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  1. LB log - 20130527

    Today's forecast promised a substantial amount of rain, but thankfully that didn't come to fruition. Instead, there was an hour of light rain at about 8AM, and that's the extent of precipitation in the day.

    A coworker from there is a cashier who is a 50-ish woman. In the usual exchange of daily pleasantries she always seemed to be amongst the most excited to see me and say hello. There have been a few days in the last week where she came to work sick and she wasn't acting in her normal ...
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  2. LB log - 20130526

    The retail store has a current ongoing focus on donations a charitable cause. The drive comes annually. Part of the effort entails having a cookout at the front of one of the doors, which requires an employee to grill the food (simple hot dogs) and call customers in for purchases. One of my coworkers was used for this purpose yesterday, and the reason that my manager told me for having done so was because he was "the loudest cartman we have". I volunteered to do the cooking today, to make ...
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  3. LB log - 20130525

    Internet service has returned. The person shown up, powered the modem a few times, ran the wall cable through a device that he had, noticed no abnormalities, did the normal reboots, and everything was fine. He offered no suggestions as to what the problem was.

    I know it's annoyed my wife, but in a small way I was beginning to become acclimated to not having it persistently on while at home. I got back into using Sketchup for a bit, and having the time available to do things like that ...
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  4. LB log - 20130522

    I'm uploading this entry from my parent's house in light of my recent Internet issues.

    We still had some periodic slowdowns during the day, so we allowed a technician visit that was scheduled on Tuesday to still occur. The result was that the person said that our modem was the offending party, so we purchased a new one. The issue with doing that was that we now had to synchronize our new modem's MAC address with their settings, and since I wasn't home at the time, my mother in law ...
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  5. LB log - 20130520

    Internet is in and out again.

    My phone was somewhat busy during the course of the day today. Got a call regarding a job application that I sent out some time ago, and I established that the person should call again tomorrow as I was in the middle of work at the time. I'd like to think that doing this means something more than a rejection, though I imagine that it's just to tell me about more hoops to jump through. Later, I had a call from the IRS, but this was less useful. In response ...
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  6. LB log - 20130519

    Few things are more distressful to the pampered life that is a sheltered American than to have no Internet. Such was the tragic fate which befell this household for most of the day. The outage lasted several consecutive hours. The horror! Today is also the day when new Doctor Who is available for purchase on Amazon Prime, so my wife was very rankled by the situation. After I had done enough to try to revive the line and pay some utilities using the phone (just to make sure I wasn't beyond any deadline ...
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  7. LB log - 20130518

    New blood has joined the store. He was allowed to come outside and join me and the other cartman scheduled during the day for a few hours, because the training system didn't have his programs set in place which left him with nothing else to do. He's rather quiet, and after I took a moment to ask about his school situation, I am informed that he has recently acquired his GED and has taken the job at the store to help out with "family financial problems", and that he intends to rise through ...
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  8. LB log - 20130517

    I set some time to get a few submissions made today before my wife would get to bed, so that I would play songs later in the evening, as doing so seems to have worked well for my scores in the past few days.

    I'm working through the errors as they come, and the next batch is easy enough to fix - as it turns out, there are several Schedules and attachments which need to be added to the consolidated return in addition to the original returns wherever they came up. So I fix them and make ...
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  9. LB log - 20130516

    Waking up and immediately getting on the treadmill felt good for a change of pace. I need to make sure I do it this way every time in the future, without variance or fail. By doing the exercise at this time, you spend half of it in a groggy haze but can still march along and get the time under the belt immediately. It makes the rest of the session and day more structured. Yep, no breakfast, no sitting here to check anything, just get up and go.

    I entered the office for the interview ...
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  10. LB log - 20130515

    Working on this consolidated 1120 return is proving to be every bit of hellish that I figured it would be.

    I didn't create the XML content for most of the free form attachments until today, and all told I have 103 documents to sort out amongst four returns (composite, parent, and two subsidiaries).

    The interview coming at 10AM tomorrow means that I should wake up at 8AM to give myself enough time to prepare and travel.

    I didn't even get to exercising ...
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  11. LB log - 20130514

    The 1120F test submission was made successfully today. That leaves the consolidated return left.

    The response came from my mother's coworker with the job opening, and I am to have an interview at 10AM on Thursday. I'll wear my suit and hope for the best.

    Having Arby's for lunch today was a pretty welcome change of pace.

    There's not much else to report at the moment, as I slept for fourteen hours today.

    Today's warmup song was terrible but ...
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  12. LB log - 20130513

    Words have resulted in action today. I have eliminated and removed all that I can do with Diablo 3. All items are given away, all characters are deleted, all friends are removed, and the game is uninstalled. It is done. As I expected, it wasn't easy to do with a few people lamenting my leaving and pleading with me to not quit as I was online and conducting the removal, and they assured me that I didn't have to take such drastic measures in response to a mere mistake. In one way, they're right. But ...
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  13. LB log - 20130512

    Form 1120 testing. I'm working on the 1120F set now, and one thing which I failed to account for or remember is that the list of attached forms as they appear in the initial includes listing of the XSD file is not presented in the same order as the parser expects the files. The acknowledgements finally came in yesterday and my initial submission had a total of 41 errors, but a majority of those were cases where the valid entries were "0" or "1" (as a boolean data type) rather ...
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  14. LB log - 20130511

    I paid a visit to my parent's place today so that I could take care of any kind of Mother's Day quota today rather than wait for tomorrow. When I arrived, she was away at a nearby friend's place and said she'd return promptly. I remembered that I wanted to find an old picture of my Grandmother and went about looking around the place for it. I can't find it anywhere I look by the time she gets back. She finds me looking in one of the closets, which causes her to take a small inventory of a few things ...
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  15. LB log - 20130510

    In case you haven't heard, an item of news going around lately is that Penny Arcade is using Kickstarter to fund some podcasts. A few wrinkles about this as to why this is news worthy: a) Mike and Jerry already can fund this with their own capital, b) the goal was set at $10, which ensures that all pledges are received and eliminates any kind of risk, and c) the $10 goal also implies that they would have created the podcasts regardless. My single word gut reaction to this all is "why?", ...
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