Oh Boy! Busy Busy

Well first off I hope you all had a great weekend and a good Memorial Day.

It seems like such a long time since my last post. Friday I did sub in on my brother’s slow pitch softball team. They asked me to pitch and I said yes. This was the first time I had ever pitched a full game in my life so I was a bit nervous. Once it started the nerves were gone. I actually did really well, despite the fact that we lost by 7 runs. I set a few goals for myself and achieved them. I was going to try not to get in the way and I didn’t. I was going to try not breaking my face, and I didn’t. And lastly I was going to try not walking any one batter, which I didn’t. I would say that would be a win for me, so I was happy.

Saturday was My grandfathers 80th birthday party, out on the lake. I was very humid and warm, but fun. Most of my family was there and we all caught up on life events and played a few yard games. My grandpa’s old foreign exchange student from 1995-ish came from Germany to surprise him. That is pretty remarkable. They have gone to see him in Germany a few times as well, but this was a very nice surprise. I was 7 the last time I saw him. Throughout the day they pulled names for an auction of little goodies, my brother got a basket of fireworks. We later took my wife’s drone out to the beach and filmed some seagulls, and just generally practiced how to fly it some more. After the party we were hungry for some dinner and went to a nice Japanese steakhouse. It was the first time either of us had been there, but the food and service was great, so overall another good experience. From there we headed home. About halfway there it started storming pretty good. We of course got caught in the middle of it. I really enjoy storms but my wife does not share that same opinion. So while I’m loving it and soaking it all in, she is over there worried that we are going to get stuck by lightning and die. We made it home just fine and that was that.

Sunday morning was again an early day. I had to get up and go to my softball games. We had one at 9am and another one at 11:30am. To be honest after everything in the last two days I was not ready to play. Our whole team kinda wasn’t feeling it the first game and we got ten runned by a team we should have hung with or beat. the second game started off the same way, which gets very discouraging. We did manage to hang with them for most of the game even though we were getting beat. In the last three innings we just shut them down. They couldn’t score a run. We on the other hand scored a good amount, to catch up. We beat them in the bottom of the very last inning with a walk off, opposite field single. It was amazing we didn’t think we would win that game either.

Monday was Memorial Day and my wife and I went kayaking down the creek behind my house. It was a good two hour float. We even had the opportunity to see an eagle fly over head and perch on a branch right over our heads. They are very majestic and you have to do the best you can to respect their space. Plus those suckers are huge so you don’t want to piss them off. After we got back, and cleaned up we went to my brother’s hose fr a picnic. Still being super hot and humid we put up a small tarp pavilion to keep the heat out. It was a good way to spend the day. We then went home and went to bed early since I had to be to work this morning at 6am.

This morning was a whole different beast. I got to work to find that the tractor feed printer tied to our network was hung up and not working. I had no idea what to do since it isn’t normally my area of expertise. By the time we gt everything working it was an hour later. Everything was behind and I was scrambling to get everything out to everyone in a timely manner. There obviously were a few hiccups along the way but for the most part I just powered through them. I still have a bit left to do but decided to type this up so I didn’t have to do it from home later. All that being said, tomorrow should be a cake walk compared to today. That I am looking forward to.

Ill keep you posted! 😀



Stuff, Party, & Next Week

We made it. Friday. *relief*

I popped into my local music shop yesterday to see what they had in the way of ukuleles. I don’t know if I was surprised or not about them not really having anything worth looking at. I am a beginner but I have a musical background and have done my research. They are selling the Kala brand, which can be nice if selling the right kind. However they are going for the gimmicky colored, painted, screen printed cheap ukes. They would probably work for what I need them for but I want something that will last and won’t need a bunch of work, right out of the gate. I don’t want to have to restring it or try to adjust the bridge in anyway. I just want to know it will last. They had one that was of a higher tier but it was way over priced. I know they need to make  a profit but you also have to assume that they get it at a cheaper price and still jack it up to the customer. Don’t get me wrong I love that store and the owner, but I may just get what I want online.

