Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Reverend and the Rabbi meet... can't be good

Well hello peeps. I know its been a while but I have a lot of craziness going on and just not enough down time. So I apologize that you all have not been able to read my enthralling posts on a regular basis... I know you all have been crushed. Anyways, Jacob the Jew. One of my closest friends. We were history majors together in college and I always have a good time with this guy. We have the same sense of humor and its always a laughing fest when we hang out. I ate lunch the other day with him and his gf and we were talking... "why don't I write an excerpt every week in your blog, Joe?" Haha, what a great idea! So every Wednesday Im going to post a little something that he writes me for all of your enjoyment. A little something we will call

-Kosher Food for Thought-

Here is your weekly dose of kosher food for thought… A Jewish proverb goes as such: “If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.” Excellent point ancient Jews. That being said every one of my neighbor’s windows are broken. I mean, there’s clearly tape on them holding them together… but late last night I started thinking… “Is that where God lives?” For example, I always see weird, illness stricken people walking in and out, people with glazed looks and disabilities. They grow a lot of plants over there, and seem to have some kind of lab on the lower floor. God would have a green thumb and clearly need a lab to do research. The DEA and Sheriff’s dept. are always stopping by… getting God’s help to fight crime no less. It’s clear that God lives next door… so if anyone wants to stop by and show your appreciation by throwing rocks at his window (for those of you who have missed today’s lesson that is obviously what the proverb means)… Feel free. Until next week!-Rabbi Jacobinowitz

Friday, July 24, 2009

Milky Way cake, Mayan cuisine and true love

Its Thursday already. Wow. Time has really flown this week! Lets see, last time I spoke with you all I was planning my life... fun fun fun. I've turned everything in I need to the police academy, huge weight off my shoulders. Now I just have to wait for there response which should only be a good one. But anyways, enough talk about life. Lest talk about Milky Way cake... my roommates brother, and one of my best friends, brought some over tonight. We all gathered around this disposable baking tin filled with a dark delicious cake. The forks come out. More and more of the tin becomes visible... hmmm. I mean mmmmmm. Damn that was good. Of course after its all gone I ask Sean where the cake cake from, did I mention he works at a hotel? Well, he responds with, "one of our guests dropped it off at the front desk for us." Shit, I hope that guest had a pleasant experience, otherwise Im sure Ill be getting either high or sick in just a few minutes! Haha

I just got a daytime job at an organic Mayan restaurant downtown. Great food. I've eaten there before. I know a lot of the workers and the owners too. Some of them used to stop by the jazz bar I used to manage and we all got along very well. Great family owned place and Im eager to start... Sunday dinner is my first shift. Working there in the day time will allow me to start night classes at the academy and still make some money. All this food talk is making me hungry. Shouldn't eat, its 1:34am. Crap. I need to sleep.

I miss my gf, 26 more days and she will be back. Im on Skype with her right now. I have to laugh at us sometimes. Im typing this blog and writing email while she is searching for some jobs here in town for while she is in school. Neither of us has said a word in the last 45 minutes. Web cam is on and everything :) I love this girl. I guess there is something about just feeling like she is here next to me. I stay on while she falls asleep some times, I think its just nice being able to hear her breathe. Damn I can't wait.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Today, I start... and she told me so

So today been a fairly productive day. Stressful, yet still productive.

I made a copy of our mail key. My roommates and I loose it on a regular basis and this time we just got lazy. we hadn't checked the mail at our condo in so long that the mail carrier put a slip in there saying that we had moved out! Haha. Nope! Just never got around to making another key. Partly because our complex charges you $15 for them to replace the key. Little did we know that the property manager, for our unit, had a spare. So I went to the office, picked it up, and had one made for $2... that's $13 for lunch today!

After that I went to the local community college. That's where they hold the law enforcement academy for the county. I went there and submitted my application for enrollment in the night classes starting in September. I'm actually kind of excited. Still have a lot of stuff to do/turn in before I'm accepted but I think I have a good chance of getting in!! My amazing gf, who we will talk more about in a minute, said she'd find it very sexy if I was a cop... doesn't hurt the 'ole ego there! Now just need to figure out how to pay for it :/

Okay, so the amazing gf. She certainly is amazing. I've been having one of those what the hell am I going to do with my life days for.... well, pretty much as long as we've been dating! She has stayed by my side and help me so much over all of the stress of applying for different jobs and being rejected. An absolute angel, she is. And I must say, I've had some pretty good jobs. They just seem to not want what I can offer I guess. I have a college degree, I was the Asst. Director of Alumni at my alma mater (pretty big deal there!), I was the general manager for a hip downtown jazz bar after that... wtf, throw me a bone, haha! So I am taking her advice and biting the bullet. I'm just going to jump into this and ride the wave to where ever it takes me. I can do law enforcement, wildlife conservation officer, FBI, etc. Lots of options. And I can handcuff her... oh wait, Ill keep that one to myself! ;)

So today I start the journey of moving on from applying for jobs and just going to do what I've always wanted to do. Let me ask you all this... is it me or are companies quitting hiring the most qualified for the job and hiring the ones they can pay the least? I have a feeling they are all cutting corners in this bad economy and doing shit like this. Seems to me like it will all catch up to them in the end when that person hasn't done anything of real value, they have to fire them, and go through the whole hiring process all over again. Does a college degree and valid work experience have no value anymore?

