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Rules To Drink By

I'm on-call tonight, and while I had few things to say and some stuff to tell you... the night has kind of escaped me. As such, I offer you this little treasure that I found on the internet: The 86 Rules of Boozing 1. If you owe someone money, always pay them back in a bar. Preferably during happy hour. 2. Always toast before doing a shot. 3. Whoever buys the shot gets the first chance to offer a toast. 4. Change your toast at least once a month. 5. Buying someone a drink is five times better than a handshake. 6. Buying a strange woman a drink is still cool. Buying all her drinks is dumb. 7. Never borrow more than one cigarette from the same person in one night. 8. When the bartender is slammed, resist the powerful urge to order a slightly-dirty, very-dry, in-and-out, super-chilled half-and-half martini with a lemon twist. Limit orders to beer, straight shots and two-part cocktails. 9. Get the bartender's attention with eye contact and a smile. 10. Do not make eye contact with

Meaty, Very Meaty

Okay, how about something a little meatier than that last post? Are you hungry for it? I know you are. Lets dig in. Today was one of those days where everything seemed to take twice as long to do as it should. As a result, I wasn't able to finish the furnace change out I was given and I was there until 6:00. Just not a good day for me. Not as bad as it was for one of our 'helpers', he got the boot today. But I guess that's what happens when you're overly cocky, lazy, and not good at what you do. I did get a call today that may prove to be interesting. A guy I went to school with just got hired by a bank to do property maintenance (emphasis on the HVAC), he let me know that he'd passed my name and history along to the hiring manager and he'd like to see my resume. Sounds pretty good; twenty bucks an hour, company vehicle to take home, the only downside is that they've only got two locations left to fill: Detroit and Grand Rapids. I don't know about De

Think Spring

It's the first day of spring. It's been a pretty nice day, but they're calling for snow tomorrow. Yeah, I could do without that. I'm done with winter. No more for me, thank you very much. Shit. Pager just went off. I'm off to Auburn Hills. Talk to you in a bit.

A Whole Lot of Nothin': The Weekend Edition

So how did your Saint Patrick's Day holiday go? Mine was nice in a not so Irish sort of way. I ended up working until 6:30 pm, which was freaking me out a little because I'd told Tasha that I'd be at her house between 7:00 - 7:30 ...I'm not very good with being late... It causes me more stress than the average bear. I worked on that zone system in Davisburg during the early part of the day and then the office called me at 1:30ish with a no heat installation that they wanted done, like, right now. So I finished what I was doing, packed up my toys, and headed back to pick up the furnace. It was nearly 4:00 when I got there and the old furnace didn't want to come out. Did I get side tracked? Sorta. Anyway, Tasha and I went to three different bars looking for a little bit of the Irish holiday spirit. I don't think we stayed a grand total of 10-minutes combined at the bars. What we decided was that maybe had we gone straight from work at 4:00 we'd be in the pr

Rules To Live By; Revisited

This was on my old blog and I found it reposted over on Tammi's MySpace blog while doing some surfing. I think it's important enough to repost. So here's what I've got for you today, a dozen rules to live by. In no particular order. 01) Never say anything disparaging about your mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, or daughter to your friends. Why? Why do you have to ask? Okay, look if you say it to them, they're going to feel that its okay for them to say such things and then they're going to be confused when you punch them out. See rule two. 02) If somebody is talking shit about your mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, or daughter. You need to ask them to shut their fucking mouth or shut it for them. Got it? Good. 03) Give your word sparingly and once given move heaven and earth to keep to your word. You make a promise, you keep that promise. If you're not going to keep to your word, don't give it. 04) Take friendship seriously. Give your friendship onl

"She's looking at you. Ah, no, no, she's looking at me."

