Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The One That Got Away

In my life (so far, that is) I have played 3 PERFECT guitars. Those are guitars that the minute I picked them up and played them, I said to myself, "I HAVE to own this guitar!" There was a fourth that I really wanted, but that was more of an amazing deal on a guitar ($1500 guitar for $500) than a perfect guitar. So of these three guitars that I've played, I own 2. One is my Yamaha. The other is my Takamine 12 string acoustic.

The one that got away? Before I bought the Yamaha (and while I was a poor college student with no money), I found at my favorite guitar shop at that time a Gibson Les Paul Artisan model. I didn't know anything about it at the time. It was black. It had cool fret markers and a fine tuning bridge. And it played like a dream! However, it was also $600. And in 1986/87, being an unemployed (or at least, marginally employed) student, it was beyond my means. I have never seen one in person since.

However, periodically I search Ebay for them. Most of the ones I see are deep brown in color and have 3 pickups. The one I played, besides being black, had two pickups. Occasionally, I find a 3 pickup model in black, but it's just a passing interest since it wasn't one of the "three".

So today I do a search on Les Paul Artisan, and I find this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Gibson-Les-Paul-Artisan_W0QQitemZ160202376896QQihZ006QQcategoryZ47072QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

It's The One That Got Away! I mean, it's IT! Exactly what I want! For those that don't want to click on the link, here's the picture:



So how much would you pay to get your dream whatever it is? Cause in case you didn't check the link, starting price on this baby is $3000. Buy it Now is $3800. Pretty pricey to make up for being poor as a youth.

So what does the peanut gallery think? How much would you spend to get that think you've always wanted but couldn't find?

BTW, if any of you would care to hook up an aging Rocker Guy trying to recapture a bit of his past, I would be highly grateful to have this suddenly show up on my doorstep. I would love that person forever and give them a hallowed place on this blog. I'd even say thanks!



Sunday, January 27, 2008

Foxy Lady

Not too much going on. Things are settling into the normal routine. I've been emailing back and forth with my old bandmate and we're going to try and get together this weekend for coffee. It appears he's having wife problems and needs someone to talk to. Unfortunately, our old bandmates pretty much ostricized him when he went "Christian" on them. They can't handle the fact he's dedicated himself to the Lord. He's still the same guy as before. Sigh. Some people don't get it.

On another note, just wanted to give a big shout out to the Wife. I won't talk about her coming to bed at 2 am the other night, but I will say she is totally worth losing sleep for. All I can say is DAMN! SHE'S SEXY! Then this morning she's got on her heels and black courderoy pants and a white fuzzy sweater. Holy shit is about all I could say. I couldn't stay in the room for long since we had to get ready to leave for church. Had to focus my mind on spiritual things, ya know.

I have many blessings in my life. Having a stone cold knockout fox for a wife is high on the list of them.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Damn Paul McCartney!

Ok, I just proved the last post wrong.

So today I'm bringing the kids to karate and The Beatles "When I'm 64" comes on my Ipod. Then the opening lines hit me:

When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now

Shit! I'm losing my hair! Many years from now is now!

Will you be sending me valentines, birthday greeting, bottle of wine

Valentines? Nope.
Birthday greetings? Maybe
Bottle of wine? Nada

I'm not sure I want to go through the rest of the song. I'm screwed already!


Jenny Made Me Do It

I got tagged by Jenny, so you can blame her for this. Unless you think it's really cool, then I'll take all the credit.

The rules:
The person tagged must copy the word and paste the definitions of the word contributed previously by the people who did the meme. Link backs would be nice, but not necessary.

The person tagged must then add their own definition in this format ‘yourname.com’s definition’ and place your link. Being creative with the acronym is encouraged.

Answer the following questions.
tag 5 other people to do the meme.

Questions

1. Do you know what your blog is really about, and you can write a one-sentence promotional material for it in a flash? If yes, write it here. If no, skip this.

2. Do you join social networks to promote your blog? If yes, do you hope to find friends in these social networks and in the process get regular readers of your blog? If no, skip this.

3. Do you or do you plan to join ranking sites that put your blog in competition with others for popularity? If yes, do you or do you plan to monitor your stats regularly? If no, skip this.

4. Do you tweak your blog often in accordance with the tips you get from blogging guides and gurus? If yes, list the bloggers you visit often to obtain these tips. If no, skip this.

5. Do you think of your next post even if you have just written a new one? If yes, list your inspirations for posting, and/or some routines that you go through before posting. If no, skip this.

Blego :

Jennyjinx’s Definition:-n. Blogger that’s so full of self-importance they believe they deserve a special place in the blogging hall of fame and if they don’t get this recognition they will throw “hissy fits”, get their “knickers in a twist” and/or cry many tears in their beer.