Tonight is the slow pitch softball game it looks like it won’t be rained out, so I’ll try to remember to let you all know how it went. This will lead me right into this weekend. Saturday we are throwing my grandpa a surprise 80th birthday party. It is out on the lake about an hour and a half away. It will be huge. There may be upwards of 90 people coming at any given time. He is very well known and has plenty of friends so we knew that would happen. My family has done a good job keeping this a secret from him. It’s an all day event. I don’t like how I may have been roped in to direct F-ing traffic while people come in. I’m not really sure how that happened. I’m sure my wife won’t like the idea of leaving earlier than we have to, and I can’t blame her. Either way it will be a fun day and it will br great to see everyone.

Since we have Monday off for Memorial Day, I will be back to work Tuesday. This won’t be in any way a normal week for me. I may not even be able to blog everyday. We will have to wait and see. As you should know I have been coming in early one day a week for the last 10 or so weeks, to train running operations. Well the time has come for me to put that practice to the test. The person normally in charge of running it all is off on vacation that whole week. I will be the one filling in for her. I will have a full-ish week of running everything on my own for the first time. I have to be to work at 6am each day, but in turn I get to leave at 2:15pm. It will be hectic and busy, as I am not 100% confident on every little thing, but I should be able to get through it. Once other people arrive I will be able to ask for help if need be. It is basically all done on an IBM i-Series, AS400 system. It is all written in RPG programming language, of which I know none of. I don’t need to know how to code anything to do this job, but I’m sure it would help in my understanding of what I’m supposed to be doing. I like to understand the whole process when doing something. Anyway, it will just be running terminal commands, printing reports, printing queries, running batches, and scheduling employees. I just hope there are no random issues, because I have had no training on how to troubleshoot anything. This would put me at a stand still until someone else arrived. I want to do a good job to show everyone that I know what I am doing. I want to be the person that others can depend on for guidance and answers, so nailing this week would really help. Since I write most of these entries later in the afternoon, I may not be able do them everyday, but I will certainly try. I may just write them from home instead, who knows.

I hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend, and I’ll see you back on Tuesday!

Procrastination is the Name



I got thrown out of my daily rhythm this morning and have been struggling all day to get and stay on task. Let me tell you how that has worked out for me…it hasn’t. I’m all over the place today and not motivated in any way shape or form. I wanted to get some work done on my CS50 course, which has not happened. I have the page up and open I have the videos buffered, I just cannot bring myself to play them and listen. I know my brain is not in the right place and I do not want to waste the information that would be, at this point, going in one ear and out the other. Literally because I wear a set of headphones with only one ear piece haha.

Today I got to work and slammed some coffee, and tried to get moving. I instantly got side tracked by catching up on some YouTube videos I subscribe to like Phillip DeFranco’s, and Casey Neistat’s. After catching up with those videos I received a supply order and had to put some stock away. I really haven’t been able to get up and do anything else to be honest.

Since I had to do something to pass the time and wait until I can go home, I have been learning about ukuleles. As stated before I am in the market for a good beginner-ish soprano ukulele. I found a guy on YouTube named, I think, Barry. He runs a channel called  ‘GotAUkulele’ he gives his very honest opinion on different ukuleles, as well as some beginner tips and tricks. some include how to string, hold, and strum the uke. he has a good range of reviews from cheap ukes up to very expensive professional ukes. Anyway, I have been watching his videos all damn day and I really have learned a lot, just not about what I set out to learn today. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and let whatever happens, happen. I am currently watching another one of his videos right this very second.

