It’s been a long day

Today was one of those days that started off with me getting up a little too late and then got worse from there. I wasn’t “late” to work but I don’t think I was really on time either. I just can’t seem to get enough sleep this week really.

Right now I’m training to be a sawyer at work too. I’ll be running the bridge saw cutting the stone slabs down to the pieces that will be eventually edged and polished by my CNC machine or one of the other machines in the shop. It’s yet another one of those things that I say “Man, I wish I remembered more geometry from high school.” Remember kids, pay attention to just about everything in high school and college, you never know where you’ll end up and what you’ll end up doing. So now I’m sort of doing two jobs, it definitely keeps me hoping around, but I’m always happy to learn something new.

I got an email from one of our clients late today that basically means I’ll have to work a little late at least one night this week. Oh joy. I don’t mind, honestly it’s nice to work in the quiet shop, just me and the machines, no other distractions like phones and people to bother me. It’s a big order and that’s always good for everyone.

There’s still water in the basement here at The Green but it seems like it might be going down a bit, so hopefully it’ll be dry by the weekend. The snow storm for tomorrow is pretty much a non-starter, the one for early next week is still a bit too early to tell. Let’s hope.

Stand!

Self respect is something that I think we are lacking these days. The respect that you have for yourself to stand up and say “Hey, don’t treat me like that, here’s how I want to be treated.” Letting people walk all over you is not the way the world works. I see it more and more everyday in the name of “just going with the flow” we are letting people treat us like crap.

We ask for things nicely over and over, we train people constantly how to do something, we don’t insist on attaining perfection and independence. I think it’s all crap! Ask nicely, be polite, tell them what you want or how it should be done, once. The second time get firmer and ask questions to see if there is a communication issue. The third time you are clearly being used, the person does not care what you are saying and doesn’t want to adapt themselves to what you want. The relationship with the person needs to take a drastic change immediately. Stop everything fix this problem first and then regular relations can start back up.

If you are a person who refuses to change you should also be prepared to face the consequences of your stubborn-ness. People should slap you from time to time!

The main reason all this bothers me is that when you are working with someone, you are also working for them. No matter your age, title or social class, you are working for everyone around you. You feed information to them and they feed information, goods and services back to you. They expect the same from you. If you simply hand over a pile of papers and say “Here figure this out and have it done by Monday” don’t be surprised when Monday is here and it feels like the building is burning down.

I’m not saying talk down to people, berate or belittle them. I’m saying you have your priorities and other people have theirs, force them to bend to yours and work with them to get to theirs as well. Don’t just sit back and take it, you’ll keep getting more than you can handle and crumble one day.

A bit of a haphazard post, but I’m annoyed today and this is my therapy!

My decision to leave Facebook

I have decided to leave Facebook. I have been a member since October 10, 2005, about a year and a half really. In that time I’ve amassed a mere 97 friends, all of which I know in real life. I’ve coordinated events and gatherings, joked with my friends about life. Posted blog entires, seen pictures from all over the world of just about everyone doing just about everything. I keep up on my friends’ comings and goings, joys and tears, and I’m leaving. Soon.

I’m leaving because I can’t see a need for it anymore. The friends that I want to talk to have my cell number, my email address or know how to contact me through my website. The other people that I know, those that I rarely talk to or haven’t talked to in years really aren’t going to contact me anyway, I have no real desire to contact them either. I would have already if I needed to.

I stayed this long honestly because of the NCAA pool, I thought I was doing well, and honestly I didn’t do too bad, just not enough to win anything really. I have become annoyed by Facebook’s constant need for my attention, events, pictures, pokes, requests… Random phone calls at 2am about Dave Matthews. All of it. I don’t need it anymore.

I’m tired of the invites to things I have no interest in. I’m tired of checking the site to check on pokes or friend requests. It’s a big rumor mill. Who’s doing what with whom and when. It’s more drama than I need in my life. I’m happy using phones, email, and even face to face conversations to stay up to date on people that I care about.

To those of you who are my friend on Facebook, check my profile fast, get my website, AIM, and cell info, if you need to contact me do so. I have no problem talking to any of my friends, I just won’t be participating on Facebook anymore. To those of you who don’t know me on Facebook. Thank you for your continued reading on my site and I hope you’ll continue to do so.

To Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, I wish you well my friend. I wish you would have seen the light and sold out when you could have, I predict a mass exodus of Facebook soon. Not solely because of me or even partly because of me, because people are looking for better ways to do things, they want to be connected to those around them both literally (school friends) and figuratively (some guy in Vancouver with a D&D guild similar to yours, or something like that). I cannot say that I won’t be back on Facebook (no one really knows, but most likely I won’t), I may show up on some other social networking site, Virb has been sounding like the next big thing lately. I’m there but just as a placeholder for now. Friendster should be your case study of what not to do. If you can innovate and keep people happy with your features and not turn out to be the next MySpace, you might do OK, otherwise I fear others will write the same post I have.

So long my friends, buddies, and network companions.

Just an email

The cold bites at your soul
Like a distant memory rekindled

The wind whips through your hair
The demon is alive

The chill grips your bones
The fire still burns within

In the fridgid cold, life comes to a stand still
But the memories always remain…

I hate the winter, I hate the holidays. The cold, the wind, the snow. Mother nature can never compare to the kind of destruction and suffering that people can cause. Things were well and they are no more…