tribal

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from Connecticut

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    • Well well well lookie whos back

      13 years ago

      tribal

      Yep I've been away for quite a while. Been near death more than once durring that time, but thats all in the past.
      Now I'm back. gots me a job - very similar to what I was doing before and the same company just in a different department. Other than that not a whole heck of alot has changed. Yep still boring old me.

    • News

      13 years ago

      tribal

      Well the future of my job is no longer cloudy. As of Dec 31 my contract will end an I will offically be unemployed. Merry F'n Christmas and Happy Damn New Year! Not like this was a total suprise though. I'm glad I had the foresite to polish up the ol' resume and keep some good contacts close at hand. With any luck I will be re-employed sometime in January and not have to take too much of a finacial hit. I think I'm more pissed about who they decided to keep and who they decided to let go. They way it was done just feels kinda crappy all the way around. Oh well. Time to move on and hopefully up! I'm looking for jobs in both Boston and NYC areas too. Why not it can't hurt.

    • News

      13 years ago

      tribal

      Well its Christmas time again. Whoop de - freakin' do. Sooo whats been going on with me? Well the future of my contract here at work is very cloudy. Its not just me either. Lots of people's contracts are up in the air at the moment. Oh well I'm confident that I could get another job. Still taking my martial arts classes. I asked my family for all kinds of equipment for sparring for Christmas this year. I'm always getting my ass kicked when we spar because I'm one of the lowest belts at the moment. I still have a blast and its amazing how much you can learn by losing. Last time we did some sparring, I fought the Sempai (a black belt and in this case the teacher of that particular class) I moved the wrong way and took a kick to the goin. Needless to say I went out and bought a cup that very day! I'm learning my kata. For those of you who don't know, kata are the series of motions used to practice and hone different skills and moves. I've learned the patterns of all the kata I need to advance to orange belt but have to work on doing each move better. There are all kinds of other things I need to learn as well, Shodo (brush calligraphy of certain symbols called kanji), the different paths of energy through the body and what organs they correspond with (these are the hardest for me to learn for some reason) and some more of the history of the art I'm practicing.
      I also had my first sword class. Carl Long Sensei is showing us the art called Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido or Iaijutsu. Its a form with a katana that focuses on quickly drawing the blade and making fast cuts. Very cool stuff. Though my neighbors look at me kinda funny when I walk to my car with my boken (wooden practice sword) on my way to class.

      In other news the roof of my condo leaked and caused some water damage inside my bedroom closet. Luckily it wasn't much damage and the condo association is paying for the repairs. My Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse set crapped the bed. The cradle for recharging the mouse just stopped working. I called Logitech since my warrenty at Best buy had already run out. They are replacing it but the problem is they don't make that version any more and I'm getting one with a wireless mouse that doesn't have a recharging station so i have to use batteries. I bought the one I bought specifically becuase of the recharging station. They keep trying to tell me that I'm getting an upgrade becuase its a "laser" mouse instead of an optical one. Well thats just f'in great but I still want a rechargeable mouse damnit! I'm going to call them back today and see if I can talk to a manager and get what I want.

      Well I guess thats enough for now.

    • Been Away

      13 years ago

      tribal

      Well I have been away from this place for a long long time.
      hmmm not too much has changed. I'm now my niece’s god father. I turned 32 a few weeks ago oh and I got my yellow belt for my martial art's class. Hmmm yeah that seems like its about it for now.

    • I've become a working class stiff!!!

      13 years ago

      tribal

      ::Sigh::
      So I've become something I never wanted to be.
      I just happened to see a job that I think I would love that I am more than qualified for. Its a job as a game tester for Blizzard entertainment. My jobs here as an application tester, a technical writer and some previous employment entering data qualify me for certain parts of the job. My love of gaming qualifies me for other parts. Just 6 months ago I may have actually applied for this job.
      Problem is now I own a condo and make pretty good money here. This job is in Irvine California. I'm betting it wouldn't pay any where near as much as I make now. I'd have to sell the condo and I'm pretty sure I couldn't afford a condo out in Cali.
      Part of me just feels like I'm being a wuss and making excuses to not even try for the job. You know...being comfortable where I'm at even if its not a job or a place that I love.
      I really am pretty torn about this. Part of me really wants to take a chance. Roll the dice and see. It can't hurt to dust off and edit my resume to fit this job. Make up a cover letter and send it in. Wouldn't it be better to have tried even if some how I get the job and decide not to take it than to regret never having tried.
      Man life does like to throw all sorts of fun stuff my way!!!
      I'll let you know what I end up doing either way

