Monday, September 29, 2008

It's Monday and I still can't believe that John McCain says ABBA's "Dancing Queen" is his favorite song. Seriously? You are a mans man, survived 7 years of the Hanoi Hilton, label yourself as a Maverick, and like ABBA?

I am shocked. I expected something like "For Whom The Bell Tolls", or "Smoke on the Water"--not ABBA.

Obama's favorite song was something by the rap group The Fugees, and elicited a great big yawn from me. The Fugees? At least he is in touch with his inner blackness. But ABBA? C'mon McCain!

At the very least I can say I am glad neither of them said they dug anything by Bjork. I'd have had to become an ex-pat and moved to Australia!

-Jay

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I was cleaning the apartment/cooking dinner and thinking about my growing up years...my mom home schooled us for 2-3 years and also ran a day care. I was particularly remembering the alphabet people she had, and my favorite, "Super Socks". Well, I thought I'd search for it on google, and lo! I found it! My kids were glued to the computer for 3 playings. Ahhh the memories!

For your viewing pleasure I give you "Mr S" aka "Super Socks"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jg8Q6bxrg0&feature=related

If I ever learn to play guitar, this will be the first song I jam to...

Jay

And one more version (has the Sesame Street version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvh6Pto4ke4&feature=relatedg

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Coldplay - "Talk"

Oh brother I can't, I can't get through
I've been trying hard to reach you, cause I don't know what to do
Oh brother I can't believe it's true
I'm so scared about the future and I wanna talk to you
Oh I wanna talk to you
You can take a picture of something you see
In the future where will I be?
You can climb a ladder up to the sun
Or write a song nobody has sung
Or do something that's never been done

Are you lost or incomplete?
Do you feel like a puzzle, you can't find your missing piece?
Tell me how do you feel?
Well I feel like they're talking in a language I don't speak

And they're talking it to me

So you take a picture of something you see
In the future where will I be?
You can climb a ladder up to the sun
Or a write a song nobody has sung
Or do something that's never been done
Do something that's never been done

So you don't know were you're going, and you wanna talk
And you feel like you're going where you've been before
You tell anyone who'll listen but you feel ignored
Nothing's really making any sense at all
Let's talk, let's ta-a-alkLet's talk, let's ta-a-alk

Saturday, September 13, 2008

I found a very good story about the BYU UW game last Saturday with comments posted by the UW kicker Ryan Perkins. Very insightful. I also thought a majority of the comments posted in the blog entry were classy, regardless of which side the comment came from.

This really shows that ESPN is motivated by some sort of adgenda. They put a spin on it, sensaionalizing the story and trolling for a breaking news story (and their efforts look like they paid off in dividends for ESPN).

What they need to remember is that when someone cries "The Barn is on FIRE" and the damn building is not on fire, people tend to frown on that. They'd be better off to just suck up the fact that they didn't get the MW conf contract, and report the news.

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/huskyfootball/2008/09/09/perkins_view_of_final_kick.html

As to today's game against UCLA, Go COUGARS!

-Jay

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Work Work Work

I got a promotion at work three weeks ago. Before you go all confetti on me, please know it was only a 1% raise, not the 10-15% you migt have been expecting. The interview process with my manager, and the position that was open really got me thinking about what my motivations were for applying for it. I knew the raise would be pretty small, especially considering I was moving to salary versus hourly, and my manager gave me a heads up on the fact that we currently have a pay freeze in place for management. I also was well aware of the challenges on our team of low morale, buggy new tools, and high call volumes. I have been a 2nd level tech and escalation point for 5 months. Despite the challenges, I felt that I could bring consistency and stability to the team, through the adversity, so I talked with Melissa and I took it.

So far I haven't regretted it at all. I don't anticipate regretting the move either. Oh, I know there will be days of pure hell, but by and large those days will be few. I am excited to take my work to the next level and help shape my Techs into the power houses they all can become. And that is exciting to me.

As an aside, my days have flown by these past three weeks--busy learning new process, staying longer than 8 hrs per day, working on bringing issues into compliance.

Despite the small grumblings I have heard about procedural change stuff, the experience has been very good. I feel I am helping the team in a direction that will add meaningful procedures, timely updates, and better support. And that will eventually lead to a raise greater than 1%.

So all in all, I am just happy to be here.

-Jay