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.

Freedom is a Zero Sum Game?

You just got lucky. Too bad the other people who wanted to mate with each of you are now restricted in their freedom to do so.You can play this at home. Think of any freedom you enjoy, and consider how someone else’s freedom had to be curtailed for you to have it.

via Scott Adams Blog: Freedom is a Zero Sum Game 12/14/2009.

I love what he says here, I’ve never even thought about it that way before. Everything I have the freedom to do I have either taken that same chance from someone else or I am giving up the freedom to do something else. Maybe a bit of high school economics there, opportunity cost and such but I never thought of it relating to other people.

Life Stages

I can’t help but wonder if there are stages of life that we all must go through, things that have to happen us, experiences that nearly everyone must endure in order to advance in life.

I think if that is true, that we all must go through things, the time that we go through them doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t matter if you’re 13 or 33, there are certain experiences that advance you farther in life. Finding an item in early stage of a video game that you will need in a later stage is the only similarity I can come up with right now, knowing that if you don’t find the golden feather early enough, you’ll be forced to return to get it later and waste more time to complete the game.

Some of us have experienced so much at such a young age that in later years, when others are going through those same things we can relate but surely it has to be different, age alone must make things more difficult.

I had a conversation the other night with a good friend about relationships. I wonder if all relationships go through the same stages as well. I guess I was an early starter compared to some, I did things, said things, and experienced things much earlier than others. Looking back, I can see that some of those experiences helped me and others definitely hurt me later in life, I’m not saying my way is the right way at all. Writing this I wonder, the people I knew in high school who got married at 18, did they have to deal with those stages while they were married and have a rocky several years or maybe end in divorce? I can’t imagine being emotionally mature enough to be married at 18, although I’m sure I thought I was.

I think the older I get, the more I realize that the zeal I had in my younger years hasn’t necessarily been beneficial or detrimental, but more educational, whether I was mature enough to learn anything from it is something I will just have to wait to find out.

Thoughts while at work today…

So I sit here all day at work, hearing all kinds of things. I’m on the phone, I’m hearing others on the phone. I thought today I’d get with it and write some of this stuff down. Here are some quotes from the day:

“Her name was Peach. Wow, that’s a name you don’t hear everyday.”

“You still have a rural route address. Is this 1974?”

Thing 1. “I’ll try to get that for you.”
Thing 2. “I need that to even call your customer, without it the job won’t move forward.”
Thing 1. “Oh, well I guess I’ll work on that then, they are expecting this to go quickly.”
Thing 2. “Only as quick as you get me the info.”

“We’ll be there tomorrow around noon. OK. Great, thanks, bye.” – This one is here only because it’s the best conversation I had all day, short and to the point. No BS to deal with.

So then I got totally distracted at work, what with the driving all over creation and dealing with over dramatic events. One was even called a travesty. Drama doesn’t go away when you leave high school folks, it just gets more personal and less important to getting anything done.

Call me sometime

Over the past few weeks I’ve ran into or talked to a slew of old friends. Many of these friends I haven’t seen in years, we always exchange the same pleasantries… How’s life, what are you doing, married, kids, etc. At the end of everyone of these conversations its always left at, “Hey call me sometime, we’ll get together!” This never happens of course, no one ever calls anyone.
Take last night for example, I ran into one of my best friends from high school, we were like brother and sister for 4 years, I haven’t seen her in 2 years. I almost didn’t recognize her, but instantly we were friends again, talking about old times and laughing at the same jokes. I had honestly forgot about her and all she was to me, it was a good time really. Of course, “call me sometime” was at the end, she’ll never call and I probably won’t either. I can count 5 people that I’ve said that to recently that I’m sure will never call.
Its ironic how once you lose touch with someone you thought you’d couldn’t live without, it’s hard to even make time to even give them a simple phone call once in a while.

I’ll never call or write

I was sitting in class one day and just kinda wondered off into my own world and realized something very serious about myself. I’ll never call or write. We cna be the best of friends, hang out everyday, but really, once the circumstances end that let us hang out and stuff, I’ll never call or write.
I realized that there have been several people in my life that have been really good friends of mine at some point that I no longer have any contact with. I have old high school friends that actually were quite close that are no longer any concern of mine really. Occasionally I’ll get an email, reply to it saying that we should hang out or that I’ll call, none of it ever happens. I wonder if just the exchange of niceties is enough really to constitute making contact and keeping in contact?

  • There was a girl in several college classes of mine over the last few years. We did several group projects together and actually hung out between classes once or twice. Not a close friend, but someone I guess. Tragically, she lost her brother in a car accident a week before school was to begin last year. I haven’t spoken to her since, she left message with a mutual friend that she would be back to school soon. I’m here, where is she?
  • I have a ton of high school friends that live in my neighborhood and actually just in my area in general. I speak to nearly none of them. One or two still are around, but none of the ones that I expected to be.

I don’t know why I don’t ever call or write really. I mean to keep in touch with everyone. I just get busy and it’s hard to find time to squeeze everyone in all the time.
But, it you’re out there and we haven’t spoken in a while, leave a comment, I’ll be sure to email you some niceties at least once.