It's not that I don't care, I do. It's not that I've grown bored with the whole thing, I haven't. It's not that I have nothing to say, as a matter of fact I do. It's simply that I'm fucking beat. Whooped. Too pooped to party. Wiped out. I haven't had a day off in nearly two weeks and my on-call last weekend wasn't an easy one. Nothing Friday night, but the calls started at 2:00am on Saturday... So lots of hours over the weekend. I'm feeling a little run down. But here's what's been happening and what is going to happen in the world that I live in. Friday night I went to Tasha's with the hope that I wouldn't get called out on a no heat call, everything was going fine until 2am when a call came in. Then another at 4am. And then one at 7am. Okay, I get it, I'm up. Time to go to work. The 4am and 7am calls were the same guy, seems that by 7:15 he'd already found someone else to come out... ooooooookay, great. The 2am call

Another Boring Post About Nothin'

Well, last night I left work a little early (4ish), just wasn't anything to do there, it's that time of year. I took a chance and went out to Shelby Twp. to have some pizza with Tasha and I made it through the evening without any calls coming in. Until 2:00am that is. And then again at 4:00am. I didn't leave for either of those. I don't know what people are thinking, wait, yes I do... they're cold. Anyway, I dealt with both of those calls this morning. If you go without heat until 4am, you can wait until 8:00am for me to come and fix it. The pager has gone off sporadically today and it's been about a 50/50 split between those who just want to talk to someone and those that actually want me to come out. I've got one lined up for tomorrow, but that's just addressing a complaint on an install so it'll be easy. I'm hoping for an easy night, because for some reason I'm always beat after an evening with Tasha. Go figure. Today I went and picked mys

Nothing Much To Say,Hey, It Happens

Yesterday work was weird, I had to finish an install for a crazy woman. I didn't actually finish, but that's mostly because she was crazy. Dinner with Tasha went well and as always the company was great and as an added bonus I got to see my dog and cats. I wore some of my new clothes and I must say, I looked damn sexy. Today I worked at another picky customer's home. It certainly makes the day interesting. Also, I'm on-call through the weekend. Four-days of pager carrying fun. I'm beat. I got nothing for you tonight. Sorry. Maybe tomorrow will be better. I'm out. Later.

Ewe Ewe Net? Nice Hat Dude

Today, I replaced a furnace and ran a chimney liner by myself, I hate running chimney liners by myself, there's just too much up and down the ladder involved. Things have really slowed down around the office, it's that time of year. I was off work before five again today. And as an added bonus, that just works against me getting a pay raise to what I should be making. Still no word on that damn raise. My suspicion is that there'll be a small raise on my paycheck tomorrow that will do little but make me mad, but I'm still trying to get an answer from him and an opportunity to state my case. So I forgot to mention that I've officially retired the orange UUNet hat that I've been wearing for the last year and a half. I told myself that I would wear it to school and work daily as a reminder of where I'd come from and why I didn't want to go back. Now that I'm done with school and officially working full time in the field of my choosing the time has come t

A Quickie, But Not the Good Kind

My R-410A certification came in the mail today along with a fancy patch to sew on my jacket... probably not gonna happen. And last night after I posted I ordered my 2006 Michigan Mechanical Code book, NATE Preparatory Manual, and a HVAC book by DeWalt. I'm getting my ducks in a row. Today was a short day at work, I was off by 4:00pm. Which was okay. We did a draw for the spring/summer holiday on-call and I pulled Memorial Day weekend. That sucks, I was hoping to do something that weekend, but at least I didn't get the Independence Day weekend. :) I also added the Arohen Hotline over there on the left, just in case you feel the need to reach out and whisper sweet nothings in my ear. *wink* Be good, be bad, but be true to yourself. I'm out.

Not Nearly As Mean As I Look

It has been said, once again, that I look angry or mean in all of my pictures. But really, I'm not. I'm a hell of a guy. And I'm as nice a guy as you could ever want to meet. No really, I am. Come on. You gotta believe me on this one. Even Larry says so... oops, shit, I used a name... ah well, I was getting tired of using long as names like, " first ex-wife ", " a friend of mine ", or even " the husband ". Screw it. Names for everyone. (Though I do reserve the right to eliminate or obscure the names of those I feel should not be named.) On-call went swimmingly, nothing I had to leave the house for. Hopefully it'll be that nice next week when I'm on-call Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Probably not much chance of that happening. I've been awfully lucky so far with the on-call stuff. I think I'm due for a busy one. Friday I did a duct cleaning ... I hate duct cleaning ... and then ran service calls for second half the day