Later this morning I found out that I, for sure, am standing in Friday on my brother’s softball team. They want me to pitch, and the game starts at 6:30. It is slow pitch, but as the pitcher I could get drilled in the face. That would be bad. I don’t really think it will happen, and I have faith in my ability to use my glove, but it is always a concern. I just hope I can get the job done without anyone hating the fact that they picked me up to play with them. Too many times teams pick up a guy to play with them and they end up being a horrible choice. You think at the end of the game you would have been better off without picking anyone up at all. Again I do not see this happening either because I play in another league and know what I am doing, and on top of that its with people I know and play with regularly. I am generally not the pitcher but I am known to toss ‘meatballs’ for people, and half the battle is hitting the mat. I’m going to ride out the rest of my day here and hopefully go ride my bike if it is not raining. (FYI it is supposed to thunder storm here for the next 5 days)  If I don’t ride I will play Overwatch and continue trying other heroes besides my boy Lucio. I may also stop at the music store before I get home to see the selection of ukuleles. The only thing with that is the owner talks a lot so I may get stuck in there for over an hour. Oh well hes a good guy and I don’t mind. Pizza will be made for dinner, to continue my lazy streak.

I hope tomorrow will be better in regards to my focus. What can you expect from a scatterbrain?!?

Overwatch & Stuff

Hello everyone!

I called off a half a day of work yesterday to go home and play the new Overwatch game by Blizzard. In short, I love it. I have found that by far my favorite hero is Lucio the Brazilian DJ. He is a support character, doing area of effect healing and speed boosts. He can increase the range of the boosts with his ‘E’ button. His ultimate is amazing, providing a shield to all teammates in the area. His main attack is shoots a four round burst of  sonic waves. Now that you have a small summary of his abilities I’ll tell you why I like playing him. For some reason I can do more than what is expected of a Lucio. Out of the 35-50 games I played yesterday I averaged about 10 kills per game and 7500 in healing. He is a ‘squishy’ hero in that he has low health, but for some reason I kill a ton of people and still maintain a huge amount of healing per game. This all may change if this become the norm in any way, then people will target me more. People already know to target Mercy the other healing supporter, but it seems like people tend to leave me alone.

Team composition is huge. One great/terrible thing about this game is that at any death you can change your hero. This is perfect as you can adapt your team to better defeat the enemy team, but it is terrible in the face that some players will change for no reason and not tell anyone. This will unbalance the team in most likely a negative way.  If you have 3 attackers, 1 defenseman, 1 tank, and 1 support, annnnnd your support changes mid game without telling anyone to a damn tank, you lose all of your support. It would obviously be best to play with a group of friends as the communication would be better and you get a percentage more XP at the end of the game. If you do fine your self playing solo, just remember to communicate and be friendly.  There generally is no reason to rage on someone, unless they are being a troll on purpose haha. I again am going home and playing some more Overwatch. My screen name is NRgMandrake if you would like to look me up and play sometime. I will be trying out some new heroes tonight as well as trying to learn all the map spots. Hell as I’m watching this I have Tim the Tatman’s Twitch stream on my second monitor. You could say I have an obsession.

I have been looking for a nice soprano ukulele to go along side my concert uke. I’m not looking to spend over $100 since I only dabble. I want to be able to travel and play and the ukulele is perfect for that. I still don’t want a cheap ass one though. I want one that is made of wood, with open tuners, and body support. I may stop in at my local music store someday soon and check his selection out. From what I know he sells Kala brand. That may be a perfect option for me, for the price. I recently bought a new case for my concert uke and it should be on my door step right this second. On another purchase note, I bought a Cloud 9 bike seat for my Trek 4300 mountain bike. I will be looking to ride it to and from work on nice days, as I only live about three miles away.

I had to come in to work early today for further training on the IBM AS400 system we use as the back end database. So i got here at 6am and I get to leave at 2:15. Next week will be rough because Tues-Fri I will be coming in early and running it all by my self. Not only will I be tired but I hope I won’t mess it up. Later in the morning I received a text from my brother seeing if I was available Friday to stand in on his Co-Ed softball team. I agreed and found out that I will be pitching, so I hope I don’t take a ball to the face. So wish me luck!

