|A Lot On My Mind
||[Mar. 10th, 2009 @ 10:42 PM]
|||||The Cranberries - Dreams||]|
I know it's been awhile since my last LJ entry on here, but there's just so much to tell. I wonder if I have the effort of typing all that's on my mind on here, or if I'll run out of energy before being able to finish.
Over the past few days, I've had a lot on my mind. I've been wanting to talk about it all on here, but I haven't had the energy or the right time to do it. Now is the best time, I suppose.
The first thing I can address is that the G-Town DJ's Office seems to be in a pretty secure spot right now, over where it is right now. There was a lot of drama that went on between the G-Town DJ's Trio (Me, DJ, and Brian), but it all came out to be that they're on a friends-only basis for awhile, I believe. They broke up, but I feel that the both of them want to get back together again, they just need time apart. That's just my gut feeling. A lot of drama went on and I almost lost my friendship with DJ over some stupid shit, and I'm very thankful that it didn't end that way. We reasoned it out like reasonable people and now everything seems to be fine. We're all still the best of friends, the only thing that's different is that DJ and Brian aren't dating right now. They're on a friends-only basis for awhile. I feel that they both want to get back together though. They'll just need some time. Who knows?
Since that's on the table for the topic (for right now), over the past few days, the three of us have put a big effort into getting the Office all cleaned up and back in working order. It's been in a lot of niglect lately, and now it's all beautiful. I'm amazed at how well it turned out after we finished cleaning it, as it was in such disarray before. Now it feels very professional (once again, maybe even moreso than before) and has a good energy around it.
That was one big thing that was giving a lot of weight on my shoulders, and I'm glad that weight has been released. I feel more at ease that one big task has been taken care of. We even gone as far as getting most of the computer work in there done as well. Now that we have the new "server" in the closet (we ousted the old one, I have it in my basement now), I was able to get the remaining Roaming Profiles working, the network printer going again, and the remaining computers in the office to go as well. I hooked up the TV again (as they disconnected it when they changed to Cable internet), and, as I had said, we cleaned it up immensely. It's all ready to go with actual work that can be done in there. There's only a few odds and ends to take care of, but they're relatively minor and can be taken care of whenever I have the time to go over there next.
Last Friday night, we had a DJ gig to attend to. Everything went mostly according to plan, but the only thing that went very wrong for us was that we blew out both of our DJ speakers. We think our Amp overpowered the 2 speakers and blew them. They're junk. DJ and Brian ordered 2 new speakers, much better than our old ones, and "should never ever blow", according to what they say. They're supposed to come in tomorrow, I believe. I hope they work out well. We have a DJ gig coming up on this Saturday, and we need them working by then. With the gig that the old ones blew at, we were in really deep shit for awhile, but the people we were DJ'ing for understood that things like that do happen, and they were very understanding. They leant us some regular stereo speakers to finish the rest of the night. It really made us feel bad, and that's the kind of thing we don't want happening.
The weather around here lately hasn't been that favorable for my carwash job, but I'm actually a bit glad, though, in a way. I've had my past 3 days there off, and I needed the rest from the 2 jobs I've been handling at one time. I only put in one day last week, Tuesday, so the check that should be sitting there this week is only enough for one day's pay. It's gonna be less than $100.00.
With Acme, I was able to type-up my "notes" notebook writing, and Dave formatted it so that it's in a "memo" format specially for Acme. There were around 4 copies, maybe, and I had to sign them, and they were distributed over to Al, one of the owners, Dave, and myself. The one owner was very impressed with it and was able to understand everything I was addressing, as I was explaining why I was suggesting some things. The one big thing I was addressing was to take proper care of their machines on the floor ("production line"), as they're all mis-managed. The one thing that Al had started with was cleaning them out with compressed air. He only did a couple of computers, but on last Friday, I was able to do a few more for him, as he was out for the day. Some of the ones I was cleaning out were absolutely terrible, and there's still more to do besides that. Then there's other things (software-wise) that needs to be done with them as well. It's taking awhile to work through my "memo" of analysis, but I feel it's another step up for me with a tech position there.
For awhile, it felt like that this tech position was coming much sooner than I had originally thought. Now it's starting to feel like that it's taking longer again. Still, I'm at the same position as I was before, with doing Harley Davidson oil tanks (waxing, buffing, checking, packing, etc). I'm kinda balancing that with a small bit of tech work. I actually found out my pay is $9.00 an hour, not $9.50 as I had originally thought. Still, that's not too bad, as that's more than the carwash job is.
I'm actually starting to realize that the carwash job isn't so bad. With this Acme job, I'm understanding that some jobs can be much harder than the job at the carwash. With Acme, I can't really stand around and do nothing, I have to keep myself busy. At the carwash, I get breaks between every customer. Now I'm starting to feel totally different about that kind of thing.
Now that I have two jobs, I've been making quite a bit of money, and I don't really have much time to spend it on anything. I'm actually making more than I can spend in such amount of time. I've been stuffing a bit into the bank, and some I've been keeping in my wallet for something I've had my eye on for about a month now.
I've been thinking about this, like I've said, for about a month. In another week or do I'm going to go out and do it. I've been wanting to get one of those mini-laptops ("netbooks"), as they're so miniature, and they pack the tools that a pretty much normal Windows computer can handle. Mainly basic stuff, as I've heard the Intel Atom processors in it aren't really that great. Just enough to get by with simple tasks. I've been wanting to get a very portable computer, a netbook or a mini-laptop in this case, without going as far as using my massive laptop. If I want to surf the web for a bit, a few minutes let's say, and have something very portable to do it with, that'd be a good candidate. I mean, a fully-fledged laptop is a nice thing to have, but it's just so big at times, and more than I really need, to be honest.