My Definition: n. New food product designed for children trying to get out of school. Similar to a waffle, ingesting this product makes a child look so ill a parent will keep them home from school.

Answers:

1. It's about whatever I feel like writing at the time. Truthfully, it's all about me. Isn't everything? One sentance promotional material? Rocker Guy. That says it all.

2. Nope.

3. Nope.

4. Nope.

5. I have a hard enough time thinking of the post I'm working on, let alone the next one. Though sometimes I have a few posts in mind. But not often.

Ok, I won't tag anyone, unless you want to do the meme. However, I will give Jenny a cyber smack on the ass for tagging me in the first place. You know you like it Jenny!


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Talking to the Big Guy

So Wednesday I had lunch, one on one, with the CIO. As it always is with him, the conversation was winding, going into many different directions. We started out talking general business, talking about things like tablet PC's, remote access solutions, and virtual server technology. All pretty standard IT stuff. But then he dropped the question and we got to the meat of the converstation.

He asked me flat out, "How much longer do you see yourself doing your current job?"

Now we got into the REAL converstation. We talked about many things. I mentioned my interest in a new position opening up that would effectively let me leap frog my boss and have him reporting to me. He asked me the ONE question I hadn't prepared for dammit! He asked me why the job interested me. I had prepared to discuss my qualifications for the job, what I thought I could do, etc. But not the why. I recovered fairly well and talked about it being a new challenge and looking for more responsibility. But how do you tell the CIO you want the job because you're ready to take any new job in the department that would mean a promotion?

We talked about some of my other interests in the department and how I might be able to start working with other areas to learn more skills. It was pretty obvious that he's looking to provide more opportunities for me and sees that I have potential. I, of course, agree with him. I believe over the last year I've effective shown him that I have a broad knowledge level and can be successful in any role in the department. It's good to know that's paying off. The new position should be posted internally soon and I certainly plan to formally apply. We'll see what happens. Bottom line is that I'll still keep my eyes open and keep doing what I do. Pretty soon I think I'll be able to get on to bigger and better things. Nice that the big boss recognizes that drive and is willing to assist me in the pursuit.

Next up a post on the leadership seminar I attended and what I discovered about my leadership style and the styles of those I work with.


Monday, January 14, 2008

Possible Opportunities

This is a bit convoluted, so I'm going to go back in time a little. I'll start by saying that Wednesday I'm having lunch with our CIO. It may be significant. Here's why.

Before Christmas, we had our monthly department meeting with our CIO. He mentioned that he was disappointed that no one stepped up to want to manage our systems integration project that will take the next several years. After the meeting, I mentioned to him that I might be interested. As it turns out, he was looking for some very specific experience in converting from one application to another, which I do not have. However, he asked if I had a few minutes to chat with him. He's a people person and likes to chat. We went back to his office and talked about a few things, mostly my thoughts on how the new IT organization was working, how things were going in my area, what do I think about how the two locations work together, that sort of thing. Towards the end he asked me what my ambitions were. I mentioned I was interested in more responsible positions. He then asked if I'd thought about doing any work in areas of IT outside my direct area of expertise. Before we could really discuss it, he had to run to another meeting as said he's set up a lunch date next time he was in town to discuss further. Said lunch meeting was promptly scheduled for 1/16, this Wednesday.

Fast forward to last week. My boss calls a meeting with myself and my counterpart down the thruway to discuss changes to the department. It's confidential until the next departmental meetings with the CIO at the end of last week. What did we talk about? Changes to the organizational structure. I didn't impact me directly, since my job didn't change and my boss didn't change. There were some interesting changes to other areas. HOWEVER.....

Right now my boss reports directly to the CIO. In the new organizational structure, there will be a NEW position that reports directly to the CIO and my boss, along with 3 other functional areas, will report to THAT person. Guess who updated his resume and started prepping for a conversation with the CIO?

Mind you, I'm not trying to read much into the fact that the CIO was asking me about my future plans and areas of interest AND scheduled a one on one lunch meeting with me. BUT...it wouldn't hurt to be prepared to discuss my thoughts on this new position and how I might be qualified to fill it, now wouldn't it? Interestingly enough, due to my various career travels, I've actually got experience in nearly all the areas this person would be responsible for, project management, quality assurance, and customer service.

It should be an interesting meeting. We'll see how it goes.


Friday, January 11, 2008

For your amusement

This came on my Ipod on the way to work today so I thought you all should enjoy. It's Green Jell0's "Obey The Cowgod". Lyrics below the video.



