Wednesday, January 30, 2008

R.I.P. Gina Durham

Sadly, a student at the Richard Stockton College of NJ has passed away and will be missed by many.

The campus community at the Richard Stockton College of NJ received a solar plexus blow over the weekend, as one of its beloved students and members of numerous clubs, Gina Durham, passed away last Friday night.

I personally choose not to go into the details of her passing. What I will say is that I did not personally know Durham, nor did I ever really ever talk to her. It was never a result of bad blood or dislike on either side. I just never really had the chance to hang out with her long enough or see her. Throughout my tenure as a student at Stockton, I may have said hello to this girl one or two times, due to the fact that I never really saw her and participated in any of the same activities that she was involved in.

What I do know from those around me who happened to know her, is that she was one hell of a person and a very nice girl. She was bright, beautiful, and was starting her final semester of her senior year. She was on track to graduate in May of 2008. What a sad and unfortunate tragedy. Even though I didn’t really know her that well, it hit me pretty hard when I was made aware of the news. My condolences go out to Durham’s family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Bracing myself for weekend in Lavallette and Stockton Career Fair!

Attending Stockton Career Fair on February 6!

Allow me to take this time to speak about the big weekend at Crazy Mike’s shore house upcoming this weekend. I’ll be leaving work at whatever time on Friday and heading straight down to the Lavallette on Friday evening.

After the renowned new years celebration we all had the benefit of enjoying down there, I’m looking forward to having a blast once again when I spend the weekend down in Lavallette at the Jersey shore for Mike’s birthday. Yeah I realize we're in the middle of the winter, but you must realize that it takes a hell of a lot more than a season to prevent me from making a trek and spending a weekend in a beautiful town on a wonderful island with friends that I love.

Along with Mike’s birthday taking place on the weekend, Groundhog Day is also coming up. We shall see if we get six more weeks or winter or if the groundhog sees his shadow. If he sees the shadow, we’re supposed to get an early spring. This is all clearly a myth. As you may recall, the groundhog also saw his shadow last year and it seemed as though winter lasted up until April!

In other news, I will be heading down to The Richard Stockton College of NJ on February 6, 2008 for
this year’s spring career fair. A number of reputable companies, such as Ameriprise Financial, Merrill Lynch, NJM Manufacturers, State Street Corporation (which happens to the second of the two companies merged together in CitiStreet; the other being CitiGroup), and EZ Worldwide Express will be present at the career fair.

I believe, with the new year and all the new hopes, goals, and aspirations I have for myself here in 2008, it is once again time to begin looking at potential companies to work for. The years 2006 and 2007 were relatively the same for me in terms of where I worked what I made, but the time has come for me to try and take this to next level. That is what I will attempt to do on February 6 at Stockton.

Also on that date,
Stockton College and Rowan University will be playing against each other in a basketball game at Stockton. Prior to the game, alumni are invited to a pre-game reception that will be taking place from 5:30 to 8pm. That should be a pretty decent time, as I haven’t been to Stockton all that much in the past year or so for anything other than Jack’s graduation this past December. It’s nice to stay on top of what’s happening at my school. It’s nice to be able to go back and visit every now and then. Career fair is as good of a reason as any to return to the beloved Osprey’s Nest!

CitiStreet has been alright for me in terms of my day to day work life and helping me to maintain my current lifestyle. For the most part, my days are currently stress less. However, the commute still remains the same, and now that we’re in the middle of the winter season, the commute might even be a little more chaotic than normal.

As long as I continue to work and continue to bring in a solid income, I will be just fine. I’m living alright and continuing to do my thing, but there’s always room for improvement and progression. There’s always the next level, and sometimes one must work for a while to get to that level, so I remain patient, persistent, and focused.

Having said all of that, this year is off to a pretty good start, with me staying on top of my bills and paying them all on time. Organization is key to easier living baby! So far, it’s kept me level headed in this new year, which shockingly is almost a month old.

Could there really be a need for "corpse" insurance????

The following is an article from the New York Times, about legal constraints of burying a corpse. Michelle sent this article to me via email, and it validates a crazy joke between her and I that we made up the night before she sent me the article.

