March 29, 2006

Interested thing happened today at the job

Interested thing happened today at the job……

Have you ever had a co-worker that just didn’t REALLY fit in with the rest? Well we HAD one (hint hint on the HAD part). He was relieved of his duties today, aka (FIRED).
I was a witness of his behavior today and let’s just say it included the words Masturbation and Nudity pop-up’s. He was talking to another co-worker who was looking at him like he was crazy. I was looking at her implying “did I just hear what I thought I just heard.” Well I happen to be on my break at a computer station and his cubicle is off to the side.

By this time, I was so zoned into the conversation I don’t remember why I signed into the Computer Station to surf the internet or the reason. So I just signed right back on out and went back to my cubicle. Around 30 minutes later the co-worker that was having the conversation with the NOW TERMINATED employee asked me if I overheard the conversation and I said yes. Now note the incident was around 10:30am she comes to me around 11:15am and then the strangest thing happens around 1pm.

The man comes down my isle and says, “Take care guys I’m being fired, nice to have worked with you.” Now mind you he says that to EVERYONE one of us INDIVIDUALLY. I have 5 other co-workers in my area. Now mind you I heard he did this to everyone else that happens to be in 3 other isles. Originally he had been saying, “Take care guys I’m being fired for Sexual Harassment, nice to have worked with ya.” Well apparently he said it while our Supervisor was behind him getting ready to escort him out the building and he told the employee, “Say it again, and I will call Security”. Well he stopped and said the OTHER phrase by the time he walked down my isle.

Weird thing is this person was just hired and I don’t think he was with the company a month yet!! Not to mention we found out that he was previously fired from another job for the same behavior he showed today. When will people learn? But you know what the really sad part is? Apparently he had been warned about his actions last week for something totally different. He was talking to an employee and made the comment about how he thought he had “nigger lips” to a Caucasian lady in my isle that happens to be married to an African-American man!!! Well she filed a complaint against him, and he was given this warning, oh I don’t know last FRIDAY!!!!!!!!?????????

But I guess being a 50-60 year old Caucasian man, who has shoes that remind me of the Big Dude from the Harry Potter movies, smelling like cologne that has a petrol base to it (anyone wanna get high?), wears a surgical mask (Michael Jackson WILL be calling), Definitely has issues don’t ya think?

Well besides that my day is going slow, just had a townhall meeting for an hour with other co-worker for an update on the business. *YAWN* Dozed off a couple of times if I recall. The weather is really nice and I think I might go workout today. Hope you have a good day;)

March 28, 2006

I always feel like somebody's watching me (remember the song?)

I always feel like somebody’s watching me (do you remember this song?)

Well yesterday was a dreary rainy day. Just the way I like em. As you all well know I am not too fond of job #1. I still think some people have it out for me, but with other people I do feel that things have gotten better. I still am being cordial and respectful. It bother’s me to the point that I even think about it when I go home. I thinking I wonder what they are plotting on me now. Yet I keep reminding myself that being here is just a FORK in the road of my life. It is not MY LIFE.  I know I can do better yet dealing with self issues doesn’t make it easy.

On an even weirder note: my daily horoscope just came up on my cell phone while I am typing this, it says, “Aquarius – Someone’s temperament is turning form nice to harsh. Watch out.”

On a lighter note, my mom and sis came back from New York this past Sunday. They left on the 23rd and went SHOPPING, a comedy club, and to go see The Color Purple on Broadway. Oh did I mention I had to drop them off at the airport 3AM? Not amusing I assure you. My dad had gone out of town earlier that week on the 21st but he made it back that Friday. So I had the house to myself for least one complete day.

So since I had the house to myself on the 23rd, I decided to go to the gym and workout. I went to a hip hop and salsa class that lasted an hour and must say I enjoyed myself. It sure did kick my butt though and I worked muscles I long lost forgotten. I definitely am going to go again. I miss dancing I used to do it all the time; I miss being active in general. So I went out and bought some soccer shoes and a soccer ball a couple of weeks ago. Now I just need a field…hmm….

On the 25th, I went bridesmaid dress shopping for one of my best friend’s Amy. We settled on halter style since my bosom which is the biggest out of the whole wedding party, just wasn’t cut out for a strapless dress. Yet even the halter dress may cause a problem. I had to go UP 3 or 4 dress sizes; I don’t quite remember my depression was settling in about this time to just accommodate my chest. NOT COOL. So I have to really re-double my efforts at the gym to see how much of this I can get to go away by the wedding. Not to mention I have to go to Ann’s Bra Shop, specialty store to buy a corset bra or any contraption that will keep my rack in check. I might seriously look into a breast augmentation this year.

