msenkarik

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    • Hey there

      3 years ago

      msenkarik

      So yeah, I randomly decided to check out RvB again. weird. Anyway... how is everything going on here?

      Most of yall who read this I know from other portions of my life, but I'll also probably poke around and see what kinda reasons there might be to come back over more often.

      Thoughts?

    • Delayed...

      5 years ago

      msenkarik

      So, the fiance is in Detroit. I'm flying out this evening to see her for the holidays. There are no decently priced flights out of the LA area, so I book a flight out of Las Vegas. We've done this before. 4 hour drive to save $200 is a fair trade. The only problem is that I left right after work. So... it's 7pm before I even get out of the LA metro area. I haul ass across the desert as soon as I can force my way into some open road, and arrive at the parking structure an hour before my flight. I'm good, right? You'd think so... but you'd be wrong. I miss the shuttle by seconds... literally. I watched it drive away. Fuck it, call me a cab. I've got a plane to catch. The cab arrives lickity split, like a good cabbie (literally, I hadn't even unloaded my bags from my car) and I jump in. To the Airport! I stand in line at the Kiosk, and when it comes to my turn, it says that I am too late to check in. I apparently can't check in for my flight within 45 mins. I missed the cutoff by less than 2 mins. Seriously. Had there been one more kiosk that worked instead of 4 of the out of order, I would have been fine. But as to the time hack, When the fuck did this happen? I had ALWAYS heard 30 mins prior in order to check a bag. They won't even print me a boarding pass. I pulled my military ID and everything. No dice. I actually looked at my watch and told the lady "it hasn't even started boarding yet, and you won't let me in?" nope - "the system won't let me do it. I'm sorry" WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? I know for a fact I have boarded in less time. This is a red eye mind you, and I have just driven from Los Angeles, so I am pissed off and exhausted, being put on standby for the next flight, which doesn't leave till tomorrow morning... meaning the remote day I was planning on having tomorrow isn't going to happen, and I will likely have to take a PTO day instead. Fuck you Delta Airlines, LA traffic, and the POS drivers on the I-10, and I-15 who wrecked their POS cars along the way and caused there to be a backup in traffic in what should have been an open road through the desert. Californians can't drive for shit.

      Anyway, now I am sitting here in the USO at Las Vegas international, listening to a bunch of little baby service members taking leave from boot camp bagging on each other about how tough they are and telling war stories about basic fucking training. I hate them so, so much right now. They need to STFU like good little privates (well, some are Seamen, I guess) and stare at their boots. Half the people in this USO have a combat tour. You can tell who they are, even in civvies. When you actually are a tough guy, you don't have to act like one anymore. But these little boot camp puppies are oblivious to the wealth of quiet, unassuming, badassery all around them. Keep your mouth shut long enough and you might just learn something.

      Anyway, I write all of this because I am really frustrated with this whole situation and pissed off at the world (even though I am fully aware that it is really no one's fault) and if I didn't express myself in some form or fashion I would go all "Firstie Year Beast I Cadre" on these children.

      "There is no disdain so complete as that of the old soldier for the new" - Rudyard Kipling.

    • signs I live in a good area...

      5 years ago

      msenkarik

      Overheard at my local coffee shop this morning: a gentleman in Brooks Brothers and a Rolex asks his newly arrived associate why he didn't see him at "the club" a few weeks ago. The gentleman responds "oh, I had to go back east for my daughter's Princeton admissions interview. There was an alumni event the next weekend though, so we just stayed."

      they then proceeded to discuss capital gains and the rental markets in San Diego.

      I think I like my neighborhood.

    • Been a while

      5 years ago

      msenkarik

      Hey yall... did you miss me?

      Turns out I havn't posted a journal since Febuary... weird. How have things been going in RvB land? The real world is bumming me out, as the real world has a habbit of doing. Maybe I should get on here more often, and that would help!

      Anyway, quick update: Still have a job - a decent one at that. Probably better than most. But it doesn't really challenge me, and I'm not getting as much out of it as I think I ought to. But hey, it is a job, right? and these days I should be happy with anything that gives me a salary, I know, but can't keep a guy from dreaming, right? Besides, I have a mortgage to pay.