I hope you all have a great hump day and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Ukulele & Overwatch

This is indeed a great Tuesday!

I mentioned before that I was playing my ukulele. Then I realized I had never mentioned it before. I first fell in love with the idea of having a versatile guitar like instrument. I had even tinkered with revamping a child’s size acoustic guitar. Once I dove in a little deeper I saw how amazing the ukulele was. I did some research on shape, size, and sound first. I decided that a regular concert size uke would be the best starting point. The idea being that I didn’t want something that was so large it didn’t sound like a traditional ukulele, but also not the soprano size for the fear of my fat fingers not being able to play the chords. Not wanting just a standard ugly ukulele, I stumbled across the Luna Guitars website. (lunaguitars.com) From here I purchased Mo’o Concert uke, with laser etched leaves and a Mo’o lizard (hence the name). From what I read the lizard was a symbol of good fortune, and a powerful guardian spirit. It came with a back pack style case that quickly broke. I have another one ordered in a similar style because I would like to travel with this tiny instrument. I have learned the majority of the main chords and have dabbled in fun kids songs. I have just been trying the basics and feeling it all out. I love it.

Late last night the Blizzard game Overwatch came out. I debated about whether or not I should buy it. I didn’t think it was a game that was worth the price, but the open beta got me hyped. Last minute I threw it on my credit card and installed it. I instantly loved it and can’t wait to play the shit out of it. I think it was projected to have had 19 million people buy it at its release. That is a big number people, 19 million…wow! Part of the reason this is a shorter blog entry and an early entry is due to the fat that I called off half a day of work to go home and play the game, much like I did for the release of Fallout 4. I look forward to leveling up and learning at least two heroes from every style. I think this will be a game that will last a while and stay relevant. Blizzard does a good job of creating good well thought out games. They don’t just pump out shit games every year for the sake of doing so. Right out of the gate my three favorite heroes are Lucio the DJ, Reaper, and Bastion. They each are very different but great in their own way. I’ll update you more later.

That’s about all for now since not much has happened since my last post. I’ll catch you all tomorrow. 😀

Friday, Saturday, & CS50

Hey everyone! I hope your weekend wasn’t as rainy as mine.

Friday night my brother had a co-ed softball game under the lights. It is rare that I get to sit and watch a game since I usually play in them, so it’s nice when I can. My family was there and we had one of the bleachers to ourselves. I was a great night for softball. Their team won in I think the 6th inning via the ten run rule, which for those of you that may not know, is when you are beating a team by ten runs after the fifth inning. It was a relaxing way to bring in the weekend.

My big day was Saturday. I woke up fairly early and needed to go to the local DMV to get my picture taken for my new license. I was there a minute or two after they had opened. I was the only one there which is a rarity. I got right in and handed the lady my camera card, and answered a few questions. Next I had the picture taken and signed my name. Within a minute my new license was done printing and I was good to go. As I was walking out I compared my old license to the new one. In the old one I was wearing a nice shirt and tie with my hair cut short. I was at the time working for a healthcare group and was required to work weekends and weird hours. In my new one, since the only time I was available was Saturday, I only wore a flannel and had somewhat messy hair. But hell its more shiny so it’s still better.

From there I realized another thing I could only do on Saturday was go to the damn bank. I get out of work everyday as they close, which is a real pain in the ass. I needed to change they type of one of my savings accounts. I ran home from the DMV and grabbed my transaction books and account numbers just in case I needed anything. I ran down to the bank and the doors were still locked. I was a minute or two before they came and opened the doors. I hopped in line behind a few people that were there before I was, and waited for my turn. When I got to the counter I recognized the teller as the younger sister of an old friend of mine. It was really cool that she recognized me as well, since I really never knew her personally. It was super simple to change account types and keep all the same information. I was in ans out of there in 10 minutes. On my way home I decided to be a nice guy and stopped at Tim Hortons. I ran through the drive thru and got breakfast for myself and my wife, as well as a new Oreo Iced Cap that my wife wanted to try.

