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Title: As Bushie's World Turns (The Update Thread)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 16, 2011, 09:33:30 pm
I have the privilege and the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Kenya during Spring Break from March 16-23, 2012.  I have to raise around $2,000 by early January to go, but I already have a commitment of $750.  I am going with my cousin's church, along with two others from my church.  I am going to the church in the morning to get the information packet and may go ahead and lay down the deposit.  I will ask for the leave from work this Saturday when I go back for Week 24.

I ask those of you who pray for two things, (1) that God would allow me to raise the funds needed to go and (2) that God would protect my job.  My job shouldn't be in any jeopardy since all is required is taking 6 days leave (if I'm back to a M-F schedule).  I will have two weeks leave once I become permanent in January, so that shouldn't be an issue.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Cath on November 16, 2011, 09:50:37 pm
Very nice. Regardless of the difference in denomination, it's a religious mission and it's Christian, so sounds good. Too bad I don't have any money to send you.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: shua on November 16, 2011, 09:51:53 pm
What sort of mission work is it?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 16, 2011, 09:52:51 pm
What sort of mission work is it?

I'm not exactly sure, I'm going to get the pamphlet and registration packet tomorrow morning.  I'll find out then.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 16, 2011, 09:53:16 pm
Very nice. Regardless of the difference in denomination, it's a religious mission and it's Christian, so sounds good. Too bad I don't have any money to send you.

Prayer support works just as well. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Bacon! 🔥 on November 16, 2011, 10:44:30 pm
Inb4 someone wonders if it's a scam


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 16, 2011, 10:48:10 pm
Inb4 someone wonders if it's a scam

This is a legitimate opportunity. It is from a church that I know and have close ties to.  They do this every March and I was invited to go in 2012 by my cousin and the youth minister at our church.  This is not selling vacuums or cheap discount insurance or something like that.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on November 16, 2011, 10:50:44 pm
That's cool. How's the rest of your life going?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: fezzyfestoon on November 16, 2011, 10:51:44 pm
How much of that $2,000 actually directly benefits to people of Kenya?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 16, 2011, 10:52:32 pm
That's cool. How's the rest of your life going?

It's going well, I'm finally on the road to losing weight.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: tpfkaw on November 16, 2011, 10:53:50 pm
God wants you to put your money in a bank account and do your job.  Rest assured, He will punish you if you do otherwise.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 16, 2011, 10:54:03 pm
How much of that $2,000 actually directly benefits to people of Kenya?

I don't know, I'll have to look at the pamphlet and information on it tomorrow.

The airfare, food, and lodging will take up quite a bit of that, I would imagine.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: fezzyfestoon on November 16, 2011, 10:56:59 pm
How much of that $2,000 actually directly benefits to people of Kenya?
I don't know, I'll have to look at the pamphlet and information on it tomorrow.

The airfare, food, and lodging will take up quite a bit of that, I would imagine.

That's what I would think. When I went to Ireland for a month without even having to pay for lodging I spent $2,000. Wouldn't it be a little more generous to take that airplane and hotel money and send it to people already in Kenya instead of using the money to visit for a week?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 16, 2011, 11:06:14 pm
How much of that $2,000 actually directly benefits to people of Kenya?
I don't know, I'll have to look at the pamphlet and information on it tomorrow.

The airfare, food, and lodging will take up quite a bit of that, I would imagine.

That's what I would think. When I went to Ireland for a month without even having to pay for lodging I spent $2,000. Wouldn't it be a little more generous to take that airplane and hotel money and send it to people already in Kenya instead of using the money to visit for a week?

This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go overseas which is something I've always wanted to do and with the situation I'm currently in, this could possibly be my only chance.

Plus, from what I understand, we are going there for a week to give a physical hand to things they need, such as any kind of maintenance work whether electrical, plumbing, or anything else we can do to assist them in the short time we'll be there.  We are mainly going there to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but doing it in a way that also meets their daily needs as well.  In the Christian community, we have a saying that says people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.  We're not ramrodding the Gospel down anyone's throats, we are going to meet their daily physical needs as best we can and if we get a chance share with them the love and the message of Jesus Christ.

Kenya is majority Christian, but just like in America, there are many people who still need to hear the message of Christ that there is a God who loves them and who died for them and who wants to have a personal relationship with them.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: fezzyfestoon on November 16, 2011, 11:09:08 pm
Right, so as long as you're not parading around touting how much of an experience this is for them, I can respect that. You absolutely should take full advantage, this is a great opportunity for you.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 16, 2011, 11:22:30 pm
Right, so as long as you're not parading around touting how much of an experience this is for them, I can respect that. You absolutely should take full advantage, this is a great opportunity for you.

Thanks, fezzy!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Eraserhead on November 16, 2011, 11:40:15 pm
The first post has already foreshadowed the loss of another job.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: The Mikado on November 16, 2011, 11:40:37 pm
Remember to make sure your vaccinations are all up to date.  A friend of my parents' once came down with malaria after she visited Africa.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Homage to Catalonia on November 17, 2011, 01:27:36 am
What sort of mission work is it?

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/87/Heart_of_Darkness.jpg/200px-Heart_of_Darkness.jpg)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on November 17, 2011, 01:32:43 am
Now Bushie is just ripping off the Book of Mormon musical.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on November 17, 2011, 01:34:10 am
preach the word boldly, BushOK


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Јas on November 17, 2011, 03:28:47 am
I'm never really sure what such trips hope to achieve; beyond creating a quite possibly misplaced sense of self-satisfaction.

Kenya is a 90%+ Christian country and has substantial unemployment.

Spending all that money to go to Africa to preach to the converted and in the meantime perform tasks that would normally be done by trained professionals back home (do you do a lot of plumbing or electrical work on your own home Bushie?), rather than maybe say putting some funds or effort into training some locals to do this work, doesn't seem like the best use of time, energy or resources to me.

Anyways, enjoy.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: afleitch on November 17, 2011, 03:54:53 am
You won't be telling Kenyan's anything they don't already know with regards to their faith. And given that US evangelical churches in a bout of doctrinal colonialism have contributed to the rise in anti-gay attacks, edicts and 'kill the gays' bills, I tend not to be the biggest endorser of such projects :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Homage to Catalonia on November 17, 2011, 03:59:03 am
Kenya is a 90%+ Christian country

Nonsense. Kenya is Muslim and we all know why.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on November 17, 2011, 08:25:38 am
No.

Here is an easier get rich scheme. Take your "$2,000" and start a panzi business out there in Kenya. At the very least, sell them some playground equipment.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 17, 2011, 08:52:09 am
The first post has already foreshadowed the loss of another job.

No, all it requires is just 5 or 6 days leave which I will have by then.  I'm a little more mature when it comes to such things than I was just last year.  My mother is planning to retire around June 1, 2012 and this will in no way hinder that.

BTW, I was planning to take 3 or 4 days anyway that same week and go visit my niece in Jacksonville, Florida which is also her Spring Break.  I will still visit her, but it will be after she gets out of school for the summer.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Joe Republic on November 17, 2011, 09:07:33 am
Inb4 someone wonders if it's a scam

This is a legitimate opportunity. It is from a church

So it's a scam, then.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Brittain33 on November 17, 2011, 09:42:45 am
Are you still applying to business school?

Do you have mechanical skills (plumbing, electrical) that are lacking in Kenya?

Do you owe your parents money?

This trip could be a great experience, but even if it is organized as a mission, it is your spending money you likely don't have on an experience for your own benefit. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but if you believe that you are doing others a favor by taking the $2,000 and spending it on this trip, you are not being honest with yourself.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: © tweed on November 17, 2011, 09:47:19 am
I met a girl at a party last year.  was actually a party sponsored by the Cornell Democrats.  ers.  but anyway, took a look around and saw a nice looking girl sipping out of a solo cup alone in the corner.  the NBA playoffs were on, I'm pretty sure this was in April.  I introduced myself, she said her name was 'Faith'.  got to talking and she told me she went to high school in Africa.  so I quickly connected the dots.  asked her 'are you still a Christian?' to which I got an affirmative.  a few minutes into this my buddies indiciated to me we were gonna hop over to the next stop, asked me in code if I wanted to stay to pursue this girl, etc.  but I saw the writing on the wall.  with grace I gave her a "it's been great meeting you" and went on my way. 

once outside the door buddies asked me, "why didn't you stay?"  I looked deep into one pair of eyes and said "she's a big Christian, it wasn't happening, boys" and we faded into the Appalachian night.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Brittain33 on November 17, 2011, 09:48:44 am
This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go overseas which is something I've always wanted to do and with the situation I'm currently in, this could possibly be my only chance.

No. Mission trips like this happen all the time and will continue to happen in the future. You said they do this every March! If not mission trips, there are plenty of other ways to go overseas, now or in the future when you may have your own funds to do it.

You are falling into the trap of convincing yourself you must do something you want to do which your brain is telling you you can't afford.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Brittain33 on November 17, 2011, 09:49:17 am
Have you already put down a deposit on the trip?

Who is your $750 commitment from?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: opebo on November 17, 2011, 09:52:38 am
God wants you to put your money in a bank account and do your job.  Rest assured, He will punish you if you do otherwise.

It is rare that I agree wholeheartedly with wormyguy.

BushOK, remember what I said before:

Quote from: opebo on July 18, 2010, 02:06:25 pm
No, no, no.  If you are a poor, and you have a job at the Electric Company, you stay there, and say 'yes sir' and 'no sir, and just batten down the hatches and wait.  It will all be over soon enough.  No need to rush it by getting conned up the a**s by some Kiwi b******s church and ending up living under a bridge.


If you want to travel one day, believe me, it will be a lot more fun to do it without this Christian nonsense (assuming you get over this silly religious phase one day.. as a matter of fact I'd say you could have a real chance of jettisoning it if you lose weight and start to enjoy life a bit).


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Gustaf on November 17, 2011, 09:55:00 am
So, are you thinking of taking up a missionary position over there?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 17, 2011, 11:25:32 am
Are you still applying to business school?

Do you have mechanical skills (plumbing, electrical) that are lacking in Kenya?

Do you owe your parents money?

This trip could be a great experience, but even if it is organized as a mission, it is your spending money you likely don't have on an experience for your own benefit. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but if you believe that you are doing others a favor by taking the $2,000 and spending it on this trip, you are not being honest with yourself.

I am still applying for my MBA, that hasn't changed.

They don't need just mechanical skills, they said they will take whatever I can bring to the table.

I will put the deposit down probably the Wednesday after Thanksgiving (November 30)

The $750 is coming from the $250 deposit plus $500 from my grandmother.  She is behind me in this endeavor.  I have several ways I can raise the funds to go.  Plus, if God wants me to go, He will provide the means to raise the needed funds and will keep my job secure.

If i put the deposit down on November 30, I will apply for my passport probably the next week as it takes 4-6 weeks to process, which would put in mid January.

It's probably true that this is not the only time I would be able to go, but this is the year where I will have two people I know and trust going with me, my cousin and youth minister, so I'm not going with complete strangers.

Opie, I will never grow out of this "religious phase".  I have much more fun being a Christian than I could ever have otherwise.

Gustaf, no I'm not being called to up and move to Kenya.  I'm just being led to lend my hand in whatever way I can for the 3 or 4 days we'll be there.  The trip is a week long, but you can probably estimate 2 days to get there and 2 days to get back which only leaves 3, maybe 4, days to serve on the ground.

My grandmother was really quite skeptical about it even last night at church, but then she quickly warmed to the idea knowing that it would be a great experience for me, and she also has the faith that God will provide the means to raise the funds and keep my job at Dell secure.  I am going to tell my parents, however, I am not going to ask their permission as I am 5 months shy of my 30th birthday, I am going to ask for their support.

If I thought there was any way that my job at Dell would be in any way compromised, then I would not be going to Kenya.

Also, when I sign up, I will reserve the right to back out should I feel that going would cause too much strain on things here at home.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Brittain33 on November 17, 2011, 11:29:02 am
Is the deposit refundable?

What is the latest date at which you can put down a deposit?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 17, 2011, 11:40:46 am
Is the deposit refundable?

What is the latest date at which you can put down a deposit?

The organizer of the mission trip is not in the office today, but I emailed him and he should get back to me this evening.

The deposit is refundable and they need the deposit as soon as possible so they can get the lowest rates on air fare and keep it from going over $2,000.  I do know that the estimated costs are between $1,500 and $2,000 plus passport and vaccination costs.  The sooner they can get the deposits and get a final head count on the travelers the better chance they have of getting closer to the $1,500.  That includes the deposit.  I have $750 guaranteed with the deposit, so I could already have half to nearly half of the money right there.  My parents will probably chip in some, so that get me a lot closer, plus my church will probably chip in for the three of us who are going.  I'll, of course, put in some myself, so that should give me the money I need plus a little spending money for souvenirs or, better yet, giving a little money to the children we meet so they can buy a little food.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Torie on November 17, 2011, 12:24:57 pm
I guess it is more a matter of aesthetics than anything else, but invoking the sacred to facilitate one's desires in the secular world via praying is infra dig to me. God has better things to do as it were, and it's too egocentric.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on November 17, 2011, 03:06:49 pm
I certainly wouldn't spend $2,000 for less than a week, and I also certainly wouldn't go with a church group (I'm certain you won't experience Kenya the way you could doing it differently.), but in general, if at all possible, you should try to go abroad.

If I were you, I'd spend the money going to somewhere in Europe...but ok, that's a matter of preference.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 17, 2011, 03:23:47 pm
My mother and dad are starting to warm to this idea, as well.  I'm going to sit down with them over dinner around 4:30 and discuss the matter. Once I add in all the incidental expenses associated with the trip, it might push it closer to $2,500 or slightly higher, but the air fare is right around $1,500-$1,750.  I'm going to find out in the next week or two what the extra incidentals are.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on November 17, 2011, 03:27:09 pm
dinner around 4:30

omg oklahoma is adorable


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: opebo on November 17, 2011, 03:32:36 pm
...I'm going to sit down with them over dinner around 4:30 and discuss the matter.

Now that is hilarious.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on November 17, 2011, 03:34:36 pm

This is where M. Night got The Village all wrong...too small in scope...he could have just done a movie on Oklahoma.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 17, 2011, 03:54:54 pm

This is where M. Night got The Village all wrong...too small in scope...he could have just done a movie on Oklahoma.

I'm afraid it'd be a very boring movie.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: opebo on November 17, 2011, 05:18:51 pm
Seriously, BushOK, when do you go to bed?  And wake up?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 17, 2011, 06:22:08 pm
Seriously, BushOK, when do you go to bed?  And wake up?

On work nights generally in bed by 9:00 and up by 4:30.
On days off, generally in bed by 11:00 and up by 8:00.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 17, 2011, 07:11:42 pm
Here's the latest as of 6:00 pm CST, Thursday, November 17, 2011 -

My parents and grandmother are all on board with this endeavor.  I just had dinner with my parents this evening and they were initially concerned that I had quit my job or quitting my job.  After I assured them that I am not quitting my job and my job will not be in any danger because of a week's vacation, they really opened up.  They know it's going to be an expensive project, but they know it will be worth it.  It may give me a different perspective on life and a better idea of what life is like in a third-world country.  They are also going to help me financially with whatever I need.  I will leave for Kenya about 6 weeks before my 30th birthday and this will give me a great chance to experience something I have never experienced before right before my birthday.  We both agreed that this is both my Christmas present and my birthday present.

I will get some more information on the trip tonight at 7:00 pm when I go to our mens meeting.

I also found out the possible flight path for the journey to and from Nairobi.  It looks like from Oklahoma City, we would be flying to Chicago O'Hare and then on to Istanbul, Turkey and then on to Nairobi, Kenya.  The flight from Chicago to Turkey would be 10 hours 45 minutes going and 12 hours 10 minutes coming back to Chicago.  The journey from Turkey to Kenya is 6 hours 35 minutes both directions, and of course the journey from Oklahoma City to Chicago is just over 2 hours both directions.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: The Mikado on November 17, 2011, 07:17:37 pm
Like I said before, make sure you're up on all your shots.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on November 17, 2011, 08:07:32 pm
I just had dinner with my parents this evening and they were initially concerned that I had quit my job or quitting my job.

rofl


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 17, 2011, 10:31:53 pm
Like I said before, make sure you're up on all your shots.

I will be getting a TB shot, yellow fever shot, a typhoid shot, and a Tetanus shot.  I will also be purchasing Malaria tablets when I get to Nairobi.

I now have some more information, just some general notes and also a checklist of what to pack.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on November 17, 2011, 10:35:45 pm
You know it's very hot in Kenya?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 17, 2011, 10:41:49 pm
You know it's very hot in Kenya?

Yep


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on November 17, 2011, 10:49:53 pm
http://youtu.be/GfTlyuZphf8


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on November 17, 2011, 11:06:23 pm

Ah, good. That's something. You also know that, for the most part, they don't actually have air conditioning?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on November 18, 2011, 12:44:30 am

Ah, good. That's something. You also know that, for the most part, they don't actually have air conditioning?

What about fast food restaurants?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on November 18, 2011, 01:29:18 am
inb4 its not his church but a church that emailed him


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 18, 2011, 09:10:30 am

Ah, good. That's something. You also know that, for the most part, they don't actually have air conditioning?

I'm prepared for whatever weather conditions. From what I gather it will be like a June day in Oklahoma City with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, lows in the mid 60s to low 70s and 90%+ humidity.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Brittain33 on November 18, 2011, 12:03:49 pm
inb4 its not his church but a church that emailed him

This sounds completely legitimate.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: shua on November 18, 2011, 01:12:48 pm
Like I said before, make sure you're up on all your shots.

I will be getting a TB shot, yellow fever shot, a typhoid shot, and a Tetanus shot.  I will also be purchasing Malaria tablets when I get to Nairobi.

I now have some more information, just some general notes and also a checklist of what to pack.
You don't need to start taking the Malaria medicine beforehand?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 18, 2011, 03:35:52 pm
Like I said before, make sure you're up on all your shots.

I will be getting a TB shot, yellow fever shot, a typhoid shot, and a Tetanus shot.  I will also be purchasing Malaria tablets when I get to Nairobi.

I now have some more information, just some general notes and also a checklist of what to pack.
You don't need to start taking the Malaria medicine beforehand?

Apparently not, they recommend purchasing it in Kenya rather than in the States as it is a lot cheaper in Kenya.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Bacon! 🔥 on November 18, 2011, 04:55:34 pm
Like I said before, make sure you're up on all your shots.

I will be getting a TB shot, yellow fever shot, a typhoid shot, and a Tetanus shot.  I will also be purchasing Malaria tablets when I get to Nairobi.

I now have some more information, just some general notes and also a checklist of what to pack.
You don't need to start taking the Malaria medicine beforehand?

Apparently not, they recommend purchasing it in Kenya rather than in the States as it is a lot cheaper in Kenya.

Quote from:  The CDC

Is it safe to buy my malaria drugs in the country where I will be traveling?

Buying medications abroad has its risks. The drugs could be of poor quality because of the way they are produced. The drugs could contain contaminants or they could be counterfeit drugs and therefore may not provide you the protection you need against malaria. In addition, some medications that are sold overseas are not used anymore in the United States or were never sold here. These drugs may not be safe or their safety has never been evaluated.

It would be best to purchase all the medications that you need before you leave the United States. As a precaution, note the name of the medication(s) and the name of the manufacturer(s). That way, in case of accidental loss, you can replace the drug(s) abroad at a reliable vendor.

http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/faqs.html


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 18, 2011, 05:04:57 pm
Like I said before, make sure you're up on all your shots.

I will be getting a TB shot, yellow fever shot, a typhoid shot, and a Tetanus shot.  I will also be purchasing Malaria tablets when I get to Nairobi.

I now have some more information, just some general notes and also a checklist of what to pack.
You don't need to start taking the Malaria medicine beforehand?

Apparently not, they recommend purchasing it in Kenya rather than in the States as it is a lot cheaper in Kenya.

Quote from:  The CDC

Is it safe to buy my malaria drugs in the country where I will be traveling?

Buying medications abroad has its risks. The drugs could be of poor quality because of the way they are produced. The drugs could contain contaminants or they could be counterfeit drugs and therefore may not provide you the protection you need against malaria. In addition, some medications that are sold overseas are not used anymore in the United States or were never sold here. These drugs may not be safe or their safety has never been evaluated.

It would be best to purchase all the medications that you need before you leave the United States. As a precaution, note the name of the medication(s) and the name of the manufacturer(s). That way, in case of accidental loss, you can replace the drug(s) abroad at a reliable vendor.

http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/faqs.html

That's a good article.  When I see my doctor to get the vaccinations, I'll ask him what he recommends.  But, I may buy it in Oklahoma before i go based on the CDC report.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 18, 2011, 05:16:44 pm
I've got some notes from my cousin who invited me to go to Kenya.  She also gave me a personal packing list that she received at the first Kenya meeting.

Some of the notes include applying for the passport first thing.  So, after I put down my deposit, I will probably get that started.  My facebook said I hope to apply for the passport by December 7, but I may move that up to November 30 or December 1 to give them an extra week with the Christmas and New Years Holidays and vacations and time off with the workers, and the federal holidays in January and February (MLK and Prez Day).

I will also have to purchase a $50 Visa at the Nairobi Airport so I can get into the country.

I will also need crisp, fresh dollar bills (2006 or newer) as they have a better exchange rate.

I've already mentioned the vaccinations, (TB, yellow fever, typhoid, and tetanus) and the malaria tablets.

$200 spending money, so i can eat on the planes and/or airports

Total cost with the airfare, lodging, passport, spending money, vaccinations, etc, could run between $2,500 and $3,000.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on November 18, 2011, 05:30:07 pm
I will also need crisp, fresh dollar bills (2006 or newer) as they have a better exchange rate.

I... don't think that's how money works?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 18, 2011, 05:48:21 pm
I will also need crisp, fresh dollar bills (2006 or newer) as they have a better exchange rate.

I... don't think that's how money works?

Maybe not, but I'm going to trust Choctaw Road Baptist Church as they have been going to Kenya for several years now, so they are not new at this and they know what they're doing.  I'm going to go by their recommendations even if it seems a little weird as they know more than I do.  I will do my own studying on wikipedia and other websites on Kenya.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on November 18, 2011, 05:50:25 pm
Nah, Bushie's right.  The US dollar starts depreciating as soon as you take it off the lot.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Teddy (IDS Legislator) on November 18, 2011, 06:48:25 pm
Yea, people in them loser countries will indeed pay more (more than the real exchange rate infact) for crisp bills.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 18, 2011, 06:50:45 pm
Here is the website of the organization that is sponsoring all this for your review and information.

www.maishainternational.org

I think I also found the application on that website, as well.  It has the same format and the same personal packing list and notes page that my cousin gave me last night.  I'm going to verify with her tonight at Bible Study to make sure it's the same as what she filled out.  If it is, I will fill it out and turn it in with my deposit this coming Wednesday, November 23.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 18, 2011, 09:56:00 pm
An interesting side note - in Swahili, which is the official language of Kenya, The words of the 1994 Disney Classic The Lion King of "hakuna matata" means "no problems".  The movie says it means "no worries", so it's pretty much spot on.  So, not only are they real words, but the definition the movie gives is correct.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: fezzyfestoon on November 18, 2011, 10:00:26 pm
I will also need crisp, fresh dollar bills (2006 or newer) as they have a better exchange rate.

oh my god...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on November 18, 2011, 10:26:42 pm
I will also need crisp, fresh dollar bills (2006 or newer) as they have a better exchange rate.

oh my god...

No, that is good policy and it really has nothing to do with exchange rates.  I had to pay about $130 bucks for my entry Visa into Chile. If the bill had the slightest imperfection, they kicked it back to you. I had about 300 bucks in my pocket and barely had enough acceptable cash.  Many money exchanges would work on the same principal and only accept newer, clean bills.  They are a bit scared of accepting phoney money. 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on November 19, 2011, 12:27:13 am
Depending on your bank (and I really have no clue if any banks normally exchange to Kenyan currency), but perhaps exchanging here would be best.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 08:48:39 am
Depending on your bank (and I really have no clue if any banks normally exchange to Kenyan currency), but perhaps exchanging here would be best.

I've heard I can get better exchange rates in Kenya than I can in America.  I don't know if that's true or not, but it's worth investigating.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Brittain33 on November 19, 2011, 09:14:52 am
Depending on your bank (and I really have no clue if any banks normally exchange to Kenyan currency), but perhaps exchanging here would be best.

I've heard I can get better exchange rates in Kenya than I can in America.  I don't know if that's true or not, but it's worth investigating.

It's not going to be worth the hassle to try to find the places offering good exchange rates. In practice, you will get to the airport and find you need money right away and get robbed at the airport exchange desk. But on the other hand I don't know where you'll have to go in OKC to get Kenyan currency.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 09:52:36 am
Depending on your bank (and I really have no clue if any banks normally exchange to Kenyan currency), but perhaps exchanging here would be best.

I've heard I can get better exchange rates in Kenya than I can in America.  I don't know if that's true or not, but it's worth investigating.

It's not going to be worth the hassle to try to find the places offering good exchange rates. In practice, you will get to the airport and find you need money right away and get robbed at the airport exchange desk. But on the other hand I don't know where you'll have to go in OKC to get Kenyan currency.

Exactly


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on November 19, 2011, 10:38:20 am
First off this thread is miles better than any Comedy Goldmine/Institute. Ever.
Bushie, I did 5 minutes of legwork for you, and googled Christian Kenya charity. I didn't have time to make sure this charity is 100% legit (and the internet is certainly full of scams), but if you sincerely want to make sure that $2,000 best helps the people of Kenya with Christian intent, here's one:
http://www.christianaid.org.uk/whatwedo/africa/kenya.aspx And you can't go wrong with the Red Cross either. If you want to go to Africa for some sort of personal growth experience for yourself (or just to see the world), that's great and there's nothing wrong with that. But there's no way going in person is the most effective way to spend your scarce (no offense, mine are scarce too) resources. In short, this trip is about you, not about Kenya. Consider that for a moment.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: fezzyfestoon on November 19, 2011, 10:47:00 am
I will also need crisp, fresh dollar bills (2006 or newer) as they have a better exchange rate.
oh my god...
No, that is good policy and it really has nothing to do with exchange rates.  I had to pay about $130 bucks for my entry Visa into Chile. If the bill had the slightest imperfection, they kicked it back to you. I had about 300 bucks in my pocket and barely had enough acceptable cash.  Many money exchanges would work on the same principal and only accept newer, clean bills.  They are a bit scared of accepting phoney money. 

Maybe I just don't have to deal with that having only been to Europe, but I've never even been asked about ratty bills I exchange. I've never heard of that in my life and I've exchanged money more times than I can count. Unless it's ripping in half or scuffed up beyond recognition, in which case I'd doubt you'd have it anyway, there should really be no problem with using used currency.

Also, you can go into most exchanges and order most currencies. Which would be more expensive but a much, MUCH better idea than waiting until you arrive at the foreign country to get their money.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on November 19, 2011, 10:51:36 am
Oh. One last thing Bushie. Anytime somebody tells you they have an "opportunity" for you, they're ripping you off. It's a codeword for scam. Real opportunities and good deals don't advertise. You have to seek them out.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 11:07:56 am
First off this thread is miles better than any Comedy Goldmine/Institute. Ever.
Bushie, I did 5 minutes of legwork for you, and googled Christian Kenya charity. I didn't have time to make sure this charity is 100% legit (and the internet is certainly full of scams), but if you sincerely want to make sure that $2,000 best helps the people of Kenya with Christian intent, here's one:
http://www.christianaid.org.uk/whatwedo/africa/kenya.aspx And you can't go wrong with the Red Cross either. If you want to go to Africa for some sort of personal growth experience for yourself (or just to see the world), that's great and there's nothing wrong with that. But there's no way going in person is the most effective way to spend your scarce (no offense, mine are scarce too) resources. In short, this trip is about you, not about Kenya. Consider that for a moment.

I'm going to go on the premise that a church, especially a church I know the members of, would not steer me wrong.  Plus, this church has been going with Maisha for several years now.

At least this is not job threatening or duping people into some phony insurance discounts.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on November 19, 2011, 12:53:22 pm
Apparantly, not only was Bushie born yesterday, he was born again yesterday as well.
Look, I think it's amazing that you sincerely want to help people. Seriously. Most people wouldn't go through all the trouble for strangers. That's powerful stuff! You have great intentions. That said, if it is really about helping Kenyans, you should ask yourself what is the most effective way to help them. Is it better to pay to send yourself over there or could that money be better spent on a charity, which is an expert at doing the most good with the least amount of money Because you are going through a lot of trouble just to fundraise just to be nice. And whatever you choose with this situation, of course, that's better than being a vacuum scam artist.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 01:05:08 pm
Apparantly, not only was Bushie born yesterday, he was born again yesterday as well.
Look, I think it's amazing that you sincerely want to help people. Seriously. Most people wouldn't go through all the trouble for strangers. That's powerful stuff! You have great intentions. That said, if it is really about helping Kenyans, you should ask yourself what is the most effective way to help them. Is it better to pay to send yourself over there or could that money be better spent on a charity, which is an expert at doing the most good with the least amount of money Because you are going through a lot of trouble just to fundraise just to be nice. And whatever you choose with this situation, of course, that's better than being a vacuum scam artist.

I will say, though, that I do want the experience of going overseas.  That's been one of my desires that I haven't talked much about.  I understand what you are saying that sending $2,000 is more efficient than going there, but I do want the experience of a third-world country, if only for a few days.  This will hopefully give me a much better appreciation for how well we have it in America when I see poverty first hand.  So, yeah, this is not just about helping the Kenya orphanage, but it is about giving me a better world view.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on November 19, 2011, 01:39:43 pm
Nothing wrong with wanting to see the world. I do too, and I'm not a good enough person to do charity work on my travels. However, you REALLY need to do some homework before even signing up to go to Africa. A good place to begin is wikitravel.org They aren't nearly as professional as wikipedia, but they are geared toward travellers and have some good info. At the very least please, please, please read their article on kenya before comitting to going. Please don't be offended, but you tend to make decisions before weighing all the facts. Know what you're getting into before you sign up. And find out from the mission people where you'll be staying, if there will be a toilet, what will you eat, etc. And make sure your employer is cool with it too. We don't need another job search thread. And one last thing, try not to use the phrase "third-world." It's old fashioned and rubs people the wrong way. By very low African standards, Kenya isn't even that poor a country.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: PR on November 19, 2011, 01:53:53 pm
A friend of mine has been to Kenya. I should ask him more about his trip.


...on second thought, I don't want to give BushOK any bad ideas.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 01:58:59 pm
Nothing wrong with wanting to see the world. I do too, and I'm not a good enough person to do charity work on my travels. However, you REALLY need to do some homework before even signing up to go to Africa. A good place to begin is wikitravel.org They aren't nearly as professional as wikipedia, but they are geared toward travellers and have some good info. At the very least please, please, please read their article on kenya before comitting to going. Please don't be offended, but you tend to make decisions before weighing all the facts. Know what you're getting into before you sign up. And find out from the mission people where you'll be staying, if there will be a toilet, what will you eat, etc. And make sure your employer is cool with it too. We don't need another job search thread. And one last thing, try not to use the phrase "third-world." It's old fashioned and rubs people the wrong way. By very low African standards, Kenya isn't even that poor a country.

I checked Wikitravel on Africa, and I didn't see very many warnings or caution signs on Kenya, other than the high HIV/AIDS population, which I already knew.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on November 19, 2011, 02:02:42 pm
Who do you bank with?  Bank of America and Citi both do Kenyan shillings.  I didn't go through all of the other big banks, but most big banks can do it.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 02:05:10 pm
Who do you bank with?  Bank of America and Citi both do Kenyan shillings.  I didn't go through all of the other big banks, but most big banks can do it.

Chase


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Brittain33 on November 19, 2011, 02:54:59 pm
So what if the trip is about him? If his parents and grandmother decide they want to gift him with this, at least it's a contained amount of money and not some major life change.



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 02:56:58 pm
So what if the trip is about him? If his parents and grandmother decide they want to gift him with this, at least it's a contained amount of money and not some major life change.



Exactly, and again, it's not duping poor retired people into buying vacuums or phony discount insurance.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Јas on November 19, 2011, 02:59:53 pm
I will also need crisp, fresh dollar bills (2006 or newer) as they have a better exchange rate.
oh my god...
No, that is good policy and it really has nothing to do with exchange rates.  I had to pay about $130 bucks for my entry Visa into Chile. If the bill had the slightest imperfection, they kicked it back to you. I had about 300 bucks in my pocket and barely had enough acceptable cash.  Many money exchanges would work on the same principal and only accept newer, clean bills.  They are a bit scared of accepting phoney money. 

Maybe I just don't have to deal with that having only been to Europe, but I've never even been asked about ratty bills I exchange. I've never heard of that in my life and I've exchanged money more times than I can count. Unless it's ripping in half or scuffed up beyond recognition, in which case I'd doubt you'd have it anyway, there should really be no problem with using used currency.

Also, you can go into most exchanges and order most currencies. Which would be more expensive but a much, MUCH better idea than waiting until you arrive at the foreign country to get their money.

It's a thing that seems to apply quite broadly around Africa. It doesn't seem to even necessarily apply to worn out bills either. Haven't yet gotten a particularly good answer on why that's so yet.



Bushie, make sure you have health insurance covering you when in Kenya. Nairobi probably has the best health facilities in east Africa, but you should probably make sure you're covered for medivac anyway.

And stick to bottled water where you can.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on November 19, 2011, 03:00:36 pm
But if it's about seeing the world, wouldn't it perhaps make sense to organize this trip outside of a church mission with perhaps a different destination (somewhere in Europe for more time and less money)? Or is Africa somewhere you absolutely want to go?

I can think of much more interesting things to do with $2,000 :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 03:14:03 pm
I will also need crisp, fresh dollar bills (2006 or newer) as they have a better exchange rate.
oh my god...
No, that is good policy and it really has nothing to do with exchange rates.  I had to pay about $130 bucks for my entry Visa into Chile. If the bill had the slightest imperfection, they kicked it back to you. I had about 300 bucks in my pocket and barely had enough acceptable cash.  Many money exchanges would work on the same principal and only accept newer, clean bills.  They are a bit scared of accepting phoney money. 

Maybe I just don't have to deal with that having only been to Europe, but I've never even been asked about ratty bills I exchange. I've never heard of that in my life and I've exchanged money more times than I can count. Unless it's ripping in half or scuffed up beyond recognition, in which case I'd doubt you'd have it anyway, there should really be no problem with using used currency.

Also, you can go into most exchanges and order most currencies. Which would be more expensive but a much, MUCH better idea than waiting until you arrive at the foreign country to get their money.

It's a thing that seems to apply quite broadly around Africa. It doesn't seem to even necessarily apply to worn out bills either. Haven't yet gotten a particularly good answer on why that's so yet.



Bushie, make sure you have health insurance covering you when in Kenya. Nairobi probably has the best health facilities in east Africa, but you should probably make sure you're covered for medivac anyway.

And stick to bottled water where you can.

I will get the traveler's health insurance package that is offered, plus I will have my own health insurance from my employer, and I will definitely stick to bottled water.  In the fact, the place we're going which is the Kidjitsu area near Kisumu, supplies bottled water for brushing teeth and taking medicine, as well.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 03:15:38 pm
But if it's about seeing the world, wouldn't it perhaps make sense to organize this trip outside of a church mission with perhaps a different destination (somewhere in Europe for more time and less money)? Or is Africa somewhere you absolutely want to go?

I can think of much more interesting things to do with $2,000 :)

With this trip, I can do two things I've always wanted to do, travel abroad and minister to the orphans and the widows.  In fact, in the Bible, in the New Testament book of James it says that true religion is serving the widows and the fatherless (orphans).


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on November 19, 2011, 03:29:20 pm
Can someone shutdown National Lampoon's Kenyan Vacation before it turns into another update?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on November 19, 2011, 03:54:27 pm
Can someone shutdown National Lampoon's Kenyan Vacation before it turns into another update?

If it turns into update, I don't care.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on November 19, 2011, 04:07:30 pm
Nothing wrong with wanting to see the world. I do too, and I'm not a good enough person to do charity work on my travels. However, you REALLY need to do some homework before even signing up to go to Africa. A good place to begin is wikitravel.org They aren't nearly as professional as wikipedia, but they are geared toward travellers and have some good info. At the very least please, please, please read their article on kenya before comitting to going. Please don't be offended, but you tend to make decisions before weighing all the facts. Know what you're getting into before you sign up. And find out from the mission people where you'll be staying, if there will be a toilet, what will you eat, etc. And make sure your employer is cool with it too. We don't need another job search thread. And one last thing, try not to use the phrase "third-world." It's old fashioned and rubs people the wrong way. By very low African standards, Kenya isn't even that poor a country.

I checked Wikitravel on Africa, and I didn't see very many warnings or caution signs on Kenya, other than the high HIV/AIDS population, which I already knew.

What about Somali kidnappers?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 04:16:01 pm
Nothing wrong with wanting to see the world. I do too, and I'm not a good enough person to do charity work on my travels. However, you REALLY need to do some homework before even signing up to go to Africa. A good place to begin is wikitravel.org They aren't nearly as professional as wikipedia, but they are geared toward travellers and have some good info. At the very least please, please, please read their article on kenya before comitting to going. Please don't be offended, but you tend to make decisions before weighing all the facts. Know what you're getting into before you sign up. And find out from the mission people where you'll be staying, if there will be a toilet, what will you eat, etc. And make sure your employer is cool with it too. We don't need another job search thread. And one last thing, try not to use the phrase "third-world." It's old fashioned and rubs people the wrong way. By very low African standards, Kenya isn't even that poor a country.

I checked Wikitravel on Africa, and I didn't see very many warnings or caution signs on Kenya, other than the high HIV/AIDS population, which I already knew.

What about Somali kidnappers?


I'm sure they'll keep us far enough away from the Somali border to keep us safe.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 05:17:14 pm
I shared this on the Off Topic board just now, but the reason I want to go to Kenya is to experience something big.  My entire life I was known as the kid/guy who chickened out of everything or found some excuse so as not to do something.  I am trying to change that as I enter my 4th decade of life at the end of April.  I almost chickened out of Kenya, too, because I first knew about it two weeks ago, but declined because I wanted to go see my niece in Florida.  However, I got to thinking, that this is a big opportunity to do something unique and something that I will have a story to tell to my kids and grandkids when I am blessed to have them.  I can see my niece this summer or next Christmas if I wanted to, this is something that is hard to pass up.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on November 19, 2011, 05:28:23 pm
Bushie, you're NOT the chicken guy. You're the impulsive jump the gun guy. That's the complete opposite.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 05:43:53 pm
Bushie, you're NOT the chicken guy. You're the impulsive jump the gun guy. That's the complete opposite.

That's mainly the past couple years.  Before 2008, I was always making excuses not to do anything huge.  The past 3-4 years I've been trying to change that, and I'll admit have fallen flat on my face and skinned my knee quite a number of times.  This time is the tell-all, because my parents and I have agreed that if I do end up falling flat on my face again, they will not pick me back up, even if that means I have to sell my house and move in with Grandma or go to the City Rescue Mission.  They will help me get to Kenya, but I have to show some responsibility when I get home by picking up where I left off at my job and take complete control of every aspect of my life.  My mother desperately needs to retire from Tinker AFB and she plans to do that June 1 regardless of what happens to me in March.  Again, as someone said earlier, at least this is a contained amount and a respectable endeavor, even if it is a large amount, it is contained, and not a wild adventure in the scam world.  I also told them that if I thought my job would in any way be threatened by going to Kenya, I would stay home and opt for my 3 or 4 day vacation to Florida instead.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on November 19, 2011, 07:40:14 pm
Can someone shutdown National Lampoon's Kenyan Vacation before it turns into another update?

If it turns into update, I don't care.

Favorite. Mod. Ever.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on November 19, 2011, 08:40:47 pm
Nothing wrong with wanting to see the world. I do too, and I'm not a good enough person to do charity work on my travels. However, you REALLY need to do some homework before even signing up to go to Africa. A good place to begin is wikitravel.org They aren't nearly as professional as wikipedia, but they are geared toward travellers and have some good info. At the very least please, please, please read their article on kenya before comitting to going. Please don't be offended, but you tend to make decisions before weighing all the facts. Know what you're getting into before you sign up. And find out from the mission people where you'll be staying, if there will be a toilet, what will you eat, etc. And make sure your employer is cool with it too. We don't need another job search thread. And one last thing, try not to use the phrase "third-world." It's old fashioned and rubs people the wrong way. By very low African standards, Kenya isn't even that poor a country.

I checked Wikitravel on Africa, and I didn't see very many warnings or caution signs on Kenya, other than the high HIV/AIDS population, which I already knew.

What about Somali kidnappers?


I'm sure they'll keep us far enough away from the Somali border to keep us safe.

And the people who've been kidnapped before *didn't* think they were far enough from the border to be safe?

Obviously, you should be armed at all times just to be safe.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Yelnoc on November 19, 2011, 08:45:57 pm
Nothing wrong with wanting to see the world. I do too, and I'm not a good enough person to do charity work on my travels. However, you REALLY need to do some homework before even signing up to go to Africa. A good place to begin is wikitravel.org They aren't nearly as professional as wikipedia, but they are geared toward travellers and have some good info. At the very least please, please, please read their article on kenya before comitting to going. Please don't be offended, but you tend to make decisions before weighing all the facts. Know what you're getting into before you sign up. And find out from the mission people where you'll be staying, if there will be a toilet, what will you eat, etc. And make sure your employer is cool with it too. We don't need another job search thread. And one last thing, try not to use the phrase "third-world." It's old fashioned and rubs people the wrong way. By very low African standards, Kenya isn't even that poor a country.

I checked Wikitravel on Africa, and I didn't see very many warnings or caution signs on Kenya, other than the high HIV/AIDS population, which I already knew.

What about Somali kidnappers?


I'm sure they'll keep us far enough away from the Somali border to keep us safe.

And the people who've been kidnapped before *didn't* think they were far enough from the border to be safe?

Obviously, you should be armed at all times just to be safe.


How does one go about buying arms in Kenya, looking as Bushie does and speaking only English?  Because I doubt the plane will accommodate his rifles.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 08:48:19 pm
Nothing wrong with wanting to see the world. I do too, and I'm not a good enough person to do charity work on my travels. However, you REALLY need to do some homework before even signing up to go to Africa. A good place to begin is wikitravel.org They aren't nearly as professional as wikipedia, but they are geared toward travellers and have some good info. At the very least please, please, please read their article on kenya before comitting to going. Please don't be offended, but you tend to make decisions before weighing all the facts. Know what you're getting into before you sign up. And find out from the mission people where you'll be staying, if there will be a toilet, what will you eat, etc. And make sure your employer is cool with it too. We don't need another job search thread. And one last thing, try not to use the phrase "third-world." It's old fashioned and rubs people the wrong way. By very low African standards, Kenya isn't even that poor a country.

I checked Wikitravel on Africa, and I didn't see very many warnings or caution signs on Kenya, other than the high HIV/AIDS population, which I already knew.

What about Somali kidnappers?


I'm sure they'll keep us far enough away from the Somali border to keep us safe.

And the people who've been kidnapped before *didn't* think they were far enough from the border to be safe?

Obviously, you should be armed at all times just to be safe.


How does one go about buying arms in Kenya, looking as Bushie does and speaking only English?  Because I doubt the plane will accommodate his rifles.

If I carried a rifle, the safest place would be in front of the rifle.  There's no telling what I'll hit with a gun.  You could be behind my back and be introduced to a pellet.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 19, 2011, 08:53:04 pm
Nothing wrong with wanting to see the world. I do too, and I'm not a good enough person to do charity work on my travels. However, you REALLY need to do some homework before even signing up to go to Africa. A good place to begin is wikitravel.org They aren't nearly as professional as wikipedia, but they are geared toward travellers and have some good info. At the very least please, please, please read their article on kenya before comitting to going. Please don't be offended, but you tend to make decisions before weighing all the facts. Know what you're getting into before you sign up. And find out from the mission people where you'll be staying, if there will be a toilet, what will you eat, etc. And make sure your employer is cool with it too. We don't need another job search thread. And one last thing, try not to use the phrase "third-world." It's old fashioned and rubs people the wrong way. By very low African standards, Kenya isn't even that poor a country.

I checked Wikitravel on Africa, and I didn't see very many warnings or caution signs on Kenya, other than the high HIV/AIDS population, which I already knew.

What about Somali kidnappers?


I'm sure they'll keep us far enough away from the Somali border to keep us safe.

And the people who've been kidnapped before *didn't* think they were far enough from the border to be safe?

Obviously, you should be armed at all times just to be safe.


Kisumu is in the western part of the country near the Uganda border.  Somalia is to the east of Kenya.  It's American Twin City is Roanoke, Virginia with about 320,000 people

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kisumu


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on November 19, 2011, 09:58:16 pm
Buddy I am proud of you for being so devoted to your faith! This sounds like a GREAT opportunity.  Going across the world is a cultural experience and grows you as a person


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: TeePee4Prez on November 20, 2011, 01:42:56 am
That $2000 would be better spent on an engagement ring.  Oh and God has a magic money tree that will finance your trip and protect your job too!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on November 20, 2011, 02:16:14 am
That $2000 would be better spent on an engagement ring.  Oh and God has a magic money tree that will finance your trip and protect your job too!

Pat, stop being a d!ck. Despite our general assholery as a group, ok has managed to pick himself off the canvas after many setbacks. It does trouble me that he is even bringing up the issue of job security for a week vacation, but we shouldnt throw up past mistakes in his face.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 20, 2011, 07:16:50 am
Buddy I am proud of you for being so devoted to your faith! This sounds like a GREAT opportunity.  Going across the world is a cultural experience and grows you as a person

Thank you! I will hopefully find out today or tomorrow if there is indeed room on the trip, which I believe there should be.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 20, 2011, 07:42:30 am
The waiting game will come to an end in 6 1/2 hours.  He wants me to call him at my 1:15 break this afternoon.  Good news should be awaiting!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: TeePee4Prez on November 20, 2011, 02:05:41 pm
That $2000 would be better spent on an engagement ring.  Oh and God has a magic money tree that will finance your trip and protect your job too!

Pat, stop being a d!ck. Despite our general assholery as a group, ok has managed to pick himself off the canvas after many setbacks. It does trouble me that he is even bringing up the issue of job security for a week vacation, but we shouldnt throw up past mistakes in his face.

Pardon the sarcasm, but the $2000 should be going to other things.  He needs a savings account I'm sure.  The phrase GET REAL applies here. 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on November 20, 2011, 02:42:33 pm
Wondering how the 1:15 meeting is going. Oh to be a fly on that wall. It'd be better than the supercommittee meting.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 20, 2011, 03:01:23 pm
Wondering how the 1:15 meeting is going. Oh to be a fly on that wall. It'd be better than the supercommittee meting.

He's having to tend to his wife who just burned her hand, so he will give me a call a little later today.  He sent me a text asking if that would be okay.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on November 20, 2011, 03:22:36 pm
But if it's about seeing the world, wouldn't it perhaps make sense to organize this trip outside of a church mission with perhaps a different destination (somewhere in Europe for more time and less money)? Or is Africa somewhere you absolutely want to go?

I can think of much more interesting things to do with $2,000 :)

If you're going to go somewhere different, then actually go somewhere different. Europe doesn't count.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: opebo on November 20, 2011, 04:05:14 pm
... It does trouble me that he is even bringing up the issue of job security for a week vacation,

That is the plight of the working class in the neoliberal non-unionized america of today, patrick.  Workers simply cannot ask for any time off - they will be replaced with other desperates.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on November 20, 2011, 05:29:29 pm
This thread received an A+ rating when I saw BushOK address "hakuna matata" from The Lion King.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on November 20, 2011, 05:31:53 pm
I will also need crisp, fresh dollar bills (2006 or newer) as they have a better exchange rate.

I... don't think that's how money works?

Guys, I honestly can't remember the last time I laughed as hard as I just did.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on November 20, 2011, 06:26:05 pm
Some words of note/warning...

Kenya is a favoured spot for more... charismatic Christian Churches, considering 83% of Kenya is Christian, the majority of these are mainline protestants, don't really go to convert the small Muslim community - they tend to go to convert other Christians to their more... fire and brimstone beliefs.

A friend from School went on a mission to a small town outside Nairobi, which is largely Catholic. When asking why they came to this village, rather than trying to work in the Muslim areas in Coast province - he was told "it's too difficult, these people are already halfway there", plus Kenya is perfect as being sub-Saharan Africa, but with a small Muslim population and a lower HIV rate than Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

He became increasingly disenchanted, considered the whole process incredibly insulting to the otherwise intelligent locals. And he no longer is a participant in any Church.

But from my experience of traveling in Kenya, which is a beautiful country full of good people. Don't even try exchanging money there... you will get screwed. Go into a large bank chain and most will be able to order you some Kenyan currency in. Same thing goes for medication, I took everything before I left. There is a market in counterfeit malaria medications.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on November 20, 2011, 07:58:36 pm
But if it's about seeing the world, wouldn't it perhaps make sense to organize this trip outside of a church mission with perhaps a different destination (somewhere in Europe for more time and less money)? Or is Africa somewhere you absolutely want to go?

I can think of much more interesting things to do with $2,000 :)

If you're going to go somewhere different, then actually go somewhere different. Europe doesn't count.
This was my reaction to London when I was there. Hate to be the spoiled white kid complaining about a vacation abroad, but I went a long way to visit a place that wasn't all that different than Canada. Next time I have the money for an international vacation (ha ha), I want to go to Turkey. I'm thinking it's just exotic enough without being scary.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on November 20, 2011, 07:59:49 pm
This sounds almost like when NY Jews go to Miami to convert people. Except nicer, and less expensive.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on November 20, 2011, 08:18:25 pm
This sounds almost like when NY Jews go to Miami to convert people. Except nicer, and less expensive.
Talking about the chabads who try to get secular Jews to practice? Cause Jews don't usually do the evangelize thing. Once when I was in college, I was minding my own business, reading on a bench on lovely Fall day, and one of those guys asked me if I wanted to do this little ritual. I guess it was a good enough bet that I was Jewish between at Tulane, dark hair, big nose. I would loved to have seen what went down when the kids he approached weren't Jewish.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on November 20, 2011, 08:24:16 pm
This was my reaction to London when I was there. Hate to be the spoiled white kid complaining about a vacation abroad, but I went a long way to visit a place that wasn't all that different than Canada. Next time I have the money for an international vacation (ha ha), I want to go to Turkey. I'm thinking it's just exotic enough without being scary.

How about Glasgow?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on November 20, 2011, 08:43:28 pm
This sounds almost like when NY Jews go to Miami to convert people. Except nicer, and less expensive.
Talking about the chabads who try to get secular Jews to practice? Cause Jews don't usually do the evangelize thing. Once when I was in college, I was minding my own business, reading on a bench on lovely Fall day, and one of those guys asked me if I wanted to do this little ritual. I guess it was a good enough bet that I was Jewish between at Tulane, dark hair, big nose. I would loved to have seen what went down when the kids he approached weren't Jewish.

I think the "at Tulane" was enough to make that assumption.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on November 20, 2011, 08:45:39 pm
This was my reaction to London when I was there. Hate to be the spoiled white kid complaining about a vacation abroad, but I went a long way to visit a place that wasn't all that different than Canada. Next time I have the money for an international vacation (ha ha), I want to go to Turkey. I'm thinking it's just exotic enough without being scary.

How about Glasgow?

Haven't been. You recommend? I really liked London. And I took a day trip out to Stonehenge, Bath, and Salisbury, which was nice as well. Also, flew to Berlin while I was in the neighborhood for a few days.  It was my first(and only) time away from North America. All in all, a good time. I just think I'm ready for something a little more advanced, travel wise. Kenya would be a little much for me though. I'm sure it's a lovely country, but not high enough on the Human Development Index for my comfort zone. I'm not super fussy, but I want a certain level of infrastructure when I travel, which is almost always someplace in the States anyhow.  But I have my travel fantasies, as I suspect many others do as well.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 20, 2011, 09:21:39 pm
I have heard from the trip organizor and the main question I asked him was there still room on the trip.  He answered in the affirmative.  My cousin pointed out that it may be because it's still just a few days shy of 4 months away.

Now, that I know there is room, I am going to try to talk to him some tomorrow evening in a little more depth about the trip and then put down the deposit before Thanksgiving.  After Thanksgiving, my first order of business will be to apply for my passport on either November 30 or December 1 and get that started.

Sometime in early December, I am going to sit down with my cousin and hash out our game plan of preparation for the remaining 3 months until we leave.

Then, in early January, I'm going to start gathering things together that I might need to take and purchase what I need to purchase.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on November 20, 2011, 09:56:53 pm
Then, in early January, I'm going to start gathering things together that I might need to take and purchase what I need to purchase.

Will this interfere with Easter decorating?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 20, 2011, 10:00:57 pm
Then, in early January, I'm going to start gathering things together that I might need to take and purchase what I need to purchase.

Will this interfere with Easter decorating?

I don't normally 'decorate' for Easter, I normally just reflect on the death and resurrection of Christ.  Plus, Easter isn't until April 8, so I won't miss the actual celebration.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on November 20, 2011, 10:02:45 pm
Then, in early January, I'm going to start gathering things together that I might need to take and purchase what I need to purchase.

Will this interfere with Easter decorating?

The better question is whether this will interfere with his taking down his Christmas displays.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 20, 2011, 10:02:55 pm
Anyway, according to my calcuations and the verbal commitments I have gotten over the phone just this evening, by the first weekend of December, I will have raised $900 for my trip including the deposit, passport, and a big chunk toward the airfare.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 20, 2011, 10:05:29 pm
Then, in early January, I'm going to start gathering things together that I might need to take and purchase what I need to purchase.

Will this interfere with Easter decorating?

The better question is whether this will interfere with his taking down his Christmas displays.

No, since I put the decorations up so early, even I get tired of them by December 26, so they are usually down and put away and my house back to normal before New Years, usually around December 27-29 time frame.  This year, I will probably take it down on December 28.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on November 20, 2011, 10:30:58 pm
Then, in early January, I'm going to start gathering things together that I might need to take and purchase what I need to purchase.

Will this interfere with Easter decorating?

The better question is whether this will interfere with his taking down his Christmas displays.

No, since I put the decorations up so early, even I get tired of them by December 26, so they are usually down and put away and my house back to normal before New Years, usually around December 27-29 time frame.  This year, I will probably take it down on December 28.
I'm sure we've had this conversation before, but no love for the Epiphany? You can have an extra two weeks of Christmas. Yes, you can!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on November 20, 2011, 10:48:32 pm
I've confronted BushOK on this before. Decorations should remain up until at least the Epiphany.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on November 20, 2011, 11:20:42 pm
Can someone shutdown National Lampoon's Kenyan Vacation before it turns into another update?

If it turns into update, I don't care.

Favorite. Mod. Ever.

:') - tears of happiness


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: TeePee4Prez on November 21, 2011, 02:27:17 am
Bushie, are you focusing more on this or Christmas?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 21, 2011, 06:09:43 am
Bushie, are you focusing more on this or Christmas?

Really, both equally, with a slight edge to Christmas.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Meeker on November 21, 2011, 04:32:05 pm
I don't really get where some of the negativity in this thread is coming from. I think it'd be good for the guy to go somewhere different and see the world. This church has done this trip multiple times; I'm sure it'll all be fine. Bushie has made a lot (A LOT) of boneheaded moves in the past few years but I don't really see how this is one of them.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Brittain33 on November 21, 2011, 04:49:39 pm
I don't really get where some of the negativity in this thread is coming from. I think it'd be good for the guy to go somewhere different and see the world. This church has done this trip multiple times; I'm sure it'll all be fine. Bushie has made a lot (A LOT) of boneheaded moves in the past few years but I don't really see how this is one of them.

Yes, agreed, Suze Orman would scream "denied" on this trip if he called into her show... but people make decisions considerably more destructive than this all the time, and it will be a great experience.  


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on November 21, 2011, 06:16:38 pm
Anyway, according to my calcuations and the verbal commitments I have gotten over the phone just this evening, by the first weekend of December, I will have raised $900 for my trip including the deposit, passport, and a big chunk toward the airfare.

How the hell does that even cover that?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Gustaf on November 21, 2011, 07:34:16 pm
I'm disappointed that my question received no answer. Oh, well.

I'll also add that I agree with the negativity being a bit bizarre. This may not exactly be a wise move, but it's hardly disastrous either.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 21, 2011, 07:46:53 pm
Anyway, according to my calcuations and the verbal commitments I have gotten over the phone just this evening, by the first weekend of December, I will have raised $900 for my trip including the deposit, passport, and a big chunk toward the airfare.

How the hell does that even cover that?

It won't cover all of it, for sure, but it will cover quite a bit

I'm disappointed that my question received no answer. Oh, well.

Gustaf, no I'm not being called to up and move to Kenya.  I'm just being led to lend my hand in whatever way I can for the 3 or 4 days we'll be there.  The trip is a week long, but you can probably estimate 2 days to get there and 2 days to get back which only leaves 3, maybe 4, days to serve on the ground.

Anyway, a new update.  I talked to the guy over the phone for the first time this evening after work.  I've been talking to him via texting before now.  I am going to fax the application in tomorrow and then talk to him in person and lay down the deposit on Wednesday, November 30.  I will hopefully apply for the passport the same day.

The trip is $850 + $1500 airfare, so $2350 total plus passport, shots, and spending money.  It's a little more than I originally thought, but I'm going with the flow and it's not excessively more.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on November 21, 2011, 07:57:06 pm
Don't you still owe your parents a bunch of money?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 21, 2011, 08:25:12 pm
Don't you still owe your parents a bunch of money?

I do owe them some money, but we have never actually counted how much it is, because I could never repay them.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 21, 2011, 09:58:14 pm
Would you look at that... Through all the commitments I have already secured, I have my trip pretty well paid for already.  In fact, I have over $3,200 at my disposal if I need it.  The airfare is $1500, the trip itself is $850, spending money/visa money is $200, passport is $135.  All together that is $2685.  The deposit is $250, so that brings the balance down to $2435.  The passport is $135, so balance is now $2300.  My grandmother will give me $300 at the beginning of December and the beginning of January, so balance is now $1700.  I will contribute $200 in December, January, February, and March, so that's now $900.  I have secured donations from my brother and his wife for Christmas and my missionary friends from China also for Christmas, probably $100 each.  The balance is now $700.  My grandmother will give me another $300 at the beginning of February to bring it down to $400.  I will contribute my own spending/visa money, so that's now $200.  That leaves my mother and dad only having to contribute $200.  That's not even including if my church can help me out some.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 21, 2011, 10:01:44 pm
The dates have been modified to March 16-25, instead of March 16-23.  So, if I switch to a Monday-Friday schedule again, I will only have to take 6 days for the trip and 1 day for jet lag recovery for a total of 7 days (56 hours).  Under the current 4/10 schedule, I would have to take 70 hours leave which would definitely not work.  So, I am going to switch my schedule the first of January.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 21, 2011, 10:16:55 pm
I also just realized I could fax from my home computer and scanner, so I just sent him my app via fax!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on November 21, 2011, 10:18:18 pm
Would you look at that... Through all the commitments I have already secured, I have my trip pretty well paid for already.  In fact, I have over $3,200 at my disposal if I need it.  The airfare is $1500, the trip itself is $850, spending money/visa money is $200, passport is $135.  All together that is $2685.  The deposit is $250, so that brings the balance down to $2435.  The passport is $135, so balance is now $2300.  My grandmother will give me $300 at the beginning of December and the beginning of January, so balance is now $1700.  I will contribute $200 in December, January, February, and March, so that's now $900.  I have secured donations from my brother and his wife for Christmas and my missionary friends from China also for Christmas, probably $100 each.  The balance is now $700.  My grandmother will give me another $300 at the beginning of February to bring it down to $400.  I will contribute my own spending/visa money, so that's now $200.  That leaves my mother and dad only having to contribute $200.  That's not even including if my church can help me out some.

