Tuesday, September 25, 2007

My "contractual period" with Citistreet: the commute to work and back everyday and what it could mean for the long term!

Today was another day in corporate America at Citistreet. Tomorrow is Wednesday and we're one step closer to the weekend. There's a few things that I am noticing at this time. The traffic on the way home from work, during rush hour, is absolutely HORRENDOUS. Not necessarily on I-287, but once I approach the Route 10 Exit on I-287, the traffic really accumulates and that's where my delays to getting back home begin.

Here's an interesting fact - it takes me about 20 to 25 minutes to get from Somerset (Exit 10 on I-287) to Whippany (whatever Exit that is for Route 10 - I think 40 something). That part of the commute takes me approximately 20 to 25 minutes. The trip from Whippany all the way back to my house takes about 45 minutes. How ridiculous is that? Most of this has to do with rush hour and the Northern area of Jersey being overpopulated, but these types of delays are also enhanced by horrendous car accidents.

Driving home on Route 10 today, just coming off I-287, there's a small wreck right in the middle of the rush hour traffic. At that point, the time was about 5:45 - about an hour or so IN TO rush hour. Who gets into car accident in traffic that is moving 10 MPH?????? What the fuck is THAT all about????? Here's the answer - people are not watching where they're driving! Folks, we need to be more alert of our surroundings on the roads! Accidents always happen, but there are more crashes happening on the roads now than ever!!! It's preposterous is what it is. Be careful on the damn roads!!!!!

For those of you who don't know, I happen to be a contractor at Citistreet, which means I am working there on a contract. That means, once the contract is up (end of December), the company has the option of bringing me aboard permanently or thanking me for my help and bidding me adue. When the contract expires, I also have the option to do the exact same thing. Taking into the account the commute and some other things, I am giving my decision in December some serious thought. Once the contract is up, I would really like to find something much closer to where I live and more lucrative. Let the truth be told here at Blog of Bryan. As time marches on, with each passing day, the commute to work and back is becoming more and more of a pain in the ass.

Due to the fact that I working on a contract basis, it gives me time to make my money, save some of it, and thoroughly evaluate what I want my next move to be. I can think deeper in regards to what it is I truly want to do with my life come 2008 and where I want to go. January of 2008 is going to be a key landmark. That's the end of the contract, the start of a fresh new (and hopefully much much much BETTER) year. By that time, I should have quite a bit of money in the bank and feel fresh from the holidays.

As we leave the summer and enter the autumn months, the leaves on the trees will be begin to change color. The days will gradually get shorter. I will have a few months to continue to repair the trauma that was summer 2007 and also have some fun in the process before the start of the new year. Remember what I talked about in the previous post, taking life day by day and honing in on what makes one happy. I will attempt to do this while taking care of business during this contractual period with Citistreet.

Tonight, I will probably head over to Billy D's apartment, when he gets out of class, and give him a haircut. He recently bought a ginormous couch (that can accommodate 10 people and fold out into a bed), so I want to check that out as well. Ladies and gentlemen, that is the state of the game with your boy B-Money. Stay tuned and have a great evening.


Monday, September 24, 2007

Taste of the truth: Gotta take things day by day and try to hone in what makes one happy!

Going to work and coming home, every single day, for five days in a row can be draining at times. It is up to us whether we let it drain us or not. That is why it's important to find things that are pleasing in life - the precious gems of life.

Thank God for weekends like the one I just had. Thank God that I get those two consecutive days a week to just chill out, relax, and let loose. This post is pretty much taking the form of a stream of consciousness.

Yes, I do work. Yes, I am grateful that I have a job and I can make some money - even if it's not quite up to par with what I feel I should be making. Working at Citistreet has been alright. It's located in a beautiful corporate building with mirror windows reflecting the trees, sky, and everything that is the outdoors surrounding the building.

Sometimes, I get bored during the average work day, but I really can't complain too much. Getting ahead is what's important in the long term, but sometimes it feels as though I'm not making enough progress to get to where I want to be. With loan and credit card bills and all that other fun stuff, it becomes increasingly more difficult to reach the pinnacle that I dream of reaching. Will I give up? Absolutely not. I'm still moving forward and doing what I can to live as fruitful a lifestyle as possible.

Lately, I've been going out on Friday nights to Morristown and hitting up Grasshopper with best friend Billy D and whoever else chooses to join us. Sometimes, Jimmy comes along. This past weekend, it was Christine who met up with us. I've been dancing. I've been having some pretty decent times. It is my belief that one needs those times to keep one's sanity. Repetitiveness alone could be enough to drive one insane.

Going to work and coming home, every single day, for five days in a row can be draining at times. It is up to us whether we let it drain us or not. That is why it's important to find things that are pleasing in life - the precious gems of life. Fun. Playtime. Little by little, I want to try to hone in on what makes me happy as I go through this repetitious process of going to work and come home after work day by day. Of course, many people do it and I am surely not alone. Not alone by any means, judging from the that rush hour traffic! LOL.

When I come home from work, I often tell myself that I will clean the room up and organize all of my things. I get around to doing it for about 10 minutes - maybe even a half hour at times - but never truly finish it. Yet, tomorrow is practically here already. Midnight has passed. It is time for bed. Tomorrow is another day in corporate America, and I wish to continue working. I wish to make as much money as possible. Just got to take things day by day I suppose. Food for thought; lets sleep on it.