It amazes me how I know some guys who love women with big breasts but if they knew the trouble we had to endure just carrying these damn cantaloupes around I think they might not want to be so VOCAL to women who are well endowed that are considering getting a reduction. It’s funny when some of my girlfriends look at me and think I’m lucky. I sure as hell don’t, the consequences you deal with are not worth the trouble. Trying to find clothes that don’t stretch across the front, bras that cost so damn much, the markings on your shoulders and back from wearing one for so long, having to readjust yourself whether it be every couple minutes to every couple of hours. Not being able to see your feet unless you LEAN forward now that sucks. If I ever thought I would hate gravity, this would be at the forefront of my issues. Having to cross your hands ABOVE your chest, I don’t even recall the last time I did that. Even typing at a computer is not enjoyable. I can’t lie down on my stomach because THEY get in the way oh and let see if I lay on my back, they act like a divorce couple and go their separate ways. I could go on and on, but alas I have work to do. So until the next episode, take care.

March 27, 2006

WATCH YOUR SPEED!! in Florissant, MO

For those who live in and or familiar with Florissant, Missouri (Zip codes 63031, 63032, 63033, 63034)

Subject: Driving in Florissant

Beware and Be Safe!!!

A Permit today has been issued to the City of Florissant to install 12 RedLight enforcement cameras. Work begins today to begin the installation.Just wanted to make everyone aware if you drive through Florissant thesecameras are watching!!!!

Here are the 12 locations:

U.S. 67 (Lindbergh Blvd.) & State Route AC (New Halls Ferry Rd.)

U.S. 67 (Lindbergh Blvd.) & Trotter Way

U.S. 67 (Lindbergh Blvd.) & N. New Florissant Rd.

U.S. 67 (Lindbergh Blvd.) & St. Ferdinand Rd.

U.S. 67 (Lindbergh Blvd.) & Patterson Rd.

U.S. 67 (Lindbergh Blvd.) & Lindsay/St. Denis

U.S. 67 (Lindbergh Blvd.) & Manresa Lane

U.S. 67 (Lindbergh Blvd.) & W. Washington / Charbonier Rd.

I-270 North Outer Rd (Dunn Road) & Graham Rd / Hanley Rd.

I-270 North Outer Rd (Dunn Road) & Washington St./Elizabeth Ave.

I-270 North Outer Rd (Dunn Road) & State Route N (South New Florissant)

March 21, 2006

I hate the snow I hate the snow I hate the snow

I hate the snow, I hate the snow, I hate the snow
With the same tune from Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow

Lyrics by me

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But I still had work, not delightful,
And since I had to go,
I hate the snow, I hate the snow, I hate the snow

I hate when it cold and slushy,
But it’s better than freezing rain and icy,
Oh How I hate it so,
I hate the snow, I hate the snow, I hate the snow

When the highway is all jacked up,
With people who don’t know how to drive,
You have to be careful and watch out,
Or you’ll end up a cream pie.

Oh I really hate freezing cold weather,
Could be outside doing something better,
I really hate shoveling, hell no,
I hate the snow, I hate the snow, I hate the snow

This is to response for the damn snow that we received yesterday in Saint Louis, MO. Enjoy;) I also am including the ORIGINAL lyrics to the REAL song so you compare. TATA

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

It doesn't show signs of Pausing,
And I've bought some corn for popping,
The lights are turned way down low,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

When we finally kiss goodnight,
How I'll hate going out in the storm!
But if you'll really hold me tight,
All the way home I'll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying,
And, my dear, we're still good-bying,
But as long as you love me so,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

March 15, 2006

A Play about Reality

Yesterday evening I went to an Open Dress Rehearsal play at the St. Louis Black Repertory Company. My best friend, Kamina also invited one of my other best friend’s, Danielle. Information for the play is below:

March 15-April 9By Cheryl West

Directed by Linda Kennedy

Sponsored by Emerson

Caught in a love triangle, a young, big-city musician learns he has AIDS. He returns to his Mississippi home to confront not just his own mortality, but his family's reaction when he reveals his illness isn't the only secret he's been keeping.

Featuring Starletta DuPois and A.C. Smith

I thought it was a very interesting play and the actors in this were excellent. I’m not one to spoil the story line for you but I will say this. It definitely will keep you on the edge of your seat and the message it brings across I think somewhere in your life and if not your own maybe in someone else you know who can relate with this issue. Watching this play, it took me back into the 80’s when the hype and negative attention AIDS first garnered when it hit the news. Yet even 20 years later, through medical advancements to help people living with this disease. Even with all the different clinics, pamphlets, websites, foundations, in the world to help people better understand the battle that humanity as whole IS STILL trying to combat, there is still one fact that remains. People fear what they don’t understand and won’t educate themselves on.

