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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Joni Ernst to deliver SOTU response on: January 15, 2015, 04:25:27 pm
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27  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you enjoy drinking coffee and tea? on: January 15, 2015, 11:33:40 am
If I have a bad cold I will have tea, other than that Coffee.  Sitting at my desk drinking a coffee right now actually.
28  Forum Community / Forum Community / Anyone get the Insanity Max 30 Workout? on: January 15, 2015, 01:22:16 am
Thinking about getting the new Insanity workout, but want to see if anyone else has gotten this yet for feedback.

I have done a couple of these workout videos in the past and enjoyed them.   I'm primarily looking to just get more cut and not looking to lose any weight.

For anyone that has used this,  is it better for getting cut or dropping a few pounds? 
29  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 14, 2015, 11:30:58 pm
Bushie,  the fact you fail to admit your life is in shambles, is part of the  reason you are in your current situation

Again, have I ever said things are perfect?  There's nothing wrong with looking at the bright side of life.  Things could be much better, but they could also be way worse.  I will say again, I have nothing to be ashamed of right now.  I have nothing to worry about.  If God be for me, who can be against me?

I honestly have to ask you, what do you consider "things are going bad?" Your parents being eating by wolves?

Among white American 30-39 yr old males born to middle class households, I'd say your quality of life is about 5th percentile.  Most of the people below you have terminal cancer and heroin addictions. Actually, some heroin addicts probably are above you.

Do you ever want to find love? Do you ever want to be not only independent of your parents but pay to buy them nice things? Do you ever want to feel healthy and not plagued with constant aches and pains?

It's all a matter of perception.  You cannot subjectively peg my life into a percentile and expect me to agree with it.  Life is not great, but it sure as heck not bad.  I am just a normal human being who happens to be unemployed at the present time due to no fault of his own.  I'm no better than that and no worse than that.  There's no other way to put it.  You can't make it look better than what it is and you can't make it look worse than what it is.

Smash, my life is not in shambles, but that doesn't mean I am content to leave it where it's at.  God loves me just I am, but loves me too much to leave me where I am.  He wants to see me reach my full potential and that's something I want, as well.  My faith has everything to do with it.  I can't do anything on my own.  I need His strength and guidance to carry me on, because without Him, my life would definitely be in shambles.  You ask me how I can say my life is not in shambles?  My answer is because God is in my life.  He makes everything new.  Don't judge me yet, He's still working on me.  Again, things could be much better than where they are now and I want to get there, but at the same time I cannot be ashamed with where my life is at right now at 8:45 pm CST Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  With God's help, I'll get there.  Without His help, I won't.  Simple as that.

The above is basicaally your problem in a nutshell.  God isn't going to do it for you, and yes your life is absolutely in shambles.  You can get out of it, but you need to do it YOURSELF, not God, but YOURSELF.

Nonsense.  I can do nothing without God.   Do not dismiss my faith as irrelevant.


Bushie, I'm not dismissing your faith as irrelevant.  However, your situation isn't going to change if your answer for everything is God this and God that.  Seriously you sound like Inhoffe when he tried to explain why he didn't think Global Warming was real (because GOD...)

  YOU need to do it, YOU need to make changes, YOU need to better yourself, YOU need to take better care of yourself.  The only one that will get you out of your current situation is YOU. 

I'm not trying to mock or dismiss your faith, but you need to realize, the one that controls you is YOU.  Until you get to that point, you won't have a chance in hell of having any type of financial Independence.  You won't have a chance in hell of taking the massive financial burden off your parents.  You won't have a chance in hell of not being a walking sitting heart attack waiting to happen
30  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 14, 2015, 11:04:33 pm
Bushie,  the fact you fail to admit your life is in shambles, is part of the  reason you are in your current situation

Again, have I ever said things are perfect?  There's nothing wrong with looking at the bright side of life.  Things could be much better, but they could also be way worse.  I will say again, I have nothing to be ashamed of right now.  I have nothing to worry about.  If God be for me, who can be against me?

I honestly have to ask you, what do you consider "things are going bad?" Your parents being eating by wolves?

Among white American 30-39 yr old males born to middle class households, I'd say your quality of life is about 5th percentile.  Most of the people below you have terminal cancer and heroin addictions. Actually, some heroin addicts probably are above you.

Do you ever want to find love? Do you ever want to be not only independent of your parents but pay to buy them nice things? Do you ever want to feel healthy and not plagued with constant aches and pains?