Um... $150 for spending money?

Ah... ha... when it comes to spending money always over estimate.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Compassion Fills the Void on November 21, 2011, 10:20:23 pm
While your rule there is certainly a good one, $150 is over 13,000 Kenyan shillings.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 21, 2011, 10:21:07 pm
Would you look at that... Through all the commitments I have already secured, I have my trip pretty well paid for already.  In fact, I have over $3,200 at my disposal if I need it.  The airfare is $1500, the trip itself is $850, spending money/visa money is $200, passport is $135.  All together that is $2685.  The deposit is $250, so that brings the balance down to $2435.  The passport is $135, so balance is now $2300.  My grandmother will give me $300 at the beginning of December and the beginning of January, so balance is now $1700.  I will contribute $200 in December, January, February, and March, so that's now $900.  I have secured donations from my brother and his wife for Christmas and my missionary friends from China also for Christmas, probably $100 each.  The balance is now $700.  My grandmother will give me another $300 at the beginning of February to bring it down to $400.  I will contribute my own spending/visa money, so that's now $200.  That leaves my mother and dad only having to contribute $200.  That's not even including if my church can help me out some.

Um... $150 for spending money?

Ah... ha... when it comes to spending money always over estimate.

It may be more than that, but I've got extra money available should I need it!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Јas on November 22, 2011, 03:35:55 am
While your rule there is certainly a good one, $150 is over 13,000 Kenyan shillings.

Your point being?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on November 22, 2011, 08:43:53 am
I'll also add that I agree with the negativity being a bit bizarre. This may not exactly be a wise move, but it's hardly disastrous either.

It certainly isn't the most idiotic thing he's done in his life.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 22, 2011, 08:59:04 pm
He did receive the application this morning and is reviewing it.  The next three days I'm going to pour over the budget quite a bit and look at the website more and get more ideas of what to do.  I'm about to show the website to my mother this evening for the first time and let her look at it.

I do want to thank the forum, for the most part, you have been very receptive of this idea and I haven't heard any scathing criticisms of this adventure.  Even the negativity I have received hasn't been mean or nasty and I have pretty much just laughed it off.  I think this is the first adventure I've taken in the past two or three years that the forum as a collective group actually approves of.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 23, 2011, 10:23:05 pm
There were really no further developments today, nor will there be the rest of the weekend because of Thanksgiving.  However, I did show the Maisha website to my mother last night (I'm spending 3 nights with them), and she was impressed by what she saw.  She said it will certainly be different for me, but she thinks it will be good for me to go out there and experience a whole new culture.  I have 113 days until I leave, which is about 3 months and 3 weeks.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 25, 2011, 08:33:52 pm
BUMP...

There is a Kenya update that i forgot about when I updated Wednesday Night.  This is also a work update combined into one.

One of my coworkers is considering my offer of a schedule swap with me effective Saturday, December 31, 2011, taking my 4/10 schedule (6:00-17:00 Saturday-Tuesday) and me taking his 9:45-18:45 M-F schedule.

What this schedule would do for me is two-fold.  (1) It would give me my Sundays back and allow me to worship at church every week like I long to do.  (2) It would also allow me to take fewer hours of leave when I go to Kenya.  The trip is Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 25, 2012.  Under my current schedule, I would have to take minimum 60 hours, probably 70 hours because of jet lag recovery on Monday, March 26, 2012.  By switching to a regular Monday-Friday work week, I would only have to take minimum 48 hours possibly 56 hours with the same jet lag recovery.  That would give me more leave for the remainder of 2012, especially if I encounter icy roads in January, February, March or December.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 26, 2011, 08:38:02 pm
I just filled out the passport application and will turn it in along with the appropriate fees and get the passport photo taken this coming Wednesday, November 30, 2011!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on November 26, 2011, 08:58:27 pm
BUMP...

There is a Kenya update that i forgot about when I updated Wednesday Night.  This is also a work update combined into one.

One of my coworkers is considering my offer of a schedule swap with me effective Saturday, December 31, 2011, taking my 4/10 schedule (6:00-17:00 Saturday-Tuesday) and me taking his 9:45-18:45 M-F schedule.

What this schedule would do for me is two-fold.  (1) It would give me my Sundays back and allow me to worship at church every week like I long to do.  (2) It would also allow me to take fewer hours of leave when I go to Kenya.  The trip is Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 25, 2012.  Under my current schedule, I would have to take minimum 60 hours, probably 70 hours because of jet lag recovery on Monday, March 26, 2012.  By switching to a regular Monday-Friday work week, I would only have to take minimum 48 hours possibly 56 hours with the same jet lag recovery.  That would give me more leave for the remainder of 2012, especially if I encounter icy roads in January, February, March or December.

Haha, the update is back baby.  Honestly though, you CANNOT miss work for some snow my man and no motel stays either.   Good luck in the planning of your trip. 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 26, 2011, 09:31:44 pm
BUMP...

There is a Kenya update that i forgot about when I updated Wednesday Night.  This is also a work update combined into one.

One of my coworkers is considering my offer of a schedule swap with me effective Saturday, December 31, 2011, taking my 4/10 schedule (6:00-17:00 Saturday-Tuesday) and me taking his 9:45-18:45 M-F schedule.

What this schedule would do for me is two-fold.  (1) It would give me my Sundays back and allow me to worship at church every week like I long to do.  (2) It would also allow me to take fewer hours of leave when I go to Kenya.  The trip is Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 25, 2012.  Under my current schedule, I would have to take minimum 60 hours, probably 70 hours because of jet lag recovery on Monday, March 26, 2012.  By switching to a regular Monday-Friday work week, I would only have to take minimum 48 hours possibly 56 hours with the same jet lag recovery.  That would give me more leave for the remainder of 2012, especially if I encounter icy roads in January, February, March or December.

Haha, the update is back baby.  Honestly though, you CANNOT miss work for some snow my man and no motel stays either.   Good luck in the planning of your trip.  

If there is a motel stay to be had, it will be because my employer would put me up there so I can be closer to work.

And, yes, the update has returned by proxy.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on November 26, 2011, 09:43:09 pm
And, yes, the update has returned by proxy.

Obligatory:

http://darthno.ytmnd.com/


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on November 26, 2011, 09:43:31 pm
I wouldn't  expect nor ask for a motel stay, Bushie.  I also wouldn't express any trepidation about driving in the weather to your co-workers or bosses.  It is a phobia that is best expressed to the forum if at all.  

From my experience, any weakness is typically used against you in the workplace. So I wouldnt even use a jet lag rest day excuse for that additional day- just say you are getting back that day.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 26, 2011, 10:10:03 pm
I wouldn't  expect nor ask for a motel stay, Bushie.  I also wouldn't express any trepidation about driving in the weather to your co-workers or bosses.  It is a phobia that is best expressed to the forum if at all. 

From my experience, any weakness is typically used against you in the workplace. So I wouldnt even use a jet lag rest day excuse for that additional day- just say you are getting back that day.

I definitely don't mention either scenario around the workplace.  I'm trying my darndest to get on permanent in January, and I'm not going to let anything ruin it.  January happens to be my supervisor's projection of when to get me on permanent.  I don't know if that's early January, mid January, or late January.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on November 26, 2011, 10:13:45 pm
I wouldn't  expect nor ask for a motel stay, Bushie.  I also wouldn't express any trepidation about driving in the weather to your co-workers or bosses.  It is a phobia that is best expressed to the forum if at all. 

From my experience, any weakness is typically used against you in the workplace. So I wouldnt even use a jet lag rest day excuse for that additional day- just say you are getting back that day.

I definitely don't mention either scenario around the workplace.  I'm trying my darndest to get on permanent in January, and I'm not going to let anything ruin it.  January happens to be my supervisor's projection of when to get me on permanent.  I don't know if that's early January, mid January, or late January.

Cool man and good luck.  What are your rules for asking time off?  I personally wouldnt ask for the time off until you have to and you have a permanent role.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on November 27, 2011, 01:02:25 am
If there is a motel stay to be had, it will be because my employer would put me up there so I can be closer to work.

Do employers really do that? It seems like it would cost more than whatever they gain from your working that day.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on November 27, 2011, 01:18:37 am
If there is a motel stay to be had, it will be because my employer would put me up there so I can be closer to work.

Do employers really do that? It seems like it would cost more than whatever they gain from your working that day.

Maybe if you are a baller on Wall Street and there is a blackout, blizzard or something. No motel sixes for that crowd though.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 27, 2011, 06:15:55 am
If there is a motel stay to be had, it will be because my employer would put me up there so I can be closer to work.

Do employers really do that? It seems like it would cost more than whatever they gain from your working that day.

I know quite a few around here who do that.  I've heard the motel Dell uses is a Holiday Inn about 1.5 miles away down the same road.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 27, 2011, 10:18:13 am
I wouldn't  expect nor ask for a motel stay, Bushie.  I also wouldn't express any trepidation about driving in the weather to your co-workers or bosses.  It is a phobia that is best expressed to the forum if at all. 

From my experience, any weakness is typically used against you in the workplace. So I wouldnt even use a jet lag rest day excuse for that additional day- just say you are getting back that day.

I definitely don't mention either scenario around the workplace.  I'm trying my darndest to get on permanent in January, and I'm not going to let anything ruin it.  January happens to be my supervisor's projection of when to get me on permanent.  I don't know if that's early January, mid January, or late January.

Cool man and good luck.  What are your rules for asking time off?  I personally wouldnt ask for the time off until you have to and you have a permanent role.

I did go ahead and ask for the time off because it is our spring break week and he only allows 1 agent off per day, so I had to get my dibs in early.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 28, 2011, 10:14:21 pm
I'm having so much fun looking at possible flight paths going to and from Nairobi. Interesting cities showing up such as

Memphis, Tennessee;
Atlanta, Georgia;
Detroit, Michigan;
Chicago, Illinois;
Newark, New Jersey;
Dallas, Texas;
Detroit, Michigan;
Los Angeles, California;
London, England;
Amsterdam, Netherlands;
Istanbul, Turkey;
Dubai, United Arab Emirates;
Frankfurt, Germany;
Zurich, Switzerland;
Brussels, Belgium;
even Addis Ababa, Ethiopia showed up.

Some extremely long flights and layovers await. Up to 16 hour flights (Dubai to Dallas) and up to 12 hour layovers.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Ebowed on November 29, 2011, 06:31:23 am
Get the permanent status first, then ask for time off.....


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on November 29, 2011, 07:02:59 am
I'm having so much fun looking at possible flight paths going to and from Nairobi. Interesting cities showing up such as

Memphis, Tennessee;
Atlanta, Georgia;
Detroit, Michigan;
Chicago, Illinois;
Newark, New Jersey;
Dallas, Texas;
Detroit, Michigan;
Los Angeles, California;
London, England;
Amsterdam, Netherlands;
Istanbul, Turkey;
Dubai, United Arab Emirates;
Frankfurt, Germany;
Zurich, Switzerland;
Brussels, Belgium;
even Addis Ababa, Ethiopia showed up.

Some extremely long flights and layovers await. Up to 16 hour flights (Dubai to Dallas) and up to 12 hour layovers.

Nothing out of the ordinary there. Aren't the flights being booked for everyone by your tour organizer....or is it every man for himself?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on November 29, 2011, 07:57:16 am
Get the permanent status first, then ask for time off.....


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on November 29, 2011, 04:46:54 pm
Surely it would be booked by an organizer. It doesn't make sense for it to be a free for all when finding flights.

Are you sure it's smart to take time off work for this? Aren't you still a temp? If so, I'm not sure they will retain you if you are taking trips to Kenya for extended periods of time.

If this is something that interests you, why not become a full time missionary? I've heard of people going to Africa and other places to risk their lives to spread the message of Jesus. Just do it all the time, and update us on your journey!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 29, 2011, 06:54:11 pm
It is being planned by an organizer.  They will book the flights the second week of January.  In fact, I'm going to talk to the trip organizer tomorrow in his office and officially put down my deposit.

I am still a temp, but I have been told that I will be on permanent before February 1.  He's just waiting on one thing right now, and that may not come in until late December or January.  Once he does that he will submit the req order to open up my position, but I will be on permament by February 1.  I've already told my supervisor about the trip and he is okay with it.

I'm changing my schedule at the first of January to a Monday-Friday schedule so I can take fewer hours off.  I would only be taking 56 hours with that schedule as opposed to 70 hours with the schedule I have now.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 30, 2011, 01:25:16 pm
I went up to the church office and talked to the trip organizer this morning for about 5 minutes and put down $300.  I also applied for my passport in Downtown Oklahoma City.

I now have $1200 left to put in toward my airfare within the next 5 1/2 weeks by Saturday, January 7, 2012.



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Paul Kemp on November 30, 2011, 02:11:09 pm
How will this affect your love life? Please fill us in on all details.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 30, 2011, 09:40:49 pm
How will this affect your love life? Please fill us in on all details.

Since I don't have a girlfriend right now, this won't affect it at all.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on November 30, 2011, 11:44:21 pm
I went up to the church office and talked to the trip organizer this morning for about 5 minutes and put down $300.  I also applied for my passport in Downtown Oklahoma City.

I now have $1200 left to put in toward my airfare within the next 5 1/2 weeks by Saturday, January 7, 2012.



Do you live far from the passport office?  Why go out of your way to apply for something you can do through the mail?  I had to go in person once but my flight was in two days.

Am I misunderstanding you or are you really paying for this trip in cash.? Seems rather inconvenient/archaic.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on November 30, 2011, 11:51:13 pm
I went up to the church office and talked to the trip organizer this morning for about 5 minutes and put down $300.  I also applied for my passport in Downtown Oklahoma City.

I now have $1200 left to put in toward my airfare within the next 5 1/2 weeks by Saturday, January 7, 2012.



Do you live far from the passport office?  Why go out of your way to apply for something you can do through the mail?  I had to go in person once but my flight was in two days.

Am I misunderstanding you or are you really paying for this trip in cash.? Seems rather inconvenient/archaic.

I only live 7 miles from the passport office, so it wasn't too bad of a trip.

We're not paying just in cash. There will be other methods of donation by different people.  Cash/Check will be the most common, I imagine, but there is a website I have directed my family and friends to make tax-deductible donations toward my trip.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on December 01, 2011, 12:20:10 am
I was confused- I thought you went to like the US state departments passport office, but they dont even have a regional office in OKC.  I just recoiled because I remember waiting in a 4 hour line.   That is why I just print out my application and mail in my pics now.

Thanks for explaining.  I'm just so used to putting down a c.c. these days for everything.

Hopefully, the organizers can get you a good flight with a short layover.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: TeePee4Prez on December 01, 2011, 12:24:13 am
Suze Orman while obnoxious I have to agree with her DENIED DENIED DENIED!!!!!  Bushie, you have to help yourself before you help others.  Do you have a sizable savings account?  A 401(k) or Roth IRA?  Dude, seriously this is PAINFUL to see.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on December 01, 2011, 02:36:10 am
Suze Orman while obnoxious I have to agree with her DENIED DENIED DENIED!!!!!  Bushie, you have to help yourself before you help others.  Do you have a sizable savings account?  A 401(k) or Roth IRA?  Dude, seriously this is PAINFUL to see.

If other people are chipping in, it's really not that much money.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 01, 2011, 10:22:17 am
Suze Orman while obnoxious I have to agree with her DENIED DENIED DENIED!!!!!  Bushie, you have to help yourself before you help others.  Do you have a sizable savings account?  A 401(k) or Roth IRA?  Dude, seriously this is PAINFUL to see.

If other people are chipping in, it's really not that much money.

Correct, Xahar.  Through the commitments I have already received, I pretty much
have my trip paid for except for maybe the $200-$250 spending money/visa money, and that will be quickly covered, as well.  All of this is with minimal investments from myself.

Flyers, I understand where you're coming from, and if it weren't for these financial commitments from friends and family, I wouldn't even think about going.  I would probably just stick with my original March plan and go visit my niece in Florida.

I was confused- I thought you went to like the US state departments passport office, but they dont even have a regional office in OKC.  I just recoiled because I remember waiting in a 4 hour line.   That is why I just print out my application and mail in my pics now.

Thanks for explaining.  I'm just so used to putting down a c.c. these days for everything.

Hopefully, the organizers can get you a good flight with a short layover.

Yeah, I just went to the Downtown Oklahoma City Post Office and was only there for 30 minutes as I had printed out the application and filled it out from home before hand.



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 02, 2011, 05:23:29 pm
I just had a nice contribution to my account.  My friends from college who are missionaries to China and are home in Enid, Oklahoma for 5 months have put $250 in my account.  With my deposit, I am now at $550 already in my account.  I am $2000 away from having my trip completely paid for and have that much, if not more, in commitments!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 05, 2011, 07:47:59 pm
A little update.

My fundraising is off to a wonderful start! As of yesterday morning, I had $550 in my trip account.  By last night, I had $800.  By tomorrow night, I will jump to $1800.  By the end of this week, I will be sitting at $2100 raised.  That will leave only $500 left for the trip plus my 2 shots at the end of February.  That will include $250 spending/visa money.  I think I'm the fastest fund raiser in the group!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Eraserhead on December 05, 2011, 10:25:35 pm
Wait, this is 12 pages now? Is it the new Update thread?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 06, 2011, 06:15:16 am
Wait, this is 12 pages now? Is it the new Update thread?

Welcome to Update Redux!!  Eventually, I may update things other than just Kenya.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on December 06, 2011, 06:45:06 am
You know, I wouldn't entirely put it past you to do the whole Kenya thing just in order to have an excuse to start up the Update again ;)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Paul Kemp on December 06, 2011, 11:06:25 am
Eventually, I may update things other than just Kenya.

Please!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 07, 2011, 12:23:54 pm
I just crossed underneath 100 days until the day I leave for Kenya begins.  I've already got $1800 in the bank for my trip and I've got another $600 coming within the next 4 weeks, bringing me up to $2400.  That will leave me with just spending money and shot money, which may be a grand total of $300 remaining.  The good news is, I have that $300 coming in February.

In other news, if you've been following facebook over the past three weeks, I've been on a mission to lose weight.  I had lost a total of 13 pounds at my best, and I've been hovering between 10 and 13 pounds lost for pretty much the past week.  As of this morning, I am sitting at 11 1/2 pounds down.  It would have been at least 12 1/2 pounds this morning, but I had an Oreo Cookie and Milk snack last night.

What I'm doing, though, to lose weight is when I get a hamburger, I'm leaving off the cheese, leaving off the fries, and either get a Diet Dr. Pepper or return home and get a Coke Zero.  I've switched primarily to Coke Zero since it has no calories.  I have maybe one regular Coke or Dr. Pepper every 3 or 4 days.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on December 07, 2011, 12:25:50 pm
I need to follow some of those tips... Used to be proud of my beef but now it's just inconvenient


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on December 07, 2011, 12:27:12 pm
It would have been at least 12 1/2 pounds this morning, but I had an Oreo Cookie and Milk snack last night.

What I'm doing, though, to lose weight is when I get a hamburger, I'm leaving off the cheese, leaving off the fries, and either get a Diet Dr. Pepper or return home and get a Coke Zero.  I've switched primarily to Coke Zero since it has no calories.  I have maybe one regular Coke or Dr. Pepper every 3 or 4 days.

Dude, skipping the cheese isn't really going to make a ton of difference when you're still having a hamburger.  Stop eating burgers generally, and IF you're going to indulge/reward yourself...go all out.  But don't justify eating bad food because you've made it slightly less bad.

Start cooking for yourself.  



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 07, 2011, 12:34:25 pm
It would have been at least 12 1/2 pounds this morning, but I had an Oreo Cookie and Milk snack last night.

What I'm doing, though, to lose weight is when I get a hamburger, I'm leaving off the cheese, leaving off the fries, and either get a Diet Dr. Pepper or return home and get a Coke Zero.  I've switched primarily to Coke Zero since it has no calories.  I have maybe one regular Coke or Dr. Pepper every 3 or 4 days.

Dude, skipping the cheese isn't really going to make a ton of difference when you're still having a hamburger.  Stop eating burgers generally, and IF you're going to indulge/reward yourself...go all out.  But don't justify eating bad food because you've made it slightly less bad.

Start cooking for yourself. 



A hamburger without the cheese and the fries just turns into a glorified sandwich.

I don't eat those as much as I did and I do have dinner at home most nights. I maybe get a hamburger such as that every three or four days.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on December 07, 2011, 12:57:53 pm
A hamburger without the cheese and the fries just turns into a glorified sandwich.

I don't eat those as much as I did and I do have dinner at home most nights. I maybe get a hamburger such as that every three or four days.

Man, a hamburger every 3 or 4 days is still too often.  Switch to a chicken sandwich, grilled, not fried if your job dictates that you have to get take out.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on December 07, 2011, 02:02:33 pm
STOP.DRINKING.SODA.

Just switch to water. The only time I was drinking soda was when I mixed it with booze, but now I just drink whiskey and water.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: opebo on December 07, 2011, 02:05:13 pm
Is BushOK back from Kenya yet?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on December 07, 2011, 02:08:26 pm
Only six hundred hours left in 2011!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: opebo on December 07, 2011, 02:13:06 pm
Bush, I read a bit more and appears you haven't left yet, or perhaps are still in Kenya.  My only advice is that you should sit in front of the fan for 5-10 minutes after showering.  This is a 'universal male practice' in the tropics, and circumvents the problem of ringworm or jock-itch to which the dweller in humid climes is so prone (and in particular, if I may say so, a fat bastard like yourself).


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 07, 2011, 02:36:37 pm
Bush, I read a bit more and appears you haven't left yet, or perhaps are still in Kenya.  My only advice is that you should sit in front of the fan for 5-10 minutes after showering.  This is a 'universal male practice' in the tropics, and circumvents the problem of ringworm or jock-itch to which the dweller in humid climes is so prone (and in particular, if I may say so, a fat bastard like yourself).

Haha, I'll make sure to do that.  FYI, I don't go to Kenya until March 16.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: opebo on December 07, 2011, 03:56:16 pm
Bush, I read a bit more and appears you haven't left yet, or perhaps are still in Kenya.  My only advice is that you should sit in front of the fan for 5-10 minutes after showering.  This is a 'universal male practice' in the tropics, and circumvents the problem of ringworm or jock-itch to which the dweller in humid climes is so prone (and in particular, if I may say so, a fat bastard like yourself).

Haha, I'll make sure to do that.  FYI, I don't go to Kenya until March 16.

Sterling fellow!  I wish you all the best. 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 07, 2011, 04:35:34 pm
Bush, I read a bit more and appears you haven't left yet, or perhaps are still in Kenya.  My only advice is that you should sit in front of the fan for 5-10 minutes after showering.  This is a 'universal male practice' in the tropics, and circumvents the problem of ringworm or jock-itch to which the dweller in humid climes is so prone (and in particular, if I may say so, a fat bastard like yourself).

Haha, I'll make sure to do that.  FYI, I don't go to Kenya until March 16.

Sterling fellow!  I wish you all the best. 

Thanks, opie!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 08, 2011, 04:10:38 pm
I'm sitting at 98 days until Kenya and amongst my trip mates who have not raised as much money as I have so far are already starting to feel the trip get closer and closer.  The air fare money ($1500) is due by Saturday, January 7, 2012.  I have already raised $1800, so my air fare is taken care of and I'm well on my way for the last $1100 which includes the actual cost of the trip, the spending money, and the visa money.  All of that is due by the first week of March.  The rest of the group is already starting to feel the time crunch.  I'm not feeling it as much, since I am 3/4 of the way done in fundraising.

Personally, I'm going to take the rest of December to enjoy Christmas and New Years and then the first week of January, I am going to start looking over the list of what I need to pack and take an inventory of what I do and do not have and then start buying what I don't have.  They recommend really trying to pack as early as March 1 to give us plenty of time to figure out what works best and what doesn't.  I can keep in mind that they do have laundry service at the mission center where we will be staying, so I don't have to take as many clothes which will save room in my suitcase.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 09, 2011, 09:44:59 pm
14 weeks from right now, I will probably be on the plane doing some pond hopping headed to some airport in Europe, most likely Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Istanbul, or possibly London-Heathrow.  I will likely leave the Oklahoma City airport around 11:00 or 11:30 Friday morning, March 16.  I'll likely fly into either Washington-Reagan or Dulles, Chicago, Dallas, or Newark for my American layover. The European layover will be in the cities I mentioned above.  I should return to the Oklahoma City airport around 8:30 or so Sunday night, March 25.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 12, 2011, 07:29:24 pm
Here is a weight loss update:

As of this morning, I have now lost 14 1/2 pounds.  I also have not had a regular coke in 8 days since Sunday, December 4, 2011.  I have no desire for them, anymore.  My mother advises me since I've gone this long, to just stay away from them altogether.  Instead, I've been drinking Coke Zero and occasionally Diet Dr. Pepper in establishments that don't have Coke Zero.  I do not see myself ever going to a water-only diet.  That's just too boring.  Coke Zero is fine since it has no calories and no sugar and it tastes great.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on December 12, 2011, 08:58:40 pm
Here is a weight loss update:

As of this morning, I have now lost 14 1/2 pounds.  I also have not had a regular coke in 8 days since Sunday, December 4, 2011.  I have no desire for them, anymore.  My mother advises me since I've gone this long, to just stay away from them altogether.  Instead, I've been drinking Coke Zero and occasionally Diet Dr. Pepper in establishments that don't have Coke Zero.  I do not see myself ever going to a water-only diet.  That's just too boring.  Coke Zero is fine since it has no calories and no sugar and it tastes great.
Keep it up! Clothes fitting differently yet? That's the best feeling in the world! Any progress on the energy out side of the equation? It doesn't have to be a marathon at first (and, frankly, shouldn't be anything too strenuous to start), but you need to work at both sides not just to lose weight but to be healthier.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Yelnoc on December 12, 2011, 09:03:47 pm
14 weeks from right now, I will probably be on the plane doing some pond hopping headed to some airport in Europe, most likely Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Istanbul, or possibly London-Heathrow.  I will likely leave the Oklahoma City airport around 11:00 or 11:30 Friday morning, March 16.  I'll likely fly into either Washington-Reagan or Dulles, Chicago, Dallas, or Newark for my American layover. The European layover will be in the cities I mentioned above.  I should return to the Oklahoma City airport around 8:30 or so Sunday night, March 25.
So you're going to be in Kenya for a little more than a week?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on December 13, 2011, 07:52:32 am
So, when is the next engagement?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 13, 2011, 07:07:06 pm
14 weeks from right now, I will probably be on the plane doing some pond hopping headed to some airport in Europe, most likely Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Istanbul, or possibly London-Heathrow.  I will likely leave the Oklahoma City airport around 11:00 or 11:30 Friday morning, March 16.  I'll likely fly into either Washington-Reagan or Dulles, Chicago, Dallas, or Newark for my American layover. The European layover will be in the cities I mentioned above.  I should return to the Oklahoma City airport around 8:30 or so Sunday night, March 25.
So you're going to be in Kenya for a little more than a week?

Yes, 9 days total including 2 full weekends.

Here is a weight loss update:

As of this morning, I have now lost 14 1/2 pounds.  I also have not had a regular coke in 8 days since Sunday, December 4, 2011.  I have no desire for them, anymore.  My mother advises me since I've gone this long, to just stay away from them altogether.  Instead, I've been drinking Coke Zero and occasionally Diet Dr. Pepper in establishments that don't have Coke Zero.  I do not see myself ever going to a water-only diet.  That's just too boring.  Coke Zero is fine since it has no calories and no sugar and it tastes great.
Keep it up! Clothes fitting differently yet? That's the best feeling in the world! Any progress on the energy out side of the equation? It doesn't have to be a marathon at first (and, frankly, shouldn't be anything too strenuous to start), but you need to work at both sides not just to lose weight but to be healthier.

Thank you, memphis!  I'm almost ready to go down a size in my jeans from my current 40 to 38!!



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 13, 2011, 07:08:02 pm
So, when is the next engagement?

Not anytime soon. I don't even have a girlfriend, nor do I have any prospects.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on December 13, 2011, 07:20:42 pm
14 weeks from right now, I will probably be on the plane doing some pond hopping headed to some airport in Europe, most likely Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Istanbul, or possibly London-Heathrow.  I will likely leave the Oklahoma City airport around 11:00 or 11:30 Friday morning, March 16.  I'll likely fly into either Washington-Reagan or Dulles, Chicago, Dallas, or Newark for my American layover. The European layover will be in the cities I mentioned above.  I should return to the Oklahoma City airport around 8:30 or so Sunday night, March 25.
So you're going to be in Kenya for a little more than a week?

Yes, 9 days total including 2 full weekends.

Here is a weight loss update:

As of this morning, I have now lost 14 1/2 pounds.  I also have not had a regular coke in 8 days since Sunday, December 4, 2011.  I have no desire for them, anymore.  My mother advises me since I've gone this long, to just stay away from them altogether.  Instead, I've been drinking Coke Zero and occasionally Diet Dr. Pepper in establishments that don't have Coke Zero.  I do not see myself ever going to a water-only diet.  That's just too boring.  Coke Zero is fine since it has no calories and no sugar and it tastes great.
Keep it up! Clothes fitting differently yet? That's the best feeling in the world! Any progress on the energy out side of the equation? It doesn't have to be a marathon at first (and, frankly, shouldn't be anything too strenuous to start), but you need to work at both sides not just to lose weight but to be healthier.

Thank you, memphis!  I'm almost ready to go down a size in my jeans from my current 40 to 38!!

Excellent! I've done some weight yo-yoing in the past. You're going to have to try everything on before you buy it because everybody sizes things differently. Target jeans, for whatever reason, are extremely generous in the waist, even the ones that are not relaxed fit. I could probably wear a 32 Target jeans if I wanted, which is hilarious because I'm more like a 36 in the real world.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 13, 2011, 10:44:49 pm
14 weeks from right now, I will probably be on the plane doing some pond hopping headed to some airport in Europe, most likely Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Istanbul, or possibly London-Heathrow.  I will likely leave the Oklahoma City airport around 11:00 or 11:30 Friday morning, March 16.  I'll likely fly into either Washington-Reagan or Dulles, Chicago, Dallas, or Newark for my American layover. The European layover will be in the cities I mentioned above.  I should return to the Oklahoma City airport around 8:30 or so Sunday night, March 25.
So you're going to be in Kenya for a little more than a week?

Yes, 9 days total including 2 full weekends.

Here is a weight loss update:

As of this morning, I have now lost 14 1/2 pounds.  I also have not had a regular coke in 8 days since Sunday, December 4, 2011.  I have no desire for them, anymore.  My mother advises me since I've gone this long, to just stay away from them altogether.  Instead, I've been drinking Coke Zero and occasionally Diet Dr. Pepper in establishments that don't have Coke Zero.  I do not see myself ever going to a water-only diet.  That's just too boring.  Coke Zero is fine since it has no calories and no sugar and it tastes great.
Keep it up! Clothes fitting differently yet? That's the best feeling in the world! Any progress on the energy out side of the equation? It doesn't have to be a marathon at first (and, frankly, shouldn't be anything too strenuous to start), but you need to work at both sides not just to lose weight but to be healthier.

Thank you, memphis!  I'm almost ready to go down a size in my jeans from my current 40 to 38!!

Excellent! I've done some weight yo-yoing in the past. You're going to have to try everything on before you buy it because everybody sizes things differently. Target jeans, for whatever reason, are extremely generous in the waist, even the ones that are not relaxed fit. I could probably wear a 32 Target jeans if I wanted, which is hilarious because I'm more like a 36 in the real world.

What's nice is that I have about 10 pair of size 38 jeans in my closet, so I won't even have to go buy any. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 14, 2011, 09:55:18 pm
I just got my passport in the mail today.  It only took two weeks!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Joe Republic on December 14, 2011, 10:01:55 pm
That must have been a weird day at the passport office.  "Hey guys, look at this - somebody from Oklahoma is applying for a passport!"  "What?  No way..."  "I'm serious!  It's spelled correctly and everything!  I wonder if he knows what it's even for."


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 14, 2011, 10:25:03 pm
That must have been a weird day at the passport office.  "Hey guys, look at this - somebody from Oklahoma is applying for a passport!"  "What?  No way..."  "I'm serious!  It's spelled correctly and everything!  I wonder if he knows what it's even for."

Oklahoma probably has its own team and does nothing but facebook all day, so when they saw my application, they got it done in just a little while and went back to facebooking.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on December 15, 2011, 05:39:26 am
Passports are important. Although Amsterdam let me through once on an expired German passport. (Had my American passport and German ID card with me, but wasn't aware of tbe expiration myself) I wonder if the Dutch noticed or just didn't care.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: afleitch on December 15, 2011, 09:32:27 am
Passports are important. Although Amsterdam let me through once on an expired German passport. (Had my American passport and German ID card with me, but wasn't aware of tbe expiration myself) I wonder if the Dutch noticed or just didn't care.

They tend not to care unless you have a funny name :) It's unfortunate I look about 12 on my passport, still I get to renew it shortly.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 16, 2011, 12:02:18 pm
I am able to check my work email from home, now, and this morning when I woke up and checked the email, I found out officially that I will work 12-7 Christmas Eve afternoon, but I will have Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, and January 2 all off work.  That 7 hours on Christmas Eve is a little more than 2/3 of a normal 10 hour work day.  So, this leaves me with 6 2/3 days of work remaining in 2011, 4 of which I will knock out in the next 4 days, Saturday-Tuesday.  After I get off work at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 I will have a nice 6-day weekend until 6:00 am on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, followed by 11 hours of work, then another 3-day weekend.

I now have 90 days until Kenya (3 months from today).

I am still hovering between 13 1/2 and 14 1/2 pounds lost in the past 5 weeks.  Today, I am at 14 1/4 pounds.  I started the diet at 285.0 lbs and this morning I am at 270.8 lbs.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Yelnoc on December 16, 2011, 12:46:03 pm
I hope you aren't starving yourself.  Exercise, exercise, exercise!  I suggest running for the longest distances you can (gradually increasing your mileage) in tandem with push-ups and planks.  Don't do crunches, you will just hurt your back (and the benefits are minimal).


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 17, 2011, 07:27:40 am
I hope you aren't starving yourself.  Exercise, exercise, exercise!  I suggest running for the longest distances you can (gradually increasing your mileage) in tandem with push-ups and planks.  Don't do crunches, you will just hurt your back (and the benefits are minimal).

I'm definitely not starving myself. I'm still eating fine, I'm just not overeating and stuffing myself miserable.  I am walking a couple times a week as my form of exercise and will probably increase that once the weather starts getting warmer in the late winter and early spring.

As of this morning, I was at 14 3/4 pounds lost.  I'm slowly, but surely heading in the right direction.  I don't want to go too fast down the hill and send my body into shock, so a nice, steady progression is ideal. 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 18, 2011, 07:43:16 am
I have fluctuated back up to about 13 3/4 - 14 pounds lost again, hovering right around 271.  I didn't do anything out of the ordinary yesterday, I think its just a natural fluctuation in my weight loss journey.  It's actually good, I think, that I have these minor gains as 1) it keeps me from getting to sure of myself and 2) it prevents me from losing weight too fast for my body to adjust.

By the middle of January, I will have my Kenya trip completely paid for, including spending money and visa money.  I'm at $2000 right now, thanks to a donation that came in last Thursday.  I am promised another $400 right after the first of the year and I have also been promised some by the middle of January.  The only other expense I should have trip related is $98 to get my yellow fever vaccination sometime in late January or early February.  If I go down to the Oklahoma County Health Department, the Tetanus shot is free and the Yellow Fever is $98.

Starting around the 2nd or 3rd week of January, I am going to start getting stuff organized that I'm going to take to Kenya and take stock of what I have and make a list of what I need to get.  This will give me roughly 2 months to get what I need so I don't have to buy everything all at once.

As of today, I am down to 88 days, not including today, until I leave.

In the Brown Household, today, Sunday, December 18, 2011, is the beginning of Christmas Week 2011.  I define Christmas Week as the final full Sunday-Saturday week before Christmas Day.  That happens to be this week naturally.  New Years Week 2012 is defined by the same rules, the final full Sunday-Saturday week before New Years Day, and it so happens New Years Week will begin on Christmas Morning at midnight and end at 23:59:59 Monday, January 2, 2012.  The first week of January, beginning on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 is back to normal.  It doesn't end until January 2 for me because the Tournament of Roses Parade and all the New Years Day Bowl Games are not held until Monday.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Torie on December 18, 2011, 12:15:07 pm
Jeff, if you ever want to get serious about losing weight, rather than just verbalizing about it (how many times have you lost 15 pounds, and then put it right back on?), use this product (https://www.nlnutrition.net/page-products-detail.php?sc=NLN1012) every morning. I put a scoop in the blender with orange juice and fruit.  I lost 10 pounds a month like clockwork - 70 pounds total. I now weigh 160 pounds, and have a body fat percentage of around 12%.  It changed my life.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 18, 2011, 01:22:02 pm
Jeff, if you ever want to get serious about losing weight, rather than just verbalizing about it (how many times have you lost 15 pounds, and then put it right back on?), use this product (https://www.nlnutrition.net/page-products-detail.php?sc=NLN1012) every morning. I put a scoop in the blender with orange juice and fruit.  I lost 10 pounds a month like clockwork - 70 pounds total. I now weigh 160 pounds, and have a body fat percentage of around 12%.  It changed my life.

I am serious about losing weight.  I've been losing for 5 full weeks now (tomorrow will start week 6).  My goal is to get in better shape so I can withstand the heat and humidity in Kenya and be of better service to the team.  I also want to not make the same mistakes in my 30s as I have in my 20s as I know mid-life can produce weight gain on its own.  I want to get ahead of the curve here and prevent things from going from bad to worse.  My blood pressure really spiked on Saturday, November 12 and I thought I had a very minor heart attack, and that's what spurred this weight loss campaign.  I would like to lose a couple pounds a week and I know I can do that.  I'm also beginning to walk some in the house and will walk more outside when the weather starts getting warmer outside.  This is not some 2-week fad that I am on, this is a real effort to lose weight.  I am at 14-15 pounds now, and my goal is to be at 17-18 pounds by January 1 and then 25 pounds by February 1.  I would like to lose 85-100 pounds total.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on December 18, 2011, 01:23:29 pm
Are you seriously defining walking inside your house as a serious way to lose weight? :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Homage to Catalonia on December 18, 2011, 01:28:38 pm
Bushie, I successfully dealt with my former overweight issues by regularly attending a gym and continuing to do so every since.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 18, 2011, 01:31:07 pm
Are you seriously defining walking inside your house as a serious way to lose weight? :)

It takes a lot longer, for sure, and while it's not the same as walking outside, at least I'm moving around, not stationary.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 18, 2011, 01:32:06 pm
Bushie, I successfully dealt with my former overweight issues by regularly attending a gym and continuing to do so every since.

I've thought about a gym membership, but my finances right now just won't allow it.  I want to one of these days, but right now, it's just not financially feasible.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 18, 2011, 09:23:30 pm
If you remember a year ago in the Update Thread I mentioned I have an actual process when it comes to changing my calendars for the New Year.  I am at it, again!  I have a schedule typed up on Microsoft Word that tells me when to take down a certain calendar, when to put up the new calendar, when to change pages to January.  As for my desk calendars, I have a schedule of when to turn each individual page.  It will not all get changed at one time, but I have a method to each page turn about 45 minutes apart.  I will have started the changing process, but I will take a break for Christmas from this Thursday evening through next Wednesday morning.  I will have all the calendars changed by 1:00 am Saturday, December 31, 2011 which is 3 hours before 2012 is born in the Pacific Ocean.

I have a couple words of advice for anyone trying to figure this out...  "Don't ask!".


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: TeePee4Prez on December 19, 2011, 01:24:43 am
Take the money and sign up for eHarmony or match.com.  You'll be better off!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on December 19, 2011, 01:52:53 am
Jeff, if you ever want to get serious about losing weight, rather than just verbalizing about it (how many times have you lost 15 pounds, and then put it right back on?), use this product (https://www.nlnutrition.net/page-products-detail.php?sc=NLN1012) every morning. I put a scoop in the blender with orange juice and fruit.  I lost 10 pounds a month like clockwork - 70 pounds total. I now weigh 160 pounds, and have a body fat percentage of around 12%.  It changed my life.
I know something better. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adderall
Solves his weight and motivation problems with one pill. It ought to be in the water supply.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on December 19, 2011, 03:58:30 am
If you remember a year ago in the Update Thread I mentioned I have an actual process when it comes to changing my calendars for the New Year.  I am at it, again!  I have a schedule typed up on Microsoft Word that tells me when to take down a certain calendar, when to put up the new calendar, when to change pages to January.  As for my desk calendars, I have a schedule of when to turn each individual page.  It will not all get changed at one time, but I have a method to each page turn about 45 minutes apart.  I will have started the changing process, but I will take a break for Christmas from this Thursday evening through next Wednesday morning.  I will have all the calendars changed by 1:00 am Saturday, December 31, 2011 which is 3 hours before 2012 is born in the Pacific Ocean.

I have a couple words of advice for anyone trying to figure this out...  "Don't ask!".

Why???


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 19, 2011, 07:00:35 pm
I also found out that my supervisor should be able to put in the requisition order to get me on permanent by the end of the first week of January. The contract with the client should be finished negotiating by the end of December, and he says it will be just a couple days after that when he submits. He said, though, it could take a little time to go through because it has to go up 100 different levels of management for approvals, but its pretty much a done deal and a matter of time at that point.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 19, 2011, 07:01:48 pm
If you remember a year ago in the Update Thread I mentioned I have an actual process when it comes to changing my calendars for the New Year.  I am at it, again!  I have a schedule typed up on Microsoft Word that tells me when to take down a certain calendar, when to put up the new calendar, when to change pages to January.  As for my desk calendars, I have a schedule of when to turn each individual page.  It will not all get changed at one time, but I have a method to each page turn about 45 minutes apart.  I will have started the changing process, but I will take a break for Christmas from this Thursday evening through next Wednesday morning.  I will have all the calendars changed by 1:00 am Saturday, December 31, 2011 which is 3 hours before 2012 is born in the Pacific Ocean.

I have a couple words of advice for anyone trying to figure this out...  "Don't ask!".

Why???

Have you forgotten?  Bushie doesn't do "normal" things.  He could probably be considered a little eccentric.  One thing Bushie is, is deliberate.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Insula Dei on December 19, 2011, 07:15:21 pm
If you remember a year ago in the Update Thread I mentioned I have an actual process when it comes to changing my calendars for the New Year.  I am at it, again!  I have a schedule typed up on Microsoft Word that tells me when to take down a certain calendar, when to put up the new calendar, when to change pages to January.  As for my desk calendars, I have a schedule of when to turn each individual page.  It will not all get changed at one time, but I have a method to each page turn about 45 minutes apart.  I will have started the changing process, but I will take a break for Christmas from this Thursday evening through next Wednesday morning.  I will have all the calendars changed by 1:00 am Saturday, December 31, 2011 which is 3 hours before 2012 is born in the Pacific Ocean.

I have a couple words of advice for anyone trying to figure this out...  "Don't ask!".

Why???

Have you forgotten?  Bushie doesn't do "normal" things.  He could probably be considered a little eccentric.  One thing Bushie is, is deliberate.

It's scary when you break the fourth wall, you know that?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 21, 2011, 11:17:32 am
As of this morning, I have now lost 16.6 pounds with a weight of 268.4.  I am starting to feel better now and, I think, starting to look better.  My next goal is to drop into the 250's and I hope to do that within the next two or three weeks.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 23, 2011, 12:41:15 am
I am at my parents' for the weekend through Monday night.  I've got a pretty busy day, but fun day, on Friday.  I've got a few errands to run in town tomorrow getting last minute items for Saturday night and Christmas Dinner on Sunday.  I'm still at 16.6 pounds lost as of Thursday morning, and I'm not going to worry too much about my diet this weekend.  I'm still going to drink the Coke Zeroes and generally eat less, but when it comes to Christmas Dinner, I'm going to indulge and throw all hope aside.  Thankfully, it will be composed of primarily healthy foods with Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Green Beans, Stove Top Stuffing, Rolls, and either my mother's Pistachio Pudding or my grandmother's Lime Jello Salad and, of course, Pumpkin and Lemon Merignue Pies.

Saturday, I do have to work from 12:00-19:00, so I'm going to leave my parents' around 10:30 to run back home and check on my cat and get my dress shirt, slacks, belt, and red tie for Christmas Morning service.  After work, I'll go straight back to Mom and Dad's and should get here about 19:45 at which time we will have sandwiches for our dinner and then open presents.

Christmas Morning, we'll leave at 10:00 for our Morning Worship Service at 10:30.  That should be over by 11:45 at which time we'll all gather at Mom and Dad's to continue the preparations for Christmas Dinner.  A family friend that joined us on Thanksgiving will join us for Christmas Dinner and to play a few games afterwards such as Skip-Bo, UNO, and maybe Dominoes.  I'll have to get to bed fairly early on Sunday night as it is a work night.

Monday, I'll have to get up at 3:45 in order to be out of the house by 5:00 to drive to work.  Monday evening, I will drive to my grandmother's and take down her Christmas Tree and then come back to Mom and Dad's and spend one more night Monday night before going to work on Tuesday and then going home after work on Tuesday.

I will resume my calendar changing process on Wednesday and finish it by 1:00 am Saturday morning, New Year's Eve.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: TeePee4Prez on December 23, 2011, 12:53:51 am
I am at my parents' for the weekend through Monday night.  I've got a pretty busy day, but fun day, on Friday.  I've got a few errands to run in town tomorrow getting last minute items for Saturday night and Christmas Dinner on Sunday.  I'm still at 16.6 pounds lost as of Thursday morning, and I'm not going to worry too much about my diet this weekend.  I'm still going to drink the Coke Zeroes and generally eat less, but when it comes to Christmas Dinner, I'm going to indulge and throw all hope aside.  Thankfully, it will be composed of primarily healthy foods with Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Green Beans, Stove Top Stuffing, Rolls, and either my mother's Pistachio Pudding or my grandmother's Lime Jello Salad and, of course, Pumpkin and Lemon Merignue Pies.

Saturday, I do have to work from 12:00-19:00, so I'm going to leave my parents' around 10:30 to run back home and check on my cat and get my dress shirt, slacks, belt, and red tie for Christmas Morning service.  After work, I'll go straight back to Mom and Dad's and should get here about 19:45 at which time we will have sandwiches for our dinner and then open presents.

Christmas Morning, we'll leave at 10:00 for our Morning Worship Service at 10:30.  That should be over by 11:45 at which time we'll all gather at Mom and Dad's to continue the preparations for Christmas Dinner.  A family friend that joined us on Thanksgiving will join us for Christmas Dinner and to play a few games afterwards such as Skip-Bo, UNO, and maybe Dominoes.  I'll have to get to bed fairly early on Sunday night as it is a work night.

Monday, I'll have to get up at 3:45 in order to be out of the house by 5:00 to drive to work.  Monday evening, I will drive to my grandmother's and take down her Christmas Tree and then come back to Mom and Dad's and spend one more night Monday night before going to work on Tuesday and then going home after work on Tuesday.

I will resume my calendar changing process on Wednesday and finish it by 1:00 am Saturday morning, New Year's Eve.

5 fingers have to come in there at some point eh buddy?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 23, 2011, 01:05:09 am
I am at my parents' for the weekend through Monday night.  I've got a pretty busy day, but fun day, on Friday.  I've got a few errands to run in town tomorrow getting last minute items for Saturday night and Christmas Dinner on Sunday.  I'm still at 16.6 pounds lost as of Thursday morning, and I'm not going to worry too much about my diet this weekend.  I'm still going to drink the Coke Zeroes and generally eat less, but when it comes to Christmas Dinner, I'm going to indulge and throw all hope aside.  Thankfully, it will be composed of primarily healthy foods with Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Green Beans, Stove Top Stuffing, Rolls, and either my mother's Pistachio Pudding or my grandmother's Lime Jello Salad and, of course, Pumpkin and Lemon Merignue Pies.

Saturday, I do have to work from 12:00-19:00, so I'm going to leave my parents' around 10:30 to run back home and check on my cat and get my dress shirt, slacks, belt, and red tie for Christmas Morning service.  After work, I'll go straight back to Mom and Dad's and should get here about 19:45 at which time we will have sandwiches for our dinner and then open presents.

Christmas Morning, we'll leave at 10:00 for our Morning Worship Service at 10:30.  That should be over by 11:45 at which time we'll all gather at Mom and Dad's to continue the preparations for Christmas Dinner.  A family friend that joined us on Thanksgiving will join us for Christmas Dinner and to play a few games afterwards such as Skip-Bo, UNO, and maybe Dominoes.  I'll have to get to bed fairly early on Sunday night as it is a work night.

Monday, I'll have to get up at 3:45 in order to be out of the house by 5:00 to drive to work.  Monday evening, I will drive to my grandmother's and take down her Christmas Tree and then come back to Mom and Dad's and spend one more night Monday night before going to work on Tuesday and then going home after work on Tuesday.

I will resume my calendar changing process on Wednesday and finish it by 1:00 am Saturday morning, New Year's Eve.

5 fingers have to come in there at some point eh buddy?

You lost me...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on December 23, 2011, 09:21:04 am
Lime Jello Salad
??? Please tell me that Snowguy's gelatin and mayonnaise recipes aren't contagious.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 23, 2011, 09:53:13 am
Lime Jello Salad
??? Please tell me that Snowguy's gelatin and mayonnaise recipes aren't contagious.

No, it has nothing in common except the gelatin.  She puts Lime Jello mixed with almonds mixed with just a little bit of grated cheddar cheese.  It is delicious!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Thomas D on December 23, 2011, 10:00:50 am
I haven't check this thread out since the first few pages when it was about Bushie going to Africa. How'd we get to 16 pages?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Cath on December 23, 2011, 10:24:03 am
Will this become the new update thread?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on December 23, 2011, 10:42:19 am
Lime Jello Salad
??? Please tell me that Snowguy's gelatin and mayonnaise recipes aren't contagious.

No, it has nothing in common except the gelatin.  She puts Lime Jello mixed with almonds mixed with just a little bit of grated cheddar cheese.  It is delicious!

Wow, that sounds repulsive. Although anything in Jello beside vodka makes me vaguely nauseous.  Is this a middle America thing?  I know Jello became popular by giving away free recipe books, but I thought that was like a 50's thing. Didnt really think anyone actually ate that stuff.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on December 23, 2011, 10:47:10 am
Will this become the new update thread?

Will it become? It was the purpose of this thread from the beginning.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on December 23, 2011, 01:33:29 pm
Lime Jello Salad
??? Please tell me that Snowguy's gelatin and mayonnaise recipes aren't contagious.

No, it has nothing in common except the gelatin.  She puts Lime Jello mixed with almonds mixed with just a little bit of grated cheddar cheese.  It is delicious!

Wow, that sounds repulsive. Although anything in Jello beside vodka makes me vaguely nauseous.  Is this a middle America thing?  I know Jello became popular by giving away free recipe books, but I thought that was like a 50's thing. Didnt really think anyone actually ate that stuff.
Little pieces of fruit would be ok, but cheese??? In JELLO? Yikes!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on December 23, 2011, 01:58:13 pm
Lime Jello Salad
??? Please tell me that Snowguy's gelatin and mayonnaise recipes aren't contagious.

No, it has nothing in common except the gelatin.  She puts Lime Jello mixed with almonds mixed with just a little bit of grated cheddar cheese.  It is delicious!

Wow, that sounds repulsive. Although anything in Jello beside vodka makes me vaguely nauseous.  Is this a middle America thing?  I know Jello became popular by giving away free recipe books, but I thought that was like a 50's thing. Didnt really think anyone actually ate that stuff.
Little pieces of fruit would be ok, but cheese??? In JELLO? Yikes!

This.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 23, 2011, 03:18:53 pm
Lime Jello Salad
??? Please tell me that Snowguy's gelatin and mayonnaise recipes aren't contagious.

No, it has nothing in common except the gelatin.  She puts Lime Jello mixed with almonds mixed with just a little bit of grated cheddar cheese.  It is delicious!

Wow, that sounds repulsive. Although anything in Jello beside vodka makes me vaguely nauseous.  Is this a middle America thing?  I know Jello became popular by giving away free recipe books, but I thought that was like a 50's thing. Didnt really think anyone actually ate that stuff.
Little pieces of fruit would be ok, but cheese??? In JELLO? Yikes!

This.

One bite of it and you would change your mind in a heart beat!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 23, 2011, 03:20:11 pm
Will this become the new update thread?

Will it become? It was the purpose of this thread from the beginning.

Correct, it has already become the update thread.  BTW, I still post about Africa on this page and probably more and more as we get closer.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 23, 2011, 10:16:27 pm
Christmas Eve, Eve 2011 is over except for playing on the Internet the final 3 hours of the night.  We basically did everything we set out to do, so it was a successful and a very fun day with my family.  Tomorrow, on Christmas Eve, I will go to bed around 12:15-12:20 am and wake up at 8:00 am.  I'll eat Christmas Eve breakfast with my parents and then leave the house around 10:20 in the morning to fill up and stop by my house for a few minutes and check on my cat.  I'll leave my house at 11:20 and clock in at 12:00.  I plan on watching the NFL games progress on NFL.com while I'm at work.  I'll take off at 7:00 pm and come straight back to Mom and Dad's and then eat dinner and open presents.  The presents shouldn't take very long this year as we don't have a whole lot, maybe two presents a piece for four people.  We'll probably be through with everything by 8:30-8:45.  I'll probably spend the last 2 1/2-3 hours of Christmas Eve in front of the computer, winding down and go to bed around 12:15 Christmas Morning and get up at 8:00.  I will leave the house by 9:45 Sunday morning to get ready for the 10:30 Christmas Morning Worship Service. We'll be home by noon, most likely, and we'll fix the side dishes for the meal after we get home.  We'll already have cooked the ham before we go to church.  Sunday Night, I'll hit the sack by 9:00 or 9:30 and get up at 3:45 Monday Morning to go to work.  I'll have two days of work before I have another 3 days off.  I kind of consider New Year's Eve to be the first work day of 2012, even though the calendar will still say 2011.  I'll have New Year's Day off as well, and since I will be at church NYE night, I going to record on DVR all 6 hours of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2012.  It starts at 7:00 pm CST and ends at 1:13 am CST. I will probably rewatch the entire thing New Year's Day afternoon after church.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 27, 2011, 11:06:15 pm
Good evening, friends. I had an awesome weekend with my family. I did gain 4.5 pounds due to the holiday dinner, but I've already lost at least a half pound from the holiday weight. I've been doing some walking to get rid of some of this weight. I'm not about to let another setback derail my goal.



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Cath on December 28, 2011, 09:32:25 am
Good evening, friends. I had an awesome weekend with my family. I did gain 4.5 pounds due to the holiday dinner, but I've already lost at least a half pound from the holiday weight. I've been doing some walking to get rid of some of this weight. I'm not about to let another setback derail my goal.



Congratulations.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 28, 2011, 12:09:17 pm
Good evening, friends. I had an awesome weekend with my family. I did gain 4.5 pounds due to the holiday dinner, but I've already lost at least a half pound from the holiday weight. I've been doing some walking to get rid of some of this weight. I'm not about to let another setback derail my goal.



Congratulations.

Thanks, as of this morning, I've lost 2.5 lbs of the holiday weight. This puts me at 271.0 for a total of 14.0 lbs since November 14


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 29, 2011, 11:54:11 pm
I have $2,000 deposited in my Kenya account. I have the rest of it committed and will be deposited in January. I will be getting the tetanus shot in mid-January and the yellow fever shot in early February. I will also begin to take inventory of what I have in my possession and purchase what I don't have in mid January.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 30, 2011, 01:33:25 am
I am trying to ask my college student self to make a cameo appearance.  I don't plan to go to bed this morning until 4:30 or 5:00. I'll get up by Noon, and then I don't plan to go to bed again until 2:00 am Sunday, January 1, 2012.  That will be 38 hours straight of being awake.  I do have to work tomorrow (Saturday) from 6-5 and then I have that game night the rest of the year after that, but I still don't plan on sleeping tonight or Saturday morning.  I want to watch the entire Insight Bowl between Oklahoma and Iowa which doesn't start until 9:00 CT, so it won't be over until 12:30 am Saturday morning. Then, I want to watch the birth of 2012 at 4:00 am CT Saturday morning, so if I did sleep it would be for only 2 or 2 1/2 hours between 1:00 and 3:30 am.  That would be risky, because if I were to lay my head on that pillow, I may not get up in time for work.  This is an annual adventure for me.

I probably won't be able to go to bed until 2:00 Sunday morning, but I have to turn right around and get up at 7:00 am for church.  I'll probably hit the sack quite early Sunday night.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 30, 2011, 01:16:30 pm
I ended up going to bed at 2:00 this morning.  I didn't weigh this morning as I was woken up in a rude fashion by a huge, excruciatingly painful, and crippling cramp in my left calf that is still making it difficult to walk. That messed up my entire morning. So, there's no weight update this morning, you'll have to wait until tomorrow.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: ilikeverin on December 30, 2011, 01:21:03 pm
If you remember a year ago in the Update Thread I mentioned I have an actual process when it comes to changing my calendars for the New Year.  I am at it, again!  I have a schedule typed up on Microsoft Word that tells me when to take down a certain calendar, when to put up the new calendar, when to change pages to January.  As for my desk calendars, I have a schedule of when to turn each individual page.  It will not all get changed at one time, but I have a method to each page turn about 45 minutes apart.  I will have started the changing process, but I will take a break for Christmas from this Thursday evening through next Wednesday morning.  I will have all the calendars changed by 1:00 am Saturday, December 31, 2011 which is 3 hours before 2012 is born in the Pacific Ocean.

I have a couple words of advice for anyone trying to figure this out...  "Don't ask!".

Why???

Here's why (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive%E2%80%93compulsive_personality_disorder).