End of September weekend in Lavallette Part II

After spending a little bit of time down at the beach and posing for pictures, the five of us headed back up to Mike's house to get ready for the night of clubbing that we thought was in store for us.

Angie did not intend to go clubbing due to the fact that she had some studying to do for her class. Mike, Greg, Colleen, and I showered and got dressed up for the evening. Little did we know, when we arrived, that Surf Club was closed!!! Unbelievable. We could not believe that the place was closed. I think Bamboo was open, but there were only about three people inside and I believe two of them were security guards. BUMMER! Sawmill was pretty dead as well and it didn't look like the green room had anything going on.

As a result, Mike, Greg, Colleen and I decided to walk the boardwalk for a bit and check out what was going on there. We ended in Casino Pier playing air hockey. I got my ass handed to me by Greg and Mike, but that's neither her nor there. I suppose Greg had to get some type of revenge on me for beating him in our arm wrestling match earlier in the day at the ice cream place on Route 9. LOL. Greg's my boy, though. Nothing more than friendly competition. Eventually we made our way back to Mike's, where Mike had an abundance of alcohol that we weren't even aware of! Initially, we were a little bummed that the liquor stores were already closed when we left Seaside, but apparently we didn't need to hit up the liquor store. Mike still had an unopened twelve pack of Yuengling, some Sam Adams Octoberfest, Captain Morgans, a bottle of Grey Goose Vodka, and much more in that refrigerator of his.

Once we got back to Mike's, we commenced with the drinking -- and dancing. That's right. We didn't make it out the club, but Greg did manage to have his techno/trance CD in his car, so he brought it in and I got jiggy in Mike's dining room/kitchen. Mike, Greg, and I even took a walk to Wawa to get some snacks. Angie and Colleen decided to stay at the house. I got myself some pepperonis, cheese, and a slim jim. Colleen also wanted some string cheeses, so I picked up a couple of those for her.

I made Greg and I some mixed drinks - Coke and Vodka (the Grey Goose; we were being classy whores, lol). Greg attempted to keep up with me, but gradually he slowed down and proceeded to pass out in Mike's bed. LMAO. He went from sober to drunk to cock block in a matter of 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I was STILL dancing, still enjoying the trance, and still drinking and dancing around the house. It felt great to loose - letting loose the way I - and pretty only I - know how.

Colleen went to bed, Greg was passed out in Mike's bed, and Mike and Angie decided to sleep on the futon in the living room. I was not yet ready to go to bed, so I decided to step outside and sit out in the drive way with my beer. It was a beautiful evening to sit outside and look up at the sky which was totally clear. I could see the stars shining ever so brightly. Having returned to Lavallette for the first time in like three months, I was delighted to be out there that late and just being able to bask in the beautiful weather. It was not too hot or cold. There was a bit of breeze, but absolutely no humidity whatsoever.

During my time outside in the middle of the night, I got to thinking about different things like making money, wanting to live down by the shore because it has always been my type of setting, and the fact that I was basically happy that I could hear the waves of the ocean directly across the street. I was able to relax and let my mind drift away in peace and serenity.

Once I started passing out in the chair outside, I knew my time had come to hit the hay. Ever so quietly, I got up, brought the chair into the backyard, and went inside to go lay down. The next day, on Sunday, we all went to Wawa to get some breakfast and then we headed back to Mike's to eat it in the backyard. After that, we went down to the beach again for about twenty minutes before eventually going our separate ways.

This past weekend in Lavallette was a wonderful weekend. I find that little island, as well as the shore in the general, to be quite enchanting. It's always a delightful little getaway for me and I look forward to returning again in the near future.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

End of September weekend in Lavallette Part I

There are a few things I would like to comment on before I get to the events that transpired this weekend. As a hardcore boxing fan. I would like to put Fighthype in this post as a plug.

Boxingtalk, known by many as the number one boxing website in the world, was down this weekend. In fact, it is still down. When one types the URL into a search engine, the results indicate that the site no longer exists. A couple months ago, I paid to renew my membership at Boxingtalk and they never granted me the access I had paid for. That was kind of fucked. Thank God I didn't pay much - just $6.00 for the one month. Still, it's fucked up.

Anyway, I would like put a plug in here a Blog of Bryan. Fighthype, created by Ben "Hype" Thompson, is evolving into the top boxing website on the internet. I love the interviews, videos, and news updates. Great website! All boxing AND UFC fans should check it out because it covers all combat sports. Not just boxing. It covers boxing as well as UFC and Mixed Martial Arts.

Officially this weekend marked the end of the summer, but I had sensational time down in Lavallette. I came back up to D-town earlier this evening with Colleen.

The folks present at Mike's this weekend consisted of Mike, Angie, Greg Root, Colleen, and myself. We had an awesome time together. I've seen Colleen pretty recently as well as Mike (the weekend we were in Philly for Kristen's show), but I hadn't seen Angie and Greg since like June! It was good to be able to see these folks again in one of my favorite towns in this state. Lavallette is a beautiful little beach town - nice little island - that I always enjoy visiting.

On Saturday, the five of us went the Route 9 ice cream parlor in Howell, located directly off of ---- none other than ROUTE 9. The name of the place kind of gives it away. LOL. I ordered a small sized Cherry Vanilla. That was some really tasty ice cream - one of the best ice cream places I have ever been to. Amazing ice cream! After having ice cream, we decided to go bowling. I chose not to bowl, opting to watch instead. The four of them bowled one game; after that it was time for dinner.

