Back to the Future?

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I am making really good friends with this guy at work.  It’s comforting especially since I’ve only been at this place a few months.  He sits right next to me (we kind of share a cubicle I guess) and we get to talk about a lot of things.

Yesterday, he pointed out something to me on his computer.  I don’t even remember what it was. It was a picture of some sort and I said, “That’s sick!” meaning it was “very cool.”

Now I’m 26 years old.  I don’t consider myself old by any stretch of the imagination.  He just turned 49 in September and (to say the least) is very displeased that is as old as my father.  He’s always pointing out “old songs” (i.e. “Master of the Puppets” – Matalica or Jusas Priest’s “Victim of Changes”), who sings them, their title, that sort of thing.  I guess he doesn’t think I have any sense of culture and that I have no idea of classic, good tunes.  Then when I say that I know the song, he says that he saw that particular band in concert when they were just starting out.  When I mention that I WISH I could have seen said band before they broke up/half of them died, it makes him feel even worse.

Anyways, when I mentioned that the picture as “sick” he said, “No it’s not! That’s really cool!”  I asked him if he was Doc Brown and he instently felt old yet again.  For the rest of the day I kept saying things were “heavy”.  I don’t think he appreciated it all that much…

So that last night at dinner, I am telling this story to my wife.  She’s cracking up because she knows exactly where this is going.  After I give the “heavy” punchline to her, my 10 year old daughter says, “I don’t get it…”  I explain to her that it is a line from the movie Back to the Future.  She looked at me like I had 3 eyes.

Now I know what my co-worker feels like when he thinks he is old.

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Comics and My Inner Geek

So yesterday, my co-worker brought me a comic.  I thought he was just showing me what he had purchased over the weekend but he was, in fact, showing me what he bought me!

My co-worker is gay, so naturally my wife decided to poke fun that my “new boyfriend” got me a gift.  I don’t care though.  I was SO excited to have some new reading material!

I have always been a fan of super heroes and now my son is becoming an even bigger fan (if that’s possible).  The problem is, I have never really been able to buy and read a lot of comics.  Growing up, my family didn’t have any money and now that I’m older and on my own, I’ve followed right in line.

I have bought a handful over the last year or so.  I even went to a small local comic convention a few weeks back and made a decent sized purchase.

Comics are $5 now!!! That’s ridiculous!  Who can afford that?!?!  I sure as hell can’t.

So when my friend walked in with the first issue of a new series that he ABSOLUTELY knew I would like, I could hardly contain myself.

I’m a complete geek in my super hero obsession.  Anyone who knows me will tell you that.  It’s no surprise really.

I’ll tell you what though, I’m very excited to read the new series Sons of Anarchy

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Resume Writing and My Accomplishments

The last few months have been kind of a roller coaster.  Actually, all of 2013 has been a really weird chapter in my life.  I can’t say it’s been good, but it hasn’t all been bad either.

In March I got a job to help a company move their machines from the city to the suburbs.  My start date had to take a back seat to me falling off of a ladder and breaking my arm and face.  This was suppose to be a maintenance job that was contracted until August.  When I finally did start, I was thrown into the IT department and agreed to work both jobs 50/50.  When my contract was up, the owner showed a lot of interest in keeping me full time.  I have been on a month-to-month ever since.  However, his enthusiasm has diminished some as I haven’t really done much maintenance work in the last 2 months.  This is because I have been working on a $12k program that HE wants implemented ASAP. It’s taken a lot longer than he thought.

This morning, I received confirmation from the software consultant that we are at a place in the implementation process to begin going “live” for the people on the floor.  This essentially means that my days very well could be numbered here because this project has been, really, the only thing keeping me employed for the last 2 months.  After we go live, they could easily decided that the rest of the data can be uploaded themselves and they don’t need my help anymore.

This is a very condensed version of what has been going on the last 4.5 months (especially since August).  The real story is much worse (yet very boring).

Now that you all are somewhat up to speed, I will begin my blog post.

I have been saying for about a month that I need to update my resume with all of the shit that I have done here.  I no longer want to work in maintenance and have (essentially) built this entire IT network myself.  I feel like I have put more work into this move as 99% of the people in this company.  And the work that I have done has been good.

That last paragraph was incredibly hard to write.

So, I started putting bullet points together this afternoon of the things that I have done in IT since June.  You’d think that creating a network with little help would give you a lot of points to talk about.  I have 8.

That was also hard to write.

Why is it so hard to write a resume?  Well, you have to talk about yourself in a very narcissistic type of way.  And when you’ve never really heard many good things from other people about you, it’s even more intimidating to write good things about yourself.

I really can’t be unemployed for 4 months again.  It sucks.  And since my degree is still 6 credits away and I can’t start until Spring, I either hope A) they keep me here long term.  I would hope they would give me more money but I don’t think that’s happening or B) I can find something in the next few weeks and can say “peace” to this place.

It’s not that I don’t like it here.  It’s actually a halfway decent company to work for.  I just don’t like the fact that no one can be straight with me.

The fact of the matter is, I spend a lot of my time telling people how good they are at something, but can’t come up with more than 8 bullet points for my own resume.  I don’t know how the hell I’m going to get another job.  I hate that nothing is certain in this world too.  My nervousness is hidden well but I am a wreck on the inside most of the time.

Anyways…. That’s a little off topic.  I tend to do that.  Maybe a different post in the future can be about my inner feelings and fears.

I’m sure everything will work out one way or another.  It always does.  Just don’t make me talk about myself for very long.