Hey everybody, sorry if I haven't been around much lately. As much as I'd like to say I'm balls-deep in some new girlfriend, partying it up, I'm mostly just busy & transitioning through some other shit (I'm just trying to follow the wisdom of the Mighty Sarcasmo Jones - get healthy, get a woman, and live the good life). The good life is coming - it's just taking a few detours along the way.
I've reached a point in my health where I have no choice but to get healthy. I was diagnosed with Diabetes (Type 2). To tell you the truth, it's thrown me for a fucking loop. I knew very little about managing it... fuck, all I knew was that I'd have to prick my finger daily & piss a lot. (BTW, my AC1 is 7.1). The first two weeks were rough - I was really depressed, and it just took that long to locate the diabetic dietician & nurse. So far, I'm making some great strides. I've been learning a lot about food, label reading, all that shit. The nurse even noted how well I've been documenting my readings & maintaining a nice range for someone newly diagnosed. That actually gave me a feeling of hope, like this will be the attempt that finally succeeds. I still need more discipline in exercise, but the right steps are being taken. I bought a Kinect with a few games. A coworker also gave me his copy of UFC Trainer (which I've yet to try, but hear it's gonna kick my ass).
On a much lighter note, Duncan is alive! After some last-minute parts, the total monetary damage is $1273.32. Loving it! Even though I've always been a console gamer, I decided to try my hand at some PC gaming. I've managed to build up a small library so far (even if a good amount of it is "classic") - Steam and GOG.com fucking rock! Even though it's my first exposure to certain games (like Dungeon Keeper), I've managed to build up a decent little library. On a side note, all my Xbox Live friends can rest assured that I'm not abandoning my consoles. I'm just incorporating the PC a bit as well.
The Podcast is going well, but we recently decided to change our format a bit. We'll be having fewer guests in favor of topical discussions & whatever the hell we feel like chatting about that day. The online dating thing is currently on hold. There was a great girl I was talking to, but it later came out that she's not ready for an actual relationship. I should focus more on myself at the moment, anyhow. I've also started doing the Social Media work for my aunt's company, so that's been filling up a chunk of time as well.
Anyway, I'm exhausted. Starting to fall asleep at the computer, so it's time to wrap up & call it a night.
I'll be the first person to admit that, sometimes, I'm just not right in the head. One of my little "eccentricities" is naming my devices (like some guys name cars or boats). My Xbox 360 is Sheila (after the Tank AI in Red vs. Blue), my PS3 is Wendy (for no particular reason), and Christine is my recently-departed PC. In keeping tradition, I've already chosen the name of my PC-to-be - Duncan. Project Duncan is the (continuing) process of building my PC. Keep in mind this is my first actual build, and it's partly an educational process (I need to brush up on my PC hardware knowledge to help prepare for the A+ Certification). Anyway, I'm still gathering the last couple parts, but so far Duncan will contain the following:
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
CPU: AMD FX 8350 8-Core Processor, Black Edition
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (1866) SDRAM
HD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
GFX Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCUII
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series 600 Watt
I'm not going BluRay on the optical drive, and I'm going to run Windows 7 (which I won't have to pay for - bonus). As far as the case, I'm thinking Duncan will look like this:
Anyway, that's it for now.
Hey guys, I hope you're all doing well. Just wanted to update you guys on a couple of current events...
Over Thanksgiving, my computer finally decided to compute its last. The mother(fucking)board fried and the PC had been haphazardly built six years ago, so it was obviously time for a new rig. For a few weeks, I couldn't decide whether I wanted to buy a pre-built rig or build one properly on my own - ultimately, building won, and so Project Frankenstein was born. I'm not cutting corners this time... I want my shit to last. So far I bought the CPU, Motherboard, Hard Drive, RAM, Video Card, and Power Supply (spending close to $800 so far). I forgot how expensive this shit was, but it will pay out in the end. I'm even planning to branch out to some PC gaming. Right now, when the loner PC is cooperating, I play some Torchlight II, Puzzle Quest, or Cthulu Saves The World. Once I have the rest of the parts, I'll try to remember to post some pics & specs from the build.
Work has been kinda fucked lately. They recently laid off 200+ people & closed an additional 50 positions, one of which, I was in the process of interviewing for. Once the position (Social Media) reopens, I'm putting every effort into getting it. My department (Machine Support) is fucked up. I've yet to prove it, but I'm convinced that one certain higher-up is the bastard lovechild of Adolf Hitler & Genghis Khan. In the meantime, I have my second job to be excited about. I'm officially the new Social Media Director for SprinklerHUT, a worldwide retailer of international sprinkler & irrigation supplies. One little fact I should mention, it's my aunt & uncle's company. So I'll have this going in my off-time, when I'm not Podcasting (which is going well, by the way).
