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And now 2012 - the year I was predicted to die [Jan. 5th, 2012|10:14 am]
phaeton
[Current Mood |chipperchipper]
[Current Music |Spanish Hotel California - Gypsie Kings]

Singapore, January 12, 1991. I was in the military and we were about to make our way into the Persian Gulf for the Desert Storm...the whole friggin U.S. military was actually waiting for us. The higher ups were worried about air cover for special forces already in Iraq and we had the best tech for doing that. Problem was they put that tech on a piece of shit tin can with an engine from World War II...only Americans huh? Anyway, the shipyard workers in Singapore finally were able to fix whatever the latest problem was and we we going to make our way in the next few days, so a few of us were out and about to let off some steam. Before the bar we decided to all get our palms read.

First few guys all got the typical read you always hear. Then it was my turn.

First thing out of the bitches mouth when she looked at my hand "Ohhhh, your life line ends at 42"

This day has really hung in my mind
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Very Frustrating [Oct. 12th, 2010|04:48 pm]
phaeton
[Current Mood |frustratedfrustrated]

A few weeks back one of my bosses and I were talking and we decided to create a little CYA spreadsheet for ourselves (when I say we, it means I will be creating this spreadsheet) that lists the attachments from this one 400 page production that we produced. No big deal, I figured during some of the down time I can put some basic information together. Well, enter drama. The garden gnome of a secretary of the national boss heard us talking about it and runs off and tells said national boss that I am working on an all inclusive document spreadsheet that will spell out any and all attachments to emails, what Bates number was used for them and which ones were withheld for the team to use for upcoming depositions and hearings. WHAT?!?!?!

Anyway, now that guy keeps asking what the status of these completely delusional spreadsheet is. All inclusive brings in thousands of email chains, most translated from their original Japanese into word documents with just a blurb of what the attachment MAY have been. UGH!

There is no way to do this stupid spreadsheet. It would take some kind of computer program to weed through the mountains of information in any reasonable time. It will take me months - months that I don't have.

Oh well, still have my fingers crossed that I get laid off
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I hate the Hollywood Bowl [Apr. 19th, 2010|10:41 am]
phaeton
I used to live next to the damn thing - hated it then. All the people thinking it's ok to park in front of our drive (Although, the moronic Oscar crowd was far far far worse). Now that I've lived away from the place for about 5 years now, I still really don't like the venue. Granted, it's fucking with my Tuesday night soccer and volleyball so it's worse to me this week, but the venue blows! I saw Mana there back in the 90's - they were so restricted the show was too short. Massive Attack a few years ago - same thing. Nick Cave last time he came through town - wouldn't even let him do an encore. No encore?!?!?! He did 3 when I saw him in Dublin on the same tour. The guy was ready to play all night!

Now it's coming up on bowl season again. The worst Beetle was in town a couple weeks ago - no I don't mean Ringo - laming out on the Bowl stage. Eagles are being wheeled in to yodel their way through a boring catalog of songs that really is proof people will listen to anything they're told. When the big quake that's well over due finally hits southern California we should all hope the Bowl comes crumbling down - and the Kodak theater w/ crap ass mall attached too.
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Kind of bummed [Apr. 8th, 2010|09:26 am]
phaeton
[Current Mood |crushedcrushed]

Somehow one of my external hard drives has been wiped - since I'm white I shall blame the cleaning lady. This was the one I used last time I did a big music/movie data transfer with friends. A full terabyte - GONE! Must get a hold of Keith to see when he and the rest of the Myspace crew will have another data transfer party - hmmm, or more likely I could swing over there with a 12 pack and just snag all the music at least again. Those guys were a bit overboard with the porn in the movie folders - not that I'm against porn, just most of this stuff wasn't any good. Now I just have to remember when he said he was off to Africa to build houses. Damn! He may be gone already!
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Another weekend gone [Mar. 31st, 2010|09:52 am]
phaeton
LAst weekend I went up to Santa Cruz to hang out with some old SD friends. Nannette turned 40! We're all getting old. It's actually kind of nice. My friend Monica and I still dominated the 2 person beach volleyball tournament that was happening on Saturday - we made it all the way to the semi-finals. Pretty good seeing that everyone else in the tournament was in their early 20's - this new generation is LAME! I blame video games for their complete lack of movement skills. Matty caused mass issues out surfing by dropping in on every midwest transplant kook in the water. Police were called - lucky for him they thought it was kind of funny. Cheap beer drinking on the boardwalk - also making fun of Mormon missionaries trying to convert people - good food at Nan's. Great weekend.

Speaking of lame though - my light skin tone took an ass kicking by the sun!

This weekend I'll be heading back down to San Diego. My brother and I are going to hit up some show in Solana Beach, then Sunday it's hanging with the family for grub on Easter.
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WEEKEND APPROACHING [Mar. 19th, 2010|12:27 pm]
phaeton
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

The next couple of weekends will be filled with road trips and activity for me - and it couldn't have happened sooner! Soccer and volleyball during the winter was just not cutting it for killing the stir crazies.

