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Hey, Cowprobe! :wave: Needed a reminder YOU existed!
Sun Jul 6, 2014, 10:23 AM
Forgot this shoutbox device even existed.
Thu Jul 3, 2014, 5:32 PM
Been about a year and a half since anyone posted anything here... folks, is anyone looking at the Shoutbox, or has Twitter made it redundant?
Mon Jun 30, 2014, 8:29 AM
Got the job almost three months ago... WHOA, this thing needs an update!
Thu Jan 31, 2013, 1:11 PM
The job search continues. Keep praying for me, peoples.
Thu Sep 20, 2012, 7:09 AM
Feeling pretty blue, you guys. :( Please pray for me.
Sun Jun 10, 2012, 10:14 PM
If anyone actually reads the Shoutbox, I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth. Trying to get myself to sit and post to the Journal. :work:
Thu Feb 16, 2012, 3:56 PM
Sitting pretty in Hong Kong's YWCA Anne Black House, in case anyone's reading this thing. Wi-fi was a bear to start.
Tue Jan 17, 2012, 4:34 AM
As they sing around here... "Deck the harrs with boughs of horry, fa ra ra ra ra -- ra ra ra ra!" :D :holly:
Sat Dec 24, 2011, 4:41 AM
Finally got my Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing on. :hungry: And there was much rejoicing.:w00t:
Sat Nov 26, 2011, 11:12 PM



Jul 27, 2014
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Jul 27, 2014
12:17 pm

Something I learned early in my first NaNoWriMo was if you're grumpy and things aren't fair, you can either write your complaint, or write your story. Me, I'm going to introduce two birds to Mr. One Rock.

Things took a turn for the undesirably unexpected last night. On the late night drive home from work on the interstate, my steering wheel got very, very tough to turn. I had to wrestle with it to change lanes and round turns. Also, it was close to overheating. Realizing something was off with the electrical system and power steering at dead minimum, I knew I'd had to drag it back to my trusted mechanic. I added water to the antifreeze reservoir. And the blinking of the dashboard's red battery warning light told me not to delay.

But first, I had to go in this morning to attend a training exercise with my dreaded manager and a couple of others. And I dreaded it, and didn't like answering the questions, because I feared getting something wrong. And I haven't enjoyed my job because I'd do something wrong that would cost the store money, me my job, or my police record its cleanness.

But then my manager talked about how there are three things to remember before dealing with a customer:

Ask yourself: is it safe? Is it legal? Is it ethical? If so, then it's all about the customer: Know what to do. Make it easy. Do your part. Care.

And with that, we should be ready, willing and able to take more charge of the situation, and need to pass the buck to office personnel or management a lot less often.

That put my heart at ease with my job a bit. Now to deal with the truck.

Jesse, the guy in charge, was installing a new engine in an SUV, and was going to be busy until Monday. But his partner Danny was able to check it out. What had happened was a lot more serious than I realized. A bolt or mounting had come apart or stripped, and the alternator had fallen off, tangling up the fan belt, too. Thankfully nothing had fallen out on the street in transit. Danny told me it'd be this evening before he could let me know if he could get the job done. I said okie-doke, and headed back to my apartment.

It was 4.6 miles on the back roads from the garage to my apartment. I figured, eh. I'll be back in an hour, and make it back just before closing in case he gets it done by then.

I waited for the rain to stop, and then began my trek. I didn't think much of it at first, and almost tuned into my iPhone to listen to music. But then I started listening to the sounds of nature: the birds. The wind. The rustling leaves. The water rippling past in the streams. The approaching cars behind me.

I figured it would be more enriching (and safer) to not drown out the world around me with Weird Al. This time.

But as I hiked, I got soggy. It was very muggy after the rain. And with the summer temperature despite the rain's cooling, it was sweltering. I thought “ah, yes, reminds me of good old Guangzhou.” But pretty soon, the moisture from the atmosphere and my sweat soaked my shirt, The grass from alongside the road wasn't exactly arid either. And the march was pretty tiring. And I was daydreaming of that precious Coke Zero waiting for me in the fridge back home.

It took me an hour and fifty minutes to make it back. I'd totally overrated my walking speed. A number of vehicles had passed by, and the number offering a ride was zero. Understandable in this unsafe, sick, sad world, but still, it would've been welcomed.

But once I nestled in, and four o'clock rolled around, I called the garage once again. Jesse let me know that the truck was ready for pickup. I said, “Great. Would it be okay if I wait until tomorrow morning? I don't think I can walk all the way back to your place before you guys close at five.”

Then Jesse said, “Walk?! Why the h—l didn't you ask one of us for a ride when you left?”

“I couldn't do that,” I replied. “Y'all had cars to fix!”

And Jesse said that Danny saw me shuffle off, and by the time Jesse got away, I was already down the road. But I reassured him it let me take in the lovely scenery on the back roads. And with that, I reassured them I'd be by to pick up and pay up first thing in the morning at 7, or shortly thereafter.

And anyway, it did give me an excuse and reason to actually add walking to my exercise today.

Gotta say though, I've got to add it more regularly. Weird Al's parody “Inactive” isn't me, but I'm built for power, not speed or distance.

And I'm glad I got back to my place before the thunder started cracking. Thank heaven for an electric dryer for laundry day around here.

  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: "Inactive" -- Weird Al Yankovic
  • Watching: PJTV: Up or Down
  • Playing: The Last Stand: Dead Zone
  • Eating: Fresh peach
  • Drinking: Diet Cherry Dr Pepper

Which is the best Weird Al video for Mandatory Fun? 

4 deviants said Word Crimes
1 deviant said Tacky
1 deviant said First World Problems
No deviants said Foil
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No deviants said Sports Song
No deviants said Lame Claim to Fame
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The Jolt Cola of Web Writing
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
I'm an overweight, over-educated, under-mature hick in North Carolina's Greater Metropolitan Mayberry Area, back from teaching English in Guangzhou, China. I'd introduced the ABCs, the 123s, and the rights and wrongs to Cantonese kindergarteners, and am now seeking full time employment closer to home.

Current Residence: Surry County, NC
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Personal Quote: "If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans."


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mjponso Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Thank you for the watch :handshake:
JamesE82 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014

Thanks a lot for the watch! :highfive: Spent quite a while in China, huh? You must have some interesting stories to tell.

Kajm Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the watch!

I have to check- my uncle is a Maryknoll Missionary, and he's been working in China, out of Hong Kong, for the last few decades... how deep into China were you?
JimmyDimples Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I taught in Guangzhou, roughly 90 minutes away from Hong Kong by rail.  Started out as a missionary teacher, but ended up a simple teacher for almost nine years.  Was fun, did some good, and many wonderful memories, but I'm glad to be back in the USA for now.
WingsUnchained Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+devwatch:!
OutEnchantedLove Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Artist
My friend and I thought it would be good for us if we give points to those who really need it.
That's why we're here, we just want to ask you if you want to donate between 1-5 points if you want, you can even donate more. 
No matter if you can not give us, that ever you read makes me think try to help. 
See you later, I hope you have a nice day?
MartmeisterPaladin Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you! What do you like about my works?
JoeyLiverwurst Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'll probably say so again on Twitter, but I hope you're having a very merry Christmas Eve.
JimmyDimples Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks kindly.  I'll be putting up a post in the dA journal in a few, so keep your eyes peeled on that, too.  And a merry Christmas to you, too. :) :holly:
JoeyLiverwurst Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Looking forward!
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