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YES!

I have a few naysayers around various parts of Kentucky that keep trying to put me down, and tell me that I’m not going to amount to anything. I’ve got some news for them. The last year, although it has been difficult due to a variety of things in my life, I have been quite successful in a lot of things. Point being: I’ve been doing concert photography for some internationally acclaimed and known bands. For example, last night. I photographed the English-based progressive rock outfit known as Yes. Want proof? Here you go: PROOF.

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Nonstop Action Thriller

Wow. That’s the only word that I can truly use when in regards to this last month, let alone the last few months. Honestly, I’m not particularly sure where I should start. Perhaps I should just start with everything that has been happening this month. Perhaps, the starting point should on July 6th. That day has signified a huge, and distinctive change in my life. At 4:30 PM, I went to the Kamuf, Pace and Kamuf law offices and signed some very official paperwork. That paperwork was the contracts, loans, and paperwork for my own slice of heaven. My very OWN house. My home.

I could not be happier with the fact that I’m now living in my own place. Not an apartment, nor a condo, nor anything else being rented. It’s my OWN home. So now, I once again proved naysayers and others that I’m not a liar, and I had been looking for a house for well over a year and half. Funny how I take my time, and find exactly what I was looking for.

July 7, 2011, turned out to be a very interesting day. After just moving into the house on the 6th, I had to head to Lexington at 5 AM. This road trip had been pre-planned, to a degree. This trip was to take my best friend, his fiancee, the groomsmen, and the bridesmaids to Kings Island for a day of fun in the sun. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to ride too many rides. I had developed a severe case of heat exhaustion and dehydration. As we were waiting in line to get aboard The Beast, the heat exhaustion hit me, and I had to leave in an immediate hurry. After that, I had been in a rather embarrassing situation the rest of the day. To put it simply, I had to get a change of clothes for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, the illness didn’t pass until well after the weekend.

July 9, 2011. Matt’s wedding. I’m proud, and happy to say that I was part of such a momentous occasion in his life. I have been friends with him since the first day of our first semester at Murray State. That day in August 2003, we met at 8:30 AM in our Monday thru Friday Algebra and Trigonometry class. Suffice to say, we have been friends ever since. There is no possible way a friend could be more proud than to be involved in such a wondrous moment in one’s life. Despite being ill, I was more than willing to sacrifice my comfort so I could be there for him. After all, he let me move in with him for 4 months when I had been laid off from my previous job. For lack of better words, my friendship with him has been a Godsend. I would have done the same for him.

The time between those events, and recent days have been a total blur. Between work, and trying to find the energy to unpack, and visiting with family and Granny at the nursing home, I can’t discern many days apart. A few days have sufficiently stood out since then. July 16th, a friend of mine lost his life. He had been ill for months, and then he was suddenly gone. I miss him. I wish I got to know him better, but he was always a good friend through the time I had known him, and always had good advice, whether you were looking for it or not. May he rest in peace.

July 24th, I turned 26. As of that day, my age is now exactly half of my mother’s. I love her dearly, and am so glad that she is still with us today. To think that 4 years ago, we almost lost her. It’s still a difficult topic for me to think upon, let alone talk about, but there is one thing for certain; I’m very happy that she’s still here to listen to me when I need help or advice.

Well, although I have so much more rattling within my head, I just can’t seem to focus on a topic to continue writing on an elongated post. July has been an exciting month, as well as the last few months. Perhaps there will be time soon enough for relaxation, remembrance, and a good time.

Peace.

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The Tribulations of Social Networking

I’ve had a lot of time to contemplate about things within the last year. I’ve figured out something pretty interesting about social networking, particularly in regards to psychological evaluation.

You see, it’s particularly interesting in regards to the fact that Facebook, and Twitter, have had their fair share of betrayal, backstabbing and what-have-you since their inception. This is rather analogous with my life of the past year. Mark Zuckerburg betrayed his friend Eduardo Saverin by cutting his percentage of Facebook ownership from 34% to less than 10%. Jack Dorsey, who initially founded and started the development of Twitter, was betrayed by Evan Williams. After Evan had joined the company on a day-to-day basis, he attempted to have Jack forced out of the board.

It’s situations like these that seem to have become rather commonplace, particularly with people I felt close to. These people only use you to their advantage, and when they have decided that you are of no use to them, they cast you aside and trample you. Now, that’s not to say that EVERYONE on social networking are bad. That would be simply untrue. There are millions of good, loving people on there, but there will always be a few sour grapes.

Another thing I have learned is that people will throw a fit over the tiniest little issue, despite the fact it may not even be an issue. Such a thing happened over the weekend, for me. A former friend assumed somehow that I had attempted to contact him, which couldn’t be further from the truth. That’s why I caution you when it comes to posting an event on Facebook, publicly. What irks me even more is that I know he told someone that I was lying, and claimed that I had said that he had invited to his event. That, itself, is even more untrue, and is slandering me. The world would be a better place if people would grow up, and if there is a problem with each other, to at least talk and explain. Instead, he threatened me, which was absolutely baseless and wrong. If it makes him feel better about himself, then he is worse off than I thought.

I enjoy social networking. Really, I do. It’s a powerful tool to connect people, make new friends, connect with old friends, and create an entirely new type of community. These tools, however, can be used wrongly, as I have witnessed myself. People can use it to spread word about events, no matter how minuscule or epic, and spread rumors faster than a wildfire. Perhaps, one day, these tools will become more useful than they already are, and will provide even new means and avenues of communication and sharing.

