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Hey everyone!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine went pretty well, except for all those pesky hangovers! But, I asked for it. And my body gave it to me! Hard. This hangover has no doubt taken 2 days to get over. I'm FINALLY starting to feel better after my night of drinking at Tracks nightclub here in Denver (a place I won't go to again even if my retarded, over priced cover charge and drinky-poos were covered all night!).

Tonight I'm going to sit down and set some goals for myself. After this weekend I realized a few things, and of those things, the most important is that I'm really not happy with where I'm at in life right now. I'm not depressed or suicidal or anything, but I'm going to find what's in the way of me getting the things I want. At the top of my list? Owning a freaking home and finding the love of my life. I do enjoy my private time, but I think I'm ready to share that private time with someone else.

Anybody single?

Going to keep this post short. I have some thinking to do. Peace out!

I don't know how many of you work out of those how-ever-many-story high office buildings in downtown or the business-developed suburbs of the town you live in, but I've been doing it for 6 months here in Denver (to the day, thank you very much) and can I just tell you? I hate it. I... hate it.

As many of you know, for years I worked on-site at an apartment community dealing with residents, phone calls, and offices full of people to interact with. Maintenance men would be buzzing around the office, residents would be shuffling in and out of the clubhouse, coworkers would mingle and talk about resident and company gossip. For the most part, life was good. I enjoyed going into work. I enjoyed what I did. It gave me a sense of accomplishment in the world.

Yeah, well... not anymore. Now, I sit in a super duper extra ultra mega quiet office, in a cubicle, with super high walls, a phone, and computer. I sit in my chair all day long and answer emails from people who sit two cubes over from me, push papers, do a lot of administrative duties, in a department that, I'm sad to say, has not grown on me. I never feel like I've accomplished, well... anything. I am a Property Transitions Coordinator. What do I do? I help coordinate the transition of apartment communities to and from our company. Pretty simple? Yes. Interesting? No. Rewarding? No. Ever changing? ABSOLUTELY. Any consistency? No, other than the fact that everything happens at the very last minute.

Don't get wrong. I LOVE the company I work for. They really do take care of their employees. Much better than I've seen in my whole working life. My boss is understanding, flexible, and great to work for. She goes to bat for the people on her team. Our CEO is actually with it and doesn't expect unrealistic results. All good things. 

But here's what I can't stand about this new position. (1) I can't stand sitting in a cubicle day in and day out. I need to be up and moving. I need to do things besides copy and paste information in Excel spreadsheets and answer emails all day. (2) I hate corporate office conversations. Most of them involve the retarded (in a deep, country club voice) "Heeeey Mike! Nice job on the Smith Account there bud! Pretty soon you're going to be up for that promotion!!" or the typical filler conversation in the break room "Hey everyone, it's Friday!" "Did you check out the game last night? That birdie was unreal!" "Any plans for the weekend?" "Did you check out the new girl in accounting? Man does she have some skills!" It's all just so annoying. (3) I don't get corporate office jokes. I just don't get them. I mean... who makes up a joke about not knowing what a PDF is? Or who tells a joke that involves the company firewall and a hamster? DUMB. (4) Everyday I deal with the awkward, eyebrow-bounce smile from my coworkers. You all know what I'm talking about. That fake smile where people pull their lips in, purse them, and pull their eyebrows up and down real-quick at the same time. I get that... at least 20 times a day. (5) Last, but not least, I cannot stand the fact that people who work IN THE SAME OFFICE AND ON THE SAME FLOOR as I do, send me an email to ask a question. Get up from your cube and come over and ask. It won't kill you. And guess what... I'm a nice guy! 

I knew taking this job was going to be an adjustment, but I didn't realize it was going to take this much adjusting. Nor did I think it was going to take me 6 months to NOT get anymore comfortable with my new job. Even after how welcoming everyone has been, I'm still not digging it. 

I'm hoping to get back to the property sometime in the near future. I'd like to explore other avenues, but guess what... I'm almost 30. Not a good time to start a new career path. I'll post on THAT milestone tomorrow. 

Wish me luck for the day tomorrow. Ugh. Here's to CODB!

I have this disgusting obsession with trying to find the most tear-jerking videos of mothers being surprised by their sons or daughters returning home from war. Coming from a military family and growing up in a military city I understand and appreciate the emotions behind it. And there's nothing more touching than watching a mother being reunited with their kid. Really. The pure emotion behind it is awesome! Here's one of my favorites... for the time being:

Don't get me wrong. I'm a proud American. I enjoy things like fourth-of-July BBQ's, big lifted trucks, country boys, freedom, and, of course, our overall culture.

H O W E V E R . . .

I do also enjoy a bit of... oh... I don't know. Reservation? I mean... Alyssa Campanella's outfit for the Miss Universe Contest is a bit SuperDuperExtraUltraMegaOverTheTop.

I know this was just her costume, but... c'mon! It looks like she's getting ready to go hand gliding over the Grand Canyon in this outfit!

Well, readers... even after a year and a half of DOING NOTHING on this blog, I'm ready to start blogging again! Will you have me back? Please? PLEASE!? I'm terribly sorry for disappointing those who came here on a daily basis to get their fill of what I have to say. What was the reasoning for such an abrupt, sudden disappearance? 

I'm not going to bore you with all the insane details. But... I will sum it up to just a few things:

1) My blog addy was jacked by and they demanded an INSANE amount of money to get it back. This was the start of it all...

2) My job situation changed (for the good... I got promoted!), but the sad part about the promotion was that it was a result of the owners deciding to stick a "For Sale" sign in the front lawn of the apartment community I managed. Sad, sad day. Obviously, I decided to stay with the old company and got transferred up to the corporate office. MAJOR adjustment (I'll post on this later!).

3) I got really, really lazy. And I mean... really lazy. I suppose that's not really a good reason, but I got into a serious habit of becoming addicted to every show on TV. Damn you Netflix and your play instantly awesomeness! 

4) I did some growing up (I seriously think there is a second puberty to life). I'm learning to look at things differently now-a-days. You know, I have one year left in my 20's... and I need to start making some major life decisions. I'll be sharing a lot of those with you all (which I'm very excited about!).

5) Finally... there was beer. Well... there is still beer. In fact, there's beer right now. But it's low-carb beer! Woot!

So there you have it. I know it doesn't seem like much, but when you throw in the mix of life and everything that goes along with that, well... it can get pretty busy. What it all mounts up to is that, months later, when I was ready to start blogging again, I felt like I had missed out on so much there was no point in even trying to catch up. But now, I figure this is just part of the fresh start for me. =)

I'm looking forward to getting back to reading about what's going on all of your lives, in the world, and everything else in between. Please come back often, because I promise there will be lots to read about. Love you all. Missed you all. And I can't wait to hear from you!

- Wes