It's all a matter of perception.  You cannot subjectively peg my life into a percentile and expect me to agree with it.  Life is not great, but it sure as heck not bad.  I am just a normal human being who happens to be unemployed at the present time due to no fault of his own.  I'm no better than that and no worse than that.  There's no other way to put it.  You can't make it look better than what it is and you can't make it look worse than what it is.

Smash, my life is not in shambles, but that doesn't mean I am content to leave it where it's at.  God loves me just I am, but loves me too much to leave me where I am.  He wants to see me reach my full potential and that's something I want, as well.  My faith has everything to do with it.  I can't do anything on my own.  I need His strength and guidance to carry me on, because without Him, my life would definitely be in shambles.  You ask me how I can say my life is not in shambles?  My answer is because God is in my life.  He makes everything new.  Don't judge me yet, He's still working on me.  Again, things could be much better than where they are now and I want to get there, but at the same time I cannot be ashamed with where my life is at right now at 8:45 pm CST Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  With God's help, I'll get there.  Without His help, I won't.  Simple as that.

The above is basicaally your problem in a nutshell.  God isn't going to do it for you, and yes your life is absolutely in shambles.  You can get out of it, but you need to do it YOURSELF, not God, but YOURSELF.
31  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in a suburban or rural area? on: January 14, 2015, 09:20:03 pm
Suburban. Preferably a suburb close to a city and with an easy mass transit option to get into that city.

Rural areas creep me out.

^^^  This, and it pretty much sums up where I live
32  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 14, 2015, 09:16:39 pm
Bushie,  the fact you fail to admit your life is in shambles, is part of the  reason you are in your current situation

Again, have I ever said things are perfect?  There's nothing wrong with looking at the bright side of life.  Things could be much better, but they could also be way worse.  I will say again, I have nothing to be ashamed of right now.  I have nothing to worry about.  If God be for me, who can be against me?

No, you haven't said that it  is perfectt, however you fail to admit how bad of shape you are in.  Your life is in shambles, and has no chance of getting better unless you admit to it.  This has nothing to do with God, you need to do it yourself.
33  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 14, 2015, 08:06:55 pm
Bushie,  the fact you fail to admit your life is in shambles, is part of the  reason you are in your current situation
34  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 14, 2015, 05:39:57 pm
Oh my, so many complements the past two pages.  (I'm saying that sarcastically, of course).  I don't care what anyone else, except my parents, think.  I'm not going to go through and answer every single post since I last posted.  That would be ridiculous and time consuming.  Suffice it to say that no one can blame me for this lay off.  Everyone has to agree with the truth that it wasn't my fault.  What is more debatable, however, is that I am doing the best I can not letting it get me down.  I am doing what I feel I need to do to put myself in the best position to get a job as soon as possible.


1.  You have a history of not being completely truthful of why you have been let go of certain places in the past.  Combine that with the fact as of a few days ago you were so sure that this would last for several more months.  Not saying that what you said didn't happen (it is certainly possible with the type of contract job you had), but your own past history of being less than honest at times when discussing your job situation does make people question it.

2.  You need to get your s*** together.  Other than Customer Service/Sales or a Call center, you need to open up your job search a bit.  CAAD should be your preference, but you shouldn't just corner yourself into just that.  You should apply for jobs you think you might be under-qualified for (within reason) and jobs you think you might be overqualified for. 

3.  I'm not sure what your resume looks like, but based on your job history I'm sure it is a nightmare.  You should try going to some career center or something like that to help out with it (I did when I was out of work, and it helped, considering how much you have bounced around you could really use the help.

4.  You should take the advice you are getting here.   While we take our shots at you, yell, scream, curse, bash you or whatever, it is for a reason.  Much of it comes from frustration about your complete lack of taking any advice or listening to anyone about anything.  While well intentioned your parents advice hasn't always been the best, you need to open yourself up to more and stop closing yourself off to other things no matter if it hurts and is a shot to your pride.

5.  You need to take better care of yourself.  While from time to time you seem to be eating a little better, you aren't doing it enough.  You also need to exercise.  Unfortunately, appearance can play a role in people getting hired, and when you look like you can't take care of yourself, an employer could think you can't take care of your job.  Not to mention you are extremely unhealthy.  You have major health issues, some are a life and death issue.  I'm basically the same age as you (J-Mann is as well) I can't even imagine having a fraction of the health issues you have had at my age.

1. I understand where people are coming from considering my history, but they need to trust me on this one, as hard as it is.

2. You've "seen" me for years on Update, what would you recommend as another field?  The job fair next Thursday has a lot of job titles and drafters are only one of them.  I'll stay away from the sales and customer service related employers, but the others might be an idea.

