Friday, May 30, 2008

Memorial Day, career fair, and the latest and greatest with The Great B-Money!

Best friends do hang out. Nothing about that statement is going to change one bit, as we all approach yet another summer. And judging by the look and feel of the weather outside right now, it is going to be a hot one.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Today is an beautiful day and I feel as though the summer weather is finally coming around. I have to tell you, after so many months of winter and being shackled up in a warm household away from the bitter cold, this summer heat feels phenomenal.

There is plenty of news, events, and life occurrences to discuss my family, friends, and fans, so sit back, grab a cool drink (spiked or not, whatever you prefer), and read on. I would like to address Memorial Day, the collegiate career fair that I attended at RU yesterday, as well as life in general. You'll hear about big things. You'll hear the latest about the greatest, as I am in rare form and full effect. KID.

Memorial Day was an enjoyable one this year. A bunch of my friends and I went over to best friend Billy G's house for some Memorial Day celebration. Prior to our time at BG's, I had a bit of a Memorial Day BBQ pregame at my house. The term pregame is generally associated with alcoholic consumption prior to going out somewhere for the evening. That day at my house, the pregame was exclusively limited to grilling burgers. Trust me. LOL. I did not put a single bottle or can to my lips until the BBQ at BG's. Those in attendance at BG's included Billy D, Beanie, Raph, and others. Beanie and Raph picked me up from my house and we rode over to BG's together. On the way there, we stopped over at Shopright Liquors to pick up some beer. I bought a 30 pack of Coors Light, while Raph purchased two twelve packs of bottled Yuengling. That's a lot of beer! With the amount I drank almost two weeks ago folks, I should know shouldn't I? LOL.

BG was running a little late, as he went over to his family's house for a bit and told me that he wouldn't be back to his house until around 3:30. It's all good. We decided to wait in the parking lot at the Pathmark in Hopatcong to wait for him while he made his way back. Moments later, I received a call from BG. Driving past the Pathmark, he told me that he could see us in Raph's blue Honda chillin in the parking lot and for us to meet him at the liquor store down the road. That's exactly what we did. From that point on, after BG bought the bags of ice we needed from the liquor store, we followed him up his house. Eventually, we all made our way to BG's.

BG has a really little house up in Hopatcong, but it's all he needs for himself and his little daughter's visitations. The house also has a deck in the back under the shade of the trees. About twenty minutes after our arrival, Billy D showed up with some snacks and Memorial Day festivities were underway. Sitting at the table on the deck, we all began drinking as BG got the grill warmed up for hamburgers and hot dogs. We talked about life, work, and BG's commute to work from Hoptacong to Elizabeth. I thought the commute to Citistreet was a bit of a stretch. Obviously I have nothing on BG, who gets up at 5am every morning during the week to make his way to the school he teaches at.

Billy D could not stop making Beanie laugh. Beanie was in tears most of the night, due to anything funny that managed to come out of Billy D's mouth. He was discussing my 27th birthday party, and how I left Greg Root stranded at his apartment the next morning so I could go home and open my birthday presents. Everything from leaving Greg stranded at Billy's, to him returning from work to find Greg stranded at the apartment without me there. LMAO. That did not happen however. It was merely a joke of Billy D's to make the story seem that much more comical. Hey, it's not I didn't go back to get him from Bill's. Folks, I did return to Billy D's apartment to pick up Greg. Eventually. In due time. When I was ready. At least before Billy D came back to find him stranded there. hahaha.

I enjoyed our evening at BG's and so did Colleen and Raph. I was particularly delighted to see Colleen and Raph hangout out with us for the second weekend in a row! That was tremendous to see them hanging out and having a good time. That's really what I like to see happen. Unifying and bringing together all of my close friends from different areas and different groups or backgrounds, and seeing them get along with each other at events like this one, is truly a blessing. At the end of the night, Beanie and Raph decided to call it a night and head back home for the night. After they left, Billy D and I did exactly the same.

In all due respect, I thank BG for finally having us over at his crib and making the event a pleasant one for those at hand. The adage is true ladies and gentlemen. Best friends do hang out. Nothing about that statement is going to change one bit, as we all approach yet another summer. And judging by the look and feel of the weather outside right now, it is going to be a hot one.