Our joke was a hypothetical regarding a grave digger coming into an insurance company for an interview, and the position of grave digger is the only job listed in his employment history on his resume. I stated, “maybe he’s coming in to see if that particular company has corpse insurance. At the time, it seemed like the most ridiculous joke or idea ever! What would one need corpse insurance for???? Are the corpses are going to crawl out of the coffins and run away????????

Nonetheless, Michelle sent this article to me the following day. It appears as though our little joke was validated over night with a true story. Enjoy. And ummmm, take note of the date this article was published at the bottom of the post.


Disgraceful Fight Over A Dead Body!
Published: April 9, 1882
Copyright © The New York Times

How crazy is that?

Gotta have that "co'pse insurance"!!! Right Michelle? LOL

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Going to see Untraceable tonight!

Crazy Mike's birthday/Groundhog day bash February 1-2!

What's good, Blog of Bryan readers? Time has passed since my last update, but you all want to know what the latest and greatest is with B-Money as well all news, events, and occurrences that are B-Money related or favorite topics of B-Money. Everyone, from my viewers at companies such Bank of America and ADP to friends of mine, continues to visit Blog of Bryan!

Much love and respect to all my readers, family, friends, and stalkers a like. LOL. Well here is another Saturday night, ladies and gentlemen. Tonight, I'll be heading out with Michelle to see the movie Untraceable in the movie theater. The movie is basically about a person who is held captive, and everyone someone goes to a certain website on the internet, this victim comes that much closer to dying. That's pretty much the plot to some effect or another. Tomorrow I will probably be able to give a more accurate review of the film. Nonetheless, I look forward to hanging out Michelle again. Good people.

Next weekend, B-Money is returning to Lavallette and the Jersey Shore for Crazy Mike's birthday celebration as well as a groundhog day weekend bash that have planned. Our intentions are to celebrate Mike's birthday and head out to a bar at some point or another during the weekend. Next weekend will mark my visit to Mike's since our four day party buildup to New Years. Our New Years celebration was a surely a memorable and legendary festivity that ranks at the top of all the wonderful crazy times that we've had at the beach house.

While I'm looking forward to hanging with Mike, Angie, Colleen, Raph, Greg, and the rest of the gang, one can not expect the weekend to live up to the extremely high standards of new years eve. Our New Years party, four days long I repeat, set an entirely new benchmark for the times we've spent down at that beach house. Regardless, I expect to have a blast with my pals down at the shore. It is never a dull moment down there. Never.

First thing is first. It is time to get Michelle so we can head out for our dinner and movie. Be back later. Don't wait up, lol. Blog ya later.

Peace.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Discovery of SM23!

Thankfully I'm off from work tomorrow, so I get to enjoy a three day weekend!




Headquarters Plaza in Morristown, NJ is the location for many things, such as a movie theater and restaurants, but there's also this quaint seductive little lounge on the fourth floor by the name of SM23. That lounge is pretty small, as the pictures on the website can be a bit deceiving. However, I went there on Friday night with Michelle, the wonderful girl whom I have been seeing and hanging out with, and we really enjoyed our Friday night together at SM23.


While it's not exactly the type of place one would go to meet others or find potential mates, it is the kind of low key seductive spot one could bring a date or a significant other. It's not the type of place that people can easily find you if you want to go D.L. with a special someone. SM23 is highly recommended, by B-Money, as a hot spot where one could bring a date or significant other for a quaint, peaceful, and sexy evening. We must've been there for like three hours before the owners eventually closed it for the night. I will definitely be heading back there again soon; great evening with amazing company. ;) More on that later.


If you're reading this, which I know I have a number of viewers who are family, friends, fans, and stalkers alike, be sure to check out SM23 online at http://www.sm23morristown.com/. Or you can find it on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/sm23lounge.

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day, which happens to result in a day off from work for me tomorrow. YAY! Having that extra day off from work this weekend is just what I need at this point. After getting approximately twelve hours of sleep last night, I can once again enjoy the benefits of sleeping in again tomorrow morning. Tonight, I will probably keep it low key. You know, watching a movie and maybe going out to get some take out.

My mother was courteous enough to surprise me with a bottle of wine yesterday - some brand of Merlot - so I guess I will be enjoying that tonight as well. So fortunate to be off from work tomorrow. Thank you, Reverend Martin Luther King.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

ADP hires other candidates for solutions consultant: All the did was create opportunities for other doors, possibly even bigger doors, to open!

