Post #100:

Before I dive into another “exciting” post about what’s happening in my life, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the very minute accomplishment of reaching 100-posts on this blog. It’s taken a few years to reach, but I’ve finally hit 100-posts on here. (Wow. That is a lot of time wasted WELL SPENT.) Thank you for reading this blog, and I hope you stick around for (hopefully!) the next 100 posts.

I’m beginning to fall back into the cycle of sleeping until the afternoon, wasting time until I have to go to work, working for a number of hours, and going to bed late.

It is an incredibly boring cycle to be in, folks. (I miss my friends; they gave me the motivation to get up and actually DO something.)

Fortunately, the day was not a total waste. I contacted the recruiter for the new job I’ll be starting next week, and I scheduled my pre-employment drug screening for tomorrow. (There’s nothing quite as fun as peeing in a cup at a clinic, guys.) I also got all of my tax-stuff for my job filled out, and I’m basically all set to start my new job. I just need to pick up a new pair of khakis and some dress shoes, and then I’ll be good to go.

I’m very excited to start this job simply because it will be something new and different. While I appreciate my other job (I’ll call it “Job #1” from now on, and I’ll refer to the new job as “Job #2” to prevent confusion), it is incredibly boring and somewhat frustrating. I’m hoping that this new job will bring an end to this boring cycle that I’ve been stuck in, and hopefully spark some motivation to do new things (like read, work out, and write regularly).

I’m also hoping that it will encourage me to begin organizing my life, and schedule everything out. One of the biggest difficulties I faced in school this year was a lack of organization, which caused me to start on assignments late, study for tests and quizzes at the last minute, and even miss a few online assignments. Juggling two jobs will require me to maintain some sort of organizational skills– I’m just hoping that they crossover to my academic life.

Anyway, I should probably be heading to bed (it is 4:30 in the morning; I should have been in bed hours ago). Stay tuned for another post in the near future!

– Will

P.S. By “near future” I mean sometime later this week. I’m trying to keep my writing goals modest as I come back to writing on this blog regularly, so I don’t want to make any promises about writing a post tomorrow. So while that does mean that a post could be on here tomorrow, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be a post here tomorrow. I will definitely have at least ONE new post on here by Friday though, so tune in sometime between now and then if you want to stay current with the blog. Alternatively, you can subscribe/follow this blog (to subscribe to this blog, scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your e-mail address in the form underneath the box that says “Subscribe”) to stay updated on when new posts are posted onto this blog. (I really hope this didn’t confuse you, but if it did, please let me know in the comments section below, and I will answer any questions you have. Thanks!)

Welcome to Rock Bottom. Population: 1

Don’t ask what the above picture is about because I’m not sure what it is either.

Everything is going downhill. How? This blog has little, if any interesting content. Sure, it is full of random multimedia content (podcasts, pictures, one sketch, and blog posts) but it isn’t full of any interesting content. Pictures of broken buildings from the recent tornado could be interesting to look at, but there are thousands of pictures of the same rubble posted across multiple websites– YouTube even has a few videos of the tornado ripping the Metra apart. So my pictures, videos, and podcast about the storm cannot compete with the mass quantity of other people’s content.

Nor can this blog compete with the thousands of other people’s blogs about their crappy summer vacation before Senior year.

To the few people who do actually read this blog on a daily basis: no, I’m not giving up. I’ll continue to create posts daily. I’m just beginning to realize that trying to get as many views as possible is impossible without good advertising OR good content. Facebook wall posts can only bring in so much traffic, and that traffic begins to thin after the people who initially checked out the blog seen a post, thought, “Wow, this is boring,” and then never clicked another link in a future wall post because of their initial experience with the blog. Therefore, I need ridiculously great blog content, so that you guys who actually do read the blog begin to enjoy the blog content and then tell your friends about the blog. Clicks add up and life gets better.

This project is becoming difficult. Motivating myself to make somewhat interesting posts on a daily basis for a basically non-existent audience seems pointless. Finding things to write about on a daily basis is also difficult– so difficult, in fact, that I’ve now resorted to writing about how difficult it is (Ironic? Definitely.). If you think reading about me waking up, going to work, and then coming home is boring, imagine living that! And while you’re at it, consider how “fun” it is to write about a boring day. It’s not. Vocabulary can only spice up a vanilla day so much, and even then it’s difficult to avoid adding too much zest.