We went to Johnny Carinos in Howell. All of us, with the exception of Mike, ordered an alcoholic beverage. I ordered a glass of Beringer White Zinfandel to go with my entree, which was the Bow Tie Festival. However, I modified the entree and asked the server to substitute penne pasta for the bow ties. Great entree; nice dining experience. The server did a good job. Mike, Angie, Greg, Beanie, and I enjoyed our dinner together.

Once we got back to Mike's in Lavallette, we decided to take a walk to the shore and check out the waves. The sun was in the process of going down, as it was getting darker and darker. It didn't matter though. Being able to walk down to the shore, in itself, was truly a blessing to me. This summer, much like last summer (2006), I didn't get down to the shore nearly as much as I should've. I don't care if it's bright, dark, or in the middle - I will take any opportunity I can to walk to the beach and watch the waves. In fact, the moon was coming out and it was still bright enough to look out at the water and notice the reflection of the moon glowing across the surface of the ocean water. It was a beautiful sight to behold.

As I put my feet in the water and looked out at the water, I felt tremendous and ecstatic to be back at the shore. Going to the shore makes me horny, and this weekend was surely no exception. The shore doesn't just make me horny, though. At times, I feel as though the shore rejuvenates me and replenishes my soul - especially after going through some trials and tribulations. The seabreeze is so refreshing. Greg had his digital camera on hand. Angie and Colleen each had disposable cameras, so plenty of pictures were taken this weekend. Expect to see some pictures from this weekend in the not distant future.

Right now, it is time to go to bed. Corporate America awaits for yet another work week at Citistreet. Therefore, I need my sleep. Stay tuned for Part II - coming very soon. You do not want to miss a beat!

Back from Seaside - getting ready for work week SURVEY!

What's worse? Liars or cheaters?
Both suck

Is it easier to forgive or forget?

Can men and women be "Just Friends"?
I have a couple lady friends, so I'd say yes.

How do you feel about dating Co-Workers?
Don't shit where you eat.

All expenses paid vacation to anywhere...where?
Vegas or Hawaii

What was your last meal?

When you are "In Love" do you notice other people?
yep. but I'd never do anything about it.

Would you rather have 1 great friend or 5 pals?
I have a few great friends, so I'm really fortunate.

If someone called you a dick would you be offended?
I'd tell them, "I value your honesty". lol JK

Are you okay with your boyfriend/girlfriend being friends with an ex?
that makes things very weird if the gang is hanging out, and I don't believe in friendship with exes, so probably not. It wouldn't feel right and it would create a bad vibe amongst a group of friends if we're all out.

Would you live with someone without marrying them?

Favorite sport?

Do you like diet soda?
it's not bad.

Do you squeeze toothpaste from the middle or end of the tube?

How do you feel about tanning booths?
fake bake? Nah, I do the real thing in the actual sun in the SUMMER. lol

Friends with benefits?
Sounds great, as long as it's not an ex. Not an ex, wanna step outside with me for a moment? lol

Do you believe in angels?

Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?
I love being in pictures. I've loved the cameras since I was 3.

Ever kissed a random person and then walked away?

Have you ever had any type of relationship with a married person?
an affair really... not a relationship

What color looks best on you?
I've been told I look really good in colors. any color. I prefer blue.

If you could play any sport professionally what would it be?

Ever break up with someone and regret it?
Not at all.

Are you a jealous person?
I used to be, not anymore. Call it maturing over time. what do I have to be jealous of?

Would you ever have plastic surgery?
No, I look good the way I am. Thanks.

Who has the sexiest accents?
hmmm. good question. get back to you on that one. lol

Favorite song?
so many ... name a genre.

Favorite movie?
too many... name a genre.

What's your occupation?
Payroll and Contributions specialist @ Citigroup

What is your astrological sign?

Are you a beach, country or city person?
beach primary, city secondary.

Have you ever seen or called anyone you met on MySpace?
not really.

Have you ever had a "secret affair"?
nah, my shit is pretty much out in the open because I just don't care. lol

If you could own a non-traditional pet which would it be?
not sure. maybe a dolphin.

Favorite movie as a child?
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Where do you spend most of your money?
bills, food, and gas.

Have you ever been so heart broken that you called in sick to work?

Favorite summer drink?
Sam Adams Summer Ale baby!

Can you change a car tire?
sure can

Favorite candle scent?

Would you consider yourself adventurous?
you could say that. probably more rebellious.

What is your MySpace profile song?
"Will I" by Ian Van Dahl

Favorite concert attended?
I'm a concert virgin. :O

Would you date an already attached man/woman?
not if they're with a friend of mine - out of respect. That's just guy code. if the chick is not with a friend of mine, and they're not married, they got a right to do what they want to do.

Would you sing Karaoke in front of co-workers?
I used to all the time when I worked at the OG. We went to Murphys for Kareoke night on Tuesdays. lol

Can you shoot pool?
I can

Do you like your siblings' significant others?
Not sure if they have any. it's been years and years since I've associated with them. Maybe we will re-unite someday.

Can you drive a stick?
I'm not in the habit of driving stick. lol

When you marry will you wear white?

Have you ever sat and hoped for a phone call?
sometimes I wait a bit, but I never sit down and hope that someone calls me.

