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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Fuck you I won’t do what they tell me.

I’ve been listening to RATM all morning to cleans my brain after yesterdays visit from our unpopular president responsible for a failure of a war that has melted down into a civil war and drained our tax dollars that could have been spent on useful things in America, or as he said yesterday “I want you to keep your money”, unless of course it’s to fund the “War on Terror”. What was the connection again between Iraq and the people who attacked us on 9-11? I’d rather have the $3000 per taxpayer it’s cost us so far.

You heard right though, big GWB came to East Peoria yesterday to say how fantastic the American worker is and how they can compete with anyone in the world given free trade with the rest of the world. I agree the American worker, for the most part, is “Good”. The only way that Opposite of Dog’s American workers have remained competitive is by having their benefits and pay slowly cut as Opposite of Dog fought the UAW, constantly threatening to move it’s plants to the South were Unions don’t live or the other side of the planet.

I stood out in the –11° weather to watch the presidential motorcade pass our building. I’d never seen a presidential motorcade before so I figured I should. I even got to see the President’s hand for a split second, or maybe it was Ray LaHood’s. Either way, I’m never going to wash my eyeballs again.

Back to Chimpy’s 30 min speech (which as I watched on TV because it was invite only at our manufacturing plant. He only likes friendly audiences who don’t have conflicting opinions), he said that he wanted to keep government out of healthcare. Typical Republican platform stuff… Then as the Republican’s entire platform goes, he hypocritically talked about increasing governments control in the public school system by shilling for congress to renew No Child Left Behind. People don’t make gobs of money on our educational system so the government should have tight control of what’s taught. As I was watching and contemplating the world and life, I couldn’t fathom that this man is the most powerful person on the face of the Earth.

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Back to my Rage…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007


I saw that license plate as I was coming into work today. I thought it was interesting. Better than the personal initials or last name or some other bullshit people usually put as vanity plates.

I’ve been busy as of late. Lots of work to do at work. Lots of things to do at home. Nothing too terribly interesting has been happening.

Carter can climb things now.

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I also decided to treat myself nice and, even though it’s over a month until my golden birthday, buy myself a new pair of hockey skates. I bought some Mission Fuel 85’s from my local hockey shop. I was going to buy them online, but I decided to support my local business owner. I’m going to skate on them tomorrow morning. It’s going to suck since my last skates are 8 years broken-in. I’m expecting some blistering and falling.

I’ve become a whore for Mission brand hockey products. I’ve got a Mission Intake helmet, Mission L-2 sticks, and now Mission skates. They make some nice gear.

After buying these skates I O CREDIT.

UPDATE: I skated this morning at an open hockey. The fit of the skates is awesome. No bad rubs or pinching. The heat molding must have done the trick. They are much stiffer than my old skates which is to be expected.

I dont' think they sharpened them well enough though. The blades didn't really have a "bite" to them when I dug in to start. I'm going to take them back to the LHS and have them hit them again, which should be on the house since they didn't get it right the first time. Overall though I'm really happy with my purchase.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Hope is a dangerous thing

Man, I haven’t had a chance to post in a while. A job in design is kind of like that, you bust ass for a few months designing and detailing shit, then while it’s getting made you don’t have a whole lot to do. It is nice to have stuff to do, and be able to check things off a list. Gives me some sense of accomplishment. Work feels pretty good now. I think it’s because I have good bosses now, plus it’s almost my time to move to another position within Opposite of Dog. That’s how it works around here; you work in a position for 3-4 years then move to something different to get a broader set of skills. It looks promising that I’ll get a job in the Machine Dynamics testing group in 4-6 months. I’m actually kind of excited about it.

I’d also like to make one comment to all my Republican friends who still somehow think GW knows what he’s doing.

GW wants to put 20,000 more troops in Iraq to secure Baghdad. After the speech I was watching MSNBC and one of the people on there brought up a good point. The NYPD has about 37,000 police officers.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the worst parts of NYC don’t even come close to what’s going on in Baghdad right now.

Worst President EVER.

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