Saturday, April 28, 2007

Hint Of Rain...

April 27, 2007...

Came to work late. More like took the half day off really. Was making my turn towards the jobsite I could already see from outside that something's not done right. The minute I timed in, I already reached for my hardhat and went straight up, not bothering to stop and sit down and check the paperwork on my desk. Closer inspection on the floor I observed confirms my suspicions. These non-compliances by our contractor spells more paperwork for me. Crap.

Got into a "friendly debate" with the contractor soon after. Well, sometimes you really have to stand up and prove to them on the plans that they're wrong and that you know what you're talking about to gain their respect. It takes a lot of patience as well as a test of your people skills to get them to admit their mistake and get them to do what's required. An agreement almost as soon as the wind started to pick up. Wordlessly, everybody on site diverted their focus on safety, knowing all to well what summer storms (if ever this might turn out as one) can do.

April 28, 2007...

It's kinda late. Got to work on some paperwork that's piled up while I was on site practically the whole afternoon as well as a good part of the evening. Got a few friends online to keep me company while I burned the midnight oil. Somewhere along the way, memories of New York and New Jersey became a topic of conversation. Left my heart there one time. Good memories. I should be turning in a couple of minutes. Still got a busy day tomorrow, which is just a couple of hours away.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Twenty One...

Can't remember where I got these and I didn't realize how much I lived by most of them... ;)

Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their
conversational skills will be as important as any other.

Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

When you say, "I love you", mean it.

When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye.

Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

Believe in love at first sight.

Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who
don't have dreams don't have much.

Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt
but it's the only way to live life completely.

In disagreements, fight fairly. Please No name calling.

Don't judge people by their relatives.

Talk slowly but think quickly.

When someone asks you a question you don't want
to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"

Remember that great love and great
achievements involve great risk.

Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

Remember the three R's:
Respect for self;
Respect for others;
Responsibility for all your actions.

Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

When you realize you've made a mistake,
take immediate steps to correct it.

Smile when picking up the phone.
The caller will hear it in your voice.

Spend some time alone.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Post Holy Week Stuff...

On Black Saturday Gaming...

Got to play a little 40k game with Balian, one of the HGR regulars on Black Saturday. Hobby Haven was packed to the rafters so it was a good thing Midnight was able to accommodate us since he and the family just arrived from out of town. Details of that game as well as a quick meet up with Salubri can be found here.

And Easter Sunday Seafood Galore...

Did the rare indulgence on some seafood favorites Sunday night which kinda lasted until Monday. Alimangos not exactly the size of Volkswagens like last Christmas, shrimps and alupihang dagat (that's the local crawfish, if you Google it up, tatampal according to a friend from her part of the world) kinda overlapped each other from dinner, to breakfast, to lunch, and dinner yet again. My small slice of heaven before I go back to the grind the next day.

From A Slow Restart...

Tuesday proved to be slow, with the people still getting over their respective vacation modes. Slow and easy's ok with me. Though sadly later in the day, things got a little hectic which will later on prove to be an interesting week for me.

To An Early Break...

Spent most of the day getting people organized to straighten out some workmanship issues on site. These have cropped up apparently since the Holy Week break.It really is a pain in the butt, but necessary that it to be addressed while its still in the early learning curve stages, and still be diplomatic about it for better cooperation from everyone involved. No one's allowed to bitch around on my watch, except for me of course... ;). Hopefully things will normalize itself in the next couple of weeks.

At the end of the day, I gladly welcomed the Weekday Warrior Session here at the office. Some of the boyz went over to play a few games of Warmachine/Hordes and WOWCCG after office hours and hang out. Games were not as fierce, more relaxing than anything else. Had a few laughs in between as well. A welcome respite from the past 24 hours.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Troubled Dreams Through The Noise...

April 3, 2007...

It started out as quiet night. Bought a ticket to a movie I've been wanting to watch before they stop showing it by tomorrow. First time in a long while to watch a movie by myself. Yey.

As I walk in search of a good place to have dinner, I see HER. Or what my heart wants to believe is her. It can't be. In all the times I've been here I've never seen her nor has this place been her usual gimik spot of choice. I catch myself from staring. Could it really be her? It can't be. She doesn't look like she gained weight which was contrary to what a few friends said. Yet now I see someone who looks just like her, and with someone who could easily pass for someone I also know. An officemate of hers. I walked on but I couldn't stop the questions that began running through my head. Was that really her? Did she see me? I thought she wouldn't date officemates?

Wasn't able to remember the taste of the dinner I had.

The music shop was a blur of color and sound, knowing I have to pass by that spot where I saw them again to get to my movie. Damn, what if they're gonna watch the same movie?!

It troubled me. Watched the movie distracted with these thoughts. Had a drink before going back to the office distracted with these thoughts still. Whether it was her or a figment of my imagination, I still felt disheartened by it.