    • Warrior's Path

      13 years ago

      tribal

      So purely by chance I stumbled upon a town fair a while back. While walking through the booths and stuff I noticed one for Acupuncture and some other holistic medicines. When I went up to check it out I saw a martial arts booth next to it. Apparently the guy who runs the Acupuncture clinique also runs the dojo.
      They were having a raffel for a free month of martial arts training. I put my name in. As it turns out I won. So I went for my free month and really got into it all. This dojo is really a place for me to learn. Its called Bushidokai Martial arts studio. They teach Kosho Shorei Ryu, or Kosho for short.
      Here is a link to the dojo
      One of the first things Shihan (the word means teacher or master [Shi] model or pattern [han]) told us was that one of the main goals of teaching this art as self defence is so that students can learn to cary themselves in such a way as to never have to use what is taught there. If you cary yourself with confidence (but not over confidence) and have that inner confident attitude that will show through and its less likely someone will harass you (physically anyway). I really liked this attitude. He said he doesn't want to just teach people how to kick and punch and hurt others. They teach alot of the philosophy and history behind the martial arts too.
      I got my Gi (uniform) Monday night. Shihan presented me with my belt and patch infont of the class. I'm just a white belt at the moment (first rank) so I may have a few things wrong here but hey what can I say...I'm a newbie. I'm learning quickly though.
      Yeah I come away bruised and sore but I also leave there smiling and feeling relaxed.

      In other news...I'm certainly feeling as if I'm working my way out of what ever funk I have been in for a while. Always a good thing

    • AHH the virus is coming

      14 years ago

      tribal

      Man! my work got hit by the funky worm this morning. Everyone went freakin' nuts. I couldn't get on the net, the printer servers were down, my machine would either reboot or randomly reboot. No big deal. The world didn't end and no one died (at least in my little corner of the world)
      The way some people were acting it was like the monkey from Outbreak was running around free in the building. I ended up taking an early and long lunch. When I got back there was a help desk guy in the area and I just asked him what the company wanted us to do. At first he didn't understand and said "Dude I can't fix your computer right now...there is a long line of..." I cut him off and told him I didn't want him to come to fix my machine I just wanted to know what I should do to get it fixed. He blinked and looked at me for a moment. After his initial shock that someone wasn't screaming at him to fix their computer he told me what to do. I did it and get everything back up and running. Of course once I was able to get on there was an e-mail telling everyone what to do waiting in my inbox. How stupid is that. Most of the users couldn't get to their e-mail. Dumb dumb dumb.
      Oh well I'm back online and working now.
      God I would hate to be around these people if a real emergency broke out.

    • When it rains it pours

      14 years ago

      tribal

      So a few months ago everything is looking pretty good for me.
      My job is going well, I bought a new condo, a car (alot nicer than the junky truck I had), a giant TV and upgraded my computer. I was also dating, umm lets see, there was the banker in Jersey, the actress in NYC (You may have seen her in many a beer commercial, or as "Dead Body" on Law and Order), the medical resident in Hartford, the Victoria's Secret clothes buyer in Worcester, the teacher in New Haven and woman from Long Island whos job would take too much to write down here.
      Yea there was a ton of driving involved but thats not big deal. I was having a great time. Yea work was busy as hell but thats good. It means they need me. Job security is a good thing.

      Now!!?? I'm totally in the Sahara! All the dates totally dried up. At this point I should probably say that I'm totally not a player. I'm no where near cool enough for that lol. I'm actually really really shy in person. Its one of the things I don't like about myself. Its really hard to break out of that too. If your an extrover you probably won't understand and are most likely thinking to yourself..."hell just go out and talk to girls" or something similar. To us introverts its not that easy. And of course our culture celebrates extroversion alot more than introversion. but anyway my point is that I'm shy and don't usually date more than one woman at once. (It took some getting used to on my part at first)
      So I haven't had a date in over 2 months, there are lay-offs left and right at work, pay cuts for many of us who are still here, I have absolutly NO ability at decorating the inside of my place and no help from my friends (it seems like they all just had babies or got married and now don't have time to help me out). The car, while I still like it alot, the honeymoon is over. I now notice all the little dings, scratches, and issues with it now. bahhh useless bitching is all this really is lol.
      Guess I just don't like the way life seems to work. Your happy and feeling good about yourself so more good stuff seems to come your way. Then something happens and your not all that happy, you start projecting a less confident image and it seems more not so good stuff starts happening. Just when you need to good stuff to happen the most you fall into an area where its less likely to happen. Life sometimes seems so totally ass backwards to me. (Intelligent design my ass!!!!!)
      Ok well thats enough of this self pitty, ranty bitching for now LOL