So, the week of Christmas, I experienced a new first in my life - kidney stones. I'll spare the gory details, but will say that it fucking hurts. Once I passed three of those bastards, I went in for an Ultrasound. They checked me all over - heart, lungs, kidneys, bladder - and I think the Ultrasound Tech was a sadistic fuck, because he was too rough with the procedure. So, two weeks go by, and I get a call this past Wednesday. They found a cyst on my kidney. It's fine, though. This one is small enough that he's going to ignore it for the time being, which is fine with me... I don't need a bigass needle to the back. He gave me some harsher news as well. My heart muscles are enlarged & we're having trouble regulating my blood pressure. I need to start losing weight right away. I'd already started making some changes (like cutting down soda, quitting smoking), so I have that in my favor. To start, Doc has me exercising at least 15 minutes a day. As far as the "diet", I'm considering joining Weigh Watchers. I did that a few years ago, and it worked at the time. I only stopped because the group was at my work & they had to disband it for too few members. I'll start with the Online. I'm also soliciting any input or advice you guys may have to offer. I'm not ready to clock out yet. Fuck that!
Anyway, that's about it. A final note, a few of my friends coerced me into trying the online dating scene. There are two laides I'm currently talking to - one already proving to be superior to the other. Should something more develop, I will definitely let you guys now. On that note, it's 2:12am & I'm ready to fall asleep at the desk. Goodnight.
I wanted to wish each of you all the hope, wonder and joy that the Christmas season can bring. May it also grant you some glorious game time.
Hey guys, just wanted to let you know I'm still alive. I kinda dropped below the radar again, but I needed to. Thanks to you guys (Jones, Ian, BJ, etc) who made sure I didn't slip through the cracks. Anyway, I've mostly just been keeping busy. My mom was recently in the hospital & rehab facility, but she's home & recovering well. In fact, today is her birthday, so here is a shout out - Happy Birthday Mom! May the Force be with you always! I was also occupied with my Podcast, which has been going well. I'm finally feeling comfortable in my own skin, as they say. We're averaging 150 - 200+ downloads per episode... not much, but we're having fun. I wish this could be my current job - I'm getting burnt out in my current position. Too much office politics. I ended up taking last week off for some much-needed R&R. I spent a few days crashed on my buddy's couch, watching movies & playing through a couple games (Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Family Guy). I ended up bringing a nasty cold back with me, but I've mostly kicked its ass. Tomorrow, it's back to work. I'd applied for a position in another department, so hopefully I'll return to the news of an interview.
Anyway, time to catch up on yesterday's Walking Dead.
I've learned in life that sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly. For the most part, this was my last couple weeks - but it was for the best. Sometimes it's necessary to let the life lessons sink in. First, a special thanks to Outcast & BJ, soon-to-be partners in crime, for keeping me sane. A couple weeks ago, my sister found out she lost her baby. As much as we were all looking forward to welcoming a new addition, this experience reminded us to value what we do have. The same day, I had a professional revelation - to trust only a select few, and to not trust the leadership. My path is going to take a different turn than I'd been planning, but I completely welcome it. On the plus side, my buddy Jax and I started doing a geek-themed Podcast. We've only done two episodes so far, but it's been a blast. It's been a breath of fresh air, really - something different. Anyway, that's about it... gonna pop into Netflix & pass out.
The last few days have been a time of reflection. I'm not the same man I was nine months ago - or I am, but finally in the right mind to say "Fuck you, World" and start coming into my own. What I thought was an ominous dark cloud overhead, was basically my inability (previously) to recognize or pursue greater things in my life. I'd downplay the positive things & allow myself to stay depressed. Well, lately, things have been picking up, and I'm feeling pretty fucking good for the first tme in a while.
I started seeing a Chiropractor, since I found out my insurance covers it. The man is a fucking miracle worker, and I've been having less issues with my neck & lower back.
My friend Crystal got married a couple weeks ago. The wedding was awesome! It was a rock wedding - the ceremony music was instrumental versions of Guns N Roses or Metallica songs, the passages read were song lyrics, and a local cover band got back together just to perform the wedding - which, ironically, my karaoke buddy Joe ran the sound board for them. I also introduced the bride & groom. There were other shenanigans, but I was too drunk to remember.
My sister announced she's pregnant again, with #3. One of my favorite things in this life is being an Uncle. I love the shit out of my nephews, and the thought of another one has me fucking soaring right now!
I have a couple other things in the works. My buddy Jax is starting up a gaming podcast and asked if I'd be a part of it. I never podcasted before, so it'll be a new experience... but I'm looking forward to it. Also, I'm going to be taking on some additional work. My aunt & uncle run an international sprinkler supply company, and they haven't really branched out yet where social media is concerned. They want to bring me aboard to set up & run their social media outlets - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. We're supposed to talk more this weekend. I'm excited.
Anyway, I have to work in the morning, so I need to drag my tired fucking ass to bed. Stay classy, San Diego.