On a totally seperate note: The gentleman who played "JR" in the play, is FIONE!!! (this means he is very handsome in SLANG). Kamina said she went to high school with him and I think his first name is Kelvin or SOMETHING. Oh well;)

March 13, 2006

I have a new toy....... chirp chirp

Hello to everyone. I hope your weekend was fun;) Mine wasn't....oh well what else is new right? Well I will say that I have a new toy. I've always been interested in the Nextel phones with the walkie talkie feature, just NOT the Nextel prices or service plans. So my friend talked me into getting a Boost Mobile phone, the i450 to be exact and I must say that I somewhat hooked on it. Don't get me wrong I will always love my Tmobile phone first and foremost but I must say the Walkie Talkie AKA *chirp* feature is definitely a plus. So soon after I bought my phone, Danielle talked 4 of our other good friends into getting the phones as well so you know we have been chirpin clowns for the past couple of days;) Anyway that would be my main reason for using the phone, since I already have my main service thru Tmobile. It's nice to have a "back-up" just in case.

I know some of my friends also have Nextels so this would be a cool way to keep in touch with them. Plus I think it would be a cool way to even meet new friends. So if you also Nextel or Boost Mobile phone, let me know what you think....who knows I might want to *chirp* ;) Take care............. *chirp*

March 9, 2006

Thoughts for the day...

Thoughts for the day……….

I’m at my desk right now just thinking on anything and everything that passes thru. I wonder to myself. Why am I in a place that doesn’t make me smile….it pays the bills. I’ve been thinking about getting back into school. If there is anything I have learned from being at this job that I know I don’t want to be here permanently. I know that they have a tuition assistance program and I am thinking about using that to help with school. My cousin who also works with me apparently is taking advantage of the program so I will need to talk with him to get further info.

Outside the weather is dark and rainy. Just the way I like it. I just don’t like to DRIVE in the damn weather that’s all;) Right now, I’m at my desk with my headphones on jamming to my music. I like to listen to Matt Bachrach who is a fabulous piano player. I can’t say ENOUGH about this man. He gets me through my days here at the job; it helps to listen to music so I don’t remember as much that I’m pretty isolated from my coworkers.

I would say as far as work goes these days, I just punch in do my damn business and punch out. We are pretty much on lock down with using internet for any reason except for business purposes. Sometimes I feel as though I’m in a prison except,  I have my area that I’m confined to but at the same time it acts as a barrier to those I don’t want to get into my Private space.

Sometimes I will just stare off into space and wonder about the things I wish I had done right in my life. I just shake my head and think have I made a stink of my life for some bigger purpose or did I miss my big chance. Most of the time I just hope it’s not to late to really do something with my life. I know it’s probably weird to talk like this and I’m only 27 year’s old but to me I don’t think so. Everyday when I wake up I wonder am I wasting away another day on something I loathe to do?

Another subject that gets at me from time to time is relationships. I’m so used to being on my own that I don’t know if I will ever be ready or even willing for that matter to test the waters on this tricky issue. I’m so used to just doing things by myself and of course trust is still somewhat an issue. I do occasionally date from time to time, but it’s maybe once a month if I ever do. I’m used to going to a movie or even dinner by myself that it doesn’t faze me. My family and friend’s worry that I’m depressed and I know that I am, just to what extent is what bothers me.

I’m used to just going to a book store and staying there for hours at a time because reading for me is a way for me to just “get away” and not have to deal with what is going on in my reality for the time being. I just wonder sometimes if I use it as a crutch rather than deal with my issues head on. Other days I just like curling up on my bed with my laptop and just surf the net. Sometimes I wonder if I will just end up being an old maid, not get married or have kids. Yet the funny thing is I’m not in a hurry to be a wife or mother.

If there is one thing I have been able to draw a conclusion is that I am definitely not your average person. I don’t think of myself as normal which I am proud of. I find myself to be a unique person with my sense of style which can range from being classy to being comfortable. I’m not a flashy person and don’t have to be the talk of anything. Yet I know people are drawn to me because of my attitude.

I don’t know I just wonder will I ever be truly happy and if so, will I notice happiness when it’s staring me in the face?

March 7, 2006

Gone too soon - Curtis Howard, Soldier and Fellow Yahoo 360 blogger

Michigan Solider Dies in Iraq

Feb 24, 2006

An Army staff sergeant from Michigan has been killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, his family said in a statement. Curtis T. Howard II, 32, was on his second tour in Iraq as a member of the Army's 4th Infantry Division when the incident occurred.

