Chewey_Delt

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  • Activity

    • It's back

      6 years ago

      Chewey_Delt

      The triumphal return.

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    • Time to update

      6 years ago

      Chewey_Delt

      So, it's been a while since I made a journal entry. I'm sitting at work, with nothing to do, so I'll make one. There are big deal updates.

      First, and biggest deal of all, I GOT A MOTHERFUCKIN' NEW JOB. No, my job is not fucking mothers. Thank the gods for that, because I'd be really bad at that. Instead, I now have a sweet, multi-word job. I'm the new Program Coordinator for the Stabilization in Key Areas-West Afghanistan project at AECOM International Development. Look at that mouthful! Mmmmm, feels good in the mouth. That's definitely what she said. It's based out of Arlington, VA, so I get to continue living where I'm living. But, I also get to travel to Afghanistan several times a year! Yes, get to, not have to. I'm a bit reckless and thrill-seeking, so getting to go to Afghanistan is pretty fucking awesome in my mind. I've been working here now about a week and a half, and while it's mostly admin work, I'm totally fine with that. The project is interesting, I've got fan-fucking-tastic benefits (health, vision, dental, life, metro benefits, tuition reimbursement, bike maintenance allowance (!), three weeks paid vacation) and a nice salary that starts at $40k, and there's lots of room to grow. I feel pretty lucky, especially because I got the job thanks to the fact that my roommate works at AECOM, though with another division. I found a posting for the position on a development jobs board and immediately had her refer me. And here I am!

      Second (and, okay, I think that was my only real big deal update), this last weekend I went to NY and had an incredible fucking time running a Tough Mudder with an AT buddy who I've developed a really close friendship with even after ending my time on the Trail. I came out of it with my knees bleeding from crawling through gravelly mud and up muddy, gravelly inclines, but that's just proof that it was a good time. Pics here.

      Other stuff has happened in the mean time (batshit crazy relationship that's ongoing, travels to see friends), but nothing really worth posting a journal about.

      I'm very proud of myself right now for posting a journal. I mean, I know I'm a big deal and y'all have been waiting to hear things from me. You're welcome.

    • Getting antsy

      6 years ago

      Chewey_Delt

      I've gotten to that point in time where I'm getting fed up with being in the same place for too long. Make no mistake, I love DC. There are a lot of positives about living here. Realistically, I'm not sure I actually even want to move away. But I do feel incredibly restless. A big part of this is simply the fact that I haven't found a good job as of yet. I'm getting by with the restaurant job that I have, but I of course want something more. I just haven't yet found it.

      Really, though, this restlessness is a good thing. Part of the reason I haven't found a good job is that I've been comfortable enough in life that I haven't been looking really hard for other work. I've put in applications here and there, but not as diligently as I need to. I'm finally starting to get to the point where I'm broadening my job search to a number of different cities (especially cities in the West, as I miss real mountains; I also yearn for the Northwest, and would love a job in Seattle), and even strongly considering international positions. I think I've mentioned before, though, that my optimum position would be one that allows me to live in DC and travel abroad every now and again.

      A big part of this change in feeling about where I am in life is that my current roommate is leaving in 3 weeks to start a DoD contracting job in Afghanistan. I know it's Afghanistan, but I am intensely jealous, because I too want to pack up and move somewhere for an interesting job. So I'm trying actively to make that happen. Even if it just leads me to a job in DC that doesn't get me out of the country, that would be an improvement. It feels good to be getting serious again about looking for better work. And just the idea of finding a job in another city is kind of exciting.*


      *On an unimportant side note, I'm trying really hard to find a job in Burlington, VT. Though in some ways I really hate the idea of moving to another small city, Burlington is kind of magical, and Vermont has so many of the things I want: mountains, lakes, outdoorsy guys, progressive politics, snowboarding, community. There's an international development organization based in Burlington whose employment board I'm stalking, looking for the right opportunity.

