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Happy Full Moon :)

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Was going to post this as "Happy March", "Two months down, 10 more to go", or even "End of The Olympics", but end up choose this one above instead since the picture was taken by yours truly with my Galileoscope and my LX3 - I had planned to use two tripods but I left one of them in Germany, so had to freehand-shoot it. The result turned out okay, I think...

Well the weekend is over. Going to bed.

Happy Chinese New Year!

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A strange combination, this weekend being President's Day Weekend, Valentines Day, but most importantly Chinese New Years! Spent last night eating like what most Chinese do with family: Full 11-course meal with fish, shrimp, crab, steak, oysters (with "hair vegetable" (image here), abalone, and more that I can't even remember :)

Hope everyone had a good weekend as well...

Last Night In Vegas

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So far my trip has been pretty low-key. Keeping in line with my relaxing work-week diet - last week I had no alcohol at all until the weekend. Yesterday I broke the rule and had two beers during dinner, and tonight I went "all out" (not really) and had a 1/2 pitcher of Sangria while dining at a Tapas restaurant.

The picture above is a screenshot from the local newspaper featuring Thomas (Julia's dad) on its headline. What happened was that in December Thomas moved from one office to another, so he had registered with the telephone company MONTHS BEFORE to switch the old phone line to the new office once the move occurs, so his patients don't get a busy tone when they call in.

The move went pretty smooth. The telephone line switch? A DISASTER from day one at the new office - the old phone line was instantly dropped once he moved out. Phone calls after phone calls to the telephone company just resulted in finger pointing (internally) back and forth, but somehow no one can pull the switch to restart his old line and forward to the new office number. Of all the technical advancements it simply takes a few F***-UPS on the human side to ruin everything.

On another note, I was sitting in Starbucks this afternoon checking email, in between customer calls, when I experienced a job-training of sorts at the table next to me. It was a 30+ year-old training a late-teenager on the "art of selling". Five minutes was all that I needed to notice the BULL$*** in the trainer. His one line that triggered my "alarm" was 'If anyone asks you if this is a pyramid scheme, tell them it SOUNDS LIKE ONE, BUT IT ISN'T". Well if it smells like one, tastes like one, then IT IS ONE. He then spent ten minutes explaining to the young kid on his own special "tricks in selling insurance", before suddenly telling his trainee to NAME THREE PEOPLE WHO THE KID THINKS HE CAN CONVERT TO INSURANCE SALESPEOPLE HIMSELF...

Maybe it takes a man in a upside-down triangle suit with the words GIZA across his face to notice, but the gullible one just kept listened on and fed his trainer the predator more information about himself. I couldn't listen any more so I had to walk out of there... but decided to take a glance at the lamb idiot salesperson-in-training before I walked away.

The kid had nose/ear/face/lip rings all over the face (not exactly but you get the point). Here are some points on on-the-job training or interviews:

Lesson #1: Your interview / training should NEVER take place at a Starbucks. Unless you 1) work for Peet's, or 2) you want to be this.

Lesson #2: If you are going to an insurance sales job-training or interview (besides one for a concert roadie for this guy). Take your face piercings off, hide your full-body tribal tattoos.

Lesson #3: Your interviewer/trainer should never dress more casual than you (face ring monster: dress shirt, khakis. pyramid-man: t-shirt and jeans)

Lesson #4: If you need another sign to notice a scam, you are an idiot. Your calling in life is working here.

Enough of this. I'm going home tomorrow :)

Viva Las Vegas

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With the weekend coming to a close, I am getting ready for a short trip out to Las Vegas this coming week - the true test to see if I somehow gain all my weight back is through a business trip - difficulty in fitting a workout into my schedule, and the hard part of eating healthy while on the road...

Speaking of being on the road, I saw Up In The Air last week - although I am nowhere near what George Clooney's character is in mileage-accumulation, over the past 13 years I have developed some quick traveling habits for zipping in and out of airports/planes/hotels. More of this to come as a post sometime in the next few days.

Oh yeah, and with my recent weight loss I decided over the weekend to free up some room off my laptop as well - formatted the entire drive on Friday night, and while watching New Orleans destroy Indianapolis at Superbowl XLIV I finally got all my critical work programs installed. Nice to have a laptop that runs like new - I am taking my chances this time and not installing any antivirus or malware software, as I find that these programs that supposedly protect me end up making my laptop SNAIL SNOW as a result...

Going to bed now. Gute Nacht.

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Weight Fluctuation

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My goal was to try to post once a day, but with my lazy but I end up updating about once a week. The picture above is of Emily, Leni's (almost as pretty - just don't tell either of them) sister. Unlike Leni, who I just adore, and can pet all day long, Emily is too lady-like for me to approach - every time I try to pet her she runs off quickly...

The bad news is that as lady-like as she is, Emily is suddenly in a hurry to get a boyfriend the past few days...

On a non-cat note, my weight has been fluctuating like a space balloon in Colorado - a month ago I peaked at 158, and suddenly I am back down at 150 - either 1) my scale is broken, or 2) I have leukemia. I am hoping for neither...

One Month Down...

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Not that I am counting, but my first month of this year isn't exactly spectacular. Work-wise it is just absolutely peachy, if you consider getting a dose of 30-day continuous enema (figuratively speaking) pleasurable. Merci Beaucoup, thank goodness it's over.

What has happened is that while I am doing just fine with my personal life, work keeps serving me porcelain platters of slow-braised a$$holes with a side serving of sh*t-au-lait. Those whom I have considered friends end up turning on me, and constantly being thrown under the bus by my so called "buddies" doesn't kick start a Happy New Year for me.

Oh well. One month down, and hoping that there aren't eleven more of these months to go. I will, however, end my post on a happy note. This picture is of the cutest cat in the world (yes, I've said it - the CUTEST) - Leni 's Julia's beautiful cat back home, and on this past vacation in Germany we've spend a lot of fun times together - some involving her purring on my stomach all night, but most are of her jumping back and forth playing with her cat toy :)

Sometimes I wish I had the life of a cat, and not a small part of what some calls a "dying industry". Enough of this. I shall go to bed now and wake up in a more positive mood. MEOW.

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