Ever skip school and spend the day at the beach?

Favorite TV show?
Simpsons, but I don't watch a lot of TV these days.

Last piercing you got?
my ears

Saturday, September 22, 2007

B-Money's long awaited return to Seaside Heights/Lavallette: They couldn't keep me away forever!!

There's something about the beach and quaint little beach towns like Lavallette. The seabreeze is refreshing, even in the late stages of the summer. It kind of makes me horny, to be blatantly honest with you.

Ladies and gentlemen, it has been a while since you caught an update from Mr. B-Money himself, but I am here to give you what you've been waiting for. Work at Citystreet is going well for me. Great company, beautiful corporate building, and an amazing atmosphere. The commute is .... well ..... eeehhhhh .... but if they pay me the way I believe they will come the new year, then this is WELL worth it.

Hanging out with best friends is the way to go. I'm feeling really good today. Perhaps, that's because I am in Lavallette at Crazy Mike's beach house with some great friends of mine. This morning, after leaving Bill's apartment in Village Green to go get my car from the Applebees, I met up with Colleen in the parking lot at the Olive Garden by the mall and we carpooled down here together. She was courteous enough to buy me coffee from Dunkin Donuts as well as a box of donuts. I noticed the old managers I used to work for opening the door in the back to let the employees in before the place was open for business. This being Saturday morning, I thought to myself, "That used to be, but now the weekends are for me. The weekends are for this type of activity - driving down to Lavallette and admiring the shore and club scene."

Colleen, Mike, Angela, Greg and I are currently chillin at the beach house. The last time I was down here was the third week of June - the third week of JUNE! That's way too long. All of you are aware of the financial tragedy that went on over the summer, but that's behind me now. That's the reason why I couldn't make it down here last month, but B-Money is a man of his word. I said I would be down here the next time there was a get together and I am here in full effect baby! There's something about the beach and quaint little beach towns like Lavallette. The sea breeze is refreshing, even in the late stages of the summer. It kind of makes me horny, to be blatantly honest with you. Maybe that's a good thing.

Tonight, we'll be hitting up Joey Harrison's Surf Club and I am really looking forward to that. Last night, I went to Grasshopper with best friend Billy D for some club action. Christine met up with us as well. Last night was Grasshopper and tonight is Joey Harrison's. Yes, I'm all about the club scene. It's beautiful. It's a blessing just to be back here again. B-Money, the one and only, the king who is high on life, has returned to the Jersey Shore. Hallelujah!!!!!!!!

That is all for now, so stay tuned for more. I plan on updating more frequently!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Attention drivers of NJ: Ticket-happy officers lurking on major highways!

Thirty day speeding ticket frenzy in effect today!

Starting today, New Jersey will launch a 30 day speeding ticket frenzy.The state estimates that 9 million dollars will be generated in speeding tickets. 1 million will go to pay state troopers' overtime. There will 50 state troopers on duty at all times patrolling the 9 main intersections and highways. They are the following:

  • I-295 North and South
  • I-95 (Jersey Turnpike) North and South
  • I-80 East and West
  • I-287 North and South
  • I-78 East and West
  • I-195 East and West
  • I-280 East and West
  • Rt. 130 North and South
  • Garden State Parkway North and South

Five mph above the limit can justify a ticket and every state trooper is supposed to pull a car over and write a ticket every 10 to 20 minutes.

They have issued 30 brand new unmarked Crown Victoria cruisers and are bringing in all of their part timers on full time. If you work in NJ,NY, DE or CT you will probably take one of these highways. It's up to you how fast you are going when they clock you. 101.5 FM confirmed all of this. So be safe and don't forget speeding tickets are on you. Driving Ticket fine increase in NJ: Starting on August 15th, the price of a ticket for violation of NJ Law 39:3-29 (failure to show your driver's license, registration, or insurance card at the time you are stopped) is going from $44.00 to $173.00.

Please make sure your vehicles have the proper documents in them. If you jump in the car to run to the store and forget your wallet with your license in it and you are stopped.... Oh well... you just spent $173. And the fine for not having all three documents is $519!!!

Forward to people in NJ, and let them know of this change. And becareful, the fine for hand held cell phone use while driving will begoing up to $180.00. Be wise and careful!!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Remember September 11, six years later.

We will never forget.
Today marks the six year anniversary of that national tragedy our country suffered, when the World Trade Center was hit and destroyed in terrorist attacks by two planes (American Airlines Flight 11 at 8:46am; United Airlines Flight 175 at 9:02 am) in the lower tip of Manhattan on September 11, 2001.
At 9:37 am, The Pentagon in Arlington County VA near Washington was also a target for an attack (American Airlines Flight 77) on that same dreadful day.

Sitting in a Dunkin Donuts drinking my coffee this morning, I watched the tribute show they televised on the news in remembrance of what happened. They showed a documentary for about twenty minutes that illustrated the sequence of events on September 11 2001, just as they were shown live on the news six years ago. The attacks, the people falling to their deaths from the tower following the plane crashes, and the errie music being played throughout, was haunting.

Six years later, America stands United. Homeland security is stronger than it was prior to 9/11. The question is, is it strong enough? Apparently Osama Bin Laden is still alive, as he delivered an audio message approximately 45 minutes long to the media. The audio message did provide a visceral of him pictured above the flaming twin towers from September 11, 2001 following the time that they had been struck by the planes. Many people believed that he was dead or well on his way. Unfortunately, that isn't the case judging from that message.