I've had my eye on the one at Walmart, and the one at Microcenter. I believe they're the same (an Acer Aspire One?) which are competively priced. I believe they both feature Windows XP, about a Gig of RAM, and a 120GB (or so) hard drive, which is more storage space than I really need for it. I don't want to really get one with a solid-state hard drive, as I'll run out of 20GB (or smaller) HDD space really quick. I can understand that a solid-state drive does have it's advantages, but regular hard drives have served me fine for a long time, and this one shouldn't be much different. The ones I've had my eye on are around $300.00, minus tax. I have a bit of money stashed away for this, but I need another week's pay or so to be safe to buy it, and have regular spending money left over afterward. I believe it doesn't come with an optical disc drive, but my quick solution is that I'll just buy a regular USB external CD Drive at the one thrift store in the city that I frequent. They're around $20.00, if I find the right one, instead of spending like $80.00 for something similar brand new. I probably won't use the external optical drive that much, but it'd be something just to have "in case". Like reformatting, or something.
That is my biggest ambition for the next few weeks. I'm very convinced I'm gonna do it. I don't really buy too many "big ticket" items, but that'd be one of them coming up.
One other thing I've been thinking about, that's less important, is a flat-panel TV. I don't exactly need one, but it'd be nice to get one. It could multi-function as a computer screen, and I'd get a bigger one. I was eyeing this 32" widescreen that was on discount at the Office Depot in Round Lake that's going out of business. It's around $360.00 minus tax. That's a hell of a steal for that size, but, like I said, it's not that important to me, and I don't really have the finances to cover it. Possibly someday, perhaps when the price drops on them. It's just an idea that I have. Not right now exactly, but perhaps someday.
A little while ago, I finished watching a DVD that I bought recently. It's for "You've Got Mail", a very good movie starring Tom Hanks (my favorite actor) and Meg Ryan (who I think is a very cute girl in the film). I haven't seen that movie in a LONG time (I have it on tape at the carwash), and after finishing watching it, it's started to make me think about my life as an adult. The big premise of that movie is that the both of them are anonymous pen-pals through eMail online, and they're big business rivals in real-life. Tom Hanks' character puts Meg Ryan's character out of business in the movie, a small store that she owns, verus Tom Hanks' big-box-chain store that he just opened up, in the same line of business, books. It just makes me wonder about my life a little bit. About how my life is going to end up, and how successful I can be later in life. Owning a house, taking upon a lot of adult responsibilities. I feel that day is coming, probably within the next year or two. It's just one thing that's on my mind right now, I've been kinda having those thoughts now, about having a place of my own.
I don't believe I've mentioned this on here before, but I've discovered quite awhile ago (a few months maybe?) that I believe that I have an ability to see into my future, a little bit. Let me explain.
A couple of years ago, I've had three vivid dreams that I can understand now, that I couldn't understand at the time that I had those dreams, like I said, a couple of years ago.
The one dream that I fully understood first was in the G-Town DJ's office. You have to understand, the dreams I've had, they weren't in motion. It was just this blurry picture, with no people in them, and no dialogue whatsoever. The first one I understood was, like I said, in the G-Town DJ's office. I was standing in front of my computer desk there, which is right next to the door to the hallway. I was looking at the computer desk, the computer, the door, and the dark hallway that was outside the door. I couldn't place that picture in my life at the time that I had the dream. When I was in the G-Town DJ's office a few months ago, I was standing in that exact spot, and I finally understood that dream I had.
I'm not saying that the "power" or "ability" I seem to have with seeing into the future is really that significant or that powerful, but it is very odd and weird.
That was only the first time. It's happened 2 other times, too.
The 2nd time was over at Acme Finishing. A big warehouse setting, with a pallet that was divided up into cubes, which is where the oil tanks are supposed to sit after Marcella and I are done working on them (to go ready to ship to Harley). The tall ceiling, and the pallet racking around it. Same thing, it was a still picture, no people, no dialogue. Same thing, I had that dream a couple of years ago and couldn't place it into my life at that time, as I had no idea where that was or what it was about. When I was standing in that spot at Acme, I finally understood the dream.
The 3rd time was just the other night. The G-Town DJ's went over to CLC, over towards the library. We found that it helps to be there in a very quiet setting to try to get some G-Town DJ's work done. We've been there 3 times thus far, and I finally remembered the dream on the 3rd time, and understood it on the 3rd time I was there. Where we go, is at a round table, by the CLC library, which is near a balcony (kind-of like at a shopping mall, sort-of). The view was of the brick wall that was to the right, the balcony off to the left, and the angled ceiling, which was a bit dark. Still picture in my dream, no dialogue, no people around, and I couldn't place it anywhere in my life at that time as I had no idea where that was or what it was about. On that 3rd visit to CLC, I was in that exact place, and understood that dream.
I never even thought about this at all until the 1st time it happened. Then the 2nd time...and then the 3rd time. I don't even know if it's gonna happen again, but it's really weird. Like I said, my "power" or "ability" to see into "my" future isn't that significant, or even helpful for that matter. Maybe it's just showing a small still picture of my life and where it's leading me? Is it helping me at any bit? Probably not. It's just hard to explain, but I think I've done my best to try to.
The last thing I need to mention is that I have a lot to work on here at home. I have so many little projects to work on, it never seems to end. Computer work, sorting out my bedroom, sorting out the basement, that kind of thing. I don't want to go into detail (I can go on forever) but I've got a shit ton of stuff piled up that I should take care of someday, lol.
To be honest, that's about all that I need to write in this "edition" or "chapter" of my life. I'll keep this updated with other events that happen in my life. It relieves a lot of stress and clears a lot of things off of my mind by jotting it down in my LJ here.