      I'm engaged. Yep. Popped the question. She said yes, and now the nightmare of helping plan a wedding for a perfectionist begins.

      Overall, I'm doing pretty well I guess - but thats the thing about holding yourself to a very high standard... you are ambitious and you're never happy or satisfied... to the point where you are pissed off at yourself for not doing more, or better, or quicker, etc. it kinda sucks to look at what ought to be a good lifestyle and only be dissapointed in yourself.

    • Valentines day...

      6 years ago

      msenkarik

      Valentines day is just another opportunity for a pointless fight. I don't think I have ever gotten anything good out of valentines day - not recently anyway. All my efforts are either not good enough, and result in a fight (because clearly I don't love her), or they are too extravagant, and result in a fight (because clearly I am not financially responsible and will take us to the brink of ruin just to try and get laid... which doesn't happen.) one of those Damned if you do, damned if you don't situations, and over the past 5 years or so, I would much rather V-Day just be another day of the week.

    • Walmart

      6 years ago

      msenkarik

      Walmart... ya know, you'd think that a Walmart in Orange County, California would be a little bit different than a Walmart in, say, Leesville, Louisiana, or Colombus, Georgia... but you'd be wrong.

      Except that the don't sell guns here. Weird how that works, huh?

    • Business!

      6 years ago

      msenkarik

      So guess who just negotiated a higher salary for his first corporate position at a Fortune 500 company... Jack Donaghey? Close, but no... This Guy!

      Thats right, my internship with Molina Healthcare became a job offer for a Business Analyst position. My MBA bretheren would tell you to negotiate everything, always, but at the same time, I'm an entry level employee, with very little applicable experience, and a long long list of candidates for an easily filled position, so the decision to push for more money was not without hesitation.

      It feels good to win one though - even if I only got a few grand more a year - it's still a victory. Similar to winning a fight, scoring a touchdown, or kicking in a bad guy's door at 2am. I'm gonna have to do this more often.

      Also, getting back into Jack Donaghey mode: this is one step closer to having a bathroom in my office that looks like part of the wall, and you don't get a bathroom that looks like a wall by being bad... at business.

    • Woah, wait a min...

      6 years ago

      msenkarik

      So, this shit is crazy! Not only am I seeing things posted by the people that I follow, I'm seeing their "likes" and all that other stuff too. Its gonna take some getting used to, but hopefully It will be all for the best. Also, I'd like to see an interface more applicable to a mobile platform - something that I can use on my android phone (or the windows phone that I want to get soon) Whats say you Intenet?

    • Coffee

      6 years ago

      msenkarik

      I have stated for a while now that I beleive that any employee should consider breakroom coffee as a significant portion of their compensation package. I mean, it's free, its strong, and you can drink a ton of it... Anyway, today, I was in the breakroom getting some coffee and some of the girls from marketing were in there and one was pouring a ton of sugar in hers. She declares "I'm going to make this a Cafe' Au Lait" I, of course, hear this and ask "Do we have any milk?" ... blank stares in response. I explain that Cafe Au Lait means Coffee with milk... ya know, in French. Apparently they thought it just meant a sweet coffee. The girl pouring the sugar responds with "you speak french? well, arn't you the cunning linguist?"

      I'm pretty sure I just got sexually harrassed.

    • New Blog

      6 years ago

      msenkarik

      So... I have been pretty busy lately - one of the reasons I havn't posted in so long. Work, school, and everything else has been taking up a lot of time, but I also set up a new blog. Partially based on the opinions of everyone on this site, I've set up a new blog. The Gentleman & Scholar I set it up to focus on a lot of the lifestyle stuff that I have been writing about. Fashion, cigars, whiskey, wine, things like that, leaving my other site for more of my business, finance, and international affairs stuff, of course, along with a Veterans focus.Anyway, its a work in progress. I'm going to put some more pictures, sidebars, and other widgets up, but I welcome any comments, opinions, and complaints. Hope yall like it.

      http://thegentlemanandscholar.wordpress.com/

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  • Comments (914)

    • Grogusting

      5 years ago

      Dude.....you still alive?!?

