Saturday, December 20, 2008


Do you have what it takes to become a citizen?

You answered 85% of questions correctly. Here's your rating: 

0-20%: Maybe you're still thinking too much about the Old Country.

25-40%: Mmmm. Do you really want to be a citizen? This kind of performance isn't going to impress those nice immigration folks.

45-60%: Not too bad, but you really need to break out the civics books again -- word is, the INS is looking for an 80 percent score.

65-80%: Hey, you may make a good citizen yet! Look at your wrong answers and a little revision should do the trick.

85-100%: Welcome to the United States! (And, truth be told, you know more about this great land than most Americans.),4,2,1,2,,1,4,2,3,1,4,,3,4,4,3,,2,2,#anc_July4CivicsQuiz

I'm a little upset that I got the questions wrong.  I didn't even answer them.  I'm at work doing this and was not paying a ton of attention.  Oh well.

Friday, December 19, 2008


I'm sitting at work, it's 2:30, and I have nothing to do until 4:00AM.

I like this job because I'm learning a ton, but the hours are going to kill me. I don't know what I'll do on overnights to occupy my mind while my body wishes to be doing something a little more carnal... namely sleep, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. It's my first time on overnights, out of training, so I'll get there.

On a completely different subject. As a kid there was an activity that occurred around Thanksgiving and Christmas that I hated, dreaded and loathed...the practice of telling everyone what you are thankful for while standing praying.

This didn't happen with regularity, but sometimes we would stand in "family prayer" pose, with everyone in a circle and we'd go around saying what we were thankful for. Now, mind you, I have a lot to be thankful for, but I hated saying it and hated more to try and think about being thankful. I *KNEW* I was thankful, wasn't that enough?

Apparently not.

This is still an issue for me, so Becky suggested that I start a "gratitude journal." I of course scoffed at the idea, but later decided to try it. I started with "stupid" things like: Sunshine, Flowers and Children Playing. Soon, I realized that these seemingly superficial items are things I am thankful for. I started to realize that even though I didn't like working at the kiosk, that this was a means of income, I was thankful of that. My attitude started to change.

Then, I stopped doing it. Like EVERY journal I've ever started, I stopped writing in it. The only person who knows when I write and when I don't write is myself. Becky doesn't know and up until now, she was the only one who knew about this journal, I think.

Anyway, I only write 3 things, and I'll write 3 now.
Three things I am thankful for:
Having Christmas Eve off.
Having a job I like and learn from.
Having some time to spend with family and friends.

I didn't realize how much that sounds like a MasterCard commercial.

Tomorrow (Well, today) I will get off at 7:00AM. I'll see my doc at 9:00, get home about 11:00AM. I need to be at MOA for work from 4PM-10PM and at USI at 11PM. I'll be tired, grouchy and probably pissy. But, I have work. I get the weekend off to see Becky's family on Saturday and maybe some friends on Sunday.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


So, I'm on the "overnight" week at USI.  This is the week of training that is the geek version of bootcamp.  Sleep little and work hard.  OK.  I guess I haven't been working hard.  And if I'm updating my blog at work, I'm working even less!

The overnight crew trains us in on tasks that need to be done on all shifts, but is easier to train when there are fewer calls, the 11PM-7AM shift.  So far it seems cool.  No details.  I'm too tired.