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Recap... life went boom at the end of 2009, with job loss, a surgery, and loss of insurance.

About three months ago we saw some improvement when I found a full-time (contract) position working for a resort management company in Asheville.

My contract period is now up, and I am pleased to report I have been hired on full-time. This status includes:
- a near 50% pay raise over my contract rate
- health, dental, and life insurance
- 401k
- decent paid time off
- *very* generous discounts at our resorts in the USA and Carribean (woot!)
- work from home 2 days/week

And, they counted my contract time towards the "wait period" most new hires have to go through, so i can start receiving benefits immediately.


That is improvement #1. :)


Improvement #2 is that i received a serious offer to buy my domain name "misterx.com". Usually these offers are not in good faith... russian hackers usually, or someone wanting to buy it for $200. I have dozens of email addresses @misterx.com, and 100+ online accounts that use these email addresses. $200 doesnt even begin to cover the hassle of updating it all. So when i got another inquiry, i didnt waste time. I told them to make it worth my while, it would have to be a 4-figure price tag, and the deal would have to go through an escrow service. Usually, you mention escrow, and you never hear from them again. This guy, on the other hand, said escrow was fine, and offered $3500! I, feeling lucky, said i was looking for closer to $5k. We settled on $4250. The transaction just completed, i should get my money by this time tomorrow. That will be our new roof. :)

Chugging along....

VT


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Lunchbreak

Jun. 15th, 2010 01:40 pm
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Leaning against my car, eating my lunch. Thunderstorms lurk nearby, I can hear them rumbling. Its nice and breezy.

This weekend when i went out to mow i was greeted with the unwelcome site of a river of coolant coming from under my car. I feared it was the harbinger of great unplanned expense. It turned out to be not as bad as all that... just a cracked coolant tank. Unfortunately, the auto store had to order it, so i did my best superglue job to try and keep the leak at bay. It worked admirably, until today... my car is once again drooling whereever i park. I hope i make it back to TN this eve, and that my part is awaiting. I also hope they ship the right part this time.

Just started drizzling. It feels so nice and cool. :)

Apparently standing by your car in business casual in an empty lot makes one a suspicious person... some cop keeps driving by me while i type.

There are going to be a ton of berries here when these bushes bear fruit. This whole side of the lot is raspberry bushes.

Time to go back. Alas.

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I decided to use my lunchbreak today to do some geocaching. I found and logged two caches and eyeballed the likely location of a third. I have a very good geocaching app on my phone so I can look up cache locations on the fly, which is perfect for these spur of the moment outings.

There are a number of reasons I like geocaching, but one of the top ones is it leads me places and sights I would otherwise never have experienced. Just today, I found:
- a sign detailing an unlikely wetlands reclamation project, hidden behind a bowling alley
- in a recessed stairwell, a matress, toothbrush , and other belongings... a homeless person sleeps there
- a time capsule location, noted on a bronze plaque set into the sidewalk in front of an abandoned theater, hidden behind a shopping center
-the amazing scent of honeysuckle!

I encourage you to try this sport/hobby. You will be amazed to discover what is hidden all around you, geocache and otherwise.


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If anyone is looking...

Contract Auditor, must be detail oriented and accurate, word & excel proficiency reqd. Real estate contract exp a plus. Excellent pay and benefits (so says the ad, I don't know)

Just released today. Lemme know if you're interested.

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Be sure and call your mum! And if you are a mum

I now share this with you... an embroidered logo of the flying spaghetti monster abducting a cow with his noodly appendage. FSM = cattle mutilations?!? This is on a polo shirt i bought yesterday.



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misterx: (misterx chromeball tech)
I am noticing how quickly my position of "webmaster" becomes superfluous when there is no electricity or network. I think i need to expand the definition of webmaster to include hunter/gatherer duties. Or perhaps primitive toolmaking. "And this is Vaughn... he keeps our websites running, and oversees flintknapping pool. He also tends the raspberries."

I mean, I need to have *something* to do when the Luddites take over.

*twiddles thumbs, waits for power*

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Despite the fact it crashed after i posted the last entry, i continue testing.

Why is the 'save as draft' button labelled "omments"?

Pic now:


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I am really hoping his latest update fixed the crashes.



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Sounds like some really crazy weather down there.

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Because I'm about to start throwing things at my monitor.

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Man, the quality of these apps so far is pathetic. lets see if this one is any better.

man

Apr. 22nd, 2010 09:31 pm
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this fool software is crashy too
misterx: (Default)
This one is called LJbeetle. One thing that is nice is the ability to save drafts... its easy to lose a post when you're typing into a web form.

Here's a photo test:
er... ok, photo posts equal crash. not a good start.
third time's a charm?

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Ballroom


Entranceway fireplace
width="640"

Chandelier
width="480"


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Not for me... my 5 is at 5:30.

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New term: Rubberwrecking - the act of gawking at an accident so intently that you fail to notice that traffic has stopped, and you rearend the car ahead of you. Freaking. Idiot. Saw it happen in the lane next to me this morning.

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I've been trying to use lj on my droid powered phone, and its really an exercise in frustration. There are no good apps (eljay seemed good for posting but now it crashes constantly), and the mobile site has serious shortcomings (like none of the images will display, just an "image is being processed" placeholder). The browser is webkit based and handles other sites just fine. Come on lj, time to step up.

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