3.  To be honest, I don't put every job on my resume.  I would never have a job if I did.  I only have five jobs on my resume - ONG, Dell, Xerox-Utah, John Shields and General Dynamics.  I'm thinking about scrapping the Utah job since it has no relevance to my current career path and goals.

4.  I just am uncomfortable taking life-altering advice from internet strangers.  Most of the advice is sound, and I do take it at times (i.e. the turkey wrap), but it's just the internet stranger thing.

5.  I know about the health.  I don't want to start another dialogue on that, so I'll leave that here.

1.  You have said that before, which is why many don't believe you.

2.  Keep your options open.  Any back office type of job, even data entry

3.  Even so having  Professional look at it, is something you should do.  I didn't have the crazy job history you have and I felt it helped my search.

4.  Uncomfortable or not, you need to.  Ignoring the advice is obviously not working

5.  You aren't doing anything though, that is the problem.  Not talking about it, isn't going to make it go away.  doing something about it, is something you need to do, and you aren't.
35  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 14, 2015, 05:01:47 pm
Oh my, so many complements the past two pages.  (I'm saying that sarcastically, of course).  I don't care what anyone else, except my parents, think.  I'm not going to go through and answer every single post since I last posted.  That would be ridiculous and time consuming.  Suffice it to say that no one can blame me for this lay off.  Everyone has to agree with the truth that it wasn't my fault.  What is more debatable, however, is that I am doing the best I can not letting it get me down.  I am doing what I feel I need to do to put myself in the best position to get a job as soon as possible.


1.  You have a history of not being completely truthful of why you have been let go of certain places in the past.  Combine that with the fact as of a few days ago you were so sure that this would last for several more months.  Not saying that what you said didn't happen (it is certainly possible with the type of contract job you had), but your own past history of being less than honest at times when discussing your job situation does make people question it.

2.  You need to get your s*** together.  Other than Customer Service/Sales or a Call center, you need to open up your job search a bit.  CAAD should be your preference, but you shouldn't just corner yourself into just that.  You should apply for jobs you think you might be under-qualified for (within reason) and jobs you think you might be overqualified for.  

3.  I'm not sure what your resume looks like, but based on your job history I'm sure it is a nightmare.  You should try going to some career center or something like that to help out with it (I did when I was out of work, and it helped, considering how much you have bounced around you could really use the help.

4.  You should take the advice you are getting here.   While we take our shots at you, yell, scream, curse, bash you or whatever, it is for a reason.  Much of it comes from frustration about your complete lack of taking any advice or listening to anyone about anything.  While well intentioned your parents advice hasn't always been the best, you need to open yourself up to more and stop closing yourself off to other things no matter if it hurts and is a shot to your pride.

5.  You need to take better care of yourself.  While from time to time you seem to be eating a little better, you aren't doing it enough.  You also need to exercise.  Unfortunately, appearance can play a role in people getting hired, and when you look like you can't take care of yourself, an employer could think you can't take care of your job.  Not to mention you are extremely unhealthy.  You have major health issues, some are a life and death issue.  I'm basically the same age as you (J-Mann is as well) I can't even imagine having a fraction of the health issues you have had at my age.
36  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 14, 2015, 02:34:49 pm
When I moved into my current apartment, the moving cost was roughly $600.  It was a much shorter distance than Bushie (only a couple miles), but also in a much more expensive area (Long Island)
37  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 14, 2015, 12:30:55 pm
After looking at the link again, I will say that it doesn't look like a scam, but it still looks like it wants too much experience.  I'm going to pass on that one.  I was thinking scam when the first link came up with no search results and I can't cognitively back down the requirements from the link that had an error message in the job description without proof.

Are you under-qualified?  Probably, but it isn't like we are asking you to apply for a real high position.  Just apply.  What is the worst that can happen?
38  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 13, 2015, 05:20:50 pm
Grumps, it's not an actual firing, I completed the contract, but the end result is the same as what you called earlier today...

Bushie sorry to hear that, but didn't you have 2-3 months remaining on the contract?
39  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are you listening to right now? II on: January 12, 2015, 10:54:12 pm
Daavid Guetta Feat Sam Martin-  Danagerous (Banging Remix)

Dvbbs & Deopgun- Pyramids feat Sanjin

Michael Woods feat Lauren Dyson- In Your Arms

Cole Plante feat Brian Logan Dales- Before I'm Yours

R3hab andd Trevor Guthrie- Soundwave



40  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 12, 2015, 10:32:31 pm
Bushie how is the exercise coming?  By a set of dumbbells yet?  Try to do any push-ups?
41  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 12, 2015, 06:01:47 pm
One question, though, how am I supposed to honor face to face interviews without taking any time off work and I work 8-5?