I’m keeping all options open at this time and staying in touch with all of the contacts who might be able to aid me in the journey to bigger money and even brighter living.

Yesterday morning, the sun was super bright! Especially when driving to work, the sun seemed brighter than ever. My visor really came in handy on Interstate 287, let me tell you. Even when I walked into the lobby to make my way up to the fourth floor of Citistreet, the lobby seemed as bright as the heavens. That is the closest Citistreet and the term "heavens" will ever come to each other, believe me. LOL. Nothing against Citistreet at all, but lets not go so far as to refer Citistreet to Heaven.

Perhaps all of that brightness and sunshine is symbolic of what the year has in store for B-Money. Unfortunately, the thing with ADP did not work out. I received word, both via email and voicemail, that they decided to go with other candidates who were better suits for the position. Oh well, with the closing of one door comes the opening of another. ADP is still an excellent company. When working for them as a temporary employee, I can honestly say that it was a terrific opportunity for me. Judging from a phone call I received today, there might be another permanent position for me at ADP in Parsippany for which I will likely have a chance to interview. This illustrates the point I am making that closed doors create chances for other doors to open.

Right now I am just bidding my time and enjoying the start of this year. The main thing is, I’m still making money at my current job throughout this job hunting process. Perhaps it is a career that I seek rather than just a job, but sometimes it takes working at a job for a while before the career comes one’s way. Nonetheless, this is a pretty decent start to the new year.

I’m keeping all options open at this time and staying in touch with all of the contacts who might be able to aid me in the journey to bigger money and even brighter living. The first couple months of this brand new year will mainly consist of paying off a lot of credit, student loans, and some other financial obligations that I must acknowledge. Along with those financial obligations, will also make room for some fun and excitement. I having said all of that, I am really looking forward to the spring and smelling the fresh spring air that comes after those long months of winter, cold germs, and freezing temperatures.

Focus on the present. That is pretty common advice. However, this will be a year in which I get a step or two closer to what I want in life. The key to all of that is staying on top of these contacts that I have and making sure that I’m continuously bringing in income. Bring in some income (even if it’s not quite what I want at this time) is better than nothing at all; at times I have had to learn that lesson the hard way. I’m doing alright right now; there’s always room for improvement and change for the better.

Long day at work. I went in at 8:30. I didn't get out until 7pm. Do you know what means? B-Money is tired. Stay tuned for further updates in the coming days and weeks. Bedtime fuckers.

Peace.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Five to eight inches of snow? Not today, but thank you!

Weather forecasters were wrong, again!

So long for the five to eight inches of snow that we were supposed to get last night into this evening. Thankfully, the snow storm never came. I know it probably pissed off a lot of students and teachers who wanted the day off from school. Yes, not being able to go into work as a result of the blustery and snowy weather conditions would've nice, but I would've had to shovel that white shit regardless. The only time I can truly tolerate snow is on Christmas morning. At least on that day, it is more or less a right of passage. With all of the germs and colds going around and making people sick, I think the weather changes and the simple fact that it is winter should be "fun" enough, or more than enough "excitement" to suit everyone's needs. Be that as it may, it's snowing outside right now as I type this post. It doesn't appear as though it will amount to much. Roads are still clear.

Interviewed at ADP in Clifton!

There is currently a heavy snow storm watch in effect for this area. Looking out the window a second ago, I can see that it is in fact snowing and the ground is already covered. The roads are not quite there yet, but they may very well get there soon. Exactly how bad the roads get will determine when I go into work tomorrow if I do go in at all.

Speaking of work, that's another topic that I have been meaning to discuss. When coming up the elevator and getting off at my floor at Citistreet for work on the morning of Wednesday, January 2, I received a phone call. Looking at the phone number of the person who called me, I noticed it was a 973 number. I didn’t know who that was, so I waited to see if they were going to leave me a voicemail message. Surely enough, a message was in my voicemail box. Listening to the voicemail, it was a recruiter from ADP telling me that she saw my resume and wanted me to give her a call back. ADP! Yes, the excellent company I worked for last year. They called me about my resume.