Anyways, the woman of my life saves me once again. Its true, I admit it, she is always right. I definitely put up a fight sometimes but I do love her with ALL of my heart. Thanks for everything baby!


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Some funnies... and the Tour

Watching the Tour de France. Over and over again. They replay each stage all throughout the day and I think I watch every stage at least 5 times. Been getting on the bike and it feels great to be riding and training again. Its rainy out, make that crazy stormy out, so I think Ill miss today but I'll def get get back on the saddle tomorrow morning. Gotta get ready for those races! Here is a pic of the bike Im thinking about getting. Its the Felt F3 SL, beautiful bike. Trying to add some more pics of random things, including me, so enjoy! Playing around a little more with the blog so Ill be adding some pics to previous posts as well if you want to take a look. Let me know if there is anything you all want me to talk about.... otherwise Im just going to blab my mouth, err fingers...

Old people. Crack me the hell up sometimes. I have been meeting with the guy from my church, for the RCIA program, and I was at his house yesterday afternoon. He's pushing 80. We were outside talking on him porch and he went back in real quick to get a book for me. He walked inside, left the door open, walked into the back room and BAM! There it was. The thing EVERY old person has in their home. What is it you ask?
Sitting in that back room was one of those old, creaky, 70's brown exercise bikes that had the handles that push and pull back and forth while you pedal. It made me think that every house I've been into that is the dwelling of a human two generations removed has some type of outdated useless piece of shit exercise equipment. I remember as a kid in my grandparents house playing around like a human wheel-barrow. They had one of those wheels with handles on it. Thats it, just a wheel... with handles on it. I thought it was just a toy to keep my occupied. Turns out its actually some crazy ab workout. Who knew? What kind of crap can you find in your "old persons" house?


Thursday, July 16, 2009

He's back!

Hello all! Sorry again for the delay... I'm sure you all couldn't wait to get back and read more of my nonsense! So where do I start? I was in D.C. for about a week and a half visiting my wonderful and amazing girlfriend. Awesome. We had such a good time. My brother lives in Georgetown so we def made use of the great stores on M St. and did a little window shopping but even better eating! We had dinner at this place called Martin's Tavern. They were having there 75th Anniversary and had their menu set at 1934 prices! We ate a huge meal for like $11! We also ate at this really cool sushi lounge at the corner of K St. and Wisconsin, also very good. Even better than the food was the company. My little intern, I think 99% of you know who Im talking about, is the most amazing person I have ever met. I love spending every waking, and sleeping, moment I have with her and I cant wait for her to come home to me!!!

While I was in D.C. I had an interview/lunch with the president of an exporting company my sister-in-law works for. Its like the ultimate guys job, selling weapons and cool gadgets! I also had an interview with a school here in St. Augustine, its the largest phys therapy and occupational therapy school in the country. I would be a recruiter for their masters and Ph.D. programs and do lots of traveling around the country. Both of the interviews went really well, so wish me luck!

Also in D.C. I met two of my great friends and fellow History majors, Merritt and Mallory, for some fun drinking and games. Rebekah and I joined them at this place called the H St. Country Club. Cool place. Indoor putt-putt, skee-ball, pool... it was like Chuck-E-Cheese for grown ups. Full bar too! After that we went down to Chinatown for some Mexican food... imagine that. It all tastes like chicken.

So Im back here in St. Augustine and starting to get back to work at one of my many jobs. Its hot as hell here. But im keeping up with the running and getting back on the bike. I had a nice short ride today to make sure the legs were feeling alright. Tomorrow will be different. Going to do a bit longer, maybe 30 or 40 miles. There are a few races coming up that Ill try and register for, should be fun! Anyways...

Anybody used to watch the Inspector Gadget cartoon as a kid? Well has ALL of them on! The first episode aired in 1983! Damn Im getting old. Highly recommend going ad watching a few of 'em, very nostalgic! Well Family Guy is on and the Tour de France replay after that. Im going to retire for the night and be a bed potato till the morning time. Hope everyone had a great weekend and Ill talk to you all tomorrow.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Told you I was a bad blogger!

Hey everyone, sorry I haven't posted ANYTHING since Friday.  The weekend was busy and Im packing right now to head back home.  I have much to talk about.  It was a great time here in D.C. but its time to head back to the sunny St. Aug, FL.  Stay tuned for a replay on the weekend: interview, party hard with my friends from school, skeeball, bike rides, sushi, and a mini car ride.  Talk to you all on Wednesday when I get squared away.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The get up and go kid

Driving down M St. this morning at 6:30am... made me feel lazy and pathetic. Wow.  So many people, from the athletic college student to the old lady whose arthritic knees the size of a linebackers shoulders, were out running the sidewalks.  Me? I was eating a whole pizza and downed a bottle of Heineken last night.  Heineken Light mind you.  So I think I'm going to join them and feel just a little better about myself today.  Although, I'm sure my single morning jog will do nothing for my growing Buddha belly, it will start my day down a positive path.  

I wonder if anyone else does this... Every time I go for a run on a sidewalk I find myself counting my strides in unison with the cracks.  Talk about some form of OCD.  1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4...  Maybe, just maybe, Ill be one to make a difference in someones morning as they see me out for a nice AM jog.  I just hope they see me as an athletic college student rather than throw me in the arthritic old bat category.  Only one way to find out!