Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I Got the Job

I had an interview not too long ago for a security officer position with a firm that operates in 30 countries and is locally used widely for county security. I was able to secure a position, did the training and am now awaiting my state issued guard card. After that I will be issued uniforms and a post. So finally I have a job, I won't be making as much as I am on unemployment but at least it is a job. I still have 2 weeks before I will even know when I start, but thats fine it gives me time to prepare.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Beyonce's Cameltoe!!

Need I say more? I noticed this in the news...

This isn't exactly what I expected when I started flipping through pics of celebrities, and it didn't immediately stand out either. It took me a few seconds before I noticed it, but there it is in the red circle. It is more clear than several of the other shots of her "cameltoe" and I think this one is much more defined.

Comment if you please.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Looking For Auto Insurance

My wife and I recently got a car, finally, but we ran across the problem of finding insurance. Her and I both have used GEICO, USAA, Progressive, and The General before and with lame results. We needed cheap auto insurance this time around, something that would be in our price range.
I searched the internet over and stumbled across a website that gave cheap auto insurance quotes and gave it a shot. The website offered instant auto insurance, which we were in need of in order to purchase the car, and was easy to use. I was able to look into what I was looking for rather than have the insurance company tell me what I wanted, I won't name names. I was happy with the results, we have affordable insurance that we can afford...and that is the key with this recession going on.
So I am assured myself and I would like to swing others that online auto insurance is the way to go. Don't get stuck with the same companies that don't let you do it your way, try this site offers a lot.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

First Home Garden Growth

So I started my at home garden this week and I am trying several different things. First, I am growing tomato, basil, parsley, dill, chives, catnip, onions, lettuce, sage, thyme, and a hanging strawberry bush. I am trying a few methods to get everything to grow.
Walmart has these cool Jiffy peat pellet greenhouses for $6, I got one of those and sowed several different things in rows and I am going to see how that goes. Then I have a few pots that are sown as well with seeds that are not starting with greenhouse. The tomato plant is already started, its about 8 weeks old, and I am going to try and just keep it alive and thriving. Then there is a basila flower that I got 3 roots in a bag that I am going to try and grow. I only planted 1 root so far, I am going to see how it goes before I get the other 2 planted.
I still have to get a few more larger pots, a planting tray for my eventual transplanting of the larger vegetables, and herbs. So far though this has been fulfilling. I hope that I can get several plants to grow and thrive and be able to harvest them for use at home. I love to cook so everything will be put to good use, and the satisfaction of eating something that I grew will be something I have never experienced before.
Maybe eventually marijuana will become medicinally legalized or generally legalized so I can grow that too, I am very found of the applications the plant has for growth and soil preservation.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

When Time's Are Tough

I was expecting that my CA EDD unemployment check would arrive today, much to my dismay that was not the case. So I had to contact the governor's office in hopes they could resolve my issue.
My issue, in case you were wondering, is that it is Thursday and I haven't eaten since Tuesday. My wife hasn't eaten today. Our son is priority and the last of our food is going to him. Diapers...well we have 3 left and he is a 19 month old...not yet ready for potty training. We cannot wait another day for a check to get here. Tomorrow my wife as her college orientation and we need the money to pay for gas to get here there (we have to borrow a car), she also needs to eat if she hopes to last the time the orientation takes.
Seriously, why is California still on a paper check system anyways? Texas has a direct deposit and online filing that expedites everything and keeps us on a straight system to rely on (my wife collects from TX, but her whole check is our rent and electric bill). I have not received a check from CA since January 7th, I have called and called and gotten claims in the mail but still no checks.
I hope CA is happy that people are going hungry because of their epic failure to heed technology. And after everything I did for this country, I love the shaft up the ass I receive in return.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Caprica Episode 2