So what do I need to change? What do I need to do to make my summer, and by association my blog posts, more interesting? More eventful days? More content? More delicious vocabulary? Or an elite combination of all of three of the aforementioned things in one interesting series of daily SUPER posts?

I believe the combination of those three ideas will probably do the trick. However, that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon because I’m grounded for a week.

That’s right– in the midst of this life of complete boredom, I managed to get myself grounded for a week. How? I forgot to wash the dishes and bring the dirty laundry downstairs.

Let me ask you this: am I justified in thinking that this is a completely ridiculous punishment for not completing two basic chores on a day that I, like every other member of the household, had to work?

Before you answer that, let me give you some mostly unbiased background of the situation:

In the past, I’ve been warned that I need to finish all of my chores during the summer. My chores include washing the dishes and bringing the dirty laundry downstairs in addition to a list of a couple of other basic chores. I haven’t been warned about this anytime within recent memory, nor has the possibility of a week-long grounding for not completing every chore been shared with me recently. I also did not have to be at work until 1:00 PM in the afternoon. This means that I had to leave the house by 12:30 PM, and begin getting ready for work at noon.  I woke up at around 9:30 AM today. That gave me two hours and thirty minutes to complete all of my chores. I don’t have a lot of chores, but I wasn’t exactly Mr. Motivation after getting a short amount of sleep. Assuming it takes me at least a half hour to eat breakfast and another half hour for lunch, that leaves me with an hour and a half to complete my chores. That’s not a lot of time when you add in checking Facebook, reading Engadget, watching stupid YouTube videos, and posting a review on CNET about my new camera. Now, I know all of the previously mentioned things are lazy activities, and they wasted the time I could have used to wash the dishes and bring the dirty clothes downstairs, but I don’t think enjoying a few leisure activities before work is ridiculous either. I did manage to complete a few of my other chores, but not all of them.

I agree that I should probably be punished in some way or another– perhaps being grounded for one day. But an entire week?!? DURING THE SUMMER?!?! That’s ridiculous. Guantanamo inmates get better treatment! 🙂 (haha)

I should also mention that my older sister was home today and we both usually wash the dishes and do laundry together. She was not grounded for a week. This wasn’t considered because apparently “…she can’t be grounded– she’s 22 years-old.”

EXACTLY! She’s 22 years old and she’s living at home.* Yes, she’s going to college, but if I get grounded for a week for not doing two chores, she should be grounded or at least placed under some restrictions for a week too. Her punishment: a threat that if she failed to complete her chores again, she would be kicked out.

Now some people would say her punishment is worse. A threat of eviction is pretty scary, but she is 22 years old. She’s going to college. She has a job. She should have moved out already! And they’ve threatened to kick her out multiple times before today. Has it ever happened? No.

So basically she gets off scotch-free and I’m stuck with a ridiculous punishment with little chance of early release. So much for justice…

So this post basically describes my frustrations of the day. Keep checking back here daily for more posts!

– Will

P.S. Leave comments suggesting what you would like to see!

P.S.S. The picture at the top of the post was taken with my new Kodak EasyShare C180 and then edited in Microsoft Picture It! Premium 10.

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* I don’t mind that she’s living at home– in fact, I like having my sister live at home. But she’s getting to the age where the joke about living in your parents’ basement when your thirty is beginning to look less like a joke and more like a possible reality. I want her to live at home for the rest of the summer, and perhaps for the rest of my Senior year. But I sincerely hope that she moves out before I do, or at the very least when I move out, because that’s the way it’s supposed to work. I love my sis, but she needs to be independent.

Conflict of Interests

I’m having a bit of a conflict of interests between I know I should do and what I want to do. The conflict: Should I spend the $100+ on the fancy podcasting mic I want for this blog now, and delay putting away money in my savings account so that one day I could by my own car, or should I put away the money I would spend on the mic in my savings account and by the mic sometime in early July?

The logical side of my brain is shouting, “PUT THE MONEY AWAY IN SAVINGS AND BUY THE STUPID MICROPHONE LATER, YOU MORON!”