You make these things way too difficult. Smash summed it up pretty well -- let them know you're currently employed with little flexibility on your time off, and they'll probably be willing to schedule time either before or after-hours. Otherwise, you have a lunch-hour, right? Skip a meal and meet at noon.

You can always let your employer know that you have a personal appointment and may need a little flexibility, as well. Maybe I've worked in nothing but lax environments, but I've never asked for doctor's notes or anything "official" if someone needs to knock off an hour or two early.

Exactly, not to mention any potential employer that wants you to drop anything and everything and go into an interview the next day or no go is the hire and fire chop shops Bushie knows so well.
42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 12, 2015, 03:09:19 pm
One question, though, how am I supposed to honor face to face interviews without taking any time off work and I work 8-5?


It is a good problem to have.

Most employers are fairly flexible with the times of interviews.  You can schedule it after hours if need be (5:30. 6:00), put it on a lunch hour.

Have an interview as early in the AM as possible, and go to work in the afternoon, or after you get out.

We might get on you for taking too much time off from work, but if you are taking it off to better yourself with a full time job that is perfectly fine.  Now just don't take the time off for an interview for a sales position or call center.
43  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Longest distance you have run continuously on: January 12, 2015, 11:57:09 am
A little over 4 miles
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 12, 2015, 10:31:06 am
I think looking for a permanent job is a great idea. Why would you think that you need to quit your contract job in order to do it?

I'm not going to quit my job to look for another one.  The only way I'm leaving this job is when the contract ends or I find a permanent job.

Why the f*** would you need to quit your current job to look for another one??  You can look for jobs while you are still employed you know...

Don't you think it would be a good idea to get the search started now, so you aren't unemployed when the contract runs out??

Did you even read my post?  I already answered your question.

Yes and your answer makes no sense whatsoever.   You can do both.  It isn't a one or the other option.

Again, did you read ALL of my post?  I clearly said I'm not leaving this job unless this contract ends or I find a permanent job.  This means I know it doesn't have to be one or the other.  Instead, though, words are being put in my mouth which I never said.

Your previous answers made it seem like you were NOT currently looking for another job.  Your post after this one stating you aren't going to really look until mid Feb confirms that.  You should be looking NOW that was my point.
45  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 11, 2015, 02:31:58 pm
I think looking for a permanent job is a great idea. Why would you think that you need to quit your contract job in order to do it?

I'm not going to quit my job to look for another one.  The only way I'm leaving this job is when the contract ends or I find a permanent job.

Why the f*** would you need to quit your current job to look for another one??  You can look for jobs while you are still employed you know...

Don't you think it would be a good idea to get the search started now, so you aren't unemployed when the contract runs out??

Did you even read my post?  I already answered your question.

Yes and your answer makes no sense whatsoever.   You can do both.  It isn't a one or the other option.
46  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: do you have any store credit cards? on: January 11, 2015, 01:41:59 pm
Yes, as J-MAnn pointed out the no interest for big purchases if over a certain amount is something I have taken advantage of (as long aas its paid off during that time period which I have done).  Also, some store cards have extra discounts, using their cards.  Use it for the discount and pay it off before I have to pay the interest on it.  Also have an Airline Caard (Jet Blue)
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: January 11, 2015, 12:23:53 pm
I think looking for a permanent job is a great idea. Why would you think that you need to quit your contract job in order to do it?

I'm not going to quit my job to look for another one.  The only way I'm leaving this job is when the contract ends or I find a permanent job.

Why the f*** would you need to quit your current job to look for another one??  You can look for jobs while you are still employed you know...

Don't you think it would be a good idea to get the search started now, so you aren't unemployed when the contract runs out??
48  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Divisional Round Predictions on: January 10, 2015, 11:43:42 am
New England
Denver
Seattle
Green Bay
49  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's the coldest weather you've walked a meaningful distance in? on: January 08, 2015, 01:21:31 am
Going across campus to class when I was in college, 15 or so probably the coldest air temperature walking any real distance wind chill 0 or slightly below.  Probably about the same when I worked in lower Manhattan temperature wise, though with the winds in between some of the buildings probably felt a bit worse.

We have had some colder temperatures and wind chills, but I haven't really walked any real distances I cn remember during them.

It was brutal before just going back and forth to my cr in and out o the Laundromat, about 10 with wind chills about -10.  Can't imagine how horrific -40 feels
50  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Stuart Scott, longtime ESPN anchor, has died at age 49. on: January 04, 2015, 11:11:53 am
Grew up watching him.  RIP.
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