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ASCII monster broke one of his teefs :(
I'll be going to Bethesda, Maryland next month leaving on December 14th. :O I'll be gone for a week to train at one of HP's facilities for my VMware vSphere / VMware Cerified Pro course, courtesy of my workplace! :D
Crazy.. I've never gone out and done something like this on my own before yet! Last time I went on a trip was last year with a bunch of my other co-workers to Puerto Rico. But dis time iz just me! zomg!
VMware vSphere Course Overview
I'm kind of excited, and really nervous at the same time! Gotta find plane tickets.. rental car.. ways to and from the MN airport.. *le gasp*!
*wag wag wag*!
[X] consumed alcohol
[X] slept in the same bed with someone of the opposite sex
[X] slept in the same bed with someone of the same sex
[X] kissed someone of the same sex
[X] had sex
[X] had someone in your room other than family
[X] watched porn
[ ] bought porn
[ ] tried drugs
TOTAL SO FAR: 8
[ ] taken painkillers
[ ] taken someone else's prescription medicine
[X] lied to your parents
[X] lied to a friend
[X] snuck out of the house
[X] done something illegal
[X] felt hurt
[X] hurt someone
[X] wished someone to die
[ ] seen someone die
TOTAL SO FAR: 15
[X] missed curfew
[ ] stayed out all night
[ ] eaten a carton of ice cream by yourself
[X] been to a therapist
[ ] received a ticket
[X] been to rehab
[ ] dyed your hair
[X] been in an accident
[ ] been to a club
[X] been to a bar
TOTAL SO FAR: 20
[ ] been to a wild party
[ ] been to a Mardi Gras parade
[X] drank more than three alcoholic beverages in a night
[ ] had a spring break in Florida
[ ] sniffed anything
[ ] wore black nail polish
[X] wore arm bands
[ ] wore t-shirts with band names
[X] listened to rap
[ ] owned a 50 Cent CD
TOTAL SO FAR: 23
[ ] dressed gothic
[ ] dressed girly
[X] dressed punk
[ ] dressed grunge
[X] stole something
[ ] been too drunk to remember anything
[ ] blacked out
[ ] fainted
[X] had a crush on a neighbour
TOTAL SO FAR: 26
[X] had a crush on a friend
[X] been to a concert
[X] dry-humped someone; been dry humped
[ ] been called a slut
[X] called someone a slut
[ ] installed speakers in a car
[ ] broken a mirror
[X] showered at someone of the opposites sex's house
[ ] brushed your teeth with someone else's toothbrush
TOTAL SO FAR: 31
[ ] considered Ludacris your favorite rapper
[X] seen an R-rated movie
[ ] cruised the mall
[X] skipped school
[ ] had surgery
[X] had an injury
[X] gone to court
[ ] walked out of a restaurant without paying/tipping
[X] caught something on fire
[X] lied about your age
TOTAL SO FAR: 37
[X] owned/rented an apartment/house
[ ] broke the law in the police's presence
[ ] made out with someone who had a GF/BF
[X] got in trouble with the police
[X] talked to a stranger
[ ] hugged a stranger
[ ] kissed a stranger
[ ] rode in the car with a stranger
[ ] been harassed
[X] been verbally harassed
TOTAL SO FAR: 41
[X] met face-to-face with someone you met online
[X] stayed online for 5+ hours straight
[X] talked on the phone for more than 4 hours straight
[X] watched TV for 5 hours straight
[X] been to a fair
[ ] been called a bad influence
[ ] drank and drove
[ ] prank-called someone
[X] laid on a couch with someone of the opposite sex
[X] cheated on a test
TOTAL OVERALL: 48
I swear I'm not really a bad person.. *chuckle* It's just all part of life and its many experiences :P
Well, couldn't sleep journal, so I thought I'd update. It's been a little bit, but a lot of stuff in my life has been fairly routine lately; work is work, but it's treating me well. I would certainly like to highlight how thankful I am of all of the really awesome friends I have in my life though. If it weren't for the fandom, I don't think I would have been able to find people so nice and awesome that I can related to so well!
I've been thinking a little about myself, my persona, where I'm goin' in life and what not. I always seem to draw the same conclusion though, which strangely has me rather relaxed: Don't worry about stuff and keep living life taking each day as it comes. :) Since I'm such a natural worry wort, this has proven to work well in regards to how much I worry about work and my success in my career *chuckle*
I really do like my character, mr pikawolf, since he's been with me since the beginning with the help of Oliver (who I miss very much.. where has he gone to?). It means a good deal to me on a few levels- a combination of Pokemon and another poke-furry that I met in 2004 (has it really been 5 years?!) got me into the fandom and.. well.. changed my life! So I think he'll always mean a lot to me. I wonder, though, if maybe there are some other totems or animals I might relate to inside on a different, though equally important, level. I could never imagine being anything that wasn't a canine, though.. that much I know for sure!