    • DadHavoc

      7 years ago

      Here is an interesting story from USA Today I thought you and Brian might like:

      bites.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/05/12581956-is-...

    • nurse

      7 years ago

      Do you twitter? I dont but it seems like someplace you could reach millions with. Ya know....lure in those Hollywood types with witty banter about travel, cigars, booze, and fine menswear. Then pistolwhip them with your hardball capitalism, non leftist anti ows homerun derby. smiley0.gif

      • msenkarik

        7 years ago

        lol, actually I do. I am @jmsenk on twitter, and most of my posts are exactly what you described above. I just need to reach a larger audience though.

    • Grogusting

      7 years ago

      Little European walkabout....from the pixs it looks more like the walkabout of a lifetime. Again, I'm more than a little jealous smiley1.gif

    • msenkarik

      7 years ago

      If they were robbing him then those kids will have a long and painful future of jail time ahead of them. They have a lot to learn about street crime.

    • msenkarik

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the video. Posted it to my blog. you can check it out if you'd like. www.marshall-hereistand.blogspot.com

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

      7 years ago

      They tried robbing him, hence the beating because rather than giving it up he resisted.

    • HANSjurgen

      7 years ago

      I wanna say I remembered you putting out a post here on your blog regarding how veterans can improve their chances at getting a job, so I figured I'd pass this along-

    • pt606

      7 years ago

      Go here:

      roosterteeth.com/forum/viewTopic.php?id=2238203

      Your constructive input is appreciated.

    • DadHavoc

      7 years ago

      Next time you are out with the kid, ask him about being thrown out of a place in Florida for not having a tie. He went out to his truck, got the jumper cables out and tied them around his neck. That was enough to get past the bouncer.

    • pt606

      7 years ago

      Ha! Right with you on that, dude. I wouldn't slap hundreds of dollars worth of Gucci Gun kit on an Airsoft... thing. Bee tee dubs, I just completed the build on my second AR. I've got an Aimpoint P.R.O. on backorder at the moment. As soon as that hoss comes in, it's go-time for some battlesight zero.

    • msenkarik

      7 years ago

      message me her full name, I will look into it. Soldiers LOVE to out fakers. period.

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

      7 years ago

      Is there a way to check, short of asking the person directly, if and when someone served in the military? I would like to know when or if a woman who works at my university served or if she is a reservist or on individual ready reserve or something.

      We had a discussion about Obama, Bush junior, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq where we did not agree on just about anything. She asked if I had ever served, and, of course, I said nope, not at all, and she dismissed me saying I couldn't know, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah.

      I'm not trying to stalk or get ornery or whatever. I just figured you might know.

    • msenkarik

      7 years ago

      That could be a good website. I'd check it out. Give you a somewhat passive income... ya know, get pennies for clicks for just reposting cool shit. not a bad idea.

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

      7 years ago

      You know, I noticed that myself after reviewing a few pages worth of journal postings today.

      Perhaps I should create a website of greatest evar stuff.

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

      7 years ago

      V.A.T.S. in the video game FallOut3 stands for Vault Assisted Targeting System. It is a mechanism the game uses to make it very easy for players to aim their weapons. The game action freezes and you are able to then select a section on the target that you have the best chance to hit.

      Essentially, as you progress in level, going into VATS basically means you can kill anything and freeze the game when you get freaked out by something.

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

      8 years ago

      OHHHH my god enough with the Canada jokes *gives most menacing glare*

      smiley12.gif

      Post edited 8/04/11 9:55PM

    • msenkarik

      8 years ago

      fair enough. gotta go with the crazy ones.

      ATW

    • Havoc1

      8 years ago

      In reply to msenkarik, #5:

      Aussie Jump wings? Why not Chilean?


      Not Aussie. Botswana! And since those are so unusual, I'm sticking with them.

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

      8 years ago

      You know in the past, we never really checked. So I have no idea if we did it correctly. Knowing my father, we did.

