Guitar Talk

Posted on May 5th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs by Quinn

My brother Daniel came down this past weekend for our Mother’s birthday and brought me a guitar he apparently never uses anymore. It was awfully nice of him and it’s actually a very nice guitar.

I finally got around to messing with it yesterday night and aside from having to replace the strings, I’m going to have to adjust the action on it a bit as well. Other than that it’s got a real nice clean Rock-a-billy sound to it.

Hmm…I think this settles it…I’m just going to have to invest in a good Amplifier.

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To Vegas and Back

Posted on April 23rd, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Life by Quinn

I hate Las Vegas! I really do. No offense to those who live there or those of you who may enjoy going there, but I can’t stomach the place.

Honestly, I feel a bit funny about complaining because there are so many of you out there who are suffering from the current economic recession and are without employment. My heart goes out to you…it really does…I know how difficult it is because I’ve been there too…several times.

I am incredibly grateful I have a job, don’t get me wrong, but damn! I am getting to old for this shit!

So, Tuesday morning I was getting ready for another typical day of work and then out of the blue I get a service call that’s all the way up in, yep you guessed it, Las Vegas. My first thought was “Oh hell!”, but then I started thinking well it’s still early…I’ll drive up there, give about an hour to work on the machine and turn around and drive back. Ya, it’ll be a pain in the ass but hey I’ll be home around 6 that night and I’ll get a few hours overtime.

I should have known better…

I make the drive and get up there around 2 o’clock in the afternoon and the machine is complete FUBAR! . It pretty much takes me the rest of the day to figure out how to fix it and determine that we need to replace a part, a part for which I do not have in my van…of course!

So guess who gets to stay the night in Las Vegas? Without any change of clothes, without any idea where I’m going to stay, or really any of the typical preparations one might make for an overnight stay.

Well, after buying a change of clothes, some basic supplies and not sleeping very well in a hotel that was found at the last minute, I fought the machine the next morning tired and disheveled and it fought me back every step of the way. Finally, around noon, I had won the battle and got the damn thing fixed. Grabbed lunch and made the four hour drive back yesterday.

Again, I am thankful I have a job but this job is turning out to have most of the criteria of which I do not desire to do anymore in my future career. I’ve been in field service since 1996 and I’ve paid my dues. I’ve had previous jobs where I spent a good deal of my time traveling to Vegas,  Sacramento,  Mexico, etc. etc. and I thought I was done.

This kind of situation does not fit my personality type so as such I hate it…I hate it with a passion. Sure, it was fun and adventurous at first but it gets old real fast. However, I do it because it pays the bills.

I suppose the solution is to “bite the bullet” and start looking for employment that would better meet my criteria. But of course that’s increasingly difficult with fewer jobs available and increasingly more people competing in the job market. It’s all a bit frustrating so in the end I tell myself  “at least I have a job, right?”.

I know this sounds incredibly trivial for those of you suffering from unemployment right now and I apologize. Like I said, I’ve been there several times myself and I know if I were reading this during those times I would have shrugged this off and said “Shut up! You big whiner!”

I guess if I could offer up something productive from this rant for those of you out looking for employment is to always keep in my mind the bigger picture.

If you have responsibilities to take care of, a family to provide for, bills to pay etc. and you are offered a job that you may not like or even hate, by all means take it. Trust me, you are going to make more money and be quite a bit happier than you ever would be collecting unemployment checks every week. However, just because you found a job doesn’t mean you have to stop looking for something you would enjoy more. Which brings me to my final point.

When one is looking for a job, and I am certainly just as guilty of this, it’s easy to get caught up in the whole minutiae of it all. What I mean is we get caught up in how our resume is worded, how our cover letters look, what to say and do on interviews, how much we get paid and all of those things are important. However, don’t miss the opportunity to take some time and analyze what it is you are really looking for in a career. In other words, what is it that you would enjoy doing? What are you honestly looking for in a job? Not just in pay scale, though that certainly is important, but what kind of work situation would you enjoy working in?

We all have unique and different personality types and therefore we all have different work situations that are more conducive to our overall happiness. Let’s face it, you will spend most of your time at work so if your not happy at work your un-happiness will spill over to other aspects of your life. Your family, your health through increased stress and so forth.