Once I got home and ate I was able to get ready for what I really wanted to do Saturday. Even though it rained all night and all day, I wanted to scout out my dad’s land and find a nice spot to set up a Bushcraft site. I grabbed my camping bag, and headed out. I was looking for a spot that wouldn’t disrupt any animal trails and for a spot that wouldn’t compromise sight from any of our hunting stands. Without climbing to the top of the hill, that didn’t leave me a ton of room to look. The rain was good for one thing though, it let me see what parts collected water and what parts did not. I wondered around for about two and a half hours looking for a suitable spot, with not much luck. I did find a spot under some pine trees that will work if I use a raised bed. The only issue was that it isn’t super flat ground, it is on a small slope. I headed back to my truck and went home. I realized that I could do everything there that I wanted. The one thing I would need to do differently, is lash a raised bed to two trees at an angle as to keep it level. I plan on building a lean to over the bed and making a few walls. When I get that far I’ll find a way to add pictures or add a link to the Bushcraft USA website where I will upload them. That would basically round out my Saturday.

Sunday was lazy and I just played my Ukulele and hung out with my wife. This morning I was able to get back into the CS50 class that I had started. I am in Week 2 and was able to watch the two hour lecture before my lunch break was over. It seems like I may have a bit of trouble with this week as I currently do not understand how to logically understand how to work with arrays, and arguments for arrays. I get what they are and where you would want to use them I am just super unfamiliar with them. Also finding the time to do the class is becoming a pain. I do like what they are teaching and what I am learning so I will continue. I am that guy who will forget everything if I don’t do it for a while and with programming it will be the same way. Even when I take a week break I get scared that I will lose what I learned in the first week. I want to be able to program but I just hope it will stick so in the future I can recall how to write a few scripts if I have to. I will be looking to go through the walkthroughs and shorts for the week later today. I hope to get to the problem set in a day or two.

That’s all for now folks, I’ll see you tomorrow.

CSGO, Linux File Server, & Camp

We have made it to another Friday! Yes you can celebrate.

Well if you can recall I played 3 very poor games of Counter Strike a couple of days ago. It seem like my luck didn’t change yesterday. 😦 I was able to play four competitive match making games, but I was only able to win the last one. This put me at a six game losing streak, which is no fun at all. I even de-ranked to Master Guardian I. I was very mad, because I have always been competitive and I hate to lose. This comes from being involved in sports my whole life, so I know there are many others just like me. I again had one of the worst games of my career only getting five kills, while dying about 23 times. It was literally hard to type that, that is how disturbing it is to me. Being who I am though I was determined to win a damn game. I didn’t have to be the top fragger or the leading scorer, I just wanted the ‘W’. My final game was the one I had been waiting for. We won very convincingly. I was in the middle of the pack as far as kill to death ratio. It was a good way to step away from the game for the night. I later finished by playing a handful of 3v3 Rocket League games. I love being able to relax and play a game I don’t mind losing. I did however do quite well driving my little car around and scoring goals in mid air. If you haven’t played or seen Rocket League I suggest you look it up. You don’t have to take my word for it but I don’t think you would be dissatisfied.

I popped right out of bed this morning not feeling tired at all. I knew it would be a good day. While at work I had to migrate my help desk installation to a different server, so we could start fazing the old server out. That didn’t take as much time as I thought it would. My co-worker is helping his wife set up a file server for her business, so I have been helping him the last few days with that. We decided to put a light weight OS on the server, so we went with Xubuntu. Then simply installed a few utilities along with Samba for file sharing. Our next challenge is to be able to access and modify the Linux based shares from a Windows machine.  We were able to set the share up by editing the smb.conf file in the Vi text editor. Our only problem now is everything we try, won’t allow us to edit the files. So this for now has us scratching our heads. I’m sure we will figure it out sooner or later. We aren’t in much of a rush since this will just be added in to their network when it is finished. I like working in Linux and hope to someday be a full daily user. I like the freedom and creative abilities you have without all the added crap of a Windows PC.

