Meatloaf

I have no idea how it came up, but for some reason I ended up telling one of my friends the story about my family’s cooking, and more specifically the history of meatloaf in my family. Meatloaf was a staple in my family; we would have it about once a week for dinner. And if there were leftovers, that my dad didn’t eat, we would have a meatloaf sandwich for lunch the next day.

My father made fantastic meatloaf, and I have no idea how he did it. It would sometimes have cheese, usually have ketchup, and whatever else he added into the recipe. It was so good that even one of our cats loved it. The cat would have his own little slice and he would join up wherever we ate dinner (usually in the living room with the TV on).

My mom was an excellent cook too. Her cajun chicken was fantastic, even the meatloaf cat agreed. This cat could chow down on my mom’s cajun chicken. However, there was this one time that she made a meatloaf and it all went wrong. I am sure that she made the meatloaf before and since, but we cannot let her forget this one time. This one time her meatloaf came out like a brick. We used to joke that the foundation of our house was built on my mom’s meatloaf. It oucld have been used as a weapon. Teeth broke on this meatloaf.

Again, my mom was a great cook. She made turkey, chicken, and some meat cube concoction that I absolutely loved. I have no idea what went wrong with this one meatloaf. I have no idea why my family always brings it up. I have no idea how this conversation even happened today.

And I have to admit; meatloaf is one of those things I don’t miss.

Getting Sued

So the house just approved a resolution allowing Speaker Boehner to sue President Obama. Think about that for a second, don’t ponder the fact that the Speaker is suing the president, and think about the fact that the only thing to come out of congress is a resolution from the republican controlled House allowing a republican to sue the president.

Congress will be taking their summer vacation soon, and I am still trying to figure out what they are taking a vacation from? The extra hot summer we are having? Are they taking a vacation from all of the work they didn’t accomplish? Are they taking a break from listening to the people lining their pockets with money?

I honestly believe that nothing will come from this. Wait, I should correct myself, there is one thing that will come from this. The American people will become further divided. The extreme right will think they are right. The extreme left will continue to think that they are in the right. And the average Americans will lose even more faith in the democratic system.

When it works, we have the greatest system in the free world. When it doesn’t work, we end up with a frustrated population.

I’ve been pretty frustrated for 14 years now.

May Actually Happen

Well, I can’t say that it has happened yet, but with the beatings (actual beating, not figurative) one of the other offices have been taking recently, I may finally have enough motivation to work on my resume.

Thanks to the amazing leadership and management where I work, staff members have been leaving like rats fleeing a sinking ship. One team has lost three people already, another two are leaving, another two are interviewing, and the remaining three are left to pick up the slack of all of those. This, of course, has caused the others to start looking for jobs as well. What scares me in all of this is that I may be moved to that team to “help.” The problem is that if I were sent over to that team, my full time job would become looking for another job. I would accept a promotion, a lateral, or possibly even a demotion just to make sure that I do not have to work closely with our current management.

But who knows, maybe this complete incompetence will turn out to be a good thing. Maybe I will gain the motivation to start applying.

I know that all this complaining doesn’t actually get that done, but I still want to like my job like I used too.

Well, I guess I will be polishing up my resume, applying for jobs, and actually looking for something that would make me happy. Of course, right now being abducted by aliens and having them probe me in their ship would be much more fun than walking into my office tomorrow.

Godzilla 2

It’s official; there will be a sequel to this year’s movie hit. Of course, I am a HUGE fan of the big guy. After the 1998 film, which was a great radioactive lizard movie but a terrible Godzilla film, I had low expectations for the new film. I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it was done. In fact, I’m itching to buy it on Blu-ray, and I may even have to build up my sound system in order to get the full experience of Godzilla.

Now that I have gone through that, I am already looking forward to the sequel, and the producers haven’t even set a date. They need to wait for the director to finish his current project, some Star Wars thing. But Legendary, the production company, did release the new monsters. Obviously, there will be the big G, but there will also be Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah. I have a fear that adding three more monsters just may be too much. These three are Godzilla’s most famous opponents, they deserve to be in a film, and they deserve to be well represented. I hope that Legendary does not screw them up.

