Tuesday, June 29, 2004

American Nomads:

Just started reading this great book today,">American Nomads: Travels With Lost Conquistadors, Mountain Men, Cowboys, Indians, Hoboes, Truckers, and Bullriders, By Richard Grant. He has been bumming around the western United States for the past fifteen years and this is a chronicle of his adventures and the characters he encounters. I've been hiding in the back of the warehouse reading this morning. After three chapters I'm ready to chuck the dead end job and hit the open road.

Monday, June 28, 2004

My Way News

Zombies, that is what I saw on my way to work this morning. The drivers of all the cars I passed had this vacant stare on their faces. Combat veterans call it the thousand yard stare. I wasn't surprised to see the same look on my face in the mirror. A look of resignation that the weekend is over and I have five mind numbing days to endure till the next one.

I'm sure there must be some out there but I didn't see a single person who looked like they were happy and excited to be on there way to work. My thoughts were mostly how I'm nearly 40 years old and wondering how long before I can escape this pit of a job and do something I actually enjoy doing.

Now that the US Silly Court, oops! I mean Supreme Court has ruled King George can hold American citizens without trial or charges I hope Homeland Security doesn't find this blog too subversive.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Sweet Friday

Thank God Friday is finally here. How did we ever get rooked into working five days to get two off? My boss bailed at noon today so I had several hours of blissful slacking. I printed off several articles and took them out to the warehouse to read. SlACKER TIP Carry a clip board with a folder and notepad on it. When people see you walking around with a clipboard they assume you are doing something work related. On my notepad I write work stuff in the front and flip it over and write from the back for personal stuff.

I'm sneaking out early so you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Movie Script

My slacking project today is starting my movie script. I'm using Viki King's How To Write A Movie In 21 Days as a guide.

I doubt I'll finish in the next 21 days since it is primarily a at work project. She starts out by having you write what happens on pages 1, 3, 10, 45, 60, 75,90 and 120. This gives kind of a backbone to the story structure. So far today I've been able to work out pages 1,3,10,and 30.

In case anyone is interested my movie is based on an incident in 1958 when the US Air Force lost a nuclear bomb and never found it. Fast forward to 2004 when bad guys show up to recover the nuke. What is scary is that in researching this story I found out that we have lost 11 nuclear weapons since the 1940's

I Hate This Freaking Job

My slacking time is being seriously messed with today. We are having our usual end of the quarter madness. Ten days before the end of every quarter they go nuts trying to squeeze out extra orders to boost the bottom line. If they were that energetic during the rest of the quarter we might not be on the edge of bankruptcy.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Lost Manuscript

Boss lady gone this morning so I can blog away uninterrupted for awhile.

Last night I found a manuscript my grandfather had written in the late 1950's. It is a western that isn't too bad. My mom tells me he spent quite a bit of time on it. It was written on a manual typewriter, a feat in itself. About the time he finished events in his life forced him to give up his business and take a job in a plywood mill. He would work there for 35 years and in the end all he had to show for it was a cheap gold watch and four missing fingers. Although he was locally famous for his many political rants in the letters to the editor section of the local newspaper his dream of writing would lay buried in the bottom drawer of a dresser,along with his only book until his death a few years ago. I'm going to put his book on disk and have it vanity published this year. It will only be a few books for family members but at least his dream of being a published author will be fulfilled. I think the lesson here is don't bury your dreams to spend your life at a spirit killing job that will leave you nothing.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Ten things to do in McDonalds when it's dead

I love this site. Any one working in fast food should read this.Ten things to do in McDonalds when it's dead

Is It quitting Time Yet?

I'm SO tired today. Stayed up till 1230am working on web pages and had to get up at 5am. I had to go out to the warehouse to do a little inventory work, which in layman turns me slipping in a 10 minute nap behind pallets of product. Unfortunately there seems to be quite a bit of work that I am going to have to do this afternoon. I had hoped to start outlining my screenplay today.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Things To Do At Work When You Are Dead

How many people actually like their job? No one I know. Ask anyone what they would rather be doing and 99% of them will tell you something other than what they are employed at. We all have dreams and aspirations of what what our ideal life would be like. Unfortunately we are trapped in soul sucking jobs that devour our time and energy. Years slip by while we plan our escape. If you aren't careful you end up retiring before that day comes. You will end up looking back and realize you spent forty years doing a job you hated.
Since my energy level is highest during the day when I'm at work I've decided that I am wasting far too much time on actually doing my job. What I need to be doing is using my peak energy time to follow my dreams. So there you have it. That is what this blog will be about, a daily chronicle of me pursuing my dreams and interests on the corporate dime and offering the occasional slacker tip for other corporate cogs.

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