    • In which I get wistful

      7 years ago

      Chewey_Delt

      A Peace Corps friend who extended to Mongolia posted this video to his profile:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaS8r4r3vPs

      It reminded me of how much I miss that life. It sounds a bit strange, but seeing those soviet block buildings and that run down infrastructure brought waves of longing to be back living in my Soviet block building, going to work every day at my NGO, hitchhiking to other volunteers' towns on the weekend, hosting CouchSurfers all summer, hiking in the mountains of Armenia, celebrating Armenian holidays and special events with my Armenian friends, and speaking another language all the time. Even though I've made other friends since leaving Peace Corps, there's no one I want to be around more than other Peace Corps volunteers, and especially all the ones I served with.

      In the end, there's no reason to keep pining away over it, since it's not going to bring those times back. And I am going to get to see some PCV friends at a wedding in a week, so I have that to look forward to. But videos like that just make me yearn to be back in the Peace Corps.

    • I know what I want!

      7 years ago

      Chewey_Delt

      This is the best fucking thing you will see all day

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO-msplukrw&

    • Sooooo

      7 years ago

      Chewey_Delt

      I have to go to The Forum section now to see the threads I have on watch, instead of just being able to see it in my homepage?

      Yeah, that enhances my user experience a lot...

      Considering the forum threads I have on watch are the first thing I check here, I guess I'll just go ahead and change my bookmark. Why did the person doing the user page redesign think that was a great choice?

    • Hey Safari, I'd like to use you

      7 years ago

      Chewey_Delt

      You play much nicer with the RT site, have full screen mode and autosave in Lion, have extensions now, and are just a nice browser all around. But no three finger swipe for page up and page down? Back to Firefox.

    • ._.

      7 years ago

      Chewey_Delt

      Got final word back from Vital Voices. No job for Chewey.

    • I'm a bit of a mess right now

      7 years ago

      Chewey_Delt

      There are a million different reasons to love YouTube. And none of them have to do with cat videos. Here are two videos that make me remember what's so powerful about the internet.

      The first, from a kid who's been bullied for his perceived sexual orientation since first grade.

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdkNn3Ei-Lg

      The second, a beautiful and moving video response.

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s7vrxXHcSg&feature=youtu.be

  • About Me

  • Comments (1157)

    • jackiebot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold me irl

      3 years ago

      somehow we were not friends on here.

      even after we made those friendship bracelets and then watched the sunset together.

    • otter_be FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Butts Forum Moderator

      5 years ago

      I just felt compelled to come here and leave laser noises.

      So,

      PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW

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    • Jengaship FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Travancore on DD

      6 years ago

      Hey Chewey, you wanna grab some brunch on Sunday?

      • Chewey_Delt

        6 years ago

        Yes, absolutely. Next time you come into town let's try again.

      • Jengaship FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Travancore on DD

        6 years ago

        Sorry to hear that, man, but you rest up.. Another time?

      • Chewey_Delt

        6 years ago

        Hey brother, I'm really sorry, but I'm going to cancel on brunch. I'll be honest: it was a long night and early morning with the boyfriend last night, and then I had to go to work all day, plus I have to go to work at 4 on Sunday. I need time to rest a bit, and it's rather a chore for me to get into DC, since I currently live in Alexandria.

      • Chewey_Delt

        6 years ago

        Bueno!

      • Jengaship FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Travancore on DD

        6 years ago

        Awesome. Izzi or I will fill you in with the details.

      • Chewey_Delt

        6 years ago

        Sounds great to me.

    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Oh shit, someone made a 1Q84 playlist on YouTube.

    • PeppyHare66

      7 years ago

      DC trip in Feb got cancelled.

      I'll let you know if I'm ever in the area again.

    • chompsjr

      7 years ago

      Hugshugshugshugs

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    • warmsox Sports Forum Moderator

      7 years ago

      STALKER MODE ENGAGED

    • warmsox Sports Forum Moderator

      7 years ago

      nice. we can hit up a place in queens if you want to swing by.

      I'm off on monday so I'll be around.

