Dear Ndugu

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Friday, December 01, 2006
Interesting evalutaion: what you watch can affect you in a major way. This may come as no surprise for most, and had I read that sentence anytime before yesterday I would have said "no shit!" There is more to the story though than I would have previously thought.

I woke up yesterday and watched a documentary called "Wal-Mart: The High Price of Low Cost." It was all about the policies and practices of Wal-Mart, a corporation I knew about and detested. The film confirmed my previous thoughts and at times, made me even angrier. I just can not understand how it works. A giant company opens shop in a town, pays their employees little to nothing, expects them to work off the clock and offers minimal benefits, yet people line up to shop there. The towns even offer Wal Mart subsidies to set up shop in their community. It boggles the mind. Wal Mart was targeting the city I live in, but the people of Eurkea said "NO" and the nearest Wal-Mart is 90 miles away. I've been inside one Wal Mart and will never go in another. If you haven't already, please read Nickeled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America it is a fantastic book written by Barbara Ehrenreich, who takes on the task of working several minimum wage jobs, one of which being Wal Mart. I read this book and first thought "wow, that place sounds horrible." The more I investigated the more I decided that I would not support such a company, watching the documentary yesterday confirmed my thoughts.

I work for Costco, a "big box" store. I know my views on Wal Mart can be construed as hypocritical, but trust me, as much as I dislike my job, they take care of me. I make a living wage (and then some for Eureka) and have full benefits. I also always get paid for my overtime.

I guess I should get back to my original point. I watched that movie and got to work and was instantly in a BAD mood. I was totally aggressive and bitched out my manager for no real reason. I later appologized and told her I was in a bad mood but did not know why. It was not until I got home and started talking to Kelly that I realized I was in such a bad mood because of the damn movie I has watched that morning. It all made sense after that. I was really shocked that the movie had such an impact on me, especially since it took me 10 hours to realize it.

I'm not sure what the "point" of this blog was, but I just needed to get it out.

Saturday, October 21, 2006
hooray for mint juleps. these be tasty.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
It's Been A While


I'm drunk and sitting with my extreme homie Sequoya. We were drinking and dancing and havin a good time.

Kelly is in Nashville, TN and I miss her so much, she is my everything and I wish she was here right now.

Marshall likes to do cocain and that sucks ass. I am so totally not down with that.

Saturday, December 17, 2005
The Band is up and running! We've played one gig, and are working on setting up more. Until then, you can check out the following:


the myspace page has a couple of MP3s to listen to/ download.

Friday, September 23, 2005
Woo! Week three and bike riding continues! I'm pretty proud of myself for keeping up with it. It has totally saved me a lot in gas money and it is really good exercise. The rain should be starting within the next 3-6 weeks, hopefully it is more like six, the more bike riding the better.

For the first time in a while it feels like things are controlled. I paid off a credit card last week, which was a small step, but a very important one. I've still got three more to go, but I'm making progress, and would really like to see myself not use them during the holiday season.

I've been working a ton lately, upwards of 48 hours a week. It is a bit tiring, but the money is good, and I'm too busy to spend it, hence the credit card bill going away.

I work in the sales department today, should be a nice piece of cake...

Sunday, September 18, 2005
As far as baseball goes, the National League West is usually comprised of some pretty good teams. This year it's a whole other story. The first place team is one game below .500 and only leads by 5.5 games, that is just sad. It is also sad because the Giants are doing so poorly, that they are in second place. The good news is, is that they still have a chance of winning the NL West. They have 14 games left to play and 4 of them are with the first place Padres. It sure does make for some exciting baseball. I feel a bit bad for hard working teams that have way better records but have no chance of going to the playoffs. Nobody from the NL West deserves to go, but someone has to, so it might as well be the Giants.

Here's hoping they kick the crap out of the Dodgers this afternoon.

Thursday, September 08, 2005
Riding my bike felt good, but weird. It was the first time in two and a half years that I had been on the thing. I am definitely not in the shape I used to be in, I got to work and was all flushed and sweaty and lightheaded. It felt good though. The ride home, which is slightly uphill, was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Today the weather is crappier out and should provide for a better bike riding experience as the cool air will cool me down while en route. I work all weekend, and might be going to a house warming party on Saturday, we shall see.


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