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Moving On

I have been much busier than usual these last couple of weeks, which has led me to the point I’m at right now. Friday I celebrated my 24th on the 24th, and I had a good time. I also want to thank everyone that came out and wished me a happy birthday.

On top of that, I have spent the last few weeks organizing, cleaning and packing. I am moving to Lexington on Thursday, and I’m hoping and praying for the best. The corporate climate in Lexington is by far better than Owensboro, and I am confident that I will find a job there as quickly as possible.

This decision to move was prompted by a series of consecutive events, and I couldn’t be happier in the timing. It is giving me the opportunity to do things and work on things, while moving and attempting to find a job in my field.

Well, time to finish my last few days here.

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A Funny Way of Showing It

Where to start, where to start… July is already here, and I really have to get started on things. I need to start packing and getting prepared. It’s a long journey ahead of me.

It’s funny, though, how everything is happening. There are three jobs that I have a possibility of getting. It’s better odds than I have here. I may also have a client or two soon, which will be nice.

Also, I’ve got ANOTHER new idea for a website. Work has already begun on that one as well.

Lunch break is over. Time to go.

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Changes

Big changes are finally coming! After a little hangup (see: soon to be laid off) due to a new policy at work, I’ve got a huge opportunity that I cannot pass up.

Last week, I had an interview and assessment test in Lexington. Found out that I need to get a certification and than I’ll be able to really get a good job. That was just Tuesday. On Wednesday after returning to work, I hear of this new policy at work. The policy essentially says that after 1000 work hours, I cannot work here for six months. That is fine by me. On Thursday, I realized that this is an opportunity because my lease is up next month. The final piece to jell all of this together is that my best friend asked me when or if I would ever be moving to Lexington. That time is NOW!

So, I am very excited. I can have better job opportunities, live closer to my best friend, and, when she gets back to the states, be with the woman that I hve been dreaming about so much! Could anything else make it better?!

Anyway, thats all the news for now. Ciao.

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Another Thoughtful Restitution?

Life seems to have a funny way of working through some things. Just when you think things pull together, they just might. In my case, it’s more unorthodox than usual.

I’ve spent the last several weeks being extremely busy. Within that time, I have gone to Kings Island, Windy Hollow to swim, Lexington to see my best friend an a wonderful woman from Finland that I have met. Actually, I can’t seem to get her off my mind. The friends I am closest to know all about how I can’t stop talking about her. I must be crazy.

Aside from all the travelling, I have been working on my website ideas, and coming up with new and innovative features. Those of which, I shall not talk about yet. They have been keeping me busy.

I would also like to extend my congratulations to Jeff on getting a new job back at home. Now he can return. I have to admit, I am slightly jealous, but I am very happy for him

On the job front: I’ve still got nothing. I’m sending my cards out to everyone to start getting clients, but to no avail. However, I may have a few “nibbles” in Lexington with jobs that pertain to using my degree. I’m praying that I cab finally get on somewhere. It’s sickening, stressful, and disheartening to know that I’m the only CS in my graduating class that does not have a job. That’s ok, though. I’m searching as hard as possible.

Things have been crazier than ever between me trying to find a job and spending time with family and friends. It’s hard to believe that my two youngest nieces are a year old. Well, almost. Alanna will be a year old the day after I turn 24. Crazy.

So I have three nieces that I need to spoil absolutely rotten. That’s another reason I want a good job. I love spoiling my nieces, just because I can. Wouldn’t you?

Yeah, yeah. I’m sure you all are wondering why I’m writing this at work. It’s a little slow right now, and things don’t get busy for me until after out 9 AM break, which is in a short bit. In any case, it’s time for me to find something else to do. I shall end with Paul Harvey’s infamous words, “Good day!”

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Oops

I just realized it’s been a while since I’ve written in this thing. I’m staying relatively busy trying to find a new job, clean up around here, and work on the website. I’m also working on some new entries for the 1000 Albums project. Life’s keeping me busy, and having its ups and downs. Anyway, g’nite.

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Ever Wonder?

Life is just seeming so… distant. I’m beginning to feel drawn out and under-used at my current temporary job. With everything going on, I feel like an absolute waste of life. I’ve worked so hard, studied even harder (despite things that made it emotionally, financially, and almost physically impossible to study) and fought my way all along so I could graduate. Now, all that time and money feels like it was a waste. I lost a good friend to suicide, I lost family that I was exceptionally close to, and I lost friendships because of stupidity on both our parts. Have I not sacrificed enough? I’ve spent so much time and effort to better myself, to try and be more confident, to be a hard worker, to be a great friend, to love and learn and everything else, but it has done nothing but hurt me. I’m patiently waiting, hoping, praying, and begging for something better.

Development on LetMeRant.com is coming along nicely. I keep coming up with some really great ideas. I’m working hard to get them implemented. There are a couple of algorithms I want to apply to it, as well as a few filters I want to put into place. I just keep coming up with great ideas for it.

Alright, I’m off to bed. Goodnight.

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As time goes by…

Since my previous update, I’m in a much better mood. Things appear, for the moment, to be getting a little better. Development is coming along nicely, and I’m thinking of dropping about $250 on LogoTournament to get a professionally designed logo for my site. I’m absolutely excited about that, as well as thinking of purchasing a homemade wine-making kit. I think it will be a blast to make homemade wine. In any case, I’m getting off here. Work comes early.

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