Anyway, enough about work. This weekend I plan on heading out to my dads land and scouting out a cool spot to set up a semi-permanent camp site. I want to make it all with hand tools, so that I can practice my Bushcraft skills. I will be looking for a flat spot with a few sturdy trees around. His land was recently timbered so there are plenty of dead fall trees that I  can use to set up camp. I want to build a strong lean to in between two trees. I will add walls to the sides as well as walls around a make shift perimeter. This will give me added protection from the wind and predators. I would like to eventually build another structure to house firewood and other supplies. This structure would ideally be off the ground a bit and provide space for wood, and working tools. I would also like my shelter to be large enough to fit a raised bed made of logs and pine bows. If I can get this set up it would be an easy way for me to get out and camp on a Friday night without having to bring a tent or worry about throwing up a crappy shelter with little to no time. I’ll let you know how it goes Monday. It won’t be completed by any means but I should have enough done for a progress report.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and make the most of it. C-ya!

Day Hike, DQ, & Work

Hello people!

Yesterday I thought I might get out of work and play a few competitive games of Counter Strike. No more than five minutes before the work bell rang, my dad called me and wanted to know if I would go out to his property and help him with his hunting stand. Since it was a beautiful day, and I had been inside working for most of it, I agreed. I met him at home and we pre-cut a few floor boards for his shack like stand. We loaded up my little Chevy S-10 and headed towards is 35 acre plot. The majority of his land is up a hill, nothing too steep but a hill nonetheless. We first took the two floor boards up to the frame that he had built already. This required me to carry a 4’x6′ piece of plywood over my head the whole way up the hill. We crossed a rickety bridge, that could collapse any day, and traveled up the rest of the hill. Once we got there it was back down the hill to grab the supplies need to cut notches for the posts, and nails to secure the floor boards. We spend about 2 hours out there getting everything done. It was nice being out there and helping my dad out. We hope to put a more permanent structure up as soon as we can, but for now a few deer stands with do. This is also where I plan on doing a lot of my Bushcrafting. I will be scouting out more of the area this coming Saturday.

As we were on our way home I text my wife to let her know we were on our way back. She wanted to know so she could get dinner ready. Well when I got home nothing had been done, to my surprise. She didn’t feel like making anything and really wanted ice cream, which is much like every other day. 😀  So we went to kill two birds with one stone by heading to the local Dairy Queen. We ordered our food and sat down waiting for our number to be called. A good amount of time had passed so I went up to the counter. They asked if I had been served yet, and I had let them know I hadn’t been. They asked the guy behind the grill and he said he was getting bun. So I figured they were just really slow moving tonight. Well a few more minutes had passed and I can clearly see that no one was making food, yet I still didn’t have any. I ask if any of the five other employees could help me get my order. They must have lost my ticket because they asked me again what My order was. They made the order finally and brought it to us, and much to my surprise they also brought a gift voucher for the exact amount of our meal. This was very nice of them for realizing they had made some sort of mistake and owned up to it. I didn’t ask for anything other than my food, so this was above and beyond. My wife and I had a good dinner then ordered our Blizzards. She got the new Royal Oreo Blizzard with hot fudge in the center, and I ordered the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Smash Blizzard. Both of which were delicious.

This morning work was work. There were a few things here and there that needed to be done like any other day. We had a lady lose network connectivity, which is never good, and a water jet machine try to upgrade itself to Windows 10. I am assuming that a third shift employee hit the accept button and just never said anything. We received a free gift from one of our vendors. It is a monitor arm mount. We spent the rest of the morning setting it up and toying around with it. The last thing I was working on before I wrote this was migrating our help desk installation to a different server, as we are fading it out. This was a new task for me and I liked the challenge. I still want, and need to get back to work on CS50 because I have been slacking. Maybe that can be something for tomorrow, who knows.