    • warmsox Sports Forum Moderator

      7 years ago

      When's this?

      Also, your tomfoolery is a different variety than my tom foolery.

    • PeppyHare66

      7 years ago

      I'm in NY right now, but I've made a few trips to DC. I'm actually going back in Feb for a few weeks

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      He really has utterly fucked the discussion, and I get blamed. Good old PCE.

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      7 years ago

      Classy.

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      Chi can be really thick sometimes.

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      Intellectually bankrupt yes, financially. . . can a form of political policy be a sugar daddy?

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      Oh rly? A neocon you say?
      Fuck it, I still love ya.

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      If I agree with you in public any more, people are going to start thinking I have a crush on you. . .

    • Razzy

      7 years ago

      Jim and I went to see the movie "The Way" last night. It reminded me a lot of backpacking through Europe in my twenties, but I also couldn't help thinking about you and your trekking.

      Trailer - "The Way"

    • otter_be FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Butts Forum Moderator

      7 years ago

      Whaaaaaaaaat. How are we not friends!? ! ?

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      That is definitly an unintenional funny.

    • darnclem King of Dongs

      7 years ago

      In reply to Chewey_Delt, #7:

      Makes me feel pretty, thanks bro.

    • yell0wsn0w

      7 years ago

      Aw, but I honestly looked up stuff on this guy for once and interested in the political thing. He was the only one that doesn't seem like a total scumbag. Who're you goin' for?

    • cyanophobia

      7 years ago

      I think you are incredibly awesome.

      Keep your head up. I'm rooting for you.

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      Cookie mix, pie mix... it's all the same when you eat most of it before baking.

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      You have to be careful, some pre-made mixes say "real bat flavour", but it's really bat-LIKE flavour.

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      Say you watch 4 episode. By the fourth, youll think "okay, maybe not too bad", but the truth is its just deadened your resolve.

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      I recently just finished the entire miserable series, having forced myself to power through the entire canon in chronological order on my tablet, and still cannot think of a single good thing to say about it besides the generaly interesting starfleet designs. The firsttwo seasons are weak, the third feelslike they tried to reboot the entire premise., and the fourth was crowded and rushed, despite having the episodes with the greatest potential. The sex was forced an juvenile, unlike Riker and Picard who simply were sexy guys, carried themselves with a healthy swagger. Here its "what, tits not good enough? Then what if they rub each other down?"

      My biggest problem though is it doesnt even reel like. . . watch a few episodes, then go to TNG and suddenly the gulf between the shows feels more like 50 years rather than 10.

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      ;)

    • otter_be FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Butts Forum Moderator

      7 years ago



      Post edited 9/29/11 2:56PM

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      Very much agreed, and that was meant to be a ditto.

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      Looking forward to seeing the pics for sure.

      You'd love Nova Scotia, much the same terrain, it's all Appalachians and that. Forrests for miles, etc.

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      Those photos up on your travel blog? I know I have it bookmarked somewhere... or I could just go through your journals (the brain, she gets slow as I near 26). Fantastic way to see your own country though, passing through it like a pilgrim, etc etc. So no interest in conquering K2 then?

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      How was the mountaineering?

    • Qwisp

      7 years ago

      Hey you, thanks for the re-friending.
      What's up in the glamorous world of democratic politics?

    • DrJones

      7 years ago

      Well, it's not really theft, though. We as a society have come to an agreement that no one should be turned away from emergency care, even if they can't afford it. So a person who can't afford to pay for care isn't stealing, they're just utilizing a service that society has put in place to basically ensure that people aren't just laying down in the street and dying due to being unable to afford medical care.


      While I totally agree that it's completely wrong to deny someone health care because they don't have insurance (this is done all the time, however), It's still theft insofar as someone is getting something they're not paying for, despite the fact that they are billed for it. But that's neither here nor there.