      This time, I went online and checked to make sure which flag was supposed to go where and put the U.S. stage right.

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

      8 years ago

      I was also sort of obliquely referencing a journal from a while ago.

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

      8 years ago

      But but but but but smiley2.gifsmiley2.gifsmiley2.gifsmiley2.gifsmiley2.gifsmiley2.gif

    • pt606

      8 years ago

      Aww, they grow up so quickly!

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

      8 years ago

      I used to despise the White Sox, too, but it seemed really stupid and pointless to not celebrate when a Chicago team won the World Series in 2005. That happens so rarely that I realized it might not happen again in my lifetime, so now I root for both teams. I follow the Cubs more closely than the White Sox, but I still root for both.

      Oh, and, of course, Ozzie Guillen is just awesome.

    • CoraOrtiz

      8 years ago

      LOL great vid. I laughed out loud (quietly as it's 3am) at the baby part too.



      He's still afraid of heights.


      ::RUNS::

    • msenkarik

      8 years ago

      Nah, thats pretty damn witty on your sister's part. And at least I'm not one of those guys who'd question why you'd name a Che' Guevara doll "Ernie" - know your enemy and all that. I've actually read the Motorcycle Diaries... in Spanish.

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

      8 years ago

      My "leftist leanings," indeed.

      You may find this funny. I do. But I'm told I'm easily amused. And you also are one of the few on this site who would get this.

      I was introduced to someone while visiting my brother's family. The conversation turned to political views, and, after putting forth an opinion, I said, "I'm a little to the left."

      With perfect timing, without missing a beat, my sister-in-law said, "...of Ché." To her and my brother's great amusement and despite my protests to the contrary.

      That's it. Yeah, it isn't much. However, at the time, my family considered it hilarious and funny.

      Post edited 6/17/11 3:50PM

    • Havoc1

      8 years ago

      In reply to msenkarik, #9:

      if its any concilation, we've always thought of you as a MAJ Asshole :-P

      But seriously, congrats. Despite all the Staffiness associated with it, Major is a good rank. it kinda marks the whole "Career Soldier" thing instead of just one of those "five and fly" Captains, ya know?

      What's funny is that I've been a captain longer than most guys stay in the military--seven years! For anyone who encounters me to believe that I'm anything but a career officer...well, that stretches the imagination.

      I personally don't particularly care about putting it on. It changes nothing in regards to the job I do now. Anything that needs to be done gets done by force of personality anyway. In regards to the staff, that's at least 2.5-3 years off. I have to survive a tour as a security forces advisor, then go to ILE. Not expecting any more staff crap before the beginning of 2014. Then, hopefully it's a couple years as an S3 or XO, maybe a quick tour through a division staff, and then battalion command. From there, the finish line in 2020 is within sight. Crazy.

      Assuming it all works out that way. Which is a long shot when the Army is involved.

    • msenkarik

      8 years ago

      I would have said that, but it was already posted.... so instead, in the words of Tucker "dude, Celsius sucks"

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

      8 years ago

      You're using Celsius now? I think someone just lost their American citizenship...


      When I first saw that post in my most recent journal I thought for a moment it was you who said it hahahahah


      Also smiley2.gifsmiley2.gifsmiley2.gifsmiley2.gifsmiley2.gifsmiley2.gif

    • msenkarik

      8 years ago

      Yeah, I am pretty sure you're the one who reccomended it to me after my time in Barcelona. reading it certainly made me rethink my trip, and I would have looked at a lot of the sights differently than I did. loved Barcelona, and I am a big fan of George Orwell - a reformed anarchist and communist - he beleived in the ideology right up until he saw it in action - live and in person, and realized how unrealistic and corrupt it really was. Thats when he wrote "Animal Farm" - which was a satire on Stalinism, but I have had some of the uninformed try to tell me it was a rant against capitalism, meaning they clearly never even read the book. Orwell is the man who wrote one of my favorite quotes - "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf"

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

      8 years ago

      I've read Homage to Catalonia several times, and I learn something new each time. The country is still coming to terms with the outcome of the war, believe it or not.

      I absolutely love that book.

      You're absolutely right.