With that in mind I will leave you with this exercise. Make up two lists. In the first list write down everything that you liked about your current and past jobs. Then next to that list write down everything you disliked or hated about your current/previous employment. Be as brutally honest as you can and don’t leave out any of the details even the most insignificant.

In the second list write down everything you have ever done in each of your jobs you’ve ever had in your career. Again, be as detailed as you possibly can. With these two list together you now have a fairly detailed idea of what you could be looking for.

Take these two lists and start looking at job descriptions on any of the job sites online. Keep an open mind about what you see and compare them to your lists. I think you might be surprised by the number of different possibilities you may never have thought of before. Once you have found some postings that you find interesting write them down or print them up.

Now you have your two lists and some job descriptions to work with. You have a good picture of what you want and don’t want, what you have done and what you can do, and finally what employers are looking for. Do you see what I’ve done here? This would be an excellent point to now build your resume.

So, there you go. I started off with a rant but left you with something useful that will hopefully help you out.

Yep, I’m that good 😉

Tea, Taxes and Klavan video

Posted on April 16th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Politics by Quinn

So, I do have something to say about yesterdays “tea parties” which probably might surprise some of you…or not.

While, I’m certainly glad that people are finally out there speaking out about the massive growth in government spending and the inevitable growth in tax rates, I just have one question…

Where were all you people on election day? …Hmm?

I mean, really, what did you think was going to happen?

At any rate, here is Andrew Klavan’s latest video from PJTV.com.

Can you grow one?

Posted on April 8th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Politics by Quinn

Rockin’ the Friday

Posted on March 20th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs by Quinn

I have no idea what this dude is saying or even who he is but, Damn! he rocks on the Bass!

HotForWords: Drinking the Kool-Aid

Posted on March 18th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs by Quinn

Okay, so I’ve seen Maria a couple of times on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News and I finally got around to looking up her web site HotForWords.com. Why? Becuase I do enjoy learning about the meanings and origins of words. As I was browsing through her lessons I just had to chuckle and you will see why once you visit the site or have seen the video.

The funny part about it is, I was watching a few of her video lessons with my two pre-teen sons. While they were sitting there with slightly embarrassed looks on their faces they did manage to learn something only because they couldn’t stop themselves from watching, LOL!

At any rate, I posted this one because it’s a term that’s been thrown around allot recently and my wife Sharon asked me what it meant. Honestly I didn’t really know myself and I had no idea it came from the Jonestown massacre.

So there you go.

t8tr exposed!

Posted on March 6th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Pictures by Quinn

I’ve never been much of a cat person but I have to admit our little t8tr (yep, that’s his name…t8tr t0t) fits rather well in our family. He’s an orange stripped “tabby” who is very much a big dork and full of personality.

He’s not quite as graceful as one would assume a cat to be. He’s fallen off the window seat more times than I can count, ran into several walls, quite often miscalculates  his leaps and bounds, and I’ve caught him chasing his own tail on several occasions.

Also, even though he’s been “fixed” , he still has this strange obsession to make sweet love to Sharon’s pajamas. Though, I can’t say I blame him on that one 😉

Yep, we’ve got our very own LOLCat , but we love him.

Oh Crap! on Day 5

Posted on March 5th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Life by Quinn

First of all I’d like to thank everyone for your support through this “quitting smoking” deal of mine.

So I’ve manage to go four days without smoking! That’s a huge accomplishment for me. However, here we are on day five and for some reason the urge was just too overwhelming and in the spirit of full disclosure the scene this morning was… about 6:30 am the patch got ripped off the arm…a pack of cigarettes was purchased…all before my three son’s were almost strangled…and Sharon’s head was almost ripped off her shoulders… ~sigh.

Now I’m just overwhelmed with guilt. Not only for giving in to my temptation but for also being such a grumpy bear to the ones I love the most. Not to mention letting everyone down.

I don’t understand how I can go 4 full days and then all of a sudden get totally side swiped.  I thought it was supposed to get easier the longer you went without it. I guess not! I have to admit, this has got to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

I guess the good part about all this is that I’m so riddled with guilt now, the patch is back on and I’m not going to give up! NO! I’M NOT GIVING UP! DAMN IT!

This was only a set back, right? I mean, I did manage to go 4 days, almost 5, without a cigarette. I think I was just unprepared this time. So, I lost a battle today, but I will win the war!