When I called the recruiter back, she informed me that there was a permanent position available in their Clifton office in Client Services and Payroll. She suggested that the position, Solutions Center Consultant, would require eight weeks of training and asked if I would like to come in for an interview? I replied with the only logical answer there was for me to give her, “absolutely”. Two days into the year, I already had an interview scheduled for a permanent job position with ADP. What a way to start the new year! On Tuesday, January 8 at 3:30 pm, I went for my interview at the Clifton ADP on a day that I used as one of my paid personal days, sweetening the honey pot even more so!

I feel as though the interview went really well. Two people interviewed me and they asked a number of questions, all of which I had a candid yet logical answer for. As I was leaving the office, the lady who interviewed me told me that I should expect a call anywhere from five to seven business days. We'll see what happens.

Alright, I'm getting tired now. It's time for me to get to sleep. More to come in the near future.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

New Years Eve/New Years Day exclusive!

Ladies and gentlemen, it has been quite some time since B-Money has posted an update here, but the champ is back with a brand new look in a brand new year to bring you some news.

Busy times and a variety of different occurrences in my life at this time have left me inactive on here, but I feel as though I am starting this new year on a high note and hope to continue that positive momentum as the new year progresses.

We are already a couple weeks into this brand spanking new year, and I can honestly say, “so far so good.” Aside from the fact that I'm recovering from one God awful head cold, life has been on somewhat of a positive neutral base. More to come on what has been going on in my life, ever since the clock tolled midnight on January 1, 2008. How about those super sensational days leading up my new years celebration?I can honestly say that those classic and legendary days leading up to our New Years extravaganza were thoroughly enjoyed on my behalf. How did they go and what happened? Here’s the scoop, coming to you from B-Money himself, ladies and gentlemen.

On Saturday afternoon (12/29), I made my way down to Mike’s and arrived sometime around 3pm. Colleen and Raph and arrived about an hour after I did. Colleen brought this ginormous five pound Hersheys bar with her. That thing consisted of 14,000 calories! HUGE. From there on out, we went to the Seaside boardwalk and met up with Angela. We all went out for dinner at the Golden Palace in Lavallette. Sunday was a day heavily filled with drinking. From 12:30 until about 8, I was pounding down beers at a reasonable pace. We watched the Simpsons movie DVD, which I got for Christmas. On Sunday evening, Jack Horowitz make his grand arrival and Bob even managed to pay us a visit. Ray and Melissa swung by later in the evening to pay a visit and wish us all a Happy New Year. They came just at the point when we were playing beer pong. Bob and I were kicking ass and taking names. Nobody could beat us. Nobody. Until Ray and Melissa showed up. It was Ray and Melissa against Bob and I. In a competitive match, they finally won when my drunken ass knocked our cups over on the floor. LOL. Dammit!

I give Bob a thanks for bring chicken wings from Cluck U. I also give thanks to Jack for giving me a $10 gift card to Best Buy. Starting the year off on the right track, I spent the entire New Years Day hanging out with my friends down in the Lavallette/Seaside area. Throughout the weekend, we all managed to take pictures of the massive Hershey Bar and take pictures with it, before eventually taking chunks of it by biting into the edges. Greg even managed to use it as a pillow for his head at one point, eeeeeeek. Chocolate head! You can be assured nobody ate any more of that Hershey bar after it served as cushioning for Greg's noggin.

On New Years Eve, I still went to work and so did Mike. Mike probably got up a little earlier than me, being that he had to take the train all the way up to Newark, where he is concluding the lengthy training process for his job. I got up around ten to six in the morning, so I could be on the road by 6am. As it turned out, I arrived at work at 7:30am. There wasn't much going on at work that day; I bailed at 4:30 due to the inactivity and lack of work. I made it back to Mike's beach house somewhere around 6pm, just in time to take a shower, get changed into my New Years Eve outfit, and do a little pre-gaming before heading out to Sawmill.

