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  1. LB log - 2016 Week 48

    Well, let this be a lesson to myself to stop giving in to the whims of sleep on days off. Stop it. Please. Today will hurt.

    The headaches of mortgaging is reaching an apex here. This has been delayed for a very long time, so it's not a surprise, but there are some short time frames hanging over head which is going to make for an interesting coming weekend.

    Earlier in the week was the other day off of work which I had, so things were shifted around to have the functional ...
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  2. LB log - 2016 Week 47

    Five weeks left.

    Due to some kind of processing mishap when it came time for me to pay the cable bill, I finally was compelled to call a person directly and subsequently set up plans to remove paper billing and set up automatic payments. All the other utilities offer ways to pay the bills online if not have the amounts automatically deducted. The cable just doesn't want to do the same, though. In making this call, I was made an offer to have the internet speed increased as well as ...
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  3. LB log - 2016 Week 46

    The US Presidential Election came and went between this post and the last one. I really don't have much of anything to say about it that hasn't been said a million times already. Well, that may not be entirely true, and I would make an effort to offer some kind of unique reflection about it if I had the time to do so, but I don't.

    My job is a union shop, and once you pass probation, it is mandatory to join it. I signed myself into one for the first time in my life today. Hooray. ...
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  4. LB log - 2016 Week 45

    It's Saturday again? Phew.

    I was specifically asked to come in for a sixth this week, so I did. Unlike other times, I did have a full shift come in doing it, so that should translate to a good check. For the day off, I switched things up a bit in order to go to the arcade early in the day rather than the usual night time visit. The wait between rounds was too long for my liking last week, so I correctly assumed that nobody would bother being there at opening time instead. To do this ...
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  5. LB log - 2016 Week 44

    Already 940AM? Drat. There were lots of little incidents throughout the week which were mildly interesting but perhaps not so much to really require more than a sentence or two to mention, though I would like to elaborate if only I had the time to do so. A landmark burned down today. I was about a mile from directly witnessing an accident which I saw coming from how he sped past me. My wife and I went out for a celebration and an impromptu visit to the arcade proved to be worth it, as the new IIDX ...
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  6. LB log - 2016 Week 43

    One night I'm at G1 and asked to get something that's spotted at the side of a rail track. When hooking up to a trailer and in the process of retracting the landing gear to prepare for moving it, there are three main things which happen. One, a whine of leaking air comes from the rear of the tractor as the weight of the trailer compresses the supports. Two, the visible space between the base and feet of the landing gear shrinks. Three, the landing gear feet visibly rise up from the ground as it ...
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  7. LB log - 2016 Week 42

    Another countdown of the final ten weeks is here. That was fast.

    The good news is that I came to find out that the idea I had to strap the gladhands down to the rail chassis does indeed help to keep them attached. The bad news is that I came to this discovery by driving away from a dropped trailer without remembering to detach them, and thus completely snapped my red line in half as a result. Again, I had misfortune strike at a time and place which was more favorable than not, in ...
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  8. LB log - 2016 Week 41

    While company is over for the weekend and they're all elsewhere in the belief that I'm asleep, I can take the time to write this post up. Feeling pretty devilish right now. Update: It's now past dinner and they're upstairs while I take a moment to play some songs today. They're watching a show, and I can't take anymore after seeing two episodes. Musicals disturb me.

    There are times while working where I wonder if I'm perceived as being slow, and this thought comes from the fact that ...
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  9. LB log - 2016 Week 40

    My new work schedule shifts my days off to the middle of the week. I think I need to adjust these postings accordingly, because I don't even have the time to write a tiny bit about the week here otherwise when I have to be in bed within an hour or less to prepare for work later tonight.

    Song sessions continue to require some adjustment but at least most plays start to feel like they're at normal ability eventually, and today's session was rather good as well, considering the alternative. ...
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  10. LB log - 2016 Week 39

    Sorry, Yoshi.

    It's often said that everyone lies about driving jobs, and I guess this is no exception, but it could be worse. The only real issue about this particular one is that the days are closer to twelve hours long rather than ten. Other than that, the job has gone pretty much exactly as I have come to expect from the initial training days. It's pretty amazing how one hour melts into the next as you just follow the orders along and do as told. A main issue beyond their description ...
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  11. LB log - 2016 Week 38

    First full week of work is at an end, and I'm glad to report having done so safely. Otherwise at this very moment I'm extremely tired and ready to pass out where I sit. Being sick this whole week probably doesn't help matters.

    If I have time to do so, perhaps I'll write more stuff here.

    Despite the week's disease at hand, home sessions were basically OK.

    Lunar Beat. Extra Mode. Double play. "@" denotes Random chart modifier. All songs are of ...
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  12. LB log - 2016 Week 37

    There was a substaintial wait in the DMV office this Tuesday - when I came in to take my number card, I was at 35 and the number just being called to the desk was somewhere in the 50s. A cursory look around the room was enough to know that there were indeed much fewer than 80 people in waiting, but it still took a while for the numbers to roll up to 100 and start again. During the wait I had ample time to run through my flashcards twice more, and despite the affirmation that I still had retained ...
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  13. LB log - 2016 Week 36

    My third week of debaucherous unemployment is coming to a close, right as a holiday weekend comes. How fortunate. What is actually fortunate is that my jobless days should soon be at an end, as I've conducted a drug and driving test for a new potential employer. All routes are within a 100 mile radius of the terminal. Everything is drop and hook. It will be mandatory to get my hazmat endorsement on the license now, so it's a good thing I've been studying during all this vacation time. One potential ...
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  14. LB log - 2016 Week 35

    By Tuesday evening at about 8PM or so, I had done everything in the day I wanted to do. Exercised for a while, got caught up on the Japanese flashcard study queue, played some songs, all the things which I look to do on a normal day. With everything done, I looked around in the main room and became immobile over the realization that I was basically free to do anything I could want to do at that point and yet I couldn't think of anything which felt particularly desirable to do. Writing? No, that ...
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  15. LB log - 2016 Week 34

    I have learned two valuable lessons this Tuesday. The first is that I cannot take CDL endorsement tests without having the actual physical driver's license in hand. This means that my search for a new job is effectively dead until it arrives in the mail. They gave a timeframe of up to twenty business days for it to arrive. Let's hope for less. The second lesson I learned that day is that I need to clean up yard clutter before it gets too long, because bad things can happen like a nest of bees infesting ...
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