R.I.P. to the victims of that tragedy who lost their lives exactly six years to the day. Thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones on that horrific day, which will forever live in infamy. God Bless America.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Eligible for unemployment money: NJ Department of Labor recognizes real from fake!

Nice try Gore, but I still got my money and rightfully so! I'm B-Money, the best of the best. The Creme de la Creme. The Champ of the Champ.

After more than half a dozen weeks of waiting for unemployment benefit eligibility, I was finally granted eligibility along with my check yesterday in the mail. The examiner in my case determined that I was eligible for unemployment benefits covering some of the time that I was unemployed.

According to the deputy of my case, I was terminated because of the usage of a password that my employer considered inappropriate. There was no evidence that I was previously warned or that my actions were a violation of company policy. You're DAMN RIGHT there was no evidence that I was warned beforehand. I was not warned of the inappropriate nature behind my password's content. And for good reason .... I was not air headed or bimbo headed enough to think that I was creating an inappropriate password. I had no intentions of creating a password with inappropriate content. Furthermore, Darcie Gore was in fact present during the time of the password creation and did not say a fucking word to me when I created it. THAT is why I am RIGHTFULLY ENTITLED TO BENEFIT MONEY.

Here's the funny part. Here's the interesting news right here. According to the form that I received in the mail a few weeks ago, Gore sited the blog post in which I insulted her (the one I later removed and retracted the statements), as the reason behind my job termination. According to her Gore's audio statement, I was terminated for insulting a manager on a public blog. That's what the form said. Gore flat out LIED to the NJ Department of Labor. I was quick to fill out the interview form and type up a rebuttal.

Seeing how I was terminated on Thursday, July 5, 2007 at approximately 11:30 am, and the blog was posted on July 11, 2007, I am afraid the motive behind my job termination that Gore falsely provided for the examiner held absolutely no validity! Unless the dates of the month start at 30 or 31 and move downward to 1 ( I grew up learning that it's the other way around), it appears as though Gore had lied to the NJ Department of Labor in order to prevent me from claiming the benefit money that I was entitled and that I did in fact received yesterday. I guess your terrible fucking lie didn't work, did it? It was either a lie or sheer bimbo headed, bimbo minded stupidity! Somebody needs to inform Gore that the 5th of July comes before the 11th of July every single year (it always has), and not the other way around.

I am aware that there are penalties assessed to those making false statements to the NJ Department of Labor. I would hope that Gore was aware of it as well when she told her little fib. Whether or not she is bright enough to be aware of that remains unknown to me, but I highly doubt it. The notion that I was terminated for a weblog post, in which I exercised my Freedom of Speech by making a tasteless joke of her last name, is absolutely and positively FALSE! One can not fire an employee on a given day for a weblog post that is NONEXISTENT for SIX MORE DAYS following the TERMINATION stupid!

Throughout my duration of employment at Bank America National Association, Gore was extremely unprofessional in her dealings with me as her assistant. She conducted a sales meeting, listed my name on the meeting agenda, and failed to even acknowledge me or even introduce me to the crowd at hand until she actually needed me to get something that was relevant to her precious little meeting. The reason why I was terminated, according to Parsippany, NJ Adecco recruiter Roslyn Durkan, is because I didn't listen to instructions. I failed to screen phone calls in a manner that was on par with the manager's liking. Again, Durkan mentioned absolutely nothing to me of the weblog post and for good reason. The weblog post did not yet exist!!!!!

Supposedly I created a password that made Gore feel uncomfortable. Gore failed to address the matter with me or warn me of the password's unacceptable content at the time of my password's creation. How was I supposed to know that she was not happy with my password? She was at my desk, looking at my password after I had created it, and did not say a single peep about it to me directly, which is what a professional manager is both expected and required to do. Gore did not even give me any indication that I was going to be terminated if my work performance failed to improve. She did imply that I needed to improve my phone call screenings, but she gave no indication that I could be terminated or would be terminated shortly there after.

At the moment of my termination, Gore was not even in the building, let alone in her office. Instead, she sent me an email from a location totally unknown to me, saying, "Call Roslyn." It was about as unprofessional of an email as a so-called sales manager, or manager of any company for that matter, could possibly send an employee - let alone her assistant.

Roslyn who?
What company does Roslyn work for?
What is Roslyn's phone number?
What is the occasion behind me having to call this Roslyn?

I had to guess that it was my recruiter. I also to leave the office at 11am that morning of July 5 to drive to Roslyn DURKAN'S office, only to hear from Durkan (and NOT Gore, the manager) that I had been terminated due to her discontentment of my work performance. When I look back at the matter, I can see that I was terminated without any warning whatsoever. In fact, I was supposed to attend a training session with the sales assistant at their Roseland office on Tuesday, July 3. Unfortunately, I had to call out sick due to an illness. Thank God I didn't waste my gas money (which is rather substantial these days with these outrageous gas prices) and car mileage to attend what would have been a pointless meeting, only to discover my surprise termination two days later.

Gore gave false information for the reason behind my job termination to the NJ Department of Labor. The deputy of my claims case was intelligent to see through that bullshit after reading my well-typed rebuttal. That is the reason why I got my unemployment money, and rightfully so.