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

      8 years ago

      who lets a kid play with a bubble gun on a subway?

      Chinese mom who wants 5 minutes of peace?

    • CoraOrtiz

      8 years ago

      Dude someone -1 Flaimbait'ed my Tim Tebow picture. I need this rectified immediately!!!!

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

      8 years ago

      Well, in Chicago, it was illegal to own a handgun. Now with the SCOTUS throwing those laws out left and right, I'm not sure.

      In the rest of Illinois, if the weapon is in plain sight, like on your hip, it certainly isn't concealed. And, if you have a permit, you're certainly allowed to carry it openly.

    • pt606

      8 years ago

      In reply to msenkarik, #1:

      No, brother. I've been flying back and forth from California to a bunch of different places for work.

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

      8 years ago

      Google is your friend.

      smiley1.gif

    • msenkarik

      8 years ago

      Soo... are the ANA Battalion Commanders coming to Lewis? or are you taking a crew of Lewis based advisors to Afghanistan? either way, it could be cool. Lewis is a fun post, and Afghanistan is where you belong anyway.

    • Havoc1

      8 years ago

      In reply to msenkarik, #6:

      No, I'm not going to be hanging out with the AF ass-clowns manning the gates. Pity, that. I'm headed out to take a team of advisors and SECFOR contingent and teach ANA battalion commanders how to do their jobs.

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

      8 years ago

      Yeah, like Ricky Williams.

    • msenkarik

      8 years ago

      I havn't gotten a text from you in a while... the last one was like 2 weeks ago!

    • msenkarik

      8 years ago

      again, i don't see it. you could say that about any college or decent school. Harvard, Yale, Colombia... West Point. but I still think its more of a "FML, I wish I went to a state school so I could get laid" scenario. I'm sure that UC is a good school and that the students are hard working, but the stduents that would be hard working would be that way at any school, not just that one, and I doubt they have a reputation - earned or otherwise, except for one that they deem they themselves have. I doubt their school is no tougher or less fun than any other school of its caliber.

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

      8 years ago

      It's not that they're anti-social. It's that supposedly they all study and work so much that they don't have any time for a social life. So fun goes there to die, because no one has time to have any fun.

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

      8 years ago

      Ok, did some quick research, changed a few answers and this is what I got:

      Economic left/right ranking:-1.75 (I could still argue that's a little bit more to the left than I think it should be, but only a little. There were a few questions that I felt should have follow-ups based on your response)

      Social Liberatarian/Authoritarian Ranking: -4.56 (that is almost dead on. I am a social liberal without a doubt)

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

      8 years ago

      I landed in the Libertarian Left Quadrant. I scored a -4.6 on the left/right economic scale and a -4.4 on the libertarian-fascist scale. This was not at ALL where I thought I would land. I knew I would be far down the scale for the libertarian-fascist social politics scale, but I thought I was more economically conservative than it told me I am.

      I decided to research the wording in many of the questions I didn't understand, most having to do with the economics part.

    • msenkarik

      8 years ago

      I landed in the Libertarian Right quadrent, but somewhat close to the middle. I scored 3.75 on the right / left economic slide (10 being hard right, and -10 being hard left) and I scored -1.75 on the libertarian - fascist social slide, again, 10 being facist and -10 being full libertraian.) this is pretty accurate as that is right about where I judged myself to be.

      I'm curious as to what you scored.

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

      8 years ago

      So where are you on this scale?

      I need to retake this. I didn't understand a lot of the questions. Either I'm dumb or I know nothing about economics. I'm voting for the former.

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

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the advice smiley1.gif

      And I've been spelling it like that for years. It's how the nuns taught me in elementary school. I also spell colour and honour with a U. Also I pronounce the H in herb...because there's a fucking H in it!

      smiley12.gif

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

      8 years ago

      smiley1.gif Thought you might like that.

    • msenkarik

      8 years ago

      No, Can't say that I know those guys. it has been almost 5 years since I was at the Academy, so all of my classmates would be Captains by now, and the Aviators among them would have gone through Ft. Rucker in '07 or a little after.

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