Rodan, which is basically a pterodactyl, is one of my favorite monsters, at least when it had it’s own movie. Mothra, another one who had it’s own movie, I think could be brought to film easily. Ghidorah, the three headed monster. This is the one that concerns me the most. In the films, it is usually gold, flying, and kicking the crap out of Godzilla. This is the one that they could screw up the most.

After Legendary released Pacific Rim (see it if you haven’t) and the recent Godzilla (see it twice if you haven’t), Legendary proved that a monster movie could still be made. Now they have to prove that they can make a movie with multiple Japanese monsters.

Legendary also announced another King Kong movie, so maybe I will be able to see another Godzilla vs. King Kong. Or would that be Godzilla v King Kong… or Godzilla v Batman…

Yes, I may have just had a nerdgasm.

End of Fun

So, another weekend comes to a close. And it was a good weekend too, three days off, two days of gaming, two wins and only one loss. It was a pretty good weekend. But alas, all good things must come to an end. And that actually is what is surprising in all of this.

Usually, even on three day weekends, I already start saying that I do not want to go back to work on the first day off. But this weekend, I didn’t say it on Friday, and I didn’t even say it on Saturday. Heck, I didn’t even say it this morning. I am, however, saying it now. I do NOT want to go into work tomorrow.

I’ve not always felt that way. I used to not mind going in. But that isn’t something I have felt in a very very long time.

I guess I just have to suck it up and go in. Another week, another paycheck. Weekends need to be longer.

Favorite Time of the Year

My favorite time of the year is creeping closer and closer. More and more items about this time are appearing in stores and on TV. I am really gearing up for it, getting all excited. Shark Week is almost upon us! And yes, while typing this I had the Jaws theme stuck in my head.

I will say that this year’s commercials have been a bit of a disappointment. Last years commercials, the ones with the seal being eaten by a shark while being released back into the wild, were hysterical.  Sure, they may have caused some controversy, but they were funny. This year’s commercial, the only one I have seen thus far, was just boring. Discovery usually puts more effort into the advertising for Shark Week.

So, even though it is weeks away, I am already itching to watch all of the new shark specials. And yes, it is no where near as good as actually diving with sharks, but I’ll take a hit (it is like a drug to me) where and when I can get it.

I also still think what I said years ago still holds true. Shark Week may do more harm than good. The shows that are run during Shark Week usually only show the “bad” behavior that can be caught on tape. And it’s not even like it is bad behavior, it is their natural behavior. And sometimes, it’s not even that. When you chum the waters to attract sharks, you are going to change their behavior.

And from experience, I can tell you that Discovery must film all year to get one weeks worth of footage. When I went in the water with great whites, they were much calmer than expected. I had to learn that Jaws and Discovery might not actually be documentaries.

Three Thing Friday

1. Scented Cat Litter – A week ago I accidentally bought the wrong cat litter. I usually buy unscented from a brand that I know, but for some reason I thought I would try something knew. I thought I grabbed unscented, but apparently I can’t read. The new litter looks like gravel and smells terrible. In fact, I think it smells worse than what it is supposed to be covering up.

And I am not going to get into how its scented litter is actually unhealthy for the cats. Oops, I guess I just did. I’m not blaming the company, someone must want this type of litter or they wouldn’t supply it (Hey, I used my economics degree!). I blame myself. Next time, I am going back to what I normally buy. Always go with what is known, with what is safe.

2. Blogging – I will never say that I thought blogging was easy, but I never thought it was this hard. Coming up with a topic every day, writing about it, trying to write it in a correct and coherent way, it all takes much more thought and energy than I thought. And there was a time when I was running two blogs at the same time. Being responsible for this blog, as well as a gaming blog burnt me out pretty quickly. Since then, another blog that I am a writer for started. Because of that, the first gaming blog fell to the side; in fact, I cannot even tell you when I last posted to that blog.

With the new gaming blog, I am not the lead blogger, and that took a lot of pressure off of me. Sadly, it seems that only one person was still doing most of the posting to that site. I think I just needed a break, and I don’t want him to get burnt out like I was. I have finally found my focus and have been writing much better blogs for that site to give him a break every now and then.

So my personal blog is now the only one I am solely responsible for. That makes blogging a little easier, but topics are still hard to come by at times. So, to my fellow bloggers, I appreciate what you do now more than ever before.