The other, less rational side of my brain is also shouting, “BUY THE MICROPHONE NOW! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO! YOU PROMISED ALL OF YOUR BLOG READERS THAT YOU WOULD GET ONE TOO! DON’T DISAPPOINT THEM!”

So I’m stuck at a crossroads. I want to do what’s logical and just wait, but I also feel that if I wait, recording the podcasts will be pointless. A third of the summer will be gone by then, and Jon, one of my main friends I planned on recording my conversations with, will be out of town. So, I’m stuck. It’s not like delaying saving the money will delay my purchase of a car, so there really isn’t any reason to not go ahead and spend the dough aside from what I know about my spending/saving habits (I like to spend; I hate to save).

I think I’m going to just “dive in” and spend the money and save later. I know it’s procrastinating, and I will probably have a lot of difficulty in trying to make up for the lost money, but it makes more sense to buy the mic now rather then later. If I don’t buy it now, then I might as well not buy it at all and just ditch the whole podcasting idea altogether.

I really like the idea of podcasting, though. I think it would at a lot to this blog, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to see as a “real” option… I don’t know what I’m going to do. I think I’m going to sleep on it and see how I feel about it in the morning.

Today was another lazy day. All of my friends were either busy or stuck at home, and the weather was horrid, so I suffered through another day stuck inside the house. I’ve noticed that I’m feeling more pessimistic and depressed lately, and I believe that has a lot to do with two things: 1. Being bored out of my mind, and 2. Lack of exercise. So, in an attempt to cheer myself up, I walked a half-mile on the treadmill and then ran 2.1 miles (with the wind helping me and going against me in different parts of the run). After running, I went to work on the bench press and lifted the pyramid of various weights that I used to lift in my Fitness and Conditioning class that I took last semester. It was nice to get back into a physical-workout again, and I’m feeling pretty good now. All I need to do is get back on a regular sleeping schedule, and life should be cheery again.

That’s all for today. Look for another post tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and the day after that…. 😛

-Will

Month Midpoint: June

We’re halfway through June now, which means only two months, one week, and three days remain until school begins in August.* That’s right– I’ve already added up the days until school and it’s only the third day of the second week of summer. Why did I look to see how many days of summer were left? Well, the answer to that question can either be simple or complicated, depending on which explanation you desire.

Simple explanation: I was bored, and it adds a nice tidbit to this blog post. Works well with the post title too.

Complex explanation: I’m not sure exactly why I found it necessary to see how many days were left. I’m not tired of summer already, but I could do without the near constant boredom. Perhaps I wanted to know how many days were left until I finally have to accept that this year will be my last year at home. Perhaps there actually is a part of me that actually is ready for school to start again, but it isn’t voicing its opinion loud enough for the rest of me to realize it. Or maybe the simple explanation fits perfectly and trying to nail down a specific reason as to why I decided on a whim to find out how many days were left of summer vacation is futile.

Anyway, another day of summer has passed in an uneventful fashion. I went to work, I came home, and I wrote this blog. No more, no less. Tomorrow should be much more eventful though because my buddy Josh is coming into town tomorrow. He lives about 100 miles away from where I live and I haven’t seen him for a few months. We’re planning on kickin’ it the entire day tomorrow, so expect to see a much more interesting blog post. And yes, there will be more pictures. Perhaps a doodle too?

Other website specific business: I’ve finally settled on which microphone I plan to purchase for creating podcasts on this blog. I’m going to buy the Blue Yeti, a USB microphone created by Blue Microphones. It’s a high-quality microphone that has many of the features I’ve been looking for in a podcasting mic– the main feature I’ve been searching for is a mic that can record sound within an entire room so I can record conversations with my friends. The Yeti does this and records in three other ways as well. It’s a THX-certified microphone (translation: it records with serious high-quality sound). It’s a beast of a microphone (probably why they named it Yeti…), weighing in at over three pounds and standing at about a foot in height. I probably won’t be doing any serious mobile podcasting with this microphone because of its large size, but that’s not a major issue. I won’t be able to purchase this microphone until I get paid this Friday, so look for new podcasts sometime next week. I’m thinking that my next major addition to the blog will be video, but we’ll see how this podcasting thing works out first. 😛 I’ll also be updating the “Other” and “Tech” pages soon… perhaps even today if I find the motivation to do so (it is 11:48 PM though, so I may just succumb to the growing desire for sleep).