One more day. One more day. Come on Friday!

Counter Strike & Direct Deposit

Well it sure feels like a Wednesday to me.

Yesterday I came in to work early and got to leave accordingly. Toady everything is back to normal and seems slower than ever. To top it all off we are smack dab in the middle of the work week. It is hard to look forward and get excited because it is still a ways out. I don’t know if it is just me, or what but I’ dragging today.

Like I stated earlier I was able to leave work early yesterday. I took full advantage of my ‘extra’ time to get in some serious CS:GO game play. I had let a friend of mine know that I would be on and be ready to play. We ran through a few warm up casual games, to kind of work the bugs out, just like a batter in baseball takes a few practice swings before he heads to the plate. The warm up games went well we were always within the top three in the server. After seeing that we figured we were ready to head into a competitive match making game. We ended up playing the ever famous Dust II, and started on the counter terrorist (CT) side of the map. I normally play bomb site A on CT side, but was not quick enough to call my position. This may have been due to the fact that I didn’t, at first, care how the game went. I wanted a nice fun game and not much more. Needless to say we started getting stomped on. I played the back of B site and got pushed in about every time I was challenged, and the rotates to A site were awful. I think we ended the half at a score line of 12-3 in the favor of the opposing side. Since you only play, to the first team to get 16 rounds, this wasn’t looking good. They had one guy carry their whole team in the first half, which turned out to be a good thing for us in the second half on the terrorist side. We were able to isolate their carry and make a fairly good comeback. The game ended with a tie between the two of us at a score line of 15-15. It isn’t a win by any means but certainly better than a loss.

After that game we decided to go ahead and try our luck again, and see if we could pull out a win. This time we were on the map Mirage. This is another well known, and often played map. This time we started on T side. This ended up being the worst of the games we played for me personally. I finished the game with only 4 kills and 21 deaths. That.is.terrible. If you are familiar with first person shooters you will understand what I am about to say. It was one of those games where no matter what you did or where you went, you would get instantly slaughtered. I was getting head shot falling back, through smoke, while flashed, turning corners, and the list could go on. I did how ever have 10 assists which is about the only positive thing that could come from my performance. We lost the game in the same fashion with a score line of 16-5.

At this point I took a break, let the dog out, and got some water. We couldn’t end on that atrocious game, and we were still looking for a damn win. This last game we played was on the newly remade Cache. This is one of my favorite maps and I know a few cheeky smoke throws that I always love to use to secure a bomb sight. We started out much better than the two previous games. for the first half we were on T side and took both bomb sites pretty convincingly. Our only issue was losing rounds by not being able to defend the bomb after we planted it. I wouldn’t say that the CT retakes were great, but rather we still weren’t playing amazingly. We lost more rounds that way than we should have and that would be a deciding factor for the rest of the game. We were winning at the end of the half, which makes us feel good going into the second half. I took bombsite A with one other teammate and we traded rounds for most of the half. They ended up beating us in the end bye one of two rounds. Yesterday just wasn’t our day to win. I had been out of practice and I’m sure that didn’t help matters. I should be able to get a few games in tonight, but I’ll have to wait and see. Also not that any of you may care, but later that evening my wife and I watch the CW’s ‘The Flash’ if you haven’t seen it you should, and if you have make sure you watch that episode.

The other thing I wanted to share is that for the first time in my life I started using direct deposit with my checks. That may sound weird coming from an IT professional, you know since I should love technology and all. I have always felt like I couldn’t trust the computers at banks, or even cash machines. Partly due to my bad experiences with over drafting and things never ever posting on time. But now that I am in a stable position and need my money as soon as I can get it to pay certain things off, it seemed like the right time to do it. The only real reason I bring this up is because today was my first direct deposited check. It is not exciting in any way but it is a big step for me and my financial organization moving forward. I think I’ll be OK with it and everything went according to plan today so, fingers crossed!