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 30, 2011, 01:42:20 pm
If you remember a year ago in the Update Thread I mentioned I have an actual process when it comes to changing my calendars for the New Year.  I am at it, again!  I have a schedule typed up on Microsoft Word that tells me when to take down a certain calendar, when to put up the new calendar, when to change pages to January.  As for my desk calendars, I have a schedule of when to turn each individual page.  It will not all get changed at one time, but I have a method to each page turn about 45 minutes apart.  I will have started the changing process, but I will take a break for Christmas from this Thursday evening through next Wednesday morning.  I will have all the calendars changed by 1:00 am Saturday, December 31, 2011 which is 3 hours before 2012 is born in the Pacific Ocean.

I have a couple words of advice for anyone trying to figure this out...  "Don't ask!".

Why???

Here's why (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive%E2%80%93compulsive_personality_disorder).

Darn right, and I'm embracing it. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: ilikeverin on December 30, 2011, 01:55:21 pm
If you remember a year ago in the Update Thread I mentioned I have an actual process when it comes to changing my calendars for the New Year.  I am at it, again!  I have a schedule typed up on Microsoft Word that tells me when to take down a certain calendar, when to put up the new calendar, when to change pages to January.  As for my desk calendars, I have a schedule of when to turn each individual page.  It will not all get changed at one time, but I have a method to each page turn about 45 minutes apart.  I will have started the changing process, but I will take a break for Christmas from this Thursday evening through next Wednesday morning.  I will have all the calendars changed by 1:00 am Saturday, December 31, 2011 which is 3 hours before 2012 is born in the Pacific Ocean.

I have a couple words of advice for anyone trying to figure this out...  "Don't ask!".

Why???

Here's why (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive%E2%80%93compulsive_personality_disorder).

Darn right, and I'm embracing it. :)

*hughughug* ;D

Congrats on your weight loss!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 30, 2011, 02:19:27 pm
If you remember a year ago in the Update Thread I mentioned I have an actual process when it comes to changing my calendars for the New Year.  I am at it, again!  I have a schedule typed up on Microsoft Word that tells me when to take down a certain calendar, when to put up the new calendar, when to change pages to January.  As for my desk calendars, I have a schedule of when to turn each individual page.  It will not all get changed at one time, but I have a method to each page turn about 45 minutes apart.  I will have started the changing process, but I will take a break for Christmas from this Thursday evening through next Wednesday morning.  I will have all the calendars changed by 1:00 am Saturday, December 31, 2011 which is 3 hours before 2012 is born in the Pacific Ocean.

I have a couple words of advice for anyone trying to figure this out...  "Don't ask!".

Why???

Here's why (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive%E2%80%93compulsive_personality_disorder).

Darn right, and I'm embracing it. :)

*hughughug* ;D

Congrats on your weight loss!

Thank you!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 30, 2011, 09:35:36 pm
I'm enjoying the day of College Football Bowl Games.  It is 8:30 pm Oklahoma Time and I've got another 29 1/2 hours before I go to bed the next time.  I'm watching the time tick down, not just the hours, but the minutes, and the seconds until the ball rises in Oklahoma City as well as the first time zone in the world in Samoa which will enter 2012 at 4:00 am Oklahoma time, 5:00 am New York time.

When I get to work tomorrow, I will keep a countdown on my second monitor that I will watch until time to go home.

Right after work tomorrow at 5:00 pm, I will head to the church and get things set up for the 2012 New Year's Eve Game Night which begins at 7:00 pm.  I will be delivering a short 15-minute devotion from 7:30-7:45 pm in the New Testament book of 3 John on the subject of Hospitality.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on December 30, 2011, 11:43:15 pm
BushOK's Facebook profile picture is a map of Africa with the countries outlined. You can't make this stuff up.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 31, 2011, 12:45:19 am
BushOK's Facebook profile picture is a map of Africa with the countries outlined. You can't make this stuff up.

Well, it was time to change it from the Christmas Tree Star that was on there previously.  Since Christmas 2011 is over, and we are still 360 days from Christmas 2012, I thought I would change it to something more relevant, and that would be Kenya.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on December 31, 2011, 12:57:23 am
BushOK's Facebook profile picture is a map of Africa with the countries outlined. You can't make this stuff up.

Well, it was time to change it from the Christmas Tree Star that was on there previously.  Since Christmas 2011 is over, and we are still 360 days from Christmas 2012, I thought I would change it to something more relevant, and that would be Kenya.

You also can't make up the fact that BushOK, who is super religious and super obsessed with Christmas, incorrectly states when the Christmas season is over yet starts preparing for the feast in...September.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on December 31, 2011, 01:21:14 am
LOL <3 you Bushie.

He watches AND rewatches Dick Clark's New Years Eve!  I couldn't sit through it once. Hilarious.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on December 31, 2011, 01:27:45 am
LOL <3 you Bushie.

He watches AND rewatches Dick Clark's New Years Eve!  I couldn't sit through it once. Hilarious.

Not just that, but I'll watch AND rewatch all 6 hours of it Sunday evening!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 01, 2012, 08:58:53 am
Happy New Year 2012!! As of this morning, I have now lost 17 pounds since Monday, November 14, 2011 when this all began. I am now weighing in at 268.0 after starting off at 285.0.  I'm still doing everything I've been doing the past 7 weeks, but now I'm incorporating more water, as well.  I drank quite a bit of water the last two days of 2011.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 01, 2012, 07:51:27 pm
This week at work, I should learn that the requisition order will have been submitted on my permanent position at Dell.  It still will probably be the end of January or February before I actually get hired on permanent, but the process should be started this week, hopefully, or no later than early next week.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 01, 2012, 08:56:06 pm
As you can see by my avatar and name change, I am solidifying my support behind Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican Nomination and the General Election, should he win the nomination.  If Ron Paul were to miraculously win the nomination, my vote would be solidly in Obama's camp.  If it's anyone else, I'm undecided at this point.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on January 01, 2012, 09:06:07 pm
LOL


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on January 01, 2012, 09:20:26 pm
For real? Awesome.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 01, 2012, 09:31:48 pm
For real? Awesome.

That's the way I see it right now.  Things could change especially after Nevada and see how things play out in all the broad regions of the country.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Meeker on January 01, 2012, 10:42:49 pm
You describe yourself in your Forum profile as "Republican Socially, Democrat Economically". Why then are you supporting a Republican running mostly on fiscal issues in an election where the dominate issue is the economy?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 01, 2012, 10:44:34 pm
You describe yourself in your Forum profile as "Republican Socially, Democrat Economically". Why then are you supporting a Republican running mostly on fiscal issues in an election where the dominate issue is the economy?

There are other issues at play for me in this election.  I will expound on those later, as I'm about to go to bed.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: tmthforu94 on January 01, 2012, 10:49:53 pm
As you can see by my avatar and name change, I am solidifying my support behind Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican Nomination and the General Election, should he win the nomination.  If Ron Paul were to miraculously win the nomination, my vote would be solidly in Obama's camp.  If it's anyone else, I'm undecided at this point.
Good for you. :) Welcome aboard! Get all signed up, and your membership card should be arriving on your doorstep soon. (I got mine yesterday)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 02, 2012, 05:15:11 am
Is there ever an election when you don't claim to support the Republican for a while...only to switch back later on?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 02, 2012, 05:59:50 am
Is there ever an election when you don't claim to support the Republican for a while...only to switch back later on?

That's probably because I have tendencies in both parties.  I'm a moderate by the country's standards, and a liberal by Oklahoma standards.  I also tend to vote for the person, not the party and my support does sway back and forth, but I've been doing some homework on Romney and, I think, he's the best bet in the Republican field. Most likely, if you were to ask me right now who I would support should someone other than Mitt Romney win the nomination, I would probably say President Obama.  I know I definitely would not support Ron Paul under any circumstances.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 05, 2012, 07:21:42 pm
Good Thursday Evening.  I am 70 days from leaving for Kenya.  I also am sitting at 16 pounds lost, at a weight of 269.0 as of this morning.

I called my liaison, the recruiter who got me the job at Dell, this afternoon.  She confirmed what I've been hearing and what I've been expecting.  She said the way it typically works in a 9-month contract to hire with Dell is that sometime late in the 7th month or early in the 8th month, the Dell management will come to me and give me a start date to officially transition over to Dell badge and Dell payroll.  The start date is normally sometime in the 9th month.  The 8th month of my contract will begin next Friday, January 13, 2012, which means the 9th month will begin on Monday, February 13, 2012.  She says I should be hearing very soon about the next steps and be given the paperwork to fill out to move over to Dell badge and payroll.  She says that the only way she will know is from me as I am to call her when I find out a start date.  Neither she nor the temp coordinator at Dell have any jurisdiction over the decision whether good or bad, it is solely up to my supervisor.  My stats have continued to improve and are at the best they've been in my 7 months there.  It's pretty much a matter of when, and not if, at this point.  My supervisor is waiting for the word from the client that I'm working with (a medical complex in Minneapolis) about the contract extensions and he should receive that word either tomorrow or sometime next week.  He has the requisition order ready to submit for my position whenever he does hear.  My liaison says I should be given a start date sometime before the end of January, although that start date may be sometime in March.  Plus, I have another account I will be getting trained on in the near future, so things are definitely looking up and starting to take shape.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Paul Kemp on January 05, 2012, 07:34:39 pm
As you can see by my avatar and name change, I am solidifying my support behind Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican Nomination and the General Election, should he win the nomination.  If Ron Paul were to miraculously win the nomination, my vote would be solidly in Obama's camp.  If it's anyone else, I'm undecided at this point.

Excellent!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on January 05, 2012, 08:03:40 pm
lulz

Only Bushie can use "vote for the person" reasoning and come up with Mitt Romney as the best choice.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 05, 2012, 08:13:08 pm
lulz

Only Bushie can use "vote for the person" reasoning and come up with Mitt Romney as the best choice.

I could see an argument for voting for a "competent" person. Not meant as voting for personality but rather for the individual judging his capability.

That said, I think it's silly to vote for the person most of the time (except internally within a party of course).


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 06, 2012, 11:31:17 am
I cheated a little on my diet last night.  I had some ice cream from Sonic.  As a result, I gained 3/4 of a pound this morning back to 269.8.  I'll get back on track today, though.

I am 69 days from Kenya and I should be getting the plane tickets within the next two weeks.  The deadline to have the air fare money in is tomorrow, January 7, 2012 and we are having another meeting this Sunday, January 8 at 5:30 pm to go over a few things, answer more questions, and officially give the go ahead for our travel agent to purchase the tickets.  I imagine the tickets will be bought either this coming week or early the following week.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: k-onmmunist on January 06, 2012, 12:43:49 pm
Why does this thread title sound like a double entendre?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Insula Dei on January 06, 2012, 01:09:47 pm
It's a testament to the Update's great and enduring popularity that even this weak spin-off has managed to page 19.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 06, 2012, 05:05:27 pm
It's a testament to the Update's great and enduring popularity that even this weak spin-off has managed to page 19.

And, this time, I'm trying my best to keep personal information out of it which is what got the Update thread shut down.  I spilled too much PI.  I do appreciate the moderators for allowing me to have this update spinoff and I do continue to promise I will not spill any personal information.  So, Alcon, Inks, and Mikado, thank you for allowing this update thread to continue for nearly 20 pages so far.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 07, 2012, 08:11:11 am
Update on my MBA application:

I just registered for the GMAT exam as part of my MBA application to the University of Central Oklahoma.  The date and time of the exam are Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:00 am in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I'll probably go up the evening before and get a motel room so I can get a better night's sleep rather than having to get up before 4:00 am to drive two hours so I can get a good breakfast and be at the test center by 7:30 am.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 08, 2012, 07:33:36 am
After stepping on the scale this morning, I am pleased to report that I have now lost 17 1/2 pounds at a weight of 267.6, my best showing, yet! I felt pretty good yesterday, even though I thought I had pigged out and blown it, by having an entire large pizza from Little Caesars last night.  Even with the pizza, I still lost 2.4 pounds from yesterday morning.  I'm just imagining what it could have been had I not had that pizza.  I will probably eat a lot lighter today since I won't be home until 8:00 at the earliest and by then it will be too late for a big meal.  In fact, after I eat lunch this morning at 10:45, I may not eat again until tomorrow morning at my 9:30 lunch break.

I am growing confident in my weight loss adventure, now realizing that I can lose weight, especially after keeping this going for 8 full weeks.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 09, 2012, 08:35:05 pm
I went to my Kenya meeting last night with 9 1/2 weeks until departure.  We had several wonderful developments.  First thing, we have several new travelers going with us, a lot more than we had when we last met on December 4.  Second, our coordinator said that our travel agent can get us an easier flight for $100 cheaper if we arrive in Oklahoma City on Monday, March 26 instead of Sunday, March 25. That's fine with me as I had already scheduled Monday off as a jet lag day.  I will just go back to work on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 regardless of jet lag.  They are going to purchase the airline tickets sometime the middle of this week and email us the itineraries by the end of the week.  Our church coordinator is telling us that he will be sending out quite a few emails this week.

We have 66 days until departure. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on January 09, 2012, 09:35:28 pm
After stepping on the scale this morning, I am pleased to report that I have now lost 17 1/2 pounds at a weight of 267.6, my best showing, yet! I felt pretty good yesterday, even though I thought I had pigged out and blown it, by having an entire large pizza from Little Caesars last night.  Even with the pizza, I still lost 2.4 pounds from yesterday morning.  I'm just imagining what it could have been had I not had that pizza.  I will probably eat a lot lighter today since I won't be home until 8:00 at the earliest and by then it will be too late for a big meal.  In fact, after I eat lunch this morning at 10:45, I may not eat again until tomorrow morning at my 9:30 lunch break.

I am growing confident in my weight loss adventure, now realizing that I can lose weight, especially after keeping this going for 8 full weeks.

The fact that you're getting the weight off is great... but STOP WEIGHING YOURSELF EVERY DAY!!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on January 09, 2012, 09:40:10 pm
I expected this guy to change parties.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 10, 2012, 07:51:15 am
I expected this guy to change parties.

Considering his history, it wasn't a terribly brave expectation to have. I'm not sure how often he's switched to Republican - and subsequently switched back. At least twice before now, though.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 10, 2012, 07:38:03 pm
I now have my Kenya Flight Itinerary

For your enjoyment:

Delta - 11:37 am 03/16/2012 - 01:40 pm 03/16/2012 - Oklahoma City to Minneapolis
Delta - 04:20 pm 03/16/2012 - 06:35 am 03/17/2012 - Minneapolis to Amsterdam
Kenya - 10:35am 03/17/2012 - 08:40 pm 03/17/2012 - Amsterdam to Nairobi

Kenya - 11:45 pm 03/24/2012 - 06:45 am 03/25/2012 - Nairobi to London
Delta - 09:05 am 03/25/2012 - 12:45 pm 03/25/2012 - London to Detroit
Delta - 03:22 pm 03/25/2012 - 05:07 pm 03/25/2012 - Detroit to Oklahoma City


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on January 10, 2012, 08:10:24 pm
You can say hello to BRTD.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 10, 2012, 08:37:27 pm
You can say hello to BRTD.

Haha, LOL!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Paul Kemp on January 10, 2012, 08:42:42 pm
Still ridin' the Mitt corporate jet?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 10, 2012, 09:33:35 pm
Still ridin' the Mitt corporate jet?

Haha, no I've got a 'ticket to ride', but it's not from Huntsman!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 10, 2012, 11:04:44 pm
Tomorrow, my major plan is to get my tetanus booster for my trip, one of two required shots before entering the country.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on January 11, 2012, 01:40:37 am
4 hours in Amsterdam, hm? Well the Amsterdam airport is conveniently located above a train line IIRC, so there should be plenty of time to get into town and visit a coffee shop.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 11, 2012, 05:42:06 am
I now have my Kenya Flight Itinerary

For your enjoyment:

Delta - 11:37 am 03/16/2012 - 01:40 pm 03/16/2012 - Oklahoma City to Minneapolis
Delta - 04:20 pm 03/16/2012 - 06:35 am 03/17/2012 - Minneapolis to Amsterdam
Kenya - 10:35am 03/17/2012 - 08:40 pm 03/17/2012 - Amsterdam to Nairobi

Kenya - 11:45 pm 03/24/2012 - 06:45 am 03/25/2012 - Nairobi to London
Delta - 09:05 am 03/25/2012 - 12:45 pm 03/25/2012 - London to Detroit
Delta - 03:22 pm 03/25/2012 - 05:07 pm 03/25/2012 - Detroit to Oklahoma City

That's not too bad. Amsterdam is quite a user-friendly airport and should be relatively convenient for someone to connect in that hasn't flown internationally before.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on January 11, 2012, 11:27:54 am
4 hours in Amsterdam, hm? Well the Amsterdam airport is conveniently located above a train line IIRC, so there should be plenty of time to get into town and visit a coffee shop.
So sorry to Bushie:
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2011/05/amsterdam-ban-pot-sales-tourists/38248/


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 11, 2012, 02:12:17 pm
I just got the tetanus shot about 11:45 this morning.  I'm now waiting on the pain to arrive.  I will probably take some Aleve to ward off any moderate side effects.  Apparently, according to my shot card, they gave me the Tdap vaccine which is once-in-a-lifetime shot instead of the 10-year booster.  They both cover the same thing, though.  I've got an appointment to get my yellow fever shot on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on January 11, 2012, 02:21:32 pm
I don't think Bushie gets that he's not staying in the fycking Nairobi Hilton with room service.  I also am still curious if he got it in writing he's allowed away from his job that long....


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 11, 2012, 02:37:22 pm
I don't think Bushie gets that he's not staying in the fycking Nairobi Hilton with room service.  I also am still curious if he got it in writing he's allowed away from his job that long....

I'm staying in the Maisha International Guest House with according to what I've heard from people who have been there is a very nice motel-style accomodations.  No. it's not the Hilton, but he described it as the "Embassy Suites" compared to most mission trips.

I did get in writing, via an email from my supervisor yesterday.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 11, 2012, 04:47:02 pm
I have a question that our international travelers may know.  How early should I get to the Oklahoma City airport for an international flight.  Is it 2 hours or is it 3 hours?  I know it's 90 minutes for domestic flights, and I assume it's longer for international trips.  My first flight departs for Minneapolis at 11:37 am.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 11, 2012, 06:11:36 pm
The fact that your final destination is outside the U.s. isn't really relevant, you're still leaving on a domestic flight the same way anyone else stopping in Minneapolis is.

60 minutes is what I'd do, although 90 would give you time for a drink (or a sweet tea or whatever :)) before departure.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 11, 2012, 07:00:46 pm
The fact that your final destination is outside the U.s. isn't really relevant, you're still leaving on a domestic flight the same way anyone else stopping in Minneapolis is.

60 minutes is what I'd do, although 90 would give you time for a drink (or a sweet tea or whatever :)) before departure.

I talked to our trip organizer and he said they usually meet at the airport 2 - 2 1/2 hours before departure, probably because of the large group they have to manuever through check-in, security, and boarding.  If it were just me, I would probably get there about 1:45-2:00 before, but with the first flight at 11:37, I will probably get to the airport by 9:00.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Joe Republic on January 11, 2012, 08:57:01 pm
The fact that your final destination is outside the U.s. isn't really relevant, you're still leaving on a domestic flight the same way anyone else stopping in Minneapolis is.

I used to think that too, until I flew long-haul international for the first time and had the check-in attendant yell at me for showing up late for the domestic leg of the flight.  Apparently it does make a difference, and you still have to show up 2 hours before.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 11, 2012, 09:05:32 pm
The fact that your final destination is outside the U.s. isn't really relevant, you're still leaving on a domestic flight the same way anyone else stopping in Minneapolis is.

I used to think that too, until I flew long-haul international for the first time and had the check-in attendant yell at me for showing up late for the domestic leg of the flight.  Apparently it does make a difference, and you still have to show up 2 hours before.

Thats what I thought. I know it used to be 3 hours before departure.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 11, 2012, 11:56:06 pm
The fact that your final destination is outside the U.s. isn't really relevant, you're still leaving on a domestic flight the same way anyone else stopping in Minneapolis is.

I used to think that too, until I flew long-haul international for the first time and had the check-in attendant yell at me for showing up late for the domestic leg of the flight.  Apparently it does make a difference, and you still have to show up 2 hours before.

I've checked in even 40 minutes before once. An hour before is totally normal between St. Louis and Europe (Always first having a domestic flight), but then again, maybe in Bushie's case, being his first time, and the fact that he won't listen to anyone with a reasonable time ;), he should get there earlier.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 12, 2012, 01:01:32 am
The fact that your final destination is outside the U.s. isn't really relevant, you're still leaving on a domestic flight the same way anyone else stopping in Minneapolis is.

I used to think that too, until I flew long-haul international for the first time and had the check-in attendant yell at me for showing up late for the domestic leg of the flight.  Apparently it does make a difference, and you still have to show up 2 hours before.

I've checked in even 40 minutes before once. An hour before is totally normal between St. Louis and Europe (Always first having a domestic flight), but then again, maybe in Bushie's case, being his first time, and the fact that he won't listen to anyone with a reasonable time ;), he should get there earlier.

I like to get to the airport and have plenty of time to check-in, get through security, relax, and maybe get a bite to eat before I board.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 12, 2012, 02:09:57 am
Now that you mention it: I'm just now sitting at a departure gate in Frankfurt, ready to board for Newark. Got to the airport about 2 hours early (not intentional, just worked out that way), and it's totally empty here. This could be a pleasent flight...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 12, 2012, 10:39:18 am
I am now 63 days from Kenya, not including today. 9 weeks from tomorrow, I will be leaving for the East African Nation.  I am sitting just under 269.0 on my weight this morning.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 12, 2012, 12:18:23 pm
I talked to our main trip organizer this morning at 10:30, and she said they are purchasing the plane tickets today.  She said the times could change slightly from what we were given Tuesday evening, but the dates would remain the same.  I will post the new itinerary if the times do change.  I should receive the finalized itinerary by the end of the night tonight.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 12, 2012, 01:59:46 pm
$9.25 for a big beer at Newark airport?? Now that's a good reason not to be waiting at the airport too long... Unfortunate that my flight to STL is 90 min. late.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on January 12, 2012, 02:00:55 pm
How are you getting time off work for this again?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on January 12, 2012, 02:10:21 pm
How are you getting time off work for this again?

He's still doing the Dell work as a temp.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on January 12, 2012, 02:20:17 pm
How are you getting time off work for this again?

He's still doing the Dell work as a temp.


We are still waiting to see if he gets hired full time. I bet you it's going to be a season ending cliff hanger.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on January 12, 2012, 04:05:54 pm
How will he get hired full time if he's taking an extended break to dance with the natives in the jungles of Kenya?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on January 12, 2012, 05:29:05 pm
Will Bushie give us updates while in Kenya?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 12, 2012, 06:31:00 pm
How are you getting time off work for this again?

He's still doing the Dell work as a temp.


We are still waiting to see if he gets hired full time. I bet you it's going to be a season ending cliff hanger.

They have been dropping hints along the way the past two or three weeks.  They are waiting for the customer my team services to extend the contract for 3 more years. They are going to meet, and presumably finalize the deal tomorrow, so I should have an answer by next week and have been told I should have a start date by the end of the month effective sometime in March.  My supervisor said he will work around my Kenya trip.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 12, 2012, 11:51:38 pm
Okay, folks, the plane tickets have officially been purchased for Kenya and the itinerary has changed slightly.

Here are the final details for your viewing:

Continental - Oklahoma City to Chicago - 2:56 pm 03/16/2012 to 4:55 pm 3/16/2012 (1:59)
Continental - Chicago to Amsterdam - 6:02 pm 03/16/2012 to 8:20 am 3/17/2012 (8:18)
Kenya Air - Amsterdam to Nairobi - 10:35 am 03/17/2012 to 8:40 pm 3/17/2012 (8:05)

Return:

Brussels Air - Nairobi to Brussels - 11:35 pm 3/25/2012 to 7:15 am 3/26/2012 (8:40)
Continental - Brussels to Chicago - 11:00 am 3/26/2012 to 1:16 pm 3/26/2012 (9:16)
Continental - Chicago to Oklahoma City - 5:11 pm 3/26/2012 to 7:16 pm 3/26/2012 (2:05)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 13, 2012, 10:53:28 am
You'll be grateful for Brussels in place of London, at least.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 13, 2012, 11:15:27 am
Another question for the European airports.  Both Netherlands and Belgium are Dutch speaking countries.  What language will they speak at the airport to announce the start of the boarding process and any flight updates?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 13, 2012, 11:24:29 am
Another question for the European airports.  Both Netherlands and Belgium are Dutch speaking countries.  What language will they speak at the airport to announce the start of the boarding process and any flight updates?

English


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Insula Dei on January 13, 2012, 11:30:17 am
Another question for the European airports.  Both Netherlands and Belgium are Dutch speaking countries.  What language will they speak at the airport to announce the start of the boarding process and any flight updates?

English


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Don't worry about that.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 13, 2012, 11:46:16 am
Another question for the European airports.  Both Netherlands and Belgium are Dutch speaking countries.  What language will they speak at the airport to announce the start of the boarding process and any flight updates?

English

I thought they would, but I wasn't sure since they are in Dutch-speaking countries.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Paul Kemp on January 13, 2012, 02:30:41 pm
Any chance we can get a film crew for this?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 13, 2012, 04:01:02 pm
Any chance we can get a film crew for this?

I'll have my digital camera. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on January 13, 2012, 04:04:04 pm
Any chance we can get a film crew for this?

It would be one of those documentaries where people wouldn't be sure if it was a mockumentary.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on January 13, 2012, 04:25:16 pm
Any chance we can get a film crew for this?

It would be one of those documentaries where people wouldn't be sure if it was a mockumentary.

Bushie is Michael Moore-esque


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 14, 2012, 09:16:33 am
About mid-week last week, I received word that I could be on permanent as early as Monday, January 23.  My permanent position is guaranteed, but I am able to apply for 2 other positions, one of which should start January 23.  The employee who is leaving this spot vacant is leaving on January 20.  So, I have an opportunity at 4 different positions, with only 2 applications.  I have my permanent position that would come by late February or March, then an application for slightly different work than what I'm doing now, and another application for 2 open positions at a little higher pay grade.  Things are really going to be changing quite a bit in the next few weeks which will set us up for a very busy period that will start probably March or April 2012 and continue easily into the late Spring or Summer of 2013.  My work schedule will also be changing sometime this next week probably taking effect the beginning of the next Dell work week which is Saturday, January 21.  The schedule will, in all likelihood, go back to a normal Monday-Friday work week, but the hours could very possibly change to 5:00 am - 2:00 pm.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 14, 2012, 02:17:38 pm
The assistant of my main trip organizer, who purchased the tickets for us, emailed the team today and said the e-tickets are ready to view and print.  However, for some reason the computer had a glitch and spelled by name wrong on the e-ticket.  Her travel agent is working to correct that, but it will probably be this week before it is corrected to where I can print mine out.   I can view mine now, (or when I get home this evening), and I can print out the official travel itinerary, but I will have to wait until she emails me back to print the e-ticket out.

As an aside, my grandmother has offered to keep my cat while I'm gone.  So, he will be well taken care of.  I'll drop him off the Wednesday before I go and pick him up the Tuesday or Wednesday evening after I get back.  He'll be with her for about two weeks.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: TeePee4Prez on January 14, 2012, 06:19:46 pm
Spreading Christianity to uncultured peoples.  Surprised this still goes on.  A trip to Viking Resort in the Dominican Republic would be so much more worth your while Bushie.  Just tell everyone you're going to Africa for "missionary work" then use the money to have a good time!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on January 14, 2012, 06:22:02 pm
Spreading Christianity to uncultured peoples.  Surprised this still goes on.  A trip to Viking Resort in the Dominican Republic would be so much more worth your while Bushie.  Just tell everyone you're going to Africa for "missionary work" then use the money to have a good time!

Once the Afrukians get a look at Bushie, they'll be helpless to resist Jesus.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 14, 2012, 07:12:50 pm
Spreading Christianity to uncultured peoples.  Surprised this still goes on.  A trip to Viking Resort in the Dominican Republic would be so much more worth your while Bushie.  Just tell everyone you're going to Africa for "missionary work" then use the money to have a good time!

Too late! I've already got $1600 plane tickets to Kenya!! ($1200 ticket + $400 Travel Agent fees)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 15, 2012, 09:10:41 am
She emailed me back yesterday afternoon saying that everything had been corrected.  I was able to view and print the itinerary and e-tickets last night.

In my weight loss expedition, I am back to 16 pounds lost, which is where I've been hovering the last few days.  I'm still doing everything I've been doing, it's just starting to go down slower now, which is alright, because every 5-10 days or so I see a new low, so it's not too bad.  Right now, I am at 269 lbs.  My goal is to be at least into the 250's by the time I go to Kenya.  I am feeling much better because of losing weight.  Whenever I do drink a regular Dr. Pepper or regular Coke, it tastes fattening to me and I'm starting to dislike the taste.  I enjoy my Coke Zero, and the past couple of days, I've been adding more water to the mix.   Yesterday, I had a full 8 glasses of water and a 44 oz of Diet Dr. Pepper at lunch plus a can of Coke Zero at dinner.  This morning, I've been at work a little over two hours and I've already had nearly 4 this morning, just trying to stay awake.  I'll probably have a Coke Zero at lunch and then again tonight at dinner, but I don't plan on having any regular soda and I'll finish the work day out with water except for lunch.

I've also found something very interesting.  I've had pizza at least once a week for probably the past month, and you would think with all the cheese and stuff on there that I would be gaining weight like mad, but I've found on every single occasion where I've had 5 or more slices of pizza, I have actually LOST weight the next morning.  This has happened on at least 5 or 6 occasions.  I know if I keep doing that I'll be pressing my luck, but it is encouraging.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on January 15, 2012, 09:29:50 am
She emailed me back yesterday afternoon saying that everything had been corrected.  I was able to view and print the itinerary and e-tickets last night.

In my weight loss expedition, I am back to 16 pounds lost, which is where I've been hovering the last few days.  I'm still doing everything I've been doing, it's just starting to go down slower now, which is alright, because every 5-10 days or so I see a new low, so it's not too bad.  Right now, I am at 269 lbs.  My goal is to be at least into the 250's by the time I go to Kenya.  I am feeling much better because of losing weight.  Whenever I do drink a regular Dr. Pepper or regular Coke, it tastes fattening to me and I'm starting to dislike the taste.  I enjoy my Coke Zero, and the past couple of days, I've been adding more water to the mix.   Yesterday, I had a full 8 glasses of water and a 44 oz of Diet Dr. Pepper at lunch plus a can of Coke Zero at dinner.  This morning, I've been at work a little over two hours and I've already had nearly 4 this morning, just trying to stay awake.  I'll probably have a Coke Zero at lunch and then again tonight at dinner, but I don't plan on having any regular soda and I'll finish the work day out with water except for lunch.

I've also found something very interesting.  I've had pizza at least once a week for probably the past month, and you would think with all the cheese and stuff on there that I would be gaining weight like mad, but I've found on every single occasion where I've had 5 or more slices of pizza, I have actually LOST weight the next morning.  This has happened on at least 5 or 6 occasions.  I know if I keep doing that I'll be pressing my luck, but it is encouraging.

You've had 5 or more slices of pizza on 5 or 6 occassions? Yikes! You're going to make a cardiologist very rich some day. Also, why would you need to print an e-ticket? Isn't the whole point that it's electronic?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 15, 2012, 09:40:49 am
She emailed me back yesterday afternoon saying that everything had been corrected.  I was able to view and print the itinerary and e-tickets last night.

In my weight loss expedition, I am back to 16 pounds lost, which is where I've been hovering the last few days.  I'm still doing everything I've been doing, it's just starting to go down slower now, which is alright, because every 5-10 days or so I see a new low, so it's not too bad.  Right now, I am at 269 lbs.  My goal is to be at least into the 250's by the time I go to Kenya.  I am feeling much better because of losing weight.  Whenever I do drink a regular Dr. Pepper or regular Coke, it tastes fattening to me and I'm starting to dislike the taste.  I enjoy my Coke Zero, and the past couple of days, I've been adding more water to the mix.   Yesterday, I had a full 8 glasses of water and a 44 oz of Diet Dr. Pepper at lunch plus a can of Coke Zero at dinner.  This morning, I've been at work a little over two hours and I've already had nearly 4 this morning, just trying to stay awake.  I'll probably have a Coke Zero at lunch and then again tonight at dinner, but I don't plan on having any regular soda and I'll finish the work day out with water except for lunch.

I've also found something very interesting.  I've had pizza at least once a week for probably the past month, and you would think with all the cheese and stuff on there that I would be gaining weight like mad, but I've found on every single occasion where I've had 5 or more slices of pizza, I have actually LOST weight the next morning.  This has happened on at least 5 or 6 occasions.  I know if I keep doing that I'll be pressing my luck, but it is encouraging.

You've had 5 or more slices of pizza on 5 or 6 occassions? Yikes! You're going to make a cardiologist very rich some day. Also, why would you need to print an e-ticket? Isn't the whole point that it's electronic?

I've been falling into the trap of convenience with the pizza.

I had to print the e-ticket just for my records, mainly.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on January 15, 2012, 10:08:23 am
She emailed me back yesterday afternoon saying that everything had been corrected.  I was able to view and print the itinerary and e-tickets last night.

In my weight loss expedition, I am back to 16 pounds lost, which is where I've been hovering the last few days.  I'm still doing everything I've been doing, it's just starting to go down slower now, which is alright, because every 5-10 days or so I see a new low, so it's not too bad.  Right now, I am at 269 lbs.  My goal is to be at least into the 250's by the time I go to Kenya.  I am feeling much better because of losing weight.  Whenever I do drink a regular Dr. Pepper or regular Coke, it tastes fattening to me and I'm starting to dislike the taste.  I enjoy my Coke Zero, and the past couple of days, I've been adding more water to the mix.   Yesterday, I had a full 8 glasses of water and a 44 oz of Diet Dr. Pepper at lunch plus a can of Coke Zero at dinner.  This morning, I've been at work a little over two hours and I've already had nearly 4 this morning, just trying to stay awake.  I'll probably have a Coke Zero at lunch and then again tonight at dinner, but I don't plan on having any regular soda and I'll finish the work day out with water except for lunch.

I've also found something very interesting.  I've had pizza at least once a week for probably the past month, and you would think with all the cheese and stuff on there that I would be gaining weight like mad, but I've found on every single occasion where I've had 5 or more slices of pizza, I have actually LOST weight the next morning.  This has happened on at least 5 or 6 occasions.  I know if I keep doing that I'll be pressing my luck, but it is encouraging.

You've had 5 or more slices of pizza on 5 or 6 occassions? Yikes! You're going to make a cardiologist very rich some day. Also, why would you need to print an e-ticket? Isn't the whole point that it's electronic?

I've been falling into the trap of convenience with the pizza.

I had to print the e-ticket just for my records, mainly.
For your records? Isn't it avaialble on your computer? Why do your records require a piece of paper.
As for the pizza.... I don't even know what to say other than you're not serious about weight loss if you eat that much pizza that frequently.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 15, 2012, 10:23:07 am
She emailed me back yesterday afternoon saying that everything had been corrected.  I was able to view and print the itinerary and e-tickets last night.

In my weight loss expedition, I am back to 16 pounds lost, which is where I've been hovering the last few days.  I'm still doing everything I've been doing, it's just starting to go down slower now, which is alright, because every 5-10 days or so I see a new low, so it's not too bad.  Right now, I am at 269 lbs.  My goal is to be at least into the 250's by the time I go to Kenya.  I am feeling much better because of losing weight.  Whenever I do drink a regular Dr. Pepper or regular Coke, it tastes fattening to me and I'm starting to dislike the taste.  I enjoy my Coke Zero, and the past couple of days, I've been adding more water to the mix.   Yesterday, I had a full 8 glasses of water and a 44 oz of Diet Dr. Pepper at lunch plus a can of Coke Zero at dinner.  This morning, I've been at work a little over two hours and I've already had nearly 4 this morning, just trying to stay awake.  I'll probably have a Coke Zero at lunch and then again tonight at dinner, but I don't plan on having any regular soda and I'll finish the work day out with water except for lunch.

I've also found something very interesting.  I've had pizza at least once a week for probably the past month, and you would think with all the cheese and stuff on there that I would be gaining weight like mad, but I've found on every single occasion where I've had 5 or more slices of pizza, I have actually LOST weight the next morning.  This has happened on at least 5 or 6 occasions.  I know if I keep doing that I'll be pressing my luck, but it is encouraging.

You've had 5 or more slices of pizza on 5 or 6 occassions? Yikes! You're going to make a cardiologist very rich some day. Also, why would you need to print an e-ticket? Isn't the whole point that it's electronic?

I've been falling into the trap of convenience with the pizza.

I had to print the e-ticket just for my records, mainly.
For your records? Isn't it avaialble on your computer? Why do your records require a piece of paper.
As for the pizza.... I don't even know what to say other than you're not serious about weight loss if you eat that much pizza that frequently.

I like to leave a paper trail, just in case my computer were to crash.  I know I could back it up, and I do on occasion, but I always like a paper trail, as well.

I will admit that I have fallen off the wagon a bit in the past couple weeks in terms of my weight loss, but thankfully, I haven't gained anything.

Today, I'm already up to 5-6 glasses of water.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on January 15, 2012, 07:44:30 pm
Why would you need to back it up? Are you afraid the airline's servers are going to crash and they are going to lose all record of you? You can check your itinerary at any time by simply logging in. What you want to print is your boarding pass, which you can only do in the final 24 hours. Get the OCD treated. You'll be a happier person. And in a world where I make the rules, you'd be given adderall for the obesity, but I can't make that happen.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 15, 2012, 09:01:29 pm
Why would you need to back it up? Are you afraid the airline's servers are going to crash and they are going to lose all record of you? You can check your itinerary at any time by simply logging in. What you want to print is your boarding pass, which you can only do in the final 24 hours. Get the OCD treated. You'll be a happier person. And in a world where I make the rules, you'd be given adderall for the obesity, but I can't make that happen.

Sometimes, my OCD gets in my way, but other times I just roll with it and let it happen naturally.  This is one of those times.

I ended up with 9 glasses of water today, and only a very light lunch and light dinner.  I gave my dinner back, though, thanks to a migraine headache, or as one of my college friends called it, uploading. He is a Canadian Muslim with kind of a twisted mind...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: TeePee4Prez on January 15, 2012, 11:45:18 pm
Spreading Christianity to uncultured peoples.  Surprised this still goes on.  A trip to Viking Resort in the Dominican Republic would be so much more worth your while Bushie.  Just tell everyone you're going to Africa for "missionary work" then use the money to have a good time!

Too late! I've already got $1600 plane tickets to Kenya!! ($1200 ticket + $400 Travel Agent fees)

Get a refund!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 16, 2012, 06:58:18 pm
Spreading Christianity to uncultured peoples.  Surprised this still goes on.  A trip to Viking Resort in the Dominican Republic would be so much more worth your while Bushie.  Just tell everyone you're going to Africa for "missionary work" then use the money to have a good time!

Too late! I've already got $1600 plane tickets to Kenya!! ($1200 ticket + $400 Travel Agent fees)

Get a refund!

Not gonna happen!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on January 17, 2012, 08:09:22 am
Spreading Christianity to uncultured peoples.  Surprised this still goes on.  A trip to Viking Resort in the Dominican Republic would be so much more worth your while Bushie.  Just tell everyone you're going to Africa for "missionary work" then use the money to have a good time!

Too late! I've already got $1600 plane tickets to Kenya!! ($1200 ticket + $400 Travel Agent fees)

Cereal?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 17, 2012, 08:04:52 pm
Spreading Christianity to uncultured peoples.  Surprised this still goes on.  A trip to Viking Resort in the Dominican Republic would be so much more worth your while Bushie.  Just tell everyone you're going to Africa for "missionary work" then use the money to have a good time!

Too late! I've already got $1600 plane tickets to Kenya!! ($1200 ticket + $400 Travel Agent fees)

Cereal?

I thought they were quite high, myself, but I'm just grateful to be able to fulfill a dream I've always had.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 17, 2012, 08:15:58 pm
Here is an update from my job.  The hospital complex in Minneapolis, whose account I serve, has agreed to extend the contract with Dell for 3 years with two one year extensions when the 3 years expires in March 2015.  The only question is will they go with reduced staffing, status quo staffing, or increased staffing.  We should know the decision on that by the end of next week or the beginning of the following week.  It is likely that they will go with at least status quo staffing as they have several major projects being rolled out this year beginning in April and Dell will also take on a larger work load other than the major projects.

If, for some odd reason, they go with reduced staffing then I would likely be transferred to another account within Dell in March, such as Boeing, or Wellpoint Health Care, or ADT, or even the US Army.

In all likelihood, they will be go with at least status quo staffing, and if they do that, my manager will get the requisition orders opened on my position, as well as the two other contractors that are also on the account.

Also, my schedule will be changing next week.  He will send out the new schedule options tomorrow and will implement them sometime next week, probably next Saturday, January 28, 2012 as that is the beginning of the Dell pay period.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 17, 2012, 09:22:44 pm
Spreading Christianity to uncultured peoples.  Surprised this still goes on.  A trip to Viking Resort in the Dominican Republic would be so much more worth your while Bushie.  Just tell everyone you're going to Africa for "missionary work" then use the money to have a good time!

Too late! I've already got $1600 plane tickets to Kenya!! ($1200 ticket + $400 Travel Agent fees)

Cereal?

I thought they were quite high, myself, but I'm just grateful to be able to fulfill a dream I've always had.

You've always had a dream to go to Kenya? Nothing wrong with it....just kind of a weird dream to have always had.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 17, 2012, 10:35:41 pm
Spreading Christianity to uncultured peoples.  Surprised this still goes on.  A trip to Viking Resort in the Dominican Republic would be so much more worth your while Bushie.  Just tell everyone you're going to Africa for "missionary work" then use the money to have a good time!

Too late! I've already got $1600 plane tickets to Kenya!! ($1200 ticket + $400 Travel Agent fees)

Cereal?

I thought they were quite high, myself, but I'm just grateful to be able to fulfill a dream I've always had.

You've always had a dream to go to Kenya? Nothing wrong with it....just kind of a weird dream to have always had.

Not necessarily to Kenya, but to Africa.  As a Christian, my passion is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world and share with them the hope that I've found.  The Christians in African nations, as well as those in the Middle East, in China, and elsewhere in the Eastern and Southern Hemispheres are some of the most genuine believers in Christ because it is not as widespread and watered down there as it is in the Bible Belt and indeed in much of the United States.  The problem with Oklahoma and most of the Southeastern 1/4 of the United States is that there are too many churches, so they are competing with one another for attendance and in doing so watering the Gospel Truth down to where it tickles the ears and almost devoid of actual meaning.  Some of these television evangelists of these megachurces water down the Gospel way too much.  A couple examples, Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer both preach what you want to hear, not what you need to hear.  I think Joel is a great man in the faith and I don't question his sincerity one bit, but he preaches that God's will is for you to have nice houses, nice cars, and a fat bank account, and all the luxuries of life.  The nations of Africa don't have the luxuries that we have in America or much of Central and Western Europe.  So, the African Christians have to really rely on the truth of God's Word to get them through the difficult times.  They don't have these TV preachers to falsify God's Word, and they need, like the rest of the world, real, genuine Christ-centered preachers to tell them what they need to hear and that no matter what they've gone through or done there is hope.

I don't mean to preach, but I'm just explaining why I want to go overseas.

Plus, one of my favorite movies is John Wayne's Hatari.  The setting is, of course, the African Safari, and it just fascinates me to experience, at least for a week, what they experience day in and day out.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on January 18, 2012, 08:28:26 am
I think African Christians would rather have money, but eh.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 18, 2012, 02:37:19 pm
I just received the new schedule options for work.  I had to choose 3 shifts and rank them in order of preference.  My preferences were 5:00-14:00, 5:30-14:30, 7:30-16:30, all Monday-Friday.  I don't think I'll have any trouble whatsoever in getting the 5:00-14:00 shift as from what I know of my coworkers, they will not want to get up that early in the morning to go to work.  If I do indeed get the 5:00-14:00 shift, my breaks and lunch will as follows:

Break 1     6:45-7:00
Break 2     9:00-9:15
Lunch       11:00-12:00

It will be interesting because I will have both breaks before lunch.  It will be nice, though, as I will have no stretch longer than 2 hours.  The past 7 months I've had one stretch every day of 2 hours 45 minutes, which was a very long stretch.

The schedule will start sometime next week.

Also, with this 5:00-14:00 shift, I would have to get up between 3:00 and 3:30 every morning at the very, very latest to get a shower and be out of the house by 4:15 and my optimal bed time hours would be 7:00-9:00 pm.  On the bright side, though, I would be home from work by 2:25 every afternoon, plus I wouldn't fight rush hour traffic.

I would also get my weekends back and be able to go to church on the first day of the week, which is Sunday.  Anytime I miss church on Sunday Morning, my week doesn't go quite right.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on January 18, 2012, 03:23:41 pm
Thats a stretch? I currently work 9 hours a day, and take a half hour lunch when I manage to find the time to grab something. Before I got this job, I'd work 13 hour days, and the only break I'd get is driving between them. You just get used to it and take what you can.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 19, 2012, 12:19:09 am
Thats a stretch? I currently work 9 hours a day, and take a half hour lunch when I manage to find the time to grab something. Before I got this job, I'd work 13 hour days, and the only break I'd get is driving between them. You just get used to it and take what you can.

What I mean by "stretch" is a block of work, defined as the time period between breaks/lunch/off clock or any other period that I am not taking calls.  To begin the day, I would have a 1 hour 45 minute block until my 6:45 break. Then, I would have a 2 hour block from 7:00 to my 9:00 break, followed by a 1 hour 45 minute block from 9:15 to my 11:00 lunch, finalized with a 2 hour block from 12:00 to 2:00.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Ebowed on January 19, 2012, 04:37:12 am
Spreading Christianity to uncultured peoples.  Surprised this still goes on.  A trip to Viking Resort in the Dominican Republic would be so much more worth your while Bushie.  Just tell everyone you're going to Africa for "missionary work" then use the money to have a good time!

Too late! I've already got $1600 plane tickets to Kenya!! ($1200 ticket + $400 Travel Agent fees)

Cereal?

Yeah I found that perplexing as well.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Negusa Nagast 🚀 on January 19, 2012, 04:51:15 am
Spreading Christianity to uncultured peoples.  Surprised this still goes on.  A trip to Viking Resort in the Dominican Republic would be so much more worth your while Bushie.  Just tell everyone you're going to Africa for "missionary work" then use the money to have a good time!

Too late! I've already got $1600 plane tickets to Kenya!! ($1200 ticket + $400 Travel Agent fees)

Cereal?

Yeah I found that perplexing as well.

Don't worry guys, it's god's will obviously...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on January 19, 2012, 04:51:50 am
Hang on $400 travel agency fee?

That's 1/3 of the ticket price... that's unheard of!!

Unless you mean airport taxes etc?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Ebowed on January 19, 2012, 07:13:55 am
Hang on $400 travel agency fee?

That's 1/3 of the ticket price... that's unheard of!!

Unless you mean airport taxes etc?

I think he means the fee charged by the very lucky person ripping off whoever booked his trip for him.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Joe Republic on January 19, 2012, 07:19:17 am
It wouldn't be a true Bushie escapade without him being royally scammed in some way.  But I'm sure he'll be along in a minute to justify why it's all okay, and that it's God's will and so on.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on January 19, 2012, 07:55:40 am
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the 400 bucks is just what the travel agent charged to do the leg work. Joe is right though, it wouldnt be a Bushie kidn of thing without it. I've got to admit, I was a little upset at the start of this season. I thought we were going to start discussing more about a possible Susan reunion, or something good like that. But luckfully, the writers really knew how to get us back in.

 Bravo writers, bravo.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 19, 2012, 10:12:15 am
Hang on $400 travel agency fee?

That's 1/3 of the ticket price... that's unheard of!!

Unless you mean airport taxes etc?

Nope, all the ticket taxes and fees are included in the $1200.  The actual ticket was under $800.  I thought the $400 travel agent fees were quite high, but they did warn us about that before we signed up.  They warned us the tickets would be a total of $1500-$1600.  It turns out it was $1597.xx per person.

The rest of the trip is only $850 plus $250 Visa/Spending Money.  By the end of January, I will have $800 of the $850 raised.  I'll get the spending money out in early March just before I leave so I don't lose it or spend it and so the bills can be as crisp as possible, which helps with currency conversion.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 20, 2012, 03:20:56 pm
I will have my entire Kenya trip paid for by the first weekend of February, two weeks from now.  Right now, I'm sitting at $2000 minus the $1600 plane ticket leaving a balance of $400.  The remainder of the trip (roundtrip flight from Nairobi to Kisumu, lodging in Nairobi and at Maisha Guest House, 3 meals a day, snacks, ground transportation to and from the construction site) is $850.  I will have the remaining $450 sent in by Saturday, February 4, 2012.  The only expenses I have left after that are my $98 yellow fever shot on February 1 and my spending money/visa money which I'm going to reduce to $150 instead of $250.  The visa is $50 to enter the country which will leave me with $100 for airport food/Kenya souvenirs, and water bottles in Kenya.  I have been told that a 5-liter bottle of water is only about $2.50 US dollars and I can refill that each day.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 20, 2012, 09:55:31 pm
Even though I don't go into work until 6:00 the next 4 days, I am going to go ahead and start getting up at the time I normally would for my 5:00 shift which should start Wednesday or Thursday.  This means, my alarm will be going off at 2:50 am tomorrow morning which is now under 6 hours from now, so I will make this brief.

I am about to embark on what could be 7 straight days of work if the schedules take effect on Wednesday.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 21, 2012, 07:07:50 am
As of this morning, I have now lost 18 pounds down to weight of 267.  I had hit a little plateau there for about 10 days or so, at 17 1/2 pounds, until this morning.  It feels good to be able to say I've lost almost 20 pounds.  This diet is almost 10 weeks old, so I'm losing a little under 2 pounds a week on average.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on January 21, 2012, 07:51:57 am
Hang on $400 travel agency fee?

That's 1/3 of the ticket price... that's unheard of!!

Unless you mean airport taxes etc?

Nope, all the ticket taxes and fees are included in the $1200.  The actual ticket was under $800.  I thought the $400 travel agent fees were quite high, but they did warn us about that before we signed up.  They warned us the tickets would be a total of $1500-$1600.  It turns out it was $1597.xx per person.

The rest of the trip is only $850 plus $250 Visa/Spending Money.  By the end of January, I will have $800 of the $850 raised.  I'll get the spending money out in early March just before I leave so I don't lose it or spend it and so the bills can be as crisp as possible, which helps with currency conversion.

Wait... seriously.

I've bought a LOT of tickets from travel agents... and my booking fees never exceeded $40... ever.

I bought my ticket for Europe in  July last year for $1940... and the booking fee was $35.

You've been had... someone should report them.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 21, 2012, 08:53:08 am
Hang on $400 travel agency fee?

That's 1/3 of the ticket price... that's unheard of!!

Unless you mean airport taxes etc?

Nope, all the ticket taxes and fees are included in the $1200.  The actual ticket was under $800.  I thought the $400 travel agent fees were quite high, but they did warn us about that before we signed up.  They warned us the tickets would be a total of $1500-$1600.  It turns out it was $1597.xx per person.

The rest of the trip is only $850 plus $250 Visa/Spending Money.  By the end of January, I will have $800 of the $850 raised.  I'll get the spending money out in early March just before I leave so I don't lose it or spend it and so the bills can be as crisp as possible, which helps with currency conversion.

Wait... seriously.

I've bought a LOT of tickets from travel agents... and my booking fees never exceeded $40... ever.

I bought my ticket for Europe in  July last year for $1940... and the booking fee was $35.

You've been had... someone should report them.

Maybe, but I'm not worried about it.  This trip has been happening every March for the past several years and they haven't had any trouble, so I'm confident.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 22, 2012, 07:46:21 am
I can't help myself but weighing everyday.  I know that's not good, but I would go crazy if I don't.  I'm still between 17 1/2 and 18 pounds lost this morning.  I had a big lunch yesterday, but a relatively light dinner.  I'm knocking on the door of the 20 pound mark and I'm determined to not only meet 20 pounds, but exceed it in the coming days and weeks.  The recent trend has been losing a half pound, then holding steady for a week or so and then losing another half pound.  It seems like I hit the wall during that week, but the thing is I don't bounce back off the wall.  I hold steady within 2 pounds of my new best.  It's gotten to the point that regular Coke tastes nasty to me and I usually end up throwing half the can out.

This should be my final Sunday that I have to work today.  My schedule should change by mid-week (I hopefully will know tomorrow) and I should be able to work Wednesday-Friday and off Saturday-Sunday this week.  I can't wait to go back to church Sunday morning.  I miss being with my church family worshipping with them.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 23, 2012, 08:17:25 pm
As of 11:00 pm tonight, I am exactly 96 days from my 30th birthday.  I have got a whole list of lifestyle changes I want to make and have in place before I begin my 4th decade on this earth.  One of those changes is trying to lose another 20 pounds.  I have already lost 18 pounds in the last 2 1/2 months, so I don't figure it should be too hard to lose another 20 pounds to get down into the 240s, which is substantially down from my peak of 285 on the morning of Monday, November 14, 2011.  I am already down to 267.0, and I hope to get down between 245-250 by the time I celebrate my 30th birthday.

I do have a confession to make.  While I have successfully switched to Coke Zero and Diet Dr. Pepper, I have still been eating quite a bit of fast food and pizza, mainly because nearly everything in my house is past the expiration date.  I don't go grocery shopping very often, but that's one of the changes I plan on making.  I am going to go shopping this Friday evening at Walmart so I can eat healthy food at home rather than going out.  This will accomplish two goals, (1) save a ton of money and (2) probably allow me to lose weight at a faster clip.  I've done great in my weight loss goal over the past 2 1/2 months, but I know there is more I can do and I plan to go shopping this Friday evening when I have more time to shop without having to rush home to bed.  I am also going to start taking my lunch to work on Monday, as well, so that will also help in both goals.

I've also got other lifestyle changes I'm going to make, all in an effort to increase the quality and productivity of my life.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on January 24, 2012, 12:54:37 pm
I've also got other lifestyle changes I'm going to make, all in an effort to increase the quality and productivity of my life.

A real girl might help that.....


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Negusa Nagast 🚀 on January 24, 2012, 04:54:53 pm
If you want to lose weight just drop the soda altogether man...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 26, 2012, 12:07:50 am
As of 11:00 pm tonight (5 minutes ago), I have officially crossed underneath 50 full days until the midnight of the day that the Kenya Mission Trip begins, accounting for the time change on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

I've got a bunch of stuff I still have to do in the mean time to get ready for the trip.  I am 50 days away, so I will need to start packing in 25-30 days from now, just so I can have plenty of time to get what I need to take put away so I don't use it.  I'll probably start packing on Saturday, February 18 or 25, 2012.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on January 26, 2012, 03:12:49 pm
As of 11:00 pm tonight (5 minutes ago), I have officially crossed underneath 50 full days until the midnight of the day that the Kenya Mission Trip begins, accounting for the time change on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

I've got a bunch of stuff I still have to do in the mean time to get ready for the trip.  I am 50 days away, so I will need to start packing in 25-30 days from now, just so I can have plenty of time to get what I need to take put away so I don't use it.  I'll probably start packing on Saturday, February 18 or 25, 2012.

Ahhhhhhh OCD issues...love it


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 26, 2012, 07:09:21 pm
As of 11:00 pm tonight (5 minutes ago), I have officially crossed underneath 50 full days until the midnight of the day that the Kenya Mission Trip begins, accounting for the time change on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

I've got a bunch of stuff I still have to do in the mean time to get ready for the trip.  I am 50 days away, so I will need to start packing in 25-30 days from now, just so I can have plenty of time to get what I need to take put away so I don't use it.  I'll probably start packing on Saturday, February 18 or 25, 2012.

Ahhhhhhh OCD issues...love it

You'd better believe it!! Not ashamed of it, either. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on January 26, 2012, 07:12:56 pm
I pack anywhere from the night before to 5 hours before transatlantic trips.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on January 26, 2012, 07:31:04 pm
I pack the night before I leave. ALWAYS. I packed the night before I moved to PA.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on January 26, 2012, 07:33:12 pm
When I left for 6-weeks in Europe... I packed on the morning I left..


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 27, 2012, 05:44:42 pm
The schedules haven't changed, yet, but I'm not too suprised as my supervisor has been sick and trying to move into a new house this past week.  He's been pre-occupied.  The schedules should change next week as he gets both of those time-takers behind him.  In the mean time, I'm still going into Week 34 tomorrow just like normal, with one exception.  I do have this Sunday off.  I am switching off with one of my coworkers.  I will work tomorrow and then work again Monday and Tuesday.  I could get upset that the schedules have not changed, and I have gotten upset, but then I realize that I still have a steady, good paying job and that is something not everybody can say in this economy.  God has blessed me with a job, and I am going to do that job no matter what schedule I am given.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 27, 2012, 08:29:27 pm
The schedules haven't changed, yet, but I'm not too suprised as my supervisor has been sick and trying to move into a new house this past week.  He's been pre-occupied.  The schedules should change next week as he gets both of those time-takers behind him.  In the mean time, I'm still going into Week 34 tomorrow just like normal, with one exception.  I do have this Sunday off.  I am switching off with one of my coworkers.  I will work tomorrow and then work again Monday and Tuesday.  I could get upset that the schedules have not changed, and I have gotten upset, but then I realize that I still have a steady, good paying job and that is something not everybody can say in this economy.  God has blessed me with a job, and I am going to do that job no matter what schedule I am given.

I got an email from my supervisor this evening saying the schedules will change this coming week.  I've got probably 3 more days of this 6-5 shift since I am off on Sunday.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 30, 2012, 04:46:29 pm
Holy Cow!! My schedule has done a MAJOR flip-flop.  I was thinking it would be 5-2 or 5:30-2:30.  Boy, was I wrong.  I am now working 12-9 Monday-Friday beginning this Wednesday.  I'll still work one more 6-5 shift tomorrow and then switch to 12-9 on Wednesday.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 30, 2012, 04:49:45 pm
My breaks and lunch schedule will look like this...

13:45-14:00    Break
15:30-16:30    Lunch
18:30-18:45    Break

This means no "block" more than 2 hours 15 minutes and that just at the very end of the day.  I believe I can handle it.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on January 30, 2012, 05:03:14 pm
When I left for 6-weeks in Europe... I packed on the morning I left..
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I'm not sure how one could pack weeks in advance. I don't own enough clothes to have stuff packed away and change clothes everyday before leaving. The bathroom items are even worse. Have to wait to the absolute last minute for those.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on January 30, 2012, 06:22:40 pm
My breaks and lunch schedule will look like this...

