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Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
2:32 am - It's been about five months so it's time for me to make another post in this journal
so this is the official daytona blog

goddamn i'm so lame
but I think this somewhat explain this clusterfuck




The job was supposed to be $25 an hour....10 regular pay....15 per diem. For those that don't know, if I were to work a 40 hour week then i would make 400 regular, and 600 per diem. When tax time comes around, I only have to claim the 400.
Well, that hit the fan. We'd get paid $200 a site. We were told it'd take 4-5 hours a site. So if we were to work an 8-10 hour day, we'd make $400 a day....theoretically $2000 a week in a five day week.

Well, the first site we were completely green, and the second site took us five days in Gainsville. Not to mention we were supposed to stay with our boss that week instead of paying for a room, but that would have required driving from Gainsville to Daytona everyday...which would be inefficient.

We were supposed to make $600 for two sites because the Gainsville site was a bitch, but the person who was in charge of paying us took too much off the top and we ended up getting $500 which didn't cover our expenses (tools, food, and lodging).

Well, we got back to Daytona and started working on other sites.We were to get two sites done in the week. During construction, our tools were stolen from us and we had to purchase more tools...to the tune of about $200. We got everything prepped and ready on those sites, but we had to go back to Gainsville because five sites failed inspection, only one of those being ours and the only reason it failed is because they didn't send us the right equipment from the warehouse which happens to be in Jacksonville. So they sent myself and Cook back to fix them. We ended up getting four done, which was one hell of a pull by the way, and the last one our boss fixed. By the way, our boss is one hell of a guy. All of the bosses are really good, really fun people.

Well, considering the fact that we had been working for 14 days straight, our boss told us if we wanted to come back for Memorial Day, we'd be more than welcome. I drive all the way back, with Cook asleep the whole way. I got a little down because we were doing so much work with so little to show for it. I looked at my bank account and I was about 600 dollars less than when I went down there. I strongly thought about quitting and getting a different job....Lozier, Chattanooga Tent Company.....but my pops talked to my boss about it and my frustration....

Ok that part might not make any sense to you. My father is the head over two departments in Cingular. He's very good friends with two people in a contracting company that Cingular hired on to install boxes for DSL, Cable TV (fiber optics for ONDEMAND!), and telephone service. One of the guys came up here and worked with us at the kennels for a day, saw how I worked, and my pops talked to him a little bit and ended up getting myself and Cook the jobs down there.

I digress.

Issues were discussed, mainly the inefficiencies and people who weren't pulling their weight....the place is being ill managed and its not our bosses fault, he just doesn't have the funds allotted to get everything we need...hopefully that will change.... but I found out that the check from this week (two sites in Daytona nearly completed, and four sites in Gainsville fixed, and a fibertel ran...which I have no clue what a fibertel does) is going to be $800.

Also, since we're able to almost complete a site by ourselves, we got a 50% raise up to $300 a site and a company vehicle, one hell of a work van, complete with a gas card. This means I won't have to carry all the damn tools in my little Easter egg car and we'll be able to carry everything we need to the sites we have to work at and be able to lock our tools and ground rods (8-9 nine foot copper rods) and ground wire (about 6 or 8 gauge copper wire coated in tin). We're either going to have to buy cadwelds (a device to weld the wire to the rods) or it may be provided.

Also, my father believes he could do a better job at managing the company than the current manager, so he is talking to the head of the company, a man he used to work with in Sprint, to see if he could take over. I guarantee if he took over the company would be a fucking machine.

When I get back there, it's going to be fucking on again. I feel re-energized and I'm a hell of a lot stronger than I was before I went down there. I really believe if we get everyone on the same page that our crew could get at least one site done a day...possible three in two days or two in one day. Two in a day for five days? That's roughly 10 sites a week at $300 a site.....so...between $1500-$300 a week? Not to mention we'll probably work Saturdays as well if we don't have anything to do, or at least stock up sites (work three straight weeks then take a week off? sounds decent to me).

So in two days I went from fuck this job to fuck yeah

And, if I do end up making around between $1500-$3000 a week like has been projected......then....I think UAB can wait for me. They said there's enough work for five years in Florida alone, then they'll be expanding west. I'll have to mull it over through the summer.

