Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I had managed to get a position contractually as an auditor at Solix, making more than I made at my previous job and making a significantly shorter commute. How amazing is that? What a fortunate turn of events life had in store for me! However, my first day of classroom training was not scheduled to begin until August 4, so I had over a month of free summer leisure cut out for me!
July 6, 2008
4th of July weekend in Edison
A terrific weekend at Mike's house in Edison, even though it was raining for the most part. We all went to the movies to see Hancock (which I now own on DVD), and we also went to a comedy club in New Brunswick called The Stress Factory.
Last year I had gone to Pleasant Acres with Billy D on Memorial Day to BBQ with his family and his family's friends, but I made it up there a little bit more throughout the summer this year. I had the chance to go swimming in the pool up there. The distant scenery of hills, valleys, and trees that can be seen from the pool is beautiful.
This post goes into detail about my victory in my unemployment case, as the bastards from my previous place of employment decided that they would attempt to appeal my claim. They didn't get very far, as you can tell. Their representative in the case was a liar who sounded like a total idiot. A couple phone bills submitted on my behalf contradicted their claim that they had attempted to contact me for other job opportunities and that I had turned them down. My phone bill clearly showed that they did NOT try to contact me. I knocked them the fuck out, figuratively speaking, and was eligible to continue my collection of unemployment until August 4.
Our trip to Wildwood took place at the end of July, on the weekend that we spent in Lavallette. This was an extended weekend for me, being that I was not yet working at Solix. I recall watching the weather forecast prior to leaving for Wildwood on morning of the day we went there, and the forecast was referring to that day as a "PERFECT DAY". That was interesting to me. That definitely had to be a perfect summer day.
September 29, 2008
Economy falls, but memories of Six Flags are still grand!
Approximately 13 years since my last visit, I had finally made it back to Six Flags Great Adventure. Greg, Mike, and I went together and I was re-introduced to roller coasters, as I managed to go on about six of them, including Kingda Ka!
A profound landmark in our country's history, as for months we had witnessed the presidential campaign between our first black US presidential candidate and the oldest running US presidential candidate. Barack Obama won the election, defeating John McCain 53% to 46%. This is an election that I will remember for years to come, as it fell on the night before my birthday and established yet another reason - other than my birthday - for me to celebrate on the following day. God bless America!
November 26, 2008
B-Money's 28th Birthday celebration!
This year's birthday celebration was as special as any of them have been, but this was the year that I brought all of my friends from different locations, backgrounds, and history together for one big night and one great cause - my 28th!
Now for the Jerry Springer-wanna be final thought!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tomorrow night I will be heading out to Sona Thirteen in Morristown to join a select group of our friends in celebrating Big Roger's birthday. Sona Thirteen is where Funky Monkey used to be on South Street before new ownership eventually took over. Tomorrow night should be an occasion, but before that happens, Billy D, Billy G, and I are heading to Bindiya Beauty Salon to get our haircuts and eyebrow threading. You all know I need to nurture and maintain these natural good looks of mine so that I may shine when I go out for nights like tomorrow night.
After Bindiya, we're heading straight for the gym to work shoulders and then we're going home to relax and get ready for the dinner at 7PM. There will plenty of exclusive Blog of Bryan pictures from that event as well as the New Years Eve weekend upcoming down in Lavallette and Atlantic City! So definitely be on the lookout for those.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
As I was getting up this morning, I felt a little bit of bug and hoped to God I was not getting sick again. Bill called and asked me if I would like to go to Wallmart with him for some last minute Christmas shopping, so I did just that. It turns out it's not nearly as bad as the cold I had last month, as I feel better than I did at that time and I'm taking extra precautions by popping cough drops and Ibuprofen.
Right now, I'm watching The Santa Clause with Tim Allen; another great Christmas movie. Hard to believe that Christmas Day is tomorrow; it came so quick this year, but it seems to come quicker and quicker every passing year. Having finished all of my Christmas shopping, I am ready to exchange gifts tomorrow morning and that should be lovely.