Are you ready to obey the cowgod?
We live in a country, we can't eat meat
Obey the cowgod
We live in a country, where there is no, there's no Burger Kings
Obey the cowgod
We live in a country, where there is no, there's no McDonalds
Obey the cowgod
Ah dopey, dopey, dopey, dopey
I'm a cow, and I'm gonna roam through your village
And I'm gonna eat all of your food
But you don't care, because I'm a, I'm a sacred cow
Obey the cowgod
We live in a country, where there is no, there's no Beefcake The Mighty
Obey the cowgod
We live in a country, where there is no, there's no beef-by products
Obey the cowgod
You, on your knees
You, get on your knees
Where's those two boneheads?
Get on your knees
Hands behind your heads
And on your knees
You, on your knees
You, get on your knees
I said, on your knees
Get on your knees and pray to the cowgod
Eat my burger, for it is my flesh
And drink my milk, for it is my blood
Obey the cowgod


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Today is the Wife's birthday. Today she is three months older than I'll be in April. But she doesn't look a day older than yesterday!


Actually, she doesn't look a day older than she did when I married her (well, maybe a DAY older). She's still the same smoking hot sexy mama I fell for way back when. So Happy Birthday to my little foxy woman.





Sunday, January 06, 2008

Back to the Grind

Tomorrow the boys FINALLY go back to school and things can get back to a semblance of normal. Unlike most school districts, ours decided to give the kids two full weeks off, which is totally insane. Luckily I've managed to at least stay on top of my email at work so I don't go back to a total mess.

Last night we went to see the Golden Compass. There's been a lot in the media about this being a bad movie for Christians since the author is an athiest. It's supposed to be particularly anti-Catholic since the bad guys are the Magesterium, a word also used by the Church to describe the teaching of the faith. After seeing the movie, I was left wondering what the big deal was. There were nearly no religious undertones in the movie, beyond the fact that the bad guys were shown as a quasi-religious group. And the religous aspect was not played up at all, just that these guys are trying to control what everyone thinks. I didn't leave the theater with a feeling that my faith was shaken or that this film attacked any group in particular. It was a harmless fantasy movie. The movie itself wasn't too bad. Great effects. The story was a tad confusing at times. Kind of like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings movies. So much of the story required more detailed exposition that you can't do in under 2 hours. Even the Wife, how usually doesn't pay too close attention to plot, noticed some glaring plot holes. But again, pretty good entertainment. The boys were enthralled and really enjoyed the movie.

I also got a chance to watch the Democratic half of the debates yesterday. I'm glad I did. I was very disappointed in Hillary. She kept saying she has this track record of change and has done all these things, but never gave any specific examples. She mentioned her time in Arkansas and Washington in tackling big issues, but what she didn't say is that she was a politician's wife during those times. Other than whispering in Bill's ear, I was trying to figure out how that showed she'd been an agent of change.

Barak kind of annoyed me in that he was real quick to jump in if he felt attacked. He too had little substance, other than to also say he was the "agent of change". One good bit was when he said he'd reformed laws that say lobbyists can't buy Congressmen meals. Charlie Gibson pointed out that the rule defines "meal" as sitting down, so if people don't sit, you can spend all the money you want and it doesn't break the rules. Barak had no answer for that one.

Edwards impressed me with his fire and his passion, as well as examples of trying to pass legislation based on his convictions. I'm hoping he gets the nomination. The person that really impressed me was Governor Richardson. He's the only candidate on the Dem side that's done the kinds of things a President does, actually run a government. He had some very good points and some ideas I liked. Unfortunately, I don't think he's got a snowball's chance in hell.

We'll see who's left by the time this circus comes to New York. I believe the primary here is Feb. 5, so I'm sure they'll be fewer candidates by then.


Thursday, January 03, 2008

Band Party

Last night we finally had a long planned band party. The band has been trying to do a get together since like summer and it finally came together. Everyone got to attend and even parents/spouses came (as in teenager's parents and adult's spouses). Everybody brought something and we spent the evening eating, drinking, and gossipping. It was a total blast. One of our singers is never shy about expressing her opinions and there was much laughter as a result. She broke all three rules of polite conversation and we discussed work, religion, AND politics!

It was actually pretty comical that after the initial gathering around the food that the teenagers went into one of the other rooms to hang out away from the adults. Of course, they couldn't be bothered to turn a light on. The younger kids were playing Wii while all the adults sat around the table putting dents in bottles of wine. It was a good time for all.

In other interesting news, I got an email literally out of the blue from one of my old band mates yesterday. It was great to hear from him. I've invited him to audition for the band if he's interested since we really could use a musician with his talents. He sings, plays guitar, bass, and drums. And he's an all around great guy with a commitment to the Lord. We'll see what happens.

I'm off from work today and tomorrow since the boys are off from school (that's a whole other rant for a later day). I'm getting some things done around the house and then next week I get to dive back into the work craziness. Later all!