13:45-14:00    Break
15:30-16:30    Lunch
18:30-18:45    Break

This means no "block" more than 2 hours 15 minutes and that just at the very end of the day.  I believe I can handle it.

I tend to work 9 hours.. straight. No breaks. If you can't handle it, than you can turn your penis in and we'll go ahead and get you fitted for a nice magina.

Let the infractions begin.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 30, 2012, 09:30:03 pm
My breaks and lunch schedule will look like this...

13:45-14:00    Break
15:30-16:30    Lunch
18:30-18:45    Break

This means no "block" more than 2 hours 15 minutes and that just at the very end of the day.  I believe I can handle it.

I tend to work 9 hours.. straight. No breaks. If you can't handle it, than you can turn your penis in and we'll go ahead and get you fitted for a nice magina.

Let the infractions begin.

I can definitely do it and I never said I couldn't do it.  I do like the breaks, though.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 31, 2012, 06:11:32 am
Today is my final 6-5 shift.  I will be working 12-9 starting tomorrow, February 1, 2012.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 31, 2012, 10:46:29 pm
I have an update on the permanent status...

Today, January 31, I received word that I will be interviewing for a separate position within Dell sometime in early February.  If I succeed in that interview, I will be on permanent in February.  If I don't get that, he has several contigency plans in the cooker ready to activate in early March to get me on permanent.  So, I will definitely be on permanent no later than March.  If that happens, my benefits will take effect by April 1.  Either way, it's looking like my Kenya trip will be unpaid leave, which is unnerving, but my God has called me to go, and i have faith that He will provide.  I've got contingency plans and backup funds available and ready to activate in March for my bills.  So, I'm not worried.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on January 31, 2012, 11:16:07 pm
Either way, it's looking like my Kenya trip will be unpaid leave, which is unnerving, but my God has called me to go, and i have faith that He will provide.  I've got contingency plans and backup funds available and ready to activate in March for my bills.  So, I'm not worried.

Sure it's formulaic, and we've seen it a hundred times before, but the writers are returning to a tried and true trope that's entertained the audience in the past. Maybe by putting it in the Africa setting, they'll breathe some new life into the well-worn formula.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on January 31, 2012, 11:30:40 pm
Based on my current rate of pay, I will lose roughly $600 for the time I'm gone to Kenya.  I am expecting a decent tax return this year, so that will help mitigate some of that $600, and like I said I've got a backup plan for the rest of the deficit ready to activate.  I'm not worried at all.  The writers can just hush and put down their pens...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 01, 2012, 01:18:01 am
It is February 2012 now and that means it is a brand new month.  I am looking forward to this month.  This is my final full month of being a contract employee at Dell.  I will be on permanent either in February or in early March, presumaby within the next 5 weeks.  No, I won't get paid for my time away in Kenya, but I will have a job before AND after I get back, so the unpaid time will be limited to just 7 days (56 hours).  I am really excited about the month that lay ahead.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 01, 2012, 11:14:30 pm
My Kenya trip is completely paid off, except for the spending/visa money which I will take with me.  I just submitted the last $300 a few minutes ago.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 02, 2012, 10:54:43 am
Do you have a lil collection plate outside of your house, your church, work, what? 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 02, 2012, 03:12:33 pm
Either way, it's looking like my Kenya trip will be unpaid leave, which is unnerving, but my God has called me to go, and i have faith that He will provide.  I've got contingency plans and backup funds available and ready to activate in March for my bills.  So, I'm not worried.

Sure it's formulaic, and we've seen it a hundred times before, but the writers are returning to a tried and true trope that's entertained the audience in the past. Maybe by putting it in the Africa setting, they'll breathe some new life into the well-worn formula.



This reminds me of when John Carter went to Afrika on E.R.  It was good, but made you appreciate Chicago. I hope this is kind of like that. The writers are up to somethign here.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 02, 2012, 06:29:43 pm
Do you have a lil collection plate outside of your house, your church, work, what? 

No, I've just been able to fundraise.  God has shown me where and how to get the money.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 02, 2012, 06:32:16 pm
I'm at work on my second 12-9 shift.  I think I might actually like this shift.  I only took 15 calls yesterday and so far only 10 today.  I'm sure glad my supervisor allowed me to come in yesterday, today, and tomorrow as they were my scheduled days off since the new schedule doesn't actually begin until Saturday.  If he hadn't, I would have had only 10 hours on this week's check.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Simfan34 on February 02, 2012, 06:38:32 pm
What do you do?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 02, 2012, 07:08:56 pm
What do you do?

I am a Help Desk Technical Support Analyst for Dell.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Simfan34 on February 02, 2012, 07:10:14 pm
What do you do?

I am a Help Desk Technical Support Analyst for Dell.

I see. Glad to see they're still around here. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 02, 2012, 07:14:55 pm
What do you do?

I am a Help Desk Technical Support Analyst for Dell.

I see. Glad to see they're still around here. :)

Yep, they're still around.  They have several offices throughout the United States, in places such as Oklahoma City, Round Rock, TX, Twin Falls, ID, Nashville, a few spots in Ohio and North Carolina, and internationally, as well.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 04, 2012, 10:07:05 am
Weight Update:

I have now lost 19 pounds!! I am sitting at a weight of 266.0 down from my peak of 285.0.  Yesterday, I just had a small cheeseburger at lunch from the Dell cafeteria, but no fries, and for my 3:30 dinner I had a small hamburger, no cheese and no fries.  Not the best meal, but it did allow me to lose a pound overnight.  This morning, I am going grocery shopping and will start taking my lunch next week, so I can even cut down the hamburgers.  I am encouraged by the fact I have now lost 19 pounds!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 04, 2012, 06:54:16 pm
I went grocery shopping this morning and spent a fair amount of money getting mostly breakfast and lunch and snack items.  9:30-10:00 is too late for dinner and the only nights I have any chance to be home for general dinner time are Saturday and Sunday, so I decided to get mostly breakfast and lunch items.  My plan is for most mornings is to eat a late breakfast around 10:00 and then have a light lunch during my actual lunch break at 3:30 and then maybe a little snack after I get home.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 06, 2012, 12:41:46 am
A quick update on Kenya.  As many of you may know, one of our tasks when we get to the East African country is to help build a medical clinic for the Maisha Orphanage.  They just broke ground on it within the past few days and it should be ready for us to help build the walls during the week that we'll actually be on the ground.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 06, 2012, 08:27:12 pm
I just mailed my voter's registration application this morning in favor of the Republican Party so I can vote in the Republican Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.  I mailed it just in time as the deadline to change parties was February 14.  I'm looking forward to casting my vote for Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

I may change it back to the Democratic Party in April, though, so I can vote in the Democratic State Primary on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on February 06, 2012, 08:55:05 pm
A quick update on Kenya.  As many of you may know, one of our tasks when we get to the East African country is to help build a medical clinic for the Maisha Orphanage.  They just broke ground on it within the past few days and it should be ready for us to help build the walls during the week that we'll actually be on the ground.
You're going to be building walls? You know how to do that?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 06, 2012, 09:34:54 pm
A quick update on Kenya.  As many of you may know, one of our tasks when we get to the East African country is to help build a medical clinic for the Maisha Orphanage.  They just broke ground on it within the past few days and it should be ready for us to help build the walls during the week that we'll actually be on the ground.
You're going to be building walls? You know how to do that?

I'll probably end up being a "go-for".  It'll be interesting to learn a little masonry.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Smash255 on February 06, 2012, 09:55:31 pm
A quick update on Kenya.  As many of you may know, one of our tasks when we get to the East African country is to help build a medical clinic for the Maisha Orphanage.  They just broke ground on it within the past few days and it should be ready for us to help build the walls during the week that we'll actually be on the ground.
You're going to be building walls? You know how to do that?

I'll probably end up being a "go-for".  It'll be interesting to learn a little masonry.

How will you be able to manage any physical labor?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 06, 2012, 09:57:13 pm
A quick update on Kenya.  As many of you may know, one of our tasks when we get to the East African country is to help build a medical clinic for the Maisha Orphanage.  They just broke ground on it within the past few days and it should be ready for us to help build the walls during the week that we'll actually be on the ground.
You're going to be building walls? You know how to do that?

I'll probably end up being a "go-for".  It'll be interesting to learn a little masonry.

How will you be able to manage any physical labor?

I'll be able to manage.  I'll take some Aleve with me and a back brace.  I can do physical labor, and the tasks don't sound to be that strenuous.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 07, 2012, 05:59:22 pm
As of this morning, I have now lost 19 1/4 pounds.  I've changed my diet just a bit.  I'm having a couple bowls of whole grain cereal in the morning (Honey Nut Cheerios right now) and then a couple ham sandwiches for lunch and a small snack when I get home.  I haven't gone out to eat in at least 5 days, which is a record for me.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 07, 2012, 06:15:22 pm
Congrats! I'm proud of you! Have you hit the gym yet? I have been keeping in shape too since my c**t of a girlfriend split up with me. That said, I am having pizza and beer tonight while watching the election returns, so its a bit of a cheat meal for me..


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 07, 2012, 06:19:16 pm
Congrats! I'm proud of you! Have you hit the gym yet? I have been keeping in shape too since my c**t of a girlfriend split up with me. That said, I am having pizza and beer tonight while watching the election returns, so its a bit of a cheat meal for me..

Thanks, Duke!  I haven't hit the gym, yet, mainly because I can't afford a gym membership.  I've been doing a lot of walking during my lunch hour at work.  I can smell 20 pounds and then some.  Right now, my current weight as of this morning was 265.8 which is down from 285.0 when I first started on November 14.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Yelnoc on February 07, 2012, 06:27:10 pm
Congrats! I'm proud of you! Have you hit the gym yet? I have been keeping in shape too since my c**t of a girlfriend split up with me. That said, I am having pizza and beer tonight while watching the election returns, so its a bit of a cheat meal for me..

Thanks, Duke!  I haven't hit the gym, yet, mainly because I can't afford a gym membership.  I've been doing a lot of walking during my lunch hour at work.  I can smell 20 pounds and then some.  Right now, my current weight as of this morning was 265.8 which is down from 285.0 when I first started on November 14.
May I suggest calisthenics like push-ups, sit-ups, planks, back flexors, wall sits, leg lifts, etc?  And then down the road, replacing the walking with jogging, and then running?

Oh, and congrats on the progress :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 07, 2012, 06:31:12 pm
Congrats! I'm proud of you! Have you hit the gym yet? I have been keeping in shape too since my c**t of a girlfriend split up with me. That said, I am having pizza and beer tonight while watching the election returns, so its a bit of a cheat meal for me..

Thanks, Duke!  I haven't hit the gym, yet, mainly because I can't afford a gym membership.  I've been doing a lot of walking during my lunch hour at work.  I can smell 20 pounds and then some.  Right now, my current weight as of this morning was 265.8 which is down from 285.0 when I first started on November 14.
May I suggest calisthenics like push-ups, sit-ups, planks, back flexors, wall sits, leg lifts, etc?  And then down the road, replacing the walking with jogging, and then running?

Oh, and congrats on the progress :)

I will try a few things in the next few weeks and see how it goes.

Thanks for the encouragement, Yelnoc. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 08, 2012, 12:16:53 am
Here is what my diet consisted of today:

2 Bowls Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast
2 Ham Sandwiches for lunch
2 Hot Dogs for supper

I am already on track to lose even more weight by tomorrow morning. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 08, 2012, 09:35:58 am
Here is what my diet consisted of today:

2 Bowls Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast
2 Ham Sandwiches for lunch
2 Hot Dogs for supper

I am already on track to lose even more weight by tomorrow morning. :)

That's a diet?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 08, 2012, 09:55:41 am
Here is what my diet consisted of today:

2 Bowls Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast
2 Ham Sandwiches for lunch
2 Hot Dogs for supper

I am already on track to lose even more weight by tomorrow morning. :)

That's a diet?

Yeah.. that sounds like the complete opposite. Maybe you have a worm


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 08, 2012, 10:32:03 am
Here is what my diet consisted of today:

2 Bowls Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast
2 Ham Sandwiches for lunch
2 Hot Dogs for supper

I am already on track to lose even more weight by tomorrow morning. :)

That's a diet?

Yeah.. that sounds like the complete opposite. Maybe you have a worm

Well, maybe not in the traditional sense, but it did help me drop another quarter pound this morning to 19 1/2 pounds.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on February 08, 2012, 10:58:12 am
Here is what my diet consisted of today:

2 Bowls Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast
2 Ham Sandwiches for lunch
2 Hot Dogs for supper

I am already on track to lose even more weight by tomorrow morning. :)

That's a diet?

While it isnt a balanced or particularly healthy meal plan, I would peg it around 1800-1900 calories and below his metabolic rate.  I mean you could theoretically lose weight eating nothing but Big Macs but that doesnt mean you should.

Bushie, congrats a weight loss thus far.  Keep trying to mix in the exercise and throw in some greens/fruit now and again.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on February 08, 2012, 01:11:58 pm
Uh... I hope he's taking a multivitamin or something because that doesn't sound very nutritious at all.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 09, 2012, 10:59:04 am
As of this morning, I have now lost just a tick shy of 21 pounds.  I am down to 264.2 doing the same thing I've been doing all this week.  I really believe I can lose another 10 pounds or so before I go to Kenya in 5 weeks.

On the job front, I talked with my Contract Manager yesterday and will to my Account Manager today and my Contract Manager said everything was looking alright.  I didn't get the job that I interviewed for on Monday, but that really should only delay me by 2-4 weeks.  I heard my Account Manager check on the requisition orders that he submitted for my position a couple weeks ago and he's been pressing them to get it done saying that he has a contractor whose contract expires March 8, so he needs it expeditiously.  I was encouraged by that.  I will talk to him this afternoon and see where things stand.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 09, 2012, 11:06:11 pm
I do have an update on the job front from today:

I talked with the Account Manager and he has submitted the req orders earlier this week and they should be back within a couple of weeks because he put a rush on it.  I will still need to go through the interview process once again, and improve on my technical skills. He asked 5 questions in the technical portion of the interview, and I only got one right on this last interview. I have researched and found the answer to at least 3 more of the questions and I should be able to get the last one without sweat.  He really liked my soft skill answers, but I need to improve on the technical side.  He said the ball is basically in my court.  If I can knock those technical questions (all of which are basic knowledge) and do the same with the soft skills, I'll be golden.  His goal is to have me on permanet, or at least give me a start date, by March 1, though it may be slightly after before I actually start.



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 10, 2012, 07:54:22 am
OOOHHHHH something good is on the horizon!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 10, 2012, 10:11:26 am
I can see the tides beginning to turn in this thread. Those must be difficult technical questions if you can't even find the answers online!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 10, 2012, 10:23:52 am
I can see the tides beginning to turn in this thread. Those must be difficult technical questions if you can't even find the answers online!

I have been looking the answers up online and am becoming more efficient.  My goal is just to translate that into the interview room.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 10, 2012, 01:23:11 pm
I'm hoping Bushie has something to come back to when he returns from Kenya.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 10, 2012, 02:02:29 pm
I'm hoping Bushie has something to come back to when he returns from Kenya.

See, I think this is a part of the mid season sweeps. Gearing up for a new adventure past Kenya.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 10, 2012, 03:01:35 pm
I'm hoping Bushie has something to come back to when he returns from Kenya.

See, I think this is a part of the mid season sweeps. Gearing up for a new adventure past Kenya.

I hate job search re-runs, Andrew..........booooooooring.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 10, 2012, 08:32:31 pm
I'm hoping Bushie has something to come back to when he returns from Kenya.

See, I think this is a part of the mid season sweeps. Gearing up for a new adventure past Kenya.

I hate job search re-runs, Andrew..........booooooooring.

I have really solidified my responses to the technical questions.  I misspoke last night, though, I said I had gotten 1 out of 5 right, actually that was just the average. I got 2 of 10.  However, I remembered today what the other questions were and found the answers to them and have them written down and practiced them thoroughly and I believe if I were given the interview on Monday, I would have no trouble acing the puppy, going 10/10.

The req orders should officially open up either next week or the week after and I will get an interview shortly after it opens and if I do ace it, I will be starting permanent probably around Monday, March 5, which is about 3 weeks from now.  The ball is really in my court, now, it's mine to lose.

I'm pretty confident.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 12, 2012, 08:55:08 pm
I am about to get started studying again for my interview, which is comprised of general A+ questions.  There is a pretty good chance the position could officially open up this week.  If it doesn't open this week, it will most likely open next week.  The interview will come within two or three days of the position opening, and the start date probably one or two Mondays after that.  I'm excited about the upcoming week, Week 36.  Month 9 at Dell will officially begin tomorrow, as well.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 15, 2012, 10:39:27 pm
A job update:  I was starting to get concerned that my contract was going to expire before I got on permanent since I only have 3 weeks left.  However, that all changed about 7:30 this evening.  I was looking at the Career section of the Dell website and found not one, but four positions open of the same type just different clients.  I applied for all four positions.  I don't know if one of the positions is the one I have been waiting on or not.  If it is, then I have quadrupled my chances and if it is not, i have quintupled my chances, as I would have 5 applications instead of just 1.  I am now waiting on the interview, which should be next week or the week after and then, if i can pass it, like I think I should, I will have no trouble starting sometime early in March.

I was really starting to get concerned that I was going to be looking for a job on March 9, and the writers were going to start a mid-season job search series, but I am more confident that with these 4 or 5 positions, I have a much better chance of getting on permanent!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 16, 2012, 09:55:50 am
We shall see. The writers have something for us. This season has started to get stale.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 16, 2012, 10:54:46 pm
I have an update from today:

I found out some really good news. The 4 req orders I applied for don't necessarily correspond to just one position.  One req order could include a class of up to 35 people.  Which, if that's the case, then I've got a lot more opportunities than just the 4 positions, which is already a lot better than just 1 position, which is looking like it may not happen in time for the end of my contract on  March 8.  So, what it is looking like at this time is one or two of those req orders should be about ready to close and the interviews should be about ready to be scheduled.  I imagine I will get an interview on at least one of the positions by the end of next week or the beginning of the following week, which put a start date probably on Monday, March 5 or Monday, March 12 because of the temporary hiring freeze that Dell is implementing the second week of March.  I'm sure with the freeze the managers want to haste things along so they can get in the needed manpower rather than having to wait until the freeze is lifted in April or May.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 17, 2012, 11:00:58 am
So  you really think  jetting off to Kenya isn't going to screw the chance to get a decent full time job?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 17, 2012, 02:37:43 pm
God has a plan for BuskOK, gramps. This Kenya trip is just part of it. He wouldn't have called him to go if it meant he would lose his job and become destitute once again.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 17, 2012, 02:57:00 pm
God has a plan for BuskOK, gramps. This Kenya trip is just part of it. He wouldn't have called him to go if it meant he would lose his job and become destitute once again.

Sometimes I feel like this comes out of the Book of Job. But alas, I'll leave the brilliance to the writers.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 17, 2012, 06:48:11 pm
I do have an update again tonight.  This afternoon, I was told they are extending my contract through the beginning of May.  The hiring freeze will be in effect from March 12-April 18 and will lift on April 19.  My manager is hoping to get the req orders approved next week.  During the freeze, they can still interview and get things ready to rock and roll, they just can't do any HR processing or anything like that.  The plan, from what I've been told, is that if I can hit a home run with this interview, I will be on permanent toward the end of April.  Now, if one of these other positions come calling, it could still be the beginning of March.  The contract extension approval will be official on Monday, and it should be in effect through May 8.  They are doing everything they possibly can to hire me on permanent, it just may be another couple months before it actually happens.  At least, I will have a job before I go to Kenya and a job when I get back.  The three most likely dates for full time conversion are March 5, April 23, and April 30.  If it's with the same account, it will be the April dates.  If it's with another account, it could be any one of the three.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 17, 2012, 09:06:50 pm
I'm trying to decide on something here, and maybe you can help me out.  I have an AT&T interview this Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 8:30 am where they could very well extend a job offer.  Dell is close to, but not quite, a certainty.  AT&T would probably pay a little less and it is governed by a union.  The AT&T position wouldn't start until March 26 (meaning I would have to come home from Kenya a day early), so I would have three weeks to cancel it if Dell produced fruit.  In this instance, is a bird in the hand really worth two in the bush?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 17, 2012, 09:23:57 pm
If we have learned anything in this saga, it is the main character tends to be a bit optimistic about his chances. My advice is to take whichever job is extended to you, if one is, rather than assume Dell will rehire you. If you were having trouble with tech help and knowing answers to basic questions, I would not feel overly confident that you will be hired full time. That is the vibe I am getting from the writers. I predict, however, you will get the AT&T job, turn it down so you can spend an extra day in Kenya, and then not get hired by Dell. The main character will return to the unemployment life like he was most of last season.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 17, 2012, 09:27:16 pm
So, you're basically saying a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush?    That's what I was kind of thinking, because I want to secure a job for several years to come, not just a couple months.  I want to foil the writer's plans. :)

One of my other thoughts toward that is everyone knows what happens when one assumes.  Makes a donkey out of you and me.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 17, 2012, 09:31:49 pm
Listen, brother, I am not following all these saying you're spewing out of that mouth of yours, but if you think having a sure thing job regardless of pay for the moment is better than taking a risk, then we agree. ;)

Nothing is a sure thing, especially in Oklahoma, so if AT&T extends you an offer, take it. Don't assume Dell will hire you, because if you make that huge assumption, it will likely come back to bite you and you will be unemployed once again, and this thread will start over, with you looking for a job and hopefully finding another fiancée.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 17, 2012, 09:37:00 pm
I think I'm going to have to agree with you, Duke.  Again, with AT&T not starting until March 26, that gives me 3 weeks to see if Dell can offer me a job.  If it does, then I can cancel AT&T.  If it does not, then I'm in good shape because I have a plan for the longer term future, not just the early spring of 2012.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 17, 2012, 09:46:59 pm
If you can cancel on AT&T anyway, then why is this even a question? At least if Dell doesn't come through, you will have a job, and if they do, you will have choices. Sounds ideal to me. Less money coming in is better than no money coming in. Remember, you don't want to mooch off your parents anymore than you already have! You're 30 now! A big boy!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 17, 2012, 09:51:24 pm
Exactly, Duke, that's what I'm starting to realize.  My mother is retiring on April 30, so their support is out of the question.  Some of my friends will tell me have faith and trust in God, but my God also tells me that there is something called common sense, which sadly is not very common.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 17, 2012, 10:27:18 pm
Praise!!!! You're finally getting it!! God wants us to use the common sense he so diligently gave us!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on February 18, 2012, 12:27:43 am
This thread has taught me that I am really glad that I was never Buskok's boss. I know it is a part of your condition but people really hate being asked the same thing over and again.  Stretching back a few months ago with your scheduling and days off likely hurt you. 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 18, 2012, 06:16:57 am
If I end up re-locating my office to Pittsburgh, I'm going to be in charge, and have to hire about 8 new people... I think I might just offer Bushie a job.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 18, 2012, 11:19:31 am
Bushie, why is momma needing to retire?  She can't be that old.  Is she ok?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 18, 2012, 11:21:25 am
Won't you still be in Kenya March 26th?  The writers are confusing me


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Torie on February 18, 2012, 12:20:03 pm
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My mother is retiring on April 30, so their support is out of the question.

In my book, such support would have been "out of the question" long ago. Jeff is most fortunate that I am not his father - as I am sure he would agree. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 18, 2012, 01:14:23 pm
Bushie, why is momma needing to retire?  She can't be that old.  Is she ok?

She will be 60 in October and has been working at Tinker AFB since 1978, so it's time for her to retire.

If I got the job at AT&T, I would come back from Kenya a day early (there are provisions to do this.)

However, my father, mother, and brother gave me some advice.  They said I would be starting over at AT&T and it could end up like Sprint did, which isn't well.  They said I'd be better off sticking with Dell and focusing all my attention there and continuing to improve on the technical questions and also improving in my day to day work, as well.  About 4:00 yesterday, in the middle of my lunch break, they even gave me possible start dates, all Mondays, either March 5, April 23, April 30, or May 7.  They have every intention of bringing me on permanent, I just have to hit a homerun on this interview and we have to work around the hiring freeze.  The hiring freeze is why they are extending my contract for two months.  If I don't get the March 5 start date, I should know sometime in early April if and when I start later that month, because they can interview and make their decision during the freeze, they just can't do anything with HR in that period of time.  In fact, it is very possible, I could have a definitive start date by the end of February, which is 8 working days from now.  So, I'm going to say thanks, but no thanks, to AT&T and focus all my attention on Dell.  I'm only 3 1/2 months away from my 1 year anniversary at Dell, which is a lot better than starting from scratch in an environment that may end up like Sprint which died after only 8 weeks.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 19, 2012, 11:20:48 pm
A Kenya update:

We had our final official meeting this evening.  We discussed several things including exactly what we'll be doing, which includes building a medical clinic, helping the doctor and nurse at the existing medical clinic, Going into the slums and ministering to those sick with HIV/AIDS as well as other diseases, Assisting at the orphanage and providing for their basic needs.  We also discussed the packing party, which we'll have in two weeks on Sunday, March 4, 2012 where we will pack all the extra supplies that we are going to take such as light weight tools like paint rollers and pans and school supplies for the children.  We want to distribute the materials in each of our bags so the weight in each bag doesn't exceed the 50 lb weight limit for the bag.  We will have two suitcases each, one for personal items and one for supplies, plus a backpack carry on and a laptop sachel or such.

We also received the daily itinerary and schedule for the time we'll be on the ground.  We'll arrive in Nairobi at 8:40 pm EAT (Eastern Africa Time), 12:40 pm CDT, 1:40 pm EDT on Saturday, March 17.  It'll take us 3 or 4 hours to clear customs, get our visas, and officially enter the country.  We'll be bussed to a hotel in Nairobi for a quick morning's sleep and be back at the Nairobi airport by 6:00 am Sunday, March 18 (10:00 pm Saturday in Oklahoma) to fly to Kisumu and then we'll be bussed over to the Guest House for breakfast, rest, and then lunch.  We'll leave for Maisha, the site of the work for a Welcoming Ceremony.  We'll work on the ground Monday-Saturday with a general daily schedule like this:

7:00-8:30 am - Breakfast
8:30-9:00 am - Drive to Maisha
9:00-1:00 pm - Team Maisha Projects
1:00-2:00 pm - Lunch at Maisha
2:00-5:30 pm - Team Maisha Projects
5:30-6:00 pm - Drive back to Guest House
6:00-7:00 pm - Relax
7:00-9:00 pm - Dinner at Guest House, followed by devotion and debriefing meeting.

On Sunday, March 25, 2012, we'll attend a church service at Maisha and then go back to the guest house for lunch at 12:30 and then head to the Kisumu airport at 2:00 pm to fly to Nairobi for our 11:35 pm departure for the United States.  We'll arrive back in Oklahoma City approximately 7:15 pm on Monday, March 26.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 20, 2012, 08:12:58 pm
They have officially extended my contract through Tuesday, May 8, 2012.  They reiterated today that they are doing everything they can to get me on permanent by the end of April.

EDIT:  They also said they can extend the contract into June if needed, but they don't forsee that being necessary.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 21, 2012, 07:58:51 pm
The req order for my position has officially opened as of 2:00 pm this afternoon.  I applied within 10 minutes of the email.  I should have an interview in pretty short order, probably within a couple of weeks and then a decision will be made within a week of that.  The position will most likely start Monday, April 30 or May 7, 2012 after the freeze is lifted on Monday, April 23, 2012 to give them time to move the HR process along.  I very easily could have a definitive answer before I leave for Kenya, which would be very nice.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 22, 2012, 12:33:37 am
I am testing out my Air Conditioner for the next 24 hours.  Tomorrow is supposed to get up in the lower 70s, so, to me, that's a good temperature to test it at.  I'll turn it off tomorrow night or Thursday morning as a cold front is supposed to come through.  I generally start using it on a regular basis in mid to late March.  I won't have it on when it's supposed to drop below 34 degrees at night or with highs under 65.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 22, 2012, 12:38:48 am
Please don't ever listen to advice your family gives you. We've seen this script before.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 22, 2012, 07:41:40 am
Please don't ever listen to advice your family gives you. We've seen this script before.

Truer words have never been spoken.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on February 22, 2012, 08:51:05 am
Please don't ever listen to advice your family gives you. We've seen this script before.

Truer words have never been spoken.

Did I miss some new advice?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 22, 2012, 09:10:23 am
Please don't ever listen to advice your family gives you. We've seen this script before.

Truer words have never been spoken.

Did I miss some new advice?

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If I got the job at AT&T, I would come back from Kenya a day early (there are provisions to do this.)

However, my father, mother, and brother gave me some advice.  They said I would be starting over at AT&T and it could end up like Sprint did, which isn't well.  They said I'd be better off sticking with Dell and focusing all my attention there and continuing to improve on the technical questions and also improving in my day to day work, as well.

Basically, his family is telling him to reject a job offer that he can later cancel on if he gets full time with Dell and to simply 'trust' Dell will hire him full time. We all, of course, have told him to take whatever job is offered, and if Dell comes through, he still has 2 weeks to cancel AT&T.

We have seen this episode before. BuskOK will ultimately follow the advice of his family, turn down a job offer from AT&T and subsequently get let go by Dell. Come May, he will be unemployed and will either force his mother to work more to support him or have to move back in with his parents.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on February 22, 2012, 09:29:51 am
How can it possibly be bad to accept a job offer if you can get out of it later? That's just free unemployment insurance...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 22, 2012, 09:31:50 am
Eh, if I remember correctly, didn't his parents also tell him that it was a smart move to leave the gas company for that insurance one.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 22, 2012, 09:33:27 am
Please don't ever listen to advice your family gives you. We've seen this script before.

Too late


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 22, 2012, 09:38:14 am
Eh, if I remember correctly, didn't his parents also tell him that it was a smart move to leave the gas company for that insurance one.

Yep. The infamous "leap of faith" argument. He fell for that when he left the gas company for the scam Australian company that we all knew was a scam except for BushOK and his family.

How can it possibly be bad to accept a job offer if you can get out of it later? That's just free unemployment insurance...

That's what I told him. There's no harm in accepting it if he can cancel later if Dell hires him. It will be a job if Dell doesn't come through. It's like he would rather be unemployed than to work for AT&T.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 22, 2012, 10:12:08 am
Eh, if I remember correctly, didn't his parents also tell him that it was a smart move to leave the gas company for that insurance one.

Yep. The infamous "leap of faith" argument. He fell for that when he left the gas company for the scam Australian company that we all knew was a scam except for BushOK and his family.

How can it possibly be bad to accept a job offer if you can get out of it later? That's just free unemployment insurance...

That's what I told him. There's no harm in accepting it if he can cancel later if Dell hires him. It will be a job if Dell doesn't come through. It's like he would rather be unemployed than to work for AT&T.

It's too late, Dukey.  Or haven't you been on FB this morning


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 22, 2012, 10:14:49 am
I just saw. I think we all know where this will end up. His poor, poor mother.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 22, 2012, 10:33:51 am
Several new developments have come to light. First, the req order was posted yesterday just after noon, which I applied to the position within 10 minutes of receiving that email.  Second, I wake up this morning and check my work email from home telling me he wants to move very, very rapidly to get me on before the movement freeze.  That means, I could be on permanent by Monday, March 5, which is a week and a half away!!!!  In fact, the chances appear to be growing astronomically that I will be on permanent either right before the freeze or right after the freeze.  I feel very comfortable in withdrawing from AT&T consideration because I have all but been promised a position at Dell.  I have been studying like crazy on the technical questions as well as boning up on some Mac knowledge, which are bonus questions in the interview.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on February 22, 2012, 10:40:06 am
If this does work out for you, then excellent. Just don't quite see why anyone would rig the game against themselves (i.e. decrease their chances of employment voluntarily).


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 22, 2012, 11:09:53 am
If this does work out for you, then excellent. Just don't quite see why anyone would rig the game against themselves (i.e. decrease their chances of employment voluntarily).

I'm confident it will.  I Know it's not the most conventional move, and if I had any less of a certainty, I would have definitely gone this morning.

A weight-loss update:  As of this morning, I have lost 22 pounds, down to 263.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Compassion Fills the Void on February 22, 2012, 11:17:21 am
Oh so this might worth reading again it appears.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 22, 2012, 11:38:47 am
Oh so this might worth reading again it appears.

Yeah, don't give up on this season just yet.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 22, 2012, 01:35:19 pm
Wow, this might get real good soon.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 22, 2012, 01:55:45 pm
It is almost a given it will. I'll be shocked if it works out as smoothly as BushOK explains.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on February 22, 2012, 01:58:58 pm
I'm confident it will.  I Know it's not the most conventional move, and if I had any less of a certainty, I would have definitely gone this morning.

So, what did you save by not going?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on February 22, 2012, 03:48:38 pm
I'm confident it will.  I Know it's not the most conventional move, and if I had any less of a certainty, I would have definitely gone this morning.

So, what did you save by not going?

That's what I still don't understand.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 22, 2012, 06:40:47 pm
This is maddening yet so entertaining at the same time. I keep giving advice knowing he won't follow it. It's almost the definition of insanity!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 22, 2012, 07:19:22 pm
Things are beginning to move at warp speed.  The req order has already closed, just 24 hours after it opened, and I will have an interview by early next week most likely, possibly this Friday.  I should have a definitive answer by the end of next week.  Everyone around here who is in some kind of authority is saying positive things about my chances because this position requires a secret clearance, which I have, and I'm already trained on the account, so I don't need to be trained.  There are 10 people interviewing for 2 positions, officially.  Plus, as I have already mentioned, I have been studying like crazy on those A+ questions which comprises the interview.  I have also been trying to find Mac info because while those aren't required, they are definitely bonus and can only help.  I feel very confident about my chances.

What did I gain from not going this morning?  I am an impulsive thinker.  If I had received a position from AT&T, knowing who I am, I probably wouldn't have given Dell enough time to do what they needed to do and likely would have put in my 2 weeks too soon and probably missed out on so many blessings.  I'm comfortable with my decision not to go this morning.  Now, I can focus squarely on Dell and preparing for my interview and trying to hit a home run with it.  Even if they tell me no, I will still have about 6 weeks after I get back from Kenya to get another job lined up without having to really panic.  I came to the conclusion that my decision on AT&T would have had to be made prematurely.  I would have had to put in my 2 weeks at Dell next Thursday, March 1 so I can leave before I go to Kenya.  I knew that wouldn't be enough time for Dell to do much of anything, and I did not know about this warp speed last night.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on February 22, 2012, 07:31:47 pm
This is a masterful bit of plotting by the writers. We all thought that the Kenya episodes would be a ratings gimmick, but instead the impending trip been used to force a decision that otherwise wouldn't make any sense and would break the willing suspension of disbelief. They've managed to weave the season's plot threads together very skillfully and now we'll see it all to come to a head at once in the final third of the season. Really well done.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 23, 2012, 01:19:01 am
This is a masterful bit of plotting by the writers. We all thought that the Kenya episodes would be a ratings gimmick, but instead the impending trip been used to force a decision that otherwise wouldn't make any sense and would break the willing suspension of disbelief. They've managed to weave the season's plot threads together very skillfully and now we'll see it all to come to a head at once in the final third of the season. Really well done.

Sorry, Lief, the writers are creating completely different scripts and plots. Scripts and plots that are actually good for the main character.  This season will not have the same turn as the previous seasons have had.  In fact, I'm pretty sure the writers are drumming up another major development possibly in the next few hours from right now, and definitely within the next few days.  The setting will have an abrupt shift for a few episodes from the working, suburban life of Oklahoma City to the slums of Kisumu, Kenya with brief cutaways to Chicago O'Hare, Amsterdam, Nairobi, and Brussels airports.

Oh, and by the way, the writers have no plans to close this season down anytime soon. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on February 23, 2012, 01:54:56 am
whoa, whoa, whoa... spoiler warning???


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 23, 2012, 10:12:01 am
New developments...  The interview has been scheduled for tomorrow, that is Friday, February 24, 2012 at 13:00.  I should have a definitive answer sometime next week and could start either Monday, March 5 or Monday, March 12.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 23, 2012, 10:42:52 am
There are 10 people interviewing for 2 positions, officially. 

K, this is troublesome.  You only have a 20% chance of getting a full time job and you passed up an interview for a full time job.

Is this correct?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 23, 2012, 10:46:18 am
Oh gurl, I can't wait until next weeks episode now!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 23, 2012, 01:44:24 pm
whoa, whoa, whoa... spoiler warning???

Most certainly. We all know the story would likely end if he gets a job, so I think we can fill in the blanks as to his intention with that comment.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 23, 2012, 06:50:03 pm
There are 10 people interviewing for 2 positions, officially. 

K, this is troublesome.  You only have a 20% chance of getting a full time job and you passed up an interview for a full time job.

Is this correct?

Maybe, however, before we even get to the interview itself, the position requires a secret clearance.  I've got a secret clearance already and I already possess knowledge of the account having worked on it for 9 months, so I know the account.  I've rehearsed these technical questions over and over and over as well as getting some Mac knowledge as well.  I should have no trouble getting this position.  Plus, my manager has repeatedly said he is wanting to get myself and another contracter on permanent instead of having to hire outsiders.  He has to be fair to the other applicants and give them an interview as well, but from he keeps saying as well as others with direct knowledge of the situation is that he wants me.  I just have to hit a home run with this interview.  My goal is not to hit a home run, but hit a grand slam, and almost make him want to ask when can I start tomorrow.  I'm not arrogant going into this interview, but I am very confident.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 23, 2012, 10:56:07 pm
I'm home from a wonderful day of work.  Tonight, I am just going to relax, read my Bible, study a little bit, and then lay down about 1:00 so I can get a good night's sleep.  I am going to try to be at work early tomorrow, maybe around 11:00, to do some last minute studying.  The interview, again, is at 1:00, and I should be out by 1:30.  I should be able to update the forum later in the evening as the calls die down with how I feel I did.  While I likely won't know anything until early to mid week, there is an outside chance I could know tomorrow, especially if I can hit a grand slam.  I am very confident going into this interview in my knowledge.  I feel there is no reason I shouldn't be able to get 10/10 on the technical portion of the interview and plus get at least 3 out of the 5 Mac questions which are all bonus questions.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 24, 2012, 10:19:37 am
Good Morning! There are 10 questions on today's technical interview.  This morning about 1:30 as I was laying in bed and again this morning when I woke up, I was able to rattle off 30 possible questions and their answers without any hesitation.  I said there were 5 bonus MAC questions.  As of right now, I should be able to answer at least 4 of them.  Surely, out of those 30, 10 should be a piece of cake.  My job today is to make him want to say "when can you start?" I don't know if he will or if he can do that, but my job is to make him want to say that.  I am 3 1/2 hours from my interview.  I'm very confident and sure of myself.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 24, 2012, 10:39:51 am
Here we go! Best of luck to you, BushOK!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 24, 2012, 10:44:49 am
Thanks, Duke!! I should be able to let you know later this evening how things went once the call volume starts slowing down.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 24, 2012, 04:38:36 pm
The interview is over and I did awesome!! One of the requirements for the position is that one possess or be able to obtain a secret security clearance. One of my first phrases out of my mouth was "I have a secret security clearance in my possession". Their eyes got real wide and I saw a big grin on their faces! Of the 10 questions (5 Windows, 5 Mac), I got 4.5-5 Windows questions correct, and 4 ...Mac questions correct). Last interview, I only got 2 of 10 correct. This interview 8.5-9 out of 10, depending on how they score one of them. I should have an answer by Wednesday, maybe Thursday, and I could start anytime after that. I have been told over and over by many different sources very close to me and the situation to not worry, that I have this thing in the bag, they just have to extend the courtesy to the rest of the applicants not to let the cat out of the bag. Now, I'm off the remainder of the day as one of my coworkers and I are swapping shifts so he can go to Tulsa tomorrow. I am working 1:30-7:00 tomorrow.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 24, 2012, 10:04:27 pm
I'm getting more and more confident about the results every time I think about the interview.  I did great on the interview and did so much better than what I did the first time around.  Like I said, I got at least 8-9 questions of the 10 correct.  4.0-5.0 out of 5 of the Windows (depending on how they score it) and 4 of 5 of the Mac questions, which is so much better than getting 2 out of 10 Windows questions and 0 out of 5 Mac questions the last time around.  I started off the interview on the right foot, I looked them in the eye and I was asked to introduce myself to the other interviewer and I said something along the lines of "I've worked in call centers/technical support for several years, at ONG, at Sprint, Convergys.  I have a 4-year Bachelor of Science in E-Commerce from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and I have a secret security clearance in my possession." I made sure to use a little force in my voice when I mentioned the secret clearance, since that is a requirement for the position.  Their eyes got wide and their grin got big, so I knew I struck a chord with them and that just set the tone for the rest of the interview.  I answered each question with confidence and without hesitation.  Even one of the questions I got wrong, I gave a confident answer and mentioned the correct answer even though I landed on somewhat of a correct answer.  The question was how do you access Advanced Startup options in Windows.  The correct answer is F8, and I mentioned that in the answer explanation, but I settled on the Esc key which is correct in DOS systems.  They may look at that as totally wrong, half right, or all right, I just don't know.  There was only one answer that I hesitated on, but only for 3 seconds and then I was able to give the correct answer.  I know the answers were correct because I verified my answers with my team lead after the interview.

I won't know until Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, but my contract managers and Dell themselves have been talking me up a lot and they are doing everything they can to get me on permanent.  I should start either on March 5 or 12, but Dell can be unpredictable at times, so it is possible I could start in the middle of the week.  The freeze goes into effect on March 12, so definitely on or before that date.

Talent Acquisitions will notify me via email about the decision one way or the other.  I am VERY confident about this.  Right now, it is in God's hands, there is nothing I can do further about it.  If He wants me to have this job, He will give it to me.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 25, 2012, 12:18:53 pm
I just started making a list of what I need to take with me to Africa.  I'm going to do the vast majority of my packing next Saturday except for the toiletries and medicine.  I will set aside the clothes I'm going to take and pack them away.  After today, I've only got two more Saturday's until I leave.

I'm packing early because with everything going on at work, I could very easily procrastinate, which will force me to cram and probably forget things that I need.  I don't want to run that risk, even though there is a Walmart-style store in Kisumu.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 26, 2012, 09:22:54 am
The way it is looking right now, I should get the job offer in my email either Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning. Every sign is pointing to a job offer coming in my inbox complete with my pay and start date.  The second half of this week I could be very busy with HR making the transition from Non Dell Badge to Dell Badge.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on February 26, 2012, 09:28:10 am
whoa, whoa, whoa... spoiler warning???
It's foreshadowing. Very common literary technique.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 26, 2012, 09:37:52 pm
Its Sunday evening, and the new work night will begin in 30 minutes at 9:00.  I won't hear anything tomorrow most likely, but i may get more vibes.  I could hear definitely as early as Tuesday, possibly Wednesday.  Even though, I won't hear the definitive answer tomorrow, I'm hoping to get an even better indication of how things went.  I'm 95% positive I did well enough to get the job, but I can't be 100% until I actually receive the job offer in my email.  The next couple of days could be pins and needles for me.  However, even if this doesn't go through, all hope is not lost.  After the freeze lifts on April 23, I still have about 4 or 5 more positions that I applied to that have yet to interview.  My contract has through May 8.  If I don't get the job this week, then after I get back from Kenya, I'll get started looking again and still have about 5-6 weeks to look before the contract expires.  I feel comfortable with forgoing AT&T as I think it was somewhat premature, especially since I would have had to come back from Kenya a day early which while possible may have been a lot more expensive.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 27, 2012, 10:16:11 am
I love cliffhangers.  The writers are good this season


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 27, 2012, 10:57:30 am
Every time I think back on Friday's interview, I grow more and more confident.  Not only the questions themselves, but I answered the questions forcefully and without hesitation. The longest hesitation I had was about 4-5 seconds and then I gave the correct answer. Starting off the interview with my clearance status really helped I believe, plus I have 9 months knowledge of the account, so they won't have to train someone new. Plus, my contract managers have been talking me up real high and have been telling everybody who will listen and who has the power to do anything to get me on permanent.  I asked the Lord early this morning to remove any ounce of lingering doubt. I'm going to try to glean any vibes I can today while I am at work and see if i can get any clearer indication on how things went.  I should have an answer within the next 24-48 hours.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 27, 2012, 11:51:51 am
I have a feeling the writers are setting up the main character for a massive fall.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on February 27, 2012, 12:08:09 pm
Yeah, the writers are laying on the ironic foreshadowing a little too thick here. It's pretty clear he's not going to get the job at this point.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 27, 2012, 02:10:11 pm
Evidence by his tendency to repeat things over and over again before something fails, I would say Lief is right. (see ON Company, fiancees, etc). Prior to both those failures, the main character would insist on repeating why he was confident of his success and read into people's actions surrounding the situation way too often. In this episode, the same thing is happening, while, at the same time, the main character is making the audience keenly aware that things will not end once he is not offered the job.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on February 27, 2012, 02:31:16 pm
Anybody else notice that the author always invokes God before a failure? Doesn't matter whether it's a job, a relationship, whatever. The moment you see the word God, you know something bad is going to happen. Clearly, the writer is making a subtle but strong statement about religion in 21st Century America.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 27, 2012, 02:43:47 pm
I think the groundwork was laid as early as last week when he failed to interview with AT&T, citing his family and God advised him not to do it, harkening back to the ON Company debunkle when the same two people told him to take the risk. There, the main character also repeated self assuring facts and "evidence" that convinced him he had done the right thing, most of which didn't exist. It remains to be seen whether the big eyes, grins and such are simply a figment of his imagination or whether they actually existed.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 27, 2012, 03:09:23 pm
I'm debating taking tomorrow off just in anticipation!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 27, 2012, 07:21:23 pm
I am even more encouraged now.  My supervisor still has 2 or 3 more interviews tomorrow, so he wasn't able to drop any kind of real hint.  However, I did get a nugget.  He was sorting through the first seven interviews he had conducted and I saw on one of the earlier interviews he was going through the hiring process guide on his system.  I was either the first or second interview on Friday.  He put the later interview sheets in the shredder.  So, I'm very hopeful, and even more encouraged that I will have a job offer in my email either tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday morning.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 27, 2012, 07:48:41 pm
Well, that's a sign of a horrible boss. They should never do something like shred paperwork, ESPECIALLY anything that has to do with people getting a job in front of a worker, especially if they are a temp.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 27, 2012, 07:49:23 pm
to be honest, I don't know what he shredded, I can only speculate.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 27, 2012, 07:59:25 pm
to be honest, I don't know what he shredded, I can only speculate.

 Maybe we shouldn't get too excited on speculation yet.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 27, 2012, 08:02:42 pm
Maybe so, Andrew, but I'm just trying to find anything I can to hang my hat on.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 27, 2012, 08:15:33 pm
I doubt they would shred interview papers before they had all been conducted, and if they were dead set on giving you the job, I don't think they would continue to interview people. They probably haven't made the final decision, but I am sure you are in the running considering your time there. It is cheaper to keep someone on than to hire a new worker. But if your only advantage is a security clearance, I would be worried. Frankly, running a background check isn't too difficult. It isn't like you're working for the FBI where its a 2 month process.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on February 27, 2012, 08:15:47 pm
Maybe you should have hung your hat on that AT&T job...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 27, 2012, 08:30:42 pm
I doubt they would shred interview papers before they had all been conducted, and if they were dead set on giving you the job, I don't think they would continue to interview people. They probably haven't made the final decision, but I am sure you are in the running considering your time there. It is cheaper to keep someone on than to hire a new worker. But if your only advantage is a security clearance, I would be worried. Frankly, running a background check isn't too difficult. It isn't like you're working for the FBI where its a 2 month process.

The reason they are still interviewing is there are 2 positions open, so he probably hasn't decided on one or both of them.

It's not just the secret clearance and the tenure, but I answered each question with confidence and without hesitation.  I only hesitated on one question for about 2-3 seconds and then spoke with confidence.  Plus, I got at least 8 of 10, if not 9 of 10 correct.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 27, 2012, 09:03:34 pm
You could be right. I do hope it works out for you either way, but I don't want you to get your hopes up so much with all this speculation. In past episodes, we have seen where speculation and taking leaps of faith has gotten you.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 27, 2012, 09:07:46 pm
You could be right. I do hope it works out for you either way, but I don't want you to get your hopes up so much with all this speculation. In past episodes, we have seen where speculation and taking leaps of faith has gotten you.

I feel very confident about it.  I'm not trying to be arrogant in my thought process, but I am very confident and I have been that way for the past 80 hours since the interview has been over.

Plus, I know that even in the off chance this doesn't work out, it's still not the end of the line for Dell.  I've got 5 other positions that I've applied for waiting.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 27, 2012, 11:49:21 pm
It is very possible, based on what happened today, that I could have a job offer in my email inbox within mere hours, definitely within 18-36 hours.  Hopefully, tomorrow evening, I can report to you that I will be beginning my career on such and such date.

Oh, and the writers have already agreed not to end the season if a job offer is extended.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 28, 2012, 12:52:17 am
Why would they send you a job offer in the middle of the night based on assumptions you yourself made? Are you just psyching yourself out tonight in preparation?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 28, 2012, 07:45:26 am
Yeah, and I forgot to ask, when you went on this "interview", did you remind them of your upcoming trip?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 28, 2012, 09:05:56 am
Why would they send you a job offer in the middle of the night based on assumptions you yourself made? Are you just psyching yourself out tonight in preparation?

They won't give me an offer in the middle of the night, but they would give it to me during HR business hours (8-5), but the first time I could report back to you would be in the evening.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on February 28, 2012, 10:45:40 am
Why wouldn't they call you in to personally tell you yes or no.......an email?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 28, 2012, 10:49:28 am
Why wouldn't they call you in to personally tell you yes or no.......an email?

He submits the information to HR and Talent Acquisitions is the one who emails the job offer.  My manager can, and probably will, tell me in person as well, but the official job offer document will have to be returned before the transition can officially begin, anyway, so why not do it very first thing and get it out of the way?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 28, 2012, 11:22:24 am
Because it's things that humans do.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 28, 2012, 12:32:20 pm
What're the odds he was offered a job today?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 28, 2012, 08:13:31 pm
No news today.  He still has two more interviews to take care of, but I should know something tomorrow or Thursday.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 29, 2012, 12:16:16 am
I had a pretty good day at work.  I didn't hear any news today, but I did speak with my manager and he has two more interviews and will finish those up tomorrow.  He couldn't go further than that to be fair to the other two candidates.  He will be making his decision either tomorrow afternoon or Thursday.  All the signs I'm seeing are positive and I am still very confident in my interview last Friday and because of that, I am very positive in my chances.  The biggest sign I saw was yesterday, which I've already mentioned when he was sorting through the first 7 interviews.  I feel very good about this and I will probably have a hard time sleeping tonight, just because I want to get off these pins and needles, but the last remaining traces of doubt are starting to fade into the sunset.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 29, 2012, 01:12:47 am
Take a melatonin and you'll sleep like a baby.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 29, 2012, 10:06:06 am
I was able to sleep pretty well for 8 hours this morning, so I feel rested. Again, my supervisor has two final interviews to do, and he told me last night he will do them today and then he should make a decision either this afternoon or tomorrow.  As of right now, my doubts have been nearly erased.  I still feel very confident.  All the signs that I have been seeing this week are all positive.  I'm seeing no negative signs right now.  Even if he doesn't make a decision today, he may be able to drop a hint after the interviews are complete.  They should be complete by 11:30 or 1:30, depending on what times they were scheduled for.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 29, 2012, 10:15:01 am
This is great. The writers have set up such a cliffhanger that I literally wet myself every time I see BushOK has replied to this thread. I'm sure The Decision will be drawn out for the rest of the week, so I packed some extra underwear!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on February 29, 2012, 03:12:08 pm
Smart move, because he is probably going to get an answer today, if not today than definitely tomorrow. If not tomorrow, it will be for sure on Friday. If it doesn't come in on Friday, he should hear something no later than Sunday morning, but he won't be able to check it until Monday.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on February 29, 2012, 05:55:56 pm
Bushie has the job according to Facebook! Congratulations! Was sceptical but am very happy for you!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 29, 2012, 06:24:05 pm
Yes, my friends, Franzl is correct! I do have the job. I'm not starting until Monday, May 7, 2012, because the freeze is being moved up.  I don't know the rate of pay just yet, but I will find that out in April after the freeze lifts.  While I have this job as a cushion, there is also room to get an even better job within Dell in April after the freeze does lift.  Just because I have this job on May 7 doesn't mean I can't go higher.  I just can't lose this job unless I have a better job.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on February 29, 2012, 06:28:11 pm
Congrats, Bushie!!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 29, 2012, 06:43:15 pm
Thanks, jmf.  Now, I can focus on my ministry in Kenya without having to worry about a job back home.  This is a major blessing and gets me off the pins and needles and back into a softer chair.  By starting on May 7, I will be able to start using my benefits by June 1, if not slightly before whenever I get the insurance cards.  Now, the date could change a little bit based on the needs of the business, but the job is guaranteed, but most likely will stay on May 7.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on February 29, 2012, 07:09:52 pm
Wow!!! What a twist. I would've never expected this! It goes to show how creative the writers have become! I'm so happy for you, BushOK!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 29, 2012, 07:12:51 pm
Thanks, Duke!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on February 29, 2012, 07:22:17 pm
This would have made for a brilliant Intrade contract. "BushOklahoma to be offered permanent job on or before March 31, 2012".

Wonder what it would have been trading at the last few days :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on February 29, 2012, 08:20:17 pm
what's more with this revelation that I do have this job. I've already said I can still move up and get a better job before this one starts, and my manager is going to personally recommend me to other managers around this building, from the Boeing and Xcel Energy accounts to the ADT account to the US Army.  He wants me to stay with him, but more than that, he wants me to succeed and move up as fast as I can.  Once the job starts, I'm settled in for one calendar year before I can apply elsewhere, but before that, I can still apply and get on a little quicker.  It's nice to know that my manager, the man I'm going to work for, is more concerned about my career getting started on the right foot than he is about the accounts for which he is the manager.  I have got an awesome manager.  He is very well liked and very well respected within the Company, so his recommendation will mean a bunch to me.  He is going to do everything he can to get me up on a higher rung on the ladder, but if he can't, then I've got a fallback job with him.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 01, 2012, 01:04:41 am
Now that I have a job, and now that it is March 1 in Oklahoma, it is time to focus my attention on my trip to Africa in just 15 days.  I can focus on the preparation for this trip, and the ministry within the trip with pure enjoyment and an attitude of servitude without having to worry about a job back home.  I am blessed.  This month of March will be all about Kenya.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 01, 2012, 01:51:46 am
I have a feeling Kenya will play a big role this season. Perhaps job troubled are a thing of past seasons.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 01, 2012, 08:52:05 am
Here is a weight loss update.  As of this morning, i have now lost 23.6 pounds, down to a weight of 261.4.  That is, of course, since Monday, November 14, 2011.  I found I just don't eat as much during the work week.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 01, 2012, 06:36:29 pm
Another job update:  My manager is not wasting any time in making good on his promise in personally referring me to other managers.  Today, he talked with the manager of a big and very important account in the building and referred my name to her to pass on to her hiring manager.  I still have this job to fall back on, but it's beginning to look more and more likely I won't have to fall back on it.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 01, 2012, 06:53:34 pm
Don't get too greedy, Bushie. You shouldn't be talking about "falling back" on the job you were celebrating just a little while ago.

Is it absolutely sure you have this job? You have a signed contract?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 01, 2012, 07:09:44 pm
Don't get too greedy, Bushie. You shouldn't be talking about "falling back" on the job you were celebrating just a little while ago.

Is it absolutely sure you have this job? You have a signed contract?

I'm not trying to be greedy.  It is guaranteed, I have signed a contract with the provision that if something better within Dell comes along then I can take it.

I'm not dissing this job at all and I'm not talking "fallback" in a derogatory manner, it's pretty darn good itself, but I can still get an even better job.

I'm celebrating the fact that I will be employed at Dell beyond May 8, regardless of my position.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on March 02, 2012, 07:18:39 pm
Something is fishy. Managers try to keep employees they value, not send them off to other departments.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 02, 2012, 08:00:24 pm
Yesterday, I told my manager had referred me to another manager.  Earlier this afternoon, I get an email that it is for a Computer Operator 2 position with Dell working with the Federal Government.  I have an interview Monday at 4:00 pm.  I've already been sent the Background/Drug Screen form, the Benefits information, and the Conflict of Interest form.  The pay for this position is a lot higher that what I got hired for earlier this week.  It pays just a tick shy of $35,000.  It is not entry level by any means.  With those forms I received earlier, my suspiscion is high that they are really serious about this.

The way it transpired again is my manager reached out to a fellow manager who referred me to her hiring manager who contacted Talent Acquisitions to schedule an interview.  This all happened within 25 hours.  Apparently, they are very serious about me as a candidate if they proceeded to give me the Background/Drug Screen form and the Conflict of Interest form.  From what I've seen in past job interviews the former happens only when they've either made a preliminary decision or are in the process of making a preliminary decision.

I understand it would seem fishy from the outside, Memphis, however, I can assure you this is the way it has transpired.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 02, 2012, 08:05:19 pm
It seems very fishy. But if you have a signed contract, then there's no harm in looking further. I just wouldn't do anything to risk losing what you already have.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 02, 2012, 08:12:29 pm
It seems very fishy. But if you have a signed contract, then there's no harm in looking further. I just wouldn't do anything to risk losing what you already have.

The way I feel, if my manager, the one who hired me, initiates it then I'm fine.  I wouldn't be looking elsewhere on my own accord.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 02, 2012, 09:35:30 pm
One of my team leads just told me that the background/consent form and the conflict of interest were routine for federal jobs, but with the benefits overview in there, that spices things up a bit.  I'm going to try to keep a level head throughout the weekend going into the interview on Monday.  I'll be too focused on Kenya preparation this weekend anyway.

Tomorrow, I will be attending a Pancake Benefit Breakfast for Kenya from 7:00-10:00 and then will be packing the vast majority of my personal items starting at 11:00.  I have to pack tomorrow, because I have family coming into town next weekend and since I work in the evenings from 12-9, I don't have time of an evening to pack.  Sunday evening, I have a "Packing Party" with the team to pack our supplies that we are going to take with us.  The day before I leave on Thursday, March 15, 2012, I will be working 10-7 instead of 12-9 so I can have the final two hours to tie up loose ends and pack my toiletries and get my carry ons ready to go.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 03, 2012, 12:37:05 am
I just sent in my background check/drug screen form and conflict of interest form about 90 minutes ago.  I feel pretty good about this opportunity as I am fresh off two interviews in the past four weeks.  I shouldn't have too much trouble getting it.  Even if I don't though, I've got a very good job in its own right to take and run.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 04, 2012, 02:57:33 am
I am mostly packed now with my personal belongings.  Later this evening, I am going to pack my supplies at the packing party.  Throughout this coming week, after I get past tomorrow's interview and get past Super Tuesday, I will start making arrangements to make sure my bills are paid during the 10 days I will be gone, and even the rest of the month after I get back home.