Dogs, wolves, and all other manner of 4-legged woofwoofs: I love the loyalty, companionship they portray. It really means a lot to me, and I like to feel I'm similar to that. I don't really call anybody I just meet a friend, yannow? I have to know and feel that there is a good, emotional connection of some kind to somebody before I'll call them a true friend. Once I find a friend in somebody though, I will try my best to be the best companion you'll have. ^^
I'd say one of the only things that wouldn't necessarily match up would be that I know I have some trust issues. I don't forgive easily if somebody hurts me, and prefer to be alone rather than with somebody I don't completely feel comfortable with. Kind of thinking of 'lone wolf' that has overcome some of his isolation and trust issues, but still prefers to avoid conflict and isolate himself from people that don't work well with him.
Regardless of all that, I am glad that I've made some great friends that have helped me discover new parts of who I am, and help me express those parts of myself; I really enjoyed meeting so many new people at MFM, opening with them right away and just really diving into friendships! What's different about that, and the people you run into in every day situations, is that I know that there is a very high chance that anybody I meet at these events has a ton in common, and are very nice and loving people.. =) It just makes me feel good to know that there are a lot of people out there that care, and that help ME to care!
I'm very excited for MFF 2009 this year! I'm hoping to have my new fursuit, but if not there's always Cyclone to run around in again :P Even though I have been very excited for most things regarding the fandom, this convention in particular weilds a much stronger interest from my heart because of MFF 2008. This was, of course, the first furry convention I'd ever attended, and was yet another turning point in my personal happiness and progression! It really helped me open up, realize that there are some really great people out there to connect with, and since then I've been more open about myself to others and made some very important friendships.
Who else is going to MFF? I really hope I get to see as many of you as possible, for those reading still :P It would mean a lot to have ya give me a hug or two if you see me, for those that I haven't met, and come get to know me. :)
*sighs contently* It's been a really good few weeks lately for me. I don't think of my work as just my 'work' anymore.. it really means a lot more to me. I am so thankful.. so so thankful for the opportunities I've been given, not only while on the job but just the fact that I've gotten myself into such a great place. They care about me, help me spread my wings and make changes.. learn new systems.. really be a driving member of the team.
There's only one member of the IT Team I haven't been able to really connect with, though, and that's Aaron. He's so 'lunch and pail', come in work and leave, and doesn't seem to have a huge scope as to the path of the IT Dept as a whole, but only what's put in front of him. It's okay though, he's a great worker, and seems to connect well with at least one of the people there.
It's a little troublesome for me personally, just because of how much I really love this company but how I can't seem to get more of a relationship with the guy. Seems like we only exchange passing fancies whenever we see each other, and it really doesn't go further than that unless it's business related. I dunno. I'm just one of those people that like to feel accepted by those around me.. *nod*
My boss gave me such a great review earlier this month ^_^; He says I'm his little success story to his upper management, and is really happy to have me around.. We stayed late the other night talking a little bit, working on some stuff and ate some pizza, and we were able to connect and bond a little more. :) I really appreciated that time. I think he's really thankful to have me there to help him manage and improve some of the current IT procedures and needs, and come up with ways to help impliment new ones that help the business and customer satisfaction.
For those of you techies out there, one thing we do very differently in our environment right now is everybody is allowed local administrator rights on all of their systems. It's bizarre- I've never been in an environment like that before I started working here. Thankfully, as with many of the other policies and procedures that I've had a chance to improve since I've started working, we're all working toward a new way to control access to our assets including removing local admin rights from our remote sales and corporate employees! This will be really nice because then I won't have to see anymore systems with freakin' Limewire, and infections won't be able to propogate as easily.
Changes are coming for us though, as always with a company merger. There may be a chance for me to really secure a permanent position as as software analyst- there will be a need for an SAP and Siebel primary point of contact in the IT Dept. in the Minneapolis office. Because my interest really lies more on the software side, I've expressed to my boss that if nobody in the senior IT staff decides to jump on that band wagon, that I would be happy to be trained to support and program SAP forms and functions. If I got that opportunity.. there would be nowhere for me to go but up!! Of course, in lieu of that, there has been talk of adding a new roll to the Help Desk as a Lead / Supervisor position; my supervisor tells me that me and one other person are the prime candidates for the job!
So we'll see what happens. :) Either way, I've been told I'm doing such a great job, and it just makes me feel so good and motivated to keep doing the best that I can while I'm at work! I've taken responsibility for so much there already.. simply out of my passion and desire to learn and grow, and my skills for organization and process management. Example- I'm completely in charge of the Master Image used for all corporate, sales, production and resource computer systems; nobody else touches it. And I have to update it again actually before our National Sales Meeting 2010 in January next year (this is when we'll remove local admin capabilities ^.~).