      More to the point, think of the Medicare thing this way. One of the things that we have to do to be able to afford Medicare is agree on how much Medicare beneficiaries pay for their services, and what services they have available to them (and, remembering that we will all utilize Medicare at some time in our lives, this is effectively something that all of us are effected by). Unpaid medical bills are added to everyone's costs, including Medicare beneficiaries. Part of the Medicare reforms put in place over the years have included increases in the costs Medicare beneficiaries have to make out of pocket through increased premiums. No matter what way you look at it, considering that Medicare is a government insurance agency, an increase in premiums across the board is effectively an increase in your taxes, because this is something that you can't really get out of. That's just Medicare alone; we all still pay more for insurance and health care generally because of the unpaid costs incurred by those who can't afford insurance. Any discussion of health care in America has to address the fact that there is no one in America who doesn't utilize the health system, and that we all pay for people who are uninsured.


      I haven't seen any statistics on it, but you can't really say that every American will be on medicare at some point. I happen to know for certain that neither of my dad's parents are. Those people retired or medically discharged from the military and collecting disability will never be on medicare, either.

      I'm not arguing that people who don't pay their medical bills leads to an increase in cost for that service. It certainly does. But it comes in the form of increased insurance premiums. Just like living in a city with a high cirme rate means I'm going to pay more for my car and homeowner's insurance.

      Saying that an increase in premiums is 'effectively an increase in taxes', by definition means that it's not an increase in taxes. And that's really the point I was trying to make. "Poor people who can't pay their bills means you pay more in taxes!" is a false statement used by both sides of the argument to drum up support for whatever agenda they are currently pushing.

      Saying something like "Poor people who can't pay their bills leads to an increase in cost for insurance companies who pass the burden on to you because they're not going to take a hit in profits!" would be a much more accurate statement.

      But no one's going to say anything like that.

    • DrJones

      7 years ago

      Medicare and Medicaid (the only examples of federally funded public healthcare I know of) are paid for FICA. Which has been sitting at 2.9% since it was enacted.

      I understand where you're coming from, man. Theft, in any form, leads to increased cost for those who don't steal shit. That's applies literally anywhere goods and services are sold. Unless I'm missing something, which is totally possible, saying that this has a direct impact on the taxpayer, as in those who pay federal income tax, is not accurate.

    • darnclem King of Dongs

      7 years ago

      OH GOD, I'M A MINECRAFT HIPSTER.

    • darnclem King of Dongs

      7 years ago

      I got in on it back in the early alpha days and got it for lifetime for 10 bucks.

    • darnclem King of Dongs

      7 years ago

      /unfriend

    • darnclem King of Dongs

      7 years ago

      you should really send me a friend request.

    • cyanophobia

      8 years ago

      I love your blog. I'm so jealous and excited about your whole adventure, and I'm glad you're having a great time (minus all the mishaps) :D

    • Eclecticore no longer 25 cents

      8 years ago

      Yeah, our last one had to be put down last September, and it sucked so much not having a dog around for half the year. The puppy is a lot of work for all of us, but it's absolutely worth it.

    • Duste

      8 years ago

      Bawwww smiley12.gif

    • jackiebot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold me irl

      8 years ago

      AHEM.

      www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/deals-woot.html

    • pal_sch

      8 years ago

      EDIT: Turns out I can't read.

      Post edited 3/21/11 9:55PM

    • warmsox Sports Forum Moderator

      8 years ago

      There.

      I just saved you a couple of months.

    • Drizztd44 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Nice, I'm in McLean right now, I'm moving to Arlington in the next few months.

    • Drizztd44 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      When did you move to DC?

    • SpiderWolve

      8 years ago

      Well there's a shock. You only live a half an hour from me. Just noticed that.

    • Razzy

      8 years ago

      Well, I sent you a PM, but my computer froze as it was going through and I now can't open it, so I'll post here just in case....

      www.democracyforamerica.com/jobs

      Not in DC, but.... Vermont is awesome! You sure you wouldn't want to live there??? :)

    • Chewey_Delt

      8 years ago

      Pretty sure I never had you on my friend list.

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