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Lose the weight I added while my right foot was injured.
Get a job in VA so that I can live in my own home and be with my family.
Feb 22, 2017
My wife got mad at me tonight for not calling her. I was busy exercising before going home, and I had posted a few things on FB between exercises. Normally she shoes me away after about 2 min. Rarely any words of encouragement. But generous quantities of criticism. It's made me long for the nice conversations we used to have. It's truly sad that I long for conversations with someone who now by all appearances hates me.
I tried to have a conversation with a coworker before I went home. She's working on her PhD, and she was too focused on that to make time for me. Made me sad. Sometimes she'll make time for me. Tonight she didn't.
I use FB as a substitute for face to face interactions. I'm sorry I upset you when I did that when we were still speaking to each other. I'm so lonely sometimes, it's the only human interactions that I have. I'm sorry doing that upset you. I was just lonely and needed some human interaction. Please forgive me.
I had an email today from a recruiter in Tulsa looking for someone with a finance background. I'm very mindful of the promise you made to me about contacting you. However, I do sympathize with your situation, and would like to help. If you would like that contact info for the recruiter, ask. I'll gladly send it to you.
After the conversation I had with my wife tonight, and the fact that she lashed out it me, I just wanted to reiterate my gratitude for all the times you were kind to me. It meant a lot to me then, and it still does today. Truly from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being kind to me.
Take care Amiga.
Feb 15, 2017
I swear my job just keeps getting crazier and crazier. We are a sinking ship. We are listing. The hull is filling with water, and rather than concentrating on stopping the leaks and pumping out the water, metaphorically speaking, we are concentrating on writing reports about the leaks and the list of the ship. Ugh!!!
I have gotten a few nibbles. No solid bites yet though.
I work on putting what happened between you and me behind me daily. However, I still feel profound sadness. I thought I had found a wonderful friend in you. It has occurred to me that I was so lonely that any girl who smiled at me I would have fallen for. It's also occurred to me that I saw what I was longing for. What I was longing for was a really nice and sweet girl who also happened to like me. I thought I saw that in you. But I think I just maybe saw what I was hoping for, and you were being polite to me, and I mistook it for you liking me.
Anyway, I have only the kindest feelings for you. All I am hoping for is that perhaps some day you will forgive me for my shortcomings regarding how our friendship ended. You were mean to me a few times, but I believe that there were extenuating circumstances. All is and has been forgiven, and has been so for many years. At least from my perspective, all is as it once was. My true hope is that if not today, then perhaps some day we can be at peace with one another.
Take care Amiga.
I need prayer bad Amiga. My brother suffered a stroke tonight. I feel horribly sad. He and I haven't really talked to each other in 15 years, mainly due to him being a nefarious person. He needs prayer.
Jan 22, 2017:
Another "wonderful" week. I went into work on Monday and a mutual friend of our's wife was laid off. It was so sad to watch. She's very smart and I'm sure has known nothing but success in life. She was crying as she left the building. I think it was probably the first time in her life she has ever had a set back.
I'm continuing to job hunt. Nothing to write home about yet. We were informed this past week we have until next Dec. to become profitable. The plant and machinery are worn out and at the very least need serious refurbishment, if not out right replacement. I don't think this is going to be a pretty ending. Sigh.
A co-worker and I went to an art museum yesterday. He and I are in the same situation, working away from our families. It was fun.
Jan 6, 2017:
Horrible week. We had a massive layoff on Tuesday. A lot of good people were laid off. I survived. Not sure if I want to stay though. We were given a crack the whip speech yesterday. We were told that even though our resources were reduced we were expected to produce more. It sounds mutually exclusive to me. Time to find another job. When the layoffs came by noon I felt physically ill. I know where I'm working is a money loser, but still. What we really need is some capital investment to either refurbish the equipment we have, or to purchase new equipment that isn't worn out. Also the production people are underpaid, and are treated not so well. Consequently they don't hang around. All purchases over $250 now has to go through the new CEO. Hah! $250 for a capital intensive industry? Our site probably needs $100 million in investment. This is crazy.
Jan 2, 2017:
It looks like where I am working is all but doomed. We've been bought by a company from Taiwan. They've all but cut off the cash. They haven't changed the name on the front of the building, haven't come up with t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. with the new company name to say welcome to the family. And the IT guy informed me that their contract was only extended for 90 days. It seems that the hammer is going to fall sometime between now and Apr. 1st. It's sad for me as I had hoped to be here for the eclipse in Aug. It seems that this isn't meant to be. Sigh.
Perhaps it is for the best. Hopefully I can find a job in VA so that my wife and I can live as a normal family. We haven't had that in over a decade. I am very fortunate that she hasn't given me the boot. She has her short comings, but we do love each other, and she does mean the world to me. I truly hope that I can find a job in VA so that she and I can live out the rest of our lives together.
