Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I just took my joy out of the dryer

Every time I wear my joy, I have to wash it again.

I just took my joy out of the dryer. So soft. Elegant. Smells nice. I'm hanging on to my joy.

That's the only way to describe my mood today. Joyful. Peaceful. How do you know you're doing the right things in life? I always let peace be my umpire, so to speak. Today, the umpire is saying, "Fair ball!"

Don't worry. There's no truth to the rumor that I'm hurting like Lance Berkman. What is there to hurt about?

I'm healthy, whole, and have an amazing future in front of me. I'm having a hard time wiping the grin off my face.

This is a fantastic day. You can tell I'm already thinking about baseball season. I'm even working on a press release I may post right here on Opening Day. That's going to be a good night at the ballpark.

I let Fritzi outside a couple times already today. I woke up this morning to find Duffy had taken a dump in the living room, so he had to go out as well. Even in the midst of that, there was peace. Let peace be your umpire. I think I'm going to get a t-shirt made that says that.

Why haven't I heard an answer about my journey destination yet from y'all? Maybe I should let my joy guide me. My joy's always done me right, pointed me in the right direction.

So I've folded joy nicely and set it aside for now...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Mr. Flexible Team Player trudges on

Lenore's no-show and the journey possibilities

Lenore didn't call, and I'm OK with that. I believe that things do or don't happen for a reason, and this may have been Lenore's way of saying, "You're just too creative and resourceful to work here." Or maybe Lenore hates me. Either way, we trudge forward.

How would y'all feel about me taking another journey sometime? I think y'all like it when I take journeys. Even with all the craziness that usually occurs on my flights, I have a good time on my journeys.

I've seen Australia and Great Britain recently. Do you see a pattern there? Those are English-speaking countries. Maybe I should get brave and venture out sometime. Europe maybe? Asia? India? You know I've got to get in those German clubs sometime soon. Maybe I'll just head out to California for a week or so. That's less expensive. You all help me pick the next location.

Preparing for exciting next week

The VNV Nation show is Sunday at the Meridian. I look forward to seeing y'all there. This is a band I'm really looking forward to seeing perform live.

And don't forget about Opening Day at the ballpark next week, also. I don't have a ticket yet, but I often just buy one from those ticket vendors, so I'm not worried about getting in. I washed my new shirt because it kinda smelled like Elmer's glue, so I'm ready to hear some people at Minute Maid say, "What?" I'm picking the San Fransisco Giants to edge out the Houston Astros in that game, but I hope I'm wrong.

Who else wants to go fishing with Luke Scott?

That'd be pretty cool, but there's not much time left to apply, so hurry. There's some money involved, too, so that's probably going to be a nice afternoon on the lake. The only thing that sounds like more fun than that is a speed dating session at Roy O's ranch! When's that contest kicking off, Drayton!?

Quick recovery for Barbara Bush

I think I speak for everyone in wishing Mrs. Barbara Bush a quick recovery. I heard she was at the hospital having some tests done, and it sounds as if she's going to be OK. Maybe she'll be feeling well enough to be at the ballpark with her husband next week. We hope so! Get well soon!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The reason why Greg Abbott is full of shit

Greg Abbott claims he's a principled man. We all are down here in the great country of Texas. We're a special bunch of people.

Greg Abbott is the attorney general of the state of Texas, and an opportunistic, self-serving asshole. Now those are strong words, and I want you to know I wouldn't say them if I didn't truly believe them to be true.

This is not a blog post about the health care debate. However, remarks he makes in this article did raise my eyebrows, and I am now fully convinced he is either derelict in his duties as A.G., or worse.

"I am going to step up and take on the federal government ... whereas my opponent is willing to sit on the sidelines and criticize those who challenge the federal government," he said in a Dallas Morning News article earlier this week.

Friends, years ago leaders of a Texas state agency (UTMB in Galveston) began firing guns off outside two of my residences and sending death threats to me in the mail, and this man knows about it. In fact, so does everyone who works in that pink sewer in Austin. And I'm still waiting on the fucking trial, or an apology.

I looked up the word principle in the dictionary, because if I'm going to discuss a man of principle, I want to know exactly what it means.