Two things for sure though is that I have to hit up Ohio and Kansas this summer....probably in that order. You fuckers will have to pick me up though because I'm not driving all the way from Daytona to Dayton, or Daytona to OP. Cut me some slack guys

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Saturday, December 30th, 2006
1:22 am - rantings
i'm in a strange mood

its crazy main....

i feel like....the only thing i want to do is hard drugs. maybe i can develop a problem so i can write a book about overcoming it and make a million dollars

but i don't really want to do that

i wish i knew like...what people really thought about me
as a person....as a friend.... so i can work on my shortcomings
or intensify them, depending on the person

two of my best friends moved off this month. one to indiana for a while, one to alaska for a while.
i hope the one in alaska comes back
the one in indiana....i did for a while but now....i dunno
it feels like time to cut them loose
i remember like right after she left....i pretty much had to try to make myself bummed out

two of my friends died this month too
one died in a car wreck
the other in his sleep

the one in the wreck was an acquaintance. it kind of affected me though. she was a good christian girl, never drank, or smoked, did drugs or lied or any of that stuff. was supposed to be one of the nicest people you'd ever met. and yeah, she was a pretty nice girl, always friendly to me and just about everyone she ran across

then she died

it made me think about my life about how like....i get shitfaced, and would allegedly drive high a lot and do retarded shit, and i'm still alive running around....and she's not
i keep wondering why me over her, ya know?

the other friend died in his sleep. i can't say it surprised me much. he was pretty obese, pushing four to five hundred i bet. we partied with him a lot over the summer. we stopped going over there after he started kicking everyone out of the house and shit man...now he's dead

apparently he had sleep apnea. his throat collapsed in on its' self and he was a pretty deep sleeper. he never woke up. ain't that a bitch? go to sleep thinking of all the things you're going to do tomorrow then die in your sleep...

then there's devin that died earlier in the year. he wasn't even sixteen....

i've come to realize too that a a lot of people talk out of both sides of their mouth around here. pretty much the only friend i really trust is stephen. he's the bomb. he's been the bomb since second grade. like, i know that talking shit happens everywhere, but it seems like EVERYONE does it here. a lot of people did it back in KC, but not my friends, ya know?

i miss you guys

and i still love you alyssa

current mood: contemplative

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Saturday, July 8th, 2006
5:03 pm - IMPORTANT!
i'm in kansas city
i'll be here til wednesday
256 605 9116 to contact me

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Sunday, February 26th, 2006
6:16 pm
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Sunday, December 25th, 2005
1:26 am
i like my new hoodie
pics will be posted as soon i get pictures of it
thats right

christmas is great

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
11:02 pm
i finally realized my future profession

i want to be a pro wrestler!

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Monday, September 26th, 2005
11:11 pm
I break my hiatus to let you all know that I survived my rafting adventure.

Also to announce my anti-straight edge campaign. Everyone that is proud to be straight edge should just go live in a commune with the emo kids, scene kids, and stupid wannabe goths that wear Nightmare Before Christmas stuff like its the next big thing. Then the commune should be bombed and the bodies desecrated. Plus it's a mark of hypocrisy if they decide to turn un-straight edge, as I've known so many that have. The minute something gets slipped in their goody-two-shoes nonalcoholic ginger ale at a congregation of peers instead of a party or kegger, they're no longer straight edge. Nope, they just keep the part where they play the douchebag instead of the straight edge douchebag.

So in other words, experience things. You're only going to live once anyways, so why waste life being a fucking idiot?

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Thursday, July 7th, 2005
11:31 pm
i'm going rafting tomorrow! i'm really excited, i've never been rafting. hopefully i won't die.

speaking of dying, holyfuckingshit they blew up britain! wtf!?

i'm tired. i was told just recently that i am "the most tired 18 year old" someone has ever met. well, i work a lot. and i usually have an afternoon nap

the end

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
10:22 pm
i really like mellissa
she's really cool
we uhmm.... studied the bible for about an hour or so last night
and i had to leave because her parents were coming home
which is odd considering she's 19....
DAMNIT! i think stephen went to six flags today instead of tomorrow
he told me thursday! i hope he didn't lie to me and will be like
lets go to six flags
because i really want to go
and i don't feel like going to work tomorrow
i'm probably not going to work tomorrow
but i really hope i get to go to six flags
or study the bible

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Sunday, June 26th, 2005
10:51 am
a shark ate a girl near where i was in florida yesterday
at least it wasn't me
anyways destin was great. i really had a great time. yesterday allen had a party for his 18th birthday. it was pretty cool i guess. i had fun.
i have that gwen stefani song stuck in my head...the new one, not hollaback girl, but i have like the tune of it stuck in my head and i have no clue what its name is...hmmm...maybe it'll be on tv.