I won't make a big deal about it, but I will note in passing that my offer to apologize to you still remains. I sincerely wish to make amends to you and to atone for having a stupid moment in my life. I'll also note that from me to you, all has been forgiven, and has been forgiven for a long time. I have no animosity, hard feelings, or grudges. I believe that there were extenuating circumstances, and I believe that you had no ill will towards me. All has been forgiven. My feelings about you that you are one of the nicest persons who I have ever met remains unaltered. I believe that a whole lot of things happened that were beyond your control, and I believe that these things are what caused our friendship to dissolve. Absolutely no hard feelings.
Oct. 30, 2016:
The refrain from one of my favorite songs, True Colors:
But I see your true colors
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow
Oct. 18, 2016: I went to California for a wedding. A friend who I've know for 34 years. She almost caused me to cry when she introduced me as her brother in law. I think it's one of the nicest things that anyone has ever said to me. My in-laws basically adopted her after her parents died in her early 20s. I probably would have done it anyway, but after she addressed me as her brother-in-law I made a point of complimenting her, telling her that she was beautiful, etc. She seemed to really appreciated it. And I really enjoyed seeing the smile on her face after I complimented her. Seeing her be happy after I said something kind to her made my day.
Oct 8, 2016: I'm starting to work on something called a Microsoft Data Analysis Degree. It's basically doing work analyzing data, something I'm quite sure you already know how to do. I think you would be VERY good at it. I know you have a high level of natural curiosity, which is needed for this type of work. I hope I can encourage you to do this so that, as you put it on TV, you can get your career going. Here is the link:
I felt very sad when I saw you on TV. I know you are very bright and hard working. This economy is awful, and it's prevented you from pursuing your dreams. It reminded me of where I was at when I was young. I graduated into an awful economy as well. I eventually overcame it, but it took a long time.
I hope you can accept my suggestion in the spirit in which it is offered. I believe you already have what it takes to do this. Moreover, it is very lucrative, and could very possibly allow you to fulfill your dreams of being able to live and work overseas. I haven't forgotten that you said that to me. It might also enable you to buy one of those houses that you said you liked. I haven't forgotten that either.
My job in St. Louis is going ok, but I fear that I am yet again on a sinking ship. The company that I work for isn't earning a profit. We are being bought by a company from Taiwan in January. My guess is that after a short honeymoon period that there will be major changes, meaning, layoffs. The whole plant could be shut down and moved overseas. I'm glad I'm not a manager as I believe that they will probably be the first to go.
I truly hope the best for you. You are frequently in my prayers, and I pray for your well being. I promise I won't do anything that will upset you. You were only nice and kind to me. Take care Amiga.
I'm a gypsy who would rather be a homebody. My work has taken me quite literally from sea to shining sea and beyond. Currently I'm smack in the middle of the country. I make rust for food (If you want to know what that means, ask! :)) I get to play mad scientist daily!!! I shall we say have plentiful strategic reserves, yet I run. I'm just full of contradictions.
I pursue peace. Peace is my ambition. All you have to do is make me an offer. I will gladly do what it takes to secure peace! :)
Aug. 21st, 2017: There is a total eclipse of the sun that will be passing through St. Louis. I plan on witnessing this event. If you wish to join me, ask!
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I've been to a few meetings. One in MN, one in CA, one in OK, and a couple in TX.