This weekend is my nephew's b-day - he enters his teens on Sunday. Weird! So, driving down tonight. Tomorrow morning hitting yoga with an old SD friend before heading to the rock climbing wall birthday party. Great idea for a birthday party - kid has moxy! We'll be climbing for a few hours - I think my brother rented the place from 1 - 5, so that should give me a good fill. Then at 7:30 I'm meeting up with the fellas for some evening canyon cycling. Nothing too crazy, especially since we're all so friggin old now, just a ride through Murphy canyon around the damn and back. Place will be closed, so we shouldn't have any slow-moving-obstacles (people).

Sunday morning the kid wants my brother and me to take him out surfing at Sunset Cliffs then it's to my parents or some b-day cake. I'll probably head back up to LA late morning. Maybe I can talk someone into Flore for an end the weekend dinner.

Next weekend I'm heading up to Santa Cruz for N's b-day. She wants to hike around Big Sur - should be fun!
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ARABS [Mar. 15th, 2010|12:20 pm]
phaeton
[Current Mood |disappointeddisappointed]

Been following the whole new settlement shenanigans in Jerusalem this past week - what with Netenyahooooooo doing as much as he can to sabotage any chance for talks - and wonder what the middle east region would be like today if the west backed the Arab side all these years instead of the Israeli side. Alternative history is purely subjective, but my POV is that it has to be better than it is now. Granted, just about EVERY Jew I know feels the world has always backed the Arabs and poor little victim Israel is just an innocent in the whole fiasco - then when they realize their arguing on very thin moral grounds they mention the holocaust as though that gives Israel the right to act like the Germans in WWII.

Why do we still send money that way? How about putting the billions we give Israel every year to social security instead? Let them fund their war machine by themselves - hell, maybe China can loan them infinite amounts of money as they do us. We shouldn't have to go further into debt to help a country that since it's inception is credited with close to 90% of the espionage against the U.S. (that's according to "They dare to Speak out" by I believe Paul Findley - man did I just cite a Republican???!?!?!?!) So many problems just because of some militant minority religion. Why not give Wales to the Druids - we must repay the injustice of religious genocide that was waged against them. Seems just as logical.

PS: I'm also VERY tired of holocaust documentaries. The subject has been covered!!!!
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Hopefully this family does NOT come to CA [Mar. 4th, 2010|12:26 pm]
phaeton
We dn't need a massive quake

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/lt_chile_earthquake_twice_cursed;_ylt=AlMy.B68_9s87ZZh7PZk.adv24cA;_ylu=X3oDMTNsYzdmbmN2BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMzA0L2x0X2NoaWxlX2VhcnRocXVha2VfdHdpY2VfY3Vyc2VkBGNjb2RlA21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDMwRwb3MDMwRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3JpZXMEc2xrA2hhaXRpYW5mYW1pbA--
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A bit stir crazy [Feb. 10th, 2010|09:02 am]
phaeton
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[Current Music |Sunglasses After Dark (live) - The Cramps]

Lately I've really been in the mood to hop in the car and just drive for a few days. Bust out of Los Angeles and spend some time in the boonies. It must have been the trip out to Nevada with my brother that triggered the mood. The desert this time of year is sunny, yet cool...clear air (although because of the rain LA is pretty darn clear right now). It'd be nice to just get away from people for a little while.

Work is...still pretty slow, but for some strange reason I was not laid-off. On the debt front, I have a good chunk of what I owe the IRS paid and should be out from under them by 2011. Student loans are still there, but it's a mere payment of $200 a month...no biggie. That seems to be the only debt I have these days, which isn't that much.

Feeling a life changing decision coming on.

Oh, for some reason I can't figure out eHarmony keeps sending me matches. I never signed up for them. How do they know someone is a match? Inbox this morning was flooded with that crap...24 in all! Since the only person I know that uses eHarmony is the crazy lady here at work that's had 5..yes 5...restraining orders against her I'm just going to delete those so-called 'matches'
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Papa needs a new pair of shoes [Feb. 2nd, 2010|10:20 am]
phaeton
[Current Mood |dorkydorky]
[Current Music |A Twon with no Name - Madness]

Well, it's a new decade so it must be time to finally buy a new pair of shoes. Mine are a looking pretty ratty . Lucky for me I live in southern California where nothing is truly formal...no matter how whiny some 'hosts' tend to get. But now, there's holes in the bottom of my boots...those I can have fixed. My work shoes are so lopsided that I keep taking un-graceful tumbles at random moments and places which tend to be a bit embarrassing. Right now the only decent footwear I own is my trainers. Which works for soccer and volleyball, but I think work...and any future interviews if work vanishes...won't look too fondly at the awesome footies.

FIRST STEP: Admitting I need new shoes. DONE!

Hopefully within the next couple weeks I can actually work up the energy to shop for shoes (UGH!!!! HAte shopping!)
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