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  1. LB log - 20140630

    Rather than having my first week at the new job start on the second or third shift, it will actually be in the first shift instead. Start time is 7AM tomorrow. Surprise!

    Hence I must make my way to bed immediately as of writing this, and all the more so with the weather going on outside.

    Songs were pretty good today. Had a bad crash in the middle of it, but I took the opportunity to attempt fixing something with a bad chart and the guess worked. So now the game won't ...
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  2. LB log - 20140729

    Up against the clock. Maybe I'll do another session before sleep tomorrow instead of before work as now.

    Songs started ok enough but didn't stay that way.

    Lunar Beat. Extra Mode. Double play. "@" denotes Random chart modifier. All songs are of highest difficulty type unless specified.
    First line, by column; song title, EX score percentage and letter grade rank, EX score value and pass/fail, judgment readout (just great, great, good, bad poor), highest ...
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  3. LB log - 20140728

    I lost the fortitude test this morning and turned in long before I wanted to. I couldn't resist the chance to actually be in bed with my wife for a change.

    Windshield replaced, direct deposit set up, checks deposited, tickets paid off. Two issues remain.

    I will be starting the route this week which I was intended to start learning last week. Upon looking directions over online, it looks to be rather short, less than 100 miles total for the whole trip. Let's just hope ...
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  4. LB log - 20140727

    Up against the clock.

    Spent too much time moping today. It was good to have my wife home. Her visit went about as we had expected, which is to say, nice in some respects and shitty (pun intended) in others.

    Let's see how long I can stay up today after another long sleep in.

    Songs went rather well.

    Lunar Beat. Extra Mode. Double play. "@" denotes Random chart modifier. All songs are of highest difficulty type unless specified. ...
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  5. LB log - 20140726

    Today's highlight is my work day. It went well. Everything went on time, I drove past a wicked car fire on the way down, I was able to set up a makeshift PC speaker rig around my seat that worked well enough to use and hear the ipod. On the way back, I tried out the 5 Hour Energy Drink and I have to say that I'm quite pleased with how it worked (assuming that it was what worked); the effect wasn't instantaneous but after a bit I simply felt as alert as I did at the start of the day. This was the ...
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  6. LB log - 20140725

    This has been a grueling week.

    I slept more yesterday yet was more tired today in doing the route than yesterday morning. I had to stop no less than three separate times after getting gas this morning in order to stimulate myself enough to not start blanking out on the road. At the third stop I managed to park at a location which had the zero calorie Monster drink in a vending machine, and having that was enough to help prop me up for the remainder of the return. That and a quad shot ...
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  7. LB log - 20140723

    Second verse, worse than the first.

    Getting there isn't a problem. Coming back, though. Coming back. Two hundred miles at midnight where the only lights on the road are from the vehicles, and that's after already driving 250 miles. Coming back is bad. It is very bad.

    I finally come home and fall to bed in a heap. Five hours later, my body decides it wants to be awake.

    Maybe, just maybe, I'd be able to finally settle into doing this if I were to get a ...
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  8. LB log - 20140722

    I made it home with about forty minutes to spare before I would have had to stop driving for the day because of the eleven hour rule. It does turn out that I'll be doing the drive today and most likely the for the rest of the week.

    I'll be better prepared for the trip today. I overshot a street on the inbound arrival and went under a tunnel in the course of my deviation, and the tunnel was having roadwork done on the other side, so when I had to retrace my steps I had to go into ...
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  9. LB log - 20140720

    15 hours. I somehow managed to sleep 15 hours today. It was pure decadence. It also will probably prove to screw me over as I'll need to try to find some way to sleep now and then wake up tonight so that I can keep my sleep rhythm in check, and that'll all be screwed up tomorrow night as the optional work assignment has indeed been confirmed to be coming to me, so I'll be making a round trip for a 9 hour drive starting Monday at 845PM.

    At least in doing this, I managed to get some ...
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  10. LB log - 20140719

    The trainer hinted this time last week that it would be possible for the Saturday freight to be split into two trucks and to have our work be divided. When I came in, there was more cargo waiting to be loaded at the bay door than there was already inside the single trailer, and nobody was around to be seen loading it at that precise moment. The trainer brought an empty trailer back, so with that being done, we were indeed able to undertake the plan as he envisioned. Thus today was the first day ...
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  11. LB log - 20140718

    I think today is finally the first day that I drove the full route where I didn't commit any kind of major technical driving errors. It's quite a relief. I also obtained my first pay check this week, and even for only having four days of work I earned about as much as my wife formerly did for her single week of work. Next week will be training for the new route that I'll have, and the subsequent Friday work day of that week will have me do it by myself. I bought a few things in preparation of going ...
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  12. LB log - 20140717

    My trainer was not having a good day today. Right before coming into the yard at the start of my shift he had a deer collision (which he managed to keep from being head on so at least it didn't damage the truck or cause him injury). After we left, we had to return to the hub right away because the bag with the dealership keys was left behind. After we hit our third stop, which is the recipient of the majority of the truck's load, we got a call that they had received some items which belong to other ...
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  13. LB log - 20140716

    Something seemed strange about the end of work today. His demeanor seemed different somehow, as if he was annoyed. I'm not exactly sure what problem there would have been, though. I drove the entire day and didn't have much of any real issue at all (a few minor dumb things but nothing that caused damage or wasted time). I feel like I have a decent handle on the job in its entirety. Regardless, yesterday is gone and today's a new day of work.

    I was able to get home earlier than usual ...
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  14. LB log - 20140715

    Someone besides me wrote a blog post today! http://www.the-nextlevel.com/tnl/ent...-Day-Trip-2014 . Make sure to give it a peek.

    I'm a few pages into Extraordinary Popular Delusions and I'm already enjoying the style and tone. The edition that I have is rather large but I think I might be able to turn it over in a few weeks with a standard hour or two of reading per day.

    Work went out really late today but ended at about the same time. We were able to make good ...
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  15. LB log - 20140714

    The Japanese School, by Benjamin Duke.

    This was a struggle to get to the end, mostly because the final three sections are essentially one massive epilogue where the well established points stated earlier in the book are repeated yet again and a few more times in closing. It doesn't help matters that the book was written in 1986, which is significant for the subject matter and how so much has changed from then until now. I can only imagine that if this theme was revisited for writing ...
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