Thank you NJ Department of Labor

B-Money extends a special thanks to the NJ Department of Labor for realizing real from fake and truth from lies. Word to the wise for some of you motherfucking liars out there, when you tell a fib, at least do your homework on the resources behind the fib. Look at the fucking dates!!!! Realize what time it is what time shit happens at!!!!! But most importantly, it is required that you be at least as intelligent as me, or preferably even smarter than me, to pull one over on me! I'm not your ordinary every day fool. I'm B-Money, the best of the best. The Creme de la Creme. The Champ of the Champ. You can call me MISTER B-Money and then bow your head!

NJ Department of Labor, thank you for the benefits! You have nothing but my greatest respect for doing the right thing. Thank you for determining that it was a password, and not a futuristic weblog post, which is the bullshit this weasel tried to feed you in her audio statement, that caused me to lose my job.

Bank of America, thank you for making up the check that I received from unemployment! HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA.

I got my money and the benefits that I rightfully deserve Darcie Gore, but you still provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.

Let's say it again ladies and gentlemen.

Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.

That's PERFECT and ACCURATE. And again!!!

Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.

I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!!!!!!! REPEAT IT MULTIPLE TIMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.

Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.

Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.

Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.

Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.

Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.
Darcie Gore provided false information to the NJ Department of Labor.

and a partridge in a motherfucking pear tree.

Don't worry, I didn't tell them about the bottles of hard liquor that were in the back during the time that I was working there. I also didn't tell them about the loan officer you had to fire because he committed a breaking and entering into the house of one of his clients. LOL.

Bottom line: Don't play yourself and don't ever try to play me out again when it comes to my welfare or benefits that I am rightfully entitled to.

This puts an end to the case of Bryan Bradley and the Department of Labor against so-called Bank of America Sales Manager Darcie Gore.

On to the better things in the life, as well as the better people - the smarter and more exciting people - in life. Grasshopper tonight in Motown with the crew. I can't wait!!!!!!! I'm thrilled to death! I'm jubilant! I look good. I feel good. I smell good. It's all good on this end baby!

Folks on hand are going to see a B-Money who is HIGH ON LIFE!


Morristown spectacle set for tonight: Ladies, I look forward to seeing your fine asses! Haters, change your tune and fix your face!!!!

As I said in the previous post, tonight my peeps and I will be in Motown for the evening. There's a minor dispute over which one of us is going to drive. This usually happens when a bunch of people go out to a club and alcohol consumption is expected.

At first, I did not want to drive at all. I honestly figured Jimmy was a suitable candidate for the assignment being that he just regained his drivers license and we had been driving him throughout his driver's license suspension. However, me being the true champion that I am, I offered to drive tonight if need be. We'll see what happens. If that's the case, then I am definitely NOT driving when we head out tomorrow night wherever that may be. Fuck it, I'm still going to have some drinks too! Believe that, I just won't get obliterated if I have to drive.

Tonight, Motown will shine bright and rich, because it's getting an exclusive dose of B-Money along with his infectious smile and high on life appearance. As many of you know from first hand experience, when I get high on life it is quite a scene and quite a thrill. B-Money is bringing best friends Kid Kong, Jimmy, perhaps Roger, and whoever else wants to join yours truly on this Motown Friday night spectacle! We'll be at the Grasshopper, and wherever else we want to be, because we run this shit. I look forward to being out and about, showing my self off after a summer of pretty much being absent to the public.

I will definitely be out about, high on life and in full force tonight! It's The Return of B-Money to Motown. Only fish markets, no sausage fests, so I look forward to seeing many of you beautiful ladies out and about and on the dance floor.

Ladies, look forward to seeing all of your fine asses.
To all the haters: Change your tune and fix your face!

~B-Money, the one and only.

Holla at ya boy.


TONIGHT: Grasshopper in Morristown!

"The night belongs to the stars" - Billy D.

Thank God it is Friday! Yes indeed, we have come to the end of yet another week folks. This week, however, was cut short thanks to Labor Day on Monday. It's all good. Tonight I'll be heading out to Grasshopper in Morristown with Billy D, Jimmy, probably Roger, and whoever else cares to join us. There will be more playas in Morristown tonight than on the NY Giants. It should be an exciting time. Last week, Bill and Jimmy went to the Grasshopper as well and there was quite an attendance on hand. According to them, it wasn't a sausage fest either. That's good. As a straight male, I don't particularly care for sausage fests. I'm more fond of fish markets. LOL. Ladies, ladies, and more ladies ... line them up. B-Money the Handsome Young Stallion is going to be in the house tonight! Whatever was the case last weekend when Bill and Jimmy went to the Grasshopper, it will be cubed this weekend with B-Money on hand. It's going down tonight, but not before a little pregame action at Billy D's crib. In the words of Billy D, the night belongs to the stars.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

In store for September!

This coming weekend, I will actually be home in North Jersey. Therefore, I'll be hitting up the club/bar scene with best friends Billy D, Jimmy, and whoever else comes with us. I told Bill earlier in the week that I wanted to organize a special night out for all of us. We want to go out, meet some chicks, and hang out with friends. Potential club scenes include Grasshopper (Morristown), Funky Monkey (Morristown), Palm Grill (Morristown), and Red Cheetah (Montclair).