Additionally, I manage a few enterprise applications used throughout the entirety of the corporate environment, including the Webroot server and the Faronics server we have in place; I like to be involved with IT Security. I also revised the new hire process that was used in IT to be a lot more streamlined.. upgraded the imaging techniques being used in IT (Windows Deployment Services blows; Symantec Ghost is rockin').. am the primary point of End-User contact for SAP-related questions or technical issues (currently, and temporarily), and work closely with the brother-company's Help Desk supervisor to facilitate any needs they may have in the Minneapolis office.. :)
I guess I just really appreciate all of these opportunities. I really wish I could say some of my friends were having as much luck as I am with my job / career, but I could certainly name a couple of people that I hold very close to my heart that seem to be struggling a bit.. I need to find a way to lower my bills or get a raise soon so I can at least feel like I'm capable of helping them more if they needed it. *nods*
Yeah, it's 6:14AM and I haven't been able to sleep yet tonight. I'm a little tired, but I really caught my second wind a bit ago and decided I just wanted to sort out some of my feelings and thoughts. :) I realize this is a very long entry, and to those that have come to be annoyed by such things I'm sorry- I hardly ever post, however, and hope that might compensate for something.
Just listening to music now, feelin' sort of like a zombie heh. I may try to lay down soon and get some rest. I hope Wyn doesn't have too much of a hangover tomorrow because of the picnic, and that I can get some good sleep /quickly/ for the event tomorrow. I have a feeling we'll be there a little later *chuckle*.
To my friends: Take what you need from me.. I will always give myself to you *hugs*. To everyone else, here's wishing you well too!
- Joey -
Figured I should at least try to put my memories onto the page somehow. =) I'll try not to make this long winded like I usually tend to do with such things..
This was a very, very great con experience for me. Not only was it the first con I've ever suited at, but it was also the first time I've ever been to MFM and that far south in the US! There were a lot of good, new experiences, and I really did enjoy the travel even if it was about 14 hours in the car each way. Just part of the experience huh?
So far, both of the con experiences I've been through have changed me, made me a happier person and help me realize there are some really nice, loving and sweet people out there to befriend. I am thankful I had the opportunity to spend time with old friends that I have been dying to see again; thank you Frostbite, Rob and Wulfsige for being so kind to me; I love you very much and deeply appreciate your friendship. It is difficult for me to put into words how thankful I feel.
I think one of the best things that I took away from this, though, is the experience and reactions I got while I was in suit, and the new people I've had a chance to meet and make friends with!
I felt so warm, happy whenever I helped make somebody smile with Cyclone on.. it just made it such a great experience for me to get that reaction out of people and hopefully make the con just as awesome for them as it was for me. Now that I've done that, I know that I am going to be in this for a long looong time; I can't wait to get my own suit and take it with me to future cons and have the same experience over and over again!
Pyro, Hydro, Zip, Rory, Kye, Teeka, Zenchi, Malo- Thank you guys for your company and making MFM something that I will remember forever. It hurt so bad to leave, because I didn't want to have to say goodbye.. You were all very kind, awesome, loving people. I will cherish the times we have ahead of us as friends, and look forward to seeing you all again and keeping in touch online! There were so many other people that I got a chance to see and give hugs to, and I'm sorry if I can't remember all of you but.. thank you anyway for the attention and making MFM really feel like more than just a convention for me. *hugs you all*
I happily await what the future brings for all of us ^^
MFM 2009 is done, and I had such a good time cathing up with old friends, meeting ones I knew online, and making brand new ones!
This is the first MFM for me, as well as the first time I've ever been that far south via car ride :) Its a hell of a road trip from MN to Memphis TN though dang.. 14 hours in the car :o
I'd like to thank carson10us for letting me run around in his 2nd suit the whole time, Cyclone to doberman puppy, and even once as the blue (guilty/innocent?) fox himself! I can't wait to see all the pics in the next few days post in the MFM community and over FA and LJ!
It wad such a pleasure getting to meet Malo Woof and Rory Husky in person (thank you guys a ton!), and especially nice to see Robfur again. I'm kinda sad MFF is out of the picture for him this year, but I totally understand why *sadface*. I hope you take good care of yourself Rob and get everything taken care of and such; also can't get your southern dialect out of my head :P
Since it was Frostbite's (carson10us) birthday this weekend (today actually), I had te DJ at one of the dances play Blue for him :3 I hope you had fun with that bud! Everyone make sure to
harass wish the fox a happy b-day!
Now I'm in the car with wulfsige79 and wyngaed as we make the trek back up north where we belong :) I'll probably post another update tomorrow.
I've been long overdue for an update, heh. I'll have to do a real post later- for now I'm posting this from my blackberry, as I'm out and about atm :)
I hope everyone has been doing well! I've gotten back into WoW recently and hit 80 two days ago. Fun times- its better that I'm playing with some of my family members. I don't think I could get back into hardcore raiding like I did back in the day. We'll see! I already have 4 epics in just 2 days <.<
Ttyl folks heh
my name is joseph i'm a pikachu i have a pikachu moodset now
-mad hax courtesy of wyngaed
Barg. Day off tomorrow. Lots of things to talk about and think about. No time right now. Never enough time :D
I love, and miss, my mother :D She's the sweetest, nicest and most loving person I've ever known (obviously, to me, it would seem that way heh.) Still, I find myself thinking more and more about my family, my brothers and sisters, and espcially my mother and father. They love me and take care of me so much, and I feel sometimes I don't really do that much to show my appreciation for them. I should really think of something sweet to do for them, yannow?