getting "prioritized." I mean, tossed in the trash.
Come December 1st, we're moving out of our office space. Into the home of one of the company's founters. For an entire month. Until we can move into our new offices. The good news is that our new office space is amazing. Or at least thats what I've been told.
Remember that heavenly place called Sears? I still work there. Three words: "Day after Thanksgiving." Yes, my friends. Ask Jeeves no longer. You've already found the definition of fun.
So... I haven't posted anything in quite a while. Not that anyone reads my site. But it makes me feel guilty to neglect this creation of mine. My child, if you will. So here goes. In tiny, little posts. All drawn together to seem like content.
This is my own personal colonic, if you will. Very much like my friend Elton gets every Sunday night while watching his favorite ABC show, Desperate Housewives. It's like being right there, huh?