As I mentioned a few days ago, there was a career fair scheduled for May 29 at Rutgers University. That was yesterday and I made it a point to attend. Getting up at 5:30 am yesterday, I got myself dressed and printed out copies of my resume for the 250+ employers who were scheduled to attend the fair. At approximately 6:30 am I left the house and headed for Jeff's condo in Linden to go meet up with him. Jeff is one of the former employees of Citistreet, and he wanted to come along as well, so I met up with him in Linden and he drove us to the career fair in New Brunswick. Throughout the trip, Jeff and I got lost a few times trying to find Livingston Campus. Livingston Campus is where Frank, current Citistreet employee, advised us to park and wait for the shuttle bus to take us to College Ave.

After almost a half hour of aimlessly driving around Piscataway and New Brunswick, Jeff and I finally found Livingston Campus and pulled into Lot 101. In the parking lot, other recent graduates and job seekers were also arriving in search of the career fair. One of job seekers was fine looking Middle Eastern girl with a really nice body and sweet smile. As a graduate of TCNJ, I believe she said she was biochemical engineering major. Yeah, definitely not a dummy either - on TOP of being a cute little hottie. LOL. Jeff and I invited her to tag along, so she followed us - along with some other job seekers from different colleges looking for the career fair - to the location where folks were expected to wait for the shuttle bus. When the shuttle bus came around, we all got onto it and headed for College Ave. The career fair was located at 145 and 126 College Ave, which were the Brower Commons and the Student Center respectively.

To be continued! Come again soon... plenty of news to follow.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Career fair at RU on May 29!

On May 29, Rutgers University in New Brunswick will be hosting a career fair that is expected to have up to 200 visiting companies present. That is quite a selection of companies. This career fair is open to the general public, as well as recent RU graduates. Therefore, I will be attending the career fair on that day with Frank and Amarish of Citistreet as well as Jeff.

Hello ladies and gentlemen, remember me?

B-Money breaks his silence again, after some crazy times!

Well it's been a while since I've posted anything on here, so how about another update? What do you say? I take that as a yes, so here we go.

I'll have you know that I recently applied for a state job that my close friend Mike had informed me of. In fact, he currently works there himself in New Brunswick. The position is that of Claims Adjudicator and there are three different locations for it. Open positions are located in New Brunswick, Newark, and Trenton. My primary preference, obviously, would the New Brunkswick location. However, my training would likely take place in Newark for the first twelve weeks before the job actually starts - if I pass the training process. I sent my completed application along with the $15 application fee to the New Jersey Department of Personnel, so we'll see what happens regarding that situation.

This past Saturday, I went out with a gang of close friends to the Grasshopper in Motown. Damn, it's been a while since I went to Grasshopper. Those who came out with me were Billy D, Billy G, Beanie, and Raph. Before heading off to Motown, we had a pregame at my house during which I got a little out of hand with the beer consumption. LOL. It happens sometimes. It had been a while since I went out to a bar or club, so one would say I got just a little excited about the occasion. Once I arrived at the Grasshopper, one might say I was not exactly in my purest form. No ladies and gentlemen. In fact, I probably the farthest from it that I have been in a while. Our intentions were to meet up with this girl Ashlee I've been talking to as of late, as well as her friend Sam.

Throughout the evening, I semi-ignored Ashlee and made my rounds throughout different areas of the bar. My friends didn't really take offense to my behavior, as they clearly implied to me that I was fine and well behaved around them. At no point during our hours spent at the bar did I become the least bit enraged or even go so far as to have an outburst at the bar, but damn was I ever a dick to her! At the end of night, when leaving the bar, I pretty much just waved her a goodbye which was about as dickheadish as a dude, who had been seeing and talking to that girl for almost two months, could possibly get. I don't know what exactly got into me that evening, or what it was that crept up my ass and spread it's claws, but she definitely didn't deserve all of that. No way. She did nothing to me to deserve any of that kind of treatment.

I definitely sent some outrageously rude drunken text messages early on Sunday morning as well. What the fuck happened to me????? Usually I am a jolly drunk. My closest friends and family can all attest to that. Who knows? But it's water under the bridge now. It's all behind me and one can't go back in time and change what has already been done or broken. All we can do is live, learn, and move on from our mistakes. We can never promise that we won't make mistakes ever again, all we can do is try our best to minimize how frequently they happen.

On a semi bright note, some nice pictures were taken of us folks who were present at the bar. Hopefully I get a chance to see those pictures at some point. If not, that's alright as well. Even though I still kinda feel blaaaaah-ish, I also feel like this is a brand new week and I have recovered and somewhat regained my faculties, more or less, from that ugly and unpleasant debacle. My sincerest apologies for that showing on my part.