The Army had not released details of Howard's death, but it said on Thursday that three 4th Infantry soldiers were killed Wednesday when their vehicle struck a bomb near Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad.

Friends and family members gathered Thursday afternoon at the Ann Arbor home of Howard's parents, Curtis and Linda.
John Woods, a family friend, read a statement saying the family was devastated by Howard's death.

"Right now, it's all very hard to comprehend. Our hearts and prayers go out to other members of our son's unit, the 4th Infantry Division, who also made this ultimate sacrifice. Curtis loved the military. He was a wonderful son, father and brother. This was the career he chose. We certainly respect and honor his choice," Woods said.

The minister at Howard's church, Bethel AME, recently read a letter from Howard to the congregation, said Joetta Mial, former principal at Huron High School, from where Howard graduated in 1991.

"It was about a friend of his that was just killed and he wrote, `Say a prayer for his parents,"' said Mial, a church member. "I got the funniest feeling. It was, `My gosh. I hope he hurries up and gets home,"' Mial told The Ann Arbor News.

Edward Klum, an assistant coach when Howard played on Huron's basketball team, remembered Howard taking responsibility for a loss in a big game.

"Right after the game, he came up to me and said, `Coach. I didn't play hard enough,"' Klum said. "That's just the kind of kid he was."

For those who are famalier with YAHOO 360, this person was Yahoo ID: therealist73

We would Yahoo IM from time to time and and even had the pleasure of speaking with him for a short while. I remember I was fussing about my cellphone bill wondering how much the phonecall was going to cost. But in the end I gave him my number so he could call. We were able to talk for about 3o minutes and I just remember that brotha sounded good;) He told me couldn't wait to get back home to his family and he missed them terribly. I told him about myself and just bantered back and forth. Sometimes we IM'd each other because it wasn't easy for him to use the phone.

This morning I didn't find out about his death until I read a message from a fellow Yahoo 360 person and I was just hoping it was a sick joke. So I googled a search "Army Curtis Howard", I clicked on the first link that I saw and sure enough his beautiful brown eyes with the face to match was the same as his Yahoo 360 pics staring right back at me. I read the article as tears ran down my face. I just shook my head and thought nothing is guaranteed in life.

The first thought that popped into my mind was Michael Jackson's song "Gone too Soon"

Like A Comet
Blazing 'Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too Soon

Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon

Shiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon
Quote from Shakespeare "Good night, sweet prince, And may the flight of angels take thee to thy eternal rest."

March 2, 2006

Job security its no joke

Job security – it’s not always guaranteed

Today at work, there was a bit of a commotion. Apparently close to 200 employee’s were let go today. 112 in my building and an additional 80 across the street at another building which housed more workers. They had extra security beefed up just to make sure that there was no commotion when the people were told the bad news. I looked out the window in front of my area and just saw people some upset and others just calm.  I just thought damn it could have been me. Job security is not guaranteed and when you think of all the benefits people have connected with their jobs it really makes you take a step back. Luckily for me the only job I was ever let go of was a temporary job just working for THE LIMITED during Christmas of ’97. That was no big deal. Where as now I have a job that I have medical benefits through. It also shows an ugly side to working for a company regardless of the size. One of my co-workers made an interesting statement to me. She says, “I don’t feel bad when I leave a company because the loyality they have to their employee’s is crappy. The only thing they care about is making money and making sure the “big heads” bonus.” They couldn’t give to clicks of a shit, about us, the people that MAKE them”. Damn it makes ya think doesn’t it?

March 1, 2006

Update on the gym thing

Update on the gym thing

Well I went to my first consultation at 24 Hour Fitness with my personal trainer, Maria C. on Feb. 23. I’m lucky that I also have known her since we used to go to elementary school together. Our appointment was at 5pm, but I arrived at the location around 4pm so I decided to take care of a few errands in the mall it’s connected to, and was back by 4:55pm. After putting my items in a locker, I met up with her back in the gym area and we went over to desk and sat down. She was inputting my information into the computer system, and while we talked she also took my measurements.

Afterwards she printed out some info for me based on a questionnaire that I answered which would give me alternatives as far as meals to eat. She then took me to a machine and showed me how to work it and the duration to use it for.  I stayed on it for 10 minutes and then got off the machine.

Maria had an aerobic class, but I didn’t have on the proper shoes that I wanted wear. So I told her I would see her at our next appointment which happens to be today. So wish me luck and I’ll give ya details…Later;)
Copyright @ All That MsJazz. Blog Design by KotrynaBassDesign