Monthly Archives: September 2006

New shift

I started my new shift this weekend. Monday-Wednesday & Saturday 11:30-10 pm. I’m not used to having the market open or the sun up when I’m at work. It doesn’t feel right. Today was crazy. Lots of trades, lots of questions, lots of weird situations, and lots of energy. It was fun. The graveyard shift was awesome because the first half of the shift was busy and the last half was dead. I started the shift on Saturday, but it was a pretty slow day and the market was closed. Today was the first day of unstoppable action. We have been combined with the team that was already on this shift, so there are people that I’ve never worked with before. I don’t think they know how to take the night shift. Everyone has been designated an Agent. It started when Shawn Peck called me Agent Smith, referring to The Matrix. I reciprocated with him, and it spread to the whole team. Agent Peck helped me set up Avant as my browser. It is so much better than Internet Explorer. I love the fact that I can customize everything, and it’s so much easier to use. Overall, it was a good day at the office.

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The end of the graveyard shift

Tonight marks the end of the graveyard shift. E*Trade is switching to VoIP, and our old phone system can’t function at the same time. I’ve spent nearly five years on this shift, dating back to CSFBdirect. I spent about five weeks on the day shift before I was brought back to where I belong. There is some talk about bringing the shift back in January when the phone system is built. I will definitely look at coming back if the shift is as good as it is now. I love working 4X10. I would love to do 2X20 or 1X40. Then I would have the rest of the week to recover. As of right now I am going to a modified swing shift. I will be working Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 11:30-10 pm. We marked the death of our shift with pancakes, a Chocodile and PS2. Agent Crawley worked us on the James Bond games. He is ruthless. I think he had secrect government training, but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet. Most of us will be on the same shift together, but it won’t be quite the same. It’s been a good run.

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Slay the dragon

I’m getting really sick of all the idiots in the world. There seems to be a lot of them around me and I don’t like it. So I have come up with a new slogan- Slay the dragon. It means putting an end to the stupidity all around us. Stupid people need to be told they are stupid or they will continue to aggravate, annoy, and inconvenience the rest of us. Here are some examples: people who don’t think a stop sign applies to them; people who enter the intersection when traffic is clearly stopped, thereby blocking the intersection when the light turns red; people who give the token short appearance when someone needs help; people who don’t do what they say they will; people that expect everyone else to do the work for them; stupid people who think the rest of us want to hear what they have to say; people like Rosie O’Donnell who think the rest of us shouldn’t have guns while she has armed body guards; people who chew gum like a cow; people who think they are the only ones on the planet; people that want to blame their problems on other people; people who won’t take any responsibility for themselves; blood suckers- you know who you are. You are melodramatic. You are self-absorbed. You are self-indulgent. You sap the blood and energy from anyone that will listen to you. I don’t have the time, energy, or patience to deal with you people anymore. If you approach my castle I will lop off your head with my sword.

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I shaved a mohawk like Chuck Liddell last week. I had several days off and I needed a haircut anyway, so I made my wife shave it. I think mine was taller than Chuck’s, but he is the Light Heavyweight champion of the UFC. My wife hated it, but my oldest daughter loved it.
I had an interview for a promotion at work, so I had to shave it after 24 hours. I don’t think I got the job, so I should have worn the mohawk to the interview. I wore it to the dentist, the Honda dealership and Arctic Circle, so I was out there. It might have been the height, but I didn’t like it enough to keep it anyway. Chuck just looks mean. I would never tell him to shave his mohawk, unless I was using someone else’s cell phone.

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Casio G-Shock

I bought this Casio G-Shock a few months ago and I love it. I bought my first G-Shock about 10 years ago when the battery on my bike computer died. I didn’t know how to calibrate the computer so I wanted to get a tough watch that I could use to time my rides. The G-Shock is beyond tough. I have had a few different models since then, but this is my first G-Shock in a dress watch. I don’t think I will ever be without a G-Shock. This watch is solar powered and receives a signal from Colorado every night to sync it on atomic time. It has five alarms and world time. The only thing that sucks is that it doesn’t have an Italian city for world time, so I have to use Paris for that time zone. That is lame. Ma va la. I paid $75 for this watch and it is way better than a $1000 watch. Drop that out of a helicopter.

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Cool products

Spyderco is my favorite knife company for folding knives. When I bought the Spyderco Native it only came with a silver clip. I contacted the company and they sent me a black clip at no charge. Their customer service and knife designs are great.

Cold Steel makes the best fixed blade knives in the world. They produced a video called Proof to demostrate how tough the knives are. They put the Recon Tanto and SRK through the hood of a car several times. I had my Recon Tanto with me when I came across an abandoned car near Rock Canyon in Provo. I put the knife through the car door 10 times without damaging the knife. It did wear off the powder coating at the tip, but that only makes the knife look cooler.

Surefire flashlights are the best light on the planet. They are tough as nails and I’m pretty sure you can shoot the beam to outer space. I carry the Defender everyday. I’ve blinded my comrades at work during the day. I look forward to the day that I get to blind and strike a perp in a dark parking lot.

Leatherman makes the best multi-tool on the market. I got the PST over 10 years ago and I love it. They have the best designs and the best tool options. Plus, Leatherman is a much cooler name than Gerber. A multi-tool can’t be named after baby food. That’s just stupid.

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