There was a line outside of Sawmill, as I expected all a long. After all, Sawmill is one of the more popular clubs at the Jersey Shore, so I expected none other than a line of people waiting to get in there on New Years Eve. However, the line was not terribly bad, as we managed to get in there at decent time before the crowds filed in. It didn't take long, either. About an hour into our time there, there were walls and walls of people surrounding all the bars. In order to ready take advantage of the open bar, one had to purchase like three beers at a time. As a result of the wait and crowds of people at the bar, I really didn't drink as much as one might expect. I believe I had a few Heinekens and a rum and coke. Sawmill, on this evening, was somewhat of a Stockton College reunion. Colleen had informed me that Bo, Keith, and Steve (old N-form heads from 2003-04) were going to be a Sawmill on New Years Eve as well. Sure enough, we ran into them. It was nice to see those guys again, as I had not seen them since I graduated. I'd seen Bo a couple times, back when Colleen was still at Stockton and Bo was coming to visit Kristen (his girlfriend at that time), who happened to be one of Colleen's roommates.

Amish Outlaws, a band that often plays at Murphys as well as other bars throughout New Jersey, were performing at Sawmill that night. They're awesome; I was glad that they were there as well. Midnight eventually came, but many believed that the countdown was not the real countdown. When I looked at my cellphone, the time said 12:02. I looked over at Colleen, Raph, Jack, Mike, Angela, Greg and everyone else who was standing around me at the time, and said, "ohhh shit - we may have missed the countdown. Happy New Year, I guess." Literally a second after saying that, I hear a countdown being chanted over the speakers, "six, five, four, three, two, one, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!" Word is that the band was in the middle of a song at midnight and didn't realize that they were cutting the time so close to midnight. Therefore, the club initiated its own countdown immediately following the conclusion of the song. Still, it was a fantastic New Years Eve and I'm truly blessed to be able to see a brand new year. Through the thick and thin, drama and unfortunate series of events in 2007, I had made it to 2008. I am here, doing well, in 2008. Truly a blessing.

The New Years Day began with our group going to I-Hop for breakfast. I ordered the stuffed French Toast with the cream cheese-type filling and strawberry topping. Delicious. Afterwards, we went back to Mike’s house, as Colleen, Raphael and Jack wanted to get a head start on their trip home. Weather forecast in their respective areas called for heavy snow and ice. It turns out the weather never really got that bad, but it’s good that they took those precautions. Meanwhile, Mike, Angela, Greg and I went to the Seaside boardwalk for a bit and walked around in the arcades. We also took a few pictures by the fence of boardwalk directly in front of the ocean. I love the shore. I love the boardwalk. I love the beach. I love spending quality time with good friends of my on such wonderful holidays such as New Years.

Following our time at Seaside, we went to a porn shop. Yes, it had DVDs, toys, card games, and the whole nine yards. Angela managed to buy a sex game, while Greg bought a DVD. Ray and Bob wanted to meet up with us for dinner, but the entire group was in disagreement as to what we were going to eat for dinner. Ray and Bob wanted to do Hibachi and Sushi, while we wanted to go to Applebees or Chilis. Mike and I are not at that fond of sushi. As it turned out, Ray and Bob ordered take out at the Hibachi restaurant, while Mike, Angela, Greg, and I went to Wawa and ordered sandwiches. It made our trip to Brick completely pointless, but I still enjoyed hanging out with the group during that time anyway as well as going to Seaside.

Once we returned to Mike’s, I stayed to eat my sandwich and hung out for a little bit. Greg opened his newly purchased porn DVD and popped it in the DVD player. We watched for about five minutes, until I began making some ridiculous comments about the girls on there and Greg became completely appalled. He stated, “I just can’t get excited watching these things. It’s the same thing in every video.” I replied, “Greg, that has to be the absolute gayest comment I’ve EVER heard a straight man make!” Everybody in the house cracked up at that point. Mike took a few minutes to show Ray and Bob all the pictures from Moments later, I packed up my car with the belongings I had brought down with me for the weekend.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that rings true, I have over a billion words for you. Over a hundred pictures were taken from these four fabulous days of celebration. In all likelihood, I will be posting a number of them here at the Blog of Bryan for everyone to enjoy. A special thanks goes out to Mike Milek for hosting a majority of this event at his beach house, making the event and the holiday amusing and enjoyable.

The days leading up to New Years Eve starting from Saturday, all the way up to the New Years Day, may have in fact been the best times I've ever had down at the beach house in Lavallette. Not to say that there haven't been numerous weekends of excitement down there, but this New Years Eve/New Years four day shindig has to rank atop the list!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Welcome 2008!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy New Year