1 a : a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption b (1) : a rule or code of conduct (2) : habitual devotion to right principles

The principle he adheres to, without question, is protecting the right of Texas to do whatever the fuck it wants, even using fear, intimidation, and then cover up to achieve its goals.

He'll fight the health care bill on principle. He'll point his finger at Washington D.C. and try to convince people that don't know better that D.C. is the problem.

D.C. didn't threaten my life, asshole.

Greg Abbott, man of principle? Depends on what principle you're talking about.

Monumentally full of shit? Definitely.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Applying for some really kickass jobs

Being employed is a really great thing. It just makes life better. So, I've been looking for just that right job to make everything better.

It's times like these I wish that V.P. position over at Metro was still open. I might call them and see how they're doing on filling that position. Metro's service is growing, so it might be a great time to join the team. Now if they could just get their drivers to pay attention to stop lights.

Some fruitcake in Dallas named Lenore sent me an email to set up a time for a phone interview over a week ago, but hasn't called to talk with me yet. I'll keep you posted. I'm sure it was just an oversight. They're probably just busy, and dying to get me on board. I thought, Wow, I might get to move to Dallas. Well, until goofy HR folks start keeping their appointments, that's probably wishful thinking.

I had a phone interview for a position in the Houston area recently that I thought went pretty well. We'll have to see how that goes. I hope they think I'm a good fit for the team.

I got let go from a job once and the reason I was given was, "You're not a good fit for the team."

If a boss ever says that to you, don't let it get you down. That's actually code for: "You're much better at this than I am, and I fear upper management might realize that some day and my job could be in jeopardy."

Let's keep trudging forward in our search for the right job for John. Won't it be exciting to learn where I end up next? You'll learn about it first, right here. Sounds like it might be time to bookmark this site, doesn't it?

Keep me posted if you hear of anything. I'll relocate to anywhere for the right opportunity.

Remember, it's all about being flexible and a great team player. And that's me, I'm John, Mr. Flexible Team Player. I might even get some business cards made that say that.

I look forward to getting on board at your organization. Should be fun.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Taking a break from Twitter

To all my followers on Twitter, thank you for the decision to follow me. You are true warriors of the cause. Whatever the cause is.

I'm going to take a Twitter break for a while, due to some issues I'm having with the site. Despite two password changes, someone is still able to access my account and has begun following people and deleting tweets.

That just doesn't feel right to me, so I'm going to take a break until I'm convinced I have control over the account. Can you imagine someone being able to log in to your email and use your account at will? Or publish tweets under your name? Or chose who you follow or unfollow?

I'm sorry. I consider myself moderately intelligent. I just can't figure this situation out anymore.

Please keep an eye on the blog for updates until I get my life back. And keep standing against the maggots of the world.

One day, I'm convinced, all this craziness will make sense. Hopefully.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Question for the Princess prognosticators: Are you failing again?

We've already picked another Princess for me, haven't we? Only days after I asked you all not to do that in the last podcast, you already have her identified, and are placing undue pressure on her and me. Am I wrong?

I have a feeling I'm right. And since I haven't met anyone new since the last time we talked, you might want to tell me who she is. Is she someone else with a Myspace page that I've never met? Or possibly someone who happened to be in a room I was in for a few hours?

You realize that's how we pick wives for John now.

I should take a moment to address the beautiful women I've been around recently. You're all lovely, and for all I know you might be the most fantastic women on Earth. This is not a criticism of you at all. I'd be honored to meet any of you.

This is, however, criticism of those who continually put undue pressure and scrutiny on women who may or may not want that.

Here's an idea: Why don't we assume I'm completely single and uncommitted until I'm actually dating someone? That way, no one will be in danger of being in error. You still pride yourselves on accuracy, don't you?

I have to let you all in on a secret.

You're rarely accurate.

I haven't met anyone new or been on a date since the last podcast. In fact, I haven't had a conversation with anyone new since that time.

But despite that, I bet we already have her picked out, and are already in the process of making things uncomfortable for her. And I don't think I'm even sure of who this person is you have in mind.

If you've been the victim of the vultures that seem to have nothing better to do than hover around my life and consistently get things wrong, please forgive me.

And like I said on the podcast, my love, whoever you are and wherever you are: If you're interested in me, don't give up.