From September 12 through September 24, I will be crossing over from the bad time that was summer to a time that is more financial secure and stable. During that time, I plan on paying a significant amount of the debt I am currently in that I accumulated over the summer. I think of it as a metaphorical bridge, in which I am living the bad ghetto area and crossing over into a nicer area. I'm moving on from a bad point in my life that was consistently rough to a time at which I am more financially stable and am able to exercise more options.

Tentatively scheduled for the weekend of September 21-23, Crazy Mike is going to have his next get together at his beach house in Lavallette, NJ. Colleen, Raph, Greg, Angie, and yours truly will surely be present at this get together. Ray and Mel may not be present, as Ray might be spending time with his family. In any case, I look forward to returning to the Lavallette/Seaside location, just as I enjoyed making my return to Philly this weekend. A night at Joey Harrison's Surf Club seems likely on that weekend, as is the case on most weekends we are all down in that area. A trip to the Seaside boardwalk is also expected.

My Labor Day weekend in Philly: Bob Hope's Nightmare was B-Money's wet dream!

Clearly the best weekend of the summer!

Last night was a great time in Philly, as Ray, Mel, Mike, and I went to see Kristen and her dancer friends perform in this show called "Bob Hope's Nightmare". The show contained adult content and full nudity, which surely made the show that much more entertaining for me as well as any straight male. Bob Hope's Nightmare was definitely B-Money's wet dream!

Prior to our night in Philly, Ray, Mel, Mel's mother, and I all got up went to the Deptford Mall to get lunch at the food court and do some looking around in Macy's and other stores. We also went to Target because Ray needed to return his Diet Dr. Pepper. It wasn't Caffeine free, so Ray returned it to buy a case of Dr Pepper that was Caffeine free. I had a craving for coffee, as usual, so I wanted to hit up Starbucks. According to Mel, there wasn't a Starbucks at the Deptford Mall (just a Coffee Beanery - which is also good), so I chose not to waste time by getting a cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts. It was good enough for me. Mike didn't get down to South Jersey until around 2:15, at which time he met up with us at the mall.

As we were walking through the mall, Mike and I came across a girl at one of the kiosks who was selling deep skin cleansing products. She looked Persian, or some shit like that, but she had a hot little body! I could detect a hint of cleavage through her shirt. She wanted to do some demonstrations to illustrate the effectiveness of her products, so she took my hands and arms and rubbed some of that shit on me. It seemed rather effective, as my skin was cleaner and smoother after she did the demonstration. Mainly, I was enjoying the fact that she touching me. She was definitely one hot and so was her accent. Someday down the road, I may opt to purchase that stuff because it was effective, but not before another demonstration from the delightful and supposedly Persian tail at the Deptford Mall! She had magic hands.

Eventually we all left the mall and headed back to Mel's house so we could drop Mike's car off. Ray, Mel, Mike, and myself all carpooled in Ray's car over to Philly. On the way to Philly, we stopped off at a Wawa to get some drinks and snacks. I purchased a Wawa Mach W (their delicious energy drink). Wawa had coupons that took $0.50 off their energy drinks as well as other Wawa branded drinks. Yesterday's date was September 1, and that deal expires September 2 (today), which means my entry into the Wawa to buy that energy drink was perfect timing! Mike was looking at the Reeses and noticed a marketing ploy that may very well prove to be ineffective. He made a valid point stating, "why would they put Elvis on a package of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, when Elvis is a guy who died on the toilet from obesity?" Point well taken, Mike!

During the ride to Philly, there were a number of discussions that took place between the four of us. Mel and Ray were talking about the prospects of getting an apartment together down in Gloucester County. Mike suggested that it might be better to get a place somewhere in the middle of where each person is currently located, noting that Camden is rated as one of the top crime cities in the county. Mel responded, "Baby, you never have to worry about me moving there. My white ass is too pretty to live in Camden." LOL. There you have it, Mike. They're not moving to Camden. Ray was more conservative, admitting that he doesn't know where he's going to graduate school just yet, if and when he goes. He's the type of person who takes things day by day, which is a smart thing to do.

Once we made our way across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and arrived in Philly, first thing we did was purchase the tickets for the show. Mike and I went in to buy the tickets. Once we came out and Ray Mel drove up to pick us up, we pretended that the show was sold out. About 10 minutes later, we gave Ray and Mel their tickets. Mike and I also gave Ray $10 towards gas for driving us to Philly. It was the fair and courteous thing to do. After getting the tickets, we went to Dave and Busters for dinner and to play some games in the gaming room. For dinner at Dave and Busters, Ray, Mel, and I ordered Cheesesteaks as they are the tradition in the city of Philadelphia. They are notorious for cheesesteaks. When in Rome, do as the Romans do! Mike saw fit to order a garden burger instead, being that he is a vegetarian.

After dinner, we made our way back to the gaming room so Mel and Ray could use up the rest of their arcade credits and get their prizes at the redemption area. Mel and Ray are some serious arcade game buffs; they could probably play arcade games for hours on end. Mike and I played a few games here and there, but for the most part, pretty much just walked around the joint and took in the scenery. Once we left Dave and Buster's, we spend about 45 minutes hanging out in the parking garage. At the spot where Ray parked, we could directly see the Ben Franklin Bridge as well as many of the other buildings and establishments that were located in downtown Philly. We could even spot the Tweeter Center across the Ben Franklin Bridge. It was quite a scene for the eyes to take in, let me tell you.