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Music, Movies, and Books
My most recent book purchases (I buy faster than I read) (Oct 8, 2016)
Meditations: Marcus Aurelius
Civil War: Lucan (The Roman Civil War 2000 years ago)
The Competitive Advantage of Nations, Michael Porter
History of the Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer
Sold Out, Michelle Malkin,
History of the Medieval World, Susan Wise Bauer,
The Anti-Federalist Papers
Data Analysis and Business Modeling
I have a book fetish!!! The more the better. Am currently working on some classic philosophers (Seneca, as an example). Like him. Here's a quote:"What is my object in making a friend? To have someone to be able to die for, someone I may follow into exile, someone for whose life I may put myself up as security and pay the price as well. ... There can be no doubt that the desires lovers have for each other is not so different from friendship-you might say friendship gone mad. ......Actual love in itself, heedless of all other considerations, inflames people's hearts with a passion for the beautiful object, not without hope, too, that the affection will be mutual." SenecaUnbreak my Heart, by Toni Braxton. A powerful, sad song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Rch6WvPJE&ob=av3eThe summer of 42. Kind of sad... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYu6HtUxRJsYou are so Beautiful, by Joe Cocker. Just love that song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spsVigJCvNUA Hard Habit to Break, by Chicago. ¡Mui Bien! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6btckmnndY&feature=relatedWalks Like a Lady, by Journey. Way cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9LOfSA5EQwHelter Skelter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWuXmfgXVxY&feature=player_embeddedLara's Theme, from Dr. Zhivago. So beautiful. I love it!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYDSi3YHcOA&feature=relatedWendy, by the Beach Boys. Seems to go well with a recent experience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCEUOfiZsnAWhen a Man Loves a Woman, by Percy Sledge. It most certainly is the truth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8raabzZNqwhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgPwCN0NAAE&feature=related Can't get any better than John Lennon.Ricky Martin. Living La Vida Loca. Applies to a recent experience that I've had. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p47fEXGabaYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3bowe-W7ZM This song by Queen is cool.Let it be, by the Beatles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHgZCrAoqKkYesterday, by The Beatles. I'm sure just about everyone has had an experience like that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGQgd2PT4mw&feature=relatedA good one from the Eagles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d8hZtvRPnoBlack Magic Woman, by Carlos Santana http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaKnRUfh_5ITrisha Yearwood. Gotta love her. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jckKmsCsmioPhil Collins. Against all odds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuvtoyVi7vY&feature=fvwrelPhil Collins. Easy lover. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mu8m8_-tRoThis is Eva Cassidy's rendition of Fields of Gold. I think she blew away Sting's rendition. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BtJbOPjPfQ&feature=fvstA sad song by Richard Marx. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0SUG6Fv15Y&feature=relatedEva Cassidy. She died far too young. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zsq42yKuHA&feature=relatedEva Cassidy doing Time after Time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMznNlfLXP4&feature=relatedMartha Reeves and the Vandellas. Nowhere to run. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQRIOKvR2WMGotta love Ray Charles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_rzE8tJQHgThe Police, "Every Breath you Take". Gotta love Sting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOGaugKpzsMarty Robbins: "El Paso" Kinda cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgI5DMVegIkBob Seger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk-W_i7Z59IGot this from a friend of mine. I wish I understood the words, but the pictures seem to do a good job of conveying the meaning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZDJCexCSws&feature=sharehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsYT8YHL-R0 A great line from The Wrath of KhanGotta love the Borg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsUHVuCNmXY
The end of Star Trek TNG: Q, as always. Gotta love what he says to Picard. The trial never ends!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6kpC_FwcR4
Darth Vader vs. Obi Won. The destruction of a friendship. Sad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSwy412nttI
Gold dust woman by Fleetwood Mac.
Silver Springs, by Fleetwood Mac. Kind of cool to see the tension between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud2XKt2N8fs
The Road Warrior Trailer. Loved that movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdv5EtZQ6jg
The Borg. Resistance is Futile!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyenRCJ_4Ww
More Borg. Resistance is Futile!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSCe40HMv1c
And more Borg. Resistance is Futile!!! Gotta love the Borg!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsUHVuCNmXY
Journey: Escape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUzH-ZKXmxo
The Enemy Below: WW2 sub chase movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOGu9EP7ZUI
The Wizard of OZ. I swear the Wicked Witch of the West is EVIL!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Leb83bRkXDg
From the Wrath of Khan. Kirk to Spock: "I have been, and always shall be, your friend." Love that movie!!!
Bleed to love her, by Fleetwood Mac. A beautiful song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5BZzkWXcwc&feature=bf_next&list=PL927103DDE8C8BE04
This is the theme song to Vikings. I love the main character, Ragnar Lothbrook. He's an absolute scoundral, but damn if he isn't lovable and charming. Good show on The History Channel.
Capt. Kirk shouting, "KHANNNN!"
Journey Walks like a Lady. Live in Maryland.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Getting to live and work overseas! Hsinchu, Taiwan was a blast!!!
Being able to help my Mom through the travail of having her leg amputated. :(
Chasing a bear in Yosemite!!! (no joke)Going to London.Ran a 10k in under 40 minutes (that was a lonnnnnng time ago though. And many pounds!!! :) )Being a crazy idiot and running the 2011 OKC Marathon with a badly injured right calf with a driving rain in the middle of a thunderstorm!!! Not sure which one was crazier. Running with a severely injured right calf, or running in the middle of a thunderstorm!!!Finished my first marathon! Route 66 Marathon, Tulsa, OK, Nov 20th, 2011. 49 more states to go!!!The Grand Canyon. It took my breath away!Halley's Comet!Comet Hale-Bopp (1997)Meteors (many)Taipei 101 (very tall building)What I want to see: The total eclipse of the sun near St. Louis on Aug. 21st, 2017!!!
Teach, Learn, Share
I hope to pass on my experiences in life to others, and also learn from others experiences.
Countries I’ve Visited
Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In