Re: Life

Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:32 am

My friend and brother,

I just came back after a bit of a layoff myself.

Went away when I went into rehab with the VA, about 2 years ago.
Lost not 1, not 2, but three very mediocre jobs cooking with successfully downgrading employers.
(BTW, I earned my culinary degree in 1992)

I get it.

As the song said, "we've all got bruises". That doesn't mean we were wrong, or bad, or guilty. It is just the effect of having the courage to do what we see what needs to be done, going for it, and not having the best of partners to see it through.

I guess it points to the truism "there are no atheists in foxholes".

I do wish you all the best, and my hope is that we can help each other till the end.

This may sound redundant, but I wish for you nothing but what you have earned, and deserve.

Please enjoy, if only for you and yours,
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Re: Life

Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:57 pm

Time to update. Very personal stuff, but I don't care I guess...

Things are ok, more or less. I'm still employed for now. The writing is on the wall, though. The ride might be over soon.

[removed personal stuff]

Not sure if I mentioned this, but there's a guy at work that's a new brewer. He's now using all of my stuff and loving it. Glad I could help!

My drinking is worse.

I have a rescue dog that was terrified of me because she was abused (kicked, etc) by a man. Over the span of a year, I gained her trust and now she won't leave my side. She's asleep next to me now - we walk all over this town and have cool adventures. What a sweet animal.

I also have a rescue cat now that hated people. She now looks forward to pets from me. That's pretty cool.

Dog and cat don't trust each other and that is hilarious to me. They stand unmoving and look at me for guidance. lol.

I've been tutoring algebra, geometry, and trig. Very fulfilling. The kids are great and ask for me, which is freaking fantastic. I encourage everyone to volunteer for tutoring whatever you're adept at. The kids need us.

Four grandkids now. Sweet as can be.

I have a meeting with J tomorrow. Looking forward to it.

That's all for now. Tell me about what you've learned so far in your lives!
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Re: Life

Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:34 pm

codewritinfool wrote:Tell me about what you've learned so far in your lives!

Where I'm at:

I worked my way through high school and college, finally got a degree in chemistry, and was hired by a local med school. I piddled around in Anatomy the first couple of years, and then got a position in the Pharmacology Dept. We did drug screens and drug studies, and really kicked butt. Got my name on 15 or 20 seminal papers in the field (but only one as first author). I had my own lab, ran lots of very expensive equipment nobody else knew how to use, and filed reports. There were around 7500 employees on the site at its peak, and I couldn't walk to the cafeteria without saying hi to two dozen people and stopping once or twice to talk to someone I hadn't seen in a while. Work was my social life. The place was like a fucking city!

So after 38 years I retired, and lucked into a job at a brewery: Chief of QC! I grew yeast, did cell counts, and ran the pilot rig and did all sorts of stuff. I left two years later, and I'm not going to go into that.

After the brewery job I looked at the walls. I did every fucking project around the house, and then I looked at the walls some more. One day I was driving down the road and caught myself touch typing everything I was thinking on the steering wheel, and I said; "Buddy, go find yourself a job!" So I applied for a job in hunting and fishing at Academy Sports and they hired me (Oops!). That was a lot of fun. Except for closing. And I got to close three days a week. My social life went straight to zero! I was with Academy about a year, and we parted ways in mid 2016. Once again I am trying to find meaning in my life.

A couple of weeks ago I ordered a fishing boat. It will be here in a couple of months. I'm going to get out and explore the lakes and waterways in this area. I am also considering getting a teardrop camper to tow up to the mountains and shit. And I go to the range a couple of days every week for nothing in particular. Punching holes in paper. Presidio drill. That kind of stuff.

We spend our lives working toward a goal, but I think it's more about the journey than the destination.

"Yes officer, I know that I smell like beer. I'm not drinking it, I'm wearing it!"
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Re: Life

Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:28 pm

Punkrock girls are the best.
Very loving, but they're not afraid to punch ya.
Im still learning, but things are going decently.
I have my own place and the kids are good.
I really got into woodworking. A lot.
I dont drink often, but I sure like my greens.
Keeps me calm and giggly.
By a neat twist of fate, I will be attending NHC this summer.
I will be helping Abstract Artimus with his gear and selling some merch for him.
Should be a fun time.
I havent brewed in a while or listened to any shows, so Im curious to see what kind of monster this thing has turned into.
Be well, my friend.
You were there for me, so I can be there for you.
Its amazing what an understanding ear and a kind word can do.
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Re: Life

Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:53 pm

I decided to go back to school. I might be crazy.

Five grandkids now.

Also, a cool photo:
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