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
1:57 pm
chatt state is officially out of the question

mother fuck.

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2005
8:16 am
i want to make a band
shit, if the white stripes can make it, anyone can.

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
1:25 am
Melt Banana was fucking amazing.
Just...spectacular. There's no way to describe it. They're like....Japanese A.D.D, what its A.D.H.D. now....i guess, rock. It's wonderful. I got pictures with all the band members except the drummer because he looked lame. The opening band blew, as usual, the second band though was really good. Melt Banana though...they were just fucking fantastic. It's probably the best show I've seen since moving, with the exception of MSI, but MSI is my favorite band so I'm a bit biased with them...but my god...
If you ever have a chance to see Melt Banana, go do it. If you like that kind of music. If not, it's a waste of money, but it's the best ten bucks I've spent in a loooooong time.

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Sunday, June 5th, 2005
1:01 am
the blood brothers show was really awesome.
the plot to blow up the eiffel tower is a really good band
i lost track of nick and jeremy, we were supposed to get food after the concert, but...i guess that plan went to shit.

i met this really cool girl named stephanie daisy. daisy as a last name, how cool is that? my last name is harris its all...plain. anyway, she was up front with me and looked like she was fighting for air and stuff so i tried to push people away for a few moments so she could get situated and we talked during the set a little bit. i met her parents already hehehe. but she seems really cool. hopefully we'll become good friends.

i got stopped in trenton, fucking dade county, again. they had a road block at where you get off 59 to get on 136. bastards. he asked me why i had a kansas tag in my back seat. i'm really surprised that they didn't search my car. this marks the....fifth or sixth time i've been stopped in goddamn dade county. FUCKERS!

ok im real tired and i have to go to stupid birmingham in the morning so im going to bed now.

man i never knew how far clay county was until i looked at a map just now. daaaannngggg. i think she drove farther than i did to go to the show!

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Friday, June 3rd, 2005
4:26 pm
i like my job
i sit on a tire and spin in circles sometimes
i eat watermelon
whoo hoo!
im going to JSU in the fall. I'm going to be a gamecock! at first it was a jayhawk, then a moc, now a gamecock. so im a jack cock...hahaha
i don't feel like updating my xanga.
im a little excited about my trip to kanas. not as much as last year though. this will probably be one of my last trips out there. oh well.
only 30 minutes then im off!

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Saturday, May 28th, 2005
11:58 pm
i really fucking hate it when my perfect plans fall to shit
i guess its an extended metaphor though
i had everything planned out for UTC for it to fall to pieces.
my new options are the community college for a year then university of alabama, or straight to university of alabama
i have to talk to their financial aid office...


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Monday, May 23rd, 2005
10:43 pm
i got my car tag today
i got my UTC financial aid appointment on friday at 4
i saw brittney today. i miss brittney. she was like my best friend. we used to play all the time and then she dropped out of school.
i saw her at her work and we hung out for about half an hour. we always had so much fun together.
i like my livejournal better than my xanga
but i get more comments on my xanga.
livejournal is like the thing i write semi-meaningful stuff on.

the end

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2005
8:15 pm
i've realized that The Game's cd is really good
and if you don't like it you suck
or maybe you just don't like rap music
jason and the argonauts is on.
i'm going up to KS the 9th-16th
i hope i get to see rori
i missed her on my last visit
thats all i have to say about that.