On Monday, March 12, 2012, I will get my medication ready to take with me and make sure I have enough of each medication to last me for 10 days and still have enough to last me for quite a while after I get home in case I lose any of the medicine.  I will make sure I have them in the original bottles and such.

On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, I will make arrangements with my parents and grandmother to take care of my cat and oversee my house while I'm gone.  I will also schedule the mail to be stopped while I'm gone.

On Wednesday, March 14, 2012, I am taking off work at 6:00 pm to attend a commissioning service for the 25 of us who will be going to Kenya.

On Thursday, March 15, 2012, I am working 10:00-7:00 and my mother will meet me at my house at 7:30 to finalize everything I need.  I can do it myself, but she helps keep me from going crazy and keeps a level head so I can focus on what I need to do.

On Friday, March 16, 2012, I am picking my youth minister up, who is also going to Kenya, from his house by 9:30 am and then my dad will be at my house to pick us up by 11:00.  We'll be to the OKC Airport by 11:45.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 04, 2012, 03:05:35 am
Deja vu?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 04, 2012, 09:16:56 pm
Why wouldn't they call you in to personally tell you yes or no.......an email?
I got my internship offer in the mail.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 05, 2012, 03:34:47 am
Your mom calms you when you're packing? God, my mother drives me absolutely insane when she tries to involve herself in anything I do.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 05, 2012, 03:59:40 am
Your mom calms you when you're packing? God, my mother drives me absolutely insane when she tries to involve herself in anything I do.
Pretty much. Of course than there is passive-agressive dad, but that's not as bad.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 05, 2012, 10:46:56 am
The interview has been rescheduled for tomorrow at 2:00 pm because the manager is ill today.  I won't be getting much work in tomorrow because the interview will take 60-75 minutes and I'm taking off at 5:00 pm so I can come home and watch Super Tuesday.

The packing party went well, I've got a 50 lb suitcase in my living room full of bed sheets and other supplies.

As of this morning, I have now lost 24 lbs, down to a weight of 261.  I'm hoping to drop into the 250's before I go to Kenya and looking to lose quite a bit of weight while I'm in Kenya.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on March 05, 2012, 01:52:05 pm
I'm looking to lose quite a bit of weight while I'm in Kenya.

Should be easy enough. All you have to do is drink the water :P


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 05, 2012, 01:53:18 pm
If you want to lose more weight, you should help the tapeworm by working out.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 05, 2012, 06:24:04 pm
I'm looking to lose quite a bit of weight while I'm in Kenya.

Should be easy enough. All you have to do is drink the water :P

That, on top of a lot of masonry work will do the trick. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 06, 2012, 01:16:37 am
I'm not going to have a whole lot of work today.  I will clock in at 12:00, take my first break at 1:30, go to my interview from 1:45-2:00, have the interview from 2:00-3:10, lunch from 3:30-4:30 and then I'm off work at 5:00 to watch the Super Tuesday results.  I didn't put down Super Tuesday as the reason, rather I put down personal business as the reason.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 06, 2012, 07:53:54 am
I'm not going to have a whole lot of work today.  I will clock in at 12:00, take my first break at 1:30, go to my interview from 1:45-2:00, have the interview from 2:00-3:10, lunch from 3:30-4:30 and then I'm off work at 5:00 to watch the Super Tuesday results.  I didn't put down Super Tuesday as the reason, rather I put down personal business as the reason.

Are you really leaving work early, to watch the Super Tuesday results?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 07, 2012, 01:48:03 am
I hope your boss doesn't read this site!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 07, 2012, 07:46:33 am
I hope they do with a comment like that. You're about to take all this time off work to go to Ethopia, or Indonisia.. whever the hell you're going, and you are going to take time off to watch something that can be recoreded? I hope you realize how sad it sounds.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 07, 2012, 10:32:33 am
I had a really good interview on Tuesday for the Computer Operator 2 position with Dell.  It requires a Secret Security Clearance to even get started.  It doesn't say a candidate must have the ability to obtain, it says the person must possess it before they start.  I was in the interview room for a full hour talking back and forth with the manager and team lead.  I answered every question again forcefully and without hesitation.  The manager wants me to shadow, or listen to calls, with her more seasoned agents for the next 3 days for about 2 hours.  That's a really good sign.  I should have a job offer in my email either today or tomorrow.  The start date on this position would be this coming Monday, March 12, 2012.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on March 07, 2012, 12:51:04 pm
The start date on this position would be this coming Monday, March 12, 2012.

Ahem.......Kenya?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 07, 2012, 02:24:03 pm
I'm starting to think Bushie might not be coming home to a job.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 07, 2012, 06:58:28 pm
The start date on this position would be this coming Monday, March 12, 2012.

Ahem.......Kenya?

The manager and I discussed this and she's fine with it, I'll work extra hard the four days I will be there next week and then work extra hard the four days I will be there the week I get back.  I should have a job offer in my inbox sometime tomorrow.  I spent a lot of time with that account today getting a head start on training since I will be gone.  She has basically told me without telling me I will be hired.  She is using sentences like "when you get up here next week", not "if you get up here next week."  Per protocol she can't tell me before Talent Acq tells me, but she told me in a round about way.  I will go back up and spend a bulk of the day up there again tomorrow and Friday.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 07, 2012, 07:03:10 pm
I'm starting to think Bushie might not be coming home to a job.

You're right, I probably won't be coming home to a job.  I'll be coming home to a career.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 07, 2012, 07:50:22 pm
That's deep bro. Line of the season?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 07, 2012, 08:20:47 pm
I already have the call greeting memorized for that account.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: © tweed on March 07, 2012, 08:37:27 pm
I'm starting to think Bushie might not be coming home to a job.

You're right, I probably won't be coming home to a job.  I'll be coming home to a career.

(http://www.memefrog.com/albums/successful-black-man/successful-black-man-meme-00051.jpg)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 08, 2012, 07:15:24 am
I'm up early this morning so I can monitor the email.  I expect a job offer to come through my inbox this morning and if and when it does, I need to accept it and send it back extremely quickly as they can't do anything further until I do.  My Talent Acquisition is based in Washington, DC, so I'm really operating on Eastern time right now and it's already 7:15 ET and inside of business hours.  The manager pretty much told me without telling me I have a job.  She said she can't jump the gun, but is already talking to me like I'm a part of the team.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 08, 2012, 07:43:41 am
I'm up early this morning so I can monitor the email.  I expect a job offer to come through my inbox this morning and if and when it does, I need to accept it and send it back extremely quickly as they can't do anything further until I do.  My Talent Acquisition is based in Washington, DC, so I'm really operating on Eastern time right now and it's already 7:15 ET and inside of business hours.  The manager pretty much told me without telling me I have a job.  She said she can't jump the gun, but is already talking to me like I'm a part of the team.

Make sure you get in writing that they're letting you take off for your trip...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 08, 2012, 07:54:02 am
I'm up early this morning so I can monitor the email.  I expect a job offer to come through my inbox this morning and if and when it does, I need to accept it and send it back extremely quickly as they can't do anything further until I do.  My Talent Acquisition is based in Washington, DC, so I'm really operating on Eastern time right now and it's already 7:15 ET and inside of business hours.  The manager pretty much told me without telling me I have a job.  She said she can't jump the gun, but is already talking to me like I'm a part of the team.

Make sure you get in writing that they're letting you take off for your trip...

I will do that. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 08, 2012, 07:54:12 am
Don't worry, he wont.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 08, 2012, 08:16:37 am
I'm up early this morning so I can monitor the email.  I expect a job offer to come through my inbox this morning and if and when it does, I need to accept it and send it back extremely quickly as they can't do anything further until I do.  My Talent Acquisition is based in Washington, DC, so I'm really operating on Eastern time right now and it's already 7:15 ET and inside of business hours.  The manager pretty much told me without telling me I have a job.  She said she can't jump the gun, but is already talking to me like I'm a part of the team.

Make sure you get in writing that they're letting you take off for your trip...

I will do that. :)

Before accepting the job... ;)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 08, 2012, 09:34:14 am
HALLELUJAH!! As of 8:10 am Thursday, March 8, 2012, I was told by the talent acquisition lead for Dell Service Federal Government based in Washington, DC that I have been hired and am now waiting on the official job offer letter.  God is awesome!!!!!  Projected start date is this Monday, March 12, 2012.  It could potentially be Thursday, March 15, 2012 depending on how fast they can get the offer letter to me and I can turn it around.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on March 08, 2012, 11:36:26 am
Every good gift comes from above.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 08, 2012, 12:18:44 pm
Every good gift comes from above.

What about the bad things in life?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on March 08, 2012, 12:26:02 pm
Every good gift comes from above.

What about the bad things in life?

I'm not at liberty to discuss the Mods.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on March 08, 2012, 01:35:50 pm
Life must be depressing when you believe all your successes comes from a magical man in the sky who you have no control over and all your failures are completely your fault.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 08, 2012, 02:05:08 pm
Life must be depressing when you believe all your successes comes from a magical man in the sky who you have no control over and all your failures are completely your fault.

This is very true. Also, what about all the other people who are looking for work to support their families? Should they be praising because you gained employment?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Negusa Nagast 🚀 on March 08, 2012, 03:57:25 pm
HALLELUJAH!! As of 8:10 am Thursday, March 8, 2012, I was told by the talent acquisition lead for Dell Service Federal Government based in Washington, DC that I have been hired and am now waiting on the official job offer letter.  God is awesome!!!!!  Projected start date is this Monday, March 12, 2012.  It could potentially be Thursday, March 15, 2012 depending on how fast they can get the offer letter to me and I can turn it around.

God had nothing to do with it. If anything, this is the work of the devil.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 08, 2012, 04:19:42 pm
Praise God from who all blessings flow! BushOK is going to Washington!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 08, 2012, 04:21:25 pm
Every good gift comes from above.

What about the bad things in life?

I'm not at liberty to discuss the Mods.
Too many death points?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on March 08, 2012, 04:50:00 pm
Every good gift comes from above.
What about the bad things in life?
I'm not at liberty to discuss the Mods.
Too many death points?

No, it would appear my longevity on this forum is no longer tied to death points, but rather to my ability to suppress the personality of my inner child, which I have pledged to curb.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 08, 2012, 06:27:14 pm
Praise God from who all blessings flow! BushOK is going to Washington!

You misread my post, my talent acquisition contact is in DC, but I am staying right here in the best city in America, Oklahoma City.

Everybody else, except for jmfcst,

Doubt God all you want, but I know whom I have believed and am convinced that He is able to keep that which I've committed unto Him until that day when I go home to meet my Heavenly Father face to face.

jmfcst,

every good gift is indeed from above.  For we know that He works everything out for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 08, 2012, 07:12:02 pm
That's too bad. I think it would do you good to get out of Oklahoma, especially if you've lived there all your life. Different states offer different perspectives. It's a wonderful thing.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on March 08, 2012, 08:11:21 pm
That's too bad. I think it would do you good to get out of Oklahoma, especially if you've lived there all your life. Different states offer different perspectives. It's a wonderful thing.

Consider who you're talking about... K? .... I'll wait...

OK, now you see why that thinking is pointless for someone like Bushie?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 08, 2012, 08:34:21 pm
This morning, I, of course, heard that I have a job offer on its way.  I confirmed that with my new manager and she said, "Yes, you will have an official job offer in your email tomorrow morning."  She couldn't tell me before the TA told me.  I will get up early again tomorrow and keep my eyes peeled on the email waiting for the job offer to come through, so I can take a glance of it, print it out, and electronically sign and accept it.

Tomorrow is my official last day as a temporary contractor.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on March 08, 2012, 09:04:16 pm
Didn't you want to move to Arizona before? What happened to that?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 08, 2012, 09:04:28 pm
That's too bad. I think it would do you good to get out of Oklahoma, especially if you've lived there all your life. Different states offer different perspectives. It's a wonderful thing.

This is true. I've lived in Connecticut, Virginia, and now PA. Moving around is a pretty good thing. Hell, it's possible that I could be adding Texas to the list by the summer.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 08, 2012, 09:50:33 pm
Didn't you want to move to Arizona before? What happened to that?

I still do, I didn't say I never wanted to leave Oklahoma City, but at least for now, I consider it one of the best big cities in the country.  Big enough to have things to do, small enough to avoid a lot of the problems the major cities have such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

The only reason I haven't moved to Arizona, yet, is my financial and employment situation has not been conducive.  I tried moving to Dallas in 2008 and stayed down there for 2 months, but it blew up in my face and I had to move home.  I moved without the guarantee of a stable job.  The only job I had at the time was as a car salesman in Irving.  I know better now, being 4 years older, you don't move away without two things, 1) The written guarantee of a stable job and 2) The financial wherewithal incase the employer doesn't provide relocation assistance.  I plan to stay working here for several years, probably 3 or 4 years and then try to transfer out to a different Dell location.  I will do that if and only if the two criteria mentioned above are met.

Also, with the dawning of this brand new career, I have also learned one thing in the past 2 years, DON'T QUIT YOUR DARN JOB for any reason, especially for something that even has the appearance of criminal activity.  Incidentally, I still have those same type "job" offers come across my email every now and again and when they do, I open them, glance through it, laugh hysterically with a "hahahahahhhaa, NO!", and then the email meets my delete key.  I am more alert and know better how to spot scams a mile off.  There will be no ON-Company/Ameriplan debacle this time around.

I am going to do my absolute best to make my new employer, DSFG (Dell Services Federal Government), be the company I retire from in 30-35 years from now.  I am eligible for 401(k) matching immediately, so I am going to immediately start contributing to it, probably about 2% for now so I don't drain my paycheck, but still start building up the retirement account.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 09, 2012, 07:43:30 am
I am going to do my absolute best to make my new employer, DSFG (Dell Services Federal Government), be the company I retire from in 30-35 years from now. 

Two questions for you.

1. Why did you bother to abbriviate your employer, if you were just going to spell it out?
2. Do you really expect this company to be around for that long? It's got to be a sad life if you work there, and you expect to be doing that job, at the same company the rest of your life.

Hell, if I thought I was going to be doing the sales work I do now for the rest of my life, or working for the same company for the next 20 years, I'd probably put a bullet in my head now.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on March 09, 2012, 10:37:10 am
Just a few pointers…

Also, with the dawning of this brand new career, I have also learned one thing in the past 2 years, DON'T QUIT YOUR DARN JOB for any reason, especially for something that even has the appearance of criminal activity.

you should never quit a job without having an offer letter in hand from another reputable company, regardless of the state of the economy.

---

I am eligible for 401(k) matching immediately, so I am going to immediately start contributing to it, probably about 2% for now so I don't drain my paycheck, but still start building up the retirement account.

!) Make sure you are AT LEAST contributing at the level to get the full match, cause it’s free money…

2) then, with the rest of the money, do whatever you have to do to pay off any, and all, debt…

3) after your debt is paid off, stay out of debt, completely

4) then live in a way that allows you to put aside AT LEAST 6 months worth of living expenses and make sure it is liquid (not in a 401K).  Emergencies can and do come up, some of which you have experienced over the last couple of years.

5) and whatever else is leftover, save up for the lifestyle you want to live until you get to the point that you can reach that lifestyle while still adhering to points 1 through 4 above.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 09, 2012, 01:27:13 pm
I have received and accepted the job offer at 11:50 am. The start date is Monday, March 12, 2012. I will find out the hours today.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 09, 2012, 04:07:02 pm
I have received and accepted the job offer at 11:50 am. The start date is Monday, March 12, 2012. I will find out the hours today.

Again, are you absolutely certain that your Kenya thing isn't going to interfere with this?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 09, 2012, 04:10:06 pm
I read the letter wrong. The start date is Tuesday, March 13, 2012.  I will be off boarding from my contractor position at 3:30 when I will start a 3 day weekend before I begin my official Dell Career at 8:00 am.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 09, 2012, 04:11:46 pm
I have received and accepted the job offer at 11:50 am. The start date is Monday, March 12, 2012. I will find out the hours today.

Again, are you absolutely certain that your Kenya thing isn't going to interfere with this?

I am 100% positive. My new manager is perfectly okay with it per her own mouth.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 09, 2012, 05:24:48 pm
I am officially no longer a temporary employee.  I am home to begin a three day weekend preparing for the first day of my Dell Career beginning Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 0800.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on March 09, 2012, 05:29:07 pm
I have received and accepted the job offer at 11:50 am. The start date is Monday, March 12, 2012. I will find out the hours today.

Again, are you absolutely certain that your Kenya thing isn't going to interfere with this?

I am 100% positive. My new manager is perfectly okay with it per her own mouth.
kinky!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 10, 2012, 12:03:08 am
I have received and accepted the job offer at 11:50 am. The start date is Monday, March 12, 2012. I will find out the hours today.

Again, are you absolutely certain that your Kenya thing isn't going to interfere with this?

I am 100% positive. My new manager is perfectly okay with it per her own mouth.
kinky!

Get your mind out of the gutter, please. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 10, 2012, 12:07:56 am
Having Monday off will give me a great chance to make final arrangements here at home for Kenya.  I need to go by the bank, the post office, the barber, get my bills scheduled to pay while I'm gone, clean out my car, get my medication ready, call my temporary employment liaison out in California to finalize things and then get to bed early to begin my Career.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 10, 2012, 12:55:08 am
I like how career was capitalized. Well done.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 10, 2012, 05:57:24 am
I had a weird dream last night that I got infracted for something I said yesterday. I'm almost positive I did say something though.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 10, 2012, 10:44:55 am
I had a weird dream last night that I got infracted for something I said yesterday. I'm almost positive I did say something though.

Are you sure it was a dream? :P

It goes to show the writers showed favor to the main character in this storyline.  The writers are hard at work preparing the next episode, which will include job reports, Kenya analysis, and whatever else the writers want to add.  There will probably be no specific lady, other than my mother, in any of the near future episodes, though I could be wrong.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 10, 2012, 11:38:41 am
I had a weird dream last night that I got infracted for something I said yesterday. I'm almost positive I did say something though.

Are you sure it was a dream? :P

It goes to show the writers showed favor to the main character in this storyline.  The writers are hard at work preparing the next episode, which will include job reports, Kenya analysis, and whatever else the writers want to add.  There will probably be no specific lady, other than my mother, in any of the near future episodes, though I could be wrong.

So, did this change networks to CMT or something?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 10, 2012, 06:32:08 pm
I had a weird dream last night that I got infracted for something I said yesterday. I'm almost positive I did say something though.

Are you sure it was a dream? :P

It goes to show the writers showed favor to the main character in this storyline.  The writers are hard at work preparing the next episode, which will include job reports, Kenya analysis, and whatever else the writers want to add.  There will probably be no specific lady, other than my mother, in any of the near future episodes, though I could be wrong.

So, did this change networks to CMT or something?

It may have, you never know!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on March 10, 2012, 06:46:17 pm
Calling it now: BushOK comes back to the United States with an African bride.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 10, 2012, 06:48:45 pm
Calling it now: BushOK comes back to the United States with an African bride.

Well, my friend from college who went to Haiti as a missionary found himself a Haitian bride!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 10, 2012, 07:14:44 pm
I was thinking about something last night.  When I first applied for the temporary assignment at Dell on Wednesday, March 22, 2011, I was told it would be a 9-month contract-to-hire employment.  I started my temporary assignment on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 8:00 am.  I will begin my Career with Dell and its subsidiary Dell Services Federal Government, Inc. on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 8:00 am, EXACTLY 9 months later.  That is no coincedence.  It's not only 9 months to the day, but 9 months to the second.

This Tuesday, I will begin Month 10 of steady work at the same building and Month 1 of my permanent career.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 11, 2012, 04:10:15 pm
It needs no introduction, but this week is a BIG week in my life, probably the biggest I've ever had, and I don't use that lightly.  Two major things will happen in the life of this nearly 30-year-old bachelor from Harrah, Oklahoma.  I will be beginning a new Career with the Federal Government in just under 40 hours.  Also, I will be leaving the United States for the first time in my life going to a place halfway across the world in a completely different environment than my comfort zone in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and her suburbs.  I am very, very excited and in awe of what is going to happen this week.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 12, 2012, 05:38:31 am
I am awake after another rough night's sleep.  I went to bed a little before 9:00 pm, but could not sleep no matter what I tried. Finally, at 11:50 pm, I woke up for about 20-25 minutes and then went back to bed and was able to sleep the rest of the morning until my alarm went off at 4:42.  I got out of bed at 4:49 am.  Why did I get up this early on my day off?  I am practicing my routine for tomorrow morning when I have to get up at 5:00 am or a little before.  Plus, I have a lot to do today to get ready to leave Friday.  This is my last opportunity to do things I need to do that require to be done during business hours.  I work the next three days 8-5, so this is my last best opportunity.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on March 12, 2012, 10:01:56 am

Again, are you absolutely certain that your Kenya thing isn't going to interfere with this?

I am 100% positive. My new manager is perfectly okay with it per her own mouth.


Make sure you get in writing that they're letting you take off for your trip...

I will do that. :)

Before accepting the job... ;)

So you did NOT get it in writing, correct?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 12, 2012, 10:31:26 am

Again, are you absolutely certain that your Kenya thing isn't going to interfere with this?

I am 100% positive. My new manager is perfectly okay with it per her own mouth.


Make sure you get in writing that they're letting you take off for your trip...

I will do that. :)

Before accepting the job... ;)

So you did NOT get it in writing, correct?

My money is on no.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 12, 2012, 10:42:48 am

Again, are you absolutely certain that your Kenya thing isn't going to interfere with this?

I am 100% positive. My new manager is perfectly okay with it per her own mouth.


Make sure you get in writing that they're letting you take off for your trip...

I will do that. :)

Before accepting the job... ;)

So you did NOT get it in writing, correct?

My money is on no.

You would have lost money, then. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 12, 2012, 08:38:19 pm
I'm about to hit the sack within the next 30 minutes after The Voice.  I'm really looking forward to beginning my career tomorrow morning at 8:00 am!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 12, 2012, 11:06:00 pm

Again, are you absolutely certain that your Kenya thing isn't going to interfere with this?

I am 100% positive. My new manager is perfectly okay with it per her own mouth.


Make sure you get in writing that they're letting you take off for your trip...

I will do that. :)

Before accepting the job... ;)

So you did NOT get it in writing, correct?

My money is on no.

You would have lost money, then. :)
Unexpected twist in the plot.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 13, 2012, 05:57:29 am
I'm now just about 2 hours from the beginning of my Career with Dell Services Federal Government.  I finally slept a full 7 1/2 hours last night thanks to taking some Tylenol before going to bed.  I crawled in bed at 9:15 pm and woke up at 4:47 am.  I got a nice, warm shower, and read about 15 minutes in my Bible this morning.  I'm watching the news now until 6:45 am and then will head to work.  I will be off work at 5:00 tonight, so I will be able to watch the Mississippi & Alabama primaries.  While I watch the primaries tonight, I've got several other things I need to do to get ready for the trip.  I've got to get my medication ready, get my digital camera ready, get my bills scheduled to pay for the time I will be gone, as well as several other things that I need to do.  Tonight is my last real good night to do things as tomorrow night I will be attending the Kenya Commissioning Service at 7:00 pm and then Thursday night, I will be finishing things up and having dinner with part of the team.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 13, 2012, 07:39:49 pm
I had a really nice day to begin my Career with Dell Services Federal Government.  I think I will really enjoy this account.  I've got two more days of work until I leave for Africa.  The next two days will largely be orientation and then heavy training after I get back.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 14, 2012, 09:06:42 am
Bro, you should try taking melatonin to sleep. I haven't been able to get rest in months, but once I pop 6mgs of that stuff every night I am out like a light.

So you're a government bureaucrat now??


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 15, 2012, 06:40:26 am
I've got one more day of work today before I leave for Africa.  Today, I will be getting my CAC card to get into the US Army systems.  I'll have to go to Tinker AFB to do so.  I'll also be maneuvering the systems.

Then, my mother is coming over tonight at 6:00 to help me get things buttoned up.  She helps me from going insane when I'm trying to finish things up.  Plus, I want to spend time with her and Dad tonight since I won't see them for 11 days.  I've gone longer seeing them, of course, but I've never been as far away.  The farthest I've ever been from them was them in Oklahoma City and me in Boston.  This is a lot further than Boston.  I will be going to bed around midnight Friday morning and get up at 6:00 am, pick my youth minister up at 9:00, and my Dad will pick us up from my house at 11:00 so we can be to the airport by 11:30-11:45.  Departure to Chicago is at 2:56 pm tomorrow.  I'll probably post once tonight and one final time tomorrow, and then will not post again until I get home, the evening of Monday, March 26, 2012.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 15, 2012, 06:45:30 am
Bro, you should try taking melatonin to sleep. I haven't been able to get rest in months, but once I pop 6mgs of that stuff every night I am out like a light.

So you're a government bureaucrat now??

Melatonin is what one of my friends on facebook suggested.  I will try that after I get home from Kenya.

As far as the government bureaucrat thing?  I don't make the rules and I don't control anything in the government, except trying to fix their computers.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on March 15, 2012, 12:52:26 pm
I've got one more day of work today before I leave for Africa.  Today, I will be getting my CAC card to get into the US Army systems.  I'll have to go to Tinker AFB to do so.  I'll also be maneuvering the systems.


Huh, so this is how Skynet will kill us all.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 15, 2012, 02:49:09 pm
Sigh. No use in coming to this forum until he's back. :(


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on March 15, 2012, 02:53:10 pm
Sigh. No use in coming to this forum until he's back. :(

He said he was going to post on his FB and I"m sure it will be a blow by blow description......enjoy it there, Dukey.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on March 15, 2012, 04:06:15 pm
Someone who is FB friends with him please post the highlights here.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on March 15, 2012, 04:18:47 pm
Someone who is FB friends with him please post the highlights here.

I sometime go to his profile just to see his profile picture: a map of Kenya. One of the best acts in history.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 15, 2012, 06:45:50 pm
My Kenyan Vacation has begun and I am completely packed.  I have said goodbye to my mother for the final time until I return.  My father will pick me up and take me to the airport at 11:00 tomorrow (I don't want to leave my car in airport parking for 11 days).  I will have my laptop with me with access to WiFi.  I probably will only have no more than an hour or two each night.  I will not post on the forum while I'm gone, but I will post on facebook and upload pics to the same as we go along.  I will be away from any kind of internet from 8:00 am tomorrow until at least late evening Sunday in Kenya (mid-afternoon on Sunday in Oklahoma).  Wednesday evening, Kenya time, which is Wednesday afternoon in Oklahoma, I will get online and check the results of the Illinois Primary.  So, its possible I may pop onto the forum for just a brief bit that evening. Not sure, yet.  I won't be able to check the Louisiana results until I get home.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on March 15, 2012, 07:51:41 pm
I won't be able to check the Louisiana results until I get home.

THANKS, KENYA


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 15, 2012, 09:30:46 pm
To kick off my Kenya Vacation, I thought it would be a good opportunity to watch John Wayne's Hatari situated in an Eastern African Safari!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on March 15, 2012, 10:28:21 pm
Someone who is FB friends with him please post the highlights here.
Am I allowed to? He's had some good ones lately.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 15, 2012, 10:42:09 pm
Maybe Inks or Mikado can advise, but isn't posting excerpts from someone's facebook status update a violation of the ToS?  I would strongly encourage anyone to reconsider.  If I post things from my own facebook, fine, but no one needs to post my information for me.  I'm not getting mad at anyone, but trying to save a few death points from getting administered. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 16, 2012, 07:47:16 am
I am awake to get this Kenya Mission Trip started.  This will likely be my final post until I return in 10 1/2 days.  Like I said, I may or may not pop in Wednesday to check the Illinois results, but I won't get back to full posting until I get home.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on March 16, 2012, 08:55:43 am
Maybe Inks or Mikado can advise, but isn't posting excerpts from someone's facebook status update a violation of the ToS?  I would strongly encourage anyone to reconsider.  If I post things from my own facebook, fine, but no one needs to post my information for me.  I'm not getting mad at anyone, but trying to save a few death points from getting administered. :)

For the record, I agree. I don't think posting that your profile picture is a map of Kenya is the same as posting your status updates though. ;)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on March 16, 2012, 11:34:55 am
Maybe Inks or Mikado can advise, but isn't posting excerpts from someone's facebook status update a violation of the ToS? 

In answer to your query: If you yourself have posted information in the public domain, it is not a violation of the "invasive of a person's privacy" provision of the TOS for someone to post it here, for you yourself have already made it public.  On the other hand, if the information is only available to your friends on Facebook and not available to the viewing public, then posting of said information would be a violation of the TOS.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: fezzyfestoon on March 16, 2012, 11:43:55 am
Oooooh, DEATH points?! When did this come about?!

EDIT: Ugh, boring...just another name for infraction points...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on March 16, 2012, 02:24:30 pm
Maybe Inks or Mikado can advise, but isn't posting excerpts from someone's facebook status update a violation of the ToS?  I would strongly encourage anyone to reconsider.  If I post things from my own facebook, fine, but no one needs to post my information for me.  I'm not getting mad at anyone, but trying to save a few death points from getting administered. :)

Anything non-public shouldn't be posted without permission.  That being said, unless you reported it (since you update this thread fairly often, and are 99.9% likely to have seen it), it probably wouldn't get infracted, since you didn't report it.  For example, BRTD has said he is ok with people posting stuff like PMs and his sayings in hte IRC chat.  So I wouldn't infract people for doing that to him.  (Although if it was something really negative, I'd probably still check with him).


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 17, 2012, 03:08:15 am
Well, his plane has landed in Amsterdam. I'm trying to imagine Bushie there.... :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on March 17, 2012, 04:26:21 pm
Someone should do running commentary of what they imagine Bushie is doing on each day of his trip.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on March 17, 2012, 08:15:19 pm
Someone should do running commentary of what they imagine Bushie is doing on each day of his trip.


Oh we'll just summarize his FB without copying it and violating any rule.  Our imagination doesn't come close to being as funny as his reality.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Torie on March 17, 2012, 08:56:58 pm
Well, his plane has landed in Amsterdam. I'm trying to imagine Bushie there.... :)

Presumably doing just about precisely the opposite of what I would be doing. And having lived a summer in Amsterdam, I know where to do it!  :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on March 19, 2012, 03:15:25 am
What is Bushie doing now?  Looking for Obama's birth certificate?  Reenacting some scenes from "The Book of Mormon" (the musical)?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on March 19, 2012, 08:28:17 am
What is Bushie doing now?  Looking for Obama's birth certificate?  Reenacting some scenes from "The Book of Mormon" (the musical)?

More likely, he's praying to Jesus to help him recover from gastro issues. And for some A/C.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 19, 2012, 12:34:28 pm
I expect he's witnessing to a village full of Kenyans and partaking in their customs which would be a hilarious video.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on March 21, 2012, 04:05:49 am
Nah, I'm going to imagine that Bushie is looking for Obama's birth certificate.  Or at least meeting up with Joe Republic, as described here:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=127584.msg3225917#msg3225917


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on March 21, 2012, 09:04:03 am
Last we heard he was in the slums of Kenya converting people or some such nonsense......

He's probably got a migrane, the sh**ts, and all kinds of other issues going on......

Ugh.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Homage to Catalonia on March 21, 2012, 09:10:31 am
Naso should become a missionary in Africa.

Imagine his videos.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on March 22, 2012, 02:14:56 pm
I was right....Bushie is puking and has the trots.....but he's converting sick people and sick kids!   Amen!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on March 24, 2012, 04:21:01 pm
The last fb post is one for the M.A.N. Institute of Comedy and the Absurd posts thread.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 26, 2012, 08:37:28 pm
I am home from Kenya! I am very, very tired, but I am very, very humbled.  We have way too much in America it spoils us.  Kenya doesn't have near as much as Oklahoma does.  My diet consisted of beans, chicken, and rice with sweet watermelon, fresh pineapple, and fresh bananas.  Breakfast was the normal bacon and eggs each morning.  I did get sick a couple of times over the week, but the Lord quickly gave me recovery in my health so I could continue serving.  I have become the sponsor of two young children from the Maisha international orphanage.  These children are total orphans with no father, and a deceased mother.  They live with their grandmother right now and don't even own a pair of shoes.  If you hear me refer to my son or my daughter you will know that my son is Phelix and my daughter is Rose.  They are brother and sister.  I can rightfully claim status as their parent as I will be their primary source of financial support.  It doesn't cost me much money, only $35 per child.  I've got a few lifestyle changes to make so I can fit these children in.  I am also going to start saving up to return to Kisumu, Kenya in March, 2013.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 29, 2012, 02:22:03 am
He's really gone off the deep end...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 29, 2012, 05:33:53 am
He's really gone off the deep end...

It does seem that way, but it is definitely not out of the question.  I don't think anything will happen in the next couple of years, at least, as it takes a lot of preparation of the heart to make the biggest decision that I will likely ever make in my life.  Needless to say, I am still praying and seeking God's Will.  My former pastor's daughter made this decision within the last five years in first sensing a call to foreign missions in South Africa, receiving confirmation of it 6 months later, and then 2 years of preparation.  Now, she is married to an American transplant in South Africa and, as far as I know, they plan to stay in South Africa the rest of their lives and she will just be 20 next February.  I could very easily see myself moving to Kisumu, Kenya and being very happy.  Granted, South Africa is more "westernized" than Kenya, but still, its so far away, and in fact South Africa is even farther away.  Let's be perfectly clear, though, I am not making any decisions one way or the other right now, and I'm going to try not to plan, except to plan to follow my Christ and let Him lead me and guide me.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 29, 2012, 01:01:20 pm
I have this awful feeling BushOK is going to quit his job and move to Kenya very soon. We've seen this before when he was going to be "patient" with women and next think you knew he was engaged.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on March 29, 2012, 01:08:35 pm
I have this awful feeling BushOK is going to quit his job and move to Kenya very soon. We've seen this before when he was going to be "patient" with women and next think you knew he was engaged.

Dukey I'm so sure of it I wouldn't even bet you a drink on it........I'd buy you a drink but not bet on this :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 29, 2012, 02:18:06 pm
I have this awful feeling BushOK is going to quit his job and move to Kenya very soon. We've seen this before when he was going to be "patient" with women and next think you knew he was engaged.

Unfortunately, if he thinks God is telling him to move to Africa, it'll probably really happen sooner rather than later.

The really sad thing is that Bushie really does mean well.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on March 29, 2012, 02:35:41 pm
Needless to say, I am still praying and seeking God's Will. 

I'm confused.  I thought the will of God was simple:

1Tim 4:3 "It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him."


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 29, 2012, 02:50:31 pm
I have this awful feeling BushOK is going to quit his job and move to Kenya very soon. We've seen this before when he was going to be "patient" with women and next think you knew he was engaged.

Unfortunately, if he thinks God is telling him to move to Africa, it'll probably really happen sooner rather than later.

The really sad thing is that Bushie really does mean well.

I know he does, but I think he does brash and reckless things and does not really think about the consequences. I admire him for wanting to support these kids, but is his money going to them or lining the pockets of some scammer? Can he afford to support them and live on his own, or will his parents have to chip in? Is he letting these urges of wanting to travel and move now that he's been outside of Oklahoma for the first time cloud his reality?

I've known people to go to these mission trips and go about it full time. They come and go, move around all the time and really don't have a home, although I suppose "god" is their home, but whatever. Then they have kids and move them all around the world and they never really have normal lives, aren't educated properly, and the like.

I do sincerely hope he doesn't make a crazy move because he misses the thrill of a vacation. I don't want to see him throw away his job and forcing his parents to again support one of his frivolous episodes.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 29, 2012, 03:03:17 pm
Oh no. I just read BushOK's Facebook. He is about to make a huge mistake. He's convincing himself that his growing urge to go back to Africa is god doing it and not his own mind. You know, when I wanted him to get out of Oklahoma because I feel it's a cesspool of dumbs and bigots, I never envisioned him taking that advice and wanting to move to Africa of all places.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on March 29, 2012, 05:20:49 pm
Either Africa or Oklahoma, in that case, works.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 29, 2012, 05:53:34 pm
Dukey, I'm not doing anything right away, but it will eventually happen.  I still have work to do in Oklahoma for a little while longer, but the way I'm seeing it now, I could be an "American-African" within the next 15-24 months.  It definitely won't happen in 2012, and it very likely won't happen until the latter half of 2013 at the very earliest.  I'm also not going until I have a way to make a living down there lined up without becoming another mouth to feed.  I'm consulting with many different trusted friends and advisors.  I'm talking with missionary friends in China and South Africa.  I'm talking to the mother of the South African missionary.  I'm also consulting with some very trusted family advisors (not my parents, quite yet).  I'm also consulting with my current pastor and his wife as well as my former pastor and his wife (the same couple whose daughter is in S Africa).  I'm also consulting with a former college advisor who is well experienced in mission work.  I've got many different people to consult with before I make any kind of efforts to move.  Rest assured, though, while I feel like I could be on the next flight out, I also have work to do in Oklahoma to prepare me to go down to Africa.  Nothing is going to happen within the next 15 months, I can guarantee that, and that's bare minimum.  God's Will, I believe, is for me to move to Kenya eventually, but not for at least 15-24 months if not a little longer.  Right now, I just have a deep, deep longing to be "home" in Kisumu, Kenya, and I know I will get home eventually.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Insula Dei on March 29, 2012, 05:56:41 pm
Wow,..., didn't see that one coming. I suppose this only confirms there's at least some scripting going on somewhere.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: opebo on March 29, 2012, 05:57:08 pm
You actually did go to Kenya?  See any lookers?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on March 29, 2012, 06:01:15 pm
You actually did go to Kenya?  See any lookers?
I wonder if the tribal women groom their rosebuds... then again- perhaps the term "bush people" gives us that answer!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: opebo on March 29, 2012, 06:04:01 pm
You actually did go to Kenya?  See any lookers?
I wonder if the tribal women groom their rosebuds... then again- perhaps the term "bush people" gives us that answer!

You talking clitorectomy, clarence?  Cause I don't swing that way.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on March 29, 2012, 06:07:37 pm
You actually did go to Kenya?  See any lookers?
I wonder if the tribal women groom their rosebuds... then again- perhaps the term "bush people" gives us that answer!

You talking clitorectomy, clarence?  Cause I don't swing that way.
Of course not- talking about whether or not they trim, shave, or go native


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 29, 2012, 06:12:32 pm
Please, fellas, if you want to talk that way about the Kenyan women, take it elsewhere.  I don't want to litter this thread with what they look like where.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on March 29, 2012, 06:14:36 pm
I apologize


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: ColonelSanchez on March 29, 2012, 06:19:22 pm
Did you visit the hospital in Nairobi where Obama was really born?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on March 29, 2012, 06:30:14 pm
bushie, im really not trying to be a smartass.  but *slow down*.   you were saying the *exact same things* with your last fiance.  you kept saying 'im going to take it slow.'  'it wont happen until xxxx at the earliest...'   and look what happened.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 29, 2012, 07:24:24 pm
bushie, im really not trying to be a smartass.  but *slow down*.   you were saying the *exact same things* with your last fiance.  you kept saying 'im going to take it slow.'  'it wont happen until xxxx at the earliest...'   and look what happened.

I completely understand where you are coming from Ray and that's something I am taking into consideration.  However, when God tells me something that is unmistakeably coming from Him, I cannot ignore it.

To the rest of you on this thread in the past couple pages, it really speaks to my heart that both believers and non-believers (like most of the forum) are being very supportive of this and I really do value all the constructive thoughts I have received.  I have not seen any negative thoughts, just "be absolutely sure" thoughts.  I really appreciate those.  That also confirms to me that my God is behind this because He is causing believers and non-believers alike to coalesce around this idea and get behind me.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Joe Republic on March 29, 2012, 07:30:27 pm
The more you guys insist on telling him to "slow down" before he speeds headfirst into the next crash in his ongoing train wreck of a life, the more he picks up speed.  Try reverse psychology instead.  Maybe that will work.

Or... perhaps someone should try and communicate with him posing as this 'God' fellow.  He seems to actually listen to him (though I'm at a loss to know how).


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on March 29, 2012, 08:04:01 pm
WALTER MITTY'S REAL NAME IS RAY?

the plot thickens


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on March 29, 2012, 08:19:35 pm
bushie, im really not trying to be a smartass.  but *slow down*.   you were saying the *exact same things* with your last fiance.  you kept saying 'im going to take it slow.'  'it wont happen until xxxx at the earliest...'   and look what happened.

I completely understand where you are coming from Ray and that's something I am taking into consideration.  However, when God tells me something that is unmistakeably coming from Him, I cannot ignore it.

To the rest of you on this thread in the past couple pages, it really speaks to my heart that both believers and non-believers (like most of the forum) are being very supportive of this and I really do value all the constructive thoughts I have received.  I have not seen any negative thoughts, just "be absolutely sure" thoughts.  I really appreciate those.  That also confirms to me that my God is behind this because He is causing believers and non-believers alike to coalesce around this idea and get behind me.

Alright I'll bite and be a jerk....

You are very bad at interpreting the Atlas Forum reaction.  Perhaps you should dwell upon your interpretations of what God is telling you.   From a relief perspective, you are also lacking in qualifications to help the people of Kenya. What skills are you bringing to the table? Some misplaced guilt and a savior complex is not enough.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 29, 2012, 08:26:23 pm
bushie, im really not trying to be a smartass.  but *slow down*.   you were saying the *exact same things* with your last fiance.  you kept saying 'im going to take it slow.'  'it wont happen until xxxx at the earliest...'   and look what happened.

I completely understand where you are coming from Ray and that's something I am taking into consideration.  However, when God tells me something that is unmistakeably coming from Him, I cannot ignore it.

To the rest of you on this thread in the past couple pages, it really speaks to my heart that both believers and non-believers (like most of the forum) are being very supportive of this and I really do value all the constructive thoughts I have received.  I have not seen any negative thoughts, just "be absolutely sure" thoughts.  I really appreciate those.  That also confirms to me that my God is behind this because He is causing believers and non-believers alike to coalesce around this idea and get behind me.

Alright I'll bite and be a jerk....

You are very bad at interpreting the Atlas Forum reaction.  Perhaps you should dwell upon your interpretations of what God is telling you.   From a relief perspective, you are also lacking in qualifications to help the people of Kenya. What skills are you bringing to the table? Some misplaced guilt and a savior complex is not enough.

What I lack in "qualifications" is quickly overshadowed by the qualifications of my God.  I do have some qualifications, though.  The main thing I would probably be doing is helping run the Maisha Orphanage from the ground.  The headquarters is in Oklahoma City, but on the ground, they need men. They have a few men who are working their tails off trying to make sure all the kids and widows are accounted for and known by name, plus one of them travels back and forth to the slums each day and ministers to them.  God didn't call me to be qualified, He called me to be available and ready to be used for His Kingdom.  If I'm available and willing in whatever task I am given, then I have enough qualifications.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Yelnoc on March 29, 2012, 08:30:27 pm
bushie, im really not trying to be a smartass.  but *slow down*.   you were saying the *exact same things* with your last fiance.  you kept saying 'im going to take it slow.'  'it wont happen until xxxx at the earliest...'   and look what happened.

I completely understand where you are coming from Ray and that's something I am taking into consideration.  However, when God tells me something that is unmistakeably coming from Him, I cannot ignore it.

To the rest of you on this thread in the past couple pages, it really speaks to my heart that both believers and non-believers (like most of the forum) are being very supportive of this and I really do value all the constructive thoughts I have received.  I have not seen any negative thoughts, just "be absolutely sure" thoughts.  I really appreciate those.  That also confirms to me that my God is behind this because He is causing believers and non-believers alike to coalesce around this idea and get behind me.

Alright I'll bite and be a jerk....

You are very bad at interpreting the Atlas Forum reaction.  Perhaps you should dwell upon your interpretations of what God is telling you.   From a relief perspective, you are also lacking in qualifications to help the people of Kenya. What skills are you bringing to the table? Some misplaced guilt and a savior complex is not enough.
I doubt he will be expected to do skilled labor.  I'm sure somebody other than Delta is making money off of his missionary trip.  Probably part of a larger scheme.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 29, 2012, 09:01:40 pm
God is starting to define my mission and purpose for going down there.  The men at Maisha oversee the day to day operations at Maisha and communicate with the business office in Oklahoma City.  They need men.  I would join them in overseeing the day to day operations on the ground.  Secondly, I would be learning the Luo dialect of SW Kenya, and the Swahili language, but then I would also be learning the Luo dialects of neighboring Uganda and Tanzania as my ministry will hopefully expand into those countries, as well.

My biological brother is now on board which will make it easier to talk to my parents when the time comes later on this year to break the news to them.  I want to give them a full year to prepare themselves for their baby boy living 10,000 miles away, which would put my departure around the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014.

There's a lot of preparation that must take place in the next 18-24 months, so I'm not anywhere near ready right now mentally, physically, spiritually, or emotionally.  I say I could leave next month if called upon, but I am not ready, yet.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on March 29, 2012, 09:06:33 pm
Over/under on Bush returning to Africa by May Sweeps?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on March 29, 2012, 09:40:02 pm
WALTER MITTY'S REAL NAME IS RAY?

n00b


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 29, 2012, 09:42:30 pm
Over/under on Bush returning to Africa by May Sweeps?

Not gonna happen.  I am mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally not ready to do it, yet.

However, "endorsements" are piling up.  THe latest is my biological brother and also my college friends who are missionaries to China.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on March 30, 2012, 01:24:26 am
Or... perhaps someone should try and communicate with him posing as this 'God' fellow.  He seems to actually listen to him (though I'm at a loss to know how).

Would God have an R-Israel avatar?  Or is God American?

Also, will there be a Kony 2012 / BushOK crossover episode this year?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: ○∙◄☻¥tπ[╪AV┼cVê└ on March 30, 2012, 01:32:47 am
Did you visit the hospital in Nairobi where Obama was really born?

Everyone knows that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya. Lines 8 and 11 of this document prove it.

(http://a.abcnews.com/images/Politics/ht_obama_birth_certificate_jp_120301_wg.jpg)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 30, 2012, 06:06:50 am
Good Friday Morning! I had another little confirmation last night, or reassurance I guess you could call it.  I asked God if this is truly from Him, and not something from my own desire, then to let me sleep and not even think about it.  What happened?  I slept like a baby for 7 hours.  I went to bed at 10:15 and woke up at 5:15 am.  After having slept on it for a night, I've got a game plan.

Work in Oklahoma at Dell for the next 24 months supporting myself and my children, as well as being there for my biological American family and my adopted American sister.
In Autumn 2012, I want to start making preparations to raise the funds, secure employment, find a place to live that will accomodate myself and my two children.
In January 2013, I want to be able to fill my parents into what is going on.
In March 2013, I will make a return visit to Maisha and possibly go again in the Autumn 2013.
Be on the ground and moved to celebrate my 32nd birthday on April 29, 2014.

Of course, God can always change things either sooner or later, but this is how I'm seeing the time line after having slept on it.

So, nothing immediate except raising funds to go back next March and fulfilling my responsibilities at Dell and to my American and African families.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on March 30, 2012, 06:09:33 am
You are a better Christian then I- I commend you for your dedication to doing God's work


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 30, 2012, 09:10:08 am
Why don't you just adopt your children and move them to Oklahoma with you? Like Brad and Angelina?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 30, 2012, 09:17:08 am
Crap. I just read through the last few pages. BushOK will be in Kenya by the end of the summer, if not sooner. I have seen this story a million times.


Or, could he throw us a curve ball like with his job and actually do what he says? That's what makes this season so good!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on March 30, 2012, 09:23:25 am
I'm bothered by the timelines......those are certainly not coming from a divine power.   


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Torie on March 30, 2012, 09:42:36 am
When you have a host of personal problems and issues, just "adopt" a couple of kids, and it will all get better. You will no longer feel so alone. This meme in various forms has been repeating itself since time began. This is just the latest iteration.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on March 30, 2012, 09:52:25 am
torie is basically correct.

bushie, the reason you want to go back to kenya is because of your 'kids'.  you long to have a 'family' and unconditional love.  the very same reasons you rushed into your engagements.

to paraphrase jack kerouac...l love love.  and apparently so do you.  it is perfectly human.  but you have to stop and think things through with a clear head.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Simfan34 on March 30, 2012, 11:07:28 am
It may not be a Biblical phrase per se, but the Bible does say that God helps those who helps themselves.

Bushie, you need to help yourself. I've just landed yourself a well-paying job- a federal job, and you want to go away and live in Africa. Let me say this: there are many opportunities in Africa- my mother is the oldest of seven siblings yet the most successful is the youngest, who stayed in Ethiopia! Africa is a rising continent, and if you have a quick wit, or some kind of talent, you can make a name for yourself. Perhaps even train a calling center.

But you must keep these children in mind. If you truly care for them, you will realize that the plan you've drawn for yourself doesn't add up- you won't be able to care for them. Africa is a rough place, and you have people who in two continents who are now depending upon you. Do you really think that you'll be to provide for them as a minister in Africa?

Are you willing and able to help yourself?

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
Proverbs 29:11


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on March 30, 2012, 12:12:40 pm
Good Friday Morning! I had another little confirmation last night, or reassurance I guess you could call it.  I asked God if this is truly from Him, and not something from my own desire, then to let me sleep and not even think about it.  What happened?  I slept like a baby for 7 hours.  I went to bed at 10:15 and woke up at 5:15 am.  After having slept on it for a night, I've got a game plan.

You know, I never followed the Update thread, so I am not familiar with the way you think God communicates in an active relationship.  But is this your normal modus operandi...always setting out a series of (very minor) fleeces in order to determine “God’s will” for your life?

First, I am NOT a subscriber of the ideal that you have to chronically seek “God’s will” in your life (e.g. “The Purpose Driven Life”).  His will for you is already stated point blank in scripture – there is no need to seek it, it is already given to you.

Would you be doing God’s work if you went to Africa and helped them meet their spiritual and physical needs?  Absolutely.  But you would also be doing God’s work by helping out in your current community in OK.

Ecc 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”

Second, even though Gideon put out a fleece before God in Judges ch6, it wasn’t necessary, for God had already spoken to him.  Gideon was just acting like Moses did - doubting what God actually told him.  In the New Testament, where is there a single example of someone putting a fleece before God?  Christians are supposed to be led by the Holy Spirit, not fleeces.

If you think God is leading you to move to Africa, then why doesn’t God simply call you to go to Africa?

John 10:4 “his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

God gives you the freedom of choice to go serve him in Africa, and he also gives you the freedom of choice to continue to serve him in OK...but don't think God predominate will for your life is to pack your bags and move unless he is actually asking you to do so:

1Cor 7:20 "Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him."

Are you attempting to convince people God is calling you to go to Africa simply due to your interpretation of these fleeces?  Again, I ask: is this your normal modus operandi – taking everything as a sign from God?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on March 30, 2012, 12:29:47 pm
Ok, now it gets good: jm is breaking out the Biblical quotes!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on March 30, 2012, 12:31:40 pm
Do we have a [Fill in this week's party choice here] - Republic of Kenya avatar yet?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: opebo on March 30, 2012, 12:40:21 pm
Please, fellas, if you want to talk that way about the Kenyan women, take it elsewhere.  I don't want to litter this thread with what they look like where.

We were talking about a very serious political issue, Bushok - clitorectomy.  I don't know if you had a chance to address this issue during your visit..


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 30, 2012, 12:53:22 pm
Good Friday Morning! I had another little confirmation last night, or reassurance I guess you could call it.  I asked God if this is truly from Him, and not something from my own desire, then to let me sleep and not even think about it.  What happened?  I slept like a baby for 7 hours.  I went to bed at 10:15 and woke up at 5:15 am.  After having slept on it for a night, I've got a game plan.

Work in Oklahoma at Dell for the next 24 months supporting myself and my children, as well as being there for my biological American family and my adopted American sister.
In Autumn 2012, I want to start making preparations to raise the funds, secure employment, find a place to live that will accomodate myself and my two children.
In January 2013, I want to be able to fill my parents into what is going on.
In March 2013, I will make a return visit to Maisha and possibly go again in the Autumn 2013.
Be on the ground and moved to celebrate my 32nd birthday on April 29, 2014.

Of course, God can always change things either sooner or later, but this is how I'm seeing the time line after having slept on it.

So, nothing immediate except raising funds to go back next March and fulfilling my responsibilities at Dell and to my American and African families.
I wouldn't trust god based on your past encounters with him, make sure you get a signature from him on his contract before you head into your next adventure!!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 30, 2012, 12:58:05 pm
Good Friday Morning! I had another little confirmation last night, or reassurance I guess you could call it.  I asked God if this is truly from Him, and not something from my own desire, then to let me sleep and not even think about it.  What happened?  I slept like a baby for 7 hours.  I went to bed at 10:15 and woke up at 5:15 am.  After having slept on it for a night, I've got a game plan.

You know, I never followed the Update thread, so I am not familiar with the way you think God communicates in an active relationship.  But is this your normal modus operandi...always setting out a series of (very minor) fleeces in order to determine “God’s will” for your life?

First, I am NOT a subscriber of the ideal that you have to chronically seek “God’s will” in your life (e.g. “The Purpose Driven Life”).  His will for you is already stated point blank in scripture – there is no need to seek it, it is already given to you.

Would you be doing God’s work if you went to Africa and helped them meet their spiritual and physical needs?  Absolutely.  But you would also be doing God’s work by helping out in your current community in OK.

Ecc 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”

Second, even though Gideon put out a fleece before God in Judges ch6, it wasn’t necessary, for God had already spoken to him.  Gideon was just acting like Moses did - doubting what God actually told him.  In the New Testament, where is there a single example of someone putting a fleece before God?  Christians are supposed to be led by the Holy Spirit, not fleeces.

If you think God is leading you to move to Africa, then why doesn’t God simply call you to go to Africa?

John 10:4 “his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

God gives you the freedom of choice to go serve him in Africa, and he also gives you the freedom of choice to continue to serve him in OK...but don't think God predominate will for your life is to pack your bags and move unless he is actually asking you to do so:

1Cor 7:20 "Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him."

Are you attempting to convince people God is calling you to go to Africa simply due to your interpretation of these fleeces?  Again, I ask: is this your normal modus operandi – taking everything as a sign from God?

The expert has spoken.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on March 30, 2012, 01:23:25 pm

My point is that there is biblical precedent for the way he believes God is communicating with him.  But, the bible never claims to be exhaustive of the ways Christ communicates to his believers, and I do believe that God can move the heart...so, I would like to know if this is BushOK's normal way of interpreting signs from God, and if so, how have the past "signs" and "interpretations" worked out.

From my experience, Christians who interpret everything as a sign from God tend to be constantly uprooting their lives and going off half-cocked.  

That's why it is written: 

1Cor 7:20 "Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him."


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on March 30, 2012, 01:35:49 pm

From my experience, Christians who interpret everything as a sign from God tend to be constantly uprooting their lives and going off half-cocked.  


Amen


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 30, 2012, 01:50:28 pm
My soul is very much at peace with moving to Kenya in 2014.  He has given mef focus today and the assurance that He will take care of the details. He just asks me to be available and open.  I know this much peace this quick is the sole work of the Holy Spirit.  He is the author of peace, not anxiety and confusion.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 30, 2012, 01:51:21 pm
Do we have a [Fill in this week's party choice here] - Republic of Kenya avatar yet?

We definitely need one :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: tpfkaw on March 30, 2012, 01:56:33 pm
Don't move to Kenya, Jeff.  Pretty sure the scam this time involves organ harvesting.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on March 30, 2012, 01:57:40 pm
My soul is very much at peace with moving to Kenya in 2014.  He has given mef focus today and the assurance that He will take care of the details. He just asks me to be available and open.  I know this much peace this quick is the sole work of the Holy Spirit.  He is the author of peace, not anxiety and confusion.

so, you're not going to answer my question regarding if this is how you've normally operated?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 30, 2012, 02:32:45 pm
Have we seen Bushie keep a stable situation for two years yet?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 30, 2012, 02:39:04 pm
My soul is very much at peace with moving to Kenya in 2014.  He has given mef focus today and the assurance that He will take care of the details. He just asks me to be available and open.  I know this much peace this quick is the sole work of the Holy Spirit.  He is the author of peace, not anxiety and confusion.

so, you're not going to answer my question regarding if this is how you've normally operated?

The fleeces I have put out are done with the intention that God will answer and I will listen.  Based on knowing my body. I could not have slept last night with this much excitement. I also look for anything out of the ordinary. I also believe that whatsoever I ask in Jesus name according to His will, I will receive. I asked God to take away the desires if they weren't of Him. Increasing desires is not exactly getting rid of them.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on March 30, 2012, 03:04:09 pm
The fleeces I have put out are done with the intention that God will answer and I will listen.

In the only example in scripture of someone using a fleece, God had already spoken.  There are ZERO examples of using a fleece as a primary means of communication.

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I also look for anything out of the ordinary.

Anything out of the ordinary?  Like a great wind, or an earthquake, or a fire?!

IKings 16 “Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

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I also believe that whatsoever I ask in Jesus name according to His will, I will receive. I asked God to take away the desires if they weren't of Him. Increasing desires is not exactly getting rid of them.

Come on, dude, focus, I am not going to tolerate you getting gay on me.

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But you still haven’t told me about your past…have you had inclinations in the past that God was directing you to do something.  If so, list the situations along with the outcome of those situations.

Or am I going to have to ask readers of the Update?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on March 30, 2012, 03:27:11 pm
Please see the latest status update. Please.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on March 30, 2012, 03:28:08 pm
Please see the latest status update. Please.

I'm speechless


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 30, 2012, 03:36:07 pm
Yeah, I just read it. Holy f**king s**t.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 30, 2012, 04:18:14 pm
Yeah, I just read it. Holy f**king s**t.

If he'd spent a week in Spain then Rajoy would probably be his new PM.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on March 30, 2012, 04:20:01 pm
Yeah, I just read it. Holy f**king s**t.

If he'd spent a week in Spain then Rajoy would probably be his new PM.

Have you ever been to BushOK's capital, Madrid?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 30, 2012, 04:21:30 pm
Can someone paraphrase the new status update if it's not unethical?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on March 30, 2012, 04:40:16 pm
that may be the best status update in the history of facebook. 

and bushie it took you forever just to go from regular soda to diet soda, yet you get engaged or plan to move 10,000 miles away at the drop of a hat.  i just dont get it...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 30, 2012, 05:15:25 pm
that may be the best status update in the history of facebook. 

and bushie it took you forever just to go from regular soda to diet soda, yet you get engaged or plan to move 10,000 miles away at the drop of a hat.  i just dont get it...
Did he get engaged to an African?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 30, 2012, 05:15:56 pm
Quoting the first line would be enough. I'd do it but I don't want my first death points.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on March 30, 2012, 05:42:02 pm
But you still haven’t told me about your past…have you had inclinations in the past that God was directing you to do something.  If so, list the situations along with the outcome of those situations.

