Thursday, August 26, 2010

Working Man's Woes

Days at work seem almost endless. Monday comes, going into work groggy from the weekend. Tuesday, coming in wishing the week was already over. Wednesday, the middle of the week doesn't do more than remind you that the week still isn't over. Thursday, just one more day after this, but you're not sure you can make it. Friday, counting down to the end of the day so you can go home and finally catch up on the sleep you missed all week because of work, but doesn't really help. Monday comes, and the whole vicious cycle starts again.

Don't even get started on vacations. They're little breaks from work that make you wish you could hang yourself when they're over. Mainly because it throws off your whole groove for work, and the cycle is that much worse.

With my company, getting vacation time is like putting bread dough in the oven and pulling out soggy cereal. Just doesn't happen like you want. For instance, put in your vacation time 3 months in advance, have a 25% chance of actually being able to take that time off. Put it in 6 months in advance, 50% chance. 2 years in advance, 75% chance. And why? Because they don't know how to manage their time properly. Tax season is definitely out, because people will call out sick on tax day to stand in the long line to turn in their taxes.

And dress codes aren't any better! You are given a uniform to wear, and, when you go out to a site to cover for someone else (who happened to put their vacation in 3 years ago, mind you) you are standing there in your uniform, fully decked out like company policy states, and you see the employees there relaxed, wearing only parts of the uniform, completely destroying the whole company policy thing... and their managers don't care. But you do it one day, and you're damn near ripped apart and thrown out to the wolves. Not to mention the sites you aren't allowed to wear the uniform because the customer doesn't want people to know you're a vendor and not hired by their company. Apparently company logos make people skittish at these sites or something, I don't know. But now you go to this site, expecting to have to wear a uniform, and get told to go home and get yourself dressed up fancy with no logos. So you do, and come back, spending hours on the road in rush hour traffic, only to be told you are being sent somewhere else, and you need to go back home and change back into your uniform... only to find out that that site is the same as the previous one, so back home again to change... you get the idea.

What's worse than that, you ask? Why, coming to work in your uniform, after having spent a half hour sitting on the side of the road because you were in an accident, got coffee spilled on your arm so it hurts, and the manager snapping at you for being late, even after you called your boss and told them you would be late, and they said they'd call the manager of the site and inform them... but no, the message never came through, and you are stuck listening to an old, beaten down ex-druggy who thinks his shit doesn't stink complain about how he had to do the responsibilities at his site that his employee who called out sick today couldn't do, all because you came in late. Not to mention they'll probably blame you for their employee being sick, since you're the one who can't seem to make it to work on time. Then he sends an email to your boss about how you come in late all the time, completely out of uniform, smelling like you spent the weekend rolling around in crap, and had the indecency to tell him that he just needed to calm down because he was about to have a heart attack.

That is a typical week for me... what happened to all the decent people?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


What the world does, is change. If you cannot handle change, you become "set in your ways" or what I like to call "senile". There is no good alternative to change. It just is. There will never be a day that something doesn't change, that the world around you doesn't change. And you change with it. Or do you?

Not everything has to change. The world itself continues to rotate around the sun, and has for thousands of years. It will continue to do so, long after most of us are gone. But what does change is people. One person has a thought, an idea, and it becomes the "new norm".

But some ideas are not worthy of this. Let's take, for instance, wars. At first, wars were fought for survival, over food supplies that couldn't possibly feed the number of people trying to live off it. But then someone got the idea to farm. Which lead to temporary peace, until the wars began over fertile soil. Then someone figured out how to make the soil fertile again, by shepherding animals through the barren fields for a season or two. Then the wars began over religion, over morals, over every little thing someone did that someone else wants.

Things changed, the people didn't.

Now, we find ourselves in a society of people who bicker over whether it's moral or not to be different from the "social norm" and we think it's a good thing? Come on, people! Change! Static minded thinking is what starts wars!



It is said that gaming is one of the new sins of our world. I'm not talking about video games, mind you, because some video games are just mind suckers and drain you of your ability to socialize.

No, I'm talking about Roleplaying. Games like Dungeons and Dragons, where you gather with a few friends, pretend to be different people and put on a show for just yourselves. It's all improvisation within a guided story-arc, where your decisions make or break your chosen character.

So how is this, with the base idea behind it, evil? Society has this in their everyday lives, and yet, when a small group of people get together and roleplay, they're "going to hell" or some such nonsense?

Roleplaying is a part of every day society. You see it when you watch Television, when you see a Play, or when you go to the glistening theater and see your favorite actor on the big screen.

So tell me, how the hell am I going to hell because I'm playing D&D?

Relgion Vs Life

Religion, simply stated, is the gathering of like-minded individuals of a similar belief system who discuss and share ideas on the same thread about their God(s). It is also a gathering of like-minded individuals who base their social lives around the same belief structure and let someone else tell them what to believe, such as the shaman, minister, or priest.

Life is the sole substance that each person has, and cannot give up to someone else. Life is the intangible made tangible.

So what, then, do these two have in common?

Simple. Religions started because people needed the comfort of others like them. They built societies around their god(s) and focused their entire lives at imitating their god(s) lifestyles, in essence, so they could be welcomed in the courts of their afterlives. This intangibility showed people ways to live, and some even showed them how to stop the lives of others for gain. It encompassed an entire Life in order to believe. You had to become a like-minded individual in order to fit in.

Now, back to modern day. Today, religion is a pass-time for many individuals. They no longer believe the way they used to, it's just the socially correct thing to do. Even among the new age religions, this is true. I have seen this effect in many churches, circles, clubs, even cults.

What Religion is today is a mockery of what it once was. People gather in a place because a mistranslated book says they HAVE to be surrounded by like-minded people. People attack each other because it is the "will of their God". Those methods, true, have been part of religion probably since the beginning of all religions, but what makes it different today is how much we actually focus our minds into becoming sheep, and allow ourselves to jump at every possible threat to that fragile stability we think we have found.

Life is not a thing to be manipulated and controlled. Life was gifted us all to learn, become, and better ourselves. We should take this Life of ours, and let it guide Us, not the other way around.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Opening Day

First day on the job for this blog site. Welcome!

Here is where I'll be putting my thoughts down on just about everything. Anything that comes to mind, will go through here, I'm sure, from gaming, to people, to politics, to religion. Opinions matter to many, and debating those opinions is a form of energetic fun for me.

Feel free to comment all you want, I love having debates on any topic.