The temperature was perfect last night as well; beautiful night to be out and about. It was not cold; on the contrary it was pretty warm but the breeze was nice and cool. I loved it. Being in Philly, seeing the sights (minus the ghetto spots) of Philly reminded me that I really need to get out and about more often. By no stretch of the imagination am I a world traveler, but one could argue that I am at least a city dweller. I do enjoy driving to different cities and making fun nights out of such trips.

Soon it was time for the four of us to head to Bob Hope's Nightmare at the Schuylkill Gallery. The show was set to begin at 10:30, but there was another show happening prior to that show. In that show, the girls was fully clothed and it was really Stockton-Esq! Therefore, we arrived at the performing arts center about an hour before hand and chilled out in the parking lot. We also took a number of pictures, which will probably be posted here on the Blog of Bryan very shortly.

We walked towards the entrance of the art center, when one of the ladies from the show walked outside and approached us. She asked if we were there to see Bob Hope's Nightmare and we told her that we were. She invited us to come inside and see the end of the first show for free, as long as we were quiet. Fair enough. We went inside and watched the tail end of the first show in anticipation of the show we had paid to see. Bob Hope's Nightmare was definitely the much more greatly anticipated show.

There were about eight skits, involving Kristen, her dance instructor Rob, and some of the other dancers. Those girls had some nice bodies; I was fortunate to be sitting in front row seats. As much as it was art, it was also a turn on to yours truly, just as it would be to any straight male viewing the show with watchful eyes. In a few of the skits, Rob even asked for volunteers from the crowd. The show was well worth the $10 for admission, perhaps even more than $10. Whether one would view it as art or eye candy for perverted minds, it was heavily entertaining and it capped off a super sensational day in the City of Brotherly Love. It was great to be in Philly and I look forward to attending many more shows like that, especially ones that features nude beautiful chicks such as that particular show did, as well as going back to Philly and perhaps even to some clubs in Philly. About five years ago, I went to Club Shampoo with some Stockton heads and I would love to do something like that again very soon.

Soon after returning to Mel's in Woodbury, Mike and I left for Edison around 1:30 am and didn't get to his house in Edison until 3:45am. Throughout this weekend, I can say that I met a number of my friend's parents. On Friday, I met Mama and Papa Schlomer for the first time. Upon my arrival at Mel's house in Woodbury with Ray on Friday evening, I met Mel's mom. This morning, when I woke up at Mike's house in Edison, I met Papa Milek as well as Mike's brother Chris.

Quite a compelling Labor Day weekend, ladies and gentlemen. This was honestly a much needed weekend, after the summer I had this year. The time in Philly enthused me. The show entertained me. The time spent with friends thrilled me. The weekend, which served as the much needed satisfying post script to this summer, definitely captivated me. This is the type of weekend I sorely needed, from a social standpoint, to give me a mental boost coming off my absence from social and leisure activity throughout this entire summer, and it appears that this weekend has done just that.

This is just the beginning of some plans that I hope to fulfill for the remainder of this year as well as the start of the next year. My various groups of friends have a number of get-togethers and events that I look forward to attending and being a part of. Word has it that Mike is having another one of his get-togethers on the weekend of September 21 at his beach house in Lavallette. I haven't been to those parts since the third week of June, so I am looking forward to that weekend with great anticipation.

That is all for now folks. Everyone have a great Labor Day. Tomorrow is officially the holiday, so if you are off from work (as I am), enjoy the day to the fullest extent. If not, well try to have as good of a day at work as you possibly can.


Saturday, September 01, 2007

Here's to Labor Day Weekend!

In Southern NJ/Philly!

Currently, I'm in Woodbury, NJ at Mel's house. Being off from work on Monday (Labor Day) and enjoying the benefits of a three day weekend are really enjoyable and relaxing for me. Realize that it is a truly a blessing to have a job and just being able to work, in order for me to have these days off from work or even to be able to enjoy them.

Last night at about 5:30, I carpooled down here with Ray. He met up with me at the Super Stop and Shop by my job and I followed him to his house in Edison so I could leave my car in front of his house. Once we got to Mel's, we took Mel's mother with us and went to the Olive Garden in Deptford for dinner. They're currently offering their annual Never Ending Pasta bowl.

As you remember, I worked at the Olive Garden in Rockway by my house for almost a year. The Never Ending Pasta Bowl special is great for guests, but terrible for servers. Servers get credit for one payment of $8.95, but must go back on multiple trips to keep getting bowls of pasta for guests because it is what is - never ending. We're all human though, folks. Eventually, we all get full. I tapped out at two bowls last night - I was being a bit of a pussy. Mel's mom only made it to two as well. I believe Mel had two. Ray made it to three! It was good though. I started off with Fettuccine and their new Smoked Mozzarella Alfredo sauce, which was bangin! My second helping was spaghetti with Sausage and Peppers sauce, or some shit like that. It was really delicious.

So, it's 11:24 and we're just waiting for Crazy Mike to get down here. We plan on heading over to the mall for a bit before we eventually make our way to Philly for Kristen's show. It should be quite the spectacle. Seeing Kristen in person, alone, is going to be a spectacle in its own right being that I have not seen her in person in ten months. I have not yet set foot outside, but I hope it is a beautiful day. It appears as though the sun is out and it's nice and bright, but hopefully the humidity is not that thick or heavy. I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for this day.

Time to greet the day. Blog ya later!