If any of you are Battlestar Galactica fans and have been watching the new Caprica series then you are aware of the new story line. For those of you who are not I will try to limit the spoilers.
Caprica just aired the 2nd episode a few days ago and I watched it tonight on Hulu. I am happy that the long wait for the show to come out has ended, but I am not so sure how I feel about it quite yet. It seems some what dull, but that was to be expected as the producers did say it was not going to be BSG like. It is more of a Earthy feel with future technology added into it and a lot of Lost like mystery.
As of now we have a terrorist attack that from the pilot episode we know was committed by a main character's daughter's boyfriend. Before the attack the daughter, Zoe, had created an avatar in a virtual reality world that people go to for entertainment for some unknown reason. This avatar was then discovered by the father, Daniel Greystone a technological corporate head, who then input it into the Cylon prototype body.
He thought the avatar was destroyed but it obviously wasn't, as the avatar now resides in a single Cylon body. The Zoe avatar calls her friend who did not die in the terrorist attack to let her know she was in the real world, trapped in a Cylon body.
Basically that was it for episode 2. We get some glimpses of Bill Adama as a child being totted around by his mafioso uncle, a Tauron, and committing a crime. We see a little of the technology the world of Caprica lives in. We also get a glimpse of the culture from Bill's uncle saying "hitting on guys" showing that homosexuality is norm and not a stereotype, that group marriages are common, or so it seems, and that a monotheistic religion is unorthodox.
BSG fans may be a little disappointed, this is not the same ball game, but I plan to stick it out and follow the show as I was deeply in-love with BSG during the entire run and still go back and watch it from time to time.
I say give it a chance, maybe it will play out to a much better story than I expect it will. Ron Moore has never failed to please, and Caprica has so much potential. Stay tuned, I plan to do more updates as the show airs.

When Does a Midlife Crisis Begin?

I am only 24, almost 25, a father and husband, and an Army veteran...but still have no idea what I want to do with my life. I have had 1 career already, I spent the better part of 2009 in China, I have a little college under my belt and few hobbies I am able to indulge in. What am I going to do with the rest of my life?
I recently decided that maybe plants are what I would like to spend my time doing. I am going to start a garden on my apartment patio, stay tuned for weekly updates on that, and am looking into getting a horticulture degree. I thought maybe that would be a good field to get into, what with all the green technologies and what not.
Right now all I am qualified for is security, I am a trained manager but when it comes to specific fields I am limited in experience on anything but military, and my short time in China spent teaching English and learning some HR. I do know one thing, I am not meant for an office. I hated being in the office in the Army and I hated being in the office in China. I spent most of my time in China out of the office, in my classroom, or doing field studies of my students.
My question though, when does a midlife crisis really begin? I am only in my mid 20's and have no clue what I want to do with my life, what I am going to do to keep my family stable, where my next check is going to come from. My depression and anxiety are getting unmanageable and legalized medicinal marijuana may be far off...kind of limiting my options.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Unemployment Worries

I live in Arizona but I have unemployment from California, since that was the last place I lived and worked, and that just makes things worse for me. Cali has such a horrible unemployment program going on that no matter what time or what day I call their call center, always busy. They are on an archaic format of paper files and paper checks that makes life difficult. My wife collects from Texas, which does online filing and direct deposit into a bank card. CA....get with the program. Since November, when I reopened my claims, I have not had a steady flow of checks. I got my last check on Jan 9th. Since then my wife and I had to use her entire check for rent, leaving us nothing for food. So wince Jan 14th we havent gone food shopping, which if you can figure 2 adults 1 toddler on a $34 budget of is a very hungry day.

We have 1 meal left, a hamburger helper, after that its 2 packages of top ramen, 1 small can of pasta sauce and 1 box of rotini. My son has a box of gold fish and a bag of animal crackers, but otherwise....we have no food. About a quarter gallon of milk, 3 small bottles of water, and 2 cups of kool-aid left...and you know whats the best part? I probably won't get my unemployment until MAYBE Friday...maybe not. And my wife doesn't get hers until Tuesday.

Thank you California, thank you so much for screwing up paperwork and failing to get things on track. Thank you for being so slow in your process to get checks out that I get to lose weight on a forced diet. Thank you for not wanting to embrace technology. I lost 30 lbs in 2009...I wasn't heavy to begin with and I lost 30 lbs. This recession has hit me so hard that I am physically hurting now.

Obama's February 1st 2010 Youtube Live Interview

Yesterday afternoon I spent watching the president speak on answering questions from the people. It was an interesting little video, streamed out live to all the masses of tubers around the world. What I found the most interesting was not Obama's ability to not really answer a question, but rather the fact that going through the submitted questions I see that the top ranked were all about legalization of marijuana.

This questions wasn't even asked to the President during his little interview, it seems that no legalization questions or medicinal questions were asked at all. I thought that was a little odd when there was plenty of proof that the people wanted to know his stance on the current situation.

So yet again I find myself doubting American politics that work for the people. Yet again it seems that other corporations and special interest groups are going to get their way and marijuana will be pushed to the back burner and continue to stay illegal. A victim-less crime making millions of Americans criminals every day.