Keep on grindin’ though your week, and have a good evening everyone.

Dinner, DWTS, & Morning

Good day mates!

Last night was fun. My wife and I went out to dinner, and although windy, we sat outside until desert. We had a great time just talking about out day, and our future. We had bruschetta for a starter, which kicked the evening off right. I ended up getting a rack of lamb with a nice black bean and bacon puree. It was delicious, as expected.  My wife ordered the sirloin, but much to our surprise they were out of it. She instead, at no extra cost received filet mignon. (Big Bonus) For desert we got what they called a pecan ball. It is ball of french vanilla ice cream, covered in roasted pecans, then drizzled in caramel and hot fudge. It may be the best thing in the universe. It was a great way to spend out first anniversary.

We got home just as the show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ came on. We have watched the last six or so seasons. We even went to the traveling live show last year. The five remaining couples did a trio dance and then a regular dance. This late in the game they are all really damn good, so they all get pretty good scores. It was a double elimination night, this leading up to the two night finale next week. Since America gets to vote for who they want to see in the final it comes down to a popularity contest near the end. That being said it’s only fair to assume that the best dancer does not always win for that reason. Most times America at least gets the final three ‘correct’ at least. Tonight was not one of those nights. If you follow the show at all you will know what I am talking about, if not you may think I’m losing it. Ginger Zee and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy deserved to be in the final, and the voters agreed, so they are in. Nyle Dimarco, the deaf contestant, and his partner Peta Murgatroyd also deserved to be going to the final, and they are. This leaves one more couple to compete for the Mirror Ball Trophy. It was between Antonio Brown, the Pittsburgh Steelers receiver, Wanya Morris, the Boys II Men singer, and Paige VanZant, the UFC fighter. Again, I want to state that they all worked their asses off and will always be better dancers than most. Among those three there is really one clear choice on who is the best dancer and who had been the best dancer throughout the competition. It was Wanya. Plain and simple he had been the overall best dancer, but he didn’t make the final due to that ever popular America vote.  It is the nature of the beast I get it but it still sucks. I guess I should let you know who did advance, since I haven’t told you. Paige VanZant and her partner Mark Ballas were voted in to the finals. The very clear reason isn’t their skill, it is the popular vote. Just to get hard numbers Wanya’s Instagram has 52.2K followers, whereas Paige has 852K, and no I didn’t forget to put the ‘point’ in that number. To restate it sucks that Wanya didn’t make it but its not like it effects me in any way, I just think that’s shitty. They will go to the final dances and if I had to call it I would say the Nyle should win by a landslide. He has been killing it all season and has people on the hook due to is not so debilitating ‘disability’. I’ll stop ranting now.

Anyway this morning started off early, as I came in to practice with a colleague. The good news is that since I came in early I get to go home early and play Counter Strike XD.  I was running reports all morning, and we have people currently hear to help us with a carousel migration. Later in the morning we had n issue with our plasma cutter. It was not ‘finding home’ which it has to do so the cutter knows where it is on the board. It is all done by sensor readings and for some reason was goofing up. None of us are super familiar with it, not even the people who operate it. I called the company that installed it for us years before I even worked here, and had them explain to me things I could try. We had to test the switch sensors to see that they were functioning properly. That means we had to first find where the hell they were. After so digging we found them, and found out that the machine was all out of whack. The only logical reason it would have been this far out would be due to a fork lift running straight into it. Of course no one would come forward to incriminate themselves, why would they? So for two days they haven’t been able to use it. We had to manually move it back into the right position before it would ‘home’ properly. This took the rest of my morning. After posting this I only have one more hour of work and I’ll be set free!

I hope you enjoyed my rant and struggles with unfamiliar machinery. Enjoy your day, and I’ll see you tomorrow.