Or am I going to have to ask readers of the Update?


Two years ago, he quit his job at Oklahoma Natural Gas to take up a job that was a scam, and (at least initially) didn't believe anyone here who explained to him that it was a scam because "sometimes you just have to step out in faith":

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=120859.msg2587638#msg2587638

The recurring theme of Update is that Bushie constantly makes impulsive decisions without weighing the evidence because he figures that God's looking out for him, so he can't go wrong.  This has reached such a level of self-parody that many of us believe that at least some of this stuff is made up.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on March 30, 2012, 07:35:12 pm
fck you people teasing us with a terrific Bush status update and not pming it to me! >:(


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: TheDeadFlagBlues on March 30, 2012, 07:39:24 pm
PM this status update to me ASAP you fools!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Negusa Nagast 🚀 on March 30, 2012, 07:58:36 pm
PM this status update to me ASAP you fools!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 30, 2012, 10:20:04 pm
This is my facebook, so I can post the status update if I want.  It doesn't contain any personal information.

"I'm starting to slowly turn into an African. I decided to go onto CNN international and found an article that I took delight in that oil has been discovered in my capitol city of Nairobi. President Mwai Kibaki calls it a major breakthrough. I am starting to call President Kibaki my president! I'm going to try to learn as much about my new home before I move there as I can. So, when I refer to my President I could be referring to Mwai Kibaki or Barack Obama, so I will distinguish them by name."

What can I say, I'm going to do every bit of research I can think of about my new home over the next two or three years until I get home.  Just because my earthly address may change, my passions are not.  I will still be interested in American politics, but I will add Kenyan politics as well as those of the nations surrounding me, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia.  I will probably not leave the forum, as I will still keep updated on American politics especially if I'm in Kenya during the 2014 US Mid-Terms.  I'll be making a regular appearance in the International Election boards.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 30, 2012, 11:52:23 pm
Moving to Kisumu, Kenya in 2-3 years will no doubt be a huge change for me.  The biggest change in my life since Jesus came into my heart nearly 26 years ago.  The health care system is not as modern as it is in the United States or in most of Europe.  The life expectancy of Kenya is 55 years, brought down largely by the HIV/AIDS epidemic (which according to Wikipedia, is declining among children), and relatively high maternal mortality.  I am well aware that I may not have access to as great of a health care system as I would in the United States.  I will keep a dual citizenship and will keep my primary doctors here in Oklahoma and come back for checkups with them every year.  If I have a minor medical need, I can probably go to the Kisumu or Nairobi Hospitals.  If I have anything major, I will try to purchase a plane ticket to come back to Oklahoma to take care of it.  I realize that may not always be possible or even expedient.  With that, I am fully prepared that my life expectancy could be cut a little short because of the financial and medical access.  I am giving God my entire life and my very being, so just like in America, when He chooses to take me to my real, Heavenly home, I’ll be ready.  I’m not trying to be morbid here, but this is one of the realities I could face just because I still am sporting a human body full of disease and riddled with sin.  I come back to what the Apostle Paul says, “For me to live is Christ, but to die is gain.”  I could still live to be an old man or I could go home early.  Which ever happens, if I’m following my Christ step by step, I’ll be ready no matter when He comes to get me.  Again, not trying to be morbid here or wishing anything or even predicting anything, I’m just laying out facts and possible scenarios and making ready myself for whatever God brings my way.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Smash255 on March 31, 2012, 12:44:27 am
WTF??


Bushie,

When God starts "talking" to people, bad things usually happen.  See Iraq....




Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 31, 2012, 06:58:43 am
I really find it hard to read these threads, and Bushies status updates on facebook. I think the bigger personal problem/issue that I have is that once again, anyone who doesn't say they are on board with him moving are being ignored. The talks of calling a Africa his home, and these kids his children. I dunno anymore man. I think the writers are really starting to throw us a curve ball here. I wouldn't be surprised if for May sweeps, bushie is packed and moving.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on March 31, 2012, 07:25:32 am
"I'm starting to slowly turn into an African."

Didn't you use very similar language when you were first dating your last fiancee, "I can feel myself slowly starting to fall in love with her?" (or language similar to that), after you'd known her for like a month and wanted to plan your wedding proposal?  Sounds an awful lot like talking yourself into believing that you love something when you really don't know enough about it yet.  (Assuming any of this is real.)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on March 31, 2012, 07:53:48 am
Why have we not seen pictures of our dear friend on his trip?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on March 31, 2012, 07:57:30 am
Why have we not seen pictures of our dear friend on his trip?

This show doesn't have the budget to film on location.  But if the ratings increase, then they might be able to afford to make a Kenya flashback episode.


Title: BREAKING: Keystone Phil survives first round of BushOK FB friends "trimming."
Post by: Keystone Phil on March 31, 2012, 09:17:25 am
BushOK is "trimming" his friends on Facebook. This might be a Kenyan custom but it hasn't been confirmed. Anyway, I survived the first round. My hopes are with the rest of you that you may survive.


Title: Re: BREAKING: Keystone Phil survives first round of BushOK FB friends "trimming."
Post by: AndrewTX on March 31, 2012, 09:40:45 am
BushOK is "trimming" his friends on Facebook. This might be a Kenyan custom but it hasn't been confirmed. Anyway, I survived the first round. My hopes are with the rest of you that you may survive.

Lucky you, I didn't make it. I guess he didn't like people telling him other than what he wants to hear. I'm heart broken :( Why has my god forsaken me.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 09:43:05 am
BushOK is "trimming" his friends on Facebook. This might be a Kenyan custom but it hasn't been confirmed. Anyway, I survived the first round. My hopes are with the rest of you that you may survive.

I am indeed trimming my friends on facebook, which I promised to do right after I got home earlier this week.  Several people did not survive the first round, but I will not mention any names.

Anyway, tomorrow is Sunday, April 1, 2012, the very beginning of my initial preparation for the big move.  I initially wanted to move by May 1, 2014, however, I have a contract on this house with the City of Midwest City that expires September 1, 2014, and I don't want to interrupt my preparation for Christmas, plus you never know what the winter will bring in Oklahoma.  Based on that, i'm pushing my projected move date back to April 1, 2015 just before my 33rd birthday.  God can, of course, change things, and i have to be ready if He says "Go" before my projected date.  I also have to be prepared to wait if He says "Wait".  The April 1, 2015 date is my projected timeline.  I've got a lot to do in the next 36 months, and it will probably take all 36 months to really get me prepared for the big move.  This is one process I do not want to rush as I still have work to do in Oklahoma.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Iosif on March 31, 2012, 09:54:52 am
Is this guy real?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 10:07:47 am
BushOK is "trimming" his friends on Facebook. This might be a Kenyan custom but it hasn't been confirmed. Anyway, I survived the first round. My hopes are with the rest of you that you may survive.

Lucky you, I didn't make it. I guess he didn't like people telling him other than what he wants to hear. I'm heart broken :( Why has my god forsaken me.

Just because you or anyone didn't make the cut, doesn't mean I don't count you as friends, because I do.  I just need feedback that is founded on the Word of God and bathed in prayer and wisdom.  I may re-add people at a later time, I'm certainly not ruling that out.  Plus, advice aside, I am trying to provide a positive example for my adopted American sister so when she sees my news feed, she will see a Christian legacy.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on March 31, 2012, 10:18:17 am
Opebo and I were horsing around earlier- but you need to be careful over there... sexual diseases are rampant


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on March 31, 2012, 10:31:09 am
Opebo and I were horsing around earlier- but you need to be careful over there... sexual diseases are rampant

Yeah, I'm sure he got plenty of action over there. Hope he was careful!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on March 31, 2012, 10:31:36 am
Opebo and I were horsing around earlier- but you need to be careful over there... sexual diseases are rampant

Yeah, I'm sure he got plenty of action over there. Hope he was careful!
He is aiming to have children over there...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Simfan34 on March 31, 2012, 10:49:58 am
I feel like we need to send out a mission to this guy in OC and talk him out of it.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on March 31, 2012, 11:29:12 am
BushOK is "trimming" his friends on Facebook. This might be a Kenyan custom but it hasn't been confirmed. Anyway, I survived the first round. My hopes are with the rest of you that you may survive.

Lucky you, I didn't make it. I guess he didn't like people telling him other than what he wants to hear. I'm heart broken :( Why has my god forsaken me.

Just because you or anyone didn't make the cut, doesn't mean I don't count you as friends, because I do.  I just need feedback that is founded on the Word of God and bathed in prayer and wisdom.

Then why are you still posting in this thread?

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I may re-add people at a later time, I'm certainly not ruling that out.  Plus, advice aside, I am trying to provide a positive example for my adopted American sister so when she sees my news feed, she will see a Christian legacy.

BushOK's Facebook profile is just like the rapture!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 11:39:22 am
BushOK is "trimming" his friends on Facebook. This might be a Kenyan custom but it hasn't been confirmed. Anyway, I survived the first round. My hopes are with the rest of you that you may survive.

Lucky you, I didn't make it. I guess he didn't like people telling him other than what he wants to hear. I'm heart broken :( Why has my god forsaken me.

Just because you or anyone didn't make the cut, doesn't mean I don't count you as friends, because I do.  I just need feedback that is founded on the Word of God and bathed in prayer and wisdom.

Then why are you still posting in this thread?

Probably two reasons:

A) I can take the advice, I just don't want the young people on my friends list to see and put to mind the advice that is not bathed in prayer.

B) I'm a glutton for punishment.

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I may re-add people at a later time, I'm certainly not ruling that out.  Plus, advice aside, I am trying to provide a positive example for my adopted American sister so when she sees my news feed, she will see a Christian legacy.

BushOK's Facebook profile is just like the rapture!

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The trip to Kenya and the revelations that God has shown me in the days following Kenya have done a good job of refocusing my priorities.  My priorities are now Christ-centered and trying to advance His Kingdom.  I will still have my passions for politics, sports, and weather, but they will include Kenya politics, sports, and weather as well as American.  I also will still have fun.  My fun will just be directed in what will bring Jesus the most glory.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: © tweed on March 31, 2012, 11:39:48 am
Is this guy real?

yes, but he is emotionally underdeveloped or even retarded and has at least one if not several anxiety/attachment disorders.  such is why I can't enjoy taking part in these circuses.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 11:40:50 am
Is this guy real?

yes, but he is emotionally underdeveloped or even retarded and has at least one if not several anxiety/attachment disorders.  such is why I can't enjoy taking part in these circuses.

wrong on all accounts.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: © tweed on March 31, 2012, 11:42:21 am
you've already confirmed that you have obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is an anxiety disorder, so you either a) were lying or b) I am right on at least one count.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Hash on March 31, 2012, 11:42:37 am
Bushie, here are your new MPs:

Nyong'o, Peter Anyang' (Kisumu Rural), ODM
Shabbir Ahmed Shakeel Ahmed (Kisumu Town East), ODM
John Olago Aluoch (Kisumu Town West), ODM
 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 11:46:53 am
Bushie, here are your new MPs:

Nyong'o, Peter Anyang' (Kisumu Rural), ODM
Shabbir Ahmed Shakeel Ahmed (Kisumu Town East), ODM
John Olago Aluoch (Kisumu Town West), ODM
 


Where's the like button?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 11:47:39 am
you've already confirmed that you have obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is an anxiety disorder, so you either a) were lying or b) I am right on at least one count.

I do have OCD, you're right, but that's not an emotional disorder.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Hash on March 31, 2012, 11:48:32 am
btw, Jeff, is it true you want to become a dual Kenyan-American citizen?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: © tweed on March 31, 2012, 11:49:47 am
you've already confirmed that you have obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is an anxiety disorder, so you either a) were lying or b) I am right on at least one count.

I do have OCD, you're right, but that's not an emotional disorder.

it is by definition an anxiety disorder, which fits with what I claimed:

has at least one if not several anxiety/attachment disorders


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 11:55:56 am
btw, Jeff, is it true you want to become a dual Kenyan-American citizen?

Yes, it is very true, Hash.  Africans who move to America are called African-Americans.  I want to be an American-African, that is an American who moves to Africa.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Simfan34 on March 31, 2012, 12:04:02 pm
You'll need a British accent.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 12:06:06 pm
You'll need a British accent.

I'm sure it will develop overtime.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on March 31, 2012, 12:09:38 pm
I will still have my passions for politics, sports, and weather, but they will include Kenya politics, sports, and weather as well as American.

Which Kenyan sports are you a fan of?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 12:45:48 pm
I will still have my passions for politics, sports, and weather, but they will include Kenya politics, sports, and weather as well as American.

Which Kenyan sports are you a fan of?


I'll probably get into real football (soccer) which I saw on the TV in Nairobi.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 31, 2012, 01:08:12 pm
I will still have my passions for politics, sports, and weather, but they will include Kenya politics, sports, and weather as well as American.

Which Kenyan sports are you a fan of?


I'll probably get into real football (soccer) which I saw on the TV in Nairobi.

I remember you saying you found it incredibly boring.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on March 31, 2012, 01:20:05 pm
I will still have my passions for politics, sports, and weather, but they will include Kenya politics, sports, and weather as well as American.

Which Kenyan sports are you a fan of?


I'll probably get into real football (soccer) which I saw on the TV in Nairobi.

You'll need to work on pretending that you care about soccer.  With some fake sports fandom and a simple birth certificate forgery, we might be able to pass you off as a native Kenyan.  Which means that, some day, you might break the color barrier, and be elected Kenya's first white president.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on March 31, 2012, 01:37:25 pm
What a great season so far. First, jmfcst joins the cast and now these hilarious Kenyan developments.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on March 31, 2012, 01:57:53 pm
Come on. Cricket's vastly more interesting than soccer, and it's at least as popular in Kenya. The ICC World Twenty20 is being held in Sri Lanka this September.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on March 31, 2012, 02:04:59 pm
i didnt survive the first round of the trimming of the fb friends.

apparently im too much of a heathen!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Negusa Nagast 🚀 on March 31, 2012, 02:06:23 pm
Religion is the opiate of the masses, but Bush is having a full blown overdose.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: I'm JewCon in name only. on March 31, 2012, 02:07:19 pm
My gosh, he's serious?!!?!?!?!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on March 31, 2012, 02:08:12 pm
i would say he quits the new job  within 3 months...unless someone talks some sense into him.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 02:09:43 pm
i would say he quits the new job  within 3 months years...unless someone talks some sense into him.

Fixed


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Solidarity Forever on March 31, 2012, 02:15:18 pm
Well, at least you'll be happy.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on March 31, 2012, 02:15:42 pm
i didnt survive the first round of the trimming of the fb friends.

apparently im too much of a heathen!

Alas, looks like I didn't survive, either.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on March 31, 2012, 02:51:41 pm
i didnt survive the first round of the trimming of the fb friends.

apparently im too much of a heathen!

Alas, looks like I didn't survive, either.

I'm still seeing status updates, so I guess I was spared.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: The Mikado on March 31, 2012, 03:27:20 pm
It may not be a Biblical phrase per se, but the Bible does say that God helps those who helps themselves.

Benjamin Franklin is the Bible?

(Point taken, though)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on March 31, 2012, 03:27:59 pm
BushOK is "trimming" his friends on Facebook. This might be a Kenyan custom but it hasn't been confirmed. Anyway, I survived the first round. My hopes are with the rest of you that you may survive.

Lucky you, I didn't make it. I guess he didn't like people telling him other than what he wants to hear. I'm heart broken :( Why has my god forsaken me.

Just because you or anyone didn't make the cut, doesn't mean I don't count you as friends, because I do.  I just need feedback that is founded on the Word of God and bathed in prayer and wisdom.  I may re-add people at a later time, I'm certainly not ruling that out.  Plus, advice aside, I am trying to provide a positive example for my adopted American sister so when she sees my news feed, she will see a Christian legacy.

So.. are you saying that my advise isn't good, because its not shared by people who worship God?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 05:08:12 pm
Well, at least you'll be happy.

I'm already happy!  My cousin, who went with me to Kenya, has given me the best compliment not once, but twice this past week.  She said "You look more alive now than I have ever seen you!"  For someone who has known me since she was 2 years old, and she is now 28, that is saying something.  My whole attitude has changed.  Before I left for Kenya, I was starting to go through the motions and was pretty lifeless.  Getting the job helped a lot, and then I went to Kenya, and when we first got to Maisha and saw 450 children come to meet us and walk with us to Maisha, my heart came alive and the seeds were planted for my future life in Kenya.  Little did I know God was planting an entire forest in my heart!  I have been more alive the past two weeks than I have ever been in my 30 years of life.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 05:16:27 pm
Come on. Cricket's vastly more interesting than soccer, and it's at least as popular in Kenya. The ICC World Twenty20 is being held in Sri Lanka this September.

I do like Cricket, as well.  In fact, in college I had several foreign exchange students from India who introduced me to the game of Cricket which we played on the tennis courts for lack of a field.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Smash255 on March 31, 2012, 06:29:37 pm
BushOK is "trimming" his friends on Facebook. This might be a Kenyan custom but it hasn't been confirmed. Anyway, I survived the first round. My hopes are with the rest of you that you may survive.

Lucky you, I didn't make it. I guess he didn't like people telling him other than what he wants to hear. I'm heart broken :( Why has my god forsaken me.

Just because you or anyone didn't make the cut, doesn't mean I don't count you as friends, because I do.  I just need feedback that is founded on the Word of God and bathed in prayer and wisdom.  I may re-add people at a later time, I'm certainly not ruling that out.  Plus, advice aside, I am trying to provide a positive example for my adopted American sister so when she sees my news feed, she will see a Christian legacy.

So.. are you saying that my advise isn't good, because its not shared by people who worship God?

I think he is saying your advice isn't good because you are using your brain and facts to give the advice instead of prayer to give the advice, and he doesn't want little kids to be tempted by brain and facts instead of religion and prayer.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: I'm JewCon in name only. on March 31, 2012, 06:46:15 pm
...I'm disturbed...



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 08:15:33 pm
BushOK is "trimming" his friends on Facebook. This might be a Kenyan custom but it hasn't been confirmed. Anyway, I survived the first round. My hopes are with the rest of you that you may survive.

Lucky you, I didn't make it. I guess he didn't like people telling him other than what he wants to hear. I'm heart broken :( Why has my god forsaken me.

Just because you or anyone didn't make the cut, doesn't mean I don't count you as friends, because I do.  I just need feedback that is founded on the Word of God and bathed in prayer and wisdom.  I may re-add people at a later time, I'm certainly not ruling that out.  Plus, advice aside, I am trying to provide a positive example for my adopted American sister so when she sees my news feed, she will see a Christian legacy.

So.. are you saying that my advise isn't good, because its not shared by people who worship God?

I think he is saying your advice isn't good because you are using your brain and facts to give the advice instead of prayer to give the advice, and he doesn't want little kids to be tempted by brain and facts instead of religion and prayer.

Note: Those who I cut from my friends list can still give me advice and I can still ponder the advice through one specific avenue and we are posting in it right now.  I'm not closing down this thread as the writers don't have an end to this season in mind.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 08:29:04 pm
I thought I would make a little shift on the focus of this thread to let the old BushOklahoma make an appearance.  This part of BushOklahoma is being transferred to the new BushOklahoma.  Next Sunday is Easter Sunday, which means the next day, Monday, 9th April 2012, I will be shifting my focus to the Fourth of July to celebrate the 236th birthday of my native country, the United States of America.  I am probably 3 1/2 - 4 months away from breaking out the Christmas Music.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 31, 2012, 09:29:18 pm
You'll need a British accent.

I'm sure it will develop overtime.
It was better in Rhodesia. Mods can delete if this is inappropriate.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on March 31, 2012, 09:31:25 pm
Well, at least you'll be happy.

I'm already happy!  My cousin, who went with me to Kenya, has given me the best compliment not once, but twice this past week.  She said "You look more alive now than I have ever seen you!"  For someone who has known me since she was 2 years old, and she is now 28, that is saying something.  My whole attitude has changed.  Before I left for Kenya, I was starting to go through the motions and was pretty lifeless.  Getting the job helped a lot, and then I went to Kenya, and when we first got to Maisha and saw 450 children come to meet us and walk with us to Maisha, my heart came alive and the seeds were planted for my future life in Kenya.  Little did I know God was planting an entire forest in my heart!  I have been more alive the past two weeks than I have ever been in my 30 years of life.
The plot thickens.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: I'm JewCon in name only. on March 31, 2012, 09:35:20 pm
I thought I would make a little shift on the focus of this thread to let the old BushOklahoma make an appearance.  This part of BushOklahoma is being transferred to the new BushOklahoma.  Next Sunday is Easter Sunday, which means the next day, Monday, 9th April 2012, I will be shifting my focus to the Fourth of July to celebrate the 236th birthday of my native country, the United States of America.  I am probably 3 1/2 - 4 months away from breaking out the Christmas Music.


...what the heck!?!? why so early?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 09:36:21 pm
Well, at least you'll be happy.

I'm already happy!  My cousin, who went with me to Kenya, has given me the best compliment not once, but twice this past week.  She said "You look more alive now than I have ever seen you!"  For someone who has known me since she was 2 years old, and she is now 28, that is saying something.  My whole attitude has changed.  Before I left for Kenya, I was starting to go through the motions and was pretty lifeless.  Getting the job helped a lot, and then I went to Kenya, and when we first got to Maisha and saw 450 children come to meet us and walk with us to Maisha, my heart came alive and the seeds were planted for my future life in Kenya.  Little did I know God was planting an entire forest in my heart!  I have been more alive the past two weeks than I have ever been in my 30 years of life.
The plot thickens.

How?  She went on the same mission trip as I, but she is not being called to Kenya for a lifetime, at least not yet.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 09:40:07 pm
I thought I would make a little shift on the focus of this thread to let the old BushOklahoma make an appearance.  This part of BushOklahoma is being transferred to the new BushOklahoma.  Next Sunday is Easter Sunday, which means the next day, Monday, 9th April 2012, I will be shifting my focus to the Fourth of July to celebrate the 236th birthday of my native country, the United States of America.  I am probably 3 1/2 - 4 months away from breaking out the Christmas Music.


...what the heck!?!? why so early?

You don't know me, do you?  I think about holidays early.  Right after the Fourth of July, if not before, I will start having thoughts of Christmas.  I listen to Christmas music starting no later than 1 August.  I start shopping for Christmas decorations the weekend after Mother's Day as there is one chain store out here, Hobby Lobby, that starts putting out their Halloween, THanksgiving, and Christmas decorations in small quantities right before Memorial Day.  They still do Fourth of July, but they get half of one aisle dedicated to Christmas decorations around the 3rd week of May and then it just steadily grows all the way through middle December.  It becomes full blown in August.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on March 31, 2012, 09:40:53 pm
We are technically in the 3rd season. The show is probably due for a set change.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 09:43:39 pm
We are technically in the 3rd season. The show is probably due for a set change.

The 3rd season is about to wrap up.  There will be very little, if any, break before the 4th season begins which is set at the main character's place of employment and his preparations for his big move.  That will be the big driver of season 4.  It will be a seamless transition from Season 3 to Season 4.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: J-Mann on March 31, 2012, 09:44:23 pm
Well, I might as well return for a guest appearance this season ...

Jeff, I think your going on a mission trip was fantastic. I'd like to do the same ... I have a child in India that I sponsor and it has been a rewarding experience just exchanging letters. If the organization is legitimate and vetted, sponsorship can indeed be a great thing.

Your sudden feelings of wanting to move to Kenya are just a result of the satisfaction from the trip -- if you don't stop talking this "I'm a Kenyan, Kenya is my home, I will be there in 1,045 days from now" crap, you're going to end up just like you did in every other situation that we've tried to help you with ... rushing into a scam job, rushing into an engagement, and now -- undoubtedly -- you will rush into moving off to another country. It's inevitable. All of your "I'm taking it slow" assurances are bullsh**t. We've seen this theme play out too many times.

Stop pretending that you're listening to God. You're not ... you're just excited from the trip. And if that IS God speaking to you, he's apparently a three-year-old with severe ADHD: "Oooh, yeah, a job with Australians, cool! Aww, yeah, marriage ... awesome! Bitchin', you can live in Africa!! Go go go go go!!!!!!!"

Someone said earlier that you don't have the qualifications to truly contribute long term there, which you brushed aside by saying that God has the qualifications. Er, sorry ... the dude has kind of let the place go, if you know what I mean. Don't expect any heavy lifting out of him.

We'll all plead with you to think it through, and this show will play out exactly how the others have. First, it'll be two years till the big move. Then 15 months. Then October. Then, before we know it, you and Tiffanye will be on an OnCompany-sponsored joyride to Nairobi.

Devoting more time to Kenya may well be your life's calling ... just slow down and stop talking like a goddamn fool. Countdowns are irrelevant, you're not a citizen there, and you're likely to get a lot more support if you seriously plan this out rather than having the full blueprint hacked out in less than a week.

And do yourself a favor and DON'T take advice from the friends who have nothing more to say than, "PUT IT IN GOD'S HANDS." They're dumb. God gave you a freaking brain for a reason. Use the thing. He's not a chauffeur -- you're driving this thing.

Oh, and thanks for keeping me as a Facebook buddy. In spite of the harshness of my replies, I do care :-)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: I'm JewCon in name only. on March 31, 2012, 09:52:57 pm
I thought I would make a little shift on the focus of this thread to let the old BushOklahoma make an appearance.  This part of BushOklahoma is being transferred to the new BushOklahoma.  Next Sunday is Easter Sunday, which means the next day, Monday, 9th April 2012, I will be shifting my focus to the Fourth of July to celebrate the 236th birthday of my native country, the United States of America.  I am probably 3 1/2 - 4 months away from breaking out the Christmas Music.


...what the heck!?!? why so early?

You don't know me, do you?  I think about holidays early.  Right after the Fourth of July, if not before, I will start having thoughts of Christmas.  I listen to Christmas music starting no later than 1 August.  I start shopping for Christmas decorations the weekend after Mother's Day as there is one chain store out here, Hobby Lobby, that starts putting out their Halloween, THanksgiving, and Christmas decorations in small quantities right before Memorial Day.  They still do Fourth of July, but they get half of one aisle dedicated to Christmas decorations around the 3rd week of May and then it just steadily grows all the way through middle December.  It becomes full blown in August.

Ah, Interesting :).

Well, I'll stay tuned for the details of your next post :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 31, 2012, 10:00:30 pm
The flashbacks I am having are just wonderful! J-Mann is back to give advice that will undoubtedly be ignored as we watch BushKy move his date to move closer and closer to now.

Like I said earlier, he is excited about the trip and wants to go back. We all get that feeling when we have a truly wonderful time, especially when we were 3 years old, "oh I want to move  there!"

And of course, he is probably asking the same people for advice that he asked when he took the ONCompany job and the like who told him to go on a leap of faith.

I often ponder the existence of god, especially after having a good cigar and a few PBRs. I do think, though, if there is a god, he wants us to use our brains that we were given as opposed to asking him to take our hand and walk us through our lives like a 2 year old. We make choices which will determine our lives, not god. The feelings we get are our basic human emotions, not god in heaven telling us what we need to think and believe.

If BushKy is meant to be in Kenya, things will likely turn out in his favor. But the signs don't point to that, if you want me to get religious. He just got a full time job he's been wanting with decent pay where he can finally take care of himself. He has a career, like he said. If he was meant to actually move to Kenya, I doubt any of this would have happened. He's merely relishing in the excitement of his first time leaving the country. When he asked god to give him a sign about whether it was he or god, and he thought more about it, it was basic human emotion to think about something we know we shouldn't be thinking about.

Deep down, BushKy knows this plan might not fly with his family but he's trying to justify it now before he has that dreaded talk.

I hope I don't miss the second cut of his Facebook list, because while I may not seem like it, I don't want to see BushOK fail and do something stupid. We've seen that enough. He seems to have gotten his life back in some sort of order and now he's standing on the edge of the cliff about to jump again.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 10:11:24 pm
Well, I might as well return for a guest appearance this season ...

Jeff, I think your going on a mission trip was fantastic. I'd like to do the same ... I have a child in India that I sponsor and it has been a rewarding experience just exchanging letters. If the organization is legitimate and vetted, sponsorship can indeed be a great thing.

Your sudden feelings of wanting to move to Kenya are just a result of the satisfaction from the trip -- if you don't stop talking this "I'm a Kenyan, Kenya is my home, I will be there in 1,045 days from now" crap, you're going to end up just like you did in every other situation that we've tried to help you with ... rushing into a scam job, rushing into an engagement, and now -- undoubtedly -- you will rush into moving off to another country. It's inevitable. All of your "I'm taking it slow" assurances are bullsh**t. We've seen this theme play out too many times.

Stop pretending that you're listening to God. You're not ... you're just excited from the trip. And if that IS God speaking to you, he's apparently a three-year-old with severe ADHD: "Oooh, yeah, a job with Australians, cool! Aww, yeah, marriage ... awesome! Bitchin', you can live in Africa!! Go go go go go!!!!!!!"

Someone said earlier that you don't have the qualifications to truly contribute long term there, which you brushed aside by saying that God has the qualifications. Er, sorry ... the dude has kind of let the place go, if you know what I mean. Don't expect any heavy lifting out of him.

We'll all plead with you to think it through, and this show will play out exactly how the others have. First, it'll be two years till the big move. Then 15 months. Then October. Then, before we know it, you and Tiffanye will be on an OnCompany-sponsored joyride to Nairobi.

Devoting more time to Kenya may well be your life's calling ... just slow down and stop talking like a goddamn fool. Countdowns are irrelevant, you're not a citizen there, and you're likely to get a lot more support if you seriously plan this out rather than having the full blueprint hacked out in less than a week.

And do yourself a favor and DON'T take advice from the friends who have nothing more to say than, "PUT IT IN GOD'S HANDS." They're dumb. God gave you a freaking brain for a reason. Use the thing. He's not a chauffeur -- you're driving this thing.

Oh, and thanks for keeping me as a Facebook buddy. In spite of the harshness of my replies, I do care :-)

Oh, boy, where to start...

First off, this is not just a reaction to the trip.  God has put this desire and has confirmed it in my heart.  Another name for Jesus is the "Prince of Peace".  He is the author of peace, not anxiety and confusion.  He has given me total peace.

I do feel at home in Kenya, just as I feel at home in Oklahoma.  I can call Kenya my home if I want.  It's not going to speed things up.  You are saying it will go from 3 years to 2 years to 15 months to this Autumn.  In reality it has actually gone the other direction in the past 4 days.  First, I thought 15 months, then I thought 15-24 months, then 18-24 months, then 2 years solid, now its 3 years solid.  I just don't know exactly.  I have a pretty good sense of time, but I'm not God and He doesn't reveal His timetable to me.  I'm pretty sure it will be 2-3 years away, but God could make it 1 year or He could make it 4 or 5 years.  He doesn't ask me to worry about the details, He just wants me to be completely available and completely open to His direction.  The only thing He has confirmed is that I will eventually be in Kenya for a lifetime.  I'm putting my best guess on the timeline which could be completely wrong in either direction.  I am excited about going, and why shouldn't I be?  Downtown Kisumu and Nairobi as have been mentioned in the El Salvador vs. Kenya thread are actually decent cities with a lot of Western Amenities, especially in Nairobi and Mombasa.  I'm going to continue to do research on Kenya as much as I can without neglecting my responsibilities here in Oklahoma.  I still have work to do in Oklahoma (which is why the expanding timeline).  Everything I do now, is now in preparation for my big move, which is minimum 2 years, most likely 3 years away.  The reason it's not immediate is I made a commitment while in Kenya to be a big brother/uncle figure to a young lady here in Oklahoma City.  She is just about ready to turn 16 in June, and I have committed to be here with her, encouraging her, mentoring her as a brother would until she moves out of her mother's house and goes to college.  Having seen a glimpse of her heart, I wouldn't be suprised if she follows me to Kenya because I know her heart is there, as well.

I will keep seeking and heeding the advice of those who urge me to Put it in God's hands.  That is the most solid advice I have ever been given.  Yes, I have a brain and I'm going to use it, but it doesn't mean I'm not going to fully trust my God to perform what He said He is going to perform.

Jesse, there is another round of cuts coming in a couple weeks, but you are safe.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on March 31, 2012, 10:33:59 pm
Bushie, you do need to worry about the details of your life. You're the one that has to live it. Somethings are beyond control, but to throw up your hands and say I'm going to let God handle it isn't helpful either. I think it's cool that you have a goal, and it's a welll-intentioned one. There is a lot of need for humanitarian work.  Have you talked to people who do this full-time so that you understand what you're working toward and what jobs are available?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 10:36:14 pm
Yes, I am going very fast in the research and developments of this new adventure, because, yes, I am very excited.  I know without a shadow of a doubt that I have been called full time to Kenya.  I don't know God's timeline, but I'm putting a minimum 30 months probably more like 36 months because of Christmas and the uncertainty of the Oklahoma winter.

As far as my career.  God gave me that career for a reason and it is so I can support my African children comfortably until such a time as I can get down there and bring them home to live with me.  My heart is truly in Kisumu, Kenya, and I will NOT apologize for calling Kenya home.  It is not going to make things go any faster.  In fact, in light of my mistakes in the past with the engagements and the On Company fiasco and such, my desire for Kenya is going to make me take my time and do this the right way.

I'm also thinking the fact I'm still single is not a coincidence and is not solely because of my mistakes.  God has kept me single so I can more easily follow Him to the ends of the earth as I won't have a family tagging along with me.

It's my love for my children and love for my new country that is going to actually make me take my time and do things right.  Plus, again, I still have obligations in Oklahoma.  I will always be an Okie no matter where I go.  I will never relinquish my American citizenship, I will just dual that along with a Kenyan citizenship.  Even after I move to Kenya, my work in Oklahoma will not be done.  My work in Kenya begins now, even though I am not moving down there for at least 2 1/2, most likely 3 or 3 1/2 years.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 10:42:28 pm
Bushie, you do need to worry about the details of your life. You're the one that has to live it. Somethings are beyond control, but to throw up your hands and say I'm going to let God handle it isn't helpful either. I think it's cool that you have a goal, and it's a welll-intentioned one. There is a lot of need for humanitarian work.  Have you talked to people who do this full-time so that you understand what you're working toward and what jobs are available?

Actually, yes, I have a friend from high school who moved to Kenya right after she graduated in 2002.  She is about to move to Nigeria in 3 months, but she knows what to look for in Kenya.  One of the first things I researched was their major industries, which are Agriculture and Telecommunications.  Telecom is very close to my degree field.  I am also talking a friend who just moved from Choctaw, Oklahoma to Cameroon, Africa.  Another friend who moved from Choctaw, Oklahoma to South Africa.  Yet, another friend who moved from Enid, Oklahoma to China.  So, I will have a good idea of what to expect and how to pull this move off with the least amount of pain.  Not to mention, the leader of Maisha is a native Kenyan who moved to Oklahoma City to start Maisha.  So, I can ask her what it is like to live in Kenya, because that's where she was born.  My main focus would be Maisha, so she would be an even better source as she can tell me what it is like to not only live in Kenya, but to work for Maisha.  I've got sources that I will pick their brains over the next few years.  I'm not void of communications.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on March 31, 2012, 10:44:07 pm
God gave me that career for a reason and it is so I can support my African children comfortably until such a time as I can get down there and bring them home to live with me.

So your expectation is that once you move there, these kids will move in with you, and you'll be one big happy family?  Don't you have to legally adopt them first?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on March 31, 2012, 10:49:08 pm
God gave me that career for a reason and it is so I can support my African children comfortably until such a time as I can get down there and bring them home to live with me.

So your expectation is that once you move there, these kids will move in with you, and you'll be one big happy family?  Don't you have to legally adopt them first?


It will likely take time, but the process can begin.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on March 31, 2012, 11:57:19 pm
I suppose the strength of people who are soooo blinkered by religion, they see everything, good-bad-indifferent as being from God, so take no responsibility for constant f*** ups.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 01, 2012, 12:09:11 am
I suppose the strength of people who are soooo blinkered by religion, they see everything, good-bad-indifferent as being from God, so take no responsibility for constant f*** ups.

It's stuff like this that I do ignore that is laughing at Christians and calling us stupid that it makes absolutely no sense.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Smash255 on April 01, 2012, 12:40:55 am
I suppose the strength of people who are soooo blinkered by religion, they see everything, good-bad-indifferent as being from God, so take no responsibility for constant f*** ups.

It's stuff like this that I do ignore that is laughing at Christians and calling us stupid that it makes absolutely no sense.

Planning to move halfway across the world on a whim because God "told" you to do so is what makes absolutely no sense.

Bushie, with all due respect, we have been down this road before, with on company, the vacuum thing and a bunch of other crap.  It is one thing to have strong religious feelings, that is fine, no one is saying otherwise.  

However, its a completely different story when you decide to suspend all rationale thought and critical thinking because you asked God and he "told" you to do something.  Its simply a very dangerous way to live and go about things, you have been burned by it many times before.  


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Hash on April 01, 2012, 09:12:03 am
I, for one, strongly support BushOK's decision to move to Kenya and become a Kenyan.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 01, 2012, 09:28:54 am

As far as my career.  God gave me that career for a reason and it is so I can support my African children comfortably until such a time as I can get down there and bring them home to live with me.  

I'm glad that he did this for you and your African children. Obviously, there probably arent any starving children in Oklahoma, or even within a mile radius of you who need the food. God works in grand ways.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Snowstalker's Last Stand on April 01, 2012, 09:54:54 am
How do Bushie threads always reach a million pages? The Update was >300!

Also, RON PAUL R3VOLUTION


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 01, 2012, 11:38:02 am
How do Bushie threads always reach a million pages? The Update was >300!

Also, RON PAUL R3VOLUTION

Have you ever read anything remotely as fascinating as BushKy's story on these forums? On the internet in general? There's a reason he gets so many responses.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on April 01, 2012, 11:53:23 am
I suppose the strength of people who are soooo blinkered by religion, they see everything, good-bad-indifferent as being from God, so take no responsibility for constant f*** ups.

It's stuff like this that I do ignore that is laughing at Christians and calling us stupid that it makes absolutely no sense.

Planning to move halfway across the country on a whim because God "told" you to do so is what makes absolutely no sense.

Bushie, with all due respect, we have been down this road before, with on company, the vacuum thing and a bunch of other crap.  It is one thing to have strong religious feelings, that is fine, no one is saying otherwise. 

However, its a completely different story when you decide to suspend all rationale thought and critical thinking because you asked God and he "told" you to do something.  Its simply a very dangerous way to live and go about things, you have been burned by it many times before. 

Yes, Kenya is "halfway across the country" from Oklahoma.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 01, 2012, 12:09:05 pm
how come no one has told bushie that he doesnt have african children?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on April 01, 2012, 01:42:45 pm
how come no one has told bushie that he doesnt have african children?

Because making up stories about imaginary black children is a hoot.  Just ask Karl Rove, circa February 2000.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 01, 2012, 04:10:26 pm
how come no one has told bushie that he doesnt have african children?

Because that would be a lie.  I don't have biological African children, but I am the sole financial support of two children and they have no mother or father, so I am their father.  In just three years, I will be going down there to begin the year long process of legally adopting them and moving them in with me.  I know what my God has called me to do and He is already starting to work out one of the biggest details, employment.  One of the big industries is Telecommunications which is very close to my degree.  I will be getting my Security+ and ITIL certifications up here before the middle of May for my job in Oklahoma and those certifications will carry over wherever I go.  Plus, I am hearing rumors around my Dell office that there are plans in the works for Dell to expand into Nairobi, which would be tremendous, because then, I wouldn't have to leave Dell to move, I could just transfer.  Dell is already in Egypt and Zimbabwe, I believe, and now they are looking at building in Nairobi.  I could live and work in Nairobi and drive to Kisumu (7-hour drive) on weekends to visit my children and help at Maisha.  I'm excited.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 01, 2012, 04:22:26 pm
they arent legally your children, bushie.

youre chasing rainbows again.  it will end the same as your other adventures have ended.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: afleitch on April 01, 2012, 04:44:57 pm
The last thing Kenya needs is another obese white Christian indulging in a spot of modern day patronising colonialism.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 01, 2012, 05:55:55 pm
they arent legally your children, bushie.

youre chasing rainbows again.  it will end the same as your other adventures have ended.

I know they're not legally my children, yet, it doesn't mean they are not my children.

This will not end the same way.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 01, 2012, 05:58:14 pm
Nice insult, afleitch.  Kudos.  For the record, I have lost 30 pounds since November, and I am no longer morbidly obese, I'm just overweight.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 01, 2012, 06:03:40 pm
Tell us truthfully why you haven't talked to your parents yet?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 01, 2012, 06:15:04 pm
Tell us truthfully why you haven't talked to your parents yet?

The timing is just not right.  I'm not leaving for three years, and I don't want to scare them.  I want to put some space after the initial trip to Kenya before I tell them so they won't think it's an emotional response.  I'm not worried about them trying to talk me out of it, because at this point that's nearly impossible, because I believe in my heart of hearts that God has been preparing me for the last 30 years for such a time and such an adventure as this.  I don't want to scare them, either, because I am their baby boy.  Plus, I want to have an idea of the employment situation down there before I tell them, which I've already got an idea of since Dell is planning to expand into Nairobi according to rumors I've heard through the grapevine at work.  I do want to give them a year or two to prepare their hearts for their baby boy living and working 8,500 miles away as the crow flies.  Their closest son would still be 1,500-2,000 miles away in Norfolk, Virginia.  I'm not ready to go, yet.

Oh, and Duke, you keep putting BushKy.  Ky is Kentucky.  KE is Kenya, so start referring to me as BushKe.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on April 01, 2012, 06:46:26 pm
I suppose the strength of people who are soooo blinkered by religion, they see everything, good-bad-indifferent as being from God, so take no responsibility for constant f*** ups.

It's stuff like this that I do ignore that is laughing at Christians and calling us stupid that it makes absolutely no sense.

That's the thing... I'm not laughing a 'Christians', I laugh at (and have serious concerns for) people who resign responsibility for their decisions.

I know PLENTY of Christians who would find your position quite horrifying.

You have made some literally mind-bogglingly bad decisions over the past few years... and thanked God for them at their inception almost every time... then when the inevitable end occurs... you thank God for that too...

So... either God really doesn't like you... or you're really bad at using your own God-given brain and free-will to make decisions for your life.

I'm being harsh, and as usual, it probably won't set-in, but this actually comes from a place of deep concern. It's not like you need to give up your faith to inject a little common-sense.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 01, 2012, 07:26:55 pm
Tell us truthfully why you haven't talked to your parents yet?

The timing is just not right.  I'm not leaving for three years, and I don't want to scare them.  I want to put some space after the initial trip to Kenya before I tell them so they won't think it's an emotional response. 

uh.  it is an emotional response.

another serious question, what if you meet a woman between now and your planned departure?  will she have to sign up for a kenyan deployment?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on April 02, 2012, 12:28:17 am
my reaction to the past five pages:

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Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on April 02, 2012, 12:33:21 am
Tell us truthfully why you haven't talked to your parents yet?

Right after he finds his stapler.

"...but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire..."
 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 02, 2012, 12:38:06 am
how come no one has told bushie that he doesnt have african children?

Because that would be a lie.  I don't have biological African children, but I am the sole financial support of two children and they have no mother or father, so I am their father.  In just three years, I will be going down there to begin the year long process of legally adopting them and moving them in with me.  I know what my God has called me to do and He is already starting to work out one of the biggest details, employment.  One of the big industries is Telecommunications which is very close to my degree.  I will be getting my Security+ and ITIL certifications up here before the middle of May for my job in Oklahoma and those certifications will carry over wherever I go.  Plus, I am hearing rumors around my Dell office that there are plans in the works for Dell to expand into Nairobi, which would be tremendous, because then, I wouldn't have to leave Dell to move, I could just transfer.  Dell is already in Egypt and Zimbabwe, I believe, and now they are looking at building in Nairobi.  I could live and work in Nairobi and drive to Kisumu (7-hour drive) on weekends to visit my children and help at Maisha.  I'm excited.

Do you really have the financial means and parental expertise to be the adoptive parent to two children?  Perhaps you should talk to a counselor before you start trying to go down this road.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on April 02, 2012, 12:41:26 am
Do you really have the financial means and parental expertise to be the adoptive parent to two children?  Perhaps you should talk to a counselor before you start trying to go down this road.

You honestly think he'll give this or any other intelligent consideration any thought whatsoever?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 02, 2012, 12:43:28 am
Do you really have the financial means and parental expertise to be the adoptive parent to two children?  Perhaps you should talk to a counselor before you start trying to go down this road.

You honestly think he'll give this or any other intelligent consideration any thought whatsoever?

If he truly cares about the children, I think he'll talk this over to a professional counselor to get their opinion of whether he should be adopting 2 children.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on April 02, 2012, 12:44:43 am
Do you really have the financial means and parental expertise to be the adoptive parent to two children?  Perhaps you should talk to a counselor before you start trying to go down this road.

You honestly think he'll give this or any other intelligent consideration any thought whatsoever?

If he truly cares about the children, I think he'll talk this over to a professional counselor to get their opinion of whether he should be adopting 2 children.

You're giving him way too much credit.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on April 02, 2012, 12:52:54 am
Do you really have the financial means and parental expertise to be the adoptive parent to two children?  Perhaps you should talk to a counselor before you start trying to go down this road.

You honestly think he'll give this or any other intelligent consideration any thought whatsoever?

If he truly cares about the children, I think he'll talk this over to a professional counselor to get their opinion of whether he should be adopting 2 children.

You're giving him way too much credit.

I agree... does he know if God wants this yet? Or because he's had a good time and wants to return... the surely he does and will provide all in time which is necessary?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: tpfkaw on April 02, 2012, 01:17:03 am
Jeff:

Have you met these children in person?  Are you sending them money at present?  If so, to which person or entity specifically are you sending money?  What method of money transfer are you using?

Have you done any actual inquiries into housing or employment at all?  What happens if your car breaks down or you run out of gas in the middle of your 7-hour drive through Kenya?  You can't exactly call AAA.  Have you considered that a long drive might be dangerous for an out-of-shape white person, alone, driving a (presumably for Kenya) expensive car?  There's a good chance you could be kidnapped or worse.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Negusa Nagast 🚀 on April 02, 2012, 01:43:05 am
Guys, I think we should support Bushie. Better he adopt two kids financially than have some biological ones on his own.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on April 02, 2012, 01:47:13 am
Guys, I think we should support Bushie. Better he adopt two kids financially than have some biological ones on his own.

Consider what those kids have already been through?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 02, 2012, 01:51:59 am
You know, as someone with experience in long distance relationships, I feel I should say something about this move, yet again.

If you aren't even sure you will live in the same city as your "kids," then why go to Kenya? A 7 hour drive every weekend will not last as the gas will be insane and you will be exhausted. Trust me. I dated a girl long distance for 7 months after I graduated college, and it drained me both emotionally and physically trying to go to law school and travel between SC and NY all the time. Plus, it isn't the same as being near them all the time. Plus, a 7 hour drive in Kenya is far different than a 7 hour drive through the Carolinas and virginia. What if something happens and your stranded? You'd be dead. Whoever you stumble across won't be there to help you in most cases. None of us want to see that.

I know you met these kids and really like them, but to uproot your entire life to move to Kenya for them when you don't even know if they will want to live with you is absolutely insane.

In the past, I felt like your actions were just unlucky, but I am seriously thinking now some professional needs to step in before you really do screw up your life. Seriously, I am concerned. If the sole reason you want to move to Kenya is to be closer to your "kids" and those kids will still be 7 hours away if you transfer with Dell, you're setting yourself up to be heartbroken. Some other sponsor might come along and they'll be their "kids" too.

I feel like you're being very naive about all of this. One doesn't just up and moves to Kenya on a whim because they feel a "calling" to go there. That's a huge life decision and not something one just does. Especially an overweight white person from Oklahoma. You went there on a mission trip. You had a nice time and felt a powerful message, but I just feel like you're acting like a child who just went to the beach for the first time and you're begging your parents to move there so you can go to the beach all the time.

If you move to Kenya, you leave your friends and family behind. Flying back and forth between the US and Kenya probably isn't cheap and since you had to save up before for this ONE trip, imagine if you had to do it regularly. And your "kids," when they start getting older and are more independent. Then you're by yourself in a foreign country. You aren't Kenyan. You never will be Kenyan, no matter how much you think you will, and you're setting yourself up to make a mistake bigger than simply quitting your job.



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on April 02, 2012, 02:34:13 am
This is pretty much setting us up for a potential series finale if contract negotiations stall.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 02, 2012, 06:13:36 am
Jeff:

Have you met these children in person?  Are you sending them money at present?  If so, to which person or entity specifically are you sending money?  What method of money transfer are you using?

Have you done any actual inquiries into housing or employment at all?  What happens if your car breaks down or you run out of gas in the middle of your 7-hour drive through Kenya?  You can't exactly call AAA.  Have you considered that a long drive might be dangerous for an out-of-shape white person, alone, driving a (presumably for Kenya) expensive car?  There's a good chance you could be kidnapped or worse.

I have met these children in person.

I am sending them money directly through the Maisha Headquarters in Oklahoma City, a non-profit, which will go directly to Maisha in Kisumu and to the children.

I haven't done any real research on the housing situation down there, what I'm going on now is what I've heard not just from Dell, but from someone from Choctaw High School (my alma mater) who lives 3 hours away from Kisumu.  Even though she's moving to Nigeria in 3 months, she is still a good source of information, because she herself employes thousands of people in an Agriculture and Farming business, which is the biggest industry in Kenya.  The other main research I've done on my own in terms of employment is knowing that Tourism and Telecommunications are their 2nd and 3rd biggest industries.  As far as actual companies in Kisumu, I haven't gotten that far, yet.  I want to have a better idea of the employment before I look at the housing, because it takes money from employment to afford housing.  Duke is right, I would rather be in the same city as my kids, so I don't have to make that drive.  The Dell in Nairobi just makes another option, not a done deal.  I know the children will want to get out of the current situation they are in, living with their aging grandmother only eating 5 meals a week - lunch Monday-Friday when Maisha feeds them.  Later on in April, I will be buying both of them a pair of shoes and maybe a new outfit to send with the group that's going down in early June.  That is over and above the $35 a month each I am sending them for their education and health care.  I gave Phelix my Bible while I was down there, now I need to get Rose a small Bible so she can read it.  None of these items will break my budget, but they will go a long way to improving, even if just a little, their living situation.

The children will grow up and move out of my house, but, by then, I will have at least 3-4 years of experience living in Kenya and I can focus a lot more time with the other children and supporting my children through high school, college, and university.  There are many possibilities.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Homage to Catalonia on April 02, 2012, 06:39:13 am
I fully support Bushie becoming a Kenyan as long as his American citizenship is revoked.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on April 02, 2012, 06:39:29 am
How old are these kids again?  And do they even know that you're going to try to legally adopt them?  And what does the grandmother think of that?

EDIT: Also, *why* do you want to adopt them?  Can you give a one sentence to one paragraph explanation for why you want to adopt kids (while single), and why these kids in particular?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: I'm JewCon in name only. on April 02, 2012, 06:40:59 am
Well, BushOklahoma I wish you the best and truly hope that if you do move to Kenya that you wil be happy :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 02, 2012, 11:22:17 am
bushie isnt going to think this through.  he truly believes god is telling him to do this.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on April 02, 2012, 11:41:23 am
While I am enjoying this season as much as all the others, I can't help but think the update show is jumping the shark. Bringing in new children, moving to an exotic location, increasingly unbelievable storylines. The telltale signs are all there.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 02, 2012, 11:52:46 am
Can he even adopt the kids? I've heard of people sending money to Africa to support kids, but I've never heard of anyone moving there to adopt them. Will their grandmother let him? Do they even want him to be their "father?" Frankly, I'd be insulted if someone came into my life for a few weeks and called me his son because he was helping me out financially. And they might be cute now, but what about when the grow up and become rebellious, as all kids do? And college? University? I just hope they get a basic education which so few in Africa get.

BushKE seems to be treating this like it's an American style family situation just in Africa. These kids will have deeply seeded problems that have occurred in their past that will effect their future, and BusKE doesn't seem like the born leader that could step in and take care and motivate them when he still has his mom help him back before a trip. Will he even be allowed to adopt children given his behavior? And they don't just ask god if it's a good idea. They ask actual substance based questions.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 02, 2012, 12:47:51 pm
What a great season so far. First, [the] jmfcst joins the cast and now these hilarious Kenyan developments.

the jmfcst was only making a cameo appearance. 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 02, 2012, 02:16:29 pm
Jeff, have you talked to an advisor/counselor about this yet?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 02, 2012, 03:09:17 pm
Jeff, have you talked to an advisor/counselor about this yet?

well, it would seem he doesn't go to a church that preaches against attempting to read God into everything.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on April 02, 2012, 03:15:02 pm
Jeff, have you talked to an advisor/counselor about this yet?

well, it would seem he doesn't go to a church that preaches against attempting to read God into everything.

jmfcst is a no good secularist.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 02, 2012, 03:20:11 pm
Jeff, have you talked to an advisor/counselor about this yet?

well, it would seem he doesn't go to a church that preaches against attempting to read God into everything.

jmfcst is a no good secularist.

no, rather I am a Christian with a relationship with Christ that is in agreement with the scripture...which is why I am never put to shame when following him.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on April 02, 2012, 03:27:53 pm
I'm far from an expert on theology, but isn't it heretical (or at least extremely unorthodox) to claim direct communication with God? After all, if you have a direct line to the big cheese, what's the point in having the organized religion at all? You could just have a heart to heart with the big man and sleep in on Sundays. I've got a feeling it's going to depend on what sect one subscribes to. It seems adherants never can agree on the details of their belief systems, even the important ones. From my limited experience, Bushie's position seem more in line with those of the blacks. To make an unfair generalization, they're much more into the whole God will call me, and make a path, and you just have to believe, etc. Never really known a white person with quite this angle on religion. But like I said, I'm no expert, so, somebody more into the Christian groove: please fill me in.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 02, 2012, 03:35:22 pm
I'm far from an expert on theology, but isn't it heretical (or at least extremely unorthodox) to claim direct communication with God?

only if the new covenant is heretical and unorthodox:

Jer 31:31 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD,
   “when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
   and with the people of Judah.
32 It will not be like the covenant
   I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
   to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
   though I was a husband to them,”
            declares the LORD.
33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
   after that time,” declares the LORD.
“I will put my law in their minds
   and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
   and they will be my people.
34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
   or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’
because they will all know me,
   from the least of them to the greatest
,”
            declares the LORD.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
   and will remember their sins no more.”



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on April 02, 2012, 03:45:08 pm
So you've had a real one on one with the CEO of CEOs? What's the dude like? Seems awfully insecure for such a big shot, hiding behind ancient texts and requiring all the constant praise and attention and such. It doesn't seem to work out too well for Bushie or all the others who are denied basic human needs like clean water and shelter. And that's not even getting into all the natural disasters that wreck so many lives.  Next time you're on the phone with him, tell him to chill the f out with all that stuff. We could all use a little more stability in our lives.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 02, 2012, 03:47:26 pm
So you've had a real one on one with the CEO of CEOs? What's the dude like?

He's full of grace...and communicates directly and very clearly.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 02, 2012, 04:29:29 pm
i think others have raised a legitimate question:  what do the kids want?

how do we know they want to be adopted by a strange man from a strange place with a belief in a strange god?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 02, 2012, 05:50:18 pm
i think others have raised a legitimate question:  what do the kids want?

how do we know they want to be adopted by a strange man from a strange place with a belief in a strange god?

I'm interested in that answer as well. It seems as if these kids have a home, they are just very poor and BushKE is helping with the expenses. I am missing the step between that and actually moving to Africa to adopt them, which, it sounds like, he can't actually do if he will still be 7 hours from them since he will be working in a totally different area of the country. It's more like he'd be the father of kids of a woman he divorced and the court ruled he could only see them on weekends.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: J-Mann on April 02, 2012, 06:45:56 pm
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*dies*


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on April 02, 2012, 07:17:38 pm
It's really not fair that the rest of us cannot see BushKE's facebook updates.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 02, 2012, 07:22:18 pm
Oh heavens


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 02, 2012, 07:58:15 pm
i think others have raised a legitimate question:  what do the kids want?

how do we know they want to be adopted by a strange man from a strange place with a belief in a strange god?

I'm interested in that answer as well. It seems as if these kids have a home, they are just very poor and BushKE is helping with the expenses. I am missing the step between that and actually moving to Africa to adopt them, which, it sounds like, he can't actually do if he will still be 7 hours from them since he will be working in a totally different area of the country. It's more like he'd be the father of kids of a woman he divorced and the court ruled he could only see them on weekends.

He has a roof over his head and that's about it.  They told his grandmother that I would be sponsoring him and his younger sister, Mercy (my coordinator told me her name is Mercy, not Rose.)  She was elated and raised her hands to heaven and yelled "Thank you, God!"  I am not kidding.  The coordinator said that I have the right to call them my children because I am their sole means of financial support.  Their grandmother barely has enough for rent to keep a roof over their head, and that's it.

I just wrote Phelix a short one-page letter that I will get in the mail this week.  I could have written more, but I didn't want to overwhelm him.  I will write Mercy next Monday and then alternate Monday's writing both kids.  I will be getting a care package started this coming Saturday, 7 April with small stuff for them.  I will wait on the shoes and the new shirt until I find out their sizes.  I am going to hold a small "birthday party" for him here, even though he won't be here, but the presents people will bring will be care package items to send to him.  We're not going to go elaborate here, because J-Mann put it so well on facebook earlier, that the money spent on the birthday party would be better served going to him.  His birthday is 24 April, and he will be 7 years old.  I may just invite a few people over for sandwiches or something and make it a care package packing party.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 02, 2012, 08:45:30 pm
i think others have raised a legitimate question:  what do the kids want?

how do we know they want to be adopted by a strange man from a strange place with a belief in a strange god?

I'm interested in that answer as well. It seems as if these kids have a home, they are just very poor and BushKE is helping with the expenses. I am missing the step between that and actually moving to Africa to adopt them, which, it sounds like, he can't actually do if he will still be 7 hours from them since he will be working in a totally different area of the country. It's more like he'd be the father of kids of a woman he divorced and the court ruled he could only see them on weekends.

Again, the Dell in Nairobi is just an option.  It is not the only option.  There are other employers in Kisumu that I can get on with.  I've got 3 years to figure that out.  Obviously, because of the 7 hour drive, I would prefer to work in Kisumu, but Nairobi is an option as it is much closer to Kisumu than Oklahoma City.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on April 02, 2012, 09:00:12 pm
So the coordinator says you can call them your children because you're sponsoring them, but you haven't actually told them that you plan to legally adopt them?  The grandmother is obviously thankful that you're sending them money, but has no idea that you intend to move to Kenya and try to get the kids to move in with you?