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Sunday, May 15th, 2005
6:36 pm
i'm trying to learn tom sawyer on bass
its really fun to play
its really hard to play too
i think me and adam are going to start up a band
it'd be cool.
i like my bass a lot
i wish that i didn't sell my drums
maybe i can find a really cheap set somewhere and do good in both of them
because no one here has a drummer

the end

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Sunday, May 1st, 2005
9:21 pm
to update this all
the MSI show was great. if i had a scanner i'd post pictures
i went to prom with my best friend ever and i can't post the pictures because i don't have a floppy disc drive. but i have a plan. i'll hook up sancho (the name of my second iPod, the first one had its screen bashed in by a car door but got replaced.) and i'll put the pictures on that as files and transfer them to my computer then put them on photobucket and put them up
or i could put them on photobucket from the other computer, but that wouldn't be enough work :D
after robot chicken im going to bed. eight hours of sleep over three nights makes me tired, but i wouldn't have had it any other way. she's so wonderful. maybe i can get her to move down here....but i'll try and get the pictures up
i look like i came off deadwood. but i love that show anyways so i take it as a compliment
damnit that comes on at 11 and i want to go to sleep before then
i'll record it i guess
i like this journal because i don't think that anyone that i've been around for long amounts of time, except my sister, reads this journal so like people won't be all like, wow, that's why john isn't in a good mood or anything like that. this is just as good as a paper journal. a paper journal that attracts attention, but isn't that what a livejournal is all about? i like my xanga just because i can write a lot of stuff in there and i get a lot of comments. xanga is great. i don't really write anything that is really personal in it though. its like....an update to old friends pretty much. with livejournal i can write about anything because its like open because i don't think anyone reads mine anymore. this is probably because of my hiatus from writing in it.
i was so sad when christina left today that i threw up in the parking lot of the airport. i cried a lot. i hate crying in front of people. i think her coming down brought us a lot closer. we were really close before anyways, as i said, she is my best friend ever, but being around her nonstop for 3 1/2 days was just great. she's my favorite person, excluding family. usually when a friend visits or something, when its time for them to leave, its about time you know? you're all like, man i don't know if i can stand them a few more days or not, but with her it was totally different. i was never bored with her. i was on cloud nine pretty much the whole time she was here. i was so glad to see her again.
the story of how we finally met each other is actually pretty lame. i saw her the first day of my freshman year at CIS and i was automatically infatuated with how she looked. she was, in my opinion, the most beautiful girl i had ever seen, no offense to anyone else. to this day, she still is. i never talked to her though on account of a lack of self confidence, which i still suffer from. so anyways, 2 1/2 years had passed since the first day i saw her, and i never talked to her, but just looked at her when i could, looking for words to say or an opportunity to present itself. there was a gathering of the CIS kids to go to the community center or whatever, it was for a halloween party. i really wasn't going to go, but they said that an old friend of mine was going to be up there that i hadn't seen in a long time, so anyways i went. as soon as i went up there she grabbed me by the shirt and said "i'm going to put makeup on you." me, i was happy. sure go ahead. i was messing with her the whole time when she was applying it, yelling when she put on eyeliner, acting like she stabbed me in the eye, but i had a fun time. later that night she needed a ride home and her ride up there had a full car load, so i took her home and talked with her the whole time. i was really really excited. when she got out of the car i got her phone number and we took off from there. i still smile every time i think about that. later we took a few mini road trips to different places which ended up getting me into a bit of trouble because i got in at about 4 a.m. consecutive nights. we became better friends and a whole lot more happened then i found out i had to move, which really sucked at the time. i figured that you know, this would probably be the only time i could ever tell her so i told her about my 2 1/2 year infatuation with her and basically laid it all out (thats it i won't go any further). so i moved. i didn't talk to her that much later, a few times throughout the month here and there. i went through basically an 8 month depression because i wasn't making many friends, and its tough moving especially when one has lived in the same place for so long. i thought about her everyday and i wished that i could have talked to her and that i hadn't have moved, etc etc. one day after work the phone rang and i picked it up and it was her on the other end. i was really surprised. she told me she had a cell phone and free nights after 8 pm. between then and now we've averaged talking 4-5 nights a week, 2-4 hours per talk, easily. when she was at K-State we talked almost everyday for about three hours a day, so we got to know each other a lot better until now we're best friends. a lot happened that i left out but you know, you can't tell everything. bottom line is, i love her and i miss her like none other.

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