3. Air Disasters – The last week has been pretty rough for flyers and airlines. There have been three major crashes in the last seven days. Of course we have the one that was shot down in the Ukraine. I honestly do not believe that the Soviets had anything to do with it directly, but I do believe that they supplied the weapons to those who were directly involved. I also do not know if the “rebels” knew what they were shooting at. It may have been a mistake. And one has to ask, what was a civilian aircraft doing over a war zone?

The second crash took place in Taiwan. This one only took 48 lives, and it is really sad that I can say “only” 48 lives. There were ten survivors, but when hundreds died on other recent plane crashes, 48 isn’t that bad.

The most recent crash took place in Mali. This one sadly had no survivors. I still believe that flying is the safest means of travel, but all of these crashes are making me a little nervous about my flight to San Diego in October. Maybe I’ll just watch some TV to get my mind off of it. Oh look! Air Disasters is on the Smithsonian Channel.

Funny and Sad

I was sitting here, pondering what to write for today’s blog, when a commercial smacked me over the head. It’s funny how that happens sometimes. Sometimes, the timing is just perfect.

A commercial for the National Aquarium came up during a rerun for the Big Bang Theory (great show). The short version is that this father brought his son to the aquarium, and the kid was talking about how realistic it looked. He was asking about the controllers and who was winning the game. It was actually pretty funny, although I will probably not say that after watching this commercial a few more times. But I did laugh at the kids asking where the controllers were.

However, after I thought about the commercial, and how funny it was, I also realized how sad it is. There are probably some kids out there who wouldn’t know that an aquarium is not digital. There are kids out there today who probably wouldn’t realize that there are no controllers. There are kids out there who probably don’t realize that everything is not a game.

And the real sadness about all of this is that the kids who would think that the aquarium was digital are the one’s who have parents that would not take them to the Aquarium. The kids who would know better are the kids who have parents forcing them to step away from the TV and the Games. The kids who would know better are the one’s who have parents that force them to step outside once in a while. The parents who forced their kids to experience real life are the ones who would take their kids to the National Aquarium.

And now back to your regularly scheduled program on your HD TV. Hey, it looks like real life!

Heated

Yesterday I received an email (and a phone call that I didn’t answer) from Baltimore Gas and Electric, my supplier of gas and electricity. They were emailing me about reducing my electricity usage during peak hours during the first really hot day of the year. They promised that if I reduced my usage enough, they would send me a rebate on my next bill. I don’t believe it, but I think I could reduce my electric usage and hope. You never know, I may get a reward.

The peak hours are 1 PM to 7PM, and they even had some recommendations. They said to hold off on doing laundry. Ok, that is easily done; I can do it after 7. They said to raise the temperature on my thermostat. Again, I can easily do this. When I left today, I set it at 80, which is a few degrees above where I usually leave it when I am out of the house. I am concerned about the cats, but I have plenty of water for them. I even placed a few ice cubes in their water so that it would be cold, at least for a little while. I also realized that I could cook without the microwave, leave the TV off, and make sure all of my lights were off. These are all things I can easily to reduce my electric usage.

Now comes the down side. I hate heat. So I am sitting here on my computer (I really couldn’t turn that off) without a shirt on, in my shorts. My cats are lying around expending as little energy as possible, which isn’t hard since they are cats. That’s what they usually do.

All of this better be worth it, or I am never doing it again.

Another Day of Class

Yesterday I complained about the fact that I am being forced to take a class for work, and the lessons are not even helpful for my job. The worst part of it is that they are teaching me things I already know. I already took classes telling me about communication and conflict management. I already took classes on how to work with other people, and how to motivate them. Taxpayer dollars at work, paying me to learn things I already know.

Today though, something else happened. Today, one of my classmates just ticked me off. Ok, I don’t want to be there, but I am not actively being rude. I am not actively ignoring the teachers and reading a book while they are talking. Actually, I am a little surprised that I am not that guy.

Buy I figure there are a few things that are positive about this class. First, I am out of the office. I am away from the low morale. I am away from the job. Second, the class is actually fun. It isn’t a terrible class to be stuck in. Third, I am being paid to be there, and I am there, so I should try to get the most I can from the class.

The problem is that this one individual is just taking away from the class. The negativity and hostility wears on you.