Greg's Christmas party down in Cinnaminson was inevitably cancelled due to the weather conditions last weekend, but that didn't stop me from making a random trek down to Lavallette last Saturday night to spend an evening with Mike, Greg, and Angela. We ended up going to Hemingway's Cafe in Seaside, where I finally made a debut appearance. Hemingway's is homey looking, especially this time of year, with the the red Christmas lights blazing around the joint inside. For the most part, I sat at the bar with Greg and watched a football game.
For a brief period of time, Greg, Mike, and I walked out onto the dance floor, while Angela waited at the table her and Mike were sitting at. Overall, it was a pretty nice time. It's safe to say that I will certainly be returning to Hemingway's again, especially on a number of occasions over the summer, in the coming year.
That's about all for now ladies and gentlemen. Be sure to come back again for more updates, as there will be a countdown to 2009 post, outlining the most significant Blog of Bryan posts and times of the year 2008, which turned out to be a rather decent year! Peace.
P.S. I'll be expecting you any moment now, Santa Claus AKA Jolly Old Saint Nick. Milk, cookies, maybe even a glass of Merlot.... whatever you want big guy. Actually, perhaps we'll exnay the erlotmay, as I don't want you flying around on your sleigh under the influence. I'll be here the whole night; see you soon! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Artist(Band):Weird Al Yankovic
Found a job in a great big office
And I really love this placeI got my.... my very own scotch tape dispenser
And I've got a private parking space... ha!
And I've got a coffee mug with my name right on it
In big bold letters so everyone knows it's mine
Don't even touch it, Cause it doesn't belong to you
I'm watchin you, so don't get funny.
I'm climbing up, up the corporate ladder
Watch out! It's dog eat dog
Nose against the grindstone, It feels alright
Watch Out! It's dog eat dog.
Here we go
I love to watch my boss get angry
So I can count the veins on his neck. Ha!
Everyday is like a picnic
Every Friday, get a check
Well, do I smell Jelly donuts? This is my lucky day!
I'll have some coffee with a carcinogenic sweetner
Hold on a minute, just one more jelly donut
They'll never miss it. No, they'll never miss it!
I'm climbing up, up the corporate ladder
Watch Out! Well, It's dog eat dog.
Nose against the grindstone, It feels alright.
Watch out! Hey! Well, It's dog eat dog.
Sometimes I can't believe this is all happening
Sometimes I can't believe I'm sitting here
Sometimes I tell myself, "This is not my beautiful stapler!
"Sometimes I tell myself, "This is not my beautiful chair!"
I can bend paper clips into the shapes of small animals
Maybe I can get on Letterman
I think I made a big mistake
Where's my liquid paper, where's my liquid paper?
I'm climbing way up, way up the corporate ladder
Watch out! Well, It's dog eat dog.
Nose against the grindstone, It feels alright
Better be careful now, It's dog eat dog
Watch out mama! it's dog eat dog.
Nose against the grindstone, it feels real good.
Hey, dog eat dog.
These lyrics are so profound and shockingly reflective of every day corporate American life. Great piece by Weird Al!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thank you for the gift Mike!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I have already started my Christmas shopping, so for once I'm not being a procrastinator when it comes to that, but I still have considerably more to do on that end. This weekend is being spent on a rather relaxing note, but next weekend should be a genuinely pleasing venture, as I will be leaving work early on Friday to drive down to South Jersey. Mike is probably getting out of work around 4:30 PM on that day.
Others are also working that late, or perhaps even later than that, on Friday as well. I figured I may as well just head all the way down to Atlantic City for the day and take a stroll up and down the boardwalk, as I have not been to Atlantic City in almost a year! Shocking, I know, considering that place was practically my backyard for four years. The time has come to return to my old stomping grounds and I am excited about it. Maybe I'll take some pictures as well with my new camera!