    • Been a while

      14 years ago

      tribal

      Haven't posted in a while
      things have been crazy for me. Work is nuts. People are being let go left and right. Stress is high and morale is low. My brother-in-law might lose his job. I'm working my tale off just to prove that I'm needed around here. On top of all that my sister has been in the hospital until recently. She had a cyst on her spleen and had to get it removed. (the cyst not her spleen) Due to some complications she ended up having to stay in the hospital for a few days. I ended up (being the good brother/uncle I am) taking care of my 4 month old niece. I'd pick her up from daycare and watch her untill my brother-in-law got home from visiting my sister. God I will tell you i'm not used to taking care of a little one. Up at 4 AM and then again at 7...ohhhhhh not easy.
      She is cute and fun and all but I'm glad I don't have one of my own just yet.
      As far as my love life is concerned - well lets just say I've crashed and burned more than a few times in the past few weeks. The wreckage is everywhere.
      Oh well i'll keep trying. I'm just glad my sister is ok and out of the hospital now. Its funny how I never really worry about people I care about untill they get sick. I've made a decision to get over to her place and have dinner with them once a week.
      Ok well its lunch time and I'm HUNGRY.

    • It all worked out

      14 years ago

      tribal

      Well I'm happy to say everything worked out in the end. I still have a job and I don't have to take any cut in pay. YEA!! (See previous entry for more info)

      Went to a wedding on Friday. It was a good time. Very steriotypical Italian wedding, though no one got shot. I did as the bride's father for a favor but he didn't think it was funny at all. I'm not going to say he's in the mob or anything but he owns a trucking company that makes regular trips to the airport in Jersey, a pig farm (pigs will eat anything) and a waste disposal company. HMMMMMMMMM.
      I got way too drunk and had to have a friend drive me home. (Speaking of that, I'm thinking of getting them a little something to say "thanks". Maybe a bottle of wine, what do you all think? a good idea or too cheesy??)
      I even met a girl there. And I didn't make a total ass of myself to spite the fact that I was drunk. I heard a rumor that she is waiting for the perfect guy (I guess she doesn't date much) and what a coincidence!!! I'm perfect! (LOL yea right) Anyway I'm going to try and get a date with her. It can't hurt to try. Again wish me luck

      Oh and I finally reached Karma level 10! (Not having a picture of a half naked hot girl as my avatar has really held me back lol)

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  • Comments (11)

    • ferretlxix

      12 years ago

      A Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • hai1sprite

      13 years ago

      Yeah, Daily Show! Jon Stewart was great at the Oscars. :)

    • quikthnkr

      13 years ago

      Hey,
      I'm from West Haven. If you are anywhere in the area I could sure use some help with some Machinima. I mean... if you are into that sort of thing. I have all the needed equipment. I'm working on several things right now but the one completed movie I have is up at my production company website (not a real company LOL) www.lightningquikproductions.com It is called Death by Misadventure (25 min) and the link for it is in the upper right hand corner of the projects page.

      I know this may seem a little forward out of the gate but I don't like to mince words and thought I would be straight about why I came looking for fellow CT citizens. If you want to get to know me better first send me a F/R and we'll do the slow dance. Later. smiley0.gif

    • jokingclown

      13 years ago

      The Daily Show is a great show. I loves my Jon Stewart.

    • ferretlxix

      14 years ago

      Bloom County is awsome! I still have all the books and played my Billy and the boingers record.
      Glad they brought back Opus! Now I gotta go and sniff some Dandilions

    • tribal

      14 years ago

      And tracker4502 gets it right!!!! mod point for you
      Now if only my real life reflected my life here on the RvB boards....

    • tracker4502

      14 years ago

      You seem quite the ladies man, with 80% women friends! Oh, and by the way......

      "I Left my wallet in El Segudo", by A Tribe called Quest, I think.....

    • ToolPackinMa

      14 years ago

      You are not a man without a woman as long as you got me, bay-bee! ;)

    • debaser

      14 years ago

      With ya on the Firefly, Joss Whedon is turning it into a movie now.

    • Lotus

      14 years ago

      i read what you said about, "kill a howli day"... i was stationed there.... damn, that was funny!

    • sroble84

      14 years ago

      Simpsons and old 80s cartoon fan! Young at Heart..wicked!!!

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