Life goes on!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Saturday afternoon with Beanie; Mothers Day Sunday!

This past weekend was a rather low key weekend, but Mother's Day was yesterday. My mom was very happy with what I did for her. I bought her a book based on the Law of Attraction, which she is really trying to focus her attention on at the present time. I also bought her several other nice little gifts from Hallmark. Overall, she claims I made the day a nice one for her. Fair enough; sounds grand to me. I'm glad I was able to do that much.

On Saturday, I took a ride out to Blairstown to hang out with BFF Beanie, who took me out to go shopping for my mother for mother's day. This particular time, however, I did not see any hawks flying around with snakes up in the sky. LOL. I guess that doesn't even happen every day in Blairstown! Colleen and I also went to this quaint little diner in Fredon called Kathy's, which was cozy and friendly looking on the inside. I ended up ordering a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, while Colleen ordered a Greek salad. We both split a round a cheese fries with gravy. Yummy Yummy.

After Colleen and I got our mothers day cards and had dinner, we went back to her house in Blairstown to decorate our respective gift bags for our respective mommies. LOL. Colleen did a fantastic job of curling the ribbons on my mother's bag, but lost the magic when she proceeded to curl the ribbons on the remaining bags. LMAO. Props to Colleen for helping me prepare for Mother's Day.

Also, there was a birthday yesterday. A 21st birthday to be exact. We know how special those can be. As kind of a mini celebration/hang out, I went to Fridays last night with the birthday girl to enjoy a couple drinks at the bar before the weekend eventually came to a conclusion.

Happy 21st Ashlee!


Sunday, May 04, 2008

Cinco de Mayo weekend stream of consciousness...

Last night, the entire group went to Roy Rogers for a light pre-mini golf game snack. We then proceeded to head down the street to Black Beards Cave for our miniature golf game that went on for almost two hours. Believing that I was going to win miniature golf, I actually tied Raph for 2nd TO LAST place at 77 points.

After our miniature golf game that Colleen won with a wopping score of 59 points, we headed to Little Mias for dinner in Lavallette. Little Mias is the mom and pop shop reasonably priced Italian restaurant that we all went to during the weekend of Mike's birthday back in February. Once again, I ordered the Penne ala Vodka. Once again, it was delicious and filling. Temperatures were brisk, but today's mild temperatures and sunny skies are making up for that today.

Breakfast from Wawa, as usual, was abundant, plentiful, and fulfilling. My sizzling pancake sausage egg and cheese sandwich hit the spot. They're always tasty, with or without maple syrup (even though I prefer maple syrup). My pepporoni and cheese slim jim combo, along with the chocolate glazed donut, cup of french vanilla coffee, and bottle of orange juice were also satisfying. Our trip down to to the beach across Rt 35, to enjoy the breakfast had purchased at Wawa, was refreshing and lovely. The ocean and the waves are so beautiful and seeing lively ocean water is very calming. Pictures were taken with and amongst the folks at hand, many of which will be posted here.

Right now, I'm drinking a cold can of Coors Light and I'm absolutely loving it, so as you can tell the weekend has not yet prevented me from enjoying myself one bit. The gang wants to play Apples to Apples, but I find it fitting that we play the game outside in the back yard because it's gorgeous outside. Just a mini mild stream of consciousness. I want to go outside for now. Come back again for more later. B-Money's no joke folks.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Back in Lavallette for Cinco de Mayo weekend!

Ladies and gentlemen, after having attended Angela's graduation party in Matawan last night, I am now back in Lavallette at Mike's beach house. More on Angela's graduation party later. Those currently present here at the beach house are Raph, Colleen, Greg, Ray, Mel, Mike's brother Chris, Mike - of course, and myself. Today we'll be playing some miniature golf at Black Beard's Cave, due to the fact that we have not done that in a while. We'll also be going to Roy Roger's for lunch. Tonight will also mark our first return to Joey Harrison's Surf Club in Seaside this year, being that it re-opened last night for the summer. Should we not be able to go to Surf Club for any reason, Bar-A in Belmar would appear to be the runner up. Great to be back down here as always! I fuckin love the shore, even in the off season. Right now we're all just waiting for Angela to arrive. I just woke up a little while ago, and don't really have the energy to type a novel right now, so stay tuned for some posts throughout as well as after this Cinco de Mayo weekend.