In the event that I do drive all the way down there, I will probably leave around 6 or 6:30 to head back up to Lavallette where everybody will be arriving at Mike's. Our Friday night at Mike's next weekend will serve as a worthy pregame to the Saturday evening Christmas party at the Rootman's house. I have to tell you, I'm looking forward to the entire weekend. On Friday night, we'll all be going to this lounge by the name of Hemingways Cafe in Seaside Heights.
I have never before been to Hemingways, so this will be my Hemingways debut on an evening when Hemingways is actually having their Christmas party, LOL. You got to love it. We'll see how things go at Hemingways, as this hot boy will definitely be on the look out for some beautiful girls who are in a festive yet playful mood. LOL.
It's time for me to treat myself to some coffee at Starbucks and maybe continue with some more shopping. There's one gift on I plan on purchasing for myself this year, as I can't exactly ask my family for this because that shit just wouldn't be right - it would be awkward. The Whos Nailin Paylin DVD is finally in stores and I will be getting that for myself! =)
I just read a brief synopsis of the DVD, courtesy of http://www.highdefdvd.com/. The peview reads as follows:
WHO`S NAILIN` PAYLIN is a naughty adventure to the wild side of that sexy Alaska governor, featuring girl-on-girl lovin, nailing the Russians who come knocking on her backdoor, and a younger Palin getting seduced by her college creationist professor who will explain a big bang theory even she cant deny! Also included: a three-way hardcore sex scene starring Palin / Paylin, Hillary Clinton, and Condoleeza Rice.
Remind me to fast forward through the Clinton and Rice scene, before I become impotent. LOL. Thank you.
Happy Holidays folks!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Tis the season to be merry - and also to be ill, for many. A couple weeks ago, I finally over a terrible cold that lasted for about a week. Others have also gotten sick; many are still getting sick or coming down with something. Billy D called me today and told me that he's coming down with strep throat. Strep throat is no fun at all whatsoever and it's highly contagious. I wish him a speedy recovery.
Back to the holidays. Tis the season for egg nog, especially egg nog spiked with Bacardi. Yum! Tis the season for joyful and merry Christmas movies. Yesterday, I watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Today I watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. As you can tell, I am getting started rather early this year with the Christmas movies. It will be nice if I can started equally as fast with the Christmas shopping. Hard to believe we're just 23 days shy of Christmas Day and 29 days shy of a brand new year! These years go by so damn quick, which is why we must make the most of them with each passing day.
Work has pretty much been the same as always. One of the QCers at work called me this morning and informed me that I'm doing a good job with these audits and that she thinks I am really catching on. Such words of encouragement really served as a mental uplift on my end, to the point where I felt the need to step up my productivity and try to take it to the next level. I stayed busy for practically the entire day with my latest audit package.
The more productive I am, and the busier I stay, the faster the work day goes. Right now, I'm just handing life like a king and focusing on me. I'm focusing on B-Money as well as my money game. Make money, save money, and spend money wisely. That's been the name of B-Money's big game. I have budgets for everything, including my Christmas shopping. One could say that I am holding it down right now for the most part.
Recently I signed up with this credit repairing law firm in attempt to repair my credit history and improve my credit score. I paid a registration fee of $99 upfront and I'm now paying $59 a month. Normally I don't sign up for things like this, but I have evidence of its legitimacy and success. One of my family members registered with them as well. Her credit score has improved thanks to the service that the law firm provided.
Other than that, I'm looking forward to Greg Root's Christmas party with great anticipation, as well as the New Years celebration that a bunch of us are going to have down in Lavallette. All of these events are going to be off the hook. For the most part, I can honestly say that 2008 has indeed been an alright year. This year pretty much negated all of the negative energy and momentum that plagued my life in 2007. Some crazy ass shit happened in 2007, but I had a good year this year. Fortunately 2008 was somewhat of a rebound/coming out party. Hopefully next year will be off the hook, as I am expecting it to be.