Have you talked to a single person who's adopted kids before to ask about their experience, and whether they think this is a good idea or not?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 02, 2012, 09:02:38 pm
There's a difference between being happy someone will be providing for them and actually moving in with you and leaving their grandmother, you know? If I was poor and lived in the African countryside, I'd raise my hands and praise Jesus if I found out I was getting some support. What I don't understand is why you think they'd be okay leaving their grandmother and moving in with you. It's almost like the whole sponsoring thing is going way too far.

Look, I comment you for what you're doing. My family always does something around the holidays for local inner city kids who don't have much. That's a great thing. But I just don't understand the jumping shark from being their sponsor to calling yourself a Kenyan and calling them your children.

Will you be signing the card "dad?" have you met them?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 02, 2012, 09:23:32 pm
I haven't told them that I plan to legally adopt them because I don't want to get their hopes up and make promises I can't keep.  I'm thinking along the lines that the grandmother is in her 80s which is already ancient by Kenyan standards.  Life expectancy for Kenyans is late 40s, maybe a little higher in Nairobi and Kisumu, but no more than mid 50s or 60.  From what I've heard she's not in the best health, so she could pass away at any time and then they would be left with nobody.  I'm thinking long term for these kids.  Naturally, I don't wish any ill will on the grandmother, and I wish her long life and great health, but I'm just looking at the facts, and as long as she is alive I will not take the kids away from her unless she becomes incapacitated and no longer able to care for the children.  I respect her authority over mine, but at the same time, I am providing their financial support so I am their father.  Since they have no father and their mother is dead, I feel easier about calling myself their daddy.  I will have my coordinator keep a check on the grandmother's health and if at anytime in the next 3 years she becomes incapacitated or unable to care for the children, then I will not hesitate to go down there sooner.  That is what I mean when I say that God can change the timeline.  I would prefer 3 years, but if the safety of the children requires me to be down there sooner, I will go down there sooner.  As a father, in whatever context you want to use that term, I love them as my own children and I will do everything I can to make sure they have as good of a life as possible.  As a parent, my focus is on those children.  Right now, I am working at Dell to provide for those children.  I feel like they are in my house, even though they are not physically in my house.  The $35 a month a piece i am giving them is just the minimum.  I love these children as my very own.

The bottom line is I refuse to let my children live on the streets or in the slums.  I will sacrifice my own future and my own comfort and even my own life if it means giving them a brighter future whether that's in Kenya or in America.

Yes, I will be signing the card "Love from your daddy in Oklahoma!"


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on April 02, 2012, 09:57:57 pm
F[inks]... he's treating these children just like he treated Tiffanye (or whatever). Known them for less than a month and he already loves them like his own to the point that he's willing to die for them!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on April 02, 2012, 10:14:15 pm
This is just a disaster waiting to happen...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Compassion Fills the Void on April 02, 2012, 10:16:05 pm
Normally I'd say having the protagonist move to Kenya would be a gimmicky event and a likely shark jumping event, but maybe the writers can get this one to work.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on April 02, 2012, 10:19:24 pm
I respect her authority over mine, but at the same time, I am providing their financial support so I am their father.

That is not how it works.

How much time have you actually spent with these kids by the way?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 02, 2012, 10:25:31 pm
Christ almighty. This is insane. Just adopt them and move them to the US a la Brad and Angelina. They'd have a much more comfortable life here than in Kenya. Ours basically waiting till their poor grandmother is dead. They aren't your kids. You're their daddy. I doubt they'll want you claiming as such. Especially the grandmother.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on April 02, 2012, 11:19:10 pm
Perhaps Google can recommend a good attorney who specialized in international adoption. If you're serious about it, there's going to be a mountain of red tape. And it's going to cost far more than $35/month. Here's some basic info from the gubmint:
http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=kenya

And from this cursory info, it looks like Kenya does not allow single men to adopt.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on April 03, 2012, 12:35:21 am
Perhaps Google can recommend a good attorney who specialized in international adoption. If you're serious about it, there's going to be a mountain of red tape. And it's going to cost far more than $35/month. Here's some basic info from the gubmint:
http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=kenya

And from this cursory info, it looks like Kenya does not allow single men to adopt.

Bushie is married to God.

But seriously, that's not surprising.  A single American male wanting to adopt a third world kid reeks of sex tourism and trafficking, especially if they look like Bushie.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on April 03, 2012, 01:13:42 am
And from this cursory info, it looks like Kenya does not allow single men to adopt.

I'm sure Bushie will ask "his president" to change this discriminatory law.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on April 03, 2012, 01:19:12 am
It's strange that God didn't know what the adoption laws in Kenya were when he told Bushie to adopt these children. But I guess God is too busy personally communicating with random people in Oklahoma to look into these sorts of things.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on April 03, 2012, 01:38:02 am
The writers have left a plot hole.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 03, 2012, 01:58:38 am
Looks like he has extra incentive to find a wife now. I'm super excited.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 03, 2012, 02:33:01 am
Jeff, I would encourage you to talk to a psychologist/psychiatrist (I always forget which one is which) and see if he/she thinks this is a wise decision.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 03, 2012, 05:51:56 am
Jeff, I would encourage you to talk to a psychologist/psychiatrist (I always forget which one is which) and see if he/she thinks this is a wise decision.

I've been talking to several pastors, which are by definition, counselors.

Anyway, I'm done with updating this thread about this situation.  I will update the thread about other items, but not this anymore.  It's getting way too depressing and I know these answers are not being bathed in prayer before they are posted so I'm done.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on April 03, 2012, 05:55:21 am
Jeff, I would encourage you to talk to a psychologist/psychiatrist (I always forget which one is which) and see if he/she thinks this is a wise decision.

I've been talking to several pastors, which are by definition, counselors.

Anyway, I'm done with updating this thread about this situation.  I will update the thread about other items, but not this anymore.  It's getting way too depressing and I know these answers are not being bathed in prayer before they are posted so I'm done.

Bushie have you ever considered that seeking advice from people that DO NOT share your views on things (as in: aren't extremely religious) might provide you a useful and different perspective?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 03, 2012, 06:51:34 am
I agree with Franzl. Although I can't see many posts because I've decided to put Bushie on ignore because Bob Saget told me to do that in protest due to being deleted off facebook.

But seriously, you shouldn't ignore peoples advise because it's not "bathed in prayer". By saying that, you are admitting that you are just looking for advise that you want to hear. You have to take the good and the bad. People aren't saying some of these things because they dont want to see you happy, they are saying it because some of us have been down the same road. Some of us have also seen what you've done in the past, and we seriously want to help make sure you do what is right for you, and not get hurt.

 Come on man, you know this. You know that there are some people on this forum, (myself included) who would be willing to seriously talk with you over PM if you wanted about the situation if you wanted extra advise, or just to hear another point of view. Don't ever be afraid to ask. You can take it or not, but at least you've heard other sides before making a decision.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 03, 2012, 07:51:37 am

Yes, I will be signing the card "Love from your daddy in Oklahoma!"

kind of creepy. 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: © tweed on April 03, 2012, 08:05:25 am
ok, I am actually going to jump in here and give 'advice'.


in the past few years I have been suffering through moderate-to-severe mental health and behavioral problems of my own, and have gotten much better through medication and treatment.  so Jeff, please trust me when I tell you, that you are very obviously not a functioning adult, not because you lack intelligence, but because you are psychologically unwell.  you are severely emotionally retarded and have some form of attachment disorder that compels you to chase these golden sunsets.  increasingly they are proving more and more dangerous and disruptive for you, and if you continue to let your health problems go untreated, you will end up homeless, in prison, dead, etc.

so please, at the very least pick out a psychotherapist from the yellow pages, at the most check yourself into a psychiatric hospital.  

David


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Compassion Fills the Void on April 03, 2012, 10:59:22 am
I see the writers have decided to take a darker turn.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on April 03, 2012, 11:16:51 am

Yes, I will be signing the card "Love from your daddy in Oklahoma!"

kind of creepy. 
Kind of? That's about the creepiest sentence in the history of the internet. It's Michael Jackson territory.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 03, 2012, 11:19:25 am
It's getting way too depressing and I know these answers are not being bathed in prayer before they are posted so I'm done.

yeah, I know exactly what you mean.  What's especially troubling is coming across Christians who are supposed to have their feet planted firmly on a rock, yet, instead, they are repeatedly going off half-cocked because they are seeking a sign from God in every shift in the wind, as a substitute for not knowing the voice of Christ.

John 10:27 "My sheep know my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 03, 2012, 11:23:47 am
If the law says what it says, there's no amount of prayer bathing it can get to change it. As a single, white male looking to adopt children in Africa, you're going to have a hard time. We're just trying to help you. God can't be telling you these things because he should know you can't legally adopt those children. Either he is giving you false hope, which he doesn't do, plans to give you a wife between now and the time you move, or this is all in your head and you need to ask god to stop these thoughts.

International adoptions are bathed with red tape anyway. I know a couple that adopted a girl from Peru and it took ages to finally get her. And she was an orphan.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: tpfkaw on April 03, 2012, 11:45:44 am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 03, 2012, 12:22:51 pm
Jeff, I would encourage you to talk to a psychologist/psychiatrist (I always forget which one is which) and see if he/she thinks this is a wise decision.

I've been talking to several pastors, which are by definition, counselors.

Anyway, I'm done with updating this thread about this situation.  I will update the thread about other items, but not this anymore.  It's getting way too depressing and I know these answers are not being bathed in prayer before they are posted so I'm done.

Well not all pastors necessarily make for good counselors on all issues.  For both your well-being, and the well-being of these children, I think you should talk to a professional non-religious-focused person about this.

What's the harm in simply doing that?  You're going to have to meet with adoption agencies eventually... why not make sure you're fit to do this first?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 03, 2012, 12:27:14 pm
I lied, I'm posting here again. I appreciate your advice, but the fact that you weren't there and did not experience what I experienced renders your suggestions as ideas.  As far as the adoption laws go, I have read those, but my God is bigger than any government. My God can do anything He wants. I know what God has told me, and I am not backing down. I will not break any laws, but God can do whatever He wants.  I am also not going to apologize for loving two children like my own kids or feeling what a parent feels. I am not going to apologize for love.  I do resent the accusations that I am mental in any way, because they are absolutely baseless and lies.  I have talked with several pastors, who are by definition counselors.  I refuse to go to a counselor who is not a Christian.  I will continue to listen to my God and those who follow His Word.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 03, 2012, 12:28:43 pm
Jeff, I would encourage you to talk to a psychologist/psychiatrist (I always forget which one is which) and see if he/she thinks this is a wise decision.

I've been talking to several pastors, which are by definition, counselors.

Anyway, I'm done with updating this thread about this situation.  I will update the thread about other items, but not this anymore.  It's getting way too depressing and I know these answers are not being bathed in prayer before they are posted so I'm done.

Well not all pastors necessarily make for good counselors on all issues.  For both your well-being, and the well-being of these children, I think you should talk to a professional non-religious-focused person about this.

What's the harm in simply doing that?  You're going to have to meet with adoption agencies eventually... why not make sure you're fit to do this first?

In time.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on April 03, 2012, 12:29:44 pm
Jeff, I would encourage you to talk to a psychologist/psychiatrist (I always forget which one is which) and see if he/she thinks this is a wise decision.

I've been talking to several pastors, which are by definition, counselors.

What are their qualifications? What is their educational background? How does one become a pastor in your church?  You have failed to lay any foundation for stating that they are counselors or at least that their advice should be taken as seriously as ours.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 03, 2012, 12:35:44 pm
I know what God has told me, and I am not backing down...I will continue to listen to my God and those who follow His Word.

but that's just it - you've never claimed to have been told anything by God, rather you've simply relied on interpreting signs.  You've brainwashed yourself into believing your own concoction.

in your opinion, what exactly is the following passage trying to tell us?

1Kings 19:11 The LORD said to Elijah, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.  Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 03, 2012, 12:38:04 pm
You're going to have to eventually deal with non-Christians in this process.  It's probably better for you (and the children) if you talk to a counselor/psychologist/psychiatrist before you start the adoption process.

Think of how devastating it would be to both you and these 2 kids if you were told by the adoption agency halfway through the process that they don't think you're fit to adopt them.

It would spare both you and the children a lot of mental anguish if you find out first if you're emotionally/mentally capable of adopting 2 kids before you start the process.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 03, 2012, 12:43:01 pm
Jeff, I would encourage you to talk to a psychologist/psychiatrist (I always forget which one is which) and see if he/she thinks this is a wise decision.

I've been talking to several pastors, which are by definition, counselors.

Anyway, I'm done with updating this thread about this situation.  I will update the thread about other items, but not this anymore.  It's getting way too depressing and I know these answers are not being bathed in prayer before they are posted so I'm done.

Well not all pastors necessarily make for good counselors on all issues.  For both your well-being, and the well-being of these children, I think you should talk to a professional non-religious-focused person about this.

What's the harm in simply doing that?  You're going to have to meet with adoption agencies eventually... why not make sure you're fit to do this first?

In time.

see, if I were attempting to discern things by signs, I could see your reply as a sign you're demon possessed:

Quote
The bureau drawer flies open on it's own.

KARRAS
Did you do that?

REGAN/DEMON
Uh Huh.

Karras pushes the drawer back in.

KARRAS
Do it again.

REGAN/DEMON
In time.

KARRAS
No now.

REGAN/DEMON
In time. But mirabile dictu, don't you agree?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 03, 2012, 12:44:26 pm
I lied, I'm posting here again. I appreciate your advice, but the fact that you weren't there and did not experience what I experienced renders your suggestions as ideas.  As far as the adoption laws go, I have read those, but my God is bigger than any government. My God can do anything He wants. I know what God has told me, and I am not backing down. I will not break any laws, but God can do whatever He wants.  I am also not going to apologize for loving two children like my own kids or feeling what a parent feels. I am not going to apologize for love.  I do resent the accusations that I am mental in any way, because they are absolutely baseless and lies.  I have talked with several pastors, who are by definition counselors.  I refuse to go to a counselor who is not a Christian.  I will continue to listen to my God and those who follow His Word.

No one is making fun of you for loving those kids. I think I speak for all of us when I saw what you're doing by supporting them is commendable and shows your heart is in the right place. Those $35 a month you're sending will go a long way to hopefully improving those kids lives. I do think it is a bit much to claim you love them like a parent. You are infatuated with them. You have something you feel you can live for so you're throwing all you have into it. But you don't know what its like to hold a child in your arms, a child you created with someone you love that is part of you. That's a feeling I hope to have one day, but none of us without kids really know that, not you nor me.

My point, and I'm sure several others' is, that what you want to do is not legally possible. You don't just go to Africa and pick two children and call them your kids. You have to go through a huge process, a process you are already barred from even beginning, to adopt those kids and make them yours. Unless you get married before the grandmother dies, it won't happen. I don't care what you think god has told you. I guarantee you 100% the laws will not change miraculously in your favor.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 03, 2012, 12:46:08 pm
You're going to have to eventually deal with non-Christians in this process.  It's probably better for you (and the children) if you talk to a counselor/psychologist/psychiatrist before you start the adoption process.

Think of how devastating it would be to both you and these 2 kids if you were told by the adoption agency halfway through the process that they don't think you're fit to adopt them.

It would spare both you and the children a lot of mental anguish if you find out first if you're emotionally/mentally capable of adopting 2 kids before you start the process.

He's barred from even getting that far. No single male can adopt those children. That law has been in place to prevent sex trafficking and molestation. He would never get past the first step, regardless of what god is telling him.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 03, 2012, 12:59:14 pm
You're going to have to eventually deal with non-Christians in this process.  It's probably better for you (and the children) if you talk to a counselor/psychologist/psychiatrist before you start the adoption process.

Think of how devastating it would be to both you and these 2 kids if you were told by the adoption agency halfway through the process that they don't think you're fit to adopt them.

It would spare both you and the children a lot of mental anguish if you find out first if you're emotionally/mentally capable of adopting 2 kids before you start the process.

He's barred from even getting that far. No single male can adopt those children. That law has been in place to prevent sex trafficking and molestation. He would never get past the first step, regardless of what god is telling him.

With God all things are possible.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Lief 🐋 on April 03, 2012, 01:12:35 pm
Not entirely sure what you think God is going to do here...

Gets the laws barring single males from adopting changed? Even if we assume God can do that, why would He have a law that protects against sex trafficking repealed so that one person can adopt two kids? I don't think that two kids being adopted is worth many more kids essentially being adopted as sex slaves. But I guess God has never had a problem giving the a-okay to pointless suffering before.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 03, 2012, 01:26:41 pm
And the writers have found a re-introduce Susan. YAY WRITERS!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 03, 2012, 01:29:00 pm
You're going to have to eventually deal with non-Christians in this process.  It's probably better for you (and the children) if you talk to a counselor/psychologist/psychiatrist before you start the adoption process.

Think of how devastating it would be to both you and these 2 kids if you were told by the adoption agency halfway through the process that they don't think you're fit to adopt them.

It would spare both you and the children a lot of mental anguish if you find out first if you're emotionally/mentally capable of adopting 2 kids before you start the process.

He's barred from even getting that far. No single male can adopt those children. That law has been in place to prevent sex trafficking and molestation. He would never get past the first step, regardless of what god is telling him.

With God all things are possible.

Yes, but why do you think God is specifically going to intervene in this case?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Psychic Octopus on April 03, 2012, 01:42:49 pm
Long time reader, first time commenter!

I think what Bushie is doing is commendable, but yeah, it's forbidden. Perhaps a compromise would be sending more money, maybe $135 instead of $35?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 03, 2012, 02:21:01 pm
Is it possible a demon is at work here? These short, candid responses seem a bit disturbing. Maybe jmfcst is onto something.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: LastVoter on April 03, 2012, 02:28:44 pm
Will Bushie marry a Kenyan to simplify the process?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 03, 2012, 02:32:12 pm
is this what is meant by the term 'going native?'


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Keystone Phil on April 03, 2012, 02:53:35 pm
By the way, BushOK did mention starting his full preparation for the Independence Day holiday very soon...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on April 03, 2012, 02:56:38 pm
He really is going insane. No sane person can: a.) Go to Kenya for a week and then decide that he not only wants to move there but also to become a naturalized citizen, b.) have the utter arrogance to call a couple of kids he barely knows his "children" because he spends a few $ a month on them, c.) not even know the name of one his "children"..., d.) believe that God will magically wave his wand and force the government of Kenya to change the law to give one chap from Oklahoma of all places his two "rightful children"...

Bushie, you may take offense at people suggesting you have issues, but I also find the way you're acting offensive. You don't take advice from people that didn't pray to receive it (basically because that advice is unfavorable to what YOU think you want to do (God has not told you to move to Kenya). You flat out refuse to see a non-Christian professional?

What kind of crazy world do you live in?

Sorry for that rant. I still maintain that you actually do mean well and have good intentions, but you really do seem to have gone off the deep end...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on April 03, 2012, 03:24:20 pm
Going? To use any language implying that the poster in question has only recently gone off the deep end or just suddenly become stupid is mind boggling.

I can't think of the terms I would like to use for this person but any term I would use normally would be an affront to all those people I usually deem fit for those adjectives.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 03, 2012, 03:55:48 pm
Per advice from a certain poster in authority, I am locking this thread. I'm not getting through to you nor you to me.  I will continue posting sans update.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 08, 2012, 06:46:47 pm
Alright, folks, I can't help myself.  I live a very transparent life as you all know and it kills me not having a place to vent without clogging up other threads.  I'm going to reopen this thread and I will take whatever comments are dished out.  I will take them with a grain of salt, both positive and negative, and I will continue to take the friends who know me face to face more seriously than I take internet strangers.  Just to let you know so I don't get all worked up and so nobody else gets all worked up that I'm not listening to you because while i have poured out my life to you, none of you have ever met me face to face.  I will also say that I will also take the advice I get on facebook at face value.  There are some friends on there whose advice I trust more than others.  I just ask that you guys be civil when it comes to this.  Your advice does have a place in my mind, as well, as it challenges what I believe and usually ends up refining and solidifying what I believe.  There are times that it changes what I believe (such as Ameriplan and ON Company), and there are times when it solidifies what I believe and gets me to think in a different direction.  I promise you one thing, as well, that I will eventually seek professional help for what I'm dealing with.  It may not be immediate, because I can't afford it financially right now, but it will happen.  I had a professional psychologist from my 5th grade year through my 8th grade year to help me deal with my newly diagnosed Tourette's Syndrome.

A word to the moderators, namely Alcon, Inks, and Mikado, I ask that you allow me full reign of this thread.  If I feel it's going down hill too far, I will have enough sense to lock it for a time.  I will probably not lock it permanently, but if it gets too bad, I will lock it temporarily.  I just ask that I be allowed to vent on this thread, and I promise not to take things too seriously.

A word about where this conversation is going to be directed.  I am moving beyond the legality of adopting the children, we've talked about that at length and we've pretty much exhausted that.  I have other things that have developed and is regurgitated from previous episodes.  I will continue to talk about my kids and refer to them as such, but just know that in my heart they are my kids whether they will ever be legally or not.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on April 08, 2012, 06:49:05 pm
I have other things that have developed and is regurgitated from previous episodes. 
Please elaborate.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 08, 2012, 06:58:30 pm
Some of you may have already seen on the Opinion of BushOklahoma thread, that while I am still planning to move to Kenya by 1 March 2015, that gives me plenty of time to pursue my Master's of Business Administration at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.  I had already paid for my GMAT exam in Tulsa on Saturday 19 May 2012.  I thought about it, and I am going to follow through with that plan, because what is the worst they can say? No?  I have booked a motel room in Tulsa on Friday night, 18 May 2012 so I can drive up there after work Friday since I have to be at the testing center by 7:00 am that Saturday morning.  It is a 2 hour drive to Tulsa and it is recommended that I get a good breakfast before I take the test, so I would have to leave home by at least 4:00 am and get up at 3:00 am, which is way too early.  So, I'm going up there the night before so I can get a good night's sleep as well.

I'm going to try to get started this August on my MBA courses so I can be done by Spring 2014.  This MBA should help me not only in Kenya, but also if for some reason I have to stay in Oklahoma City longer or wherever else I may end up.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on April 08, 2012, 08:23:08 pm
Pursuing education is always a great idea and the MBA is a solid degreee- best of luck on the exam


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Negusa Nagast 🚀 on April 08, 2012, 08:45:40 pm
Are you going to study for the GMAT or is the magical sky wizard going to grant you a high score?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 08, 2012, 08:48:07 pm
I will study, Nagas.

Thanks, Clarence.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Yelnoc on April 08, 2012, 08:54:11 pm
Good luck, Bushie.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 09, 2012, 06:10:58 am
Good luck, Bushie.

Thanks, Yelnoc!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on April 09, 2012, 06:28:03 am
It's become abundantly obvious after this latest series of events that he has pretty serious mental issues that need psychiatric treatment.

I'm quite sure every 'Opinion of BushOklahoma' poll-thread has this exact same post in it.

It's too bad he locked the thread now, though.  I think jmfcst joining the show was probably our best chance to have our general advice heard. 

He'll either unlock it again or create some equivalent update. He won't be able to resist for long.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 09, 2012, 08:40:33 am
Still deleting Atlasians from your FB?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 09, 2012, 08:42:24 am
Still deleting Atlasians from your FB?

Yeah, I'd like to know if anyone else got the ax.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 09, 2012, 08:46:13 am
Still deleting Atlasians from your FB?

Yeah, I'd like to know if anyone else got the ax.

mitty and I did.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 09, 2012, 08:50:36 am
Still deleting Atlasians from your FB?

Yeah, I'd like to know if anyone else got the ax.

mitty and I did.

Perhaps it was our love for the finer things in life for you and I.. like booze, women, booze, telling the truth, booze, women with booze.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Franzl on April 09, 2012, 08:55:58 am
I quit myself before I could be axed.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on April 09, 2012, 09:08:57 am
Still deleting Atlasians from your FB?

Yeah, I'd like to know if anyone else got the ax.

mitty and I did.
And me. I think Duke as well.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 09, 2012, 09:32:08 am
He's deleting all the drunken voices of wisdom! NOOOOOOOO


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on April 09, 2012, 11:01:54 am
Update has hit the big time! Npr noticed.
http://www.npr.org/2012/04/09/149394987/when-god-talks-back-to-the-evangelical-community?sc=fb&cc=fp


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 09, 2012, 11:09:58 am
Update has hit the big time! Npr noticed.
http://www.npr.org/2012/04/09/149394987/when-god-talks-back-to-the-evangelical-community?sc=fb&cc=fp

And you wonder why he axed  you :P   Don't worry friend, I won't deny you :D


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 09, 2012, 11:10:22 am
Thank God this has been reopened! It truly is an Easter miracle! I can finally return to this forum!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 10, 2012, 07:15:58 am
Sorry, I didn't provide an update last night, I felt absolutely awful all evening.

I'm still not feeling too well and I'm calling the doctor at 8:00 this morning to see if I can get something for this nausea and vomiting and cramps that I've been having.  I have a feeling the mosquito bites are starting to catch up with me in the form of malaria.  I've got an appointment to get tested for malaria next Monday, 16 April at 13:30, but if I can get into my regular doctor today, I will get tested today and will be able to cancel Monday's appointment.  If I can't get into my regular doctor today, I will go to the Urgent Care this morning about 09:30 or 10:00 and get something to treat whatever I've got and still go to my regular doctor on Monday.

My supervisor has told me not to come back to work until I have a note from the doctor saying I am healthy enough to return to work.  She mentioned to me yesterday that I may end up having to go to the Emergency Room.  It got close to that level last night, but thankfully, I didn't have to go and I was able to go to sleep at 21:00 and slept for nearly 9 hours without having to get up once.

I won't get too graphic about what I've experienced the past 5 days, but just know it hasn't been good.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 10, 2012, 08:21:34 am
Malaria?  ::)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 10, 2012, 08:26:42 am
Malaria?  ::)

I don't think it is Malaria, but I am going to get tested anyway since I got several dozen mosquito bites in Kenya.  I took Malaria medicine while I was down there and when I got home, but I still would rather be safe than sorry.

My brother seems to think I got a little food poisoning, maybe salmonella or ecoli.

I'm going to the doctor at 11:00 am today to find out what this is, and more importantly, how to get rid of it.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 10, 2012, 08:41:47 am
Malaria?  ::)

I don't think it is Malaria, but I am going to get tested anyway since I got several dozen mosquito bites in Kenya.  I took Malaria medicine while I was down there and when I got home, but I still would rather be safe than sorry.

My brother seems to think I got a little food poisoning, maybe salmonella or ecoli.

I'm going to the doctor at 11:00 am today to find out what this is, and more importantly, how to get rid of it.

Your brother's thought seems reasonable.....get better.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Јas on April 10, 2012, 08:42:56 am
I'm still not feeling too well and I'm calling the doctor at 8:00 this morning to see if I can get something for this nausea and vomiting and cramps that I've been having.  I have a feeling the mosquito bites are starting to catch up with me in the form of malaria.  I've got an appointment to get tested for malaria next Monday, 16 April at 13:30, but if I can get into my regular doctor today, I will get tested today and will be able to cancel Monday's appointment. 

If you've got the wrong strain of malaria you could be dead by next Monday, so it's probably advisable to make sure you get proper medical advice asap.


*Warning*
The preceding advice was not "bathed in prayer", but rather based on one person's understanding of medical "science".


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 10, 2012, 08:46:05 am
Science is evil and should be punished. Don't listen!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 10, 2012, 10:22:52 am
If it has lasted more than 24 hours, it isn't likely food poisoning. You should definitely see a doctor. 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 10, 2012, 10:43:15 am
I am at the doctor now for an 11:00 am appointment.  We will see what happens in the next hour or two.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 10, 2012, 11:31:39 am
Well, I have had my share of food poisoning in the past. It usually takes about 24 hours to clear your body of the infection. I had chills, dizziness, a fever and of course vomiting. If you've had that for more than 24 hours and it didn't all happen at once, it probably isn't food poisoning.

Good luck.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 10, 2012, 01:13:25 pm
I'm home from the doctor and he is not thinking malaria, though he did get some blood to make sure.  He is thinking more along the lines of a parasite.  He took some tests for parasites and I should have those results Thursday.  He told me to stay off work until Friday at the earliest pending the results of the parasite test.  He said he is glad I came in when I did, because now that it is going on 6 days that if I hadn't come in, it could have become real serious and I could have been in a lot more trouble.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 10, 2012, 06:09:44 pm
I've been holding my own this afternoon.  I'm still feeling pretty puny, but I have felt a whole lot worse.  My diet has been reduced to peanut butter and jelly with bread or saltine crackers for the next several days.  It should help me lose weight, though, the real natural way. :P  It's not exactly the way I prefer, but beggars cannot be choosers, right?

Oddly enough, this possible parasite is doing nothing to discourage me from going back to Kenya next March or from moving there in 34 1/2 months.  My body will get used to living in Kenya and will develop some immunity.  It will probably be rough for a while, a few stomach bugs will come and go, but I will get used to it.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 10, 2012, 07:07:33 pm
Of course it hasn't. But on a serious note, you wouldn't just drive to the doctors office in Kenya to figure out what was wrong with you. There are a lot of things you're taking for granted now.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on April 10, 2012, 07:20:03 pm
Of course it hasn't. But on a serious note, you wouldn't just drive to the doctors office in Kenya to figure out what was wrong with you. There are a lot of things you're taking for granted now.

mmmhmmm...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 10, 2012, 07:39:28 pm
I've been so confused since I've put Bushie on ignore, but it's fun to try and figure out what is going on in this thread.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 10, 2012, 07:55:56 pm
Of course it hasn't. But on a serious note, you wouldn't just drive to the doctors office in Kenya to figure out what was wrong with you. There are a lot of things you're taking for granted now.
mmmhmmm...

I will not deny that. It will definitely be a major change.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 11, 2012, 06:33:38 am
i think this tropical malady may be a sign from the big spaghetti monster that pale, overweight foreigners, with tender tummies shouldnt be moving to kenya.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 11, 2012, 07:22:53 am
i think this tropical malady may be a sign from the big spaghetti monster that pale, overweight foreigners, with tender tummies shouldnt be moving to kenya.

I have signatures turned off.. but may I ask your permission to use this as my new sig? LOL


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 11, 2012, 07:57:28 am
i think this tropical malady may be a sign from the big spaghetti monster that pale, overweight foreigners, with tender tummies shouldnt be moving to kenya.

I have signatures turned off.. but may I ask your permission to use this as my new sig? LOL

sure.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 11, 2012, 08:26:33 am
It will be a change. However, I don't think BushKE is really internalizing this. He could DIE early. It isn't just a change you can adapt to. It's a major major change many can't. I know he said he'd die for these kids, but it begs the question, could this be a form of suicide?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 11, 2012, 09:05:39 am
It will be a change. However, I don't think BushKE is really internalizing this. He could DIE early. It isn't just a change you can adapt to. It's a major major change many can't. I know he said he'd die for these kids, but it begs the question, could this be a form of suicide?

I am prepared for whatever comes.

Let me add to this a bit.  I am prepared for whatever comes, but in the final 18 months that I will be in Oklahoma, I will be preparing my body as much as I can nutritionally to keep the effects minimized.  I've had several friends move to Africa in the past several years, not to Kenya, but to South Africa and Cameroon, and they have reported getting sick initially and then their body getting used to it.  I think my body will be no different.  Plus, God is not going to send me to Kenya just to let me die.  He loves me too much for that and He has a purpose for sending me there.  I have faith that God will protect my health so I can be an effective servant for Him in Africa.  I will definitely be putting my life in God's hands, but He is more capable of protecting it than I am, quite frankly.  Putting my life into the hands that created it and the hands that own it is not a bad idea.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 11, 2012, 09:49:58 am
Are you still deleting Atlasians from  your FB?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 11, 2012, 09:52:27 am
Are you still deleting Atlasians from  your FB?

I haven't in a few days and don't plan to anytime soon.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Sbane on April 11, 2012, 12:30:31 pm
Of course it hasn't. But on a serious note, you wouldn't just drive to the doctors office in Kenya to figure out what was wrong with you. There are a lot of things you're taking for granted now.

Well, if he got a high paying job at Dell (relative to the rest of Kenya) over in Nairobi or something, I doubt it will be a problem. I don't get why people think everyone in Africa and other third world nations are suffering. Money cures a lot of problems......Now if he was planning on living in Kisumu or whatever with no high paying job....that would end badly.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 11, 2012, 12:48:20 pm
Of course it hasn't. But on a serious note, you wouldn't just drive to the doctors office in Kenya to figure out what was wrong with you. There are a lot of things you're taking for granted now.

Well, if he got a high paying job at Dell (relative to the rest of Kenya) over in Nairobi or something, I doubt it will be a problem. I don't get why people think everyone in Africa and other third world nations are suffering. Money cures a lot of problems......Now if he was planning on living in Kisumu or whatever with no high paying job....that would end badly.

Nairobi and even parts of Kisumu are closer to second world areas, and the parts of Nairobi we drove through look like lower end first world.  There are a lot of American and European businesses there.  Downtown Kisumu is actually quite nice, there are banks, 24-hour supermarkets, and the like.  It actually reminds me of a higher end second world country.  The part of Kisumu we stayed is definitely lower end second world and where Maisha is located is definite third world for sure.  The slums of both Kisumu and Nairobi are more like fourth world if there is such a thing.  Plus, I've heard from an Oklahoman who moved to Kenya just about 6 years ago that Kisumu and Nairobi actually have decent medical facilities.  It's the more rural areas that leave a lot to be desired.  The Kisumu "Metro" has about as many people as the Oklahoma City metro which is the size of Phoenix or Philadelphia proper, while Nairobi has about as many people as Chicago proper.

I'm not THAT worried about medical care in Africa in either Nairobi or Kisumu.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Brittain33 on April 11, 2012, 01:50:10 pm
Do you believe that God protects people He loves very much from an early death?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on April 11, 2012, 02:31:22 pm
After the last time I went to Bangladesh, I had mild dysentery for several months. It should be fine.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on April 11, 2012, 04:05:43 pm
If Kenya doesn't work out, perhaps opebo can give you some tips on white man-friendly places in Thailand to practice your love of children.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 11, 2012, 05:20:34 pm
Bushie, when did the doctor say you can return to work?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 11, 2012, 05:43:33 pm
Bushie, when did the doctor say you can return to work?

I can return Friday pending the results of the parasite test which I should get tomorrow.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on April 11, 2012, 05:50:01 pm
It will be a change. However, I don't think BushKE is really internalizing this. He could DIE early. It isn't just a change you can adapt to. It's a major major change many can't. I know he said he'd die for these kids, but it begs the question, could this be a form of suicide?

Plus, God is not going to send me to Kenya just to let me die.  He loves me too much for that and He has a purpose for sending me there.  I have faith that God will protect my health so I can be an effective servant for Him in Africa.  I will definitely be putting my life in God's hands, but He is more capable of protecting it than I am, quite frankly.  Putting my life into the hands that created it and the hands that own it is not a bad idea.

Peter...crucified upside down
Paul...beheaded.
Among others.



Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 11, 2012, 06:19:36 pm
It will be a change. However, I don't think BushKE is really internalizing this. He could DIE early. It isn't just a change you can adapt to. It's a major major change many can't. I know he said he'd die for these kids, but it begs the question, could this be a form of suicide?

Plus, God is not going to send me to Kenya just to let me die.  He loves me too much for that and He has a purpose for sending me there.  I have faith that God will protect my health so I can be an effective servant for Him in Africa.  I will definitely be putting my life in God's hands, but He is more capable of protecting it than I am, quite frankly.  Putting my life into the hands that created it and the hands that own it is not a bad idea.

Peter...crucified upside down
Paul...beheaded.
Among others.



I know those, and it doesn't always happen, because my life is not my own, anyway.  God owns the "deed" to my life.  If He decides to take me out early, then so be it, I'm ready.  If He decides to keep me around for a while, I'm prepared for that, as well.  That goes for wherever I'm at, Oklahoma, Kenya, or elsewhere.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 11, 2012, 06:31:09 pm
A little update on my condition as of 18:30 11 Apr 2012.  I've been awake since 08:00 and I am feeling a little better.  Other than when I first woke up, I have only had to go to the bathroom once and that was just at 18:00, so I went 10 hours without having to make a major trip.  I haven't thrown up at all today, which is a blessing.  I have had quite a bit of nausea today with a moderate headache thrown in the mix.  The nausea hasn't produced anything, though, thankfully, except discomfort.  I think i am getting on the back side of this crud and pending the results of the parasite test which should come tomorrow, I should be able to go to work on Friday.  Naturally, I am praying that the results of the parasite test are negative, because I do not want to miss any more work.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on April 11, 2012, 06:35:47 pm
Glad you are feeling better- going across the world can take quite a toll...I had a nasty parasite which started wreakng havoc on my innards after I got back stateside after my first tour in Vietnam...lost nearly 20 lbs in two weeks


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 11, 2012, 06:37:50 pm
Glad you are feeling better- going across the world can take quite a toll...I had a nasty parasite which started wreakng havoc on my innards after I got back stateside after my first tour in Vietnam...lost nearly 20 lbs in two weeks

I've already lost 5 in the week I've had mine.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 11, 2012, 08:25:59 pm
8:20 pm Update: I have been feeling better in the past two hours. I took some Dramamine at 6:00 pm and that has eased up the nausea. I've only gone to the bathroom one time all day other than the normal time after I woke up this morning. I haven't thrown up all day. I only have a slight headache. The biggest thing I have now is fatigue. My body is tired after all its been through in the past 7 days. I will probably go to bed by 9:30 or 10:00 tonight. If I were allowed to, I would be going to work tomorrow. However, my doctor's note says to go back on Friday, so I will honor what the note says and go back then.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 11, 2012, 10:37:04 pm
8:20 pm Update: I have been feeling better in the past two hours. I took some Dramamine at 6:00 pm and that has eased up the nausea. I've only gone to the bathroom one time all day other than the normal time after I woke up this morning. I haven't thrown up all day. I only have a slight headache. The biggest thing I have now is fatigue. My body is tired after all its been through in the past 7 days. I will probably go to bed by 9:30 or 10:00 tonight. If I were allowed to, I would be going to work tomorrow. However, my doctor's note says to go back on Friday, so I will honor what the note says and go back then.

I'm guessing your work wouldn't let you return before then.  They'd probably send you home (at least if they have a competent HR department who actually reads doctors' notes).


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Compassion Fills the Void on April 12, 2012, 12:34:55 am
Update has hit the big time! Npr noticed.
http://www.npr.org/2012/04/09/149394987/when-god-talks-back-to-the-evangelical-community?sc=fb&cc=fp

Ha funny, I go to a Vineyard church. The article doesn't make it sound like it's as full of hipsters as it is, but the reporting is otherwise pretty accurate. Plenty of people do indeed act like that, and no it doesn't come across as creepy or weird, I'm not surprised she was charmed and endeared by it. Having read it a bit more in-depth, that's actually one of the most accurate articles I've seen, it's really awesome how she both noted the focus not being on the fire and brimstone stuff and the wide range of opinions that exist, including liberal ones. Kudos to that researcher.

Oh and this is a unique new arc. The writers kind of came out of left field with this one.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 06:51:45 am
8:20 pm Update: I have been feeling better in the past two hours. I took some Dramamine at 6:00 pm and that has eased up the nausea. I've only gone to the bathroom one time all day other than the normal time after I woke up this morning. I haven't thrown up all day. I only have a slight headache. The biggest thing I have now is fatigue. My body is tired after all its been through in the past 7 days. I will probably go to bed by 9:30 or 10:00 tonight. If I were allowed to, I would be going to work tomorrow. However, my doctor's note says to go back on Friday, so I will honor what the note says and go back then.

I'm guessing your work wouldn't let you return before then.  They'd probably send you home (at least if they have a competent HR department who actually reads doctors' notes).

Exactly, that's why I'm not going into work today.  I feel like I could go to work today, but for liabilty issues, I cannot return until the doctor's note says to, which is tomorrow, and that is dependent on the results of the parasite test which I should find out today.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: memphis on April 12, 2012, 08:47:49 am
Not that it was a particularly difficult thing to see coming, but I did predict this:

More likely, he's praying to Jesus to help him recover from gastro issues.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 08:49:17 am
Not that it was a particularly difficult thing to see coming, but I did predict this:

More likely, he's praying to Jesus to help him recover from gastro issues.

And, you know what?  It is working. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 12, 2012, 02:23:08 pm
Not that it was a particularly difficult thing to see coming, but I did predict this:

More likely, he's praying to Jesus to help him recover from gastro issues.

And, you know what?  It is working. :)

Or you're just recovering from the natural progression of whatever you had.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 02:37:35 pm
Not that it was a particularly difficult thing to see coming, but I did predict this:

More likely, he's praying to Jesus to help him recover from gastro issues.

And, you know what?  It is working. :)

Or you're just recovering from the natural progression of whatever you had.

Maybe, but prayer certainly played a part in the recovery.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 12, 2012, 04:12:04 pm
Not that it was a particularly difficult thing to see coming, but I did predict this:

More likely, he's praying to Jesus to help him recover from gastro issues.

And, you know what?  It is working. :)

Or you're just recovering from the natural progression of whatever you had.

Maybe, but prayer certainly played a part in the recovery.

You don't know that it "certainly" did.  Sometimes God chooses not to intervene.  There's no way you can possibly claim what your prayers did or did not accomplish.  To do so would be to claim to know God's thoughts.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 04:50:27 pm
Just called the doctor, and the news is not quite as good as I had hoped. She said they have the results, but they are looking over them to determine what's going on and will give me a call in the morning. It makes me think there is something there, because in my limited medical knowledge they could tell right away if there was nothing there. I am going to stay home for a couple hours in the morning and talk to the doctor in privacy and then I may go in for the rest of the day depending on what the results of the test are. Keep praying!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 12, 2012, 04:55:01 pm
Did you get Amy shots before you went to Kenya? Don't they require you be given some shots for certain diseases. Sometimes it just means they were lazy and other times it means they don't know what you might have.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 05:00:38 pm
They required Yellow Fever and Tetanus and those are the shots I got.  I didn't get the recommended Hepatitis A shots or Typhoid Fever Shots because I couldn't afford them.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Sbane on April 12, 2012, 06:14:03 pm
Did you stick strictly to bottled water there? And not eat uncooked fruits and vegetables that may have been washed by tap water? It's the water that will get you every time. When I go to India, I eat almost everything, including street food if it's cooked well and doesn't have dairy. But I'm a huge stickler about the water. I probably look like a douche carrying a water bottle around with me all the time (more cost effective to just boil water at home, a luxury you may not have in Kenya) but I don't care.

Anyways, I hope it's not Hep A and just a parasite.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 12, 2012, 06:19:07 pm
Just called the doctor, and the news is not quite as good as I had hoped. She said they have the results, but they are looking over them to determine what's going on and will give me a call in the morning. It makes me think there is something there, because in my limited medical knowledge they could tell right away if there was nothing there. I am going to stay home for a couple hours in the morning and talk to the doctor in privacy and then I may go in for the rest of the day depending on what the results of the test are. Keep praying!!

2 hours ago you were certain you were recovering...


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 06:23:10 pm
Did you stick strictly to bottled water there? And not eat uncooked fruits and vegetables that may have been washed by tap water? It's the water that will get you every time. When I go to India, I eat almost everything, including street food if it's cooked well and doesn't have dairy. But I'm a huge stickler about the water. I probably look like a douche carrying a water bottle around with me all the time (more cost effective to just boil water at home, a luxury you may not have in Kenya) but I don't care.

Anyways, I hope it's not Hep A and just a parasite.

The only tap water I came into contact was to take a shower.  That alone is enough to transmit a parasite as it can get into your skin.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 06:24:58 pm
Just called the doctor, and the news is not quite as good as I had hoped. She said they have the results, but they are looking over them to determine what's going on and will give me a call in the morning. It makes me think there is something there, because in my limited medical knowledge they could tell right away if there was nothing there. I am going to stay home for a couple hours in the morning and talk to the doctor in privacy and then I may go in for the rest of the day depending on what the results of the test are. Keep praying!!

2 hours ago you were certain you were recovering...

And, I do feel better, so I am certain I am recovering, its just the somewhat unnerving news I got from the doctor this afternoon.  I'm trying not to jump to any conclusions, because I am not a nurse or a doctor, but it would just be nice to know what I've got so I can either get started on the treatment or be cleared.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 12, 2012, 06:26:50 pm
Just called the doctor, and the news is not quite as good as I had hoped. She said they have the results, but they are looking over them to determine what's going on and will give me a call in the morning. It makes me think there is something there, because in my limited medical knowledge they could tell right away if there was nothing there. I am going to stay home for a couple hours in the morning and talk to the doctor in privacy and then I may go in for the rest of the day depending on what the results of the test are. Keep praying!!

2 hours ago you were certain you were recovering...

And, I do feel better, so I am certain I am recovering, its just the somewhat unnerving news I got from the doctor this afternoon.  I'm trying not to jump to any conclusions, because I am not a nurse or a doctor, but it would just be nice to know what I've got so I can either get started on the treatment or be cleared.

Exactly... because you're not a doctor, you shouldn't be jumping to the conclusion that you're  recovering just because you temporarily feel better.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Sbane on April 12, 2012, 06:32:44 pm
Did you stick strictly to bottled water there? And not eat uncooked fruits and vegetables that may have been washed by tap water? It's the water that will get you every time. When I go to India, I eat almost everything, including street food if it's cooked well and doesn't have dairy. But I'm a huge stickler about the water. I probably look like a douche carrying a water bottle around with me all the time (more cost effective to just boil water at home, a luxury you may not have in Kenya) but I don't care.

Anyways, I hope it's not Hep A and just a parasite.

The only tap water I came into contact was to take a shower.  That alone is enough to transmit a parasite as it can get into your skin.

Well, that would be odd. Though I suppose it's possible, the more likely route would have been through uncooked vegetables like in a salad perhaps?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 06:34:51 pm
And, that's the tough part, Inks.  I'm trying to keep an open mind when it comes to whatever result I may get tomorrow morning.  I think I'm getting better, but I'm not going to jump to that conclusion, either, until I hear one way or the other.  I'm just trying to think positive more than anything, because I want to get back to work soon.  Plus, I have a birthday coming up in 2 weeks and the last thing I want is to be sick on my birthday.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 06:35:34 pm
Did you stick strictly to bottled water there? And not eat uncooked fruits and vegetables that may have been washed by tap water? It's the water that will get you every time. When I go to India, I eat almost everything, including street food if it's cooked well and doesn't have dairy. But I'm a huge stickler about the water. I probably look like a douche carrying a water bottle around with me all the time (more cost effective to just boil water at home, a luxury you may not have in Kenya) but I don't care.

Anyways, I hope it's not Hep A and just a parasite.

The only tap water I came into contact was to take a shower.  That alone is enough to transmit a parasite as it can get into your skin.

Well, that would be odd. Though I suppose it's possible, the more likely route would have been through uncooked vegetables like in a salad perhaps?

I don't generally eat salad, so that's probably not the reason.  Who knows, it could be anything.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Sbane on April 12, 2012, 06:36:41 pm
Yes, better to wait for the results.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 06:53:50 pm
Yes, better to wait for the results.

Thats what I plan on doing!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 07:42:41 pm
One of my friends on facebook who is a nurse told me that the fact that they are waiting until morning to tell me is a good sign since they didn't tell me to go to the ER.  The lack of urgency may be a good sign itself. Fact is, I do not need to jump to any conclusions either good or bad.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 12, 2012, 07:46:08 pm
Are you worried about losing your job?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 07:52:31 pm
Are you worried about losing your job?

No, because I will be going back just as soon as I hear from the doctor tomorrow.

Plus, my supervisor has been in my shoes before. She had this same experience coming back from Mexico. She and I have developed a really good rapport.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 08:13:18 pm
Here is my timeline for tomorrow. I am going to go in 90 minutes after I hear from the doctor with the latest arrival time being 13:00 to give me 4 hours of work. So, if I don't hear by 11:30, I will just take it into the weekend and get ready for Week 6 on Monday.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 12, 2012, 08:29:21 pm
Will they allow you back even if they aren't aware of  you being cleared? Wont they need some documentation?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 12, 2012, 09:27:09 pm
Will they allow you back even if they aren't aware of  you being cleared? Wont they need some documentation?

The doctor's note I got on Tuesday says I can go back 4/13/2012 which is tomorrow.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 13, 2012, 10:14:07 am
It is 10:10 am Friday and I still have not heard anything.  The consensus among myself, my parents, my grandmother, and most importantly, my boss, is that if I haven't heard anything by 10:30, then I'm just going to take it into the weekend and get ready to go back to work Monday Morning at 08:00.  I want to give myself a 90 minute window to get to work today, and I want to be there no later than noon because I feel that its not really worth it to go in for less than half a day with the cost of gas where it is.  If I haven't heard anything by 11:30, I will call the doctor and see if I can stir the pot a little bit.

I am feeling much, much better this morning, though, and I'm not really worried about what I'm going to hear, but it would be nice to get some closure.

I will keep you posted.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 13, 2012, 10:24:46 am
Wait, your earlier post said you have a doctor's note..... ????


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 13, 2012, 10:31:00 am
Wait, your earlier post said you have a doctor's note..... ????

I do, but my boss and I talked yesterday evening that she wants me to be able to talk to the doctor from the privacy of my own home instead of blaring my medical history to my coworkers and be distracted by background noise.  I still haven't heard from the doctor.  I can go in today, but by now, it's 10:30, and it just wouldn't be worth the gas money to go into work.  So, I'm going to stay home the rest of the afternoon and take this into the weekend.

The note says I can go back today, but I thought I would hear from the doctor yesterday, but it is 10:30 Friday morning and I still haven't heard, so due to HIPPA laws and regulations, my boss wants me to stay home until I hear something.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 13, 2012, 10:34:38 am
I do, but my boss and I talked yesterday evening that she wants me to be able to talk to the doctor from the privacy of my own home instead of blaring my medical history to my coworkers and be distracted by background noise. 

Ever heard of ducking into an unoccupied conference room for privacy?  ...I would highly advise not to miss any more work, seeing that you are new there and all.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: © tweed on April 13, 2012, 10:37:26 am
how do you interpret God's decision to make you physically ill as regards the prospect of moving to Kenya in 2013?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Compassion Fills the Void on April 13, 2012, 10:38:20 am
I do, but my boss and I talked yesterday evening that she wants me to be able to talk to the doctor from the privacy of my own home instead of blaring my medical history to my coworkers and be distracted by background noise. 

Ever heard of ducking into an unoccupied conference room for privacy?  ...I would highly advise not to miss any more work, seeing that you are new there and all.

BushOklahoma's aversion to doing things that are simple common sense is hardly new.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 13, 2012, 10:40:05 am
I do, but my boss and I talked yesterday evening that she wants me to be able to talk to the doctor from the privacy of my own home instead of blaring my medical history to my coworkers and be distracted by background noise.

Ever heard of ducking into an unoccupied conference room for privacy?  ...I would highly advise not to miss any more work, seeing that you are new there and all.

That's next to impossible in a call center environment.  Plus, if I'm on the phone with a customer, I can't exactly tell the customer to hold on while I talk to my doctor.  I would then have to call the scheduler back, leave a message for the nurse to call me back and begin the cycle again.  Believe, I've thought about that, but the type of work environment I'm in makes it next to impossible.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 13, 2012, 10:40:41 am
how do you interpret God's decision to make you physically ill as regards the prospect of moving to Kenya in 2013?

First off, I'm not moving until 2015, but it hasn't phased my thought process at all.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Sbane on April 13, 2012, 11:17:12 am
how do you interpret God's decision to make you physically ill as regards the prospect of moving to Kenya in 2013?

First off, I'm not moving until 2015, but it hasn't phased my thought process at all.

But really, you should interpret it as a sign from god that you should not move to Kenya. God is trying to tell you something Bushie.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on April 13, 2012, 11:24:41 am
I didn't get the recommended Hepatitis A shots or Typhoid Fever Shots because I couldn't afford them.

What a ridiculous country.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Compassion Fills the Void on April 13, 2012, 11:26:16 am
I do, but my boss and I talked yesterday evening that she wants me to be able to talk to the doctor from the privacy of my own home instead of blaring my medical history to my coworkers and be distracted by background noise.

Ever heard of ducking into an unoccupied conference room for privacy?  ...I would highly advise not to miss any more work, seeing that you are new there and all.

That's next to impossible in a call center environment.  

What? I work in a call center and we have private meetings all the time. Your center seriously has no separate rooms or offices from the main floor?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: © tweed on April 13, 2012, 11:28:52 am
I didn't get the recommended Hepatitis A shots or Typhoid Fever Shots because I couldn't afford them.

What a ridiculous country.

you're too kind man.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 13, 2012, 11:29:27 am
how do you interpret God's decision to make you physically ill as regards the prospect of moving to Kenya in 2013?

First off, I'm not moving until 2015, but it hasn't phased my thought process at all.

But really, you should interpret it as a sign from god that you should not move to Kenya. God is trying to tell you something Bushie.

He is trying to tell me something, and that is I have to be totally dependent on Him and to completely trust Him in everything.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 13, 2012, 11:31:16 am
I do, but my boss and I talked yesterday evening that she wants me to be able to talk to the doctor from the privacy of my own home instead of blaring my medical history to my coworkers and be distracted by background noise.

Ever heard of ducking into an unoccupied conference room for privacy?  ...I would highly advise not to miss any more work, seeing that you are new there and all.

That's next to impossible in a call center environment. 

What? I work in a call center and we have private meetings all the time. Your center seriously has no separate rooms or offices from the main floor?

We have separate conference rooms, but if I'm on a call with a customer, I can't exactly tell the customer to hang on while I talk to my doctor.  I can't wait in a conference room for a call that I don't know when its going to come and I can't call and speak directly to the nurse.  I have to call the scheduler and have the nurse call me back.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 13, 2012, 11:32:20 am
He is trying to tell me something, and that is I have to be totally dependent on Him and to completely trust Him in everything.

then why don't you actually trust him to actually speak to you whenever he actually wants you do something?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Sbane on April 13, 2012, 11:48:52 am
how do you interpret God's decision to make you physically ill as regards the prospect of moving to Kenya in 2013?

First off, I'm not moving until 2015, but it hasn't phased my thought process at all.

But really, you should interpret it as a sign from god that you should not move to Kenya. God is trying to tell you something Bushie.

He is trying to tell me something, and that is I have to be totally dependent on Him and to completely trust Him in everything.

Yes, and you should trust her when she is trying to show you what could happen to you on a regular basis if you live in Kenya. That is one of the hardships you could face. Even if you get a good job there, the pay will be nothing like what you get here in America. You may be able to access basic needs, including healthcare, but things that are sold on a world market like cars could become out of your reach. And things that make our life more comfortable here in America like dishwashers may not be so common in Kenya. I think you are doing a great deed by helping those kids in Kenya and god wants you to continue doing that. But it is obvious you can do more good by staying in Oklahoma and sending money, perhaps even more than you are sending now, than by moving to Kenya. Again, there with your lower salary and after satisfying your needs, you may not have enough left over to send to these charities. God doesn't want you to move Bushie.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 13, 2012, 12:11:11 pm
I still haven't heard anything now and it's afternoon.  I have decided a long time ago that I am going into work at 08:00 Monday morning regardless if I hear anything today or not.  They can just call and leave a message on my cell phone.  I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt that maybe the test got delayed a little bit, unless they're waiting on the malaria test to come back as well so they can tell me both results at the same time.  I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt today, but I cannot wait any longer, I have to go to work at 08:00 on Monday morning.  I am no longer going to worry about it, I'm going to leave it in God's hands because He can handle it much better than I can and I'm going to get on with my weekend and enjoy it now that I am able again to eat normal food and get ready for Church Sunday Morning and get ready for Week 6 of my Permanent Career on Monday.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 13, 2012, 12:56:56 pm
So you're going to risk infecting your co-workers?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 13, 2012, 01:18:29 pm
So you're going to risk infecting your co-workers?

The big man will protect those who need protecting.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on April 13, 2012, 02:35:54 pm
So let me get this straight...

What Bushie wants is what God wants. In other words whatever impulsive desire of the week or month can be justified if "God wills it."

Yet what more reasonable people would do in his shoes...no weight whatsoever.

Give up folks.  It's impossible to protect stupid people, being generous, from themselves.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 13, 2012, 03:11:52 pm
God speaking to him is his way of justifying all of these things. I am still going with demonic possession. I think that plot line might be the least explored of the series. Perhaps the sickness he has suffered from is a result of it?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 13, 2012, 03:19:21 pm
Hallelujah!! My boss just called me at 2:30 pm and gave me the opportunity to work overtime tomorrow and Sunday 8-5 to make up for the three days of pay I missed this week. :) So, tomorrow, if I feel like it, I will be going into work. :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Torie on April 13, 2012, 03:19:33 pm
So you're going to risk infecting your co-workers?

Malaria is spread not by humans, but by a certain insect, so in this one instance, Bushie is not doing something that is at once reckless, impulsive, self indulgent, rationalized to death, unrealistic, counterproductive, and doomed to failure and disappointment.

I need to give Jesus a ring, and tell him to stop enabling Bushie, or I am going to go up there and kick his butt. I don't have much patience with enablers - never have.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on April 13, 2012, 04:29:50 pm
My favorite part is that he sees God's signs in everything, but being stricken with a deathly illness at the thought of moving to Kenya is not a sign from God.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 13, 2012, 06:31:12 pm
did i miss the results of the testing?

are they going to make us wait until next week's episode.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 13, 2012, 09:09:47 pm
Unfortunately, Walter, yes, we'll have to wait until Monday's episode to find out the results of the test.  However, I am still going into work tomorrow unless I'm up all night dodging tornadoes.  We have tornadic thunderstorms to our southwest that look like either an hour or so away.  We are under a tornado watch until 04:00 am, so we have a ways to go.  I may need to use tomorrow to get my rest as we're expecting an even worse night tomorrow night that could last well into the night.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Compassion Fills the Void on April 13, 2012, 10:03:00 pm
The funny thing is looking at it from a charismatic perspective, the people who put the most emphasis on God talking to them (see memphis' link a few pages back, as noted my church belongs to that movement), I think most would conclude that God is actually talking through us to BushOklahoma to save him from his own reckless, bad decisions. This is something talked about at my church a lot, listen to your family and friends because it may be God speaking through them. Imagine if he listened to us in regards to all those scams in 2010. I mean if you believe both that God exists and is involved in human affairs, as BushOklahoma clearly does (and I do too), that's a more logical way of thinking than his way of simply that he should do whatever his first inclination is and God will make things work for him.

