Archive for the ‘Work’ Category


Job update

January 25, 2009

As some of you may know by now, I have finally found a new source of employment recently.  After an excruciating 2 months of unemployment, I have found a new SharePoint Admin. position at Tetra Pak.  Tetra Pak is a Swedish manufacturing company that produces food packaging; folded paper containers such as the Swanson Chicken Broth to the right.  Every job has it’s pro’s and con’s, but I’m really very happy with this one and am actually excited to work there.  And really, this is how I see it break down:


  • Stable Company
  • Good Pay
  • Great people (Really interesting mix of personalities and nationalities.  I have sitting with me in my small area people from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Sweden, Poland, Mexico, and of course, the U.S.)


  • It’s in Denton

Seriously, that’s it.  It is kind of a bitch to drive 40+ miles each way to work, but I’ve moved my hours to 7am-4pm so that helps a lot with traffic.  And I’ve gotten quite a few audiobooks to help pass the time easily.  

Another neat perk is that I should be heading out to Sweden sometime  in the near future to meet with my team of SharePoint Admin’s out there.  Can’t wait!



November 18, 2008

barrelguyToday marks the
second full day of my unemployment. This is very foreign
territory for me. I haven’t been without a job since the
summer of 1996 when I got my first job at SMU. I have quite a
few prospects, but nothing is concrete yet so I’m still worried
about finding work. So much so that I’ve entertained the idea
of relocating to San Antonio or Boston for two different
opportunities. God, please don’t make me have to move to San
Antonio! Ugh. Yesterday, on my first day of
unemployment, I kind of felt lazy. Slept in till 11AM.
I had to clean up a lot of shit in the house from
Crunksgiving the night before, but I really didn’t feel like doing
it. So, I ended up doing a pretty half-assed job. I did
have an interview at Statera, but
I knew going into it that they didn’t have any immediate openings.
This was just more of a pressing the flesh, getting to know
me type of interview in case anything comes up. Today, I feel like
I’m back on my game. Woke up at a reasonable 10AM, and now
I’m halfway through with juicing my pecs and then I’m going to go
on a bike ride. Then maybe I’ll finish that half-assed
cleaning job I did. Who knows? The gutter is the limit
for me!


Quick update

July 7, 2008

I have been employed at Citigroup for 14 days now. I still do not have a network login, nor an access badge.


Stalled out on the starting line

July 1, 2008

I need to use my downtime effectively, so you may see me posting a bit more in the coming days/weeks.

You see, I’ve started my new job at Citigroup. (yay!)  However, this is Day 6 and I have neither access into the building nor do I have access to log into a computer, which can really limit your effectiveness as a SharePoint administrator.  I soldier on, defiant of my current predictament.  I spend my days getting caught up on current events in the Microsoft SharePoint universe and blogosphere, but it’s starting to run dry.  I can only hope that maybe, just maybe, today is the day I finally get access and can really start doing some work here. 

It didn’t start off well though, I sat downstairs in the lobby for 30 minutes before one of my offsite coworkers graciously called a security guard to come let me in. 


New blog! Yea!

August 16, 2007

I’d like to formally announce my new blog SharePoints of Interest!  This will be a site totally dedicated to the fun and exciting world of Microsoft Sharepoint administration.  I’m sure you are all thrilled.


Current Events

June 19, 2007

OK, so it’s been a while.  Honestly, I’m pretty sure the only reason I blog is to go back and see what I was doing 1 year ago, 2 years ago, etc.  Anyway, here’s the 411:

New Job 

Just started my life as a Sharepoint consultant.  It’s pretty exciting, and very challenging.  Getting any large scale Microsoft product to work usually is.  However, I was very sad to leave all my friends at Reflect.  I let them know that it was a decision purely based on monetary demands.   Well, 99% of it.  I left myself some wiggle room.

Travel Plans

I leave tomorrow for a week long mini vacation in Vermont.  Jesi has completed her Masters Degree program at Norwich University and she will be graduating there on Friday.  Everyone send her congrats via her myspace or something.  And don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of pics up on flickr of the event.  I even rented a BA lens for it.

Possible New Vehicle

Since the SAAB has no A/C and I live in Texas, there is a need for a vehicular change.  The current frontrunner is a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD.  This guy in Coppell is selling it on craigslist.  It has been converted to run on Biodiesel or even Waste Vegetable Oil.  Or I can just run it on normal pump diesel which is already $0.10 / gallon cheaper than regular unleaded.  On top of that it gets around 35 MPG already so this should be a really good investment.  Here’s a reference pic, not of the actual car though:



I’m like Lance Armstrong, only fatter, and have both my testicles

March 9, 2007

So, I finally road my bike to work today.  I seem to do this every year (for the last 1 years) when it gets nice enough to ride in the morning.  I’ll say I’m gonna do this like 3 times a week at least!  But, inevitably, I end up doing it like 3 times the whole spring/summer.  Oh well, maybe this year will be different.


That’s what she said

June 21, 2006

Since we’re not going to talk about the Mavs game ever again, it’s a good thing I have something to blog about.


Yes folks, the official Dwight Schrute Bobblehead from NBC’s The Office. Stare in amazement at it’s bobbleheadedness.

Also, check out my entire line of desk ornaments. From left to right: The Rock, No Ho Han, Dwight Schrute, Laynce Nix(of the Frisco Rough Riders), Juwan Howard, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and of course, my Fast.


Start the Karaoke Revolution

September 26, 2005

Let me paint you a picture.

Friday night.

Dive bar in Grand Prairie called fittingly, “Sensation”.

Cheap beer.

Karaoke machine. And then it was SO over.

Yes, I did indeed rock the house in the ancient Japanese art of KARA-OKE after a sufficient amount of liquid courage. My set list included (off the top of my head, there’s probably more):

Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
My Name Is – Eminem
In the Ghetto – Elvis
War Pigs – Black Sabbath (duet with Jimmy C)
Black – Pearl Jam (whole crowd on stage)

And also:
Poncho and Lefty – Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson (a duet with Jay ,he was Willie, I was Merle)


Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Kodos

September 9, 2005

A wise man once said, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

A wiser man, I think it was Jesus, once said, “He who smelt it, dealt it.”

Indeed today is the first day of the rest of my life. For today I have braved the barren wasteland of East Dallas with nothing but some lycra and a helmet to protect me. Last night I finished decking out the DeathBike 3000 (here on out, DB3K) with all it’s commuting goodies, loaded her up and got ready for the commute this morning. I was giddy with anticipation.

I finally got out the door at about 7:30am this morning. I gave myself an hour to get to work, even though the route is only 7.5 miles, I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to cross the major intersections. Turned out to be a piece of cake. Made it here in 30 min flat. The only hiccup I had was that it was butt-ass cold this morning for some reason. My nipples could cut glass, and not that fru-fru cheap glass. I’m talking the 6 inch shit they use in high-rise buildings.

So, all in all, a good ride.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to ride back home, since Alana’s having a happy hour party here in Deep Ellum at the illustrious, Elbow Room. I hope she’s got a big trunk, cuz I’m gonna put my bike in it.

Since Harley asked, and since I love this neato Google Maps pedometer, here is my route to work.