That’s it for today. I know this blog hasn’t been quite as exciting as I initially promised, but stay tuned. The best it yet to come.** 😀

-Will

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* Figure obtained using rough estimation

** Seriously, this blog is only going to get 
better. 

Week Two: Renewed Focus

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the second week of Summer, and I believe it is time to refocus my efforts toward making this summer more like the one I imagined it would be rather than the summer it has been so far. I need to do whatever I can to avoid being stuck at home, alone and bored, on a perfectly good Summer day. Sure, it is the beginning of summer, but it’s the final summer— I can’t afford to waste  any days.

I know it sounds like I’m a terminal patient when I put it that way, but it’s time to face facts– this is my last summer with my friends in high school. We probably won’t see each other again after graduation for a long time, so I should make the most out of this last year at home. It’s time to live life to the fullest…

Damn, just writing that makes me feel so depressed. Acknowledging that this is the beginning of the end of a major section of my life is scary. But I need to remember the old adage: when one door closes, another opens. This section of my life is coming to an end, but a new one is beginning: adulthood.

Wait– I’m going to be an adult soon? What the hell? Did somebody just hit the freaking fast-forward button on my life?!? I’m only sixteen– I shouldn’t be moving out next year! DAMN!

The sentences above represent how part of me feels about this realization. The next few sentences below represent the other part of how I feel:

About time! I’m tired of feeling dependent upon my parents. I want to move out, start my own life, and not worry about breaking curfew. I can look after myself just fine, thanks. And college– don’t get me started there. Finally some relevant classes that will actually educate me about topics I’m interested in and will actually be useful to me later in life.

It’s difficult to be stuck at a crossroads like this. I know I can’t go back, so complaining about being where I’m at is useless. I can’t just go into the future and begin my adult life either, so dreaming about independence isn’t very productive either. I need to stay focused on the present. I’m a senior in high school. I have a year left of high school. I still have a lot of time before college. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this year…. that’s what I need to do.

And to do that, I need to begin my senior year the right way by having an enjoyable summer vacation. It’s time to get out the list of things that I wanted to do during the summer that I created during the school year and actually do them!

Staying focused on the present, let’s recap my day: work. I woke up at 8 AM this morning, lounged around the house until the afternoon and then I had to leave for work. I worked from 2:15 PM-9:22 PM on a Sunday (it was the VIP night, so we had extended hours). It sucked. Everyone had to stay late because the restocking process wasn’t completed for two days so we had to finish it tonight. We put everything away and rushed to make sure the store was looking good so we could get the heck out of there.

I’m so tired right now… Really. I’m doing the head bob thing where you keep falling asleep in micro-sleep and then you wake up again… It’s time to go to bed.

-Will

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Summer Boredom Still Around, our sources say

Today has been better than yesterday when it comes to being bored, but not much better. I went into town today for an hour, bought a mic and a sketching kit, and then came home. I killed some time with Kristin until she had to go home in the late afternoon, and here I am now, attempting to kill more time with this blog post.

On the bright side, I did manage to get a microphone which has temporarily sated my urge to podcast on this blog. It can only capture my voice, and even then I have to shout in it. I’m planning on buying another microphone in a few weeks that will allow me to record my conversations with my friends. We’ll see how well it works in comparison to the cheapo I bought. Considering it costs six times as much, I’m hoping it will be much better.

Unfortunately, I’m currently unable to host my podcasts/recordings directly on my blog. WordPress requires its users to purchase a storage upgrade before they can post .mp3, .wav, or any other type of audio recording. I’m planning on buying the upgrade after I get the new microphone, so that way only the high-quality recordings are posted to this site.

I did make an odd test podcast today with some random beatboxing in the background that you can check out at Podbean. Here’s the link:  Test Podcast. (I’m only hosting the podcasts at Podbean because it’s a free podcasting service. I don’t plan to upload any other content aside from the pre-storage upgrade podcasts onto that website.)

I think I’m going to go do some sketching now, or maybe play some Xbox… Who knows. I have work tomorrow from Noon to 8 PM. Blerg.

-Will