I mean I try to avoid saying anything comes from God or someone speaks for God always because of unfortunate implications and obvious reasons (as one of the pastors put it, "anyone who claims that they always know the voice of God speaking to them is probably a sociopath"), so I won't say that's what happened (there's one recent event in my life where I don't have any doubt God was speaking to me through someone, but that's a completely different situation), but it does make more sense if you accept that theology than what Bushie believes. So it is all the more amusing how he continues to ignore all the advice given despite the fact that we've basically been right and he's been wrong every single time.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Smash255 on April 14, 2012, 01:35:17 am
Unfortunately, Walter, yes, we'll have to wait until Monday's episode to find out the results of the test.  However, I am still going into work tomorrow unless I'm up all night dodging tornadoes.  We have tornadic thunderstorms to our southwest that look like either an hour or so away.  We are under a tornado watch until 04:00 am, so we have a ways to go.  I may need to use tomorrow to get my rest as we're expecting an even worse night tomorrow night that could last well into the night.

Wait....   How in the f*** did we go from going to work Monday to now going to work tomorrow??


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 14, 2012, 06:00:00 am
Unfortunately, Walter, yes, we'll have to wait until Monday's episode to find out the results of the test.  However, I am still going into work tomorrow unless I'm up all night dodging tornadoes.  We have tornadic thunderstorms to our southwest that look like either an hour or so away.  We are under a tornado watch until 04:00 am, so we have a ways to go.  I may need to use tomorrow to get my rest as we're expecting an even worse night tomorrow night that could last well into the night.

Wait....   How in the f*** did we go from going to work Monday to now going to work tomorrow??

My boss called me with OT opportunities today and tomorrow.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 14, 2012, 12:33:33 pm
I think it's reprehensible and very un-Christian of you to risk others health.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 14, 2012, 01:59:53 pm
I think it's reprehensible and very un-Christian of you to risk others health.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 14, 2012, 02:09:48 pm
Haha, well guys, you don't have to worry about that this weekend.  They cancelled OT on me at the last minute and now I am supposed to go in at 08:00 Monday Morning.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 14, 2012, 02:16:53 pm
I wasn't joking.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 14, 2012, 02:26:23 pm
I wasn't joking.

I wasn't either


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Smash255 on April 14, 2012, 07:25:57 pm
Haha, well guys, you don't have to worry about that this weekend.  They cancelled OT on me at the last minute and now I am supposed to go in at 08:00 Monday Morning.

How would it have been OT if you haven't been at work in days??


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 14, 2012, 07:48:54 pm
Haha, well guys, you don't have to worry about that this weekend.  They cancelled OT on me at the last minute and now I am supposed to go in at 08:00 Monday Morning.

How would it have been OT if you haven't been at work in days??

The new work week begins on Saturday at Dell.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Smash255 on April 14, 2012, 09:31:17 pm
Haha, well guys, you don't have to worry about that this weekend.  They cancelled OT on me at the last minute and now I am supposed to go in at 08:00 Monday Morning.

How would it have been OT if you haven't been at work in days??

The new work week begins on Saturday at Dell.

Not to be nit picky, but until you actually work the rest of the week it doesn't yet count as OT, especially considering your health situation.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 14, 2012, 09:45:39 pm
Haha, well guys, you don't have to worry about that this weekend.  They cancelled OT on me at the last minute and now I am supposed to go in at 08:00 Monday Morning.

How would it have been OT if you haven't been at work in days??

The new work week begins on Saturday at Dell.

Not to be nit picky, but until you actually work the rest of the week it doesn't yet count as OT, especially considering your health situation.

Right, it wouldn't have been officially overtime until Thursday and Friday, but now since the OT was cancelled today, I will one hour of OT between 4:00-5:00 pm Friday because of the hour I worked this morning before they cancelled OT.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 15, 2012, 11:18:14 am
am i the only one getting the feeling that bushie is screwing up on this job?

i definitely not trying to be mean...but bushie you seem to be sick a lot.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on April 15, 2012, 11:20:42 am
am i the only one getting the feeling that bushie is screwing up on this job?

i definitely not trying to be mean...but bushie you seem to be sick a lot.

Not the only one.  I'm surprised they haven't pink slipped him already.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 15, 2012, 12:55:15 pm
am i the only one getting the feeling that bushie is screwing up on this job?

i definitely not trying to be mean...but bushie you seem to be sick a lot.

Not the only one.  I'm surprised they haven't pink slipped him already.

It's because they can get around a year out of him. Since he is now a "employee" of Dell, they can have him work for about 6 months, than fire him and not have to pay unemployment, and start the process all over again.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on April 15, 2012, 01:14:31 pm
am i the only one getting the feeling that bushie is screwing up on this job?

i definitely not trying to be mean...but bushie you seem to be sick a lot.

Not the only one.  I'm surprised they haven't pink slipped him already.

It's because they can get around a year out of him. Since he is now a "employee" of Dell, they can have him work for about 6 months, than fire him and not have to pay unemployment, and start the process all over again.

But what are they really getting out of him?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 15, 2012, 05:24:25 pm
Just work, that's it. I've heard cases on a lot from fairly high known companies that will practice these kinds of operations for call centers and help desks. They will have someone come in as a temp, and if they hire them they keep them for the 6 months, and fire. That way, they don't pay unemployment, and sometimes don't have to pay insurance.  It's pretty sad that they do it, but there is nothing illegal about it. As long as they have reasoning for the termination, they are in the clear.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: J-Mann on April 15, 2012, 07:58:10 pm
The funny thing is looking at it from a charismatic perspective, the people who put the most emphasis on God talking to them (see memphis' link a few pages back, as noted my church belongs to that movement), I think most would conclude that God is actually talking through us to BushOklahoma to save him from his own reckless, bad decisions. This is something talked about at my church a lot, listen to your family and friends because it may be God speaking through them. Imagine if he listened to us in regards to all those scams in 2010. I mean if you believe both that God exists and is involved in human affairs, as BushOklahoma clearly does (and I do too), that's a more logical way of thinking than his way of simply that he should do whatever his first inclination is and God will make things work for him.

I mean I try to avoid saying anything comes from God or someone speaks for God always because of unfortunate implications and obvious reasons (as one of the pastors put it, "anyone who claims that they always know the voice of God speaking to them is probably a sociopath"), so I won't say that's what happened (there's one recent event in my life where I don't have any doubt God was speaking to me through someone, but that's a completely different situation), but it does make more sense if you accept that theology than what Bushie believes. So it is all the more amusing how he continues to ignore all the advice given despite the fact that we've basically been right and he's been wrong every single time.

That's a very interesting ... and sensible, if you believe in God ... way of looking at it. Jeff, why is it that going on gut feeling strikes you as the work of God, but advice from the folks here (which has been incredibly sound again and again) is characterized as essentially "un-Christian?" I think BRTD has a great point -- the feedback you're receiving here may very well be God speaking to you, and your willingness to share about your life is God speaking through you to us, requesting our help to set you on a different path.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: J-Mann on April 15, 2012, 08:00:00 pm
am i the only one getting the feeling that bushie is screwing up on this job?

i definitely not trying to be mean...but bushie you seem to be sick a lot.

I'm worried as well. As an employer, I do have a certain amount of sympathy for unavoidable illnesses, but there are limits to my tolerance in the first few weeks on the job. I suppose that Jeff has his ducks in a row on this, though, with doctor's notes and whatnot.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 15, 2012, 08:37:08 pm
J-Mann, I do read the advice that is given and I do think about it.  Just because I dismiss it as "un-Christian", I am not totally rejecting it.  I do agree that sometimes God speaks through the forum.  He has on several occasions.  There are too many to name, as a matter of fact.  That's why I reopened the thread last week.  However, I will say that God has spoken to me in many other ways and I disagree that everything i've mentioned in the last 3 weeks is a "gut reaction."  I know without a doubt I am supposed to move to Kenya in 34 months.  I know that while I may not legally be able to adopt these kids, I am still their father and still love them like they are my children and I am going to do everything I can to make sure they have as great of a life as possible and make sure above all things that they know the Lord Jesus Christ personally.

As far as my job is concerned.  I am fine.  My leave was just activated this past Friday, so I've technically only used one day of sick leave.  The other days have been unpaid.  Today, though, I have felt better than I have in almost 2 weeks.  I will have no problems going to work in the morning and no problems going to work all week.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 16, 2012, 12:13:10 am
I was bathing myself in prayer until 3am last night for Easter, and I came away with some perspective. I am by no means an evangelical born again christian. I am greek so we were born with this religion built into our culture whether we like it or not, so I am inclined to speak about Jesus just this once.

First of all, it is difficult for us as humans to interpret what god is saying to us. Anyone who claims they have it all figured out and knows exactly what god wants and what he doesn't is just lying to themselves. I don't believe god is a two year old that is continuing to tell BushOK to just backup and change career paths for a scam, move to Kenya and the like. That is in his mind. HE was given a mind by god and god gave us free will to make our own decisions in our lives. Some people say god guides us or speaks to us through certain events or actions or people. That may be true. It may not be. But I am confident that all these feelings BushOK gets are not all god talking to him. If BushOK is the pipeline to god, he must be some sort of deity and we need to bow down and worship him.

Throughout this whole saga, this forum has given sound advice that I think god himself would approve of. It wasn't followed because BushOK had the FREE WILL to make his own choice, and he did so.

I am not a devout christian by any means. Lord knows I have sinned during my lifetime and I will continue to sin, but if god does exist, I doubt he is up there micromanaging each and every life and "thinking" for us. I also doubt he is talking to us constantly. As humans, we have urges and thoughts that we come up with on our own. This whole Kenya fiasco is just that.

In reality, BushOK could help these kids much more by living in the US, making a generous wage here, and sending them the money they so desperately need. He isn't telling him to pick up and move to Kenya when he clearly isn't healthy enough or adventurous enough to do so, and it is really sickening to suggest he wants to send you to die in Kenya for these kids. He also isn't telling him he is the father of these kids. THey had a father somewhere. He is simply a good Samaritan helping with them. Do it for them, not to call yourself a father. Being a father isn't sending $35 a week and writing once a month. But it would be selfish to move to Kenya for these kids where you'll make less money  and may not be able to support them as well as you could from here. Think about it. This shouldn't be about you. It's about the kids!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 16, 2012, 06:02:48 pm
bushie did you ever get the test results?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 16, 2012, 06:46:34 pm
yes, the results came in this morning, and they were all negative.  Everything is normal.

I was able to put in a full day of work and I still feel great!  I should easily be able to take on the last 4 days of the week.  I am back to normal.  I am also back to normal food, although, I am staying away from Mexican Food and Pizza for a while longer just to be safe.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on April 16, 2012, 07:51:00 pm
I am glad you are feeling better


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 17, 2012, 06:45:28 am
One thing I've noticed is that while I am physicially better, this crud I had, whatever it was, really taxed my body and left me very tired.  I went to bed before 8:00 last night because I was so exhausted.  I will probably go to bed a little early each night the rest of the week.  I don't think I'll go to bed before 8:00, but probably by 9:00 or 9:30 each night is definitely not out of the question.  I have to do everything I can to make sure I go to work all 40 hours this week.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 17, 2012, 06:30:33 pm
Wow, 1000 replies on this thread!!  Thanks, guys!!

Anyway, I have now completed 2 straight days of work and I am feeling much better.  I still have occasional flare ups, especially the past 30 hours, but I am not missing any work and will not miss any work.  I started getting a headache about 11:00 am today, but I took some medicine and asked the Lord to take it away because I could not afford to have a headache interfere with my work.  Wouldn't you know, that by 11:30, it was gone.

Tomorrow night, I am having church with my fellow Kenya missionaries that went with us last month.  I am also meeting with them at the Maisha headquarters in Downtown Oklahoma City on Saturday, 5 May along with the next team that is going, I believe, in June.  I have 10 3/4 months until I return home for a visit and see my kids!!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 17, 2012, 08:37:46 pm
I can't help myself - NERD ALERT! NERD ALERT! - In 34 days on Monday, 21 May 2012, I will be beginning to do some Christmas Decoration Shopping. Hobby Lobby in Midwest City will start dedicating a half an aisle to Christmas Decorations in late May right before Memorial Day. I am about 3 months away from breaking out the Christmas Carols and just 6 months from this Thursday, 19 April 2012 from full house decorating!! Face it, I am already starting to think in that direction. Mr. Christmas is back!! 251 days!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 18, 2012, 09:38:52 pm
I had a really good day at work again today, now my 3rd day back at work.

I was in training for most of the day and only took 4 calls, but it was a nice change of pace.  I've got two more days of work this week and seven more until my 30th birthday!

This evening I had the privilege of seeing my Kenya team members for a little while and worship with them.  We had a wonderful time of fellowship and sharing to the church the stories of how God blessed us while we were down there.  I met up with the Kenya Team Coordinator and told her, for the first time face to face, what God has called me to do in 3 years by moving to Kenya.  She had read it in emails, but this is the first time I've seen her since we got home.  She wants me to come to her office in Downtown OKlahoma City after my birthday and talk with her and her assistant face to face where we can discuss at length and pray about it and brainstorm and get a game plan and a prayer plan together for the eventual move to Kenya.  From just the 5 minutes I was able to speak with her this evening, she is very excited about it and since she is a native of Kisumu, Kenya, she will be able to give me great insight as to the logistics of the move and stuff like that.

I left that church building this evening very encouraged.

God sometimes calls us to do radical things, and this is no different.  In the Bible, He told Moses' successor Joshua to march around the city of Jericho six times and on the seventh trip around the city to shout at the top of their lungs and the walls of the city fell and the Israelites, under the leadership of Joshua, conquered Jericho.  In more "recent" terms, He told George Washington to break away from the King of England and start a revolution to gain independence for 13 little, insignificant colonies detached from the rest of the word by copious amounts of water, which he knew if it failed, it would be his neck, literally.  That was a bold initiative directed and orchestrated and planned by none other than God Himself.  True, a lot of the founding fathers were Deists, such as Thomas Jefferson, who did not believe in the resurrection, but God still used them to give birth to this nation we call the United States of America.  Those are just two examples of how God occasionally calls people to do crazy things.  I'm not saying my calling is to conquer a city or to give birth to a nation, but it doesn't make it any less important.  Even if I just give a cup of cold water to my neighbor, that has the same importance in the Kingdom of Heaven as starting a nation or conquering a city.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on April 19, 2012, 06:08:21 am
Leaving aside the other comedic gold you just dumped there, the fact you, and your team plan on doing something other than use the three gray cells between you first is mind boggling.

You're using "God" as a crutch to shield you from dealing with any criticism over the sheer stupidity of your plans. No matter how dumb or impulsive or short sighted the idea if you convince yourself the Almighty has commanded you, you can get the people in your life to back off.

But perhaps the Almighty is speaking to you through us, a group of people with IQs over 75 and degrees from institutions that don't use ordinal directions in their names.

Consider that. Nevertheless we can't, nor should we, protect you from YOURSELF.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 19, 2012, 08:15:14 am
bushie you cant plan your life based on parables and fairy tales.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 19, 2012, 09:02:59 am
bushie you cant plan your life based on parables and fairy tales.

Does your head hurt from beating it on a brick wall, mitty?  

I'd be glad to see him move to Kenya in 2012 and be with his children.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Simfan34 on April 19, 2012, 10:07:58 am
But perhaps the Almighty is speaking to you through us, a group of people with IQs over 75 and degrees from institutions that don't use ordinal directions in their names.

As a potential student of Northwestern University I am deeply offended.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 19, 2012, 10:09:44 am
But perhaps the Almighty is speaking to you through us, a group of people with IQs over 75 and degrees from institutions that don't use ordinal directions in their names.

As a potential student of Northwestern University I am deeply offended.

Neh, don't be.  Northwestern isn't in the northwest, so bm has it right :)   


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Simfan34 on April 19, 2012, 10:16:25 am
But perhaps the Almighty is speaking to you through us, a group of people with IQs over 75 and degrees from institutions that don't use ordinal directions in their names.

As a potential student of Northwestern University I am deeply offended.

Neh, don't be.  Northwestern isn't in the northwest, so bm has it right :)   

So I should be offended if I was going to Northeastern?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 19, 2012, 10:20:09 am
But perhaps the Almighty is speaking to you through us, a group of people with IQs over 75 and degrees from institutions that don't use ordinal directions in their names.

As a potential student of Northwestern University I am deeply offended.

Neh, don't be.  Northwestern isn't in the northwest, so bm has it right :)   

So I should be offended if I was going to Northeastern?

Correct :P  Or just don't be offended......  :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 19, 2012, 10:20:56 am
God sometimes calls us to do radical things, and this is no different.  In the Bible, He told Moses' successor Joshua

if you would stop for 2 seconds and simply contrast your "call" to Joshua's (or any other character in the bible whom God called), you would realize the bible is saying that God actually spoke to them.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 19, 2012, 10:45:45 am
Bushie,

Don't misunderstand me - I have no problem with you going to Africa and spreading the Gospel.  That's simply fulfilling the Great Commission.

What I do have a problem with is you saying God is leading you to do this and that based on the direction of the wind, when, in fact, God hasn't spoken to you.  I've met many people who are just like you - who attempt to find God's direction for their lives by becoming a soothsayer and reading tea leaves.

I am almost tempted to drive to OK this weekend to sit down with you and your pastor and discuss the history of everything you've stated God has "led" you into.  I am certain the path is riddled with one disaster after another. 

If you keep this up, you'll probably end up burned out and blaming God for everything that has happened, when, in fact, it's not God's fault at all.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 19, 2012, 12:18:00 pm
Bushie,

Don't misunderstand me - I have no problem with you going to Africa and spreading the Gospel.  That's simply fulfilling the Great Commission.


Bingo, and that's all I want to do is fulfill the Great Commission.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: bullmoose88 on April 19, 2012, 12:46:52 pm
But perhaps the Almighty is speaking to you through us, a group of people with IQs over 75 and degrees from institutions that don't use ordinal directions in their names.

As a potential student of Northwestern University I am deeply offended.

Neh, don't be.  Northwestern isn't in the northwest, so bm has it right :)   


I should have been more precise. Mea culpa. Gramps knows what I'm getting at and it's clearly not a criticism against those respected schools.

So I should be offended if I was going to Northeastern?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 19, 2012, 12:49:28 pm
Bushie,

Don't misunderstand me - I have no problem with you going to Africa and spreading the Gospel.  That's simply fulfilling the Great Commission.


Bingo, and that's all I want to do is fulfill the Great Commission.

doesn't "go into all the world" also include OK, or is OK separated from the world?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 19, 2012, 01:09:58 pm
Bushie,

Don't misunderstand me - I have no problem with you going to Africa and spreading the Gospel.  That's simply fulfilling the Great Commission.


Bingo, and that's all I want to do is fulfill the Great Commission.

doesn't "go into all the world" also include OK, or is OK separated from the world?

It includes Oklahoma, but it doesn't mean I am limited to Oklahoma.  God can take me anywhere He wants, whether it be Oklahoma, Florida, Europe, Australia, China, Kenya, or elsewhere in Africa or the World.  I really do feel led to move to Kenya in early 2015 to be an aide to the men working at Maisha.  Right now they have 3 men to serve 450 orphans and widows plus 2 million people in the slums.  One young man there is probably going to go back to school in the near future, so that leaves pretty much 2 full time men and this young man as the part time.  That's one thing that was said very early on in the trip, and in the meetings before hand that they are in desperate need of men to help in the overseeing and the administration of the Orphanage.  That is what I'm going down there to do, is to be an aide to the men down there whom I have formed a good relationship with.

I am going to meet with the Kenya Team Coordinator and Maisha Int'l Orphanage Founder, a native of Kisumu, on Wednesday, 2 May 2012 at 17:30.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on April 19, 2012, 01:15:54 pm
Has anyone noticed the subtle things BushKE has done to show us he's transforming? Using the world clock and formatting his dates in a different manner?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: © tweed on April 19, 2012, 01:17:25 pm

I am almost tempted to drive to OK this weekend to sit down with you and your pastor and discuss the history of everything you've stated God has "led" you into.  I am certain the path is riddled with one disaster after another.  

video, please.


best scene since the Karamazovs wandered into Father Zossima's cell back in the 1870s.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Simfan34 on April 19, 2012, 02:44:55 pm
I'm just pulling your leg. Just pointing out a little... error.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 19, 2012, 03:23:42 pm
I started getting a headache about 11:00 am today, but I took some medicine and asked the Lord to take it away because I could not afford to have a headache interfere with my work.  Wouldn't you know, that by 11:30, it was gone.

That's what happens when you take medicine...  You act like prayer fixes all of your problems.  Sometimes (most of the time) God let's things work out on their own.  In this case, God let the Tylenol take away your headache.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on April 19, 2012, 03:29:17 pm
It's quite obvious that Dave has chosen not to renew this thread for another season and this storyline is heading towards the ultimate closure.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 19, 2012, 03:32:14 pm
It's quite obvious that Dave has chosen not to renew this thread for another season and this storyline is heading towards the ultimate closure.

O ye, of little faith.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 19, 2012, 03:33:30 pm
It's quite obvious that Dave has chosen not to renew this thread for another season and this storyline is heading towards the ultimate closure.

O ye, of little faith.

Exactly, the kids' granny is gonna come into crisis soon and Bushie will be jetting over to Kenya to rescue his kids.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 19, 2012, 03:39:19 pm
Speaking of granny, didn't he get mad once because his stole the thunder of his birthday or something.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 19, 2012, 03:43:17 pm
Speaking of granny, didn't he get mad once because his stole the thunder of his birthday or something.

That was last year and I was being selfish.  I fully realize and fully admit that.  I definitely don't think that this year.  I have had many experiences in my 30th year (age 29) that have gone to grow me and mature me.  I feel a lot more mature heading to my 30th birthday in 9 days than I did heading to my 29th birthday.  I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but by God's grace and with His direction, I am getting there.  I will not get there entirely until I get home to heaven, to be perfectly honest.  I can get closer and closer, though!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 19, 2012, 04:00:56 pm
Speaking of granny, didn't he get mad once because his stole the thunder of his birthday or something.

I'm talking about Bushie's kids' granny that they live with, but yeah.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 19, 2012, 04:35:10 pm
Speaking of granny, didn't he get mad once because his stole the thunder of his birthday or something.

I'm talking about Bushie's kids' granny that they live with, but yeah.

Haha, well I can tell you there is very little chance I will be in Kenya this year or next year.  It could happen, but I am not thinking that is either what I'm supposed to do or what I want to do at this time.  I will move to Kenya, but I am still looking at 28 February 2015.  The earliest I would move it up is to 31 August 2014, but I still have things to do here in Oklahoma City.

For starters, I still plan to get my MBA, and I want to have that completed before I head to Africa.  If I get started in August 2012 or even January 2013, which may be more likely, I should be done by May or December 2014, respectively for each start date.  Even if takes longer than I am planning, I am okay with that.  Since my Kenya trips in March 2013 and March 2014 are during Spring Break, those will not be impacted by an MBA pursuit.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Simfan34 on April 19, 2012, 04:39:20 pm
MBA? From where?

Jmfcst, help him!


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 19, 2012, 04:43:11 pm
MBA? From where?

Jmfcst, help him!

University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: patrick1 on April 19, 2012, 04:58:42 pm
Bushie, what would be the advantage of getting an MBA and then jetting off to Kenya?  Further, how would you pay back Uncle Sam on what I am assuming would be a meager Kenyan missionary type salary. 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 19, 2012, 05:00:49 pm
Bushie, what would be the advantage of getting an MBA and then jetting off to Kenya?  Further, how would you pay back Uncle Sam on what I am assuming would be a meager Kenyan missionary type salary. 

An MBA would, no doubt, help me wherever I go even to Africa.

I will figure out a way to pay the loan back.  I'll be alright.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 19, 2012, 05:06:12 pm
Bushie, what would be the advantage of getting an MBA and then jetting off to Kenya?  Further, how would you pay back Uncle Sam on what I am assuming would be a meager Kenyan missionary type salary. 

An MBA would, no doubt, help me wherever I go even to Africa.

I will figure out a way to pay the loan back.  I'll be alright.

Plus, if somehow events turn and I have to stay in Oklahoma, it definitely can't hurt me.  I'm confident I will be in Kenya, but I'm trying to plan for the possible "what-if" scenarios.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 19, 2012, 10:02:14 pm
I just got home from a good men's meeting at church.  There were just 3 of us, my pastor, youth and music minister, and myself (the associate pastor/associate music minister).  We talked about my calling to move to Kenya.  They brought up some very good points that made me think about why I am going, what is my purpose down there, and to make sure I can support myself and that I'm not going to be just another mouth to feed.

I told them the same thing I have been telling you guys that Dell has an office in Nairobi and I can probably get a transfer through them down there.  If not, then I have a friend who graduated from the same high school I did a year after I did who lives just outside Kisumu who owns a agriculture and farming business that employs thousands of people.  I could probably get on with them.  I assured them I will not just be another mouth to feed and that I will be able to support myself, my children, and be able to actually contribute down there.  Believe me, if I had any premonition that I would be unable to support myself and take a plate of food away from somebody else, then I would stay in Oklahoma or at least the United States.  As I said, I am going to meet with the Maisha Founder and Director on 2 May and discuss a game plan, a prayer plan, and what I am going to actually do down there not only to contribute to Maisha on the ground, but to support myself so I can contribute to Maisha.  That's another reason I'm not leaving for 2 1/2 - 4 years because it will take time to come to those conclusions and make the necessary arrangements as well as to raise the funds necessary to actually make the initial move to Kisumu.  I am under no illusions this will be an easy or an inexpensive venture.  All I know is it will be worth it.  My God, while He calls me to have faith, also explains very clearly in His Word that He expects us to have some common sense.  In fact, in the New Testament book of Romans it says if a man does not work, He should not eat.  God will provide all I need, but He does expect me to do my part and pull my share of the load.  He will pick up where I cannot continue.

Needless to say, I came away from the meeting tonight very encouraged.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Sbane on April 19, 2012, 10:14:12 pm
Bushie, can you at least promise us you won't move to Kenya unless you have a well paying job? That's what your pastor and youth and music minister were trying to tell you. Without a good paying job, you won't be able to do the good you are able to do living in Oklahoma.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: King on April 19, 2012, 10:22:27 pm
I just heard Lithium by Nirvana (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fIqq5XVFKQ) for the first time in years and it reminded me of Bushie.


However, the Polyphonic Spree cover is probably better for the tone of Bushie as a person:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vzUh_55x2M


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 19, 2012, 10:25:37 pm
Bushie, can you at least promise us you won't move to Kenya unless you have a well paying job? That's what your pastor and youth and music minister were trying to tell you. Without a good paying job, you won't be able to do the good you are able to do living in Oklahoma.

I can definitely promise you that, and not only you, but I promise myself that as well.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Smash255 on April 19, 2012, 11:50:03 pm
Bushie, for once in your life, think with your brain.  Not your heart, not what you think God wants or tells you to do, but think with your very own brain and use the concept of rationale thought


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 19, 2012, 11:53:26 pm
Bushie, for once in your life, think with your brain.  Not your heart, not what you think God wants or tells you to do, but think with your very own brain and use the concept of rationale thought

I am thinking with my brain.  That's what people don't understand.  This forum thinks the ONLY rational decision is to stay in Oklahoma and not move a muscle.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: CLARENCE 2015! on April 19, 2012, 11:54:25 pm
Bushie, for once in your life, think with your brain.  Not your heart, not what you think God wants or tells you to do, but think with your very own brain and use the concept of rationale thought

I am thinking with my brain.  That's what people don't understand.  This forum thinks the ONLY rational decision is to stay in Oklahoma and not move a muscle.
As a Christian man, I admire and respect your devotion to God and serving all His children... but from what I know about your decision that is the more rational decision then moving to Kenya


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 20, 2012, 12:03:09 am
Bushie, for once in your life, think with your brain.  Not your heart, not what you think God wants or tells you to do, but think with your very own brain and use the concept of rationale thought

I am thinking with my brain.  That's what people don't understand.  This forum thinks the ONLY rational decision is to stay in Oklahoma and not move a muscle.
As a Christian man, I admire and respect your devotion to God and serving all His children... but from what I know about your decision that is the more rational decision then moving to Kenya

I strongly disagree, Clarence.  Moving to Kenya is a huge decision, and I realize a lot of people will find it very crazy, but that's fine with me really.  I know it will neither be easy nor inexpensive.  I just know it will be well worth it in the end.

People may think I am insane for feeling the call to move 10,000 miles away.  That is not the clinical definition of insanity, however.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

I am going to give myself 100% to this adventure.  I am not going to move down there if I don't have a well-paying job, enough to support myself and my two children and enough to fund an annual trip back to Oklahoma for my medical checkups and relaxation.

I'm not going to be stupid and move down there without the proper arrangements in place.  That, again, is why it is going to take at least 2 1/2 - 3 years so I can get all the puzzle pieces together, and we're talking a 5000 piece puzzle, or so it seems.  It seems daunting here at the very onset of this, but I know following the LORD and His will is ALWAYS worth all the trouble.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 20, 2012, 08:07:06 am
Bushie have you discussed your calling with your parents yet?  If not, you don't have to say why not, cause we all know the answer to that.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Swing low, sweet chariot. Comin' for to carry me home. on April 20, 2012, 10:43:12 am
It includes Oklahoma, but it doesn't mean I am limited to Oklahoma.  God can take me anywhere He wants, whether it be Oklahoma, Florida, Europe, Australia, China, Kenya, or elsewhere in Africa or the World.  I really do feel led to move to Kenya in early 2015

Well, if God is leading you to Kenya, why has he not directly spoken to you about doing so?!  Did God catch laryngitis and lose his voice?

That’s the 800 pound elephant in the room that you refuse to address.

John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow.”

I can’t find anything in John 10:27 about “My sheep know how to read tea leaves.”  Nor can I find any example in scripture of God commissioning someone to do something without God actually speaking to them.

Obviously, God has given you the freedom to move to Kenya, just as he has given me the freedom to move to Kenya…but having the freedom to do something is totally different than being given a commission (an order) to do something.

If you’ve read my testimony, you know that God used a girl (who is now my wife) to bring me to Christ.  He set something inside my heart concerning her from the very instant I first came into her presence in the Fall of 1991 that made me understand my destiny was linked to her.  I wouldn’t understand it fully until the moment I was saved in Oct 1992, then God answered my query concerning the purpose of her being brought into my wife.

BUT, I did NOT interpret her purpose in bringing me to Christ as a sign that I had to marry her.  God did NOT command me to marry her, even though he DID command me to go and explain the true Gospel to her.  Marrying her was my own choice.  I had liberty from God to marry anyone I so chose to marry (as long as they were Christian…and of the opposite sex, of course :P ).

In fact, before our marriage, my pastor (he always gives pre-marriage counseling to couples as a prerequisite to conducting the marriage) even pointed out to me that nothing in my testimony require that I marry her.  I assured him I understood that and that I fully agreed.  But that is the difference between my pastor and yours – my pastor differentiates between freedom and God-given commands, and he believes the will of God is ALREADY spelled out in scripture (he doesn’t buy into things like The Purpose Driven Life which tells people they have to constantly seek God’s purpose for their lives).  And he knows the difference between the voice of God and the imagination of those who attempt to read tea leaves, cause he himself knows the voice of God because God spoke to him and said, “I am calling you to be a pastor.”  That’s why, if you’ve seen his videos I posted, he is so down to earth and unshaken by the latest fads going on in Christianity – he doesn’t get caught up in the latest doctrinal fads because he keeps a connection with Christ.

I have met pastors who became pastors without a true calling to do so – I once had a pastor  invite us over for a “bible study” (his wife worked with my wife in 1995 and had invited us over for a bible study – the pastor’s wife thought my wife was a heathen for wearing lip gloss and showing off her neck) tell me that he determined he was called to be a pastor because he put a fleece before God by placing two adds in some newspaper and didn’t receive a reply to either, and he had always received a reply to those ads.  I didn’t say anything to him, but in the back of my mind I was thinking, “You’ve got to be kidding me!!!…but that does explain why you suck.”  They ended up basically kicking us out of their house after asking me to come to Christ and then being offended by our testimony we gave as a response.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 20, 2012, 05:38:03 pm
Bushie have you discussed your calling with your parents yet?  If not, you don't have to say why not, cause we all know the answer to that.

No, I haven't discussed it with my parents, yet, because I want to make sure I have a lot more pieces of the puzzle in place such as possible employment and housing arrangements, etc. before I approach them.  In doing so, like I said I am talking to the Maisha Coordinator on Wednesday, 2 May at her office in Downtown Oklahoma City to discuss this in greater depth.  Plus, the time is not right to tell my parents.  I want to wait until I get further removed from the March 2012 trip before I tell them.  I will probably wait until after the meetings have begun for March 2013 trip which should happen this October.  Sometime around the Holidays this year, I will tell them.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 20, 2012, 05:46:49 pm
It includes Oklahoma, but it doesn't mean I am limited to Oklahoma.  God can take me anywhere He wants, whether it be Oklahoma, Florida, Europe, Australia, China, Kenya, or elsewhere in Africa or the World.  I really do feel led to move to Kenya in early 2015

Well, if God is leading you to Kenya, why has he not directly spoken to you about doing so?!  Did God catch laryngitis and lose his voice?

That’s the 800 pound elephant in the room that you refuse to address.

John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow.”

I can’t find anything in John 10:27 about “My sheep know how to read tea leaves.”  Nor can I find any example in scripture of God commissioning someone to do something without God actually speaking to them.

Obviously, God has given you the freedom to move to Kenya, just as he has given me the freedom to move to Kenya…but having the freedom to do something is totally different than being given a commission (an order) to do something.

If you’ve read my testimony, you know that God used a girl (who is now my wife) to bring me to Christ.  He set something inside my heart concerning her from the very instant I first came into her presence in the Fall of 1991 that made me understand my destiny was linked to her.  I wouldn’t understand it fully until the moment I was saved in Oct 1992, then God answered my query concerning the purpose of her being brought into my wife.

BUT, I did NOT interpret her purpose in bringing me to Christ as a sign that I had to marry her.  God did NOT command me to marry her, even though he DID command me to go and explain the true Gospel to her.  Marrying her was my own choice.  I had liberty from God to marry anyone I so chose to marry (as long as they were Christian…and of the opposite sex, of course :P ).

In fact, before our marriage, my pastor (he always gives pre-marriage counseling to couples as a prerequisite to conducting the marriage) even pointed out to me that nothing in my testimony require that I marry her.  I assured him I understood that and that I fully agreed.  But that is the difference between my pastor and yours – my pastor differentiates between freedom and God-given commands, and he believes the will of God is ALREADY spelled out in scripture (he doesn’t buy into things like The Purpose Driven Life which tells people they have to constantly seek God’s purpose for their lives).  And he knows the difference between the voice of God and the imagination of those who attempt to read tea leaves, cause he himself knows the voice of God because God spoke to him and said, “I am calling you to be a pastor.”  That’s why, if you’ve seen his videos I posted, he is so down to earth and unshaken by the latest fads going on in Christianity – he doesn’t get caught up in the latest doctrinal fads because he keeps a connection with Christ.

I have met pastors who became pastors without a true calling to do so – I once had a pastor  invite us over for a “bible study” (his wife worked with my wife in 1995 and had invited us over for a bible study – the pastor’s wife thought my wife was a heathen for wearing lip gloss and showing off her neck) tell me that he determined he was called to be a pastor because he put a fleece before God by placing two adds in some newspaper and didn’t receive a reply to either, and he had always received a reply to those ads.  I didn’t say anything to him, but in the back of my mind I was thinking, “You’ve got to be kidding me!!!…but that does explain why you suck.”  They ended up basically kicking us out of their house after asking me to come to Christ and then being offended by our testimony we gave as a response.


I am not just reading tea leaves here.  God often speaks to His children in visions/dreams and through Scripture and through trusted family and friends.  He has spoken to me in all three ways over the past month.  He has given me countless dreams of my mission down there.  He has spoken to me through Scripture, mainly in three places, my testimonial verses in Exodus 4:10-12 and also in Genesis 12:1-5, and my favorite verse of Scripture in Philippians 4:19.  He has also spoken to me through trusted friends and family.  My pastor and youth/music minister for instance last evening.  My youth/music minister was the most skeptical of this, and He went on the trip with me.  He is starting to realize where I am coming from.  My cousin who I have, of course, known all of our lives and I trust her guidance.  I have spoken to my former pastor and his wife who has been down this road before with their daughter moving to South Africa just a few years ago.  The little "confirmations" were just blessings along the way.  God has definitely spoken to me over the past month through a number of ways, visions, Scripture, and through others.  He has spoken to me through this forum, as well, because it has helped me refine WHY I am going there and making sure I am not going down there (A) for the wrong reasons and (B) end up being another mouth to feed.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Simfan34 on April 20, 2012, 06:04:57 pm
Only Jmfcst can save him now.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: AndrewTX on April 20, 2012, 07:39:17 pm
Bushie have you discussed your calling with your parents yet?  If not, you don't have to say why not, cause we all know the answer to that.

No, I haven't discussed it with my parents, yet, because I want to make sure I have a lot more pieces of the puzzle in place such as possible employment and housing arrangements, etc. before I approach them. 

Have you deleted everyone from your facebook who could possibly ask them about this, or are there only like 5 people in Oklahoma who have facebook?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 20, 2012, 08:03:00 pm
People may think I am insane for feeling the call to move 10,000 miles away.  That is not the clinical definition of insanity, however.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

You do know that's not the clinical definition of insanity, correct?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 20, 2012, 08:05:39 pm
Bushie have you discussed your calling with your parents yet?  If not, you don't have to say why not, cause we all know the answer to that.

No, I haven't discussed it with my parents, yet, because I want to make sure I have a lot more pieces of the puzzle in place such as possible employment and housing arrangements, etc. before I approach them.  In doing so, like I said I am talking to the Maisha Coordinator on Wednesday, 2 May at her office in Downtown Oklahoma City to discuss this in greater depth.  Plus, the time is not right to tell my parents.  I want to wait until I get further removed from the March 2012 trip before I tell them.  I will probably wait until after the meetings have begun for March 2013 trip which should happen this October.  Sometime around the Holidays this year, I will tell them.

That says EVERYTHING right there... they're going to tell you the same thing we've been telling you.  And I think some part of you knows they'd be / we are right... you're doing this because you had an emotional reaction to the trip.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 20, 2012, 08:07:31 pm
It includes Oklahoma, but it doesn't mean I am limited to Oklahoma.  God can take me anywhere He wants, whether it be Oklahoma, Florida, Europe, Australia, China, Kenya, or elsewhere in Africa or the World.  I really do feel led to move to Kenya in early 2015

Well, if God is leading you to Kenya, why has he not directly spoken to you about doing so?!  Did God catch laryngitis and lose his voice?

That’s the 800 pound elephant in the room that you refuse to address.

John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow.”

I can’t find anything in John 10:27 about “My sheep know how to read tea leaves.”  Nor can I find any example in scripture of God commissioning someone to do something without God actually speaking to them.

Obviously, God has given you the freedom to move to Kenya, just as he has given me the freedom to move to Kenya…but having the freedom to do something is totally different than being given a commission (an order) to do something.

If you’ve read my testimony, you know that God used a girl (who is now my wife) to bring me to Christ.  He set something inside my heart concerning her from the very instant I first came into her presence in the Fall of 1991 that made me understand my destiny was linked to her.  I wouldn’t understand it fully until the moment I was saved in Oct 1992, then God answered my query concerning the purpose of her being brought into my wife.

BUT, I did NOT interpret her purpose in bringing me to Christ as a sign that I had to marry her.  God did NOT command me to marry her, even though he DID command me to go and explain the true Gospel to her.  Marrying her was my own choice.  I had liberty from God to marry anyone I so chose to marry (as long as they were Christian…and of the opposite sex, of course :P ).

In fact, before our marriage, my pastor (he always gives pre-marriage counseling to couples as a prerequisite to conducting the marriage) even pointed out to me that nothing in my testimony require that I marry her.  I assured him I understood that and that I fully agreed.  But that is the difference between my pastor and yours – my pastor differentiates between freedom and God-given commands, and he believes the will of God is ALREADY spelled out in scripture (he doesn’t buy into things like The Purpose Driven Life which tells people they have to constantly seek God’s purpose for their lives).  And he knows the difference between the voice of God and the imagination of those who attempt to read tea leaves, cause he himself knows the voice of God because God spoke to him and said, “I am calling you to be a pastor.”  That’s why, if you’ve seen his videos I posted, he is so down to earth and unshaken by the latest fads going on in Christianity – he doesn’t get caught up in the latest doctrinal fads because he keeps a connection with Christ.

I have met pastors who became pastors without a true calling to do so – I once had a pastor  invite us over for a “bible study” (his wife worked with my wife in 1995 and had invited us over for a bible study – the pastor’s wife thought my wife was a heathen for wearing lip gloss and showing off her neck) tell me that he determined he was called to be a pastor because he put a fleece before God by placing two adds in some newspaper and didn’t receive a reply to either, and he had always received a reply to those ads.  I didn’t say anything to him, but in the back of my mind I was thinking, “You’ve got to be kidding me!!!…but that does explain why you suck.”  They ended up basically kicking us out of their house after asking me to come to Christ and then being offended by our testimony we gave as a response.


I am not just reading tea leaves here.  God often speaks to His children in visions/dreams and through Scripture and through trusted family and friends.  He has spoken to me in all three ways over the past month.  He has given me countless dreams of my mission down there.  He has spoken to me through Scripture, mainly in three places, my testimonial verses in Exodus 4:10-12 and also in Genesis 12:1-5, and my favorite verse of Scripture in Philippians 4:19.  He has also spoken to me through trusted friends and family.  My pastor and youth/music minister for instance last evening.  My youth/music minister was the most skeptical of this, and He went on the trip with me.  He is starting to realize where I am coming from.  My cousin who I have, of course, known all of our lives and I trust her guidance.  I have spoken to my former pastor and his wife who has been down this road before with their daughter moving to South Africa just a few years ago.  The little "confirmations" were just blessings along the way.  God has definitely spoken to me over the past month through a number of ways, visions, Scripture, and through others.  He has spoken to me through this forum, as well, because it has helped me refine WHY I am going there and making sure I am not going down there (A) for the wrong reasons and (B) end up being another mouth to feed.

Saying that you know God has "definitely spoken" do you through visions is borderline blasphemy... you can't know that.  And, from a theological standpoint (being a Dispensationalist), I would argue that we are past the dispensation of visions by God.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 20, 2012, 10:14:24 pm
Bushie have you discussed your calling with your parents yet?  If not, you don't have to say why not, cause we all know the answer to that.

No, I haven't discussed it with my parents, yet, because I want to make sure I have a lot more pieces of the puzzle in place such as possible employment and housing arrangements, etc. before I approach them.  In doing so, like I said I am talking to the Maisha Coordinator on Wednesday, 2 May at her office in Downtown Oklahoma City to discuss this in greater depth.  Plus, the time is not right to tell my parents.  I want to wait until I get further removed from the March 2012 trip before I tell them.  I will probably wait until after the meetings have begun for March 2013 trip which should happen this October.  Sometime around the Holidays this year, I will tell them.

That says EVERYTHING right there... they're going to tell you the same thing we've been telling you.  And I think some part of you knows they'd be / we are right... you're doing this because you had an emotional reaction to the trip.

To be honest, I'm far enough away from the trip now, having been home almost a month and the desires and feelings have done nothing but grow.  The more I think about it, the more excited I get, the bigger my smile gets, and the more confident my steps become.  My cousin has seen a drastic change in me since I've been home and she told me just this evening that she has not seen that change die, rather she has seen it grow and evolve into a little clearer picture of what my mission will actually be.  My mission, as I have been saying, and nobody on this forum is addressing this aspect, is that Maisha International Orphanage serves 450 orphans and about 100-150 widows.  They have a grand total of 3 men overseeing the day to day operations on the ground.  They need men in the worst way because these widows have lost their husbands largely due to AIDS.  These three men are in great health, themselves, but they have a hard time serving 600 people (that's roughly 200 people per man) and have time to themselves as well.  When I go down there, I would be not only a 4th man, but also the only white man down there and will be able to bring some American perspective to the situation.

Put it another way, I am not going down there to do what I want to do and I am not going down there to serve my best interest.  My best interest and what I want to do is in Oklahoma.  I am giving up all my dreams and ambitions in Oklahoma to give my life completely to my God and really serving Him and really worshipping Him.  As a Christian, the Bible teaches me that I am bought with a price, and my life does not belong to me.  My life belongs to Jesus.  He owns the deed to my life.  It is only right for me to give my self completely to Him because He gave Himself completely for me on the cross dying in my place for my sins and taking the punishment that I deserve.

I really do appreciate this forum's concern for my well being, but let me tell you I am not doing this to see what I can gain out of it.  I know I'm going to give up a lot by leaving Oklahoma for Kenya.  I also know that I'm going to gain a lot by doing the exact same thing.

The Bible also says in James 1 that true religion is taking care of the widows and orphans.

All my dreams and ambitions that I had before I went to Africa have been redirected to eternal things, not temporal things.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 20, 2012, 10:18:20 pm
It includes Oklahoma, but it doesn't mean I am limited to Oklahoma.  God can take me anywhere He wants, whether it be Oklahoma, Florida, Europe, Australia, China, Kenya, or elsewhere in Africa or the World.  I really do feel led to move to Kenya in early 2015

Well, if God is leading you to Kenya, why has he not directly spoken to you about doing so?!  Did God catch laryngitis and lose his voice?

That’s the 800 pound elephant in the room that you refuse to address.

John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow.”

I can’t find anything in John 10:27 about “My sheep know how to read tea leaves.”  Nor can I find any example in scripture of God commissioning someone to do something without God actually speaking to them.

Obviously, God has given you the freedom to move to Kenya, just as he has given me the freedom to move to Kenya…but having the freedom to do something is totally different than being given a commission (an order) to do something.

If you’ve read my testimony, you know that God used a girl (who is now my wife) to bring me to Christ.  He set something inside my heart concerning her from the very instant I first came into her presence in the Fall of 1991 that made me understand my destiny was linked to her.  I wouldn’t understand it fully until the moment I was saved in Oct 1992, then God answered my query concerning the purpose of her being brought into my wife.

BUT, I did NOT interpret her purpose in bringing me to Christ as a sign that I had to marry her.  God did NOT command me to marry her, even though he DID command me to go and explain the true Gospel to her.  Marrying her was my own choice.  I had liberty from God to marry anyone I so chose to marry (as long as they were Christian…and of the opposite sex, of course :P ).

In fact, before our marriage, my pastor (he always gives pre-marriage counseling to couples as a prerequisite to conducting the marriage) even pointed out to me that nothing in my testimony require that I marry her.  I assured him I understood that and that I fully agreed.  But that is the difference between my pastor and yours – my pastor differentiates between freedom and God-given commands, and he believes the will of God is ALREADY spelled out in scripture (he doesn’t buy into things like The Purpose Driven Life which tells people they have to constantly seek God’s purpose for their lives).  And he knows the difference between the voice of God and the imagination of those who attempt to read tea leaves, cause he himself knows the voice of God because God spoke to him and said, “I am calling you to be a pastor.”  That’s why, if you’ve seen his videos I posted, he is so down to earth and unshaken by the latest fads going on in Christianity – he doesn’t get caught up in the latest doctrinal fads because he keeps a connection with Christ.

I have met pastors who became pastors without a true calling to do so – I once had a pastor  invite us over for a “bible study” (his wife worked with my wife in 1995 and had invited us over for a bible study – the pastor’s wife thought my wife was a heathen for wearing lip gloss and showing off her neck) tell me that he determined he was called to be a pastor because he put a fleece before God by placing two adds in some newspaper and didn’t receive a reply to either, and he had always received a reply to those ads.  I didn’t say anything to him, but in the back of my mind I was thinking, “You’ve got to be kidding me!!!…but that does explain why you suck.”  They ended up basically kicking us out of their house after asking me to come to Christ and then being offended by our testimony we gave as a response.


I am not just reading tea leaves here.  God often speaks to His children in visions/dreams and through Scripture and through trusted family and friends.  He has spoken to me in all three ways over the past month.  He has given me countless dreams of my mission down there.  He has spoken to me through Scripture, mainly in three places, my testimonial verses in Exodus 4:10-12 and also in Genesis 12:1-5, and my favorite verse of Scripture in Philippians 4:19.  He has also spoken to me through trusted friends and family.  My pastor and youth/music minister for instance last evening.  My youth/music minister was the most skeptical of this, and He went on the trip with me.  He is starting to realize where I am coming from.  My cousin who I have, of course, known all of our lives and I trust her guidance.  I have spoken to my former pastor and his wife who has been down this road before with their daughter moving to South Africa just a few years ago.  The little "confirmations" were just blessings along the way.  God has definitely spoken to me over the past month through a number of ways, visions, Scripture, and through others.  He has spoken to me through this forum, as well, because it has helped me refine WHY I am going there and making sure I am not going down there (A) for the wrong reasons and (B) end up being another mouth to feed.

Saying that you know God has "definitely spoken" do you through visions is borderline blasphemy... you can't know that.  And, from a theological standpoint (being a Dispensationalist), I would argue that we are past the dispensation of visions by God.

I totally disagree.  I believe God can speak however He wants.  He can still make the sun stand still if He wants like He did in the book of Joshua.  He can make the sun go backwards.  He doesn't speak in the earthquake, or the wind, or the rain, or the fire.  Rather, He speaks in a still small voice, or as some translations put it, the sound of a gentle blowing.  That is what I've been hearing, the still small voice, a gentle whisper that was loud and clear.

I know what I heard, Inks.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on April 20, 2012, 11:42:32 pm
Bushie have you discussed your calling with your parents yet?  If not, you don't have to say why not, cause we all know the answer to that.

No, I haven't discussed it with my parents, yet, because I want to make sure I have a lot more pieces of the puzzle in place such as possible employment and housing arrangements, etc. before I approach them.  In doing so, like I said I am talking to the Maisha Coordinator on Wednesday, 2 May at her office in Downtown Oklahoma City to discuss this in greater depth.  Plus, the time is not right to tell my parents.  I want to wait until I get further removed from the March 2012 trip before I tell them.  I will probably wait until after the meetings have begun for March 2013 trip which should happen this October.  Sometime around the Holidays this year, I will tell them.

So you're going to hide a major life decision from them for six months?  May I ask why?

Whatever happened to "honor thy father and thy mother"?


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Smash255 on April 20, 2012, 11:45:56 pm
Bushie, for once in your life, think with your brain.  Not your heart, not what you think God wants or tells you to do, but think with your very own brain and use the concept of rationale thought

I am thinking with my brain.  That's what people don't understand.  This forum thinks the ONLY rational decision is to stay in Oklahoma and not move a muscle.

No you aren't.  If you were thinking with your actual brain you wouldn't be going on about God told you this or God told you that.  Use your own brain, think rationally and keep God out of the question.

Also no one is suggesting you should stay in Oklahoma all your life.  If I was there I would sure as hell want out.  However, there is a major difference between moving on with your life, trying a different direction, etc and moving halfway across the Globe  It doesn't have to be Kenya or Oklahoma forever


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 21, 2012, 08:43:09 am
Bushie have you discussed your calling with your parents yet?  If not, you don't have to say why not, cause we all know the answer to that.

No, I haven't discussed it with my parents, yet, because I want to make sure I have a lot more pieces of the puzzle in place such as possible employment and housing arrangements, etc. before I approach them.  In doing so, like I said I am talking to the Maisha Coordinator on Wednesday, 2 May at her office in Downtown Oklahoma City to discuss this in greater depth.  Plus, the time is not right to tell my parents.  I want to wait until I get further removed from the March 2012 trip before I tell them.  I will probably wait until after the meetings have begun for March 2013 trip which should happen this October.  Sometime around the Holidays this year, I will tell them.

So you're going to hide a major life decision from them for six months?  May I ask why?

Whatever happened to "honor thy father and thy mother"?


I want to get a few more pieces of the puzzle in place such as how am I going to support myself, where am I going to live, and such like that.  Plus, the timing just is not right.  I am honoring them by making sure I have a clearer idea of the important questions before I tell them. I want to have my ducks in a row so to speak.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 21, 2012, 08:43:56 am
Bushie, for once in your life, think with your brain.  Not your heart, not what you think God wants or tells you to do, but think with your very own brain and use the concept of rationale thought

I am thinking with my brain.  That's what people don't understand.  This forum thinks the ONLY rational decision is to stay in Oklahoma and not move a muscle.

No you aren't.  If you were thinking with your actual brain you wouldn't be going on about God told you this or God told you that.  Use your own brain, think rationally and keep God out of the question.

Also no one is suggesting you should stay in Oklahoma all your life.  If I was there I would sure as hell want out.  However, there is a major difference between moving on with your life, trying a different direction, etc and moving halfway across the Globe  It doesn't have to be Kenya or Oklahoma forever

If you expect me to leave God out of the equation, forget it.  He is my Rock and my Hiding Place.  He has brought me this far, I am not going to abandon Him now.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 21, 2012, 11:58:48 am
Well, the cat's out of the bag, folks! My mother found out my plans on facebook.  She asked me just now if I had quit work, I was honest with her that, yes, I do plan to move to Kenya, but not until Spring 2015 at the earliest, and that I have not quit work and if I can swing it, I will try to transfer to the Dell in Nairobi.  I told her I am not ready to move to Kenya and I have a lot of stuff left to do in Oklahoma.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 21, 2012, 01:27:25 pm
Well, the cat's out of the bag, folks! My mother found out my plans on facebook.  She asked me just now if I had quit work, I was honest with her that, yes, I do plan to move to Kenya, but not until Spring 2015 at the earliest, and that I have not quit work and if I can swing it, I will try to transfer to the Dell in Nairobi.  I told her I am not ready to move to Kenya and I have a lot of stuff left to do in Oklahoma.

Maybe the picture of the Kenyan boy as your profile pic caused her to read further?  ::)   Will you delete mom and dad and  your brother now too?  Maybe LP will tell you to "tidy up" your friends list and remove them?  She is a whackjob.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 21, 2012, 01:38:12 pm
Well, the cat's out of the bag, folks! My mother found out my plans on facebook.  She asked me just now if I had quit work, I was honest with her that, yes, I do plan to move to Kenya, but not until Spring 2015 at the earliest, and that I have not quit work and if I can swing it, I will try to transfer to the Dell in Nairobi.  I told her I am not ready to move to Kenya and I have a lot of stuff left to do in Oklahoma.

Maybe the picture of the Kenyan boy as your profile pic caused her to read further?  ::)   Will you delete mom and dad and  your brother now too?  Maybe LP will tell you to "tidy up" your friends list and remove them?  She is a whackjob.

I am not going to delete my family, because they are... my family.  Plus, none of them are saying this is a bad idea.

That friend on facebook you mention is probably my best friend on there.  I don't agree with her on everything, but I do agree with her on a lot of things.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Joe Republic on April 21, 2012, 01:51:46 pm
Having your parents on Facebook in the first place is weird and unwise, but then so are you I suppose.  And of course they're not saying this pipe dream is a bad idea; they were also fully supportive of you scamming them and your grandma those couple of times.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 21, 2012, 04:11:27 pm
So what was their reaction to the fact they have 2 new grandkids? 


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: WalterMitty on April 21, 2012, 05:06:22 pm
this gets better.

all bushie has to do is tell his parents that 'god told him' to move to kenya.  they will fall for it.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Mr. Morden on April 21, 2012, 06:45:56 pm
Having your parents on Facebook in the first place is weird and unwise, but then so are you I suppose.

I'm FB friends with my Mom, and know several other people who are FB friends with their parents.  Never thought it was a big deal.  But then, I guess it depends on how much you use FB and what you use it for.  I'm over 30, and have a relatively boring life, so there's nothing I would want to put on FB that I mind if my mother sees.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Alt-Grumps on April 21, 2012, 06:49:41 pm
Having your parents on Facebook in the first place is weird and unwise, but then so are you I suppose.

I'm FB friends with my Mom, and know several other people who are FB friends with their parents.  Never thought it was a big deal.  But then, I guess it depends on how much you use FB and what you use it for.  I'm over 30, and have a relatively boring life, so there's nothing I would want to put on FB that I mind if my mother sees.


If you're slowing becoming an african,  have african kids, and call the Kenyan President your President....I'd suggest you defriend them :)


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Scott Inman (D) OK Gov 2018 on April 21, 2012, 08:17:22 pm
So what was their reaction to the fact they have 2 new grandkids? 

The love the idea.  We happened to bump into each other at Walmart this afternoon as they were leaving and I was arriving to get stuff for my care package party for the kids and she gave me $20 to put toward the contents.  I showed them the pictures of their two grandkids that I just got via email this past Thursday and they loved them.  They know this is where my heart is, and I had a feeling they were going to find out before I planned to tell them because I am friends with both of my parents on facebook and they occasionally check it.  I wasn't at all suprised, and in fact, I am relieved because now I can talk openly about this in front of them and to them and they have even more time to wrap their heads around their baby boy living nearly 10,000 miles away.

I don't know exactly how they feel, yet, other than I think my mother is relieved that I am not moving right away.  Of course, by the time I leave I will be almost 33 years old, so I am really not looking for their approval, I am just looking for their blessing.  My mother is cutting off all financial support to me when I turn 30 years old next Sunday, 29 April, because (1) I am 30 and (2) she retires from work the next day on 30 April so they will have to rely on his income for 6 months until her retirement checks kick in this November which will be less than what she is making now.  In doing so, they are also agreeing to allow me to make every decision that affects me.  I will come to them for advice and guidance because they are double my age, my father will be 61 next February and my mother will be 60 this October, but the final decision and its consequences rest on my shoulders.  If I succeed, that's great.  If I fall, they will not be there to pick me up except emotionally and spiritually.  They cannot pick me up, financially, anymore.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Meeker on April 21, 2012, 09:16:22 pm
So what was their reaction to the fact they have 2 new grandkids? 

The love the idea.  We happened to bump into each other at Walmart this afternoon as they were leaving and I was arriving to get stuff for my care package party for the kids and she gave me $20 to put toward the contents.  I showed them the pictures of their two grandkids that I just got via email this past Thursday and they loved them.  They know this is where my heart is, and I had a feeling they were going to find out before I planned to tell them because I am friends with both of my parents on facebook and they occasionally check it.  I wasn't at all suprised, and in fact, I am relieved because now I can talk openly about this in front of them and to them and they have even more time to wrap their heads around their baby boy living nearly 10,000 miles away.

I don't know exactly how they feel, yet, other than I think my mother is relieved that I am not moving right away.  Of course, by the time I leave I will be almost 33 years old, so I am really not looking for their approval, I am just looking for their blessing.  My mother is cutting off all financial support to me when I turn 30 years old next Sunday, 29 April, because (1) I am 30 and (2) she retires from work the next day on 30 April so they will have to rely on his income for 6 months until her retirement checks kick in this November which will be less than what she is making now.  In doing so, they are also agreeing to allow me to make every decision that affects me.  I will come to them for advice and guidance because they are double my age, my father will be 61 next February and my mother will be 60 this October, but the final decision and its consequences rest on my shoulders.  If I succeed, that's great.  If I fall, they will not be there to pick me up except emotionally and spiritually.  They cannot pick me up, financially, anymore.

Of course.


Title: Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring)
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on April 21, 2012, 09:37:18 pm