The Battle Continues…

Okay, That’s It…I Quit!- Day One & Day Two

Posted on March 2nd, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Life by Quinn

The only reason I’m posting this is to possibly elicit some sort of accountability…I guess.

I am now in my second day without a cigarette! Yes, that’s right I’m finally trying to quit smoking. Though this time I’m trying for real and using a Transdermal Nicotine patch program. Which, for the most part seems to be working.

By “working” , I mean it seems to be staving off the bodies desire for nicotine which surprisingly does help to a degree of actually kicking the habitual parts of smoking.

However, it is still a battle. A battle that I’m deep in the second day of fighting. The first day, yesterday, wasn’t actually all that bad for me. Aside from a couple bouts of temptation…(it’s just too damn easy to run to the gas station and buy a pack)…and the sudden urges to sit outside on the patio. I managed to keep myself occupied with other things to keep me from giving into those temptations.

Day two however, has been a little tougher battle thus far. The morning cigarette with coffee, the one after breakfast, the one while I’m preparing for work, the smoke I have while I think of things to write on the blog…etc. etc. etc.  Wow!, I didn’t actually realized how much I smoked until I stopped.

On the positive side, I am learning other ways of dealing with stress. Smoking was a stress relief and relaxation tool for me, so now I have to retrain myself. Yesterday, both my mother and my sister taught me how to knit with needles , as opposed to a loom which I have often done before. I trekked down to Michaels and bought some circular knitting needles and some yarn and knit until my fingers were sore. I’m actually about halfway finished with the simple baby cap I’m making.

First needle knit cap

I know, real manly , huh? But hey! I drink beer, I work on my cars, hell! I fix complex electro-mechanical crap all day long!

Anyway, getting off track.

Today is going to be tougher because I have to work today, which involves my greatest temptation to smoke and that’s driving. Usually quite a bit of driving.

I just need to get through today and I’ll be alright I think.

Reflections on Eight-IT’S A STALKER SONG!

Posted on February 23rd, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Music by Quinn

Finally, a new recording.

This song was written a long time ago in my bedroom one evening. It was at a time when I was really still learning how to song write and I had this crazy inclination to try and write a really simple and catchy tune. Simply to prove to myself that I could. A few hours later and Eight was written. Entirely, I might add on an cheap Sheaffer acoustic guitar from Colton Piano and Organ (remember them?).

The idea was to be as minimal as possible and as a result the song is really only made up around two chords with a couple incidentals. I was pretty proud of myself, a classic old time two chord rock tune.

Now for the lyrics. I was, and probably still, a horrible lyric writer. However, in the spirit of this song I decided to make it a “phone number song”. Hey, not terribly clever or original but why not, right? The number itself was completely fictional. It wasn’t a number of anybody I knew or anyone in particular. I simply put it together because it rhymed. Again, not terribly clever.

Now the rest of the lyrics came from a memory of a situation very early on in high school, back in the naive days of learning to date. Remember how uncomfortable those days were? So anyway, there was this girl who was a friend of a friend, who I started going on dates with. You know,  movies, bowling alley, or ice skating. Those were about are only choices up on the mountain but I digress. So then the phone calls and late nights talking about whatever and of course all the excitement of  “hey this is my first actual girlfriend”.

Needless to say, it didn’t last long and we both grew rather apathetic to whole thing. In one last effort I invited her the movies one night and she proceeded to articulate several reasons why she could not go. No big deal, I tried. So, I had decided to go anyway with some friends and who do I run into in front of the theater with a couple of her friends flirting it up with some of the other mountain rabble? Yep, you guessed it. Confrontation was unavoidable at this point but we actually had a good laugh about it and remained friends.

I know that ended up being a long story but that was the scenario that the lyrics for Eight were loosely based on (very loosely!). Of course, this was years after the fact. At any rate, the song quickly became part of mine and Jeff’s acoustic play list and I simply paid no more attention to the context of the lyrics other than memorizing them to play live.

Here we are now around thirteen or so years later and recording this song with all that’s involved, having to listen to it over and over and over again. I suddenly realized something about this song I had never thought about before.

It’s a total stalker song!

It’s amazing how time can change your perspective a bit.

So here is the song officially available for your listening pleasure…

Eight-the cheezy pop song or the creepy stalker song…you decide.

(click on link below to download mp3 file)

Enjoy!